January 12th, 2020
This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
The first of this weeks’ images is another version of the Adoration of the Magi. This one was painted in 1624 by Abraham Bloemaert.
This is another beautiful image of Mary presenting the Christ Child to the Magi who have come to pay him homage and offer him their gifts. The Child Jesus gently touches the hand of one of the kings as he extends his hand in homage.
The second image is called The Holy Family with St. Francis, and was painted about 1665 by Jacob van Oost. This is a beautiful image of St. Francis of Assisi worshiping the Baby Jesus. St. Francis was one of the few saints who have had the stigmata, i.e. the wounds of Christ on their body. You can see the wound from the nail on St. Francis’ hand.
St. Francis is the one who made popular the crèche or nativity scene. One year for Christmas, he decided he wanted to gather people to act out the Nativity, so he brought together animals and people to play the various parts. Since that time, people around the world setup displays to portray the holy night of Jesus’ birth.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
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