Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation. Today we celebrate the Word made Flesh! The two painting below are by the 15th C. Dominican artist Fra Angelico. The first is one of several Altarpieces he completed on the theme. It is in the Medieval collection of the Prado and I was blessed to contemplate its beauty during 2 different visits to Madrid in 2015. The other is a fresco inside a cell at the Convento di San Marco in Florence. I have also visited there on two occasions and been blessed to contemplate this beautiful painting.
The 2 pictures below are from the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. They are built on what is thought to be the ruins of the house of the Virgin Mary wherein she received the Messenger of God. The Latin on the altar translate "HERE (hic) the Word was made Flesh"
The Joyful Friar
These are the everyday musings and reflections from the life of Father Bart Hutcherson, OP, a Catholic Priest and Dominican Friar from the Western United States. I toyed with the idea of using the title "Ordinary Time" for this blog, but was afraid that people might be looking for deep liturgical reflections under that title. Nothing so sublime here - just the day-to-day. My friend, Carrie Rehak, suggested the title "The Everyday Mysteries." I love it. it captures my understanding of the everyday. God makes himself known in the everyday. I hope he reveals himself in some of these reflections too.