Sometimes God is full of surprises. Mary helps me remember that I can always respond with total honesty.
Surprising One, thank You that being real is one of the hallmarks of our relationship. Truth, thank You for trusting me to fully embody my experience.
…the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And Gabriel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But Mary was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Luke 1:26-28 (NRSV)
Invitation to prayer
Think about what God has communicated to you recently. Rather than respond with a mental or word prayer, embody your prayer as a way of sharing your experience with God.
Photo and placement of this image in relationship to the labyrinth
The announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary relating to her pregnancy and Jesus’ birth. The Life of Christ window in the middle of the west wall directly under the rose of the Chartres Cathedral in France. The window dates from the twelfth century. The Annunciation is visible from all those places in the labyrinth where the walker is facing west. As one leaves the center the labyrinth, and on all the straight sections of the pathway as one returns to the threshold, this window and the Annunciation image in the bottom right corner are fully visible.
To the east of the labyrinth:
The apsidal image of Mary as a throne for Jesus who is sitting on her lap blessing on the top of the East central window (above the choir).
The Annunciation of Jesus’ birth to Mary in the East central window (above the choir).
The Visitation of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth in the East central window (above the choir).
To the west of the labyrinth:
Mary in the Tree of Jesse (Ancestors of Jesus). Twelfth century window (1140-1150) on the north side of the west wall.
I love the top picture – it’s so clear, and the colors so beautiful!