Anne and Joachim came together after the angel’s message that they would have a daughter.* Life followed barrenness. I find it helpful to remember that things can change–even in the most unlikely of situations.
For an understanding of the bigger perspective, for a vision that matches Your grandeur, I pray.
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant. Song of Songs 1:15-16
Invitation to Pray:
As you open your mind and heart to fertility, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Small twelfth-century sculptures (1145) that line the west wall, just above the doorways at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene found in the second rounded capital next to the left central door. You can see it on the right of the photo below.
*The story of Mary’s parents, Anne and Joachim were told in the Protevangelium of James (an apocryphal gospel written about 145 CE) and the Homilies of the Greek monk Jacobus Kokkinobaphos (12th century). They are found at Chartres in these sculptures and the Life of Mary Window.
Other posts in this series on the sculptures of the west capital frieze: