Mary Greeting Elizabeth (The Visitation): The West Capital Frieze at Chartres (7)

I can’t think of what is more meaningful than being totally free to express my faith experiences.

The Visitation, West Capital Frieze by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mary and Elizabeth greeting each other

My Prayer

For moments of deep spiritual sharing, I give thanks.

The Visitation, West Capital Frieze by Jill K H Geoffrion

Scriptural Touchstone: 

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV)

The Visitation, West Capital Frieze by Jill K H Geoffrion

Invitation to Pray:

As you think about the spiritual experiences you want to share with a trusted friend, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.


Small twelfth-century capital sculptures (1145) that line the west wall, just above the doorways at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The Visitation, West Capital Frieze by Jill K H Geoffrion
From right to left: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity


The Visitation is also depicted in the Life of Mary Window (13th century).

The Visitation, Life of Mary window by Jill K H Geoffrion

Other posts in this series on the sculptures of the west capital frieze:
(1) The Pain of Infertility
(2) Needing To Think These Over
(3) When Things Change
(4) Mary’s Birth (First Bath)
(5) Mary Taken to the Temple
(6) Mary and Joseph Meet and Mary

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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