Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Afrocentric Clip Art of The Virgin

  "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

Description of the illustration: Mary mother of Jesus, Mary mother of God, baby Jesus, halos, rosy cheeks, blue gown, holding one another, tender love, Mary and her baby with scriptures from The Gospel of Luke and The Book of Romans, drawing of sculpture by Dupagne, from Congo (Central Africa)

       Mary (Greek: Μαρία María; Aramaic: ܡܪܝܡ‎, translit. Mariam‎; Hebrew: מִרְיָם‎,  Miriam‎; Arabic: مريم‎,  Mariam‎), also known by various titles, styles and honorifics, was a 1st-century Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth and the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament
      Mary resided in "her own house" in Nazareth in Galilee, possibly with her parents, and during her betrothal — the first stage of a Jewish marriage — the angel Gabriel announced to her that she was to be the mother of the promised Messiah by conceiving him through the Holy Spirit, and, after initially expressing incredulity at the announcement, she responded, "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your word." Joseph planned to quietly divorce her, but was told her conception was by the Holy Spirit in a dream by "an angel of the Lord"; the angel told him to not hesitate to take her as his wife, which Joseph did, thereby formally completing the wedding rites.
      Since the angel Gabriel had told Mary (according to Luke 1:36) that Elizabeth—having previously been barren—was then miraculously pregnant, Mary hurried to see Elizabeth, who was living with her husband Zechariah in "Hebron, in the hill country of Judah". Mary arrived at the house and greeted Elizabeth who called Mary "the mother of my Lord", and Mary spoke the words of praise that later became known as the Magnificat from her first word in the Latin version. After about three months, Mary returned to her own house.
       According to the Gospel of Luke, a decree of the Roman Emperor Augustus required that Joseph return to his hometown of Bethlehem to register for a Roman census. While he was there with Mary, she gave birth to Jesus; but because there was no place for them in the inn, she used a manger as a cradle. After eight days, he was circumcised according to Jewish law, and named "Jesus" (Hebrew: ישוע‎,  Yeshua‎), which means "Yahweh is salvation".
"For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not
 under law but under grace..." Romans 6:14 (ESV)
"And Mary said, 'Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to
 me according to your word." And the angel departed from her." Luke 1:38 (ESV)
"As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice
 and said to him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!" (ESV)
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