1. Joyous Mystery #l: The Annunciation

Jim Janknegt (1953- )
Oil on Canvas

This painting is the first in a series of meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary, scenes from Jesus’ life
viewed through the eyes of his mother. Janknegt has included a border of roses that is associated with
Our Blessed Mother. Originally rosaries were made from dried rosebuds strung together, hence the
name—rosary. The narrative of the painting is traditional but in a contemporary setting. The angel is
large and imposing, the pure spirit manifesting itself in the earthly: flowers, birds and stars, a bridge
between this world and the next. Mary is surprised, as is even her cat. She has dropped the Scriptures
upon which she has been meditating. She is listening attentively to the Angel's message: "Hail Mary,
full of grace, the Lord is with you."

Luke 1:26-38
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged
to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel
went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." 29Mary was greatly
troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a
son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most
High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." 34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "Since I am a
virgin?" 35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your
relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
37For nothing is impossible with God."
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