3. Annunciation with Luke 2: 7
Joan Bohlig (1936- )
6 x 6
This Annunciation scene captures the moment the angel appears to Mary and she responds with awe,
surprise, and some dismay, yet with acceptance. Bohlig has filled the picture with many symbols: the lily
is the traditional symbol of Mary’s purity and virginity; the rose is the time-honored flower of Mary
which reminds us of the blood and thorns of Christ’s suffering and the sorrow Mary will feel at his crucifixion.
Butterflies traditionally mean resurrection, but here they pollinate the lily, the process of fertilization,
representing the conception by the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1: 30–33
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."