The Visitation, 2004 (2’ X 6’) exterior front entry mural, Politec on concrete Annunciation Church, Waimea, Hawai’i
Calley was honored to be asked to paint another front entry mural above the pass through at Annunciation Church, Waimea, Hawai’i. Father Robert Wynne asked Calley to portray The Visitation. Folks who know her will recognize Calley's daughter Leanna as the model for Mary.
As recorded in the Gospel of Luke, this mural portrays the visit of the pregnant Mary with her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also pregnant with her unborn son, John the Baptist. The visit occurred just after The Annunciation, and Mary journeyed from her home in Nazareth to Elizabeth’s home in Hebron, south of Jerusalem.
Elizabeth was six months pregnant at the time and Mary stayed with her until just before John was born. Mary had arrived to grace her cousin and her unborn son. The unborn John and Elizabeth both palpably felt the presence of Jesus who filled them with divine grace. This was the first occurrence of Mary working as a mediatrix between God and the people.
Comes the famous statement, Elizabeth remarks to Mary: "And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb. And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord (Luke 1:42–45)."
In response, the blessed Mary spoke the Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Luke 1:46–55. Thus, this canticle has long been connected with the Christian Feast Day on May 31st.
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