17. Mary Practices the Magnificat

by Eularia Clarke

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Commentary by the artist

Eularia Clarke writes:

The hill country up in Monmouthshire. I wondered if Mary sang it straight off to Elizabeth – had she been singing all the way from Nazareth to Judah? The cade-lambs came into the picture naturally because Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist whose sign is the Paschal Lamb.

Vicar’s reflections

Andrew Bunch writes:

In “Mary practices the Magnificat” by Eularia Clarke the joy of the moment of Mary meeting Elizabeth is captured. But for this meeting between these two women and the enthusiastic welcome Elizabeth offered to Mary, Mary’s pregnancy could have ended in disaster. But the encouragement given by the older woman to the younger was vital to unlock the full potential of the future. If there is ever a moment which shows how the encouragement we offer to one another can have enormous dividends, this is it. When we allow God’s attitude of love to shape our response, we experience the joy of life in all its fullness as the power of God flows through us.