Annunciation – as the Hunt of the Unicorn by Erfurt St. Severi (1470-80)
“The time for the fulfilment of this promise for mankind and for all creation arrived when Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit, became the Mother of the Son of God.
He is the firstborn of creation (cf. Col 1:15).
Everything created was eternally in him.
In coming to the world, he comes into what is his, as Saint John says (cf. Jn 1:11).
He comes in order to embrace creation anew, to begin the work of the world’s redemption, to restore to creation its original holiness and dignity.
He comes to make us see, by his very coming, the particular dignity which belongs to created nature.”
Detail of Unborn Christ Child – Annunciation – as the Hunt of the Unicorn by Erfurt St. Severi (1470-80)
Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman…”
The Lord God said to the serpent….“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heal.”
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, He said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun…she was with child…And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child…she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron……and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God…And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle…The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman…But the earth came to the help of the woman… and swallowed the river…Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.