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Infancy Narratives

  1. 1. Infancy Narratives
  2. 2. Pre-Nativity <ul><li>Old Testament Prophecies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform many miracles (Is 35:5-6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gentiles will believe while Jews will reject (Psalm 118:22) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepared by a voice in the wilderness (Is 40:3) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Pre-Nativity <ul><li>John the Baptist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary’s kinswoman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Born 6 months before Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beheaded by Herod Antipas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-cursor of Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Last Prophet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jumped in the womb when Mary visited Elizabeth </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Annunciation <ul><li>Luke 1:26-38 </li></ul><ul><li>Archangel Gabriel announces to Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah </li></ul><ul><li>Says Mary is “full of grace.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Visitation <ul><li>Luke 1:39-56 </li></ul><ul><li>Mary visits Elizabeth after the Annunciation </li></ul><ul><li>John leaps in the womb </li></ul><ul><li>Mary responds with the MAGNIFICAT </li></ul>
  6. 6. MAGNIFICAT <ul><li>English ( The Divine Office ): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My soul glorifies the Lord, * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He looks on his servant in her lowliness; * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>henceforth all ages will call me blessed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Almighty works marvels for me. * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holy his name! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His mercy is from age to age, * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on those who fear him. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He puts forth his arm in strength * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and scatters the proud-hearted. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He casts the mighty from their thrones * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and raises the lowly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He fills the starving with good things, * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sends the rich away empty. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He protects Israel, his servant, * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>remembering his mercy, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the mercy promised to our fathers, * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to Abraham and his sons for ever. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Joseph <ul><li>Could have divorced Mary </li></ul><ul><li>Visited by Gabriel at night </li></ul><ul><li>Advised to keep Mary as his wife </li></ul><ul><li>Known by the people as the father of Jesus </li></ul>
  8. 8. Nativity <ul><li>Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The home of Joseph’s family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Census ordered by Rome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary would have walked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There was no donkey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Joseph had relatives in Bethlehem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus would have been born in a home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inn could also be Upper room or Guest room </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Nativity <ul><li>Mary was helped by female relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joseph not present at the birth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Would not know what to do </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus was wrapped and laid in a manger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small trough for feeding animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually filled with straw </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Epiphany <ul><li>Wise men visit Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Came from the east, possibly Persia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unknown number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three gifts identified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astrologers not kings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Followed a star </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portent of birth of great king </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Flight to Egypt <ul><li>Wisemen told not to report back to Herod the Great </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph warned that Jesus was in danger </li></ul><ul><li>Holy Family lives in Egypt for a few years </li></ul><ul><li>Herod has all boys 2 years or younger killed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holy Innocents </li></ul></ul>

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