Saturday, December 20, 2008

Andrei Rublev's "Annunciation"

"И сказал Ей Ангел: не бойся, Мария, ибо Ты обрела благодать у Бога; и вот, зачнешь во чреве, и родишь Сына, и наречешь Ему имя: Иисус."---Евангелие от Луки Глава 1

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS."---The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 1, Verses 26-38

Here is the famous Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev's painting of the "Annunciation" or "Blagoveshenie."
(Благовещение. 1405. Андрей Рублёв).

Andrei Rublev is Russia's most famous medieval icon painter. This icon can be seen in the Moscow Kremlin's Cathedral of the Annunciation, or Blagoveschensky sobor (Благовещенский собор). Here is a photo of the Cathedral of the Annunciation.

The Annunciation is when an angel told Mary that she was going to have a baby and that she should call him Jesus. The story is recounted in the Gospel according to Luke. These days, 70% of pregnancies in Russia end as abortions, and sometimes babies are wrapped in plastic bags and laid in a dumpster.

It seems that the Russians are murdering their nation even though they have never read the "gospel" according to the discredited ex-Professor Ward Churchill:

"Tell ’em you’ll put the butt out when [mothers] snuff the kid and not a moment before. Better yet, tell ’em they should snuff themselves, as well as the kid, and do the planet a real favor. Just 'kidding' (heh-heh)."

It's the Word of God that can do the planet a real favor, not the word of Ward, which belongs in the dumpster instead of our babies.

Ward Churchill admits he abused his young, Canadian-Indian wife, Leah Kelly. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the abused young wife of an academic who joked that young women should "snuff" their babies and themselves.

The Bible tells how Joseph did the planet a real favor by carrying his wife and child into Egypt so their baby wouldn't be "snuffed."

Here is a site with the Bible in Russian. You can listen to the story of the Annunciation by clicking on Luke, Chapter 1. This is in the Russian language, not the Church Slavonic.

Here is the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-38 according to the King James Bible and followed by the Russian version:

And in the sixth month [of Elizabeth's pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. [A Russian version is here.]

Here is a Russian version of Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-38:

26
В шестой же месяц послан был Ангел Гавриил от Бога в город Галилейский, называемый Назарет,

27

к Деве, обрученной мужу, именем Иосифу, из дома Давидова; имя же Деве: Мария.

28

Ангел, войдя к Ней, сказал: радуйся, Благодатная! Господь с Тобою; благословенна Ты между женами.

29

Она же, увидев его, смутилась от слов его и размышляла, что бы это было за приветствие.

30

И сказал Ей Ангел: не бойся, Мария, ибо Ты обрела благодать у Бога;

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и вот, зачнешь во чреве, и родишь Сына, и наречешь Ему имя: Иисус.

32

Он будет велик и наречется Сыном Всевышнего, и даст Ему Господь Бог престол Давида, отца Его;

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и будет царствовать над домом Иакова во веки, и Царству Его не будет конца.

34

Мария же сказала Ангелу: как будет это, когда Я мужа не знаю?

35

Ангел сказал Ей в ответ: Дух Святый найдет на Тебя, и сила Всевышнего осенит Тебя; посему и рождаемое Святое наречется Сыном Божиим.

36

Вот и Елисавета, родственница Твоя, называемая неплодною, и она зачала сына в старости своей, и ей уже шестой месяц,

37

ибо у Бога не останется бессильным никакое слово.

38

Тогда Мария сказала: се, Раба Господня; да будет Мне по слову твоему. И отошел от Нее Ангел.

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