|The Nativity by Guido Reni|
Museum of San Martino in Naples, Italy
Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you!
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.
Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people.
So they (the shepherds went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
Three Wise Men
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
It had been revealed to him (Simeon) by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
Anna the Prophetess
She (Anna the Prophetess) never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
The Holy Innocents
He (Herod) ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.