Anne, the mother of Mary

A friend has just started painting an icon of Anne and Mary. I never thought about Anna, but she must have been a very special woman.

This beautiful icon by Kathleen Anderson shows the three generations together: Anna, Mary and Jesus

 Saint Anna with Theotokos and Christ Child

Saint Anna with Theotokos and Christ Child

This icon from the Diocese of Detroit is less beautiful but it spoke to me and explained something about the previous image.
St Anne - Donna Rathert
Mary is shown inside Anna, and Jesus inside Mary, like “Russian dolls”. This reminds me that all of a woman’s eggs are present in her body when she is born, so the egg that Jesus came from was inside Anna’a body when she was pregnant with Mary. Icons are very wise aren’t they.

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~ by scalambra on June 4, 2013.

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