Historic Saint Raphael's 


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​5601 Williams Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931    
       Office: 239-239.463.6057        
Pastor's Cell: 239.571.3600 

Church of the Visitation, 1955, Ein Karem, Israel
The Visitation by Master M S, 1506, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
Eastern Christianity Fresco, St. George Church, Kurbinovo, Macedonia

Art of The Visitation

"When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb."  Luke 1:41


The Visitation, celebrated on May 31 in the West, is the visit between Mary and her much older cousin, Elizabeth. After the angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of Jesus, Mary traveled from Galilee to Judea and stayed with Elizabeth for three months. Elizabeth was soon to be the mother of John the Baptist.

The visit between these two women, one seemingly too old to have a child yet destined to bear the last prophet of a passing age; and the other seemingly not ready to have a child, but destined to bear the One heralding the age never to pass, has proven inspirational to artists. 

In addition to reading the story in Luke 1:39-56, Saint Raphael's invites you to enjoy a sampling of Art of The Visitation.