Looking towards the front of the church, the left aisle runs along the side of the church next to the school. These windows lie beneath the four giant windows of the left nave. Stations of the cross 8 to 14 are also located in this area.
The Anunciation from the angel Gabriel to Mary. Note the Holy Spirit coming down as a dove, and the words on the angels staff: “Ave Maria, gratia plena” (Hail Mary, full of grace). The feast day of the Anunciation is on March 25th, nine full months before Christmas.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:28, 30-38
The baby Jesus is born to his parents, Mary and Joseph.
The presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. This was to complete Mary’s ritual purification after childbirth, and to perform the redemption of the firstborn, in obedience to the Law of Moses. The elderly prophetess Anna was also in the temple, and offered prayers and praise to God for Jesus.
Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced (in) wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
Lazarus became ill, and the sisters immediately notified Jesus, who decided to remain where he was staying for two days before making the journey. When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had died and was already buried in a tomb for four days. Martha laments that Jesus did not arrive soon enough to heal her brother, and Jesus replies “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
Jesus is moved by Mary’s sorrow. The narrator, John, gives the simple phrase, “And Jesus wept.” John 11:35
In the presence of a crowd, Jesus has them roll the stone to the tomb away and he calls Lazarus to come out. Lazarus does so, still tied in his burial cloths. Many who were present began to believe in Jesus.
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 10:11, 14-15