This piece is a depiction of Elizabeth, cousin of Mary and mother of John the Baptist. This moment is when she is moved to prophesy upon feeling the baby leap in her womb, acknowledging the presence of Mary and as yet unborn baby Jesus.
"When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
I tried to capture the profound passion of Elizabeth as she makes her prophesy. She is a more mature woman and further along in her pregnancy than Mary. I wanted her pose to recall the rapturous praising I have seen in church services in the South where I live. I wanted the transportation she feels in the communion with God to make her abut to fall to her knees, even as she seems to rise.