When something is so horrible that it is inappropriate to speak, I can follow Mary’s example by keeping my hands and heart open.
(My hands, open like Mary’s, are”saying” what I need to communicate.)
Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Joseph took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Luke 23: 52-55 (NRSV)
Invitation to prayer
Think of something that has devastated you. Imagine yourself facing it as if hovering above. Place your right thumb over your mouth. Extend your four finger out like a fan. Now place your left hand with your palm facing out and your fingers extended close to your heart. Feel your body pray (no words are necessary) for as long as it wants.
Photo and placement of this image in relationship to the labyrinth
Mary above Jesus as he is anointed and placed in a tomb. The image is in the left panel of the fifth row (from the bottom) of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ window, a twelfth century stained glass window on the south side (left as you face it from the inside) of the west wall of the Chartres Cathedral in France. This image is visible from all those places in the labyrinth where the walker is facing west. As one leaves the center the labyrinth, and on all the straight sections of the pathway as one returns to the threshold, the window and Mary are fully visible.
Related Posts: Other Images of Mary Visible from the Labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral
To the east of the labyrinth:
The apsidal image of Mary as a throne for Jesus who is sitting on her lap blessing on the top of the East central window (above the choir).
The Annunciation of Jesus’ birth to Mary in the East central window (above the choir).
The Visitation of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth in the East central window (above the choir).
To the west of the labyrinth:
Mary in the Tree of Jesse (Ancestors of Jesus). Twelfth century window (1140-1150) on the north side of the west wall.
The Annunciation in The Life of Christ Window. Twelfth century window (1145-1155), the central window on the west wall.
The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth in the Life of Christ Window.
The Nativity: Mary, Jesus and Joseph in the Life of Christ Window.
The Kings Visit Jesus and Mary in the life of Christ Window.
The Flight Into Egypt: Mary, Jesus and Joseph in the Life of Christ Window
The Return from Egypt: The Holy Family in the Life of Christ Window
Jesus blessing while sitting on Mary’s Lap in the Life of Christ Window
Mary standing below the cross of Jesus in the Passion and Resurrection Window (1145-1155), on the south side of the west wall.
Mary holding Jesus’ hands as his body is taken off the cross in the Passion and Resurrection Window.