The Chartres Labyrinth and Mary (35) Bridan Sculpture

Mary’s open arms, reaching out to God, inspire me to pray for the ability to abandon myself with trust.

Bridan sculpture of Mary in the choir by Jill K H Geoffrion

My prayer

Here I am God. Thank You for calling me to know and love You.

Biblical touchstones

God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Genesis 46:2

God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4 NRSV

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” Acts 9:10

Invitation to prayer

Open your arms as widely as you can as a way of symbolizing your openness to God’s will for you. What prayers are emerging in your heart, mind, body, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photo and placement of this image in relationship to the labyrinth

Charles-Antoine Bridan sculpted The Assumption of Mary between 1767 and 1773. It weighs thirty tons! It is found to the east of the labyrinth in the choir and is seen as one stands at the threshold of the labyrinth as well as anytime one gazes eastward.

Bridan sculpture of Mary in the choir by Jill K H Geoffrion

The Assumption of the Virgin, 1767-73, by Charles-Antoine Bridan, in the choir, Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France. This monumental Baroque sculpture measure 6m by 4m and weighs 30 tonnes.

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.
Mary watching the anointing and entombment of Jesus in the Passion and Resurrection Window.

To the south of the labyrinth:

Nursing Mary and Jesus in a clerestory window (1205-1215) above the labyrinth.
Mary holding Jesus, a sculpture on the fifteenth century organ above the south nave.
The symbolic “shirt of Mary” on the Bishop’s pulpit (south side of the nave) above the labyrinth.
The flight from Israel to Egypt in the St. John window in the south aisle.

Mary’s death as witnessed by the mourning disciples. The death and glorification of Mary window (1205-1215) in the south aisle.
Mary’s soul being received by Jesus. The death and glorification of Mary window.
Mary’s casket being carried by the disciples to its resting place. The death and glorification of Mary window.
The entombment of Mary’s body by the disciples. The death and glorification of Mary window.
The assumption of Mary into Heaven. The death and glorification of Mary Window.
The crowning of Mary. The death and glorification of Mary window.

Mary’s coronation. The Vendôme Chapel window (1415) in the south aisle.
Mary with other mourners near the cross of Jesus. The Vendôme Chapel window.
Mary honoring Christ at the end of time. The Vendôme Chapel window.

Statue of Mary with Jesus on her lap. The Miracles of Mary window (1205-1215) in the south aisle.
Mary with Jesus on her lap (2). The Miracles of Mary window.
Mary and Theophilus, Mary and the Devil. The Miracles of Mary window.
Mary Throne with Jesus on her lap. Near the top of the Miracles of Mary window.

To the north of the labyrinth:

Mary Throne with two donors praying on either side. North clerestory rose (1210-25)
Mary with Jesus in her womb which is being infused by six red lines emanating from six doves. North clerestory rose (1205-1215)

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