Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (7): Queen Mary

Thinking of Mary as my “older sister” in the faith has helped me to accept God’s sometimes difficult will, as she did when she agreed to carry Jesus. This image reminds me that Mary had a unique role that far exceeds being inspirational–she was the Queen Mother of the King of Kings.

My Prayer:

Jesus, help me to know Mary better. Inspire me with all of her history–not just the parts I can relate to easily.

Scriptural Touchstones:

The angel said to Mary, “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 holy; he will be called Son of God. Luke 1:35 (NRSV)

Invitation to Prayer:

Crown of Mary, Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

Consider this crown that Mary wears in this image. How do you feel as you look at it? What questions does it invite? If you use your heart to respond to it, what happens? What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos:
Images of Queen Mary and her crown from the twelfth and thirteenth century stained glass window known as Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière at Chartres Cathedral in France.

Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

Note: The earliest existing image of Mary wearing a crown is most likely a mosaic in Santa Maria in Trastevere at Rome from around 1140 (forty years earlier than this image). The First Council of Ephesus (fifth century) proclaimed Mary as the Mother of God (Theotokos). This allowed for the title “Queen.”

Other posts in this series:

(1) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Beauty
(2) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Iconic Love
(3) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Seeing and Being Seen
(4) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Jesus, Mary’s Son
(5) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Jesus’ Message
(6) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: The Holy Spirit

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