Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (14): Beautiful Change

Around the three original twelfth-century panels of Mary and Jesus are a series of panels added in the thirteenth century after a fire caused its repositioning and “updating.” The title “Beautiful Window” (Belle Verrière) was given to windows like this one that incorporated glass from different periods. While distressing, change can also plant the seeds of new and even lovely possibilities. Reminders like this “beautiful window” help me to feel glimmers of hope–especially when I am feeling loss.Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

My Prayer:

For the grace to see change as a potential ally, I pray.

Scriptural Touchstone:

…clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23 (NRSV)

Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

Invitation to Prayer:

What is changing for you? After considering what is being lost, ask for the courage to imagine the future. As you gaze at the image of this composite window, what other prayers are emerging in your body, imagination, mind and heart? Pray them now.

Photos:
The twelfth and thirteenth century stained glass window known as Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (Our Lady of the Beautiful Window) at Chartres Cathedral in France.

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
(7) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Queen Mary
(8) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Throne of Wisdom
(9) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Halo
(10) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Like Mother, Like Son
(11) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Mary’s Veil
(12) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Who is Looking at Whom?
(13) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Sky Blue

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