Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (17): Stars

Stars shine in the darkness. They beg us to reach toward realities we will never experience. Silently, they open our hearts to hope. As the night to remember angels singing God’s praise in a star-lit sky approaches, I remember how stars have been symbolically linked to Mary, Jesus’ mother. As I look at these flower-shaped stars, I long for the beauty, possibility, and promise of the starry sky to become even more real to me and to our troubled world.

Mary with stars around her head, Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

My Prayer:

God, Remind me to look for Your light everywhere. Help me to see You shining through the darkness.

Scriptural Touchstones:

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman…and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant… Revelation 12:1-2 (NIV)

When the magi had heard King Herod, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. Matthew 2:9-10 (NRSV)

Invitation to Prayer:

Star around Mary's head, Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

If you close your eyes, open your heart, and imagine a magnificent starry sky, what prayers emerge in your body, imagination, mind and heart? Pray them now.

Photos:
Thirteenth century stars around the head of Mary (twelfth-century) in the stained glass window known as Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (Our Lady of the Beautiful Window) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière by Jill K H Geoffrion

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
(14) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Beautiful Change
(15) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Angels
(16) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Angels’ Help

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