The Life of Mary (2): Mary’s First Bath

Our first washing follows birth, our last washing follows death. The loving care of others accompanies us as we arrive and leave this life. Remembering this helps me to breathe more deeply.

My Prayer:

Mary's First Bath in the Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mary receiving her first bath

Help me to attentively appreciate those who are with me, I pray.

Scriptural Touchstones:

As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in cloths. Ezekiel 16:4 (NRSV)

Mary's First Bath in the Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
Woman waiting to dry Mary after her bath

Invitation To Pray:

Mary's First Bath in the Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
Bathing Mary after her birth

As you gaze at this midwife’s face, what are you feeling? Thinking? Wondering? Remembering? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos:

Mary's First Bath in the Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mary’s first bath found in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Other Posts in This Series:

Life of Mary (1): Mary’s Birth

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