Visions of Mary (10): Lifted

Gothic architecture lifts us heavenward. Even if God isn’t “up” above, Chartres Cathedral’ moves us towards God’s Presence.

Chartres Cathedral at sunset

My prayer
For the gifts created by those who loved You, and loved to design and build cathedrals, I give thanks!

Scriptural Touchstone:
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Psalm 123:1 (NRSV)

Invitation to Pray:
When you see cathedral spires, how do you feel? What do you want to pray? Communicate it now.

These images show the towers of Chartres Cathedral from various vantage points in and beyond the town of Chartres. The photo of the west wall below with a dusting of snow on the roof of the south transept is found on the first page of the Introduction to Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral.

Look inside Visions of Mary (Introduction and Chapter One)
Available at AmazonParaclete Press, and Barnes and Noble
Interested in buying the book in volume? Contact Sister Estelle at Paraclete Press for pricing options.

Visions sitting on the edge of the well in the crypt at Chartres (photo: Michelle Campbell)

Posts that center on the images shown in Visions of Mary:
(1) The Blue Virgin Window at Chartres; (2) Looking Towards God; (3) Notre Dame de Chartres; (4) An Angel’s Perspective; (5) Mary’s Example; (6) Questioning; (7) Really?; (8) Wrapped in Love; (9) Devotion


Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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