Contributing to another’s wellbeing is one of the definitions of blessing. In religious art a well-known symbol of blessing involves the right hand with the pointer and middle fingers raised.
The loving touch of holding is surely another symbol of blessing.
May my hands be instruments of blessing in every way that You desire, Loving God.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make God’s face to shine upon us, Selah. Psalm 67:1 (NRSV)
Invitation to Pray:
Look carefully at your hands. Ask God, how can I bless others today?
These images are of the statue known as Notre Dame de Sous Terre (Our Lady Under the Earth). It is located in the northern chapel of the crypt at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
The photo in the Scripture section above can be found on page 5 in the Introduction to Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral.
To Explore Further:
Look inside Visions of Mary (Introduction and Chapter One). Available at Amazon, Paraclete Press, and Barnes and Noble
Interested in buying the book in volume? Contact Sister Estelle at Paraclete Press for pricing options.
Visit Jill’s website on the Chartres Cathedral.
Posts with images shown in Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral (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; (10) Lifted; (11) There’s More…; Celebrating Life