Senseless death can, for a time, leave us speechless. We see Mary with a thumb pressed over her lips in this image of Jesus’s entombment.

There is a time when no words are adequate. There is a time for silence with all the doorways that it can open.

My prayer
I choose to be with You, O God, in silence.

Scriptural Touchstone:

For God alone my soul waits in silence. Psalm 62:5 NRSV

Invitation to Pray:
Make your presence known to Love. Spend time in silence together–at least five minutes, more if possible. If it would help, make the same gestures that you see Mary embodying as you pray.


These images are from the Passion window (1145-55) in the Chartres Cathedral. This pane depicts the entombment of Jesus. The photo at the top of this page can be found on page 6 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 AmazonParaclete 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…; (12) Celebrating Life; (13) Blessing

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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