How was Mary prepared to parent Jesus? Who mothered Mary? Whose love made it possible for her to love her son, the Son of God?
Tradition has identified Anne as Jesus’s grandmother and Joachim as her grandfather. There are many images of Anne at Chartres, including in the large central lancet window under the north rose where she holds her daughter.
Love is passed from generation to generation. It touches and forms us, just as it touched God.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” (Paul to Timothy) 2 Timothy 1:5 NRSV
Invitation to Pray
Bring to mind your mother’s mother, or another significant relative whose love has touched and formed you. Identify and then give thanks for the ways in which that love has helped you become who you are.
If this is too difficult, pray that love will flow from you to others in your family.
These images are from the central lancet window (1235) under the rose window in the Chartres Cathedral in France.
The second photo on this page can be found on page 15 in Chapter One of Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral.
To Explore Further
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To see more images from Chartres, 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; (14) Silent Grief; (15) Embodied Support‘ (16) New Ways of Looking; (17) How Are We All Related?