Advent journeys with Mary At Chartres (1)

How can you journey with Mary in a way that would open up new horizons during this Advent season?

Mary’s birth with a midwife and her mother Anne, Life of Mary Window at Chartres Cathedral

How can images of our sister, Mary, found at the Chartres Cathedral in France support your desire to know more about how God is present during birth?

Mary in her mother’s arms, central trumeau of the North Porch (with the South Rose)

How faith can be transmitted from generation to generation?

Young Mary with her mother, south lancet window

How love, beauty, and learning shape growth?

Mary sheltered by Anne, Wooden sculpture in Notre Dame du Pilier Chapel

What might Mary show you about how your own journey can lead to new life?

Mary blessing from her mother’s lap, north upper ambulatory

Scriptural Touchstone:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalm 122:1 NRSV
(Reading from the Lectionary for the first Sunday in Advent)

Chartres Cathedral, northwest view


Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral is at once a treasure of visual devotion to Mary and an invitation to a unique meditative journey. This volume explores the story of Mary through nine centuries of artistic work, theological reflection, and faith.

During Advent, Jill is leading weekly art and prayer sessions related to Marian imagery at Chartres for Birthing the Holy, an online retreat offered by the Abbey of the Arts.

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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