Something About Mary, a Most Highly Favored Lady

virginofvladimirLast Wednesday I began my study of Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, with the contemplation of the icon of The Holy Trinity. Today the icon of the Virgin of Vladimir, the second icon of four, moves under my gaze and into focus.

This icon, also known as “Our Lady of Tenderness,” was painted by an anonymous Greek artist early in the twelfth century and is one of the most venerated of all Russian icons.

I haven’t spent enough time with this icon to have formed many impressions yet. I did, however,  find myself focusing on the child’s feet. I’m not sure what that’s about, maybe I’m just working my way up through the image.

Tomorrow, nine months before Christmas Day, the Church celebrates the message of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin and her acceptance of the role of Mother to our Lord.

I have been surprised (and yet, not surprised) that I seem to be surrounded by references to Mary, to the feminine divine, and the changing roles of women in the church. This is all so new to me, a bit much to try and take in all at once, but so appropriate since I am really gathering up steam to begin my “Mary Quilts” in earnest.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

TODAY’S EXERCISE: We took JessieDog to the vet. Wondering if the grumpy old lady was going to bite someone was enough to get my heart rate up for a while. ALSO, three Sun Salutations, a headstand and a 1 second Crow Pose.


~ by Kimberly Mason on March 24, 2009.

15 Responses to “Something About Mary, a Most Highly Favored Lady”

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