Monday, June 22, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

"The Holy Spirit will overshadow you..." Gabriel explained to Mary. She understood what he left unsaid: Just as "the glory of the Lord" covered Mount Sinai with a cloud (Ex 24:16-18), and the same mysterious cloud "filled the Tent of Meeting" (Ex 40:34-38) and then the original Temple of Jerusalem (2 Chron 7:1-2), Mary herself would become God's dwelling place on earth.

This image, from a photo by Sister Sergia Ballini, FSP, is from the Franciscan Cloister of Mariaburg in Näfels, Switzerland. It appears to be a detail from a traditional Annunciation. 

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