Thursday, August 11, 2005

August's Magnificat

I love getting the Magnificat every month. Not only does it have a few reflections in the beginning, the readings, morning prayer, evening prayer, and a reflection for each day and the Order of Mass, it also details and explains a different artistic masterpiece at the end of each issue. This month's was The Dormition of Mary and the Nativity of Jesus, mosaics, from the twelfth century, church of Martorana, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Notice the Son's descent to earth and the rise of Mary's soul to Heaven, the Mother carries the Son and the Son carries the Mother, and the positions of Mother and Son reversed. Beautiful.

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