Friday, December 21, 2012
VIRGIN MARY "OF THE SIGN"
VIRGIN MARY "OF THE SIGN", 15TH CENTURY, MEZQUITA CATHEDRAL, ANDALUSIA CORDOBA, SPAIN
AROUND THE WORLD AND THROUGH THE CENTURIES WITH THE UNBORN
Mezquita Cathedral (Interior)
Fresco of Virgin Mary "of the Sign": she is carrying Jesus in her womb. This mural is found in The Mezquita Cathedral of Cordoba, a Roman Catholic cathedral and former mosque, situated in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, Spain. Under the rule of Islam, it was built as the second-largest mosque in the world, and is perhaps the most accomplished monument of the Umayyad dynasty of Cordoba. After the Spanish Reconquista, it was transformed into a church, and some of the Islamic columns and arches were replaced by a basilica in early Baroque style. Today it houses the main church of the diocese of Cordoba in Spain.
"He, in her, carried on the blessed converse with His Father; there was never any separation between Mary and the Blessed Fruit of her womb, Jesus. She would come back to Him with all the more joy, and tell Him what she had been doing and saying...... When we think of Jesus praying for nine months to His Father, when we think of Mary's nine months' colloquy with Jesus, we begin to think that there is something wrong about our methods of prayer, that they need re modeling. Let us try to under stand something of what His prayer was." Mother St. Paul, Ortus Christi (London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., 1921), 90 91.