Thursday, 23 August 2012
Ark of the Covenant.
The portrait above has hung upon my wall for forty years or more.
There has been laughter,and tears, beneath it.Every Christmas it is placed above the fireplace,and decorated with evergreen branches, two candles on either side, alight on Christmas Eve.It is part of the very fabric of my home,a constant reminder of the cause of our joy.
I have often wondered which part of the Gospel this portrait depicts.After the presentation in the temple maybe,when she has listened to the words of Simeon,or resting briefly on the flight into Eygpt.Perhaps after the visit of the Magi.
There is sorrow, as well as overwhelming love in her gaze.She seems to be aware of the shadow of the cross.Aware also, of the sword that will pierce her heart.
I do not know the artist,as I cannot read the signature on the print,and I have never seen it in any other place.No doubt it is a well known portrait in some corner of the world,it may not even be a painting of Our Lady and the Holy child,but......I treat it as such!
Tower of Ivory
Cause of our Joy
Ora Pro Nobis.