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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mary Alphabet in the Month of May


Lady Altar ~ Basilica of the Assumption ~ Zwolle, Netherlands

A is for Ave Mater ~ Greetings Mary, in your maternity!
B is for Saint Bernard ~ called the Harp of Mary.
C is for Cherubim Choir ~ Jesus' heavenly escort.
D is for Discipleship ~ Mary its first-flowering.
E is for Everywhere ~ Her sightings and apparitions.
F is for Mary's Flowers ~ Her earrings, slippers and gloves.
G is for Guadalupe ~ Aztec Mary in a golden mist.
H is for Hill Country ~ Pregnant Mary hastening on foot.
I is for Iris ~ Mary's light-receiving eye.
J is for Joseph ~ attentive to his dreams.
K is for Mary's Kitchen ~ finding God in pots and pans.
L is for Lourdes ~ Mary smiling from the grotto.
M is for Maris Stella ~ o'er life's tempestuous sea.
N is for Numinous ~ God's bright shining; can you feel it?
O is for Oak ~ sacred tree of Jesus' cross.
P is for Pro Populo ~ Mary's prayers for the people.
Q is for Quince ~ fruit of Jesus' rising.
R is for Resonance ~ the happy sound of Her name.
S is for Shhh ~ Nursing Holy Infant.
T is for Temple ~ Mary and Joseph presenting the Child.
U is for Untangling ~ knots of fear and scorn.
V is for Vogue ~ Mary in and out of fashion (but not for me).
W is for the Wine ~ running out at Cana's wedding.
X is for Exclaim ~ Mary singing of God's marvels.
Y is for Yellow Bedstraw ~ covering manger's floor.
Z is for Zwolle ~ Her Netherland church with its fifty-one bells!

10 comments:

  1. Mary is never out of fashion for me either. Always in Vogue!

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  2. What would we do without Mary, our Mother and Queen!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your Mary tribute from A to Z with us. Each letter presents an image for us to think about. However did you you find this Zwolle altar for Z?

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  4. I wish I could say, "Oh I've known about this place since I was a boy." But it's was probably something as mundane as Googling: Marian Shrines Around the World and Zwolle popped up. And then the delight of learning about its 51 bells! Stroke of luck.

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  5. Finding God in pots and pans. I guess we should be looking for God everywhere.

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  6. Yes indeed! Get hold of the little book Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Presence of God. It is the spiritual insight/advice of a monk who has the responsibility of the monastic kitchen and has to find a new way to pray as he more often than not misses the chapel exercises.

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  7. Beautifully dine once again. This can be used in so many ways.

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  8. I have been to Lourdes and you really do feel as though Mary is smiling down from the grotto. Smiling down on us from above. It is a very spiritual and healing experience. Thank you for this alphabetical tribute to our Blessed Mother.

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  9. That lovely aspect of the Lourdes account: that on a number of occasions when Bernadette was instructed by the parish priest to ask "the thing" this or that as "proof" the Lady simply smiled. Heaven smiles at our fussing.

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  10. As May is approaching its end, I will bookmark this particular post to have it always available when I need a feel good reminder of all the goodness and protection we are blessed to have from our Mother Mary. Thank you for this Mary tribute, it has served me well already.

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