Call upon Mary

Call upon Mary

File:Antonello da Messina - The Virgin Mary Reading - Walters 37433.jpg


On this feast of The Holy Name of Mary may ~

“…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.”

—Venerable Thomas à Kempis


In these most turbulent days, we are counseled by the saints who knew that,

” In dangers, in straits, in perplexity, call upon Mary. Let her name be always in your mouth and heart.

—Saint Bernard


I love this painting by Antonio da Messina, titled, The Virgin Mary Reading c 1460-1462. It depicts the Virgin Mary in her status as Queen of Heaven- characterized by a calm, austere fortitude- quietly sitting and reading.

Mary is not being tossed about by the worries and cares of the world under her feet. Rather, we see her in perfect peace; the artist emphasizing,

“the golden crown-studded with jewels and pearls and adorned with red and white roses-held by the angels.

Attached to the Virgin’s mantle is a small pendant cross from which pearls are suspended.”

This is because Heaven knows, Mary’s mantle covers all her children and one day soon ~

Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.



  • Art and quote via Wikipedia Commons

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