What the Virgin Wore

I went to the Medjugorje website today to download Our Lady’s latest monthly message. At first glance, these appear to be pretty generic, but I’ve found pondering them to be a rich addition to my daily prayers.

Our Lady of Medjugorje Message, 25. June 2015: “Dear children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to love you and to call you to conversion. Little children, may God be your tomorrow and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin to reign in the heart of every person – but without God you will never find peace. Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so that your heart may sing with joy. I am with you and I love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

For some reason, I got intrigued by how Mary has chosen to garb herself for various apparitions and did a lot of surfing. Many of the apparitions I looked at didn’t include a description, but these three did.

Our Lady of Guadalupe 1531 iconography

Our Lady of La Salette 1846 iconography

Our Lady of Medjugorje 1981 iconography

Another little thing I learned in my surfing is that Medjugorje is not the longest apparition. Our Lady appeared at Laus, France, 1664 and 1718 … that’s 54 years! This apparition was approved by the RCC in 2008.



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3 responses to “What the Virgin Wore

  1. OLOG never ceases to amaze me as to the symbolism present in just one image. The moon beneath her feet (from Revelations) indicated to the Aztecs that the their deities were beneath her, and beneath HER God. It says something else about the arab moon-god, Allah, does it not?

    And look closely at the angel. He clearly has a Spanish face, maybe a particular Spanish clergyman or bishop. Maybe the message was that the Spanish were her servants, and the servants of her God.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I love it! Thanks, Grunt. I would really, really like to see a good and thorough study of this subject.

      When I was choosing a topic for my thesis in Art History, I was really drawn to the ways non-Western artists responded to Christianity and how they adapted their pagan symbols and forms to the new theology. Western Christianity had done this with Roman art, but the forms are now so familiar to us that we don’t recognize things like the Good Shepherd has having a meaning that spoke deeply to the pagans of the time.


  2. chrissythehyphenated

    I would love to know more about the La Salette image. I can see “Know Him, Love Him, Serve Him” in the placement of the three garlands of roses on her head, breast and feet. And the cross with implements of torture combines with her weeping. But I had no idea what the people of that time would have made of the heavy gold chain.

    I’m also intrigued by how she is appearing now at Medjugorje. I can’t recall another apparition where her garb is so shapeless and plain. Poverty? Mourning?