Madonnas Page II
the last page was absolutely overflowing, I thought it might be a
capital idea to split this page into more parts. The last page I had
these posted on went on forever and there were still two pages. I
imagine this is going to end up being at the very least, three
pages. So enough rambling from me. Here are The Ladies...
one that is a bit off the beaten path is the Black Madonna of Le Puy.
Although She is more well known than a LOT of them hanging out at my
In Monastere Sainte Claire, Notre Dame du Puy, cedar statue made by
Jeremiah and brought by St.
Louis, burned at Rev. replaced with copy by local artist, end of 18
C, gilded wood. A small replica of original Le Puy is in the vestry.
The original statue was destroyed during the French
Cathedrals are constructed with Sacred Geometry, a small offshoot of
Alchemy. The Cathedral in Scotland, Rosslyn, and Notre Dame are
perfect examples of the hidden esoteric meaning constructed in the
Cathedrals...they aren't *just* churches. They are so much more...
is Notre Dame de Hal...I don't have a lot of information on Her,
but She is made of Vieux Bruxelles Porcelain. This is a special
Porcelain House in Brussels that is no longer in service, since the
beginning of the 20th century. It's very delicate and you can see
the expression on her face ~ The picture definitely does the Lady no
justice. Having VIEUX BRUXELLES PORCELAIN still intact in itself is
a small miracle. And this Lady crossed the Ocean to be here with the
others. She's extremely special, and near and dear to my heart...
hails from the town of Hal in Brussels, where Her image is enshrined.
This one also has a miniature statue that I picked up one day. Its
only about 3 inches tall. So its like She has Her own statue...which
is kind of strange when you think about it...This one is interesting
in the fact that She is so regal and more matronly or grandmotherly
looking, yet she is nursing the child. So far, besides ISIS, this is
the only one that I have that is seen nursing the
Madonna de Torreciudad
miraculous Black Madonna in the province of Huesca, Aragon called
Our Lady of Torreciudad. The statue of our Lady of Torreciudad
represents our Lady as the throne of the Incarnate Word. She is the
Seat of Wisdom, the Throne of Grace and Glory.
cum fiducia ad thronum gratiae, ut misericordiam consequamur!"
" Let us, then, with confidence draw near to the throne of
grace, to the throne of mercy, that we may receive mercy!"
sanctuary devoted to the Virgin is located in the province of Huesca.
Torreciudad is an international pilgrimage center. This prayer and
penitence place is sited in a landscape of singular strength and
beauty. The temple is a work by the architect Heliodoro Dols, who
lives in Zaragoza, and the altarpiece was done by the artist Juan
Mayne, who was inspired by the Aragonese monstrance-altarpieces.
Many wonderful miracles were attributed through the intercession of
the Black Madonna of Torreciudad.
This statue of Our Lady is again
one of the Black Madonna, seated in the throne with The Child on her lap holding the
Bible while her right hand is holding a
flower. The ones seated are usually referred to as Byzantine
Style... Under her feet is a pedestal with the words "Nuestra
Senora De Torreciudad". I have two of these. This one is
clothed in gold, where the other one is wearing white, red and gold.
Dame de Meymac, also known as the Black Madonna of Meymac is
believed to have been carved sometime during the 11th century. The
Black Virgin has very large hands and a red cloak; and has been
called one of the strangest and most interesting Black Madonnas to
date. The Child is dressed in red with bare feet, and sits between
the Madonna's knees, holding a closed book in his left hand.
This Black Virgin was once part of the 11th century treasure of
Benedictine priory of Saint Andrew, originally a hermitage in and
during the Merovingian Dynasty. In the chapel where She resides are
some very interesting icons. One statue, of Saint Roch, shows him
not accompanied with his (usual) dog, but a woman in black. Another
very dark wooden statue is of a woman with a castle under her left
one of the Madonnas of the Fisher Kings, the Merovingian line of
Mystic Kings, keepers of the Grail Bloodline. Black
Madonnas are believed to be pre-Christian archetypes whose
child-nurturing focus is the embodiment of the pre-historic Great
Madonna of St. Anne de Beupre
to Saint Anne, in Canada, goes back to the beginning of New France,
and was brought to Canada by the first settlers and early
missionaries. The hardy pioneers soon began to till the fertile soil
of the Beaupré hillside; in the region which now forms the parish
of Sainte Anne de Beaupré the first houses date from the year 1650.
Nor was it long before the settlers built themselves a chapel where
they might meet for Divine worship. One of their number, the Sieur
Etienne Lessard, offered to give the land required at the spot which
the church authorities should find suitable. On 13 March, 1658,
therefore, the missionary, Father Vignal, came to choose the site
and to bless the foundation of the proposed chapel which, by general
consent, was to be dedicated to St. Anne. The very day the Saint
showed how favourably she viewed the undertaking by healing Louis
Guimont, an inhabitant of Beaupré, who suffered terribly from
rheumatism of the loins. Full of confidence in St. Anne, he came
forward and placed three stones in the foundations of the new
building, whereupon he found himself suddenly and completely cured
of his ailment.
much for the official story...This one is bizarre. Just downright
bizarre. First of all, they would NEVER have crowned St. Anne. Not
for anything. As it was, it was difficult enough getting the Church
to grudgingly crown Mary. And that was done ONLY after all attempts
to wipe out Goddess worship had failed miserably. This one has the
Child with the eyes firmly placed on the Virgin. and the child has
long hair. Now, this would cover nicely with the story above but it
would also fit the Merovingian Kings--- the longhairs. Would this
also fit in nicely with the displaced and outlawed Templars, even
giving credence to the whole Money Pit mystery? So I'm still
puzzling this whole St. Anne thing out...but I suspect there is so
much more going on under the surface of this than meets the
eye...something HERETICAL perhaps? I do love a good Heretic...
Black Madonna is a painting of the Madonna and Christ Child which
legend states was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist. St. Luke is
believed to have used a tabletop from a table built by the carpenter
Jesus. It was while Luke was painting Mary that she told him about
the events in the life of Jesus that he eventually incorporated in
painting shows up again in 326 AD when St. Helen located it in
Jerusalem while on a pilgrimage there. She gave the painting to her
son, Constantine, who had a shrine built in Constantinople to house
it. In a critical battle with the Saracens, the portrait was
displayed from the walls of the city and the Saracens were
subsequently routed. The portrait was credited with saving the city.
The painting was eventually owned by Charlemagne who subsequently
presented it to Prince Leo of Ruthenia (northwest Hungary). It
remained at the royal palace in Ruthenia until an invasion occurred
in the eleventh century. The king prayed to Our Lady to aid his
small army and as a result of his prayers a darkness descended on
the enemy troops who, in their confusion, began attacking one
another. Ruthenia was saved as a result of this intervention.
1382, picture was brought to Jasna Gora in response to a request
made in a dream of Prince Ladislaus of Opola. This legendary history
becomes better documented with the painting's ownership by Prince
Ladislaus. In 1382 invading Tartars attacked the Prince's fortress
at Belz. In this attack one of the Tartar arrows hit the painting
and lodged in the throat of the Madonna. The Prince, fearing that he
and the famous painting might fall to the Tartars, fled in the night
finally stopping in the town of Czestochowa, where the painting was
installed in a small church. The Prince subsequently had a Pauline
monastery and church built to ensure the painting's safety.
1430, the Hussites overran the monastery and attempted to take the
portrait. One of the looters twice struck the painting with his
sword but before he could strike another blow he fell to the floor
writhing in agony and died. Both the sword cuts and the arrow wound
are still visible in the painting.
in 1655, Poland was almost entirely overrun by the forces of
Sweden's King Charles X. Only the area around the monastery remained
unconquered. Somehow, the monks of the monastery successfully
defended the portrait against a forty day siege and eventually all
of Poland was able to drive out the invaders. After this remarkable
turn of events, the Lady of Czestochowa became the symbol of Polish
national unity and was crowned Queen of Poland. The King of Poland
placed the country under the protection of the Blessed Mother.
recent legend surrounding the painting involves the threat of a
Russian invasion. In 1920, the Russian army was seen massing on the
banks of the Vistula river, threatening Warsaw, when an image of the
Virgin was seen in the clouds over the city. The Russian troops
withdrew on seeing the image. There have been reports for centuries
of miraculous events such as spontaneous healings occurring to those
who made a pilgrimage to the portrait. Officially, it is known as
the 'Black Madonna" because of the soot residue that discolors
the painting. They say that soot is the result of centuries of
votive lights and candles burning in front of the painting. But,
over 1,000 of the world's venerated Madonna's were portrayed with
Black coloring. With the decline of communism in Poland, pilgrimages
to the Black Madonna have increased dramatically.
also known as
Saint Barbara among the Santeria Crowd. This
one is a icon rather than a statue. Sorry...
She didn't really fit on the scanner.
one... I'm afraid we don't know anything at all about Her except
that She looks to be somewhat Polynesian/African. She was found by
my husband at a thrift store. She loves being here, though. We get
the distinct feeling from Her that She was neglected and ignored for
years. Now She has a place with ALL the others. And you think I'm
crazy...but these Ladies each have their own personality and
something that can only be described as radiance. Most of them are
old, some of them are brand new---others have a very doubtful
lineage. But they all have two things in common---they all represent
one of the 10,000 names of the Goddess, and they now live here where
they will be safe and respected.
is another one we aren't quite sure about. We THINK She might
hail from Brazil or Cuba. Definitely a South American feeling
Madonna, which would put Her in the category of Yemayah or Señeora
Aparecida. You can see Señeora Aparecida on the previous page. She
is not Her, though. I still have some tracking to do on Her. What is
known is that She is carved out of pure ebony. She has a rather
primitive look to her, and She is definitely hand carved. Other than
that, She's got a pretty cold trail, so I have some work to do to
is where MOST of them live, but they are scattered all
over the house.
really debated putting this one up...this is one of my ALL time
favorites. Another rendition of Montserrat, this is my personal Tole
Shrine to the Black Madonna.
still have a very long way to go---I haven't even hit the second
page of the old website on the Madonnas yet. But it will have to
wait until later. Thanks for your patience as I get this together.
These pages have been quite the labor of love.
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