Meditation on Luke 1:46-55, The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Lamenting Madonna, Icon, Egg Temera and Gilding on Gessoed Board, Phillip Schwartz

Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


As a child I was drawn to The Virgin Mary through medieval Christian art. I spent many hours as a child in museums, and when my father lost track of me, I could usually be located in the galleries containing icons, statues of Saints and other Christian art. The Cloisters was, and still is one my favorite places. When I came to the realization that my interest in Christian art was more about God than it was about beauty, I began my long journey of faith with it’s many twists and turns which ultimately led to my conversion, baptism and life as a Christian. I have the Blessed Mother to thank for leading me to her Son our Savior.

Phillip Schwartz


2 thoughts on “Meditation on Luke 1:46-55, The Blessed Virgin Mary

    1. The Blessed Mother became very special to me when I was made Postulant for Holy Orders on the Feast of the Annunciation in March (25th). I am blessed to know that we share a special connection to our spiritual journeys. Her personal pain and sacrifice make her the premier member of the community of saints of whom I ask for prayers to God when God’s call on my own life becomes painful. Thank you for this heartfelt reflection and for sharing your poignant icon with all of us. Bless you, Eileen+


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