Depicting the Virgin of Mt. Sinai, Our Lady of the Sign expresses the ancient anthem, “In the bush seen by Moses, as burning yet unconsumed, we recognize the preservation of your glorious virginity, O Mother of God!” as well as the prophecy of Isaiah, “... the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.” (Isaiah 7:14)
In this present rendition, commissioned by a Roman Catholic priest to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of his ordination, the Virgin is surrounded by fiery seraphim, representing the Divinity manifested in the Burning Bush.
The Virgin personifies the Church who contains within herself the living God, as represented by Christ Emmanuel in the mandorla upon her breast. Christ is shown in the vestments of a priest, holding the Eucharist. The Virgin’s hands are on fire with flames representing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Surrounding the nimbus of the Virgin are 15 stars representing the mysteries of the rosary. The three diamonds on the crown of Our Lady represent the Holy Trinity. The three differing stars upon the Virgin’s clothing are the signs of her perpetual virginity.
The seraph at the base of the Christ child honors the Madonna as the the fiery chariot of the Word.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque, print and photo.)
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray to God for us, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
God of life,
you have given joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother,
the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit inspires you to seek the way of the Lord on your Confirmation day and always. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you; and you will be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
(This greeting is printed on the inside, right panel of Confirmation Cards only.)
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