The Virgin Mary Compared to the Sun

The following seven emblems are selected from the 1681 Virgo Maria Mystica Sub Solis Imagine Emblematica Expressa by Johann Leenheer.  Based on the "great proximity between the sun and the woman" (St Bernard), Mary is venerated as the "Woman clothed with the Sun"
(Rev. 12:1), a symbol of her plentitude of grace and Immaculate Conception.

Comparing Mary to the Sun, the author highlights successively the Immaculate Conception, her noble and illustrious descent, her beauty, the joy of her birth, her virginal integrity,
 her sinlessness, and virgin birth.,

 

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