House of Gold
The sumptuously decorated medallion shows
Mary holding a branch or scepter of lilies. The medallion rests on
an impressive baroque structure, symbolizing the "golden
house." Two inscriptions highlight the Marian
connection. The glorious Christ utters these words, "This is
my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I desire it"
(Psalm 132:14). The second inscription reads, "The Lord's
glory filled the house of God" (2 Chronicles 5:14).
these quotes point to the Incarnation. Mary is the "House of
Gold" harboring Jesus Christ; she is his "resting place."
Thus, she is filled with God's glory.
The designation "House of Gold"
goes back to the
"Inner Sanctum" of the Tent of the Covenant and to Solomon's Temple
(1 Kings 6:20-22). Solomon's Temple gave special distinction to the
"Holy of Holiest." It was all in gold as befits the
dwelling place of God Almighty. Mary is called "House of
God" because she was the dwelling place of God Incarnate, and as
such filled with grace and virtues, especially those of humility and
She is in her own right (as says the
"The house of the Temple all in
gold" (1 Kings 7).