Mater Christi
Mother of Christ

The two cameos show Mary nursing and caring for the child Jesus.

Two inscriptions framing the pictures highlight the Mother's love.  Jesus is the beloved who rests in Mary's bosom (Canticle 1, 13).  She gave birth to him, the firstborn, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:7).

"I carried you in my womb for nine months, nursed you for three years, brought up, educated and supported you"   
(2  Maccabees 7:27).

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