Regina Angelorum
Queen of Angels

The central picture of Mother and Son is surrounded by a host of angels.  The caption around the angels is  paraphrasing Daniel 7:10: “Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him.” Some of the angels are easily recognizable, so Gabriel with his bunch of lilies addressing Mary standing at her prie-dieu and holding a book in her left hand.   There is also Michael in knightly armor and Raphael with the pilgrim staff.  Other angels elude identification.  The overall impression they convey is one of power and splendor, but however impressive their apparel, they humbly bow before mother and child, making true the message of the lemma: “Rule over us you (Gideon) and your Son ….” (Judges 8:22).

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