Mornings with Mary - Day 12

This is the earliest known image of Mary.  It is from the 2nd century.  Holy Cow, can you imagine, the 2nd century...that would be year 100.  And this image survives.
source Wikipedia.............
Image of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Catacomb of Priscilla in Rome.
It depicts her nursing the Infant Jesus.
This is earliest known image of Mary and the Infant Jesus independent of the Magi episode.
The figure at the left appears to be the prophet Balaam pointing to a star (outside the frame).
"The emphasis on the maternal love of Mary for the Child Jesus
reflects the early Christian community's reverence for the Mother of God,
and for its understanding of God's love for humankind
in sending His only Son to earth to share in our humanity."
So yes, Mary has been with us forever!
In celebration of these last twelve days, I (mentally) sing this Song, written by Richard Le Gallienne, 1886, and dedicate it to Mary:
She's somewhere in the sunlight strong,
Her tears are in the falling rain,
She calls me in the wind's soft song,
And with the flowers she comes again.
Yon bird is but her messenger,
The moon is but her silver car;
Yea! sun and moon are sent by her,
And every wistful waiting star


  1. Beauty Full image!!! Imagine seeing that in person!! I sang the poem, it's very uplifting!!!

  2. Namaste! it was wonderful travelling with you these past twelve days. This is a lovely post!

  3. I never saw this image before either and thanks so much for including the history of the image and the beautiful song. You said this was your first Virgin a Day series and I'm so glad you came to join us. I hope to see you often.

  4. Wonderful post.
    And I leave these 12 days
    with the gift of your friendship.

  5. It has been wonderful sharing these past days with you Judie. You mean so much to me. I LOVE the song and want to copy it and put in my journal with some of the images of Mary.

  6. oh i would have love to see this - darn was in Rome 2 summers ago with my children - i wonder if it is ever open for viewing.. i have never even heard about his - always learning - i love it! Thank you!

  7. I am so glad to have met you through this wonderful meme. Your musing posts, the searching, the art. . . have all touched me. That early image of Mary is incredible and I love the song!
    Will continue to visit your blog.
    May you have a blessed holiday season.

  8. Wind, flowers, rain, birds...Mary here and Mary there, for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Alleluia!

  9. Blessings to you in your sorrow over your dear friend. May Mary's love continue to support you going forward. Thanks for all you've contributed to our magical journey of twelve days.

  10. Simple words capture the beauty of mary!
    thank you!

  11. Amazing! Have never seen this. It's been a beautiful 12 days, Judie. Very happy to have shared this time with you.

  12. I love the poem Judie,it says it all!
    I'm so pleased to have shared this journey with you.
    Maybe we'll meet again next year.....
    Wishing you peace and joy,

  13. Oh my, I love the poem and the ancient art! Thank you for sharing this with us.xx


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