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Mary the Chalice

Contemporary sacred art painting inspired by a medival Marian hymn: "Mary the Chalice, Christ the saving blood." 

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This painting Mary the Chalice is a meditation on the line: ‘Mary the Chalice, Christ the saving blood.’ Mary was chosen for the greatest mission ever given – to be the God-bearer, a vessel who bore Jesus into the world. Mary is the container, the chalice, which the Father chose to deliver His Mercy to us, His people. In the same way the chalice is the vessel that carries the wine (Christ’s saving blood) to us in Communion.

Here the woman looks at the Crucifix, the suffering Christ. The image evokes the memory of our mother Eve, whose disobedience brought sin into the world, culminating ultimately in the execution of Christ. Eve’s act of disobedience was redeemed in Mary’s obedient ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Through Mary’s ‘yes’ the shriveled tree of the cross blossoms into life again, and through Christ’s ‘Thy will be done’ is able to bear the fruit of life and love once more. The flowering of the cross was possible only through shed blood: Christ’s sacrifice of Mercy offered to us in Communion, poured out for us in the sacrifice of the Cross.

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