Meeting Mary at Chartres: Photos and Writings
The Rev. Jill K H Geoffrion, Ph.D.
The following photos and writings come out of my twenty four pilgrimage experiences at the Chartres Cathedral. As part of an on-going project to document the hundreds of representations of Mary in the cathedral, I prayed the cathedral labyrinth asking for God's direction. The message I received was that I should work with the images of Mary, responding with whatever writings they inspired.
|Mama Anne Image: Baby Mary being given to Mother Anne; Life of Mary Window (south ambulatory)|
|Water of Life Image: Mary's First Bath; Life of Mary Window (south ambulatory)
|Praying Image: Young Mary praying at the Temple; outer choir sculptures (south ambulatory)
|While I Ponder Image: Mary during the Annunciation; Insert in a grisaille window (south ambulatory)
|Reaching Image: The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth; Life of Mary Window (south ambulatory)|
|Becoming Married Image: Priest joining Mary and Joseph, outer choir sculptures (south ambulatory)|
|Reassuring Presence Image: Nativity Scene, Life of Christ Window (west wall)|
|Mother Disciple Image: Mary after Jesus' Birth; North Porch (tympanum)|
|Do Whatever He Tells You Image: Mary speaking to servants at the wedding in Cana, Notre Dame de Belle Verrière Window (south)|
|Artistic Truth Image: Replica of medieval Chartrain pilgrim medal showing Mary and Jesus|
|Showing Jesus Image: Detail from the Cross in the Ecumenical Chapel (south ambulatory)|
|Grief Image: Mary holding Jesus' hands as he hangs on the cross, Ministry of Christ window (west wall)|
|Assumption Image: Mary's Assumption sculpted by Bridan (Choir)|
|I Bow to You Image: Mary at the Last Judgment, Vendôme Chapel Window (south nave)|
|Talking Freely Image: Crowning of Mary, North Porch (central Tympanum)|
|Sacred Reality Image: The Nativity; Upper window (north transept)|
|Heart of Thanks Image: Heart above Notre Dame de Pilier, Pilier Chapel (north ambulatory)|
|Praying with Relics Image: Detail on reliquary for small piece of Mary's Veil (photo ©Alain Louët)|
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