Agnus Dei - Madonna - Set of 12 Cards
“And a sword will pierce your own soul as well!”
Set of 12 Cards with Envelopes
4 ¼ inches by 5 ½ inches
White card with colored ink
Christmas, Easter, Any occasion
“Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul as well!” (Luke 2:35).
This Madonna and Child is a representation of the Incarnation. Christ Jesus is true man, born of the Virgin Mary to redeem mankind from sin. The Christ child was often depicted nude to counteract the gnostic teachings that denied the coming of the Savior into flesh. Upon His circumcision, Simeon prophesied to Mary that a sword would pierce her heart; she would experience suffering as her son would.
Jesus is sitting in Mary’s lap; His pose imitates her posture. There is something strange in this painting however. Is she pulling her veil to reveal her son in her lap, or to reveal His fate in the background? The answer is both. The young Jesus points toward the upper right hand corner of the painting, with a sense of knowing in His eyes. Christ Jesus was born to die, as a man for the salvation of us all. Mary clings to the cross, piercing her own soul as well.