Lenten Journey with Mary

Rhythm of Lent.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Rhythm of Lent

The day dims to evening,
rosy sky tingeing
cold bare limbs
with pink tinting.
Wind howls meaning,
inner soul tingling.
Frigid cold wrapping,
on a coffin tapping.
Yet off to Compline,
this day of Lent keeping,
darkness creeping
on the sunset seeping,
chanted prayer singing
plaintive night shortening,
incense in vision ringing.
Rhythm of days proceed,
filling steady with hope:
prayers dressed in candlelight,
dark holes in a cosmos plight.
Stars birthing from strange, steep
abysses of compressed
energy, brilliance emerging
from death, a glory surging
in mystery,
God asking Job, "were you there
when I formed the earth?" (Job 38: 4)
"Have you seen the gates of darkness?" (Jb38:17)
"Was it you who formed the deep?" (Jb38:8)
From the mystery of nothing
we come by the breath of God.
From a valley of darkness walking,
yearning for Christ without talking,
from dimmer to brighter,
from shorter to longer,
the steps of this path
cadence growing greater,
the pulse of Creator,
beating with His heart,
to faith that is stronger.

Reflection on the image:
This icon has a traditional silver revetment, popular in the later period of iconography. It is a royal dressing of the icon and represents deep love and respect by the faithful who give such honor to the faithful young mother of Galilee. Often, as in the poem above, we can pray with an icon seeing not a photograph of our blessed mother but meeting her with eyes of faith. Notce that her Son is looking away, as if to say He knows the sacrifice He will make with deep love for all of us. Tradition teaches us that Luke the Evangelist once painted Mary's picture. His image of the blessed mother was copied and copied. Icons around the world boast this early legend, including the icon of Our Lady of Czestokowa. In the icon seen above, we see this tradition of iconography displaying the mother's face bent to tenderly find us, featured with a long, soft and slender nose, and compassionate eyes seeming to pierce our soul and inner needs.


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