I thought this was an outstanding post for Good Friday. I hope someone else enjoys it as much as I.
The Queen of Heaven mourns her loss
Nothing sums up the meaning of the Christian Good Friday like Michelangelo’s gorgeous sculpture of Mary grieving over her crucified son. Scenes like this, called pietas, or lamentations, became popular especially among women in 14th century Europe. Perhaps without even realizing it, the artists who created these images were restoring the Queen of Heaven to one of her oldest roles – that of the one who sheds tears over the loss of the dying god who will conquer death. This is a very old motif, far older than Christianity. Read More