An interesting comment
I received this comment yesterday about Our Lady of the Sign icon that I recently wrote. I am highlighting it here, along with my response, because I realize how I neglected to adequately explain this icon. I am sorry if it caused anyone else confusion or concern!
aw...it was "He" who is more spacious than the heavens. it was "He" who contains what the universe cannot contain..
it is "He" who bathes the sky with His beauty.
it is "He" whom we should pray to.
it was "He" who sent His only begotten Son Jesus, to die for our sins. God bless...
Mary Poppins NOT said...
I am sorry if I didn't explain this well enough, gina.
The reason "She who is more spacious that the heavens" is used, is simply to indicate that the body of Mary contained the Creator of the Universe, who cannot be contained. This implies the majesty and humility, love and mercy of God, not any power of Mary's. She held the unholdable because He willed it. She merely said, "Be it done to me according to Thy word."
This is really an icon of the Incarnation of Christ. Her hand are in that position "Orans" which means praying. Christ's hands are in a blessing position. This is an important distinction, because Mary doesn't Bless, she prays to God just like us. Only Christ Blesses.
Thanks for stopping by, gina.