Monday, February 11, 2013

Grace, Shrine to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal

A handmade shrine of Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal. This is an altered wooden shrine covered in vintage hymn paper - the hymn . Inside is a hand sculpted clay statue of Mary, Lady of Grace as well as a hand molded clay Miraculous Medal. On the top right hand corner is a silver Miraculous Medal, which I bought at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France. Mary and the clay medal is painted in white, touched with gold and real German glass glitter in the palest pink is sprinkled everywhere. Mary's halo is made from small porcelain roses. The inside and outside of the shrine is covered with book binding tape with quotes and definitions on 'love', 'bliss' and 'daughter'. A small white dove on the side represents the Holy Dove, the symbol of the Divine Feminine through the ages : all the goddesses of Love had the Dove as their symbol, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Inanna and Mary is no exception.

Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal

When Mary appeared to St Catherine Laboure in 1830, in the chapel in Paris, Her hands were covered in jewels. From some of the jewels, rays of light shown which she said were symbols of the graces that would be given to all who asked for them. The jewels that had no rays were symbols of unclaimed graces. An oval frame outlined the figure bearing in gold letters the words 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee'. 

Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal
This chapel is still used for worship in Paris and the most beautiful statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal was placed over the main altar in the chapel where Mary appeared. I visited this chapel and wrote about my wonderful experience, bathing in Mary's Love while sitting there. I was so inspired by the beauty of the artworks and the chapel itself : to mosaics, the statues, everything glittered and shone with gold and reflecting mosaics and rays of gold - and this is what I tried to capture in this small shrine to Her Grace.

You can read more about my pilgrimages to sacred sites and how these inspire my art on my blogs and and specifically here :

Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal

Dimensions : 27x 12 x 5cm

Part of the Divine Mary shrines.
All my shrines come with a catalogue number, name and label.

Shrine Series : Divine Mary
Number : 110
Name : Mary, Grace of the Miraculous Medal


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sacred Shrine to the Blessing of the Rose Queen


The blessing of the Rose Queen : a shrine
to the power and Grace of the Blessed Mother;
to the mystery of the angelic realms
and the divine feminine
and the resurrection of the feminine mysteries.

An old legend tells that at the time of the winter solstice, all of those souls, who will incarnate in the coming year, draw close to the Earth.
The Divine Mother then takes a single petal from the Great Rose of Life and 
places it in the heart of each of those souls who will be born.
. As that soul then is born and grows throughout its life 
and awakens its true self, that single petal will blossom in the heart of the individual,
 becoming a living Rose of Life that will bless the world.

You can do the Blessing of the Rose Queen prayers as a way
of calling upon Mary of the Divine Feminine to assist with
a special request.  It is not something to be used for ordinary
things, but for those special times in our life when what we are
doing just doesn't seem to be enough - when we really
need assistance.

Perform these prayers for thirty days in a row.  
Visualize what it is that you wish in as much clear detail
as possible.  Write it down, so that the words are clear
and distinct, with as little room for misinterpretation as possible.

Perform in during a quiet and special time in your day :

Oh most beautiful and gracious Rose Queen,
who came down to Earth to do good and who never
left a request unanswered, grant me the rose
of _____________________

Then follow this with a Hail Mary and repeat
for a total of three times.  

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb

Holy Mary,  Mother of God,
oh Rose Queen 
Bestow your Blessing upon us
Now and Forever

Another sacred shrine added to Her Grace on

The Mother of Good Counsel

inspired by and extracts from Untie the Strong Woman
by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Healing is not for the pure who need no healing.
It is for those in need.
And healing is not a straight line, but rather, a zig zag.

A powerful prayer here,
a person who listens with holy love there,
a book over here,
a sudden inspirational thought over there,
a sudden realisation,
a ritual that has meaning to the spirit and the soul,
and all these held together in tenderness with oneself
and one's idea of the Holy.
extract from Untie the Strong Woman

 ,,,,,,,,,,, And so I create small shrines,
and offer this sacred space
 of healing and wholeness;
a mirror that speaks louder than the
clamouring voices of external authority
of  'those that declare that they know
better, or the truth or the right way'

a mirror that reminds me and you
of the words of the Memorare to Our Lady

Never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought they intercession,
was left unaided.

This sacred shrine contains many powerful symbols
of Our Blessed Mother and Her divine courage and
strength which carries us through our lives.

Faith is the seed that activates Her action in this world.

I included a small Lourdes statue which I brought
back from my visit to the sacred waters of Lourdes,
( and a medal which I bought
at the little shop at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal
in Paris)

Here is an extract from my blog Path of Divine Love where I
shared my amazing experience at the Chapel. It is these
experiences that inspire me to create these shrines, 
really a reminder of how real the Blessed Mother's Love for us, and in us, is.  A golden potential for us to reach out
to and receive.

Soon the images seen by my eyes disappear and only a brilliant golden light is visible. The light has a silver rim to it and it is alive and palpable with wisdom and knowledge which cannot be translated into words. This is the Presence of Divine Mary. The light translates into my physical body and energetically there is deep movement in and through my body. Then my heart fills with a feeling that seems physical. Everything and everyone around me is bathed in this beautiful light and they all glow in love. The Light becomes stronger and more powerful and I see the intense Light at the centre of it all and also at the centre of each and every person. And the quality of this Light is Good and only Good - pure and beautiful and innocent! And it does not matter what happens on the exterior : nothing can corrupt or diminish that Light which is our un-ruined Soul.