Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral

Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral

by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion Ph.D


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612618944
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Mount Tabor Books Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 863,226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rev. Jill Geoffrion, PhD is an ordained pastor with the American Baptist Churches. She has written many books and articles, particularly on the study of labyrinth as a form of prayer. Jill is also an accomplished photographer. She spends a considerable part of each year in residence there.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Foreword Monseigneur Michel Pansard, Bishop of Chartres xv

Preface xix

Introduction: Mary, Our Lady of Chartres 1

Chapter 1 Mary, Mother of Jesus 9

1.1 Introduction 9

1.2 Mary, Descendant of King David 13

1.3 Mary, Daughter of Anne 14

1.4 Mary and the Word of God 17

1.5 Directing Others To Jesus 19

1.6 From Her Womb: A King Is Born 20

1.7 Pondering the Mystery 23

1.8 Offering Her Son to God 24

1.9 Safely in Her Arms 27

1.10 A Mother's Influence 29

Chapter 2 Mary, Mother of God 31

2.1 Introduction 31

2.2 Mary, the God-Bearer 34

2.3 Mary, the Throne for God's Wisdom 37

2.4 Behold Mary and the Son of God 39

2.5 The Fulfillment of All That Has Come Before 40

2.6 Mary's Support 43

2.7 Our Lady of the Crypt 45

2.8 Royalty Meets Royalty 46

2.9 Our Lady of the Pillar 48

2.10 Beloved Mother and Child 51

Chapter 3 Mary, Mother of the Church 53

3.1 Introduction 53

3.2 Jesus's Commissioning of Mary 56

3.3 Mary at the Empty Tomb 59

3.4 Mary's Efficacious Prayers 61

3.5 Surrounded by Love at Her Death 62

3.6 Carried by Angels to Heaven 65

3.7 The Assumption of Mary 67

3.8 The Crowning of Mary in Heaven 69

3.9 Mary, the Intermediary to the Son of God 70

3.10 The Ubiquitous Shirt of Mary 72

Chapter 4 Mary, Mother of Us All 75

4.1 Introduction 75

4.2 Praying for a Mother's Touch 79

4.3 The Blessed Milk of the Mother 81

4.4 Mary's Advice 82

4.5 Inspired to Build Mary's Home 85

4.6 Mary Saves Theophilus 87

4.7 A Mother's Touching Grief 88

4.8 Donors' Devotion to Mary 90

4.9 A Grateful King's Vow 93

4.10 Sharing the Joy and Grief of Motherhood 95

Chapter 5 Mary at Chartres in the Twenty-First Century 97

5.1 Introduction 97

5.2 Mary, Mother of the Son of Justice 101

5.3 Mary, a Mother Who Has Suffered 102

5.4 The Ongoing Story of Mary 105

Epilogue 107

Dedication and Acknowledgments 111

Works Cited in the Text (in Order) 113

Selected Bibliography 115

Appendix 1 Significant Architectural Elements of Chartres Cathedral 119

Part 1 Definition of Terms 119

Part 2 Upper Church 122

Part 3 A View of the Crypt or Lower Church 123

Appendix 2 Images Found at Chartres Cathedral 125

Part 1 Table of Images Used 125

Parr 2 Location of Images Used in the Upper Church 134

Part 3 Location of Images Used in the Crypt 135

Part 4 Table of Marian Imagery in the Chartres Cathedral 137

Appendix 3 Glossary 157

Appendix 4 Biblical References not Included In The Text 163

Index of Biblical Citations 181

Index of Persons 183

Index of Subjects 185

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

This is a book of homage, a luminous compendium to Mary, Our Lady of Chartres. Rich commentary, with a marvelous array of photographs, inspires us to know God more deeply.”
John James, art historian and author of The Contractors of Chartres
A fascinating and enlightening journey.  The author’s boundless affection and passion for Mary as a mother, full of humanity and love is contagious.”
—Dominique Lallement, president of the American Friends of Chartres
“Excellently written text and superbly illustrated. A remarkable book that helps us to understand Mary’s temporal and celestial roles.  ”
Malcolm Miller, distinguished guide and author of Chartres Cathedral
A crucial contribution to the literature devoted to Mary. Highly recommended.”
Helga Burggrabe, musician and composer of the oratorio commission for the Chartres millennial
“Praise should be given to this work, which through the beauty of Mary’s representations at Chartres leads our hearts to her son and his Heavenly Father.”
 —Irène Jourd’heil, Author and Curator of Historical Monuments of the Regional Department of Cultural Affairs for Central France

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Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This amazing book has made Mary more accessible and comprehensible to me than I ever would have dreamed possible. Though I have spent countless hours in the Chartres Cathedral, marveling at the wonders, contemplating the images, and praying in the various chapels, Jill’s strikingly beautiful photos and carefully researched and crafted commentary on each image kept drawing me powerfully to each page. The loveliness moved me, and what I saw and read opened my eyes and mind to many things I have never seen or understood before. Limited by my Protestant orientation, this book has helped me to better appreciate Mary as she has long been honored in Catholic tradition, and to (almost) embrace her iconic roles in the church, celebrated everywhere throughout the cathedral, whereby she continually presents Christ to the world and simultaneously exudes love and strength to believers as an extraordinary mother chosen by God for a unique role in all of history. Bravo for an incredible contribution to Mary scholarship and religious iconography. And thank you for the gift you have given all of us, to help us better see and appreciate Mary as she has been known and venerated by millions of people for centuries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic compilation of the art works newly-renovated at Chartres with an overarching purpose of drawing the reader into a prayerful attitude towards the objects she presents. Her warm welcoming spirit enlivens this book and urges the reader to take part in his or her own personal pilgrimage. Her Protestant background and pastoral care make this a wonderful bridge to the ecumenical world. Labyrinths, statues and stained-glass are the medium! Those who already know Chartres, as well as the first-time pilgrim, will love this beautifully crafted book.
Wendy55 More than 1 year ago
I have had the privilege of traveling to Chartres Cathedral on two occasions recently, but it was not until I opened Jill Geoffion’s Book, Visions of Mary, that I could fully appreciate the beauty and history of this magnificent holy site. Her brilliant and striking photographs makes each window and statue feel alive with meaning as you travel through the Cathedral in this book. And the superbly written text guides you through Mary’s important role in the church - and creates a deeper appreciation for this extraordinary woman. I really didn’t get to know Mary while growing up in a Lutheran church. And now as I enter my 50’s I am drawn to learn more about her and her life - as a way to grow deeper in my faith. This book uncovers the mystery of why Mary was so prominently featured in the Catholic Church. If you plan a trip to Chartres, be sure to bring this book with you. Or you can simply travel to Chartres and follow the life of Mary through the pages of this extraordinary book.