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The Biblical Reason Why the Blessed Virgin Mary Always Wears Blue

The Biblical Reason Why the Blessed Virgin Mary Always Wears Blue

The color has multiple spiritual meanings, each revealing a different attribute of the Mother of God.

When viewing Christian art from the past thousand years or so, there is one color that is almost always associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: blue.

Why is that? What significance does it have?

To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. R. Jared Staudt, the color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.

Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to go after wantonly. (Numbers 15:38-39)

For the people of Israel, blue brings to mind the following of God’s Commandments, as opposed to a person’s selfish will.

This was perfectly lived out by the Blessed Mother who said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38). She was the faithful Daughter of Zion who fulfilled the call of obedience that God had asked of the Israelites.

Additionally, Numbers indicated that “the Levites are to spread over [the Ark of the Covenant] a cloth all of blue (4:6). And further: And over the table of the bread of the Presence, they shall spread a cloth of blue (4:7).

Mary is traditionally referred to as the new Ark of the Covenant, as she held within herself the Divine Presence of God.

On the other hand, the Byzantine/Orthodox tradition of clothing Mary in blue has a different meaning.

Blue in iconography represents transcendence, mystery, and the divine. It is the color of the sky and as a result, is viewed as a heavenly color.

Red, in contrast, is seen as an earthly color, the color of blood.

Jesus is typically depicted in icons with a blue outer garment and a red inner garment, symbolizing how divinity wraps his humanity.

Mary, on the other hand, is seen with a red outer garment and a blue inner garment, representing how she carried divinity (Jesus) within her humanity.

When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego, she wore a blue-green mantel. According to the Knights of Columbus, the star-speckled green-blue mantle symbolizes the heavens. In addition, the mantle’s color indicates her royalty, since only the native emperors could wear cloaks of that color.

So blue is a very important color in the artistic traditions of Christianity and has deep spiritual meanings that bring out different attributes of the Blessed Mother. It is a sacred color, one that reminds us of Mary’s faithfulness and her privileged role in salvation history.

5 Myths Most Catholics Probably Believe About the Holy Rosary

5 Myths Most Catholics Probably Believe About the Holy Rosary

There are many Catholics and non Catholics who believe a lot of things about the Rosary that are not true. Do you believe these common myths?

Myth: When Catholics pray the Rosary, they pray to Mary.
Truth: Catholics don’t pray to Mary. In a similar way in which we might ask a friend to pray for us, we ask Mary to intercede for us.

Myth: The Rosary is superstitious magic.
Truth: There is no magic power in the Rosary. The power of the Rosary comes from God alone. There are graces that come to those who pray the Rosary, but we must guard our hearts against becoming superstitious. The Rosary is to serve as a reminder of God and His goodness.

Myth: The Rosary is not Biblical.
Truth: Look through the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, and you will find the words of the Hail Mary throughout the passage. The twenty mysteries of the Rosary allow us to meditate on the entire life of Jesus as described in the Gospels.

Myth: Catholics should pray a Rosary during Mass.
Truth: Because the Mass is the highest form of prayer, we should be fully present to what is happening during the Liturgy. Praying the Rosary at this time can be a distraction. It may be a comfort to hold a Rosary during Mass, but save praying it for before or after Mass.

Myth: There is only one way to pray the Rosary.
Truth: There are actually several forms of the Rosary! The Scriptural Rosary, the Patriotic Rosary, and the Rosary for Life are just a few examples. You can also use the beads of the Rosary to guide you in the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

13 Absolutely Powerful Things Saints Want You To Know About The Rosary

13 Absolutely Powerful Things Saints Want You To Know About The Rosary

In studying the lives of our saints who have lived before us and being examples for us who strive to be saints, one this is very common among our great saints and this is simple devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the Holy Rosary.

These saints developed a deep inner relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary and they prayed the Rosary frequently.

Here are 13 quotes from the Saints that show us the importance of this prayer.

“The Rosary is my favorite prayer.”
– St. John Paul II

“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”
– St. Padre Pio

“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.”
– St. Anthony Mary Claret

“The Holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
– St. Bernardine of Siena

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
– St. Frances de Sales

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
– St. Louis de Montfort

“Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the most Holy Rosary. ”
– St. Alphonsus Liguori

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
– Blessed Pope Pius IX

“The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.”
– Pope St. John XXIII

“I take refuge, then, in prayer, and turn to Mary, and our Lord always triumphs.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
– Blessed Alan de la Roche

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
– Sister Lucia, of the seers of Fatima

Can you remember any other quote? Please use the comment box below.

How To Properly Get Rid Of ‘Satanic Rosaries’

How To Properly Get Rid Of ‘Satanic Rosaries’

Throwing a “cursed” rosary should be the last thing you should do if you find out you have unfortunately been keeping one.

“We do not advise you to throw them away because maybe someone else will. I suggest to surrender them to your Priest’ said Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) assistant case officer Philippe de Guzman.
“Allow the priest to do the deliverance prayer and they will know the right thing to do.

De Guzman alerted the public to remain vigilant against these supposedly “cursed” rosaries being distributed by Satanic groups.

He said they learned about these cursed rosaries after a civilian surrendered a “Satanic rosary” in one of their stations in Novaliches, Quezon City.

De Guzman said the rosary that was surrendered was only given to the civilian. The case officer warned that cursed objects do not only come in the form of a “Satanic rosary” but also as cursed amulets or charms.

‘You also see the satanic rosary that inverted his cross, there is another pentagram that not only the satanic rosary holds they also have a charm with a demonic prayer attached on it, ” De Guzman said.

Read also: How To Differentiate Between Real Rosaries And ‘Satanic’ Rosaries

An exorcist had earlier warned against rosaries and other religious items that may have been “prayed over” by “Satanists” so that those who use or have them would be haunted by “evil spirits.” — Akari Nakano/MDM, GMA News

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