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Did The Virgin Mary Inspire The Disney Princesses Dresses? 

Did The Virgin Mary Inspire The Disney Princesses Dresses? 

All these princesses ie, Elsa to Cinderalla, etc, might display a hidden connection to the Mother of Jesus.

The Disney princesses, as heroines to girls all over the world, are hugely popular. Surprisingly and Interestingly, many of those leading women wear blue — whether it is Belle from Beauty and the Beast when she discovers the library, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine from Aladdin as she confronts Jafar, Cinderella as she goes off to the ball, or even Wendy in Peter Pan when she flies off to Neverland. Even Elsa’s signature outfit in the modern day Frozen is a teal blue.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute, explained the meaning of this color in an interview with Allure magazine. Blue – in all its shades – is a color linked to the universe of dreams. It conveys “dependability, constancy, and loyalty.”

The color of the ocean and the sky, blue is also reminiscent of travel and the discovery of faraway lands — characteristic of the adventurous and independent spirit that Disney undoubtedly wanted to bestow on its heroines. “You’re adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue,” explains Eiseman. “It’s a very subtle way of saying, ‘Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.’”

The blue mantle of the Virgin Mary

Yet, what if this color also conjures up something a little more spiritual? As far as we know, Disney hasn’t mentioned the Virgin Mary when explaining the colors used by its princesses. However, it seems probable that trained artists selecting clothing colors for princesses would be unaware of, and uninfluenced by, the tradition of associating blue with the woman known as the Queen of Heaven: Mary.

In religious art, the Virgin Mary is almost always shown in a blue mantle. This tradition stretches back at least to the Middle Ages, a period where Marian devotion was growing rapidly. One explanation is that, in those days, the faithful chose to clothe the Madonna in a color with expensive pigments; lapis-lazuli, a blue stone, was so precious that it cost as much as gold, if not more. When used as a pigment, it was therefore reserved for representations of the Virgin Mary.

There’s also more to the story; blue is a color with mystical and royal meaning, found in the Bible and in Byzantine artistic traditions. Much later, this association seems to have received some supernatural confirmation; on February 11, 1858, the young Bernadette Soubirous had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes: “I saw a lady dressed in white: she wore a white dress, as well as a white veil, a blue belt, and a yellow rose on each foot,” the young girl later described.

Relaxing to look at, the color blue both soothes the soul and calls it to look above and beyond the mundane. Perhaps that’s what the Disney princesses are meant to evoke in young viewers, and certainly the images of the Queen of Heaven are always inviting us to do the same.

Meet The Catholic Nun Who Found The House The Blessed Virgin Mary Lived With The Apostle John

Meet The Catholic Nun Who Found The House The Blessed Virgin Mary Lived With The Apostle John

And find out how she’s uniquely connected to Kansas City.

Unknown for centuries, one of the holiest shrines in all of Christendom was hidden, until it was found in 1891 by a determined French nun.

Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey (1837-1915) had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This devotion eventually led her to search for the home of Mary in Ephesus, in modern-day Turkey.

Tradition tells us that after the dying Jesus entrusted Mary to the Apostle John, the two settled in Ephesus some time after the Resurrection. They lived in Ephesus for several years, until God assumed Mary into heaven.

The home where they lived was lost to history until Sister Marie worked to find and preserve it.

House of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John in Ephesus, modern day Turkey

Marie was raised in a noble family and entered the community of the Daughters of Charity in 1857 (the same community as St. Catherine Labouré, who received the Miraculous Medal).

Her first assignment was at a French orphanage, where she and six other sisters cared for 55 orphans.

She became head of the Association of the Children of Mary and loved teaching children to be closely united to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “Be like Mary,” Sister Marie would tell them.

Ten years later, in 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, she was named superior at an orphanage outside of Paris. It was a chaotic and dangerous time, but in her 16 years there, Sister Marie never failed her orphans and her sisters. She built a second orphanage, and used her own family resources to care for the children and her sisters.

She then responded to Pope Leo XIII’s call for French missionaries to help in the Middle East. In 1886, she was assigned to a French hospital in Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey. The hospital was in a deplorable condition, and Sister Marie again used her own family funds to make improvements for the patients and staff, while she lived in poverty.

It was during her time there that she read German mystic Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s writings on the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John at Ephesus. Emmerich’s writings are based on visions she had of Mary’s life, including visions of Mary’s house.

Convinced that this sacred site must be located and honored, Sr. Marie began a mission to find it. She urged two priest friends to read Blessed Anne’s writings, and the three of them determined that the house would have existed just a short distance from where they were all providentially assigned.

The first search expedition to find Mary’s house took place in July 1891. The group, made up of the priests, Sr Marie, and guides, went by donkey and used Blessed Anne’s book of private revelations as their map. On July 29, they believed they had found the house.

Under Sister Marie’s guidance, archaeologists identified the ruins of a 1st-century home, with a church from the 4th century having been built over it.

On Oct. 21, 1891, Sister Marie received permission to purchase the property in her name. She asked her father for the money needed to buy not only the area of the house, but the whole mountain on which the house stands. The property was purchased on Nov. 15, 1892.  She then worked tirelessly to restore the house, making it a place of pilgrimage.

Sister Marie remained in this area, caring for Muslims and Christians, until her death.

During restoration, three stones from the hearth, believed to have been built by the apostle, were found. The cornerstone was given to the de Mandat-Grancey family chapel in France in acknowledgement of Sister Marie’s holy life.

Sister Marie lived a life of detachment, virtue, obedience and charity. Her cause of beatification was opened on Jan. 21, 2011, in the Diocese of St. Joseph-Kansas City, Missouri.

The cause was begun in Missouri because it was impossible for the Archdiocese of Smyrna, Turkey, to do all of the work required for the cause due to small staff, few resources and terror threats. The Kansas City Archdiocese was asked to step in to help.

This came about because a board member of the American Society of Ephesus, which finances the house of Mary in Ephesus, was living in Kansas City.

There is also a community of Benedictine nuns with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ephesus in the area.

On Sept. 13, 2014 — Sister Marie’s birthday — there was a closing Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Kansas City to complete the diocesan phase of the investigation and send the findings to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes in Rome.

Pope Leo XIII encouraged visits to the site, declaring it a place of pilgrimage. On Aug. 18, 1961, Pope St. John XXIII granted plenary indulgences upon Mary’s house for all time.

Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI each made trips there, and more than 1 million people visit every year. For Christians and many others around the world, it is a sacred site to visit.

You can do a virtual tour of the house and learn more about Sr. Mary and the sacred area at www.SisterMarie.com

“From here in Ephesus, a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy — who we know is loved and venerated also by Muslims — let us lift up to the Lord a special prayer for peace between peoples.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Papal Homily at “Mary’s House” in Ephesus, Turkey, November 29, 2006.

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.

Three Day Miracle Prayer To The Blessed Virgin Mary

Three Day Miracle Prayer To The Blessed Virgin Mary

Three Day Miracle Prayer To The Blessed Virgin Mary

Oh most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech Thee from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity.

(Make your request)

There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

(repeat three times)

Holy Mary, I place this cause in Your hands.

(repeat three times)

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