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In the Lady Chapel of Winchester Cathedral, these 12th Century English wall paintings illustrating various miracles reputedly performed by the Virgin Mary, were being restored by Professor Tristram from 1930s

Upper Top left most:
Betrothal to Image
A young man is attracted to an image of the Virgin and goes to place a ring on the statue. Eventually he becomes a monk.

Top 3rd from left
The Jew of Bourges
A young Jewish boy living in Bourges went with his Christian friends to church and took bread and wine as they did. When he got home, his father asked him where he had been and was so angered by his reply that, much to the protestations of his mother, he threw him into an oven. The young boy survived and the neighbors retaliated by throwing the father into the oven where he perished

Top far right
The Image as Hostage
A woman stole an image of the Christ child in order to force the Virgin to restore her captive son to her

Bottom left most
Priest of One Mass
A priest only knew one mass. A complaint was made to his Bishop and he was suspended from duty, but the Virgin Mary interceded and he was reinstated

Bottom 3rd from left
Vision of St Angelo
This refers to the Vision of St Gregory at the end of the 6th century, when Rome was suffering from a great plague. He ordered a procession to St Peterís, and at the end of it, he had a vision of an angel on the top of the Castello built by Hadrian as his mausoleum. This was taken as a sign that the plague was over. Many centuries later a statue of the Archangel Michael was added to the top of the tower.

Bottom right
A Miracle at Mont St Michel Mont Saint Michel was a place of great pilgrimage, and it was considered a dangerous destination as the seas around the island were inhospitable. A pregnant woman made the journey and was protected by the Virgin Mary. She gave birth on the causeway to the island.

My favourite in the whole Cathedral though is The Pieta by Peter Eugene Ball. It is a gorgeous sculpture of Mary holding the dead body of Christ after his crucifixion, death, and removal from the cross, but before he was placed in the tomb. This is one of the key events from the life of the Virgin, known as the Seven Sorrows of Mary, which were the subject of Catholic devotional prayers.

Cheers,
Ralf

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