A Link-up in Honor of Tomorrow's Feast!

This is sort of a spur of the moment thing but I thought it would be fun in honor of tomorrow's Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to share our favorite images of the Virgin Mary.  There are so many stunning and beautiful images of Our Lady throughout history, thousands, that have taught the faith and deepened the devotion of both individuals and the Church.  I'd love to hear what image has made its way into your heart and faith life the most.  What do you think?  

I won't make this hard, promise!

Just share with us the image (and source) and maybe a few things about it...

Why do you love this particular image?
Is there a story behind it?
Where does it come from?
How has it deepened your relationship to Mary?
How has it deepened your relationship to Christ?
Anything else you want to share?

I'll start it up tomorrow afternoon and all are invited.  I thought about only running it a week but people are pretty busy this time of year (anyone else feeling a little nuts?) so instead I'll have it open all the way until the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1.      

So, put your pious devotional writing caps on, get typing and please share with us!

(Probably not your favorite but this is the oldest known image of Our Lady, dating back to 150 A.D. found in the Catacomb of St. Priscilla.  How cool is that?)


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