Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Kim, a woman priest licensed to minister at our church, recently gave birth to her third child, Anne Rosemary.

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

One of Kim’s friends sent her a lovely card after the birth. It was a copy of the painting Maria, Moeder van de H. Eucharistie by the Swiss artist Bradi Barth. The painting is reproduced here.

In an earlier post on the blog (see here) we thought about the strand in Catholic theology and practice which has named Mary, as Priest. Bradi Barth’s painting adds a further reflection on this.

Here we see Mary holding Jesus Christ, her child of her body and blood. Our Lady also holds the Eucharistic symbols of wheat and grapes, which become bread and wine and, in the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ.

Kim’s friend remarked ‘I thought the card affirms, at the same time, women’s priestly and mothering ministries.’

Mother of the birth of Eternity in time,
O Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
Woman revealing the Face of Christ,
O Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

(Pope John Paul II)



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1 Response to Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

  1. Rachel says:

    I stumbled across your post searching for artistic depictions of Mary as Mother of the Eucharist. I am struck not only by the beautiful painting here (thank you for sharing it!!), but also the prayer at the end, which you attribute to Blessed John Paul II. I have searched in vain online for where or when he said this, could you help me, please, and tell me where you found that quote? Thank you!

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