Our Assumption

NonoIn this striking painting, by the French Symbolist artist Maurice Denis (1870-1943), the artist shows his daughter, ‘Nono’, crowning with flowers her mother, the artist’s wife, Marthe.

In the painting, as in much of this artist’s work, the boundary between the sacred and the everyday dissolves.

This is a family scene. The painting encourages us to ponder Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Nono, the little girl represents us, who in our generation, call Mary blessed. (Luke 1.47).

We call Mary blessed, in the Assumption (August 15th) we celebrate her entry into divine dimensions, we crown her Queen.

In the painting Nono and Marthe are painted in the same colours. We share the same humanity as the everyday peasant girl of Palestine, Mary, and, on the feast of her Assumption we dare to hope, in faith, that like her we too will share in the glory of her son’s resurrection.

Fr Ian


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