Mary of Nazareth to Queen of Heaven
- an Exploration of Images of the Virgin Mary

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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In this talk, Margaret Ellis invites us to look at some of the images of the Virgin Mary that have emerged during a long tradition of popular devotion. Although this tradition has been unbroken in the Eastern and in the Catholic churches, recent decades have seen an increased interest - both theological and spiritual - in Mary. We will explore, in pictures and poetry, ways in which we can relate the traditional images of Mary as mother, Mary as mourner and Mary as mediator to women today, to our contemporary understanding of the feminine and to our own spiritual lives.

Margaret Ellis studied English at Oxford, later specialising in the sixteenth century. She is a Franciscan Tertiary and a Reader in the Church of England, serving in an Anglo-Catholic parish. As a spiritual director, she is interested in literature and the visual arts as expressions of our spirituality. She is married with grown-up children, and lives partly in Oxford and partly in rural France where she enjoys reading, walking, gardening and bee-keeping.

6.00 (Friends 3.00)