Friday, December 01, 2006
Black Virgins II
Black Madonna of Montserrat in Spain.
12th. century byzantine, although the story runs that the statue was carved by St.Luke.
Mons serrata, the mountain divided,serrated, is a magical place outside Barcelona. The monastery built on its peak shows an angel with a saw that goes back and forth.The mountain bears flowers and fruit and trees, even in Winter, as if it had been doomed or sacred for that purpose.
The Benedictines of the monastery saw in this exuberant capacity a symbol of the fertility of the Virgin herself. Her intercession is still begged by women who want children, or a blessed birth for them, as it was usual in the Middle Ages.
Montserrat retains its fame as a shrine of healing and growing, and is still much visited by newly married couples.
Black Madonnas are found and worshipped in many shrines: Chartres, Rocamadour, Loretto, Orléans,S.Maria Majore in Rome, to name just a few.
Their blackness is explained by the Song of Songs:
"I am black, but comely, o ye daughters of Jerusalem".
(Song of Salomon, 1:5 )
Some images are carved in ebony and that may be a reason for their mistery and special "earthly" esoteric devotion.
The Madonna of Montserrat is called "la Moreneta", the little dark one, showing a loving tenderness for her difference and blessing powers.