Today In England and Wales this year, Sunday 14th August is being kept as the Solemnity of the Assumption, (in other years the Solemnity is kept on 15th August).
The first reading is the source of a typical image of Mary, Mother of God.
The imagery may well have its origins in a narrative developed by non-Jewish Christians, drawing aspects of the myth and traditional representations of the Egyptian goddess Isis. l also be lying behind the imagery
But, in this Christian narrative, the woman of Apocalypse 11 is commonly, and understandably, understood to be a symbolic representation of Mary, Mother of God. and her Son, Jesus. However other interpretations of the figure too are legitimate too, eg that the woman symbolises the Israel, the heavenly Jerusalem, Wisdom, or the Church. However the passage is read, it is not difficult, and surely appropriate, to relate any or all…
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