Virgin Most Powerful
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The image on the front of this card, Virgin Most Powerful, is taken from a painting done by Sister Mary Francis Irvin, SC. Done in egg tempera glazes on a gesso panel, this painting was completed in 1945.
Sister Mary Francis served as assistant professor and then associate professor of art at Seton Hill University from 1950 to 1971. During that time, she and Sister Mary Estelle Hensler, SC, founded the University’s art department. Today, Sister Mary Francis resides at Caritas Christi.
The text inside this card is part of the Canticle of Zechariah, as presented in the People’s Companion to the Breviary. It is used with the permission of the Carmelites of Indianapolis.
Text Inside reads as follows:
Left side – Leaping from the eternal womb of God, you come into our world; may we reverence this world that you love. Encircled in the loving womb of Mary, you graced her life; may we reverence all children born into this world. Experiencing our weakness and littleness, you taught us true greatness; teach us to reverence the sick, the elderly, and the lonely. Enjoying the blessings of family life, you knew the gift of sharing; give comfort to the homeless, the abandoned, and the forgotten. Returning to the one you loved and served, you sent us your spirit; may all who die know your welcoming and loving embrace.
Right side –The Savior of the world shall appear like the sun and descend into the Virgin’s womb as rain on the grass. May the blessings of Christmas descend on you throughout the coming year.