|The Accolade - Leighton 1901|
One of my favorite paintings is that of Edward Blair Leighton titled "The Accolade". A Catholic friend has a life-size framed copy in his home; my Estate Attorney (also Catholic) has a slightly smaller version hanging in his office; I know a priest who's Ordination card bears its image. I have seen the image used in conjunction with a favorite quote of mine from the Old Testament, whose words have been aptly applied to Our Lady:
"...I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue." (Ecclesiasticus 24-25)
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
Indeed...may Almighty God, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady bless us upon this great and noble undertaking in the defense of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and of our families.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam...