Four-meter high Virgin Mary statue has been erected on the wall of Buda Castle

Thursday, November 14, 2013

On the southern walls of Buda Castle a four meter high statue has been erected depicting Virgin Mary and the child Jesus.

The bronze statue's scaled-down version, a man-sized replica of it can be seen in the Castle Gallery made by sculptor László Mátyássy. The artwork is very different from other Virgin Mary statues found in Hungary. It depicts Mary and the child Jesus, but the child is hovering in front of his mother's body, so depicting the mystery and the wonder of the immaculate conception.

The statue has been made in Byzantine style; the sculptor portrayed Mary as an ordinary woman without halo around her head; she stands on the highest point of the structure that surrounding the castle creating expectation of something happening, perhaps a mystery apparition.

According to ethnographer Zsuzsanna Erdélyi, the sculpture radiates spiritual strength: "This Byzantine Virgin Mary, here represents the mother of Jesus, but she also represents "The Mother", the “Eternal Mother”. She embodies existence itself, also protection, love, and much more, of which she is the source."

"In the divine personality of Mary the heavenly and the earthly mother figures merge providing protection to the people in this world and the hereafter. Love and protection are the keywords. This is what Kings St. Stephen also knew when in 1038 AD. offered his kingdom to Virgin Mary, the Queen of Heaven so placing his people under the protection of Patrona Hungariae. After one thousand years she is once again standing on the walls of Buda Castle looking at the land and does what she once promised to St. Stephen," writes ethnographer Zsuzsanna Erdélyi.

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Géza said...

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

"What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?"

Mary the mother of Jesus was described by God as “highly favored” (Luke 1:28). The phrase “highly favored” comes from a single Greek word, which essentially means “much grace.” Mary received God’s grace.

Grace is “unmerited favor,” meaning something we receive despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mary needed grace from God just as the rest of us do. Mary herself understood this fact, as she declared in Luke 1:47, “. . . and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. . .”

Mary recognized that she needed the Savior. The Bible never says that Mary was anyone but an ordinary human whom God chose to use in an extraordinary way. Yes, Mary was a righteous woman and favored (graced) by God (Luke 1:27-28). At the same time, Mary was a sinful human being who needed Jesus Christ as her Savior, just like everyone else (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 John 1:8).

One time when Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd proclaimed, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed” (Luke 11:27). There was never a better opportunity for Jesus to declare that Mary was indeed worthy of praise and adoration. What was Jesus’ response? “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (Luke 11:28). To Jesus, obedience to God’s Word was more important than being the woman who gave birth to the Savior.

Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus, or anyone else, direct any praise, glory, or adoration towards Mary. Elizabeth, Mary’s relative, praised Mary in Luke 1:42-44, but her praise is based on the blessing of giving birth to the Messiah. It was not based on any inherent glory in Mary.

The Bible nowhere indicates that Mary can hear our prayers or that she can mediate for us with God. Jesus is our only advocate and mediator in heaven (1 Timothy 2:5).

Anonymous said...

Good to see some defenders of the faith.

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