Friday, April 23rd, 2010 Diary Entry: Walpurgis Nacht

I was listening to Night on Bald Mountain and I of course recalled the end of Fantasia, which illustrated the demon Chernabog awakening upon Bald Mountain on Walpurgis night to summon minions, to transform and destroy them.

Chernabog Awakens

Chernabog Awakens by the-batcomputer

Then Chernabog and his ilk are driven off by the Angelus Bell, which rings to announce the dawn, and which rings to spread good-will, reminding us of Gabriel, who announced to Mary that she would be the Theotokos.  And then a version of Ave Maria plays as monks walk in procession toward the Virgin.  Which reminded me- that Walpurgis/Beltane/May Day is coming up!  I hope everyone else celebrates as well!

Verkündigung

Verkündigung by Sandro Botticelli

You know, I once heard in catechism class my teacher’s admiration of the fact that Mary, a young and vulnerable teenager of perhaps 14 years, could have said no, but she said yes to God.  Hum hum hum.  Let’s take a look at some Mary highlights.

Ave Maria!  Heaven’s Bride.
The bells ring out in solemn praise,
for you, the anguish and the pride.

Michelangelo's Pietà

Michelangelo’s Pietà

The living glory of our nights,
of our nights and days.
The Prince of Peace your arms embrace

Nuestra Señora de la Palma

Nuestra Señora de la Palma

While hosts of darkness fade and cower.
Oh save us, mother full of grace,
In life and in our dying hour

Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary, 19th Century

Ave Maria!

The Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin, by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio

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~ by korakaos on April 23, 2010.

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