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The Seattle Madonna

A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom (Isaiah 11: 1)

This window, which the artist called “The Seattle Madonna,” is the work of Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen, who also created the three East Apse windows in the Cathedral. It depicts Mary holding the Child Jesus, surrounded by rich foliage and flowers, recalling the words of the prophet Isaiah (above). Inscribed in German around the figures of Mary and Jesus are words from a poem by St. Hildegard of Bingen: “O leafing branch, abiding in your noble state, just as the dawn light grows, now rejoice and be glad, and see fit to deliver us from our weakened way of life. Stretch forth your hand to strengthen us.”


“Blessed are you who have believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” But you, too, who have heard and have believed, are blessed. Every soul who has believed both conceives and generates the Word of God and recognizes his works. Let the soul of Mary be in each one of you to magnify the Lord. Let the spirit of Mary be in each one to exult in God. According to the flesh one woman is the mother of Christ, but according to faith, Christ is the fruit of all people. –St. Ambrose of Milan (4th century)


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother;
to you I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me.

The Memorare, attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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