February 17, 2015

Leighton's "The Accolade" and Defending Marriage


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)

This portrait can be applied as well, to those who defend their marriages against the modern evil known as divorce, as well as from specious annulments, whose meteoric rise to prominence the past 40 years has been a travesty to justice. In this regard, the Queen anoints her knight (the spouse) before he (or she) enjoins battle, and the knight gains the needed courage to face the unknown enemy (the divorce). To this particular picture, in this particular venue and fighting this particular battle, the words spoken by Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower to the troops preparing for the Battle of D-Day can also be applied:

"I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! 

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...


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