• 11 Sep 20

Sep 11 - “Tower of Mercy” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

The title of this painting refers to the image of Our Lady of Mercy in which, traditionally, Mary holds open her cape as a place of refuge for suffering humanity below. Here, two angels present her with the World Trade Center and Pentagon, each engulfed in flame and smoke.

Above Mary’s head is a star in reference to her title, “Star of the Sea,” the light which guides us safely in our darkness. Inside Mary’s cape are symbols of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit is represented by the dove with an olive branch of peace in her mouth; Jesus is the Sun; and God the Creator is symbolized by the green disc beneath the sun. Around her halo are the words from the “Hail, Holy Queen”:

“To thee do we send up our sighs,
 mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.”