Inspiration for a March for Life in London

This gives me the opportunity to link back to two interesting posts!

First, remember the post HERE, linked to a post on Fr. Finigan’s blog, about the possibility of a March for Life in London?

I received this from a reader:

I’ve just read the item on your Blog about the March for Life in Washington on Monday 24th January.  As it happens I was part of the March this year because I was over in Washington attending a conference on Shariah Law (that’s a story for another day) and was invited to join the March when I attended Mass at a local Church in McLain Virginia on the Sunday.  (The liturgy incidentally was absolutely beautiful and a packed parish church)

I have a set of photos from the march and I took the opportunity to talk to a number of the marchers and take notes. There were an incredible number of lively intelligent and articulate young people taking part and I was extremely impressed. I took a number of pictures.

I am hoping to get the pictures up on the Internet in the next couple of days and will let you know once I have.  The event was impressive and did make me feel ashamed that nothing similar was happening in Britain.

He attached this photo:

That sign, carried by “ByzanTeens” (clever), reminded me of this great statue at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, about which I posted HERE.

This pair of statuettes represents the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth.

They date from the early 14th century and come from Switzerland.  They are carved walnut and have very well-preseved paint and gulding.

In this representation, you will note the odd rock crystal cabochons.

These crystals were intended to allow the one who prayed before them to see the babies in the wombs of Mary and Elizabeth.

Medieval ultrasound.

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  1. AnAmericanMother says:


    Hard to see from this angle – is anyone depicted behind the rock crystal?

    A very clever idea and beautifully executed. The faces of the B.V.M. and St. Elizabeth look very French. French side of Switzerland?

  2. Supertradmum says:

    the rock crystals–how beautiful and how profound…

    The artist knew when life began…

  3. Fr. Basil says:

    A note about the ByzanTeens sign:

    Properly, if the unborn children were depicted in this icon, they should be in rondels, as in the icon of Our Lady of the Sign, but for this particular purpose, no problem.

  4. MissOH says:

    Our group was walking next to the Byzan Teens (I also loved the sign) and they were singing some beautiful hymns/chants.

  5. Filipe says:

    My wife and I saw that sculpture during our honeymoon.
    Simply amazing.
    Thanks for the photograph!
    God bless you and your work.

  6. Anne M. says:

    I love that scuplture! I saw it two years ago and took several photos of it.

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