Enthusiastic ChurchPop picked up on something “new” from Taylor Marshall (who has done good things recently): a title of Our Lady invoked as Exterminatrix of Heresies. They posted an image of Mary which I’ve shown on and off on this blog since time immemorial.
Alas, the title for this marvelous image is not “Exterminatrix of Heresies”.
While we can invoke Mary with any of her titles when we are before any of her images or depictions – I wouldn’t hesititate to call Our Blessed Mother Queen of Priests while she is dressed in her Fatima garb – the title of the depiction in question is “Madonna del Soccorso… Our Lady of Succor, or Help.” This version was painted in 1494 and it is found in the cloister of the Abbey of San Felice in Giano del Umbria, the Foundation house of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Mary putting the smack down on the Devil with a club is a common theme. There are numerous depictions of the Devil trying to get at a soul, in the guise of a child running to mom for help.
I’ve written more about here HERE.
A few more versions just for nice.
It’s a whip this time. Gotta sting.
Our Lady of Succor, ladies and gents.
And for the bonus round, here’s Barna da Siena’s offering of St. Margaret beating the stuffing out of the Devil with a hammer!