Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Mary.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
As the Virgin, she is represented in Christian art with flowing hair, emblematical of her virginity.   1
   As Mater Dolorosa, she is represented as somewhat elderly, clad in mourning, head draped, and weeping over the dead body of Christ.   2
   As Our Lady of Dolours, she is represented as seated, her breast being pierced with seven swords, emblematic of her seven sorrows.   3
   As Our Lady of Mercy, she is represented with arms extended, spreading out her mantle, and gathering sinners beneath it.   4
   As The glorified Madonna, she is represented as bearing a crown and sceptre, or a ball and cross, in rich robes and surrounded by angels.   5
   Her seven joys. The Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Finding Christ amongst the Doctors, and the Assumption.   6
   Her seven sorrows. Simeon’s Prophecy, the Flight into Egypt, Christ Missed, the Betrayal, the Crucifixion, the Taking Down from the Cross, and the Ascension, when she was left alone.   7



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