CHRIST the SUN — MARY the MOON

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In traditional Mariology there is what might be called a binary unity- in-communion between Christ and Mary in the analogy of Sun and Moon. It is at least as old as the Adam – Christ, Eve – Mary binary analogy, but is based in apocalyptic eschatology and the centrality of Johannine theology and Christology. It begins with the famous Marian text, Rev. 12: 1-2:

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And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. (RSV: Catholic Edition)

This text from the Johannine apocalypse is paired with the even more familiar Prologue to the Gospel of John, Jn. 1: 1-18;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word…

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