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Virgin Mary at Prayer

Detail of the Virgin Mary at Prayer. As her death approaches, Mary removes her garments (shown hanging behind her) and puts on the "robes of immortality." She then prays to be preserved from the powers of hell. Above, the hand of God comes out of the clouds in blessing. This story is from the apocryphal Assumption narrative. Chalgrove Church, Oxfordshire, England.

Photo © Holly Hayes.