Hail Mary


Living in a predominantly Catholic country, and in a colonial neigbhourhood, you are bound to stumble across many a representation of the Virgin Mary. Today’s post: Je vous salue Marie.


Tlalpan, the House of bells. I may have posted that one already.



Polanco, a different area of Mexico city. Very different architectural style. But the Madonna keeps watch.


“When I find myself in times of trouble…”


“Mother Mary comes to me…”


Study in peeling paint.


Street viacrucis, Tlalpan, Good Friday 2017.


The House of bells again. I understand they repainted it. Blue or mauve? Need to go back and have a look.


I‘ve always wondered what happens with the electric cables during the rainy season?


This one stands at the corner of a block-large estate, once owned by General Lopez de Santa Ana, a 19th century president of ill repute.



The Virgin of Guadalupe. At a Notary public. May those business deals be blessed.


At a small 17th century church nearby. One of the many representations of the Virgin Mary. María del Socorro; María de las Angustias (Mary of Anxieties. I once knew someone here called so. She did not like her name much); María de los Remedios; María del Consuelo (Solace?) Etc. I understand every representation has different codes of clothes and attitudes to identify the particular Mary. I must confess I cannot distinguish one from the other. There probably is a book somewhere of Spanish/Portuguese colonial religious art…

Thank you for flying with us. Have a blessed week.

52 thoughts on “Hail Mary

  1. Ave María, gratia plena,
    Dominus tecum.
    Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
    et benedíctus frúctus ventris tui, Iesus.
    Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
    ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
    nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.


    A quiet prayer for all the people in Spain and Portugal. May they be comforted in their suffering.

  2. When remembering to Mexiko where I have been last time in November 1999 I must first of all think of all the skeletons in the old town of Merida on Yucatan peninsula. This special Mexican relationship to death impressed me a lot. But St. Mary did not pass my way. Am I blind, Brian?

    • I don’t think you are blind. 99% of the pictures I showed were taken in Tlaplan, a colonial area with many, many (hidden) convents. It’s possibly the highest concentration I’ve seen in this city. Having said that, The Virgin of Guadalupe is the Patron of Mexico, and she is displayed in many parts. Now, in November, the Day of the Dead manifestations are so strong you probably focused on that. 🙂

  3. nice and interesting, comme d’hab’, amigo… well, après avoir étudié la Bible afin de ne pas mourir ignorante, je suis darwiniste-cartésienne, et comme dirait qq’un:”aide-toi et le ciel t’aidera via un satellite ou l’ISS(international space station)!” – autrement formulé: personne ne fera jamais rien à not’ place, olé! 🙂

      • Glad to share… I think it goes back to the early 70’s when we’d just come “back” to Paris and I wanted to go around the streets with my Asahi-Pentax 😉 to capture details of the buildings. Not the entire building, a balcony, a figure, a small statue… But in that time, it was “argentic” and failry expensive to do that. With digital it is a pleasure. Again, I am delighted you like it. And I do hope the rain will go from the bay to the interior. Have a lovely week-end Jenny

      • I remember starting out with film in wedding photography with my medium format Hasselblad. I had to be judicious in my photo taking because one only brought so much film and the processing was a fortune. Now the cameras are a fortune and we rarely print.

      • Absolutely. It’s reversed. (And I remember you have a Hasselblad…) (That is a gem)
        But then, middle of the road: I carry my camera (aka phone) in my pocket and I’m quite satisfied with the optics. For the type of photography I do? It’s perfect. Of course, it’s not very good for landscapes (but then I’m done with landscapes) or distant objects. Animals. I will love it the day they put a decent zoom on it. 😉
        When all is said and done, I like the size. Fits anywhere.

      • I do most things on phone now but use my good Nikon for professional work and anything special I want to look nice. Oh and travel photography of course. Just took it to the pumpkin patch today.

  4. Ah, La Madre de Mexico. When I remember, or think about the times I saw her, it’s a kaleidoscope of images, too. The first time in Durango, Durango, and a life sized mural behind the hotel’s front desk; the rows of votive jars with her image and all the candles lighted; Dias de los Muertos with the lady standing over graves; an Indian mother bowed over her infant, this a live image from one car adventure into southern Durango; the image on Juan Diego’s cape as thousands filed by; the lady on the hill where two young men with bleeding knees were sleeping, policemen guarding their exhaustion; all the little and big churches where I’d stop for a bit and just sit. All the big and little ways she lives in faith. I wouldn’t call it “child like” faith, but rather, the Mother who guards and listens.

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