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Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen

McGrath, Michael O'Neill; Fragomeni, Richard

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ISBN 10: 1584591773 / ISBN 13: 9781584591771
Published by World Library Publications, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Large hardcover INSCRIBED BY MICHAEL MCGRATH to the first owner, in excellent, next-to-pristine condition, with VG+ dust jacket (slight handling, protected by a clear, removeable cover). 100 colorful pages, in celebration of Mary. [2.2 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 065509

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Title: Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, ...

Publisher: World Library Publications

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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"Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen" features vibrant contemporary art of the Virgin Mary by renowned artist, painter, and author Michael O’Neill McGrath, OSFS, of Washington D.C., along with prayers written by Richard Fragomeni, priest of the diocese of Albany, New York and associate professor of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Brother Mickey also contributes his own writings and reflection that inspired the creation of each of the individual works in the book. The book is not only a beautiful addition to a library and art collection but one that can be utilized to aid in ones own prayer, imagery and reflection.

The original paintings were created with acrylic paint on watercolor paper, creating a soft yet vibrant color effect, and then beautifully reproduced and artfully integrated with the text and prayers. Many of the paintings in the collection are the result of McGrath's loving fascination with black pilgrimage Madonnas. Mary is presented throughout as an inclusive and unifying figure in an increasingly diverse church.

The titles in the book which inspired each of the paintings are from the Litany of Loreto, one of the oldest prayers of the Catholic Church, and passed down through the ages from sources like scripture’s Song of Songs and the Agathistos (a Greek litany dating from the sixth century). These 20 images celebrate various loving and reverent names for Mary: Our Mother, Our Lady, Our Mystic, Our Queen.

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Michael O’Neill McGrath, currently resides in Washington D.C., and is a brother of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He is the author and illustrator of "Journey with Therese of Lisieux: Celebrating the Artist in Us All," as well as "Patrons and Protectors", a three-part series of books on the saints. He has been the recipient of awards from the Catholic Press Association for his covers of "America" magazine, and his work appears regularly in the publications of today’s leading Catholic and Christian publishers. Mickey is also a widely respected speaker and retreat director at parishes and retreat centers throughout the United States.


Richard N. Fragomeni currently resides in Chicago, IL, and is a priest of the diocese of Albany, New York. He is an associate professor of liturgy and homiletics and chair of the Department of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has written widely on topics of theology, liturgy, music and symbolism. In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as spiritual director at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago’s Little Italy.

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