Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala, Fl
There it is, the church Karissa and I will be married in, or at least what is
visible from the entrance of the isle. I still remember the day Karissa and
I were on our way home to Brandon when I decided to show her this wonderful
church that I had performed at a few times in the past. The church was locked
so we could only see inside through the windows. After seeing inside and
walking the grounds, Karissa fell in love with it. There is a very spiritual
sensation as you walk the grounds and sit inside the chapel. I hope that all
of our guests will have no hard time understanding why we chose Queen of
Peace Parish for our celebration!
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Mary as "Queen of Peace"
"A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." Revelation 12:1
One of the great titles of Mary, the patron of this church, stems from her role in bringing the Prince of Peace into this world. For that and many other reasons Catholic Christians have come to know her as "Queen of Peace." Here Mary is depected with the Christ Child in hand as the woman in John's Revelation in heaven, clothed with the splendor of the sun, standing upon the moon, and crowned with a crown of twelve stars.
Other Church Art Work
We all know very well from the book of Genesis the account of Abraham and his son Isaac. This depiction shows the angel calling out "Abraham! Abraham!... Do not lay a hand on the boy!" With a better photo you can see the lamb presented as the true sacrifice for Abraham to God, the beginning of the Biblical imagery leading up to the Agnus Dei...
"...take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt... for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." Matt. 2:13
After learning that he was outwitted by the Magi, Herod became furious and ordered that all boys in Bethlemen under the age of two be killed. This event fulfilled an important prophesy spoken by Jeremiah: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
And here's the back of the church, as seen from the altar. Now for a walk outside...