Collection: Mary, Tower of Power

ARTIST: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS


The Tower of David stood prominently and strongly on the highest summit of the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. Such a tower was part of the defense mechanism of the city. Mary is compared to the Tower of David because of her holiness, being recognized as full of grace and having been conceived free of original sin.

Mary is also called the Tower of Ivory. A similar term, Ivory Palace is mentioned in Psalm 45, verse 9, for the same reason. Both instances foreshadow the nuptial relationship between Christ and his bride, the Church. Here though we remember, as Vatican II taught, that Mary is “a type of the Church”