The Madonna cover (below) appears to be based on this statue of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is reproduced frequently on the internet and is even for sale in some places, but I was not able to find any attribution for where the statue actually is or who made it.
Our Lady of Sorrows is a Catholic devotion dating back many hundreds of years. In images, Mary is portrayed sorrowful and in tears, with swords piercing her heart. Meditations and prayers focus on the seven great sorrows she experienced during her life on Earth:
- The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2);
- The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2);
- The loss of the child Jesus when he stayed behind (Luke 2);
- Her meeting Jesus as he carried His cross (not explicitly found in Scripture, but depicted in the fourth Station of the Cross);
- The Crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19);
- The removal of Jesus from the cross (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19); and
- The burial of Jesus (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19).
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on September 15.
Madonna has been known for sacrilegiously appropriating Catholic themes since the beginning of her career. In her latest, she stars in an unspeakably blasphemous photo shoot for Vanity Fair: The Icon Issue portrayed as the Blessed Virgin Mary dressed up as Our Lady of Sorrows on the cover. Inside, she appears as Jesus in the Last Supper, where she is flanked by nearly-nude female “apostles” at a Roman orgy type dining table, one of whom is obscenely posed.
When asked about religion, she said, “Religion is respecting other religions. Religion is not joining an exclusive or extremist group.” She said she cultivates “spiritual practices. Practices that apply to me and don’t have to apply to everyone. And I think everyone should do that because I find it important to pray and have a connection with the soul, with the spiritual force, call it what you will.”
Satan. I call it Satan.
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