Mary, Mother of Flint Icon Symbolism
Mary: Red outer garment - symbolizes her original human nature
Blue inner garment - her heavenly nature
Christ: Blue outer garment - symbolizes His true divinity
Red inner garment - His humanity
MP OV -- Mother of God
IC XC -- Jesus Christ
Jesus’ raised hand - gesture of blessing
Ovals to right and left of Mary:
Left - Old St. Michael’s Church, Saginaw & Fifth Ave., Flint’s First Catholic Church
Right - Downtown Flint; bricks, arch, weather ball, cars
Mary & Jesus are dark skinned, identifying with the large population of Flint. The people in the painting represent various ages and ethnicity in the city, gathering in reverence to Mary. The four children in the background represent Youth, the future of Flint. In remembrance of the city’s water crisis, a river is depicted, and a Hispanic woman offers a pitcher of water for a blessing.
Mary, Mother of Flint, pray for us!