BOOK SIGNING & TALK: “The Madonnas of St. Augustine.”


7 Dec

BOOK SIGNING & TALK: “The Madonnas of St. Augustine.”

Award-winning Author, Nancy Murray, will have a book signing for her new book, The Madonnas of St. Augustine, on Saturday, Dec. 15th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Queen of Angels Catholic Store,, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, Florida.  At 11:30 a.m., Nancy will be giving a talk titled: “Come Meet the Madonnas – Inspiration and Creation.”  The Madonnas of St. Augustine  is a remarkable history of three centuries  of old Virgin Mary statues revered in the ancient city of St. Augustine, Florida, since the days of the original Spanish explorers.  For directions or information, call (904) 288-0062.  Read the introduction to The Madonnas book at

4 Responses to BOOK SIGNING & TALK: “The Madonnas of St. Augustine.”

  1. Using antique statues of the Blessed Mother as windows into the eras of their creation, Nancy Murray has written a compelling history of the beautiful, historic city of St Augustine. The delicate, classically crafted Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto (Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery) midwifed the city’s founding under generous Spanish Franciscans. Two depictions of the Blessed Mother, one under the forbidding title of The Hurricane Lady and another Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (Virgin of Charity from Cobre), comforted an abused immigrant community that was eventually driven from the area. And lastly, a rustic wooden carving called the Pregnant Madonna helped to tell the story of Florida’s freedmen, struggling to take their place in society.

  2. This is the altar-piece painted by Memling for the charitable sisterhood of St. John’s Hospital at Bruges. The Virgin is seated under a porch, and her throne decorated with rich tapestry; two graceful angels hold a crown over her head. On the right St. Catherine, superbly arrayed as a princess, kneels at her side, and the beautiful infant Christ bends for-ward and places the bridal ring on her finger. Behind her a charming angel, playing on the organ, celebrates the espousals with hymns of joy ; beyond him stands St. John the Baptist with his lamb. On the left of the Virgin kneels St. Barbara reading intently ; behind her an angel with a book ; beyond him stands St. John the Evangelist, youthful, mild, and pensive. Through the arcades of the porch is seen a landscape background, with incidents picturesquely treated from the lives of the Baptist and the Evangelist. Such is the central composition. The two wings represent, on one side, the beheading of St. John the Baptist ; on the other, St. John the Evangelist at Patmos, and the vision of the Apocalypse. In this great work there is a unity and harmony of design which blends the whole into an impressive poem. The object was to do honor to the patrons of the hospital, the two St. Johns, and, at the same time, to express the piety of the charitable Sisters, who, like St. Catherine (the type of contemplative studious piety), were consecrated and espoused to Christ, and, like St. Barbara (the type of active piety), were dedicated to good works. It is a tradition that Memling painted this altar-piece as a votive offering in gratitude to the good Sisters, who had taken him in and nursed him when dangerously wounded : and surely, if this tradition be true, never was charity more magnificently recompensed.

  3. grade at Middle School xxx. I have read your book “The Night the Elephants Cried.” I enjoyed this book so much I just couldn’t put it down once I started! The bond between Jerry and Nonni was a bond that can’t be topped by any relationship between a mahout and their elephant. This book was exciting and made you say “wow”. Jerry’s love for elephants makes me want to learn more about them! I can’t wait to open up another one of your books!

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