This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Parallelism in the names of the Virgin

Creator and co-creatrix; Mediator and mediatrix, Redeemer and co-redemptrix.

Clearly we have here a parallelism, but we should be careful not to interpret it as either ‘equality’ between the two terms or as an oppositional dualism.

Particularly in the name assigned to the Virgin, we can easily see that the emphasis is on receptivity. The Virgin is the matrix in which the divine work is reified. This is why Mary is the handmaid of God, his humble servant.

Taking this into account, and in particular the term ‘mediatrix,’ and also adding the frequent connection between Mary and ‘the waters,’ which is present in the structure of her name and in her identification with Universal Substance, we cannot help but connect her with the Matrona spoken of in the Hebrew Zohar:

All the messages sent here below by the supreme King pass through the intermediary of the Matrona, and all the messages sent to the supreme King from the world below first arrive at the Matrona who transmits them to the supreme King. As a result, the Matrona serves as intermediary to the world On-High in its communication with the world below, and vice versa. Thus she is the perfect mediatrix between Heaven and earth.[1]

This is also summarized by St. Bernard that it is “God’s will that we have everything through Mary,” and that she is the channel or “aqueduct whereby all the heavenly waters reach us.”

[1] Zohar, III, 50B.

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