Why is the Blessed Virgin so very often bedecked in blue — whether dress or mantle or veil or the aurora around her?
We broached that topic recently [see here], noting that blue is identified with warding off evil. And she certainly does that! Few things are more powerful than the Rosary. (Isn’t it a tragedy how many young people — becoming “nones,” instead of nuns, will never know that, and will be exposed to the evil one as a result?)
“To understand this we must first have the idea of the seven-color band of the rainbow,” notes a viewer named Jackson in Goa, India. “In this color band, blue-violet takes the highest place whereas red-orange takes the lowest place. This has also to do with one’s spirituality level. A holy person mostly chooses the higher colors of this color band as his favorite color. In other words one can come to know how holy a person is through his favorite color. Now the dominant color is white and God prefers garments of white. The next color after white is the blue-violet and the Virgin Mary prefers this color because she is next to God. Blue was also used for the curtains of the tabernacle (Exodus 26) and the Virgin Mary is the living Tabernacle.”
Another reason for blue, says a viewer, is Numbers 15:37-41:
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: Throughout the generations to come, you are to make tassels on the corners of one’s garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.’”
Fr. John Mackenzie at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsfield, New Hampshire reminds us that “in Chapter One of the Book of Ezekiel — in his vision of God’s glory — there are angelic creatures directly below the firmament where the throne of God rests. Ezekiel 1:26: ‘Above the firmament over their heads something like a throne could be seen looking like sapphire.’ Sapphire blue is the color of God’s Throne, according to Ezekiel.
“For Mary to be dressed in blue means that she is above the angels next to or closely associated with the Throne of God. Also, to paint your doors and windows and sills blue was in effect to say to the malignant spirits, ‘God is enthroned in this place and in our hearts.'”
“Many sites online. including art therapy, psychology, and design sites, state that the main emotions elicited by the color blue are feelings of calm, serenity, trust, safety, and security,” wrote Kathy Harum. “Our Heavenly Mother is always inviting us to spiritual safety and to peace.”
Said another, “Blue is associated with Divine Wisdom, and also with teaching.”
Oh, does she teach.
Oh, does she impart wisdom.