St. Mary, North Elmham


“Assumption!” roared the man with a hammer, ” We’ll see about that!” In the west porch of the parish church you can see his handiwork.

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin (15th Century)
Photo: The Coronation of St. Mary as the Queen of Heaven from Simon Knott’s Norfolk Churches website

Arguments about visual images and the place of the Mother of Our Lord continue in our own time. But this church that bears her name remains high and lifted up.


What do you think ? Iconoclasts zeal destroyed an earlier century’s devotion to the woman without whom Jesus could not have taken human flesh. Mary had carried Jesus in her womb, brought him into this world, touched and talked him into being. She had fed him, protected him and nurtured him. There at his birth. There at his death. Her hands had wrapped the new born in swaddling bands; and the newly dead for burial.

In Jerusalem, Mary was part of the infant Christian Church. It is not scriptural. It is not there in the Bible. Yet, might not Mary have been taken up to heaven to be with her risen, ascended, glorified son? This writer likes to think so.

Author: norfolkpilgrim

Retired CofE clergyperson. Thinking globally acting locally. Here we have no abiding city.

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