Q. What is the origin of Mary’s title “Seat of Wisdom”?
E.K., via email
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
In the 10th century, Masses began to be offered for Our Lady as Mother of the Incarnate Wisdom of God. Readings for these Masses were taken from the Wisdom literature, especially the Books of Sirach and Proverbs. Beginning in the 12th century, records show litanies in honor of the Virgin which emphasize her relationship with eternal Wisdom. As mother of the Incarnate Lord she is referred to as “fountain of Wisdom,” “mother of Wisdom,” “house of Wisdom” and “seat of Wisdom.” This latter term became most commonly used.
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