Every creature rejoices in you

Posted in birds, Virgin Mary by martalorenza on March 27, 2011

The movie “The Dog, the General and the Birds” by F. Nielsen and T. Guerra is about how captive birds in Saint Petersburg were freed by the dog Bonaparte and his master, an elderly general who regrets having used birds to defeat the real Napoleon Bonaparte.

I’ve just discovered that the idea of the film is based on the old Russian tradition of freeing birds on Annunciation Day. Hurrah for the Virgin Mary – every creature rejoices in her!

In some areas in Russia the rainbow is considered as the Virgin Mary’s hoist, which she uses to draw water from the ocean for fields and crops.

Give fresh water, gentle Mary, to the senseless wars and burnt lands of your bewildered children.

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