Q. 1. What is the meaning of the Marian title "Mary, seat of wisdom?"
A. 1. This very old title of Mary, also known as "Our Lady of the Chair," represents a specific part of her life and experience, in this case, her role as the one who gave birth to Jesus.
Artistically, the picture of "Mary, seat of wisdom," shows her seated on a throne, holding the Christ child on her lap and offering him for adoration. In the early days of the Church, many Christians saw Christ as Wisdom incarnate. Therefore, by holding Jesus on her lap, Mary becomes the “seat” of wisdom. In a different approach, this title also refers to the fact that Mary “held” wisdom inside her by carrying Christ in her womb.