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The traditional way of abbreviating a name was to use the first two letters of the name. From this practice a tradition developed of elaborate monograms for the names of Jesus and Mary. In the case of Mary however the monogram carries a double meaning, MA for Mary but also AM for “Ave Maria,” the words spoken by the angel Gabriel when he announced that Mary would conceive a bear a son by the Holy Spirit. The monogram is surmounted by a crown, a symbol of the Blessed Mother’s role as Queen of Heaven and Queen of Angels. The diamond background recalls the lozenge shaped shields found in heraldry; the shield is a symbol of faith. The field of roses are in token of Mary’s beauty and purity.

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