The Old Testament Ark of the Covenant prefigures the Blessed Virgin Mary in so many deep and profound ways—I must defer to the likes of Dr. Scott Hahn in his book, Hail Holy Queen.
I will say this much. She is the pure, chosen vessel for God's Only Begotten Son: the Way, Truth and Life. You can learn all about this by reading Dr. Hahn online at: http://www.salvationhistory.com//online/intermediate/course2_lesson1.cfm
Her beauty is sung by St. Athanasius (c. 296-373) in his Homily of the Papyrus of Turin:
“O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater than them all O (Ark of the) Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the flesh in which Divinity resides.”Christmas does not exist without her "Let it be." And remember to call it Christ's Mass!
With our Amen ("So be it") during Holy Communion at Holy Mass, we too are gifted to carry the Way, Truth and Life in us, and the really amazing thing is that He takes us into Him.
This is the accurate meaning of the term Virtual Reality, not what the world has redefined out of the key Latin word virtualis. In Faith, Hope and Love we abide in Him and He in us. This is true essential reality because HIS PRESENCE IS REAL.
1398, "influencing by physical virtues or capabilities," from M.L. virtualis, from L. virtus "excellence, potency, efficacy," lit. "manliness, manhood" (see virtue). The meaning of "being something in essence or fact, though not in name" is first recorded 1654, probably via sense of "capable of producing a certain effect" (1432). Computer sense of "not physically existing but made to appear by software" is attested from 1959. Virtually (c.1430) originally meant "as far as essential qualities or facts are concerned;" sense of "in effect, as good as" is recorded from c.1600.
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