About Our Lady of Wisdom
There are many devotional titles given to the Blessed Virgin Mary including “Our Lady” and “Seat of Wisdom” which is a translation of the Latin sedes sapientiae. The phrase “Seat of Wisdom” refers to the throne of Solomon, one of the Kings of Israel who was known for his wisdom. Mary is likened to the throne of Solomon and viewed as the seat of wisdom because she brought Jesus, the “Wisdom of the Father” into the world. From this perspective, the throne of wisdom is no longer that of human wisdom, but that of divine Wisdom, God incarnate. Mary is the place in which Divine Wisdom chooses to rest or abide. Representations of Mary as the seat of wisdom, therefore, show the Christ Child seated on her lap or held in her arms. The image of Mary as the seat of wisdom dates back to the early centuries and associates Mary with both glory and teaching. Since Mary is one who has the ability to bring all people to Christ, she is “Our Lady of Wisdom."