The Virgin of the Grapes, 1640s, Pierre Mignard
Musée du Louvre, Paris [Web Gallery of Art]
Winegrowers in France celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Mary as the Feast of Our Lady of the Grape Harvest.
Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Jesus said to the chief priest and the elders of the people:
“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.