The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
4.7 EVENTS IN EGYPT DURING MARY'S BIRTH.
When the Blessed Virgin was born, I saw that image of a winged woman
with a balance in her hand (bending down over a child in a little ship
lying in the top of a tree) cast into the sea from its place in the
temple on an island in a river. I had seen the image placed there long
ago, before the time of Elijah, in accordance with the forced utterance
of an idol. The little tree on which lay the child in the ship,
remained in its place. A church was built there later.
At the moment of Mary's birth I saw falling from the temple ceiling
pieces of that winged female figure with three breasts which I had seen
fixed to the ceiling of a temple when a messenger from Elijah announced
his master's prophecy of a coming Virgin. The face, the three breasts,
and the lower part of the body all fell down and were broken to pieces.
The bushel-shaped crown, the arms with the ears of corn, the upper part
of the body and the wings did not fall down.