Our Lady has been called the “New Ark of the Covenant” by a multitude of Catholic Saints! Our Lady contained Our Lord is Her womb.. just as the Ark of the Covenant contained the presence of God. In the Old Testament, God instructed the Israelites to cover the Ark with a veil of blue/turquoise, just as our Lady is also covered in a blue veil.
God spoke to the Israelites from the top of the Ark.. (it was called “the oracle”). And, Our Lady, the “New Ark” has also delivered messages from Heaven to us throughout the course of Catholic Church history.. (at Lourdes, Fatima, and so many more).
Therefore, it is even more significant that the construction of the Ark in the Old Testament is paralleled with the use and eventual proclamation of the first, and foundational Marian Dogma in Church History. This dogma is known as “Theotokos” which means “God Bearer” or in other words “Mother of God”.
God gave Moses instructions on how to build the Ark, and the Israelites constructed the Ark during their time in the desert. The Ark of the Covenant traveled with the Israelites in the desert, and because the Ark contained the presence of God, it could be said that the Ark of the Covenant was a “God Bearer”.
In Church history, the term “Theotokos” was first used in early liturgies dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries. Then, in 431 AD, at the Council of Ephesus, the Dogma of Theotokos was proclaimed to be the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
Just as the construction of the Ark by the Israelites was foundational to their religion and their worship, so too was the forming and proclamation of Theotokos a foundational dogma to the future of the Catholic Church.
There are many more awe inspiring parallels between Our Lady and the Ark of the Covenant! The Ark was made of Acacia wood, which was an extremely durable wood and was practically incorruptible. Our Lady is pure and without any stain of sin, and She is therefore, also incorruptible.
The Ark struck fear into Israelites enemies, because of the incredible power God manifest through it. And, Our Lady strikes fear into the fallen angels, because of the power God gives Our Lady over evil and the minions of Satan.