Mary (the mother of Jesus)

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How do we know Mary was a virgin at the time of Jesus' conception?

Luke 1:26-26: 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of ...
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What exactly is a “Hail Mary”?

The practice of a saying a "Hail Mary" is often referred to in colloquial speech, sometimes as a way to caricaturize Catholics. References to the practice instantly conjure up images of Catholicism, ...
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How could a sinless Mary die?

Ignatius Theophorus's answer to this question about the assumption of Mary states: In addition, there is an ancient document which actually relates the death of Mary and the assumption of her body....
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How are the 12 Anathemas of St. Cyril against Nestorius supposed to be read?

I'd never seen this before today when I was trying to answer a question on the natures of God, but St. Cyril's 12 Anathemas against Nestorius is pretty interesting, and as a piece of literature, I ...
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What is the Catholic theological basis for the Munificentissimus Deus?

If you are looking for direct scriptural proof of this dogma, you will not find any. Mary’s Assumption was not explicitly recorded in Scripture. However, Pope Pius XII formally defined the dogma of ...
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Did Jesus know from the outset that He was the Son of God or did Mary tell Him?

A Catholic friend of mine asked me this question, and I mentioned this passage: 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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According to Catholic teaching, was Joseph and Mary's marriage a true marriage?

Well, I've read in several articles, and if not mistaken also in canon law, for a marriage to be valid, there has to be consummation (intercourse). However, since, if I'm not mistaken, by Catholic ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that Mary lived in Turkey after John took her there?

This website says that the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in Ephesus, Turkey. Where did this idea originate?
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The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
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According to Roman Catholic Church, why should we pray to Mary and not just through her to her Son? [duplicate]

The Bible does not mention anywhere that we should pray to God through Mary. Obviously she's Mother of God, and we owe her that, but even Jesus teaches to pray to God Himself. But why does the ...
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Is there any evidence in the Roman catacombs that the Early Church had a devotion to the Virgin Mary?

Is there any archeological evidence in the catacombs of Rome that the Early Church had any (particular) devotion to the Virgin Mary? If so, what are the sources that support such a devotion?
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How do those who support the perpetual virginity of Mary doctrine harmonize the Protevangelium of James with the Gospel of Matthew?

I have a question concerning those who support the perpetual virginity doctrine. The Protoevangelium of James is the earliest source used to demonstrate how Joseph had children from a previous ...
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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Catholicism puts great emphasis on the importance on the Mary, the Mother of God. It honors her and insists upon her perpetual sinlessness and perpetual virginity. And in my observation, it seems as ...
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Relationship between Mary/Elizabeth or Jesus/John?

How were Mary and Elizabeth related, outside of the obvious of being of the children of Abraham. Mary was of the tribe of Judah and Elizabeth would have been a Levite. How could Mary and Elizabeth ...
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What is the basis for the claim that Ezekiel 44 is about Mary the Mother of Jesus?

Upon being referred to the statements of Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologia, I read this: It is written (Ezekiel 44:2): "This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was present at the foot of the Cross as her Son was dying in order to ransom mankind from sin. This got me thinking that Mary must hold a special place in Catholic devotion. ...
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Texts in Eastern services expressing ideas about the role of woman in child development

I have quite a specific question about the view of ancient Christians on the development of a child. I always assumed, that since the Ephesus Fathers considered being born of human woman as a ...
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Are there any denominations that reject Mary's virgin conception of Jesus?

Its hard to reconcile her virgin conception of Jesus with being a descendant of David since the genealogies in Matthew and Luke go through Joseph, who (according to the virgin conception theory) was ...
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Mary's painless birth

Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary's birth was painless come from? My wife just got home from a non-denominational study about Mary and she said she thought everybody knew this, but ...
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Who wrote the Sub Tuum Praesidium?

The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest known hymn to the Virgin Mary, dating back to somewhere between 250-280. Has any Saint or Church Father ever been ascribed as being the author of this prayer?
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Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history? [closed]

Matthew 1:1-17 provides a genealogy of Jesus, traced back to Abraham: The Family History of Jesus the Messiah: . . . Abraham was the father of Isaac . . . Matthan was the father of ...
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Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary

It's common knowledge that Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy have the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Protestants generally don't have that belief. Less known is that Zwingli and ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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Explain similarities and differences in “sinless from the womb ” for James, John the Baptist and Mary

My perusal of this site has enlightened me to these 3 cases where a person is spoken of as being sinless from the womb. According Catholic Church were all three born sinless? 1)Mary according to the ...
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Why do Catholics put so much faith in the Virgin Mary?

I'm not sure how to express the relationship that Catholics have with the Virgin Mary, so please excuse the word "faith" in the question title. Giving Mary praise I understand that Mary gave birth ...
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Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?

The Catholic Church has a few teachings about the Mother of our Lord that are not accepted by many Protestants. This is not evident in the doctrines of many early Protestant reformers including Luther,...
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What is the purpose if the feast of visitation and on what day of the year is it celebrated?

Recently read a little mention of feasts the Catholic Church commemorate regarding events in Mary's life. Does the feast of visitation refer to the conception of Jesus?
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What is significant about the swaddling clothes with which Jesus was wrapped as a baby?

Luke gives the account of Jesus' birth and mentions that Mary wrapped Him in "swaddling cloths". And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a ...
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According to Catholicism, what does 'come upon thee' and 'overshadow thee' mean?

When reading the verse regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus, there are certain terms used which I find very confusing. How does the Catholic Church understand the bolded phrases in Luke 1:35 ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Mary and/or other saints are in heaven? [duplicate]

The Assumption of Mary states that after she died on Earth she went to Heaven. What is the Biblical basis for the idea that she, or any other person who died after Jesus' resurrection, is already in ...
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Where did the “theology” behind the Cherry tree carol come from?

I love playing this carol on the piano, but it makes me wonder if I'm not being the least bit heterodox. Here are the assumptions that seem to me to be contrary to thriving tradition: When ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and that this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Joseph's case his Marriage to Mary was his second. Would there be any ...
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From where did Mary get the attribution of “Full of Grace”?

The Catholic prayer referred to as a "Hail Mary" ascribes the phrase "full of grace" to Mary. The Scriptures describe both Jesus and Stephen as being "full of grace". In Greek, this is "πλήρης ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception?

According to Catholic Doctrine, the Immaculate Conception refers to the teaching that Mary's own conception (not that of Jesus) was without the stain of original sin. What is the biblical basis for ...
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Are Catholics allowed to call Mary 'perfect' by virtue of her Immaculate Conception?

Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is conceived without inheriting the original sin. They believe that Mary was never a sinner (source). Are Catholics allowed to call Mary '...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary is above all other humans in holiness?

Does her being born as she was (i.e. immaculately conceived), and being the Mother of the Savior (Mother of God) make her higher than everyone else? Or is she considered not necessarily holier than ...
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How would Catholics respond to the theory that Mary was a surrogate mother that had no DNA in common with Jesus?

Did the life transferred to Mary's womb contain unique DNA? Did that remain the case through out the pregnancy? Science tells us that a surrogate host mother of an implanted fertilized egg will have ...
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Do Protestants accept the similarity between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant?

Catholics believe that Mary is the Ark New Testament and they believe it on a scriptural basis (source).This is the same stance Orthodoxy has (source). Do Protestants accept the similarity between ...
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What is the Biblical evidence against the perpetual virginity of Mary?

I understand that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the eternal virgin in that she never had sexual relations with Joseph (or any other man)--either before or after the miraculous ...
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Is “Mary Queen of the Universe” a recognized title for the Virgin Mary?

There is a Catholic church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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Why was Zachariah punished while Mary was not?

The gospel of Luke states that when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharia and told him that his wife Elizabeth would conceive John the Baptist, Zacheria doubts the prophecy and so is temporarily ...
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How far advanced was the Virgin Mary's Pregancy when she returned to Nazareth?

According to the gospel of St. Luke, the Virgin Mary after receiving the good news from the angel Gabriel, visited her cousin Elizabeth (a week's travel away) and stayed with her for three months. ...
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Do people who adhere to the immaculate conception of Mary believe that Mary and Jesus were both conceived in the same fashion?

My Christian training emphasized the uniqueness of the Christ as the only human ever directly created since Adam,thus the only one ever born of woman that could offer a propitiatory sacrifice that ...
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Was the dogma of the Immaculate Conception formulated in response to someone challenging Mary's ability to bear a perfect Son?

i read that dogma is the churches way of explaining supernatural events in scripture Since I have been doing research on the question of how a perfect Jesus could be born of a descendant of Adam, it ...
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According to the Eastern Orthodox, in what sense did the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) give birth to Christ's divinity?

Nestorianism would claim that Mary only gave birth to Christ's humanity. When I thought about it and considered it, I realized my prior attitude towards the Virgin Birth had been somewhat Nestorian, ...
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How old is the doctrine of a sinless Mary?

What are the oldest known writings that state that Mary was without sin?
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Who believes the incarnation and resurrection wouldn't have happened without Mary's faith?

A group called the Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is, as the name suggests, seeking the consecration of the nation of Ireland to the ...
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How do Catholics explain Mary making sin offering 40 days after Jesus' birth?" [duplicate]

The Bible reports that in accord with the requirement of the Mosaic Law, 40 days after Jesus’ birth Mary offered at the temple in Jerusalem a sin offering for purification from uncleanness. If she ...
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Is Mary, “Mother of God,” the mother of the Son or of the whole Trinity?

I find the Catholic title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is ...