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Mary (the mother of Jesus)

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What is the significance of Infant Jesus' sandal hanging from his foot in the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help?

The Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help has a remarkable feature in that one of the sandals of Infant Jesus hangs in suspension as if on a sling. The drawing, sometimes attributed to St Luke, seems to ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

I know that Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception. What is that? Is this the same as the virginal conception of Jesus?
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What is the role of Mary the Mother of God in the Temple of God?

Revelation 11:19-12:1 shows that Mary is in the Temple. What is her role here? Is it similar to the Old Ark of the Covenant, or is she there interceding to her Son?
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

I've seen many posts here from Catholics describing Mary as the spouse or wife of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Answers calls it a "pious custom". Is this official Catholic dogma? If so, when was it ...
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Why, in the Gospel of Mark, is Jesus referred to as the son of Mary but, in the Gospel of Luke, he is referred to as the son of Joseph?

Why, in the Gospel of Mark, is Jesus referred to as the son of Mary but, in the Gospel of Luke, he is referred to as the son of Joseph? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of ...
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Was the host of Wedding Feast at Cana a close relative or friend of Mother Mary?

We read in John 2:1-2: 1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. See that the primary ...
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Is Mary's grace of Immaculate Conception the same as that of "Holy" Mary?

Did Mary never sin throughout her life ("Holy Mary") because she received the grace of Immaculate Conception, or are there two different graces? The dogma of Immaculate Conception states (in ...
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Montfortian Consecration to the Virgin Mary and Prayers with Requests?

I am consecrated to the Virgin Mary through Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort's method. Although I have read his treatise on the matter, I find myself in a situation that I hadn't considered when ...
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(For denominations who accept icons) Who is "Jesus Christ of the old days" icon?

I'm Eastern Orthodox, but this question can be answered by catholics and any denomination that accepts icons. I went today to my local church and I saw a painting on a wall that I never noticed. It ...
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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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Did St. Augustine Write about the Assumption of the Virgin Mary?

I am currently investigating Catholic/Protestant theological differences. In trying to understand arguments about the immaculate conception of Mary, I began reading St. Thomas Aquinas, when I stumbled ...
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Do Protestants appreciate the significance of Mary's genealogy?

Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment ... and that was counted to him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. [Psalm 106:30,31 KJV.] Phinehas hath turned my wrath away ... ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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The Early Protestant Reformers largely venerated Mary, when did this sentiment change and why?

It seems that various famous reformers venerated Mary but in my experience there is a general disregard of Mary in modern Protestant denominations. When did this sentiment historically wane? I'm ...
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What did the Earliest Church Fathers teach about the Woman of Revelation 12?

This question is a rephrase of a different question asking if any early church fathers believed that Revelation 12:1-5 is about the Virgin Mary. It may be clearer and easier to find out what they ...
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Did any church fathers after Chrysostom believe that Mary committed sin?

The belief that Mary never committed sin has been around a long time, much longer than the final formulation of the doctrine of her immaculate conception (which happened around the 13th century). ...
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Did any Early Church Fathers believe that Mary was without sin? [duplicate]

The immaculate nature of Mary is a doctrine, that holds that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception and that she lived a holy and sinless life, but did any of the ...
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Did any of the Early Church Fathers believe that Revelation 12:1-5 is about the Virgin Mary?

The doctrine of the queenship of Mary, is the belief that once Mary had passed away and ascended to heaven, that she was crowned as the queen of heaven and given a special and exalted role as the ...
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Immaculate Conception: Why was it necessary for our Salvation?

According to many Catholic apologists, like Dr. Robert Sungenis,1 the dogma of the immaculate conception of Mary is not simply binding because it is a divinely revealed dogma, but according to them it ...
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How are the Gospel accounts of the ritual of marriage of St. Joseph and Blessed Virgin Mary reconciled?

Luke 2:5 gives an account of Joseph who went to Bethlehem for enrolling in the census with Mary who was pledged to him in marriage. Matt 1:18-25 however, states that Joseph took Mary home as his wife ...
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Did Blessed Virgin Mary hide her pregnancy from public eye?

We read in Luke 1:24-25 how Elizabeth, after conceiving John the Baptist, led a secluded life for five month, saying that God had taken away her disgrace of not having children. In first appearance, ...
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Did any of the Church Fathers interpret Matthew 1:25 as not speaking in a sexual sense?

Protestants often used Matthew 1:25 as proof text that Mary did not remain a perpetual virginity after her marriage to Joseph, but did any of the Early Church Fathers interpret or understand this ...
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Can "The Virgin Mary" be called "daughter of Aaron"?

Luke 1:36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. (New Revised Standard Version) According to Gill's ...
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When was Blessed Virgin Mary first chosen as Jesus' Mother?

I came across a short prayer appended to the Holy Rosary, which states that Blessed Virgin Mary had been chosen from the very beginning, to be the Mother of Jesus. Though the curse given to Satan in ...
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According to Catholic scholars, why was Blessed Virgin Mary spared of temptations on her way to motherhood?

We see that Blessed Virgin Mary had a rather smooth travel on her way to giving birth to Jesus, bar the physical hardship of travelling to Bethlehem towards the end of her pregnancy and trying to find ...
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Where did St. Thomas Aquinas say Mary approached the borders of the Hypostatic Union?

Where did St. Thomas Aquinas say Mary approached the borders/fringes of the divinity or Hypostatic Union?
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How many different people in the New Testament are called or claim to be "Brothers" or "Sisters" of Jesus?

Regardless of the doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary acknowledged as dogma by most Christians, which would necessitate a different interpretation of the words "brother" and "...
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God was born of Mary - really?

We must always say as well that God was born of Mary. From this accepted answer. God is spirit and invisible and his face cannot be seen lest we die. Yet apparently it's OK for God to dwell within ...
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What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary is holy?

What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary is holy? Most other denominations don't hold to doctrines like perpetual virginity. They see Mary as special because she was chosen by God but ...
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What is the biblical basis for Mary being the ark of the new covenant?

Both Orthodox and Catholic Christians believe and affirm that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the ark of the new covenant, but is there a scriptural basis for this and if so where do we see this in the Old ...
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What is a special sign of predestination? (Catholic)

One of the promises given by Mary to the people who pray the rosary is Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination. Reference I read many things on predestination and can't really ...
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Why is all the family tree from David to Joseph mentioned in Bible?

If Jesus is not the son of Joseph, but the Son of God, why is it said that Joseph is a descendent of David? If Jesus is the Son of God and the son of Mary, then the man who took care of Mary and her ...
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Did St. Augustine believe that Ezekiel 44:1-2 is a prophecy of Mary's perpetual virginity?

According to Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Ezekiel 44:1-2 And he brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut. And the ...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary's birth of Jesus 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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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 church's 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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What did the Dominicans have against the immaculate conception?

I was readIng an ad for a movie about blessed Duns Scotus which said he was debated and won against the Dominicans in the 13th century about the special privilege given to Mary, her Immaculate ...
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Why did Our Lady of Lourdes say "I am the Immaculate Conception" and not "I am immaculately conceived" or "I am the Mother of God"?

In 1858 St. Bernadette asked for the name of the beautiful Lady who was appearing to her. The Beautiful Lady answered her "I am the Immaculate Conception." Why didn't she simply tell her she was the ...
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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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Acts 6:8 - Stephen is described as "full of grace" (πλήρης χάριτος)

In Acts 6:8, according to some manuscripts the Greek text states, Στέφανος δὲ πλήρης χάριτος καὶ δυνάμεως ἐποίει τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα μεγάλα ἐν τῷ λαῷ. (NA28) which is translated by the NABRE into ...
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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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When/who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of 🇺🇸?

When and who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of the United States of America?
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In what sense was Mary born without original sin in Roman Catholic dogma?

Is the following quotation an accurate explanation of Roman Catholic dogma regarding Mary? The reason that Mary is “full of grace,” the Church has said, is because of Ephesians 1:3-6 (Redemptoris ...
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What arguments do Catholics and Orthodox Christians use against Matthew 1:25 disproving the perpetual virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

Both Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that the blessed Virgin Mary remained a virgin not only until she had given birth to the Lord but for her entire life, but most Protestants use Matthew 1:...
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If Mary is sinless then how is Christ her victory?

Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox church believe in the sinlessness of Mary. Although their beliefs differ, they agree on the belief that "Mary was sinless." If Mary is sinless (i.e. the ...
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Why is Mary's mantle blue?

In the Catholic Church especially, but also other denominations, Mary (ie, mother of Jesus) is often depicted with a blue mantle. Does anyone know the origin of this, and what it is meant to mean?
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Which church father first taught the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck, in his Reformed Dogmatics, III, §366, briefly deals with Mary's perpetual virginity, and touches on the doctrine's history: We do not yet find this idea of Mary'...
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What is the support or arguments to indicate the age of the Virgin Mary?

On many occasions I have seen that the Virgin Mary is described as a 13 or 15 year old girl when she had Jesus Christ. The main argument I have heard is based on the fact that in the culture of Israel ...
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Early church fathers on Mary as mediatrix

I was doing some research and even though could find different resources on devotion to Mary, Mary as the mother of God, I couldn't find anything useful about Mary as mediatrix / "to Jesus ...
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When did Mary and Joseph marry?

They were only engaged when Mary was concieved by the Holy Spirit, correct? They would have had to marry before Jesus' birth, correct? In order for him not to be considered a bastard born out of ...
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Could Luke 3 be Joseph's genealogy?

I am considering the possibility that Luke 3 is in fact the genealogy of Joseph and not Mary. Here is why... Luke mentions the circumcision and the naming of both Jesus and John on the 8th day in ...

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