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Questions tagged [virgin-mary]

Mary (the mother of Jesus)

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Is the Eastern Orthodox opposition to the Immaculate Conception an innovation?

This question of mine springs from reading this article (Orthodoxy and the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) referenced in this answer to this Christianity SE question: What is the Catholic ...
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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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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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Why are the offenses against Blessed Virgin Mary are called blasphemies instead of sin?

There are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception. Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity. ...
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What does Roman Catholicism teach about the mother of the “Mother of God”: was she sinless too? [duplicate]

Thomas Aquinas discusses Mary as the sinless Mother of God in the Summa Theologica (Third Part, Question 27, Article 4), writing that Mary would not have been worthy to be the Mother of God, if she ...
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Why do Protestants not refer to Mary by the title “Mother of God”?

I have heard the title "Mother of God" in connection with the "Hail Mary" prayer that(Ave Maria) is recited by Catholics. However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (...
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What are the important gifts and graces given to Mary to become Mother of the Church?

Catholic Church Tradition already embraced the view of Mary's role as Mother of the Church. It says Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great both reflected on the Virgin Mary’s importance in the ...
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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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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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What Protestant arguments exist for the 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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Is Mary's human soul pre-existent in eternity?

There is a statement in the Catholic Catechism that says that Mary is chosen from all eternity by God. Would this mean she pre-existed in eternity with God, or does "chosen" not really imply pre-...
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Meaning of Poem

I came across this beautiful poem by GK Chesterton: A Little Litany. But it has been very difficult for me to interpret. Especially the following lines: To see in pictured walls his storied world ...
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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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Perpetual virginity of Mary: why did Mary see “not knowing man” as an obstacle to the conception of Jesus?

It seems rather incontrovertable from the logic (Luke 1): You will concieve and bear a son How shall this be, since I know not man That Mary sees it as impossible to conceive, specifically because ...
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If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else?

In this thread one of the answers states that Catholic tradition has Mary as sinless from conception (if I read it correctly). I don't want to sound flippant here but this begs the question: if God ...
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The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”

In a response in another thread, one individual mentioned that the virgin Mary was “the perfect non-divine human being.” Is this an accepted Catholic belief? If it is, what need was there for the ...
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When did Mary and Joseph learn that they were never supposed to have marital relations, according to Roman Catholic doctrine?

Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that Mary remained a virgin her entire life, even after marrying Joseph. It would seem that Joseph and Mary, at their betrothal, had likely expected to have, and ...
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Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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What is the significance of Mary treasuring and pondering in her heart? [closed]

In "the Christmas parts" in Luke Mary's reaction to many great occurrences is to treasure and ponder them in her heart. Is there specific significance to this phrasing or is it simply to highlight ...
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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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How does the revelation of Blessed Emmerich harmonize the teaching of the Catechism and Eastern Orthodox in Mary's Assumption?

Pope Pius XII proclamation on the Dogma of Mary's Assumption in 1950 (Munificentissimus Deus) was silent on how Mary's death description was. Eastern Orthodox believed in dormition. There are also ...
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What is the basis for saying that Aquinas accepted the Immaculate Conception?

It's commonly said that Thomas Aquinas did not accept the doctrine of the immaculate conception of Mary. For example, Wikipedia says: Saint Thomas Aquinas refused to concede the Immaculate ...
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How are the words of Mary in Luke 1:34 incontrovertible proof of her perpetual virginity?

Based on this question it seems that a lot of weight is given to the simple statement by Mary to Gabriel that she is a virgin. Luke 1:34 NIV How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a ...
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From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?

It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...
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Are the Seven Sorrows of Mary the seven pillars in Proverbs 9:1?

Proverbs 9:1 English Standard Version (ESV) "Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars." "HEWN" (Thesaurus) Adj. 1. hewn - cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting ...
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What is the origin of the idea that Miriam, sister of Moses, was a virgin?

Church father Chromatius, writing around the turn of the 4th century, appeals to an interesting OT example to defend the perpetual virginity of Mary: Remember that Miriam the prophetess of the Old ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

The first chapter of Matthew traces Jesus' lineage through his father Joseph back to King David through something like 18 generations. But as we know, Jesus was born through the agency of the Holy ...
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Is there any tradition that informs us of how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus?

I have heard that the legal age of marriage was quite young in Jewish culture at the time of Christ. I believe young girls at the age of twelve could marry. However, I find it difficult to imagine ...
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Virgin Mary in Old Testament?

Are there any Old Testament passages that could be or have been taken to refer to Virgin Mary? If so, what is it they are taken to be saying or prophesying about her?
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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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Is Mary omniscient (by participation, not by nature)?

I'm mainly interested in an Orthodox or Catholic response. Although any protestant denomination which has a high Mariology is welcome to answer (eg Anglocatholics, high church Lutherans). If your ...
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What significance, if any, does the doctrine of the eternal virginity of Mary have?

I understand that the Catholic Church (and perhaps the Orthodox church as well) teaches that Mary is "the eternal virgin" Mary. If this were an important doctrine, it seems there would be fairly ...
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Have any Christian theologians discussed whether Jesus resembled Joseph?

Mainstream Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God the Father and Mary, a virgin. So my question is, have any Christian theologians discussed whether Jesus only resemble his mother Mary, or ...
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Why is the Feast of the Visitation held on May 31st, during the Easter/Pentecost season?

The Feast of the Visitation is held on May 31st (May 30th in Eastern churches), which depending on the year will fall into either the Easter or Pentecost season. It seems really strange to me that ...
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What is the earliest known instance of a petition directed to Mary?

A recent answer on this site says that "People have always prayed to Mary as a chief intercessor on their behalf." Such a statement will surely seem excessive to Protestants, who would normally ...
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What is the meaning of “Advocata Nostra” according to Catholic Tradition & Teaching?

The famous hymn "Salve Regina" in Latin contains the words "Advocata Nostra" and it is recited at the end of the Holy Rosary. What is the meaning of that phrase "Advocata Nostra" according to Church ...
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Is Mary Our Mother? Evangelicals please explain John 19:26–27

John 19:26–27 (NIV) When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From ...
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According to the Catholic Church, was Mary's Magnificat a spontaneous utterance?

At Luke 1: 46-55 we see Blessed Virgin Mary singing a song of praise, now known as the Magnificat, while greeting her cousin Elizabeth. I wish to know if the song of Mary was a spontaneous utterance, ...
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Is it true that anyone who prays the rosary cannot be touched by Satan?

Fr.Gabrielle Amorth a famous deceased Rome Chief Exorcist who performed a record breaking 50,000 Exorcism Rite or even higher figures said the above phrase; "Anyone who prays the rosary cannot be ...
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Why does the Catholic Church hold Mary's virginity and the absence of brothers against the historians?

Jesus does not have a brother in the catholic tradition, his mother Mary is a perpetual virgin, which can hardly be compatible with having several children. Yet in his epistle to the Galatians (1, 19)...
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Is “quasi-incarnation” been attributed to mystical union of the Holy Spirit and Mary?

The Logos or the Incarnate Word became flesh in what known to be "hypostatic union". Jesus Christ the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity became flesh and dwelt among us having two nature both ...
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Is August 15th a day of obligation for all Roman Catholics?

August 15th on which the assumption of St. Mary, mother of Jesus is commemorated by the Catholic Church is a day of obligation for the Roman Catholics in India. I wish to know if the day is one of ...
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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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Is there a difference of substance between the veneration of Mary, and the worship of God?

Speaking from a protestant understanding, I had just assumed that Catholics would say they worshipped Mary. They (often) pray to her, sing her praise (calling her holy, and such). Sometimes bowing ...
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Is there a dogmatic or theological (yet not dogmatic) justification for kneeling before a statue/icon of the Virgin Mary?

We Catholics keel when praying in front of an icon representing God (e.g. a statue of Jesus, or a crucifix as in some confessionals), or during an Eucharistic Adoration. However, some people also ...
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Does Catholicism or any church father make a connection between Eve and Mary in Genesis 2:18 and John 14:26?

Genesis 2:18 New International Version (NIV) "The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”(Genesis2:18) and John 14:26 New King ...
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Was Mary given a glorified or “spiritual body” like the resurrected body of Jesus while on earth?

In the 4th Dogma of Assumption Mary was assumed "body & soul" into heaven. Scriptures tells us nothing defiled shall enter the Kingdom of God...(Rev21:27) And also Gospel of Luke 24:36-ff ...
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Was Mary’s appearance to St.James the Greater in year 40 AD an apparition or bilocation?

Tradition has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometime before her bodily Assumption into heaven, appeared to the Apostle St. James the Elder while he was living and preaching in Spain. After ...
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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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Why is “She” used in the Douay-Rheims translation of Genesis 3:15?

So this portion of scripture is very famous and important, its called the "proto-evangelum". It is often counted as the first spoken promise of salvation from God to man. Here is the verse in a ...