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Questions tagged [virgin-mary]

Mary (the mother of Jesus)

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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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Have there been any Christian writings on the genetics of Jesus? [closed]

Mainstream Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God the Father and Mary, a virgin. From a scientific perspective, this means that he would have had no genetic material provided from a male ...
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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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Why is the perpetual virginity of Mary important in Eastern Orthodoxy?

I am looking into the Eastern Orthodox church, and was wondering why believing that Mary was a perpetual virgin was an important belief? Now I don't have a real problem if tradition holds that she was ...
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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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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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In the Catholic or Orthodox tradition, did Jesus appear to his mother after death?

None of the Resurrection narratives seem to include Mary as a witness to the resurrection or among the first few people who see Jesus after his death; not does she seem to be mentioned until ...
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According to Catholicism, can the saints be given the title “co-mediator of Grace”?

If Mary is "Mediatrix of all Graces" is it possible to say the saints are "Mediators of certain graces", according to Catholicism? E.g., the patron saint of finding lost things is a co-mediator who ...
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Why did St. John Paul II add the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary?

I started praying the Rosary after St. John Paul II added the Luminous mysteries to the Rosary, so I virtually no remembrance of a Rosary being prayed before they came on board. When he writes about ...
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Do Mormons believe in the Virgin birth taught in the Bible? (LDS)

According to Brigham Young, the second prophet and president of the LDS church: "The birth of the Savior was as natural as the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He ...
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Where was Joseph when Mary visited Jesus on the cross? [duplicate]

Not much was mentioned about Jesus's foster-father. Mary visited Jesus, but where was Joseph at when Jesus was being crucified?
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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 theological justification for believing in the real presence of Mary in the Eucharist?

I stumbled across the wikipedia article for a sedevacantist, schismatic Catholic group called the Palmarian Catholic Church which states that this group has also declared the Real Presence of the ...
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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 is the difference between Irresistible Grace and the Immaculate Conception?

So, there's a Calvinist dogma called "Irresistible grace" which I take to mean that some people are unable to resist the call of God and will do the "Godly thing" against their freewill (or instead of ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Mary is the mother of God?

Catholics often refer to Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, as “the mother of God.”1 What is the biblical basis for this belief? 1 CCC, §963
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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 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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Jewish Festival of Lights and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

While I was doing some reading on how Catholics celebrate various feasts and festivals from around the world, I noticed that the city of Lyons, France celebrates the Festival of Lights on December 8th ...
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Why is Mary's perpetual virginity a Catholic dogma?

I know Catholic dogmas must be accepted to become Catholic. They are non-negotiables as distinguished from doctrines or theological opinions. I know most Catholic dogmas relate to some essential truth ...
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Testimonies of the existence of Mary and Joseph

There are 30+ historical accounts of Jesus's existence. A subset of these would also seem to be evidence for the existence of Mary and Joseph. What is the historical evidence (besides what is ...
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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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Where in the bible is Jesus referred to as Jesus bin Miriam?

I've heard that there is a reference to Jesus as 'Jesus bin Miriam' (may have misspelled Miriam), however I can't find the reference. It may only be in some versions. Any suggestions? Citation: ...
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Assumption of Mary (Salvific issue) Catholic

Problem description A protestant made the following two arguments about the assumption of Mary: A catholic that doesn't accept the assumption of Mary will be excommunicated from the Catholic church ...
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Why do Catholics believe that Mary is co-redemptrix?

Where does the belief come from? Why is her intercession believed to be necessary? Please provide Biblical evidence for the belief as well as Traditional sources.
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In accordance to LDS doctrine, would Mary & Joseph need to be sealed (by proxy) in the temple?

It is my understanding that the LDS faith places great emphasis on the family unit because they believe that through the sealing powers performed in the Temple by the holy Melchizedek priesthood, ...
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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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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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How do proponents of the perpetual virginity of Mary view Matthew 13:53–57? [duplicate]

Matthew 13:53–57 reads: 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Joseph ...
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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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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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Why did the unborn child become happy at the voice of Mary's greeting? [closed]

Luke 1:39–45 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In the Angelus, which is theologically correct, “conceived of” or “conceived by”?

In the Angelus, which is a short practice of devotion in honour of the Incarnation repeated three times each day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of the bell [cf. Angelus | New Advent], I ...