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Questions tagged [virgin-mary]

Mary (the mother of Jesus)

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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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On which parts in the gospels is Weatherhead's argument about Mary, mother of Jesus, founded?

I read that Leslie Dixon Weatherhead, an English Christian theologian, made every effort to present Mary as a very pure, sincere, immature, young maiden who simply had interpreted the Angel's ...
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Why didn't Mary tell Joseph what Gabriel had said to her?

From Gabriel's visitation of Mary in Luke 1:26-38, ending with this famous line: "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her. And also a ...
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Does 'no more room in the Inn' mean spare room not big enough for a birth?

In this article, the author says that 'no more room at the Inn' from Luke doesn't imply a Stable. The big idea is that "there was no more room at the inn" from Luke is misread, and instead of Mary ...
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Why is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception treated differently?

I know that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a seemingly immoveable feast. Unlike the other holy days the obligation is not transferred when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday (so you ...
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What does it mean that the Virgin was assumed “in body” in Heaven?

... the Pope explained that the text from the Revelation, which speaks of a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet and a garland of twelve stars upon her head, refers both to the Virgin ...
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Saints in Heaven? [closed]

I am very confused about the question of saints and if to pray to them and to The Blessed Virgin. My confusion is that as a Christian I believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose ...
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Is the desire for a spiritual mother natural to mankind?

I've been answering a few questions on this site raised about the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin Mary and this question popped into my mind. St. Thomas Aquinas can posit a rational proof ...
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Why did Pope Francis say, “When we encounter the Cross, do we turn to Mary,” rather than to Christ?

When we encounter the Cross, we turn to Mary: Give us the strength, Mary our Mother, to accept and embrace the Cross! —His Holiness Pope Francis Source Can anyone explain, according to ...
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How is the Catholic interpretation of the Woman of the Apocalypse as being Mary reconciled with the dogma of perpetual virginity?

In the Book of Revelation, 11:19—12:1-18, where the Woman of the Apocalypse is introduced, the passage describes "she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth." Catholic tradition identifies ...
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What support is there in the Patristic writings for Marian Devotion?

Specifically, I want to know if there is evidence in the early Church of Christians venerating Mary. Evidence from the time following Mary's earthly life is preferred, though not required.
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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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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Is it a correct to say that Jesus did not entertain His family’s request in Mark 3:31-35? [closed]

The verse clearly states by itself: Mark 3:31 Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came. Standing outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said ...
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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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Why is the Exsultet so keen on bees?

The Exsultet or Exultet is a beautiful Latin hymn for the Easter vigil. There are a few different versions. Part of the ceremony involves lighting the Paschal candle, and the text thanks the bees who ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that Jesus' mother was one of His disciples?

The Roman Catholic Church venerates Mary as not only having been blessed to be the mother of Christ, but also as having been born without sin (Immaculate Conception), and to have been a perpetual ...
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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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Did Mary die, or was she translated like Enoch and Elijah?

According to the Bible, did Mary die? From a comment on another question, it seems that at least some denominations (including the Roman Catholic Church) teach that, like Elijah and Enoch, Mary did ...
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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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Is the Virgin Mary ever referred to as “the Holy Table” (ἡ ἁγία ἡ τράπεζα)?

I'm still in the process of translating a work of John of Damascus concerning the Eucharist and the body of Christ, entitled Περὶ τοῦ ἀχράντου σώματος, οὗ μεταλαμβάνομεν. In section 4, he writes, ...
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Was Mary a Virgin? [duplicate]

The biblical passages mentioning that mary was a virgin seem to be add after the fact, and possibly based off a mistranslation. What evidence is there that Mary, the alleged mother of Jesus, was a ...
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What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?

According to me Protestants are the one who doesn't pray to Mary. I also came across the Protestantism which speaks about the 95 Theses which Martin Luther started against indulgence. I don't see ...
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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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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 so-called "Hail Mary" prayer that is recited by Catholics. However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (I'm ...
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When was the title of “Mother of God” first ascribed to Mary?

I understand that the phrase "Mother of God" appears in the prayer commonly referred to as the "Hail Mary" prayer. I'm wondering, though, what the origin is of the phrase "Mother of God". Did it ...
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What is the origin and basis for the Catholic teaching regarding Mary's vow of celibacy prior to her betrothal?

In the answers to this question it is asserted that Mary had taken a vow of celibacy prior to her betrothal to Joseph. Thus, Joseph already knew that he and Mary would never have marital relations ...
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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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Did Mary know she was sinless, according to Roman Catholic teaching?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the Immaculate Conception that asserts Mary was conceived without sin and remained sinless for her entire life. Assuming this to be true, did Mary know that she ...
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Why did God choose Mary?

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, was conceived full of sanctifying grace and free of any stain of original sin. In Catholicism, this is called the Immaculate Conception. She was conceived ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception. What is that? Is this the same as the virginal conception of Jesus?
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How may we reconcile the Blessed Virgin Mary's maturity with her age?

The Catholic Encyclopedia says: [Based on] the age at which Hebrew maidens became marriageable, it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age. ...
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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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Why did Mary ask Jesus to make wine at the Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana is the only instance AFAIK where Mary asks Jesus to perform a miracle. Is there any indication or insight as to why she did so ? Was the family very close to her/them ? Or was ...
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Justification of perpetual virginity of Mother Mary [duplicate]

How do Catholics justify St. Joseph not being able to consummate his marriage with his wife? It would seem as though the doctrine of Mary's perpetual virginity is at odds with Catholic teaching ...
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According to Roman Catholic doctrine, why does Mary refer to God as her Savior if she was born without sin?

In the Magnificat, Mary refers to God as her Savior. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, Mary was born sinless and remained sinless throughout her life. So, why does Mary refer to God as her ...
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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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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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Did Mary have other children? [duplicate]

Since it appears that Jesus had brothers and sisters, did Mary have other children? If not, how many wives did Joseph have? Matthew 12:46–47 NIV 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his ...
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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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Holiness of Mary and Joseph [closed]

Often in stain glass and other art, both Mary and Joseph are seen to have the 'halo' around them that also surround those of saints. I was once told (by I think my religion teacher) that for Jesus, ...
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What is the origin and explanation of the Catholic teaching that Mary was and is sinless? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception? I saw on another post where someone indicated that the Catholic church teaches that Mary was, in fact, sinless at ...
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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 should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...
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Why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was a virgin? [closed]

Christian religions constantly remind us that Mary was "forever virgin". So why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was also a virgin?
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Did Mary know that her Baby Boy would “soon deliver her”?

It's a little past Christmas, but I forgot to ask this question based on the song "Mary did you know", which really raises the question. Did Mary know? As a Catholic, there are lots of traditions ...
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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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Relationships between God the Father, Mary and the two natures of Jesus Christ

Would it be okay to say this: Jesus Christ is both God and Man, which means that He possesses both divine and human nature. Divine nature in Him is from God the Father and the human nature in ...
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What do Protestants say was the source for the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Not counting Martin Luther, who appears to have believed in the doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, what do other Protestants think is the source and reason for Catholic adherence to the ...
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Why isn't the virgin birth of Jesus mentioned in all of the gospels? Does it matter?

I recently saw Bill Maher's documentary and he mentions that the virgin birth is only mentioned in two of the gospels. He goes on to bug Christian people several times by asking questions such as "How ...