Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary was a 1st-century BC Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth, and the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament and the Quran.

 

The gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament and the Quran describe Mary as a virgin; according to Christian theology she conceived Jesus through the Holy Spirit while still a virgin. The miraculous conception took place when she was already betrothed to Joseph. She accompanied Joseph to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

 

Mary has been venerated since early Christianity, and is considered by millions to be the most meritorious saint of the religion. She is claimed to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries. The Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God (Θεοτόκος, Theotokos, ‘God-bearer’).

A depiction in stained glass: "thy mother Mary fled into Egypt"

The Virgin Birth: Birth of Jesus Without A Biological Father

The Virgin Birth: Birth of Jesus Without A Biological Father There is consensus among the great majority of Christians and Muslims that Jesus came to earth by means of a virgin birth. And the virgin birth of Jesus was a miracle. Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete...

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Mary And Prophet Jesus

Mary And Prophet Jesus This article covers Mary and Prophet Jesus in Islamic sacred texts. ‘O mary! God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name is the Messiah [Christ] Jesus son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the hereafter, and among those nearest [to...

A 12th-century Quran manuscript at Reza Abbasi Museum.

Remember Mary In The Book

Remember Mary In The Book The Qur’an informs us of former Prophets and religious figures sent by God to proclaim His Oneness. Islam requires Muslims to acknowledge and respect these people, one of whom is Mary (Maryam), the mother of the Prophet Jesus. She has a unique place in the...

Patoleo (sweet rice cakes) are the Pièce de résistance of the Assumption feast celebration among Goan Catholics.

The Feast Of The Assumption

The Feast Of The Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August; also called in old liturgical books Pausatio, Nativitas (for heaven), Mors, Depositio, Dormitio S. Mariae. This feast has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the...

Icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Mary: Her Conception And The Birth Of The Messiah

Mary: Her Conception And The Birth Of The Messiah This article covers Mary: Her Conception And The Birth Of The Messiah. WHY WE CHOSE MARY We are a small group of women of Turkish-Muslim and Catholic origins who became acquainted in the Spring of 2009 and immediately recognized our soulful...

Inside the Tomb of Mary: the stone bench on which the Virgin's body was laid out

Mary

Mary Maryam, or Mary, is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Qur’an. She is mentioned in twelve chapters of the Qur’an, a total of thirty-four times. But even more important than the number of times her name is used is the fact that she was mentioned in...

Mary Assumption parish church in Pühret (Neustift i.M., Upper Austria): Altar of Virgin Mary: Image of Madonna with Child (1900).

What Is Immaculate Conception?

What Is Immaculate Conception? This article covers the answer to the question: “What Is Immaculate Conception?” The doctrine In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits...

The Annunciation, by Fra Angelico

What Is The Annunciation?

What Is The Annunciation? This article covers the answer to the question: “What Is The Annunciation?” The fact of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is related in Luke 1:26-38. The Evangelist tells us that in the sixth month after the conception of St. John the Baptist by Elizabeth, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to the Virgin Mary,...

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Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. In general, the theology and history of Mary the Mother of God follow the chronological order of their respective sources, i.e. the Old Testament, the New Testament, the early Christian and Jewish witnesses. Mary prophesied in the Old Testament The Old Testament refers...

Fresco from the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in Kučevište near Skopje

Presentation Of Mary

Presentation Of Mary The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in the East as The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by the Catholic, Orthodox Churches, and some Anglo-Catholic Churches. The feast is associated with an event recounted not in the New Testament, but in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James....

Statue of the Visitation at Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, Israel

Visitation In Christianity

Visitation In Christianity The visitation in Christianity is the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to St. Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56. It is also the name of a Christian feast day commemorating...

Michelangelo's Pietà (1498–99) in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Ecumenical Meetings And Documents On Mary

Ecumenical Meetings And Documents On Mary Ecumenical meetings and documents on Mary, involving ecumenical commissions and working groups, have reviewed the status of Mariology in the Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches. Ecumenical meetings with Eastern Orthodoxy Marian views The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches believe in Mary...

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima is one of the largest Marian shrines in the world.

Marian Apparition

Marian Apparition A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The figure is often named after the town where it is reported, or on the sobriquet given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition. Marian apparitions sometimes are reported to recur at the same...

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The Hail Mary

The Hail Mary Prayer (Ave Maria) The Hail Mary prayer is one of the most famous prayers in all of Catholicism. It is the foundation to the Rosary, and is based off of two passages from Saint Luke’s Gospel. The Hail Mary is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the...

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Prayers Of Mary

Prayers Of Mary, Mother of Jesus We have collected some of the best prayers of Mary, Mother of Jesus to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith. Mary was...

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The Secret Of Mary

The Secret Of Mary The secret of Mary is a book by Saint Louis de Montfort on the Roman Catholic theme of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Description The book is published by Tan Books but is also available free online. It complements de Montfort’s other books, Secret of...

Eastern Orthodox Nativity depiction little changed in more than a millennium

Virgin Birth Of Jesus

Virgin Birth Of Jesus The virgin birth of Jesus is the doctrine that Jesus was conceived and born by his mother Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit and without the agency of a human father. The idea is found only in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. It is enshrined in the Nicene Creed (“incarnate of the Virgin Mary”)...

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Latter Day Saint Views On Mary

Latter Day Saint Views On Mary This article covers Latter Day Saint Views On Mary. The Latter Day Saint movement teaches that Mary was the mother of Jesus, whose father was God the Father. Latter-Day Saints affirm the virgin birth of Jesus but reject the Roman Catholic traditions of the Immaculate Conception, the perpetual virginity...

The House of the Virgin Mary (Turkish: Meryemana Evi or Meryem Ana Evi, "Mother Mary's House") is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres from Selçuk in Turkey.

Islam’s Mary: The Mother Of Jesus

Islam’s Mary: The Mother Of Jesus This article covers Islam’s Mary: The Mother Of Jesus in detail. Mary’s genealogy The Qur’an informs us that the father of Mary was named ‘Imran and the classical Muslim scholars unanimously accept that she was from the line of the prophet David … Differences...

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The Annunciation

The Annunciation The Annunciation (from Latin annuntiatio), also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Annunciation of Our Lady, or the Annunciation of the Lord, is the Catholic celebration of the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking His Incarnation. Gabriel told Mary to name her...