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’).

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 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 this...

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...

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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 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 the...

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 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[1] but reject the Roman Catholic traditions of the Immaculate Conception, the perpetual virginity of Mary, and her assumption. They also believe that the brothers of Jesus were her and Joseph’s biological...

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 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 of opinion emerge, however, over the intervening genealogy, most probably due...

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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...

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Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception In Christian theology, the Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception, keeping her “immaculate“. The Immaculate Conception is commonly confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, the...

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Marian Feast Days

Marian Feast Days Marian feast days are specific holy days of the liturgical year recognized by Christians as significant Marian days for the celebration of events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her veneration. The number of Marian feasts celebrated, their names (and at times dates) can vary among Christian denominations. History and development Early history The earliest feasts...

A Feast of Our Lady of Andacollo procession in Chile, 1838

Veneration of Mary in The Catholic Church

Veneration of Mary in The Catholic Church In the Catholic Church, the veneration of Mary, mother of Jesus, encompasses various Marian devotions which include prayer, pious acts, visual arts, poetry, and music devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Popes have encouraged it, while also taking steps to reform some manifestations of it. The Holy See has insisted...

A Christ and Mary, mosaic, Chora Church, 12-14th century. "To Christ through Mary", taught by St. Louis de Montfort

Catholic Mariology

Catholic Mariology Catholic Mariology refers to Mariology—the systematic study of the person of Mary, mother of Jesus, and of her place in the Economy of Salvation—within Catholic theology. Mary is seen as having a singular dignity above the saints. The Catholic Church teaches that she was conceived without original sin, therefore receiving a higher level...

Madonna and five angels, Botticelli, c. 1485

Marian Devotions

Marian Devotions Marian devotions are external pious practices directed to the person of Mary, mother of Jesus, by members of certain Christian traditions. They are performed in Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity, but generally rejected in Protestant denominations. Such devotional prayers or acts may be accompanied by specific requests for Mary’s intercession with God. There is significant diversity of form and...

Parma Cathedral, illusionistic dome, Correggio, 1526-30

Assumption of Mary

Assumption of Mary The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body...

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Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Perpetual Virginity of Mary The perpetual virginity of Mary is a Marian doctrine, taught by the  and held by a number of groups in Christianity, which asserts that Mary (the mother of Jesus) was “always a virgin, before, during and after the birth of Jesus Christ.” This doctrine also proclaims that Mary...

A mosaic from the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople (modern Istanbul), depicting Mary with Jesus, flanked by John II Komnenos (left) and his wife Irene of Hungary (right), c. 1118 AD

Mary, Mother of Jesus

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....

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Titles Of Mary

Titles of Mary Mary is known by many different titles (Blessed Mother, Madonna, Our Lady), epithets (Star of the Sea, Queen of Heaven, Cause of Our Joy), invocations (Panagia, Mother of Mercy) and names associated with places, (Our Lady of Loreto, Our Lady of Guadalupe). All of these titles refer to the same...

Theotokos

What Is Theotokos? Theotokos (Θεοτόκος) is a title of Mary, mother of Jesus, used especially in Eastern Christianity. The usual Latin translations, Dei Genetrix or Deipara (approximately “parent (fem.) of God”), are “Mother of God” or “God-bearer”.[a][2][b][3] The title has been in use since the 3rd century, in the Syriac tradition (as Classical Syriac: ܝܳܠܕܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ‎, translit.Yoldath Aloho) in the Liturgy of...