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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, and their names (and at times dates) can vary among Christian denominations. History and development Early history The...

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 The veneration of Mary in the Catholic Church 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 on the importance...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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, Virgin Mary, Mother of God), 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...

Mother of God, mosaic icon, Hagia Sophia (12th century)

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][b] The title has been in use since the 3rd century, in the Syriac tradition (Yoldath Aloho) in the Liturgy...

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The Virgin Mary In The Qur’an

The Virgin Mary In The Qur’an The writer explores the Virgin Mary in the Qur’an. Contemporary interest in Islam and the Qur’an, its sacred book, runs high. Qur’an means literally a book, a reading, a recitation; and is sometimes less accurately transliterated from Arabic to English as Koran. Among the...

A statue of Mary in Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church, Strasbourg

Protestant Views On Mary

Protestant Views On Mary Protestant views on Mary include the theological positions of major Protestant representatives such as Martin Luther and John Calvin as well as some modern representatives. While it is difficult to generalize about the place of Mary, mother of Jesus in Protestantism given the great diversity of Protestant beliefs, some summary statements are attempted....

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Mariology

Mariology Mariology is the theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mariology methodically relates teachings about her to other parts of the faith, such as teachings about Jesus, redemption, and grace. Christian Mariology aims to connect scripture, tradition, and the teachings of the Church on Mary. In the context...

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Lutheran Marian Theology

Lutheran Marian Theology Lutheran Marian theology is derived from his views of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It was developed out of the deep Christian Marian devotion on which he was reared, and it was subsequently clarified as part of his mature Christocentric theology and piety. Lutherans hold Mary in high esteem. Martin...

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John Calvin’s Views On Mary

John Calvin’s Views On Mary This article covers John Calvin’s Views On Mary in detail. John Calvin (1509–1564) was a French Protestant theologian during the Protestant Reformation, and one of the most influential reformers. He was a central figure for the Reformed churches, whose theological system is sometimes called Calvinism....

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Mary In Islam

Mary In Islam This article covers Mary in Islam in detail. Mary (مريم‎, Maryam), the mother of Jesus (Isa), holds a singularly exalted place in Islam as the only woman named in the Quran, which refers to her seventy times and explicitly identifies her as the greatest of all women, stating, with reference to...

The Magnificat on the wall of the Church of the Visitation.

Hymns To Mary

Hymns To Mary Marian hymns or Hymns To Mary are Christian songs focused on the Virgin Mary. They are used in both devotional and liturgical services, particularly by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches. They are often used in the month of May devotions. Some have also...

Lady Chapel, Anglo-Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd (Rosemont, Pennsylvania)

Anglican Marian Theology

Anglican Marian Theology Anglican Marian theology is the summation of the doctrines and beliefs of Anglicanism concerning Mary, mother of Jesus. As Anglicans believe that Jesus was both human and God the Son, the second Person of the Trinity, within the Anglican Communion and Continuing Anglican movement, Mary is accorded...

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Immaculate Conception: Isn’t It Against Laws Of Nature?

Immaculate Conception: Isn’t It Against Laws Of Nature? This article covers the answer to the question: “Immaculate Conception: Isn’t It Against Laws Of Nature?” Jesus had no father, thus no importance may be given to the words of those who attempt to change through idiotic, forced interpretations this firm and...