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The Holy Virgin Mary
Transcript of The Holy Virgin Mary
The Holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of God:
Mary used her free will, which was informed by her great faith, to say "yes" to God.
Thus, Mary's obedience begins the process of our Salvation, and undoes the disobedience of Eve.
The Four Key Church Teachings (Dogmas) about Mary
Assignment: Expository Essay on What Mary, the Mother of God, means to you.
Ways to Understand Mary's Role:
According to Christian Tradition, St. Luke Painted the First Icon of Mary in the 1st century
Our Lady of the Rosary: Oct. 7
Mary is perpetually a virgin: that is, she is a virgin before, during, and after she gives birth to Jesus. The only child she ever gave birth to was Jesus.
Mary is the
(The Mother of God). This title has been used for Mary since the second century, and the Council at Ephesus formally approved the title for the entire Church to use in the 5th century. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is fully God and fully man.
Mary herself was conceived immaculately. That is, she was preserved from the stain of original sin from the first instant of her life, at her conception. So the Grace that people receive at Baptism was given to Mary when she was conceived.
Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul at the end of her earthly life. So even as our souls and bodies will be reunited at the Last Judgment, Mary's soul and body are united in heaven now.
By choosing to obey God and avoid sin, she is an example of faith and virtue for all Christians.
WWMD: Mary is fully human and sums up for us what it means to be fully human. She is a role model for Christians as well.
Mary intercedes on our behalf. Remember: when we pray "to" Mary (or any saint) we are asking her to pray with us and for us to God. Mary (and the other saints) do not have the power to perform miracles or dispense Grace on their own apart from God.
Christ, from the Cross, said to St. John: "Behold, your Mother." She is the Mother of the Church and of all Christians.
Write an essay explaining the significance of The Blessed Virgin Mary in your life. Due Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
The student who writes the best essay will crown Mary during the May Crowning event. Remember: the "best" essay is not necessarily the essay with the best organization or the most advanced vocabulary. The best essay is, usually, the one that expresses and embodies the most love for our mother.
St. Luke knew Mary personally and his Gospel account contains more details about her life and the early life of Christ than the other Gospels.
St. Gabriel announces (in St. Luke's Gospel): "Hail, Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you."
St. Elizabeth declares (in St. Luke's Gospel): "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
The Church proclaims: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death."
Remember: Mary's whole message can be summed up by what she told the servants during the wedding feast of Cana: "Do whatever He tells you." This is Mary's message in the first century, and this is her message to us now!
Second only to Christ Himself, Mary has been depicted artistically more than any other human being in history. Mary is almost always depicted with Christ in her role as His mother:
"When we pray the Rosary, we contemplate, with Mary, the Face of God." --Pope Saint John Paul II.
Mary realizes (in St. Luke's Gospel) that "all generations will call me blessed."
The Presentation of Mary at the Temple: Nov. 21
The Assumption of Mary: August 15
The Nativity of Mary: Sept. 8
Christ and Mary at the Wedding of Cana
The Adoration of the Magi: January 6
The Immaculate Conception: Dec. 8
The Annunciation: March 25
The Nativity of Christ: Dec. 25
Pentecost: Fifty Days after Easter
The Crucifixion of Christ: Good Friday
The Resurrection of Christ: Easter
The Church Begins...
The Presentation of Christ at the Temple: Feb. 2
The Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth: May 31
Mary Finds Jesus Teaching in the Temple
"Hail, Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you."
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
Mary, The Queen of Heaven: Aug. 22
"Mary has always been present in the hearts, the piety and above all the pilgrimage of faith of the Christian people. "The Church journeys through time… and on this journey she proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary" (Redemptoris Mater, 2). Our journey of faith is the same as that of Mary, and so we feel that she is particularly close to us...Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying: "Behold your Mother!" (Jn 19:27). These words serve as a testament, bequeathing to the world a Mother. From that moment on, the Mother of God also became our Mother!" --Pope Francis.
Sts. Anne and Joachim, the Parents of Mary
Like the Tabernacle in the Old Testament, Mary actually contained God within her.
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death."
Mary is one of the three disciples at the foot of the Cross: all others have abandoned Christ.
The Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary was probably born between the years 20 and 15 B.C.
Mary was assumed into Heaven around the year A.D. 50.
The Protection of Mary: October 1
, The Mother of God