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Alma Redemptoris Mater (Antiphon)

Angelical Salutation - see "The Hail Mary"

The Angelus

The Annunciation

Antiphons of Our Lady

Apparitions (Unapproved)

Ark of the Covenant

The Assumption

Ave Maria - see "The Hail Mary"

Ave Maris Stella

Ave Regina Caelorum (Antiphon)

B.M.V. / B.V.M.

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Cana

Consecration to Our Lady

Devotion to Mary is Recommended

Did Mary Die?

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Doctors of the Church (Marian)

False Apparitions - see "Apparitions (Unapproved)"

Fiat

First Five Saturdays Devotion

Flos Carmeli Prayer

Hail, Holy Queen

The Hail Mary

The Holy Family

House of Loreto

Hyperdulia

Images / Miraculous Images of Our Lady

The Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Incarnation

Ineffabilis Deus

The Joys of Mary

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Litany of Loreto

Little Office of the Blessed Virgin / Little Office of Our Lady

The Magnificat / Canticle of Our Lady

Marian Apologetics

Marian Apparitions

Marian Devotions

Marian Encyclicals

Marian Feasts

Marian Prayers & Hymns

Marian Scriptural References

Mariolatry

Mariology

Mary & Eve

Mary & Grace / Graces

Mary as Co-Redemtprix

Mary as Mediatrix

Mary as Our Role Model

Mary Vs. Satan

Mary's Intercession

Mary's Motherhood

Mary's Parents

Mary's Perpetual Virginity

Mary's Virtues

May

The Meeting of Jesus on the Way of the Cross

Memorare

Miracles of Our Lady

Miraculous Medal

Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of God

Munificentissimus Deus

The Name Mary in Other Languages

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

New Eve / Second Eve

No Honor of Mary is Too High

Old Testament Prefigurement

Old Testament Symbols of Mary

Old Testament 'Types' of Mary

Our Lady of ...

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Powerful Intercession of Mary - See "Mary's Intercession"

Praise of Mary

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Queenship of Mary

Regina Caeli

Rosary

Sabbatine Privilege

Salve Regina

Saturday

Scapulars

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

Solemnity

St. Joseph

St. Mary Major (Our Lady of the Snow)

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Sub Tuum Praesidium

Theotokos

Three Hail Marys Devotion

Titles of Our Lady

'True Devotion to Mary'

Visions of Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Misc.

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Alma Redemptoris Mater (Antiphon)

Click Here for "Alma Redemptoris Mater (Antiphon)" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

Angelical Salutation

See "The Hail Mary"

The Angelus

Click Here for "The Angelus" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

The Annunciation

"The actual moment of the Incarnation, when the angel announced to our Lady that God the Son was to be born of her (Luke i, 26-38)" (Catholic Dictionary)

The feast of the Annunciation is traditionally celebrated on March 25 (although it may be transferred when it falls on certain dates - e.g. during Holy Week).

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Antiphons of Our Lady

Click Here for "Antiphons of Our Lady" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

Apparitions (Unapproved)

Try here for information on unapproved apparitions

Ark of the Covenant

Mary is often referred to as the new "Ark of the Covenant" due to the significant parallels between the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament and Mary in the New Testament. Note: For more information on this topic, click here.

The Assumption

"The taking into Heaven of the soul and body of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the completion of her earthly life, by an anticipation of the general judgment." (Catholic Dictionary)

The Assumption was infallibly proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950 in "Munificentissimus Deus". Before that it had been commonly held by the faithful from the early ages of the Church and had been supported by fact that the Church never claimed to have relics of Mary.

The Feast of the Assumption is traditionally celebrated on August 15.

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Also See: "Did Mary Die?"

Ave Maria

See "The Hail Mary"

Ave Maris Stella

Click Here for "Ave Maris Stella" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

Ave Regina Caelorum (Antiphon)

Click Here for "Ave Regina Caelorum (Antiphon)" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

B.M.V. / B.V.M. 

B.M.V. stands for "Beata Maria Virgo" (Latin for "Blessed Mary the Virgin")

B.V.M. stands for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Blessed Virgin Mary 

"A Jewish maiden of the house of David, whose parents are commonly referred to as Joachim and Anne; at her conception she was preserved by God from all stain of original sin (the Immaculate Conception); she was betrothed to a carpenter, Joseph; at the Annunciation the second person of the Blessed Trinity took flesh in her womb by the power of the Holy Ghost, but her marriage to Joseph took place (Matt. i, 19-24); in due course she gave birth at Bethlehem to Jesus, the God-man. Both before and after her miraculous childbearing she was a virgin and so remained all her days, according to the unanimous and perpetual tradition and teaching of the Church (click here). [At the end of her earthly life], her body [and soul] was taken up into Heaven (the Assumption). Mary is the mother of Jesus, Jesus is God, therefore she is the Mother of God; the denial of this was condemned by the 3rd general council at Ephesus in 431; and that she remained absolutely sinless is affirmed by the Council of Trent. As the "second Eve" Mary is the spiritual mother of all living; Catholics venerate her with an honor above that accorded to other saints (hyperdulia), but different from the divine worship given to God only; they pray to her, and she in Heaven intercedes with her son, God the Son, for them. Recognizing that Mary is a creature and that all her dignity comes form God, devotion to her is far removed from idolatry which prejudice has sometimes associated with it. It is a link binding men to God, based on the fact that she is mother of God. It has been a characteristic of Catholics from the earliest times, as is evident from the writings of the Fathers." (Catholic Encyclopedia) Note that Mary was first prophesied in Scripture in Genesis 3:15.

Click Here for Marian Scriptural References

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Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary's Maternity (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

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Cana 

Refers to the location of a wedding in which Jesus performed his first public miracle in direct response to his Mother's request. For more information, on the Blessed Virgin's intercession, click here.

Consecration to Our Lady

Click Here for Prayers of Consecration to Our Lady (Popular Marian Devotions Page)

Devotion to Mary is Recommended

The Church has long urged Catholics to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. As St. John Vianney has stated, "All the saints have a great devotion to Our Lady". St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us that, "He who is devout to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost." Pope Pius XII has recently stated that, "[D]evotion to the Virgin Mother of God [is] a sign of 'predestination' according to the opinion of holy men". All manner of Saints, Popes, and Doctors of the Church have recommended devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and many have used the strongest of terms to urge devotion. As the wise Doctor St. Alphonsus Liguori has said, "If you persevere until death in true devotion to Mary, your salvation is certain." St. John Damascene, the renown Doctor born in the 7th century A.D., has said, "To be devout to you, O holy Virgin, is an arm of salvation which God gives to those whom He wishes to save". All Catholics are called to devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Also See: 

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

Popular Marian Devotions

Popular Marian Prayers

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

More 'Mary, Our Mother' Reflections

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Did Mary Die?

When Pope Pius XII infallibly proclaimed the Assumption in 1950 (in "Munificentissimus Deus"), he did not settle the question of whether or not Mary died. In the past it has been argued both ways - that Mary didn't die since she didn't have original or actual sin and was therefore not subject to the punishment of death - or that she did die (e.g. from love), even as her innocent Son did. Early writings treating of the end of Mary's life may use the term "death" or refer to a "dormition" (sleeping). Until the Church proclaims otherwise, it would not be heretical to believe either way.

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Non-Catholics are often under the mistaken assumption that Catholics commit idolatry in the "worship" of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The truth is, however, that while faithful Catholics give the highest veneration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, they never put her above God, put her as equal to God, put her in opposition to God, or confuse her with God. Rather, they venerate her as the highest creature of God. For more information on "Do Catholics Worship Mary?", click here.

Doctors of the Church (Marian)

Various Doctors of the Church are deemed "Marian" due to their sermons or writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although certain Doctors of the Church may be commonly deemed "Marian" (e.g. St. Ephraem, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. John Damascene, St. Bonaventure, St. Liguori, etc.), it has been said that "all Doctors could be called 'Marian Doctors'."

False Apparitions

See "Apparitions (Unapproved)"

Fiat

Mary's "Fiat" refers to Mary's "Yes" to God's request, as recorded by St. Luke, Chapter 1, verse 38, when the Blessed Virgin responds to the angel: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word."

First Five Saturdays Devotion 

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Flos Carmeli Prayer

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Hail, Holy Queen / Salve Regina

Click Here for "Hail, Holy Queen / Salve Regina" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

The Hail Mary 

"Also known as the Angelical Salutation and Ave Maria [Latin for "Hail Mary"], the most familiar of all prayers addressed to the Blessed Virgin." (Catholic Dictionary) The majority of the prayer is composed from the Scriptural words of the angel's greeting to Mary and St. Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. A five decade Rosary contains 53 Hail Mary's. 

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Click Here for Marian Scriptural References

Click Here for the Holy Rosary Section

The Holy Family 

The term "Holy Family" refers to the family of St. Joseph (the foster-father of Jesus), the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Mother of Jesus), and Jesus.

Note: A feast of the Holy Family is traditionally celebrated shortly after the Epiphany.

House of Loreto

The "House of Loreto" (or "Holy House of Loreto" or "Santa Casa") refers to a building which is long believed to be the house of Our Lady, the very house in which the Eternal Word was made flesh in the womb of Mary. It is associated with numerous miracles, and its protection is often attributed to its being "miraculously transported by angels". Although modern critics may dispute its authenticity, various factors argue in its favor (e.g. building materials, lack of foundation, etc.). It has been reverenced by great saints and by numerous popes. The "Litany of Loreto" is named after it.

Hyperdulia 

The "Worship of Hyperdulia" is a technical term referring to the highest degree of veneration allowed to a creature. It is paid to the Blessed Virgin Mary alone. This special homage paid to the blessed Virgin is not to be confused with the "Worship of Latria" (given to God alone), but is more closely related to the "Worship of Dulia", the veneration due to the angels and saints. Mary, of course, is the greatest creature of all, surpassing all the angels and saints.

Images / Miraculous Images of Our Lady

As indicated by St. John Vianney, faithful Catholics should have a image of Mary in their homes: "When one loves anyone, it is a great happiness to have something of theirs as a souvenir. If we love our Mother, the Blessed Virgin, we should make it both our duty and privilege to have one of her pictures or statues in our home, which from time to time will remind us of her." 

Furthermore, Catholics are called to venerate images of Mary. As indicated by the Fourth Council of Constantinople: "...If anyone then does not venerate the icon of Christ, the Savior, let him not see his face when he comes in his Father's glory to be glorified and to glorify his saints', but let him be cut off from his communion and glory; likewise the image of Mary, His undefiled Mother, and mother of God, moreover, we also represent the images of the holy angels just as divine scripture depicts them in words; we also honor and venerate those of the highly renowned apostles, prophets, martyrs and holy men as well as those of all the saints. And whoever does not hold thus, let him be anathema from the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit." (Canon 3)

Note that there are a number of Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupemiraculous images (including various statues & paintings) of our Lady throughout the world, including the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe pictured at right. The various images may have a miraculous origin or have other unexplainable / miraculous characteristics (or both).

Click Here for Sacred Art / Images Reflections (Church Talk Section)

The Immaculate Conception

"The doctrine that our Lady 'in the first instant of her conception was, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God in view of the merits of Jesus Christ the Savior of the human race, preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.' It must be noticed that, contrary to a common error, this doctrine has nothing to do with the virgin-birth of Christ; nor does it involve a virgin-birth of Mary... But her soul at the first moment of its creation and infusion into her body was clothed in sanctifying grace...the stain of original sin was not removed but excluded from her soul." (Catholic Dictionary)

The Immaculate Conception was infallibly proclaimed by Bl. Pope Pius IX in 1854 in "Ineffabilis Deus". Before that it had been commonly held by the faithful from the early ages of the Church and supported by her liturgy.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is traditionally celebrated on December 8.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

Click Here for Information on Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

[Note: The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is traditionally celebrated on August 22. In the New Calendar (Novus Ordo), it may be celebrated on the Saturday after the second Sunday After Pentecost. For more information on Marian Feasts, click here.]

The Incarnation

"The assumption of human nature by the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Son [in the womb of Mary]." (Catholic Dictionary) 

Click Here for Annunciation / Incarnation Reflections

Also See: The Annunciation

Ineffabilis Deus

Refers to the Papal writing of Bl. Pope Pius IX in 1854, which infallibly proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of the Faith that must be believed by all Catholics. Prior to this time, belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary was commonly held by the faithful from the early ages of the Church and was supported by her liturgy.

For more information on the Immaculate Conception, click here

To read "Ineffabilis Deus", click here

The Joys of Mary

Devotions to the Joys of Mary vary and may include five or more events for meditation. The Franciscan Crown (or Seraphic Rosary) contains seven decades in which seven joys of Mary's life are considered (The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity of Jesus, Adoration of the Magi/Epiphany, The Finding of Our Lord Jesus in the Temple, The Resurrection of Jesus, The Assumption & Coronation of Mary).

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Litany of Loreto

Click Here for the "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Litany of Loreto" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

Little Office of the Blessed Virgin / Little Office of Our Lady

"The Church's foremost liturgical devotion to the Blessed Virgin." Its recitation may be obligatory on members of some religious orders. It includes psalms, hymns, lessons, and other prayers. 

The Magnificat / Canticle of Our Lady

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Marian Apologetics

Try the Non-Catholics (apologetics) Section for Marian Apologetics

Marian Apparitions

Click Here for Information on Marian Apparitions 

Marian Devotions

Click Here for Popular Marian Devotions

Marian Encyclicals

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Marian Feasts

Click Here for Marian Feasts

Marian Prayers & Hymns 

Click Here for Popular Marian Prayers & Hymns

Marian Scriptural References 

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Mariolatry 

Refers to idolatrous worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Non-Catholics often wrongly accuse Catholics of Mariolatry, however such worship is condemned by the Church as a grievous sin. Rather, the Church sanctions the "worship of hyperdulia" - the highest veneration allowed a creature - in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Mariology 

"The study of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the body of theology, history, speculation, etc., concerning her, particularly her relationship with the Incarnation and Redemption." (Catholic Dictionary)

Mary & Eve 

Mary is sometimes called an 'anti-type' (or antithesis) of Eve. While Eve was proud, Mary was humble. While Eve listened to Satan, Mary listened to the archangel. While Eve brought death into the world, Mary brought Life. Eve is our natural mother, while Mary is our spiritual mother. Note: For more on this topic, try here.

Mary & Grace / Graces

Filled with grace from her very conception, Mary was called "full of grace" by the angel at the Annunciation. She was preserved from Original Sin and remained sinless for her entire life. As St. Jerome has stated, "Indeed full of grace, for to others it is given in portions, but on Mary its fullness is showered." Pope Pius XII reminds us that her grace surpassed the grace of all the saints: "In order to understand better this sublime dignity of the Mother of God over all creatures let us recall that the holy Mother of God was, at the very moment of her Immaculate Conception, so filled with grace as to surpass the grace of all the Saints." In addition, Mary is the generous dispenser of graces: "To Mary, who reigns in heaven, humble yet higher than any creature, near his throne, God grants the custody of the treasures of his manifold graces. She is, moreover, their minister and generous dispenser." (Pope Pius XII)

Also See: 

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix

The Immaculate Conception

The Annunciation

Mary as Co-Redemtprix

Refers to Mary's role in our redemption. May be used in an orthodox or in an unorthodox sense.

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Mary as Mediatrix

Refers to Mary's role in dispensing graces.

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Mary as Our Role Model

The Blessed Virgin Mary, full of grace from her very conception, with unmatched virtues and sinlessness throughout her entire life, is the perfect role model for all persons. For more information on the Blessed Virgin as the perfect role mode, try the various links below.

Also See:

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

The Annunciation

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Marian Scriptural References

Mary Vs. Satan

Of all God's creation, Mary may be considered Satan's "worst enemy". From Genesis, Mary was associated with Jesus in the victory over Satan. A similar association between Mary and Satan occurs in Revelation. Jesus refers to Mary as "woman" both at the beginning of his public ministry and at the end - and this has often been interpreted to refer to the promise of the "woman" in Genesis who would crush the head of Satan*. We further see in Revelation that "to stand with Mary is to stand against Satan and to be against Mary is to be on Satan's side." Exorcists have also attested to Satan's hatred of Mary.

* Note: There has been controversy over whether or not Scripture says it is Mary who crushes the head of Satan. As St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church, states: "Mary, then, was this great and valiant woman, who conquered the devil and crushed his head by bringing down his pride, as it was foretold by God Himself: 'She shall crush thy head.' Some doubt as to whether these words refer to Mary, or whether they do not rather refer to Jesus Christ; for the Septuagint renders them, 'He shall crush thy head.' But in the Vulgate, which alone was approved by the sacred Council of Trent, we find 'she' and not 'he'; and thus it was understood by St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. Augustine, and a great many others. However, be it as it may, it is certain that either the Son by means of the Mother, or the Mother by means of the Son, has overcome Lucifer; so that, as St. Bernard remarks, this proud spirit, in spite of himself, was beaten down and trampled under foot by this most blessed Virgin"

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Mary's Intercession

Mary's powerful intercession has often been felt throughout the 2,000 year history of the Church and has been acknowledged by popes, saints, and countless lay persons. In fact, her powerful intercession may even be seen in Gospel times, at the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. Scripture clearly tells us that Jesus' first public miracle was in direct response to his Mother's request at Cana. For more information on the Blessed Virgin's intercession, click here.

Mary's Motherhood

As we are told in Scripture (see Mt. 1:18, Lk. 1:43, Jn. 2:1, etc.), Mary is truly the Mother of God. In addition to being Jesus' Mother, she is our spiritual mother as well. From the Cross, Christ gave her to us as one of His last requests (see Jn. 19:25-27). Mary's spiritual motherhood of us is confirmed in Rv. 12:17 and by the constant tradition of the Church. 

Note: The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated on October 11.

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Mary's Parents

According to tradition, Mary's parents are St. Anne & St. Joachim

Mary's Perpetual Virginity

The Blessed Virgin Mary is an ever-virgin - she was a virgin before the birth of Christ and remained a virgin ever after. Scripture speaks clearly of her virginity both before and directly after the birth of Christ. The early Church Fathers recognized her perpetual virginity as did Church Councils, and even the Old Testament supports Mary's perpetual virginity. As stated in Ezek. 44:1-2, " Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, facing the east; but it was closed. He said to me: This gate is to remain closed; it is not to be opened for anyone to enter by it; since the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it, it shall remain closed." Finally, the fact that Jesus gave his mother to St. John the apostle shows clearly that Mary had no other children. Note: For Mary / Virginity Reflections, click here. For a defense of Mary's perpetual virginity, try the Non-Catholics (apologetics) Section.

Mary's Virtues

The Blessed Virgin Mary's virtues are unsurpassed by any other creature. She is, in fact, a perfect example and role model for all persons. For more information on the Blessed Virgin's virtues, try the various links below.

Also See:

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

Marian Scriptural References

May

The month of May is dedicated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Meeting of Jesus on the Way of the Cross

According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary met Jesus as he was carrying the Cross on the way to Golgotha. Although Scripture is silent on the meeting, Scripture does not purport to give every detail of the Passion. It is clear from Scripture that the Blessed Virgin was present at the Crucifixion, and as Dom Gueranger has said in response to those critical of this meeting, "Whilst the entire populace is on the move towards Calvary, shouting out their blasphemous insults at her Jesus, will His Mother keep away, she that bore Him in her womb...? Shall His enemies be eager to glut their eyes with the cruel sight, and His own Mother be afraid to be near Him? The air resounded with the yells of the mob. Joseph of Arimathea, the noble counselor, was not there, neither was the learned Nicodemus; they kept at home, grieving over what was done. The crowd that went before and after the divine Victim was made up of wretches without hearts, saving only a few who were seen to weep as they went along; they were women; Jesus saw them, and spoke to them. And if these women from mere sentiments of veneration, or, at most, of gratitude, thus testified their compassion, would Mary do no less? Could she bear to be elsewhere than close to her Jesus? Our motive for insisting so much upon this point is that we may show our detestation of that school of modern rationalism, which, regardless of the instincts of a mother's heart and of all tradition, has dared to call in question the meeting of Jesus and Mary on the way to Calvary. These systematic contradictors are too prudent to deny that Mary was present when Jesus was crucified; the Gospel is too explicit: Mary stood near the cross (Jn. xix. 25): but they would persuade us that, whilst the daughters of Jerusalem courageously walked after Jesus, Mary went up to Calvary by some secret path! What a heartless insult to the love of the incomparable Mother. No; Mary, who is, by excellence, the valiant woman (Prov. xxxi 10), was with Jesus as He carried His cross." 

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Memorare

Click Here for the "Memorare" (Popular Marian Prayers & Devotions Page)

Miracles of Our Lady

Note: Although this topic is titled 'Miracles of Our Lady', it should be noted that all true miracles are from God. In His loving kindness, however, God often makes use of humans to work His miracles.

Even in the Gospel, Mary is associated with miracles (both at the sanctification of St. John and the wedding at Cana). And, throughout the Church's history, Mary has been associated with countless miracles of all types, including miraculous images, miraculous cures, miraculous military upsets, miraculous conversions, miraculous solar phenomena, etc. 

As pointed out by Pope Leo XIII, Christ associated Mary with His first two miracles: "The only begotten Son of God at all times paid to his most holy Mother the most evident marks of honor... He associated her with himself in each of his first two miracles - the miracle of grace when, at the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in the womb of Elizabeth; the miracle of nature when he turned water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana."

Mary has consistently shown herself to be a loving mother and a powerful intercessor with her Son Jesus.

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Click Here for the Blessed Virgin's Intercession Reflections

Click Here for Marian Apparitions

Also See: Mary's Intercession

Miraculous Medal 

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Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is dedicated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mother of God 

"Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, who is God and man. She is therefore the mother of God. This is a dogma of the faith accepted as such from the earliest times, as is evident from countless expressions of the Fathers, and it was defined by the Council of Ephesus in 431. It does not mean, of course, that Mary generated the Godhead, any more than an ordinary mother generates her son's soul. It means simply that she is the mother of a Person who is God. This is her fundamental dignity, and the origin and justification of all the honor which Catholics pay to her." (Catholic Dictionary)

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Munificentissimus Deus

Refers to the Papal writing of Pope Pius XII in 1950, which infallibly proclaimed the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, body and soul, as a dogma of the Faith that must be believed by all Catholics. Prior to this time, the Assumption was a commonly held by the faithful from the early ages of the Church and had been supported by fact that the Church never claimed to have relics of Mary.

For more information on the Assumption, click here

To read "Munificentissimus Deus", click here

The Name Mary in Other Languages

Mary in Aramaic = Maryam

Mary in Hebrew = Miryam

Mary in Latin = Maria

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The "Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary" refers to the birthday of Our Lady. It is traditionally celebrated on September 8 (nine months after the Immaculate Conception). Note: Click here for more information on Marian Feasts

New Eve / Second Eve

Mary is sometimes referred to as the "New Eve" or "Second Eve" since she has become the mother of all those living in Christ (see Gen. 3:20 "The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living.")

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No Honor of Mary is Too High

As Mother of God and the woman whose fiat enabled our Redemption, no honor paid to Mary can be too high. As stated by Muller, "Is there any honor too high for her whom God himself has so honored? Is there any glory too dazzling for her whom the God of glory has chosen for His dwelling place?" As Dom Gueranger has said, "Let us not be surprised, therefore, at the enthusiasm and profound respect wherewith the Church extols the Blessed Virgin and her prerogatives. Let us on the contrary be convinced that all the praise the Church can give her, and all the devotion she can ever bear towards her, are far below what is due to her as Mother of the Incarnate God."

The Church recommends that all persons be devoted to and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Also See:

No Honor of Mary is Too High (Reflections)

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

Annunciation / Incarnation (Reflections)

Mary's Maternity (Reflections)

The Queenship of Mary (Reflections)

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

Popular Marian Prayers

Popular Marian Devotions

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Old Testament Prefigurement 

In the Old Testament, Mary was prefigured by various women (e.g. Deborah, Judith, Esther) and symbols (e.g. Gideon's Fleece and the Ark of the Covenant), and is also seen to be analogous to the spouse in the Canticles, to Wisdom, etc.

For More Information Try: Old Testament 'Types' of Mary and Old Testament Symbols of Mary

Old Testament Symbols of Mary 

Various items in the Old Testament are said to be symbols of Mary, including: The Garden of Eden, The Bush that Was Not Burnt, Noah's Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, Jacob's Ladder, Aaron's Staff, Gideon's Fleece, and Solomon's Temple.

Old Testament 'Types' of Mary

Old Testament "types" of Mary may include: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Deborah, Jochebed, Miriam, Judith, Esther, Ruth, Bathsheba, and others... Mary is sometimes called an 'anti-type' (or antithesis) of Eve.

(Note: Being a 'type of Mary', does not, of course, mean that any/all characteristics/events are similar/exact to the incomparable Virgin Mary)

Our Lady of ... 

The Blessed Virgin Mary may be invoked under various titles, such as "Our Lady of Lourdes" "Our Lady of Fatima", "Our Lady of the Rosary", "Our Lady of Sorrows", etc. Such titles may refer to apparitions, roles of Our Lady, patronage, etc.

Our Lady of Fatima

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Our Lady of Knock

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Our Lady of La Salette

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Our Lady of Lourdes

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Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

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Powerful Intercession of Mary

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Praise of Mary

The first recorded praise of Mary was given by the angel in St. Luke's Gospel, Chapter 1 ("Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women"). Such praise from an angel is unprecedented in Scripture, and was later to be followed by praise from St. Elizabeth ("Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?...And blessed art thou that hast believed"). And throughout the Church's history, Popes, Saints, Doctors of the Church, theologians, and laypersons have continued to lavish the highest praise on the Blessed Virgin Mary, as has the Church in her liturgy. As one liturgical chant states, "The lips of man are not worthy to praise the Mother of the Lord of angels and of men". St. Maximilian Kolbe has said, "[H]uman words are not able to describe her who became the Mother of God". St. Germanus says, "Your honor and dignity surpass the whole of creation; your greatness places you above the angels." And, as Pope Leo XIII has said, For no single individual can even be imagined who has ever contributed or ever will contribute so much towards reconciling man with God [as Mary]." St. Francis of Assisi greets Mary with "Hail, God's palace; hail, tabernacle of the Most High; hail, house of God; hail, His holy vestments; hail, handmaid of God!" St. Gregory of Nyssa states, "O blessed is that womb which because of the overflowing purity of the Virgin Mary has drawn to itself the gift of life! For in others scarcely indeed shall a pure soul obtain the presence of the Holy Spirit, but in her the flesh is made the receptacle of the Spirit."

For more praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary, try:

Praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Reflections)

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

Annunciation / Incarnation (Reflections)

Mary's Maternity (Reflections)

The Queenship of Mary (Reflections)

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

More 'Mary, Our Mother' Reflections

Marian Scriptural References

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" refers to a practice under the law of Moses in which first-born children were presented in the Temple. In Mary's case, it is commonly believed that she was presented at a young age and that she made a vow of virginity at her Presentation. 

Note: The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated on November 21. Click Here for information on Marian Feasts

Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The "Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary" refers to practices under the law of Moses in which a woman who was considered unclean for a certain number of days after childbirth was again to become clean. Although Mary was not truly unclean (she had not become pregnant by the seed of man), in her humility, she did submit to the law.

Note: The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated on February 2.

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Queenship of Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is queen of heaven and earth. In the Old Testament, we can see the prominent position of the Queen Mother at the right hand of her son. In Revelation 12:1, we are told of a "great sign", "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" who "gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations". When the angel in St. Luke's Gospel (Chapter 1) announces that Mary is to be the Mother of Jesus, he indicates that "the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever". Pope Pius XII in "Ad Caeli Reginam" proclaimed the Queenship of Mary and instructed that the whole world celebrate the feast of Mary's Queenship on May 31. 

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Regina Caeli

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Rosary

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Sabbatine Privilege

The Sabbatine Privilege refers to Mary's promise to secure a person's release from purgatory on the Saturday after his or her death. It is associated with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and requires that various conditions be met.

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Saturday

Saturdays are dedicated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Scapulars

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The Seven Sorrows of Mary 

Although Mary endured a great many sorrows during her life on earth, seven particular sorrows have traditionally been selected for special veneration. For more information on devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, click here.

Note: In the liturgical calendar, the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary are traditionally honored on September 15. Click here for more information on Marian Feasts

Solemnity 

"In general, a solemnity is any feast that is celebrated with as much liturgical observance and splendor as possible, whether universally or locally." (Catholic Dictionary)

Solemnities of Mary may include: The Immaculate Conception, The Annunciation, and the Assumption.

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St. Joseph 

The foster-father of Jesus and the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Mary Major (Our Lady of the Snow)

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major), "The world's largest church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary" and one of the four major basilicas in Rome is also thought to be the oldest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Its original founding is associated with a miraculous event in the fourth century. For additional information on this topic, click here.

Note: A feast of the dedication of this basilica is traditionally held on August 5. Click here for more information on Marian Feasts

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

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Sub Tuum Praesidium

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Theotokos 

Greek term for "God Bearer" / "Mother of God"

Three Hail Marys Devotion

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Titles of Our Lady

The Blessed Virgin Mary is invoked under numerous titles, including: Gate of Heaven, Queen of Angels, Virgin of Virgins, Ark of the Covenant, The New Eve, Mystical Rose, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother of the Church, Refugium peccatorum (refuge of sinners), Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Etc. Her chief and most exalted title, however, is Mother of God.

Click Here for Mary's Maternity Reflections

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'True Devotion to Mary'

'True Devotion to Mary' may refer to a writing by St. Louis Marie De Montfort which has been called "the greatest single book on the Blessed Virgin Mary ever written." It is said to provide "the key to both sanctity and salvation." The writing discusses the necessity of devotion to Mary as well and the effects and practices of this devotion. Note: Click here for St. Louis Marie De Montfort's prayer of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin.

Visions of Mary

Various saints have had visions of the Blessed Virgin (including St. Gregory the Wonderworker, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Simon Stock, St. Gertrude, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Rome, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Catherine Laboure). Various other persons have also seen apparitions of the Blessed Virgin. For more information on Marian Apparitions, click here

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The "Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" refers to Mary's visit to the pregnant St. Elizabeth in which St. John the Baptist was sanctified in the womb of his mother. The Blessed Virgin knew of St. Elizabeth's pregnancy since it was told to her by the angel at the Annunciation.

Note: The Feast of the Visitation is traditionally celebrated on July 2 [and may be celebrated on May 31 in the New Calendar (Novus Ordo)].

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Click Here for Marian Feasts

Misc.

Many saintly authors have treated of the Blessed Virgin Mary in their works. Some authors who have written concerning the Blessed Mary may include: St. Peter Canisius, St. John Eudes, St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, St. Bernard, and St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Devotion to Mary can be seen from the earliest years of the Church. Not only does Mary have a place of honor on the graves of early Christians, there is evidence of devotion to Mary at the beginning of the second century.

The birthplace of Mary is unknown with certainty. However, it is thought to be either in or near Bethlehem or in Jerusalem.

The location of Mary's residence after the Resurrection of Jesus is unknown with certainty, however, it is believed that she may have resided in Ephesus or Jerusalem (and may have came to the end of her earthly life in one of these two places).

Although it cannot be said with certainty, it has been believed that Mary was around age fifteen when she became Jesus' mother (some have suggested that she may have been as young as thirteen).

The actual age of Mary at the end of her earthly life is unknown with certainty. However, it has been commonly believed that the Blessed Virgin Mary lived for 63 years on earth. (although other ages have also been believed).

Also See... 

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

Annunciation / Incarnation (Reflections)

Mary's Maternity (Reflections)

Jesus & Mary (Reflections)

The Queenship of Mary (Reflections)

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

More 'Mary, Our Mother' Reflections

Marian Scriptural References

Popular Marian Prayers & Hymns

Popular Marian Devotions

Marian Feasts

The Blessed Virgin Mary (Classic Encyclicals)

Holy Rosary (Classic Encyclicals)

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