53 Facts About St Mary


St Mary has been venerated since early Christianity, and is considered by millions to be the holiest and greatest saint for being chosen by God to bear and raise Jesus.

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St Mary is mentioned in the Quran more often than in the Bible, where two of the longer chapters of the Quran are named after her and her family.

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St Mary is said to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries.

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St Mary is often referred to by the honorific title, meaning "Our Lady"; this title is in parallel to, used for the prophets.

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St Mary is called, meaning "one who has been purified" and representing her status as one of two humans in creation to not be touched by Satan at any point.

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John 19:25 states that St Mary had a sister; semantically it is unclear if this sister is the same as St Mary of Clopas, or if she is left unnamed.

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St Mary resided in "her own house" in Nazareth in Galilee, possibly with her parents, and during her betrothal—the first stage of a Jewish marriage.

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St Mary is involved in the only event in Jesus' adolescent life that is recorded in the New Testament.

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St Mary was present when, at her suggestion, Jesus worked his first miracle during a wedding at Cana by turning water into wine.

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Subsequently, there are events when St Mary is present along with James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, called Jesus' brothers, and unnamed sisters.

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St Mary's death is not recorded in the scriptures, but Orthodox tradition, tolerated by Catholics, has her first dying a natural death, known as the Dormition of Mary, and then, soon after, her body itself being assumed into Heaven.

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Belief in the corporeal assumption of St Mary is a dogma of the Catholic Church, in the Latin and Eastern Catholic Churches alike, and is believed as well by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, and parts of the Anglican Communion and Continuing Anglican movement.

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St Mary was given to service as a consecrated virgin in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three years old, much as Hannah had taken Samuel to the Tabernacle as recorded in the Old Testament.

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Hyppolitus of Thebes says that St Mary lived for 11 years after the death of her son Jesus, dying in 41 AD.

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The Gospel of John states that St Mary went to live with the Disciple whom Jesus loved, traditionally identified as John the Evangelist.

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Additionally, it includes composing poems and songs in St Mary's honor, painting icons or carving statues of her, and conferring titles on St Mary that reflect her position among the saints.

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Catholic teachings make clear that St Mary is not considered divine and prayers to her are not answered by her, but rather by God through her intercession.

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However, the Orthodox views on St Mary are mostly doxological, rather than academic: they are expressed in hymns, praise, liturgical poetry, and the veneration of icons.

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The account of St Mary's life presented includes her consecration as a virgin at the temple at age three.

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The high priest Zachariah blessed St Mary and informed her that God had magnified her name among many generations.

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St Mary is not merely the instrument, but the direct positive condition of the Incarnation, its human aspect.

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St Mary is considered to be an outstanding example of a life dedicated to God.

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All the member churches of the Anglican Communion affirm in the historic creeds that Jesus was born of the Virgin St Mary, and celebrates the feast days of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

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Again, the Assumption of St Mary is believed in by most Anglo-Catholics, but is considered a pious opinion by moderate Anglicans.

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Anglican Society of St Mary was formed in 1931 and maintains chapters in many countries.

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St Mary held fast to the belief that Mary was a perpetual virgin and Mother of God.

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For Luther, early in his life, the Assumption of St Mary was an understood fact, although he later stated that the Bible did not say anything about it and stopped celebrating its feast.

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St Mary's views are intimately linked to his Christocentric theology and its consequences for liturgy and piety.

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Luther, while revering St Mary, came to criticize the "Papists" for blurring the line between high admiration of the grace of God wherever it is seen in a human being, and religious service given to another creature.

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St Mary considered the Roman Catholic practice of celebrating saints' days and making intercessory requests addressed especially to Mary and other departed saints to be idolatry.

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That's the kind of thing this comely bride, the wisdom of reason cooks up: St Mary is the mother of Christ, surely Christ will listen to her; Christ is a stern judge, therefore I will call upon St George and St Christopher.

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John Wesley, the principal founder of the Methodist movement within the Church of England, believed that St Mary "continued a pure and unspotted virgin", thus upholding the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of St Mary.

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Contemporary Methodism does hold that St Mary was a virgin before, during, and immediately after the birth of Christ.

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In non-trinitarian groups that are Christian mortalists, St Mary is not seen as an intercessor between humankind and Jesus, whom mortalists would consider "asleep", awaiting resurrection.

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Virgin St Mary holds a singularly exalted place in Islam, and she is considered by the Quran to have been the greatest woman in the history of humankind.

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St Mary is often referred to by Muslims by the honorific title.

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St Mary is mentioned in the Quran as the daughter of Imran.

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St Mary holds a singularly distinguished and honored position among women in the Quran.

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The Messiah, Jesus son of St Mary, was but a Messenger of God, and a Word of His which He conveyed to St Mary, and a spirit from Him.

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St Mary became man by the Virgin, in order that the disobedience which proceeded from the serpent might receive its destruction in the same manner in which it derived its origin.

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Christian devotion to St Mary predates the emergence of a specific Marian liturgical system in the 5th century, following the First Council of Ephesus in 431.

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The cult of St Mary was furthered by Queen Theodora in the 6th century.

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St Mary's popularity increased dramatically from the 12th century, linked to the Vatican's designation of St Mary as the mediatrix.

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For instance, while Protestants show scant attention to Marian prayers or devotions, of all the saints whom the Orthodox venerate, the most honored is St Mary, who is considered "more honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious than the Seraphim".

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The four Roman Marian feasts of Purification, Annunciation, Assumption and Nativity of St Mary were gradually and sporadically introduced into England by the 11th century.

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Title "Mother of God" for St Mary was confirmed by the First Council of Ephesus, held at the Church of St Mary in 431.

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The Council decreed that St Mary is the Mother of God because her son Jesus is one person who is both God and man, divine and human.

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Doctrines of the Assumption or Dormition of St Mary relate to her death and bodily assumption to heaven.

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Whether St Mary died or not is not defined dogmatically although a reference to the death of St Mary are made in.

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Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception of St Mary, as proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854, namely that she was filled with grace from the very moment of her conception in her mother's womb and preserved from the stain of original sin.

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Perpetual Virginity of St Mary asserts St Mary's real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made Man.

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The term Ever-Virgin is applied in this case, stating that St Mary remained a virgin for the remainder of her life, making Jesus her biological and only son, whose conception and birth are held to be miraculous.

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St Mary has been portrayed in various films and on television, including:.

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