54 Facts About Virgin Mary


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

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Virgin 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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Virgin 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 Virgin Mary had a sister; semantically it is unclear if this sister is the same as Virgin Mary of Clopas, or if she is left unnamed.

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

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Virgin 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 Virgin Mary is present along with James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, called Jesus' brothers, and unnamed sisters.

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Virgin 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 Virgin 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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Hyppolitus of Thebes says that Virgin 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 Virgin 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 Virgin Mary's honor, painting icons or carving statues of her, and conferring titles on Virgin Mary that reflect her position among the saints.

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Catholic teachings make clear that Virgin 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 Virgin 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 high priest Zachariah blessed Virgin Mary and informed her that God had magnified her name among many generations.

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

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Virgin 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 Mary, and celebrates the feast days of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

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

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

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

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Luther, while revering Virgin 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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Virgin 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: Virgin 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 Mary "continued a pure and unspotted virgin", thus upholding the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary.

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Contemporary Methodism does hold that 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, Virgin Mary is not seen as an intercessor between humankind and Jesus, whom mortalists would consider "asleep", awaiting resurrection.

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

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

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

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

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Virgin 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 Virgin 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 Virgin Mary was furthered by Queen Theodora in the 6th century.

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Virgin Mary's popularity increased dramatically from the 12th century, linked to the Vatican's designation of Virgin 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 Virgin 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 Virgin Mary were gradually and sporadically introduced into England by the 11th century.

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

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The Council decreed that Virgin 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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Virgin Mary birth of Jesus was an almost universally held belief among Christians from the 2nd until the 19th century.

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

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

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Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception of Virgin 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 Mary asserts 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 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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Belief that the body of the Virgin Mary was not interred on earth, but was taken to heaven, has deprived them of all pretext for manufacturing any relics of her remains, which otherwise might have been sufficiently abundant to fill a whole churchyard; yet in order to have at least something belonging to her, they sought to indemnify themselves for the absence of other relics with the possession of her hair and her milk.

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Indeed, had the Virgin Mary been a wet-nurse her whole life, or a dairy, she could not have produced more than is shown as hers in various parts.

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

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