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Mary was the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus Christ, who was conceived within her by the Holy Spirit when she was a virgin. She is often called the “Virgin Mary,”. She was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of Joachim and Ann. In the Catholic faith, her feast day is celebrated on September 8.

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Did Mother Mary know her son Jesus would die?

Yes, she knew it must happen.

Simeon told her that Jesus would die at (Luke 2:34-35) which would fulfill the prophecy at (Isaiah 53:10-12)(Psalm 22:14/Matthew 26:28)

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How is the Virgin Mary's birthday celebrated?

The Catholic Church celebrates the conception of Mary in her mother's womb on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. This is a solemnity (Holy Day of Obligation) and all Catholics past the age of reason are bound to attend Mass on this day. Her birthday is then celebrated exactly nine months later, on September 8.

If you wanted to do something special for Mary on this day, besides attending Mass, it would be especially fitting to pray a rosary or place flowers before her statue at a church.

In Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981, she has told the visionaries that her real birthday is August 5. She also asked them as a special tribute to this date, they should fast for two days and then celebrate. So if you believe in the messages given at Medjugorie, you could also do that around August 5.

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The 4 important feast days of Mary?

There are many days throughout the year that the Roman Catholic Church calls "feast days" that celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary. Four popular feast days include:

May 1 - which celebrates Mary as the Queen of Heaven. Some RC churches have a procession in which a statue of Mary is adorned with a crown.

May 13 - celebrates Mary as Our Lady of Fatima - due to her appearances in Portugal.

August 15 - celebrates the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

December 8 - celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin.

And the most important Marian feast of all - January 1 - the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

For a listing of all the feast of Mary, see the link below.

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How do you say the Hail Holy Queen in German?

Here is the Salve Regina (the Hail, Holy Queen used at the end of the Rosary) in German:

Sei gegrüßt, o Königin! Mutter der Barmherzigkeit, unser Leben, unsere Süßigkeit, unsere Hoffnung, sei gegrüßt. Zu dir seufzen wir, trauernd und weinend in diesem Tale der Tränen! O wende, unsere Fürsprecherin, deine mitleidigen Augen uns zu und zeige uns nach diesem Elende Jesum, die gebenedeite Frucht deines Leibes. O gütige, o milde, o süße Jungfrau Maria! V. Bitte für uns, o Königin vom heiligsten Rosenkranze. R. Auf daß wir würdig werden der Verheißungen Christi. Amen.

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Why is the Immaculate Conception important?

The Immaculate Conception is one of the titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary and she is important because she was the mother of God.

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Where did Mary the mother of Jesus die?

The Doctrine of the Assumption states that Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul. However, it does not state that she was assumed alive or died and her body assumed into heaven later. One of the apocryphal (non canonical) scriptures states that she died and when they went back to the tomb 3 days later, the body was gone and only the burial cloths remained. According to the Vatican, either explanation is acceptable and not excluded by the doctrine. We know that Mary had two tombs, one near Jerusalem and the other near Ephesus, or, at least, these are claimed to be her tombs. Whether either was the actual tomb or whether either was ever used is not known.

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Was Mary the mother of Jesus a Jew?

Both Mary and Jesus were Jews.

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What role does Mary have in Heaven?

Mary, the MOTHER of GOD, did not sin ONCE in her entire life. She is, other than Jesus, the only perfect human to walk this earth. She is the Queen of heaven, and is higher than other humans, because she is the only one to accept the responsibility of raising the son of God, and to do so without sin. I would say that's pretty significant.

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How old was Mary the mother of Jesus when she had Jesus?

She was quite young, just a teenager.

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What are the firm beliefs of Christians to Mary?

That she is the Mother of Jesus the Christ, Jesus being God.

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What is a visit to a shrine of Mary called?

Visiting shrines in honor of Mary is called a Marian pilgrimage. Devotees usually do this in thanksgiving, asking for special intercessions such as healing (like in the shrine of the miraculous Our Lady of Lourdes in France) or as a reaffirmation of their faith. For Catholics, it is one way of drawing closer to her Son, Jesus ("To Jesus through Mary").

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How old was Mary the mother of Jesus when she died?

It is unknown exactly how old Mary was when she died. One can only estimate. It is believed that she was around 14 when the Archangel Gabriel came to her and told her that she would conceive "God's only Son". It is believed that Jesus Christ lived approximately 33 years, making Mary around 47 when He died. Just before his death on The Cross, Jesus, "willed" Mary to the care of St. John the Beloved. After His death, Mary and St. John lived the remainder of her life together in Ephesus (now modern day Turkey). Christian tradition states that she died between (surrounded by The Apostles) three and fifteen years after Christ Ascended into Heaven, making her somewhere between the ages of 50 and 62 when she died.
There is not Scriptural reference to the death of the Blessed Mother. The Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was declared infallibly in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. This is based on early church "T"radition held by by both the "Orthodox" and "Catholic" faith. Pius did not state definitely that married died and was assumed into heaven, as the "Orthodox" believe that she fell asleep first and was assumed into heaven.

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When did St. Mary mother of the God live?

We do not have dates. However, she was probably born about 15-20 BC and died 50-60 AD.

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Was the sighting of the Virgin Mother Mary in Garabandal approved by the Roman Catholic Church?

Not yet. The Garabandal Events are still under investigation by the Vatican. The prophecies have yet to be fulfilled, which consists of the "Warning," the "Miracle," and the "Great Sign," and then the approval will come. Garabandal is not condemned and people can go there on pilgrimage. Priests can celebrate mass and hear confessions too.

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Is Our Lady of Guadalupe also Mary the mother of Jesus?

Yes; one and the same.

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In the Gospel of Mark how does the Virgin Mary learn of her pregnancy?


The Gospel of Mark does not mention the pregnancy of Mary nor the birth of Jesus.

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Where does the Bible say that the Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven?

As the Scriptures themselves tell us, not everything is written down, and the New Testament was not written until many years after Our Blessed Lord's Ascension into heaven, nor formed, as we have it today, until centuries later. The Bible, specifically the New Testament, was written as a preaching tool, NOT as a compendium of Christian doctrine. No dogma may contradict Scripture, but it is not all contained in Scripture, that is a protestant heresy.

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What are the places named after the Virgin Mary?

Mariefred, Sweden Los Angeles- California, and Santa Maria California also Santa Maria Tonameca, Mexico, Notre-Dame-du-Laus in Quebec, Canada, Sault Ste. Marie in both Michigan and Quebec, St. Mary's, Penn., and Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy.

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What did Jesus say to his mother Mary on the day of his crucifixion?

Answer # 1

John 19:25-27-- "By the torture stake of Jesus, however, there were standing his mother and the sister of his mother; Mary the wife of Clo′pas, and Mary Mag′da·lene. Therefore Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by, said to his mother: "Woman, see! Your son!" Next he said to the disciple: "See! Your mother!" And from that hour on the disciple took her to his own home".

The reason Jesus said these things is that Jesus' half-brothers had not yet put faith in him. John 7:3-5 says: "Therefore his brothers said to him: "Pass on over from here and go into Ju·de′a, in order that your disciples also may behold the works you do. For nobody does anything in secret while himself seeking to be known publicly. If you do these things, manifest yourself to the world." His brothers were, in fact, not exercising faith in him".

Since Joseph was dead already (or he would have been by Mary's side at Jesus' death), Jesus, being the oldest son and spiritual head of the house, was responsible for his mother's spiritual needs. He therefore placed his mother with his disciple and apostle, John. By doing that he knew that his mother would be living in a Christian home and environment, instead of an unbelieving Jewish home.

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Now there stood by the crosse of Jesus, his mother, and his mothers sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy sonne. Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother. And from that houre that disciple tooke her unto his owne home. (John 19:25-27, 1611 KJV)

Here, theologians and scholars have often commented that when Christians place themselves at the foot of the cross in this scene during prayer, meditation or reflection, Jesus extends a profoundly intimate and personal invitation to allow His words to resound and find a home in the depths of their hearts: Behold thy mother.

That is, Christ loves all of His disciples in every age, just as He loves the beloved disciple John. His words Behold thy mother, have therefore found a home in the hearts of Christians of every generation. Indeed, beholding Mary as one's mother bespeaks of a familial relationship with her. Though John, the son of Zebedee, was certainly an outsider to the Holy Family, Jesus was nevertheless inviting him into His Holy Family through a relationship with His Mother. In the same way, Jesus has invited outsiders of every generation to be members of the Holy Family through His words: Behold thy mother.

Thus out of the tiny company gathered at the foot of the cross a new community is formed with the mother of Jesus as its matriarch. Of this incident Alan Culpepper has written:The impact of this scene has been tremendous. Here are the man and "woman," the ideal disciple and the mother he is called to receive, standing under the cross of the giver of life. There is the beginning of a new family for the children of God. (Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, p. 134)

As the prologue [of the gospel of John] promised, those who believe in the Word made flesh receive a power to become children of God (1:12), and a new family is created. (Kysar 1993, p. 150)

Comment on 'Torture Stake' in New World Translation

It is worth pointing out that there is a common consensus among Reformed and Catholic theologians alike that the New World Translation has serious deficits in scholarship. It is read primarily among Jehovah's Witnesses, and is very rarely cited in Catholic or Reformed exegetical literature.

One such difficulty presented here is the translation of the Koine Greek word stauros as 'torture stake' rather than 'cross'.

The implication of this translation is that a) there was no patibulum, or crossbeam, and that b) both Christ's hands were fixed above his head with a single nail to the stipes, or vertical beam. The artwork in WatchTower magazines commonly illustrates Christ in this manner: with a singularnail through both hands above his head.

Perhaps the most striking difficulty this translation finds is in the account of St. Thomas' desire to encounter the Risen Lord:

But Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. Consequently the other disciples would say to him: "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails [plural]and stick my finger into the print of the nails [plural] and stick my hand into his side, I will certainly not believe." (John 20:24-25 New World Translation)

Here it can be seen that even in the New World Translation, Thomas' desire for a twofold affirmation of the resurrection through sight and touch is in reference to the nails (plural); i.e. he wants to see what the nails (plural) did to Christ's hands, and he wants to touch what the nails (plural) did to Christ's hands.

St. John later on points out that testimony such as St. Thomas' concerning the nails (plural) is not a fictional or imaginary account. Rather, concrete details such as this are precisely what he draws upon to help his community understand the historical reality of the resurrection of Jesus:

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life-- for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us-- what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3 NAB)


The Bible Museum. The Bible: 1611 King James Version: 1st Edition, 1st Printing, (Goodyear, AZ: The Bible Museum, 2006).

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. The New American Bible, (Iowa Falls: IA, World Bible Publishers, Inc. 1991.)

Kysar, R. John The Maverick Gospel - Revised Edition, (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1993).

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Why was Santa Maria named after the Virgin Mary?

Santa Maria is latin for Saint Mary. And in this case Saint Mary takes reference to the blessed virgin mother.

Santa Maria the city in California was renamed in 1882 after being called Central City since 1869. For years the postal service confused Central City CO with Central City CA. So Central City CA decided to change its name to Santa Maria since most towns in this part of California was named after different Saints. Like Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and San Luis Obispo. It is thought that Santa Maria was picked to commemorate Christopher Columbus' ship from 1492. But there are others that believe that this city was named after the blessed virgin Mary since Guadualupe was it's neighboring town near the ocean. ( There is another Guadalupe in Mexico. It is where the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531.) And from 1990-1991 The Virgin Mary appeared to Barbara Matthias a woman from Brazil that received special messages from the Virgin Mary Herself. The Virgin Mary has always favored this beautiful fertile valley. It is filled with Devout Catholics and good people.

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Who else was born of Immaculate Conception in the Bible?

Roman Catholic AnswerThere seems to be a lot of confusion about the Immaculate Conception, even among Catholics - who should know better! The Immaculate Conception refers to the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her mother's (Anne's) womb. From the first moment of her conception she was preserved from original sin. Thus Mary was the only person, saving Our Blessed Lord himself, who was conceived and did not have original sin affecting them in any way. Our Blessed Lord's birth is referred to as the Virgin Birth, as His Father, in the way of His conception was the Holy Spirit who overshadowed the Blessed Virgin. This is NOT the Immaculate Conception. That refers to a normal conception, that of Our Blessed Lady who was conceived in the normal way. The only other people who came into the world without original sin were Adam and Eve, but they were not conceived, they were created that way.
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What do you do with a broken blessed Virgin Mary statue?

Roman Catholic AnswerIf the statue is broken beyond repair: if the statue had been blessed, the most respectful thing to do with it is bury it. If it has not been blessed, you may just dispose of it, although I wouldn't just put it in the trash bin, at least cover it.
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Why is Mary a saint?

Because she is the Mother Of Jesus, hence the Holiest Person who ever lived.

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Why does the Angel Gabriel call Mary 'highly favored'?

You refer to this passage in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel:

v.28. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, [thou that art] highly favoured, the Lord [is] with thee: blessed [art] thou among women.

Mary was the one young virgin of all the virgins in Israel chosen by God to bear Jesus, the Saviour of the world - certainly favoured and blessed!

Later, when she is carrying the baby Jesus in her womb, she visits her cousin Elizabeth, who calls her, "the mother of my Lord"

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Why does Mary the mother of Jesus wear white?

We don't know what she wore. Given that their family were not especially poor or rich, she would have worn that the average women at the time wore. Mary herself had no delusions of grandeur, nor could she have fully understood what Jesus would mean to the world. She was a mother trying to raise her children in the best way she could.


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