Context of the Articles Integrating the Blessed Virgin Mary into the
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Part One: The Profession of Faith

[The colored frontispiece from the Priscilla catacomb is a fragment of a third century fresco depicting Mary with the Christ Child, a star, and the prophet Balaam.]

Section One: "I Believe" - "We Believe"

Chapter Two: God Comes to Meet Man

Article 1: The Revelation of God / II. The Stages of Revelation / God forms his people Israel 64

Chapter Three: Man's Response of God

Article 1: I Believe / I. The Obedience of Faith 144

Mary - "Blessed is she who believed" 148, 149

III. The Characteristics of Faith / Faith - the beginning of eternal life 165

The Credo: The Apostles' Creed; The Nicene Creed

Section Two: The Profession of the Christian Faith

Chapter One: I believe in God the Father

Article 1: "I believe in the God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth"

Paragraph 3. The Almighty / The mystery of God's apparent powerlessness 273

Paragraph 7. The Fall / IV. "You did not abandon him to the power of death." 410, 411

Chapter Two: I believe in Jesus Christ , the Only Son of God / The Good News: God has sent his Son 422, 423

Article 2: "And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord" / I. Jesus 430, 435

II. Christ 437

In Brief: 452

Article 3: "He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary"

Paragraph 1. The Son of God Became Man / I. Why did the Word become flesh? 456

II. The Incarnation 461

III. True God and True Man 466, 467, 469

IV. How Is the Son of God Man? 470

Paragraph 2. "Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary" / I. Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit ... 484, 485, 486

II. ... Born of the Virgin Mary 487

Mary's predestination 488, 489

The Immaculate Conception 490, 491, 492, 493

"Let it be done to me according to your word..." 494

Mary's divine motherhood 495

Mary's virginity 496, 497, 498

Mary - "ever-virgin" 499, 500, 501

Mary's virginal motherhood in God's plan 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507

In Brief: 508, 509, 510, 511

Paragraph 3. The Mysteries in Christ's Life / II. The Mysteries of Jesus' Infancy and Hidden Life / The Christmas mystery 525, 526

The mysteries of Jesus' infancy 528, 529

The mysteries of Jesus' hidden life 531, 532, 533, 534

In Brief: 563, 564

Article 4: "Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried"

Paragraph 1. Jesus and Israel / II. Jesus and the Temple 583

In Brief: 593

Paragraph 2. Jesus Died Crucified / III. Christ Offered Himself to His Father for Our Sins / Our Participation in Christ's sacrifice 618

Chapter Three: I believe in the Holy Spirit

Article 8: "I believe in the Holy Spirit" / II. The Name, Titles, and Symbols of the Holy Spirit / Symbols of the Holy Spirit 695, 697

III. God's Spirit and Word in the Time of the Promise / Expectation of the Messiah and his Spirit 711

IV. The Spirit of Christ in the Fullness of Time / John, precursor, prophet, and baptist 717 "Rejoice, you who are full of grace" 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726

In Brief: 744

Article 9: "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church"

Paragraph 1. The Church in God's Plan / III. The Mystery of the Church / The Church - mystery of men' union with God 773

Paragraph 3. The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic / I. The Church is One 813

II. The Church Is Holy 829

In Brief: 867

Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church 963

I. Mary's Motherhood with Regard to the Church / Wholly united with her Son ... 964, 965

... also in her Assumption 966

... she is our Mother in the order of grace 967, 968, 969, 970

II. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin 971

III. Mary - Eschatological Icon of the Church 972

In Brief: 973, 974, 975

Article 11: "I believe in the Resurrection of the Body" / II. Dying in Christ Jesus / The meaning of Christian death 1014

Article 12: "I believe in life everlasting" 1020

II. Heaven 1024

In Brief: 1053

Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Section One: The Sacramental Economy

Chapter One: The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church

Article 1: The Liturgy - Work of the Holy Spirit / III. The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy / The Holy Spirit makes present the mystery of Christ 1106

Chapter Two: The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

Article 1: Celebrating the Church's Liturgy 1138

II. How Is the Liturgy Celebrated? / Holy images 1161

III. When Is the Liturgy Celebrated? / The liturgical year 1171

The sanctoral in the liturgical year 1172

In Brief: 1187, 1192, 1195

Section Two: The Seven Sacraments of the Church

Chapter One: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Article 3: The Sacrament of the Eucharist / V. The Sacramental Sacrifice Thanksgiving, Memorial, Presence / The sacrificial memorial of Christ and of his Body, the Church 1370

In Brief: 1419

Chapter Two: The Sacraments of Healing

Article 4: The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation / X. Indulgences / In the Communion of Saints 1477

Chapter Three: The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Article 7: The Sacrament of Matrimony / I. Marriage in God's Plan / Marriage in the Lord 1613

VI. The Domestic Church 1655

Chapter Four: Other Liturgical Celebrations

Article 1: Sacramentals / Popular Piety 1674, 1676

Part Three: Life in Christ

Section One: Man's Vocation, Life in the Spirit

Chapter One: The Dignity of the Human Person

Article 2: Our Vocation to Beatitude / I. The Beatitudes 1717

Chapter Three: God's Salvation: Law and Grace

Article 3: The Church, Mother and Teacher 2030

II. Precepts of the Church 2043

Section Two: The Ten Commandments

Chapter One: "You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart, and with All Your Soul, and with All Your Mind"

Article 1: The First Commandment / II. "Him Only Shall You Serve" / Adoration 2097

IV. "You Shall Not Make for Yourself a Graven Image" 2131, 2132

Article 2: The Second Commandment / I. The Name of the Lord Is Holy 2146

In Brief: 2162

Article 3: The Third Commandment / II. The Lord's Day / The Sunday Eucharist 2177

Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"

Article 8: The Eighth Commandment / VI. Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art 2502

Part Four: Christian Prayer

Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life

Chapter One: The Revelation of Prayer

Article 2: In the Fullness of Time / Jesus prays 2599, 2603, 2605 / The Prayer of the Virgin Mary 2617, 2618, 2619

In Brief: 2622

Chapter Two: The Tradition of Prayer

Article 2: The Way of Prayer / Prayer to Jesus 2665

In communion with the holy Mother of God 2673, 2674, 2675, 2676, 2677, 2678, 2679

In Brief: 2682

Chapter Three: The Life of Prayer

Article 1: Expressions of Prayer / II. Meditation 2708 (r)

III. Contemplative Prayer 2716

Article 2: The Battle of Prayer 2725

I. Objections to Prayer

Article 3: The Seven Petitions / III. "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven" 2827

IV. "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" 2837

VII. "But Deliver Us from Evil" 2853(1)

1. For an alphabetical listing of references to Marian themes in the CCC, see: Bertrand Buby, S.M. "Appendix 4," Mary of Galilee, Vol II, 319-320.

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