Mary and Jesus Christ©

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Jesus Christ and Mary. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website, or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents II. Mary and Jesus Christ
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • united to him by a close and indissoluble tie 53
  • This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ's conception up to his death.... 57
Mense Maio, 1965
  • Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ himself. 5
  • we continually turn to seek...Christ she holds in her arms 6
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • was united to Him "by a close, indissoluble bond," [LG 53] 5
  • was accorded a special " the mystery of the Incarnate Word" [LG 54] that is, "in the economy of salvation." [LG 55] 5
  • [after Ascension] she remained united to her son by her enduring and ardent love 19
Creed, Paul VI, 1968
  • joined by a close and indissoluble bond to the Mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption [18: cf. LG 53, 58, 61] 14
General Catechetical Directory, 1971
  • Mary is united in an ineffable manner with the Lord. 68
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • She is totally dependent on her son. 6
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and dependent upon Him. It was with a view to Christ that God the Father from all eternity chose her to be the all-holy Mother and adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else. 25
Redemptor Hominis, 1979
  • [pastoral need]
    If we feel a special need, in this difficult and responsible phase of the history of the Church and of mankind, to turn to Christ, who is Lord of the Church and Lord of man's history on account of the mystery of the Redemption, we believe that nobody else can bring us as Mary can into the divine and human dimension of this mystery. Final paragraph.
Redemptoris Mater, 1987
  • "only in the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light," then this principle must be applied in a very particular way to that exceptional "daughter of the human race," that extraordinary "woman" who became the Mother of Christ. Only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery fully made clear. (cf. GS 22) 4
  • ... she made present to humanity the mystery of Christ. And she still continues to do so. Through the mystery of Christ, she too is present within mankind. Thus through the mystery of the Son the mystery of the Mother is also made clear. 19
  • united by a close and indissoluble bond (LG 53) 41
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • The Council, explaining the participation of Mary in the history of salvation expounded, first of all the multiple aspects of the relationship between the Virgin and Christ: 7
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
Christ and Mary: 437, 467, 469, 726, 970, 1138, 2162, 2665 [BB]
Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 2003
  • I would like to rekindle this Eucharistic "amazement" by the present Encyclical Letter, in continuity with the Jubilee heritage which I have left to the Church in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte and its Marian crowning, Rosarium Virginis Mariae. To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the "program" which I have set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new evangelization. 6
  • By proclaiming the Year of the Rosary, I wish to put this, my twenty-fifth anniversary, under the aegis of the contemplation of Christ at the school of Mary. 7
  • In my Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, I pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as our teacher in contemplating Christ's face, and among the mysteries of light I included the institution of the Eucharist.102 Mary can guide us towards this most holy sacrament, because she herself has a profound relationship with it. 53

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