Mary and Jesus Christ: First/Fully Redeemed of Her Son©

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Documents II. Mary and Jesus Christ / 1. First/Fully Redeemed of her Son
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son 53
Creed, Paul VI, 1968
  • By reason of this singular election, she was, in consideration of the merits of her Son, redeemed in a more eminent manner. [15: cf. Conc. Vat. II, LG 53] 14
General Catechetical Directory, 1971
  • For she was completely conformed "to her Son, the Lord of lords, and the Conqueror of sin and death" (LG, 59) 68
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • ... no one is saved apart from Christ. ... the preservative redemption of Mary is totally and splendidly God's gift to her because she was to be the Mother of Christ. 53 "the most excellent fruit of the redemption," (SC 103) 56
Gaudete in Domino, 1975
  • But she is also open in an unlimited degree to the joy of the resurrection; and she is redeemed, immaculate from the moment of her conception, the incomparable dwelling-place of the Spirit.
Dives in Misericordia, 1980
  • having obtained mercy in an exceptional way, in an equally exceptional way, "merits" that mercy throughout her earthly life and, particularly, at the foot of the cross of her Son 9
Redemptoris Mater, 1987
  • In the event of the Immaculate Conception the Church sees projected, and anticipated in her most noble member, the saving grace of Easter. 1
  • According to the belief formulated in solemn documents of the Church, this "glory of grace" is manifested in the Mother of God through the fact that she has been "redeemed in a more sublime manner." (LG 53) 10
  • [Article 10 discusses preredemption at length] [See also 41]
  • Mary receives life from him to whom she herself, in the order of earthly generation, gave life as a mother. 10
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • She is "the most excellent fruit of the redemption," (Sacrosanctum Concilium 103) having been "redeemed in an especially sublime manner by reason of the merits of her Son" (LG 53); thus the Fathers of the Church, the Liturgy and the Magisterium have called her "daughter of her Son" (cf. Concilium Toletanum XI,48: Denzinger-Schonmetzer, Enchiridion Symbolorum definitionum et declarationum de rebus fidei et morum [Barcinone 1976], 536) in the order of grace. 7
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
411 ... Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ's victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life. (cf. Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus)

[See also 491]

492 ... she is "redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son." (LG 53, 56)


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