Mary and Jesus Christ
Mother of Jesus Christ: Mother as Birth Giver

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Documents II. Mary and Jesus Christ / 2b. Mother of Jesus Christ / Mother as Birth Giver
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • when the Son of God has taken human nature from her 55
  • Mother of Jesus [predestined, enriched for her role] 56
  • Mother of Jesus [in heaven...image of Church] 68
  • Mother of the Redeemer 55
  • gracious mother of the divine Redeemer [predestined mother, generous associate and humble handmaid] 61
  • conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ 61
  • gave birth on earth to the very Son of the Father [through her faith and obedience] 63
  • the Son whom she brought forth is he whom God placed as the first born among many brethren (Rom 8:29). 63
  • [Mother of Life] "gave Life to the world" 53
  • [Mother of Life] "Mother of Jesus who gave to the world the Life that renews all things" 56
  • enduring with her only begotten Son 58
Christi Matri Rosarii, 1968
  • Mother of Christ 1
  • for she is the mother of Our Saviour 14
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • "Mother of God and of the Redeemer," [LG 53] 5
  • she is the mother of Jesus Christ and His closest associate in "the new economy...when the Son of God takes on human nature from her in order to free men from sin by the mysteries of His flesh"; [LG 55] 8
Creed, Paul VI, 1968
  • ...He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was made man: equal therefore to the Father according to His divinity, and inferior to the Father according to His humanity,(11: Symbolum Quicumque, DS 76) and Himself one, not by some impossible confusion of His natures, but by the unity of His person (12: Ibid.). 11
  • We believe that Mary is the Mother, who remained ever a Virgin, of the Incarnate Word, our God and Savior Jesus Christ [cf. Conc. Ephes., DS 251-252]. 14
Recurrens Mensis October, 1969
  • It is the humble Virgin of Nazareth who became Mother of "the Prince of Peace," (Is 9:5) of Him who was born under the sign of peace, [Lk 2:14) and who proclaimed to the whole world: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Mt 5:9) 7
General Catechetical Directory, 1971
  • the mystery of Christ the Incarnate Word, who was born of the Virgin Mary [hierarchy of truths] 43
  • being his [the Lord's] Ever-Virgin Mother 68
  • the Church...venerates in a most special way Christ's Mother 68
  • Mother of Jesus 78
Basic Teaching for Catholic Education (USA), 1973
  • The "ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God," [Footnoted: 106 First Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass]
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • Because of her divine maternity, Mary stands in a unique relationship with her Savior and her Son. 5
  • She brought forth on earth the Father's Son...whom God placed as the first-born among many brethren.... (LG 63) 5
  • We honor Mary as the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. 8
  • The new dispensation is established. This occurred when the Son of God took a human nature from her, that He might in the mysteries of His flesh free man from sin." [Paul VI, Nov. 21, 1964, pp. 137-138] 15
  • In the strength of her faith, Mary consents to the merciful Father's invitation, and in the power of the Spirit becomes the Mother of Jesus, Son of God in human flesh. 33
  • Mother of Jesus [by consenting] (LG 56) 55
  • She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ. (LG 61) 80
  • "The ever - virgin Mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God." (Eucharistic Prayer I) 89
  • Mother of Jesus 105, 106
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • [liturgy]
  • - Christmas: "brought the Savior into the world" (Eucharistic Prayer I) 5
    - March 25: of the Word, who becomes "Son of Mary" (Mk. 6:3) 6
  • she who "believing and obeying ... brought forth on earth the Father's Son. ..." (LG 63) 19
Sharing the Light of Faith (USA), 1979
  • the mystery of Christ the incarnate Word, who was born of the Virgin Mary 47
  • [belief in Mary as] virgin mother 78
  • In taking on human flesh through the ever-virgin Mary 87
  • The "ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God," [Footnoted: 45 Roman Ritual, First Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass.] 106
  • special love and veneration due her as mother of Christ 106
Dominum et Vivificantem, 1986
  • Mary the Mother of Jesus 30
  • For the "fullness of time" is matched by a particular fullness of the self-communication of the Triune God in the Holy Spirit. "By the power of the Holy Spirit" the mystery of the "hypostatic union" is brought about - that is, the union of the divine nature and the human nature, of the divinity and the humanity in the one Person of the Word-Son. When at the moment of the "annunciation Mary utters her fiat: "Be it done unto me according to your word," (Lk 1:38) she conceives in a virginal way a man, the Son of Man, who is the Son of God. ... The Incarnation of God the Son signifies the taking up into unity with God not only of human nature, but in this human nature, in a sense, of everything that is "flesh"; the whole of humanity, the entire visible and material world. The Incarnation, then, also has a cosmic significance, a cosmic dimension. 50
Redemptoris Mater, 1987
  • [Luke] Mary is present as the mother who conceives Jesus in her womb, gives him birth and nurses him: the nursing mother referred to by the woman in the crowd. Thanks to this motherhood, Jesus, the Son of the Most High (cf. Lk. 1:32), is a true son of man. He is "flesh," like every other man: he is "the Word (who) became flesh." (cf. Jn. 1: 14) He is of the flesh and blood of Mary! (Cf. Augustine) 20
  • [Cana] Mother of Jesus at the beginning of his public life 21
  • "... the Son of God took a human nature from her, that he might in the mysteries of his flesh free man from sin." (LG 55) 24
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988 [See also 28]
  • She is the mother, who, accepting with faith the message of the Angel, conceived the Son of God in his human nature in her virginal womb through the action of the Holy Spirit and without the intervention of man; she brought him to birth, she fed him, tended him and educated him. (cf. LG 57,61) 7
To All Consecrated Persons, Marian Year, 1988
  • God came into the world and was born of her as the "Son of Man" in order to fulfill the eternal will of the Father who "so loved the world" (cf. Jn 3:16)
  • 22
Mulieris Dignitatem, 1988
  • [see Annunciation] 3
  • He spoke as the Son, joined to the Father by the eternal mystery of divine generation, and he did so while being at the same time the truly human Son of his Virgin Mother. 8 [See also 25]
  • Each and every time that motherhood is repeated in human history, it is always related to the Covenant which God established with the human race through the motherhood of the Mother of God. 19
  • Does not Jesus bear witness to this reality when he answers the exclamation of that woman in the crowd who blessed him for Mary's motherhood: "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!"? Jesus replies: "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it." (Lk 11:27-28) Jesus confirms the meaning of motherhood in reference to the body, but at the same time he indicates an even deeper meaning, which is connected with the order of the spirit: it is a sign of the Covenant with God who "is spirit." (Jn 4:24) This is true above all for the motherhood of the Mother of God. 19
Veritatis Splendor, 1993
  • Until the time of his birth, she sheltered in her womb the Son of God who became man. 120
Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 1994
  • And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes .... (2:7) 2
  • Born of Mary the Virgin he truly became one of us and, sin apart, was like us in every way. (GS 22) 4
  • [For year one, Jesus Christ, one of the Christological themes:]
    a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation and of Jesus' birth from the Virgin Mary 40
  • The Blessed Virgin who will be as it were "indirectly" present in the whole preparatory phase, will be contemplated in the first year especially in the mystery of her divine Motherhood. It was in her womb that the Word became flesh! The affirmation of the central place of Christ cannot therefore be separated from the recognition of the role played by his Most Holy Mother. 43
Evangelium Vitae, 1995
  • Mary's consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came to bestow on humanity. (cf. Jn 10:10) 102
  • Through her acceptance and loving care for the life of the Incarnate Word, human life has been rescued from condemnation to final and eternal death. 102
  • She is in fact the mother of the Life by which everyone lives. 102
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
The Apostles' Creed: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
The Nicene Creed: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

437 ... From the beginning he was "the one whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world," conceived as "holy" in Mary's virginal womb. ... (Jn 10:36, cf. Lk 1:35)

470 ...The Son of God...worked with human hands; he thought with a human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart he loved. Born of the Virgin Mary, he has truly been made one of us, like to us in all things except sin. (GS 22) 2

Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2001
  • Christianity is a religion rooted in history! It was in the soil of history that God chose to establish a covenant with Israel and so prepare the birth of the Son from the womb of Mary "in the fullness of time." (Gal 4:4) 5
  • At the same time, along with the memory of the birth of the Son, how could the memory of the Mother be missing? 11
Ecclesia in Oceania, 2001
  • In Jesus Christ, whom she nurtured in her womb, there is born a new world where justice and mercy meet, a world of freedom and peace. 53
Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002
    In a unique way the face of the Son belongs to Mary. It was in her womb that Christ was formed, receiving from her a human resemblance which points to an even greater spiritual closeness.... When at last she gave birth to him in Bethlehem, her eyes were able to gaze tenderly on the face of her Son, as she "wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger." (Lk2:7) 10
    • When in the Rosary we plead with Mary, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk 1:35), she intercedes for us before the Father who filled her with grace and before the Son born of her womb, praying with us and for us. 16
Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 2001
  • Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine! 59

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