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- She was an accidental virgin. The gospel of Matthew is the only one to tell us Mary was pregnant before she and Joseph had sex. She was said to be “with child from the Holy Spirit”.
- She was a perpetual virgin. Within early Christian doctrine, Mary remained a virgin during and after the birth of Jesus. This was perhaps only fitting for someone deemed “the mother of God” or “God-bearer”.
- She was immaculately conceived. Within Western theology, it was generally recognised from the time of Saint Ambrose that Mary never committed a sin. But was her sinlessness in this life because she was born without “original sin”?
- She ascended into heaven. The early centuries of the Christian tradition were silent on the death of Mary. But by the seventh and eighth centuries, the belief in the bodily ascension of Mary into heaven, had taken a firm hold in both the Western and Eastern Churches.
On being asked, in the middle of a conversation on everyday matters, how old the Blessed Virgin was when she died, Catherine Emmerich suddenly looked away and said: She reached the age of sixty-four years all but three and twenty days: I have just seen the figure X six times, then I, then V; is not that sixty-four?' (It is remarkable that Cather...
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Jan 4, 2022 · One tradition says that Mary died in AD 43 and another in AD 48, but we have no way of confirming either date. Traditions and legends try to fill in more detail about what could have happened to Mary in the years that followed Pentecost.
Sep 8, 2000 · Catholic America Apologetics Arts and Culture Women’s Vocations Men’s Vocations The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (16 B.C.) Sep 8, 2000 The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mary was born fifteen years, three months and seventeen days before the birth of Jesus.
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