Type: Person

Alternate Labels

  • Mariology
  • Blessed Virgin
  • Mother of Jesus
  • Mother of God
  • Theotokos
  • Our Lady
  • Madonna
  • Queen of Heaven

Reading List

Mary, mother of Jesus (Theotokos)

Verbum Catholic Topical Index

Key Passages

  • Luke’s gospel mentions Mary most often, identifying her by name twelve times, all of these in the infancy narrative: Lk 1:27,30,34,38,39,41,46,56; 2:5,16,19,34
  • Matthew’s gospel mentions her by name five times, four of these in the infancy narrative (Mt 1:16,18,20; 2:11) plus Mt 13:55
  • Mark’s gospel names her only once (Mk 6:3) and mentions her as Jesus’ mother without naming her in Mk 3:31
  • John’s gospel refers to her twice as Jesus’ mother: at the wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-12) and standing near the cross (Jn 19:25-26)
  • In the Book of Acts, Mary is among those gathered in the upper room after the ascension (Acts 1:14)
  • In the Book of Revelation, some interpreters identify Mary as the “woman clothed with the sun” in Rev 12:1, 5-6

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Catholic Sources

Marian Apostolic Constitutions & Encyclicals

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