The Virgin Mary is a significant figure in the Christian religion, with her significance remaining nearly identical throughout the different sects of Christianity. From her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption into Heaven, the mother of God holds many significant values and beliefs to all Christians alike. However, in order to understand why she holds such a significant role in Christianity it is first important to appreciate the life she lived as told through Biblical references.
Keywords: Pope Pius IX, Khattab, original sanctity
[...] Her Immaculate Conception which resulted in her lack of original sin provided for her to be the medium in which Jesus entered the physical world, and helped in his existence as fully divine and fully human. Her Assumption into Heaven merits an annual celebration because it is with the help of her prayer that we are saved. The Blessed Mother's significance spans across nearly all sects of Christianity, from Orthodox to Roman Catholic, which cements her importance in the Christian world as the Mother of God. [...]
[...] Due to the Blessed Mary's Immaculate Conception, and consequential freedom of original sin, she did not suffer corruption of the body at death, which is an effect of original sin, and instead she shared intimately in the life of the Lord and His passion, death and resurrection (Saunders). The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians: 'In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition (falling asleep) you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death'” (Saunders). [...]
[...] Works Cited Annemarie Weyl Carr. "Thoughts on the economy of the image of Mary.” Theology Today 56.3 (1999): 359-378. ProQuest Religion. ProQuest. St John's Library, Queens, NY Sept
[...] Dogma does not teach that Mary entered the world through Virginal Conception, as Jesus did, but rather Immaculate Conception (Mariology). While Jesus was conceived to a virgin, Mary was conceived in the womb of Saint Anne free from original sin, which was the sin of Adam and Eve, unlike all other humans. While all other humans enter the world with the taint of original sin and must be cleansed through the process of baptism, the Virgin Mary entered the world in a state of “original sanctity” (Khattab). [...]
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