Introduction to Mary

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the following about Mary:

  • Mary is “the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God” (CCC 721)
  • Mary is the “Queen over all things” (CCC 966)
  • Mary is our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” (CCC 969)
  • Mary is “full of grace” (CCC 722)
  • Mary is the “Mother of God and our mother” (CCC 2677)
  • Mary is the “new Eve” (CCC 726)
  • Mary is the “seat of wisdom” (CCC 721)
  • Mary had no original sin (CCC 508)
  • Mary never committed sin (CCC 493)
  • Mary is second only to her Son” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66)
  • Mary sits “on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Pope Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 14)
  • “No man goeth to Christ but by His Mother” (Pope Leo 13th, Octobri Mense)
  • Mary “crushed the poisonous head of the most cruel serpent and brought salvation to the world” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus)
  • Mary “delivers our souls from death” (CCC 966)
  • Mary “continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation” (CCC 969)
  • “Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her divine son for men, made atonement for the sins of man,” (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma4, Ott, page 213)
  • We can “entrust all our cares and petitions to her” (CCC 2677)
  • “Give ourselves over to her now” (CCC 2677)
  • “Pray to her” (CCC 2679)
  • Have devotion to her (CCC 971)
  • Mary was “taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven” (CCC 974)
  • Speaking of the Church, “we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary,” (CCC 972)
  • In Mary, the church is holy (CCC 867)
  • “Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity” (CCC 967)
  • Finally, in paradise the church gathers “around Jesus and Mary” (CCC 1053)