Tag Archives: Mariology

When and how do we celebrate St. Mary?

In traditional Christian lists of Saints, even lists of categories of Saints, the first person on the list is always the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. This is because she was the closest person to Jesus in … Continue reading

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Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic is one of the most important Saints of the late medieval era. The medieval era, or “middle ages”, lasted roughly from the 600’s through the 1200’s, followed by “the” Renaissance beginning in the 1300’s.  I write “the” renaissance … Continue reading

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Mary Thrice-Blessed

The feast of the Visitation may seem like an odd holiday at first glance.  It commemorates Mary’s visit to her relative, Elizabeth, recorded in Luke 1:39-56.  That passage is also the Gospel reading for the Communion service that day.  What … Continue reading

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O Virgo Virginum

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is one of the best-known Advent hymns still sung today.  Although many hymnals print it with about four verses, a few (such as ours) include seven verses, drawn from a detail of liturgical minutia which … Continue reading

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Reformed Catholicism

Something I noticed rather prominent in the writings of various 17th century Anglicans as I was reading from them early this year was that they never referred to the “Roman Catholic Church.”  Romans, Papists, but never Catholics.  The reason for … Continue reading

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Intimacy of the Incarnation

August 15th is a holiday commemorating the Virgin Mary  (or, more specifically in the Roman tradition, her assumption into heaven at the end of her life).  This year, August 15th was also my wife’s due date, but as it turned … Continue reading

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Salvation Begins in Childbearing?

Today, December 8th, is a traditional holiday commemorating the conception of Mary, the mother of our Lord.  According to Roman Catholic teaching, she was born without the stain of original sin, so they call this feast the Immaculate Conception.  But … Continue reading

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