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The Profession of Faith

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Paragraph 6. Mary—Mother of Christ,

Mother of the Church

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Since the Virgin Mary’s role in the mystery of Christ and

the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in

the mystery of the Church. “The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged

and honored as being truly theMother of God and of the redeemer.

. . . She is ‘clearly the mother of the members of Christ’. . . since she

has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in

the Church, who are members of its head.”

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“Mary, Mother of

Christ, Mother of the Church.”

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I.

M

ary

s

M

otherhood with

R

egard

to

the

C

hurch

Wholly united with her Son . . .

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Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union

with Christ and flows directly from it. “This union of the mother

with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the

time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”;

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it is made

manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:

Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith,

and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the

cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan,

enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his

suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s

heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this

victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus

dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these

words: “Woman, behold your son.”

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After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of

the Church by her prayers.”

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In her association with the apostles

and several women, “we also see Mary by her prayers imploring

the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the

Annunciation.”

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502

LG

53; cf. St. Augustine,

De virg.

6: PL 40, 399.

503 Paul VI, Discourse, November 21, 1964.

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LG

57.

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LG

58; cf.

Jn

19:26-27.

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LG

69.

507

LG

59.

484-507

721-726

534

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