In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Mary the Mother of God. We will examine in detail Mary's life and the various names she uses as our Spiritual Mother. We will also review the theological significance of two major Marian doctrines.
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Let’s get to know some of the words that describe our Blessed Mother. You may have noticed this already, but Mary has a lot of names. You’ll often hear her called the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of God, Theotokos, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, and more. All of these words refer to the same person: Mary.
Why do you think that one person needs so many titles? You will have observed by the titles that we mentioned that Mary, the Mother of God, is attached to different countries, groups of people, and different Catholic practices. How can one person be recognized by so many titles?
A lot of people are known by a lot of titles even though they are just one person. Pope Benedict has many names. He is called the Holy Father, the Pontiff, the Pope, or in Rome he’s called Il Papa.
If you think about your own earthly mother you’ll notice that she too has many titles. You call her “mom,” but she’s also known as Mrs. Something to your friends; your dad calls her by her first name, her parents call her “daughter,” and she probably has some friends who call her by a nick name. All of the different names all refer to the same person, your mom.
Some of the titles for Mary convey an important message. The title the Immaculate Conception reminds us that Mary was conceived without original sin. The name Theotokos means “God bearer” which reminds us that Mary is the mother of Jesus, Who is both all God and all man.
Any title for Mary that starts with “Our Lady of…” indicates that Mary is the patron of that particular thought, place or thing. Some titles refer to appearances that Mary has made to people. Since Christ has given us His mother to be our very own, it makes sense that she would at least occasionally make appearances to her children on earth. Our Lady of Fatima recognizes the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the children in the town of Fatima in Portugal, where she instructed them to pray the Rosary. Our Lady of Lourdes is the name given to the apparition of the Blessed Mother at Lourdes in France to St. Bernadette, where she revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception.
Mary, Our Mother
Mary is the Mother of Jesus, but that’s not all. In the Gospels while Jesus is hanging on the cross, He gives His mother to us. When He says to John “son, behold your mother” and to Mary “behold your... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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