Mary, Mother of God

Mary Mother of God

Mary is the Mother of God. One of the oldest and most common titles for Mary is Theotokos, which means “the God-bearer” in Greek. 

After being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and until He was born, Jesus was carried in Mary’s womb.

Calling Mary the Mother of God reinforces the belief that Jesus is both God and Man. His human nature and divine nature are united in one person.

If Jesus is God and Mary is his mother, then Mary must be the Mother of God.

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is celebrated on January 1, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.

Mary carried the body of Jesus in her body for 9 months:

A mother conceives and gives birth to a person:

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Galatians 4: 4-5

The highest title for Mary is Mother of God:

Jesus is God and He had a mother:

The second most important person in the manger scene: 

Jesus is Son of God and Son of Man:

In today’s liturgy the figure of Mary, true Mother of Jesus, God-man, stands out. Thus, today’s Solemnity is not celebrating an abstract idea but a mystery and an historic event: Jesus Christ, a divine Person, is born of the Virgin Mary who is his Mother in the truest sense. Today too, Mary’s virginity is highlighted, in addition to her motherhood. These are two prerogatives that are always proclaimed together, inseparably, because they complement and qualify each other. Mary is Mother, but a Virgin Mother; Mary is a virgin, but a Mother Virgin. If either of these aspects is ignored, the mystery of Mary as the Gospels present her to us, cannot be properly understood.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, January 1, 2007

The Creeds refer to Mary, the Mother of our Lord:

The angel Gabriel announced that Mary would be the Mother of God:

Called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus”, Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the mother of my Lord”. In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly “Mother of God” (Theotokos).

Catechism of the Catholic Church 495

God created his own mother to bring him into the world for our salvation:

Mary leads us closer to her Son:

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