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Mother of God & Queen Mother of the Church

Pope Pius IX said of Mary:

“From the beginning and before all ages, God selected and prepared for His only Son the mother from whom, having taken flesh, He would be born in the blessed fullness of time. He loved her by herself more than all creatures and with such a love as to find His delight in a singular way in her” (Ineffabilis Deus).

Mary is given many titles and each speaks to distinctive elements which point to Christ. Against Nestorius, she is called the Mother of God. This acknowledges that Jesus is a divine person. It answers the question, who is Jesus? She is also called the Mother of the Redeemer and the Mother of the Savior. They immediately answer the question, what does Jesus do? He is the sin-offering who buys us back from the devil and offers us the gift of salvation.

The Jews awaited a Messiah from the royal line of King David. They thought this warrior king would restore their political place in the world and vanquish the Romans and any other enemies of God’s people. The genealogy of Joseph was of this line and while he was only the foster father of Jesus, it was typical that couples married within their tribe.

Mary was also of the line of David. Since Jesus is born of the Virgin Mary, he is the new Jewish king.

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