The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 3:10

TRUTH Please first read the Introduction as to why these blog posts are necessary. Back to Part 3 Index.

MARY: Error versus Truth

The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

10. God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory as Queen of Heaven and Earth [RC Catechism 966]. She is to be praised with special devotion [RC Catechism 971, 2675].

966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death."506 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.507

506 LG 59; cf. Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus (1950): DS 3903; cf. Rev 19:16.
507 Byzantine Liturgy, Troparion, Feast of the Dormition, August 15th.

971 "All generations will call me blessed": "The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship."513 The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…. This very special devotion … differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration."514 The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "epitome of the whole Gospel," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.515

513 Lk 1:48; Paul VI, MC 56.
514 LG 66.
515 Cf. Paul VI, MC 42; SC 103.

2675 Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the person of Christ manifested in his mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first "magnifies" the Lord for the "great things" he did for his lowly servant and through her for all human beings29 The second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused.

29 Cf. Lk 1:46-55.

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The name of the Lord is to be praised, for He alone is exalted above heaven and earth (Psalm 148:13). He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8). God commands, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

13  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. ~ Psalm 148:13

8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. ~ Isaiah 42:8

3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ~ Exodus 20:3

Soli Deo Gloria

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