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THE PERPETUAL VIRGINITY OF MARY

Declared Dogma at the Second council of
Constantinople in 553 AD  
ON THE PERPETUAL VIRGINITY OF MARY
Luke 2:1 - 14. verse 7: ". . . and she gave birth to her firstborn son."
    NOTE: In Mosaic Law the first male child in a family had certain rights and obligations.
Luke was pointing out that Jesus had  these rights and obligations!

    Not that Jesus was the first of a large family.!
    In Matthew 12:47."Someone told Him, "Your Mother and your brother's are standing
outside, asking to speak with you."
    Many of the denominations believe that Jesus had siblings due to this statement.
    We know that even today when we translate from one language to another we
sometimes lose the meaning in the translation!  In the time of Jesus the Hebrew language
had only one word for brothers or cousins, so the translation could have meant close or
distant, relatives!
    
Mk 6:3; " Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses.. 2' THE
SON denotes one son, the writer would have said, " one of the sons of Mary ", not the son!
    
In depth explanation:
Matthew 13:55-56] "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are
not his bretheren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? And are not all his sisters
with US?"
    In all the Gospel accounts of Jesus' death women were present , Mary Magdalene's
name is found in each account.
And there is another Mary.

    [Mt. 27:55, 28:1]
Mary the mother of James and Joseph is mentioned.
    [Mk. 15:40, 16:1]
    In Mark 15, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses and in Mark 16, Mary
the mother of James [Lk. 24:10]

    Mary the mother of James
    [Jn. 19:25]
    His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas. (SHE WOULD BE A RELATIVE OF JESUS)
    Think about this..." His mother's sister Mary"! "His mother's sister Mary"!
    That would mean according to Scripture that Mary's parents named two of their
daughter's Mary! It is possible that Mary, the wife of Clopas: which is also Jesus' RELATIVE,
is the same Mary found in all the Gospel accounts of Jesus' death!
    In all the Gospel accounts another Mary is mentioned, in every Gospel she is mentioned
as the mother of James, except the Gospel of John! In John's account he uses the more
familiar term of the sister of Mary, which he would know because we know from  scripture as
well as oral tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus; went to live with the Apostle John after
the Crucifixion!
    
    We could also conclude that THIS Mary, is the mother of the so-called bretheren of
Jesus, mentioned in Matthew 13:55,
[THAT WOULD MAKE JAMES AND JOSEPH
JESUS' COUSINS!] [Prof. Scott Hahn]

    Also, if Jesus had brothers, His statement to His Mother in the Gospel of John 19:26-27,
Woman behold your son...Then He said to the disciple,"Behold your mother."
    Catholics know that this was Jesus' way of giving His mother to the Church that he
established.
    
    In calling Mary "ever virgin", Tradition is saying that after conceiving Jesus in virginity
Mary always remained a virgin, abstaining from all conjugal relations. This also implies that
the birth of Jesus left intact the virginity of His Mother.
     The Visitation of Mary Luke 1:39 - 45.
    When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth,
filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, Most blessed are you among
women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the
mother of my Lord should come to me?"
    NOTE: A former Roman Catholic once said to me that Mary couldn't be the Mother of
God because that would mean that God came from Mary!

    The scripture in verse 43 says that the Holy Spirit speaking through Elizabeth calls Mary
the Mother of God! Dogma

    One last point, I have shared this information not to prove that we as Catholics
    are right and every one else is wrong. If that is all you come away with from
    this talk then I have done an injustice not only to you but to Jesus! I give
    this information so that we as Catholics can better understand our own beliefs
    and thereby be better able to share with other Catholics as well as non-
    Catholics. The KEY POINT HERE IS Sharing! In Love!
     For more info. Pope Paul VI
"Decree on Ecumenism"
    If today you hear His voice. . .harden not your hearts!

    {1}
The Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. defined the first Marian Dogma, the
    Mother of God.
    "THEOTOKOS," proclaims that Mary is truly the Mother of God the Son made man:
    "the Holy Virgin is the Mother of God since according to the flesh she brought
    forth the Word of God made flesh. " Dogma Also in 451 by the Council of
    Chalcedon.
    {2}
The Perpetual Virginity of Mary, the Lateran Council in 649 A.D.
    {3} Pope Pius IX proclaimed Dogma in 1854. "
The Immaculate Conception of
    Mary."     
    {4} The Dogma of the "
Assumption of Mary' was defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
    
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