Thousands Throng to See Mary Statue That Bleeds B-Positive Blood in India (Video)

A statue of Mother Mary with tears of blood is attracting thousands of Christians and people of other Faiths in Ghaziabad.

From the Catholic Bishops Conference of India website.

A statue of Mother Mary with tears of blood is attracting thousands of Christians and people of other Faiths in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The event has occurred in the community chapel of the CMI Bhavan of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in Mariam Nagar, 14 July.

The event was first noticed by a maid called Sunita who works in the institution on Saturday around 11. 30 am when she came to clean the chapel.

“Today when I was about to wipe and clean the statue of Mother Mary with a cloth I found tears of blood rolling from Mother Mary’s eyes. I cried aloud. I couldn’t believe my eyes so I rubbed the blood from the statue but the flow continued” Sunitha said.

The priest in charge of the house, Fr. Joy Kizhakkayil CMI, said, “As I came inside the chapel I could see Sunitha holding the statue and shivering, praying and crying aloud to Mother Mary”.

Ms. Mary, a Senior staff nurse at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)i, who was present in the monastery when the event took place said, she could see the tears of blood of Mary and she touched it with reverence and fear.

“The news spread quickly and soon people started rushing to the chapel” said Brother George CMI. Some 65 catholic families living in the surrounding areas also rushed to see the miracle. By evening some three thousand people had visited the statue. “Due to the rush the police had to be called”, he added.

Another flow of blood was seen Sunday when Fr. Kizhakkayil came to the chapel to offer the Holy Mass.
“Now the flow was heavy and the blood was falling on the table where the statue was kept,” he said.

He said that they have also took the blood samples and got it tested at the St. Joseph Hospital nearby.

“The result has shown that the blood group is B+ve,” he added.

One pilgrim took this video of the extraordinary event.

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  • David DeAtkine

    what does it mean?

  • NitneLiun

    It means somebody needs some Visine.

  • Sasja

    A warning perhaps?

  • mcc

    Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

    John 4:48

  • I think they should test it for DNA.

  • Patty

    Weeping Statue

    A weeping statue is a statue which has been claimed to be shedding tears or weeping by supernatural means. Statues weeping tears of a substance which appears to be human blood, oil, and scented liquids have all been reported. Other claimed phenomena are sometimes associated with weeping statues such as miraculous healing, the formation of figures in the tear lines, and the scent of roses. These events are generally reported by some Christians, and initially attract some pilgrims, but are in most cases disallowed by the upper levels of the Church or proven as hoaxes.

    Reported weeping statues are most often of the Virgin Mary and are at times accompanied by claims of Marian apparitions. However, to date only one single example of a combined weeping statue and apparition (namely Our Lady of Akita) has been approved by the Vatican and the rest have usually been dismissed as hoaxes. An unusual nature of the Our Lady of Akita apparitions was that unlike other cases the entire nation of Japan was able to view the tears of the statue of the Virgin Mary on national television.[1]

  • donh

    The Destruction of Damascus in Isaiah 17 is considered a leading rapture event which occurs in the midst of a severe drought

    17:10 You have forgotten God your Savior;
    you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.
    Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
    and plant imported vines,
    11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,
    and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud,
    yet the harvest will be as nothing

    The drought that is killing crops in America and around the world began on the day Judas Roberts ruled DEATH PANELS the law of the land. America that once lead the world to the rights of life and freedom now leads the world into the valley of DEATH and SLAVERY. You must really believe in the Lord to survive what is coming.

    The good news is that if we really are finally after 2000 years treading the path to Armageddon ….then Christ is reborn in the Holy Land . He is as yet an unknown child and his grace and power over the world will grow to be manifest …..There is nothing neither you nor I need do to make it happen…. and no amount of slaughter from the devil can abort his approach.

  • Minty

    It is not really bleeding. You believe this nonsense. I pity you.

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  • apodoca

    This is sheer, mere, anti-Scriptural quackery. Satan is a busy adversary distracting the faithful from Christ who saves to Mary who is dead and awaiting resurrection In Christ on the Last Day.

  • Annoyed

    As I read this, I hear the sound of a cuckoo clock in the background.

    As a former Catholic, I say: Please read the Bible.

  • Gravis

    So they did a test on what kind of blood it was, but DID NOT test the statue for any hidden devices to approve or disprove the phenomenon. Sorry, but this is neither a wonder nor something to be amazed about, especially when the reverence that is for Jesus and Jesus alone is given to a woman who was not resurrected or took the world’s sins upon herself.

    Deny the Idol worship all you want, but it is a breaking of a commandment and therefore disobedience to God. Turn away from such things or continue to be deceived.

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  • gorgo

    If the priests of Pharaoh could turn their own staffs into serpents by demonic power, this trick is no big deal for Satan to pull off. Signs and wonders-wise, the world hasn’t seen ANYTHING yet – Christ Himself said so.

  • Don Gwinn

    Actually, I’m pretty sure this means that Mary was a vampire . . . but I watch a lot of True Blood.

  • mcc

    But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas;
    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    Matthew 12:39,40

  • jtb012u340

    What the hell does a bleeding statue have to do with REAL Christianity and not friggin Roman CATholicisim? It doesn’t go spread your roman catholic lies somewhere else and take your IDOLS and IMAGES as an AID TO WORSHIP along with your “queen of heaven” (the pagan goddess of Jeremiah 40-44) and go spread that african religion back to africa were it came from. Ever want a town, a church, city or nation ruined? Just invite roman catholics and their black religion into it

  • NitneLiun

    This thread is precisely why I despise religion. Superstitious Catholic nonsense attacked by superstitious Protestant nonsense, which is in turn attacked by superstitious Evangelical nonsense.

    All of you people are insane.

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  • ahem

    These occurences are invariably nonsense. (I say this as one whose church tradtion includes “weeping” icons.)

    God isn’t a dancing monkey who manifests himself in cheap tricks like bloody tears on a statue, grease spots in a viaduct or fried eggs that resemble Jesus. Things like this are purely man-made and serve to bring the church into disrepute and ridicule. For that reason, I condemn them utterly.

  • Steve


    I used it, with a Hat Tip on Common Cents today.

  • gorgo

    #19 July 20, 2012 at 3:31 am
    NitneLiun commented:

    This thread is precisely why I despise religion. Superstitious Catholic nonsense attacked by superstitious Protestant nonsense, which is in turn attacked by superstitious Evangelical nonsense.

    All of you people are insane.

    * * *

    So what you’re saying is, you have absolutely no stake in this discussion, have nothing relevant to post and are just an ass. Got it.

  • bg


    they tried their best & beyond to disprove, but failed..


  • bg


    NitneLiun #19 July 20, 2012 at 3:31 am

    yes, i agree there is a lot of nonsense, however there is
    also much truth.. one is man-made the other God-bade..


  • Sasja

    #19. Is it “religion” you hate? Or God?

  • Fionnagh

    #13 and to any other posters taking the opportunity to bash the Roman Catholid Church: The Vatican has investigators to perform more thorough testing. My understanding is that the Vatican deems all such phenomena hoaxes until thoroughly investigated, and that could – and usually does – take YEARS.

    Why would you automatically assume that the Roman Catholic Church has already given its “stamp of approval” on this? As I said, it will take years of SCIENTIFIC study before any official, Church-sanctioned conclusions are reached.

  • Fionnagh

    #18 Whoa, dude! Thanks for the post. So glad you’re you and I’m me:)

  • Flintstone F.

    I think #18 needs to take a deep breath and do a re-write.

    Catholics believe in God, the resurrection of Christ, we celebrate Easter and we celebrate Christmas.

    Thanks though for attempting to throw hundreds of millions of people into a box labeled blasphemous (Nancy Pelosi, is that you?)

  • feduptoo

    What does B+ve blood type mean?

  • Jerry C

    @ #19 NitneLiun commented-
    “This thread is precisely why I despise religion. Superstitious Catholic nonsense attacked by superstitious Protestant nonsense, which is in turn attacked by superstitious Evangelical nonsense. All of you people are insane.”

    “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”-Psalm 14:1

    You’re a fool. Got it.

  • Mama Grizzly

    For those interested: in India, such idols and statues are also manufactured for the Hindus as well, and it is not uncommon. Inside the statue there are ducts or tubes which have exit points at the eyes. Various liquids can come out the eyes and look very startling, even “supernatural” to the naive. It seems that the Indian statue makers are looking for new markets. The “blood” aspect probably stems from their misunderstanding of the Christian faith and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    Cheap theatrics, medicine show stuff, a hoax–basically, “nothin’ to see here . . . move along “.

  • Jerry C

    @ #29 Flintstone F.

    Easter is actually a pagan holiday with the egss & rabbit. The actual Holy Day is Feast of Firstfruits.

    Christmas is another pagan holiday with santa, elves & flying reigndeer. Jesus Christ was more than likely born in late September/early October on or about the jewish holiday Feast of Trumpets.

    I’m not bashing your Catholic religion. I just thought you’d like to know the actual 7 Holy Feast Days of God (1. Passover; 2. Unleavened Bread; 3. Firstfruits; 4. Shavaot/Pentecost; 5. Trumpets; 6. Atonement; 7. Tabernacles).

  • workingclass artist

    Que the anti-catholic rants….So I’d like to post some useful information:

    “Phenomena” like this (The modern era) are either affirmed or discounted after they are investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Headquartered in the Vatican.

    It’s a lengthy process and the phenomena must meet a strict criteria or it’s denounced.

    “It is still necessary, obviously, to reject those messages that are contrary to the faith. But when they are in accord with the faith, it’s very dangerous to use these messages pretending to add, clarify or deepen something that is already contained in the deposit of the faith.

    It is equally necessary to refuse all the propositions that have a Messianic character, according to which the Church would be renewed or saved only by these messages, which are held exclusively by certain people or in certain places. And, unfortunately, this kind of situation is quite frequent….” – Father Castellano

    A list of Traditionally approved Marian Apparitions:

    * Our Lady of the Pillar First Appearance Date 40 AD Visionary St. James the Greater *
    Summary:According to legend, in the early days of the Church on January 2, 40 AD, the Apostle James the Greater was proclaiming the Gospel in Caesaraugusta (present day Zaragoza) by the river Ebro, when he saw Mary miraculously appearing in the flesh on a pillar calling him to return to Jerusalem.

    Miracles & Signs:
    The chapel originally built by Saint James was later destroyed as were several subsequent chapels on the same site.
    The statue and pillar have been preserved however for almost 2000 years. *

    Our Lady of the Le Puy Date 250 AD Visionary Vila, a convert woman
    Our Lady of the Snows Date 352AD Visionaries: John of Rome, Pope Liberius
    Our Lady of Covadonga Date 722 Visionaries: Dom Pelayo, first King of the Asturias
    Our Lady of Walsingham Date 1061 Visionary: Richeldis de Faverches
    Our Lady of Ransom / Our Lady of Mercy Date 1218 Visionaries: St. Peter Nolasco, St. Raymund of Pennafort, King James of Aragon

    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Date 1251 Visionaries: St. Simon Stock
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Date 1326 Visionaries: Gil Cordero (Approval pending)
    Our Lady of the Guard Date 1490 Visionaries: Benedetto Pareto (Approval pending)
    Our Lady of the Angels Date 1513 Visionaries: Maurice von Mettenwyl, city councilor (Approval Pending)

    Notre Dame de Garaison Date 1515 Apparitions:3 Visionaries: Angleze Sagazan

    Our Lady of Ocotlán Date 1541 Visionaries: Juan Diego Bernardino

    Our Lady of Good of Health Date 1580, 1600 Apparitions :2 Visionaries: A shepherd boy named Tamil Krishnannesti Sankaranaranayam and a crippled boy

    Our Lady of Good of Coromoto Date 1652 Visionaries:Cospes Coromoto and his wife
    Our Lady of Las Lajas Date 1754 Visionaries: 2 (Maria Mueses de Quinones and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa)

    Our Lady of La Vang (Viet Nam) Date 1798 Visionaries: 100,000
    Our Lady of Lichen Date 1813, 1850 Apparitions:2 Visionaries: Tomasz Klossowski (soldier) and Mikolaj Sikatka (63 – shepherd)

    Our Lady of Pompeii Date 1884 Apparitions:2 Visionary: Fortuna Agrelli

    Our Lady of China Date 1900 Approved 1932 Visionaries: Thousands

    Vatican Approved through documented investigation:

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Date 1531 Apparitions:5 Visionaries: St. Juan Diego (57), Juan Bernardino

    Our Lady of Siluva Date 1608 – 1612 Apparitions: Many over 4 years Visionaries: 4 children

    Our Lady of Laus / Our Lady of Happy Meetings Dates 1664-1718 Apparitions: Many over 54 years Visionaries:Benoite (Benedicta) Rencurel (17)

    Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Date:1830 Apparitions 2
    Visionaries:St. Catherine Laboure (24)

    Our Lady of Zion Date 1842 Visionaries: Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne

    Our Lady of La Salette Date: 1846 Visionaries: Maximin Giraud (11), Melanie Mathieu (14)

    Our Lady of Lourdes Date: 1858 Apparitions: 18
    Visionaries: St. Bernadette Soubirous (14)

    Help of Christians Date: 1866 Visionaries: Magdalene Kade

    Our Lady of Hope Date: 1871 Visionaries: Eugene Barbadette (12), Francoise Richer (11), Jeanne-Marie Lebosse (9), Eugene Friteau (6)

    Our Lady of Gietrzwald Date 1877 Apparitions: 9
    Visionaries: Justyna Szafrynska (13), Barbara Samulowska (12)

    Our Lady of Knock Date 1879 Visionaries: 18

    Contemporary Vatican Approved:

    Our Lady of Fatima / Our Lady of the Rosary Date 1917 Number of Apparitions: 6
    Visionaries: Lucia dos Santos (9), Jacinta Marto (8), Francisco Marto (7)

    The Virgin with the Golden Heart Date 1932-1933 Apparitions: 33
    Visionaries: Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Voisin (11), Gilberte Degeimbre (9)

    The Virgin of the Poor Date 1933 Apparitions: 8 Visionaries: Mariette Beco

    “Nyina wa Jambo” (Mother of the Word) Date 1982 Apparitions: Many
    Visionaries: Alphonsine Mumureke (17), Nathalie Mukamazimpaka (20), and Marie Claire Mukangango (21)

    * Our Lady of Akita Date 1973 Apparitions: 3 Visionaries: Sr. Agnes Sasagawa (43)

    Miracles : Bleeding Statue, Stigmata
    (Summary: Sister Agnes Sasagawa of the Handmaids of the Eucharist received 101 messages emanating from a bleeding wooden statue of the Virgin Mary.)

    Status : Investigated: 1973

    April 22, 1984 approved by Bishop John Shoojiroo Ito of Niigata. In 1988, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger allowed Ito’s pastoral letter and its dissemination to the faithful. *

    More detailed info at this link:

    *Please note: As established in the Council of Trent (1512-17), the local bishop is the first and main authority in the judgement of the authenticity of apparition claims. Vatican approval is not required for an apparition to be considered authentic. After an episcopal approval, the Vatican may officially release a statement or give less explicit forms of approval such as a papal visit or crowning of the associated icon, a papal gift such as a golden rose, the approval of the construction of a basilica, the establishment of a feast day, or the canonization of the associated visionary.

    Positive judgments by the local bishop (but not yet by the Vatican) theoretically are able to be reversed by a subsequent bishop – but this has never happened in the history of the Church. Negative judgements (Non constat de supernaturalitate) and rulings of no evidence of supernaturality (Constat de non supernaturalitate) have later been changed to positive judgments on a few rare occasions with the ruling of a subsequent bishop.

    If a Marian apparition is recognized by the bishop, it means that the message is not contrary to faith and morals and that Mary can be venerated in a special way at the site. But, because belief in a private revelation is not required by the church, Catholics are at liberty to decide how much personal spiritual emphasis to place on apparitions and the messages they deliver.*

    Catholic veneration (respect) for The Mother of Jesus dates to the earliest days of the faith after her death. Catholic Tradition is based in scripture and theology as seen in The Rosary (Intercessory prayer, asking the Virgin Mother to pray for sinners) Catholics do not worship the Virgin Mary, but venerate (respect) her prophesied role as the Mother of Christ.

    “And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” Luke 1:30]
    Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.Luke 1:31] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. [33] And of his kingdom there shall be no end. [34] And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? [35] And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35]
    And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. Luke 1:38]

    The Magnificat:

    And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. [47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. [48] Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. [49] Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. [50] And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him. [Luke 1:46]

    * [48] Shall call me blessed: These words are a prediction of that honor which the church in all ages should pay to the Blessed Virgin *

    [51] He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. [52] He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. [53] He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. [54] He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: [55] As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever. [Luke 1:55]

    This respect is an ancient tradition in both the Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches.

    Catholics have always called themselves Catholic (Universal in Greek) since Apostolic Times, St. Peter was the Bishop of Rome (Pope). The term Christian was originally a derisive term applied by the Roman Empire to distinguish the Catholics from the Jews,Jewish sects and other pagan religious sects….Catholics adopted the additional descriptive term long before Constantinian era 300 AD.

    As a Catholic…I’ll wait and see what happens with regards to this particular event.

  • man_in_tx

    Mr Hoft:

    And this points people to saving faith in the LORD Jesus Christ…. exactly how?

    1 Timothy 2:4-6 King James Version (KJV)

    4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

  • Joanne

    So what does this have to do with anything other than B positive is a good blood type? We should remember the Ten Commandments.

    “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…….” Exodus 20:4-5

    Mary, the good woman who gave birth to Christ is asleep and awaits the Resurrection the same as all who have died in Christ. To the dead, it will be as a twinkling of an eye, and they will awaken to the Trumpets and rise up to meet Christ. God is good.

  • atticcellar

    Council of Trent? Isn’t that when the Pope’s fought it out.. Or was that when the Pope decided that he had the power to change God’s Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

  • workingclass artist

    #18 July 20, 2012 at 3:07 am
    jtb012u340 commented:

    What the hell does a bleeding statue have to do with REAL Christianity and not friggin Roman CATholicisim? It doesn’t go spread your roman catholic lies somewhere else and take your IDOLS and IMAGES as an AID TO WORSHIP along with your “queen of heaven” (the pagan goddess of Jeremiah 40-44) and go spread that african religion back to africa were it came from. Ever want a town, a church, city or nation ruined? Just invite roman catholics and their black religion into it…

    Real Christianity? I guess in your estimation Catholics are not real christians…

    “The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ he says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it. And to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven . . . ’ [Matt. 16:18–19]. On him [Peter] he builds the Church, and to him he gives the command to feed the sheep [John 21:17]

    The Church Fathers, those Christians (Catholics) closest to the apostles in time, culture, and theological background, clearly understood that Jesus promised to build the Church on Peter.

    Tatian the Syrian The Diatesseron 23 [A.D. 170]
    Tertullian Modesty 21:9–10 [A.D. 220]
    The Letter of Clement to James Letter of Clement to James 2 [A.D. 221]
    The Clementine Homilies Clementine Homilies 17:19 [A.D. 221]
    Origen Homilies on Exodus 5:4 [A.D. 248]
    Cyprian of Carthage The Unity of the Catholic Church 4; 1st edition [A.D. 251]
    Firmilian collected in Cyprian’s Letters74[75]:16 [A.D. 253]
    Ephraim the Syrian Homilies 4:1 [A.D. 351]
    Optatus The Schism of the Donatists 2:2 [A.D. 367]
    Ambrose of Milan Commentary on Twelve Psalms of David 40:30 [A.D. 389]
    Pope Damasus I Decree of Damasus 3 [A.D. 382]
    St. Jerome Letters 15:2 [A.D. 396]
    St. Augustine Letters 53:1:2 [A.D. 412]
    Council of Ephesus Acts of the Council, session 3 [A.D. 431]

    More at this link with passages…

    And by the way….Mary is prophesied in the Old Testament along with her son.

    Her soul magnifies the Lord…She is the Handmaid of the Lord

    “Like the Fathers, the modern exegetes now see Mary as the Daughter of Zion, the embodiment of Nation Israel, as the Ark of the Covenant, as “transformed by grace”, as the New Eve, as the bride at the Messianic Wedding Banquet and as the Church. If this development in understanding was simply a modern fad we could legitimately call it into question. But it is actually a rediscovery of what the Christian community from the earliest times and the Scriptures themselves so obviously tell us about Mary. In this chapter on Mary in Scripture we will look first at Mary’s role as the link between the two Testaments, followed by a review of the Marian data in Luke 1-2, Genesis-Revelation and the rest Of the New Testament and finally an analysis of the seven splendors of Mary in Scripture…

    The first is that of Genesis: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and your seed and her seed: she will crush your head, and you will lie in wait for her heel” (3:15)

    *The “woman” is the Mother of the Messiah-Redeemer*

    The second is that of Revelation: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (12:1)

    “In the second text (Rev 12), we contemplate, in metahistorical synthesis, the reality of the person and mission of Mary, the “woman” radiant in grace (“clothed with the sun”), in royal majesty over the angels (the crown of “stars”) and over creation (“the moon under her feet”), Mother of God incarnate (“the male child”) and Mother of the Church (“the rest of her offspring”), which is the Mystical Body of Christ…” Pope John Paul II

    Mary is the “woman” (Rev 12:1), the same “woman” of the Protoevangelium (Gen 3:15), of whom “is born” the son of God; sent by the Father (Gal 4:4);3 the “woman” present and wholly absorbed in the sufferings of her Son crucified on Calvary (Jn 19:25-26).

    Mary is the “virgin” who is shown alone with the Son, without husband, in the proto-evangelium (Gen 3:15), then in Isaiah (7:14), and in Micah (5:2); her virginity prefigured by the “burning bush” (Ex 3:1-11), by the “rod of Aaron” (Num 9:16-24), by the “fleece of Gideon” (Jg 6:36-40), by the “enclosed garden, sealed fountain” (Song 4:12); finally, described by St. Matthew and by St. Jude in terms of the most essential biographical and historical facts of her life.

    Mary is the “mother”, pregnant and giving birth to a son, though remaining a virgin, according to the prophecies of Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:1-2; and the woman “Mother of the Lord” or “Mother of Jesus”, as she is called eleven times in the New Testament; she is the “mother” of mankind, represented by St. John on Calvary (Jn 19:25-27).

    Mary is the “spouse”: not only the virginal, legal spouse of St. Joseph (Mt 1:18; Lk 1:27), but the virginal, real spouse of God the Father who willed her to be the Mother, according to His human nature, of His only-begotten Son (Gal 4:4); the spouse of God the Son, the redeemer, who intimately associated her with Himself in His redemptive work, as the new Eve beside the “new Adam”; the spouse of God the Holy Spirit, who, overshadowing her enabled her to conceive Jesus (Lk 1:35).

    Mary is the woman immaculate: namely, she is the only human creature unstained by sin, because, together with her Son, she is the unvanquished, victorious adversary of the infernal serpent (Gen 3:15); not only this, but she is the only creature “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), true panhaghia (all holy one), pure “dawn” (Song 6:9) of the sun who is Christ, “fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature” in order to become Mother of Word Incarnate.

    Mary is the Queen, who wears on her head the crown of twelve stars (Rev 12:2) signifying the angels (the “stars”), the twelve tribes of Israel (the Chosen People) and the twelve apostles (the Church). She is the Queen assumed into heaven, carried on the wings of the “great eagle” (Rev 12:14), dashing to the ground the destructive furies of the “dragon” (Rev 12:3-4). She is the “exalted daughter of Zion”, seated as “Queen at the right hand” of the King in the kingdom of heaven (Ps 44:10).

    Mary is the woman “blessed” for the faith she placed in the words of the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Lk 1:45), for hearing and observing the Word of God (Lk 11:27-28), for her faithful fulfillment of the will of the Father (Mk 3:31-35), as the “poor one of Yahweh” (Ps 9) and “the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38).

    From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, therefore, we may well underscore how this “woman” according to the design of God the Father is always one with her Son, always relative to that Son, “leaning upon her beloved” (Song 8:15), intimately associated with Him in the same mission of saving man and leading him back to the bosom of the Father.

    At every crucial point in the history of salvation, from the Protoevangelium, after the fall of our first parents (Gen 3:15), to the announcement of the incarnation of the Word (Lk 1:26ff.), from the beginning of the public mission of Jesus at Cana (Jn 2:1-11), to His redemptive sacrifice consummated on the Cross (in 19:25-27), up to the accomplishment of the very last detail in the universal salvific plan (Rev 12), Mary is the “woman” always present with her Son, never alone, to fulfill her role of “generous companion and humble handmaid of the Lord”.

    To conclude, then, Mary’s whole reason for existing is found in the Son (and in the children), according to the salvific plan of God the Father. Without the Son, Mary would not have existed at all…” -Rediscovering The Bridge Between The Old And The New Testaments

    “Gabriel’s greeting indicates to us that Mary is highly exalted. This theme of exaltation is continued in the rest of Luke 1 to the point that Laurentin is led to remark that “No other biblical personage has been given such strong praise”:

    This initial greeting of praise is prolonged throughout the accounts of the annunciation and the visitation. The Lord is with her (1:28), the Holy Spirit comes down upon her (1:35), great things are accomplished in her (1:49) thanks to her faith (1:45), and that is why, (as she herself recognizes) ‘all generations will call [her] blessed’ (1:48). No other biblical personage has been given such strong praise, and without anything said to the contrary.

    “Were it not the inspired text, one would be tempted almost to wonder whether the Christocentrism of the gospels were here in default. In Luke 1:35 the angel tells Mary, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.’ In the light of Isaiah 11:2 would it not have been more normal to say that the Holy Spirit was coming on the Emmanuel rather than on his Mother? In Luke 1:42 Elizabeth proclaims Mary’s blessing before that of her Son and adds, ‘Why should I be honoured with a visit from the Mother of my Lord?’ even though the honour that falls to her is actually the visit of the Lord rather than of the Mother. She adds, ‘For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy,’ even though in reality the benefit of the visitation is to be attributed to the action of Mary’s child rather than to Mary’s voice. That Mary should thus be placed in the forefront is most astonishing and gives food for reflection to those who fear that they do Christ some offense in exalting his Mother.”

    The veneration (respect) of Mary indicated in these passages of Scripture provided a sound basis for Marian devotion for the Christian community from the beginning.

    There is nothing improbable in the suggestion that the early Christians sang hymns of praise in honour of Mary. We know that St. John’s disciples in particular searched’ (darash) the Scriptures (Jn 2:22; 5:39; 7:38,42; 10:35; 13:18; 17:12; 19:24, 28, 36,37; 20:9) to discover hidden references to Jesus in the Old Testament; indeed, many authors think that the Fourth Gospel and the Apocalypse look upon Mary as filling the role assigned to the woman mentioned in Genesis 3:15. That her special rank was acknowledged by the Church is implied by the text of the Magnificat, where Luke says that ‘from this present time, (1:48b) all generations will call her blessed. Could Luke have written that phrase if, at the time when he was writing (A.D. 70-80), his own generation had not begun to call her blessed? The text of Lk 1:42 would seem conclusive proof that the early Church expressed its reverence for the mother Of its Lord by singing hymns in her honour.” – John McHugh, The Mother of Jesus in the Now Testament, p.71

    To conclude

    “It is a hard fact of history that Marian doctrine and devotion have been an indivisible part of Christian belief—both in the East and the West—for 20 centuries. Any criticism of Marian doctrine or devotion must overcome this “hard fact.” If Christians have been consistently wrong for 20 centuries on their interpretation of Scripture and the Gospel message then there is no guarantee that they will be right on anything. If the Holy Spirit has not been leading them for all these centuries, there is no reason to believe that the Holy Spirit guides anybody. This must be considered by any critic of Marian doctrine before he sharpens his knives.

    The primary sources of Marian doctrine and devotion are the following: the earliest Tradition of the Church which in the first four centuries served as the main framework of instruction for believers prior to the fixing of the canon of Scripture;

    Sacred Scripture; the inner dynamic of Christianity as this emerged through the authoritative interpretation of Scripture by the Councils and creeds; the liturgy which reflected the Apostolic Faith; the reflections of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church; the testimony of the Saints and Martyrs; the consensus of the faithful. United with all of this also was the living experience of Mary enjoyed by millions.

    The Salvific Splendor—God’s Promise of a Second Eve Whose Seed will Crush Satan

    “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, … I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.” [Genesis 3:14,15]

    [Christians have historically believed that the “woman” referred to in this prophecy of salvation is Mary and her “seed” of course is Jesus. In his last sermon in Wittenberg, Martin Luther echoes the Christian teaching that the Woman of Genesis 1 is Mary

    “Is Christ only to be adored? Or is the holy Mother of God rather not to be honoured? This is the woman who crushed the Serpent’s head.” Ancient Jewish commentaries on the Old Testament called the Targums have also drawn attention to the prophetic nature of this passage.]

    The Prophetic Splendor—the Prophecy of the Virgin Birth “The Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” [Isaiah 7:10-14].

    Believe what you want in your faith…But Catholics are Real Christians, our Sacremantal traditions and our scripture have been practiced since Apostolic Times. Pentecost is the Birthday of our Church.
    Our first Pope was the Apostle St.Peter and the First Doctor of the Faith was the Apostle St.Paul.

  • workingclass artist

    #37 July 20, 2012 at 10:35 am
    atticcellar commented:

    Council of Trent? Isn’t that when the Pope’s fought it out.. Or was that when the Pope decided that he had the power to change God’s Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

    Christians have always celebrated “The Lords Day” on Sunday (The 8th day of Creation as Jesus Christ renews Creation through Salvation fulfilling his role in Creation)

    The Sabbath (Day of Rest) is the Jewish Tradition based on The Lord Resting after Creation (Genesis) in the Old Testament according to Jewish Tradition and Mosaic Law.

    Jewish Calendar is different.

    “The Lord’s Day” on Sunday is based on the New Covenant & Christ Rising on Sunday after he died on the Sabbath. That is when The Lord’s Supper was practiced and shared by the early Catholic (Greek for Universal) community on the Lord’s Day (Sunday). This happened after Pentecost.

  • workingclass artist

    #36 July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am
    Joanne commented:

    “So what does this have to do with anything other than B positive is a good blood type? We should remember the Ten Commandments.

    “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…….” Exodus 20:4-5

    Mary, the good woman who gave birth to Christ is asleep and awaits the Resurrection the same as all who have died in Christ. To the dead, it will be as a twinkling of an eye, and they will awaken to the Trumpets and rise up to meet Christ. God is good ”

    Well then get rid of every single photograph of loved ones in your house as according to your biblical quote…these are idols and don’t even think of asking friends to pray for you in a time of need.

    Catholics these create images for the same reasons as the family photographs people have in their homes. They are visual representations of beloved family members in the Body of Christ and The Communion of Saints.

    We ask our Saints to pray for us as we would ask family and friends and we learn from their example and through their devotion to God…how to be more devout. Like learning from your elders how to be better people and Christians.

    For Catholics there is an ongoing Communion between Heaven and Earth that is vibrant and real.

  • greenfairie

    I’m not one to believe in miracle pieces of toast or potato chips and given that there are Ganesh statues in India that “leak” milk, I don’t know for certain if this is a hoax or not. Horses before zebras.

    Still, it lives up to the worst stereotypes about hostile conservatives when Know Nothings and atheists display their bigotry. We get crap from the left because the Church sticks up for the traditional family. We get crap from the right because some of you guys still hide under your beds in fear of those eeeville Papists.

  • mcc

    The Book of Ephesians, particularly Chapter 4 and Chapter 5:1-21 —

    Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
    And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us…

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  • Julie lopes

    it is true….
    mother Mary must be giving us some sign.
    to believe in mother Mary and God in our life and to pray for our sins.

  • Ubaldo Fernandes

    This is for those who are passing negative comments on Mother Mary.(Matthew 12:36-37-
    But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.) Please do not pass judgements and comments without knowing the facts. God Chose Mother Mary the only Person in the whole universe to bear in her Womb the Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus became Man and being the Son of God, God chose the most holy Woman on earth to bear the Son and nurse him. How would Jesus tolerate anyone who is abusing the Woman and Mother who bore him in her womb and nursed him. Brothers and Sister whoever you are and whatever denomination you belong to if you do not respect Mother Mary atleast do not pass bad comments because they will be held against you on the judgement day. Many Christians and Non Christians will be drawn closer towards our Lord Jesus Christ because of this incident. Nobody except God knows the truth.

  • Ejembi Moses

    Diabolic protestants,i’ll be direct,Mary under the inspirstion of the Holy Spirit said that “all generations shall call her blessed” therefoe any generation that fails to do so are children of the devil,only children of the devil impusively hate Mary,and thats why we’re at war(gen 3vs15).did the israelites worship tha ‘ark of the covernant’ constructed by Moses? Mary is More than an Moses’ ark because it is God Himself that Created Mary and filled Her with Graces,not moses,Mary is the new Ark of the new covernant,Jesus is the New Covernant,so Mary deserves more honour than moses’ ark.disregard the ark and you’ll die like uzzah.protestans are fools,worse than pagans,they worship their flesh,legalise homosexual marriages and abortions.blind foolish protestants,we dont worshop Mary,we honour Her in the Manner God Honoued Her.Glory To Jesus,Honour to Mary.May we do what is pleasing to God,so that Mary and all the angels and saints will cry tears of Joy,Amenwe humans are the worst natural disasters of this planet,may God help us o,I’m afraid.

  • Ejembi Moses

    The children of God also know the Truth,thats why we’re God’s Children,the Truth has set us free from the devil,if you dont have idea of truth,how can you ever do what is right? According to revelations 12vs17, the devil continued to make war on Mary’s children ie all those faithful to the Truth revealed by God,Jesus came into the World as a Child of Mary,so if you’re not Her Child,it is because yoy have chosen to be a child of the devil.the Church makes investigations thoroghly,so protestants,just leave us alone,you blind protestants

  • Ola

    Hmmm is this not a sign 4 the christains that they are not on the rght path?

  • Chenzo

    …when people have lost the logic of their arguments, they resort to insults and attacks. For non-Catholics, if you do not understand/believe something or perhaps your faith is not matured enough to comprehend the workings of God among his people, it is no reason to CAST ASPERSIONS on or DISPARAGE other people’s faith. Religion is a personal relationship with the divine. What you say of other persons religious beliefs could also be said about yours. So why raise your blood pressure over what you do not believe. However, a little more reading of those we call “the Church Fathers” would perhaps clear some of the fog covering the prison your intellectual laziness.

  • DONH, you jackasp, how dare you make this a political issue? You scumbag, I hope you choke on your chicken dinner! Winner winner!

  • aaroncreed

    mary bloo of tear statues is really one of devil.long long time ago
    mary have slasher by killing em as blood tear have came
    out of mary’s have evil devil demonic sin and she died
    by suicide with knife or something else in her hand,it
    cuz was haunted by bad spirit and demonic was threat
    at mary and that real truth legend.

  • aaroncreed

    I’m born chrisitan and white and believe in jesus chrisitan,it’s
    cuz jesus chrisitan help people alot and have an
    more holy light power to healing people taughts
    em do good judgement path and he is the first
    gods of chrisitan in the heaven,so he can able
    protection you all from not get attack by an a
    darkness spirit,it cuz of jesus chrisitan have a
    holy light power to defeat darkness spirit and
    devil,cuz heaven beat darkness spirit and devil.

  • aaroncreed

    silly guy,allow me explain what kind
    japanese people use pray*clear throat*
    Toyko people and same for japan people
    also asian people have spring of shrine
    which they believe in chrisitan god’s
    they pray everyweek to get rid of an
    bad darkness spirit.r