Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary
Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God
Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin
Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus
Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -
Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -
Jesus and Mary
A Mediator with our Mediator
Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections
of the Holy Spirit
of Jesus Made Present
and Church Unity
Consecration to Mary Individual and
Litany of Mary's Faith Journey
© Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009
Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. This conception took place without the intervention of a man and therefore Mary continued to be a virgin after the conception of her divine Son, Jesus. This is an indispensable article of faith for every person who would be called Christian.
I should mention at the outset that the work of some so-called biblical scholars have cast doubts on many cherished doctrines of the Christian faith over the last two centuries. Not surprisingly, the virginity of Mary has been questioned. However, in this book I take the view that the Bible is the work of God, guided by divine providence and that, as such, can be used in its entirety to search out and understand the truth of God. I also believe that God has protected the truth of the Bible down through the ages and with the help of Sacred Tradition we can faithfully understand what God is teaching us through the Word of God.
Two issues can be discerned regarding the virginity of Mary; first, that she was a virgin when she conceived Jesus by the power of God, and secondly, that she was ever to be a virgin. These are the teachings that are explored in this chapter. The whole matter of the value of virginity is also examined.
The principal reference to Mary's virginity in the Old Testament is found in Isaiah 7:14, "the maiden is with child and she shall bear a Son and she shall call Him Emmanuel (God with us)". The Hebrew word maiden, which can mean young woman, is more explicitly interpreted as virgin, a woman who has not known man, by Saint Matthew (Mt1:23) in quoting Isaiah 7:14 in his Gospel. However, let us take some time to explore, generally, the call to virginity and then how we know of Mary's call to the virginal state.