Mother of the Church

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Mother of the Church

Therefore, to the glory of the Blessed Virgin and our consolation We proclaim Mary “Mother of the Church”, that is of the whole People of God, both faithful and shepherds, who call her their most beloved Mother; and We decree that henceforth the whole Christian people should, by this most sweet name, give still greater honour to the Mother of God and address prayers to her.

-Post duos menses, 30
Pope Paul VI Conclusion of the Third Session of the Second Vatican Council, 21.XI.1964.

Igitur ad Beatae Virginis gloriam ad nostrumque solacium, Mariam Sanctissimam declaramus Matrem Ecclesiae, hoc est totius populi christiani, tam fidelium quam Pastorum, qui eam Matrem amantissimam appellant; ac statuimus ut suavissimo hoc nomine iam nunc universus christianus populus magis adhuc honorem Deiparae tribuat eique supplicationes adhibeat.

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Blessed Virgin Piety

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Blessed Virgin Piety

“This most Holy Synod deliberately teaches this Catholic doctrine and at the same time admonishes all the sons of the Church that the cult, especially the liturgical cult, of the Blessed Virgin, be generously fostered, and the practices and exercises of piety, recommended by the magisterium of the Church toward her in the course of centuries be made of great moment, and those decrees, which have been given in the early days regarding the cult of images of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and the saints, be religiously observed.”

-Lumen Gentium, 67