Vatican II Mary Quotes

This is a collection of all the times Mary is mentioned in Vatican II’s main 16 documents. Using the Vatican Website Translation. Although the list is not exhaustive, it does contain the majority. Mary is often one of those topics that if you get right, the rest of the Catholic Church’s dogma flow into place, and if you get wrong heresy is often close by. These Vatican II quotes show that Vatican II got Marian dogma right!

Lumen Gentium #50 “The Church has always believed that the apostles and Christ’s martyrs who had given the supreme witness of faith and charity by the shedding of their blood, are closely joined with us in Christ, and she has always venerated them with special devotion, together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the holy angels.”

Lumen Gentium #50 “Celebrating the Eucharistic sacrifice therefore, we are most closely united to the Church in heaven in communion with and venerating the memory first of all of the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, of Blessed Joseph and the blessed apostles and martyrs and of all the saints.”

Lumen Gentium #53-69 contain numerous quotes on the Blessed Virgin Mary in every paragraph. Bellow are a selection of what I consider to be the most telling of Vatican II’s devotion to Mary. The quotes from Lumen Gentium could easily be doubled by adding the sentence before and after the quotations which also mention Mary.

Lumen Gentium #52 “Joined to Christ the Head and in the unity of fellowship with all His saints, the faithful must in the first place reverence the memory ‘of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ”.”

Lumen Gentium #53 “The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her heart and in her body and gave Life to the world, is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and Mother of the Redeemer”

Lumen Gentium #54 ” Wherefore this Holy Synod, in expounding the doctrine on the Church, in which the divine Redeemer works salvation, intends to describe with diligence both the role of the Blessed Virgin in the mystery of the Incarnate Word and the Mystical Body, and the duties of redeemed mankind toward the Mother of God, who is mother of Christ and mother of men, particularly of the faithful.”

Lumen Gentium #55 “The Sacred Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testament, as well as ancient Tradition show the role of the Mother of the Saviour in the economy of salvation in an ever clearer light and draw attention to it.”

Lumen Gentium #56 “Embracing God’s salvific will with a full heart and impeded by no sin, she devoted herself totally as a handmaid of the Lord to the person and work of her Son, under Him and with Him, by the grace of almighty God, serving the mystery of redemption. Rightly therefore the holy Fathers see her as used by God not merely in a passive way, but as freely cooperating in the work of human salvation through faith and obedience.”

Lumen Gentium #57 “This union is manifest also at the birth of Our Lord, who did not diminish His mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it…”

Lumen Gentium #58 ” In the public life of Jesus, Mary makes significant appearances. 

Lumen Gentium #60 “The maternal duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power. For all the salvific influence of the Blessed Virgin on men originates, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure.”

Lumen Gentium #61Predestined from eternity by that decree of divine providence which determined the incarnation of the Word to be the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin was on this earth the virgin Mother of the Redeemer, and above all others and in a singular way the generous associate and humble handmaid of the Lord.” … “She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Saviour in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.

Lumen Gentium #62 “This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect.” … “The Church does not hesitate to profess this subordinate role of Mary. It knows it through unfailing experience of it and commends it to the hearts of the faithful, so that encouraged by this maternal help they may the more intimately adhere to the Mediator and Redeemer.”

Lumen Gentium #63 “By reason of the gift and role of divine maternity, by which she is united with her Son, the Redeemer, and with His singular graces and functions, the Blessed Virgin is also intimately united with the Church.

Lumen Gentium #65 “And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues.”

Lumen Gentium #66 “Mary intervened in the mysteries of Christ and is justly honored by a special cult in the Church.

Lumen Gentium #67 “…the liturgical cult, of the Blessed Virgin, be generously fostered,…”

Lumen Gentium #68 “[Mary] …as a sign of sure hope and solace to the people of God during its sojourn on earth.”

Sacrosanctum Concilium #103 ” In celebrating this annual cycle of Christ’s mysteries, holy Church honors with especial love the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, who is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son. In her the Church holds up and admires the most excellent fruit of the redemption, and joyfully contemplates, as in a faultless image, that which she herself desires and hopes wholly to be.”

Gaudium et Spes #22 “Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.”

Presbyterorum Ordinis #18 “They will always find a wonderful example of such docility in the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was led by the Holy Spirit to dedicate herself totally to the mystery of man’s redemption. Let priests love and venerate with filial devotion and veneration this mother of the Eternal Highpriest, Queen of Apostles and Protector of their own ministry.”

Optatam Totius #8 “They should love and venerate with a filial trust the most blessed Virgin Mary, who was given as mother to the disciple by Christ Jesus as He was dying on the cross.”

Perfectae Caritatis #25 “Therefore, let them beseech the Virgin Mary, the gentle Mother of God, “whose life is a model for all,” that their number may daily increase and their salutary work be more effective.”

Apostolicam Actuositatem #4 “The perfect example of this type of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labors, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way cooperated in the work of the Savior. Having now been assumed into heaven, with her maternal charity she cares for these brothers of her Son who are still on their earthly pilgrimage and remain involved in dangers and difficulties until they are led into the happy fatherland. All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care.”

Ad Gentes Divinitus #4 “For it was from Pentecost that the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ took again, just as Christ was – conceived when the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary, and just as Christ was impelled to the work of His ministry by the same Holy Spirit descending upon Him while He prayed.”

Ad Gentes Divinitus #42 “But aware that it is God who brings it about that His Kingdom should come on earth, they pour forth their prayers together with all the Christian faithful, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles, the nations may soon be led to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4) and the glory of God which shines on the face of Jesus Christ may shine upon all men through the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 4:6)”

Unitatis Redintegratio #14 “Nor must we undervalue the fact that it was the ecumenical councils held in the East that defined the basic dogmas of the Christian faith, on the Trinity, on the Word of God Who took flesh of the Virgin Mary.”

Unitatis Redintegratio #15 “In this liturgical worship, the Christians of the East pay high tribute, in beautiful hymns of praise, to Mary ever Virgin, whom the ecumenical Council of Ephesus solemnly proclaimed to be the holy Mother of God, so that Christ might be acknowledged as being truly Son of God and Son of Man, according to the Scriptures. Many also are the saints whose praise they sing, among them the Fathers of the universal Church.”

Unitatis Redintegratio #20 ” We are aware indeed that there exist considerable divergences from the doctrine of the Catholic Church concerning Christ Himself, the Word of God made flesh, the work of redemption, and consequently, concerning the mystery and ministry of the Church, and the role of Mary in the plan of salvation. “

Orientalium Ecclesiarum #30 “Meanwhile, however, all Christians, Eastern as well as Western, are earnestly asked to pray to God fervently and assiduously, nay, indeed daily, that, with the aid of the most holy Mother of God, all may become one. “

Nostra Aetate #3 “They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion.”

Nostra Aetate #4 “The Church keeps ever in mind the words of the Apostle about his kinsmen: “theirs is the sonship and the glory and the covenants and the law and the worship and the promises; theirs are the fathers and from them is the Christ according to the flesh” (Rom. 9:4-5), the Son of the Virgin Mary. She also recalls that the Apostles, the Church’s main-stay and pillars, as well as most of the early disciples who proclaimed Christ’s Gospel to the world, sprang from the Jewish people.”


6 thoughts on “Vatican II Mary Quotes

  1. “In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Saviour in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.“—probably my favorite infallible statement that has ever existed. If Vatican II were actually heretical, the first thing Satan would want to do is get rid of our Lady. To quote Pope Leo XIII: “No man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother.” (Octobri Mense 4)

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