The wife of
Joseph and mother of Jesus.
Mary bore a son and named
The gospels of Matthew
and Luke tell that Mary was a virgin who lived in Nazareth in Galilee. An angel announced that
through the power of the Holy Spirit she would conceive and bear a son,
Jesus. Mary soon went to visit her relative Elizabeth,
who was going to give birth to John the Baptist.
Mary accompanied Joseph to Bethlehem
where Jesus was born in a stable. According to
Luke 2, Mary went to the Temple for purification after the birth.
There Simeon and Anna recognized that through Mary's child redemption
would come to Israel. According to Matt 2, Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled
to Egypt after the birth because Herod was angry, but after Herod's death they returned
to Nazareth. When Jesus was twelve, Mary and Joseph took him to Jerusalem,
lost track of him, but later found him in the Temple. During Jesus' adult
life, Mary was present when Jesus turned water into wine at Cana (John
2:1-12). At one time Mary was among those who sought to restrain Jesus
(Mark 3:21,31). She was present at the cross with the beloved disciple
when Jesus said, "Woman, behold your son" (John 19:26).
- Jesus' birth foretold
- Mary and Elizabeth
- Jesus' birth
- Wedding at Cana
- At the crucifixion