26 Powerful Names of Mary (Including their Origin and Meaning)
1. Mother of God
Genetically, Mary contributed half of Jesus’ genetic matter by participating in His human creation and carrying His human body. She is not divine, but her Son is. Therefore, she is Theotokos, literally meaning “God-bearer”. We celebrate her feast day on January 1
2. Holy Virgin of Virgins
In order to carry the Son of God, Mary needed to be a virgin for many reasons, which are listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Jesus needed to never be estranged from the Father, so there would be no doubt that He came from the Father and not another human man (CCC 503).
This keeps his divinity. Mary’s virginity is also a sign of her faith and undivided gift of herself to God’s will (CCC 506). And Mary is the symbol and perfect realization of the Church, “who keeps in its entirety and purity the faith she pledged to her spouse” (CCC 507)
3. Mother of the Church
When Mary was called during the Annunciation, she gave her consent to the coming messianic kingdom, which would ultimately be the formation of the Church. She was also present with the apostles praying in the upper room when the Holy Spirit descended on them, giving birth to the new Church here on Earth. Each member of the of the Body of Christ is a part of her Son, and she wraps us in her mantle and protects us from evil.