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The Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus
The Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus

The Virgin Mary, Mother of God, also known as The Blessed Mother, Saint Mary, and The Madonna, was a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee whose actual name in Aramaic and Hebrew was Maryam or Miriam. She is identified in the New Testament of the Holy Bible as the mother of Jesus Christ.

Most Christians believe that Mary conceived her son miraculously by the agency of The Holy Spirit and that her pregnancy was announced by the Archangel Gabriel. This took place when she was betrothed to Saint Joseph, a carpenter, who adopted Jesus as his step-son, and, along with Mary and the Child, became a member of The Holy Family.

Mary remained close to Jesus throughout the years of His ministry and, along with Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene, was one of "The Three Marys" present at the Crucifixion and a witness to the evidence of Christ's Resurrection.

Venerated in many different forms by Catholic and Orthodox Christians throughout the world. As the bearer and mother of Jesus Christ, she is afforded a unique spiritual status as a blessed mother who loves mankind. Mary is the loving Mother of the Christ Child, and her intercession can be sought for any trouble one may have. She has appeared to the faithful and pure of heart in visions and apparitions many times, and the locations where she has been witnessed have become holy sites of pilgrimage, healing, and worship. She is often prayed to and called upon to intercede with her Son.

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1898); the Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that She will bear the Christ Child
The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1898); the Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that She will bear the Christ Child
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The Grotto of Lourdes is an important center of Catholic pilgrimage; it is where an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a young woman named Bernadette in the year 1858
The Grotto of Lourdes is an important center of Catholic pilgrimage; it is where an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a young woman named Bernadette in the year 1858
The Black Madonna of Altötting, also known as Die Schwarze Maria von Ötting, in the Gnadenkapelle, Altötting, Bavaria, Germany
The Black Madonna of Altötting, also known as Die Schwarze Maria von Ötting, in the Gnadenkapelle, Altötting, Bavaria, Germany
Personal shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Personal shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Roman Catholics believe that Mary was conceived and born without the stain of Original Sin, thereby making her sinless, eternally perfect, divine and immaculate from all forms of evil. They also believe that at her death she was assumed bodily into Heaven. Devotion to the Virgin Mary was adopted into Catholic dogma during the Council of Ephesus where she was proclaimed "Theotokos" or "bearer of God." She is honored, praised and beloved as the Mother of Christ, and a special prayer, colloquially called "the 'Hail Mary'" after the first words of text, is dedicated to her. She is also venerated through the prayer of the Rosary.

In Islam Mary is regarded as the virgin mother of the prophet Jesus. Muslims refer to her as the Virgin Mary or Syeda Mariam, which means Our Lady Mary, and she is described in the Qur'an in the Sura Maryam.

The Virgin Mary has a number of specific titles as a result of various of her apparitions that have appeared before the faithful. Some titles reflect cultural and regional place-names and are named for the locations where Our Lady was seen in a specific visual form; others reflect the varying human needs for which her assistance is sought.

The following are a few of the notable apparitions of Mother Mary: Click on the name of an apparition to read about its history, see a picture, and find out what kinds of prayers, petitions, and spell-craft are associated with her among spiritual workers in the folk magic traditions of various cultures.

Black Madonna

A Black Madonna is a European representation of the Virgin Mary with brown or black skin, holding the infant Jesus. (Read More ... )

Our Lady of Charity

Our Lady of Charity appeared over the stormy waters off Cuba around 1608, to save three sailors who were praying for salvation. (Read More ... )

Our Lady of Grace

Our Lady of Grace is a depiction of the Virgin humbly dressed in simple white and pale blue, offering her love and help to all. (Read More ... )

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in a vision in 1531 and is now the Patron of Mexico. (Read More ... )

The Holy Family

The Holy Family is a trio of Catholic spirits, consisting of Saint Joseph, Mother Mary, and young Jesus. (Read More ... )

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes first appeared in Lourdes, France in 1858 and is called upon for the healing of diseases. (Read More ... )

Our Lady Maria Dolorosa

Our Lady Maria Dolorosa the Sorrowful Mary of Mount Calvary, is the Virgin Mary with her heart pierced by swords. (Read More ... )

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is known for The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which is believed to grant miraculous salvation. (Read More ... )

Working with Other Entities in the Catholic Church

In addition to petitioning Catholic Church Saints to hear their prayers in Heaven, some Catholic-identified root doctors may also call upon the direct aid of Archangels, Guardian Angels, Jesus Christ, Blessed Mother Mary, or the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. They may also venerate and petition any number of Catholic Folk Saints, Spirits, or Deities.

Petitioning Catholic Church Saints

For more information, see the page on Catholic Church Saints

Within the Catholic Church, a saint may be designated as a patron or patroness of particular causes or professions, or be invoked against specific illnesses or disasters. A wide array of saints are known for their patronage of various facets of life, including returning lost lovers, finding lost objects, easing the burdens of the mentally ill, aiding in real estate and house-selling matters, bringing luck and money in a hurry, and ensuring a peaceful home and family life. (Read More ... )

Working with Catholic Folk Saints

For more information, plus a list of AIRR Certified Folk Saint Workers, see the page on Catholic Folk Saints

Folk saints are spirits who have not been canonized as saintly by the Roman Catholic Church, but whose existence, legends, and assistance are well known to spiritual practitioners working within the Catholic tradition. Popular Catholic folk saints include Santisima_Muerte, Jesus Malverde, and the Intranquil Spirit. (Read More ... )

Working with Spirits and Spirit Guides

For more information, plus a list of AIRR Certified Spirit Workers, see the page on Spirits and Spirit Guides

Spirit work involves enlisting the psychic aid of various spirits in order to accomplish specific spell-casting goals. These spirits may include the spirits of ancestors and the dead; the crossroads; Guardian Angels; the spirits of places, animals, plants, water sources, and beings other than humans; and a rich and varied roster of spiritual entities such as Black Hawk and Maximon (San Simon-Judas). (Read More ... )

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