The Council of Ephesus in 431, decreed that Mary is Theotokos, a Greek word which means “God-bearer“, because her son Jesus is one person, divine and human, who is both God and man. It was Mary’s greatness in her act of faith, by which she became “mother of God”, Theotokos.

 

Elizabeth proclaimed

‘Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?’  Lk 1:43

Hail Mary,
Full of grace
The Lord is with thee
blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb
JESUS.

Holy Mary
MOTHER OF GOD
pray for us sinners
now, and at the hour of our death
AMEN.

 

O CLEMENT, O LOVING, O SWEET VIRGIN MARY,
PRAY FOR US, O HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.
THAT WE MAY BE MADE WORTHY OF THE
PROMISES OF CHRIST. 

O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.