Our Ecumenical Lady
For a long time the devotion of Catholics to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord, has been a stumbling block to many other Christians. While Roman Catholics are best known for this devotion and for theological expression of it, other Catholics such as Anglo-Catholics and Eastern Orthodox have similar or identical beliefs about her, and matching devotion. Protestants, on the other hand have tended to look at all of this as unnecessary and excessive at best, or unbiblical and idolatrous at worst. There has, in addition, been a perception that such Marian devotion was a relatively late accretion to the Faith.
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded :
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
all generations shall call me blessed.
and holy is his Name.
throughout all generations.
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
Matthew 2:20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.”
Matthew 2:21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
Luke 1:48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
[Relevance to Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity: Joseph as protector of THEM, not as normal husband of her. “They” are a “pair” as to human nature, implying her complete moral purity.]