Mary the Blessed Virgin. Joseph and the greatest of all Christian saints. The principal events of her life are celebrated as liturgical feasts of the universal Church. Traditionally, she was declared the daughter of Sts.
Sacra virginitas = "Holy virginity" : encyclical letter of Pope Pius XII
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List of encyclicals of Pope Pius XII
Holy virginity and that perfect chastity which is consecrated to the service of God is without doubt among the most precious treasures which the Founder of the Church has left in heritage to the society which He established. This assuredly was the reason why the Fathers of the Church confidently asserted that perpetual virginity is a very noble gift which the Christian religion has bestowed on the world. They rightly noted that the pagans of antiquity imposed this way of life on the Vestals only for a certain time; and that, although in the Old Testament virginity is ordered to be kept and preserved, it is only a previous requisite for marriage; and furthermore, as Ambrose writes, "We read that also in the temple of Jerusalem there were virgins. But what does the Apostle say?
The Incipit—the first words—of this encyclical Lux Veritatis , refers to the light of truth found in the true understanding of history. One shining truth revealed by history, Pius XI declares, is that God is always with His Church, defending her in the midst of troubles, whether the troubles are from within or from without. If Jesus was not the Second Person of the Holy Trinity incarnate, with a human nature and human will and a Divine nature and will , then Mary was not the Mother of God: she was not the Theotokos , but merely the Christotokos , the Mother of the human person Jesus. Pope Pius XI is careful to explain how both the pope at the time, St. Celestine I, and St.