A Biblical Ballad of Mary Mother of Jesus

Table of Contents
Introduction
Prologue

1. Mary, the Immaculate Conception
2. Mary, the New Eve
3. Mary the Jewish Heroine
4. Mary the Revelation of Sinai
5. Mary, the Daughter Zion
6. Mary the Jerusalem Mother
7. Mary the Queen Mother
8. Mary the Throne of Wisdom
9. Mary the Perfect Wife
10. Mary, the Wife for Joseph
11. Mary, the Ark of the Lord
12. Mary the Daughter of Abraham
13. Mary, the All-Holy One
14. Mary the Model of Virtues
15. Mary, the Throne of Wisdom
16. Mary, the Icon of the Church
17. Mary the Sacred Image
18. Mary the Ever Virgin
19. Mary the Theotokos
20. Our Lady’s Lukan Annunciation
21. Our Lady’s Johannine Annunciation
22. Our Lady’s Pauline Annunciation
23. Our Lady’s Matthean Annunciation
24. Our Lady’s Visitation
25. Our Lady’s Nativity
26. Our Lady’s Presentation
27. Our Lady’s Finding in the Temple
28. Our Lady’s Cana
29. Our Lady the Kosher Vegetarian
30. Our Lady of the Fast
31. Our Lady’s Son the Physician
32. Our Lady’s Hidden Cross
33. Carrying of the Cross, and Mary’s Tears
34. The Crucifixion, and Mary Queen Mother
35. Our Lady of Sorrows
36. Our Lady’s Pentecost
37. Our Lady of the Assumption
38. Mary’s Coronation as Queen
39. Mary the Queen of the Angels
40. Mary the Queen of Heaven
41. Mary in the Communion of Saints
42. Mary the Mother of Mercy
43. Mary’s Immaculate Heart
44. Mary’s Admirable Heart
45. Our Lady, the Woman of Apparitions
46. Our Lady, the Advocate through Intercession
47. Our Lady, the Mediatrix thru Perfect Love
48. Our Lady the Adjutrix-Cumredemptrix
49. Our Lady of Praise
50. Our Lady of Meditation
51. Our Lady of the Rosary
52. Our Lady’s Salutation Titles
53. Our Lady’s Litany
54. Oldest Marian Prayer

List of Abbreviations
Bio Jim Tibbetts

Introduction to A Biblical Ballad of Mary Mother of Jesus

This booklet is a reflection or meditation on the Biblical Titles of Mary Mother of Jesus. You can read as many sections a time as you like, but by taking one for each day and pondering on it will yield more insight and meaning then just reading the book through all at once. Hopefully by meditating on these Biblical meanings of the Virgin Mary they will nourish and deepen your understanding and relationship with Our Lady.

Reading this book as a meditation will take 30 to 40 days or longer. St. Julian Eymard has written: “A devotion lasting a whole month covers its whole object, considers it under every aspect, and gives one a true and serious understanding of it. By meditations renewed day by day and by the unity of acts, virtues and prayers concentrated on the same subject, one eventually acquires a true and solid devotion in respect of any mystery thus honored for the space of a month. Thought thus consecrated becomes strong and satisfying.” (Eymard: La divine Eucharistie citing St. Julian Eymard.)

I started collecting scriptures on Mary back in my studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (1983) and came out with a small booklet on Mary in Scriptures. Then studying for my S.T.L. in Marian studies at the International Marian Research Institute (1995) I continued collecting and compiling Marian scriptures and came out with a large book: A Ballad of Mary’s Biblical Heritage, (2002) which had both scripture and church documents. That led to just this biblical version: A Biblical Ballad of Mary Mother of Jesus (2004). This was edited down to a shorten version of this work as found in: Biblical Titles of Mary, a Month of Scriptural Meditations (2006).

Some of the scriptural insights also come from the writings of Pope Paul VI; Pope John Paul II; St. John Etudes; St. Bernard of Clairvaux; St. John Damascus; Archbishop Ullathorne; Fr. Rene Laurentin; Fr. Raymond E. Brown; Aristide M. Serra; writings of the Church Fathers, the Saints, and others that the I came across in my studies of Mariology. Around fifteen different Bible translations, as well as the Greek and Latin Fathers and modern scholars, have been used to bring out the beauty in the biblical texts. The Marian Library, University of Dayton, Ohio, is the largest Marian library in the world and the main source for this work.

This book is probably one of the largest collections of Marian scriptures with accompanying titles in the world. These themes are found in many Marian books, from my studies and my review of the biblical literature on the Virgin Mary. With confidence and joy I can state that this book is probably the largest collection of scriptures on the Blessed Mother in the world, or at least in English!

Hopefully, by meditating on these scriptural pearls will lead to contemplation and to a deeper communion with Our Lady in the communion of Saints. Over the last few decades of discovering and pondering on the Biblical texts of Mary the Mother of Jesus, they have become a journey of faith and inspiration for me. I hope that these writings can become a means of inspiration and growth for the reader, too.

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