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Chapter 12. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member • 145

finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted

by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be more fully

conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of death” (CCC,

no. 966, citing LG, no. 59).

1. What is the role of Mary’s faith in the plan of salvation?

The Virgin Mary “freely cooperat[ed] in the work of man’s

salvation through faith and obedience” (LG, no. 56). She

uttered her yes “in the name of all human nature” (St.

Thomas Aquinas,

Summa Theologiae

, III, 30, 1). By her

obedience she became the new Eve, the mother of all the

living. (CCC, no. 511)

2. Does Mary intercede on our behalf?

This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues

uninterruptedly. . . . Taken up into heaven she did not lay

aside this saving office, but by her manifold intercession

continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. (CCC,

no. 969, citing LG, no. 62)

3. How does the Church honor Mary?

The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special

devotion. “From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is

honored under the title Mother of God, whose protec-

tion the faithful take refuge together in all their perils and

needs. . . . This cult . . . differs essentially from the cult of

adoration, which is offered equally to the Incarnate Word

and to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and it is most favor-

able to it” (LG, no. 66). The liturgical feasts dedicated to

the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary,

an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion

to the Virgin Mary. (CCC, no. 971)