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Did the Theotokos have siblings?


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#1 Eugenia Vasiliadis

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 12:24 AM

Today in the gospel of John 19:25-27 21:24-25
we read that when Jesus was on the cross standing by were his mother and his mother's sister Mary the wife of Cleopas. In other version it says Salome. Who is that woman called sister of Mary?. We know from Holy Tradition that Joachim and Anna were praying for a child and God gave them a child when they were old. When Mary was 3 years old she was dedicated to the temple as her parents had promised to do. when did they have other children? what is the meaning of this? confused!:confused:

#2 Paul Cowan

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 12:53 AM

Brothers of the Lord were his step brothers; not his actual brothers. Cousins were also referred to as brothers and sisters. Don't think 21st century. Think how the terms were used back then.

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#3 Father David Moser

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:28 AM

No, the Virgin Mary was an only child. As you note, and as the hymnography of the feast notes, her parents were old and beyond the normal age of childbearing.

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#4 Eugenia Vasiliadis

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:53 AM

Fr. David,
Thank you for confirming this point. Our priest in his sermon mentioned this other Mary as the "sister " of the Theotokos and did not explain. I know better but a lot of people do not. How are they supposed to take it?

#5 Paul Cowan

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 03:04 AM

Joseph's deceased wife was Salome. So was his daughter. It took me years to get my head around the fact mother and daughter were not the same person. These days we name sons after the father. It is unheard of to name daughters after the mother anymore.

#6 Kosta

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 05:35 AM

No one named two daughters by the same name. The other Mary was her sister in law.

#7 Michael Astley

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:27 PM

It is unheard of to name daughters after the mother anymore.


Is it? Someone should tell my priest's wife and daughter. They obviously didn't get the memo. ;)

Seriously, it may be uncommon but it isn't rare and absolutely not unheard of.

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#8 Paul Cowan

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:51 PM

ok, well I suppose just in my neck of the woods. Though my "woods' have stretched 44 years and across a half dozen states. But to each his own.

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#9 Michael Astley

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:08 PM

It is quite possibly a pond difference, Paul.

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