Cult of the virgin mary whilst relatively few women appear in the bible many of them are called mary there is mary the mother of jesus mary the mother of james and joseph mary of bethany mary wife of clopas and mary magdalene. The virgin mary in byzantine representations the virgin mary known as the theotokos in greek terminology was central to byzantine spirituality as one of its most important religious figures as the mediator between suffering mankind and christ and the protectress of constantinople she was widely venerated the virgin is the subject of . In the middle ages mary the mother of jesus was held in high regard and her cult regarded across europe to the medieval mind mary was the perfect woman she embodied many ideals of courtly love which was practised during the middle ages she was pure free of sin and the perfect mother over the . The cult of the virgin catholic mariology and the apparitions of mary cri books elliot miller kenneth r samples on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers under john paul ii reverence for the virgin mary has intensified pilgrims follow their pope to worship at sites where supernatural appearances of the virgin are claimed to have occurred. In the catholic church the veneration of mary mother of jesus encompasses various marian devotions which include prayer pious acts visual arts poetry and music devoted to the blessed virgin mary popes have encouraged it while also taking steps to reform some manifestations of it the holy see has insisted on the importance of distinguishing true from false devotion and authentic
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