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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

10 September 2007

Baptism and Saint Mary

Q: Was Mary, the mother of Jesus, baptized?

A: Scripture is completely silent on this topic. We have no idea if Saint Mary was baptized or, if so, when it might have occurred or by whose hand. I won’t even offer a guess, since there’s already too much idle speculation about the Blessed Virgin. A few examples include debates on Mary’s continuing virginity, her sinlessness at birth, how (or if) she died, and whether or not her body was carried to heaven to await the Last Day’s resurrection.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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