It's amazing that such a voluminous body of popular lore and Marian
veneration and dogma was generated in the early centuries. After the canonical
gospels introduce Mary in incredible nativity narratives in Matthew and Luke,
they totally marginalize her in the life of Jesus.
RE: Mary The 15th-century carol and the 1969 Beatles lyric both concern the
Annunciation, when Christ came to be Mary's son in the quietness of a
spring evening. "Words of Wisdom: Let it be," wrote McCartney in
his second verse. The words are those of Mary's fiat to the angel Gabriel
in Luke's gospel: "Let it be done unto me according to thy word."
(Luke 1:38)Christians of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church,
Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, and Lutheran churches believe that
Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God the Theotokos, literally Bearer
of God. Mary has been venerated since Early Christianity.