Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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What is it about Emmerich's books that have provoked such consistently remarkable responses? They are not merely works of uncanny power by a renowned mystic and stigmatist. They present visionary recreations of the exact details and circumstances of the events in the Gospel. These recreations give the faithful the sense of being privileged witnesses to the events described more sparingly in the Scriptures.

The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary provides an in-depth account of Our ...

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Overview

What is it about Emmerich's books that have provoked such consistently remarkable responses? They are not merely works of uncanny power by a renowned mystic and stigmatist. They present visionary recreations of the exact details and circumstances of the events in the Gospel. These recreations give the faithful the sense of being privileged witnesses to the events described more sparingly in the Scriptures.

The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary provides an in-depth account of Our Lady's ancestry, birth and life. It also contains information on the hidden years of Our Lord's childhood, life in the Holy Family, and Our Lady's later years and death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849028585
  • Publisher: Benediction Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 351,751
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Catherine Emmerich was an Augustinian Canoness noted for her visions of Christ and other mystic gifts. She was born in Flamschen bei Coesfeld, Westphalia, Germany in 1774. Her family was poor but faith-filled. From a young age, Anne Catherine wanted to be a nun. Her father opposed her entry into the monastery.

At the end of 1811, the convent where she lived was ordered suppressed. In 1812 Anne Catherine and some of the other sisters were living in Dulmen. There she would frequently become caught up in ecstatic prayer. Towards the end of 1812, she was given the marks of Christ's Passion on her body. She tried to hide these, but only succeeded for a while. Soon the other sisters noticed the stigmata and told their superiors. An investigation followed, which concluded that the wounds were truly mystic phenomena and that Anne Catherine was indeed the recipient of many supernatural gifts.

She experienced many visions of Christ. It is, however, difficult to know the truth about many of these, since the main source of information in this regard is the writings of the romantic poet Clemens Brentano (1778-1842), whose works were characterized by an excess of fantastic imagery. Anne Catherine did not herself write any descriptions of her visions. Instead, she recounted her visions to Brentano, who, in turn, wrote them in a sort of diary, which he published in book form several years after Anne Catherine's death. True to his usual style, Brentano frequently exaggerated and embellished the facts. Scholars today do not consider Brentano's book, entitled The Dolorous Passion, to be a reliable reporting of what Anne Catherine really experienced. The book was totally disregarded during the process of her beatification.

Anne Catherine's health continued to grow worse. From 1813 to the time of her death on November 9, 1824, Anne Catherine was bedridden. She died in Dulman, where her remains are preserved. In 2001 Anne Catherine Emmerich's practice of virtue was declared "heroic". She was beatified October 3, 2004.
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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Translator's Note     x
Extract from the Preface to the German Edition     xi
Observations on the Supplementary Notes     xiv
Our Lady's Ancestors     1
The Ancestors of St. Anne     4
St. Anne and St. Joachim     21
The Conception of the Blessed Virgin     45
Vision of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception     64
Note by the Writer     74
More About the Immaculate Conception: The Birth of Our Lady     77
Purification of St. Anne     91
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Temple     92
Her departure for the Temple     99
Arrival in Jerusalem     110
Mary's entry into the Temple and Presentation     116
The Early Life of St. Joseph     127
A Son is Promised to Zacharias     134
Marriage of the Blessed Virgin to Joseph     137
The Wedding     141
Our Lady's Wedding-ring     145
From Mary's return home to the Annunciation     147
The Annunciation     149
The Visitation     156
Advent     177
The Birth of our Lord     208
The Circumcision     229
The Journey of the Three Holy Kings to Bethlehem     236
The Purification     305
Candlemas     317
The Flight Into Egypt and St. John the Baptist in the Desert     319
The Massacre of the Innocents     344
The Return of the Holy Family from Egypt     369
The Death of the Blessed Virgin at Ephesus     373
The Burial and Assumption of Our Lady     405
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Outstanding

    This book is great. I could not put it down. It is so wonderful to read how our Blessed Mother looked like, and what she wore and how her wedding dress looked!! To walk with her through the streets of Bethlehem, the friends she had, etc. Outstanding.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Amazing and the Highest of Recommendations!

    Read anything and everything you can get your hands on written by Anne Catherine Emmerich, a mystic who suffered the wounds of Christ, including the Crown of Thorns. Of anyone, she received the most insights and details of what it was like to truly be present when Christ Jesus lived on earth. You feel like you are not just a witness, but one of the participants in each and every scene. It makes the bible come alive and your soul as well! Her visions and detailed descriptions have been proven to be accurately and true by scientists, scholars and historians. This is one Christmas gift your mother will love and pass on to everyone who loves the Blessed Mother and Holy Family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    A new understanding of the Blessed Mother and the mysteries of the rosary

    Sr. Emmerichs detailed desriptions of the events in the Blessed Mother's life give wonderfully enhanced and detailed understanding of the events that we are all familiar with in our Blessed Mother's life. For many years I have had questions regarding the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not that it happened, but how it came to be. I now feel closer to her and more appreciative of the lives of Mary and Joseph. When I pray the rosary I am able to contemplate the mysteries with the understanding that lacked before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    The book explains some of the information in the bible. For example the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The visions shown to Catherine Emmerich especially the wedding of the Blessed Virgin is detailed and the drawings helps us to see Catherine Emmerich's vision. Blessed Virgin's family is very devout and it shows their Jewish practices. This book also helps one understand the correlation of the Holy Family's Jewish belief to our Catholic faith. This is a book that should be read by those who want to further their knowledge and their faith.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    older book

    Have not read all yet but first part is very academic but easy to follow.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Two star rating

    Have not completed the book yet. Anything can be written has a dream. So far book was not what I had expected. Will finish sometime.

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