What is the Anglican Church's view of the perpetual virginity of Mary?

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  1. Tom

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    The photo is from the Prolife March4LifeUK in Birmingham in opposition to abortion. There have been 8.7 million abortions (lives killed) in the UK since the 1967 abortion act.
     
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    In Orthodox Christian icons of Mother Mary she usually always appears with 3 stars, one on each shoulder and one on the forehead. This separates her icon from other female icons. The 3 stars stands for her perpetual virginity: before, during and after the birth of Christ.
     
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    I intend to participate in the coming March for life in Dublin
     
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    Yes, I linked to this article myself - possibly in another discussion.
     
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    Oops...I'm sorry overlooked it.
     
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    No problem - good to see someone else found it and thought it interesting!
     
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    Can anyone answer a question for me about whether there is some kind of spiritual irony or contradiction in the idea of Mary being 'married' by her son, Christ? The Douay commentary tries to claim that the Song of Solomon is symbolic of Jesus' union with his mother, the virgin Mary, something that makes me uncomfortable. Yet, there is often the idea of the church as the bride of Christ in the bible, so it seems to be an unavoidable image, likewise with the rest of Jesus' relatives who were saved. Can you people clarify how this is dealt with in Anglican theology?
     
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    I agree that the carnal theology of Mary married to her Son is super awkward if not outright blasphemous...

    That on the other hand makes perfect sense to me, what's the issue here? I don't believe that anyone tries to claim that Mary is the Church...
     
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    I guess you're right. A single person is not the church, rather, it is the collective body of believers. Gotcha. ;)
     

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