Our Lady and Vatican II

The presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (1962-1965) has generated much interest. Scores of publications have provided analysis of the Marian references found in the conciliar texts.

Over forty years after the solemn opening of the Council on October 11, 1962, then the Feast of the Maternity of Mary, we consider the explicit mention of Our Lady in eleven of the sixteen official documents.

1. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: 103

2. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: 15, 46, 50, 52-69

3. Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches: 30

4. Decree on Ecumenism: 14-15, 20

5. Decree on the Up-To-Date Renewal of Religious Life: 25

6. Decree on the Training of Priests: 8

7. Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian

Religions: 3-4

8. Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People: 4

9. Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity: 4, 42

10. Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests: 18

11. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: 22

In summarizing what the Council asserted about Our Blessed Lady, we adapt four of the five headings employed in Chapter Eight of Lumen Gentium.