How did Virgin Mary relate to the Church? by Augustine of Hippo

“Nevertheless, it is true, the Church is the mother of Christ. Mary preceded the Church as its type.”

Augustine of Hippo, Sermo Denis 25, B: Miscellanca A postiniana, 164.

Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Church with his death on the cross. When we die and rise with Him, in Baptism and through daily works of repentance, we become saints in the Holy Church. In this sense the Church is our mother and she has given birth to us through her womb, in the Baptism.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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