In honor of the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary I wanted to present three shocking quotations from Protestant reformer, Martin Luther.
Those who study the writings of the reformers will find that they accepted almost every major Marian doctrine and considered these doctrines to be both scriptural and fundamental to the historic Christian Faith. Shocking, I know.
“The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart.” – Martin Luther
“We too know very well that God did not derive his divinity from Mary; but it does not follow that it is therefore wrong to say that God was born of Mary, that God is Mary’s Son, and that Mary is God’s mother.” – Martin Luther
“But the other conception, namely the infusion of the soul, it is piously and suitably believed, was without any sin, so that while the soul was being infused, she would at the same time be cleansed from original sin and adorned with the gifts of God to receive the holy soul thus infused. And thus, in the very moment in which she began to live, she was without all sin.” – Martin Luther