Who is Mary, the mother of Jesus?

Why is Mary so important to Catholics, and why have so many people been devoted to her over the centuries? What can we learn about her from Sacred Scripture? Find out the answers to these questions and much more in this Lectio series on Mary.

Featuring the insightful biblical teaching of Dr. Brant Pitre, Lectio Mary: The Bible and the Mother of God examines what Scripture, the life of Christ, and the early Church fathers reveal about Mary. By closely examining the connections between the Old and New Testaments, Dr. Pitre presents clear and easily understood explanations about the life and identity of Mary, the Mother of God.

With the artistry of the Augustine Institute’s Lectio series, this dynamic video program and accompanying workbook combine an in-depth biblical study with insightful questions, answers to common misconceptions about Mary, and personal reflections to lead the participants into a deeper love for Mary and a clearer understanding of her role in the Christian life.

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at (303) 502-5023 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

PRESENTER

PRESENTER

Dr. Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.

Dr. Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.

PROGRAM

PROGRAM

Session 1: The New Eve

The Book of Genesis begins with the story of Adam and Eve, whose sin of disobedience breaks their relationship with God. God does not abandon his people, but gradually prepares them for the coming of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, the promised “seed” of Genesis 3:15 is the “New Adam,” and his mother, the promised “woman,” is the “New Eve.” (Run time 37:12)

Session 2: The New Ark

In the Book of Exodus, God’s presence was contained in the Ark of the Covenant, his dwelling place among his Chosen People. In the New Exodus, God is once more present among his people in the Person of his Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus is conceived in her womb, Mary becomes the New Ark of the New Covenant, bearing the presence of God. (Run time 35:42)

Session 3: Mother of the Messiah

In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah prophesies about the coming Messiah and the Messiah’s mother. Since Jesus—the anointed one of God, who saves his people from their sin—is truly the foretold Messiah, then his mother, Mary, is truly the Mother of the Messiah. (Run time 35:08)

Session 4: The Queen Mother

In the Old Testament, throughout the line of Davidic kings, the queen was not the wife of the king, but rather the king’s mother. As a result, King Solomon placed a throne at his right hand for his queen mother and bowed down in homage to her. Jesus, as the fulfillment of the Davidic line, rules as king of heaven and earth with his mother, Mary, as the queen mother. (Run time 34:31)

Session 5: Perpetual Virgin

Despite being married, Mary remained a virgin her whole life. When the New Testament speaks of our Lord’s brothers and sisters, a closer look at the original language spoken by Jesus, as well as other Scripture verses, sheds light on the truth of Mary’s perpetual virginity. (Run time 38:33)

Session 6: Mother of Sorrows

The Christian belief in the miraculous birth of Jesus affirms that Mary did not experience physical labor or birth pangs. However, as she stands at the foot of the Cross, she experiences the pain foretold by Simeon—“a sword will pierce through your own soul”—when she becomes the Mother of the Church. (Run time 35:38)

Session 7: The New Rachel

The Old Testament story of Joseph prefigures the life of Jesus and his salvific role in the New Testament. Likewise, the life of Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, has parallels with the life of John the beloved disciple. Rachel, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, prefigures Mary, the mother of Jesus and spiritual mother of John, and, thus, she can be seen as the New Rachel. (Run time 39:19)

Session 8: Question & Answer

As the study concludes, Dr. Pitre takes time to answer questions that surfaced over the course of the video sessions. We are reminded that a deeper understanding of Marian teachings, illuminates even more fully the beauty and love of Our Lord! (Run time 32:17)

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at (303) 502-5023 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

PRODUCTS

PRODUCTS

Leader Kit

This leader kit includes everything you need to present Lectio: Mary to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This bundle includes all eight sessions of Lectio Mary: The Bible and the Mother of God, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide, which includes complete Study Guide content.

Price: $124.95


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Participant Kit

Get the full experience of Lectio: Mary with this Participant Kit including the DVD box set and the corresponding Study Guide.

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Engaging Video Segments

This 8-session series comes to life on video through the insights of renowned theologian Dr. Brant Pitre with the masterful artistry of the award-winning Augustine Institute Studios. Filmed with a studio audience, Dr. Pitre unpacks the Bible and Mary, the Mother of God, and what the Catholic Church teaches about our Lord’s mother.

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Leader Resource Guide

The Lectio Mary: The Bible and the Mother of God Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:

  • Study Guide content including prayers, video outlines, and discussion questions for each session (to follow along with your participants)
  • Guidelines on how to lead a small group study
  • A leader overview for each session
  • Suggested answers for the program’s discussion questions and daily reflections
  • Insights for understanding Sacred Scripture and Tradition

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Study Guide

Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio Mary: The Bible and the Mother of God Study Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:

  • Introductions and prayers for each session
  • An outline summary for each video presentation
  • Discussion questions to unpack the dynamic teaching
  • Reflections on traditional Marian art
  • Daily reflections to deepen your understanding of the teaching
  • Space for personal journaling

Price: $24.95


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For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at (303) 502-5023 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

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