Marialis Cultus

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Marialis Cultus is the title of a Mariological Apostolic Letter by Pope Paul VI issued on February 2, 1974.[1][2][3]

The letter is subtitled: "For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary". The document focuses on Marian devotions and clarifies the way the Roman Catholic Church celebrates liturgies that commemorate Mary. The preparation of the document reportedly took 4 years.[4]

The Apostolic Letter has three part:

  • Part 1 discusses the history of Marian devotions and their rationale.
  • Part 2 focuses on what should/will take place in Marian devotions in the future.

Marialis Cultus exhorted to correct devotion – that is, correct liturgical celebration and public expression of devotion based on doctrinal criteria. It noted that every element of the church’s prayer life, including Marian devotions, should draw its inspiration from the Bible, and should harmonize with the liturgy.[5]

The conclusion to the document emphasizes the theological and pastoral value of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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