101 Surprising Facts About Mary

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She is history’s most famous woman, with more schools, churches, and people named for her than any other. She has inspired countless pieces of art and literature, as well as the construction of some of the biggest churches in the world.

Yet the poets also call her “the woman wrapped in silence.”

What lies between these two extremes?

Unpack the mystery that is the Mother of God, a woman who barely speaks in scripture and yet is venerated by millions. In this latest installment of TAN Book’s 101 Surprising Facts series, you’ll discover:

  • The term “full of grace” has profound theological implications
  • A miraculous snowfall during a sweltering Roman summer led to the construction of a prominent Marian landmark 
  • One hymn to the Blessed Virgin forbids sitting while it is being sung
  • Many different kinds of flowers take their name from Mary  
  • Dominicans hang rosaries from their hips to emulate medieval soldiers who donned swords in the same place 
  • The Sistine Chapel is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception
  • A vision of Mary consoled the Irish in the aftermath of the great potato famine
  • The Mississippi River and the city of Los Angeles had names that were once tied to Our Lady

This swift walk through history will uncover the Church’s rich Marian treasury and draw you closer to your spiritual mother, so that she can draw you closer to her Son.



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8 Reviews

  • 5
    101 Superstars for Mary: the Mother of all Mothers

    Posted by Maria on May 24th 2023

    I was expecting to learn facts for fun games during Our Lady of Fatima gatherings after praying the Rosary. Instead, I found myself poring over the magnificent process of the printing of the photos. The facts were fascinating and coupled with the artwork, It's phenomenal!

  • 5

    Posted by Bertha N. on May 24th 2023

    Such a well done publication. Absolutely beautiful artwork along with the 101 interesting facts. There could be 102 when Mary asks Jesus to do something about the lack of wine at the wedding in Cana.

  • 5
    Next on my stack to

    Posted by SARITA A. on Dec 26th 2022

    Next on my stack to read. A quick browse, looks lovely.

  • 5

    Posted by DIAMANTINA D. on Oct 7th 2022


  • 5
    Beautifulî quality- picturesî for the

    Posted by Patsy B. on Aug 22nd 2022

    Beautifulî quality- picturesî for the coffee table to share

  • 5
    Good Book

    Posted by Jim C. on Aug 22nd 2022

    Good Book

  • 5
    How she loves us

    Posted by Pauline D. on Aug 13th 2022

    This is a wonderful book, I use it for a quick read, just a page at a time. Great for short meditations. Lively tidbits I never knew. Thankyou

  • 5
    Love Mary and there are

    Posted by Kathleen H. on May 24th 2022

    Love Mary and there are many surprising facts that I did not know. Enjoying the book immensely as is my sister who I also gave a copy.

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