[[Image:Theotokos of Vladimir.jpg|left|100px|The Holy Theotokos and Virgin Mary]] The ''' Virgin Mary' '' is the '''[[ Theotokos]]''' , the mother of [[ Jesus Christ]] , the Son and [[ Logos|Word]] of God. She conceived by the power of the [[ Holy Spirit]]. She was cared for by her betrothed husband, [[Joseph the Betrothed|Joseph]] , who took the child and his mother into his home as his own. One very strong tradition in the [[ Orthodox Church]] holds that the birth of [[Jesus Christ|Jesus]] was also miraculous and left Mary' s virginity intact as a sign; it is also the tradition of the Church that Joseph and Mary did not have relations after the birth of Jesus.
''Theotokos'' (in Greek, Θεοτοκος) is a Greek word that means "God-bearer" or "Birth-giver to God. "
As a title for the Virgin Mary, '' Theotokos'' was recognized by the [[ Orthodox Church]] at [[ Third Ecumenical Council]] held at Ephesus in 431. It had already been in use for some time in the devotional and liturgical life of the Church. The [[ theology|theological]] significance of the title is to emphasize that Mary' s son, Jesus, is fully God, as well as fully human, and that Jesus' two natures (divine and human) were united in a single [[ Hypostasis|Person]] of the [[Trinity]].
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