Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Our blessed Mother has been referred to as the Ark of the New Covenant as early as 3rd Century before the official compilation of the final New Testament (see Athanasius of Alexandria's Homily of the Papyrus of Turin and Gregory the Wonder Worker's Homily on the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary). Read more.

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  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Our blessed Mother has been referred to as the Ark of the New Covenant as early as 3rd Century before the official compilation of the final New Testament (see Athanasius of Alexandria's Homily of the Papyrus of Turin and Gregory the Wonder Worker's Homily on the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary). Ever noticed the parallels between Ark of the Covenant built by Moses and Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant made by God? The design is practically Mariology on a tshirt indicating Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant with baby Jesus at the center of it all.

    <p>Consider the following parallels (from Catholic.com):</p>

    <h4>Mary, the Ark As Revealed in Mary's Visit to Elizabeth</h4>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><strong>Golden Box: Ark of the Old Covenant</strong></td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><strong>Mary: Ark of the New Covenant</strong></td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The ark traveled to the house of Obed-edom in the hill country of Judea (2 Sam. 6:1-11).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Mary traveled to the house of Elizabeth and Zechariah in the hill country of Judea (Luke 1:39).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Dressed as a priest, David danced and leapt in front of the ark (2 Sam. 6:14).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">John the Baptist - of priestly lineage - leapt in his mother's womb at the approach of Mary (Luke 1:41).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">David asks, "How can the ark of the Lord come to me?" (2 Sam. 6:9).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Elizabeth asks, "Why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">David shouts in the presence of the ark (2 Sam. 6:15).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Elizabeth "exclaimed with a loud cry" in the presence of the Mary (Luke 1:42).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months (2 Sam. 6:11).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Mary remained in the house of Elizabeth for three months (Luke 1:56).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The house of Obed-edom was blessed by the presence of the ark (2 Sam. 6:11).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The word&nbsp;<em>blessed</em>&nbsp;is used three times; surely the house was blessed by God (Luke 1:39-45).</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The ark returns to its home and ends up in Jerusalem, where God's presence and glory is revealed in the temple (2 Sam. 6:12; 1 Kgs. 8:9-11).</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">Mary returns home and eventually ends up in Jerusalem, where she presents God incarnate in the temple (Luke 1:56; 2:21-22).</td>

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    <h4>Mary as the Ark Revealed by Items inside the Ark</h4>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><strong>Inside the Ark of the Old Covenant</strong></td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><strong>Inside Mary, Ark of the New Covenant</strong></td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The stone tablets of the law - the word of God inscribed on stone</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The body of Jesus Christ - the word of God in the flesh</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The urn filled with manna from the wilderness - the miraculous bread come down from heaven</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The womb containing Jesus, the bread of life come down from heaven (John 6:41)</td>

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    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The rod of Aaron that budded to prove and defend the true high priest</td>

    <td style="width: 50%; padding: 5px;">The actual and eternal High Priest</td>

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    <p>Source:&nbsp;http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/mary-the-ark-of-the-new-covenant</p>
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