Mary in Christian Tradition
At Bethlehem, the grotto of Christ's birth was held sacred
St. Jerome (depicted at right in a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer), himself a resident of Bethlehem in the 4th century, describes a typical pilgrim's devotion when he recalls Paula, a prominent Roman matron, visiting the grotto where Jesus was born:
Like Paula, Christian pilgrims came in growing numbers to see where the stories related in the scriptures took place.
the Mother of Jesus Mary in Christian
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