Today the priest at the homily called Our Blessed Mother an “unmarried woman”. I understand that he possibly meant her being unmarried at the moment of Annunciation, when she was still just betrothed to Joseph, but nevertheless, this confused me a lot.
So, were Mary and Joseph legally husband and wife:
- by the Jewish law, and
- from the Christian understanding of a sacramental marriage?
I remember the early Canon law authors responding positively to this question, which was one of the main arguments for them that a Christian marriage may be possible even without consummation by sexual relationship.