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Hail Mary

All of the posts under the "Hail Mary" category.

The Hail Mary is a Scriptural Prayer

Many Protestants and Catholics falsely believe the Hail Mary is a prayer written by men. On the contrary, it is a prayer which has it’s roots in Sacred Scripture. In order to demonstrate this, let’s compare the Hail Mary with it’s biblical counterparts.

Mary Annunciation

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women…”

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1:28 Douay Rheims

“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Luke 1:42 Douay Rheims

Holy Mary, Mother of God

And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:43 Douay Rheims

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The majority of the prayer is taken from the Bible. While the second half is not taken verbatim from the Bible, it represents core theology that must be recognized by anyone who identifies as Christian. Mary was immaculately conceived. Thus, we can call her holy due to her sinless nature. God is three persons in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of God because Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity.

Since Mary is in Heaven, she can intercede for us by presenting our prayer requests to Jesus. We read in John 2:3-5, Mary informs Jesus that the wedding hosts have run out of wine. Jesus, at His mother’s request, transforms water into wine, and not just any wine, but wine that was far superior than what they had been drinking.

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Likewise, in John 19:26-27 we read how Jesus gives Mary to the entire world as mother of all. Thus, Mary is our mother. We are baptized into Jesus Christ, and through this baptism into His body, Mary is our mother. And like any good mother who loves her children, she prays unceasingly for her children to abandon their sin, and return to the Lord, her Lord, her Son.

We ask Mary to pray for us now, because we go through temptations, trials and tribulations on a daily basis. When we are dying in our last hour, we are bombarded by Satan and his minions because he knows this time is crucial. If he can get us to fall during this last hour, he will have our soul with him in Hell for all eternity. We beg Mary to ask God to pour forth His graces upon us. that we may not fall into the trap the enemy has set, so that we may instead be granted access to our inheritance in Heaven. For those of us fortunate to know when the hour of our death is near, we would be wise to have a priest near to hear our confession before we die.

The Hail Mary is a prayer which Satan hates as Mary is the remedy to the sin which Eve brought into the world. Mary, by giving her Magnificat, brought forth Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. c.f. Genesis 3:15.

Develop a habit of praying the Hail Mary whenever temptation occurs. Run to your mother when trouble is near. Pray the Rosary daily as Mary has given 15 promises to those who faithfully recite it. And remember; Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.

Jeff April 14, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

On Time Machines and Off the Cuff Statements

I’ve  thought how I wish I had a time machine which allowed me to go one day into the future. I do this, come back to the “present” and say “I’ve had a revelation!” and present what Pope Francis had said the next day. People spend time to correct me and explain why I’m wrong. Following the next day after Pope Francis says it, the same people explain how brilliant and insightful he is.

I tease slightly, because I can, and after all, Pope Francis is one who can accept teasing, no? After all, he is very humble. But, this is the reality of what we live in today.

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It saddens me. What used to be obviously wrong, is no longer such, because…Pope Francis said it.

If I were to say to you a year ago, you had nothing to fear when you die and are judged, because Jesus is standing next to you, and you can rest and be reassured by this, you would feed me to the wolves. You would correct me, and rightly so. No, Jesus judges you when you die. But, Pope Francis says it, and we hear “how insightful!” We are so lucky to have a Pope like him!

I receive much criticism for my concerns, and they are valid concerns. But, generally speaking, the same people who will criticize me, and more than likely, you as well, for questioning the methods of Pope Francis, will have no resolves to condemn the Popes of the 16th century who abused their Papal power. Apparently, if the Pope is dead and stole from the Church, he is a monster (and rightly so), but if a Pope is alive and steals daily from the deposit of Faith which has been entrusted to him, he is a “Saint”.

Criticism and concern is valid when it relates to the Truth of Catholicism and how her teaching is shared. However, when the criticism and concern is for changing Church Teaching (as the heretics and secular society demands) it is unwarranted.

And so I am not accused of targeting the Pope and not praying for him, please say a Hail Mary, or 3, or 5 or a decade of the Rosary for the Pope.

Jeff January 28, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

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