HAIL MARY - AN
EXAMINATION IN THE LIGHT OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
The prayer life of the Roman Catholic
is quite different from the Bible believing Christian. The predominant
prayer in the life of almost any catholic is the "Hail Mary."
goes like this:
"HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE, THE
LORD IS WITH THEE. BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT
OF THY WOMB, JESUS. HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, NOW AND
AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. AMEN."
The statements made in this prayer
are quite significant. We will look at them one at a time and compare them
with the word of God to see if there is a basis for such a prayer at
1) Hail Mary
The word "hail" brings with it today
the connotation of royalty, nobility and power. It is a greeting given to
someone of great power, influence and preeminence. We know very well that
is the position that Roman Catholicism places on Mary. For example: the
principle form of prayer for most Catholics is the "rosary." The rosary is
a system of beads where a prayer is said for each bead. The beads are a
way to count the prayers and to know where and when to say a particular
prayer. In this "rosary," ten prayers are said to Mary for every one that
is said to God the Father. In other words Mary is pre-eminent ten to one
over God! Mary is referred to as the "mother of the church," "the second
eve," "the queen of heaven." The queen of the universe," "co-redemptrix,"
"co-mediator," and if that were not enough, the head of the Roman Catholic
Church has dedicated the world on at least two occasions, not to the
saviour Jesus Christ, but to Mary. When he was shot in an assassination
attempt, he thanked and credited Mary with saving him! Attributing praise
and worship to humans that have no basis to receive such is not uncommon
in forms of religious and political paganism, e.g., "Hail Caesar" or "Hail
Full of Grace
Wow! What a statement. The teaching
is clear. Mary was not ordinary, but was in fact "full" of grace. She must
have been special to be "full of grace," right? What does Godís word have
to say on the matter? John chapter 1 is like a giant spotlight on this
subject. It clearly tells us that Jesus Christ is the one that is full of
grace. Mary is never said to be full of grace in the scripture. John goes
on to tell us in verse 16 that we are all full of His grace and truth,
because all believers have Jesus dwelling within them. Only in this sense
could Mary have been full of grace. The grace would have been the savior
she carried in her womb and after Pentecost, the spirit of Christ that
lives in every believer.
The Lord is with thee
The Lord is with every believer or
they are not in fact a believer (Rom. 8:9)
Blessed art thou among women
While this statement is certainly
biblical, it must be understood in the light of biblical truth and not as
a result of subjective interpretation. The New Testament was written in
"koine" Greek as opposed to classical. There are several words in the
Greek language for blessed, just like there are several words for "love,"
each having a different meaning or carrying with it a particular
connotation. A failure to examine the underlying text is a gross mistake
on the part of the student of Godís Word. The word translated "blessed"
when speaking of Mary is not the same word used when referring to our
Lord. The word used for Mary means to pronounce fortunate, and indeed she
was. On the other hand the word used for blessed when referring to our
Lord means to be adored. Quite a difference, wouldnít you say?
may even wish to check your concordance in the Online Bible to see if
there is a woman whom the Bible says is blessed "above"
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Without a doubt this is the truth
that should be the focus: the Lord Jesus, the Messiah and savior of the
world. This should be the emphasis and not Mary. Many, though, know not
what they worship.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
What a statement! Is it true? Not by
any stretch of the imagination. The Bible clearly teaches that the only
HOLY one is God. Mary in what is known as her Magnificat, rejoices in God
HER SAVIOR (Lk.1: 47). Holiness does not need saving. Mary, after the
birth of Jesus, offers a sacrifice for HER SINS. Holiness need not offer a
sacrifice for sins. Mary, as any believer, received her righteousness as a
gift from the Father. There was nothing inherently holy about Mary. Even
Thomas Aquinas denies the "immaculate conception" of Mary. Regarding the
"Mother of God" statement much not need be said. God was not born nor was
He created. Mary gave birth to the "humanity" of Jesus. Jesus was God,
because He is God! The statement "Mother of God" developed out of a
reaction to the denial of the Deity of Jesus by some. That overreaction
has resulted in the tail wagging the dog so to speak. Mary was the vessel
by which the incarnation took place but she was not the supplier of Divine
Pray for us sinners
Mary does not pray for you or me. She
does not even know that we exist. If she could know millions and millions
of people then she would be a God! While I can pray for you if you were to
ask me to, I am alive here on earth. If I would know that you were asking
me to pray for you from a thousand miles away, then I would be like God.
Do you get the picture? Mary has been clearly given the attributes of God.
The adjective "sinners" is used because all good Catholics are still
trying to pay for their sin debt. Failing to realize that when Christ
said, "it is finished," He meant it. When God the Father declared it
through Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.
Now and at the hour of our death
"Now," she could not even if she
wanted to. "At the hour of our death," why? Please tell me what would be
the purpose of such a prayer (if one could be made) at the hour of our
death? Further, she again would have to be a "GOD" to know where and when
we were going to die.
A permanent amen should not be given
to prayers to anyone other than God. The Father is to be the recipient of
Mary was a wonderful vessel that the
Mary was chosen for these reasons:
1. She was a
fine, virtuous, faithful to the law Jewish maiden.
2. She was of
the "seed" of King David.
3. She was a virgin.
These qualifications were the
biblical reasons to choose her. Not having just one of these prerequisites
would have caused Godís prophecies to fail. Did Mary play an important
role in the Bible? Yes, but so did Noah and Joseph, etc.
called Mary Mother. Not even once!
No Apostle ever
asks her opinion on anything.
No one in the
Bible ever asks Mary to pray for them.
In Acts 1 she is
mentioned once but in a list of other believers.
this she is never mentioned again by any of the apostles, including the
Lord committed her to the Apostle John he makes no mention of her in any
of his writings.
When the risen Lord
Jesus sent seven epistles to the 7 Churches, referred to in Revelation 2
& 3, He makes no mention of His mother whatsoever.
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