Well, the Hail Mary is a historical and biblical phrase addressed by an angel of God to a virgin called Mary. This historic event is so important that the most ancient Christian Church has made it into a prayer to remind her members who are the Body of Christ about what the Yes of a Virgin in ancient Israel did for the whole of mankind. The Hail Mary prayer goes like this:
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Let’s examine the Hail Mary prayer.
[Part 1] Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
This is derived from the greeting of the angel Gabriel to Mary.
And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!”
~ Luke 1:28 RSV
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 DRB
The biblical Greek word used by the angel kecharito¯mene¯ is rightly translated as “full of grace,” it is the perfect passive participle of the Greek word charitoo¯ which means, “to grace.” Mary was “full of grace” because the Lord is united with her, “the Lord is with thee” as the angel added.
We should note that angels are messengers of their masters, in this case, an angel of God. So, we can conclude for certain that God Almighty Himself was saying to Mary that she is “full of grace” and that He was with her. How sweet it is to imitate God by saying the “Hail Mary?”
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
~ Ephesians 5:1 RSV
In other passages of the New Testament, certain men are said to be “full of the Spirit” and also “full of grace and power”, according to Acts 6:3 and Acts 6:8 respectively. How much more grace do you expect to be contained in The Woman who is to bring forth the Son of the Living God?
The moon does not take away from the brightness of the sun, but reflects it. Likewise, Mary does not take away from the glory of her Son, Jesus, but reflects Him. Without the sun the moon is useless, so also, without Christ, Mary is nothing. She is “full of grace” because of Christ, the Source of grace.
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