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Why did the Church add Mary's name to the beginning of the Hail Mary prayer? The angel did not say her name.

By May 11, 2017 One Comment

Full Question

Why did the Church add Mary’s name to the beginning of the Hail Mary prayer? The angel did not say her name. My Protestant friend criticized the Church for doing this.

Answer

The angel Gabriel doesn’t use Mary’s name in hailing her (Luke 1:28), but there is also no doubt that he’s hailing Mary. So adding her name for clarity in constructing the “Hail Mary” prayer is not contrary to any biblical principle. And Gabriel has no problem using Mary’s name otherwise (Luke 1:30). Rather, his initial focus is not on her name but on proclaiming her privileged status among humanity, i.e., being full of grace.


By Tom Nash

One Comment

  • Karen says:

    why do you contradict the teaches,if i was taught all thar at 5 years old-i dont need to anything.should i look for faults..gods says it.truth.we dont need to contradict and look for faults.ask the holy for guidance-truth..Iwas taught all that ar 5 years old why should i doubt karen morozthe teachoings.move ahead not back in time.

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