Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Hail Mary

  • Program #: 240
  • Description: What is the meaning of the Hail Mary? There are multiple meanings, explains the Catholic Catechism. When we say,“Hail Mary” or “Rejoice, Mary”, we are repeating the greeting of the angel Gabriel to Mary at the Annunciation. The next phrase, “Full of grace, the Lord is with you” asserts that Mary is full of grace because the SOURCE of grace - the Lord - is with her. “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb,” echoes Elizabeth when she greeted her young cousin who has come to assist her during her delivery of John the Baptist. “Holy Mary, Mother of God” means that because Mary gives us Jesus,her Son, the God-Man, Mary is the Mother of God and our Mother. The final plea to Mary, “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” acknowledges that we are sinners, now, hoping that Mary can welcome us as our Mother at the hour we die, and lead us to her Son, Jesus, in Paradise. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute With the Catechism.

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