In Celebration of the Feast of the Visitation
I am reposting this:
Q. Why do Catholics call Mary “Blessed”?
A. We refer to Mary as the Blessed Virgin Mary in imitation of scripture.
Luke 1:41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
Luke 1:48 From now on all generations will call me blessed,
Q. Is the “Hail Mary” Scriptural?
A. Yes, actually most of this prayer comes straight out of Luke 1 or is based upon it. Below is the prayer.
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Hail Full of Grace, the Lord is with you! –>Luke1:28 (The angel’s greeting)
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. –>Luke 1:42 (Elizabeth’s greeting)
Holy Mary –>Luke 1:30 “you have found favor with God” (the angel’s declaration)
Mother of God –>Luke 1:43 “mother of my Lord” (Elizabeth’s declaration)
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. (request for intercessory prayer)