- Written by Caleb Brereton
As you probably know, Catholics are constantly being accused of (among other things) worshipping Mary. Today's blog is a breakdown of the Hail Mary prayer that gives a Biblical defense of each of the "phrases" or statements in the prayer. If you find this helpful, let me know and I'll try to write more about Mary and what we believe about her.
This is easy to defend because it is the way that the angel Gabriel greets Mary in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:28). Because angels are messengers from God, it cannot be said that the greeting sent from God is blasphemous.
2. BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN, AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS.
This is the greeting that Elizabeth extends to Mary when Mary comes to visit her (Luke 1:42). The key thing to notice is that before she says this, verse 41 indicates that Elizabeth was "filled with the Holy Spirit". As with the first phrase, we cannot say that a message inspired by God Himself is blasphemous.