Why Pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary?
That is what non-Catholics say to Catholics. We should only pray to GOD, they
say. But do Catholics really pray to Blessed Mary or is there
something others do not understand? I would be willing to bet they do not even
examine the prayers we use to 'petition' Blessed Mary. Have you
ever heard of the word 'intercession'? It is when we ask someone to pray for us.
Lets look at a few Bible verses...
Rom 15:30, "...help me by your prayers to GOD for me."
Col 1:9, "This
is why we too have been praying for you unceasingly."
1Thes 3:10, "Night
and day we pray more and more..."
2Thes 1:11, "To this end we pray always
2Thes 3:1, "In conclusion brethren, pray for us..."
5:16, "...and pray for one another that you may be saved."
"...that he may offer it with the prayers of all the saints..."
to Scripture, are the saints in Heaven dead or alive?
The Bible is asking you to pray for one another. Have you ever asked someone to
pray for you? Have you ever told someone you will pray for them? Why then, when
the name of Mary is introduced, is it not to be asked of her? Was
she not a created being like all the rest of us? Why can we ask everyone else to
pray for us, but we can't ask it of Mary? Does it not stand to
reason that her Son would listen to her and grant her requests?
water into wine at Cana just by Mary making a remark, "They have
no wine", Jn 2:3. He was subjected to her in Lk 2:51, and no doubt for many
years until His ministry started at age 30. He listens to her now, just as He
did then. She must have a lot more influence with Him than any of us do, since
she is His mother. Now let us see if Catholics 'pray' to Blessed
Have you ever listened to the words of the most used Marian prayer of all, the
*** "Hail Mary, full of grace, the
Lord is with thee." ***
This is nothing more than the
salutation of Gabriel in Luke 1:28.
*** "Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Jesus)." ***
Elizabeth's greeting to Mary in Lk 1:42.
mother of GOD." ***
She is a saint which makes her holy,
and she is the Mother of GOD, because Elizabeth calls her the 'Mother of Our
Lord' in Lk 1:43. Also if you take Jn 1:1 "...and the Word was GOD',
and add it to Jn 1:14, "...and the Word was made flesh", GOD was made
flesh, and who was His mother? Mary!
*** "Pray for us
sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen." ***
is nothing more than petitioning Mary to PRAY FOR US, just like in
the Bible verses I presented. Do we 'pray to' Mary, or are we only
petitioning her to pray for us?
Now the next question is, 'Yes, but it is repetitious (the Rosary)
and that is forbidden by scripture'. (Mt 6:7)
OK, look at the entries listed
above which have the asterisk (*) in front of them.
Are not Col 1:9,
"This is why we have been praying for you unceasingly...", 1Thes 3:10, "Night
and day we pray more and more...", and 2Thes 1:11, "To this end we pray always
for you...", repetitious? Is this one of those so called 'Bible Conflicts' you
hear about from time to time?
No, not at all.
The answer is that the
Bible refers to two types of prayer repetition '(V)ain', in the manner of
heathens, and '(U)seful', NOT in the manner of heathens.
The Rosary is not
vain repetition. Here is a list of some in each category that you can check in
your Bible. (V) 1King 18:25-29, (U) Isa 6:3, (U) Dan 3:52-90, (V) *Mt 6:7, (U)
Mt *26:44, (U) *Lk 6:12, (U) Lk 18:1,9-14,*21:36, (U)*Col 1:9, (U) 1Thes
3:10,5:17, (U) *Jam 5:16, (U) **Rev 4:8
One final note:
Many non-Catholics have the false belief that praying to
"dead" people is useless. This is a mis-interpretation of what Holy Scripture
teaches us, for the Blessed Virgin
Mary and others who have gone on before us are not dead but live forever.
Written by Bob Stanley, 1995
Updated March 28, 2002
Updated March 29, 2007
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