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The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
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Posted on 10/07/2009 8:28:08 AM PDT by Salvation

The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women,
and Blessed is the Fruit
of Thy Womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen

Millions of Catholics often say the Hail Mary. Some repeat it hastily not even thinking on the words they are saying. These following words may help some say it more thoughtfully.

They can give God's Mother great joy and obtain for themselves graces that she wishes to give them.

One Hail Mary well said fills the heart of Our Lady with delight and obtains for us indescribably great  graces. One Hail Mary well said gives us more graces than a thousand thoughtlessly said.

The Hail Mary is like a mine of gold that we can always take from but never exhaust.
Is it hard to say the Hail Mary well? All we have to do is to know its value and understand its meaning.

St. Jerome tells us that "the truths contained in the Hail Mary are so sublime, so wonderful that no man or Angel could fully understand them."

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Prince of Theologians, "the wisest of Saints and holiest of wise men," as Leo XIII called him, preached for 40 days in Rome on the Hail Mary, filling his hearers with rapture.

Father F. Suarez, the holy and learned Jesuit, declared when dying that he would willingly give all the many learned books he wrote, all his life's labors, for the merit of one Hail Mary prayerfully and devoutly said.

St. Mechtilde, who loved our Lady very much, was one day striving to compose a beautiful prayer in her honor. Our Lady appeared to her, with the golden letters on her breast of: "Hail Mary full of grace." She said to her: "Desist, dear child, from your labor for no prayer you could possibly compose would give me the joy and delight of the Hall Mary."

A certain man found joy in saying slowly the Hail Mary. The Blessed Virgin in return appeared to him smiling and announced to him the day and hour that he should die, granting him a most holy and happy death.

After death a beautiful white lily grew from his mouth having written on its petals: "Hail Mary."

Cesarius recounts a similar incident. A humble and holy monk lived in the monastery. His poor mind and memory were so weak that he could only repeat one prayer which was the "Hail Mary." After death a tree grew over his grave and on all its leaves was written: "Hail Mary."

These beautiful legends show us how much devotion to Our Lady was valued, and the power attributed to the Hail Mary devoutly prayed.

Each time that we say the Hail Mary we are repeating the very same words with which St. Gabriel the Archangel saluted Mary on the day of the Annunciation, when she was made Mother of the Son of God.

Many graces and joys filled the soul of Mary at that moment.

Now when we say the Hail Mary we offer anew all these graces and joys to Our Lady and she accepts them with Immense delight.

In return she gives us a share in these joys.

Once Our Lord asked St. Francis Assisi to give Him something. The Saint replied: "Dear Lord, I can give You nothing for I have already given you all, all my love."

Jesus smiled and said: "Francis, give Me it all again and again, it will give Me the same pleasure."

So with our dearest Mother, she accepts from us each time we say the Hail Mary the joys and delight she received from the words of St. Gabriel.

Almighty God gave His Blessed Mother all the dignity, greatness and holiness necessary to make her His own most perfect Mother.

But He also gave her all the sweetness, love, tenderness and affection necessary to make her our most loving Mother. Mary is truly and really our Mother.

As children when in trouble run to their mothers for help, so ought we to run at once with unbounded confidence to Mary.

St. Bernard and many Saints said that it was never, never heard at any time or in any place that Mary refused to hear the prayers of her children on earth.

Why do we not realize this most consoling truth? Why refuse the love and consolation that God's Sweet Mother is offering us?

Is it our lamentable ignorance which deprives us of such help and consolation.

To love and trust Mary is to be happy on earth now and afterwards to be happy in Heaven.

Dr. Hugh Lammer was a staunch Protestant, with strong prejudices against the Catholic Church.

One day he found an explanation of the Hail Mary and read it. He was so charmed with it that he began to say it daily. Insensibly all his anti-Catholic animosity began to disappear. He became a Catholic, a holy priest and a professor of Catholic Theology in Breslau.

A priest was called to the bedside of a man who was dying in despair because of his sins.
Yet he refused obstinately to go to confession. As a last recourse the priest asked him to say at least the Hail Mary after which the poor man made a sincere confession and died a holy death.

In England, a parish priest was asked to go and see a Protestant lady who was gravely ill, and who wished to become a Catholic.

Asked if she had ever gone to a Catholic Church, or, if she had spoken to Catholics, or if she had read Catholic books? She replied, "No, no."

All she could remember was that------when a child------she had learned from a little Catholic neighbor girl the Hail Mary, which she said every night. She was Baptized and before dying had the happiness of seeing her husband and children Baptized.

St. Gertrude tells us in her book, "Revelations" that when we thank God for the graces He has given to any Saint, we get a great share of those particular graces.

What graces, then, do we not receive when we say the Hail Mary while thanking God for all the unspeakable graces He has given His Blessed Mother?

With Ecclesiastical Approval.
 

". . . One Ave Maria [Hail Mary] said without sensible fervor, but with a pure will in a time of aridity, has much more value in my sight than an entire Rosary recited in the midst of consolations."   --------The Blessed Mother to Sr: Benigna Consolata Ferrero

"The holy and learned Jesuit, Father Suarez, was so deeply aware of the value of the Angelic Salutation [Hail Mary] that he said that he would gladly give all his learning for the price of one Hail Mary that had been said properly."   --------St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, p. 48



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: blessedvirginmary; catholic; prayer; rosary
This is an Ecumenical Thread. Please follow the Religion Moderator's Guidelines for Ecumenical Threads
1 posted on 10/07/2009 8:28:09 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
To celelbrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!

Catholic Discussion Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Discussion Ping List.

2 posted on 10/07/2009 8:30:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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celelbrate
celebrate

I know you got the meaning. LOL!


3 posted on 10/07/2009 8:33:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

bump


4 posted on 10/07/2009 8:35:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: All
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Tradition has long connected Saint Dominic and his Order with the preaching of the Rosary. Dominic’s followers have been called the “Friars of Mary.” The fifteen-decade Rosary adorns their habit with the frequent reminder that they are united to the Son of God in the living presence of our Blessed Mother.

 
Pray the Rosary. 
Pray without ceasing.

5 posted on 10/07/2009 8:36:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Petronski

This should get interesting.

Just a word of advice, when the really hateful smears of the Blessed Mother start coming in be sure to ask for citations of any quotes.


6 posted on 10/07/2009 8:38:02 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

You have FReepmail.


7 posted on 10/07/2009 8:42:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: wagglebee
The Three Greatest Prayers, St. Thomas Aquinas
8 posted on 10/07/2009 8:44:55 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: wagglebee

At least it’s an ecumenical thread, so they have to be respectful.


9 posted on 10/07/2009 8:49:51 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Salvation

BTTT


10 posted on 10/07/2009 9:00:19 AM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: Salvation
Pope John Paul II clearly had an endless devotion and love for Our Lady and never ceased to remind us of the reasons why the Catholic Church promotes true devotion to Our Blessed Mother, as well as the important and necessity.

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

11 posted on 10/07/2009 9:02:08 AM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: Salvation



The
Hail
Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

Amen.


12 posted on 10/07/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Salvation

I don’t understand why you made this an Ecumenical thread. Any thread dealing with Catholic devotion to Mary is going to have those who spurn Mary as being no more than a vessel salivating to attack. It will have those who love Mary as the Mother of Christ claiming we Catholics worship her and made her a 4th member of the Trinity.

That being said, ...
“ Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners. Now and at the hour of our death.”


13 posted on 10/07/2009 9:14:26 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Salvation
Here's how we say it, and you can bet its power is awe inspiring!

"Mother of God and Virgin, rejoice, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast given birth to the Savior of our souls."

14 posted on 10/07/2009 10:29:55 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Salvation

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce.
Le Seigneur est avec vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
Priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.
Amen


15 posted on 10/07/2009 10:57:07 AM PDT by aimee5291
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To: Salvation

Mary’s generosity in bringing her Son to us and us to Him is truly remarkable. In a way I can’t get upset with those who don’t see it because even when I see it I find it hard to believe!


16 posted on 10/07/2009 11:30:16 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin: pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Amen to your tagline!


17 posted on 10/07/2009 12:04:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: wagglebee; Salvation

That is why I think of the famous Mother Angelica saying about the Blessed Mother to not say “sorry” about having.:)


18 posted on 10/07/2009 12:22:34 PM PDT by Biggirl (I believe in THE BOOK that promises VICTORY OVER THE WORLD!:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Biggirl
This one?

"Never apologize for the Blessed Virgin Mary!"

~~Mother Angelica


19 posted on 10/07/2009 12:24:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Yes! Thanks!:)


20 posted on 10/07/2009 12:26:03 PM PDT by Biggirl (I believe in THE BOOK that promises VICTORY OVER THE WORLD!:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Salvation

One thing that my wife and I have in common is that we have both been touched by the Blessed Mother long before we met.


21 posted on 10/07/2009 5:32:31 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: Salvation

Good timing for me! Last week’s RCIA Tuesday night class was about the rosary. A lovely woman from our parish made a special rosary for each of us candidates. It’s a hobby of her’s, each one was unique. I do very much enjoy praying it, quite soothing.


22 posted on 10/07/2009 7:05:47 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: Kolokotronis

That is beautiful. Is that Orthodox?


23 posted on 10/07/2009 7:06:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Is that Orthodox?"

Yes, very!

Here's the text in Greek:

Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη Μαρία, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ· εὐλογημένη σύ ἐν γυναιξὶ καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου, ὅτι Σωτῆρα ἔτεκες τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.

24 posted on 10/07/2009 7:09:36 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Salvation
Thank you for posting this thread. I set about mowing the lawn (a big lawn — former pasture) this afternoon and donned my headphones to drown out the noise of the mower and to listen to Relevant Radio. The program this afternoon was all about the Rosary and we all said it many times during my 2-3 hours of mowing and examined the prayer up and down and backwards & forwards. What a wonderful afternoon it became.

For anyone within sound of Relevant Radio, I encourage you to tune in. If your geographic location does not permit it, you can listen on line. Marvelous, spiritual programming. And if you find it helpful to your spiritual growth, please send them a few bucks.

25 posted on 10/07/2009 7:14:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kolokotronis
"Mother of God and Virgin, rejoice, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast given birth to the Savior of our souls."

I love it. Do you suppose that I'll be drummed out of the Roman Rite if I say that I think that I like it better than ours? It evokes some wonderful images.

26 posted on 10/07/2009 7:17:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: wtc911

Ah, I’d like to hear your stories.


27 posted on 10/07/2009 9:36:14 PM PDT by Melian ("frequently in error, rarely in doubt")
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To: To Hell With Poverty

How special to have a Rosary made for you.


28 posted on 10/07/2009 9:48:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Welcome Home, too!


29 posted on 10/07/2009 9:49:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Do you suppose that I’ll be drummed out of the Roman Rite if I say that I think that I like it better than ours?”

I sincerely doubt it! I’m pleased you like it.


30 posted on 10/08/2009 3:09:52 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Salvation; NYer; Mad Dawg; fatima; Judith Anne; Tax-chick

I once owned a book that a collection of beautiful accounts of Mary’s intercession. I have since lost the book unfortunately, but remember one of my favorite stories; it goes...

There was once a family who had the habit of saying “Hail Mary’ upon entering their house and leaving their house. This family owned a parrot of some sort, who then learned the prayer. One day, a bird of prey came in and swooped the bird up and in its talons took off. The parrot in a panic yelled “Hail Mary Hail Mary” and the bird of prey died on the spot and the parrot regained his freedom.

I love this story!!!!


31 posted on 05/26/2011 1:25:27 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: diamond6

When I was younger, before rheumatoid arthritis got me, I knitted a 6’x6’ bedspread, every ten stitches was the rosary prayer; of course I added the other prayers as well; it took me three months to do it, and when I was finished with knitting, I crocheted the edging, and crocheted roses that I knitted onto the body of the bedspread.

It was huge, took over 20 skeins of yarn. I wish I could do it again, but don’t have the strength in my hands anymore. Little did I know that it would be one of the best projects of my life, one that I have looked back on many times with happiness.

A very dear friend, not Catholic, traded it to me for a fairly large item I needed...


32 posted on 05/26/2011 5:21:46 PM PDT by Judith Anne ( Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: diamond6

:)Wow this is an old thread.Monday a man came in to say Goodbye.He worked for the carnival and I was so glad they were breaking down and leaving.For 3 days he would come into the thrift store and say he was broke and had no money for food and clothing.We helped him-no money.He would just on and and on and talk.He seemed like he was on speed.So Monday he stood before me and I said I prayed for you at Mass yesterday.He just looked at me and listened.I told him I put nice clothes on him and knelt him in front of me before the alter.Then I said the Hail Mary.He broke down and cried.He told me no-one has ever prayed for him before and he has never been inside of a church.We talked a little longer about how to pray.I gave him a rosary.He asked if he could write me .I told him no and then he left.He promised me he would try to learn how to pray.


33 posted on 05/26/2011 7:10:51 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today:))
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