Skip to comments.The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
Posted on 10/07/2009 8:28:08 AM PDT by Salvation
The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women,
and Blessed is the Fruit
of Thy Womb, Jesus.
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
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Tradition has long connected Saint Dominic and his Order with the preaching of the Rosary. Dominics 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.
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.
You have FReepmail.
At least it’s an ecumenical thread, so they have to be respectful.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.
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.”
"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."
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.
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!
Amen to your tagline!
That is why I think of the famous Mother Angelica saying about the Blessed Mother to not say “sorry” about having.:)
"Never apologize for the Blessed Virgin Mary!"
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.
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.
That is beautiful. Is that Orthodox?
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.
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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.
Ah, I’d like to hear your stories.
How special to have a Rosary made for you.
Welcome Home, too!
“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.
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!!!!
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...
:)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.