Why We Honor Mary Pt I
and should never apologize for doing so. Someone will come up to you sooner or later and ask, “why do Catholics worship Mary?” Stunned because you know we don’t but not sure how to respond.They’re begging the question. The question itself is a trap and the best we can do is point out that the highest honor we give a human being because she is the Mother of God by design is not worship.The Mass is our form of worship. For a non Catholic they call their service praise and worship.Many are not liturgical so they take our honor of Mary as worship.When we take Mass as our form of worship. We see this differently.
Yes,we call her Mother of God. Theotokos.It is a right title and says as much about Jesus as it does about Mary.She is titled Mother of God because Jesus is God-not because she created God.She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit(her spouse)and gave birth to Jesus,true God and true man. Spouse in the sense of union in the spiritual realm. Marriage between Jesus and His Church reflects the union of marriage but it is not sexual. Mary and the Holy Spirit did not have a sexual union. We will be united with God in the end and it will not be a sexual union.We are not married in heaven to our earthly partner.We become,not angels but LIKE angels in that we are not married nor given in marriage.Heaven is beyond the necessity of procreation.
Mary is spared from sin(Immaculate Conception)by the death of her Son on the Cross before He is crucified just as we are saved from our sins by His death on the cross before we are even born.God is outside time and space.
Mary gets nothing that God didn’t deem her to get. She acknowledges this in her Magnificat.The Magnificat (Latin: [My soul] magnifies) — also known as the Song of Mary or the Canticle of Mary — is a canticle frequently sung (or spoken) liturgically in Christian church services. It is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. Its name comes from the first word of the Latin version of the canticle’s text.
The text of the canticle is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55) where it is spoken by the Virgin Mary upon the occasion of her Visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. In the narrative, after Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist, the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. When Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response.
The canticle echoes several Old Testament biblical passages, but the most pronounced allusions are to the Song of Hannah, from the Books of Samuel (1Samuel 2:1-10). Along with the Benedictus, as well as several Old Testament canticles, the Magnificat is included in the Book of Odes, an ancient liturgical collection found in some manuscripts of the Septuagint.
Within Christianity, the Magnificat is most frequently recited within the Liturgy of the Hours.
You will see how Mary glorifies and praises God for what HE has done for her:
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty,
hath done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations,
to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant,
being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
Yes,we as Catholics pray to Mary.To pray means to ask.
The Hail Mary:
Hail Mary full of grace(the angels greeting from God)
the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women(Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary)
and Blessed is the fruit of they womb,(again Elizabeth)
JESUS(the center of this prayer)
Holy Mary(she is)
Mother of God(her title)
pray FOR us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.Amen.