Mary explained


Where in the Bible do we find anyone praying to Mary or to any other person other than God?

First of all, what is “prayer”? According to Webster’s it is “the act of asking for a favor with earnestness”.  So, you ask your friend “Pray for me that my blood tests turn out ok?” So you’re asking someone to ask God for a favor.  This is the crux of intercessory prayer.  You are, in effect, praying to that friend.

But where in the Bible is it?  As I usually start off these “where in the Bible” questions, Catholics believe that the Bible is only part of the deposit of Faith, along side, and in equal partnership with Sacred Tradition and the Mageisterium.

However, there is biblical evidence.  In the Old Testament, in Psalm 103, we pray, “Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!” (Ps. 103:20-21). And in Psalm 148 we pray, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!” (Ps. 148:1-2) In the New Testament we see that those in heaven (angels, and saints) have the power to intercede with God on our behalf –  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:10). So, those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us.  “The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8). Here the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth, and angels do the same thing: “[An] angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God” (Rev. 8:3-4).
This does not eliminate or modify Christ’s position as Mediator between man and God.  Neither does his position as the only Mediator eliminate the ability for those around us on earth and in heaven to pray for us. 

Since Mary is in heaven, we can pray to her.  Praying to Mary in particular was done at the wedding feast of Cana in the Gospel of John, when the head waiter complained to Mary that they had no more wine.  Mary interceded to Jesus, who began his public ministry by creating many gallons of the finest wine ever seen on earth.

Lastly, we can see that, in the earliest creed, the Apostles Creed, it was a foundation of the apostles faith that we believe in…the communion of saints.

Where does the Bible call Mary the Mother of God?

This one is pretty simple.  Is Jesus God?  If so, then who is Jesus’ mother and father?  Mary and the Holy Spirit are Jesus’ parents.  So Mary is Jesus’ mother, Jesus is God, so Mary is the mother of God in the sense that she carried in her womb a divine person—Jesus Christ, God “in the flesh” (2 John 7, cf. John 1:14)—and in the sense that she contributed the physical matter to the human form God took in Jesus Christ.

Irenaeus

“The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God” (Against Heresies, 5:19:1 [A.D. 189]).

 

Hippolytus

“To all generations they have pictured forth the grandest subjects for contemplation and for action. Thus, too, they preached of the advent of God in the flesh to the world, his advent by the spotless and God-bearing (theotokos) Mary in the way of birth and growth, and the manner of his life and conversation with men, and his manifestation by baptism, and the new birth that was to be to all men, and the regeneration by the laver [of baptism]” (Discourse on the End of the World 1 [A.D. 217]).

Where does the Bible say that Mary is the Queen of Heaven?

Rev 12: 1-5: A great and wondrous sign
appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven; an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Here is a Bible passage that shows Mary crowned in heaven. She wears a heavenly crown of twelve stars. A crown plainly denotes Queenship. How much more clearly could Mary’s honour be illustrated?

1. The Woman in this Passage represents the Church. The twelve stars are the twelve Apostles.

2. The Woman represents Israel. The stars are the twelve tribes.

There are major problems with both interpretations…

1. The immediate paradox of the Church giving birth to Jesus! This is clearly nonsense.

2. If the Woman is taken as Israel, we have an exalted Israel. Yet Israel was not exalted at the time of Jesus’s birth. Most of Israel was astray.

3. Neither interpretation is a simple, literal reading of the text. 

Direct question: Who is the woman who gave birth to Jesus? Jesus’s Mother. (That was easy!)

Both alternative interpretations are contextually wrong. All the other figures in this passage represent individuals, rather than ideas or classes of people. The Child is Jesus, the Dragon is  Satan, the stars swept out of the sky are the rebel angels who followed Satan. Later in the passage, we find Michael and his angels, and also the Beast – the Antichrist. The Woman is the only figure in the passage who, according to some, is not the individual stated in the text, but a collective representation.

4. On the other hand, when Israel, Christians or the Church appear elsewhere in Revelation, they do not appear as personifications. They appear in literal form, as groups of individuals. Rev 7.4: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel; Rev 7.9: ..a great multitude that no-one could count...; Rev 12.17: ..the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments….

Even where the Church appears as the Bride of Christ, and a female personification would be expected, we do not get one. Instead of appearing as a woman, the Church appears as a City – the new Jerusalem. Rev 21: 9-10.

6. The figures that appear in Revelation 12 are the same as those that appear in the proto-gospel of Genesis. Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Satan is both the Serpent of Genesis, and the Dragon of Revelation. Jesus is the “seed” who will crush the serpent in Genesis, and the child who will rule with a rod of iron in Revelation. In both, He and His mother, the Woman, are at permanent enmity with the serpent. The Woman of Genesis 3 and Revelation 12 is the same. However no one suggests that the woman of Genesis 3 is Israel.

7. If there is any doubt as to what a symbolic personage in Revelation might represent, or if a veiled meaning is intended, that meaning is immediately explained in the text. The Lamb is defined as the Lord of Lords, the Dragon is Satan. The Heads of the Beast are Kings. However no such explanation is given with respect to the Woman, underlining that the obvious meaning is the one that is intended.

8. If we look at the reference to the Sun, Moon and Stars in this passage, we can compare it with Joseph’s dream in Genesis. In the dream the Sun, Moon and Stars represented his father, Isaac, his mother, and his eleven brothers. Together with Joseph, this gives us the total of 12 stars which appear in the Revelation vision. Since Joseph and his brothers were the forebears of Israel, the Sun, Moon and stars can indeed be taken to represent Israel. BUT in Revelation the Sun, Moon and Stars are not the subjects of the Vision. They instead form the adornments of the woman. This shows that although the Woman is linked with Israel, she is quite clearly NOT Israel.

9. The woman of Revelation 12 is introduced as a great sign in Heaven. Where else in the bible can we see a woman announced as a great sign? Look at Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son.” We can see that this is exactly the same sign as in Revelation 12, confirming that the Woman in both occurences is Mary.

The one who fits perfectly is…Mary

There are subsidiary meanings to the figure of the Woman – as there are to some other figures in Revelation. But the obvious primary meaning – that the woman giving birth to Jesus is actually Jesus’s mother – must be accepted. The only reason that Protestant scholars fight so hard against it? Because it conflicts with their deep-seated anti-Mary bias.

Mary, although Mother of Jesus is also part of the church and Mother of all Christians (Rev 12:17). Hence the 12 stars representing the twelve apostles. Mary is also true Daughter of Israel and of the royal line of David. The twelve stars therefore also represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Mary thus forms a key transition, and link, between Israel and the Church. Neither of the Protestant interpretations fully links the parenthood of Jesus, the parenthood of Christians, the twelve Apostles and the twelve tribes. Only Mary fulfils all the requirements of this passage.

Heavenly Crown

2 Tim 4:8 – Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me that day…..

James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.

1 Peter 5:4 – And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Rev. 2:10 .“..Be faithful even unto death and I will give you the crown of life.”

MARY’S QUEENSHIP

Biblically, a crown indicates kingship. Jesus promises crowns of Glory, Life and Righteousness to all who persevere and endure with him to the end. This is certainly the case with Mary. And looking to Timothy, we read:

2 Timothy 2:12 – If we endure, we will also reign with Him…

In Revelation Jesus says:

Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.”

These are promises made to those who endure to the end with Christ–they will have a share in Jesus’s Kingship.

Mary’s Queenship has still more bases in Scripture. She was the “God-bearer”, and as such has a unique relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As the first to say “Yes” to God’s plan, she is also the first Christian, and Mother of the Church, our Mother.

PREFIGURED

The Old Testament has more support for the Queenship of Mary. Jesus is the Messianic King. He is pre-figured in the ancient and Godly Kingship of David and Solomon. At the time of the historic Israel the Queen was not the wife of the king, because kings often had many wives. So the king’s mother was the queen. It was a position of authority and honour.  Her roles were advisor to the king, and advocate of the people; anyone who had a petition or sought an audience with the King did so through her.  This was so when Adonijah cunningly sought a high-ranking bride from Solomon:

1 Kings 2: 17-21: So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon – he will not refuse you – to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife. “Very well,” Bathsheba replied, “I will speak to the king for you.” When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.

See also 1 Kings 15.13 and 2 Kings 10:13; 12:1; 14:2; 15.33; 22.1

In Scriptural terms , just as Jesus’s Messianic Kingship is prefigured in the role of King of Israel, so Mary’s role is prefigured in that of the Queen Mother. The existence of this rare and unusual institution in Israel and Judah is providential. It reflects and prefigures the Messianic order. Mary is Heavenly Queen Mother, because her son Jesus is the Heavenly King.

Where in the Bible do we find the teaching that Mary is sinless?

Since Jesus took flesh in and from Mary’s body, and also obtained His human nature from Her, she had to be perfectly sinless. The only question that then arises is when and how Mary was made sinless.

Protestants are quite willing to admit that we are cleansed of our sins at baptism. Yet Mary could not have been baptised at the time of the Annunciation, or even Jesus’s birth. For this reason her sinlessness had to come in a special and unique manner. To be pure and free from all sin as God required, she had not only to be free of sin at one point in time, (as one is immediately after baptism,) but to remain sinless throughout her life.

Mary did indeed agree she needed a Saviour:

Luke 1.46-47: And Mary said “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,”

But this presents no difficulty. We have seen that Mary needed to be perfectly sinless in order to bear Jesus. Did she attain that sinlessness through her own human efforts? No, she was redeemed by her son, as was all the rest of humanity. She needed God’s Grace. In order to be, and remain, sinless she needed that grace at the time of her birth.

In Luke 1.46 Mary speaks of God as her Saviour, but she speaks in the present tense, not  “God, who will be my Saviour.” She has already been redeemed.

Looking at one of the Old Testament passages that Mary bases her words upon, we see this more clearly.

Isaiah 51.10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Every educated 1st Century Jew would have recognized, in this passage, that Mary clearly considered that God had already clothed her with the garments of salvation, and covered her with the robe of righteousness. Her sin had already been wiped away.

This is supported by the angel’s greeting to Mary:

Luke 1.28: The angel went to her and said, “Hail, you who are full of grace. The Lord is with you.”

Grace in the New Testament is seen as the antidote to sin.

Rom 3:24, Rom 5.15, Rom 5.20, Rom 6:14. So being filled with Grace indicates sinlessness. It is quite fitting that this happened at her conception. Is this a problem for God? No. Jesus is the perfect Redeemer, he redeemed one person perfectly, that person is Mary, having been redeemed by Jesus from Original Sin from the moment of her own conception.

 

Those who translate the angel’s greeting as “highly-favoured” have been guilty of making a false and rather misleading distinction. The Greek word used by the angel is Kecharitomene. The root of this word is Charis, meaning grace. The prefix Ke means that the grace was already perfectly present before the angel appeared. The suffix mene means that Mary was the recipient of this grace.

Now Charis can also be translated simply as favor. So Highly-favored could be a conceivable translation, but this would only be acceptable if the word “favor” were used as a translation for “Charis” elsewhere in the New TestamentEven those bibles which translate “Charis” as Favor” when referring to Mary, translate it as “Grace” everywhere else. This is highly misleading because in the New Testament the word “Grace” has a particular meaning distinct from “Favor”. In the New Testament “Grace” is a gift of God that saves from sin and its effects. So translating the word any differently is wrong. The correct translation is rightfully “Full of Grace”.

52 thoughts on “Mary explained

  1. It is absolutely permissible to ask Mary, because she intercedes for us. Revelation shows the elders hearing the prayers of the living.

    Psalm 45:9 – the psalmist teaches that the Queen stands at the right hand of God. The role of the Queen is important in God’s kingdom. Mary the Queen of heaven is at the right hand of the Son of God.

    1 Kings 2:17, 20 – in the Old Testament Davidic kingdom, the King does not refuse his mother. Jesus is the new Davidic King, and He does not refuse the requests of his mother Mary, the Queen.

    1 Kings 2:18 – in the Old Testament Davidic kingdom, the Queen intercedes on behalf of the King’s followers. She is the Queen Mother (or “Gebirah”). Mary is our eternal Gebirah.

    1 Kings 2:19 – in the Old Testament Davidic kingdom the King bows down to his mother and she sits at his right hand. We, as children of the New Covenant, should imitate our King and pay the same homage to Mary our Mother. By honoring Mary, we honor our King, Jesus Christ.

    1 Kings 15:13 – the Queen Mother is a powerful position in Israel’s royal monarchy. Here the Queen is removed from office. But now, the Davidic kingdom is perfected by Jesus, and our Mother Mary is forever at His right hand.

    Neh. 2:6 – the Queen Mother sits beside the King. She is the primary intercessor before the King.

  2. Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.“ Satan is both the Serpent of Genesis, and the Dragon of Revelation. Jesus is the “seed” who will crush the serpent in Genesis, and the child who will rule with a rod of iron in Revelation. In both, He and His mother, the Woman, are at permanent enmity with the serpent.”
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    I don’t disagree with Jesus being her seed and Satan being the serpent. But the passage says emnity between you [Satan] and the woman [lets assume Mary for a moment] and between your seed [who is Satan’s seed?] and her seed [Jesus]. He [Jesus] shall bruise your [Satan’s] head (only bruise?) and you [Satan] shall bruise his [Jesus’] heel.

    1. What do you make of the verb ‘bruise’ in light of the Serpent’s outcome in Revelation?
    2. How will Satan bruise Jesus’ heel?
    3. Who is the seed of Satan?
    4. How does Mary continue to be at emnity with Satan beyond her physical death?

  3. a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven; an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

    “Here is a Bible passage that shows Mary crowned in heaven. She wears a heavenly crown of twelve stars. A crown plainly denotes Queenship. How much more clearly could Mary’s honour be illustrated?”
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    This appears inconsistent. If we consider Mary’s crown to be a ‘simple literal’ meaning, should we also assume she was literally wearing the sun as a garment or is that figuritive language in the same sentence?
    Mary will be crying in pain in heaven? Is that how she’s honoured?
    Does Satan have a literal tail? (cherubim do… was Satan a cherub or an angel?)
    What are the seven heads of Satan and if the crown denotes royalty, who are the 7 dragon crowns and what do the 10 horns symbolize?

    My point is: does the Catholic position see this entire passage as literal?
    Thanks for your clarification.

  4. Gen 3:14-15 says: Then the LORD God said to the snake: Because you have done this, cursed are you among all the animals, tame or wild; On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

    I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.

    The snake was identified with the devil (Wis 2:24; Jn 8:44; Rev 12:9; 20:2), whose eventual defeat seemed implied in the verse. Because “the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8), the passage was understood as the first promise of a redeemer for fallen humankind, the protoevangelium. Irenaeus of Lyons (ca. A.D. 130–200), in his Against Heresies 5.21.1, followed by several other Fathers of the Church, interpreted the verse as referring to Christ, and cited Gal 3:19 and 4:4 to support the reference. Another interpretive translation is ipsa, “she,” and is reflected in Jerome’s Vulgate. “She” was thought to refer to Mary, the mother of the messiah. In Christian art Mary is sometimes depicted with her foot on the head of the serpent.

    Satan’s seed would be those Satan pulls into evil, I think. We know the Saints, including Mary, is alive, so she continues to work against Satan.

  5. All Scripture, especially the Apocalypse, contains a mix of literal and figureative language. Satan is a fallen angel. We do have art that depicts exactly the literal picture of Mary with a crown of 12 stars. And we do believe Mary is the Queen of Heaven.
    Seven diadems: these are symbolic of the fullness of the dragon’s sovereignty over the kingdoms of this world; cf. Christ with many diadems (Rev 19:12).

  6. But why would a queen who has authority flee as it says in REV 12:6
    And please explain why would God have a queen if he is a jealous God also if God does not respect man why would he make his creation queen of his holy place. If she is the queen of heaven wouldn’t she have power wouldn’t her name heal the sick? Did she even perform a miracle on earth? Don’t you remember god is a jealous God why would he want his praise thanks and honor be split with him and his creation? And just because she bore Jesus does that really make her a queen? Don’t you think that if God is almighty and SOVEREIGN he could of chose another person to give birth to our lord Jesus Christ ?

  7. God protects the persecuted church in the desert, the traditional Old Testament place of refuge for the afflicted, according to the typology of the Exodus.

    Question for you: Who is the king of Heaven?
    Question 2: In the Old Testament, who was the king’s most trusted advisor? From the example of King Solomon, it was the Queen Mother, Bathsheba.

    Mary never healed the sick, except that she said yes to God, bore His Son, who healed the sick. Mary’s miracle was the conception of God in her womb. Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord”. By honoring Mary, we worship God all the more.

    God could have, but he didn’t.

  8. isaiah 42:8 states that god shares no honor no glory and no praise with anybody i pray that you will see the light im mean no offense and please do not judge all christians for my action God bless

  9. oh and my friend the king of heaven is God almighty. i believe that only God deserves the honor since he is sovereign i pray to nobody but my God who is wonderful. im grateful that mary gave birth to our lord and savior Jesus Christ but i do not pray to honor or praise her and i understand that you do not praise her but ask her to pray for you. and even on that topic where in the bible does it talk about someone asking someone in heaven for prayer. my friend i pray for you that you will see the light. God does not want you to ask one of his saints to ask him to intercede on your behalf he wants to build a personal relationship with go straight to God almighty not one of his saints. my friend God wants a relationship that you can ask him for something and he answer your prayer. i am not here to argue over this but to help you see that God is the only one to be honored not mary or the saints God bless im praying for you

  10. You’re right. God does not share glory and praise with anyone. When we honor Mary, it’s a different honor than that which is due to God.

    No offense taken, this is meant to be instructive. We don’t worship Mary. We worship God alone.

  11. But God himself shows the Saints receiving the prayers of the faithful and bringing them to God. The book of Revelation is full of that. Don’t you ask your friend/spouse/child to pray for you? This is the same principal we use to pray to the saints. Or are you saying you don’t ask people to pray for you?

  12. i do ask my friends to pray for me but they are here with me on earth not in heaven. im just saying that if the principal was correct wouldn’t the apostle paul or jesus christ himself ask king david or abraham to intercede for them. the bible states that they’re two people that intercede pn pur behalf that is Jesus Christ and the holy spirit,if we have them praying for us what is the use of asking the saints and mary to pray for us.what is the difference between the honor you give to mary and God. Do you just give mary honor because she gave birth to Jesus Christ or is it because of a different reason?

  13. i do ask my friends to pray for me but they are here with me on earth not in heaven. im just saying that if the principal was correct wouldn’t the apostle paul or jesus christ himself ask king david or abraham to intercede for them. the bible states that they’re two people that intercede pn pur behalf that is Jesus Christ and the holy spirit,if we have them praying for us what is the use of asking the saints and mary to pray for us.what is the difference between the honor you give to mary and God. Do you just give mary honor because she gave birth to Jesus Christ or is it because of a different reason?Mary was a godly women but she is not to be honored with the title of queen of heaven.since i changed the topic alittle i just wanted to add that she was not the mother of God
    God has no mother if God himself had a mother that would mean that God would of had a beginning and that would also mean that mary would be higher than God.mary was the mother of Jesus our lord and savior he was God incarnate so that would she was only Jesus’s mother not Gods mother

  14. luke 11:27-28. Jesus corrected the women who gave honor to mary saying blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

  15. God has no queen for he has sovereign dominion of all the universe.would God really make his servant a queen of his holy place

  16. not to be a little off topic but i must ask you how well do you know your bible and are you a priest because i need to ask a question why do catholics pray to the rosary if in exodus 20;4-5 it says that you shall not pray to any graven image and you shall not bow down to any statue here on earth?

  17. Rather, it emphasizes (like Lk 2:35) that attentiveness to God’s word is more important than biological relationship to Jesus. It’s not a rebuke of Mary.

  18. As Bathsheba was the Queen Mother of Solomon, Mary is the Queen Mother of Jesus. Is not Mary the Mother of God?

  19. I am not a priest, but I study the Bible on a daily basis. I read it before breakfast, and before going to sleep, and I pray the Psalms every day. We don’t pray to a rosary. The rosary is simply an aid to help us in praying the prayers. The Rosary is the prayer of the life of Jesus, the Gospel.
    The Bible doesn’t say we shouldn’t bow down to a statue, it says we shouldn’t worship a statue. We know this because God caused Moses to make a seraph serpent, that anyone who gazed at it would be healed of their bites. Remember what the Hebrews did while Moses was on Mt. Sinai-the melted gold into an bull and said “This is the god who brought us out of the land of Egypt.”

  20. Asking someone to intercede for us doesn’t hurt, and could help.

    We worship God, we honor Mary as God’s creature, the Mother of Jesus.

  21. No one can save us from my sins except Jesus. Asking someone else to intercede would be like saying Jesus’ blood on the cross wasn’t sufficient or totally neccessary.

  22. Granted, Jesus is the one who saves us from sins. Asking Mary to talk to her son, as she did at the feast at Cana, for example, might assist. But if intercessory prayer doesn’t work, why do we ask people to pray for us?

  23. I would ask you to pray for me, and I will pray for you- but I’m praying to God alone because I am requesting that He will bless you.
    God knows every hair on my head, he knows every star in the universe by name and the all-knowing Creator of the universe doesn’t need my uncle Charlie’s advice or coersion.
    When the catholic church of england was strangling Tynsdale before tying him to a stake and burning him for printing the word of God in the common tongue, Tynsdale prayed to God for the King’s eyes to be opened. He didn’t pray to the people in the mob or his relatives who have died before him.
    Mary talked to Jesus because he was standing near her… notice she didn’t pray to Abraham or Moses at Cana?
    As the angel in Revelation 22 clearly points out, only God is worthy of your prayers. You, me, the prophets and the angels are all fellow servants.
    Ps. 116 “The Lord hears our prayer..” It doesn’t say Mary relays my message.
    1 John 5:14 also says the Lord hears us… (to paraphrase)

    Jesus should always always be the focal point of our prayers.

    Hebrews 7:25 “He is able to save completely those who come to God through him [Jesus], because he always lives to intercede for them”

    Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

    Present your requests to whom? God.

    As you well know, the Lord’s Prayer begins with these words: “Our Father …” (Matthew 6:9).

  24. those in heaven are alive.the mother of solomon was the queen but she was married to king david.mary is not married to God. jesus is God and they are 1 but im saying Jesus was human God is not human therefore he does not have any need of a mother. jesus needed a mother as a child jesus does equal God what im saying is even though jesus has a mother does not mean God had a mother. can a creation create its creator. you see mary did not create jesus she just gave birth to him Jesus since he was God was always living. solomon was a wise king but he was just human not God incarnate which is jesus

  25. i am not a pastor either for i am only in my youth but i do not use that as an excuse to not praise God im telling you my friend i may be young but he has a calling on my life.as samuel,david ,even mary herself were called at a young age. now dont get me wrong im not honoring them because they didnt give up even though they were young but i give honor to where it is due and that is to the throne of heaven to God alone

  26. i agree with 14IESVS because it is true was jesus crucifixion not good enough that you would rather ask help of his servants.

  27. You’re adding meaning where such is not meant. Mary is the Mother of God. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the incarnation of our Lord: Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Lk 1:26-38 and Mt 1:18-25) Through her, Jesus Christ–second person of the Holy Trinity, one-in-being (consubstantial) with the Father, and true God from true God–entered this world, taking on human flesh and a human soul. Jesus is true God and true man. In His person are united both a divine nature and a human nature.

    Mary did not create the divine person of Jesus, who existed with the Father from all eternity. “In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly ‘Mother of God’ (Theotokos)” (CCC, No. 495). As St. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we have seen His glory: The glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love” (Jn 1:14).

    For this reason, sometime in the early history of the Church, our Blessed Mother was given the title “Mother of God.” St. John Chrysostom (d. 407), for example, composed in his Eucharistic Prayer for the Mass an anthem in honor of her: “It is truly just to proclaim you blessed, O Mother of God, who are most blessed, all pure and Mother of our God. We magnify you who are more honorable than the Cherubim and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim. You who, without losing your virginity, gave birth to the Word of God. You who are truly the Mother of God.”

    However, objection to the title “Mother of God” arose in the fifth century, due to confusion concerning the mystery of the incarnation. Nestorius, Bishop of Constantinople (428-431), incited a major controversy. He stated that Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, a regular human person, period. To this human person was united the person of the Word of God (the divine Jesus). This union of two persons–the human Christ and the divine Word– was “sublime and unique” but merely accidental. The divine person dwelt in the human person “as in a temple.” Following his own reasoning, Nestorius asserted that the human Jesus died on the cross, not the divine Jesus. As such, Mary is not “Mother of God,” but simply “Mother of Christ”–the human Jesus. Sound confusing? It is, but the result is the splitting of Christ into two persons and the denial of the incarnation.

    St. Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria (d. 440) refuted Nestorius, asserting, “It was not that an ordinary man was born first of the Holy Virgin, on whom afterwards the Word descended; what we say is that, being united with the flesh from the womb, (the Word) has undergone birth in the flesh, making the birth in the flesh His own…” This statement affirms the belief asserted in the first paragraph.

    On June 22, 431, the Council of Ephesus convened to settle this argument. The Council declared, “If anyone does not confess that the Emmanuel is truly God and therefore that the holy Virgin is the Mother of God (Theotokos) (since she begot according to the flesh the Word of God made flesh), anathema sit.” Therefore, the Council officially recognized that Jesus is one person, with two natures–human and divine–united in a true union. Second, Ephesus affirmed that our Blessed Mother can rightfully be called the Mother of God. Mary is not Mother of God, the Father, or Mother of God, the Holy Spirit; rather, she is Mother of God, the Son–Jesus Christ. The Council of Ephesus declared Nestorius a heretic, and the Emperor Theodosius ordered him deposed and exiled. (Interestingly, a small Nestorian Church still exists in Iraq, Iran and Syria.)

    The incarnation is indeed a profound mystery. The Church uses very precise–albeit philosophical–language to prevent confusion and error. Nevertheless, we must ponder this great mystery of how our divine Savior entered this world, taking on our human flesh, to free us from sin. We must also ponder and emulate the great example of our Blessed Mother, who said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to Thy word.” May we turn to her always as our own Mother, pleading, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

  28. All our praise goes to God. Look at this example: Does the sun give off any less light because the moon reflects the sun’s light? Sane thing: Mary and the Saints all reflect God’s love and mercy, and any honor we give them reflects 100% to God.

  29. Of course Jesus’ crucifixion was good enough. That doesn’t mean we don’t have something to do with it, and it doesn’t mean we don’t need help. Same can be said for God: What does God need with our puny worship of him? And yet we do.

  30. Why do you glorify Mary? Still if she was higher than a cherubim then why was she made a mere human? If she was deserving of such a high title why didn’t Jesus state it why did he not say” Mary queen of heaven great are you” Jesus never said that. Mary was the mother of Jesus yes but If you think about like this God loves showing off right God chose Mary when she was still a virgin not for her to be glorified but for God to be Glorified. God is higher than anything and does not need a queen. You say that you do not worship Mary but you do so by glorifying her over the angels and basically everything else besides God. A queen has power a king had power Jesus is the king of heaven and he is God, but Mary is not queen of anything because she had no divine authority. If she was the queen of heaven would she not be resurrected herself? Glory to God and God alone in your perfect sovereignty you are the alpha and omega you need no queen you need not your creation to have the divine authority you a
    Have. PRAISE BE TO GOD ONLY

  31. Short answer. We don’t worship Mary. We honor Jesus’ mother.
    Look at the example of King Solomon in the Bible. Who was his queen? His mother, Bathsheba. Did she herself have any power, other than to advise her son? No. Any power she had derives from his power. Same with Mary. She has no power of her own, even as queen of Heaven.

  32. I like your version of Ave Maria, and I listened to a couple of other songs as well. You have a nice style. Thank you for stopping by, and do come back.

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  34. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before Jesus was crucified, He was praying to His Heavenly Father. As He was praying, the serpent slithered around Him, Jesus stood up and crushed the serpent with his heel, bruising it. Also, when Jesus died on the cross, he was crushed and bruised for iniquities, but not destroyed, through his resurrection he crushed Satan’s world because everyone wasn’t damned to hell.
    As far as the dragon with 7 heads and ten horns, if you read history books about symbols, you will find that those are symbolic of the 7 powers of the world and the ten horns are those under their power which people need to understand is THE ROMAN CATHOLIC EMPIRE! how many powers in the catholic church and areas they control? I am not trying to disrespect or slander, but it is in the book and the history books. The anti-christ will come from one of these areas.
    As far as praying to Mary, God says it very clearly in the ten commandments, no other gods before Him. God also commands, not suggests, to pray in Jesus’ name. Ask whatever you desire in the name of Jesus. You aren’t praying to a friend if you ask them to pray for you, you are asking because the prayer of a righteous man has power. Abraham was considered righteous because of his faith in God. Prayer from others and even strangers is power against the evil on and support that you can feel. Prayer is having a personal relationship with God and Jesus. God doesn’t love Mary any more or any less than anyone else. God doesn’t have favorites. John the Baptist, Peter, and several others were beheaded and crucified for what they believed in and stood for. We don’t pray to them and I would say their actions were worthy of notariety. You pray in this way, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

  35. Regarding your first paragraph, where is that, in the Bible?
    Regarding the second paragraph, since the Catholic Church is universal, it is understandable that the anti-Christ would come from the world, which is part of the universe.
    Regarding your third paragraph, praying to Mary does not mean worshipping Mary. When we pray, we ask, as a lawyer praying to the judge for mercy. Prayer is not worship. When you pray, you do, or should, have a personal relationship with the one you’re praying to. God doesn’t love Mary more, but Jesus loves his mother more than any other human. Regarding martyrdom, most martyrs consider it an honor to be tortured and killed for their faith.

  36. Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee
    With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
    8  All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia,
    Out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
    9  Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women:
    Upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

    “Anointed thee” is where there is a switch between talking about God to talking about a man…an earthly king. The queen then is on the right side of this earthly king.

    Bad interpretation

  37. Oh wait it is talking about Jesus the king which makes sense. But if the queen is Mary then who stands on the right hand of God the Father? Jesus. So now May stands on the right hand of Jesus. This is confusing interpretation if you want to fit Mary in there.

  38. God had requested Job to intercede for his friends and heard his prayers. Mother Mary and the Saints are the living individuals just as the ones here on earth, as our Lord Jesus has clearly put it, He is the Lord of the living and not the dead, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Therefore we are asking to our saints to pray for us just as we ask to our present friends and relatives who are with us on earth, and the Lord of the living will answer all our requests and that is the evidence and the unfailing testimonies we receive every day about the miracles and answered prayers through our saints and patrons, more than your direct intercession to God as we are unworthy and they are more worthy because of their just deeds and favour with God!
    So take heed when you make adverse comments to hurt the faithful.
    Tks & Regards
    Edwin Joseph

  39. Baby Jesus had not received his son ship authority until he was baptized,there God gave him the sonship authority when he said “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”. the holy spirit bore witness to that as a dove. You see,even Jesus called himself the son of man,he ascended to his throne as the son of God after his resurrection where God gave him all authority and a name greater than any. He took back his Godly essence as the word of God made person. God the son is the personified Word of God.
    Mary is the mother of Jesus the son of man, and not the mother of God. when you resurect, you have no mother of father.

  40. You used this verse, and mentioned, “Saints” psalm 148:1-2Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

    148 Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places.
    2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
    This does not mention SAINTS. (heav·en·ly host)
    noun
    plural noun: heavenly hosts
    a literary or biblical term for the angels.

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