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Definition:   An important title for Mary, who along with Jesus is a mediator that intercedes for the salvation of the elect. One of the most beloved prayers for Catholics is the “Hail Mary.” The first half of this prayer extols Mary, recounting her blessedness to be the mother of Jesus. The second half is a request for intercession: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” When reciting the Rosary, the Catholic extols Mary and asks for her intercession fifty-three times. As Mother of God, Catholics are taught to flee to Mary in all their dangers and needs. “The motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninteruptedly…until the fulfillment of the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”(CCC 969).

 Discussion: The elevation of Mary to Co-mediatrix denies the complete and sufficient intercession of Jesus for sinners (1 Tim. 2:5). Catholicism exalts Mary, effectively giving her attributes of Deity in that she is able to hear and respond to the prayers of millions of people. She is also given responsibilities that belong to the Holy Spirit who is our Advocate and Helper (Jn. 16:7-13). Catholicism incorrectly teaches that justification is a lifelong process whereby one cooperates and participates in one’s own salvation. Thus, prayers to Mary are offered up to her “saving office.”

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