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Definition:   The most frequently prayed Catholic prayer, the “Hail Mary” describes the blessedness of Mary and asks for her intercession. It ends: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.” An important title for Mary is “co-mediatrix” – she is the Mother to whom Catholics flee for help in achieving heaven. In Catholicism, qualifying for heaven is a lifelong process of receiving sacramental grace and praying to and through various mediators (such as Mary, the Pope, the priests and the saints).

Discussion:  Salvation has been accomplished once for all time by Jesus and is apprehended through faith (Heb. 10:14). Catholics instead depend on their Church. Jesus teaches his disciples to pray to God, not to his creatures (Lk. 11:2). In Catholicism, the term “Mother of God” is a reflection of the idolatrous pedestal upon which they have placed Mary. While true that Jesus is the God-Man, and that Mary gave birth to Him, Jesus pre-existed all creation (Jn. 8:58, Heb. 1:2). Jesus warns us not to exalt Mary (Lk. 11:28).

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