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Mary, full of grace, and Luke 1:28

by Matt Slick

maryAccording to The Catholic Encyclopedia (TCE) under the topic of Hail Mary it says, “Hail (Mary) full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women”, embodies the words used by the Angel Gabriel in saluting the Blessed Virgin (Luke, I, 28).”  The Roman Catholic Church derives all sorts of teachings concerning Mary from the phrase “full of grace.” Two of them are…

1. She was conceived without sin.

1. “…It was fitting that the mother of him in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” should herself be “full of grace.” She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 722).

2. That she was redeemed  from conception and was without sin.

1. “Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:  The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin, (CCC, 491)

2. “From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. “Full of grace”, Mary is “the most excellent fruit of redemption” (SC, 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life,” (CCC, 508).

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