Prayer to Mary
Without doubt the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ holds a place of high honor and respect throughout the entire world of those claiming to be Christians. The angel Gabriel came to her and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28). God Almighty selected her body by which to bring the Savior of mankind into this world. Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:42).
Mary was chosen before she was born to be the mother of Jesus, of Nazareth. The ancient prophet Isaiah prophesied of her, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). In the Greek translation of the Hebrew text (the Septuagint) the definite article is present — “the virgin.”
In Matthew 1:23, the prophecy is applied to “the virgin” Mary. An angel of the Lord explained to Joseph, her betrothed husband, that Mary's pregnancy was of divine origin. He applied the prophecy of Isaiah to Mary. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.”
While Mary has a great place of honor among all of God’s people, praying either to or through her has no biblical authority. Our religious neighbors, the Catholics, are taught to pray to Mary. The Catholic Catechism, Part Four, Section One, Chapter Two, “The Tradition of Prayer,” Article 2 reads: “In prayer the Holy Spirit unites us to the person of the only Son, in his glorified humanity, through which and in which our filial prayer unites us in the Church with the Mother of Jesus.”
From the web page of EWTN, a Catholic radio system, the following is a suggested way to pray the “rosary.”
“Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.” - http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm
Catholics pray TO Mary, not just THROUGH her to Jesus.
The only one to whom acceptable prayer may be directed is God. Mary, though she was a great person, is not God nor is she ever presented in God’s word as an object of worship. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Worship is directed to God (Rev. 22:9). Prayer, when in reference to God, is worship.
Mary is not a “Mediatrix.” Mediatrix is the word for a female Mediator. There is place in God’s word for but one Mediator. Paul wrote, “For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). A Catholic writer, in an attempt to justify holding Mary as a “Mediatrix” wrote,
“1 Timothy 2:5 does indeed proclaim the fact that Jesus is the one Mediator between God and man, and this is certainly true, since he is the only God-man and thus the only possible Mediator in that sense. However, this does not exclude the idea of other people praying for us, whether in heaven or on earth.” - Internet Question Box,” http://www.cin.org/users/james/questions/q055.htm.
Other people praying for us cannot replace Jesus as the ONE, and only Mediator between God and man. It is Jesus alone who makes intercession for us before God’s throne (Please read Hebrews 7:24-25; 4:14-15). Furthermore, Jesus, not Mary, is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1-2).
Our Catholic apologist errs in asserting that Jesus being the ONE Mediator between God and man does not exclude. It certainly excludes any other Mediator. One means only one. One does not mean one plus an alleged “Mediatrix.” All who pray for us must go through Christ alone as the sole means of coming to the throne of grace. The Catholic position that it is proper to pray TO Mary has not one scintilla of biblical proof.
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