Originally Posted by MattHughesRocks
That's what I'm thinking. I can't even get my head wrapped around WHY anyone would pray to Mary...say 10 Hail Mary's...seriously..what's a "Hail Mary" anyway?
They do NOT pray to Mary.
They ask HER to pray for them.
It is a standard and agreed form of petition.
...and its beautiful in choral format. Its not even called "Hail Mary" its called The Angelus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7BbncHyw9E
Just listen to the beautiful diction of the singer...never heard latin sound like that before...and READ THE TRANSLATION...oh and recognise also that the word "Hail" is not just a show of status, but a form of Greeting....at the time this literny was composed, it was akin to a formal "hello" in latin....most of the literny is nothing more then the Magnificat...a statement directly out of the bible!