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Lesson 8

Praying to the Virgin Mary

The aim of this lesson is for your children to discover the unique and honored role of Mary in Salvation History and the Church, how she is a model of prayer for us, and how we can bring our petitions to her.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • Immaculate Conception
    (n.): From the beginning of her life, the Virgin Mary was saved from Original Sin so that she could bear the Son of God within her. Mary was prepared by God to be a holy vessel for our salvation
  • Fiat
    鈥淟et it be done.鈥 Mary鈥檚 鈥測es鈥 to God is her Fiat. It is her complete obedience to God, allowing His will to be done in her life.
  • Hail Mary
    A prayer that repeats the words of the Angel Gabriel鈥檚 greeting to Mary at the Annunciation of Jesus鈥 birth and Elizabeth鈥檚 greeting to Mary at the Visitation. The prayer also asks for Mary鈥檚 motherly intercession in our lives. We pray the Hail Mary during the Rosary three times at the beginning and ten times during each of the five decades.
  • Assumption of Mary
    (n.): The dogma which recognizes Mary鈥檚 unique participation in her Son鈥檚 Resurrection by which, at the end of her earthly life, she was taken body and soul into Heaven where she is crowned Queen of Heaven and sits at the right hand of her Son, Jesus Christ.
  • Magnificat
    The prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God Mary prayed when she visited her cousin Elizabeth after the Annunciation. This prayer is found in Luke 1:46-55. In this prayer, Mary said that her soul 鈥渕agnifies鈥 the Lord.
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