Did the early Christians pray to Mary?
Hi, N. Papist. My understanding is that the first part of the Hail Mary is straight from the Bible and the second part is a resolution of a crisis (I think the Arian?) which denied Christ's divinity.

But the first part being Biblical is not in doubt. The second part implores Mary for her prayers...but does not say: we pray to Mary. (Holy Mary, Mother God, PRAY for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen.)

I think I understand you but your confusion come from the fact that you assume Catholics pray to Mary. This isn't quite correct. We only ask that Mary pray for us, along with all of the saints. The communiom of saints has been a teaching of the Church since the beginning from what I understand.

I think it is natural for some to have a special bond with the Queen of Saints because of what she did so it wouldn't surprise me if Christians had a special devotion to Mary from the beginning. 

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Re: Did the early Christians pray to Mary? - by mistman - 12-29-2009, 11:30 AM

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