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Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Do you pray “Hail Mary?”

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By Nicholas Damascus

Does Orthodox Church pray “Hail Mary”? I guess not.

You have guessed wrong.. The language of the Eastern Orthodox Church was written in ancient Greek.   Mary, in the EOC, is first among saints.

See my previous article  “Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: What are your thoughts on ‘Mary Did You Know?'”

When the Archangel Gabriel addressed Mary, “Rejoice, highly favored one (χαριτωμένη), the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women” (Luke1:28). “Highly favored” in the ancient Greek is translated “full of Grace” and   “χαριτωμένη” is also the greeting “Hail Mary, full of Grace.”

In Luke 1: 26-28,  Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God ….the angel said to her (Mary), “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

 

About Nicholas Damascus

Nick Damascus is one who seeks to discover and apply the proverbial question of what is truth and wisdom, to fill that gaping hole, to become complete and to become realistically and synergistically functional. In an attempt to live the Christian life, which he says is a definite work in progress, he has discovered that he's created the Christ that fits his lifestyle and agrees with his ego (and boy what an ego, he says), often finding himself avoiding what God intended him to be.

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