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

What would you like to know about the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith? Submit your question.

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!”


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