Mary “Full of Grace” … By Patrick

Posted January 11

“I’ve searched through many different translations of the mainstream bible for ‘full of grace’, and nowhere is Mary called that. She is told by the angel that she is ‘favoured by god’, or has ‘found favour in god’s eyes’. So? David was favoured in god’s eyes. At one time Saul was favoured in God’s eyes. Samuel was favoured in God’s eyes. All Christians are favoured in God’s eyes. Luke 1:18 “kai eiselthōn pros autēn eipen kecharitōmenē Kyrios meta sou eulogēmenē sy en gynaixin”

The phrase, “full of grace,” in Greek is “plaras karitos,” and it occurs in only two places in the New Testament. Neither one is in reference to Mary.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth,” (John 1:14).
“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people,” (Acts 6:8).

The first citation refers to Jesus who is obviously full of grace. Jesus is God in flesh, the crucified and risen Lord, who cleanses us from our sins. In the second citation, it is Stephen who is full of grace.  We can certainly affirm that Jesus was conceived without sin and remained sinless, but can we conclude this about Stephen as well? Certainly not. The phrase, “full of grace,” does not necessitate sinlessness by virtue of its use. In Stephen’s case it signifies that he was “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” along with faith and the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3, 5). But Stephen was a sinner. Nevertheless, where does the phrase “full of grace” come from regarding Mary?”

My dear friend in Christ,

Thank you introducing yet another often debated issue.

First it is important to understand that this Gift was initiated by GOD; with no request from any earthling prompting it.

Secondly this is NOT something GOD was in some way obligated to do. Jesus COULD have chosen to be born from a Mother in Original sin. It WAS God who decided that Jesus would be born of a “virgin” who was and remained “Full of Grace” as it was FITTING that it be so.

Third: Why a “Virgin”?

Sacred Tradition holds that Mary who was born of AGED parents {Lk. 1:7} was a “Temple Virgin”; a very young girl given back to Yahweh for Service to Him. {Likely done so when she was 3 or 4]…. This was not all that uncommon in that culture, time and place. {GOOGLE Temple virgins}

As a temple Virgin Mary would have freely committed her virginity to God. She would have served the priest in menial task, and making garments for the priest and temple. She was fully committed to living this life for all of hers.

So again it was GOD who decided that He would honor Mary’s freewill gift of her virginity to Him; not something sought my Mary:

Lk. 1: 34-35 “ [34] And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? [35] And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

 Luke 1: 27-28

Latin Vulgate Bible

The Latin Vulgate

Luke 1:27-28

27 ad virginem desponsatam viro cui nomen erat Ioseph de domo David et nomen virginis Maria28 et ingressus angelus ad eam dixit have gratia plena Dominus tecum benedicta tu in mulieribus

Same from the Douay Bible

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. END QUOTES

Same from the King James Bible

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Same from the Catholic RSV Bible

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” END QUOTES

So exactly when the change was made; it is evident that A CHANGE WAS MADE. WHY this happened is conjecture. …. It seems to Me {a uninformed- bystander}that more recent Catholics Bibles may have taken this lead from the King James? {THAT IS SCARRY!}

Luke 1: 44-55 {Douay Bible}

 [44] For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. [45] And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.

[46] And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. [47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. [48] Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed[49] Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. [50] And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.

Douay explanation: [48] “Shall call me blessed”: These words are a prediction of that honour which the church in all ages should pay to the Blessed Virgin. Let Protestants examine whether they are any way concerned in this prophecy.

[51] He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. [52] He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. [53] He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. [54] He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:[55] As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever END QUOTES.

Forth: Mary HAD TO freely choose never to sin; and did so by accepting every plentiful grace offered to her. This She merited through Her Son Jesus. …. For GOD time does not exist; everything id Present to God: the past, the present and the future.

I pray this adds to the discussion.


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