The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs the faithful on just how Mary prayed. She has a special role in the plan of salvation and is a model for all Christians: "Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time.

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This is rooted in the Christian belief in the communion of saints. Paul affirmed in his words to the Romans, that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death (Romans ff).

As the author of the letter to the Hebrews affirmed, we are surrounded by a great "cloud of witnesses"(Hebrews 12:1).

A Rabbi named Saul spoke of persecuting "the way" (Acts 22:4) before he was profoundly converted...

Read More Marian prayer and piety developed very early in the history of the undivided Christian Church of the first millennium.

Read More I found that every one of the great influences in my Christian life from that communion of saints to which we are all joined was profoundly "Marian". Read More To understand Mary in the Tradition of the Church we have to understand what is meant by the word "Tradition" - and why it matters.

In his second letter to the Thessalonians the Apostle Paul... Mary, the Mother of God, is a foundational part of the Christian Church both East and West.

Read More Mary was there at the Incarnation, Birth, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of God Incarnate.

She was there throughout the often called "hidden years" in Nazareth. Read More Throughout God's relationship with Israel He promises to espouse His people to himself (See, e.g. This language of spousal love, of nuptiality, is also present in this overshadowing...

It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the foot of the cross, that Mary is heard as the Woman, the new Eve, the true "Mother of all the living." "That is why the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat (Latin) or Megalynei (Byzantine) is the song both of the Mother of God and of the Church; the song of the Daughter of Zion and of the new People of God; the song of thanksgiving for the fullness of graces poured out in the economy of salvation and the song of the "poor" whose hope is met by the fulfillment of the promises made to our ancestors, "to Abraham and to his posterity forever" (CCC #2617-2619).

The Catechism also addresses the ancient practice, present from the beginning of the Church, of seeking Mary's intercession.

If we really imitate him, we do what he does and we honor and bestow glory upon his mother. And if we do it we're going to be able to see in her face, the face of our mother, because Jesus has taken on her flesh and blood and given us his own Divine nature. We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. Mary, the Mother of the Lord, is also our Mother as members of His family, His Body, the Church. Just as her intercession at the Wedding of Cana moved the heart of her Son, so her intercession on our behalf continues to move His Sacred Heart.