- Defining The Issues:
- The Memorare Prayer:
This prayer is essentially a petition to Mary for spiritual protection. The person offering up this request to the mother of Jesus can allegedly rest assured of being answered. It entails a person approaching Mary in a heartbroken, remorseful manner, as though we have transgressed against her and is a source of forgiveness. That really does sound like idolatry. If people can place this much trust in Mary, then why not simply place all trust in God alone, as did the psalmists of the Old Testament (Psalm 73:24-26)? God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1-2). He is our confidence (Proverbs 3:26). Never are these things said of Mary in Scripture. Christians stand before God, humbly pleading for His mercy. Jesus Christ lives forever to make intercession to all who approach Him by faith (Hebrews 7:24-28).
- The Hail Holy Queen Prayer:
In God should we be placing our trust (Psalm 33:20-22). He is our hope (Psalm 63:5; 1 Timothy 1:1). He is our helper (Hebrews 13:5-6). The Lord Jesus Christ is our advocate (1 John 2:1-2). He is our redeemer (Matthew 1:21; 2 Peter 1:1), and does not need any help. Additionally, this Roman Catholic prayer contradicts themes on access to God set forth plainly in Hebrews 4. The prophets and the apostles never once mentioned entrusting this much confidence to mere creations. There is no denying that such prayers elevate Mary to the level of a goddess. There is no denying that this so-called saintly "veneration" infringes on the self-sufficiency of Jesus Christ as mediator.
Roman Catholic Mariology has a bizarre developmental history, with there being various shrines and feasts established in the name of Mary during the Middle Ages. In fact, many bishops who had attended the First Vatican Council wanted "Immaculate Virgin" added to the "Hail Mary" prayer. Other attendees even wanted to add the immaculate conception of Mary to the creed. This undoubtedly reveals a dramatic increase in Marian devotion throughout history. One cannot help but wonder whether the Church of Rome has a problem with idolatry.
- Consider This Excerpt From A Papal Speech:
Despite the fact that advocates of this Marian devotion emphatically deny that they worship Mary (and are sincere in their attempts to serve God), their own words and actions testify against them. Roman Catholics ascribe completely unbiblical functions, titles, and traits to Mary. They basically place her in the same position as that of Jesus Christ. Nowhere does the Bible teach that Mary is the way that leads to Christ. Also, asserting that Mary is our mother is nothing but cultic superstition.
The Scriptures emphatically contradict the notion of Mary participating in our redemption with Jesus Christ (2 Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 43:11; Hosea 13:4). He will not give His glory to another, which includes Mary (Isaiah 42:8). Christ plays an exclusive role in dispensing salvific grace (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). The only way for us to approach the Father is through the Son. Just as there is only one God, so there is only one Person who can reconcile us to God (1 Timothy 2:4-6). Mary cannot help us get to heaven in any fashion whatsoever. Roman Catholics could not be more wrong on this point, which is a terrible misfortune.