Apologies if this gets duplicated - it didn’t seem to go through last time. If it is there twice please answer on the other thread, I’ll see if it’s possible to delete this one or get it deleted.
In the last couple of days I’ve spotted something in the daily prayer book and want to ask someone about it - and the next RCIA session won’t be until January 11th since so many people are away and I can’t wait!
In a hymn from the prayer book we read/sing the following:
To Mary, dearest Mother, with fervent hearts we pray:
Grant that your tender infant will cast our sins away.
Now, I’ve been protestant for years so I may be reading this totally wrong and with protestant eyes and preconceptions.
Is it really in the power of Mary to grant whether or not Jesus will cast our sins away? If she doesn’t grant this, would Jesus not cast our sins away? Does he need permission from his mother to cast our sins away? If it really is in Mary’s sphere of power and authority to grant that Jesus will do this then is a prayer like this essential, or would she grant such a thing anyway.
I need clarification. I also need to read the Scott Hahn book on Mary that arrived her just before Christmas!