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"And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end." (Lk. 1:26-33)

"Indeed full of grace, for to others it is given in portions, but on Mary its fullness is showered." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, 4th century A.D.)

"In order to understand better this sublime dignity of the Mother of God over all creatures let us recall that the holy Mother of God was, at the very moment of her Immaculate Conception, so filled with grace as to surpass the grace of all the Saints." (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954)

"Jesus is in the Church as the first fountain of grace; the Blessed Virgin is there as the channel through which graces are given to the faithful. The Saints are the streams which contain each one its portion of this same grace. All graces are in the fountain as their prime source." (St. John Eudes)

"It is a great thing in any saint to have grace sufficient for the salvation of many souls; but to have enough to suffice for the salvation of everybody in the world, is the greatest of all; and this is found in Christ and in the Blessed Virgin." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"From her heavenly abode, she began, by God's decree to watch over the Church, to assist and befriend us as our Mother; so that she who was so intimately associated with the mystery of human salvation is just as closely associated with the distribution of the graces which from all time will flow from the redemption." (Pope Leo XIII)

"May she, then, most holy mother of all Christ's members, to whose immaculate heart we have trustingly consecrated all men, her body and soul refulgent with the glory of heaven where she reigns with her Son - may she never cease to beg from Him that a continuous, copious flow of graces may pass from its glorious Head into all the members of the Mystical Body." (Pope Pius XII)

"The angel said to her: 'Hail, full of grace' (Luke 1:28); which words Jerome expounds as follows, in a sermon on the Assumption (Ep. ad Paulinam et Eustochium): 'Full indeed of grace: for to others it is given in portions; whereas on Mary the fullness of grace was showered all at once'" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"...concerning the holy Virgin Mary, (for the honor of Christ,) when sin in her is question, I would not have it brought into doubt. For from this only we might know that more abundant grace was conferred upon her that she should overcome sin on all sides, because she merited to conceive and bring forth Him Who it is clear had no sin." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"Christ is the principle of grace, authoritatively in His Godhead, instrumentally in His manhood. But of all persons, the blessed Virgin Mary was closest to His manhood, which He received from her, and therefore fair it was the she should receive greater measure of grace, above others." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"[Mary] far excels all men and all the orders of angels and she alone of all creatures is next to Christ: 'It is a great thing when any saint has enough grace to save many others; but when a saint has grace sufficient for the salvation of all the men of the world, this is the greatest thing of all; this was the case with Christ and the Blessed Virgin.' (Aquinas)" (Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris")

"She [Elizabeth] who had hid herself because she conceived a son, began to glory that she carried in her womb a prophet, and she who had before blushed, now gives her blessing; as it follows, And she spoke out with a loud voice, 'Blessed are you among women'. With a loud voice she exclaimed when she perceived the Lord's coming, for she believed it to be a holy birth. But she says, 'Blessed are you among women'. For none was ever partaker of such grace or could be" (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church)

"God gives to each one according to the purpose for which He has chosen him. And since Christ as man was predestinated and chosen to be 'predestinated the Son of God in power ... of sanctification' (Romans 1:4), it was proper to Him to have such a fullness of grace that it overflowed from Him into all, according to John 1:16: 'Of His fullness we have all received.' Whereas the Blessed Virgin Mary received such a fullness of grace that she was nearest of all to the Author of grace; so that she received within her Him Who is full of all grace; and by bringing Him forth, she, in a manner, dispensed grace to all." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"In every genus, the nearer a thing is to the principle, the greater the part which it has in the effect of that principle, whence Dionysius says (De Coelesti Hierarchia iv) that angels, being nearer to God, have a greater share than men, in the effects of the Divine goodness. Now Christ is the principle of grace, authoritatively as to His Godhead, instrumentally as to His humanity: whence (John 1:17) it is written: 'Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.' But the Blessed Virgin Mary was nearest to Christ in His humanity: because He received His human nature from her. Therefore it was due to her to receive a greater fullness of grace than others." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"The Archangel proclaims her full of grace. What means this, but that the second women possesses in herself that element of which sin had deprived the first [Eve]? And observe, he does not say merely that divine grace works in her, but that she is full of it. 'She is not merely in grace as others are,' as Saint Peter Chrysologus told us on his feast, 'but she is filled with it.' Everything in her is resplendent with heavenly purity, and sin has never cast its shadow on her beauty. To appreciate the full import of Gabriel's expression, we must consider what is the force of the words in the language which the sacred historian used. Grammarians tell us that the single word which he employees is much more comprehensive than our expression 'full of grace.' It implies not only the present time, but the past as well, and incorporation of grace from the very commencement, the full and complete affirmation of grace, the total permanence of grace. Our translation has unavoidably weakened the term. The better to feel the full force of our translation, let us compare this with an analogous text from the Gospel of St. John. This evangelist, speaking of the Humanity of the Incarnate Word, expresses all by saying that Jesus is full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14). Now, would this fullness have been real, had sin ever been there, instead of grace, even for a single instant? Could we call him full of grace, who had once stood in need of being cleansed? Undoubtedly, we must ever respectfully bear in mind the distance between the Humanity of the Incarnate Word and the person of Mary, from whose womb the Son of God assumed that Humanity; but the sacred text obliges us to confess, the at the fullness of grace was proportionally in both Jesus and Mary." (Dom Gueranger)

Also See: Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness [Pg.] | The Annunciation | Mary's Maternity [Pg.] | The Assumption of Mary Into Heaven | The Blessed Virgin's Intercession [Pg.] | Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix | Mary Vs. Satan | Praise of Mary | Mary's Virtues | Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary | Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

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