Occasionally we are asked the question “Is the Hail Mary a part of the Mass?”

The short answer is “no.”  We thought that we would offer some catechesis as to the nature of the Eucharistic Liturgy and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s place within it.

The short answer is “no.”  We thought that we would offer some catechesis as to the nature of the Eucharistic Liturgy and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s place within it. 

The Mass is the memorial of the supreme act of Christ who through the paschal mystery has gained for us salvation.  It is the action of Christ who together with the members of His Body give praise and thanksgiving to God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church’s ultimate act of self-giving.  Thus it is said that the Mass is a Trinitarian prayer always directed to the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit.

In many ways, the Mass teaches us how to relate to our Blessed Mother by the way we pray.  Mary already enjoys a place of honor in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass, during the Creed, and within the Confiteor.  Mary is the first disciple, she who was taken into heaven body and soul, and now reigns as the Queen of the Communion of Saints of Heaven. 

For some, the inclusion of the Hail Mary after the Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful) has been a practice.  It is very clear that it is not the intention of Holy Mother Church to include the Hail Mary in the Mass, as neither the Extraordinary Form nor the Novus Ordo has provided for this prayer’s inclusion. 

Some have a strong relationship with our Blessed Mother and might ask how a special mention of the Blessed Virgin Mary might be made in keeping with the theology of the Mass.  One option might be that on the occasion of a Marian Feast one of the intercessions may pray for an attribute of Mary to be present among those being prayed for.  E.g. “That the Church may follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the first disciple of Jesus, as we proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” 

Our Diocesan Office of Liturgy staff is always ready to assist parishes with liturgical resources.  Please do not hesitate to call 407-246-4800 and they will be happy to respond to your needs.