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LiguorianPrayer to Mary, the Mother of God, has been and continues to be an integral part of our Catholic heritage. So often the Hail Mary or an invocation to Mary falls from the lips of Catholics. But have you ever wondered about the origin of some of the most popular prayers to Mary? In The Greatest Marian Prayers, Anthony Buono describes the origin of twelve great Marian prayers. He begins by situating prayer to Mary in the history and theology of the Church. He then outlines the history of appeals to Mary as these have grown through the centuries. In each of the twelve chapters--beginning with the Hail Mary, the most popular prayer to Mary--the author presents the biblical and historical origin of a famous Marian prayer and then shows how each prayer relates to our life today. Other prayers discussed include the Hail, Holy Queen (a favorite of St. Alphonsus Liguori), the Angelus and Memorare. With the exception of the Akathist Hymn from the Eastern Catholic tradition, Buono gives the full text of each prayer. It would have been helpful also to have the text of the Akathist Hymn as a whole rather than in parts throughout the chapter. A welcome addition to the volume is an appendix, 'Sixty Classic Payers of Catholics to Mary.' This small book is an excellent tool for all who want to deepen their devotion to Mary.
—John Gouger, C.Ss.R.