All About Mary: Hail Mary Prayer, Ark of the Covenant, and Mary’s Virginity

In honor of Mary’s nativity celebrated by the Church this week, Fr. Josh answers questions about the biblical origin of the Hail Mary prayer, whether Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, and how we can understand Mary’s perpetual virginity.

Snippet from the Show

Mary is a bridge to Christ, we cannot reach Christ without knowing her.



Is the Hail Mary a biblical prayer?

Is Mary the new Ark of the Covenant?

Was Mary a perpetual virgin?

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Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

1 Comment

  1. I don’t understand your snippet from the show. Why can I not reach Christ if I don’t know her. Makes no sense to me. She is not the same as God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.


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