Nativity Songs Part I - Ave Maria
The Ave Maria text in Luke 1 is a greeting from the angel Gabriel to Mary. Roman Catholicism transforms this greeting into a petition because Rome teaches that Mary is a source of blessing and benefit to all – that she by her power or ability or influence can rescue us from trials and troubles. But note Mary’s address to God in the Magnificat: she rejoices in "God my Savior."
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.