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Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)