Ask most people to tell you the Nativity story and they’ll start with the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.
In Luke 1:30, we have Gabriel’s greeting:
30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God!”
Over the centuries that has been a tendency to venerate Mary and put her on a high pedestal, in some traditions even to pray through her and in effect worship her. I think there are two reasons for this. Continue reading