Brandon Vogt

"Because when the hero is here, all is well."

Last year Jen Fulwiler asked a groups of bloggers to reflect on the “Our Father” prayer one phrase at a time (I had “Art” and “As It Is”).

Sarah Reinhard is doing something similar at, but with the “Hail Mary” prayer instead. Today is my turn with the word “LORD”.

My third grade basketball team had just one superstar, and his name was Deon.

The rest of us were a goofy mix of driveway legends and playground wanna-be’s, but Deon was the real deal. He had a Herculean 4’9” frame and skills honed on the notoriously rough courts of suburban Orlando.

With Deon at the helm, our whole season was a breeze. He led us in scoring each game as we collected win after win, sailing smoothly into the playoffs.

There things got a little more challenging. The first playoff game came down to the wire, yet Deon’s late-game heroics produced a win. The next game was even tighter. But once again, channeling his inner Jordan, Deon willed us to victory.

But the third game was different. It was about five minutes before tipoff, and the whole team stood in a huddle. Everyone was quiet—even the coach. We exchanged nervous glances as we all noticed the same thing.

Deon wasn’t there.

Read the rest here.
What’s your favorite word in the “Hail Mary” prayer?
  • Christi


    • You’ll have to translate that one for me 🙂

      • Dan Crofts

        “Kecharitomene,” if I’m not mistaken, was the angel’s greeting to Mary: “Blessed are you…” It is a unique form of the salutation that not only appears nowhere else in the Bible, but also nowhere else in ancient literature. It demonstrates Mary’s importance in the history of salvation.

        • Cool. Thanks for the info!

          • Naturgesetz

            More precisely, “kecharitomene” is the word in Luke 1:28 between “Hail” and “the Lord is with you.” It is spoken by Gabriel. So it corresponds to “full of grace” in the Hail Mary.

            The phrase “”Blessed are you” (Eulogemene su) appears in Luke 1:42. It is spoken by Elizabeth.

            The Hail Mary puts it immediately after “full of grace.”

            Even though “kecharitomene” is “full of grace,” rather than “Blessed are you,” it still has the uniqueness and significance Dan Crofts speaks of.

          • Naturgesetz

            I mean, the Hail Mary puts “Blessed are you” immediately after “kecharitomene/full of grace.”

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