Question of the Day for Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Q. In the Hail Mary we say the word “blessed” twice. In the original language, are the words verbs or adjectives? My son pronounces the first one as an adjective and the second one as a verb. Is there a proper pronunciation, or does it not matter either way?
D.G., Boswell, Okla.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
Both words are adjectives. They differ only in their endings. The first, addressed to the Blessed Virgin, is benedicta (feminine). The second, referring to Our Lord, is benedictus (masculine). Except for their endings, they are pronounced the same.
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