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1000 Hail Marys


1000 Hail Marys is a powerful prayer for the people in areas prone to hail, tornadoes and heavy rains. Hail Mary is a form of Prayer requesting God to shower those who are affected by the storms with abundant water.

1000 Hail Marys are said to be a time of preparation for the coming of the Son of God.

This is a time of redemption and Pentacles are used in the same way that they were used during the time of the Savior. Hail Mary is to pray that God would send down rain on the day of his birth and that no harm would come to those that worship him.

There are many different Hail Mary options as there are special celebrations associated with the season. In Mexico for example, they have a carnival type atmosphere where they display authentic Mexican fireworks – much like you would at your local Fourth of July celebration.
The streets are decorated with plenty of flower garlands and flags.
It is a time to celebrate and it’s a time for feasting and eating. The sound of the holy rosary beads when praying over is a sound from the divine throne which can be heard all across the globe.

When we are gathered around the hearth to recite the Hail Mary prayer we are honoring Jesus Christ and his role as savior. We are also remembering the Virgin Mary and her devotion to the Lord and his teachings. When we praise the Holy Spirit we are acknowledging our obligation to him and his role as mediator between God and man. Through this act of devotion, which is also referred to as tero na mam, we honor the Holy Trinity.

There are some common celebration customs associated with the 1000th Hail Mary

One of them is that most people place a pot of flowers on the hearth or in front of the house. They also use Terra cotta clay pots and bells to throw at the pot in order to attract the holy spirit. Sometimes the bells will eventually ring out but usually they won’t because the neighbourhood or town has an agreement with the priest or pastor to not blow the whistle (this is because the neighbourhood or town could be deemed a nuisance by the priest or pastor if the whistle was blown)

Other events that take place during the tercentura parades. People will generally gather in the streets of the neighborhood or town to celebrate and pray. The most popular item to be held on this day is usually a celebration of the 1000th amen of the Hail Mary. People will wear colorful clothing, food like jalapeno peppers and others will even get creative and decorate their homes and cars with flowers and fruits and vegetables. This is because the residents want to show their appreciation for the Holy Spirit who sent Jesus to earth to preach the gospel and tell people about the true God.

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21st Century Catholic Evangelization brought to you by the Evangelization Committee of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership