There are two things I sometimes wonder about regarding Protestants and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Do they pray the Magnificat and do they call Mary "Blessed?" After all, both appear in the Gospel of Luke, and since most Protestants really like to read the Bible, they must also be familiar with these verses:
1:46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
48 "Shall call me blessed"... These words are a prediction of that honour which the church in all ages should pay to the Blessed Virgin. Let Protestants examine whether they are any way concerned in this prophecy.
51 He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: 55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
With the dedicated memorizing of chapter and verse that many Protestants commit to, I wonder how it is possible for them to not have a deep realization of the holiness of Mary. They balk at Catholics praying the Hail Mary, but if they really knew their Bible they would know that the first part of the Hail Mary is taken straight from the words of the Angel Gabriel in his salutation to Mary, while St Elizabeth was the first to refer to Mary as the Mother of God (proving it's not a Catholic invention).
26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
41 And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
True, the Church did complete the prayer when she asked Mary to "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." And what a comforting thought! Just think how many times you have asked for the Blessed Mother's intercession at the hour of your death each time you have prayed a Hail Mary! It's indeed a wonderful thing to be Catholic.