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How can I go about proposing a change in a prayer? Or how can I have the change approved by the Catholic Church or their theologians?

I'd like to change the prayer of Hail Mary from:

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

to

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the time of temptation.

The current prayer doesn't cover the time between when we pray(now) and the hour of our death. I think the prayer will be much more effective if we say at the time of temptation instead of at the hour of our death.

I think "at the time of temptation" cover the hour of our death too. I don't think God is an ogre who waits for the hour of death to test us. I don't see much of a significance in the hour of death. If you live your whole life faithfully you should have enough grace for the hour of death. I just don't think that God will judge us based on our decision we make at the moment of death. It is not supported anywhere in the Catholic Chuch teaching either so I don't even understand the reasoning behind putting "at the hour of our death" to Hail Mary in the first place.

I know it was added by someone in the past but it's not clear who added it and why.

  • Somewhat related: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/38763/12563 – Matt Gutting May 16 '17 at 21:14
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    Such a proposal would have to have a considerable following to even to be considered a valid (optional) from of the Hail Mary from the traditional form at the local level. I do not think Rome would be against such a usage as a local tradition. Praying the Hail Mary in the form you suggest, apart from not being traditional, does not seem inappropriate or pose any problems. It is simply not the form the Church uses. – Ken Graham May 17 '17 at 2:46
  • @KenGraham, oh ok. You can post it as the answer. – Grasper May 17 '17 at 12:37
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    Old joke: What's the difference between a terrorist and a liturgist? You can negotiate with a terrorist (rimshot). Best wishes on your proposal. @KenGraham I agree with Grasper that you've got the core of an answer there. – KorvinStarmast May 17 '17 at 12:55
  • God is no ogre. But demons are, if anyone is. – Sola Gratia Jul 15 '17 at 19:13
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Such a proposal would have to have a considerable following to even to be considered a valid (optional) from of the Hail Mary from the traditional form at the local level. I do not think Rome would be against such a usage as a local tradition. Praying the Hail Mary in the form you suggest, apart from not being traditional, does not seem inappropriate or pose any problems. It is simply not the form the Church uses.

For example the French Hail Mary contains a few items of interest for us here.

First of all Hail Mary does not conclude with the word Amen, although some French do. While I was living in France, we all said Ainsi soit-il in lieu of Amen.

Second point which I truly love about the French Hail Mary is that they add the words poor sinners (pauvres pêcheurs) to their Ave Maria.

For those who wanted prayers: here's the "Hail Mary.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce. Le Seigneur est avec vous. Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes, et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni. Sainte Marie, mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pêcheurs, maintenant et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi soit-il. - Hail Mary Prayer

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