My sola scriptura friends, many of you refuse to pray prayers to Mary, or to any saint for that matter completely rejecting the doctrine of the communion of saints. But you read the bible.
The Bible, I think that vast majority of serious Christians would agree, is the Word of God. It is pure truth. "In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God" John 1:1
"...Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women." Luke 1:28 Is it really so bad to relive this message in history. In fact is it so bad to repeat it and meditate on it? Why did God send His Angel Gabriel to Mary? Why did he say to her, "Hail full of grace." could you imagine hearing that? what if you were there and you saw this happen. Would you repeat those words? prayers should come from the heart, but to pray with your brain so your heart can live in God's word is a much more complete way of praying. Father Corapi once said that contemplation is the soul of prayer.