Mary was certainly Blessed by God. Not that SHE was anything special, but that God chose her to bestow HIS blessing on her. </font> By the angel Gabriel - (Luke 1:28 KJV) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.</font> By her cousin Elisabeth - (Luke 1:42 KJV) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.</font> Again by Elisabeth - (Luke 1:45 KJV) And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.</font> By Mary herslf - (Luke 1:48 KJV) For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.</font> By a woman in the crowd - (Luke 11:27 KJV) And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.</font> But Jesus corrected any idea of WORSHIP or VENERATION of Mary the Blessed by God. In the very next verse he said, "NO, RATHER BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND OBEY IT." We can ALL BE BLESSED like Mary, and like that special lady, we can rejoice in God OUR (and HER) Savior. Hope some Baptists will preach on Mary this Christmastime, too!