Hail Mary

Mary is the mother of Jesus (thus the title, “mother of God”) and the mother of the Church. The Hail Mary prayer is one of the most common Catholic prayers, which consists of the following:

“Hail [Mary], full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28) – Angel Gabriel’s greeting
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, [Jesus]” (Luke 1:42) – Elizabeth’s greeting
“Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death”.
Amen” – request for her intercession

This is one of the first prayers I memorised, and I’ve always found it to be comforting and effective. I thought I’d post the English version and the Latin version of this simple but beautiful (and powerful) prayer:

Hail Mary Ave Maria
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

The latin translation is from this page which also provides a guide to ecclesial Latin pronounciation.

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