Hail Mary prayer is a traditional Roman Catholic prayer of salutations and petitions to the Virgin Mary seeking her intercession. It is a very powerful yet simple prayer recited in the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin.
Read more: The Three Hail Marys Novena
Hail Mary Prayer
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Read more: Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The origin of Ave Maria can be traced to many verses in the Bible. The prayer can be divided into two parts – Praise and Supplication
The praise part can be traced to The Annunciation – Luke 1:26-38 and The Visitation – Luke 1:42.
The Annunciation – Luke 1:26-38
“Hail, full of grace![d] The Lord is with you.” These words were said by The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to the Virgin Mary married to a man named Joseph, of the house of David.
The angel told Virgin Mary not to be worried since God has graced her. Mary would conceive and bear a baby named Jesus. He will be the Son of God. Mary was greatly perturbed and asked how is it possible since she was a virgin. Gabriel then assured her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and make her pregnant with Jesus.
The Visitation – Luke 1:42
“And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.“
The Supplication seeks the intercession of Mary to seek salvation from God.