Hail Mary Prayer
The Angelic Salutation
Hail Mary Prayer
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amoung 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
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The Hail Mary Prayer is Biblical
This prayer is also a Biblical prayer. The first part is composed of the Archangel Gabriel's praises of Mary found in the Gospel of St. Luke.
That is why this prayer is sometimes called the Angelic Salutation.
The Hail Mary prayer is divided into three sections:
The words of the Angel Gabriel found in Luke 1:26-28,
"And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
The words of St. Elizabeth found also in Luke 1:40-45
"And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord." and finally...
The words of the Church
In the first part, you can see that God's messenger, Gabriel praises Mary's holiness and closeness to God.
When Elizabeth proclaims that Mary is blessed among women, she is telling how special Mary truly is. Through Mary, Jesus entered the world.
Because she said "yes" to God, Jesus was able to come and save all.
This is the way God choose to become man, through Mary.
The final phrases of the prayer are the prayer of the Church.
At the Council of Ephesus in the year 431 the Church declared that this phrase was worthy to use when praying.
You are asking Mary to go to present your needs to God on your behalf and to unite you to God.
Because of her closeness to God in her relationship with her son, she can obtain blessings for you.
These pieces were put together and formed the Hail Mary prayer and was in common use as early as the year 1196.
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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these
Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus.
They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on
the cross. Therefore read more...
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus
loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no
man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
-John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How
exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead,
making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious
events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...
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