Hail Mary Prayer

The Hail Mary Prayer

The Hail Mary is one of the oldest and most popular of the Catholic Marian prayers - Prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is also called the Ave Maria and the Angelic Salutation. The origins of the Ave Maria (Hail Mary) are unknown. It was not officially incorporated into the liturgy, the Rosary, until the 15th Century. The reason for this is the new wave of thinking during medieval times, the renaissance period of the 12th & 13th centuries.


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Ave Maria




This incorporated far-reaching changes in spiritual life and the growth of the reverence to the Virgin Mary - a figure relatively unimportant in the Christianity of earlier centuries. The Virgin Mary, or Madonna is portrayed in a variety of recurring symbolic themes throughout religious documents and illustrations in the Middle Ages. This was when the first part of the Hail Mary prayer evolved and is referred to as the Scriptural part. Words are taken from the Gospel of St. Luke and join together the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Luke 1:28) with Elizabeth's greeting to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42). The second half of the Hail Mary prayer "Holy Mary..." was added at sometime during the 16th century. The word "Amen" is an expression and assertion of faith used at the end of all Christian prayers and literally means "So be it".

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Hail Mary Prayer Lyrics:

 Hail Mary Prayer : The Latin text of the Hail Mary prayer

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.

Hail Mary Prayer : The Latin lyrics of the Hail Mary prayer

Hail Mary Prayer : The English text of the 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.

Hail Mary Prayer : The English lyrics of the Hail Mary prayer

Concise Biography - Franz Schubert - Composer of Ave Maria

The words of the Hail Mary Prayer has many musical settings but the composition Ave Maria is the most popular.
Date of Birth: 31 January 1797
Place of Birth : Lichtental, Austria
Date of Death: 19 November 1828 - Age 31
Place & cause of Death: Vienna, Austria - Typhus

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