December 7

Hail Mary

Mary is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She conceived Jesus as a virgin and is therefore venerated as the Holy Mary Mother of God. She was the wife of Joseph and lived with him in Nazareth. The veneration of Mary has always been of great importance in Christianity and Catholic Church. On this page, you will find the Hail Mary. It is one of the basic prayers of Christianity and one of the most said prayers of Catholics. Here on our page, we offer you the Latin version in addition to other versions. If this is not enough for you, have a look at our Marian prayers!

What is a Hail Mary?

The Hail Mary prayer is a prayer for the intercession of the Holy Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. It is probably the most important prayer in Marian's devotion. Hail Mary, also called Ave Maria, is introduced with the words of the archangel Gabriel to Mary. After the Our Father, this Marian antiphon is one of the most recited prayers in Christianity. The Ave Maria is also part of the Angelus and the Rosary.

Origin and Meaning

Ave is a Latin greeting formula used by the Romans as a salutation or greeting. In church Latin, it is pronounced [ˈave], in English-speaking countries it is more likely to be pronounced [ˈɑːveɪ]. It is the singular form of the imperative of the verb avēre, meaning "to be good", "to be eager".The word was used especially to greet Caesar or some other authority. Suetonius reports on naumachiarii, in which convicted criminals greeted Caesar with the words Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant! ("Hail Caesar! The doomed salute you!"). In this way, they wanted to point out their situation. This is the only passage from the Roman period in which this expression has survived.

In the Vulgate, the angel's greeting to Mary at the beginning of the Annunciation begins with Ave Maria, gratia plena ("Hail Mary full of grace"). This forms the introduction to the basic Catholic prayer Ave Maria, to which there are numerous musical settings.

The traditional version of Hail Mary Prayer

Hail Mary, full of grace.

Our Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among 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.


A newer version

Hail Mary, full of grace.

Our Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Latin Version Ave Maria

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.


More prayers

Hail Mary, full of grace. Hail Mary, our Mother, and Queen. We need your help now more than ever before. We know that you will always be with us and protect us from evil and harm. Holy Mary, please show us the way to salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hail Mary, full of grace.

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Hail Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Sorrows,

Queen of Heaven.

Holy Mary, our life and our sweetness:

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


Why do we need to use Hail Mary?

Hail Mary is often used to asking for help when there seems to be no way out of difficult life situations. It is believed that if someone goes through this prayer, God will listen more carefully to what they are asking. Since our prayers and intercessions are offered by the purest hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the throne of God.

 Why is the song so popular?

Many famous composers have set the lyrics to music. The most famous setting is by Charles Gounod, who used a melody by Johann Sebastian Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier. This version is called the Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod. The version by Franz Schubert is also very well known.


This is one of the most famous praises of the "Mother of God". Many Catholics recite the Hail Mary Prayer regularly. It is a prayer that we can say when we are in need of help or hope. Who knows if it has ever been more needed than now? Today, this prayer is an effective weapon to protect us all from harm. The song has other deep meanings and bridal couples often use it at their wedding ceremonies.

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