Hail Mary, full of grace. The 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.
Why We Pray the Hail Mary
When we pray this prayer, we ask for intercession of our Holy Mother on our behalf (we are asking her to pray for us). She is our mother because as members of the Church we are the brothers and sisters of Christ.
Fun fact: It is not possible for you to love Mary more than her son, Jesus, loves her.
Where the Hail Mary Comes From
The Hail Mary prayer actually comes from sacred scripture: Luke 1:28, 1:42.
- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
- "And coming to her, he [the angel] said, 'Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.'" ~ Luke 1:28
- Blessed art though amongst women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
- "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, 'Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.'" ~ Luke 1:41-42
- Holy Mary, mother of God.
- "'And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?'" ~ Luke 1:43
- Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
The Catechism covers the reasons for and the source of the Hail Mary prayer in CCC 2673-2679.