The Hail Mary (or the "Ave Maria", from the first words in its Latin form) is the most familiar prayer used by the Universal Church in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.

 

It is a consisting of three parts.

The first, "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women", embodies the words used by the Angel Gabriel in saluting the Blessed Virgin (Luke 1:28).

The second, "and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus", is borrowed from the Divinely inspired greeting of St. Elizabeth (Luke 1:42).

The third, the petition "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen." is stated by the official "Catechism of the Council of Trent" to have been framed by the Church itself.

It has often been set to music.

 

Tradicional Catholic version:

 

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. Amen.

 

Latin version:

 

Áve Marī́a, grā́tiā plḗna,

Dóminus tḗcum.

Benedícta tū in muliḗribus,

et benedíctus frū́ctus véntris túī, Iḗsūs.

Sā́ncta Marī́a, Mā́ter Déī,

ṓrā prō nṓbīs peccātṓribus,

nunc et in hṓrā mórtis nóstrae. Āmēn.