How to Pray: a Prayer Guide
The Apostles’ Creed
Act of Contrition: How, Why, and When to Say It?
Prayers to St. Michael The Archangel
Prayers by St. Padre Pio
What is Contemplative Prayer, and How to Pray It?
Prayers to The Virgin Mary
The Glory Be
What Is Lectio Divina, And How to Pray It
Liturgy of The Hours
Blessing: Definition and Blessing Prayers
Praise to God
Litany of The Saints
Prayers for Family
Prayers for Protection
Prayer for the Deceased
Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayers for Work
Guardian Angel Prayers
Prayers for a Soulmate
Prayers to St. Therese
Wedding Prayers: Sample Prayers and How to Write Your Own
Prayers to St. Benedict
Pray a Novena, Why, How and When?
Prayer to Saint Rita
Prayer to St. Joseph
Prayer to St. Jude
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Prayers to St. Anthony of Padua
The Lord's Prayer
Prayers of the Faithful
Prayers to St. Expedite
The ‘Hail Mary’ prayer is the most famous prayer to the Virgin Mary. For more than a thousand years, Christians worldwide have continued to pray it daily. ‘Hail Mary’ (in Latin Ave Maria) is said both in praise of, and in supplication to the Mother of the Church.
“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.
“Mother of God and Virgin, rejoice,
Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
for thou hast given birth to the Savior of our souls.”
Thousands of Christians pray daily to Mary, the Mother of God. For a lot of believers, invoking Her name is second nature. But why do we pray to her? As a Saint, Mary holds a very special position: She is the Immaculate Mother of Christ, therefore, she is way above the other Saints.
Mary is considered as a model of the Church in the matter of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ. She is an example of humility, virtue and tenderness. She accompanied Jesus Christ from His birth (She accepted God’s plan for her by birthing Jesus) until His death, which she witnessed standing by the Cross.
As a woman, She also accompanies us. Jesus is the way, and Mary helps us find the way, follow it and be faithful to it.
‘Hail Mary’ (Ave Maria in Latin) is the most famous prayer to the Mother of the Church. When saying the prayer, we are both praising Her, and supplicating Her.
We say the ‘Hail Mary’ often when praying the rosary: whether we are praying a decade, a Chaplet or reciting The Rosary, every ‘Hail Mary’ prayer is like a rose thrown to Her feet when we express our gratitude to Her.
The Angelus prayer is said in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. This prayer is composed of verses with responses, and three ‘Hail Marys’ in between each verse. For hundreds of years, ‘The Angelus’ has been a celebration of the beautiful prayer that is the ‘Hail Mary’.
Finally, we can say the ‘Hail Mary’ at any occasion: there isn’t really a specific reason to pray it. In the morning, the evening; at any time of the day, we can pray to the Virgin Mary and entrust our day to Her, ask for Her support, or for Her intercession before Jesus Christ in a moment of need. When saying ‘Hail Mary’, we ask that the Virgin Mary may pray for us at two important times in our lives: now, and at the hour of our death.
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