Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
The words of this prayer "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" are taken from Luke 1:28 which are words that the angel Gabriel said to Mary. The words "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb" are taken from Luke 1:42 which are words that Mary's cousin Elizabeth said to her. Then we ask Mary to pray for us just the same way we would ask our mother to pray for us.
The Hail Mary is the main prayer of the Holy Rosary. That is one of the many reasons why the Rosary is much beloved by Catholics as well as some Christian denominations. Not many realize that Elvis Presley sang a song about Mary and the Rosary titled Miracle Of The Rosary.
Miracle Of The Rosary by Elvis Presley
A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria (Schubert)
Ave Maria by Cambridge Singers (Bruckner's setting)
Ave Maria by Celtic Woman (Gounod's setting over Bach)
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