Feast of the Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation so I thought I would repost on the Hail Mary or Ave Maria (Latin).

The Hail Mary has its origins in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 1.  According to the Catholic Encyclopedia The Hail Mary as an accepted devotional formula can be traced back as far as 1050.  In its early form the prayer only included the greetings of the Angel Gabriel and the greeting from St. Elizabeth (Luke 1).  It is in the 13th century that the addition of the Holy Name of Jesus is added.  The petition was added some time later following the Reformation.

I pray that Mary the Most Holy Theotokos and Mother of the Church will continue to pray for us.  May we follow her example in our response to God and remember her words at the wedding in Cana, “Do whatever He tells you.”

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 death.

Amen.

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  1. Pingback: The Annunciation Message: Be Not Afraid | Cowboy Papist

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