The History of the Hail Mary Prayer

The Hail Mary (Latin: Ave Maria) is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Roman Catholicism, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.

The Hail Mary is composed of three parts. The first two parts are from the New Testament written by Saint Luke.

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28), are the greetings of the Angel Gabriel to Mary at the Annunciation.

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:42), are the greetings of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, who was soon to become the mother of St. John the Baptist. These words were spoken at the Visitation. Taken together, these two passages are the two times Mary is greeted in Chapter 1 of Luke.

The words “Mary” and “Jesus” along with “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” were added by the Church.

These three parts together form the Hail Mary Prayer. Hail Mary Prayer is the most commonly used prayer among Christians, especially the Roman Catholics. Here Hail Mary prayer is presented in different languages.

Hail Mary in English

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.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Portuguese

Avé Maria, cheia de graça,
o Senhor é convosco.
Bendita sois vós entre as mulheres,
e bendito é o fruto do vosso ventre, Jesus.

Santa Maria, Mãe de Deus,
rogai por nós pecadores,
agora e na hora da nossa morte.
Amen.

Hail Mary in German

Gegrüßet seist du, Maria, voll der Gnade,
der Herr ist mit dir.
Du bist gebenedeit unter den Frauen,
und gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus.

Heilige Maria, Mutter Gottes,
bitte für uns Sünder
jetzt und in der Stunde unseres Todes.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Tagalog

Abà, Ginoóng Maria! napupunò ka ng grasya,
Ang Panginoóng Diyós ay sumásaiyó,
Bukód kang pinagpalâ sa babaeng lahát,
at pinagpalâ namán ang iyóng Anák na si Hesús.

Santa Maria, Iná ng Diyós:
ipanalangin mo kamìng makasalanan,
ngayón at kung kamì’y mamamatáy.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Italian

Ave Maria, piena di grazia,
il Signore è con te.
Tu sei benedetta fra le donne,
e benedetto è il frutto del tuo seno, Gesú.

Santa Maria, Madre di Dio,
prega per noi peccatori,
adesso e nell’ora della nostra morte.
Amen.

Hail Mary in French

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce,
Le Seigneur est avec vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.

Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Indonesian

Salam Maria, penuh rahmat, Tuhan sertamu,
terpujilah engkau di antara wanita,
dan terpujilah buah tubuhmu, Yesus.

Santa Maria, bunda Allah,
doakanlah kami yang berdosa ini, sekarang dan
waktu kami mati.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Spanish

Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia,
el Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.

Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
Amen.

Hail Mary in Dutch

Wees gegroet, Maria, vol van genade.
de Heer is met u.
Gij zijt de gezegende onder de vrouwen,
en gezegend is Jezus, de vrucht van uw schoot.

Heilige Maria, Moeder van God.
bid voor ons zondaars,
nu en in het uur van onze dood.
Amen.

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