Catholic Chant
Keeping the Faith through Music
Ave Maria

Latin English
Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus
ventris tui, Jesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
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.
Season: All
Use: General hymn for Mass, processions, or private prayer.

The Hail Mary, or the Angelic Salutation, is derived from the Gospel of Luke (1:28 and 1:42-43).  It begins by echoing the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary at the Annunciation, transitioning into the greeting of Mary's kinswoman Elizabeth at the Visitation.

The second half of the prayer continues Elizabeth's words ("mother of my Lord") but perhaps its conclusion is closer to John 19:27 - "[Jesus] said to the disciple, 'Behold, thy mother.'  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."  Proclaiming her as our mother, we ask her intercession before God for both our immediate and eternal needs.