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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. Amen.
The “Angelic Salutation” as this prayer is sometimes referred is derived largely from the Gospel of Luke. At Luke: 1: 28, the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her “Hail , favored one! The Lord is with you.” Mary then travels to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who upon seeing her, says “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1: 41-42.
“The center of gravity in the Hail Mary, the hinge as it were which joins its two parts, is the name of Jesus… it is precisely the emphasis given to the name of Jesus and to this mystery that is the sign of a meaningful and fruitful recitation of the Rosary.”… This prayer “is the most substantial element in the Rosary and also the one which makes it a Marian prayer par excellence.” Apostolic Letter of John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, October 2002.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mother of all of us, pray for us always.