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An angelic salutation.

The Hail Mary, sometimes called the “angelic salutation,” is the foundation for prayers such as the Rosary and the Angelus. It has inspired much fervent devotion to Jesus and His Blessed Mother.

This wonderful prayer has helped give people the graces, strength, and spiritual protection they’ve needed for hundreds of years.

The Hail Mary has also been the inspiration for some great musical settings of its text in Latin, most famously in the Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. It is as simple as it is elegant, in any language:

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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.

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Blessed Alan de la Roche, a great champion of the Rosary in the 15th century, once said that “When I say Hail Mary, hope is made strong in my breast and the dew of consolation falls on my soul….the angelic salutation is a rainbow in the heavens, a sign of the mercy and grace God has given to the world.”

He also noted that “as all heaven rejoices when the ‘Hail Mary’ is said, so also do the devils tremble and take flight.”

Praying the Hail Mary or showing our devotion to her doesn’t mean we are putting her ahead of Jesus, as some might fear. When we pray to Mary we are also praying through Mary, asking her to intercede with God for us on our behalf.

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  1. kathleen

     /  May 10, 2014

    What a beautiful post!
    Yes, Our Blessed Lady is constantly pointing us towards her Divine Son, telling us to: “Do whatever He tell you” (John 2:5)
    Our love for Our Lady strengthens and increases our love for Our Lord and Saviour.

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  2. Beautiful post! Especially for Mother’s Day!

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  3. william neu

     /  June 2, 2014

    Has God sent a prophet? http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com
    Be sure to read about the “Seal of the Living God” found on the homepage links – *a Biblical reference to this topic: Rev. chapter 7

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