February 1, 2015

The Hail Mary

The first of the two passages are from Saint Luke’s Gospel in the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. The opening word ‘hail’ literally translated means ‘rejoice and be glad.’

The second passage is the response of Elizabeth when Mary arrives with the Good News that she will give birth to a son, and name him Jesus (‘God with us’ in Matthew 1:23).

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.