What is the Ave Maria prayer?

The Ave Maria prayer, or the Hail Mary, is the primary prayer of each decade of the Rosary and is chanted ten times in each segment of The Rosary for World Peace.

The Ave Maria prayer features two salutation verses to Mary from the Book of Luke in the New Testament Scripture: the Angel Gabriel's greeting to Mary before she conceived Jesus and Elizabeth's acknowledgment of Mary's bearing of the prophetic Messiah. The current form, including the response for the prayerful intercession of Mary, emerged during the sixteenth century. 

Hail Mary, full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. (Lk 1:28) Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. (Lk 1:42)

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. 


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The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Scourging at the Pillar

Duet—Mary and Pharisee Nicodemus

Pharisee Nicodemus
Weeping she hath wept in the Night,
her tears were on her cheeks:
There is None to Comfort her.
(La 1:2)

Lord, when wilt Thou Look Upon me?
Rescue Thou My Soul from their Malice:
My Only One from The Lions.
(Ps 34:17)