Hail Mary

The Hail Mary or Ave Maria (Latin) is a traditional Christian prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Hail Mary is used within Roman Catholicism, and it forms the basis of the Rosary. Most of the text of the Hail Mary can be found within the Gospel of Luke.

The first sentence of the Hail Mary is the same one the Archangel Gabriel pronounced to the Virgin Mary on the day of the Annunciation. The second part is composed of the same words that Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) used to welcome her at the Visitation.


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.



Here is the prayer in Latin: Ave Maria


Ave Maria,

gratia plena,

Dominus tecum,

benedicta tu in mulieribus

et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.


Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,

ora pro nobis peccatoribus

nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.



Orthodox churches have a shorter text:


O Virgin Theotokos, rejoice

Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Thou [art] blessed among women,

and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb,

for thou hast given birth to the savior of our souls.


Serbian text for the youtube below:


Bogorodice Djevo,

radujsja, blagodatnaja Marije,

Gospod s Toboju!

Blagoslovena ti v ženah,

i blagosloven plod ?reva tvojego.

jako Spasa rodila jesi duš naših.