31 Days of Prayer – Hail Mary

Piggybacking off of yesterday’s post, I want to encourage you to say the Hail Mary slowly and reflectively.

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Cradle-Catholics are taught the Hail Mary at a young age and it is one of those prayers that are recited mindlessly. Yet, it is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray! Popes, saints, and others have written endless pages about the efficacy and power of the Hail Mary. There are even promises attached to praying the rosary.

The rosary is also scriptural. The first part (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee) comes from the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she is the bear Jesus, the Lord. The second part (Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus) comes from the Visitation when Mary went to her cousin, Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

The last part of the rosary (Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death) is our petition to Mary and asking for her intercession for our needs now and when we die.

Let us, today and every day, pray the rosary with attention and focus:

Hail Mary, full of the 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.”

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