Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of 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.


This prayer known as the Hail Mary or Ave Maria incorporates the greetings given Mary from the Angel Gabriel and Elizabeth.

  • “And he [Gabriel] came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).
  • “And Elizabeth … exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’” (Luke 1:42).

Since the Council of Ephesus in 431 Mary has been known as “Theotokos,” the Mother of God or God-bearer.

  • “If anyone does not accept the holy Mary as Theotokos, he is without the Godhead.” St. Gregory the Theologian
  • “I am amazed if some should question at all whether the holy Virgin should be called the Mother of God. For if our Lord Jesus is God, how is the holy Virgin who bore Him not the Mother of God?” St. Cyril of Alexandria
  • “We hold that God was born of her, not implying that the divinity of the Logos received from the beginning of its being, but meaning that God the Logos Himself, Who was begotten of the Father timelessly before the ages, and was with the Father and the Spirit without beginning through eternity, took up His abode in these last days for the sake of salvation in the Virgin’s womb, and was without change made flesh and born of her. Hence it is with justice and truth that we call the holy Mary the ‘Mother of God.’ For this name, ‘Theotokos,’ embraces the whole mystery of the dispensation.” St. John of Damascus


  1. Thanks Father Mike for putting this video on your site. I just got done translating seven Anaophras (Eucharistic prayers) from Syriac to English that have never been published before. They are so beautiful… much like this hymn. Could it be that the world is discovering this lost Christian tradition that has been hidden behind the veil of Islam for 1400 years?

    Foosh Bashomo Remain in Peace


    1. Father Barhanna I am glad you like the video. That hymn is beautiful and speaks to the soul – deep calling deep. The Syriac fathers, their hymns, and writings need to be recovered and made more accessible. They have much to teach us. i hope you might consider posting your translations on your blog. Advent blessings to you and your parish.


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