Ave Maria - The prayer (English)
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.
About the prayer Ave Maria
The Ave Maria (Latin) also commonly called The Hail Mary (english) or Angelic Salutation is a well known Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers in Roman Catholicism. A similar prayer is used in formal liturgies in the Eastern Orthodox Churches and Eastern Catholic Churches, both in Greek and in translations. It is used by most denominations of the Catholic tradition of Christianity including Anglicans, Independent Catholics, and Old Catholics. Some Protestant groups, such as Lutherans, also make use of a form of the prayer.
The prayer takes different forms in various traditions, based on the greeting of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary in the Gospel of Luke. It has often been set to music, although the most famous musical expression of the words Ave Maria — that by Franz Schubert — does not actually contain the Hail Mary prayer.
About the song Ave Maria
In 1825, Franz Schubert composed a selection of seven songs from Scott's epic Poem The Lady of the Lake. They were published in 1826 as his Opus 52. The 6th song is "Ellens Gesang III" (Hymn to the Virgin), D. 839.
It has become one of Schubert's most popular works, sung and recorded by a wide variety and large number of singers, under the title of "Ave Maria", in arrangements with various lyrics which commonly differ from the original context of the poem. It was arranged in three versions for piano by Franz Liszt
About the inspiration
Mary inspires to many prayers, prayers to save our loved ones, prayers to save the world. Mary is the Mother of Love, the Mother of all people. Her love doesn't distinguish between good and bad. She pleads for reconciliation. Mary represents the feminine power that is so strongly needed in todays world.
About the Apparitions of Mary
For centuries the appearance of Mary is reported by individuals and small groups of people. The following thirteen appearances are acknowledged by the Catholic Church: Guadalupe (1531), Paris (183), Rome (1942), La Salette (1846), Lourdes (1858), PontMain (1871), Pellevoisin (1876), Gitrzwald (1877), Knock (1879), Fatima (1917), Baeauraing (1932), Banneux (1933), Syracuse (1953).