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.
Such a simple prayer. It’s one of the first prayers we learn as children. For many Catholics, this is the prayer we turn to when we need to pray but we’re too tired, frightened, or stressed to think of anything else.
And yet is says so much.
Mary was chosen especially for Jesus and was blessed to carry Him in her womb. (DH thought this line a bit unseemly until I gently reminded him that he’s the fruit of somebody’s womb too.) And because Mary has such a special role in the Church, she prays for all of us – now and when we will most need it. No wonder this is one of the prayers we teach to small children.
This is the prayer we use when we’re in dire need, and I bet Mary wouldn’t have it any other way.