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Hail Mary

Hail Mary or in latin Ave Maria is a traditional Christian prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is the central point of the Rosary, a prayer recited by Catholics, comprised of 5 decades, each consisting of

  • One Our Father (Pater Noster or The Lord's Prayer)
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • One Glory be to the Father

The Words of the Hail Mary


Hail Mary, full of grace,
our 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 in
the hour of our death.



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.


In American football, "Hail Mary" or a "Hail Mary pass" is a play in which the quarterback throws the ball as far downfield as possible, hoping one of his receivers can catch the ball or that a defensive player commits a penalty which allows the offense to gain possession of the ball at the point of the foul. This play usually occurs at the very end of a half, and especially when the team on offense is trailing in the score.

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