How to Pray the Hail Mary

The Hail Mary, also known by its Latin title, Ave Maria, is the best-known prayer in honor of the mother of Jesus. It is used primarily by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

You will need

  • A prayerful mind

Step 1 Close your eyes if you choose Close your eyes if you choose. Some people feel it’s easier to concentrate this way, but it’s by no means required.

Step 2 Place yourself in God’s presence Place yourself in God’s presence.

Step 3 Say the prayer Say the prayer:Hail Mary, full of Grace,The Lord is with thee.Blessed art thou among women,And blessed is the fruitOf thy womb, Jesus.Holy Mary,Mother of God,Pray for us sinners now,And at the hour of death. Amen.

Step 4 If you’re Orthodox ... If you’re Orthodox, the prayer omits the plea to Mary at the end. Translations from the Greek differ, but here’s one:Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, For thou hast borne the Savior of our souls.