Ave Maria lyrics

Lyrics to the song Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

An English translation
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus [Christ].
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Latin vs.English
Ave Maria
Hail mary
gratia plena
full of grace
Dominus tecum
the Lord is with thee
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Blessed art thou among women
et benedictus fructus ventris tui
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb
Sancta Maria
Holy Mary
Mater Dei
Mother of God
ora pro nobis peccatoribus
pray for us sinners
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae
now and at the hour of our death


Some background

Ave Maria (English Hail Mary) is the salutation given by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation (Luke 1:28): Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum (“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee”). To these words many additions have been made, both as prayers addressed to the Blessed Virgin (such as that prayed in The Rosary) and as musical texts.

The traditional Catholic prayer continues with Elizabeth’s greeting to her cousin Mary (Luke 1:41): Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui (“Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”); and the name (Jesus) given to Mary’s child. It concludes with words adopted by the Council of Trent: Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen (“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”). Other texts which include Elizabeth’s greeting vary this formula to varying degrees.

Originally composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

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