Ave Maria

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Ave Maria (ä´vā märē´ä) [Lat.,=hail, Mary], prayer to the Virgin Mary universal among Roman Catholics, also called the Ave, the Hail Mary, and the Angelic Salutation. The words in English are: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst 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. Amen." The first part is from Luke 1.28,42. The prayer is much used in private as well as in public devotions, e.g., in the rosary. It has many musical settings, the compositions by Franz Schubert and Charles Gounod being especially popular.

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Ave Maria (Hail Mary). Prayer consisting partly of the biblical salutations of the Archangel Gabriel and Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary, and partly of matter added in the 15th cent. Many settings, that by Schubert being to a Ger. trans. of Walter Scott's poem from ‘The Lady of the Lake’ (1810). That known as by ‘Bach–Gounod’ is the first prelude from Bach's Wohltemperierte Klavier with Gounod's Méditation as counterpoint, the words having been added by someone else.

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Ave Maria. Christian, mainly Catholic, salutation and invocation addressed to Mary.