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The '''Hail Mary''', also known as ''Hail Mother of God'', ''The Angelic Salutation,'' or Ave Maria (Latin title used by Roman Catholics) is a traditional Christian prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary a.k.a. [[Theotokos]] (in Greek, Θεοτοκος, meaning "God-bearer" or "Birth-giver to God), the mother of [[Jesus Christ]]. The Hail Mary is used by Orthodox Christians (Eastern Orthodox), Oriental Orthodox, and a variation thereof slightly different from that used by the Orthodox within Roman Catholicism, as well as by many other groups within the Catholic tradition of Christianity including Anglicans, Independent Catholics, and Old Catholics. Some Protestant denominations, such as Lutherans, also make use of the prayer. Most of the text of the Hail Mary can be found within the [[Gospel of Luke]].
It is typically sung thrice at the end of [[Vespers|Great Vespers]] during an [[All-Night Vigil]], as well as occurring many times in the course of daily prayer.
== Text ==
The Hail Mary prayer of the Orthodox Christian Church and [[Eastern Catholic Churches]] is in the form
: :''Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη Μαρία, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξί, καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου, ὅτι Σωτήρα ἔτεκες τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.''
:Theotokos Virgin, rejoice, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Saviour of our souls.