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Ave Maria
Classical Latin
Church Latin

Ave Maria gratia plena
Avē Marīa, grātia plēna,
Hail Mary, full of grace,
Dominvs tecvm
Dominus tēcum ;
the Lord is with thee;
benedicta tu in mvlieribvs
benedicta tū in mulieribus,
blessed art thou amongst women,
et benedictvs fructvs ventris tvi Iesvs
et benedictus frūctus ventris tuī, Jēsus.
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Sancta Maria Mater Dei
Sancta Marīa, Māter Deī,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
ora pro nobis peccatoribvs
ōrā prō nōbīs peccātōribus,
pray for us sinners,
nvnc et in hora mortis nostrae
nunc et in hōrā mortis nostræ.
now and at the hour of our death.


Hail Mary is the best know of Marian devotions of the Catholic Church. It recalls the Annunciation to Mary the archangel Gabriel as told in the Gospel of Luke, and reached its current form in the sixteenth century.

We have supplemented the text with macrons to mark etymologically long vowels.

The translation is the English version of the prayer.

The text’s transcription emulates the capitalis rustica, a style of the Latin alphabet that was in use in the imperial Rome and Late Antiquity for writing on papyrus or parchment with a reed pen. We made use of Hasan Guven’s typeface Vatican Rough Letters.

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