The Hail Mary prayer is mostly known for being the main prayer in the Rosary, though it is often prayed as an individual prayer. It appears in each decade ten times, and at the beginning, three times, for an increase in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Besides this, the Hail Mary is a testimony of faith—being the most recognized “Catholic” prayer. No other religion honors Mary to the extent that the Catholics do. Unfortunately, this love for her is often understood wrongly. Catholics don’t worship Mary; she is not God, but they do recognize her role in salvation. It is because of her Fiat, her yes to God, that the Incarnation took place. In other words, she is a key player in redemption. In particular, she is the new Eve, the woman prophesied in Genesis, and the one spoken of in Revelation. more...