Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.
"Beginning with Mary's unique cooperation
with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches
developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God,
centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His
mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing
this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one
another: the first "magnifies" the Lord for the
"great things" He did for His lowly servant and
through her for all human beings. The second entrusts the
supplications and praises of the children of God to the
Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity
which, in her, the Son of God espoused."
- from the Catechism of the Catholic