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It struck me during a recent parish mission that the Hail Mary is a truly amazing prayer. It is one that Our Blessed Lady has asked us to recite as part of the rosary as often as we can. What particularly spoke to me was the petition on the second part: ‘Pray for us NOW and at the hour of our death’.

Isn’t that amazing! We are asking Our Lady to pray for us constantly, starting right this minute and to continue to do so right up to the moment of death.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among 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.

We can be absolutely certain that our prayer will be heard as we sqaw Mary quietly intercede for the grrom at the wedding feast in Cana. Jesus always listens to his mother and obeys her. What an intercessor we have in the Virgin Mary. Amen!