Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman,
Blessed by the Most High!
Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era,
We join in your song of praise,
to celebrate the Lord’s mercy,
to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom
and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord,
Glorious Mother of Christ!
Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word,
Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word,
and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit,
attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience
and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows,
Mother of the living!
Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve,
Be our guide along the paths of the world.
Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ,
to stand with you before the innumerable crosses
on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, woman of faith,
First of the disciples!
Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always
to account for the hope that is in us,
with trust in human goodness and the Father’s love.
Teach us to build up the world beginning from within:
in the depths of silence and prayer,
in the joy of fraternal love,
in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.

Holy Mary,
Mother of believers,
pray for us.

This prayer was written by Blessed Pope John Paul the Great for his trip in August, 2004 to Lourdes, France. It was first prayed at the Grotto of Massabielle.Pope Benedict XVI prayed this on April 30, 2011, the day before the Pope John Paul II Beatification Mass.

Not only is this a beautiful prayer for us to pray, but it is a wonderful example for us on how to write a prayer. There are verses that draw upon Sacred Scripture, and themes that use our Catholic Theology. The verses and paragraphs are composed and arraigned by a master of contemplation. The entirety of the prayer comes from deep within the heart of someone who is not just in love with Jesus, but who knows the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Do not just pray this, but study it.

For more information on this prayer, please follow this link to the Vatican web site: