Hail Mary

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a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her


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"Since the Holy Rosary is composed, principally and in substance, of the Prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation; that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary, it was without doubt the first prayer and the first devotion of the faithful and has been in use all through the centuries, from the time of the Apostles and disciples down to the present."
Thomas Aquinas points out that the Angelic Salutation is actually made up of three parts, the third being the name of Mary, which was added later on by the Church, as was the name of Jesus.
We know that, as early as the twelfth century, the custom of combining the Angelic Salutation and the Our Father was established.
The selection comprises seldom read texts such as the Sermons on the place and use of Holy Scripture, pronounced when Thomas became a master in sacred theology--they open the series of translations; questions about the nature of theology and the Six Days of Creation from the Commentary on the Sententioe; the admirable Prefaces to the commentaries on several works of Aristotle and the De divinis nominibus; sections from the exposition on the Liber de causis, the Peri Hermeneias, Paul's Letter to Philemon, and the commentary on the Angelic Salutation, which closes the book.
Printed in gold, the angelic salutation is repeated apparently infinitely, as a chant, poem, incantation and prayer, dematerializing the massive, inert volume of the cube.