I have to admit that I was surprised when our choir director picked this particular piece for Mother’s Day.  But then, I’m Presbyterian and we don’t pray the Hail Mary.  Obviously, I’ve heard this piece of music but didn’t know the meaning behind it until Zack explained it to us.

The Ave is the angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary.  Catholics, including Zack, know this as the Hail Mary prayer.  The Ave simply sets it to music.

Hail Mary and bless you.  Through you, we are all blessed with God’s grace and mercy.  Where would we be if you had declined?