Ave Maria

Ave Maria

[ah-vey muh-ree-uh]
Ave Maria [Lat.,=hail, Mary], prayer to the Virgin Mary universal among Roman Catholics, also called the Ave, the Hail Mary, and the Angelic Salutation. The words in English are: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst 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. Amen." The first part is from Luke 1.28,42. The prayer is much used in private as well as in public devotions, e.g., in the rosary. It has many musical settings, the compositions by Franz Schubert and Charles Gounod being especially popular.
The Ave Maria College of the Americas is a branch of Ave Maria College located in San Marcos, Nicaragua. It uses the campus formerly belonging to La Antigua Escuela Normal de Señoritas de San Marcos. From its founding in 1993, this school operated under the name University of Mobile, Latin American Campus in San Marcos and was operated by the University of Mobile. Ave Maria College acquired the school from the U. of Mobile on July 1, 2000, and currently offers undergraduate degrees in eight different majors to a student body of roughly 500.

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