Three Hail Marys Devotion (daily)

Heaven Opened by the Three Hail Marys

Hail Mary
Ave Maria

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.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.

One of the greatest means of salvation, and one of the surest signs of predestination, is, unquestionably, the devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin. All the holy doctors of the Church are unanimous in saying with St. Alphonsus of Liguori: “A devout servant of Mary shall never perish.” The chief thing is to persevere faithfully till death in this devotion. Can there be an easier or a more adaptable practice for all than the recitation each day of three Hail Marys in honor of the privileges conferred by the Adorable Trinity on the Blessed Virgin?

Immaculate Lily of the Holy Trinity. Pray for us.

One of the first to say the three Hail Marys and to recommend them to others was the illustrious St. Anthony of Padua. His special aim in this practice was to honor the spotless Virginity of Mary and to preserve a perfect purity of mind, heart and body in the midst of the dangers of the world. Many, like him, have felt its salutary effects.

Later on, St. Leonard of Port-Maurice, the celebrated missionary, had the three Hail Marys recited morning and evening in honor of Mary Immaculate, to obtain the grace of avoiding all mortal sins during the day or night; moreover, he promised in a special manner eternal salvation to all those who proved constantly faithful to this practice.

After the example of those two great Franciscan Saints, St. Alphonsus Maria of Liguori adopted this pious practice and gave it his most ardent and powerful support. He counseled its use and even imposed it as a penance on those who had not adopted this good habit.

The holy Doctor exhorts, in particular, parents and confessors to watch carefully that children be faithful in reciting each day their three Hail Marys, morning and evening. Or rather, like St. Leonard of Port-Maurice, he earnestly recommends it to all, “to the devout and to sinners, to the young and old.”

Even persons consecrated to God will derive from this practice much precious and salutary fruit. Numerous examples may show how agreeable the three Hail Marys are to the Divine Mother and what special graces they draw, during life and at the hour of death, on those who never omit them for a single day.

This practice has been revealed to St. Melchtilde (13th Century) with the promise of a good death, if she was faithful to it, every day.

It is written, also, in St. Gertrude’s revelations: “While this Saint sang the Hail Mary, at the matins of the Annunciation, she suddenly saw spring out from the Heart of the Father and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, three bright flames which penetrated the Heart of the Holy Virgin.” Then she heard the following words: “After the Power of the Father, the Wisdom of the Son and the merciful Tenderness of the Holy Spirit, nothing approaches the Power, the Wisdom and the merciful Tenderness of Mary.”

His Holiness Benedict XV has raised the Confraternity of the Three Hail Marys to an Archconfraternity by according it precious indulgences with the power to aggregate to itself all Confraternities of the same kind, and to communicate them its own indulgences.

Practice: Recite, morning and evening, three Hail Marys in honor of the three great privileges, with this invocation at the end: for the morning: “O my Mother, preserve me from mortal sin during this day,” for the evening: “O my Mother, preserve me from mortal sin during this night.”

(Indulgences of 200 days granted by Leo XIII, 300 days for the members of the Archconfraternity of the Three Hail Marys by Benedict XV, and Apostolic Benediction by Pius X.)

Thank you for sharing this. I pray the Ave María thrice in the morning & evening in honor of the Immaculate Conception since my prayer book has it that way. I also add the prayer of St. Alphonsus for purity after each Ave.

Thank you for sharing. Very important to pray to Mary.

It’s a pretty ancient devotion to pray the Angelus (containing three hail Mary’s) three times a day.

The angelus is a retelling of the visit of Archangel Gabriel to Saint Mary. I don’t know which text is used exactly.

The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary;
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Hail Mary, full of grace…

Behold the handmaid of the LORD;
Let it be done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace…

And the Word was made flesh;
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Often people don’t know this tradition, except when they start asking why the church bells ring a certain melody on three fixed times during the day… :slight_smile:

God Bless you for sharing this!

I totally believe that praying the Hail Mary daily, whether
as a single prayer or in a Rosary, special graces to avoid the usual sins I used to commit came to me. I lost the desire to watch the usual tv shows or movies that were impure, immoral, & violent. A desire for good things increased. I felt that it wasn’t coming from my just making a decision to avoid bad things and desire good things.
It’s as if the thirst and desire to know and love God more and becoming closer to Mary, heavenly graces aided me! That doesn’t mean I don’t get tempted and avoid sins all together. But I have to say in moments of temptation, saying a Hail Mary helps.

I don’t usually share this with people because I don’t think they would understand.

Has anyone felt this happen?



Yes, it has always been a great help to me as well.

You’re welcome






I started praying the three Hail Mary Devotion since I entered the Seminary in June 1953. I am now 51 years in the Priesthood and still faithfully and fervently praying the three Hail Mary Devotion.




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