THE ANGELIC SALUTATION (the Hail Mary). A pious writer (Ludolphus) says about this salutation: "Mark well: God the Father entrusted the angel with this salutation, sending it by Him to the Virgin. Therefore, never can she be addressed in words more honorable, more pleasing, or more agreeable to her."
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)