Quote Originally Posted by MaeZe View Post
Adding to what's been said:

You get assigned to repeat the Hail Mary prayer a certain number of times by the priest when you confess depending on how much repenting the priest thinks you need. I think of it as akin to writing on a chalkboard 100 times "I will not chew gum in class." Catholics are very much into rituals.

For those who are curious, this is essentially lifted from the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she was miraculously pregnant with Christ (Luke 1:26–38).

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.