EWTN.com - Hail Mary: "Hail Mary
in luke when the angels used the word (hail) ... was it a the time only used to hail royalty ???
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 9/6/2008:
The Greek form of the word, which is the language of the original New Testament, is used without any such distinction, as is evident from a survey of ancient Greek writings. It can be as common as saying 'hello' to someone. It can be a form of greeting but also has connotations of rejoicing.