Hail Mary, full of grace...
When I'm at the Grotto, I feel Mary's presence in a special way.
The Lord is with thee...
And I know that she hears my prayers and intercedes on my behalf.
Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
It just feels right praying, talking to Mary.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Maybe it's extra special because I've seen Mary in such a special way (thanks to my Salesian high school and ACE school (and many in-between) experiences) over the years, and I have been taught how and why to pray to her. At the Grotto, it's like she's right there with me - it's hard to put to words. But she is very real, very present.