Prayer and Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Icon of the Theotokos by Theophanes the Greek, 14th century (source)

Icon of the Theotokos by Theophanes the Greek, 14th century      (source)

O most Holy Virgin,
he who gives you venerable and glorious titles
does not fail to tell the truth;
on the contrary, it falls short of your worthiness.
Look on us benevolently from heaven!
Govern us with peace;
guide us, without intimidating us
before the judge’s throne;
and make us worthy to be seated on his right,
to be transported to heaven
and to become, with the angels,
the cantors of the eternal Trinity,
known and glorified, in the Father, in the Son,
and in the Holy Spirit,
now and always
and for ever and ever. Amen.

– Basil of Seleucia (died 459) in Sing the Joys of Mary, p. 56

 

 

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