Feast of the Solemnity of Mary
Fran reminded me that today is a feast day for Mary. In that honor, here are some prayers for this occaision, found at this web site, church year.net.
We fly to thy patronage,
O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
3rd Century; Oldest Known Prayer to Mary
Let us pray
[in the name of Jesus,
born of a virgin and Son of God]
source of light in every age,
the Virgin conceived and bore your Son
who is called Wonderful God, Prince of Peace.
May her prayer, the gift of a mother’s love,
be your people’s joy through all ages.
May her response, born of a humble heart
draw your Spirit to rest on your people.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal
Loving Mother of the Redeemer
Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
Gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Assist your people
who have fallen yet strive to rise again,
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before,
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
have pity on us, poor sinners.
Ancient Liturgy of the Hours Prayer
Hail, Most Venerable Queen of Peace
most venerable Queen of Peace,
most holy Mother of God,
through the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
the Prince of Peace,
procure for us
the cessation of His anger,
that so He may reign over us in peace.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who sought thy intercession
was left forsaken.
Inspired with this confidence,
I come unto thee.
Despise not my petitions,
O Mother of the Word,
but graciously hear
and grant my prayer.
O merciful, O kind,
O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
Eastern Prayer Before an Icon of the Theotokos
Forasmuch as thou art a well-spring of tenderness,
make us worthy of compassion;
Look upon a sinful people;
Manifest thy power as ever,
for hoping on thee we cry aloud unto thee:
Hail I as once did Gabriel,
Chief Captain of the Bodiless Powers.