Monday, February 21, 2011

Asking Mary's Prayers - Under Your Compassion

Right then.

Here's the actual prayer all this has been leading up to.

Under your
we take refuge,
Theotokos; do not
overlook our prayers
in the midst of tribulation,
but deliver us
from danger,
O only pure,
only blessed one.


  1. So Mary can deliver us from danger? Nice prayer. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Susanne,

    Not of her own power, of course. It's more that she's being asked to pray for the people's protection.

    For example, there's a feast called the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God. The city of Blacherne (Greece) was threatened by an invasion and the city was crowded into the church, praying. Sts. Andrew and Epiphanius were there, and had a vision saints and angels moving through the people. During the vigil the Theotokos entered the church and knelt down in prayer, remaining there for a long time. When she rose, she took her veil off and spread it over the people as a 'sign' of their protection.

    The important factor in that story is that Mary didn't just walk in and spread *her* protection over the people. She came and prayed for God's protection for the people. The spreading of her veil was a sign, a symbol of God's protection which she and all the people had been praying for.


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