Prayer to the Ever-Virgin Mary the Theotokos

PRAYER TO THE EVER-VIRGIN MARY THE THEOTOKOS

('Ασπιλε, αμόλυντε, άφθορε, άχραντε...")

O spotless, undefiled, incorruptible, chaste and pure Virgin-Bride of God, who by Your wondrous conception united God the Logos/Word with man, and joined our fallen nature with the Heavens; the only hope of the hopeless, and the help of the persecuted; the ever-ready to rescue all that flee unto You, and the refuge of all Christians, spurn me not, the branded sinner, who by shameful thoughts, words and deeds, has made my whole being useless, and through indolence has enslaved my judgment to the pleasures of this life. But as the Mother of the Merciful God, mercifully show compassion unto me, the sinner and prodigal, and accept my supplication which is offered from impure lips unto You.

With Your maternal approach entreat Your Son, our Lord, and Master to open for me the merciful depths of His loving kindness; and overlooking my countless transgressions, guide me to repentance, and show me forth as a worthy worker of His Commandments. As You are merciful, compassionate and gentle, be at my side; and in this present life, be my fervent protectress and helper, thwarting the assaults of the adversaries, and leading me to salvation; and in the hour of my passing take care of my wretched soul, and cast far away the dark faces of the demons. And at the dreadful Day of Judgment, deliver me from eternal punishment, and prove me an heir to the ineffable Glory of Your Son, and our God.

May this glory be my share, O my Lady, Most-Holy Theotokos through Your mediation and help, by the Grace and mercy of Your Only-Begotten Son our Lord, and God, and Savior, Jesus Christ; to Whom is due all glory, honor and worship, together with His Eternal Father, and His All-Holy and Good and Life-Giving Spirit now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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TROPARION HYMN. (THIRD TONE)

Astounded with the comeliness of Your Virginity, and with the exceeding splendor of Your Purity, Gabriel cried out unto You, O Theotokos: "What hymns of praise is fitting for me to present to You? What name shall I give You? I hesitate, and stand to wonder. Wherefore, as I was commanded, I cry out to You: Rejoice! to You who blessed with Grace."

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ΜΕΓΑΛΥΝΑΡΙΟΝ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ [MEGALYNARION HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS]

(΄Αξιον έστι...)

It is truly right to call You Blest, O Theotokos the Ever-Blessed, You who are Most Pure and All-Immaculate and the Mother of our God. More Honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare More Glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption did give birth to God the Logos/Word, the very Theotokos, You do we magnify.

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ANONYMOUS PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

O All-Holy Lady Theotokos, the light of my darkened soul, my hope, shelter, refuge, consolation, and my joy; I thank You, that You have deemed me the unworthy one, worthy to be a communicant of the immaculate Body and Precious Blood of Your Son. But You, who gave birth to the True Light, enlighten the noetic eyes of my heart; You who bore the Fountain of Immortality, enliven me who am dead in sin; You who are the kind hearted and loving Mother of the Merciful God, have mercy on me, and grant compunction and contrition to my heart, humility in my reasonings, and the recall of my thoughts from the captivity. And deem me worthy, till my last breath, to receive without condemnation the sanctification of the immaculate Mysteries, for the healing of both soul and body; and grant me tears of repentance and confession, that I may hymn and glorify You all the days of my life.

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"Glory Be To GOD For All Things!"--Saint John Chrysostom

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With sincere agape in His Holy Diakonia,
The sinner and unworthy servant of God

+Father George