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Ancient Irish Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mar 12, 2016 By Gretchen Filz | 28 Comments

This beautiful prayer in honor of the Blessed Mother originated in Ireland, probably in use since the 8th century. At one time Pope Pius IX (1792 – 1878) granted a special indulgence to the faithful in Ireland who recited it devoutly.

EIGHTH CENTURY LITANY TO THE VIRGIN MARY

O Great Mary,

Mary, greatest of Marys,

Most great of women,

Queen of the angels,

Mistress of the heavens,

Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Spirit,

Blessed and most blessed,

Mother of eternal glory,

Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,

Mother of love and indulgence,

Mother of the golden light,

Honor of the sky,

Harbinger of peace,

Gate of heaven,

Golden casket,

Couch of love and mercy,

Temple of the Divinity,

Beauty of virgins,

Mistress of the tribes,

Fountain of the gardens,

Cleansing of sins,

Washing of souls,

Mother of orphans,

Breast of the infants,

Refuge of the wretched,

Star of the sea,

Handmaid of God,

Mother of Christ,

Abode of the Godhead,

Graceful as the dove,

Serene like the moon,

Resplendent like the sun,

Destruction of Eve's disgrace,

Regeneration of life,

Perfection of women,

Chief of the virgins,

Garden enclosed,

Fountain sealed,

Mother of God,

Perpetual Virgin,

Holy Virgin,

Prudent Virgin,

Serene Virgin,

Chaste Virgin,

Temple of the Living God,

Throne of the Eternal King,

Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,

Virgin of the root of Jesse,

Cedar of Mount Lebanon,

Cypress of Mount Sion,

Crimson rose in the land of Jacob,

Fruitful like the olive,

Blooming like the palm,

Glorious son-bearer,

Light of Nazareth,

Glory of Jerusalem,

Beauty of the world,

Noblest born of the Christian people,

Queen of life,

Ladder of Heaven,

Hear the petition of the poor; spurn not the wounds and the groans of the miserable.

Let our devotion and our sighs be carried through thee to the presence of the Creator, for we are not ourselves worthy of being heard because of our evil deserts.

O powerful Mistress of heaven and earth, wipe out our trespasses and our sins.

Destroy our wickedness and depravity.

Raise the fallen, the debilitated, and the fettered. Loose the condemned. Repair through thyself the transgressions of our immorality and our vices. Bestow upon us through thyself the blossoms and ornaments of good actions and virtues. Appease for us the Judge by thy prayers and thy supplications. Allow us not, for mercy's sake, to be carried off from thee among the spoils of our enemies. Allow not our souls to be condemned, but take us to thyself for ever under thy protection.

We, moreover, beseech and pray thee, holy Mary, to obtain, through thy potent supplication, before thy only Son, that is, Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, that God may defend us from all straits and temptations.

Obtain also for us from the God of Creation the forgiveness and remission of all our sins and trespasses, and that we may receive from Him further, through thyintercession, the everlasting habitation of the heavenly kingdom, through all eternity, in the presence of the saints and the saintly virgins of the world; which may we deserve, may we enjoy, in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion. After receiving her M.A. in Christian Apologetics, she converted to the Catholic Faith in 2011. She lives and works in the Diocese of Charlotte.

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