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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Carl,

Are there any worth-sharing prayers (from the rite/church you attend) to the Theotokos on this day?

Here is one I like:

O most pure Virgin,
The shining day of honor for thy shielding mantle
Has arrived.
In manner far beyond the powers
Of the earthly sun dost thou send light
Upon those who, sincere of heart,
Proclaim thee true Mother of God,
And call upon thy Son.

O Jesus Christ, through the pleading of her
Who is ever Virgin,
Who, retaining her high dignity,
Brought Thee forth,
Let not Thy charges be delivered into the hands
Of violent enemies;
But as Thou art merciful,
Give peace to our souls!

As thou art above all creatures
In heaven and on earth;
More glorious than the Cherubim,
More noble than any here below,
Christ has given thee to His people,
Firm bulwark and protectress,
To shield and save sinners
Who fly to thee.

Therefore, O Lady,
All-embracing refuge,
We solemnly recall thy sweet protection,
And beg the Christ forever
For His mercy.

--from "Great Vespers," Feast Day of the Protection of the Mother of God, Eastern Rite Prayers to the Mother of God

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