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A Supplication to Holy Virgin Mary

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This prayer is offered in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary for protection in times of sickness and sufferings, in response to the request of one or more of the faithful who stand at the foot of the altar with lit candles. After the quqalyon of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Holy Eucharist, the priest stands before the altar, facing east. Two deacons, with lit candles, stand at the priest's right and left sides. With outstretched hands, the priest intones the following petition:
O Compassionate Lord, open to us the door of Your mercies and do not make us ashamed as we have put our confidence in You. Deliver us and save us from all distress and intolerable temptations as You are the Savior and the Redeemer of those who believe in You. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, because You are our trust and our hope. Do not be angry with us forever and do not remember our hidden and known offenses and transgressions. According to the abundance of Your mercy, compassion and loving-kindness, save us from our enemies, as You are our God, we are Your people, the creation of Your hands and Your Holy Name has been called upon us. We ask these merits by virtue of the prayers and intercession of Your Mother the Holy Virgin Mary. Have compassions and mercy upon us, O Good One.

People: Halleluiah, halleluiah, halleluiah.

The people shall sing the following hymn:
O pride of the faithful, offer petition on our behalf to the Only-begotten Who sprang forth from you that He may have mercy upon us all.

One of the deacons shall say the following prayer:
The Mystery which was hidden from generations and ages was revealed to you, O fount of chastity, when the Archangel Gabriel came and greeted you, saying: "Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you, you are blessed among women." (Luke 1:28)

Hail, O land that was never sown. Hail, O bush that was set aflame, but was not consumed. Hail, O depth which is difficult to be perceived by sight. Hail, O bridge that leads to the height and the ladder that lifts up into heaven. Hail, O vessel in which the Divine Manna was preserved. Hail, O you who abolished the curse of old time. Hail, O you who lifted up Adam from his fall. The Lord is with you. Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

The people shall sing the following hymn:
O Christ, our Lord and Creator, have mercy upon us by Your Mother's intercession. Set us free from the deception of the devil and deliver us from his powers.

We are Your servants and to You we commit ourselves, hoping for Your mercies for we have no other Redeemer than You. Pardon us and pardon our departed ones and grant us full forgiveness.

The people shall say:
Kyrie eleison. (Three times)
O Lord, have mercy upon us. (Three times)
O Lord, help us. (Three times)
O Lord, forgive us. (Three times)

The priest shall stretch out his hands, facing west, and shall pray the following supplication:
O pure and glorious one, who gave birth to the Word God,460:1 Who in His Holy of holies is above all the saints; by your prayers may He save us from all calamities and adversities and from the intolerable temptations, especially those who are present here and who entreat You, saying: You are the treasure of all good things and the fountain of all blessings who do not reject the requests of those who beseech you.

O Blessed Virgin Mary, offer petition on our behalf to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, that He may strengthen our infirmity, heal our sickness, blot out our offenses, sanctify our souls, purify our minds, cleanse our impulses, straighten our paths, make steadfast our steps, repay our debts, forgive our shortcomings, support our elders, keep our youth and adorn our children with His fear.

By your intercession, may those who are near live at ease, and those who are far off return in peace to their homes.

By your prayers, may your virtuous women be protected under the wings of your holiness, the faithful departed be absolved and the Church and her children lead a life of harmony, love and faith.

As for those who have offered this supplication in your honor and are standing in the presence of your holiness, may their petitions be accepted, their requests be returned, and may they be delivered from the wickedness of the hidden and the known enemies.

By virtue of your petition, may we who are weak, together with all the priests and the faithful, who are present here, live a life of peace and tranquility.

Then they shall say:
Glory to You our Lord. Glory to You our Lord. Glory to You our hope forever.

They conclude by reciting the Lord's Prayer and the Hail Mary.

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father Who art in heaven...

The Hail Mary:
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


460:1 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, a glory like that of the first born of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

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