Sub Tuum Praesidium: Exploring Early Christian Heritage

“The Sub tuum praesidium is probably the oldest Christian prayer dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This prayer was long used in both Eastern and Western rites…” Read much more and see a 3rd century papyrus fragment, at the New Liturgical Movement.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus1, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

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Mary teaching Jesus to write - attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? - 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

Mary teaching Jesus to write – attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? – 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

A Pieta from the Cathedral in Bilbao.

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