O God, who willed that your Word, begotten from eternity, should come forth from the Virgin’s womb, grant, we pray, that with Blessed Mary interceding he may illumine our darkness with the splendor of his presence, and from his fullness give us joy and peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

One of the opening prayers for the Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the new English translation of the Mass. 


To Thee, the Champion Leader, we Thy servants dedicate a feast of victory and of thanksgiving as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos:

but as Thou art one with might which is invincible, from all dangers that can be do Thou deliver us, that we may cry to Thee: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

- Opening of the Akathist hymn


Rejoice, star that causest the Sun to appear.
Rejoice, womb of the Divine Incarnation!
Rejoice, Thou through whom creation is renewed.

- from the Akathist hymn

Virgin of the Mountain of Potosí (Bolivia, 1720)
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