IMMACULATE AND WHOLLY-PURE VIRGIN MARY


by *Saint Ephrem ca 306 AD - 373 AD

O Immaculate and wholly-pure Virgin Mary, 
Mother of God, 
Queen of the world, 
hope of those who are in despair: 
You are the joy of the saints; 
you are the peacemaker between sinners and God; 
you are the advocate of the abandoned, 
the secure haven of those who are on the sea of the world; 
you are the consolation of the world, 
the ransom of slaves, 
the comfortress of the afflicted.
O great Queen, 
we take refuge in your protection. 
After God, 
you are all my hope. 
We bear the name of your servants; 
allow not the enemy to drag us to hell. 
I salute you, 
O great mediatress of peace 
between men and God, 
Mother of Jesus our Lord, 
who is the love of all men and of God, 
to whom be honor and benediction 
with the Father and the Holy Ghost. 

Amen!

* Ephrem the Syrian(or Ephrem the Syriac; Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܐܦܪܝܡ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ (Mār Aprêm Sûryāyâ);[1] Greek: Ἐφραίμ ὁ Σῦρος; Latin: Ephraem Syrus; ca. 306 – 373) was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Assyria.[2][3][4][5] His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church.

Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose biblical exegesis. These were works of practical theology for the edification of the church in troubled times. So popular were his works, that, for centuries after his death, Christian authors wrote hundreds of pseudepigraphal works in his name. Ephrem's works witness to an early form of Christianity in which Western ideas take little part.[citation needed][clarification needed] He has been called the most significant of all of the fathers of the Syriac-speaking church tradition.[

photo: Madonna Costantinopolitana
A holy card of the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Constantinople venerated in the basilica of Santa Giustina in Padua, Italy.
According to tradition the icon was painted by St Luke and miraculously survived the iconoclasm that took place in Constantinople in the 8th and 9th century.
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