An Irish Litany of Our Lady

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The original petitions end, "pray for Ireland."

O Great Mary,
Mary, greatest of Marys,
Most great of women,
Queen of the angels,
Mistress of the heavens,
Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
Blessed and most blessed,
Mother of eternal glory,
Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
Mother of love and indulgence,
Mother of the golden light,
Honor of the sky,
Harbinger of peace.
Gate of heaven,
Golden altar,
Couch of love and mercy,
Temple of the Divinity,
Beauty of virgins,
Mistress of the tribes,
Fountain of the gardens,
Cleansing of sins,
Washing of souls,
Mother of orphans,
Breast of the infants,
Refuge of the wretched,
Star of the sea,
Handmaid of God,
Mother of Christ,
Abode of the Godhead,
Graceful as the dove,
Serene like the moon,
Resplendent like the sun,
Undoing of Eve’s disgrace,
Regeneration of life,
Perfection of women,
Chief of the virgins,
Garden enclosed,
Fountain sealed,
Mother of God,
Perpetual Virgin,
Holy Virgin,
Prudent Virgin,
Serene Virgin,
Chaste Virgin,
Temple of the Living God,
Throne of the Eternal King,
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
Virgin of the root of Jesse,
Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
Cypress of Mount Sion,
Crimson rose in the land of Jacob,
Fruitful like the olive,
Blooming like the palm,
Glorious Son-bearer,
Light of Nazareth,
Glory of Jerusalem,
Beauty of the world,
Noblest born of the Christian people,
Queen of life,
Ladder of Heaven,

V. Hear the petition of the poor.
R. Spurn not the wounds and the groans of the miserable.

V. Let our devotion and our sighs be carried through thee to the presence of the Creator,
R. For we are not ourselves worthy of being heard because of our evil deserts.

V. O powerful Mistress of heaven and earth,
R. Wipe out our trespasses and our sins.

V. Destroy our wickedness and depravity.
R. Raise the fallen, the debilitated, and the fettered.

V. Loose the condemned.
R. Repair through thyself the transgressions of our immorality and our vices.

V. Bestow upon us through thyself the blossoms and ornaments of good actions and virtues.
R. Appease for us the Judge by thy prayers and thy supplications.

V. Allow us not, for mercy’s sake, to be carried off from thee among the spoils of our enemies.
V. Allow not our souls to be condemned, but take us to thyself for ever under thy protection.


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