Sub tuum praesidium

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“Beneath Thy Protection” (Latin: Sub tuum praesidium) is the oldest preserved existing prayer/hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary outside of parts of the “Hail Mary” in the Gospel Luke, chapter 1 verses 28 and 42. It is used by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox , Armenian Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox. The earliest existing copy of the Sub  tuum praesidium was found in the Coptic Orthodox Christmas liturgy of the Third century, was written in Greek, and dates from approximately 250 A.D.

English Translation
Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν,
καταφεύγομεν, Θεοτόκε.
Τὰς ἡμῶν ἱκεσίας,
μὴ παρίδῃς ἐν περιστάσει,
ἀλλ᾽ ἐκ κινδύνων λύτρωσαι ἡμᾶς,
μόνη Ἁγνή, μόνη εὐλογημένη.
Beneath your compassion,
We take refuge, O Mother of God:
do not despise our petitions in time of trouble:
but rescue us from dangers,
only pure, only blessed one.

Habemus Papam! And that’s a wrap

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Habemus Papam;
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Jorge Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Bergoglio,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscus.

I announce to you a great joy:
We have a Pope!
The most eminent and most reverend Lord,
Lord Jorge Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Bergoglio,
Who takes for himself the name of Francis.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, a Jesuit and ordinary of Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, accepted his election. He is the first pope named Francis, the first Jesuit, the first non-European, and the first Latin American.

We will soon get to know quite a bit about the Holy Father in the coming days and weeks. Today, let us celebrate.

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