New Latin Hymns for the Virgin Mary

Since today is one of the most ancient and important feasts of the Virgin Mary, the Annunciation, here is a look at two Latin hymns recently composed in Her honor for use in the sacred liturgy. I say “recently” speaking in relative terms, since they are only a bit more than 50 years old; the […]

The Oldest Known Marian Prayer

The oldest known prayer to the Virgin Mary is often referred to in the West by its first words in Latin, “Sub tuum praesidium.” It was composed in Greek by an unknown author, and is first attested on a papyrus fragment of the 3rd century (Rylands 470). The original Greek text is as follows; the […]