Prayers To The Blessed Holy Virgin Saint Mary,
Mother of God,
From The Coptic Orthodox Agpeya
(Book Of Hours)

Apparitions of Virgin Mary at Zeitoun, Egypt (Real Photo)

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O Theotokos (Mother of God), the second heaven
You are the honoured Mother of the Light.

From sunrise to sunset
the faithful offer you praises

You are the bright and unchanging flower
and the mother who remained a virgin
for the Father chose you
and the Holy Spirit overshadowed you
and the Son deigned to take flesh from you.

Wherefore, ask the Lord
to give salvation to the world
which He created
and to deliver it from all tribulations

Let us praise the Lord
and sing to Him a new song
now and forever and from all ages to all ages


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Hail Mary
We ask you O the Saint full of glory
the ever Virgin Theotokos
the Mother of Christ

We ask you to raise our prayers
to your beloved son
that He may forgive us our sins

Hail to the Holy Virgin
who bore for us the True Light,
Christ our Lord
Ask the Lord on our behalf
to have mercy upon us and forgive us our sins.

O Mary the Virgin Theotokos
the holy and trusted intercessor of the human race,
intercede for our sake
before Christ whom you bore
that He may grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Hail to you the Virgin
the true and just Queen
Hail to the pride of our race
who for our salvation
gave birth to Emmanuel
We ask you, the trusted intercessor
to remember us before our Lord
Jesus Christ
that He may forgive us our sins.

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Introduction to the Creed of Faith

We magnify you
O Mother of the True Light
and glorify you
O Theotokos, the Holy Virgin
For you bore for us
the Saviour of the world
who came and saved our souls

Glory be to you O Christ,
our master and our King;
the honour of the apostles,
the crown of martyrs,
the joy of the righteous,
the confirmation of churches,
the forgiveness of sins

We preach, we worship and we glorify
the Holy Trinity, One in essence

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord bless


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From Vespers

Because every iniquity I did with an unwaning zeal
and every sin I committed with eagerness and enthusiasm,
I am worthy of all judgement and torment.
Therefore, I beseech you, our Lady the Virgin,
to induce me to repent.

I entreat you to intercede on my behalf
and call upon you to help me,
that I may not be put to shame.
And when my soul departs my flesh,
do visit me.
Defeat the plots of the enemy
and shut the doors of Hades
that they may not consume my soul,
O the bride who is without a spot
who has the true bridegroom.

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From Compline

O pure Virgin
overshadow your servant with your instant help
and keep the waves of evil thoughts away from my mind
and raise up my ailing soul
for prayer and vigil
for it has gone into a deep sleep
For you are the compassionate and able helper
and the mother of the fountain of life
My King and my Lord,
Jesus Christ my hope.

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Painting of the central dome, Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Zeitoun
Painting of the central dome,
Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt.

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"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." (Luke 1:41-55 - KJV)

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