The Catholic Southern Front

Chapter 9/50 – The Battles, the Intercessions and the Victories

In the year 890 shepherds in Spain, discovered at the sound of singing angels and melodies, the Statue of ‘Our Lady of Montserrat.’ In 718, to avoid the possibility of it falling in the hands of invading Islamic hordes, the statue was hid deep within the cave of Montserrat. A small demarcating chapel was erected and later transformed into a shrine. The statue is today known as the ‘Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Montserrat’ and was particularly invoked for her miraculous aid at redeeming Christian slaves and prisoners from the Ottoman Turks. Saint Ignatius of Loyola who originally was a soldier, was wounded by the blast of a cannon ball during a siege. In thanksgiving for saving his life, during his convalescence he vowed to the Blessed Virgin that he would conduct a proper conversion and would hang his sword, as a votive offering, over her altar at the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. This vow he carried out and spent a night in prayer before the Image at Montserrat.

Bishop Petrus of Monsoro, the Bishop of Compostella and the Bishop of Podium were the first Bishops to respond to Pope Urban II’s appeal for the First Crusade. These Bishops began their pilgrimage of penitential warfare, by the recitation of the ‘Salve Regina,’ or the ‘Hail Holy Queen.’ By virtue of this pryer there exists a clear connection between the ‘Penitential War’ of the First Crusade and the Queen of Heaven. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux arranged the prayer, the Hail, Holy Queen, into its modern form just previous to his evangelizing for a Second Crusade. Following Saint Bernard’s efforts, the ‘Salve Regina,’ was adopted for liturgical use in the Mass and the Divine Office. Amongst other writings, Saint Bernard composed the ‘Memorare,’ or the ‘Remembrance Prayer,’ which represents Mary’s constancy throughout history at succoring the ones who call for her aid.

In 1022 the Kievans raided the Caucasus. The Commander of the Caucasian army, Rededya, met the Kieven Prince Mstislav previous to battle. Commander Rededya said: “Why should we destroy our forces by mutual warfare? Lets rather fight in mutual combat.”(1) Prince Mstislav agreed to this, and both leaders decided to wrestle, without the use of swords. Prince Mstislav invoked Our Lady’s aid to overthrow Rededya; he threw the Caucasian Commander to the ground and slew him. A church in honor of the Blessed Virgin and in commemoration of this victory, was built in Tmutorakan; the people of the town and the army were evangelized.

In 1150s, the tyrant Count de Bar and Voue of Verdun, Renauld le Borgne, resisted the authority of the Catholic Bishops for thirty-five years. Bishop Albero (1131-1156) pleaded with the Virgin Mary to defeat le Borgne. The grace was obtained, the victorious Bishop was ceded the territories of Clermontis and Vienne-le-Chateau. Our Lady’s intercession is remembered by a Feast titled ‘Commemoration of the Miracles of the Virgin Mary’ which is celebrated every October 20, in her honor.

During the 1180s, Bishop Saint John of Novgorod, Russia, assisted the besieged city against an enemy. On one particular occasion during the siege, the Mother of God revealed herself and desired the Bishop to carry an Icon from the Church of Christ the Savior, along the walls. She pledged that once the Bishop fulfilled this her request, he would see the City of Novgorod rescued. As the Bishop carried the Icon in procession, tears copiously flowed from the eyes of the Blessed Virgin. On witnessing this event the enemy fled in disarray.

In 1214 Philip Augustus of France won a victory against Emperor Otho IV at the Battle of Bouvines. The Bishop of Senlis, Bishop Guarin, built an abbey and dedicated it to ‘Our Lady of Victory’ in commemoration of this event. The commemorative feast is celebrated on October 26 at the Abbey of Our Lady of Victory at Senlis. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Victory in the United States is found at Lackawanna, New York. This Church was the second church elevated to the rank of a minor basilica in the USA.

The Virgin of Victory, an Icon kept at the Basilica of Saint Mark in Rome, originated from Constantinople and is referred to as the ‘Madone Nicopeja.’ In 1204 the French forces fought a sanguinary battle against the Greeks, by means of Our Lady’s intercession they captured the Nicopeja Icon. The commemorative Feast is held on March 23 and a copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Victory, can today be seen at Saint Basil’s Ukrainian Cathedral in Regina, Saskatchewan. The copy’s history is somewhat different. In 987, the Byzantine Princess Anna, brought the Icon copy to Ukraine; there she married Prince Volodimir of the Kievan Russian Ukraine. One year later in 988, Ukraine was officially referred to as a Roman Catholic Nation. King Volodimir claimed many successes over his enemies; victories, which were all ascribed to a copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Victory, for it was carried in battle alongside the military regiments.

In 1267, ‘Our Lady of Halle,’ a statue of Our Lady suckling the Child Jesus, no more than three feet tall, was given as a gift by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary to her daughter Sophia, the Duchess of Brabant. The statue was enshrined in the Basilica of Saint Martin in Halle, fifteen kilometers from Brussels. In 1489 Our Lady aided the besieged Halle and caught thirty-three cannon balls, belonging to Philip of Cleve’s Army, in her skirt or cloak. An apparition of Our Lady of Halle stopped the Calvinist cannon balls; the statue is nicknamed ‘La Siege de la Sagesse,’ or the ‘Seat of Wisdom.’ The cannon balls are today on display at the Basilica. The Guild of Our Lady of Halle was inaugurated in the 1300s. During the Hundred-Year War with France, the English King Edward III (1327-1377) travelled into the Netherlands and Belgium accompanied by a large army. He met with the Emperor Count of Hainault, the Duke of Brabant, the Count of Gelre and the Count of Flanders, who were all members of the Guild. The Sanctuary of Halle was the rendezvous point for these allies. The statue had reached Halle by way of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Her husband Louis IV of Thuringia, sent the statue together with three others from Otranto, Italy. Louis IV died in Otranto. The statues which he sent from the camps of Emperor Frederick II’s Third Crusade, came to symbolize ‘the crusading ideal of the Christian warrior.’

‘Our Lady of the Pottery’ in Bruges, Belgium, was renowned for the assistance Our Lady granted to the Belgians in 1267, in a battle where all odds were against the Catholics.

In 1333 the English King, Edward III, defeated the Scots at Halidon Hill, subsequently his army ravaged the land and despoiled the Kirk of ‘Our Lady of Haddington.’ As they removed the spoil to their ships and set sail to England’s ports, a storm arose sinking a few ships and hurling the rest upon the shore’s sands and rocks. The storm was attributed to Our Lady’s displeasure.

In 1340 in Tournay, France, for a period of forty days an English army besieged the city, the stored provisions could last for only another three. The leaders decided to play their last and most powerful card. The inhabitants took the keys of Tournay to the ‘Our Lady of Victory’ Church. There, at Our Lady’s feet, they placed the keys. As soon as such confidence was shown in her, the siege was raised. The feast commemorating the protection at Tournay is celebrated on September 26.

Blanche of Castille, the Queen of France, was childless for twelve years. She was advised by Saint Dominic to recite the Holy Rosary daily and ask God for the grace of motherhood. She spread the devotion and recited the Rosary herself. In 1213, she gave birth to Louis. At age twelve Louis became King of France, at thirty he took part in crusades in Egypt, Syria and Tunisia. He brought peace and justice to his country and was admired as a crusader. He was canonized twenty-seven years following his death. He cared for people with leprosy, ate from the leftovers of the homeless and the poor, who were daily invited at his table. He is remembered as Saint Louis IX of France.

Saint Dominic would come to the aid of yet another monarch. The King of Aragon and Castille, Alphonsus VIII, led a disorderly life and was chastised by God for he was worsted in battle and his wife lost her sight. Taking refuge in a city, he accidentally heard Saint Dominic preach on Christmas Day. The saint preached on the merits and graces of reciting the Holy Rosary and amongst other things mentioned the fact that those who said the Rosary devoutly, would overcome their enemies and regain all that was lost in warfare. The King recited the Holy Rosary devoutly for a year and on Christmas day, Our lady appeared saying: “Alphonsus, you have served me for a year by saying my Rosary devoutly every day, so I have come to reward you: I have obtained the forgiveness of your sins from my Son. And I am going to give you this Rosary; wear it, and I promise you that none of your enemies will ever be able to harm you again.”(2) His wife immediately regained sight and he became so fortunate in battle, that many warriors joined him. They all knew that under his standard victory was assured. Alphonsus never went to battle without first saying devoutly on his knees, the most Holy Rosary. All the members of his court were urged to join the Confraternity of the most Holy Rosary.

Under the patronage of Our Lady of the Rosary, Count Simon de Montfort won a series of incredible victories against the Albigensians. He defeated a force of 10,000 with 500 men, 3,000 with a group of 30, a 100,000 strong army with 800 horsemen and 1,000 infantrymen, loosing only 1 horseman and 8 soldiers in the process. Alan de Lanvallay who was a Breton Knight, was miraculously protected by the Blessed Virgin while fighting for the Catholic forces against the Albigensians. When his enemies surrounded him, Our Lady dropped one hundred and fifty rocks upon them. He was helped numerous times by the Queen of Heaven, in thanksgiving he erected a monastery for the religious of Saint Dominic at Dinan. Another Knight from Breton, Othere, put whole battalions of Albigensian heretics to flight. He wore a Rosary on his arm or carried it around the hilt of his sword. A few of his enemies saw his sword gleaming; others beheld a shield on his arm bearing pictures of the Lord and Our Lady. The shield was said of making Othere invisible and he attacked with great strength. After defeating a general’s army, Othere obtained the conversion of the heretic general. Othere vanquished an army consisting of 20,000 men with ten companies of his soldiers, he suffered not a single loss of his men. The heretic general had witnessed Othere surrounded by flaming swords.

‘Our Lady of Grace’ of Montenero-Livorno, Tuscany Italy, is an Icon discovered by a disabled fisherman. On May 15, 1345, on Pentecost, he removed the Icon to the Hill of Montenero, a place which was considered to be the ‘devil’s abode’ and a refuge for criminals. The fisherman was in search of a hermit, who would venerate the Blessed Virgin’s Image. The hermit was found and it wasn’t long before the Image worked out miracles. Pilgrimages to Our Lady of Grace increased, so were the offerings to the little chapel. Franciscan tertiaries became the custodians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, they were later replaced by the Jesuits. In 1792, the Benedictines of Vallambrosa inhabited both shrine and monastery. Montenero overlooks the port of Livorno. In 1496 Our Lady of Grace was instrumental at delivering a victory for the Livornese. During this period the powerful Italian authorities joined in a coalition to augment their powers against the growing threat of the French King Karl VIII. The Duke of Milan, the Genoese, the Pisans, obtained arms and ammunition from Maximillian I, the German Emperor and King of the Romans, who arrived late in the siege. Karl, the French King gave his pledge to help the Florentines, in truth he did not lift a finger in aid of Livorno. Livorno was a powerful Florentine ally and center. The coalition’s army reached Livorno on land, while Maximillian I arrived on his ship the ‘Grimalda,’ accompanied by a Venetian fleet. The German Emperor blockaded the port and the siege commenced. The Livornese were astute enough to implore the aid of their Madonna of Grace, while this was being accomplished, in the midst of battle, the wind changed in direction, causing an unexpected turn of events. Humiliated by the large losses, the German Emperor was forced to raise the siege for his own life was in peril. The victory was attributed to Our Lady of Montenero and the devotion to her, increased also amongst the Florentines. A similar change in wind direction occurred at the Naval Battle of Lepanto.

In 1531, at Gubel in the Canton Zug in Switzerland, during the Swiss Religious Wars, a Catholic versus a Reformed army were heavily engaged in battle. On October 11, 1531, the Catholics witnessed Our Lady above their banners. In the midst of battle on October 23, 1531, she re-appeared at Mount Gubel, these apparitions encouraged much the Catholics. On October 24, the Catholic army inflicted a most serious defeat upon the Reformed army. The Catholics lost 87 soldiers, while the Reformists lost 800 soldiers. A chapel was erected upon the common grave. In 1559 the chapel was dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Gubel.’ During the same wars in Luzern, the Reformists smashed a picture of Mary. The alderman Mauritz of Mettennwyl, witnessed a light emanating from the area were the Reformists had previously abused the Image of Our Lady. Our Lady appeared, she was enfolded in light, the moon was under her feet, a child in her left arm and a scepter in her right hand and a crown on her head. The alderman was overwhelmed and was determined to rebuild the chapel. The following evening he relived the experience, this time other people were with him. Our Lady appeared without the crown, two angels arrived and crowned the Blessed Virgin. The apparitions strengthened the people in their Faith and the joy was further increased when they were informed that the Catholics in Zurich had defeated the Reformists through Our Lady’s intercession.

In 1546 in the East Indies the Catholic Portuguese were triumphant over the enemy at the Castle of Die. Our Lady interceded by appearing over the walls of the castle and caused such terror in the enemy’s camp that the siege was raised. The commemorative Feast of Our Lady’s apparition is celebrated on November 11.

In 1618, the viceroy and his court at Naples, gathered at the Church of ‘Our Lady the Great’ and made a vow to defend the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. This event is celebrated on December 9, the morrow of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The Ottomans attempted numerous times at conquering the Balkans, albeit without much success. In 1527 their invasion was arrested on the Adriatic coast at Fiume in Croatia. The Croatians resisted the enemy forces in the vicinity of a sanctuary consecrated to ‘Our Lady of Trsat.’ The sanctuary was built to mark a station or a stage for the pilgrim, on his way to the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto. In Croatia in 1716, the Ottoman forces reached the banks of the River Sinj. Close by was the town of Sinj and the inhabitants were understandably fearful of their impending doom. They resorted to fervent prayer before their Image of ‘Our Lady of Grace.’ The occasion occurred on the eve of the Assumption, on August 14 and the people prayed throughout the night. The morrow dawned and the Blessed Virgin appeared in the sky before the Ottoman army. Pestilence broke in their ranks and the combined apparition and illness forced the Ottomans to give up their attempt at crossing the River Sinj. The grateful people built a church dedicated to Our Lady of Grace, which outshone all the Marian shrines in the province of Dalmatia. The Blessed Mother has never forsaken the Balkans and appeared exactly ten years previous to the recent war in Bosnia. The Medjugorje apparitions began on June 25, 1981 and the war on June 25, 1991. The occurrence of the Blessed Virgin’s apparition exactly ten years previous to the war could have taken place for the consolation of the people, as a sign that Our Lady never abandons her children. As yet the Holy See has not pronounced any opinion regarding the nature of the Medjugorje apparitions.

September 25 is the feast day in Rossano, Calabria, Italy, which commemorates the Christian victory over the Saracens who attempted to storm by surprise the town of Rossano. Many ladders were placed against the city walls, nonetheless, the Saracens were repulsed for Our Lady appeared in purple garb and holding a torch in hand vanquished the enemy who turned its back on Rossano, fleeing in terror from the Mother of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

In 1846 at La Salette Our Lady had said, “Paris will burn and Marseille will be engulfed. People will believe that all is lost. Nothing will be seen but murder, nothing will be heard but the clash of arms and blasphemy.” (3) A Franco-Prussian War took place in 1870 between the French Emperor Napoleon III and King William I of Prussia. The French suffered defeat at Weissenburg on August 4 eve of the Feast dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows (August 5) and again at Vionville on August 15 Feast of the Assumption. On the solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, the Prussians besieged Paris. Following this war a French war took place between the French anti-catholic communards and Louis Thiers’ troops. The communards were defeated and the event came to be known as France’s ‘Bloody Week’ (May 21 – 28). The burning of Paris and Marsailles truly occurred. ‘Our Lady of Pontmain’ appeared during the Franco-Prussian War to a French twelve year old girl named Eugene Barbedette. Eugene received a vision of a Lady in the sky wearing a blue robe covered in golden stars, a crown of gold and a black veil. Joseph her brother, who would later become a priest, also witnessed the vision together with other children, but the adults were not granted the grace. When the parish priest arrived on the apparition scene, he led the people through the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. The children reported that a red cross appeared upon the Lady’s dress. As the rosary was completed, Our Lady unrolled a white banner and pledged that her Son will let himself be moved by their prayers and God would answer them in a short while. A red crucifix appeared before the Virgin, the words ‘Jesus Christ’ appeared above it. At this point the Lady become sad and as the crucifix disappeared she stretched out her arms to the children and smiled at them. On January 18, King William of Prussia was proclaimed emperor, the apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain had occurred the day before. The appearance of Our Lady was received as a sign of peace for Pontmain and France. However, a certain General Schmidt of the Prussian Army was in the act of executing his orders to attack the region of Laval were Pontmain was situated. The following day the villagers learnt that the foreign troops retreated for they claimed that: “A Madonna is guarding the country and forbidding us to advance.”(4) The orders to call off the attack were executed and within eleven days all the Prussian troops retreated. The Treaty of Frankfurt took place three months later, officially ending the Franco-Prussian War. Therefore, in 1846 Our Lady of La Salette had warned the French regarding the impending future war and of 1870/71, at Pontmain Our Lady of Hope appeared to stop this same war.

In 1633, in Konstanz, Germany, the Swedes were busy besieging the city. The Mother of God appeared above the Church of Saint Augustine. The apparition was witnessed by the defenders who were encouraged and fired up with such zeal, that their enemies could not resist their attacks. Following the splendid victory, the Germans built a ‘Loreto’ chapel where they affixed a plaque with the inscription describing the events of Our Lady’s apparition.

In the German town of Kevelaer, there exists a Marian shrine holding a copper engraving of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As many people from Holland visit the Chapel of Grace to pray before the ‘Consoler of the Afflicted,’ Kevelaer is also considered of being a Dutch Catholic Shrine. Following the Thirty Years War, (1618-1648) many injured and disabled soldiers visited this Marian shrine to seek consolation from the Mother of God. Thirteen Catholic soldiers and eight officers were miraculously healed before Our Lady’s engraved Image.

In the Azores, ‘Our Lady of the Miracles,’ is a small Statue of Our Lady, which arrived in the region in 1694. A chapel in Serreta held the Statue; the Statue was later removed to Doze Ribeiras. In 1764, the Marques do Pombal received his orders to prepare the Island of Terceira in defense of an impending military aggression. This attack was a consequence of the ongoing conflict between the coalition of French and Spanish forces against the English. Military leaders inspected the Island and pledged the Blessed Virgin at Doze Ribeiras, that while they lived, they would honor Our Lady each year with a festivity, as long as the Island of Terceira would be saved. The military leaders referred to themselves as the “Escravos de Nossa Senhora” or the “Slaves of Our Lady.” The Island was indeed spared from the ravages of an attack. As a sign of thanksgiving, in 1772 a chapel was built in Serrata. In 1797 the French once again threatened the Island and Our Lady re-delivered the people from danger. The Statue was later returned to Serrata, where a larger church was built to keep the Statue of Our Lady of the Miracles.

John Barry was born at Ballysampson in 1745, on Our Lady’s Island, part of Tacumshin Parish in County Wexford, Ireland. He worked his way up from cabin boy to captain and served on mercantile ships. He traveled from America to the Pacific and Atlantic Islands. During the American War of Independence, he was offered the task to outfit the first Continental Navy ships. On March 14, 1776, John was granted a Captain’s commission in the Continental Navy. John Barry was the first to capture a British war vessel and captured another twenty soon after, he fought the last naval battle aboard the ‘Alliance’ in 1783. Mr Barry was the Commander of the USA Navy and married twice. He attended Mass regularly and prayed to Our Lady Star of the Sea for protection. On September 12, 1803, on the Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lady, John Barry, died. He received a full military burial in Philadelphia’s Old Saint Mary’s Churchyard and is remembered as the father of the American Navy.

Saint Alphonse-Marie de Liguori (1696-1787) was trained in the legal profession. Following a defeat in a major case and also after a supernatural calling from God, he dedicated the rest of his life serving God. On August 28, 1723, while conducting charity work at the Hospital of the Incurables he heard an interior voice saying: “Leave the world and give thyself to Me.” Saint Alphonse-Marie immediately left the hospital and headed for the Church of the Redemptive of Captives. Similarly to Saint Ignatius before him, Saint Alphonse-Marie laid his sword before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and vowed that rather than practice the legal profession, he would become a religious. Following his ordination as a priest, Saint Alphonse-Marie worked in Naples and soon converted two men from their wicked ways, by profession these men were a schoolmaster and a soldier. They helped the saint found an association, which is still operative till this very day and referred to as the “Association of the Chapels.” Saint Alphonse wrote many dogmatic and ascetical works on the Blessed Virgin. The suppression of the Society of Jesus of 1773, by the Bourbon Courts, greatly saddened Saint Alphonse. He died on the eve of the French Revolution, after having seen in vision the woes which the French Army would bring to Naples in 1798.

In 1785 Don Martin de Lecuna commissioned a sculptor in Quito, Chile, to produce an image representing ‘Our Lady of Carmel.’ The Image became a source of miraculous prodigies and was also associated with the Chilean National struggle for independence. On December 5, 1811, the Vicar of Santiago de Chile was asked by two Generals to celebrate a ‘Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving,’ for the success they experienced in their struggle for the country’s independence. In 1817 General Jose de San Martin proclaimed the Blessed Virgin of Carmel as the ‘Patroness of the Army of the Andes’ and placed his baton in her right hand. The second General O’Higgins also proclaimed the Blessed Virgin as the ‘Patroness and General of the Chilean Armed Forces.’ This occurred on the eve of the Battle of Chabuco, as the Spanish forces were sighted, the people gathered in the church and with many supplications prayed to the Virgin and vowed that if she were to bring independence to Chile, they would erect a sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Carmel on the spot where the battle was waged and won. The Battle of Maipu occurred on April 5, between the Chilean and Spanish forces. During the battle, General San Martin encouraged his forces proclaiming that their heavenly Patroness would grant them victory and a church will be erected in her honor, as a sign of their triumph. As General San Martin had proclaimed, the battle was indeed won, the sanctuary was built and completed in 1892. The Vatican proclaimed Our Lady of Carmel as the Patroness of Chile; the liturgical feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of September.

In the eighteenth century internal conflicts between rival families in Vietnam caused a persecution of Catholics. One powerful family waged war against another over the right to rule. When one family sought refuge and aid from France, the opposing faction initiated the persecution against all Catholic Vietnamese who were considered of being French converts and supporters. An anti-Catholic edict was issued in 1798, which ordered the destruction of all Catholic churches and missionaries. The persecution lasted till 1886, and many Vietnamese Catholics were martyred in cruel ways. In 1798 the fugitives gathered in a Lavang forest and prayed the Holy Rosary and on one occasion a beautiful Lady in a long cape holding a Child in her arms appeared with two angels by her side. The apparitions lasted for a century, during this time many were martyred at the spot where the Blessed Virgin appeared. When the persecution ended in 1886, Bishop Gaspar had a church erected in honor of ‘Our Lady of Lavang.’ The church was inaugurated in 1901. In 1972, during the Vietnam War the church was destroyed, later rebuilt. In 1962 His Holiness Pope John Paul II elevated the ‘Church’ of Lavang to the ‘Basilica’ of Lavang and in 1988 the same Pope, canonized one hundred and seventeen martyrs. It is estimated that in Vietnam, 100,000 Catholics have been martyred during the eighteenth century alone. The Virgin had promised the end of the persecution and nowadays, two million people visit this shrine annually.

In 1813, in Leipzig, East Germany during the Battle of the Nations, a Polish soldier by the name of Thomas Klossowski was wounded in action. He lay there imploring the succor of the Mother of God. From the setting sun in the distance, he observed a woman advancing. She was Our Lady herself and wore a golden coat and crown, holding the Polish eagle on her chest. She promised the Polish soldier that he would regain health and return home. The Blessed Virgin was unfortunately sorrowful and whilst crying, she encouraged the soldier to find an Image in his country, which resembled the manner of her appearance. When Thomas returned to Poland he indeed discovered the Image. In 1848 it was hung in a forest-chapel in the town of Lichen.

 

 

Memorare

 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known

That any one who fled to your protection, implored your help

Or sought your intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother

To you, I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful;

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

But in your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

 

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