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The Earliest Known Hymn to Our Lady Dates All the Way Back to A.D. 250

Last edited 22nd December 2015

The Earliest Known Hymn to Our Lady Dates All the Way Back to A.D. 250

Marian devotion is just an late medieval accretion to the faith, right? Think again! In addition to the important place she is given in the Gospels in the New Testament, meditation on the unique importance of Mary’s role in salvation history (known as Mariology) dates back at least to the early 2nd century. And the earliest known example of spiritual devotion to Our Lady dates all the way back to around A.D. 250. The Marian prayer is one you made have heard before: the famous Sub tuum.

Here’s an English translation of that prayer:

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.

Learn more about this prayer here.


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