"The Virgin At Prayer".
Current location: National Gallery, London.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
When going to Confession, The Sub Tuum Praesidium is a Prayer to The Blessed Virgin Mary which one can worthily say, and one is encouraged to say, after having made your Confession.
"Sub Tuum Praesidium".
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Sub tuum praesidium confugimus,
sancta Dei Genitrix:
nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus (nostris);
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
We have recourse to thy protection,
Holy Mother of God:
reject not the Prayers we send
up to thee in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
The following Text is taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.
Beneath Thy Protection (Greek: Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν; Latin: Sub Tuum Praesidium) is the oldest preserved extant Hymn to The Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos God-Bearer).
This Marian Hymn is known by heart in many Catholic Countries and is often used along with The Salve Regina.
The earliest Text that is known of this Hymn was found in a Coptic Orthodox Christmas Liturgy of the 3rd-Century A.D. It is written in Greek and dates to approximately 250 A.D. It is used in The Coptic Liturgy to this day, as well as in The Byzantine, Ambrosian, and Roman Liturgies. It was part of Sulpician custom that all classes ended with a recitation of this Prayer.