Blessed Mother of God, open to us the door of your benevolence.
Do not disappoint the trust of us who hope in you;
free us from our adversities.
You are the salvation of the human race.
The number of my sins is so great, O Mother of God!
I run to you, O Immaculate,in search of salvation.
Console my desolate soul and ask your Son, our God,
to grant me the forgiveness of my sins,
O Immaculate One, only blessed one!
I place all my hope in you, O Mother of the Light;
welcome me under your protection.
~Cosmas the Singer, Carme, 1899