The oldest prayer to the Theotokos

Orthodox chant "Beneath Thy mercy"

June 23, 2021

The oldest prayer Beneath Thy Protection is a Christian hymn and prayer. It is the oldest known Marian prayer and the oldest preserved extant hymn to Mary as Theotokos. It dates to the 3rd (or 4th) century AD and is well known not only in Orthodox church but also Catholic.

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