#267 – Sub Tuum Praesidium

The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest prayer dedicated to the Mother of God we have. It is a prayer that continues to inspire the hearts of Christians today, just as it did over 1,750 years ago.

Extensive article on the Sub Tuum Praesidium
Another article on the Sub Tuum Praesidium can be found here
An article on the Rylands Parchment can be found here

Various versions of the Sub Tuum Praesidium in Greek [begins at 2:13], Latin, Russian [Bortnianskii], another Russian version, a version by Mozart

Johnson, Maxwell E. “Sub Tuum Praesidium: The Theotokos in Christian Life and Worship before Ephesus”. In The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer: Christology, Trinity, Liturgical Theology. Eds. Bryan D. Spinks and Martin Jean. Liturgical Press, 2008. 243-267.
Mathewes-Green, Frederica. The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts. Paraclete Press, 2007.

Image – the Rylands Parchment

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podcasticon#267 – Sub Tuum Praesidium



  1. Richard Goyette
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 6:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    Excellent episode! I often hear parts of this at the end of Compline at my local Abbey so it was nice to hear the origin of it.

  2. Peter Sullivan
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Fr,

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed this episode. Knowing there are prayers and actual evidence to these prayers dating so far back is great.

    I’ve been a long time listener, over 2 years, but I can’t remember if you have done an episode on the Shroud of Turin? It may be too big a subject.

    On another note, a podcast you had from about a year ago made me laugh so much. Not sure what the subject was (?) but at the end of the show you told a story of yourself serving mass – in Austria I think. At the beginning of the Mass you were head priest but somehow between entering the church and reaching the alter you became the assisstant to a the Bishop! I usually listen while running, I laughed so hard people probably wondered what was wrong with me!

    Fr, thank you for your work & I wish you a Happy New Year,

    God Bless,

    Peter Sullivan, Melbourne, Australia

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