This Hymn to the Mother of God was probably composed in the year 532. It is to the Byzantine Church what the Rosary and Litanies of the Blessed Mother are to the Latin rite. In the Oriental Church, there is no better prayer expressing love and veneration for Mary. We praise her in all the figures under which she has been represented in the Scriptures. This hymn always brings us back to the theological truth that Mary is great because she is the Mother of God. The text presented here by Archbishop Raya is suitable either for recitation in a parish church or for private devotion.