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Sub tuum præsidium
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Church Latin
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Svb tvvm praesidivm confvgimvs
Sub tuum præsidium cōnfugimus,
We fly to thy protection,
Sancta Dei Genetrix
Sancta Deī Genetrīx.
O Holy Mother of God;
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibvs nostris
Nostrās dēprecātiōnēs nē dēspiciās in necessitātibus nostrīs,
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
sed a pericvlis cvnctis libera nos semper
sed ā perīculīs cunctīs līberā nōs semper,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta
Virgō glōriōsa et benedicta.
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Commentary
Sub Tuum Praesidium is after the Magnificat (which goes back to the Gospel of Luke) the oldest known Marian devotion. It can be traced back to a papyrus from Alexandria in the third century and is still a part of the current liturgy of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

We have supplemented the text with macrons to mark etymologically long vowels.

The translation is the Catholic version of this prayer in English.

The text’s transcription emulates the capitalis rustica, a style of the Latin alphabet that was in use in the imperial Rome and Late Antiquity for writing on papyrus or parchment with a reed pen. We made use of Hasan Guven’s typeface Vatican Rough Letters.

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