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Earliest Known Prayer to Mary the Theotokos

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Today is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation. The earliest known prayer to the Theotokos (Greek, for “Bearer of God”) was found on a fragment of papyrus dating back to approximately 250 AD. Christians have been praying to Mary since the earliest days of the faith. Read more here: Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos