On the first of the Saturday commemorations of the Mother of God for this season, here are some words from the Orthodox Church: ‘O Mother of God, all the ends of the earth proclaim Thy mercies, for by Thy sacred protection Thou dost shelter the whole Christian race for which Thou dost supplicate Christ our Saviour and dost deliver from all misfortune Thy pious and God-fearing servants who faithfully cry out to God: Alleluia!’

May Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us today, in all the challenges we will meet, and may God bless you.