Hail Mary, hope of Christians, hear the prayer of one who loves you, honors you in a special way, and places in you the hope of salvation. I owe you my life, for you obtain for me the grace of your Son and you are the sure pledge of my eternal happiness. l beg you, deliver me from the burden of my sins, take away the darkness of my mind, destroy the earthly affections of my heart, defeat the temptations of my enemies, and rule all the actions of my life. With you as my guide, may I arrive at the eternal happiness of heaven.
-SAINT JOHN DAMASCENE