Beneath your compassion,
We take refuge, O Mother of God:
do not despise our petitions in time of trouble:
but rescue us from dangers,
only pure, only blessed one.
Each Orthodox Church has special traditions of prayer.
It was a blessing to be at St. Herman's
and pray to the Theotokos in this way after vespers.
Needs mentioned and prayers to the Theotokos offered.
I remember that the these prayers have been
answered deeply over time for many who go
to this church.
We must continue to pray in hope
for help in times of distress.
We must not despair.