Hail Mary: A Cathlo-Buddhist Mashup

I wrote this prayer about 10 years ago. It’s a mashup of the Hail Mary and the Buddhist Metta (Loving kindness) prayer. I was inspired to write it in part to quell my Catholic Mom’s worries that I’d become a heathen (anything not Catholic in her view). Also, I was longing to connect with Great Mother, but at the time it felt like she belonged to the Church and I no longer wanted any of that. Thankyouverymuch. Our Lady won out eventually and reminded me that SHE is OUR MOTHER no matter where we come from or what tribe we came out of.

I had prayer cards made up after it got Mom’s seal of approval and like a good Catholic lady, she handed them out to people she met in line at the grocery store or wherever. I think she even gave one to a priest from her church. Oh how I wish I’d seen his reaction and still hope that it was a good one.

Mom has since passed away, but I carry on the tradition by including the prayer cards with all my rosaries and prayer beads and keeping a few in my purse ‘just in case’. Below is the first person plural version and below that is the first person singular. Feel free to copy and paste to use yourself!

Mother Mary,

May we rest in your heart.

May we be open to grace.

May we be peaceful.

May we be safe.

May we be kind as you are kind.

May we love ourselves just as we are.

Holy Mary, Mother of us all

hold us in your arms

and teach us to love; without boundary, in infinite mercy.

Amen.


Mother Mary, May I rest in your heart. May I be open to grace. May I be peaceful. May I be safe. May I be kind as you are kind. May I love myself just as I am. Holy Mary, Mother of us all hold me in your arms and teach us to love; without boundary, in infinite mercy. Amen.

Published by Julienne Givot

Ordained Minister, Maui Wedding Officiant, Maker of Free-range Prayer Beads, Community Radio DJ, Artist. Podcaster.

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