(Praise poem) Litany of the Black Madonna by Mary Beth Moser

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She is the Our Lady of the Tree, Rock, Sea and Cave

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful!

She is the Madonna of Fire and Water

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful!

She is the Madonna of High Places, and of places deep within the earth.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She reminds us of cycles of the seasons, honoring the above and below

and the passages in between

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She is the Throne, the Seat of our Wisdom

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful.

She reminds us of the Earth as Source, of Female as source, Goddess as source.  She blesses us with her holy blood and sanctifies our own blood.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She helps us find the Black Madonna within us all.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She is fierce to protect us, compassionate to hold us and hear our prayers.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful  

She is Queen and Virgin, one unto herself. She is inviolate. She is rising up.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful.

She unites opposites. She brings balance.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She is the face of our First Mother, our Oldest Mother, our African Mother.

She reminds us that we are all Sisters, Brothers.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful

She is Mother, Mother of All, Mother of All that is.

Beloved Mother of Wisdom, You are Black and Beautiful!


[Author’s Note: The inspiration for the call-and-response form of this praise-poem is the Litany of Loreto, an ancient song of praise and petition said in procession to the highly venerated Black Madonna of Loreto, the protector of Italy, who is celebrated on December 10.  The “Litany of the Black Madonna” is published in the anthology Talking to Goddess – Powerful Voices from Many Traditions by D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D., Editor.]

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Sara Wright
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This poem reaches into the deepest part of my heart because next to Guadalupe (Native American) the Black Madonna also lives there. Beautiful

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