THE PRAYER WHICH THE VIRGIN MADE ON THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLGOTHA, WHICH IS THE TOMB OF OUR LORD ON THE 21ST DAY OF THE MONTH SANE (JUNE 26TH)
[For the Ethiopic text see Brit. Mus. MS. Harl. 5471 and Fol. 39f. and add. No. 16,233 (DILLMANN, Catalogus, Nos. LIII and LIX) and Brit. Mus. MS. Orient. No. 639 (Wright, Catalogue, No. LXXXV, p. 52). For a French translation, see Basset, op. cit., p. 11f]
“My Lord and my God, my son and my King, Jesus Christ, who of thine own free will wast born of me, who didst suck milk from my breasts, whom the heavens cannot contain, Whom the bounds of the world cannot confine, whom the Earth cannot carry.
Whose hand the space of the abyss, and the depths of the sea, and the rain-floods cannot fill, whom the angels, and the powers of heaven cannot draw nigh, my son and my King, I, Mary thy mother, thy servant, beseech and make supplication to thee.
I carried thee in my womb for nine months and five days. Thou hast dwelt in my body, thou hast sucked milk from my breasts and hath lived upon my milk for three years, and I carried thee on my back for five years.
Remember, O Lord, that I have gone about with thee for thirty years, and that I fled with thee from one country to another when Herod wanted to slay thee.
Hear my prayer, O my Lord and my petition, O my Lord, my God. Remember, Lord, that I carried thee in my womb for nine months and five days, and remember that thou hast sojourned in my body.
My Lord, hearken to the prayer and petition which I set before me that thou wouldst hear my words of entreaty and fulfil all that is in my heart this day [ I beseech thee] to send unto me forthwith twelve angles of mercy who shall tarry with me, and fulfil all that is in my heart, and the petitions for acts of grace which my lips make to thee.