Ave Maria, by Niki Whiting

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Hail Mary! Mary, woman situated in geography, history, lineage, time, blood. Hail Theotokos! Goddess larger than one woman alone, eternal paradox, universal entity. Full of the glory of apotheosis, full of the grace of other gods’ blessings, full of Life Force. The gods are with you, even the monotheist “God” cannot deny you, for he is with you too.

Blessed are you among women. Blessed are you among the poor, the downtrodden, the Othered. Blessed are you among women who birth, who are situated in time and flesh. Blessed are you among women who grieve, whose hearts stretch across time and space, reaching out to the Mother of All. And blessed is the fruit of your womb, which is salvation, for all things from you are holy. From you all things emerge and unto you all things return.

Holy Mary, Theotokos, God-Bearer, fully realized human who bears divinity with in her, please pray for us who call to you. Pray us who struggle and suffer and call your name. Pray for us who mess up and hurt one another. Pray us who hurt. Please pray for us, for me, now and at the moment of death. Amen.

Originally published at Niki Whiting’s blog, A Witch’s Ashram.

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About John Halstead

John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion, where he practices an idiosyncratic form of Naturalistic Paganism. Since 2011, John has been writing about Paganism, Unitarianism, and life at AllergicPagan.com. He has written for numerous other online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos, GodsandRadicals.org, Witches & Pagans, and GodisChange.org. John is the Editor-at-Large at HumanisticPaganism.com where he writes a regular column called “The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox.” He also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016). John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). John strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Pagan Statement through his writing and activism. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet and has participated in direct action against the fossil fuel industry. John is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community. View all posts by John Halstead

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