SOFTEN our evil hearts, O Mother of God,
quench the attacks of those who hate us
and loosen all straightness of our soul.
For looking on your image
we are filled with compassion by your suffering and loving-kindness for us
and we kiss your wounds;
we are filled with horror for the darts with which we wound your love.
Let us not, O Mother of Compassion,
according to the cruelty of our hearts,
perish from the cruelty of heart of those near us,
for you are in truth the Softener of Evil Hearts.
(taken from the Akathist to the Mother of God, Softener of Evil Hearts)