Order of the Black Madonna

Our Lady of Social Justice

The Order of the Black Madonna is a holy order devoted to the Great Dark Mothers of many names, who share a mission of social justice for all beings.


Order of the Black Madonna Dark Moon Petition Ceremony
Devotees perform this ceremony at their personal altars each Dark Moon.
You do not need to be an Order member to perform this ceremony.

You will need:
A red candle
A stone
A bell

Stand before your Black Madonna altar and open your ceremony by ringing your bell and intoning MAAAAA.

Calling in the Elements, please use one of the following sets of invocations:

Sr. Verité's Elemental Invocations

Holy Black Madonna of the North, Mother of the dark earth, the quiet winter and deep, sacred hush of buried things, hear our call. Keep our secrets in Your unfathomable depths, holy Silent Mother. Help us learn the value of unspeaking watchfulness and protection of those things that will quicken and grow in the months to come. Hail and welcome!

Holy Black Madonna of the East, Mother of the rising sun, beautiful flowing streams and melting snow, hear our call. Mother of emergence, Light-Bringer, teach us to cultivate refreshed determination like the seeds deep within You that begin to grow with the warming days. Help us find the open air and take our first deep breaths of spring. Hail and welcome!

Holy Black Madonna of the South, Mother of high noon and the full brightness of the days of summer, hear our call. We sing our joyful songs to You as we tend to the work of our daily lives. We follow your example of engaged leadership and activity as we bring support and aid to our communities, and surge forward all together, one Being working for the benefit of all. Hail and welcome!

Holy Black Madonna of the West, Mother of the great waters and the gathering storms of autumn, guide us through the passages we must follow as the sun gives way to increasing darkness. Mother of the Beloved Dead, help us to hear the wisdom of those who have flowed before us into the eternal cycle of life and death and life again. May we be a light in the darkness for all beings. Hail and welcome!

Holy Black Madonna of the Center, Eternal Mother and fecund darkness that is the Source of all life, we call to You. Hold us as we open within ourselves that spark of Divinity, the link that connects us to You that is forever present and always the golden road back to You. May we be exemplars of Your peaceful Presence, always mindful of the Now, always aware of the moment-by-moment possibility for compassion, growth, love, and blessings for all beings. Hail and welcome!

Sr. Leni's Elemental Invocations

At the edge of the space: Ave Tenebros Clara!

In the East: 
Ave Hodegetria, She who Shows the Way
Dark Mother we call to you,
Black Madonna of Częstochowa
Shine your Guiding Light and
Be with us! Ave!

In the South: 
Rosa Mystica!
Dark Mother we call to you,
Virgen Santissima de Guadelupe
Glow your radiant Grace and
Be with us! Ave!

In the West:
Stella Maris! Star of the Sea!
Dark Mother we call to you,
Pour out your Mercy and
be with us! Ave!

In the North:
Sedes sapientia, O Throne of Wisdom!
Dark Mother we call to you,
Black Madonna of Montserrat,
Stand as our Mountain Sanctuary against the storms
of a Troubled World. Ave!

Calling in the Ancestors, say:

Ancestors, Beloved Dead, mighty beings of love and light who carry the gifts and teachings of all our lineages, we bless and honor you. Be welcome here, guard our proceedings, and whisper your wisdom to us as we honor the great Mother of all, the holy Black Madonna. Hail and welcome!

Light your candle and recite:

Oh Most Gracious Black Madonna, never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this I fly to thee Oh Mother of Mothers. To thee I come, before thee I stand, quiet and powerful. Oh Mother of All Divinities, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy and clemency, hear and answer our prayer. Blessed be.

Take a moment to silently call upon the Black Madonna of your heart, envisioning her hearing your petitions and acknowledging them, with light radiating out from her heart.

Either write down in advance, and read aloud, or spontaneously speak aloud the petitions that you bring to her graceful feet, knocking on your altar with the stone after each one is spoken and saying,

“So mote it be for the greatest good.”

Acknowledge any personal or unspoken petitions.

Close the ceremony with the Petition for Protection & Blessings with this prayer: (movements are optional according to ability)

Great ocean of night, how I adore you.
Queen of time and space, I bow down.

(Perform prostration that resembles child’s pose, on knees, forehead to ground, but with arms outstretched in front, then rise to you knees, looking at her)

Mother and defender, I call to you, watch over me.
To She of vastness, I bow down again.

(Prostrate again, then rise to your knees)

Mother of all, how I love you. Watch over me.

(Prostrate again)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the silent, secret blessings you bestow.
We are all rich in ways we don't even know.

Rise and ring bell one final time to close the ceremony.


If you have been performing this ceremony regularly and would like to learn more about membership in the Order, please contact us.


To the Queen of Time and Space, I bow down. To She of Vastness, I bow again. 

The Order of the Black Madonna is sponsored by Come As You Are Pagan Congregation, a 501(c)3 church.