Hallowed Be Our Names by Terri Greco

A tribute to the victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church


Hail Mary, full of grace,


Blessed are you among us women,

men, and children.


Pray for us,

for we are not the sinners,


but a million enduring votives

aflame at your feet.


Holy Mary,

Mother of God,


Be more than an idol—

a hollow shrine to pray to.


Reach us with your outstretched arms;

Hold us while we weep.


Terri Greco is a poet and psychotherapist. Her poems have also appeared in Forage Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, and The Gambler. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband and her son.