Beautiful holy Queen

Another hymn to the Mother of God, and a very popular one.

Here is the version in the Marian Hymnal (1984):

Boh predvicnyj

And here is the Slavonic. (Does anyone know where this comes from, by the way?)

Discussion

This hymn is well-known, and sung with gusto. The only problems I have with it are grammatical:

1. The refrain is not a complete sentence:

Everyone who prays to you, bowing line before your throne,
Where you shine with radiance in your love, so well-known.

Proposed solution: “Every Christian prays to you….” would keep the rhythm and is theologically reasonable (certainly every Christian OUGHT to honor God’s mother…)

2. The second verse is grammatically odd:

Mother of Jesus Christ, wearing her splendid crown,
At the court of the Lord, shines on us from her throne.

One could change this to a direct address (“Mother of Jesus Christ…. shine on us from your throne.”) but that doesn’t seem like much of an improvement. I am inclined to leave it alone.

Thoughts or suggestions?

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  1. Hello Deacon Jeff, et al:

    I appreciate trying to fix the grammar in the refrain, however I would not recommend “Every Christian prays to you.” It’s not a true statement, and as I sing it, I can’t help but be distracted by it because I know it’s not true. Not every Christian does pray to Mary, unfortunately. I would prefer if we could find something different to use.

    As for other suggestions….

    I am not a Slavonic expert but I am pretty sure the refrain in the current blue Marian Hymnal English is not a direct translation of the Slavonic. I would not advocate a major change to the current English so that it better matches the Slavonic, but since “Radujtesja” has a reference to Joy, maybe you could go with something like “Joy to all who pray to you” or “Joy to those who pray to you.”

    Or, perhaps something like “Help all those who pray to you” may be acceptable.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions for consideration?

    Thanks,
    George Nagrant
    Cantor and Choir member
    St. Nicholas Parish, Clinton Twp, MI

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