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?)


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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