Most of our hymns to the Mother of God are supplications – requests for her aid and protection. This song, on the other hand, is an extended praise of Mary the Theotokos in her heavenly glory; it is most frequently sung in connection with the feast of her Dormition on August 15.
Here is the version in the Marian Hymnal (1984):
And here is the Slavonic.
The refrain, of course, IS a supplication, but even there it names her “heaven’s Queen.”
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