This hymn, whose first verse describes the Annunciation, is an enduring favorite in our church, and appears on some of our earliest recordings of the Divine Liturgy – in spite of the fact that it doesn’t seem to have been included in any of the usual collections of hymns from Europe.
Here is a version with four verses, from the Marian Hymnal (1984):
And here is the Slavonic.
Verses 1 and 2 describe the Incarnation and Visitation; verses 3 and 4 present the Dormition (Assumption) and Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven – all mysteries of the Rosary.
I have heard that there are fifteen verses in all, one for each Mystery; can anyone point to a source, or provide a text? (This would certainly explain the early popularity of this hymn.)
Thoughts or suggestions?
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