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Beneath your compassion

This liturgical hymn to the Mother of God, sung just before the dismissal of daily Vespers during fasting periods, is used outside the liturgy as well. It is sung to its own melody, of which there are several. For Slavonic settings, see Pod tvoju milost'. This is the oldest extant hymn to the Theotokos; it has been found (in Greek) in manuscripts from the third century AD.

The Divine Liturgies book includes two versions in the Liturgical and Scriptural Hymns section (DL 454). The first version is set to a melody found in the Papp Irmologion (page 45) and in the collection of hymns, Duchovňi Pisňi (page 109). An earlier English version using this melody was published by Monsignor William Levkulic (Hymns of Great Lent, page 15, "We hasten to place ourselves").

Boh predvicnyj

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The second setting uses a melody published in the Marian Hymnal under the title "We hasten to place ourselves" (page 23).

Boh predvicnyj

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Both versions can also be found in the MCI Daily Vespers book on pages 25-26 (Dismissal for Fasts).

A third English version, "For your help we fly to you", was published in Hymns for Great Lent, on page 17. This version is distinctly slower and more "choral".