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Radujsja zilo

Boh predvicnyj

This venerable Palm Sunday hymn is also known for the English setting, Rejoice today, and as the base melody of the Iže Cheruvimy #1 in Bokshai, which became the Cherubikon A in the Divine Liturgies book.

The prophecies of Zachariah and Zephaniah (in Slavonic, Zacharija and Sofonia) are read at Vespers of Palm Sunday, and describe the coming of the Lord into Jerusalem: "a just Savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, a colt, the foal of an ass."

Sources

This hymn was included in the L'vov Pisnoslovets (1911) as the hymn for Palm or Flowery Sunday (page 111), with seven verses of eight lines each.

It was also included in the Užhorod Pisennik (1913) as hymn number 93, with five verses of five lines each. This text corresponds to the way it is sung in our church today, with minor differences. For example, the Pisennik's verse 5 (the second verse above) ends with "na v’iki" sung twice, rather then "Osanna vo vyšnich, na v’iki."

Father Stefan Papp's 1969 collection contained a melodically simpler version, "Rad'ij duže nyni" (Duchovňi Pisňi, page 24), with three verses. The text of this version follows the five-line structure of the Pisennik, but the wording is different.

Monsignor Levkulic published an English setting (Rejoice today) in his Hymns of the Great Fast, on page 26, but the Slavonic original was not given.