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The Lourdes Hymn (Likuj, Presvjataja)

Current version

This is a hymn which was included among the hymns in our 1978 Divine Liturgies book, but not in the 1985 Marian Hymnal.

Boh predvicnyj

This hymn is well-known and popular, especially among Greek Catholics from Europe, who sing it with great devotion:

Discussion

This is a Slavonic setting of the 19th-century Lourdes Hymn ("Immaculate Mary"), and is the English text which is problematical:

Here are the English lyrics in the 1978 Levkulic "pew book":

Immaculate Mary, our hearts are on fire.
That title so wondrous fills all our desire.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, O Mary!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, O Mary!

We pray for God's glory, may His kingdom come.
We pray for His vicar, the bishop of Rome.
Rejoice!....

In grief and temptation, in joy and in pain,
We turn to you, Mary, your favor to gain.
Rejoice!...

It's worth noting a few things:

I think the hymn in Slavonic is important enough to include, and so I have come up with a provisional English version as well. Of various well-known English verses, I chose two which fit our theology, and do not appear to be under copyright; both of them fir our church's current usage better than the corresponding verses in the Levkulic setting. To these I have added verse 3 from the Levkulic version.

Here is the result:

Boh predvicnyj

In the first line of the refrain, I changed the quarter note on "Ma(ry)" to rising eighth notes, which ameliorates the bad accent on "ReJOICE o Ma-RY."

Thoughts or suggestions?

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