Here is one of my favorite hymns in the Church. It is a relatively recent one (it was written by Saint Nektarios of Aegina (1846–1920)). While it was originally written in Greek, it is preformed in Slavonic in the video. The text in English follows below.


O Virgin Pure

O pure and virgin Lady / O spotless Theotokos: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O virgin Queen and Mother / O dewy fleece most sacred: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O height transcending heaven above / O beam of light most radiant: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O joy of chaste and virgin maids / surpassing all the angels: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O brilliant light of heaven above / most clear and most radiant: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! Commanding chief of heavenly hosts / O holiest of holies: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O ever-virgin Mary / O Mistress of creation: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O Bride all-pure and spotless / O Lady all-holy: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O holy Mary, Bride and Queen / O cause of our rejoicing: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O Maiden Queen most hon’rable / O Mother most holy: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

More precious than the Cherubim / more glorious than the Seraphim: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! Surpassing Principalities / Dominions, Thrones and Powers: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

Rejoice, song of the Cherubim / rejoice, hymn of the angels: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! Rejoice, ode of the Seraphim / and joy of the Archangels: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

Rejoice, O peace; rejoice, O joy / and haven of salvation: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O bridal chamber of the Word / unfading, fragrant blossom: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

Rejoice, delight of paradise / rejoice, life everlasting: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! Rejoice, O holy tree of life / and fount of immortality: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

I supplicate thee, Lady / I humbly call upon thee; Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! O Queen of all I beg thee / to grant me thy favor: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O spotless and most honored maid / O Lady all-holy: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! I call upon thee fervently / thou temple most holy: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O thou my help deliver me / from harm and all adversity: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride! And by thy prayers show me to be / an heir of immortality: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

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