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Aghni Parthene " O Pure Virgin"

Nektarios of Aegina (Late 19th century, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church)

This is one of the great devotional hymns Russian Orthodox faithful chant especially during the Lent season.

This is a devotional hymn most often used at vespers. By Orthodox standards, it's brand new, having been composed by Nektarios of Aegina (one of the most popular Orthodox saints) at the end of the 19th century. The Orthodox theology is indeed expressed in the Divine Liturgies, but the services and devotions of the Russian Orthodox Church extend far, far beyond the Divine Liturgies as we are all reminded during Great and Holy Lent when, much more so than in the rest of the year, The faithful spend time in church for Matins, Vespers, Salutations, Akathists, Great Canons, Pre-Sanctified liturgies, etc. The Great and Holy Week missal alone is 501 pages long and that only covers 7 days!

O pure and virgin Lady,/ O spotless Theotokos: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

O Virgin Queen and Mother/ O dewey 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 heaven above/ 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!

(C) 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!

Video

Here's a link to the hymn chanted in Greek by a Serbian woman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmwOKxC_beQ&feature=related
 

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