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O Virgin Pure / Agni Parthene (Lyrics and mp3)

1 Μαΐου 2009

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«Agni Parthene» ist einer der wichtigsten Hymnen des byzantinischen Chorals. Er gilt als zeitloses Meisterwerk und ist in nahezu allen orthodoxen Kirchen der byzantinischen Tradition verbreitet.

Es handelt sich um einen Marienhymnus (Agni Parthene bedeutet in etwa «unvermählte Braut») , der vom hl. Nectarios von Aegina, einem orthodoxen Heiligen des 19.Jahrhunderts, verfasst wurde

O Virgin Pure

by St. Nectarios

Plagal First Tone (Tone 5)

Refrain: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos

O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy

More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens

Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels.

Much brighter than the firmament/ and purer than the sun’s light

More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav’nly armies.

Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady

O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia

O Mary bride and Queen of all/ our cause of jubilation

Majestic maiden, Queen of all/ O our most holy Mother

More hon’rable than Cherubim/ beyond compare more glorious

than immaterial Seraphim/ and greater than angelic thrones.

Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

Rejoice, O song of Cherubim/ Rejoice, O hymn of angels

Rejoice, O ode of Seraphim/ the joy of the archangels

Rejoice, O peace and happiness/ the harbor of salvation

O sacred chamber of the Word/ flow’r of incorruption

Rejoice, delightful paradise/ of blessed life eternal

Rejoice, O wood and tree of life/ the fount of immortality.

Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

I supplicate you, Lady/ now do I call upon you

And I beseech you, Queen of all/ I beg of you your favor

Majestic maiden, spotless one/ O Lady Panagia

I call upon you fervently/ O sacred, hallowed temple

Assist me and deliver me/ protect me from the enemy

And make me an inheritor/ of blessed life eternal.

Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

(Source and translation: Holy Nativity Convent, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)