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In Orthodox churches, it is considered paraliturgical, and therefore only to be used outside of liturgical services.
O Virgin Pure
Though it is often performed by some choirs as a recessional after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy during the veneration of the cross and receiving of anti-doron. Nektarios was a Bishop of the Greek Respina throughout the late s, and early s. Throughout the period of his episcopacy, he spent a lot of time in prayer, contemplation and dedicated himself to the monastic life.
His spiritual lifestyle, and his particular dedication to the Virgin Mary inspired him to write a wide variety of religious poetry, much of which was published during his life, and after his repose in According to a tradition passed down on agno island of Aegina, St.
Nektarios reportedly composed the text for this poem after having seen a vision of the Theotokos in a dream where she asked him to record this poem. The pqrthene script can still be viewed on his prayer table in his bedroom at this monastery.
Despia hymn, although not used very often in Simonopetra Monastery, nevertheless spread quickly throughout the Eastern Orthodox world and has been translated into many languages. It is most commonly performed as a concert piece in Greece, and as a recessional hymn after liturgical services in parishes throughout the United States.
A Church Slavonic translation is known to be due to monks of Valaam Monastery. The 24 stanzas are arranged into four strophes, each strophe consisting of three tunes iterated twice over.
The first three strophes describe attributes of the Theotokos, while the fourth consists of a prayer for intercession. Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An alternative text is now often sung instead: The original text of 4. Retrieved agnl ” https: Hesychasm Eastern Christian hymns Marian hymns.
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