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In the town of Bethlehem

Boh predvicnyj

This setting of V Viflejemi novina is taken from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute's Byzantine Catholic Hymnal for Nativity and Theophany (2007). The English translation is by Monsignor William Levkulic.

Note that, compared to the original Slavonic melody, the accent in the last phrase has been moved from the second to the first beat.

This hymn is being review as part of the Hymnal Project of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, and may be revised. See the discussion page.


This setting was originally printed in the booklet Christ is Born: Glorify Him (1969), by Monsignor Levkulic.

It was later published in the 1970 collection Byzantine Liturgical Chant, on page C9 (number 13 in the Christmas Carols section), and in the Hymns section of Monsignor Levkulic's The Divine Liturgy, a Book of Prayer (1978).

See the article on V Viflejemi novina for pointers to other English translations.