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Jehda na smert’ hotovilsja

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This hymn is frequently sung before or after services on the weekdays of the Great Fast. The text is that of Monsignor William Levkulic (see below), who also published an English setting, In Gethsemene's darkness.


This hymn was included in the Užhorod Pisennik (1913) as hymn number 84, with twenty-eight verses, all with the same refrain.

Father Julius Grigassy's Liturgikon / Služebnik (1962; a people's prayer-book) included this as the sole paraliturgical hymn of the Great Fast, with verses 1-4, 8, and 11-13 fom the 1913 collection.

Monsignor Levkulic published the text of verses 1, 3, and 20 in the The Divine Liturgy (1978), on page 171 (hymn number 42), and in his Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, on page 58.

Both text and music were included in Monsignor Levkulic's Hymns of the Great Fast, on page 28.

In his collection Duchovňi Pisňi (1969), Father Stefan Papp published text and music corresponding to verses 1, 3, 20, and 24 of the 1913 collection. This setting (on page 107, under the variant title Jak na strasti hotovils Ty, Isuse), has a slightly different melody in the first two measures.