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Having suffered

Boh predvicnyj

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This setting of Preterpivyj is one of two found in the publications of Monsignor William Levkulic; this is the more commonly used. The English translation is uncredited.

In the Byzantine Catholic Church, this paraliturgical hymn is sung immediately after services on the weekdays of the Great Fast; it is not sung on Saturdays or Sundays. It is often sung three times, in English, Slavonic or both: once by the priest, and twice more by the faithful. A prostration (a complete bow of the body with the head touching the floor) is made with each repetition of the hymn.

Note: although normally sung after Lenten services, this hymn should not immediately follow a weekday service at which Holy Communion is received. This time is better used for the recitation of thanksgiving prayers after Communion. It would be appropriate to sing Preterpivyj / Having suffered before these services, if desired.


The text was published in the The Divine Liturgy (1978) by Monsignor Levkulic, as the final hymn (number 46) in Lenten Hymns section. This is the alternate English translation; the primary translation is: "Having endured the passion for us, Jesus Christ, O son of God, O Son of God, have merc y on us."

Text and music, in two settings, were included in Monsignor Levkulic's Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (at the end) and Hymns of the Great Fast (on page 13).