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Boh predvicnyj

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This brief prayer or paraliturgical hymn is very frequently 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.. The publications of Monsignor Levkulic provide two English translations, of which the more commonly sung is Having suffered.

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.


This hymn seems to have been translated into Church Slavonic from Polish, taken from the "Service of the Bitter Lamentations" (better known as "Gorzkie Zale"), which traces its origin to Warsaw's Holy Cross Church (circa 1700). More specifically, it is a derivation of one of the closing hymns from that service: "Ktorys za nas cierpial rany" (You who suffered wounds for us).

The Slavonic text above was published in the The Divine Liturgy (1978) by Monsignor Levkulic, as the final hymn (number 46) in Lenten Hymns section.

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

Thanks to Cantor Joseph Ferenchick for historical information concerning this hymn..