"To the Mother of Christ (God) let's heartily recourse , we sinful and humble kneel, calling for repentance from the depths of our souls"
К Богородице прилежно ныне притецем,
грешнии и смиреннии и припадем,
в покаянии зовуще из глубины души:
Владычице, помози, на ны милосердовавши,
потщися, погибаем от множества прегрешений,
не отврати Твоя рабы тщи,
Тя бо Едину Надежду имамы.
Freely translated into English, with the help of Danais52 (youtube.com/user/Danais52) and Oksana Roshchina./ Оксана Рощина. Oksana also sent me the Russian lyrics:
To the Mother of Christ (God) let's heartily recourse,
we sinful and humble kneel,
calling for repentance from the depths of our souls:
Holy Mother, help us, be merciful for us,
Hurry, (we) perish 'cos ( we have) scores of sins
Don't turn away from Your slaves,
You're only a Hope of us.
When I was creating the video I did not know the meaning of the words. Now I do know them I feel uncomfortable because we see here, watching the Pietà, the Holy Mother of Jesus, in a deep pain because of the death of Jesus, her son. Not really the time to ask her for help.
Besides that: I do not like to speak about: sinners, slaves, to urge somebody. That feels selfish and forcing somebody to help. On the one side it feels as putting yourself as a human-being on a spot that it is not possible to get out of the misery because you ARE bad, and-not-capable-to-be-a-better-one (and that is a lie), on the other side it is not right to want to be somebody's slave. Not even of a God. It is impossible that God takes you as His slave. Love does not make slaves. God gives you the free will to do what you REALLY want. If you are finally there to follow then it is truthful, honest. Slavery is bad. Always.
About sins: to be human means that you are on the way to perfectness, and going that Path means that you can fall, because it is a difficult path. But that is normal. "Sin" means: to make mistakes that have a bad influence on yourself and others. Forgiveness (also forgiving yourself) is an act of Love. It is good to be aware of your own behaviour and start changing your acts, words, lifestyle. It is excellent to ask help in that big job, and I know that it helps to pray. Always.
Therefore I would like to add my own personal words, which can be used on moments that you are desperate and feel lost, lonely, just as a kind of an example, and not more than that. My prayers are always different in text, but always bringing me to the deepest self, to find that universal contact with All Existence, and it is very helpful to name those who have reached the Full Light of Perfectionism, like the Holy Mother, like Jesus Christ.
"Holy Mother, help us, be merciful,
I feel lost, I am in a deep pain, and in a need for Light and Love.
Embrace me, hold me,
It will encourage me, to continue following my Path of Life, to the Light of your son Jesus Christ."
8 К Богородице Прилежно. Гречанинов
The music has been sent to me in 2008 by the Ukrainian Bayan Master Volodymyr Kurylenko. He visits the Netherlands twice a year for concerts, mostly in Maastricht.
Stichting Desna in Maastricht organizes the concerts and the benefits are for cultural projects in Ukraine.
Title: Bogoroditse Prilejno
Recorded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Website Volodymyr Kurylenko:
Information about Alexander Grechaninov
Information about the "Pietà" by Michelangelo
Playlist with a documentary about Michelangelo