Prayer for Ukraine

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Molytva za Ukrainu
English: Prayer for Ukraine
Молитва за Україну

Religious anthem of  Ukraine
LyricsOleksandr Konysky, 1885
MusicMykola Lysenko
Audio sample
Molitva za Ukrainu (0:30)

"Molytva za Ukrainu" (Ukrainian: Молитва за Україну, or "Prayer for Ukraine") is the main nominee for the spiritual anthem of Ukraine. There are several versions of the lyrics written by Oleksandr Konysky, although the main idea and rhyme does not change. Mykola Lysenko, a great Ukrainian composer, created music to accompany the text.

History[edit]

On 14 July 1998 with the initiative of the Cabinet of minister of Ukraine this church hymn was part of the law project registered under #1229 "About the text of the State Anthem of Ukraine and the Spiritual Anthem of Ukraine. The author of the project was Anatoliy Holubchenko, the native of Mariupol and former vice-premier minister of Ukraine (1997-1999).[1] On 24 December 1999 the project was withdrawn.

Lyrics[edit]

Ukrainian Roman transliteration Literal translation Literary translation by Dmytro Shostak[2]

Боже великий, єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Волі і світу промінням
Ти її осіни.

Світлом науки і знання
Нас, дітей, просвіти,
В чистій любові до краю,
Ти нас, Боже, зрости.

Молимось, Боже єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Всі свої ласки й щедроти
Ти на люд наш зверни.

Дай йому волю, дай йому долю,
Дай доброго світу, щастя,
Дай, Боже, народу
І многая, многая літа.

Bože velykyj, jedynyj,
Nam Ukrajinu chrany,
Voli i svitu prominnjam,
Ty jiji osiny.

Svitlom nauky i znannja
Nas, ditej, prosvity,
V čystij ljubovi do kraju,
Ty nas, Bože, zrosty.

Molymoś, Bože jedynyj,
Nam Ukrajinu chrany,
Vsi svoji lasky j ščedroty,
Ty na ljud naš zverny.

Daj jomu volju, dai jomu dolju,
Daj dobroho svitu, ščastja,
Daj, Bože, narodu
I mnohaja, mnohaja lita.

Almighty and Only God,
preserve Ukraine for us!
With beams of freedom and enlightenment
You shine upon her.

With the light of science and knowledge
illumine us, Your children.
A pure love of our native land
foster in us, God.

We pray, our Only God,
preserve Ukraine for us!
All Your graces and benevolence
bestow upon our nation.

Grant us freedom, grant us luck,
grant us enlightenment and happiness,
grant, o God, our people
many, many years.

Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,
Protect our beloved Ukraine,
Bless her with freedom and light
Of your holy rays.

With learning and knowledge enlighten
Us, your children small,
In love pure and everlasting
Let us, oh Lord, grow.

We pray, oh Lord Almighty,
Protect our beloved Ukraine,
Grant our people and country
All your kindness and grace.

Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,
Guide into kind world,
Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune
For ever and evermore.

Alternative[edit]

Боже, Єдиний, Великий,
Неньку-Вкраїну храни,
Силою Знання Звичаю
Люд український зміцни.

Молимось, Боже, Єдиний,
Неньку-Вкраїну храни,
Всі Свої ласки-щедрочи
Ти на неї зверни.

Дай людям Волю, дай людям Долю,
Дай Доброго Світа,
Щастя, дай, Боже, Здоров'я
І многая, многая літа!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography on the law project author Archived 2007-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Prayer for Ukraine ("Боже, великий, єдиний...")". www.facebook.com.

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