Thursday, 03. Sept. 2013 I got a phone call asking to find a GERMAN translation for a RUSSIAN orthodox prayer for a lady from SPAIN. Somehow I succeded – but only in using an ENGLISH translation first. It remained unclear, which is the correct “place in life” of the text (Akathist? Moleben? other?) and from which origin the wide-spread music for this text may have come.
And here we go:
RUSSIAN / Churchslavonic
Царице моя преблагая, надеждо моя Богородице,
приятелище сирых и странных предстательница,
скорбящих радосте, обидимых покровительнице!
Зриши мою беду, зриши мою скорбь,
помози ми яко немощну, окорми мя яко странна.
Обиду мою веси, разреши ту, яко волиши:
яко не имам иныя помощи разве Тебе,
ни иныя предстательницы,
ни благия утешительницы, токмо Тебе, о Богомати,
яко да сохраниши мя и покрыеши во веки веков. Аминь.
My most gracious Queen, my hope, Mother of God, shelter of orphans, and intercessor of travellers, strangers and pilgrims, joy of those in sorrow, protectress of the wronged, see my distress, see my affliction! Help me, for I am helpless. Feed me, for I am a stranger and pilgrim. Thou knowest my offence; forgive and resolve it as thou wilt. For I know no other help but thee, no other intercessor, no gracious consoler but thee, O Mother of God, to guard and protect me throughout the ages. Amen.
source: derived from automatical translation English to German in Google translate
Meine (sehr liebenswürdige) “allerbarmende” Königin, meine Hoffnung, Mutter Gottes, Beschützerin der Waisen und Fürsprecherin der Reisenden, Pilger und Fremdlinge, Freude der Trauernden, Beschützerin der Unrechtleidenden, siehe meine Not, meine Bedrängnis! Hilf mir, denn ich bin hilflos. Nähre mich, denn ich bin ein Fremdling und Pilger. Du kennst meine Sünden; verzeihe und löse sie, wie du willst. Denn ich weiss keine andere Hilfe als dich, keine andere Fürsprecherin, keine andere barmherzige Trösterin ausser dir, o Mutter Gottes, die mich beschützt und beschirmt durch die Zeiten . Amen.
It is a strange formula to say about the Mother of God, that “SHE resolves”, that “SHE resolves especially SINS” – because such DIVINE ACTION normally would be seen as restricted to DIVINE ACTORS, such for instance Her DIVINE SON. To AVOID a RATHER problematical direction of interpretation, that somehow the Mother of God would finally figure as a GODDESS herself, we perhaps would add as some sort of “help for interpretation”:
BECAUSE it was the DIVINE wish, to SUBDUE to CONDITIONS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE, and especially of COMING INTO FLESH and even DYING HUMAN DEATH, we SUCH may say, that in a CERTAIN SENSE with some reason we may tend to “hyperdoule”, to “over-praising”, which all start with the “IT BE”, with the “YES” of St. Mary to the proposal of the angel. However there is a FINE LINE, that St. Mary cannot become “CON-SALVATRIX” in any real sense (if this word possible from linguistics at all!), as COACTRESS of salvation. St. Mary IS CERTAINLY “a condition, God himself wished, to subdue to”, INSOFAR this salvation was BOUND BY DIVINE WILL to HUMAN CONDITIONS (“conditions humaines”), BUT – of course – St. Mary was not on the cross and not she died, the death of our salvation, but her son. St. Marys position such is NOT “behind” the cross, nor “before the cross”, not even simply “beneath teh cross”, but UNDER THE CROSS. (This changing of my phrasing the words, especially became necessary, because in WET-Europe we INDED have some folks, DEMANDING the DOGMATIC title “Co-Salvatrix” to be introduced by the pope, which never ever was in the teaching of the church, even not the western church. In this WESTERN CONTEXT I recently wrote “Die Muttergottes im Nachthemd von Amsterdam und die Irrlehre von der Miterlöserin URL https://brunobuike.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/die-muttergottes-im-nachthemd-von-amsterdam-und-die-irrlehre-von-der-miterloserin/ – which however ist not matching exactly with the FEELING of ORTHODOX veneration as “hyperdoule”, but which is my reaction against a DOGMATIC DANGER!
This would NOT MEAN to MINIMIZE the PRIVILEGES given to the Mother of God by her SON HIMSELF, who after all blessed Her with HER BODY TAKEN AWAY FROM EARTH such NOT SEEING HUMAN DECAY!
To summarize in short: We need TRAINED DISTINGUISHING in heavy difficult PHILOSOPHICAL and METAPHYSICAL GROUNDS, NOT to fall victim to HERESY and FAULT – which we normally would NOT EXPECT as a NATURAL BEHAVIOR, especially not in over-exaggerated crowds of believers whatever.