Prayer for Ukraine

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Молитва за Україну
English: Prayer for Ukraine
Molytva za Ukrainu

Religious anthem of  Ukraine
Lyrics Oleksandr Konysky, 1885
Music Mykola 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 July 14, 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the native of Mariupol and former vice-premier minister of Ukraine (1997-1999).[1] On December 24, 1999 the project was withdrawn.

Lyrics[edit]

Ukrainian Roman transliteration Word-for-word 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.

Oh God, Almighty and Only
for us our Ukraine, please, keep
with rays of freedom and light
may You set her in light.

With the light of science and knowledge
keep us, Your children, enlightened.
In pure love to the land
May You, oh Lord, bring us up.

We pray, oh Lord and the Only,
for us our Ukraine, please, keep.
All of your grace and generosity,
May you turn to our people.

Give it freedom, give it good fate,
give it good world, happiness,
give, oh Lord, the people
And 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,
Волі та Правди промінням
Ти її освіти.

Силою Знання Звичаю
Люд український зміцни.
В чистій любові до краю
Ти нас, Боже, зрости.

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!

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