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Raduysja Devo

Updated: Sep 21

Sacred texts, prayers, spiritual hymns, generated by eternity, bring a sense of eternity to the human soul. This feeling permeates the best works of Eastern Orthodox music: from medieval chant to the present day. In my own sacred music, I am always trying to preserve this precious tradition.

Raduysja Devo, ancient prayer of the monks of Kiev Pechersk Monastery

Raduysja Devo sets to music the amazingly beautiful prayer of the monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra,

Rejoice, Holy Virgin





This composition is performed by two choirs: one is located in front of the church and the other is in the balcony or choir loft, symbolizing the Earth and the Heavens. The word pronounced on Earth soars up to the heavenly hights, reflects from it and, filled with new, deeper meaning, returns back to Earth.





"heavenly waves of sound that meet and wash over the listener"


cloud of light

Of all the precious images in this prayer, the one which struck me the most was the comparison of the Virgin with a cloud of light. Similarly to light, the innermost value of sound is its wave nature and absence of physical mass. Therefore, light easily transforms into sound, just as sound transforms into light. The dialogue between the Earth and the Heaven is shrouded in a shining sonic cloud, which, like eternity, germinates out of nothing, expanding and growing to embrace space and time.


Raduysja Devo

Rejoice, Holy Virgin

Rejoice The Meek, filled with Light

Bestow the Joy upon the mourning

Quench the lament of our repentance


Mother of Jesus, Radiance of Light

Glory of the Universe,

Rejoice, Tsarina of the World

Rejoice, Mother of God

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia


Rejoice, Mother of God

Rejoice, Ocean of Grace

Rejoice, Cloud of Light

Glory of the Universe

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia


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