Mother Of God in Kukilion (Cycle of Prayers)
- In the Kukilion of Syrian Orthodox Church, following the elevation of
the Holy Mysteries, the first cycle of hymns is devoted to Blessed
Virgin Mariam. In this hymn, the relationship between Jesus and
Mother of God has been treated analogous to the King and Princess,
illustrated in King David's Psalm 45: 9-12. This Psalm is treated as
glorification of the Church as well as Virgin Mother Of God. It is
rendered in a contracted form and sung as under:
See the royal daughter stand
Glorious Queen at Thy right hand
Thy father's folk and home leave thou
The King desires thy beauty now.
This is followed by further praises and supplications
Thou whose praise the Church doth sing
Intercession for us bring
Unto Him thine only son
That He may not mercy shun.
Peace the bright archangel brought
Hailing Mary fair,
Favoured is thy blessed lot
Thou the Lord shall bear.
Like a ship did Mary bear-
Laud and honour be-
Him, the captain and the Lord,
God of all the World.
By Thy cross, O Jesus Lord
By thy Mother's praying word,
Take from us and from our path
Punishments and rods of wrath.