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Stainless the Maiden (Serdeczna Matko)

Stainless the Maiden whom he chose for the mother (Serdeczna matko, Opiekunko ludzi)

Paraphraser: Willard F. Jabusch, b. 1930
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Stainless the Maiden whom he chose for mother,
Nine months she waited, bearing Christ, our brother;
Think of her gladness when at last she saw him:
God in a manger, Bethlehem a heaven!

2 Lantern in darkness, when the sick are sighing,
Threshold of brightness, comfort for the dying,
High she is holding for a world adoring,
Hope of the nations, Jesus Christ, our brother.

3 Jesus has conquered; to his side he raised her,
Queen of the angels, ev'ry saint has praised her.
Yet, in her splendor, Mary goes on drawing
Sinners and exiles to their promised glory.


Polish -
1 Serdeczna Matko, Opiekunko ludzi,
Niech Cię płacz sierot do litości wzbudzi!
Wygnańcy Ewy, do Ciebie wołamy:
Zlituj się, zlituj, niech się nie tułamy!

2 Do kogóż wzdychać, mamy, nędzne dziatki?
Tylko do Ciebie, ukochanej Matki:
U której serce otwarte każdemu,
A osobliwie nędzą strapionemu!

3 Zasłużyliśmy, to prawda, przez złości,
By nas Bóg karał rózgą surowości
Lecz kiedy Ojciec rozgniewany siecze,
Szczęśliwy kto się do Matki uciecze.

Source: Worship (4th ed.) #900

Paraphraser: Willard F. Jabusch, b. 1930

Willard F. Jabusch (b. 1930) received degrees from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, and Loyola University, Chicago. He also earned a doctorate at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1986), and studied music at the Chicago Conservatory and the University of London. A parish priest at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Chicago from 1956 to 1961, he taught at Niles College of Loyola University from 1963 to 1966 and at the Mundelein Seminary from 1968 to 1990. Since 1990 Jabusch has been director of Calvert House, the Roman Catholic student center at the University of Chicago. His theological publications include The Person in the Pulpit (1980), Walk Where Jesus Walked (1986), and The Spoken Christ (1990). He has wri… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Stainless the Maiden whom he chose for the mother (Serdeczna matko, Opiekunko ludzi)
Title: Stainless the Maiden (Serdeczna Matko)
Polish Title: Serdeczna Matko, Opiekunko ludzi
Paraphraser: Willard F. Jabusch, b. 1930
Meter: 11.11 D
Source: Polish traditional
Language: English; Polish
Copyright: © 1976, 1977 Willard F. Jabusch



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

One in Faith #923

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #1007


Worship (4th ed.) #900

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