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Agni Parthene

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'''Agni Parthene''' (Gr. ''Αγνή Παρθένε'') is a non-liturgical hymn composed in Greek by St. [[Nectarios of Aegina]] in the 19th century during his tenure as director of the Rizarios Theological School of Athens. Nektarios liked to compose hymns in honour of the [[Theotokos|Mother of God]] to deepen his personal prayer and relationship with her. The tradition passed down at the monastery of St. Nektarios, in Aegina, Greece, is that the Lady herself appeared before him and requested that he record on paper a particular hymn the angelic choirs were about to sing. This hymn was the "Agni Parthene". The original script can still be viewed on his prayer table in his bedroom at this monastery.
The original melody to this hymn was not composed by St. Nektarios. The melody has been written was composed by a famous an Athonite hymnographerwho, from the St. Annes area of Mount Athosit is said, who was also had a Spiritual child vision of the SaintVirgin Mary prior to composing the work. This His version has been made popular most recently by the Monks of Simonopetra chant.
The hymn has received such great popularity that it has been translated into many langauges and the original melody has been adapted to suit the particular style of church chanting. As such, there are many other popular variations to the original greek, including the Valaam Monastery chant in Russian.
The hymn of the '''Pure Virgin''' has been included into the ''[[Theotokarion]]'' (Book of Hymns to the Mother of God){{citation}}.
This hymn, has proved a great accompanying chant during communion in the Liturgy, and it is sometimes performed in [[Orthodoxy|Orthodox]] churches at the beginning of [[Vespers]].
== English Translation ==

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