Muzyka religijna - między epokami i kulturami, T. 3, (2012), s. 23-37
The popularity of the church song Kto się w opiekę..., connected with the cult of Divine
Providence, inspires for doing the research on the functioning of this work in source traditions.
An unquestionable advantage when popularising singing is an inspired Biblical text —
Psalm 91, in a poetical phrase translated by Jan Kochanowski, with a certain modernization
in spelling. A clear domination of this text in collections of church songs is noticed.
Cantionale and song books of a Poland-wide influence contain basically one melodic version
of the song, popularized in Śpiewnik kościelny by Mioduszewski and numerous editions of
Śpiewnik kościelny by Siedlecki. In Silesia, on the other hand, apart from this version, another
melody appearing in a few variant versions, both in the 19th and 20th century source and
live tradition enjoys special popularity. The research proves the ecumenical role of the song
Kto się w opiekę..., still present in Evangelic cantionals, too.