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Pentecost Sunday

VESPERS
14/27  Fast-free Period. 
PENTECOST. Tone VII. Trinity Sunday. Descent of the Holy Spirit. 
M Isidore of Chios (L:OL 86:3). St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ and wonderworker of Rostov. M Maximus. St. Serapion the Sidonite, monk of Egypt. St. Nicetas, recluse of the Kiev Caves, subsequently bp. of Novgorod. NM Mark of Crete, at Smyrna. NM John (Raiko) the Bulgarian, at Sumla (L:OL 72:5). First op rel St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1846). St. Aprunculus, bp. of Clermont (†488). GC: Synaxis of MM Alexander, Barbarus and Acoluthus, at the Church of the Holy Peace by the Sea in Constantinople. St. Leontius, pat. of Jerusalem. 
Martyrdom by the Poles of Abbot Anthony with 40 monks and 1000 laymen of St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery (1609), and Abbot Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of St. Nicholas’ Monastery (1608). 
Dismissal: May Christ our true God, who sent down from heaven the Most Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire upon His disciples and apostles... 
Service from the Pentecostarion (§4B15). The canon and prosomoia of Martyr Isidore are transferred to Little Compline on the eve of 16 May. 
At the Aposticha of Vespers and Matins throughout Pentecost week, the correct second psalm verse is: Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. The verse given in the Pentecostarion is erroneous. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Little Vespers is served as set forth in the Pentecostarion.
Great Vespers 
Three readings: (1) Num 11:16-17, 24-29; (2) Joel 2:23-32; (3) Ezek 36:24-28 
Matins 
Gospel: John §65 (20:19-23)
After each ode of the canon, a double katavasia, consisting of the irmoi of both canons of Pentecost, is sung. 
Liturgy Epistle: •Acts §3 (2:1-11). Gospel: •John §27 (7:37-52, 8:12). 
Great Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers is performed on Sunday evening (§4B15). A special dismissal is appointed in the Pentecostarion for Great Vespers on Pentecost. 
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During the week after Pentecost, the canon of the Theotokos from the Octeochos is not chanted at Little Compline, and the Interhours are not read. 

 VESPERS
As a Reader Service

Senior Reader:  Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. 

Reader: Amen.  

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord have mercy. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen.  Lord have mercy. Twelve Times

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O come, let us worship God our King.
O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.
O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Reader:

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly. Confession and majesty hast Thou put on, Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment, Who stretchest out the heaven as it were a curtain; Who supporteth His chambers in the waters, Who appointeth the clouds for His ascent, Who walketh upon the wings of the winds, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire, Who establisheth the earth in the sureness thereof; it shall not be turned back for ever and ever.  The abyss like a garment is His mantle; upon the mountains shall the waters stand.  At Thy rebuke they will flee, at the voice of Thy thunder shall they be afraid.  The mountains rise up and the plains sink down, unto the place where Thou hast established them.  Thou appointedst a bound that they shall not pass, neither return to cover the earth.  He sendeth forth springs in the valleys; between the mountains will the waters run.  They shall give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild asses will wait to quench their thirst.  Beside them will the birds of the heaven lodge, from the midst of the rocks will they give voice.  He watereth the mountains from His chambers; the earth shall be satisfied with the fruit of Thy works.  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and green herb for the service of men, To bring forth bread out of the earth; and wine maketh glad the heart of man.  To make his face cheerful with oil; and bread strengtheneth man's heart.  The trees of the plain shall be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon, which Thou hast planted.  There will the sparrows make their nests; the house of the heron is chief among them.  The high mountains are a refuge for the harts, and so is the rock for the hares.  He hath made the moon for seasons; the sun knoweth his going down.  Thou appointedst the darkness, and there was the night, wherein all the beasts of the forest will go abroad.  Young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their food from God. The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together, and they lay them down in their dens. But man shall go forth unto his work, and to his labor until the evening. How magnified are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is filled with Thy creation. So is this great and spacious sea, therein are things creeping innumerable, small living creatures with the great. There go the ships; there this dragon, whom Thou hast made to play therein. All things wait on Thee, to give them their food in due season; when Thou givest it them, they will gather it. When Thou openest Thy hand, all things shall be filled with goodness; when Thou turnest away Thy face, they shall be troubled.  Thou wilt take their spirit, and they shall cease; and unto their dust shall they return.  Thou wilt send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.  Let the glory of the Lord be unto the ages; the Lord will rejoice in His works.  Who looketh on the earth and maketh it tremble, Who toucheth the mountains and they smoke. I will sing unto the Lord throughout my life, I will chant to my God for as long as I have my being.  May my words be sweet unto Him, and I will rejoice in the Lord.  O that sinners would cease from the earth, and they that work iniquity, that they should be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
            The sun knoweth his going down, Thou appointedst the darkness, and there was the night.  How magnified are Thy works, O Lord!  In wisdom hast Thou made them all.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.

Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Twelve Times

Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir: Amen.  

                If it is a Sunday vigil (Saturday evening), we sing the first stasis of the first kathisma and the other two stases are read.  If a feast of vigil rank coincides with the Sunday vigil, we still follow the normal Sunday order.  However, according to current Russian parish practice, only the selected verses are sung on Saturday evenings.

Choir:   
Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly. 
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the way of the ungodly shall perish. 
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Serve ye the Lord with fear, and rejoice in Him with trembling.
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are all that have put their trust in Him.
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God.
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Salvation is of the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, 
            Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God.  Thrice

Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice
Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen. 

            And, regardless of the rank of the service, we sing “Lord, I have cried” in the tone of the first sticheron appointed

ANV p. 
Reader:  In the __1st_ Tone: Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me.
Choir:   Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me. * Hearken unto me, O Lord. * Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me; * attend to the voice of my supplication, * when I cry unto Thee. * Hearken unto me, O Lord.
            Let my prayer be set forth * as incense before Thee, * the lifting up of my hands * as an evening sacrifice. * Hearken unto me, O Lord.

            And the rest of the verses are read (they can be sung at a vigil) down to the beginning of the stichoi, i.e. the point at which the stichera are inserted.

             Set, O Lord, a watch before my mouth, and a door of enclosure round about my lips.
            Incline not my heart unto words of evil, to make excuse with excuses in sins.
            With men that work iniquity; and I will not join with their chosen.
            The righteous man will chasten me with mercy and reprove me; as for the oil of the sinner, let it not anoint my head.
            For yet more is my prayer in the presence of their pleasures; swallowed up near by the rock have their judges been.
            They shall hear my words, for they be sweetened; as a clod of earth is broken upon the earth, so have their bones been scattered nigh unto hades.
            For unto Thee, O Lord, O Lord, are mine eyes, in Thee have I hoped; take not my soul away.
            Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and from the stumbling-blocks of them that work iniquity.
            The sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone until I pass by.
            With my voice unto the Lord have I cried, with my voice unto the Lord have I made supplication.
            I will pour out before Him my supplication, mine affliction before Him will I declare.
            When my spirit was fainting within me, then Thou knewest my paths.
            In this way wherein I have walked they hid for me a snare. 
            I looked upon my right hand, and beheld, and there was none that did know me.
            Flight hath failed me, and there is none that watcheth out for my soul.
            I have cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said: Thou art my hope, my portion art Thou in the land of the living.
            Attend unto my supplication, for I am brought very low.
            Deliver me from them that persecute me, for they are stronger than I.

Bring my soul out of prison / (choir tone 1) that I may confess Thy name. 
We celebrate Pentecost / and the coming of the Spirit, / and the time appointed for the promise, / and the fulfillment of hope. / How great is this mystery: / it is both exceeding great and most venerable. / Wherefore, we cry unto Thee: // O Creator of all, Lord, glory be to Thee.

The righteous shall wait patiently for me / until Thou shalt reward me.
We celebrate Pentecost … Repeat

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; / O Lord, hear my voice.
Thou hast renewed Thy disciples with foreign tongues, O Christ, / that they might therewith proclaim Thee, / the immortal Word and God, // Who granteth our souls great mercy.

Let Thine ears be attentive / to the voice of my supplication.
The Holy Spirit provideth all things; / He gusheth forth prophecy; / He perfecteth the priesthood; / He hath taught wisdom to the illiterate. / He hath shown forth the fishermen as theologians. / He holdeth together the whole institution of the Church. / Wherefore, O Comforter, / one in essence and throne with the Father and the Son, // glory be to Thee.

In the Second Tone: If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? / (choir tone 2)  For with Thee there is forgiveness.
We have seen the true Light; / we have received the Heavenly Spirit; / we have found the true Faith, / we worship the indivisible Trinity; // for He hath saved us. 

For Thy name’s sake have I patiently waited for Thee, O Lord; my soul hath patiently waited for Thy word, / my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
We have seen the true Light … Repeat

From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch / let Israel hope in the Lord.
In the Prophets Thou didst proclaim unto us / the way of salvation, / and the grace of Thy Spirit hath shone in the Apostles, O our Savior; / Thou art God Who art from the beginning, / and for time to come, and unto the ages, // Thou art our God.

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; / and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.
In Thy courts shall I praise Thee, / the Savior of the world, / and bending my knee I shall worship Thine invincible might. / In the evening, in the morn, at midday, // and at all times shall I bless Thee, O Lord.

O praise the Lord, all ye nations; / praise Him, all ye peoples.
In Thy courts, O Lord, as we the faithful / bend the knee of the soul and the body, / we praise Thee, the beginningless Father, / the co-beginningless Son, / and the co-eternal and All-holy Spirit, // Who dost enlighten and sanctify our souls.

For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, / and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.
Let us praise the consubstantial Trinity: / the Father and the Son, with the Holy Spirit; / for thus did all the Prophets and Apostles preach, // with the Martyrs.

Glory, both now, in the Eighth Tone: 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Come, O ye peoples, / let us worship the Godhead in three Persons: / the Son in the Father, with the Holy Spirit; / for the Father timelessly begat the Son, / Who is co-eternal and of one throne; / and the Holy Spirit was in the Father, glorified with the Son; / one Might, one essence, one Godhead, / which we all worship, saying: / Holy God, Who didst create all things through the Son, / with the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. / Holy Mighty, through Whom we have known the Father, / and through Whom the Holy Spirit came to the world. / Holy Immortal, the Comforting Spirit, / Who proceedest from the Father and restest in the Son. // O Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee.


Senior Reader:  O Gladsome Light.
Choir:  O Gladsome Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father, O Jesus Christ: we that come to the setting of the sun, when we behold the evening light, we praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: God.  Meet it is for Thee at all times to be praised with reverent voices, O Son of God, Giver of life.  Wherefore, the world doth glorify Thee.
(If it is a simple service, the Vesper Hymn may be read)



Reader: Prokimenon in the Sixth Tone: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.
Choir: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.
Reader: The Lord is clothed with strength and He hath girt Himself.
Choir: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.
Reader: For He established the world which shall not be shaken.
Choir: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.
Reader: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.
Choir: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.
Reader: The Lord is King,
Choir: ,He is clothed with majesty.


P. Wisdom!

R. The reading from Numbers (11:16, 17, 24-29) 

D. Let us attend... 

R. THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES: Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people and their overseers, and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there; and I will take of the Spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. And Moses gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and set them round about the tabernacle. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him and gave it unto the seventy elders, and it came to pass, that, when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Modad, and the Spirit rested upon them, and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the Tabernacle, and they prophesied in the camp. And there ran a young man, and told Moses and said: Eldad and Modad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun, who attended on Moses, one of his young men, answered and said: My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him: Enviest thou for my sake? Would to God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them. 

P. Wisdom! 

R. The reading from the Prophecy of Joel (2:23-32) 

D. Let us attend... 

R. THUS SAITH THE LORD: Be glad, ye children of Sion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for He hath given you sufficient bread for your requirements, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, both early and latter rain, as formerly. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, and the cankerworm and caterpillar and the palmer-worm -- My great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and I am the Lord your God, and that there is none other beside Me; and My people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions. For upon My servants and upon My handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs upon the earth below, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

P. Wisdom!

R. The reading from the Prophecy of Ezekiel (36:24-28) 

D. Let us attend... 

R. THUS SAITH THE LORD: I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land; then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh, and I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. 


 the Senior Reader says “Lord, have mercy,” Forty times, followed by “Glory… Both now…”.  

Reader:   Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin.  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.  Amen.
            Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.  Blessed art Thou, O Master, give me understanding of Thy statutes.  Blessed art Thou, O Holy One, enlighten me by Thy statutes.
            O Lord, Thy mercy endureth forever; disdain not the work of Thy hands.  To Thee is due praise, to Thee is due a song, to Thee glory is due, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Choir:  Lord, have mercy. Twelve Times

Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.


C. Litya (Tone 2)
In the prophets hast Thou declared unto us the way of salvation,/ and in the apostles hast Thou, our Saviour, made to shine the grace of Thy Spirit./ Thou art God from the beginning,/ thereafter art Thou God,// and unto the ages dost Thou remain our God. 

In Thy courts will I hymn Thee, the Saviour of the world,/ and bending my knees I shall worship Thine invincible might:/ evening, morning and noonday,// and at all times will I bless Thee, O Lord.

In Thy courts, O Lord,/ we the faithful, bending the knee of soul and body,/ hymn Thee, the Unoriginate Father,/ and the Co-unoriginate Son,/ and the Co-ever-existing and Most Holy Spirit,// Who illumineth and sanctifieth our souls. 


Glory...Both now... (Tone 8)
When Thou, O Lord, didst send down Thy Spirit,/ while the apostles were sitting,/ then the Hebrew children, beholding, were amazed with terror,/ for they heard them speak with other, strange tongues, as the Spirit gave them;/ for being unlearned they were filled with wisdom,/ and bringing the Gentiles unto the Faith, they spake of things divine./ Wherefore, we also cry unto Thee:/ O Thou Who hast appeared on earth and saved us from deception,// O Lord, glory to Thee.



Instead of “O Lord, save Thy people…” “Lord, have mercy.” Forty times, Thirty times, and Fifty times, “Glory… Both now…”



APOSTICHA: (Tone 6) 
1. The Gentiles, not knowing, O Lord,/ the might of the Most Holy Spirit which came upon the apostles,/ mistook the change of tongues for drunkenness./ But we by them established,/ do unceasingly say thus:/ Take not Thy Holy Spirit from us,// we pray Thee, O Lover of mankind.

V. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

2. O Lord, the Holy Spirit’s visitation,/ having filled Thine apostles,/ made them to speak with other tongues./ Wherefore, the unbelieving thought the wonder to be drunkenness,/ but the faithful regarded it as conducive to salvation;/ of this illumination count us worthy,// we pray Thee, O Lover of mankind.

V. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

3. O Heavenly King,/ Comforter, Spirit of Truth,/ Who art everywhere present/ and fillest all things,/ Treasury of good gifts/ and Giver of life:/ Come and abide in us,/ and cleanse us of all impurity,// and save our souls, O Good One. 

Glory...Both now... (Tone 8)

Once the tongues were confounded,/ on account of the arrogance of the tower-building;/ now the tongues have been made wise through the glory of the knowledge of God;/ there God punished the impious by their fall;/ here Christ hath enlightened the fishermen by the Spirit./ Then discord was brought about for punishment;// now harmony is restored for the salvation of our souls.


prayer of St. Symeon:
Reader [or the Choir]:  Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; a light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.

Reader: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. 
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake. 
Lord have mercy. (Thrice) 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. 
Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

Choir: Amen.  
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          If doing Sunday morning Matins with Saturday night Vespers, then follow this section, otherwise skip this section and go to the Dismissal Troparia.
   Troparion of the Feast (Tone 8) x3 
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ 
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ 
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ 
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// 
O Lover of man, glory to Thee.
   Blessed be the name of the Lord... 3x
   Psalm 33 the first 11 verses
   Through the prayers...
   begin 6 Psalms of Matins (Glory to God in the highest... 3x)
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otherwise we sing the Dismissal Troparia.


C. Troparion of the Feast (Tone 8) x3 
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ 
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ 
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ 
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// 
O Lover of man, glory to Thee.




The Dismissal

Choir: Establish, O God, the holy Orthodox Faith of Orthodox Christians unto the ages of ages. 

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord have mercy. (Thrice)
O Lord, Bless.      

Senior Reader (Facing the East, rather than facing the people):

If it be Sunday:  Thou that didst rise from the dead, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, of _____ (Temple Patron), of _____ (saints of the day), and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind. 


Choir:  Amen.
polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, 
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, 
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad;
and our lord, the Most Reverend Gregory, 
Bishop of Sao Paulo and South America;
the brethren of this holy temple; 
and all Orthodox Christians;
O Lord, preserve them for many years.


Lord have mercy. (Thrice)



MATINS
SYNAXARION   http://www.hsir.org/Theology_en/Pentekostarion.html
 MATINS: For Sundays and Feasts
As a Reader Service

Senior Reader:  Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. 
Reader: Amen.  Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord have mercy. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen.  Lord have mercy. Twelve Times

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O come, let us worship God our King.
O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.
O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 19
The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee. Let Him send forth unto thee help from His sanctuary, and out of Zion let Him help thee.  Let Him remember every sacrifice of thine, and thy whole-burnt offering let Him fatten.  The Lord grant thee according to thy heart, and fulfill all thy purposes.  We will rejoice in Thy salvation, and in the name of the Lord our God shall we be magnified. The Lord fulfill all thy requests.  Now have I known that the Lord hath saved His anointed one; He will hearken unto him out of His holy heaven; in mighty deeds is the salvation of His right hand.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.  They have been fettered and have fallen, but we are risen and are set upright.  O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.
Psalm 20
O Lord, in Thy strength the king shall be glad, and in Thy salvation shall he rejoice exceedingly.  The desire of his heart hast Thou granted unto him, and hast not denied him the requests of his lips.  Thou wentest before him with the blessings of goodness, Thou hast set upon his head a crown of precious stone.  He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest him length of days unto ages of ages.  Great is his glory in Thy salvation; glory and majesty shalt Thou lay upon him.  For Thou shalt give him blessing for ever and ever, Thou shalt gladden him in joy with Thy countenance.  For the king hopeth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High shall he not be shaken.  Let Thy hand be found on all Thine enemies; let Thy right hand find all that hate Thee.  For Thou wilt make them as an oven of fire in the time of Thy presence; the Lord in His wrath will trouble them sorely and fire shall devour them.  Their fruit wilt Thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from the sons of men.  For they have intended evil against Thee, they have devised counsels which they shall not be able to establish.  For Thou shalt make them turn their backs; among those that are Thy remnant, Thou shalt make ready their countenance.  Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will sing and chant of Thy mighty acts.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord have mercy. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen.   And these troparia:

            O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant Thou victory unto Orthodox Christians over their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly upon the Cross, bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God; gladden with Thy power the Orthodox Christians, granting them victory over enemies; may they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 O Awesome intercession that cannot be put to shame, O good one, disdain not our prayer; O all-hymned Theotokos, establish the commonwealth of the Orthodox, save the Orthodox Christians, and grant unto them victory from heaven, for thou didst bring forth God, O thou only blessed one.

Choir:  Lord have mercy. Nine Times

Senior Reader: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.

Senior Reader:  Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  
Reader: Amen.  




The Six Psalms
            We begin Matins with the Six Psalms, listening in silence and with compunction (standing, with no moving about).  And the reader, with reverence and fear of God, says:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men. Thrice. (With the sign of the Cross and a bow from the waist each time.)
O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. Twice.
Psalm 3
O Lord, why are they multiplied that afflict me? Many rise up against me. Many say unto my soul: There is no salvation for him in his God. But Thou, O Lord, art my helper, my glory, and the lifter up of my head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy mountain. I laid me down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord will help me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God, for Thou hast smitten all who without cause are mine enemies; the teeth of sinners hast Thou broken. Salvation is of the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.
I laid me down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord will help me.
Psalm 37
O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, nor chasten me in Thy wrath. For Thine arrows are fastened in me, and Thou hast laid Thy hand heavily upon me. There is no healing in my flesh in the face of Thy wrath; and there is no peace in my bones in the face of my sins. For mine iniquities are risen higher than my head; as a heavy burden have they pressed heavily upon me. My bruises are become noisome and corrupt in the face of my folly. I have been wretched and utterly bowed down until the end; all the day long I went with downcast face. For my loins are filled with mockings, and there is no healing in my flesh. I am afflicted and humbled exceedingly, I have roared from the groaning of my heart. O Lord, before Thee is all my desire, and my groaning is not hid from Thee. My heart is troubled, my strength hath failed me; and the light of mine eyes, even this is not with me. My friends and my neighbors drew nigh over against me and stood, and my nearest of kin stood afar off. And they that sought after my soul used violence; and they that sought evils for me spake vain things, and craftinesses all the day long did they meditate. But as for me, like a deaf man I heard them not, and was as a speechless man that openeth not his mouth. And I became as a man that heareth not, and that hath in his mouth no reproofs. For in Thee have I hoped, O Lord; Thou wilt hearken unto me, O Lord my God. For I said: Let never mine enemies rejoice over me; yea, when my feet were shaken, those men spake boastful words against me. For I am ready for scourges, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity, and I will take heed concerning my sin. But mine enemies live and are made stronger than I, and they that hated me unjustly are multiplied. They that render me evil for good slandered me, because I pursued goodness. Forsake me not, O Lord my God, depart not from me. Be attentive unto my help, O Lord of my salvation.
Forsake me not, O Lord my God, depart not from me. Be attentive unto my help, O Lord of my salvation.
Psalm 62
O God, my God, unto Thee I rise early at dawn. My soul hath thirsted for Thee; how often hath my flesh longed after Thee in a land barren and untrodden and unwatered. So in the sanctuary have I appeared before Thee to see Thy power and Thy glory. For Thy mercy is better than lives; my lips shall praise Thee. So shall I bless Thee in my life, and in Thy name will I lift up my hands. As with marrow and fatness let my soul be filled, and with lips of rejoicing shall my mouth praise Thee. If I remembered Thee on my bed, at the dawn I meditated on Thee. For Thou art become my helper; in the shelter of Thy wings will I rejoice. My soul hath cleaved after Thee, Thy right hand hath been quick to help me. But as for these, in vain have they sought after my soul; they shall go into the nethermost parts of the earth, they shall be surrendered unto the edge of the sword; portions for foxes shall they be. But the king shall be glad in God, everyone shall be praised that sweareth by Him; for the mouth of them is stopped that speak unjust things.
At the dawn I meditated on Thee. For Thou art become my helper; in the shelter of Thy wings will I rejoice.  My soul hath cleaved after Thee, Thy right hand hath been quick to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. without the sign of the Cross
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice, with the sign of the Cross, but without bows.
Lord. have mercy. Thrice.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Psalm 87
O Lord God of my salvation, by day have I cried and by night before Thee. Let my prayer come before Thee, bow down Thine ear unto my supplication. For filled with evils is my soul, and my life unto hades hath drawn nigh. I am counted with them that go down into the pit; I am become as a man without help, free among the dead. Like the bodies of the slain that sleep in the grave, whom Thou rememberest no more, and they are cut off from Thy hand. They laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness and in the shadow of death. Against me is Thine anger made strong, and all Thy billows hast Thou brought upon me. Thou hast removed my friends afar from me; they have made me an abomination unto themselves. I have been delivered up, and have not come forth; mine eyes are grown weak from poverty. I have cried unto Thee, O Lord, the whole day long; I have stretched out my hands unto Thee. Nay, for the dead wilt Thou work wonders? Or shall physicians raise them up that they may give thanks unto Thee? Nay, shall any in the grave tell of Thy mercy, and of Thy truth in that destruction? Nay, shall Thy wonders be known in that darkness, and Thy righteousness in that land that is forgotten? But as for me, unto Thee, O Lord, have I cried; and in the morning shall my prayer come before Thee. Wherefore, O Lord, dost Thou cast off my soul and turnest Thy face away from me? A poor man am I, and in troubles from my youth; yea, having been exalted, I was humbled and brought to distress. Thy furies have passed upon me, and Thy terrors have sorely troubled me. They came round about me like water, all the day long they compassed me about together. Thou hast removed afar from me friend and neighbor, and mine acquaintances because of my misery.
O Lord God of my salvation, by day have I cried and by night before Thee. Let my prayer come before Thee, bow down Thine ear unto my supplication.
Psalm 102
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all that He hath done for thee, Who is gracious unto all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thine infirmities, Who redeemeth thy life from corruption, Who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion, Who fulfilleth thy desire with good things; thy youth shall be renewed as the eagle's. The Lord performeth deeds of mercy, and executeth judgment for all them that are wronged. He hath made His ways known unto Moses, unto the sons of Israel the things that He hath willed. Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, longsuffering and plenteous in mercy; not unto the end will He be angered, neither unto eternity will He be wroth. Not according to our iniquities hath He dealt with us, neither according to our sins hath He rewarded us. For according to the height of heaven from the earth, the Lord hath made His mercy to prevail over them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our iniquities from us. Like as a father hath compassion upon his sons, so hath the Lord had compassion upon them that fear Him; for He knoweth whereof we are made, He hath remembered that we are dust. As for man, his days are as the grass; as a flower of the field, so shall he blossom forth. For when the wind is passed over it, then it shall be gone, and no longer will it know the place thereof. But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity, even unto eternity, upon them that fear Him. And His righteousness is upon sons of sons, upon them that keep His testament and remember His commandments to do them. The Lord in heaven hath prepared His throne, and His kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, all ye His angels, mighty in strength, that perform His word, to hear the voice of His words. Bless the Lord, all ye His hosts, His ministers that do His will. Bless the Lord, all ye His works, in every place of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
In every place of His dominion, bless the Lord, O my soul.
Psalm 142
O Lord, hear my prayer, give ear unto my supplication in Thy truth; hearken unto me in Thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with Thy servant, for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath humbled my life down to the earth. He hath sat me in darkness as those that have been long dead, and my spirit within me is become despondent; within me my heart is troubled. I remembered days of old, I meditated on all Thy works, I pondered on the creations of Thy hands. I stretched forth my hands unto Thee; my soul thirsteth after thee like a waterless land. Quickly hear me, O Lord; my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not Thy face away from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Thy mercy in the morning; for in Thee have I put my hope. cause me to know, O Lord, the way wherein I should walk; for unto Thee have I lifted up my soul. Rescue me from mine enemies, O Lord; unto Thee have I fled for refuge. Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness; for Thy name's sake, O Lord, shalt Thou quicken me. In Thy righteousness shalt Thou bring my soul out of affliction, and in Thy mercy shalt Thou utterly destroy mine enemies. And Thou shalt cut off all them that afflict my soul, for I am Thy servant.
Hearken unto me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness, and enter not into judgment with Thy servant.  Twice.
Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. with the sign of the Cross
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice, with the sign of the Cross and a bow each time.

Choir:  Lord, have mercy. x12 
Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.

ANV p. 32 in tone 8 book for music 
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Reader:  God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.  O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.
Choir:  TONE 8  God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Reader:  Surrounding me they compassed me, and by the name of the Lord
I warded them off.
Choir: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that
cometh in the name of the Lord.

Reader:  I shall not die, but live, and I shall tell of the works of the Lord.
Choir: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that
cometh in the name of the Lord.

Reader:  The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the
head of the corner.  This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in
our eyes.
Choir: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that
cometh in the name of the Lord.

Troparion of the Feast (Tone 8) 
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// O Lover of man, glory to Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// O Lover of man, glory to Thee.

Glory…   Both now…

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// O Lover of man, glory to Thee.

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Then:
THE FIRST APPOINTED KATHISMA
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Reader:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
               The first appointed kathisma from the Psalter is read.  On Sundays it is always the Second Kathisma.
               The first and second stasis are concluded as follows:
Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Choir:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.   
Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Reader:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               And then the next stasis is read.  The final stasis is concluded as follows:

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.               
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.
               Then  (1st set)  the Sessional Hymns of the tone or of the feast are sung (or read). 

Then:
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Reader:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.


THE SECOND APPOINTED KATHISMA
               The second appointed kathisma is read.  On Sundays it is always the Third Kathisma.
               The first and second stasis are concluded as follows:
Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Choir:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.   
Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Reader:  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               And then the next stasis is read. 
               The final stasis is concluded as follows:
Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.               
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.
Then  (2nd set) the Sessional Hymns of the tone or of the feast are sung (or read) 
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(If the kathismas are not read, the sessional hymns can still be chanted as this:   ) 

THE FIRST APPOINTED KATHISMA

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Then  (1st set)  the Sessional Hymns of the tone or of the feast are sung (or read). 

Pentecostarion p. 290
(Tone 4) spec mel "Joseph marvelled"  2x
Let us, O ye faithful,/ radiantly celebrate the feast which followeth upon the feast,/ and is a concluding festival;/ this is the day of Pentecost,/ the fulfillment of the promise and of the appointed time,/ for thereon the fire from the Comforter came down on earth,/ as it were in the form of tongues,/ and enlightened the disciples,/ and made them participants in heavenly things./ The light of the Comforter hath come// and enlightened the world.


THE SECOND APPOINTED KATHISMA

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.                          
Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.
Then  (2nd set) the Sessional Hymns of the tone or of the feast are sung (or read)  


Pentecostarion p. 290
(Tone 4) spec mel "Joseph marvelled"  2x
The fountain of the Spirit having come down on earth,/ being noetically divided into fiery streams,/ bedewed the apostles, enlightening them;/ and was unto them a cloud that bedewed,/ a fire that enlightened and poured down a flame upon them,/ whereby we have received grace, both through fire and water./ The light of the Comforter hath come// and enlightened the world.




THE POLYELEOS  
(Select verses):
Choir:  Praise ye the name of the Lord; O ye servants, praise the Lord.  Alleluia.
              Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God.  Alleluia
               O Lord Thy name endureth forever, and Thy memorial unto generation and generation. Alleluia 
               Blessed is the Lord out of Zion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem.  Alleluia.
               O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.  Alleluia.
To Him that established the earth upon the waters.   Alleluia.  Alleluia.
  for His mercy endureth forever.  Alleluia.
With a strong hand and a lofty arm.  Alleluia. Alleluia.
  for His mercy endureth forever.  Alleluia. 
O give thanks unto the God of heaven;  Alleluia. Alleluia.
  for His mercy endureth forever.  Alleluia.




THE MEGALYNARION
Pentecostarion p. 290 

We magnify, we magnify Thee,/ O Christ Bestower of Life,/ and we honour Thy most Holy Spirit,/ Whom Thou didst send from the Father// upon Thy godly disciples.

Pentecostarion p. 290 
(20 Selected psalm verses from Pentecostarion or these 2 below)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

We magnify...

And all the might of them by the Spirit of His mouth.

We magnify...

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Glory to Thee, O God. 3x 

We magnify...


LHM3x


Sessional Hymn (Tone 8) spec mel "That which was mystically commanded..."
After Thine arising from the tomb, O Christ,/ and Thy divine ascension to the height of heaven,/ Thou didst send down Thy glory upon the God-seers, O Compassionate One,/ having renewed a right spirit in Thy disciples./ Wherefore, like a musical harp plucked with a divine plectrum,/ they have mysteriously made clear Thy command, O Saviour,// and Thy dispensation.




HYMN OF ASCENT
On feasts of the Lord and for feasts on other days of the week only the first antiphon of the 4th tone is sung, as follows:

Choir:  From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.
               Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.
               Glory to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit, * both now and ever, * and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
               In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.




PROKEIMENON
ANV p. 46 tone 4              
Tone 4 ("Arise O Lord help us and redeem us for Thy name's sake.") 

R. Prokeimenon in the 4th tone: Thy good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness.
C. Thy good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness.

R. O Lord, hear my prayer, give ear unto my supplication.
C. Thy good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness.

R. Thy good Spirit shall lead me/ 
C.  into the land of righteousness.

             
Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.
Choir:  Amen.

ANV p. 46 tone 4  
Reader:  Let every breath praise the Lord.
Choir:  Let every breath praise the Lord.

Reader:  Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Choir:  Let every breath praise the Lord.

Reader:  Let every breath.
Choir:  Praise the Lord.

Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.

Senior Reader:  The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint  John

Choir:  Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

               Then the Senior reader reads the appointed Gospel, in a normal tone of voice, facing the altar.  
John 20:19-23

  • 19  ¶ Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
  • 20  And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
  • 21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
  • 22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
  • 23  whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.

At the conclusion of the reading:
Choir:  Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.


"Having beheld..." is not sung.  No veneration of Gospel.



Reader:                                                      Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged. For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou made manifest unto me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be humbled, they shall rejoice. Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit establish me. I shall teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness. O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased. A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded. Then shalt Thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings. Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

(Tone 6)
Choir:     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
               Through the prayers of the apostles, O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.
               Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.
               Have mercy on me, O God, * according to Thy great mercy; * and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, * blot out my transgressions.

             
(Tone 6)
 O Heavenly King,/ Comforter, Spirit of Truth,/ Who art everywhere present/ and fillest all things,/ Treasury of good gifts/ and Giver of life:/ Come and abide in us,/ and cleanse us of all impurity,// and save our souls, O Good One.



Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Twelve Times.

Senior Reader:  O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

Choir:  Amen.



Then we begin the canon.  
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ODS calls for 8 trop Canon I, irmos 2x, 8 trop Canon II irmos 2x.  
This version is edited by me (jh) to avoid all repetitions.
Reader services use Lord Have Mercy 3x in place of small ectenias


Canticle One  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)
Irmos: In the sea hath He covered Pharaoh with his chariots,/ quenching wars with a lofty arm;// let us sing unto Him, for He is glorified. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
Having indeed sent down the Comforting Spirit, as Thou hadst promised of old, to the disciples, O Christ, Thou didst shine forth a light unto the world, O Lover of mankind. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee
That which hath of old been foretold in the law and the prophets is fulfilled; for today the grace of the Divine Spirit hath been poured out upon all the faithful.  
Glory... The pure and revered mouth spake: From you there shall be no separation, O My friends! for I, co-sitting upon the most high throne of the Father, will pour out the Spirit, to enlighten them that desire abundant grace. 
Both... Having attained its purpose, the most pure word in a quiet way doth bring the heart to perfection; for having accomplished the work, Christ hath gladdened His friends by distributing the Spirit in the mighty wind and fiery tongues, as He promised. 
   Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
Covered by the divine cloud,/ he that was slow of tongue proclaimed the Law written by God;/ For having shaken off the impurity from the eye of his mind,/ he beholdeth Him That Is,/ and he is initiated into the knowledge of the Spirit,// while giving praise with God-inspired songs.


Canticle Three  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)
Irmos: Thou, O Christ, didst say to Thy disciples:/ Tarry ye in Jerusalem, until ye be clothed with power from on high;/ and I will send unto you another Comforter, such as I,/ even Mine and My Father’s Spirit,// in Whom ye shall be established. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee
The power of the Divine Spirit coming down did divinely join together into one harmony the tongues of old divided of those that were leagued for evil purpose, and doth impart unto the faithful the knowledge of the Trinity whereby we are established.  
Glory... Incomprehensible is the Supreme Godhead, for It hath shown the illiterate fishermen to be wise men who are teaching by word, and drawing innumerable people from out of deepest night, through the brilliance of the Spirit. 
Both... From unbegotten Light doth proceed the All-effecting, never- failing Brightness, Who now shineth forth the radiance one in nature, of the Father’s power through the Son unto the nations in the fiery voice on Sion. 
   Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...)  
Only the prayer of the Prophetess Anna,/ who of old brought a broken spirit unto the Mighty One and God of knowledge,/ loosed the fetters of a childless womb// and the unruly rebuke of her with children, which was hard to endure. 
P. Small Ectenia

C. Sessional Hymn (Tone 8 spec mel "That which was mystically commanded...") (twice)
The ardent followers of the Saviour were filled with joy,/ 
and they who were fearful before obtained boldness,/ 
for today the Holy Spirit descended from on high upon the house of the disciples,/ 
and each one spake differently to the people;/ 
for the tongues, in likeness as of fire,/ 
were dispersed, and burned them not,// 
but rather bedewed them.


Canticle Four (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...) 
Irmos: Foreseeing Thy coming, O Christ, in the latter days, the prophet cried out:/ I have heard, O Lord, of Thy power,// that to save all Thine anointed ones art Thou come. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
He that formerly spake through the prophets, and was foretold in the law unto the imperfect, the Comforter, the true God, doth become known today unto the ministers and witnesses of the Word. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
Bearing the sign of Divinity, the Spirit was distributed in fire upon the apostles, and was manifested in strange tongues, for the Divine Power coming from the Father is absolute. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee
Having by word thrown open the divine laver of regeneration, Thou, O Word of God, Compound Nature, dost bathe me with streams from Thine incorrupt, pierced side, sealing with the fervor of the Spirit. 
Glory... All things bow their knee before the Comforter, and the Offspring of the Father, and the Consubstantial Father; For they acknowledge in Three Persons, the One, Infallible, Unapproachable and Timeless Essence; For the grace of the Spirit hath shined forth illumination. 
Both... Be ye perfected by the Supreme Godhead, all ye ministers of the Thrice-radiant Essence; for, beyond nature, doth Christ as Benefactor work perfection and make light shine unto salvation, providing all the grace of the Spirit. 
   Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
O King of kings,/ even Thou Who art from the Holy One,/ O Word, Who comest forth from the only uncaused Father,/ Thou, as our Benefactor, didst unfailingly send Thine equipotent Spirit/ unto the Apostles, who sing:// Glory to Thy power, O Lord. 
ones art Thou come.


Canticle Five  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)
Irmos: Because of fear of Thee, O Lord,/ within the prophets is conceived and brought forth on earth the Spirit of salvation,/ which doth purify the hearts of the apostles,/ and is renewed as a right Spirit in the faithful;// for light and peace are Thine injunctions. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
This power that came down today is the Good Spirit, the Spirit of the wisdom of God, the Spirit that proceedeth from the Father, and through the Son hath appeared unto us the faithful, presented in the holiness of His nature, unto those in whom He dwelleth, in whom He is seen. 
Glory... As He Himself was well-pleased, of His own accord the unsubordinated Spirit cometh forth from the Father, making wise with tongues the apostles, sealing with the impress of the life-bearing Word, being of One Might with the Father, and of One Form, of Whom the Saviour spake also. 
Both... That He might heal the minds of sin, the All-ruling God and Word doth prepare for Himself as a spotless dwelling the apostles, in whom the light of the Spirit, One in might and essence with Him, doth now make Its abode. 
Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
O ye children of the Church,/ whose likeness is like unto light,/ receive ye the fire-breathing dew of the Spirit,/ which is a redeeming purification of offences;/ For now hath the Law gone forth from Sion,// even the Spirit's grace, in the form of tongues of fire.


Canticle Six  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...) 
Irmos: Sailing on billows of the cares of life,/ sinking with a shipload of sins, and thrown over to the soul-corrupting beast,/ like Jonah, O Christ, I cry unto Thee:// Do Thou bring me up from the death-dealing deeps! 
.Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to TheeOf Thy Spirit hast Thou abundantly poured out upon all flesh, according as Thou hast said, O Lord, and all things are filled with the knowledge of Thee, that from the Father the Son was born incorruptibly, and the Spirit indivisibly proceedeth.
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee
Thou hast shone forth from the Virgin/ as forgiveness and salvation for us, O Christ Master,/ that like as Jonas who was reft from the belly of the sea monster,// Thou mightest snatch from corruption all the fallen race of Adam. 
Glory... Do Thou renew within us, that we may forever possess the right Spirit that we long for, Who proceedeth from the Father always invisibly, consuming the stains of hated matter and cleansing the filth of our minds, O Ruler of all. 
Both... A long-desired dignity dost Thou establish for the apostles in Sion mindful of Thy coming, O Spirit: the profession of the Word Begotten of the Father, which most speedily bringeth to light the harsh sayings of the lip-smacking Gentiles. 
Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
Thou hast shone forth from the Virgin/ as forgiveness and salvation for us, O Christ Master,/ that like as Jonas who was reft from the belly of the sea monster,// Thou mightest snatch from corruption all the fallen race of Adam. 
P. Small Ectenia 

C. Kontakion, Tone 8
Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,/ 
the Most High divided the nations;/ 
and when He divided the tongues of fire,/ 
He called all men into unity;/ 
and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit. 

R. Ikos
Grant speedy and steadfast consolation unto Thy servants, O Jesus, when our spirits are become despondent. Depart not from our souls when they be in afflictions, nor be Thou afar from our minds when they be in tribulations, but do Thou ever go before us. Draw nigh unto us, draw nigh, O Thou Who art everywhere present; even as Thou wast ever with Thine apostles, so also do Thou unite Thyself to them that long for Thee, O Compassionate One, that, being one with Thee, we may praise and glorify Thine All-Holy Spirit. 

Synaxarion on the Sunday of Holy Pentecost
V. By a violent wind, in tongues of fire Christ bestoweth the Divine Spirit upon the apostles. On the great day the Spirit is poured out upon the fishermen. 

On this day, on the eighth Sunday after Pascha, let us celebrate the Holy Pentecost, for this we have received from the Hebrew books. For likewise among them, they celebrate Pentecost, honouring the number seven and because, fifty days having gone by after the Passover, the law was received; thus also we, celebrating for fifty days after Pascha, received the All-Holy Spirit, the Law-giver and Guide unto all Truth, and Orderer of things pleasing to God. It is known that among the Hebrews there were three feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. At Passover then, they made commemoration of the crossing of the Red Sea for Passover is interpreted as 'crossing over.' And such a feast showed our crossing over and return from dark sin to Paradise. They celebrated Pentecost in remembrance of their great suffering in the wilderness, and how through many afflictions they were led into the Promised Land; for then they delighted in the fruits of wheat and wine. And this feast manifested our deliverance from faithlessness, and our entry into the Church; for then also we partake of the Master’s Body and Blood. Some therefore, say that it is for this reason that Pentecost is celebrated among the Hebrews; others, in honour, as they say, of the fifty days during which Moses, having fasted, received the God-written law, having in remembrance also the sacrificial bullock, and other things, which Moses did when he went up the mountain and came down again. But others have been of the opinion that among the Hebrews Pentecost was contrived in honour of the number seven, as hath been said; for this number multiplied by itself, maketh fifty, minus one day. But the veneration among the Hebrews for the number seven pertaineth not only to days, but also in reckoning years, from which year among them they make a Jubilee, known as 'Leaving.' For every seventh year by this reckoning, this happeneth, when also they leave the earth unsown, and the animals they give release, and they order the hired servants set free. The third feast, the Feast of Tabernacles, is celebrated after the harvest, which is five months after the Feast of Passover. This was kept in memory of the day on which Moses on Mount Sinai saw the tabernacle in a cloud before it was built and prepared by the chief carpenter Beseleel; for, making these tents, they celebrate this feast; and remaining in the fields, and giving thanks to God, they gathered the fruits of their labors. It is thought that it was in connection with this feast that David wrote concerning wine-presses in the Psalms. This was an image of our resurrection from the dead, when our bodily tabernacle hath been destroyed, brought together again, we receive the fruits of our labors, keeping high festival in eternal tabernacles. One ought to know, that in the completion of this day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. Moreover, the Holy Fathers desired to divide the feasts, on account of the majesty of the Most Holy and Life-creating Trinity. Thus also, we say, on the next day, how the Holy Spirit hath come. Through the intercessions of the holy apostles, O Christ, have mercy on us. Amen. 


Canticle Seven (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)  
Irmos: Thrown into the fiery furnace,/ the holy youths changed the fire into dew with their singing, crying out thus:// Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
While the apostles proclaimed the great things divine, the unbelievers considered as drunkenness the working of the Spirit, through Whom the Trinity becometh known, the One God of our fathers. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
In an Orthodox manner, let us proclaim with Divine authority the undivided Essence: God the beginningless Father, and the Word and the Spirit, Who are of equal authority, and let us cry: Blessed art Thou, the God of our fathers. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
Not understanding the prophetic voice, but hearing the apostles speak in strange tongues, the foolish called it drunkenness caused by wine; whereas we the pious fittingly call out to Thee: O Renewer of all things, blessed art Thou! 
Glory... Joel, the divinely inspired seer, thundered forth an oracle spoken by the Supremely Divine and Sovereign Word: They, upon whom I shall pour out My Spirit, will cry out together: Blessed art Thou, O brilliant, thrice-resplendent Nature. 
Both... The third of the hours distributed the grace well, that it might indicate the worship of Three Hypostases in a simplicity of authority, but now in a single day, the Lord’s day, Son, Father and Spirit, blessed art Thou! 
Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
The unison of instrumental music/ declared that all should worship the lifeless image wrought of gold;/ But the light-bearing grace of the Comforter/ doth teach us to cry out in reverence:/ O only Trinity, equipotent and beginningless,// blessed art Thou.


Canticle Eight  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)
Irmos: The bush on Sinai, burning with fire, yet unconsumed,/ made God known unto Moses, slow of speech and stammering,/ and God’s zeal hath shown the three youths in the fire unassailable and singing:// All ye works of the Lord, praise ye the Lord, and supremely exalt Him unto the ages. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
When the quickening mighty breath of the All-Holy Spirit came down from on high upon the fishermen in the form of tongues of fire, they proclaimed the greatness of God: All ye works, praise the Lord, and supremely exalt Him unto the ages. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
Without dreading the fearful fire and as those treading up the untouchable mountain, come, let us stand upon Mount Sion, in the city of the living God, singing in choir together with the Spirit-bearing apostles: All ye works, praise the Lord, and supremely exalt Him unto the ages. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee
The Spirit coming down in likeness of the tongues of fire, doth impress upon the memory of the apostles the man-saving doctrine which Christ Who heard it from the Father, declared unto them. Creation, formerly alienated and now reconciled, doth praise Thee. 
Let us bless Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the Lord! 
Thou camest as a Saviour to invest the Apostles with that Light which came of Itself, being Lord and Light and Giver of light. Thou dost distribute to Thy suppliants as It were a cherished breeze, the prayed-for Spirit. 
Both... The Spirit-sated mouth of the prophets sang Thy sojourning in the flesh, O Sovereign, and the Spirit, brought forth from the Father’s bosom, Uncreated, Co-Creator and Co-enthroned with Thee, is revered by those that believe in one incarnation. 
We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely exalting Him unto all ages. 
Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
The type of the Godhead prefigured in the resplendent three/ loosened the bonds and moistened the flames with dew./ The Children praise, and all creation that was made doth bless,// the only Saviour and Creator of all, as their Benefactor.

No Magnificat 


Canticle Nine  (Tone 7 By Thy hand was the nature of water...)
Irmos: O thou who without corruption gavest birth, and didst lend flesh unto the Word,/ the Artificer of all things, O thou Mother who hast not known wedlock,/ O Virgin Theotokos, container of the Illimitable,// dwelling place of thine Uncontainable Fashioner, thee do we magnify. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee 
Borne in gladness upon a chariot of flaming fire, the fire-breathing zealot of old hath typified that radiant breath which now shone forth from above upon the apostles, and these illumined, made known the Trinity to all. 
Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee. 
Strange things were heard from the disciples, not in accordance with the law of their nature, for while only one voice spake, by the grace of the Spirit various peoples, tribes, and nations heard the great things of God, learning the knowledge of the Trinity. 
Glory... It is proper to hymn the Maiden who giveth life; for she alone carried in her womb the Word that came to heal the diseased nature of man; and Who seated now on the right hand of the Father, hath sent down the grace of the Spirit. 
Both... Let all of us, on whom the divinely-poured grace hath breathed, shining, flashing, changed with a strange and most magnificent transformation, having come to know the Essence equal in might, indivisible and wise, and thrice-radiant, render glory. 
Katavasia II (Tone 4 Israel of old...) 
Rejoice, O Queen, boast of virgins and mothers;/ For every eloquent and capable mouth/ is unable to extol thee worthily,/ and every mind is confounded in seeking to comprehend thy childbirth.// Wherefore, with one accord do we glorify thee. 
P. Small Ectenia 
C. Amen 


EXAPOSTILARIA
O All-Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father, and through the Son camest to the illiterate disciples, save those that have acknowledged Thee as God, and have mercy on all. (twice)

Glory... Both now...

Light is the Father, Light is the Word, Light also is the Holy Spirit, Who in tongues of fire wast sent to the apostles, and through Whom all the world is enlightened to revere the Holy Trinity.


PRAISES

 The Lauds (the Praises) in the tone of the first appointed sticheron:
ANV  tone 4 music p. 62
Reader:  In the __4th_ tone, Let every breath praise the Lord.
Choir:  Let every breath praise the Lord. * Praise the Lord from the heavens, * praise Him in the highest. * To Thee is due praise, O God.
               Praise Him, all ye His angels; * praise Him, all ye His hosts. * To Thee is due praise, O God.

               Then, straight chant on one note, as on “do,” going up one step on the next-to-the-last word(s) or syllable(s) and back down again on the last stressed word(s) or syllable(s).  The word(s) or syllable(s) which should be raised one note are in boldface type.  Also, the verses may be read down to the last verse before the first sticheron is sung.

               Praise Him, O sun and moon; praise Him all ye stars and light.
               Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and thou water that art above the heav-ens.
               Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He spake, and they came to be; He commanded, and they were cre-at-ed.
               He established them for ever, yea, for ever and ever; He hath set an ordinance, and it shall not pass a-way.
               Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye a-byss-es.
               Fire, hail, snow, ice, blast of tempest, which per-form His word.
               The mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees, and all ce-dars.
               The beasts and all the cattle, creeping things and wing-ed birds.
               Kings of the earth, and all peoples, princes and all the judges of the earth.
               Young men and virgins, elders with the younger; let them praise the name of the Lord, for exalted is the name of Him a-lone.
               His praise is above the earth and heaven, and He shall exalt the horn of His peo-ple.
               This is the hymn for all His saints, for the sons of Israel, and for the people that draw nigh unto Him.
               Sing unto the Lord a new song; His praise is in the church of the saints.
               Let Israel be glad in Him that made him, let the sons of Zion re-joice in their King.
               Let them praise His name in the dance; with the timbrel and the psaltery let them chant unto Him.
               For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people, and He shall exalt the meek with sal-va-tion.
               The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall re-joice upon their beds.
               The high praise of God shall be in their throat, and two-edged swords shall be in their hands.
               To do vengeance among the heathen, punishments among the peo-ples.
               To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of i-ron.

Reader:  To do among them the judgment that is written.
Pentecostarion p. 296 
Choir:  Tone 4 This glory shall be to all His saints.  
Wonderful things today have all the nations/ witnessed in the city of David/ when the Holy Spirit came down in tongues of fire,/ as the divinely-inspired Luke doth relate,/ for he saith: While the disciples of Christ were gathered,/ there came a sound as of a rushing mighty wind,/ and it filled the house, where they were sitting;/ and all began to speak with strange tongues strange teachings,// strange commands of the Holy Trinity.               


Praise ye God in His saints, * praise Him in the firmament of His power. 
Wonderful things today have all the nations/ witnessed in the city of David/ when the Holy Spirit came down in tongues of fire,/ as the divinely-inspired Luke doth relate,/ for he saith: While the disciples of Christ were gathered,/ there came a sound as of a rushing mighty wind,/ and it filled the house, where they were sitting;/ and all began to speak with strange tongues strange teachings,// strange commands of the Holy Trinity.

               Praise Him for His mighty acts, * praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.  
The Holy Spirit ever was, and is, and ever shall be,/ neither beginning nor ceasing,/ but ever joined and numbered together with the Father and the Son;/ He is the Life and the Life-giver,/ the Light and the Light- bestower./ Himself Goodness and the Source of goodness;/ through Whom the Father becometh known, and the Son is glorified,/ and by all are acknowledged one might, one union,// one adoration of the Holy Trinity.


               Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, * praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  
The Holy Spirit ever was, and is, and ever shall be,/ neither beginning nor ceasing,/ but ever joined and numbered together with the Father and the Son;/ He is the Life and the Life-giver,/ the Light and the Light- bestower./ Himself Goodness and the Source of goodness;/ through Whom the Father becometh known, and the Son is glorified,/ and by all are acknowledged one might, one union,// one adoration of the Holy Trinity.


               Praise Him with timbrel and dance, * praise him with strings and flute.  
The Holy Spirit is the Light and Life,/ and living Source of intellect;/ the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding,/ good, right, intellectual; ruling, cleansing offenses;/ Deity and Deifier, Fire proceeding from Fire;/ speaking, working, distributing gifts,/ by Whom all the prophets and the divine apostles together with the martyrs were crowned./ O strange report, strange sight!// Fire is distributed for the bestowal of gifts! 


               Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation. * Let every breath praise the Lord.  
 The Holy Spirit is the Light and Life,/ and living Source of intellect;/ the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding,/ good, right, intellectual; ruling, cleansing offenses;/ Deity and Deifier, Fire proceeding from Fire;/ speaking, working, distributing gifts,/ by Whom all the prophets and the divine apostles together with the martyrs were crowned./ O strange report, strange sight!// Fire is distributed for the bestowal of gifts! 

             
Reader:  Glory in the __6th _ Tone.
O Heavenly King,/ Comforter, Spirit of Truth,/ Who art everywhere present/ and fillest all things,/ Treasury of good gifts/ and Giver of life:/ Come and abide in us,/ and cleanse us of all impurity,// and save our souls, O Good One. 



 Choir:   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.


THE GREAT DOXOLOGY

               Note: In Greek practice, the choir always sings the first line of the Great Doxology.  I am placing that in brackets, and those who would prefer the choir not sing it can simply omit it entirely:

[Glory to Thee Who hast showed us the light.]  
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.  
We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, 
We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory. 
O Lord, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty; 
O Lord, the Only-Begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and O Holy Spirit. 
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, 
That takest away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; 
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; 
Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. 
For Thou only art holy;
 Thou only art the Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
               
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.  
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, 
And praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.  Amen.              
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.
               
Blessed are Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
Blessed are Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
Blessed are Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

Lord, thou hast been our refuge in generation and generation. 
I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.
O Lord, unto Thee have I fled for refuge, teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. 
For in Thee is the fountain of life, in Thy light shall we see light. 
O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee.
            
Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us
Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.  
Holy Immortal have mercy on us. 
Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us. 


Tropar of the Feast (Tone 8) 
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ 
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ 
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ 
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// 
O Lover of man, glory to Thee.


Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Forty Times  (Litany of Fervent Supplication)

Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Choir:  Amen.


Choir:  Establish, O God, the holy Orthodox Faith of Orthodox Christians unto the ages of ages.
               More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Lord have mercy. (Thrice)
O Lord, Bless.
Senior Reader (Facing the East, rather than facing the people):

If it be Sunday:  Thou that didst rise from the dead, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, of _____ (The Patron of the Temple ), of _____ (saints of the day), and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind. 


Choir:   Amen.

polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, 
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, 
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad;
and our lord, the Most Reverend Gregory, 
Bishop of Sao Paulo and South America;
the brethren of this holy temple; 
and all Orthodox Christians;
O Lord, preserve them for many years.

Choir:  Glory...Both now...
Tone 8
To thee the Champion Leader
we thy servants dedicate
a feast of victory 
and of thanksgiving
as ones rescued out of sufferings
O Theotokos
But as thou are one]
with might which is invincible
from all dangers that can be do thou deliver us
that we may cry unto thee:
Rojoice thou Bride Unwedded!


  The End Matins  LHM 3x


THE FIRST HOUR
O come let us worship God our King. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 5
Unto my words give ear, O Lord; hear my cry.  Attend unto the voice of my supplication, O my King and my God; for unto Thee will I pray, O Lord.  In the morning Thou shalt hear my voice.  In the morning shall I stand before Thee, and Thou shalt look upon me; for not a God that willest iniquity art Thou.  He that worketh evil shall not dwell near Thee, nor shall transgressors abide before Thine eyes.  Thou hast hated all them that work iniquity; Thou shalt destroy all them that speak a lie.  A man that is bloody and deceitful shall the Lord abhor. But as for me, in the multitude of Thy mercy shall I go into Thy house; I shall worship toward Thy holy temple in fear of Thee.  O Lord, guide me in the way of Thy righteousness; because of mine enemies, make straight my way before Thee, for in their mouth there is no truth; their heart is vain.  Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues have they spoken deceitfully; judge them, O God.  Let them fall down on account of their own devisings; according to the multitude of their ungodliness, cast them out, for they have embittered Thee, O Lord.  And let all them be glad that hope in Thee; they shall ever rejoice, and Thou shalt dwell among them.  And all shall glory in Thee that love Thy name, for Thou shalt bless the righteous. O Lord, as with a shield of Thy good pleasure hast Thou crowned us.

Psalm 89
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge in generation and generation. Before the mountains came to be and the earth was formed and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting Thou art. Turn not man away unto lowliness; yea, Thou hast said: Turn back, ye sons of men. For a thousand years in Thine eyes, O Lord, are but as yesterday that is past, and as a watch in the night. Things of no account shall their years be; in the morning like grass shall man pass away. In the morning shall he bloom and pass away, in the evening shall he fall and grow withered and dry. For we have fainted away in Thy wrath, and in Thine anger have we been troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee: our life-span is in the light of Thy countenance. For all our days are faded away, and in Thy wrath are we fainted away; our years have, like a spider, spun out their tale. As for the days of our years, in their span they be threescore years and ten, And if we be in strength, mayhap fourscore years; and what is more than these is toil and travail. For mildness is come upon us, and we shall be chastened. Who knoweth the might of Thy wrath? And out of fear of Thee, who can recount Thine anger? So make Thy right hand known to me, and to them that in their heart are instructed in wisdom. Return, O Lord; how long? And be Thou entreated concerning Thy servants. We were filled in the morning with Thy mercy, O Lord, and we rejoiced and were glad. In all our days, let us be glad for the days wherein Thou didst humble us, for the years wherein we saw evils. And look upon Thy servants, and upon Thy works, and do Thou guide their sons. And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, and the works of our hands do Thou guide aright upon us, yea, the works of our hands do Thou guide aright.

Psalm 100
Of mercy and judgment will I sing unto Thee, O Lord; I will chant and have understanding in a blameless path. When wilt Thou come unto me? I have walked in the innocence of my heart in the midst of my house. I have no unlawful thing before mine eyes; the workers of transgressions I have hated. A crooked heart hath not cleaved unto me, as for the wicked man who turned from me, I knew him not. Him that privily talked against his neighbor did I drive away from me. With him whose eye was proud and his heart insatiate, I did not eat. Mine eyes were upon the faithful of the land, that they might sit with me; the man that walked in the blameless path, he ministered unto me. The proud doer dwelt not in the midst of my house; the seeker of unjust things prospered not before mine eyes. In the morning I slew all the sinners of the land, utterly to destroy out of the city of the Lord all them that work iniquity.

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God (Thrice).
Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Who hast shown forth the fishermen as most wise,/ 
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ 
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.// 
O Lover of man, glory to Thee.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

And the Theotokion of the 1st Hour:
What shall we call thee, O thou that art full of grace? Heaven: for thou hast dawned forth the Sun of Righteousness. Paradise: for thou hast blossomed forth the Flower of Immortality. Virgin: for thou hast remained incorrupt. Pure Mother: for thou hast held in thy holy embrace the Son, the God of all. Do thou entreat Him to save our souls.

My steps do Thou direct according to Thy saying, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the false accusation of men, and I will keep Thy commandments. Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant, and teach me Thy statutes. Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, O Lord, that I may hymn Thy glory and Thy majesty all the day long.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (Thrice).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord, have mercy (Thrice).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 
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Amen.

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,/ the Most High divided the nations;/ and when He divided the tongues of fire,/ He called all men into unity;/ and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

And then the prayer of the 1st hour
Thou Who at all times and at every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate, Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners, Who callest all to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory: for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare, more glorious than the Seraphim, thee who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

          if a priest (bishop) is present:   In the name of the Lord, father (master), bless. 
          or
          if a priest (bishop) is not present:  Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. 

Amen.  


Reader:  O Christ, the True Light, Who enlightenest and sanctifiest every man that cometh into the world: Let the Light of Thy countenance be signed upon us, that in it we may see the Unapproachable Light, and guide our steps in the doing of Thy commandments, through the intercessions of Thy most pure Mother, and of all Thy saints.  Amen.








TYPICA
PENTECOST SUNDAY TYPICA
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THE THIRD HOUR

I         if a priest is present, Priest says,  "Blessed is our God always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages."   
        or
       if a priest is not present, Reader says:
             In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  Amen.  O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother and all the saints, have mercy on us. 
  
Reader:  Amen. 

Glory to Thee our God, Glory to Thee.

Reader:  O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurities, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (Thrice).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord, have mercy (Thrice).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (Twelve Times).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O come let us worship God our King. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 16
Hearken, O Lord, unto my righteousness, attend unto my supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which cometh not from deceitful lips. From before Thy face let my judgment come forth, let mine eyes behold uprightness. Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast visited it in the night, Thou hast tried me by fire, and unrighteousness was not found in me. That my mouth might not speak of the works of men, for the sake of the words of Thy lips have I kept the ways that are hard. Set my footsteps in Thy paths, that my steps may not be shaken. I have cried for Thou hast hearkened unto me, O God. Incline Thine ear unto me, and hearken unto my words. Let Thy mercies be made wonderful, O Thou that savest them that hope in Thee. From them that have resisted Thy right hand, keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye. In the shelter of Thy wings wilt Thou shelter me, from the face of the ungodly which have oppressed me. Mine enemies have surrounded my soul, they have enclosed themselves with their own fat, their mouth hath spoken pride. They that cast me out have now encircled me, they have set their eyes to look askance on the earth. They have taken me as might a lion ready for his prey, and as a lion's whelp that dwelleth in hiding. Arise, O Lord, overtake them and trip their heels; deliver my soul from ungodly men, Thy sword from the enemies of Thy hand. O Lord, from Thy few do Thou separate them from the earth in their life; yea, with Thy hidden treasures hath their belly been filled. They have satisfied themselves with swine and have left the remnants to their babes. But as for me, in righteousness shall I appear before Thy face; I shall be filled when Thy glory is made manifest to me.

Psalm 24
Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul.  O my God, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be put to shame, nor let mine enemies laugh me to scorn. Yea, let none that wait on Thee be put to shame; let them be ashamed which are lawless without a cause.  Make Thy ways, O Lord, known unto me and teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art God my Savior; for on Thee have I waited all the day long. Remember Thy compassions, O Lord, and Thy mercies, for they are from everlasting. The sins of my youth and mine ignorance remember not; according to Thy mercy remember Thou me, for the sake of Thy goodness, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He set a law for them that sin in the way. He will guide the meek in judgment, He will teach the meek His ways. All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto them that seek after His covenant and His testimonies. For the sake of Thy name, O Lord, be gracious unto my sin; for it is great. Who is the man that feareth the Lord? He will set him a law in the way which He hath chosen. His soul shall dwell among good things, and his seed shall inherit the earth. The Lord is the strength of them that fear Him, and His covenant shall be manifested unto them. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He it is that will draw my feet out of the snare. Look upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am one only-begotten and poor. The afflictions of my heart are multiplied; bring me out from my necessities. Behold my lowliness and my toil, and forgive all my sins. Look upon mine enemies, for they are multiplied, and with an unjust hatred have they hated me. Keep my soul and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I have hoped in Thee. The innocent and the upright have cleaved unto me, for I waited on Thee, O Lord. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his afflictions.

Psalm 50
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know mine iniquity, and mine sin is ever before me. Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged. For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou made manifest unto me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be humbled, they shall rejoice. Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit establish me. I shall teach transgressors Thy ways and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God. Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness. O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased. A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Sion and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded. Then shall Thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings. Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God (Thrice).
Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

And the Theotokion of the 3rd Hour:
O Theotokos, thou art the true vine that hath blossomed forth for us the Fruit of Life.  Thee do we supplicate.   Intercede, O Lady, together with the holy apostles, that our souls find mercy.

Blessed is the Lord God, blessed is the Lord day by day; the God of our salvation shall prosper us along the way; our God is the God of salvation.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (Thrice).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.

Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 
Amen.

The Reader saith the appointed kontakion,

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,/ the Most High divided the nations;/ and when He divided the tongues of fire,/ He called all men into unity;/ and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

The prayer of the 3rd hour
Thou Who at all times and at every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate, Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners, Who callest all to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare, more glorious than the Seraphim, thee who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

         if a priest (bishop) is present:   In the name of the Lord, father (master), bless. 
          or
          if a priest (bishop) is not present:  Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  

Amen.  
Prayer of St. Mardarius
O Sovereign God, the Father Almighty, O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Thou, O Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power; Have mercy on me a sinner, and by the judgments which Thou knowest, save me, Thine unworthy servant; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.


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THE SIXTH HOUR
O come let us worship God our King. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God. 
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 53
O God, in Thy name save me, and in Thy strength do Thou judge me. O God, hearken unto my prayer, give ear unto the words of my mouth. For strangers are risen up against me, and mighty men have sought after my soul and have not set God before themselves. For behold, God helpeth me, and the Lord is the protector of my soul. He will bring evils upon mine enemies. Utterly destroy them by Thy truth. Willingly shall I sacrifice unto Thee; I will confess Thy name, O Lord, for it is good. For out of every affliction hast Thou delivered me, and mine eye hath looked down upon mine enemies.

Psalm 54
Give ear, O God, unto my prayer, and disdain not my supplication; attend unto me, and hear me. I was grieved in my meditation, and I was troubled at the voice of the enemy and at the oppression of the sinner; because they have turned iniquity upon me, and with wrath were they angry against me. My heart is troubled within me, and the terror of death is fallen upon me.  Fear and trembling are come upon me, and darkness hath covered me.  And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove?  And I will fly, and be at rest.  Lo, I have fled afar off and have dwelt in the wilderness. I waited for God that saveth me from faint-heartedness and from tempest. Plunge them into the depths, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen iniquity and gainsaying in the city.  Day and night they go round about her upon her walls; iniquity and toil and unrighteousness are in the midst of her.  And usury and deceit have not departed from her streets. For if mine enemy had reviled me, I might have endured it. And if he that hateth me had spoken boastful words against me, I might have hid myself from him. But thou it was, O man of like soul with me, my guide and my familiar friend, thou who together with me didst sweeten my repasts; in the house of God I walked with thee in oneness of mind. Let death come upon such ones, and let them go down alive into hades. For wickedness is in their dwellings, and in the midst of them. As for me, unto God have I cried, and the Lord hearkened unto me. Evening, morning, and noonday will I tell of it and will declare it, and He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from them that draw nigh unto me, for they among many were with me. God will hear, and He will humble them, He that is before the ages. For to them there is no requital, because they have not feared God; He hath stretched forth His hand in retribution. They have defiled His covenant; they were scattered by the wrath of His countenance, and their hearts have convened. Their words were smoother than oil, and yet they are darts. Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He will nourish thee; He will never permit the righteous to be shaken. But Thou, O God, shall bring those men down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but as for me, O Lord, I will hope in Thee.

Psalm 90
He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven. He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and my refuge. He is my God, and I will hope in Him, For He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunters and from every troubling word. With His shoulders will He overshadow thee, and under His wings shall thou have hope. With a shield will His truth encompass thee; thou shalt not be afraid for the terror of night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the thing that walketh in darkness, nor for the mishap and demon of noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but unto thee shall it not come nigh. Only with thine eyes shall thou behold, and thou shalt see the reward of sinners. For Thou, O Lord, art my hope. Thou madest the Most High thy refuge; no evils shall come nigh thee, and no scourge shall draw nigh unto thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. On their hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Upon the asp and basilisk shall thou tread, and thou shalt trample upon the lion and dragon. For he hath set his hope on Me, and I will deliver him; I will shelter him because he hath known My name. He shall cry unto Me, and I will hearken unto him. I am with him in affliction, and I will rescue him and glorify him. With length of days will I satisfy him, and I will show him My salvation.

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God (Thrice).
Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion of the 6th Hour:
     Seeing that we have no boldness on account of our many sins, do thou beseech Him that was born of thee, O Virgin Theotokos; for the supplication of a mother availeth much to win the Master's favor.
     Disdain not the prayers of sinners, O all-pure one for merciful and mighty to save is He, Who deigned also to suffer for our sake.
     Let Thy compassions quickly go before us, O Lord for we are become exceedingly poor. Help us, O God our Savior, for the sake of the glory of Thy name; O Lord, deliver us and be gracious unto our sins for Thy name's sake.

Holy God. Holy Mighty. Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities, O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord, have mercy (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 
Amen.

The Reader saith the appointed kontakion,

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,/ the Most High divided the nations;/ and when He divided the tongues of fire,/ He called all men into unity;/ and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.


Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

The prayer of the 6th hour
Thou Who at all times and at every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate. Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners, Who callest all to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare, more glorious than the Seraphim, thee who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

          if a priest (bishop) is present:   In the name of the Lord, father (master), bless. 
          or
          if a priest (bishop) is not present:  Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. 
   
Amen. 


Prayer of St. Basil the Great
O God and Lord of hosts, and Maker of all creation. Who by the tender compassion of Thy mercy which transcendeth comprehension, didst send down Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our race, and by His precious cross didst tear asunder the handwriting of our sins, and thereby didst triumph over the principalities and powers of darkness. Do Thou Thyself, O Master, Lover of mankind, accept also from us sinners these prayers of thanksgiving and entreaty, and deliver us from every destructive and dark transgression, and from all enemies, both visible and invisible, that seek to do us evil. Nail down our flesh with the fear of Thee, and incline not our hearts unto words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls with longing for Thee, so that ever looking to Thee, and being guided by Thy light as we behold Thee, the Unapproachable and Everlasting Light, we may send up unceasing praise and thanksgiving unto Thee, the Unoriginate Father, with Thine Only-begotten Son, and Thine All-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


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THE TYPICA
An Orthodox worship service for laymen who are without clergy.

The First Antiphon, Psalm 18, Tone II —
Stichos 1: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of His hands.
   Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.
Stichos 2: Day unto day poureth forth speech,/ and nigh unto night proclaimeth knowledge.
   Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.
Stichos 3: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth,/ and their words unto the ends of the world.
   Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.
Glory…; Now & ever…: 
   Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.



Glory...Both now...

The Second Antiphon, Psalm 19, Tone II —
Stichos 1: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction;/ the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
   Refrain: O Good Comforter, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia.
Stichos 2: Let Him send forth unto thee help from his sanctuary,/ and out of Sion let Him help thee.
   Refrain: O Good Comforter, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia
Stichos 3: The Lord grant thee according to thy heart,/ and fulfill all thy purposes.
   Refrain: O Good Comforter, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia

Glory…; Both now:
O only-begotten Son and Word of God, Who art immortal,
Yet didst deign for our salvation
To be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary,
And without change didst become man,
And wast crucified, O Christ God, trampling down death by death,
Thou Who art one of the Holy Trinity,
Glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.




The Third Antiphon, Psalm 20, Tone VIII —
Stichos 1: O Lord, in Thy strength the king shall be glad, and in Thy salvation shall he rejoice exceedingly.
Troparion:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

Stichos 2: The desire of his heart hast Thou granted unto him, and hast not denied him the requests of his lips. 
Troparion:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

Stichos 3: Thou wentest before him with the blessings of goodness,  Thou hast set upon his head a crown of precious stone.  
Troparion:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.


instead of O, come let us worship, Reader:
Be thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will sing and chant of Thy mighty acts.

Choir: Troparia 
Troparion, Tone VIII:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,/ Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,/ by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,/ and through them didst draw the world into Thy net./  O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.


Instead of the Trisagion:
As many as have been baptized into Christ / have put on Christ.  Alleluia.
As many as have been baptized into Christ / have put on Christ.  Alleluia.
As many as have been baptized into Christ / have put on Christ.  Alleluia.
   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Have put on Christ. Alleluia.
As many as have been baptized into Christ / have put on Christ.  Alleluia.


The Epistle and Gospel reading


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Choir: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Reader: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.
Choir: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Reader: The heavens declare the glory of God, 
Choir: and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.



Epistle  (if a priest is present the reader goes to the priest for a blessing.) 
Reader: The Reading is from the Book of Acts:
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Epistle
The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles:
Acts 2:1-11
King James Version (KJV 1611)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
               (if a priest is present the reader returns to the priest for a blessing.) 



Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone
Choir: Alleluia 3x

Reader: By the words of the Lord were the heavens established, and all the might of them by the Spirit of His mouth.
Choir: Alleluia 3x

Reader: The Lord looked down from heaven, He beheld the sons of men.
Choir: Alleluia 3x


Gospel  
Priest or Reader: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John:

Choir:  Glory to Thee O God, glory to Thee.

(read in a normal voice, not chanted)
Saint John 7:37-52; 8:12
King James Version (KJV 1611)

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
43 So there was a division among the people because of Him.
44 And some of them would have taken Him; but no man laid hands on Him.
45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought Him?
46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on Him?
49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
52 They answered and said unto Him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

Choir:  Glory to Thee O God, glory to Thee.

Reader: 
Remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom. 
Remember us, O Master, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom. 
Remember us, O Holy One, when Thou comest in thy kingdom.

The heavenly choir praiseth Thee and saith: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
     Come unto Him, and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be ashamed.
     
The heavenly choir praiseth Thee and saith: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth! heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
     
The choir of holy angels and archangels, with all the heavenly hosts, praiseth Thee and saith: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
     Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


The symbol of faith
Choir: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,/ Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.// And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,/ the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages;// Light of Light, true God of true God;/ begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made;// Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from the heavens,/ and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man;// And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,/ and suffered,/ and was buried;/ and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures;// And ascended into the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;/ And shall come again with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.// And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life; Who proceedeth from the Father;/ Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets.// In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church./ I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.// I look for the resurrection of the dead,/ And the life of the age to come. Amen.

Reader: "Remit, pardon, forgive, O God, our offenses, both voluntary and involuntary, in deed and word, in knowledge and ignorance, by day and by night, in mind and thought; forgive us all things, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind."


The Lord's Prayer
Choir: Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  •  Amen.

Kontakia 

Glory… Now and ever….

Glory…; Now & ever…: Kontakion, Tone VIII —
Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,/ the Most High divided the nations;/ and when He divided the tongues of fire,/ He called all men into unity;/ and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.


Lord, have mercy (Twelve Times).

Reader: O all-holy Trinity, the consubstantial Dominion, the indivisible kingdom, and cause of every good: Show Thy good will even unto me, a sinner, make steadfast my heart and grant it understanding, and take away mine every defilement; enlighten my mind that I may glorify, hymn, worship, and say: One is Holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Choir:
Blessed be the name of the Lord from henceforth and for evermore. (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Psalm 33  
Choir: 
I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  
In the Lord shall my soul be praised; let the meek hear and be glad.  
O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.  
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my tribulations. 
Come unto Him, and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be ashamed. 
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his tribulations. 
The angel of the Lord will encamp round about them that fear Him, and will deliver them. 
O Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that hopeth in Him. 
O Fear the Lord, all ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him. 
Rich men have turned poor and gone hungry; but they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good thing.  
Come ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
What man is there that desireth life, who loveth to see good days? 
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are opened unto their supplication. 
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, utterly to destroy the remembrance of them from the earth. 
The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations. 
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart, and He will save the humble of spirit. 
Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all. 
The Lord keepeth all their bones, not one of them shall be broken. 
The death of sinners is evil, and they that hate the righteous shall do wrong.  
The Lord will redeem the souls of His servants, and none of them will do wrong that hope in Him.

ZaDostoinik
Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the second canon of the feast, Tone IV – ("Israel of old...")
Rejoice thou, O Queen,
 the glory of both mothers and virgins!  
For no mouth, however fluent and well-spoken, 
can be so eloquent as to hymn thee worthily; 
and every mind faileth to understand thy childbirth.  
Wherefore, with one accord thee do we glorify.

Choir: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)  

 if a priest (bishop) is present:  Father (Master), bless
     or
 if a priest is not present:  Bless, O Lord. 


Sunday dismissal:  Priest (facing people): or Senior Reader (facing east):
Thou Who didst rise from the dead, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, of ___(temple or family patron) ___, of ___(saints of the day)___, and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for Thou art good and the lover of mankind.


Choir:  Amen.

polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, 
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, 
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad;
and our lord, the Most Reverend Gregory, 
Bishop of Sao Paulo and South America;
the brethren of this holy temple; 
and all Orthodox Christians;
O Lord, preserve them for many years.


Choir:
Lord, have mercy (3x)

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KNEELING VESPERS PRAYERS
Prayers for Kneeling Vespers

Sunday of Pentecost
The Vespers Prayers

After the Proemial psalm, the Great Litany and the singing of "Lord, I have cried" the following prayers are read. The priest and the whole congregation kneel.


Prayer 1
O pure and blameless Lord, Who art without beginning, invisible and incomprehensible, unchangeable, immeasurable, and unbounded, Who art without evil and alone immortal, who dwellest in the unapproachable light, Maker of heaven and earth and the seas and all that was created therein, Who grantest to all their petitions before asking, to Thee we pray and of Thee we ask, O philanthropic Master, the Father of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the ever-virgin Mary, the noble Theotokos; Who first didst teach by word, and then gave testimony in deed while bearing the saving Passion, teaching us Thine unworthy, sinful, and miserable servants, to offer Thee our supplications with bent head and knee, for our sins and human ignorance.


Wherefore, O most merciful and philanthropic Lord, hear us on whatever day we call upon Thee, and especially on this day of Pentecost, whereon, after our Lord Jesus Christ had ascended into heaven and sat on Thy right hand, O God and Father, He sent down the Holy Spirit to his Disciples, the holy Apostles, Who alighted on each of them and filled them all with His inexhaustible and divine grace; and they did speak in strange tongues, prophesying Thy great deeds. Hear us who beseech Thee, and remember us, wretched and condemned. Deliver us from the (sinful) captivity of our souls by Thy loving intercession. Accept us, who kneel down before Thee and cry out: we have sinned. From birth, from the womb of our mother - we are Thine, O Lord - Thou art our God. But as our life passes in vanity, we have therefore been stripped of thine aid, and have become silent. Yet do we trust in Thy compassion and cry unto Thee. Remember not the sins of our youth and ignorance; cleanse us of our secret sins. Reject us not in our old age, and forsake us not when our strength fails. Before we return to the earth, prepare us to return to Thee. Measure our lawlessness with a measure of Thy generosity, and erect against our many transgressions a bottomless abyss of these generosities.


Look down from the height of Thy holiness upon Thy people who stand and await from Thee abundant mercy. Visit us with Thy goodness and deliver us from the force of Satan and preserve our life with Thy holy and solemn laws. Commit Thy people unto a faithful guardian angel. Gather us all unto Thy kingdom. Forgive those who put their trust in Thee, relinquish us and them from sin. Purify us by the operation of Thy Holy Spirit and remove from us the wiles of the adversary.


Additional prayer: Blessed art Thou, Lord, Almighty Master, who illuminest the day with the light of the sun and the night with the glow of the moon, Who hast made us worthy to pass the course of the day and draw near to the onset of the night; hear our petitions and those of all Thy people. Forgive us all our sins, both voluntary and involuntary, and accept our evening supplications and send down the multitude of Thy mercies and compassions upon Thy people. Protect us with Thy holy angels. Arm us with the weapons of Thy truth. Envelop us with Thy righteousness. Preserve us by Thy power, and deliver us from every oppression and from every conspiracy of the cunning one. Grant us that this evening and the approaching night and all the days of our life may be perfect, holy, peaceful, sinless, without doubt and vain imaginings, by the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and all the saints who have done Thy will from the beginning of time.


Prayer 2
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who residest with us in this life, and Who gavest mankind the world, and in Thine inalienable rule dost give to the true the gift of the Holy Spirit, this blessing Thou hast sent down more fully to Thy pupils and Apostles and dispensed into their mouths the fire of tongues, so that through them all mankind would receive knowledge of God and be enlightened by the light of the Spirit, being emancipated from seduction as from darkness and by their supernatural action learning to believe in the Son of God and to praise Him with the Father and the Holy Spirit as one Godhead, Power and Authority.


Wherefore, O Splendor of the Father, the Likeness of his Essence, His immutable and unchangeable Nature, Thou art the fountain of salvation and grace. Open my lips, sinner that I am, and teach me how and for what I should pray; for Thou dost know the multitude of my sins, but Thine unbounded compassion doth overcome the enormity thereof. Behold, I come and stand before Thee in fear and dismay, casting my soul's despair into the depth of Thy mercy. Ordain my life, O Thou Who rulest the whole creation with ineffable wisdom. O tranquil Haven to those who are caught in the rages of winter, make known to me the way in which I should walk. Grant to my thoughts the spirit of Thy wisdom, and bestow upon my ignorance the spirit of Thy understanding. Overshadow mine acts with the spirit of Thy fear; a just spirit renew Thou within me, and by Thy Sovereign Spirit strengthen Thou mine unstable mind, that I may be worthy each day to do Thy commandments, being guided by Thy righteous Spirit into that which is profitable, ever mindful of Thy glorified (second) Coming, when we shall all be obliged to give an answer for our deeds. Let me not be led astray by the corrupting pleasures of this world, but strengthen me to delight in the treasures to come. For Thou, O Master, didst say, "Whatever ye ask in My Name ye shall receive" from God the Father co-eternal with Thee.


Therefore, I a sinner, implore Thy goodness on the day of the descent of Thy Holy Spirit. Grant Thou my request for salvation: yea, good Lord, Who grantest all riches and benevolence; for Thou art He, the merciful and pitying, Who givest us more than we ask, Who hast become a Partaker with us in the flesh without sin. Thou art He Who, for his love for mankind, dost have compassion for those who bend the knee to Thee, having become an offering for our sins. Grant, Lord, Thy compassion to Thy people, and incline Thine ear to us from Thy Holy heaven; sanctify us by the saving might of Thy right hand. Cover us with the shelter of Thy wings and turn not away from the product of Thy hands. Against Thee only do we sin, yet Thee only do we serve. We know not how to bow to a strange god, nor how to reach out to a different god. Pardon our iniquities, O Master, and accepting our requests on bended knee, extend to us all a helping hand, and accept the prayers of all as fragrant incense acceptable to Thy most righteous Kingdom.


Additional prayer: Lord, Lord, Thou Who hast delivered us from every arrow (obstacle) that comes by day, save us from everything that walketh in darkness, and accept the lifting up of our hands as an evening offering. Consider us worthy to pass the night blamelessly and experience no evil. Deliver us from Satan. Free us from all confusion and fear. Grant our souls rapture, and our thoughts concern over our accountability at Thy just and terrible judgment. Transfix our flesh with Thy fear, and mitigate our members who are on earth, that in the tranquillity of sleep we may be enlightened by the meditation of Thy precepts. Drive from us every evil fancy and lasciviousness. Elevate us during our prayers, strengthened in faith and enriched by Thy commandments.


Prayer 3
O Christ our God, the ever-flowing Spring, life-giving, illuminating, creative Power, co-eternal with the Father, Who didst divinely achieve the deed of saving mankind, and didst tear apart the indestructible bonds of death, break asunder the bolts of Hades, and tread down the multitude of evil spirits, offering Thyself as a blameless Sacrifice and offering us Thy pure, spotless and sinless body: Who, by this fearsome, inscrutable divine service didst grant us life everlasting, O Thou Who didst descend into Hades, and demolish the eternal bars, revealing an ascent to those who were in the lower abode; Who with the lure of divine wisdom didst entice the dragon, the head of subtle evil and with Thy boundless power bound him in abysmal hell, in inextinguishable fire, and extreme darkness.


O Great Wisdom of the despairing! Overcomer of misfortunes - eminent helper, Who came and lit the way for those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; Thou art the Lord of everlasting glory, the beloved Son of the Most High Father, eternal Light of eternal Light, Thou Sun of truth! Hear Thou us who beseech thee, and lay to rest the souls of Thy servants, of those who have died heretofore, and those of our fathers and brothers and other kinsmen in flesh and all others through faith, for whom we now celebrate this memorial; for Thou hast power over all, and in Thy hands Thou holdest all the boundaries of the earth.


O Almighty Master, God of our fathers, Lord of mercy and Creator of all the races of men, the living and the dead, and of all nature, animate and inanimate, Who appeared and resided here on earth and again departed into the other world, Who settest the years for the living and appointest the time for the dead, Who bringest down to Hades and raisest to bliss; who bindest with weakness and loosest with power; Who arrangest the present as is meet and Who directest the future towards usefulness, Who consolest with the hope of resurrection those who feel the sting of death 3/4 Thou art the Master of all, our God and our Savior, O Hope of all the boundaries of the earth and of those who are away on the seas, O Thou who on this last and great day of salvation, the day of the Feast of Pentecost, hast revealed to us the mystery of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial and co-eternal, indivisible and immiscible, Who didst send down the Holy and life-giving Spirit in the form of tongues of fire on His holy Apostles, revealing them as proclaimers of our godfearing faith, making of them true confessors and preachers of the word of God, Who makest us worthy that our propitiatory prayers, of this all-perfect day of salvation, be acceptable for those who are imprisoned in Hades, and Who grantest those imprisoned therein a great hope in receiving from Thee consolation and relief of their confining grief.
Hear us, disconsolate and wretched, who beseech Thee, and give rest unto the souls who have formerly departed, and make them to repose in a resplendent place, a place of verdure and coolness, where there are no ills nor sorrow nor sighs. And array their souls in the tabernacles of the righteous, and make them worthy of peace and repose; for it is not the dead who praise Thee, O Lord, nor do those who are in Hades venture to offer unto Thee confession, but we, the living, do bless Thee and supplicate Thee, O Lord, and offer unto Thee prayers of purification and sacrifices for their souls' sake.


Additional prayerO great eternal God, holy and loving toward mankind, Who dost make us worthy to stand at this hour before Thine unapproachable glory, praising and glorifying Thy wonders, forgive us, unworthy sinners, and grant us grace that from a humble and contrite heart we may offer Thee the thrice-holy glorification and gratitude for Thy great gifts which Thou didst grant and dost still steadfastly grant unto us. Remember, Lord, our weakness and destroy us not in our iniquities; but in accordance with our humility show unto us Thy great mercy, that being delivered from the darkness of sin, we may walk in the day of truth, equipped with the armor of light, and freed from all the evil attacks of the wicked one, glorifying Thee in all things, O only true God and Lover of mankind.


For in truth, O Master and Creator of all, Thine is the great and original Mystery; the temporary death of Thy creatures, and their restoration thereafter unto eternal repose. In all things we acknowledge Thy favor, at our entrance into this world and at our going out therefrom, O Thou Who by Thy unfailing promises didst hold out to us the hope of everlasting life, resurrection, and incorruptible life, which shall be ours to enjoy at Thy Second Coming; for Thou, Lord Christ, art the fountain of our resurrection, the mankind-loving and incorruptible judge of the deceased and those worthy of reward. Thou hast assumed, with utmost condescension, our flesh and blood, and through Thine undying love for us, didst not dismiss Thy suffering, willingly submitting to torture; so that, having been tempted, Thou, as promised, became the helper to those who are tempted, elevating us to Thy dispassion.


Wherefore, O Master, accept our prayers and supplications, and grant repose to our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, blood relatives, and kinsfolk, and all those who have gone to their final rest with the hope of resurrection and life everlasting. Inscribe their names in the Book of Life; in the bosoms of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; in the land of the living, the Kingdom of Heaven, in the paradise of delight, leading all into Thy Holy dwelling places by Thy radiant angels, and raise their bodies on the day that Thou hast appointed, according to Thine unfailing Holy promises; for there is no death, O Lord, to Thy departing servants who cast off their bodies and come unto Thee, O God, but a transition from sorrowful things to pleasant and benign, to repose and joy. And if they have sinned (in any respect) against Thee, forgive them, and be Thou compassionate unto them and us; for there is none without stain before Thee, even though his life be but a day, save Thou alone, Jesus Christ our God, Who didst appear on earth without sin, and because of Thee we all trust to attain mercy and the remission of sins.


Therefore, O God, through Thy grace and love of mankind, weaken, remit and forgive our sins and theirs; overlook both our voluntary and involuntary offenses, which we have committed either willfully or through ignorance, openly or in secret whether by word, deed, or thought and all our wrathful dealings which we have committed during our lifetime. As for those who have preceded us, grant them emancipation and repose. To those of us who are here, bless us, and give us and all Thy people a blessed and peaceful end to life. At Thy fearsome and dreadful coming open to us Thy fathomless love of mankind, making us worthy of Thy Kingdom.


Additional prayer: O Thou most exalted God, Who alone dost possess immortality, Who dwellest in the unapproachable light, Who in wisdom didst bring into being all creation, who didst separate between the light and the darkness, setting the sun to rule the day, and the moon and stars to rule the night, Who on this day didst vouchsafe us sinners as worthy through confession to present ourselves before Thy countenance and to offer to Thee our evening prayers.


Additional prayer: O philanthropic God, set our prayers like incense before Thee, and receive them as a sweet fragrance. Grant that this evening and the approaching night may be peaceful and serene for us. Clothe us with the armor of light, and deliver us from nightly fears and from everything that walketh in darkness. Vouchsafe that the slumber which Thou didst grant us for rest from our weakness be also free from every satanic vision. Yea, O Master, Who providest good things for all, grant that in our lodgings, amid the night, we may with fervor recall Thy most Holy Name. Grant that being enlightened by the teachings of Thy commandments, we in spiritual joy would rise up to glorify Thy goodness, offering for Thy compassion petitions and supplications for our sins and those of all people, for which Thou, through the intercession of the Holy Theotokos, visitest upon us with mercy!


Choir: Amen

Dismissal:

May Christ our true God, Who didst empty Himself from the divine bosom of the Father, didst come down to earth from heaven, didst assume our whole nature and deify it, and after these things didst ascend again into the heavens and sit at the right hand of God the Father; and Who didst send down upon His holy disciples and apostles the divine, holy, consubstantial Spirit, Who with Him is equally powerful, glorious and eternal, and Who by Him didst enlighten them, and through them the whole world: through the supplications of His all-pure, all-immaculate and holy Mother, of the holy, gorious, all-[raised preachers of God and Spirit-bearing apostles, and of all the saints, have mercy and save us, in that He is good and loveth mankind.