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8/21 Nativity Theotokos

VESPERS
NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS  
Phil 2:5-11;  Lk 10:38-42, 11:27-28 
8/21 Sept. Thursday of the Sixteenth Week after Pentecost. Tone VI. 
A vigil-rank service for the Nativity of the Theotokos (§2F; S:1493).
ODS p. 50
The special provisions pertaining to a great feast of the Theotokos in The Order of Divine Services are applicable. 

 VESPERS
As a Reader Service

Vespers (when served alone) begins thus
For the order of Vespers when served as part of a Vigil

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.

Choir: 
use Tone6 ANV book p.1
Psalm 103 selected verses sung with refrains

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.  


Choir:
use Tone6 ANV book p.6   
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

Reader:  In the 6th Tone: Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me.
use Tone6 ANV book p.8
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: that I may confess Thy name.
            The righteous shall wait patiently for me until Thou shalt reward me.
            
            (8)Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; 
  Tone 6 O Lord, hear my voice. Menaion p. 126
             Today God Who resteth...            
             (7) Let Thine ears be attentive 
                to the voice of my supplication.
            This is the day of the Lord...

            (6) If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? *  
                 For with Thee there is forgiveness. 
              Even though by the will of God   

            (5) 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.
                (Repeat) Even though by the will of God    

            (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch
                 let Israel hope in the Lord.
               Today the gateway...

            (3) For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; 
                 and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.
              (Repeat) Today the gateway...

            (2) O praise the Lord, all ye nations;
                  praise Him, all ye peoples.
              Today is the pronouncement...

            (1) For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us,
                  and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.
              Today barren Anna...
            

Tone 6 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
doxasticon of feast Menaion p. 127
Today God Who resteth...


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:   The Prokimenon in the 5th Tone.
 Daily Vespers & Daily Matins book p. 27

On Wednesday evening, the Fifth Tone:
            O God, in Thy name save me, and in Thy strength do Thou judge me.
            Stichos:  O God, hearken unto my prayer, give ear unto the words of my mouth.


If there are Scriptural readings appointed for a feast:
Reader:   The Reading is from Genesis
Menaion p. 127



the Senior Reader says “Lord, have mercy,” 40x
“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.

sing the stichera for the Litia as appointed; 
5 verses from Menaion p. 128
Tone I
Tone II
Tone VIII


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


____________________
Then we sing the Aposticha.  
Menaion p. 128
Tone IV
Tone VIII Glory...N&E...


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.  Then we sing the Dismissal Troparion THRICE

Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, 
the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting.  3x 


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          If not doing Matins, then skip this and go to the dismissal
Blessed be the name of the Lord... 3x Tone 6 ANV p. 29
Psalm 33 the first 11 verses  Tone 6 ANV p. 30
Through the prayers...
begin 6 Psalms of Matins


_______________ 
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):

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of OUR MOST HOLY MISTRESS, THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY, 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. 


St. Serapion, monk of the St. Eleazar Monastery of the Savior (Pskov). 
St. Lucian, abbot of Alexandrov (Vladimir). 
St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevets. 
NM Athanasius of Thessalonica. 
NM Alexander Jacobson (†1930). 
St. Kinemark, disciple of St. Dyfrig. 
Tr rel St. Grimbald, abbot of Winchester. 
Kursk-Root Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1152); L:OL 82:6). 
Pochaev Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1153). 
Kholm Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. 
GC: 
MM Rufus and Rufianus. 
M Severus. 
M Artemidorus. 
St. Sophronius, bp. of Achtaleia in Georgia. 

Rep. Elder Daniel of Katounakia, Mt. Athos (†1929). 
St. Ethelburga, abbess of Lyminge

Choir:  Amen.
polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern American 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
NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS  
Phil 2:5-11;  Lk 10:38-42, 11:27-28 
8/21 Sept. Thursday of the Sixteenth Week after Pentecost. Tone VI. 
A vigil-rank service for the Nativity of the Theotokos (§2F; S:1493).
ODS p. 50
The special provisions pertaining to a great feast of the Theotokos in The Order of Divine Services are applicable.

 Matins: For Sundays and Feasts
As a Reader Service 


If Matins is preceded immediately by the Midnight Office, then the Trisagion prayers are omitted, and Matins begins at “O come let us worship…”

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.



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 4  Tone 4 ANV p. 31  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.


Then the troparia as appointed in the ODS:

troparion of feast
Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 

troparion of feast 
Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 

Glory ...N&E 
troparion feast
Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 



(This is done in Annunciation parish where the kathismas are not read.  The sessional hymns are still read.) 


THE FIRST 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). 
MENAION P. 129

THE SECOND 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)
MENAION P. 129  







Music ANV p, 34–35
THE POLYELEOS  



MEGALYNARION   
 MENAION P. 129 AND 130


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.


SESSIONAL HYMNS MENAION P. 130


Hymns of Ascents 
 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.



Reader:  The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:
 Tone 4 ANV p. 46
 Menaion p. 130   Tone 4 (melody same as "Arise O Lord, help us and redeem for Thy namesake.")


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


Tone 4 ANV p. 46
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 Luke.

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.  At the conclusion of the reading:

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


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.


we sing in the 6th Tone: 
Choir:     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
               Through the prayers of the THEOTOKOS,  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.
              
               festal sticheron appointed
               Menaion p. 130   Tone 6
 This is the day of the Lord...



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.  

TONE 2 and 8
refrain: Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Menaion p. 131
 Irmos Tone 2 Once the power...  and troparia of Canon I  
 Irmos Tone 8 The staff of Moses... and troparia of Canon II 
katavasia of the Exaltation Tone 8 included with canon in Menaion 



After the 3rdode
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.
Sessional Hymn included with canon in Menaion 

After the 6th ode
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.
kontakion/ikos included with canon in Menaion 


8th Ode:
Instead of GLORY we say: "Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord."
After the 8th Ode of the canon, we sing:

Choir:  We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely exalting Him unto all ages.  
And then the appointed katavasia.
O children equal in number... included at end of Ode


After Ode VIII, the Magnificat is not sung, but immediately Ode IX is sung as follows: 

____________________
Refrain of Canon I of the feast
Magnify, O my soul, the all-glorious nativity of the Mother of God. 
Irmos of Canon I of the feast Menaion p. 135
Thee do we magnify...


Magnify, O my soul, the all-glorious nativity of the Mother of God. 
He Who poured forth waters...


Magnify, O my soul, the all-glorious nativity of the Mother of God. 
Thee, O Theotokos, do we magnify...


____________________
Refrain of Canon II of the feast, 
Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman! 
Irmos of Canon II of the feast Menaion p. 136 
Foreign to mothers is virginity...


Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman!
Fulfilled is the prophesy...

Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman!
We venerate thy swaddling...


Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman!
To thee, O Theotokos...



Refrain of the Trinity
Magnify, O my soul, the dominion of the indivisible Godhead in three Hypostases. 
Triadicon of Canon II of the feast 
Strange is it...


Refrain of the Theotokos, 
Magnify, O my soul, the all-pure Theotokos, who is more honorable and more glorious than the armies on high. 
Theotokion of Canon II of the feast
Within thy womb...


Refrain of Canon I of the feast, 
Magnify, O my soul, the all-glorious nativity of the Mother of God.
First katavasia of the Exaltation, 
tone 8 The staff of Moses...
O Theotokos, thou art a mystical garden of paradise,
which untilled, put forth Christ, by Whom the life-bearing tree of the Cross was planted,
wherefore worshipping it as it is now raised aloft,
we magnify thee, O Theotokos.

Refrain of Canon II of the feast
Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman! 
Second katavasia of the Exaltation, 
Menaion p. 230 
tone 8 The staff of Moses...
Death which came upon our race through the eating of the tree,
hath been abolished by the Cross today;
for the curse of our first mother, which fell upon us all,
hath been annulled through the Offspring of the pure Mother of God,
whom all the hosts of heaven magnify. 



After the 9th ode:
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.




 Appointed Exapostilaria 

Menaion p. 136




 The Lauds (the Praises) in the tone of the first appointed sticheron:
 tone 1   Tone 1 ANV p. 65
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.
               To do among them the judgment that is written.  This glory shall be to all His saints.
               Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.  

              
               
Praise Him for His mighty acts, 
tone 1 praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.  
Menaion p. 136.
O wondrous miracle!  The wellspring of Life...
               
Praise Him with the sound of trumpet,  
praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  
O wondrous miracle!  The wellspring of Life...
               
Praise Him with timbrel and dance, 
praise him with strings and flute. 
O wondrous miracle!  Fruit hath shown forth...
               
Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation. 
Let every breath praise the Lord.  
 The right-glorious Anna...
             
Reader:  Glory Now and Ever in the 6th Tone.

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. 
Menaion p. 137
tone 6 This is the day of the Lord!...
    




               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:

The Great Doxology

[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. 

Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, 
the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 



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.
The Reader Service Typikon calls for saying “Lord, have mercy” twelve more times, followed by “Glory… Both now…” in place of the second litany which would be done were a priest serving.  This seems a bit tedious to do back to back, but those who wish to follow this rubric may do so.

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):

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of OUR MOST HOLY MISTRESS, THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY, 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. 


St. Serapion, monk of the St. Eleazar Monastery of the Savior (Pskov). 
St. Lucian, abbot of Alexandrov (Vladimir). 
St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevets. 
NM Athanasius of Thessalonica. 
NM Alexander Jacobson (†1930). 
St. Kinemark, disciple of St. Dyfrig. 
Tr rel St. Grimbald, abbot of Winchester. 
Kursk-Root Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1152); L:OL 82:6). 
Pochaev Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1153). 
Kholm Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. 
GC: 
MM Rufus and Rufianus. 
M Severus. 
M Artemidorus. 
St. Sophronius, bp. of Achtaleia in Georgia. 

Rep. Elder Daniel of Katounakia, Mt. Athos (†1929). 
St. Ethelburga, abbess of Lyminge



Choir:  Amen.
polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern American 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.

  The End Matins









TYPICA
NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS  
8/21 Sept. Thursday of the Sixteenth Week after Pentecost. Tone VI. 
A vigil-rank service for the Nativity of the Theotokos (§2F; S:1493).
ODS p. 50
The special provisions pertaining to a great feast of the Theotokos in The Order of Divine Services are applicable.


HOURS & TYPICA
________________
THE FIRST HOUR
Introductory prayers are read if 1st hour is not preceeded by matins.

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, 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 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).

Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to all the world; for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, and having abolished death, hath granted us life everlasting. 

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

The Reader saith the appointed kontakion,

In thy holy nativity, O all-pure one, Joachim and Anna are freed from the reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from mortal corruption.  And, delivered from the affliction of sin, thy people celebrate it, crying out to thee:  A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life!


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.

"Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, 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.


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THE THIRD HOUR
Introductory prayers are read if 3rd hour is not preceeded by 1st hour.

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, 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).

Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to all the world; for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, and having abolished death, hath granted us life everlasting. 

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

In thy holy nativity, O all-pure one, Joachim and Anna are freed from the reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from mortal corruption.  And, delivered from the affliction of sin, thy people celebrate it, crying out to thee:  A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life!


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.

"Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, 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).

Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to all the world; for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, and having abolished death, hath granted us life everlasting. 

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

In thy holy nativity, O all-pure one, Joachim and Anna are freed from the reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from mortal corruption.  And, delivered from the affliction of sin, thy people celebrate it, crying out to thee:  A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life!


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.

"Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, 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.

Antiphon One, in Tone II—
1.  Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.
Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

2.  Lo, we have heard of it at Ephrathah: we have found it in the plains of the wood.
Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

3.  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.
 Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

4.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be shaken;  God shall help her right early in the morning.
Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Antiphon Two, in Tone II—
1.  The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; and He will not annul it.
Refrain:  O Son of God, wonderful in Thy saints, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia.

2.  Of the fruit of thy loins will I set upon Thy throne.
Refrain:  O Son of God, wonderful in Thy saints, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia.

3.  There will I make to spring forth a horn for David, I have prepared a lamp for my Christ.
Refrain:  O Son of God, wonderful in Thy saints, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia.

4.  For the Lord hath elected Zion, He hath chosen her to be a habitation for Himself.
Refrain:  O Son of God, wonderful in Thy saints, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia.


Glory… Now and ever…
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.

Antiphon Three, in Tone IV—
1.  Here will I dwell, for I have chosen her.
Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 

2.  The Most High hath hallowed His tabernacle.
Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 

3.  Holy is Thy temple, wonderful in righteousness.
Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 





Choir:  O, come let us worship, and fall down before Christ, save us, O Son of God, Who rose from the  dead, save us who chant unto Thee, Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia.


Troparia 
Choir:

Troparion of the Nativity, in Tone IV—
Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos, 
hath proclaimed joy to all the world; 
for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness, 
Who, having annulled the curse, hath given His blessing, 
and having abolished death, 
hath granted us life everlasting. 


Trisagion
Choir: Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. 
Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.
Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.



The Epistle and Gospel reading  Menaion p. 137


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone: My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
music in Music for Divine Liturgy book p. 124 "Chant ye unto our God, chant ye..."
Choir: My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Reader: For He hath looked upon the lowlines of His handmaiden; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Choir: My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. 

Reader:  My soul doth magnify the Lord 
Choir:  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.



Epistle
Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians
Phil 2:5-11
Menaion p. 137


Reader: Alleluia is in the 8th tone:  
music in Music for Divine Liturgy book p. 129 
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear.
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance.
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



Gospel  
Reader: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke:

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

Reader: (read in a normal voice, not chanted)
Lk 10:38-42, 11:27-28 
Menaion p. 137



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.

Kontakion, in Tone IV—
In thy holy nativity, O all-pure one, 
Joachim and Anna are freed from the reproach of childlessness, 
and Adam and Eve from mortal corruption.  
And, delivered from the affliction of sin, 
thy people celebrate it, crying out to thee:  
A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, 
the nourisher of our Life! 
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.

In place of It is truly meet…, the Refrain & Hirmos of the second canon of Ode IX, in Tone VIII— The staff of Moses...

Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary who hath been born of the barren woman!

Irmos:  Foreign to mothers is virginity, and strange is childbirth to virgins; yet both were accomplished in thee, O Theotokos.  Wherefore, all of us, the peoples of the world, magnify thee unceasingly.



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)  Bless, O Lord.

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

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of OUR MOST HOLY MISTRESS, THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY, 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. 


St. Serapion, monk of the St. Eleazar Monastery of the Savior (Pskov). 
St. Lucian, abbot of Alexandrov (Vladimir). 
St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevets. 
NM Athanasius of Thessalonica. 
NM Alexander Jacobson (†1930). 
St. Kinemark, disciple of St. Dyfrig. 
Tr rel St. Grimbald, abbot of Winchester. 
Kursk-Root Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1152); L:OL 82:6). 
Pochaev Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Ak:1153). 
Kholm Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. 
GC: 
MM Rufus and Rufianus. 
M Severus. 
M Artemidorus. 
St. Sophronius, bp. of Achtaleia in Georgia. 

Rep. Elder Daniel of Katounakia, Mt. Athos (†1929). 
St. Ethelburga, abbess of Lyminge

Choir:  Amen.
polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern American 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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