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30/12 Apostles Silas and Silvanus

VESPERS
30/12 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Tone II

App. Silas and Silvanus, of the Seventy, and with them: 
App. Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus. 
St. John the Warrior. 
Op rel St. Germanus, wonderworker of Solovki. 
HM Valentine, bp. of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and MM Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius and Abundius, the youths. 
HM Polychronius, bp. of Babylon, 
   and MM Parmenius, Helimenas (Elymas) and Chrysotelus, presbyters; 
   Luke and Mucius, deacons; 
   Maximus and Olympiades (Olympius), at Cordula in Persia; 
   and MM Abdon and Sennen, Persian princes, at Rome. 
St. Angelina, despotess (princess) of Serbia. 
New-hieroconfessor Anatolius the Younger, elder of Optina (1922) (L:XIII 4). 
St. Tatwin, abp. of Canterbury. 

According to the Typicon, a simple service to App. Silas and Silvanus 1A; S:1065). 


 VESPERS
As a Reader Service

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

Reader: Amen.  

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

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

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

Reader: Amen.  Lord have mercy. Twelve Times

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

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

Reader:

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

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

Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Twelve Times

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

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

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

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

ANV p. 
Reader:  In the 2nd Tone: Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me.
Choir:   Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me. * Hearken unto me, O Lord. * Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me; * attend to the voice of my supplication, * when I cry unto Thee. * Hearken unto me, O Lord.
            Let my prayer be set forth * as incense before Thee, * the lifting up of my hands * as an evening sacrifice. * Hearken unto me, O Lord.

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

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



Reader: (10) Bring my soul out of prison:  Choir:  Tone 2  that I may confess Thy name.  
Come let us adore the Word of God,/ begotten of the Father before the world began,/ and incarnate of the Virgin Mary./ For of His own will He suffered the Cross and submitted to burial.// He also rose from the dead and saved me, an erring man.

            (9) The righteous shall wait patiently for me * until Thou shalt reward me.
Christ, our Saviour,/ blotted out the bond that pledged us to the decrees of the law/ by nailing it to the Cross,/ and He put down the dominion of death.// We worship His Resurrection on the third day.
  
            (8) Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; * O Lord, hear my voice.
In common with the Archangels/ let us praise the Resurrection of Christ./ He is the Deliverer and Saviour of our souls./ And He will come again in dread glory and great power,// to judge the world He fashioned. 


            (7) Let Thine ears be attentive * to the voice of my supplication.
The angel proclaimed Thee, O Master, crucified and buried,/ and he said to the women:/ 'Come and see the place where the Lord lay./ For He is risen as He said, because He is Almighty.'/ Therefore, we worship Thee Who alone art immortal:// Have mercy upon us, O Christ, Thou Giver of life.

            (6) If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? *  For with Thee there is forgiveness.
Thou hast abolished the curse of the tree by Thy Cross/ and by Thy burial Thou hast done away with the dominion of death,/ while by Thy rising Thou hast enlightened mankind./ Therefore, we cry unto Thee:// 'Glory to Thee, O Christ, our God and Benefactor.' 

            (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.
The gates of death opened before Thee in fear, O Lord,/ and the gatekeepers of hell, beholding Thee were filled with dread./ Thou it was Who hast destroyed the gates of brass/ and burst asunder the chains of iron./ Thou also hast led us out of the valley of the shadow of death// and torn our bonds apart. 

            (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch * let Israel hope in the Lord.
Let us open our mouths to show forth Thy salvation./ Come ye and fall down in the House of the Lord and say:/ 'Cleanse our sins, O Thou, Who didst hang upon the Cross and rise from the dead// and Who art forever in the bosom of the Father.'

            (3) For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; *(Tone 4) and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities. 
Stichera for the Holy Apostles Silas & Silvanus (Tone 4)
8. Illumined with divine
splendors,/ the apostles passed over the world, like winged eagles,/ driving away the darkness of polytheism,/ and making all sons the heirs of the day./ Wherefore, we reverence you, and honour your holy and right eminent feast,// venerating your relics.

            (2) O praise the Lord, all ye nations; * praise Him, all ye peoples.
9. In sacred manner let us bless Silas and Andronicus,/ Silvanus and Crescens,/ and with praises let us honour the wondrous Epenetus today with joyful heart,/ for they are disciples and preachers of the Lord/ by whom we have been delivered from the vanity of idolatry,// and have been piously taught the radiance of the Trinity.

            (1) For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, * and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.
10. Christ sent you to all the world/ to cleanse away the mire of wickedness, O apostles,/ and to restore souls wounded by soul- destroying poison/ and bring them to perfect health./ Wherefore, we honour you as all-praised benefactors// and all-wise physicians and instruments of the Spirit.

            Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
            Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
Dogmatikon (Tone 2)
At the coming of grace, the shadow that is the law passed away./ Just as the bush that burned was not consumed,/ so hast thou, Virgin, given birth and Virgin remained./ Gone was the Pillar of fire,/ and lo, in its stead the Sun of Righteousness shone forth.// Behold, instead of Moses, Christ, the salvation of our souls. 


Senior Reader:  O Gladsome Light.
(If it is a simple service, the Vesper Hymn may be read)
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.




THE DAILY PROKIMENA

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

if it is a simple service, “Vouchsafe, O Lord” is read immediately after the Prokimenon.

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.

APOSTICHA: (Tone 2)
1. Thy Resur
rection, O Christ,/ has given light to all the earth/ and has called up Thy creature.// Therefore, glory to Thee, O Almighty God.

V. The Lord is King,/ and hath put on glorious apparel. 

2. Through Thy rood, O Saviour,/ Thou hast done away with the curse of the tree,/ and through Thy burial Thou hast put down the dominion of death,/ and Thou hast enlightened mankind by Thy Resurrection./ Therefore we cry to Thee:// Glory to Thee, O Christ, our God, the Giver of life.

V. He hath made the world so sure/ that it cannot be moved. 

3. Thou, O Christ, didst appear, nailed upon the Cross/ having changed the beauty of created things./ And in cruelty the soldiers pierced Thy side with a lance;/ while the Jews begged that Thy tomb might be sealed,/ for they both had no faith in Thy power./ But Thou, O Lord, for Thy mercy's sake hast submitted to the tomb/ and hast risen on the third day.// Therefore, unto Thee be glory.

V. Holiness becometh Thine house/ O Lord, forever.

4. Of Thine own will Thou, O Christ, the Giver of life,/ for the sake of mortal man hast endured Thy passion/ and hast descended into hell, in mighty power,/ snatching as it were from the jaws of a great monster those who awaited Thee there,/ granting them an abode in paradise./ Therefore to us who give glory to Thy Rising on the third day,// grant cleansing of our sins and Thy great mercy. 

G/B... (Tone 2)

Here is a new wonder greater than all the miracles of old,/ for who has ever known a mother bear a child without the help of man?,/ and hold in her arms Him Who encompasseth the whole creation?/ It was the will of God to be born and thou,/ O all-pure Virgin, hast carried Him, an infant in thine arms./ The boldness of a mother is therefore thine./ Do thou then pray to Him without ceasing for us who honour thee,// and entreat Him to save our souls and have mercy upon us.


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

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

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

Choir: Amen.  


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          If doing Sunday morning Matins with Saturday night Vespers, then follow this section, otherwise skip this section and go to the Dismissal Troparia.
   O Theotokos Virgin Rejoice 3x
   Blessed be the name of the Lord... 3x
   Psalm 33 the first 11 verses
   Through the prayers...
   begin 6 Psalms of Matins (Glory to God in the highest... 3x)
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otherwise we sing the Dismissal Troparia.

C. Sunday Troparia (Tone 2)
When Thou didst descend to death, O life immortal,/ Thou didst slay 
hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead/ and when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead/ all the powers of heaven cried out:/ O Giver of life, Christ our God,// Glory to Thee!

Glory... Troparion for the Apostles (Tone 3) 

O holy apostles/ entreat the merciful God,// that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

     Both...  Theotokion  (Tone 3) 

We sing thy praises, O Virgin Theotokos,/ who dost intercede for the salvation of our kind;/ for thy Son and our God by taking flesh of thee/ and accepting to suffer through the Cross/ has delivered us from corruption// because He lovest mankind.


The Dismissal

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

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

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

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

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

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

App. Silas and Silvanus, of the Seventy, and with them: 
   App. Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus. 
St. John the Warrior. 
Op rel St. Germanus, wonderworker of Solovki. 
HM Valentine, bp. of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and MM Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius and Abundius, the youths. 
HM Polychronius, bp. of Babylon, 
   and MM Parmenius, Helimenas (Elymas) and Chrysotelus, presbyters; 
      Luke and Mucius, deacons; 
      Maximus and Olympiades (Olympius), at Cordula in Persia; 
   and MM Abdon and Sennen, Persian princes, at Rome. 
St. Angelina, despotess (princess) of Serbia. 
New-hieroconfessor Anatolius the Younger, elder of Optina (1922) (L:XIII 4). 
St. Tatwin, abp. of Canterbury. 


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


Lord have mercy. (Thrice)




MATINS
30/12 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Tone II
According to the Typicon, a simple service to App. Silas and Silvanus 1A; S:1065). 
Matins  Psalm 118  Matins Gospel XI: John §67 (21:15-25) Katavasia of the Theotokos 

 MATINS: For Sundays and Feasts
As a Reader Service

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

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

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

Reader: Amen.  Lord have mercy. Twelve Times

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

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

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

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

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

Reader: Amen.   And these troparia:

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

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

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

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

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

Choir:  Lord have mercy. Nine Times

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

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




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


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

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

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Reader:  God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.  O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.
Choir: TONE 2  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:

C. Sunday Troparia (Tone 2) x2
When Thou didst descend to death, O life immortal,/ Thou didst slay 
hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead/ and when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead/ all the powers of heaven cried out:/ O Giver of life, Christ our God,// Glory to Thee!

Glory... Troparion for the Apostles (Tone 3) 

O holy apostles/ entreat the merciful God,// that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

     Both...  Theotokion  (Tone 3) 

We sing thy praises, O Virgin Theotokos,/ who dost intercede for the salvation of our kind;/ for thy Son and our God by taking flesh of thee/ and accepting to suffer through the Cross/ has delivered us from corruption// because He lovest mankind.

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

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

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


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

THE FIRST APPOINTED KATHISMA

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

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R. Sessional Hymns:
The noble Joseph, taking Thine all-pure body down from the Tree and 
wrapping it in a clean winding-sheet, enclosed it in a new tomb with sweet spices; yet Thou didst arise on the third day, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

V. Arise, O Lord my God, let Thy hand be lifted high; forget not Thy paupers to the end. 

Standing before the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb, the angel cried: "Myrrh is meet for the dead, yet Christ hath shown Himself to be a stranger to corruption! But cry aloud: The Lord hath risen, granting the world great mercy!" 

G/B... Thy mystery, O Mother of God, is most glorious and passeth all understanding, for stamped with the seal of purity and thy virginity inviolate, thou art acknowledged without doubt to be the Mother who indeed hast given birth to the true God. Do thou beseech Him to save our souls. 


THE SECOND APPOINTED KATHISMA

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


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Without hindering the Jews from sealing the stone of the tomb, in arising Thou didst bestow the rock of faith upon all. O Lord, glory be to Thee!

V. I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, I will tell of all Thy wonders.

With one accord the choir of Thy disciples rejoiceth with the myrrh- bearing women; and with them we celebrate a common feast to the glory and honour of Thy resurrection. And through them we cry out to Thee, O Lord Who lovest mankind: Grant Thy people great mercy!

G/B... All-blessed art thou, O Virgin Theotokos, for by Him Who became incarnate through thee hath hades been made captive, Adam restored, the curse annulled, Eve set free, death slain, and we have been given life. Wherefore, chanting, we cry aloud: Blessed is Christ God Who hath been thus well pleased! Glory be to Thee!




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PSALM 118
Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 
Blessed are they that search out His testimonies; with their whole heart shall they seek after Him.
For they that work iniquity have not walked in His ways. 
Thou hast enjoined Thy commandments, that we should keep them most diligently. 
Would that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes. 
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I look on all Thy commandments. 
I will confess Thee with uprightness of heart, when I have learned the judgements of Thy righteousness. 
I will keep thy statutes; do not utterly forsake me. 
Wherewithal shall a young man correct his way? By keeping Thy words. 
With my whole heart have I sought after Thee, cast me not away from Thy commandments. 
In my heart have I hid Thy sayings that I might not sin against Thee. 



THE EVLOGITARIA 
(On Sundays)

               Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.
               The assembly of angels was amazed, * beholding Thee numbered among the dead; * yet, O Savior, destroying the stronghold of death, * and with Thyself raising up Adam, * and freeing all from hades.

               Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.
               Why mingle ye myrrh with tears of pity, * O ye women disciples? * Thus the radiant angel within the tomb * addressed the myrrh-bearing women; * behold the tomb and understand, * for the Savior is risen from the tomb.

               Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.
               Very early * the myrrh-bearing women* hastened unto Thy tomb, lamenting, * but the angel stood before them and said: * the time for lamentation is passed, weep not, * but tell of the Resurrection to the apostles.

               Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.
               The myrrh-bearing women, * with myrrh came to Thy tomb, O Savior, bewailing, * but the angel addressed them, saying: * Why number ye the living among the dead, * for as God He is risen from the tomb.

               Glory to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit.
               Let us worship the Father, * and His Son, and the Holy Spirit, * the Holy Trinity, * one in essence, * crying with the Seraphim: * Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O Lord.

               Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
               In bringing forth the Giver of life, * thou hast delivered Adam from sin, O Virgin, * and hast brought joy to Eve instead of sorrow; * and those fallen from life have thereunto been restored, * by Him Who of thee was incarnate, God and man.

               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.


HYPAKOE
                    If it is Sunday, the HYPAKOE is read (if feast of the Theotokos or of saints fall on Sunday, their sessional hymns are read after the Hypakoe.  Feast of the Lord which fall on Sunday replace the Octoechos entirely).
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R. Ypakoe:
After the Passion, when the women went to the tomb to anoint Thy Body, O Christ our God, they saw angels in the sepulcher and were affrighted, for they heard them say that the Lord was risen granting the world great mercy.


HYMN OF ASCENT
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Hymn of Degrees: (Antiphon One) 
I cast the eyes of my heart toward Thee in heaven, O Saviour. Save me by Thine overshadowing.

Have mercy on us who offend Thee greatly every hour, O my Christ, and grant that we may offer Thee repentance before the end.

G/B... It is fitting that the Holy Spirit reign, sanctify and move creation, for He is God, consubstantial with the Father and the Word.


Hymn of Degrees: (Antiphon Two) 
If the Lord Himself were not with us, who would be preserved whole from the enemy, the slayer of men? 

Give not Thy servant over to the teeth of mine enemies, O Saviour, for they move against me like lions. 

G/B... The Holy Spirit is the Source of life and worship, for by His power as God He preserveth all created things in the Father by the Son.

Hymn of Degrees: (Antiphon Three) 
They who hope in the Lord are like a holy mountain: they are in nowise moved by the assaults of the enemy.

Let those who live godly lives stretch not their hands forth to iniquities, for Christ will not withhold His staff from such in His portion. 

G/B... Through the Holy Spirit doth all wisdom flow: through Him 
have the prophets received vision, hath grace come upon the apostles, and have the martyrs been crowned with the endurance of suffering. 



PROKEIMENON
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READER: The Prokimenon in the 2nd  Tone: Arouse Thyself, O Lord my God, in the commandment which Thou hast enjoined, * and a congregation of peoples shall surround Thee.
CHOIR: Arouse Thyself, O Lord my God, in the commandment which Thou hast enjoined, * and a congregation of peoples shall surround Thee.

READER:  O Lord my God, in Thee have I put my hope; save me.
CHOIR:  Arouse Thyself, O Lord my God, in the commandment which Thou hast enjoined, * and a congregation of peoples shall surround Thee.

READER: Arouse Thyself, O Lord my God, in the commandment which Thou hast enjoined, 
CHOIR:  and a congregation of peoples shall surround Thee. 




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

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

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

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

Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Thrice.

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

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


               Then the Senior reader reads the appointed Matins Gospel, in a normal tone of voice, facing the altar.  
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Saint John, Section 67 (Chapter 21:15-25) 
Read on the 11th (Second Tone), 22nd (Fifth Tone), 33rd (Eighth Tone) and 44th (Third Tone) Sundays after Pentecost.

At that time, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after that He was risen from the dead, and said to Simon Peter: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He said unto Him: Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He said unto him: Feed My lambs. He said to him again the second time: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He said unto Him: Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He said unto him: Feed My sheep. He said unto him the third time: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time: Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him: Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus said unto him: Feed My sheep. Amen, amen, I say unto thee: When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldest not. 

This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said unto him: Follow Me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper, and said: Lord, which is he that betrayeth Thee? Peter seeing him said to Jesus: Lord, and what of this one? Jesus said unto him: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die; yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things; and I know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. 


At the conclusion of the reading:

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

Choir: (tone 6)  Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, * let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, * the only sinless One. * We worship Thy Cross, O Christ, * and Thy holy Resurrection we hymn and glorify. * For Thou art our God, * and we know none other beside Thee; * we call upon Thy name. * O come, all ye faithful, * let us worship Christ’s holy Resurrection, * for, behold, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world. * Ever blessing the Lord, * we hymn His Resurrection; * for, having endured crucifixion, * He hath destroyed death by death. (thrice):

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.

               If it is a feast of the Lord or The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple, with special stichera, they are sung here.  Otherwise, on Sundays and other feasts we sing in the 6th Tone:

Choir:     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
               Through the prayers of the apostles, O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.
               Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
               Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.
               Have mercy on me, O God, * according to Thy great mercy; * and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, * blot out my transgressions.
       Jesus having risen from the grave, * as He foretold, * hath given us life eternal, * and great mercy.


Choir:  Lord, have mercy.  Twelve Times.

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

Choir:  Amen.




THE CANON(S)

Canticle One 
Irmos: Overwhelming power once laid low the whole army of Pharaoh in the deep,/ and the incarnate Word hath destroyed pernicious sin./ All-glorious is the Lord,// for gloriously hath He been glorified.
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
The prince of this world, under whom we have enlisted, not having obeyed Thy commandment, was condemned by Thy Cross, O Good One; for the weak one attacked Thee as one mortal, recoiled from the might of Thine authority, and was exposed as weak.
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
Thou camest into the world, the Deliverer of the human race and Author of life incorruptible; for by Thy resurrection Thou didst break asunder the bonds of death. This do we all glorify, for gloriously hast Thou been glorified. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Thou wast revealed as higher than all creation, visible and invisible, O pure Ever-virgin; for thou gavest birth to the Creator, in that He waswell pleased to become incarnate in thy womb. Entreat Him with boldness, to save our souls. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord. 
O Christ, through the suffering of Thy flesh Thou becamest the power of the weak, the resurrection of the fallen and the incorruption of the dead, for Thou hast been glorified.
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
God the Creator, the Restorer Who was put to death, had compassion on His fallen image, raised it up which was broken down, and hath given life unto all, for He hath been glorified.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us
Of old, the immaterial ladder and the strangely solidified path amid the sea revealed thy birthgiving, O pure one, which we all hymn, for it hath been glorified.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
The Power of the Most High, the perfect Hypostasis, the Wisdom of God, Who became incarnate of thee, O most pure one, drew nigh unto men, for He hath been glorified.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
The Sun of righteousness passed through the impassable door, thy closed womb, O pure one, and shone forth upon the world, for He hath been glorified. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Ever standing before the divine throne, illumined with never-waning radiance, O saints, ask ye of the Father of lights, that He send down spiritual enlightenment upon all of us who faithfully honor you.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Beholding the Sun of righteousness Who shone forth from the divine Virgin, O glorious ones, ye cleaved unto Him, becoming light through divine communion: and ye drove away all the gloom of falsehood.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Bearing the divine law upon your tongue, ye traversed all the earth, taking away its iniquity, O wise Crescens and Andronicus, Silas and Silvanus, and sowing the word of salvation.
Glory... 
Let us praise the glorious Epenetus, who was the divine boast of Carthage and a disciple of the Word, a wellspring of healings, a great preacher of things past understanding, and the confirmation of the Faith. 
Both...  
Thou gavest birth ineffably unto the all-hymned God Who, in His goodness, arrayed Himself in flesh which He took from thee, O all-hymned and pure one. Wherefore, as of old thou didst foretell, we hymn and bless thee with thankful voices. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
I shall open my mouth/ and the Spirit will inspire it,/ and I shall utter the words of my song to the Queen and Mother:/ I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast// and joyfully praising her wonders.



Canticle Three 
Irmos: The desert, the barren Church of the nations,/ blossomed like a lily at Thine advent, O Lord;// and therein hath my heart been established. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
During Thy suffering creation was altered, beholding Thee, Who founded all by Thy divine gesture, in pauper's form, mocked by the iniquitous. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
With Thy hand Thou didst fashion me out of dust, in Thine image; and having descended into hades, O Christ, with Thyself Thou didst raise me up who had again been broken down into the dust of death for my sins. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
The ranks of the angels marveled, O most pure one, and the hearts of men have been filled with awe at thy birthgiving; wherefore, we honour thee, the Theotokos, with faith. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Christ Who is higher than all became a little lower than the nature of the angels through His suffering in the flesh. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Reckoned as dead with the iniquitous, O Christ, after the resurrection Thou didst appear to the women, resplendent in a crown of glory. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
He Who, as the Creator of time, far transcendeth all time, was of His own will formed of thee as a babe, O Virgin.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Let us hymn the womb which is more spacious than the heavens, through which Adam, rejoicing, dwelleth in the heavens. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
Having preached the incarnation of the Master and loosed the bonds of wickedness, O wise and great preachers, ye loosed those who of old were bound with unbelief, and led them to God through faith.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
As lamps of the never-waning radiance, ye drove away the darkness of ungodliness, showing the light of knowledge to men, O all-praised ones. Wherefore, ye are ever blessed.
Glory... 
Unto all the earth hath the divine proclamation of the apostles gone forth, as David doth sing, and it teacheth the suffering and resurrection of the Savior, whereby we have all risen from graves of vanity. 
Both...  
He Who is Light unapproachable found thee to be higher in honor than the angels, O Theotokos, and entered into thy holy womb; and He showed Himself to be a man incarnate of thee, known in two natures. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4) O Mother of God,/ thou living and plentiful fount,/ give strength to those united in spiritual fellowship,/ who sing hymns of praise to thee:/ And in thy divine glory// vouchsafe unto them crowns of glory. 
Reader: Lord Have Mercy 3x 

C. Kontakion for the Apostles (Tone 4)
Ye were shown to be branches of the vine of Christ,/ bearing clusters of the virtues, pouring forth upon us the wine of salvation, O wise ones,/ which receiving, we are filled with gladness,/ celebrating your most honoured memory,// whereon pray ye, O apostles of the Lord, for the remission of our sins. 

(There is no Ikos for the apostles) 

R. Sessional Hymns
As divine embers kindled by the fervor of the Comforter, O all-praised apostles, ye dispelled the gloom of ungodliness and warmed the faithful in sacred manner. Wherefore, honoring your memory today, we ask to receive great mercy. 

G/B... Thou wast the divine tabernacle of the Word, O thou who alone art the all-pure Mother and Virgin, who surpassest the angels in purity; with the divine water of thy prayers cleanse me who, more than all others, am dirt, defiled by carnal transgressions, and grant me great mercy, O pure one. 



Canticle Four 
Irmos: Thou didst come forth from the Virgin,/ neither a mediator nor an angel,/ but Thyself incarnate, O Lord,// and hast saved me, the whole man; wherefore, I cry to thee: Glory to Thy power, O Lord. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord. 
O God my Master, Thou standest before the judgment-seat as one condemned, without crying out, bringing forth judgment in behalf of the gentiles. Thereby Thou hast wrought salvation for the whole world through Thy suffering, O Christ. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
Through Thy suffering, O Christ, the weaponry of the enemy failed, and by Thy descent into hades the cities of the adversary were destroyed and the audacity of the tyrant set at naught. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
O Theotokos and Mistress, all of us, the faithful, know thee to be the haven of salvation and an immovable rampart; for through thy supplications, thou dost deliver our souls from perils. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Beholding thee nailed to the Tree, O Christ, the Virgin who gave birth unto Thee without pain endured a mother's pangs. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
vDeath was vanquished when, dead, Thou didst storm the gates of hades; for when the all-devouring one was destroyed, all things which are past nature were given to me.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Lo! as the dwelling-place of the Lord, the Mother of God, the divine mountain, hath most clearly been exalted far higher than the hosts of heaven.
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Having given birth beyond the laws of nature unto Him Who hath dominion over creation, O only Virgin, thou wast vouchsafed a divine calling. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Traversing the whole world with the might of Him Who created all things, like winged birds, ye saved those who were in the abyss of evils, O God-bearers, and guided the unfortunate to the calm harbor.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Giving strength to the paralyzed through the word of thought, O glorious Silas, with the preacher Paul thou didst traverse the whole world, inundated by many trials and showing thyself to the faithful as a rescuer.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
Adorned with great grace, with Paul thou didst pass from the East to the West like a beam of light, O all-wise Silas, as effulgences of the Sun, and ye illumined the hearts of the gentiles. 
Glory... 
Let Crescens and Andronicus be praised, and let Silvanus be magnified today with Silas; let Epenetus also be lauded: for they are all clusters on the vine of Christ, pouring forth the sweetness of salvation. 
Both...  
The wonder which came to pass within thee was the most transcendent of wonders, for, surpassing the laws of nature, thou gavest birth unto Christ the Giver of the law, Who remitteth the crime of the first-created, O all-immaculate one. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
He Who sits in glory upon the throne of the Godhead,/ Jesus the true God,/ is come in a swift cloud,/ and with His pure hand He has saved those who cry:// Glory to Thy power, O Lord. 



Canticle Five 
Irmos: Thou art a Mediator between God and man, O Christ God:/ For by Thee, O Master,/ are we led up out of the night of ignorance to Thy Father,// the Source of light. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord. 
Thou didst break the audacity of the nations by Thy will, as if they were cedars, O Christ Master, for it was Thy will to be lifted up in the flesh upon the cypress, the pine and the cedar. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
When they laid Thee, dead and bereft of breath, in a deep pit, O Christ; yet, wounded, through thy wounds Thou didst raise up with Thyself the forgotten dead who slept in the graves. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Entreat thy Son and Lord, O pure Virgin, that He grant peace unto those who hope in thee and deliverance from the assaults of adversaries unto captives. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
The first Adam refused to fast and ate of the deadly tree; yet his sin was erased when the second Adam was crucified. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
By human nature Thou becamest able to experience suffering and death, O Christ Who in Thine immaterial divinity art dispassionate; and untouched by corruption Thou didst raise up the dead from the nethermost parts of hades. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
O ye clouds, rain down the delight of gladness upon those on earth, for a Child hath been given, He Who hath existed from before time: Our God Who is incarnate of the Virgin. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Light hath shone upon my life and flesh and destroyed the gloom of sin! In latter times the Most High became incarnate of the Virgin without seed. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!Exalted far above the heavens is the majesty of Thy disciples who preached on earth Thy glorious advent, sufferings and resurrection, O Word of God, Jesus all-good. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
Now let us praise the wise Silas, the luminous and all-radiant vessel of the Comforter, the instruction of the erring, the all-glorious boast of Thessalonica, the adornment of the apostles. 
Glory... 
Made strong, in accordance with thy name, by the alliance of the Word, O all-wise Andronicus, thou didst go forth, strengthening hearts weakened by the temptations of the adversary, and guiding them to the knowledge of God. 
Both...  
David described thee beforehand as the mountain of curds, the mountain of our God, the rich mountain; for in thee, O Maiden, didst thou come to know the ways of Him Who beggared Himself in assuming the flesh and hath elevated us to our former blessedness. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
The whole
world was amazed at thy divine glory,/ for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock,/ hast held in thy womb the God of all,/ and hast given birth to an eternal Son,// Who rewards with salvation all who sing thy praises.



Canticle Six
Irmos: Whirled about in the abyss of sin,/ I call upon the unfathomable abyss of Thy loving-kindness:// Lead me out up from corruption, O God. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
The Righteous One was condemned as a malefactor and nailed to the Tree with iniquitous men, through His blood granting remission to the guilty. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
Through one man, the first Adam, did death enter the world of old, and through the one Son of God hath the resurrection been revealed. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Thou gavest birth without having known a man, O Virgin, and thou remainest a virgin eternally, revealing the images of the true divinity of thy Son and God. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.Thou didst set the Cherubim as guardians of the tree of life against the fallen one, yet, beholding Thee, the doors were opened; for Thou didst appear escorting the thief into paradise. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Hades was emptied and overthrown by the death of One; for the one Christ emptied it for us all of the great treasure which it had hoarded. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Human nature, enslaved to sin, hath through thee obtained its freedom, O pure Mistress; for thy Son is slaughtered like a lamb for all. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
We all cry out to thee, the true Mother of God; Deliver thy servants, who move God to wrath, for thou alone hast boldness before thy Son. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!Raised up to the Lord through pure actions, O wise ones, ye drew those who had fallen down into the pit of destruction up to the heavenly heights of exalted vision and activity. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
Having preached the Unity of Essence, the Trinity of Persons, to the ends of the earth, O divinely blessed ones, ye utterly destroyed the gloom of polytheism and were shown to be lamps for men’s souls. 
Glory... 
Enlivening thy mind with the anointing of joy, Christ showed thee forth piously as His disciple, the first pastor of Chalcedon, who showest the path to those who are astray, O all-wise Crescens. 
Both...  The Creator found thee to be comely in beauty, and made His abode within thee, O all-holy and most laudable Virgin; and He showed Himself to be incarnate, more comely than all the sons of the earthborn. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4) 
As we celebrate/ this sacred and solemn feast of the Mother of God,/ let us come, clapping our hands,/ O people of the Lord,/ and give glory to God// Who was born of her. 
Reader: Lord Have Mercy 3x 

C. Kontakion (Tone 2)
Hell became afraid, O almighty Saviour,/ seeing the miracle of Thy 
Resurrection from the tomb!/ The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee!// And the world, O my Saviour praises Thee forever.

R. Ikos
Thou art the light of those in darkness; Thou art the resurrection of all and the life of men, and hast raised up all with Thyself, O Saviour, abolishing the dominion of death and breaking down the gates of hades, O Word. And the dead, beholding the wonder, marveled, and all creation rejoiceth in Thy resurrection, O Thou Who lovest mankind. Wherefore, we all glorify and hymn Thy condescension; and the world, O my Saviour, ever hymneth Thee. 



Canticle Seven 
Irmos: The command of the iniquitous tyrant, opposed to God,/ raised up a lofty flame;/ but Christ, Who is blessed and all- glorious,// spread a spiritual dew upon the pious youths. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
In Thy loving-kindness, O Master, Thou couldst not bear to see man tormented by death; and, becoming man, Thou didst come and save him by Thy blood. Blessed and most glorious is the God of our fathers!
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord. 
Seeing Thee arrayed in the vesture of vengeance, O Christ, the gatekeepers of hades were affrighted; for Thou didst come to slay Thy servant, the mindless tyrant. Blessed and most glorious is the God of our fathers! 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
We understand thee to be holier than the Holy of holies, for thou alone gavest birth to the immutable God, O blameless Virgin, unwedded Mother; for thou hast poured forth incorruption upon all the faithful through thy divine birthgiving. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Of old, in Eden, disobedience condemned our forefather; yet the most divine and most glorious God of our fathers was willingly condemned, loosing the transgressions of him who had transgressed.
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord. 
Thou didst save him who was wounded in Eden by the tongue of the serpent through the jealousy of the slayer of man; for by Thy voluntary suffering Thou didst heal the bite he willingly took. Most divine and most glorious is the God of our fathers! 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord. 
To the light Thou didst call me who walk in the shadow of death, O Thou Who didst clothe dark hades with the lightning of divinity. Most divine and most glorious is the God of our fathers! 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
At night, Jacob beheld as in a vision the incarnate God, Who through thee hath appeared in splendor to those who chant: Most divine and most glorious is the God of our fathers! 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Manifesting within thee beforehand the signs of the ineffable descent whereby He united Himself unto men of His own will, O pure one, the most divine and all-glorious God of our fathers wrestled with Jacob. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Abominable is he who doth not with undoubting faith and tongue proclaim Thee the Son of the Virgin, Who art one of the most hymned Trinity, crying out: Most divine and most glorious is the God of our fathers! 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!Together let us hymn Silas and Silvanus, the vessels which contained the grace of the Comforter, which destroyed the receptacles of the delusions of the past, and made them acceptable unto God.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
No one is able to praise the wondrous Epenetus, for he transformed himself for Christ, accepting suffering for His sake; and, having contended well, he hath won a share in His kingdom. 
Glory... 
With divine hymns let Crescens be praised, who revealed the hidden paths of Christ, who with his own flesh condemned sin and showed forth many as uncondemned. 
Both...  
By thy mediation loose the bonds of my transgressions, O pure one, and to the perfect love of thy good Son do thou bind me, who ever withdraw myself from Him by my wicked pleasures. 

C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
The
Holy Children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire,/preferring not to worship created things rather than the Creator,/ and they sang in joy:/ 'Blessed art Thou and praised above all,// O Lord God of our fathers.' 


Canticle Eight 
Irmos: Once, in Babylon,/ the fiery furnace divided its activity at the command of God,/ consuming the Chaldeans, but bedewing the faithful, who chant:// Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord! 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
Beholding the vesture of Thy flesh stained with Thy blood, O Christ, the ranks of the angels were filled with awe and trembling at Thy great longsuffering, crying aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord! 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
By Thine arising, O Compassionate One, Thou hast clothed my mortality in immortality; wherefore, in gladness Thy chosen people thankfully hymn Thee, O Christ, crying out to Thee: Death is swallowed up in victory! 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Without seed thou didst conceive Him Who is inseparable from the Father, and He dwelt in thy womb as God and man; and thou didst ineffably give birth unto Him O all-pure Theotokos. Wherefore, we acknowledge thee as the salvation of us all. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.O Thou Who art rich in mercy, Thou wast seen to be nailed to the Cross and buried of Thine own will; and Thou didst arise on the third day, O Thou Who lovest mankind, and hast delivered all men, who chant with faith: Let all creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all the ages. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
Thou didst descend into the nethermost parts, O Christ, Thou Word of God, to deliver from corruption, by Thy divine power, that which Thou hadst created; and fashioning it without corruption, Thou didst make it a partaker of Thine everlasting glory, that, crying out, it may chant: Let all creation exalt Christ supremely unto the ages. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us. 
Through thee the One Who is incomparable in goodness and power was seen on earth and dwelt with men. And, chanting unto Him, all of us, the faithful, cry: Let all existing creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages! 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
Truly proclaiming thee to be the pure Theotokos, we glorify thee; for thou gavest birth to the One of the Trinity Who became incarnate, to Whom, with the Father and the Spirit, we all chant: Let all creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all the ages! 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!Ye gave no sleep to your eyes, O vigilant servants of the Word, until ye had delivered the faithful from the heavy sleep of falsehood and made them children of the light and the day.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
As chariots of God, O glorious apostles, ye took on Him Who steereth you on the heavenly course, crushing all the weaponry of deception. 
Let us bless Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the Lord! 
Let the all-wise Silas be rightly praised as a minister of Christ, and with him let Crescens and Andronicus, the beacons which enlightened all the nations, be glorified with faith. 
Both...  
Let us hymn the life-creating Trinity which is composed of Hypostases and is understood to be of a single Essence; and, chanting, let us say: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord. 
We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely exalting Him unto all ages. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
The
Offspring of the Theotokos/ saved the holy Children in the furnace./ He Who was then prefigured has since been born on earth,/ and He gathers together all the creation to sing:/ O all ye works of the Lord,// bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all forever.

Choir:     My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
               refrain:  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.
               For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; * for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  
                             refrain
               For the Mighty One hath done great things to me, * and holy is His name; * and His mercy is on them that fear Him * unto generation and generation.
                             refrain
               He hath showed strength with His arm, * and He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.  
                             refrain
               He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and exalted them of low degree; * He hath filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich He hath sent empty away.  
                             refrain
               He hath holpen His servant Israel * in remembrance of His mercy, * as He spake to our fathers, * to Abraham and his seed forever.  
                             refrain


Canticle Nine 
Irmos: God the Lord, the Son of the unoriginate Father,/ hath revealed Himself to us incarnate of the Virgin,/ to enlighten those in darkness and to gather the dispersed.// Wherefore, we magnify the all-hymned Theotokos. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
The thrice-rich tree of Thine all-pure Cross was planted on Golgotha as in paradise, O Saviour; and watered with the blood and divine water of Thy side, as by a divine spring, O Christ, it hath budded forth life for us. 
Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.
Crucified, O Omnipotent One, Thou didst cast down the mighty; and raising up human nature, which lay below in the stronghold of hades, Thou didst set it upon the throne of the Father. And worshipping Thee Who wilt come therewith, we magnify Thee. 
Most Holy Trinity Our God glory to Thee 
Chanting, O ye faithful, in Orthodox manner let us glorify the threefold Unity, the consubstantial Trinity, the indivisible, all-divine essence, the thrice-radiant, the only incorrupt and never-waning Effulgence, which hath shone forth light upon us. 
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.
On Golgotha Thou wast lifted up on the Cross like a lamb between the condemned, O Christ, and pierced in the side by a spear. In that Thou art good, Thou didst give life unto us who are made of dust, who honour Thy divine resurrection with faith.
Glory to Thy Precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord. 
O all ye faithful, let us worship God Who by His own death abolished the might of death with power; for He Who raised up with Himself the dead of ages past bestoweth life and resurrection upon all. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
In thy womb, O pure one, the Word of God was given to corrupt nature as a staff of strength; and He raised it up which had fallen headlong into hades. Wherefore, O most pure one, we magnify thee as the Theotokos. 
Most Holy Theotokos, Save us.
O Master, mercifully accept as advocate for us Thy Mother, Whom Thou didst choose. All things will be filled with Thy goodness, that we may all magnify Thee as our Benefactor. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!Saving physicians of souls and bodies were ye. Ye heal the infirm with spiritual remedies and show forth a twofold health, O divinely radiant apostles. Wherefore, ye are blessed as is meet. 
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!
Ye were shown to be as embers ignited by the fervor of the Spirit, and ye melted the ice of falsehood and warmed frozen hearts by faith; and ye lead all to the spring of salvation, O all-wise ones.
Holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
In the house of our God let us join chorus, glorifying Silvanus, Silas and Andronicus, the great Epenetus and the most wise Crescens, as true preachers who pray for us. 
Glory... 
Your truly sacred and right laudable memory, holy and full of the gifts of the divine Spirit, illumining the fullness of the pious with beams of divine activity, compelleth us to hymn you, O wise ones. 
Both... 
Through the entreaties of her who knew not wedlock, who gave birth to Thee, O almighty Master, Who shalt come again in the glory of Thy divinity to judge the whole world, take pity on me, and send me not into the fire condemned by my transgressions. 
C. Katavasia (Tone 4)
Let every mortal
born on earth,/ radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy;/ and let the hosts of the angelic powers celebrate/ and honour the holy feast of the Mother of God,/ and let them cry:// Hail! Pure and blessed ever-Virgin, who gavest birth to God. 
R. Lord Have Mercy 3x 


ANV p.
Tone  2
Reader:  Holy is the Lord our God.
Choir:  Holy is the Lord our God.
              
Reader:  For holy is the Lord our God.
Choir:  Holy is the Lord our God.

Reader:  Above all peoples is our God.
Choir:  Holy is the Lord our God.



EXAPOSTILARIA
Octoechos p. 
Menaion p. 

After the divine Resurrection, the Lord, asking Peter three times: 
'Lovest thou Me?' proposed him as chief shepherd of His own sheep. Seeing him whom Jesus loved following in His footsteps, he asked the Master: 'What is this?' 'If I wish,' said He 'for him to tarry till I come again, what is that to thee, friend Peter?' 

G/B... Theotokion 
O fearful mystery! O strange and glorious wonder! Through death is death utterly destroyed. Who then praises not, who then venerates not Thy Resurrection, O Word, and the Theotokos who has in purity borne Thee in the flesh? By her intercessions, deliver us all from Gehenna.



PRAISES

 The Lauds (the Praises) in the tone of the first appointed sticheron:
ANV p.
Reader:  In the _2nd_ tone, Let every breath praise the Lord.
Choir:  Let every breath praise the Lord. * Praise the Lord from the heavens, * praise Him in the highest. * To Thee is due praise, O God.
               Praise Him, all ye His angels; * praise Him, all ye His hosts. * To Thee is due praise, O God.

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

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

               If there are 6 (or 8) stichera appointed, they are sung after the following verse, otherwise it is read or sung as the above verses down to the place were we would begin when 4 stichera are appointed: 

Reader:  To do among them the judgment that is written.
ANV p. 
Choir:    Tone  2 This glory shall be to all His saints.  And then the first sticheron is sung.

1. All that hath breath, all the creation praises Thee, O Lord./ For Thou alone lovest men,/ and hast put down de-ath through Thy Cross,// so as to show mankind Thy Resurrection.

V. Praise ye God in His saints,/ praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Let the Jews say how the soldiers lost the King over Whom they watched./ Why did the stone fail to guard the rock of life?/ Let them give up Him who was buried or worship Him risen and declare with us:// Glory to Thy manifold mercies, Glory unto Thee, our Saviour.
V. Praise Him for His mighty acts,/ praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness. 

O ye people, rejoice and make glad./ An angel sat upon the stone of the tomb and announced to us:/ Christ, Saviour of the world is risen from the dead/ and has filled the universe with fragrance.// Rejoice and make glad, O ye people.

V. Praise Him with the sound of trumpet,/ praise Him with psaltery and harp.

4. Before Thy conception, O Lord,/ an angel brought the joyful salutation to the Virgin, full of grace,/ while at Thy Resurrection an angel rolled back the stone of Thy glorious tomb./ The one, in place of sorrow disclosed tokens of joy,/ the other instead of death, proclaimed the Master, Giver of life to us./ Therefore we cry: Glory to Thee, O Lord,// Benefactor of all mankind. 

V. Praise Him with timbrel and dance,/ praise Him with strings and flute. 

Weeping, the women poured myrrh upon Thy tomb,/ and then their voices were filled with joy as they said:// The Lord is risen.
V. Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation./ Let every breath praise the Lord.
Let the Gentiles and the people praise Christ our God,/ Who for our sakes willingly suffered the Cross and spent three days in hell./ And let them worship His Resurrection from the dead// that sheds light to the ends of the world.

V. Arise, O Lord my God, let Thy hand be lifted high;/ forget not Thy paupers to the end. 

7. Crucified and buried of Thine own will,/ Thou didst despoil death, O Christ,/ and as God and Master,// Thou didst grant the world eternal life and Thy great mercy. 

V. I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart,/ I will tell of all Thy wonders. 

8. In truth, ye, evil-doers, who sealed the stone,/ ye granted us a greater wonder;/ the watch knew that He left the tomb and they said:/ 'Ye tell us that while we slept, the disciples came and stole Him away.'/ But whoever steals a body and a body that is unclothed?/ He rose up of His own accord, because He is God,/ leaving His grave clothes in the tomb./ O ye Jews go and see how He left the seals unbroken,/ having trampled death and granted mankind life without end// and His great mercy.

Glory... Gospel Sticheron, (Tone 8)  

Appearing after the Resurrection to Thy disciples,/ O Saviour, Thou hast given Peter the tending of Thy sheep,/ as a repayment of love asking for him to pasture them with care./ And therefore hast Thou said:/ 'If Thou lovest Me feed My sheep, tend My lambs.'/ And he straightway pointing to the beloved friend, asked about the other disciple:// By their prayers, O Christ, preserve Thy flock from the wolves that damage it. 


Both now and ever...(Tone 2) 

Most Blessed art Thou, O Virgin Theotokos,/ for through Him Who became incarnate of thee is hades led captive,/ Adam recalled, the curse annulled, Eve set fre-e, death slain,/ and we are given life. Wherefore, we cry aloud in praise:/ Blessed art Thou, O Christ God,// Who hast been thus well- pleased, glory to Thee. 




THE GREAT DOXOLOGY

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

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

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


TROPARION OF THE RESURRECTION
               If it is a Sunday and a feast of the Lord coincides with it, we sing the troparion of the feast.  If it is a feast on any other day of the week, we sing the troparion of the feast. But if it is a regular Sunday, even if it is a feast of the Theotokos or of a saint, we sing one of the following troparia.

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               If is a 2nd, 4th, 6th, or 8th Tone Sunday, we sing:
 ANV p. 
               Tone 2:  Having risen from the tomb, and having burst the bonds of hades, * Thou hast destroyed the sentence of death, O Lord, * delivering all from the snares of the enemy. * Manifesting Thyself to Thine apostles, Thou didst send them forth to preach; * and through them hast granted Thy peace to the world, * O Thou Who alone art plenteous in mercy.
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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):

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

App. Silas and Silvanus, of the Seventy, and with them: 
   App. Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus. 
St. John the Warrior. 
Op rel St. Germanus, wonderworker of Solovki. 
HM Valentine, bp. of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and MM Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius and Abundius, the youths. 
HM Polychronius, bp. of Babylon, 
   and MM Parmenius, Helimenas (Elymas) and Chrysotelus, presbyters; 
      Luke and Mucius, deacons; 
      Maximus and Olympiades (Olympius), at Cordula in Persia; 
   and MM Abdon and Sennen, Persian princes, at Rome. 
St. Angelina, despotess (princess) of Serbia. 
New-hieroconfessor Anatolius the Younger, elder of Optina (1922) (L:XIII 4). 
St. Tatwin, abp. of Canterbury. 

Choir:   Amen.

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

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


  The End Matins  LHM 3x


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

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

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

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

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

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, * then didst Thou slay hades with the radiance of Thy divinity. * And when Thou didst raise up the dead * from the nethermost depths, * all the hosts of heaven cried aloud: * O Christ our God, Bestower of light, glory be to Thee! 


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

O holy apostles/ 
entreat the merciful God,// 
that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

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

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

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

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

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

Thou didst rise from the tomb, O omnipotent Saviour, * and Hades was terrified on beholding the wonder; * and the dead arose, and creation at the sight thereof rejoiceth with Thee. * And Adam also is joyful, * and the world, O my Saviour, * praiseth Thee forever. 

Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

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

Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

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

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

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

Amen.  



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


TYPICA/LITURGY

HOURS & TYPICA

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

Reader: Glory to Thee our God, Glory to Thee.
     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.

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THE THIRD 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 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).

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, * then didst Thou slay hades with the radiance of Thy divinity. * And when Thou didst raise up the dead * from the nethermost depths, * all the hosts of heaven cried aloud: * O Christ our God, Bestower of light, glory be to Thee! 


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

O holy apostles/ 
entreat the merciful God,// 
that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

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.

Thou didst arise from the tomb, O all-powerful Saviour, *
 and hades, beholding the wonder, was stricken with awe, 
and the dead arose. * Creation, seeing Thee, rejoiced, * 
and Adam was glad, * 
and the world, O my Saviour, * ever hymneth Thee. 


Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

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

Lord, have mercy (Thrice).

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

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

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

Amen.  

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


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

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

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

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

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

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, * then didst Thou slay hades with the radiance of Thy divinity. * And when Thou didst raise up the dead * from the nethermost depths, * all the hosts of heaven cried aloud: * O Christ our God, Bestower of light, glory be to Thee! 

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

O holy apostles/ 
entreat the merciful God,// 
that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.


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.

Thou didst arise from the tomb, O all-powerful Saviour, *
 and hades, beholding the wonder, was stricken with awe, 
and the dead arose. * Creation, seeing Thee, rejoiced, * 
and Adam was glad, * 
and the world, O my Saviour, * ever hymneth Thee. 

Then: Lord, have mercy (40 Times).

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

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

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

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

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





parts of service that are done at both Reader Typica and Liturgy
parts added in at Reader Typica only, not part of the Liturgy
Rubics in red Times
Priest parts outside the altar area are in bold Tahoma 
Priest Prayers said in silence or in altar are not in bold type
Deacon parts not said by the priest even when there is no deacon in gray

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The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 
(With Rubrics and Text According to Current ROCOR Use)
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Priest (and Deacon) stand before the Holy Table and pray the following quietly
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.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.  (2x)
(then…) O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

After the usual preparation the deacon goes out before the royal gates and says:
Deacon:  Bless, Master.
The Priest intones the following in a loud voice while making the sign of the Cross upon the Holy Table with the Gospel.
Priest:  Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
The Priest kisses the Gospel & lays it down.
Chanters:         Amen.


The Great Litany
*In the absence of a deacon, the priest performs all deacon’s exclamations
Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For the peace of the whole world, the good estate of the holy churches of God, and the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  
For this holy temple, and for them that with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For the Orthodox episcopate of the Russian Orthodox Church; for our Most Reverend Metropolitan Agafangel, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad;  for our lord, the Most Reverend Gregory bishop of Sao Paulo and South America; for the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For the suffering Russian Land and its Orthodox people both in the homeland and in the diaspora, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For this land, its authorities and armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
That He may deliver His people from enemies visible and invisible, and confirm in us oneness of mind, brotherly love, and piety, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For this city, for every city and country, and the faithful that dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For seasonable weather, abundance of the fruits of the earth, and peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For travelers by sea, land, and air; for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  
That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:         To Thee, O Lord.

Priest’s Exclamation
For unto Thee is due all glory, honor and worship:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:  Amen.




The First Antiphon

And the First Antiphon is sung by the chanters.  And the priest says the Prayer of the Antiphon.  But the deacon, bowing, leaves his place and goes to stand before the icon of Christ, holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand.

Prayer of the First Antiphon
Priest:
(Silently) O Lord our God, Whose dominion is indescribable, and Whose glory is incomprehensible, Whose mercy is infinite, and Whose love for mankind is ineffable:  Do Thou Thyself, O Master, according to Thy tender compassion, look upon us, and upon this holy temple, and deal with us, and them that pray with us, according to Thine abundant mercies and compassions.


(Reader: Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed art Thou, O Lord.) 

Choir: Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed art Thou, O Lord.  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, long-suffering 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. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Blessed art Thou, O Lord.



At the conclusion of the Antiphon, the deacon, standing in the usual place, and bowing, says:
The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:         To Thee, O Lord.

Priest’s Exclamation:
For Thine is the dominion, and Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.



The Second Antiphon

And the Second Antiphon is sung in like manner by the chanters; the deacon does in like manner as during the first prayer, and the priest reads the prayer:

The Prayer of the Second Antiphon
Priest:
(Silently) O Lord our God, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, preserve the fullness of Thy Church, sanctify them that love the beauty of Thy house; do Thou glorify them by Thy divine power, and forsake not us that hope in Thee.


Choir: Glory to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir: Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord in my life, I will chant unto my God for as long as I have my being. Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return unto his earth. In that day all his thoughts shall perish. Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Who hath made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is therein. Who keepeth truth unto eternity, Who executeth judgment for the wronged, Who giveth food unto the hungry. The Lord looseth the fettered; the Lord maketh wise the blind; the Lord setteth aright the fallen; the Lord loveth the righteous; The Lord preserveth the proselytes. He shall adopt for His own the orphan and widow, and the way of sinners shall He destroy. The Lord shall be king unto eternity; thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.

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

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.



Then, the deacon again at the conclusion of the singing of the Second Antiphon, says:

The Little Litany
Deacon: Again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:         To Thee, O Lord.


Priest’s Exclamation:
For a good God art Thou, and the Lover of mankind, and unto Thee do we send up glory:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.





The Third Antiphon 

During the exclamation the deacon enters the holy altar through the south door, and goeth to the high place and majeth three metanias, then turneth to face the priest, and boweth, then goeth to his place beside the priest.    the priest says this prayer:

The Prayer of the Third Antiphon
Priest:
(Silently) O Thou Who hast bestowed upon us these common and concordant prayers, and Who hast promised that when two or three are agreed in Thy Name, Thou wouldst grant their requests:  Do Thou Thyself now fulfill the requests of Thy servants to their profit, granting us in this present age the knowledge of Thy truth, and in that to come, life everlasting.


Small Entry
Here the gates are opened for the Small Entry.  Then the Third Antiphon is chanted by the singers; or the Beatitudes, if it be Saturday, Sunday, or a feast.

Choir: In Thy Kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.
___________
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
___________
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
We offer Thee the cry of the thief, and we pray: Remember us in Thy kingdom, O Saviour. 


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
For the forgiveness of transgressions we offer unto Thee the Cross, which Thou didst accept for our sake, O Thou who lovest mankind. 


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
We bow down in worship, O Master, before Thy burial and rising, whereby Thou hast delivered the world from corruption, O Thou Who lovest mankind. 

         
Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
By Thy death hath death been slain, O Lord, and by Thy resurrection hast Thou saved the world, O Saviour. 


____________
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Risen from the tomb, Thou didst meet the myrrh- bearing women; and Thou didst tell Thy disciples to announce Thine arising. 


Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in the heavens.
Those who slept in darkness, beholding Thee, the Light, in the nethermost parts of hades, O Christ, were raised from the dead. 


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, 
Let us glorify the Father; let us all worship the Son, and let us hymn the Holy Spirit with faith. 


Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Rejoice, fiery throne! Rejoice, bride unwedded! Rejoice, O Virgin who for men gavest birth unto God! 





  When they come to the Glory, the priest and the deacon, standing before the Holy Table, make three reverences.  Then the priest, taking the Holy Gospel, gives it to the deacon, and they go, by way of the High Place, behind the Holy Table.  And thus coming out by the north side, with candle(s) going before them, they make the Small Entry; and standing in the usual place, both of them bow their heads, and the deacon having said:  "Let us pray to the Lord," the priest saith the Prayer of the Entry secretly.

The Prayer of the Entry 
Priest:
(Silently) O Master Lord our God, Who hast appointed in the heavens the ranks and hosts of angels and archangels unto the service of Thy glory:  With our entry do Thou cause the entry of the holy angels, serving and glorifying Thy goodness with us.  For unto Thee is due all glory, honor and worship:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.


When the prayer is ended, the deacon says to the priest, pointing toward the east with his right hand, holding therein his orarion with three fingers:
Bless, Master, the holy entry. 
Blessing, the priest says:
+ Blessed is the entry of Thy holy ones, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Deacon: Amen. 


Then the deacon gives the Book of the Holy Gospels to the priest to kiss. Priest does the Deacon’s part if there be no Deacon.  When the last troparion is concluded, the deacon coming to stand in the center in front of the priest, elevates his hands a little, and showing the Book of the Holy Gospels, he says in a loud voice:

Wisdom, Aright!
Then, having made a reverence, the deacon enters the sanctuary, followed by the priest, kissing the small icon of Christ, entering and he lays the Book of the Holy Gospels on the Holy Table and kisses the Holy Altar, while the singers sing:

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


If it be a weekday: Who art wondrous in the saints, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia. Once. 
If it be a Sunday: Who art risen from the dead, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia. 
on feasts of the Theotokos: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia. 
At feasts of the Lord (and the Meeting) the deacon (or priest) intones the Entry Hymn in place of  O come, let us worship ….


The Troparia and Kontakia

Then the proper troparia are sung 

Troparia 
Choir:


Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2)
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, * 
then didst Thou slay hades with the radiance of Thy divinity. * 
And when Thou didst raise up the dead *
 from the nethermost depths, * 
all the hosts of heaven cried aloud: * 
O Christ our God, Bestower of light, glory be to Thee! 



Tone 5: 
Lo, thy care for thy flock in its sojourn / 
prefigured the supplications /
which thou dost ever offer up for the whole world.  /
Thus do we believe, having come to know thy love, /
O holy hierarch and wonderworker John. /
Wholly sanctified by God through the ministry of the all-pure Mysteries, /
and thyself ever strengthened thereby, /
thou didst hasten unto the suffering, O most gladsome healer. //
Hasten now also to the aid of us who honor thee with all our heart.

Troparion for the Apostles (Tone 3) 
O holy apostles/ 
entreat the merciful God,// 
that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

Kontakia 


Kontakion of the Resurrection (Tone 2)
Thou didst arise from the tomb, O all-powerful Saviour, *
 and hades, beholding the wonder, was stricken with awe, 
and the dead arose. * Creation, seeing Thee, rejoiced, * 
and Adam was glad, * 
and the world, O my Saviour, * ever hymneth Thee. 


Tone 4: Temple Sticheron St. John Shanghai
Following Christ, the Chief Shepherd, /
thou wast shown to be most excellent among hierarchs; /
for thou didst save thy sheep from destruction by the godless, /
arranging a tranquil refuge for them; /
and exercising unceasing care for thy flock, /
thou didst heal the infirmities of their souls and bodies./ 
Entreat Christ God now for us who fall down before thy precious relics, /
O father John, //
that our souls may be saved in peace.


Glory… 

Kontakion for the Apostles (Tone 4)
Ye were shown to be branches of the vine of Christ,/ 
bearing clusters of the virtues, 
pouring forth upon us the wine of salvation, O wise ones,/ 
which receiving, we are filled with gladness,/ 
celebrating your most honoured memory,// 
whereon pray ye, O apostles of the Lord, 
for the remission of our sins.

Both now... 

Tone 6:
O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /
O mediation unto the creator unfailing, /
disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /
but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /
hasten to intercession /
and speed thou to make supplication, //
 thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


When the singers come to the last kontakion, the deacon says to the priest, bowing his head and holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand:
Bless, Master, the time of the Thrice-holy.

(and if there be no deacon serving, the priest still completes the exclamation) 
The priest, signing him, exclaims:

+For holy art Thou, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, (if a deacon serve, the priest/bishop stops here) and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever.


* Omitted if there is no Deacon
The troparia having been finished, the deacon comes near the royal gates, and pointing with his orarion, first to the icon of Christ, says:
O Lord, save the pious and hearken unto us.
And the chanters sing the same:
O Lord, save the pious and hearken unto us.
Then pointing, he says to those who stand without, in a loud voice:
And unto the ages of ages.



Chanters:  Amen.


The Trisagion Hymn

While the Trisagion is chanted, the priest saith this prayer: The Prayer of the Trisagion Hymn 

The Prayer of the Trisagion Hymn
Priest:
(Quietly) O Holy God, Who restest in the saints, Who art praised with the thrice-holy hymn by the Seraphim, and art glorified by the Cherubim, and art worshipped by all the heavenly hosts, Who from nonbeing hast brought all things into being, Who hast created man according to Thine image and likeness, and hast adorned him with Thine every gift; Who givest wisdom and understanding to him that asketh, and Who disdainest not him that sinneth, but hast appointed repentance unto salvation; Who hast vouchsafed us, Thy lowly and unworthy servants, to stand even in this hour before the glory of Thy holy altar, and to offer the worship and glory due unto Thee:  Do Thou thyself, O Master, accept even from the lips of us sinners the thrice-holy hymn, and visit us in Thy goodness.  Pardon us every sin, voluntary and involuntary; sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant us to serve Thee in holiness all the days of our life, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos, and of all the saints, who from ages past have been pleasing unto Thee.  For holy art Thou, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.


Choir: (s l o w l y)
Choir:
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.  (3X)
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.




And we sing the Trisagion, the priest and the deacon saying the same, making three reverences before the Holy Table.
Priest & Deacon:
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.  (3X)

After the priest and deacon have reverenced the Holy Table, 
the deacon says to the Priest: Command, O Master.

And they go forth to the High Place, and the priest says as he goes:
+Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Deacon: Bless, Master, the High Throne. 
Then the priest blesses the High Place:
+Blessed art Thou on the throne of the glory of Thy Kingdom, Thou that sittest on the cherubim, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Deacon: Amen.
*It is to be noted that the priest is not to ascend to the cathedra nor to sit on it, but to sit to the side of the cathedra, to the south side.


The Epistle Reading of the Apostle
At the conclusion of the Trisagion, the deacon, having come before the royal gates, says:
Let us attend.
The priest then exclaims: +Peace be unto all.
And the reader says: And to thy spirit.
And again the deacon: 
Wisdom!


Reader: The Prokimenon in the __2nd_Tone:  .The Lord is my strength and my song, * and He is become my salvation. 
Choir: The Lord is my strength and my song, * and He is become my salvation. 


Reader: With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over unto death. 
Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, * and He is become my salvation. 


Reader:  The Lord is my strength and my song, 
Choir:   and He is become my salvation. 



And the reader and the choir sing the prokeimenon, from the Psalms of David.
Then the deacon says: Wisdom!

And the reader reads the title of the lesson:
The Reading is  from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians .

Deacon or Priest: Let us attend!

Epistle: •I Cor §141 (9:2b-12)

  • If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
  • 3  Mine answer to them that do examine me is this:
  • 4  Have we not power to eat and to drink?
  • 5  Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other
    apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
  • 6  Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
  • 7  Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
  • 8  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
  • 9  For it is written in the law of Moses,
    Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.
    Doth God take care for oxen?
  • 10  or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
  • 11  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
  • 12  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?     Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.





The reader reads the Apostle Lesson, and when he has finished the reading, the priest says:
 +Peace be unto thee. (that readeth)

Reader: And to thy spirit.

Deacon or Priest: Wisdom!

Reader:  Alleluia in the 2nd tone.
Chanters:         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Reader: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee. (Psalm 19:1) 
Chanters:         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Reader: O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee. 
Chanters:         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



During the singing of the Alleluia (or the reading of the Apostle) the deacon takes the censer and incense and approaches the priest, and, receiving the blessing from him goes out *through the Holy Doors, censes the Holy Table roundabout and the whole throne room, the iconostas, the priest, the reader and the people. He does NOT go out into the temple.
The priest, standing before the Holy Table, says this prayer:


The Prayer Before the Gospel

Priest:
(Quietly) Shine forth within our hearts the incorruptible light of Thy knowledge, O Master, Lover of mankind, and open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of the preaching of Thy Gospel; instill in us also the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that, trampling down all lusts of the flesh, we may pursue a spiritual way of life, being mindful of and doing all that is well-pleasing unto Thee.

For Thou art the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and unto Thee do we send up glory, together with Thine unoriginate Father, and Thy most holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.


The deacon, having put the censer away in its customary place, approaches the priest and bows his head before him, holding his orarion with the tips of his fingers and pointing to the Book of the Holy Gospels.  Then he says:
Bless, Master, the bringer of the good tidings of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist N.
The priest then signing him, says:
+May God, through the intercessions of the holy, glorious, and all-praised Apostle and Evangelist N., give speech with great power unto thee that bringest good tidings, unto the fulfillment of the Gospel of His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
And he gives him the Book of the Holy Gospels.  [In current practice, this dialogue is said aloud after the priest gives the deacon the Gospel.]
The deacon then says, Amen, and having reverenced the Book of the Holy Gospels, receives it, and, coming out of the royal gates, preceded by candles, coming forth and standing on the amvon or the place prepared.  
  
       
The priest then, standing behind the Holy Table and turning toward the west, says:

Wisdom, Aright!  Let us hear the Holy Gospel.
Then:  +Peace be unto all.
Chanters:         And to thy spirit.

Deacon or Priest:
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

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


Priest:  Let us attend.
(If two deacons serve, one says:  Wisdom, Aright, …  and then:  Let us attend.)

The Holy Gospel
 Gospel: •Matt §77 (18:23-35). 

When no priest is present, Reader at Typica face east, read in normal voice 
  • 23  ¶ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
  • 24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
  • 25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
  • 26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
  • 27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
  • 28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
  • 29  And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
  • 30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
  • 31  So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
  • 32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
  • 33  shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
  • 34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
  • 35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.





When the Gospel reading is concluded, the priest says:
+Peace be to thee that bringest good tidings.

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



The deacon, coming then up to the royal gates, gives the Book of the Holy Gospels to the priest who blesses the people with it and places it on the Holy Table in the center or to the right. 
[*In current practice, the doors are left open until the Litany of the Catechumens.]
The deacon then goeth through the North door, and standing in the accustomed place, begins thus:


The Augmented Litany
The Litany of Fervent Supplication

Here the priest unfolds the iliton and the lower part of the antimension…

Let us all say with our whole soul and with our whole mind, let us say.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
O Lord Almighty, the God of our Fathers, we pray Thee, hearken and have mercy.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, we pray Thee, hearken and have mercy.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.   

…and the priest unfoldeth the entire iliton and bottom portion of the antimins, and at the mention of the hierarch, the priest kisses his name on the antimension

Again we pray for the Orthodox episcopate of the Russian Church; for our Most Reverend Metropolitan Agafangel, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad and all our brethren in Christ.
Chanters:   (s l o w l y)      Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

Priest:
(Quietly) O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication from Thy servants, and have mercy on us according to the multitude of Thy mercies, and send down Thy compassions upon us, and upon all Thy people that await of Thee abundant mercy.

And then he continues aloud… By ukaz of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia, the following two petitions are inserted: 

Again we pray for the suffering Russian Land and its Orthodox people both in the homeland and in the diaspora, and for their salvation.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Again we pray for this land, its authorities and armed forces.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Again we pray to the Lord God that He may deliver His people from enemies visible and invisible, and confirm in us oneness of mind, brotherly love and piety.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Again we pray for our brethren, the priests, the priest-monks, and all our brethren in Christ.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable holy Orthodox Patriarchs, and pious kings and right-believing queens, and the founders of this holy temple (or Monastery) and for all our fathers and brethren, gone to their rest before us, and the Orthodox here and everywhere laid to rest.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

[Here may be inserted various petitions as desired.]

Again we pray for them that bring offerings and do good works in this holy and all-venerable temple; for them that minister and them that chant, and for all the people here present who await of Thee great and abundant mercy.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest’s Exclamation
For a merciful God art Thou, and the Lover of mankind, and unto Thee do we send up glory:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.


[At this point the Prayer for the Salvation of the Russian Orthodox Church or some other appropriate prayer may be said.]



The Litany of the Catechumens
Then the deacon or the priest:  (royal doors closed, if they are not already?)
Pray, ye catechumens, to the Lord.
Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
Ye faithful, let us pray for the catechumens, that the Lord will have mercy on them.
Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
That He will catechize them with the word of truth.
 Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
That He will reveal unto them the Gospel of righteousness.
Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
(*Here the antimension is completely unfolded.)
That He will unite them to His Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
Save them, have mercy on them, help them, and keep them, O God, by Thy grace.
Chanters          Lord, have mercy. 
Ye catechumens, bow your heads unto the Lord.
Chanters:       To Thee, O Lord.  (slowly if there be no deacon)

Prayer for the Catechumens
 The Prayer for the Catechumens before the Holy Anaphora 
Priest:
(Quietly) O Lord our God, Who dwellest on high and lookest down on things that are lowly, Who unto the human race hast sent forth salvation, Thine Only-begotten Son and God, our Lord Jesus Christ:  Look upon Thy servants, the catechumens, who have bowed their necks before Thee, and vouchsafe unto them at a seasonable time the laver of regeneration, the remission of sins, and the garment of incorruption; unite them to Thy Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and number them among Thy chosen flock.

Priest’s Exclamation
That with us they also may glorify Thy most honorable and majestic Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Chanters:  Amen.

And the priest [spreads out the antimension] and makes the sign of the Cross over it with the sponge, and kissing it lays it on the upper right side.  [In current practice, this is done as indicated above.]




The First Litany of the Faithful

Then the deacon says or if the priest serve without a deacon, then he says:
As many as are catechumens, depart; catechumens, depart; as many as are catechumens, depart; let none of the catechumens remain; as many as are of the faithful, again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.   (slowly if there be no deacon)


First Prayer of the Faithful

Priest:
(Silently) We thank Thee, O Lord God of hosts, Who hast vouchsafed us to stand even now before Thy Holy Altar, and to fall down before Thy compassion for our sins and for the errors of the people.  Receive, O God, our supplication; make us to be worthy to offer unto Thee supplications and entreaties and bloodless sacrifices for all Thy people.  And enable us whom Thou hast placed in this Thy ministry, by the power of Thy Holy Spirit, without condemnation or faltering, with the clear witness of our conscience, to call upon Thee at all times and in every place, that, hearkening unto us, Thou mayest be gracious unto us in the multitude of Thy goodness.
Then he proclaims, Aloud…
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.

Deacon or Priest:  Wisdom!

Priest’s Exclamation:
For unto Thee is due all glory, honor and worship:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:  Amen.




The Second Litany of the Faithful
Deacon:
Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.   (slowly if there be no deacon)



When the priest serves alone, the following petitions are not said, up to Help us, save us ….
For the peace from above and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  (After each petition)
For the peace of the whole world, the good estate of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
For this holy temple, and for them that with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 
That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.


Second Prayer of the Faithful
Priest:
(Silently) Again and oftimes we fall down before Thee, and we pray Thee, O Good One and Lover of mankind, that, regarding our supplication, Thou wilt cleanse our souls and bodies of all defilement of flesh and spirit, and grant us to stand guiltless and uncondemned before Thy Holy Altar.  Grant also, O God, to them that pray with us, advancement in life and faith and spiritual understanding.  Grant them ever to serve Thee with fear and love, and to partake, guiltless and uncondemned, of Thy Holy Mysteries, and to be vouchsafed Thy heavenly kingdom.

Then, in any case, we say:
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  (slowly if there be no deacon)
Deacon:  Wisdom!
The deacon goes in through the north door.

Priest’s Exclamation
That always being guarded under Thy dominion, we may send up glory unto Thee:  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.



The Great Entrance/The Cherubic Hymn

(*The royal gates are opened.)
The chanters then sing the first half of the Cherubic Hymn.
While the Cherubic Hymn is being sung, the deacon, taking the censer and putting incense therein, goes to the priest, and, having received his blessing, censes the Holy Table round about, the whole sanctuary, and the iconostasis, then the priest, the chanters and the people, saying Psalm 50 and penitential troparia, as he may see fit.
The priest then says this prayer secretly:

Priest:  Prayer of the Cherubimic Hymn 
(Silently) None is worthy among them that are bound with carnal lusts and pleasures, to approach or to draw nigh or to minister unto Thee, O King of glory, for to serve Thee is a great and fearful thing even unto the heavenly hosts themselves.  Yet because of Thine ineffable and immeasurable love for mankind, without change or alteration Thou didst become man, and didst become our High Priest, and didst deliver unto us the ministry of this liturgical and bloodless sacrifice, for Thou art the Master of all.  Thou alone, O Lord our God, dost rule over those in heaven and those on earth, art borne upon the throne of the Cherubim, art Lord of the Seraphim and King of Israel; Thou alone art holy and restest in the saints.  I implore Thee, therefore, Who alone art good and inclined to listen:  Look upon me Thy sinful and unprofitable servant, and purge my soul and heart of wicked conscience, and, by the power of Thy Holy Spirit, enable me, who am clothed with the grace of the priesthood, to stand before this Thy Holy Table, and to perform the sacred Mystery of Thy holy and immaculate Body and precious Blood.  For unto Thee do I draw nigh, bowing my neck, and I pray Thee:  Turn not Thy countenance from me, neither cast me out from among Thy children, but vouchsafe that these gifts be offered by me, Thy sinful and unworthy servant:  for Thou art He that offereth and is offered, accepteth and is distributed, O Christ our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory, together with Thine unoriginate Father, and Thy most-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
When the prayer and the censing are completed, the priest and the deacon, standing before the Holy Table, say the Cherubic Hymn 3X.  At the end of each they make one bow.

Priest:
Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim, and chant the thrice-holy hymn unto the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly care.
Deacon:
That we may receive the King of all, Who cometh invisibly upborne in triumph by the ranks of angels:  Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.
Then, having bowed to each other and the people, they go forth to the Prothesis Table, the deacon going first, and the priest censes the Holy Things, praying secretly: O God, cleanse Thou me a sinner.

The deacon says to the priest:
Lift up, Master.
And the priest lifting the aer, lays it on the deacon’s left shoulder, saying:
Lift up your hands unto the holies, and bless the Lord.

Then, taking the holy diskos, he sets it on the deacon’s head with all heed and reverence, the deacon meanwhile holding the censer with one finger of his right hand.  The priest himself takes the chalice in his hands, and they both go forth on the north side, praying, and preceded by candle-bearers with candles.  The deacon (or the priest, if there be no deacon) says:

[If a bishop serve, the deacon commemorateth only the bishop, and the bishop saith all the remaining commemorations.]

The Orthodox episcopate of the Church of Russia; our lord the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, and First Hierarch of the Russidan Church Abroad; and our lord the Most Reverend Gregory, bishop of Sao Paulo and South America, may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

The much suffering Russian land and its Orthodox people both in the homeland and in the diaspora, this land, its authoritites and the faithful that dwell therein, may the Lord God  remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto the ages  of ages.

The clergy, the monastics, all that are persecuted and suffer for the Orthodox Faith, the founders, the benefactors, and the brotherhood of this holy temple (or holy monastery), and all of you Orthodox Christians, may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

And the priest passeth through the holy doors. And the people say: 
People: May the Lord God remember thy priesthood (or, episcopate) in His Kingdom, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. 

Chanters:  Amen.
The chanters then sing the second half of the Cherubic Hymn.


Having passed through the royal gates, the deacon kneels to the right of the Holy Table; and as the priest enters, the deacon says to Him:
May the Lord God remember thy priesthood in His kingdom.
And the priest says to him:
May the Lord God remember thy sacred diaconate in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.


And the priest then places the Holy Chalice on the Holy Table; and taking the Holy Diskos from the head of the deacon, places it on the Holy Table, saying:
The noble Joseph, having taken Thy most pure Body down from the Tree and wrapped It is pure linen and covered It with spices, laid It in a new tomb.
In the grave bodily, but in hades with Thy soul as God; in Paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou Who fillest all things, O Christ the Inexpressible.

How life-giving, how much more beautiful than Paradise and truly more resplendent than any royal palace hath Thy tomb appeared, O Christ, the source of our resurrection.
Then taking the veils from the Holy Diskos and from the Holy Chalice, he lays them to one side on the Holy Table; then taking the aer from the deacon’s shoulder, and having censed it, he covers the Holy Things with it, saying:
The noble Joseph, having taken Thy most pure Body down from the Tree and wrapped It is pure linen and covered It with spices, laid It in a new tomb.
And taking the censer from the deacon’s hands, he censes the Holy Things thrice, saying:
Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Sion, 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.
*The royal gates are closed and the curtain is drawn.


And having returned the censer, and having lowered his phelonion, and having bowed his head, he saith to the Deacon: 
Priest: Remember me, brother and concelebrant. And the deacon saith to him: 
Deacon: May the Lord God remember thy priesthood in His Kingdom. 
Then the deacon, bowing his head, holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand, says to the Priest: 
Deacon: Pray for me, holy Master. And the Priest: 
Priest: The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. 
And the Deacon: 
Deacon: The same Spirit shall minister with us all the days of our life. 
Deacon: Remember me, holy Master. And the Priest: 
Priest: May the Lord God remember thee in his kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. 
Deacon: Amen.
And having kissed the right hand of the priest, he goeth out the North 
door, and standing in the usual place, saith: 


The Litany of Oblation/ Litany of Supplication/Ectenia of Fervent Supplication

And having received the priest’s blessing and kissed his right hand, he goes out the north door, and standing in the customary place, says:

Let us complete our prayer unto the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  
For the precious Gifts set forth, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  
For this holy temple, and for them that with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  
That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.  Slowly if there be no deacon  

Prayer of the Oblation after Placing the Divine Gifts on the Holy Table
Priest:
(Silently) O Lord God Almighty, Who alone art holy, Who dost accept a sacrifice of praise from them that call upon Thee with their whole heart:  Accept also the supplication of us sinners, and bring it to Thy Holy Altar, and enable us to offer unto Thee both gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the errors of the people, and vouchsafe us to find grace before Thee, that our sacrifice may be acceptable unto Thee, and that the good Spirit of Thy grace may rest upon us and upon these Gifts set forth, and upon all Thy people.

Deacon:
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy Grace.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.
 Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
Pardon and remission of our sins and offences, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord. 
Things good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful, and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask.
 Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:  To Thee, O Lord.
Priest’s Exclamation
Through the compassions of Thine Only-begotten Son, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy most holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:  Amen.
Priest:  +Peace be unto all.
Chanters:  And to thy spirit.
Deacon or Priest:  Let us love one another that with one mind we may confess:
Chanters: The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: the Trinity, one in essence and indivisible.

And the priest makes three reverences, saying secretly:
I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my foundation, and my refuge.  (3X)
And he kisses the Holy Things, which remain covered, thus: 
  1. Top of the Holy Diskos.
  2. Top of the Holy Chalice.
  3. Edge of the Holy Table in front of him.
If there are two or more priests, they all kiss the Holy Things and each other on the shoulder.
The celebrant says:
Christ is in the midst of us.
And the one he kisses answers:
He is, and shall be.
And then the deacons, if there are two or three, kiss their oraria where the cross is depicted, and each other, saying just what the priests have said.  The deacon, if there is but one, similarly, makes reverences, standing in his place, kisses his orarion where the cross is depicted, and then lifting the orarion the deacon says: :

Deacon or Priest:
The doors, the doors!  In wisdom let us attend.

*The curtain is opened. 
The priest lifts the aer and holds it over the Holy Gifts.  If several priests are serving, then they lift the holy aer and hold it over the Holy Gifts and wave it saying to themselves the Confession of the Faith, as do the people.

Reader or Choir: 
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  (The Nicene Creed)
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.



The Anaphora 
At the end of the confession of faith, the deacon, still standing before the icon of Christ with raised orarion says: 
Deacon:  Let us stand well, let us stand with fear, let us attend, that we may offer the Holy Oblation in peace.
Chanters:  A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise.
The priest, having taken the aer from the Holy Things, kissed it, and laid it to one side, says, blessing the people:
†The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
ChantersAnd with thy spirit.
Meanwhile, the deacon, having made a reverence, goes into the sanctuary, (and taking a fan, devoutly fans the Holy Things.  If there are no fans, he does this with one of the veils.)

The priest, facing east, says:
Let us lift up our hearts.
Chanters:  We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest:  Let us give thanks unto the Lord.
All make a prostration, if it be a weekday, but not it be Great Feast of 
the Lord or the Theotokos.  Not on Sunday.
Chanters:  It is meet and right to worship the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit:  the Trinity one in essence and indivisible.
The deacon enters the sanctuary through the North door and stands at the Northwest corner of the holy table, makes three metanias and kisses the corner of the holy table.   The priest prayeth:

The First Prayer of the Anaphora 
The priest prays:
(Quietly) It is meet and right to hymn Thee, to bless Thee, to praise Thee, to give thanks unto Thee, and to worship Thee in every place of Thy dominion, for Thou art God inexpressible, incomprehensible, invisible, unattainable, ever-existing, eternally the same, Thou and Thine Only-begotten Son and Thy Holy Spirit.  Thou didst call us from nonbeing into being, and when we had fallen away, Thou didst raise us up again, and didst not cease to do all things until Thou hadst brought us up to heaven, and hadst bestowed upon us Thy kingdom which is to come.  For all these things we give thanks unto Thee, to Thine Only-begotten Son, and to Thy Holy Spirit, for all the things whereof we know, and whereof we know not; for the benefits both manifest and hidden which have come upon us.  We give thanks unto Thee also for this service which Thou hast been pleased to accept from our hinds, though there stand before Thee thousands of archangels and ten thousands of angels, the cherubim and seraphim, six-winged, many-eyed, borne aloft on their wings.

And the deacon, taking the Holy Star from the Holy Diskos, makes the Sign of the Cross above it, and having kissed it, he lays it aside, as the priest exclaims:

Priest  Exclamation: 
Singing the triumphal hymn, *shouting, *crying aloud, and *saying:
Chanters:  Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory:  Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!
Then the deacon comes and stands on the right side, (and taking a fan in his hand, waves it quietly with all heed and fear over the Holy Gifts, so that flies or other insects may not settle on them.  If there be no fan, he does this with one of the veils.)
The priest prays:

The Second Prayer of the Anaphora 
(Quietly) With these blessed hosts, O Master, Lover of mankind, we also cry aloud and say:  Holy art Thou and most holy, Thou and Thine Only-begotten Son and Thy Holy Spirit; holy art Thou and most holy, and majestic is Thy glory, O Thou Who hast so loved Thy world that Thou gavest Thine Only-begotten Son, that whosoever believest in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life; Who, when He had come and fulfilled all the dispensation for us, on the night in which He was betrayed, or rather gave Himself up for the life of the world, took bread in His holy and most pure and unblemished hands, and when He had given thanks, and had blessed it, and hallowed it, and broken it, He gave It to His holy disciples and apostles, saying:

Priest’s Exclamation
Take, eat, this is My Body, Which is broken for you, for the remission of sins.
Chanters:  Amen.
While this is being said, the deacon shows the priest the Holy Diskos, holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand, and in like manner when the priest says:  Drink ye all of this …, he shows him the Holy Chalice.

The priest, secretly:
(Silently) And likewise the cup after supper, saying:

Priest’s Exclamation
Drink of it, all of you:  This is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins.
Chanters:  Amen.

The priest prays:
(Quietly) Mindful, therefore, of this saving commandment and all those things which came to pass for us:  the cross, the grave, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into the heavens, the session at the right hand, the second and glorious coming again:

Priest’s Exclamation
Thine own of Thine own we offer unto Thee, in behalf of all and for all.

While this is being said, the deacon puts aside the fan, and crossing his arms, elevates the Holy Diskos and the Holy Chalice, and makes a devout reverence.

Chanters:   We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we give thanks unto Thee, O Lord; and we pray unto Thee, O our God.

All make a prostration, if it be a weekday, but not it be Great Feast of the Lord or the Theotokos.  Not on Sunday.

And the priest prayeth: 
(Quietly) Again we offer unto Thee this rational and bloodless service, and we ask of Thee, and we pray Thee, and we entreat Thee:  Send down Thy Holy Spirit upon us and upon these Gifts set forth.

And the deacon sets aside the fan and draws near to the priest, and they both make three reverences before the Holy Table, praying within themselves and saying:
[O God, cleanse me a sinner, and have mercy on me.  (3X, with reverences)  Then:]

Priest says with hands upraised:
(1) O Lord, Who didst send down Thy most Holy Spirit at the third hour upon Thine apostles:  Take Him not from us, O Good One, but rather renew Him in us who pray unto Thee.

Deacon, the verse:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Bow

Priest says with hands upraised:
(2) O Lord, Who didst send down Thy most Holy Spirit at the third hour upon Thine apostles:  Take Him not from us, O Good One, but rather renew Him in us who pray unto Thee.

Deacon, the verse: Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Bow

Priest says with hands upraised:
(3) O Lord, Who didst send down Thy most Holy Spirit at the third hour upon Thine apostles:  Take Him not from us, O Good One, but rather renew Him in us who pray unto Thee.  Bow



Then bowing his head and pointing to the Holy Bread with his orarion, the deacon says:
Bless, Master, the Holy Bread.
And the priest, rising, signs the Holy Bread saying:
And make this Bread the precious Body of Thy Christ.
Deacon:  Amen.

And again the deacon:
Bless, Master, the Holy Cup.
And the priest blessing, says:
And that which is in this Cup the precious Blood of Thy Christ.
Deacon:  Amen.

And again the deacon, showing both the Holy Things, says:
Bless them both, Master.
The priest, blessing both the Holy Things, says:
Changing them by Thy Holy Spirit.
Deacon:  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

And bowing his head to the priest, the deacon says:
Remember me a sinner, holy Master.
And the priest says:
May the Lord God remember thee in His kingdom always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
The deacon says, Amen, (and goes forth to where he was before, and taking a fan, waves it over the Holy Things as before.)

The priest prays:
(Quietly) That to them that shall partake thereof, They may be unto sobriety of soul, unto the remission of sins, unto the communion of Thy Holy Spirit, unto the fullness of the kingdom of heaven, unto boldness toward Thee; not unto judgment or condemnation.

Again we offer unto Thee this rational service for them that in faith have gone to their rest before us:  the forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, and for every righteous spirit in faith made perfect.

And taking the censer, the priest censes the Holy Gifts 3x and exclaims:
Especially for our most holy, most pure, most blessed glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary.

*If a deacon is present, he censes the Holy Table round about, and he remembers whom he will of the living and the dead.



The Megalynarion / Hymn to the Theotokos

The chanters sing::
It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos,  /  ever-blessed and most blameless, and Mother of our God.  /  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.

Or instead of It is truly meet, the Irmos of the Feast that is being celebrated.
All make a prostration, if it be a weekday, but not it be Great Feast of the Lord or the Theotokos. Not on Sunday.


The priest prays:
(Quietly) For the holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John, the holy and all-praised apostles; of Saint(s) N(N.), whose memory we also celebrate; and for all Thy saints, through whose intercessions do Thou visit us, O God; and remember all that have departed in the hope of the resurrection unto life everlasting, and grant them rest where the light of Thy countenance shall visit them.

[And he commemorates the departed, whomsoever he wishes, by name.  Also the deacon commemorates the diptych, that is to say, the list of the departed.  And the priest prays:

(Quietly) And grant them rest where the light of Thy countenance shall visit them.
Again we pray Thee:  Remember, O Lord, all the Orthodox episcopate that rightly divide the word of Thy truth, all the priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, and every sacred rank.

Again we offer unto Thee this rational service for the whole world; for the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church; for them that abide in purity and an honorable life; [for the God-preserved Orthodox Russian people;] for this God-preserved land, its rulers and armed forces.  Grant them, O Lord, peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.

And after the singing of the megalynarion, the priest exclaims:

Priest’s Exclamation
Among the first, remember, O Lord, the Orthodox episcopate of the Russian Church; and his Eminence, our Most Reverend Metropolitan Agafangel, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; whom do Thou grant unto Thy Holy Churches, in pease, safety, honour, health, and length of days, rightly dividing the word of Thy truth. 

Chanters:  And each and every one.

The priest prayeth:
(Quietly) Remember, O Lord, this city (or town, or monastery) wherein we dwell, and every city and country and the faithful that dwell therein.  Remember, O Lord, them that travel by sea, land, and air; the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, and their salvation.  Remember, O Lord, them that bear fruit and do good works in Thy holy churches, and them that are mindful of the poor; and upon us all send down Thy mercy.

And also the deacon commemorates the living, whomsoever he wishes, by name.
And the priest exclaims:

Priest’s Exclamation
And grant unto us that with one mouth and one heart we may glorify and hymn Thy most honorable and majestic Name:  of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.

The priest, turning toward the doors and blessing, says:
+And may the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ be with all of you.
Chanters:  And with thy spirit.


The Litany of Supplication /  Litany Before the Lord's Prayer
The deacon, having received a blessing from the priest, goes forth and, standing in the usual place, says:
Having called to remembrance all the saints, again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. 

For the precious Gifts offered and sanctified, let us pray to the Lord.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
That our God, the Lover of mankind, Who hath accepted them upon His holy and most heavenly and noetic Altar as an odor of spiritual fragrance, will send down upon us divine grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray.
 Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.

The priest prays:
(Quietly) Unto Thee we offer our whole life and hope, O Master, Lover of mankind, and we ask Thee, and pray Thee, and supplicate Thee: Vouchsafe us to partake of Thy heavenly and dread Mysteries of this holy and spiritual Table, with a pure conscience, unto remission of sins, unto pardon of offences, unto communion of Thy Holy Spirit, unto inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, unto boldness towards Thee; not unto judgment nor unto condemnation.

The deacon or priest:
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord. 

An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.
 Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
Pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
Things good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord. 
A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful, and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask.
Chanters:         Grant this, O Lord.
Having asked for the unity of the faith and the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:         To Thee, O Lord.

The Bishop principle priest exclaims:
Priest  Exclamation
And vouchsafe us, O Master, with boldness and without condemnation to dare to call upon Thee the heavenly God, as Father, and to say:
(*Here it is customary for the priest to have a server to bring a lavabo & pitcher of water with a clean towel so that the priest may wash his hands. The server typically pours three times upon the priest’s hands.)


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 people:
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



Priest (Bishop) Exclamation
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.
Priest (Bishop):  +Peace be unto all.
Chanters:  And to thy spirit.

Deacon or Priest:  Bow your heads unto the Lord.
Chanters:  To Thee, O Lord.

The priest prays:
(Quietly) We give thanks unto Thee, O King invisible, Who by Thine immeasurable might hast created all things, and in the multitude of Thy mercies hast brought all things from non-being into being; do Thou Thyself, O Master, look from heaven upon them that have bowed their heads unto Thee, for they have not bowed down unto flesh and blood, but unto Thee, the awesome God.  Do Thou, therefore, O Master, distribute these Things here set forth unto us all for good, according to the need of each; sail with them that voyage, travel with them that journey, heal the sick, O Thou Physician of our souls and bodies.

Priest’s Exclamation
Through the grace and compassions and love for mankind of Thine Only-begotten Son, with Who Thou art blessed, together with Thy most holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:  Amen.

The priest prays secretly:
(Silently) Attend, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, out of Thy holy dwelling place and from the glorious throne of Thy kingdom, and come and sanctify us, O Thou that sittest with the Father on high, and that invisibly abidest here with us:  and vouchsafe by Thy strong right hand to impart unto us Thy most pure Body and precious Blood, and through us to all the people.
While this prayer is being said, the deacon, standing before the royal gates, binds the orarion about him cross-wise.
Then the priest, and likewise the deacon in the place where he stands, bows and says silently thrice:
O God, cleanse me a sinner, and have mercy on me.  3x

When the deacon sees the priest stretch out his hands and touch the Holy Bread in order to make the elevation, he exclaims:
Let us attend!
*The curtain is drawn closed.

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:


The Elevation
The priest then, elevating the Holy Bread, exclaims:
Holy Things are for the Holy.

Chanters:
One is holy, One is Lord:  Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.



And the chanters sing the koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of the day or of the Saint.
Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Praise Him in the Highest.  Alleluia!


The deacon then enters the sanctuary and, standing at the right of the priest, says:
Break the Holy Bread, Master.

The priest, breaking It into four parts with heed and reverence, says:
(Quietly) Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God:  broken, yet not divided; ever eaten, though never consumed, but sanctifying them that partake thereof.

The priest should know that, on breaking the Holy Lamb, he is to place the side with the Sign of the Cross downward to the holy diskos, the cut side upward as before, when it was sacrificed.


Furthermore, be it known unto you concerning this:  that when you do dilute with the holy hot water the Divine Blood of the Master, then you shall pour with discretion so that there be enough for all that desire to partake.  So also the wine and water, when you do pierce the Holy Lamb (at the Proskomedia), then you are to pour at that time an amount sufficient for all; after this, you shall pour no more, but only that which is necessary for the dilution at Holy Things are for the holy, and thus commune all therefrom.

The deacon, then, showing the Holy Chalice with the orarion, says:
Fill the Holy Chalice, Master.

The priest, then, taking the portion that is on the upper side of the diskos, that is, IC, makes the Sign of the Cross with it above the Holy Chalice, saying:
The fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Deacon:  Amen.
And then he puts It into the Holy Cup.

And taking the warm water, the deacon says to the priest:
Bless the warm water, Master.

The priest blesses, saying:
Blessed is the fervor of Thy saints, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

And the deacon pours a sufficient amount into the Chalice cross-wise, saying:
The fervor of faith, full of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

And setting aside the warm water, the deacon stands a little way off.


The Communion of the Clergy

[It is customary for the clergy to bow three times, saying each time:
 O God, cleanse me a sinner and have mercy on me.  (3x)

Then the priest (or presiding priest in the case of concelebration) says, raising his arms: 
Remit, pardon, forgive, O God, our offences, both voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, 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. 

They then bow to each other and to others in the Altar and then toward the people, saying each time: 
Forgive me, [fathers] and brethren.


The priest then says
Deacon, draw nigh.
And the deacon, having approached, makes a reverence, asking forgiveness.
The priest then, taking the Holy Bread, gives It to the deacon.  And the deacon, having kissed the hand with which he gives him the Holy Bread, receives It, saying:
Impart unto me, Master, the precious and holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
The priest then says:
To the sacred deacon N. is imparted the precious, and holy, and most pure Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, unto the remission of his sins, and life everlasting.
[The deacon kisses the priest’s hand and shoulder, and the priest says to the deacon: 
Christ is in our midst,
and the deacon responds:
 He is and shall be.
And the deacon withdraws behind the Holy Table, and bowing his head, he prays, as does also the priest saying:
I believe, O Lord … and the rest (see below).


Similarly the priest also, taking one portion of the Holy Bread, says:
The precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ is imparted unto me, the Priest N., unto the remission of my sins, and life everlasting.
And bowing his head, he prays, saying:
I believe, O Lord, and I confess, that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  Moreover, I believe that this is truly Thy most pure Body, and this is truly Thine Own precious Blood.  Wherefore, I pray Thee: Have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, in knowledge and in ignorance.  And vouchsafe me to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, unto the remission of sins and life everlasting.  Amen.
Then:
Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief do I confess Thee:  Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.
Let not the Communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be unto me for judgment or condemnation, O Lord, but for healing of soul and body.

Thus they partake of That Which they hold in their hands with fear and all wariness.
Then the priest, rising, takes the Holy Chalice in both hands with the veil and partakes of it thrice, saying:
Of the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ do I, the servant of God, the Priest N., partake unto the remission of my sins and life everlasting.  Amen.

And the Priest says with the three sips: 
(1st. Sip) In the name of the Father.  Deacon:  Amen.
(2nd Sip) And of the Son.  Deacon:  Amen. 
(3rd Sip) And of the Holy Spirit.   Deacon:  Amen.
Then, wiping his lips and the edge of the Chalice with the cloth that he holds in his hand, he says:
Behold, this hath touched my lips, and taketh away mine iniquities, and purgeth away my sins.

Then he calls the deacon, saying:
Deacon, draw nigh.
And the deacon approaches and makes a reverence, saying:
Behold, I approach unto the Immortal King and our God.
And:  Impart unto me, Master, the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
And the priest says:
The servant of God, the Deacon N., partaketh of the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ unto the remission of his sins and life everlasting.
[And he gives him three sips, saying:  In the name of the Father.  Deacon:Amen.  And of the Son. Deacon: Amen.  And of the Holy Spirit.  Deacon: Amen.

When the deacon has partaken, the priest says:
Behold, this hath touched thy lips, and taketh away thine iniquities, and purgeth away thy sins.

It should be noted that, if there are those who wish to communicate of the Holy Mysteries, the priest divides the two remaining portions, that is NI and KA, into small pieces, so that there will be enough for all the communicants.  And then he places them in the Holy Chalice, and he covers the Holy Chalice with the veil.
And he saith the prayer:
(Quietly)  We give thanks unto Thee, O Master, Lover of mankind, Benefactor of our souls, that on this very day Thou hast vouchsafed unto us Thy heavenly and immortal Mysteries.  Direct our way, establish us all in Thy fear, preserve our life, make steadfast our steps, through the intercessions and supplications of the glorious Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary and of all Thy saints.

[Then in current practice the deacon (or the priest himself if he serve without a deacon) reads the following prayers while the priest prepares the Holy Gifts for communion of the people:]
Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the Only Sinless One.  We worship Thy Cross, O Christ, and Thy holy Resurrection we hymn and glorify, for Thou art our God, and we know none other beside Thee; we call upon Thy Name.  O come, all ye faithful, let us worship Christ’s holy Resurrection, for, behold, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world.  Ever blessing the Lord, we hymn His Resurrection, for having endured crucifixion, He hath destroyed death by death.

Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; dance now, and be glad, O Sion; and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the rising of Him Whom thou didst bear.

O Christ, Thou great and most sacred Pascha!  O Wisdom, Word and Power of God!  Grant us to partake of Thee more fully in the unwaning day of Thy Kingdom.

*Open the Holy Doors


If there be a deacon, he makes a reverence, takes the Chalice from the priest with devotion, approaches the doors, and elevating the Holy Chalice, shows it to the people, saying:
With fear of God and with faith, draw near.
If there be no deacon, the Priest does the above…

Chanters:  Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.  God is the Lord that hath appeared unto us.

Priest’s Exclamation:
I believe, O Lord, and I confess, that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  Moreover, I believe that this is truly Thy most pure Body, and this is truly Thine Own precious Blood.  Wherefore, I pray Thee: Have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, in knowledge and in ignorance.  And vouchsafe me to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, unto the remission of sins and life everlasting.  Amen.
Then:
Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief do I confess Thee:  Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.

Let not the Communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be unto me for judgment or condemnation, O Lord, but for healing of soul and body.

Those who wish to communicate shall then approach.  They come one by one and they make a reverence with all contrition and fear, holding their hands folded on their breast.  Thus each receives the Divine Mysteries.


Chanters: Receive ye the Body ot Christ; taste the fountain of immortality.  

The priest says on communicating each one:
The servant (*or hand-maiden) of God, N., partaketh of the precious and holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ unto the remission of sins and life everlasting.
And the deacon wipes the lips of each with the cloth.
The communicant, having partaken, shall kiss the Holy Chalice, make a reverence, and withdraw.
And thus all communicate.

And after the last hast communicated: 
Chanters: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 

After Communion, the priest enters the sanctuary, and sets the Holy Things down on the Holy Table.

The deacon then, holding the Holy Diskos over the Holy Chalice, says these hymns of the Resurrection:
 Having beheld the resurrection …, Shine, shine …, and O Christ …. 

[In current practice these are said as indicated above.]
He wipes the Diskos thoroughly with the holy sponge, wiping the particles into the Holy Chalice with heed and reverence, saying these words:
By Thy precious Blood, O Lord, wash away the sins of those here commemorated, through the intercessions of Thy saints.

The star and veils, etc. are put on the Holy Diskos.
The priest faces west, blesses the people, exclaiming:

Priest’s Exclamation
+Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

The chanters sing:  We have seen the True Light.  /  We have received the Heavenly Spirit.  /  We have found the True Faith,  /  we worship the indivisible Trinity;  //  for He hath saved us.

And turning to the Holy Table, the priest censes it 3x, saying:
Be Thou exalted above the heavens, O God, and Thy glory above all the earth.

The priest then, taking the Holy Diskos, sets it on the deacon’s head.  And the deacon, taking it reverently, looks toward the holy door, saying nothing, and goes forth to the prothesis table and sets it down.  And the priest, having made a reverence, takes the Holy Chalice, making with it the Sign of the Cross over the antimension and saying secretly:
(Silently) Blessed is our God,
And then turning toward the doors, and, looking toward the people, he exclaims, signing them with the Chalice:

Priest’s Exclamation
Always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

And he goes to the holy prothesis table, and there sets down the Holy Things.

Chanters:  Amen.
Let our mouth be filled with Thy praise, O Lord,  /  that we may hymn Thy glory,  /  for Thou hast vouchsafed us   /  to partake of Thy Holy, Divine, Immortal, and Life-creating Mysteries.  /  Keep us in Thy holiness,  /  that we may meditate on Thy righteousness all the day long.  //  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And he goeth to the holy table of oblation and placeth thereon the Holy Things. And as he goeth, the deacon censeth the Holy Things, and then giveth the priest the censer, who censeth the Holy Things thrice. 


The Litany of Thanksgiving
And the deacon, unbinding his orarion, comes forth by the north door, and standing in his usual place, says:
Aright!  Having partaken of the divine, holy, most pure, immortal, heavenly, and life-creating, fearful Mysteries of Christ, let us worthily give thanks unto the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God by Thy grace.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
Having asked that the whole day be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy.
The priest, having folded the antimension, and holding upright the Holy Gospel Book, makes the Sign of the Cross with it over the antimension.
Priest’s Exclamation (by principle cleric):
For Thou art our sanctification and unto Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.
Then the Junior Priest, walking to the bottom of the Amvon through the Holy Doors says while exiting the Holy Doors:
Priest:             Let us depart in peace.
Chanters:         In the Name of the Lord.
Deacon:            Let us pray to the Lord.
Chanters:         Lord, have mercy. (Slowly if there is no deacon.)


Prayer Behind the Amvon

Exclaimed Aloud while at the bottom of the Amvon steps facing East
Junior Priest:
O Lord, Who dost bless them that bless Thee and sanctify them that put their trust in Thee:  Save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; preserve the fullness of Thy Church, sanctify them that love the beauty of Thy house; do Thou glorify them by Thy divine power, and forsake us not that hope in Thee.  Give peace to Thy world, to Thy churches, to the priests, and to all Thy people.  For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from Thee, the Father of lights, and unto Thee do we send up glory and thanksgiving and worship:   to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.

Then:


Blessed be the Name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore.  (3X)



Then the chanters sing, or the reader reads, Psalm 33.
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.



The prayer is said, the deacon standing to the right before the icon of Christ the Master, holding his orarion, and with his head bowed until the end of the prayer.  Having finished the prayer, the priest enters through the royal gates and goes forth to the prothesis table and says the following prayer, [or, if a deacon serves, in current practice, the priest blesses the deacon, having come into the Altar through the north door, at the side of the Holy Table, while saying the following prayer]:
Prayer at the Consuming of the Holy Things
Priest:
Thou Who art the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, O Christ our God, Who didst fulfill all the Father’s dispensation:  Fill our hearts with joy and gladness, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

The deacon then consumes the Holy Things with fear and all wariness.  

The priest, having come forth, gives the people the antidoron, if there is time.  [In current practice this is usually done at the veneration of the Cross.]
After the conclusion of the Psalm and the distribution of the antidoron, he says:

The blessing of the Lord be upon you, through His grace and love for mankind, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Chanters:         Amen.

Priest:
Glory to Thee, O Christ God, our Hope, glory to Thee.
Chanters:         Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.
Lord, have mercy.  (three times)
Father, bless.


     Bless, O Lord. 


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

Chanters: Amen

App. Silas and Silvanus, of the Seventy, and with them: 
   App. Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus. 
St. John the Warrior. 
Op rel St. Germanus, wonderworker of Solovki. 
HM Valentine, bp. of Interamna (Terni) in Italy, and MM Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius and Abundius, the youths. 
HM Polychronius, bp. of Babylon, 
   and MM Parmenius, Helimenas (Elymas) and Chrysotelus, presbyters; 
      Luke and Mucius, deacons; 
      Maximus and Olympiades (Olympius), at Cordula in Persia; 
   and MM Abdon and Sennen, Persian princes, at Rome. 
St. Angelina, despotess (princess) of Serbia. 
New-hieroconfessor Anatolius the Younger, elder of Optina (1922) (L:XIII 4). 
St. Tatwin, abp. of Canterbury. 


Priest:
(This is done with the Blessing Cross in the Right Hand. See Dismissals on Page 50.)
May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of ___, of our Father among the Saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, and of (name of the Saint of the temple and of the day), of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna and of all the Saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.
Chanters:  Amen.

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

At this point, the priest may serve a moleben, if he wish. 
The cross is then venerated by the faithful who have not received the Holy Mysteries, and the antidoron is distributed. Those who have communed venerate the cross after the Thanksgiving prayers. 

The priest, having entered the sanctuary, says the Prayers of Thanksgiving.  [In current practice, the priest says:  Glory to Thee, O God! three times and the reader reads aloud the Prayers of Thanksgiving as the priest offers the Cross for veneration and distributes the antidoron.]

The deacon, having consumed the Holy Things with all diligence, so that no smallest particle fall or remain, pours into the holy cup wine and water, and consumes it, and wipes away all moisture with the sponge.  Then he puts the holy vessels together, and wrapping them, sets them in their usual place, saying:
Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mines eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to enlighten the gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

As did the priest, and he washes his hands in the usual place, and bowing together with the priest, they make the dismissal, and giving thanks unto God for all things, they depart.

The End of the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

Prayers after Holy Communion 

Priest: Glory to Thee O God, Glory to Thee O God, Glory to Thee O God 
Reader: I thank Thee, O Lord my God, that Thou hast not rejected me, a sinner, but hast vouchsafed me to be a communicant of Thy holy Things. I thank Thee that Thou hast vouchsafed me, the unworthy, to partake of Thy most pure and heavenly Gifts. But, O Lord, Lover of mankind, Who for our sake didst die and rise again and didst bestow upon us these Thy dread and life-giving Mysteries for the well-being and sanctification of our souls and bodies, grant that these may be even unto me for the healing of both soul and body, for the averting of everything hostile, for the enlightenment of the eyes of my heart, for the peace of the powers of my soul, for faith unashamed, for love unfeigned, for the fullness of wisdom, for the keeping of Thy commandments, for an increase of Thy divine grace, and for the attainment of Thy Kingdom; that being preserved by Them in Thy holiness I may ever remember Thy grace, and no longer live for myself but for Thee our Master and Benefactor. And thus when I have departed this life in hope of eternal life, may I attain unto everlasting rest, where the sound of them that keep festival is unceasing and the delight is endless of them that behold the ineffable beauty of Thy countenance. For Thou art the true desire and the unutterable gladness of those who love Thee, O Christ our God, and all creation doth hymn Thee unto the ages. Amen.

Of St. Basil the Great, 2: 
O Master Christ our God, King of the ages and Creator of all things, I thank Thee for all the good things Thou hast bestowed upon me and for the communion of Thy most pure and life-giving Mysteries. I pray Thee, therefore, O Good One and Lover of mankind: Keep me under Thy protection and in the shadow of Thy wings and grant me, even unto my last breath, to partake worthily, with a pure conscience, of Thy holy Things unto the remission of sins and life eternal. For Thou art the Bread of Life, the Source of Holiness, the Giver of good things, and unto Thee do we send up glory, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. 

Verses of Metaphrastes, 3: 
O Thou Who givest me willingly Thy Flesh as food, Thou Who art fire, that doth consume the unworthy, Burn me not, O my Creator,
But rather enter Thou into my members, 
Into all my joints, my reigns, my heart.
Burn up the thorns of all my sins.
Purify my soul, sanctify my thoughts.
Strengthen my substance together with my bones. Enlighten the my simple five senses. 
Nail down the whole of me with Thy fear. Ever protect, preserve, and keep me
From every soul-corrupting deed and word. Purify and cleanse and adorn me; 
Make me comely, give me understanding and enlighten me. Make me the dwelling-place of Thy Spirit alone,
And no longer a habitation of sin,
That from me as Thine abode through the entry of Communion Every evildoer, every passion may flee from me as from fire. As intercessors I offer unto Thee all the saints, 
The Commanders of the Bodiless Hosts,
Thy Forerunner, the wise Apostles,
And Thine undefiled pure Mother,
Whose entreaties do Thou accept, O my compassionate Christ. And make Thy servant a child of light. 
For Thou alone art our sanctification, O Good One, And the radiance of our souls,
And to Thee as our God and Master,
We all send up glory as is meet, every day. 

Another Prayer: 
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, may Thy Holy Body, be unto me for life eternal, and Thy Precious Blood for the remission of sins; And may this Eucharist be to me for joy, health, and gladness. And at Thy dread Second Coming, vouchsafe me, a sinner, to stand at the right hand of Thy glory, through the intercessions of Thy most pure Mother and of all Thy Saints. 

Another Prayer, To the Most Holy Theotokos: 
All-holy Lady, Theotokos, light of my darkened soul, my hope, protection, refuge, consolation, my joy; I thank thee that thou hast vouchsafed me, who am unworthy, to be a partaker of the most pure Body and precious Blood of thy Son. O thou who gavest birth to the true Light, do thou enlighten the spiritual eyes of my heart; thou who didst gavest birth to the Source of Immortality, revive me who am dead in sin; thou who art the loving-compassionately Mother of the merciful God, have mercy on me and grant me compunction and contrition in my heart, and humility in my thoughts, and the recall of my thoughts from their captivity. And vouchsafe me until my last breath to receive without condemnation the sanctification of the most Pure Mysteries for the healing of soul and body; And grant me tears of repentance and confession, with which to hymn and glorify thee all the days of my life; For blessed and glorified art Thou unto the ages. Amen. 

Then: 
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. 
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal : have mercy on us Thrice. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. 
All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, Pardon our iniquities. Holy God, 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: now and ever, 
and unto 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. 

Priest: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. 

Troparion to St John Chrysostom, Eighth Tone: 
Reader: Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon hath illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness, and shown us the heights of humility; but while instructing us by Thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls. 

Glory... 

Kontakion, 6th Tone: 
From the heavens hast thou received grace, and by thy lips thou dost teach all to worship the One God in Trinity, O John Chrysostom, all blessed righteous one. Rightly do we acclaim thee, for thou art a teacher revealing things divine. 

Both now...

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, O Mediation unto the Creator unfailing: Disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners; but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto Thee; hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee. 

Lord, have mercy 12 Times 

Priest: Most Holy Theotokos save us! 
Reader: More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, thee who without defilement gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify. 

Priest: Glory to Thee, O Christ, our God and our hope, glory to Thee. 
Reader: Glory... Both now.. Lord have mercy Thrice Father bless! 

Priest: May Christ our true God (Who rose from the dead), through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind. 

Reader: Amen. 

Then, those who have received the Divine Mysteries approach to kiss the Cross