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					                                  Vigil                                       read the Prayers of Light silently1.
                                                                                                                             I
If Matins is celebrated apart from Vespers, the Priest vests, opens the       O Lord, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and of great
curtain (which remains open during the entire service; the Royal Doors        mercy, give heed to our prayers, and attend to the voice of our
remain closed), makes a prostration or metania before the Altar Table,        supplications. Work upon us a sign for good. Guide us in Your way
receives the censer, and says:
                                                                              that we may walk in Your truth. Gladden our hearts that we may
Deacon:           Arise! Bless Master!
                                                                              fear Your holy name, for You are great and You work wonders. You
Priest:           Glory to the holy, consubstantial life-creating and
                                                                              alone are God, and among the gods there is none like You, O Lord,
                  undivided Trinity, always, now and ever and unto            powerful in mercy and good in might, to help and to comfort and to
                  ages of ages.                                               save all those who hope in Your holy name. For to You belong all
Reader:           Amen.                                                       glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
The Priest then does the Great Censing.
                                                                              Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Clergy:           Come, let us worship God our King!
                  Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ,                                                          II
                  our King and our God!                                       O Lord, in Your displeasure, rebuke us not, neither chasten us in
                  Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ            Your wrath, but deal with us according to Your tenderness, O
                  Himself, our King and our God!                              physician and healer of our souls. Guide us to the haven of Your
                                                                              will. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts to the knowledge of Your
The Priest closes the Royal Doors, leaving the Curtain open. The Priest and   truth, and grant that the remainder of the present day and the
the Deacon make a complete censing of the Church.                             whole time of our life may be peaceful and sinless, through the
                     The Introductory Psalm                                   intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints. For Yours
Psalm 103 (104)                                                               is the majesty, and Yours are the Kingdom, and the power, and the
                                                                              glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and
                  VESPERS PRAYERS OF LIGHT
Celebrant goes to stand in front of the Royal Doors, head uncovered, to       1 Many priests, however, remain in the sanctuary and listen to the Psalter and pray the prayers
                                                                              aloud, each in what is thought to be its proper place, omitting those prayers which were written
                                                                              to accompany material no longer part of Vespers.
ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                      subtle snares of the Evil One. Keep our lives unassailed, through the
                                III                                    grace of Your all holy Spirit. Through the mercy and love toward
O Lord our God, remember us, Your sinful and unprofitable              mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed,
servants, when we call on Your holy and venerable name, and put        together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and
us not to shame in our expectation of Your mercy, but grant us, O      ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Lord, all our petitions which are unto salvation, and make us worthy                                    VI
to love and fear You with all our hearts, and to do Your will in all   O God, great and wonderful, Who with goodness indescribable and
things. For You are a good God and You love mankind, and to You        rich providence, order all things and grant to us earthly good things;
we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy       Who have given us a pledge of the promised kingdom through the
Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                      good things already granted to us, and have made us to shun all
                                IV                                     harm during that part of the day which is past, grant that we may
O You to Whom the holy powers sing with unending hymns and             also fulfill the remainder of this day blamelessly before Your holy
unceasing doxologies, fill our mouths with Your praise that we may     glory, and hymn You, our God Who alone are good and love
magnify Your holy name. And grant to us part and inheritance with      mankind. For You are our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the
all those who fear You in truth and keep Your commandments,            Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and
through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the         unto ages of ages. Amen.
saints. For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship, to the                                         VII
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and                                         a
unto ages of ages. Amen.                                               O great and most high God, You alone have immortality, and You
                                 V                                     dwell in unapproachable light. You have fashioned all creation in
O Lord, Lord, Who uphold all things in the most pure hollow of Your    wisdom. You have divided the light from the darkness, and have set
hand, Who are long-suffering toward us all, and Who turn away          the sun to rule the day and the moon and stars to rule the night.
from our wickedness, remember Your compassion and Your mercy.          You have also permitted us sinners at this present hour to come
Look on us with Your goodness. Grant to us also by Your grace,         before Your presence with confession and to offer to You our
through the remainder of the present day, to avoid the various         evening doxology. O Lord, Lover of Mankind, direct our prayer as
incense before You, and accept it as a sweet fragrance. Grant that                  the holy churches of God, and for the union of all,
the present evening and coming night be peaceful. Clothe us with                    let us pray to the Lord.
the armor of light. Rescue us from the fear of night, and from            People:   Lord, have mercy.
everything that walks in darkness. Grant that the sleep that You          Deacon:   For this holy house and for those who enter it with
have given us for rest in our weakness may be free from every                       faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to
fantasy of the devil.                                                               the Lord.
                                    b                                     People:   Lord, have mercy.
O Master of all, leader of the good, may we, being moved to               Deacon:   For [his Beatitude] Metropolitan ______; for [his
compunction on our beds, remember Your name in the night.                           Grace] our Bishop ______; for the honorable
Enlightened by doing Your commandments, may we rise up with                         priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy
joyful soul to glorify Your goodness of heart for our own sins and                  and the people, let us pray to the Lord.
those of all Your people. Look on them in mercy, through the              People:   Lord, have mercy.
intercessions of the holy Theotokos. For You are a good God and           Deacon:   For the President and all civil authorities of this
You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and                   country, and for those serving in its Armed Forces,
to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of                   let us pray to the Lord.
ages. Amen.                                                               People:   Lord, have mercy.
                                                                          Deacon:   For this city, [if a monastery: For this holy
                         The Great Litany                                           habitation,] for every city and countryside, and for
The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and
                                                                                    the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.
says:                                                                     People:   Lord, have mercy.
Deacon:          In peace let us pray to the Lord.                        Deacon:   For favorable weather, for an abundance of the
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                                  fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us
Deacon:          For the peace from above and for the salvation of                  pray to the Lord.
                 our souls, let us pray to the Lord.                      People:   Lord, have mercy.
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                        Deacon:   For travelers by land, by sea, and by air; the sick;
Deacon:          For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of               the suffering; the captives; and for their salvation,
                let us pray to the Lord.                                           5.    Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!
People:         Lord, have mercy.                                                  6.    Salvation is of the Lord! Your blessing be upon Your
Deacon:         For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath,                          people!
                danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.                           Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
People:         Lord, have mercy.                                                        Spirit,
Deacon:         Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O                       now and ever and unto ages of Ages. Amen.
                God, by Your grace.                                                      Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
People:         Lord, have mercy.                                                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God!
Deacon:         Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed                          (3x)
                and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin                                 The Little Litany
                Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves      Deacon:          Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
                and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.   People:          Lord, have mercy.
People:         To You, O Lord.                                         Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O
Priest:         For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to                      God, by Your grace.
                the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,     People:          Lord, have mercy.
                now and ever and unto ages of ages.                     Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed
People:         Amen.                                                                    and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
                  THE VESPERS KATHISMA                                                   Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves
           1.   Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of                       and each other and all our life unto Christ our God.
                the godless.                                            The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.
Refrain:        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!                           People:          To You, O Lord.
           2.   For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but        Priest:          For Yours is the majesty, and Yours are the
                the way of the godless will perish.                                      Kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the
           3.   Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with                         Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now
                trembling!                                                               and ever and unto ages of ages.
           4.   Blessed are all who take refuge in Him!                 People:          Amen.
The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High                                   Lord, I Call
Place, bows, turns and bows to the Priest, takes up the censer and presents   Psalm 140 (141):1-2
it to the Priest, saying:
                                                                              People:           Lord, I call upon You, hear me.
Deacon:           Bless, Master, the censer. Let us pray to the Lord.
                                                                                                Hear me, O Lord.
Priest:           + We offer You incense, O Christ our God, for a
                                                                                                Lord, I call upon You, hear me.
                  perfume of spiritual fragrance. Receive it upon Your
                                                                                                Receive the voice of my prayer, when I call upon
                  heavenly Altar, and send down upon us in return
                                                                                                You.
                  the grace of Your all-Holy Spirit.
                                                                                                Hear me, O Lord.
Deacon:           Amen.                                                       The Deacon then begins the Great Censing.
                         Kathisma Readings                                                      Let my prayer arise,
After first Antiphon:                                                                           in Your sight as incense,
                  For Thine is the Dominion, and the power and the                              and let the lifting up of my hands
                  glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy                          be an evening sacrifice.
                  Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.                                   Hear me, O Lord.
                                                                              10.               Bring my soul out of prison that I may confess Your
After second Antiphon:                                                                          name,
                  For Thou art a good God and the Lover of Mankind,           9.                The righteous are waiting for me until You reward
                  and unto Thee do we send up glory, to the Father,                             me.
                  and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever        Psalm 129 (130)
                  and unto ages of ages.                                      8.                Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; O Lord, hear
                                                                                                my voice.
After third Antiphon:                                                         7.                Let Your ears be attentive to the cry of my prayer.
                  For Thou art our God and unto Thee do we send up            6.                If You, O Lord, should take note of our sins, O Lord,
                  glory, to the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy                         who would survive? But with You there is
                  Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.                                   forgiveness.
5.                 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, I wait for You, my         Priest:           In the evening, in the morning, and at midday, we
                   soul waits for Your word, my soul hopes for the                            praise You, we bless You, we give thanks to You,
                   Lord,                                                                      and we pray to You: O Master of all, O Lord, the
4.                 from the morning watch until night. From the                               Lover of mankind, let our prayer arise in Your sight
                   morning watch let Israel hope for the Lord.                                as incense, and incline not our hearts to words or
3.                 For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him there                        thoughts of evil, but rescue us from all who seek
                   is great redemption. And He will redeem Israel                             after our souls. For our eyes are toward You, O
                   from all his sins.                                                         Lord: Lord, in You we put our hope. Put us not to
The Deacon receives the censer from the Server.                                               shame, O our God. For to You belong all glory,
Psalm 116 (117)                                                                               honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son,
2.                 Praise the Lord, all you nations, praise Him, all you                      and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages
                   peoples!                                                                   of ages. Amen.
1.                 For great is His mercy to us, and the truth of the
                   Lord continues forever.                                  The Priest stands in the center facing the Sanctuary.
                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy     The Deacon approaches the Royal Doors to the right of the Priest and then
                   Spirit,                                                  he censes the Royal Doors, the icons of Christ and the Theotokos, the icon
                   ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.             of the patron saint of the Temple, and the Priest. After this he transfers the
As the People sing “now and ever...” the Royal Doors are opened, the        censer from his right hand to his left, bows to the Priest and, pointing to the
Deacon and the Priest kiss the Altar Table, and preceded by the Acolytes,   Royal Doors with his Orarion in his right hand, he says quietly:
passing by the High Place, they proceed out of the Sanctuary through the    Deacon:           Bless, Master, the holy entrance.
North door, and go to the solea in front of the Royal Doors.                Priest:           + Blessed is the entrance into Your holy place
People:            [Sing the Theotokion]                                                      always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
                                                                            Deacon:           Amen.
                       The Vespers Entrance                                 After this, the Deacon stands in the middle of the Royal Doors and, at the
As they proceed:                                                            conclusion of the Theotokion, makes the Sign of the Cross with the censer
                                                                            and says:
Deacon:            Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
                                                                            Deacon:           Wisdom! Let us attend!
The Deacon proceeds into the Sanctuary, censes the Altar Table on all four        Deacon:           The Evening Prokeimenon in the sixth tone:
sides and the High Place.                                                                           The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty.
The Priest(s) kisses the two small icons located on the sides or pillars of the   People:           The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty.
Royal Doors area, and the Altar Table, and goes to the High Place, makes          Deacon:           The Lord is robed, He is girded with strength.
the Sign of the Cross and a small metania.
                                                                                  People:           The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty.
The Deacon gives the censer to the Acolyte, kisses the Altar Table, goes to
the left side of the Sanctuary, makes the Sign of the Cross on himself facing
                                                                                  Deacon:           For he has established the world so that it will never
the High Place, bows to the Priest, and stands to the left (Northeast corner)                       be moved.
of the Altar Table at the High Place facing toward the people.                    Deacon:           Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore.
                                                                                  People:           The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty.
                            Gladsome Light                                        Deacon:           The Lord is King...
People:           O gladsome Light of the holy glory of the immortal,             People:           ...He is robed in majesty.
                  heavenly,
                  Holy, blessed Father: O Jesus Christ:                           If there are OT readings at Great Vespers, each is introduced as follows:
                  Now that we have come to the setting of the sun,                Deacon:           Wisdom!
                  And behold the light of evening,                                Reader:           The reading is from __________.
                  We praise God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.                    Deacon:           Let us attend!
                  For it is right, at all times,                                  Reader:           [reads the reading]
                  To worship You in voices of praise,                             The Priest and the Deacon turn (usually at the last “The Lord is King...”),
                  O Son of God and Giver of life.                                 make the Sign of the Cross (lesser metania) to the High Place, and proceed
                  Therefore all the world glorifies You.                          to their places.
Deacon:           Let us attend.                                                  The Deacon exits the Sanctuary through the North door, takes his place on
Priest:           + Peace be unto all.                                            the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:
Deacon:           Wisdom!
                                                                                                        The Augmented Litany
                          The Prokeimenon                                         Deacon:           Let us say with all our soul and with all our mind, let
Saturday Evening [Psalm 92 (93)]                                                                    us say.
People:   Lord, have mercy.                                                   [especially ______], and for the pardon and
Deacon:   O Lord almighty, the God of our fathers, we implore                 remission of their sins.
          You, hear us and have mercy.                              People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)
People:   Lord, have mercy.                                         Deacon:   Again we pray for those who bring offerings and do
Deacon:   Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great                    good works in this holy and all-venerable house; for
          goodness, we implore You, hear us and have mercy.                   those who labor and those who sing; and for all the
People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)                                              people here present, who await Your great and rich
Deacon:   Again we pray for [His Beatitude] Metropolitan                      mercy.
          ______, for [His Grace] our Bishop ______, for            People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)
          priests, deacons, and all other clergy, and for all our   Priest:   For You are a merciful God, and You love mankind,
          brethren in Christ.                                                 and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to
People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)                                              the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and
Deacon:   Again we pray for the President and all civil                       unto ages of ages.
          authorities of this country and for those serving in      People:   Amen.
          its Armed Forces.
People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)                                                    Vouchsafe, O Lord
Deacon:   Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable          Choir:    Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin.
          holy Orthodox Patriarchs; for the blessed and ever                  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
          memorable founders of this holy house; for all our                  and praised and glorified is Thy name forever.
          fathers and brethren, the Orthodox departed this                    Amen.
          life before us, [especially __________ and all those]               Let Thy mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have
          who here and in all the world lie asleep in the Lord.               set our hope on Thee. Blessed are Thou, O Lord:
People:   Lord, have mercy. (3x)                                              teach me Thy statutes. Blessed are Thou, O Master:
Deacon:   Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health,                       make me to understand Thy commandments.
          salvation, and visitation for the servants of God                   Blessed are Thou, O Holy One: enlighten me with
                                                                              Thy precepts. Thy mercy, O Lord, endures forever.
                   Do not forsake the works of Thine hands. To Thee                People:           Grant it, O Lord.
                   belongs worship, to Thee belongs praise, to Thee                Deacon:           That we may complete the remaining time of our
                   belongs glory; to the Father and to the Son, and to                               life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.
                   the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.            People:           Grant it, O Lord.
                   Amen.                                                           Deacon:           For a Christian ending to our life: painless,
                                                                                                     blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before
            The Evening Litany (of Supplication)                                                     the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the
The Deacon, still at his place in the center of the solea, lifts his Orarion and                     Lord.
says:                                                                              People:           Grant it, O Lord.
Deacon:            Let us complete our evening prayer to the Lord.                 Deacon:           Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed
People:            Lord, have mercy.                                                                 and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
Deacon:            Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O                                Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves
                   God, by Your grace.                                                               and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
People:            Lord, have mercy.                                               The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:
Deacon:            That the whole evening may be perfect, holy,                    People:           To You, O Lord.
                   peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.                  Priest:           For You are a good God, and You love mankind, and
People:            Grant it, O Lord.                                                                 to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the
Deacon:            For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of                            Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto
                   our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.                                     ages of ages.
People:            Grant it, O Lord.                                               People:           Amen
Deacon:            For pardon and remission of our sins and                        The Priest turns to bless the People:
                   transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.                         Priest:           + Peace be unto all.
People:            Grant it, O Lord.                                               People:           And to your spirit.
Deacon:            For all things that are good and profitable for our             The Priest faces the East as the Deacon says:
                   souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the               Deacon:           Let us bow our heads to the Lord.
                   Lord.                                                           People:           To You, O Lord.
                    The Prayer with Heads Bowed                                                  Then the Deacon censes the icons in the vestibule, the Clergy according to
                                                                                                 rank, the choirs, and the people and comes to stand in his place to the
Priest:               O Lord our God, Who bowed the heavens and came
                                                                                                 Priest’s right in front of him. He then lifts his Orarion and prays:
                      down for the salvation of the human race; look
                                                                                                 Deacon:          O God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.
                      upon Your servants and Your inheritance; for to
                                                                                                                  Visit Your world in mercy and compassion. Exalt the
                      You, the awesome Judge, Who yet love mankind,
                                                                                                                  horn of Orthodox Christians, and send down on us
                      have Your servants bowed their heads and
                                                                                                                  Your rich mercies; through the prayers of our most-
                      submissively bent their necks, not waiting for help
                                                                                                                  pure Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary;
                      from men, but asking for Your mercy and looking
                                                                                                                  through the power of the precious and life-creating
                      confidently for Your salvation. Guard them at all
                                                                                                                  Cross; through the protection of the honorable
                      times, both during this present evening and in the
                                                                                                                  Bodiless Powers of heaven; through the
                      approaching night, from every foe, from all adverse
                                                                                                                  supplications of the honorable and glorious
                      powers of the Devil, from vain thoughts, and from
                                                                                                                  Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy,
                      evil imaginations.
                                                                                                                  glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of the holy,
                      Aloud: Blessed and glorified be the majesty of Your
                                                                                                                  glorious and right-victorious martyrs; of our
                      kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
                                                                                                                  venerable and God fearing Fathers, of our Fathers
                      Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages.
                                                                                                                  among the saints the great hierarchs and
The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door
                                                                                                                  ecumenical teachers: Basil the Great, Gregory the
People:               Amen.
                                                                                                                  Theologian, and John Chrysostom; of our fathers
                                      THE LITIYA                                                                  among the saints Nicholas the Wonderworker,
As the appointed Stichera are sung, the Clergy kiss the Altar Table, exit                                         Archbishop of Myra in Lycia,
through the Royal Doors and proceed to the vestibule. 2                                                           Of the holy equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and
The Servers exit through the North door and proceed to the vestibule.                                             Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs, of the Holy and
                                                                                                                  right believing and Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Great
                                                                                                                  Prince Prince Vladimir; of our Fathers among the
2 In Kievan practice, the Royal Doors are opened, the Deacon remains in the Sanctuary for this
                                                                                                                  saints, the wonderworkers of All Russia; Michael,
procession to cense the Sanctuary, Iconostasis, people, temple and Priest and comes to the
place of the Litia.                                                                                               Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Philip and Hermogenes, Tikhon
of Zadonsk and Thedosius of Chernigov; of our                    ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; of Saint (of
Fathers among the saints, Sava Archbishop of                     the Church); of Saint (of the day); and of all the
Serbia, and Clement, Enlightener of the Bulgarians;              saints, we pray Thee, O Most Merciful Lord, hearken
Callinicus of Chernica, and Nectarios of Aegina and              unto us sinners who entreat Thee, and have mercy
Nicholai of Zicha, who laboured in America; of our               on us.
Fathers among the saints, Innocent, Evangelizer of     People:   Lord, have mercy. (40x)
Akaska Apostle to America; of the Holy Hieromartyr     Deacon:   Again we pray for the holy Orthodox Patriarchs, for
and Confessor Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and                    our [Lord the Most Blessed] Metropolitan ______,
Enlightener of North America; of our Father among                for [His Grace] our Bishop ______, and for all our
the Saints, Raphael of Brooklyn, of the holy and                 brotherhood in Christ; and for every Christian soul
glorious Greatmartyr George the Victorious, of the               that is and oppressed, in need of the mercy and
Holy Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrhgusher; of                   help of God; for the protection of this city (or
the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs                  countryside, or town, or village, or holy monastery),
Cosmos of Aetolia and Nicodemus of Elbassan;                     and them that dwell therein; for the peace and
Juvenaly of Iliamna and Peter the Aleut; and the                 welfare of the whole world; for the good estate of
priest martyrs John and Alexander, of our venerable              the holy churches of God; for the salvation and help
and Godbearing Fathers, Anthony and Theodsius of                 of our fathers and brethren that labour with
the caves in Kiev, Sergius of Radonezh and                       diligence and the fear of God; for them that are
Seraphim of Sarov, Wonderworkers; Job                            absent and abroad; for the healing of those who lie
Wonderworker of Pochaev and John of Rila; of our                 in sickness; for the repose, refreshment and blessed
venerable and Godbearing Fathers: Herman of                      memory and forgiveness of sins of all our fathers
Alaska; of the Holy Righteous Philoftheia of Thrace,             and brethren that have departed before us, and the
Protectress of Romania; of the holy Righteous John               Orthodox here and everywhere laid to rest; for the
of Kronstadt; of the holy Blessed Xenia of                       deliverance of captives; and for our brethren who
Petersburg; of the holy Righteous Alexis of Wilkes-              are serving, and for all who serve and have served
Barre and Jacob of Alaska; of the holy and righteous             in this holy temple (or holy abode), let us say:
People:   Lord, have mercy (30x)                                                    Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the
Deacon:   Again we pray for the President and all civil                             Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto
          authorities of this country, and for those serving in                     ages of ages.
          its armed forces, let us say.                            Deacon moves to behind celebrant.
People:   Lord, have mercy (12x)                                   People:          Amen.
Deacon:   Again we pray that He will keep this city (or            Priest:          + Peace be unto all.
          countryside, or town, or village, or holy abode) and     People:          And to your spirit.
          every city and countryside from wrath, famine,           Deacon:          Let us bow our heads to the Lord.
          pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword,          People:          To Thee, O Lord.
          foreign invasion or civil war, and from sudden           The Priest or Deacon turns to face the West and prays:
          death; that our good God, the Lover of mankind,          Priest:          O greatly merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, our
          will be gracious, favorable, and conciliatory, and                        God, through the prayers of our all pure Lady, the
          turn away and dispel all the wrath stirred up against                     Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary; by the power of
          us, and all sickness, and may deliver us from His                         the honorable and life-giving cross; though the
          righteous chastisement which impends against us,                          intercession of the honorable Bodiless powers of
          and have mercy on us.                                                     Heaven; of the honorable and glorious Prophet,
People:   Lord, have mercy (3x)                                                     Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious
Deacon:   Again we pray that the Lord God will hearken unto                         and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and
          the voice of supplication of us sinners and have                          Godbearing Fathers; of all saints of North America;
          mercy on us.                                                              of our Fathers among the Saints, Basil the Great,
People:   Lord, have mercy (3x)                                                     Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom; of
Priest:   Hearken unto us, O God, our Savior, Thou hope of                          our Father among the Saints, Nicholas the
          all the ends of the earth, and of them that be far off                    Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia;
          at sea; and be merciful, be merciful, O Master,                           [Of the holy equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and
          regarding our sins, and have mercy on us. For Thou                        Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs, of the Holy and
          art a merciful God, the Lover of mankind, and to                          right believing and Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Great
Prince Prince Vladimir; of our Fathers among the                        of Kronstadt; of the holy Blessed Xenia of
saints, the wonderworkers of All Russia; Michael,                       Petersburg; of the holy Righteous Alexis of Wilkes-
Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Philip and Hermogenes, Tikhon                     Barre and Jacob of Alaska;
of Zadonsk and Thedosius of Chernigov; of our                           of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim
Fathers among the saints, Sava Archbishop of                            and Anna; of Saint (of the Church); of Saint (of
Serbia, and Clement, Enlightener of the Bulgarians;                     the day); and of all the saints; Make our prayer
Callinicus of Chernica, and Nectarios of Aegina and                     acceptable. Grant unto us the remission of our
Nicholai of Zicha, who laboured in America; of our                      transgressions. Cover us under the shelter of Thy
Fathers among the saints, Innocent, Evangelizer of                      Wings. Drive far from us every enemy and
Akaska Apostle to America; of the Holy Hieromartyr                      adversary. Make our life peaceful, O Lord, have
and Confessor Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and                           mercy upon us and upon Thy world, and save our
Enlightener of North America; of our Father among                       souls, as Thou art Good and the Lover of Mankind.
the Saints, Raphael of Brooklyn, of the holy and       Choir:           Amen.
glorious Greatmartyr George the Victorious, of the     The procession proceeds “into the temple” (nave) to the center where the
Holy Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrhgusher; of         table is prepared with the tray of loaves, wheat, wine, and oil. The Deacon
the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs        stands to the right of the Priest, facing East. The Servers stand on the
Cosmos of Aetolia and Nicodemus of Elbassan;           sides, facing inward.
Juvenaly of Iliamna and Peter the Aleut; and the
priest martyrs John and Alexander, of our venerable                               The Aposticha
and Godbearing Fathers, Anthony and Theodsius of       People:          [Sticheron]
the caves in Kiev, Sergius of Radonezh and             Reader:          The Lord is King, He is robed in majesty.
Seraphim of Sarov, Wonderworkers; Job                  People:          [Sticheron]
Wonderworker of Pochaev and John of Rila; of our       Reader:          For He has established the world so that it shall
venerable and Godbearing Fathers: Herman of                             never be moved.
Alaska; of the Holy Righteous Philoftheia of Thrace,   People:          [Sticheron]
Protectress of Romania; of the holy Righteous John     Reader:          Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore.
People:           [Sticheron]                                                 around, he also turns to cense the Celebrant, and the five loaves from the
Reader:           Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy        front only.
                  Spirit,
People:           [Glory verse]                                                                            The Troparia
Reader:           ...now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
People:           [Theotokion]                                                On Feasts:
                                                                              People:           [Troparion (3x)]
                                                                              The Deacon gives the censer to the Acolyte, makes the Sign of the Cross,
                        St Symeon’s Prayer                                    bows to the Priest, and goes to his place.
People:           Lord now lettest Thy servant depart in peace
                  according to Thy word. For my eyes have seen Thy
                                                                                                    The Blessing of Bread
                  salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face
                                                                              The Deacon raises his Orarion and says:
                  of all people: a light to enlighten to the gentiles and     Deacon:           Let us pray to the Lord.
                  to be the glory of Thy people Israel.                       People:           Lord, have mercy.
                                                                              Priest:           O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who blessed the five
                      The Trisagion Prayers                                                     loaves in the wilderness and with them You satisfied
Reader:           Holy God!...Glory…now and ever…Amen…O most-                                   the five thousand, + bless these loaves, wheat,
                  holy Trinity...Lord, have mercy… Glory…now and                                wine, and oil, and multiply them in this city, and in
                  ever…Amen…Our Father…                                                         all the world, and sanctify all the faithful who
Priest:           For Yours’ is the Kingdom, and the power, and the                             partake of them. For it is You, O Christ our God,
                  glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy                         Who bless and sanctify all things, and to You we
                  Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.                                   ascribe glory, together with Your Father, Who is
Reader:           Amen.                                                                         without beginning, and Your all-holy, and good, and
The Deacon takes the censer, receives a blessing from the Priest for the                        life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of
censing, and censes around the table on which lies the Litia tray while the                     ages.
people sing the Troparion [Apolytikion] three times. On the last time         People:           Amen.
                               The Dismissal                             our truly existing God. Incline Your ear and hear us. Remember by
                                                                         name, O Lord, all those who are with us and pray with us; save them
If it is an All-Night Vigil or there has been a Litia:                   by Your power. Bless Your people, and sanctify Your inheritance.
People:            Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and       Give peace to Your world, to the churches, to Your priests, to all
                   forevermore. (3x)                                     those in civil authority, and to all Your people. For blessed and
Priest:            The Blessing of the Lord be upon you, through His     glorified is Your all-honorable and majestic name: of the Father,
                   grace and love for mankind, always, now and ever,     and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages
                   and unto ages of ages.                                of ages. Amen.
                                  Six Psalms                                                              III
                                                                         From the night our spirit wakes, O God, for Your commandments
                 THE TWELVE MATINS PRAYERS                               are a light. Teach us Your righteousness, O God, Your
                                                                         commandments and Your statutes. Enlighten the eyes of our
                             I
                                                                         understanding, lest at any time we should fall asleep to death in sin.
We thank You, O Lord our God, Who have raised us from our beds
                                                                         Drive all gloom from our hearts. Grant us the Sun of Righteousness,
and put into our mouths a word of praise, that we may adore and
                                                                         and, by the seal of Your Holy Spirit, preserve our life unassailed.
call on Your holy name. We entreat Your bounties, which You have
                                                                         Guide our steps to the way of peace. Enable us to behold the dawn
always used in our life. Send down Your help even now on those
                                                                         and the day with joy, that we may raise our morning prayers to You.
who stand before the face of Your holy glory and await rich mercy
                                                                         For Yours is the majesty, and Yours are the Kingdom, and the
from You. Enable those who serve You always with fear and love, to
                                                                         power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
praise Your inexpressible goodness. For to You belong all glory,
                                                                         Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                                         IV
                                                                         O Master, God, holy and unsearchable, Who commanded the light
                                         II
                                                                         to shine out of darkness; Who refreshed us by the sleep of the
From the night our spirit wakes, O our God, for Your
                                                                         night; and Who raised us for the glorification and supplication of
commandments are a light on the earth. Enlighten us now to
                                                                         Your goodness. Implored by Your own lovingkindness, accept now
perfect righteousness and holiness in fear of You, for we glorify You,
                                                                         also us who bow before You and give thanks according to our
ability. Grant us all our petitions which are for salvation. Show us     Savior and Benefactor of our souls. You have refreshed us in the
to be sons of the light and of the day, heirs of Your eternal good       past night, and raised us from our beds, and set us in worship of
things. Remember, O Lord, in the multitude of Your bounties, all         Your honorable name. Therefore we entreat You, O Lord, grant us
Your people here present and praying with us; and all our brothers       grace and power that we may sing to You with understanding, and
on land, on sea, in the air, and in every place of Your dominion who     pray without ceasing, working out our own salvation in fear and
are in need of Your mercy and love for mankind; grant Your mercy         trembling through the help of Your Christ. Remember, O Lord,
to all of them. That being always preserved in safety of soul and        those who call out to You in the night; hear them and have mercy
body, we may with boldness glorify Your wondrous and blessed             on them, destroying under their feet invisible and warring enemies.
name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and     For You are the King of Peace, the Savior of our souls, and to You we
ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                        ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
                                  V                                      now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Treasury of Blessings, ever-glowing Fountain, Holy Father Who work                                       VII
wonders, almighty and all-powerful! We all worship You and pray          O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who have raised us from
to You, entreating Your mercies and Your compassion, to help and         our beds, and gathered us at the hour of prayer. Grant us grace in
preserve our humility. Remember Your servants, O Lord, and accept        the opening of our lips, and accept our thanks according to our
our morning prayers as incense in Your sight. Let none of us be          ability. Teach us Your statutes. We do not know how to pray as we
found guilty, but surround us all with Your bounties. Remember, O        entreat You, pardon and forgive whatever sins we may have
Lord, those who keep vigil and sing to Your glory, and to the glory of   committed up to this present hour, by word or thought, voluntarily
Your only-begotten Son and our God and of the Holy Spirit. Be their      or involuntarily. If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who
helper and protector, and receive their supplications on Your            could stand? But there is forgiveness with You. You only are holy, a
heavenly and ideal altar. For You are our God, and to You we             mighty helper, the defender of our life; and our song shall always be
ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,    of You. Blessed and most glorified be the majesty of Your kingdom:
now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever
                                 VI                                      and unto ages of ages. Amen.
We thank You, O Lord, God of our salvation, for You do all things                                        VIII
which are good for life, that we may always look up to You, the          O Lord our God, Who have driven the despair of sleep from us and
assemble us by a holy call, that even in the night we might lift up     goodness on account of the many and great iniquities into which we
our hands and give thanks to You for the judgments of Your              have fallen; and according to Your abundant mercy, blot out our
righteousness, accept our prayers and petitions, the thanks of our      transgression. For we have sinned against You, O Lord, Who know
nightly worship. Grant us, O Lord, a faith unashamed, a sure hope,      the secret and hidden things in the heart of man and Who alone
a love unfeigned. Bless our comings and goings, our works and           have authority to pardon sins. Since You have created in us a clean
deeds, our words and thoughts, and grant that we may begin this         heart; and put a new and right spirit within us; and made known to
day, praising, singing, and blessing the goodness of Your ineffable     us the joy of Your salvation; cast us not away from Your presence.
beneficence. For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your            But since You are good, and You love mankind, graciously enable us,
kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now     even to our last breath, to offer to You the sacrifice of
and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                   righteousness, and an oblation on Your holy altar. Through the
                                 IX                                     mercy and compassion and love for mankind of Your only-begotten
Illumine our hearts, O Master Who love mankind, with the pure           Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good,
light of Your divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the        and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
understanding of Your gospel teachings. Implant also in us the fear                                      XI
of Your blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal            O God, our God, Who by Your will have made all the powers
desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both           endowed with reason and understanding, we implore and
thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing to You. For You     supplicate You: Accept the praise which we offer with all Your
are the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and     creatures according to our ability; reward us with the rich gifts of
to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father Who is without       Your goodness. For every knee in heaven and on earth and under
beginning, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and   the earth bends to You; and everything that breathes and every
ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                       creature sings of Your ineffable glory; only You are the true and
                                  X                                     most merciful God. For all the powers of heaven praise You, and to
O Lord our God, Who have granted men pardon through                     You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
repentance, and set repentance unto forgiveness, for the prophet        Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
David as an example for us of acknowledgment of sin and                                                 XII
confession. O Master, have mercy on us according to Your great          We praise, bless, sing, and thank You, O God of our Fathers, for You
have led us through the shade of night and showed us again the            People:           God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us.
light of day. We entreat Your goodness, cleanse us from our sins                            Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
and accept our prayer in Your great tenderness of heart; for we run       Deacon:           I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds
to You, the merciful and all powerful God! Make the true Sun of                             of the Lord.
Your Righteousness dawn in our hearts. Enlighten our mind and             People:           God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us.
guard all our senses; that walking uprightly as in the day in the way                       Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
of Your commandments, we may attain to eternal life - for with You        Deacon:           The stone which the builders rejected has become
is the fountain of life, and we will be made worthy of enjoying Your                        the head of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is
unapproachable light. For You are our God, and to You we ascribe                            marvelous in our eyes.
glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and     People:           God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us.
ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                                           Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
                                                                                            [Troparion or Troparia and the Theotokion from the
At the conclusion of Psalm 142, the Deacon and the Priest bow to each                       Octoechos or of the Feast]
other. The Priest returns to the Sanctuary through the South door and     The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High
stands at his place before the Altar Table.                               Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar
The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and   Table.
says:
                                                                                                     The Kathismata
                          God is the Lord                                 Then the first of the appointed Kathismata, and after each of the first two
Deacon:          God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us.         Stasis:
                 Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.                          Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
                 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy                       Spirit,
                 endures forever!                                                           now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
People:          God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us.                           Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God!
                 Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.                          (3x)
Deacon:          All nations surrounded me; but in the name of the                          Lord, have mercy. (3x)
                 Lord I destroyed them.                                                     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
                   Spirit,                                                      People:          [The Magnification]
                   now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                    Reader:          [The Select Psalm]
But after the third Stasis:                                                     People:          [The Magnification]
                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy         Reader:          Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
                   Spirit,                                                                       Spirit,
                   now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                    People:          [The Magnification]
                   Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God!           Reader:          ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
                   (3x)                                                         People:          [The Magnification]
                   [Sedalen (Kathisma Hymn)]                                    Reader:          Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God (3x)
Then the second of the appointed Kathismata, which is read in the same          People:          [The Magnification]
way, and with the same conditions concerning the Little Litany, Sedalen,        The Clergy return to the Sanctuary through the South door.
and instructional reading (except that the exclamation of the Little Litany--
if there is a Little Litany (Skipped at St Tihkhon’s)--is:
Priest:            For You are a good God and You love mankind, and                         The Evlogitaria of the Resurrection
                   to You we ascribe Glory to the Father, and to the            Refrain:         Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes!
                   Son, and to the Holy Spirit,                                                  The angelic host was filled with awe when it saw
                   now and ever and unto ages off ages.                                          You among the dead! By destroying the power of
People:            Amen.                                                                         death, O Savior, You raised Adam and saved all men
                                                                                                 from hell!
                              The Polyeleos                                                      In the tomb, the radiant angel cried to the myrrh-
                                                                                                 bearers, “Why do you women mingle myrrh with
                                                                                                 your tears? Look at the tomb and understand! The
                          The Magnification                                                      Savior is risen from the dead!
The Clergy proceed to the center of the temple:
                                                                                                 Very early in the morning, the myrrh-bearers ran
Clergy:            [The Magnification]
                                                                                                 with sorrow to Your tomb. But an angel came to
The presiding Celebrant preceded by the Deacon with a candle incense
around the Analogion while the People sing:
                                                                                                 them and said: “The time for sorrow has come to
                 an end! Do not weep but announce the                         exits the Sanctuary through the North door and stands at his place on the
                 Resurrection to the Apostles!                                solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

                 The myrrh-bearers were sorrowful as they neared                                        The Little Litany
                 Your tomb, but the angel said to them: “Why do               Deacon:          Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
                 you number the living among the dead? Since He is            People:          Lord, have mercy.
                 God, He is risen from the tomb!”                             Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O
                                                                                               God, by Your grace.
                 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy         People:          Lord, have mercy.
                 Spirit,                                                      Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed
                                                                                               and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
                 We worship the Father, and His Son, and the Holy                              Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves
                 Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in essence. We cry with                         and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
                 the seraphim: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O Lord!             The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.
                                                                              People:          To You, O Lord.
                 ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                 Priest:          For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your
                                                                                               kingdom, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
                 Since you gave birth to the Giver of life, O Virgin,                          Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
                 you redeemed Adam from his sin! You gave joy to              The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High
                 Eve instead of sadness! The God-Man Who was                  Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar
                 born of you has restored to life those who had               Table.
                 fallen from it.                                              People:          Amen.
                 Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God.
                 (3x)                                                         On Sundays:
                                                                              Choir:           [The Hypakoe]
Near the conclusion, the Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place,
                                                                                              Prokeimenon, etc.)

On Feasts:                                                                   Deacon:          Let us pray to the Lord.
Choir:           [The Sessional Hymn]                                        People:          Lord, have mercy.
                                                                             Priest:          For You are holy, O our God, Who rest in the
                                                                                              sanctuary, and to You we ascribe glory: to the
                      The Hymn of Degrees                                                     Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now
(On Sundays, according to the tone of the week; on feasts, Tone 4,                            and ever and unto ages of ages.
Antiphon 1 only by custom)
                                                                             People:          Amen.
People:          From my youth, many passions have fought against
                 me. But do You help me and save me, O my Savior!
                 You who hate Zion shall be put to shame by the                                   Another Prokeimenon
                 Lord. You shall be withered up like grass by the fire!      Deacon:          Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary   People:          Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
through the North door and stands at his place on the solea.                 Deacon:          Praise God in His sanctuary, praise Him in His
                 Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy                          mighty firmament.
                 Spirit,                                                     People:          Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
                 now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                   Deacon:          Let everything that breathes...
                 Every soul is enlivened by the Holy Spirit and is           People:          ...praise the Lord.
                 exalted in purity, illumined by the Holy Trinity in a
                 sacred mystery!                                                                          The Gospel
The Deacon lifts his Orarion and says:                                       On Sundays the Gospel is read at the Altar Table; at feast days when the
                                                                             icon is to be venerated, the Priest, preceded by an Acolyte, exits the
                         The Prokeimenon                                     Sanctuary through the North door and reads the Gospel at the icon in the
Deacon:          Wisdom! Let us attend.                                      center of the temple:
                 The Prokeimenon in the _____ tone.                          Deacon:          And that we may be accounted worthy of hearing
                 (The Deacon reads the first verse of the                                     the Holy Gospel, let us pray to the Lord God.
People:           Lord, have mercy. (3x)                                         center of the temple, carrying it on his chest rather than up above his head,
Deacon:           The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St.              and places it upon the Analogion for veneration by the Faithful. The
                  __________.                                                    veneration of the Gospel begins by the Priest making two metanias, kissing
People:           Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You.                            the Gospel, and making another metania. All who come forward to
                                                                                 venerate the Holy Gospel do likewise, and then bow to the Priest who
Deacon:           Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy
                                                                                 stands on the left side of the Analogion (as one looks toward the Sanctuary)
                  Gospel.                                                        and faces the Faithful. The Gospel is carried as in procession when
Priest:           + Peace be unto all.                                           returned to the Altar Table, and the Priest turns, usually on the solea, and
People:           And to your spirit.                                            blesses the People with the Gospel. The Royal Doors are closed.
Deacon:           Let us attend.
From the Altar. It may be done from the analog if it is a major feast day.       Deacon:           O God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.
Priest:           [Reads the Gospel]                                                               Visit Your world in mercy and compassion. Exalt the
People:           Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You.                                              horn of Orthodox Christians, and send down on us
After it is read, the Gospel is carried in procession back to the Altar Table:                     Your rich mercies; through the prayers of our most-
                                                                                                   pure Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary;
Choir:            Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us                                 through the power of the precious and life-creating
                  worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one.                               Cross; through the protection of the honorable
                  We venerate Your Cross, O Christ, and we praise                                  Bodiless Powers of heaven; through the
                  and glorify Your holy resurrection, for You are our                              supplications of the honorable and glorious
                  God, and we know no other than You, we call on                                   Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy,
                  Your name.                                                                       glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of the holy,
                  Come, all you faithful, let us venerate Christ’s holy                            glorious and right-victorious martyrs; of our
                  resurrection! For, behold, through the Cross, joy                                venerable and God fearing Fathers, of our Fathers
                  has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the                               among the saints the great hierarchs and
                  Lord, praising His resurrection, for by enduring the                             ecumenical teachers: Basil the Great, Gregory the
                  Cross for us, He has destroyed death by death!                                   Theologian, and John Chrysostom; of our fathers

The Royal Doors are opened. The Priest brings out the Holy Gospel to the
among the saints Nicholas the Wonderworker,                             Seraphim of Sarov, Wonderworkers; Job
Archbishop of Myra in Lycia,                                            Wonderworker of Pochaev and John of Rila; of our
Of the holy equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and                             venerable and Godbearing Fathers: Herman of
Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs, of the Holy and                       Alaska; of the Holy Righteous Philoftheia of Thrace,
right believing and Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Great                    Protectress of Romania; of the holy Righteous John
Prince Prince Vladimir; of our Fathers among the                        of Kronstadt; of the holy Blessed Xenia of
saints, the wonderworkers of All Russia; Michael,                       Petersburg; of the holy Righteous Alexis of Wilkes-
Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Philip and Hermogenes, Tikhon                     Barre and Jacob of Alaska; of the holy and righteous
of Zadonsk and Thedosius of Chernigov; of our                           ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; of Saint (of
Fathers among the saints, Sava Archbishop of                            the Church); of Saint (of the day); and of all the
Serbia, and Clement, Enlightener of the Bulgarians;                     saints, we pray Thee, O Most Merciful Lord, hearken
Callinicus of Chernica, and Nectarios of Aegina and                     unto us sinners who entreat Thee, and have mercy
Nicholai of Zicha, who laboured in America; of our                      on us.
Fathers among the saints, Innocent, Evangelizer of
Akaska Apostle to America; of the Holy Hieromartyr     People:          Lord, have mercy. (12x)
and Confessor Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and          Priest:     Through the mercy and love toward mankind of Your
Enlightener of North America; of our Father among      only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your
the Saints, Raphael of Brooklyn, of the holy and       all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages
glorious Greatmartyr George the Victorious, of the     of ages. Amen.
Holy Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrhgusher; of
the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs                            Troparia On Feast days
Cosmos of Aetolia and Nicodemus of Elbassan;
Juvenaly of Iliamna and Peter the Aleut; and the       On Sundays outside Pre-Lent and Great Lent:
priest martyrs John and Alexander, of our venerable    People:          Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
and Godbearing Fathers, Anthony and Theodsius of                        Spirit,
the caves in Kiev, Sergius of Radonezh and                              Through the prayers of the Apostles, O Merciful
                 One, blot out the multitude of our transgressions.                           and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
                 ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                 Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves
                 Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Merciful                             and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
                 One, blot out the multitude of our transgressions.          The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.
                 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your                  People:          To You, O Lord.
                 steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy            Priest:          For You are our God, and to You we ascribe glory:
                 blot out my transgressions.                                                  to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
                 Jesus has risen from the dead, as He foretold,                               now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
                 granting us eternal life, and great mercy.                  People:          Amen.
The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High                      [Sessional Hymn or Hypakoe]
Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar   While the People sing the Sessional Hymn, the Deacon enters the Sanctuary
Table.                                                                       through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the
                                                                             Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.
                             THE CANON
                                 Ode III                                                                      Ode VI
The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary   The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary
through the North door, and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his      through the North door, and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his
Orarion and says:                                                            Orarion and says:


                          The Little Litany                                                            The Little Litany
Deacon:          Again and again in peace, let us pray to the Lord.          Deacon:          Again and again in peace, let us pray to the Lord.
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                           People:          Lord, have mercy.
Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O          Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O
                 God, by Your grace.                                                          God, by Your grace.
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                           People:          Lord, have mercy.
Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed             Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed
                                                                                              and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
                  Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves         censer. He then returns to the altar.
                  and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.                         Choir:            “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices
People:           To You, O Lord.                                                              in God my Savior,
Priest:           For You are the king of peace and Savior of our            Refrain:          More honorable than the cherubim, and more
                  souls, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father,                           glorious beyond compare than the seraphim:
                  and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever                         without corruption you gave birth to God the Word:
                  and unto ages of ages. Amen.                                                 True Theotokos, we magnify you.
While the People sing the Kontakion, the Deacon enters the Sanctuary                           For He has regarded the humility of His
through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the                       handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all
Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.                                              generations will call me blessed;
People:           Amen.                                                                        For He Who is mighty has done great things for me,
                  [the Kontakion]                                                              and holy is His name. And His mercy is for those
Reader:           [Ikos, Sedalens]                                                             who fear Him from generation to generation.
                                 Ode VIII                                                      He has shown His power with His arm, He has
At the 8th Ode, the Deacon receives the blessing from the Priest for the                       scattered the proud in the imagination of their
Great Censing. He begins in the Sanctuary and, emerging to the Solea by                        hearts.
the North door, censes the right side of the Iconostasis. He then stands                       He has pulled down rulers from their thrones and
before the icon of the Theotokos awaiting the conclusion of the Katabasia
                                                                                               has exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry
of the 8th Ode.
                                                                                               with good things, and the rich He has sent away
The Deacon raises the censer and says:                                                         empty.
Deacon:           The Theotokos and Mother of the Light, let us                                He has helped His servant Israel as He promised to
                  honor and magnify in song.                                                   our fathers, so as to remember His mercy to
                                                                                               Abraham and his sons forever.”
The Deacon then censes the icon 3 times, the left side of the Iconostasis,
the people and the icons in the remainder of the temple, and gives up the                                      Ode IX
The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and   People:          Holy is the Lord our God.
says:                                                                     Deacon:          Over all people is our God.
                                                                          People:          Holy is the Lord our God.
                          The Little Litany                               The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High
Deacon:          Again and again in peace, let us pray to the Lord.       Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                        Table.
Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O       People:          [The Exapostilarion]
                 God, by Your grace.
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                                                     The Praises
Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed          People:          Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
                 and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin                          Praise the Lord from the heavens,
                 Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves                        Praise Him in the heights,
                 and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.                     To You, O God, is due a song.
The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:                                       Praise Him, all you angels of His,
People:          To You, O Lord.                                                           Praise Him, all His hosts.
Priest:          For all the powers of heaven praise You, and to You                       To You, O God, is due a song.
                 we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and     4.               Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet,
                 to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of                         praise Him with psaltery and harp.
                 ages.                                                    3.               Praise Him with drum and dancing,
People:          Amen.                                                                     praise Him with strings and bells.
The Priest stands before the Royal Doors.                                 2.               Praise Him with well-tuned cymbals,
                                                                                           praise Him with cymbals of victory!
                          A Hymn of Light                                 1.               Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Deacon:          Holy is the Lord our God.                                                 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
People:          Holy is the Lord our God.                                                 Spirit,
Deacon:          For holy is the Lord our God.                                             [Gospel hymn]
Reader:          ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.                             Let Your mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have
At the singing of “...now and ever...” the Royal Doors are opened. The                    set our hope on You.
Priest stands in front of the Altar Table and the Deacon to his right.                    Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.
                                                                                          Blessed are You, O Master, make me to understand
                          Great Doxology                                                  Your commandments.
Priest:          Glory to You Who have shown us the light!                                Blessed are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with
People:          Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to                       Your precepts.
                 men of His will.                                                         Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to
                 We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we                          generation.
                 glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great                        I said, “Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I
                 glory: O Lord, Heavenly King, God the Father                             have sinned against You!”
                 Almighty: O Lord, the Only-Begotten Son, Jesus                           Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will,
                 Christ: and O Holy Spirit.                                               for You are my God.
                 O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Who                          For with You is the fountain of life, and in Your light
                 take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.                       shall we see light. Continue Your mercy unto those
                 Who take away the sins of the world, accept our                          who know You.
                 prayer. Who sit at the right hand of the Father,                         Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy
                 have mercy on us. For You alone are holy, You                            on us. (3x)
                 alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, in the glory of God the                    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
                 Father. Amen.                                                            Spirit,
                 Every day I will bless You and praise Your name                          now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
                 forever, even unto ages of ages.                                         Holy Immortal have mercy on us.
                 Grant, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.                          Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy
                 Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and                     on us.
                 praised and glorified is Your name unto ages of         The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary
                 ages. Amen.                                             through the North door and stands at his place on the solea.
                               Troparia                                                    and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.
                                                                          People:          Grant it, O Lord.
On Sundays of an odd-numbered Tone:                                       Deacon:          For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of
                 Today salvation has come to the world! Let us sing                        our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.
                 to Him Who rose from the dead, the author of our         People:          Grant it, O Lord.
                 life! Having destroyed death by death, He has given      Deacon:          For pardon and remission of our sins and
                 us the victory and great mercy!                                           transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.
                                                                          People:          Grant it, O Lord.
                                                                          Deacon:          For all things that are good and profitable for our
On Sundays of an even-numbered Tone:
                                                                                           souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the
                 By rising from the dead, You destroyed the bonds of
                                                                                           Lord.
                 death. By destroying the condemnation of death, O
                                                                          People:          Grant it, O Lord.
                 Lord, You redeemed all men from the snares of the
                                                                          Deacon:          That we may complete the remaining time of our
                 enemy. By revealing Yourself to Your apostles, You
                                                                                           life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.
                 sent them to proclaim You. Through them You have
                                                                          People:          Grant it, O Lord.
                 given peace to the universe, O Merciful One!             Deacon:          For a Christian ending to our life: painless,
                 [Troparion]
                                                                                           blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before
                                                                                           the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the
                       The Morning Litany                                                  Lord.
The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and   People:          Grant it, O Lord.
says:                                                                     Deacon:          Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed
Deacon:          Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.                           and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                                         Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves
Deacon:          Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O                        and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
                 God, by Your grace.                                      The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:
People:          Lord, have mercy.                                        People:          To You, O Lord.
Deacon:          That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful,
Priest:          For Thou are a God of mercy and compassion and          People:           Amen.
                 love for mankind, and unto Thee do we send up
                 glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy                                   Dismissal
                 Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.             Deacon:           Wisdom!
People:          Amen.                                                   Deacon re-enters altar.
The Priest turns toward the people and blesses:                          People:           Father, bless.
Priest:          + Peace be unto all.                                    Standing in the Royal Doors, facing the people, the Priest says:
People:          And to your spirit.                                     Priest:           + Blessed is He That Is, Christ our God, always, now
Deacon:          Bow your heads unto the Lord.                                             and ever and unto ages of ages.
People:          To Thee, O Lord.                                        People:           Amen.
                                                                                           Preserve, O God, the holy Orthodox faith and
                The Prayer with Heads Bowed                                                Orthodox Christians unto ages of ages.
Priest:          O Holy Lord, Who dwell on high and look upon the        The Priest bows toward the icon of the Theotokos on the Iconostasis,
                 humble, and Who with Your all-seeing eye do             saying:
                 behold all creation: to You have we bowed the           Priest:           Most holy Theotokos, save us.
                 neck of our soul and body, and we implore You, O        People:           More honorable than the cherubim, and more
                 Holy of Holies, stretch forth Your invisible hand                         glorious beyond compare than the seraphim,
                 from Your holy dwelling place and bless us all. And                       without corruption you gave birth to God, the
                 if in any way we have sinned, either willingly or                         Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.
                 unwillingly, pardon us, inasmuch as You are good,       The Priest bows toward the icon of Christ on the Iconostasis, saying:
                 and You love mankind, granting us Your good things      Priest:           Glory to Thee, O Christ, our God and our hope, glory
                 in this age and in the age to come.                                       to Thee.
                                                                         The Deacon turns, exits through the Royal Doors, and goes to stand to the
                 Aloud: For Thine it is to have mercy on us and to
                                                                         right of the Analoy.
                 save, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up            Standing in the Royal Doors, facing the people, the Priest says the Great
                 glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy   Dismissal:
                 Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.            People:           Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
          Spirit,
          now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
          Lord, have mercy. (3x)
          Father, bless.
Priest:   May [He Who rose from the dead,] Christ our true
          God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother;
          of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of
          St. (of the temple.....; of St. (of the day) ,
          whom we commemorate today; 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 loves mankind.
People:   Amen.

				
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