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Mode 3. On Thursday Morning

Menaion - February 27

Memory of our St. Prokopios of Dekapolis

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 3.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His name.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Apolytikion for the Day.

From Horologion - - -

Mode 3.

O holy Apostles, make intercession to our merciful God, that He grant our souls forgiveness of offenses. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 3.

The Prophets proclaimed it beforehand, and the Apostles taught it; the Martyrs confessed it, and we have believed it: that you gave birth to God indeed, O Theotokos. And therefore we magnify your childbirth, which is ineffable. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 13. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

From Triodion - - -

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

Mode 3. Your confession.

You were shone to be the divine preachers * of the truth of God, and to be teachers * of the Church, O Apostles and eyewitnesses. * For you trampled the ruse of idolatry, * and you publicly proclaimed the Holy Trinity. * Intercede on our behalf with our Triune God, * entreating that great mercy be given to us. [SD]

Verse: O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, nor chasten me in Your anger. [SAAS]

Your confession.

Come all people let us with divine hymns * sing in praise of the holy Apostles. * For they sank the deceit of idolatry, * and led humanity back to the light of God, * and taught the world to believe in the Trinity. * Let us honor and extol them today most piously * and thereby glorify Christ our Lord and God. [SD]

Glory. For the Martyrs.

Seeing how beautiful.

Covered with the full armor of Christ, and wearing the shield of the Faith, as combatants you brought down the armies of the enemy. In the hope that life would follow, you enthusiastically endured every threat and torture from the tyrants. That is why you received the crowns, O valiant Martyrs of Christ. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Seeing how beautiful.

O Virgin, the untilled vineyard are you indeed; * and you produced the Lord, that ripest bunch of grapes, * that gushes forth the sweetest drink, the wine of salvation, for us, * gladdening the hearts and souls * and the bodies of everyone. * Therefore we pronounce you blest * as the cause of all theses blessings on us, * and joining the Archangel we shout to you: * Rejoice, O Maiden full of grace! [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 14. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You, O God, are good and love mankind, and to You we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

Kathisma II.

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 1. (NM)

Today all the apostles bless the forty days and the week of cleansing that precedes them, and they sanctify this season of fasting which they received from Christ the Redeemer. They proclaim His Resurrection unto all and intercede with the Lord for mercy on our souls. [KW]

Glory. Both now.

Mode pl. 1. (NM)

Thou art the protection, O pure Virgin, of those who steadfastly have set their hope in thee. Deliver them from all temptations, from harsh danger and distress. Together with the apostles, intercede on their behalf before thy Son, and save all those who sing thy praises. [KW]

READER

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory. Both now.

Psalm 50 (51).

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged. For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me. Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice. Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built; then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings; then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. [SAAS]

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Ode i.

Canon for the Holy Apostles.

Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Let us sing to the Lord, for He is greatly glorified.

He who of old assembled the waters into one gathering by his divine decree, and divided the sea for the people of Israel. He is our God and he is glorified. To him alone let us sing, for he has been glorified. [EL]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Come let us bless the Church's towers, devoutly built on the foundation of the faith and who establish all believers, the sacred Apostles, that by their supplications we may be saved. [EL]

Verse: Let us sing to the Lord, for He is greatly glorified. Horse and rider He has thrown into the sea. [SAAS]

Come let us bless the Church's towers, devoutly built on the foundation of the faith and who establish all believers, the sacred Apostles, that by their supplications we may be saved. [EL]

Verse: The Lord became my helper and the shield of my salvation; He is my God, and I will glorify Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him. [SAAS]

Unshakeable pillars of true religion, I have been toppled by the error of the foe, I lie on the ground, I am in danger, I am at a loss. Set me upright that I may find forgiveness of the things by which I have offended. [EL]

Verse: The Lord brings wars to nothing; the Lord is His name. Pharaoh's chariots and army He cast into the sea. [SAAS]

Fearful before the sentence, O Just Judge, I, a prodigal, condemn myself, for I have amassed unnumbered evil works; therefore I implore you, save me in my despair, at the godly entreaties of your Apostles. [EL]

Verse: The sea covered them; they sank to the bottom like a stone. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

With holy Prophets, with Apostles, with Martyrs, insistently implore the Lord who was incarnate from you, Pure Virgin, to slay all the passions of our flesh and to bestow on us eternal life. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for St. Nicholas.

Mode 3.

Verse: The princes of Edom and the chiefs of the Moabites were dismayed; trembling took hold of them; all the inhabitants of Canaan melted away. [SAAS]

Let us honour and with love call blessed, Nicholas, the shining lamp and unsleeping torch upon earth, who ever embarks towards godly havens those storm-tossed by the waves of life. [EL]

Verse: Fear and dread fell upon them; by the greatness of Your arm, let them become as stone. [SAAS]

Empowered by God's strength, O All-blessed, you obtained zeal in accordance with the knowledge of true religion; therefore you rescued those about to die unjustly; and so we implore you, deliver us from every wickedness of the unjust foe. [EL]

Verse: Till Your people pass over, O Lord, till Your people pass over, whom You purchased. [SAAS]

Bring, Father, to the Lord a plea that never ceases, that he may deliver us from sins, from the flame of everlasting punishment, from temptations and troubles, as he alone is supremely good. [EL]

Verse: The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands established. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Let us now in harmony call Mary, the all-immaculate, blessed, the divine Ark who contained the Giver of the law, who takes away all our iniquities through his divine compassion, the unfathomable sea. [EL]

The Menaion canon presented here is not the same as the Greek. Due to unavailability of a free full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Mode pl. 4. Let us sing to the Lord. (NM)

Verse: The Lord reigns forever and ever and ever. For Pharaoh's horses went with his chariots and horsemen into the sea. [SAAS]

The love of the Master drew you, and abandoning the body's pleasures, blessed father, you found your rest in Christ. [EL]

Verse: But the children of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. [SAAS]

You were raised to the heights, blessed Father, and you passed through the middle wall of uncreated being, and your delight is pure. [EL]

Glory.

Receiving in your heart an immaterial ray, you were enlightened and you dispelled all the fog of the passions. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Adam's race, lifted up to the blessedness that is beyond the mind through you, Mother of God, worthily glorifies you. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Ode iii.

Canon for the Holy Apostles.

Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Holy are You, O Lord, and my spirit praises You.

Almighty and Most High, who out of nothing bring all things, created by the Word, perfected by the Spirit, establish me in your love. [EL]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

You filled all the corners of the world with your inspired teaching; fill my soul with right actions and good thoughts, eye-witnesses of Christ. [EL]

Verse: My heart is strengthened in the Lord; my horn is exalted in my God. I smile at my enemies; I rejoice in Your salvation. [SAAS]

You filled all the corners of the world with your inspired teaching; fill my soul with right actions and good thoughts, eye-witnesses of Christ. [EL]

Verse: Because no one is holy like the Lord, no one is righteous like our God, no one is holy but You. [SAAS]

From ten thousand stumbling blocks of the evil one, from every trouble, every compulsion, from distress, rescue me, Disciples of Christ. [EL]

Verse: Do not boast nor speak of high things; let no arrogance come from your mouth. [SAAS]

Alas, my wretched and lowly soul, continually sinning and angering God, how can you ask for pardon, for you never make a break from wickedness? [EL]

Verse: For the Lord is the God of knowledge; and God is preparing His actions. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Divine ladder, which Jacob saw, by which God came down and exalted us, with the Apostles insistently implore that he take pity on us. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for St. Nicholas.

Mode 3. Sterile and barren soul. (NM)

Verse: The One who gives a prayer to the one praying, He blesses with righteous years. [SAAS]

You appeared as a sharpened sword of the Spirit, cutting off the evil tares of heretics, and smoothing a path of salvation for the faithful, wise father Nicholas. [EL]

Verse: The Lord makes His adversaries weak; the Lord is holy. [SAAS]

O Saint, we entreat you as a source pouring forth springs of healings, dispel by your prayers the miry passions of us all, rescuing us from dangers and troubles. [EL]

Verse: Let not the man of learning boast in his understanding, nor let the man of might boast in his might, nor let the man of riches boast in his riches. [SAAS]

By your valiant toils you cast down the foe; now too, by your holy prayers, Father Nicholas, strengthen against him our thoughts, grown weak with the floods of passions. [EL]

Verse: Only let the one who boasts boast in this: to understand and to know the Lord and to do justice and righteousness in the midst of the earth. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Mind cannot conceive the Offspring beyond mind of your wondrous child-bearing. Virgin Mother, who gave birth to God; and so I implore you give my mind the grace to glorify you always. [EL]

The Menaion canon presented here is not the same as the Greek. Due to unavailability of a free full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Mode pl. 4. You are the foundation. (NM)

Verse: The Lord went up into the heaven and thundered. The Lord judges the ends of the earth. [SAAS]

The fire of the godhead you enfolded, venerable, god-bearing Father, and purified you were declared to be a burning coal on earth. [EL]

Verse: He gives strength to our leaders, and He will exalt the horn of His Christ. [SAAS]

You put on the death of the passions before the end, venerable father, and through death you departed to an unending life. [EL]

Glory.

By strong reasoning you subdued the flesh, venerable Father, and showed your soul to be unhumbled to the slavery of the passions. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

By your intercessions, O all-blameless, give us help, driving off the assaults of dread dangers. [EL]

Heirmos.

You are the foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you; you are the light of those in darkness; and my spirit sings your praise. [EL]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For you are our God, and to you we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Kathisma.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

Devoutly longing for the poverty of Jesus you abandoned perishable wealth and this transient life, wise Father, and taking your cross on your shoulders you travelled to the end the narrow path with joy, treading on the pleasures of the body, holy one, through the mastery of every wicked passion, and you reached the wide, divine plain of Paradise. our venerable Father. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

With compunction of my soul, I bend the knee to you, good Virgin, and with supplication I cry out: Attend to me and see my misery, bowed down by sins. Having maltreated my soul and body, I expect those fearful punishments. Help me then, O Virgin, and rescue me from them, O Mother of God, for you have the power. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

I heard your report, Lord, and was afraid. I understood your works and glorified your might. [EL]

Troparia.

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Your servant, Lord, thrust aside much-divided care, making his untroubled mind your dwelling. [EL]

Verse: Lord, I have heard Your report and was afraid; I considered Your works and was greatly astonished. [SAAS]

Your servant, Lord, thrust aside much-divided care, making his untroubled mind your dwelling. [EL]

Verse: When my soul is troubled, You will in wrath remember mercy. [SAAS]

Your delight, blessed Saint, was in the commands of the Gospel; for taking up your cross you followed the Master rejoicing. [EL]

Verse: God will come from Teman, the Holy One from the mount of shaded leafy trees. [SAAS]

On wings of humility you shattered the snares of the ill-intentioned; therefore, Venerable Father, you were exalted and declared a citizen of heaven. [EL]

Verse: His excellence covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Grant us pardon of offences, as you are sinless; make your world peaceful, O God, at the prayers of her who gave you birth. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode iv. Mode 4. (NM) The prophet heard of Thy coming.

Verse: For though the fig tree will not bear fruit and there be no grapes on the vines. [SAAS]

Thy disciples shone in the world with the light of the knowledge of God; they overcame error and destroyed the darkness of deceit. At their prayers, save those who sing Thy praises. [KW]

Verse: The labor of the olive tree fail and the fields yield no food. [SAAS]

The gateway to the Fast is crowned with the fruits of the saints' ascetic labours, and it welcomes those who in vigilance draw near with hymns and mystical songs. Come, all ye faithful, let us make haste to enter. [KW]

Verse: Though the sheep have no pasture and there be no oxen in the cribs. [SAAS]

Yielding to the impulses of sensual pleasure, I was clothed in my misery with the garments of death. But clothe me now, O Son of God, with the shining raiment of regeneration. [KW]

Verse: Yet I will glory in the Lord; I will rejoice in God my Savior. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Ineffably thou hast conceived, O Mother of God, and in ways surpassing nature thou hast borne Him who rules creation. Intercede before Him without ceasing, that He may deliver from all peril those who call thee blessed. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode iv. Mode 2. (NM) Thou hast come forth from a Virgin.

Verse: The Lord God is my strength; He will direct my feet to the end. [SAAS]

With the light of your teaching, O apostles, ye have dispersed the darkness of sensual pleasure; praised in all the world, through your abstinence ye have enlightened all men, both sinners and righteous. [KW]

Verse: He will set me upon high places, so to conquer by His song. [SAAS]

Translucent pearls of the Word, O apostles, through your abstinence ye have filled with the glory all the ends of the earth, restoring our souls to their true nobility. [KW]

Glory.

O apostles, and taught all men to keep within themselves a citadel safe from attack, a dwelling-place of holiness. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

In thee, O Theotokos, all the faithful have a haven of salvation and a rampart none can overthrow: for by thine intercessions, O Lady, thou dost set free our souls from danger. [KW]

From Octoechos - - -

Ode v.

Canon for the Holy Apostles.

Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

You, the Invisible, appeared on earth and willingly you the Incomprehensible dwelt among mortals; and so rising to you at dawn we hymn you, Lover of humankind. [EL]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Incarnate upon earth, you fashioned your Disciples into heavens which proclaimed your glory, O Christ; therefore through them, Lord, have mercy on our souls. [EL]

Verse: My spirit rises early in the morning to You, O God, for Your commands are a light upon the earth. [SAAS]

Incarnate upon earth, you fashioned your Disciples into heavens which proclaimed your glory, O Christ; therefore through them, Lord, have mercy on our souls. [EL]

Verse: Learn righteousness, you who dwell on the earth. [SAAS]

From passions, from every constraint, from dire distress deliver your servants, O Word, at the acceptable entreaties of your Apostles. [EL]

Verse: O Lord, Your arm is exalted, but they did not know it. But when they know it, they shall be ashamed. [SAAS]

Alas, my wretched soul, how are you, who remain fruitless, going to stand before the fearful Judge? Hasten, repent by sprouting fruits of virtues. [EL]

Verse: Jealousy will seize an untaught people; and now fire will devour the adversaries. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Pure Virgin, implore him who appeared ineffably on earth in flesh from your pure blood, as he remains ever your Son, to bestow pardon on us. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for St. Nicholas.

Mode 3. O Christ God. (NM)

Verse: Bring more evils on them, O Lord, on the glorious of the earth [SAAS]

Standing in the pure light and on fire with the rays that ever flood from it, Father, ask enlightenment and peace for all. [EL]

Verse: O Lord, I remembered You in my hard circumstances. Your chastening to us was a small affliction. [SAAS]

O supremely good, at the fervent prayers of Nicholas take pity on me who with my unfeeling mind have always angered you more than all mortals. [EL]

Verse: As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of her delivery, so we became Your beloved. [SAAS]

I have squandered my life in sloth and so I beseech you, Father Nicholas, rouse my soiled thought to repentance. [EL]

Verse: We shall not fall] but the inhabitants of the world shall fall. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

As only joy of the Angels, O Full of God's grace, fill with joy my sullen mind, sunk deep in indifference. [EL]

The Menaion canon presented here is not the same as the Greek. Due to unavailability of a free full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Mode pl. 4. Rising at dawn. (NM)

Verse: The dead shall rise up; and those in the tombs shall arise. Those in the earth shall be glad. [SAAS]

Alone you turned to flight the rage of the serpent, God-bearing Father; while you turned all your desire towards your Master. [EL]

Verse: For your dew is a healing for them, but the land of the ungodly shall come to an end. [SAAS]

Prudently you governed your body's senses, and were declared a monument of the virtues, All-blest Father. [EL]

Glory.

Revered Saint, you bore the heat of the day and were found worthy of the joy of the Lord. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mary, Mother of God, without bridegroom, bring to naught the hopes of our foes, and make those who praise you glad. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Ode vi.

Canon for the Holy Apostles.

Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Save us, O Lord, like You saved the Prophet Jonah.

The final abyss of sins has surrounded me and my spirit fails; but, Master, stretch out your upraised arm and like Peter save me, O my Pilot. [EL]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

The company of the Apostles having drawn from the source an abyss of spiritual wisdom, dried up all the streams of this world's wisdom and watered all the assemblies of the devout. [EL]

Verse: I cried out in my affliction to the Lord, my God, and He heard my voice. [SAAS]

The company of the Apostles having drawn from the source an abyss of spiritual wisdom, dried up all the streams of this world's wisdom and watered all the assemblies of the devout. [EL]

Verse: You cast me into the depths of the heart of the sea, and rivers encompassed me. [SAAS]

Groan and weep, my lowly soul, and cry out to the Lord, saying, 'I have sinned against you, compassionate Master, be merciful to me at the supplications of your Apostles'. [EL]

Verse: All Your surging waters and Your waves passed over me. [SAAS]

Flowing torrents of passions have brought about the fall of the house of my heart. O Apostles, the rivers of the Spirit, I have been crushed; refashion me into life. [EL]

Verse: Shall I again look with favor toward Your holy temple?' [SAAS]

Theotokion.

The band of the Apostles, with her who bore you, entreats you, O Christ, 'Send down pardon and peace to your servants, as you are God who love mankind and long to be reconciled. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for St. Nicholas.

Mode 3. The deep of the passions. (NM)

Verse: Water is poured over me to my soul; the lowest depth encircled me. [SAAS]

Having slain your members by self-mastery you gained the life which does not age; make us sharers in it too, wise Father, by your prayers, by flight from the work of evil. [EL]

Verse: My head plunged into the clefts of the mountains. I descended into the earth, the bars of which are everlasting barriers. [SAAS]

With the sail of your sacred prayers deliver us from sea of many dangers and the deep of sin, embarking us for the roadstead of life, wise Hierarch. [EL]

Verse: Yet let my life ascend from corruption, O Lord, my God. [SAAS]

Adorning the throne of Myra, you were revealed as an ornament of High Priests; but by your prayers save us from the world's temptations, blameless Hierarch. [EL]

Verse: May my prayer be brought to You, into Your holy temple. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

The Word by dwelling in your womb, pure Mother, through his compassionate mercy drove into exile the corruption that through transgression had of old made its dwelling among men. [EL]

The Menaion canon presented here is not the same as the Greek. Due to unavailability of a free full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Mode pl. 4. Grant me a tunic of light. (NM)

Verse: Those who follow vanity and lies forsake their own mercy. [SAAS]

The approach of the serpent did not beguile your servant, O Christ, nor did the fire of temptations affright him. [EL]

Verse: As much as I vowed, I shall offer up to You, to You, the Lord of Deliverance. [SAAS]

Your way of life on earth, Venerable Father, was equal to that of angels; you were adorned by the right hand of the Almighty. [EL]

Glory.

You obtained self-mastery, uninterrupted prayer, untroubled love, and so you appeared as an unsullied mirror of God. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

The Word of God revealed you to mortals as a heavenly ladder, for through you he came down to us. [EL]

Heirmos.

Grant me a tunic of light, O Most Merciful, Christ our God, who wrap yourself in light as in a garment. [EL]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

From Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 4. You appeared today.

O Confessor, as the Church today extols you, * who are like a morning star, * she drives away the gloomy mist * of bad religion and heresy, * mystic of heaven, O glorious Prokopios. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On February 27 we commemorate our devout father and confessor Prokopios of Decapolis.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Gelasios, who was commanded by the ruler to mock baptism, but was truly baptized and died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Thallelaios.

On this day the devout Stephen, who founded the home for the elderly in Armatios, reposed in peace.

On this day St. Nisios died after being beaten with ox hide whips.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Ode vii.

Canon for the Holy Apostles.

Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Blessed are You, the God of our fathers.

The three Youths of old did not worship the golden image, object of Persian reverence as they sang in the midst of the furnace: God of our Fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Christ, the light of the world, revealed you, light-bearing Apostles, to be a light that ends the darkness of deception and enlightens the minds of believers. [EL]

Verse: Blessed are You and praiseworthy, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name unto the ages. [SAAS]

Christ, the light of the world, revealed you, light-bearing Apostles, to be a light that ends the darkness of deception and enlightens the minds of believers. [EL]

Verse: For You are righteous in all You did for us, and all Your works are true. Your ways are upright, and all Your judgments are true. [SAAS]

Smash the snares which the malignant one has set for us, light-bearing Apostles, and level out for us, who have recourse to you, paths of repentance. [EL]

Verse: The judgments You made are true, according to all You brought on us. [SAAS]

Inspired Apostles of the Lord, you are divine salt; purify my soul, which through passions of the flesh has lost its savour, and bring believers back to life. [EL]

Verse: And on Jerusalem, the holy city of our fathers. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Beauty of Jacob, make my soul radiant with forms of beauty, I beg, as with the Apostles you now entreat the One who was born from your pure blood. [EL]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for St. Nicholas.

Mode 3. Three Youths in a furnace. (NM)

Verse: Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, for You are praiseworthy and exalted beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

When Arius the madman was once ravaging the Lord's people, you throttled him with the cords of your words as a true chief shepherd, Father Nicholas. [EL]

Verse: Blessed is Your name and the temple of your glory, and You are praised exceedingly and exalted beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

In holiness you reached the end of your life and you dwell with the Apostles, Father Nicholas, and you send hallowing and enlightenment to those who devoutly call you blessed. [EL]

Verse: You are blessed in the holy temple of Your glory, and are highly praised and exceedingly glorious unto the ages. [SAAS]

We ever call upon you, Father Nicholas, as a ready deliverer, as fervent helper, to deliver us from the passions and from unexpected temptations which assail us. [EL]

Verse: Blessed are You who behold the depths and sit upon the cherubim. You are praiseworthy and exalted beyond measure unto the ages [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Pure Virgin, lead me to the light, who am darkened in soul by indifference, kindling again the lamp of my heart with good zeal, that I may glorify you. [EL]

The Menaion canon presented here is not the same as the Greek. Due to unavailability of a free full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Mode pl. 4. The Three Youths from Judea.

Verse: Blessed are You on the throne of Your kingdom, and You are praised and exalted beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

For putting pleasures to death and bridling anger, O all-blest, you have received the prize of the inheritance above; and you cry with joy: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Verse: Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven, for You are praised and glorified unto the ages. [SAAS]

You passed unswervingly through the finest path of virtues, revered Father, and drove on towards the city of the undefiled Eden, as you sang with joy: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Glory.

Devoutly you proclaimed the glory of the Trinity, O all-blessed, and find rest to take your delight in the three-sunned light, and you cry with gladness: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You were the all-blest rod from the root of Jesse, O Virgin, whose blossom was a saving fruit for those who cry out with faith to your Son: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Ode viii.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

Verse: O you works, to the Lord sing a hymn, and exalt Him beyond measure unto the ages.

The King of heaven, * whose praise the Angels are singing, * all the hosts of the bodiless powers * praise him and exalt him most highly to all ages. [EL]

Troparia.

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

The One who wonderfully strengthened the Saint for ascetic struggles, praise and highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

The One who wonderfully strengthened the Saint for ascetic struggles, praise and highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, you heavens of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

You shared the Angels' way of life on earth, all-blest, and now you dwell with them in heaven to the ages. [EL]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you waters above the heaven, all you powers of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

The band of monks rejoices, and the company of saints and just dances, for you have fittingly received a garland of victory. [EL]

Verse: Bless the Lord, you sun and moon, you stars of heaven, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Beyond nature you gave birth, O Virgin, to the Creator and Saviour, God the Word; therefore we praise you to all the ages. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 4. (NM) In Thy wisdom, O Master.

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you birds of heaven, all ou wild animals and cattle, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

The whole earth is full of Thy praise, O Lord. For, inspired by God, the preaching of Thy divine disciples has been heard in every place, turning the world from the depths of ignorance to knowledge, as it sings aloud: O ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord. [KW]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O children of men. Bless the Lord, O Israel, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

The God-given grace of repentance is made manifest, conferring salvation on those who gladly accept the sweat and labour of the ascetic struggle. Run to the master, then, my soul, and seek forgiveness for thy many trespasses. [KW]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O priests of the Lord, O servants of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

The arena of God-given abstinence lies open before us: let us gladly enter there, for we are in need of mercy. In His compassion God thirsts for our salvation and He longs to grant forgiveness to those who seek Him with sincerity and serve Him with love. [KW]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, O holy ones and humble in heart, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

O holy Theotokos, Queen who reignest over all, accept the supplications of thy servants: deliver me from darkness and the fire that never shall be quenched, and by thy mediation and thy divine intercession blot out the multitude of my offences. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. (NM) The unwearied fire.

Verse: Bless the Lord, O Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Christ gave you as a light to all the ends of the inhabited earth, O apostles, and He said: 'Go and teach the nations, that they may learn how in the flesh I lived with abstinence, trampling underfoot all the strength of the enemy and showing to mankind the straight path.' [KW]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O Apostles, Prophets, and Martyrs, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Thou hast shown, O Christ, how abstinence leads men to cleansing and deliverance from the passions. For through it Thine apostles received Thy blessing and became shining lights upon the earth; and to all who sing God's praises they proclaimed the Lord as one in Essence but three in Persons. [KW]

Verse: We bless the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we sing a hymn to Him and exalt Him beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

Ye were sent by Christ your Teacher, O disciples, as heralds to the nations, to enlighten their minds with God's teaching. Ye bade them abstain from food and passions, and so to learn that He is Lord and Creator and Benefactor of all. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

Blessed is the womb of the Mother of God, for it has received the Word. Assuming man's form, He united to His person the material flesh He took from her, and so she was revealed as the City of God in which the Lord Most High was pleased to dwell. To her we cry aloud: Hail, pure Theotokos, full of grace! [KW]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Fed with unending fuel, the fire * that wearied not shuddered at the spotless bodies, * adorned as were the souls, * of the pious Servants and yielded to them. * When the ever-living flame had shrunken away, * they sang the hymn that henceforth was immortalized: * O bless the Lord, all you His works, and sing a hymn to Him, * and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages. [SD]

DEACON

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

CHOIR

Ode ix.

Megalynarion. Mode pl. 4.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

We who through you, O Virgin, * have been saved confess you * to be most truly the one who gave birth to God, * with all the choirs of the heavens you we now magnify. [EL]

Troparia.

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Your memory, Venerable Father, fittingly gladdens all the throngs on earth today; save us who honour it year by year. [EL]

Verse: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people. [RSV]

Your memory, Venerable Father, fittingly gladdens all the throngs on earth today; save us who honour it year by year. [EL]

Verse: And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. [RSV]

Intercede that those who celebrate with faith your memory, worthy of praise, venerable Father, may be delivered from the stumbling blocks of the enemy. [EL]

Verse: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us. [RSV]

As his servant, blessed, venerable Father, you ever stand before the throne of the Master; do not cease to intercede for your flock. [EL]

Verse: To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant. [RSV]

Theotokion.

We sing your praise with psalms, O Full of grace, and never silent we cry to you: Hail! For you became a source of gladness for all. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 4. (NM) For He that is mighty.

Verse: The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, be[ing] delivered from the hand of our enemies. [RSV]

As lights that never fail ye were sent out into the world, delivering men from the depths of sin. With joy we sing in praise of Christ, who gave you the strength to be His apostles. [KW]

Verse: [That we] might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. [RSV]

O wise apostles, Christ sent you out as salt into a world that had lost its savour and grown foolish. Bringing it back to understanding, ye teach it the knowledge of God, and we praise you in faith. [KW]

Verse: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. [RSV]

I am beset by a multitude of grievous sins: in tears I fall before Thee, Christ, begging Thee to grant me a chance to gain forgiveness during the season of the Fast. [KW]

Verse: To give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God. [RSV]

Theotokion.

God has appointed thee, pure Virgin, as helper of mankind: never cease to intercede before Him urgently on behalf of us and all the faithful. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. (NM) Thou hast enclosed.

Verse: When the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. [RSV]

Strengthened by fasting, the choir of the apostles shone with divine radiance upon the whole inhabited earth, giving light to the world. [KW]

Verse: To guide our feet into the way of peace. [RSV]

O Jesus who lovest mankind, the choir of Thy disciples has taught the nations to treasure the riches of abstinence. [KW]

Glory.

As a twelve-stringed harp, the company of Thy disciples calls men to the riches of abstinence and the wellspring of salvation. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

In thy womb thou hast carried God made man, and thou art a fountain of life for all the world. We sing thy praises, O most holy Virgin. [KW]

Heirmos. Mode 2.

You have contained within your womb * God whom nothing can contain; * to the joy of the world you have given birth. * We sing praises to you, all-holy Virgin. [SD]

It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For all the powers of heaven praise You and give You glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Exaposteilarion. For the Apostles.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

O Apostles of the Master, * by your preaching of the Gospel, * from the ocean of deception * you drew the whole world to the light. * Cease not in your intercessions * on our behalf with the Savior. [SD]

For St. Prokopios.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Prokopios, when you took leave * of your all precious flesh, you went * to stand with Angles before God, * the unapproachable Trinity. * Glorious Father, when you pray, * commemorate us, who with love * observe your holy memory * and honor you and extol you, * O wise and eminent Bishop. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Our refuge, great and strong, are you, * protector of our sorry souls; * more spacious are you than heaven, * and higher than the Cherubim. * We pray you to implore Your Son * for us your servants who have sinned, * that we all be absolved and freed * from sins and from every danger, * O all-holy Theotokos. [SD]

READER

Lauds. (read)

Psalm 148.

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the highest. Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light. Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name, for He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created. He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps, Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word, mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds, kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth, young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted; His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people, a hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him. [SAAS]

Psalm 149.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones. Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King. Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him; for the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation. The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds; the high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples, to shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to fulfill among them the written judgment: This glory have all His holy ones. [SAAS]

Psalm 150.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power; praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. Praise Him with the sound of a trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre; praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute; praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Alleluia. [SAAS]

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Doxology (read)

To you belongs glory, O Lord our God, and to you we send up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, and we thank you, for your great glory. Lord, King, Heavenly God, Father Almighty; only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. Lord God, the Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, you who take away the sins of the world. Accept our supplication, you who sit at the right of the Father, and have mercy on us. For you are the only Holy One, you are the only Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day I shall bless you, and I shall praise your name forever, and unto the ages of ages. Lord, you have become for us a refuge from generation to generation. I have said: Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you. Lord, to you I have fled; teach me to do your will, for you are my God. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we shall see light. Extend your mercy to those who know you. Grant, O Lord, that in this day we may be kept without sin. Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is your name unto the ages. Amen. Let your mercy, Lord, come upon us, just as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are you, O Master, make me understand your commandments. Blessed are you, O Holy One, enlighten me with your commandments. Lord, your mercy remains forever, do not turn away from the works of your hands. To you belongs praise, to you belongs a hymn, to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Amen.)

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

PRIEST

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Aposticha. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Idiomelon. Mode 3.

The glory of the Fast has shone upon us, putting to flight the darkness of the demons. The solemn time of abstinence has come, bringing with it healing for the passions of our soul. Protected by it, Daniel shut the mouths of lions, and the Children in Babylon quenched the flame of the furnace. Through fasting save us also with them, Christ our God, in Thy love for mankind. [KW]

Verse: I lift my eyes to You, who dwell in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the maidservant look to the hands of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He shall have compassion on us. [SAAS]

The glory of the Fast has shone upon us, putting to flight the darkness of the demons. The solemn time of abstinence has come, bringing with it healing for the passions of our soul. Protected by it, Daniel shut the mouths of lions, and the Children in Babylon quenched the flame of the furnace. Through fasting save us also with them, Christ our God, in Thy love for mankind. [KW]

For the Martyrs.

Mode 3.

Verse: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we are greatly filled with contempt; our soul is greatly filled with it. We are a disgrace to those who prosper, and a contempt to the arrogant. [SAAS]

Having fought the good fight, holy Martyrs, after death also you shine out like beacons in the world; and so, as you have boldness, implore Christ to have mercy on our souls. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 3.

O Theotokos, holy among women, * Mother unwedded, * intercede with the King and God whom you bore, * that He save us as the Lover of man. [SD]

PRIEST

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your mercy in the morning and Your truth at night. [SAAS]

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRIEST

For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Apolytikion for the Day.

From Horologion - - -

Mode 3.

O holy Apostles, make intercession to our merciful God, that He grant our souls forgiveness of offenses. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 3.

Everyone, wherever he is saved, rightly runs to you for refuge. Who else can protect us like you, O Theotokos? You are the shelter for our souls. [SD]

DEACON

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

DEACON

Wisdom.

(Father, bless!)

PRIEST

Blessed are You, Christ our God, always now and forever and to the ages of ages. (Amen.)

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

READER

Amen.

Then we begin the First Hour, saying: "Come let us worship..."

or:

READER

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3) Father, bless!

Dismissal

PRIEST

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); 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.

Conclusion, i.e. "Through the prayers..."

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us [and save us].

(Amen.)