Triodion

Mode 4. On Monday Morning

On Monday of the First Week at Matins

Menaion - March 2

Memory of the Holy Martyr Hesychius

   

MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

Verse 1: My spirit rises early in the morning to You, O God, for Your commands are a light upon the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 2: Learn righteousness, you who dwell on the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 3: Jealousy will seize an untaught people; and now fire will devour the adversaries. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 4: Bring more evils on them, O Lord, bring more evils on them, on the glorious of the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

From Horologion - - -

Triadic Hymns

Mode 4.

Like the Cherubim we dare to glorify the unoriginate Father, and You, O Christ God, and Your all-holy Spirit, and we say: Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the protection of the Bodiless Hosts have mercy on us. [SD]

Glory.

Now like the order of Angels in heaven, and the ranks of people on earth, with we offer You a hymn of victory, O good One. Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the intercessions of the Saints save us. [SD]

Both now.

We mortals dare to offer You the hymn of Your noetic ministers, and we say: Holy, holy, holy are You our God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 4. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

From Triodion - - -

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

Kathisma I. For compunction.

Mode 4.

O Lord, visit my humble soul, which as spent the entire time of this life in sins. Accept me and save me, as You once did the harlot. [SD]

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

Mode 4.

As I sail across the ocean of the present life, I remember the abyss of my many vices. Since I have no good thought to pilot me, I shout to you the words of Peter: Save me, O Christ my God. Save me, in Your love for humanity. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4.

To you who were raised in the Temple, in the Holy of Holies, and who were clothed in faith and wisdom and measureless virginity, the Supreme Commander Gabriel from heaven brought the salutation, "Rejoice"; "Rejoice, O blessed Maiden! Rejoice, O glorified one! The Lord is with you." [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 5. It would be followed by the 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, 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.)

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma II. From the Triodion.

Mode 2. N/M (Since you are the source.)

Let us acquire compunction of soul ⁄ as God-given first-fruits of the fast. ⁄ Let us cry: Accept our prayer as pure incense, O Christ our Master. ⁄ Deliver us, we entreat you, from the stench of corruption ⁄ and from fearful torment. ⁄⁄ for you alone are ready to forgive! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 2.

Grant us your mercy, Theotokos, fount of tender compassion. ⁄ Look upon the people who have sinned, ⁄ and manifest, as always your power. ⁄ For trusting in you, we cry out as once did Gabriel, chief of the bodiless hosts: ⁄⁄ Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you! [OCA]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 6. 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.)

For blessed is your name, and glorified is your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma III. From the Triodion.

Mode 2.

Let us begin the all-holy season of fasting with joy; ⁄ let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God: ⁄ with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, ⁄ the strength of good courage and the purity of holiness! ⁄ So, clothed in garments of light, ⁄ let us hasten to the holy resurrection on the third day, ⁄⁄ that shines on the world with the glory of eternal life! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 2.

Beyond all hope, I am wondrously set free, Mother of God, ⁄ from all that troubles me, ⁄ for I have obtained in my distress your invincible intercession! ⁄ You are always swift to help those who beseech you in faith, ⁄ dispelling the darkness of their many sins. ⁄ Therefore, with thanksgiving, I cry to you: ⁄ Accept, Lady, this small offering of grateful praise, ⁄⁄ and be my help in all things! [OCA]

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]

PRIEST

O God, save your people and bless your inheritance. Look upon your world with mercy and compassion. Raise the Orthodox Christians in glory, and send down upon us your rich mercies, through the intercessions of our most pure Lady the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, the power of the precious and life giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless Powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable and glorious prophet, and forerunner John the Baptist, the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, our Fathers among the Saints, the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Athanasios, Cyril, and John the Merciful, patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas, bishop of Myra, Spyridon, bishop of Trimythous, Nektarios of Pentapolis, the wonder-workers; the holy, glorious great Martyrs George the Victorious, Demetrios the Myrobletes, Theodore the Teron, and Theodore the General, Menas the Wonderworker, the Hieromartyrs Haralambos and Eleftherios; the holy, glorious, and victorious martyrs; the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; (local patron saint); the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all your Saints. We beseech you, only merciful Lord, hear us sinners who pray to you and have mercy on us.

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

Through the mercy, compassion, and love of mankind of your only-begotten Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

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.

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

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

On crossing the water as though dry land, * escaping from Egypt * and its miseries in his flight, * the Israelite raised his voice and cried aloud, * 'To our Redeemer and our God now let us sing!' [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Revered Martyr of Christ, having accomplished the godly contest, you have been found worthy of the heavenly kingdom, as you intercede on behalf of the world. [EL]

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

Revered Martyr of Christ, having accomplished the godly contest, you have been found worthy of the heavenly kingdom, as you intercede on behalf of the world. [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]

By godly struggles you changed the tyrant's decree; but, brave athlete, I beg you by your mediations take pity on me, who am always being changed for the worse. [EL]

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

You were declared to be a temple of the all-powerful, O Martyr of Christ; by your prayers show those who sing your praises in your honoured shrine to be the dwellings of the Spirit. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

He who is full empties himself, O Pure one, in your womb, yet does not empty his Father's bosom; implore him therefore to grant salvation to those who honour you with faith. [EL]

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Intermediate Verses of Ode One.

Your right hand, O God, is glorified in strength; Your right hand, O God, dashed the enemy in pieces. In the greatness of Your glory You broke the adversaries to pieces. [SAAS]

You sent forth Your wrath; it consumed them like stubble.

By the Spirit of Your anger the waters were gathered together; the waves stood upright in the midst of the sea; the depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoils; I will satisfy my soul; I will destroy with my sword; my hand shall have dominion.'

You sent forth Your Spirit; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorified in holiness, marvelous in praises, doing wonders?

You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them up.

In righteousness You guided Your people whom You redeemed; in strength You called them to Your holy resting place.

The nations heard and were angry; pangs seized the inhabitants of Philistia. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode 2. N/M (Peoples, now come.)

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]

How shall I begin to weep for my failures? ⁄ Where can I make a start for salvation? ⁄ I have lived as a Prodigal. ⁄ Save me by the ways that are Your, Bountiful One. [OCA]

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

This is the time of repentance. ⁄ This is the day of salvation. ⁄ This is the beginning of the fast. ⁄ Be vigilant, my soul! ⁄ Close the door of your passions, and seek the Lord. [OCA]

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

The tempest of my sins has drawn me to the depths of despair. ⁄ But I flee to the sea of Your mercy: ⁄ O Lord, save me! [OCA]

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

Theotokion.

O Maiden, who gave birth to the source of dispassion, heal me who am wounded by the passions, and snatch me from the eternal fire, O Lady grace by God. [SD]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode 2. N/M (Peoples, now come.)

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

O peoples, come and let us welcome today the gift of Lent, as a God-given season of repentance; and during it, let us seek the Savior's forgiveness. [SD]

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

This is the time of great spiritual efforts, ⁄ The course of the Fast. ⁄ Let us all begin with sincerity, ⁄ Bearing good works to the Lord as gifts. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Let us praise the simple unity of three Lights, ⁄ The most powerful and ever-existing and ever-acting Lord and God: ⁄ The Father Almighty, the Son and the Spirit! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us sing of the holy mount of God, ⁄ of the immaculate Mary, ⁄ From whom the Sun of Righteousness arose, ⁄ And shone light on those who were in darkness: ⁄ Christ the life of all. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The fiery chariot received Elijah ⁄ who was strengthened by fasting. ⁄ By Fasting, Moses was a seer of ineffable things, ⁄ and by it, we shall see Christ. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Adam ate the food ⁄ and was cast out of paradise for his indulgence. ⁄ But we receive the fast with joy, Lord: ⁄ Show us worthy of perfect repentance, Lover of mankind. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Come, people, let us sing a song to Christ our God ⁄ Who parted the sea and through it led His people ⁄ whom He had brought out of the bondage of Egypt: ⁄ For He has been glorified! [OCA]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

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]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Abandoning race and fame, Martyr of Christ, you were eager to die; and so you enjoy eternal life. [EL]

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

Abandoning race and fame, Martyr of Christ, you were eager to die; and so you enjoy eternal life. [EL]

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

Give help, O Martyr, to us who are always endangered by the insults of the world and by fearful troubles. [EL]

Glory.

You have found bliss and are full of every illumination; intercede then, O Champion, that all may be enriched with righteousness. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You carried the ear of corn that had not been husbanded, O Immaculate, which nourishes the hearts of all of us who faithfully sing your praise. [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 pl. 1. N/M (Let us worship the Word.)

Radiant with the forms of virtues, made beautiful by the light of martyrdom, you shine more brightly than the sun, wise Martyr, strong as steel, and you truly illumine those who faithfully celebrate your light-bearing memorial, all-glorious Champion, and who venerate your relics. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1. N/M (Let us worship the Word.)

Hail gate of the Lord, through which none may pass; hail wall and protection of those who flee to you; hail haven without storms and who did not know wedlock; who bore in the flesh your Maker and God, do not cease to intercede for those who hymn and worship your offspring. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

I have heard, Lord, the mystery * of your dispensation, I heard and was afraid, * I have meditated on your works * and exalt and glorify your Deity. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I have disregarded God's laws, I have lived in every lawlessness; hasten, holy Martyr, help me, who am under condemnation, I implore you. [EL]

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

I have disregarded God's laws, I have lived in every lawlessness; hasten, holy Martyr, help me, who am under condemnation, I implore you. [EL]

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

Bound for the Lord's sake, you undid all the wickedness of the foe; from which save, O Martyr, all those who faithfully make their prayer to you. [EL]

Glory.

On the day of judgement, when we stand before the Lord to be judged, become a helper for us who are under condemnation, glorious Martyr. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You gave a body to God, who dwelt in you in a manner past understanding; ask him, O All-blameless, that we may be found worthy of eternal glory. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

Rising at dawn, O Lord, we cry out to you, 'Save us! For you are our God, we know no other but you'. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

United with the heavenly powers, brave Champion, intercede that those who sing your praise on earth may be saved. [EL]

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

United with the heavenly powers, brave Champion, intercede that those who sing your praise on earth may be saved. [EL]

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

Heal, I cry to you, revered Martyr, the chronic passions of my soul, by making supplication to the Lover of mankind. [EL]

Glory.

In accordance with laws you competed; empower us then to keep the laws of the Almighty, glorious Martyr. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, implore your Son to give us pardon of faults and his mercy. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Have mercy on me, O Saviour, for my offences are many; and bring me up from the deep of evils, I beg; for to you I have cried; and hearken to me, O God of my salvation. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Wise Martyr, a light which never sets has dawned for you who struggled, and holy tents of joy received you. As you dwell in them remember those who sing your praise on earth. [EL]

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

Wise Martyr, a light which never sets has dawned for you who struggled, and holy tents of joy received you. As you dwell in them remember those who sing your praise on earth. [EL]

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

Revered Martyr, you accomplished great struggles on earth; by your sacred prayers rescue us from great evils, dangers and tribulations, that we may glorify you with love. [EL]

Glory.

Do not declare me, Jesus, to be one condemned when I stand before your dread throne, O Word; but take pity, save me at the godly mediations of your Saint, O you of many mercies. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Hallow my mind and guide my soul to light, All-holy Maiden, Mother of God and ever-Virgin who ineffably bore God who rests among the saints. [EL]

Heirmos.

Have mercy on me, O Saviour, for my offences are many; and bring me up from the deep of evils, I beg; for to you I have cried; and hearken to me, O God of my salvation. [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 Triodion - - -

READER

For the Martyrs. Mode 4.

The hosts of the Angels are in attendance today, for the observance of the memory of the prize-winning martyrs, to illumine the minds of the faithful, and to brighten the civilized world with grace. O God, be importuned by them, and grant us Your great mercy. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On March 2, we commemorate the holy Martry Hesychios the Senator.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Theodotos, Bishop of Kyrenia, Cyprus.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Quintus the Wonder-worker.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Nestor and Trivimios.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Troadios and those with him, who witnessed under Emperor Decius.

On this day the holy virgin Efthalia died by the sword.

On this day the holy Martyrs Andronikos and Athanasia died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate St. Nicholas Planas the Priest.

By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

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

The Three Youths from Judea * who attained to the faith of the holy Trinity * in Babylon of old, * sang out as they trampled * on the furnace's raging flames, * 'Blessed are you, O God, the God of our Fathers!' [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Joy of Martyrs, save me from the world's stumbling blocks, the dishonour of passions and every tribulation, and grant that I may sing each day: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

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

Joy of Martyrs, save me from the world's stumbling blocks, the dishonour of passions and every tribulation, and grant that I may sing each day: 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]

My good protector, do not utterly despise me who am storm-tossed by the troubles of life, but take pity on me by your prayers, and save me who sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

Glory.

Save me, all-blessed one, by your fervent help from foul sloth, dread sin and blackness, for I have recourse to you in faith, that I may faithfully honour you to all the ages. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Having squandered the years of my life in great indifference, O Virgin, I fall down before you and cry out: Rouse me, save me, as I cry to your Son: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

Ode viii.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Victorious by your grace over tyrant and over flame, the Youths, firmly upholding your commandments, cried out, 'All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages'. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You were tried, O invincible, like gold in a fire of torments, and were revealed as an imprint of the sufferings of Christ as you cried out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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

You were tried, O invincible, like gold in a fire of torments, and were revealed as an imprint of the sufferings of Christ as you cried out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [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]

By your prayers, holy Martyr, save me who am storm-tossed and trapped by the dread deceptions of the Stranger, as I cry out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [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]

You abolished all the power of the boaster, deliver me, glorious Martyr, from his wickedness as I cry aloud: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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

Theotokion.

You gave birth ineffably to the benefactor who became man through compassion, Mother of God, and who saves those who sing: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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Intermediate Verses of Ode Eight.

Bless the Lord, every shower and dew, all you winds, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Bless the Lord, you fire and heat, you winter cold and summer heat, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you dews and snows, you frost and cold, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you hoarfrosts and snows, you lightning and clouds, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you light and darkness, you night and day, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you earth, you mountains and hills, and all you things growing on the earth, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you springs, you seas and rivers, you sea-monsters and everything that moves in the waters, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. N/M (When God went down.)

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]

Christ, by the light of the fear of You, ⁄ renew my soul, ⁄ which is in darkness and burning with bitterness; ⁄ show me the light of salvation so that I may glorify You forever. [OCA]

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

Having despised the fullness of passions, my humble soul, ⁄ be nourished by food of good deeds. ⁄ Take joy in the sweetness of fasting, ⁄ avoiding the woe of sweetness, and be enriched forever. [OCA]

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

My soul was blinded, darkened by the drunkenness of passions. ⁄ In no way can I look to You, O God. ⁄ Therefore, be bountiful to me and enlighten me ⁄ and open to me the gates of true repentance. [OCA]

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.

Pure Virgin, ⁄ you have transformed our earthly and corruptible existence ⁄ into a spiritual heaven. ⁄ By your prayers, direct our entreaties and supplications to your Son, ⁄ the God and King of all. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. (N/M)

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

Faithful, Let us enter the fast with joy! ⁄ Let us not be sad, ⁄ but let us clean our faces with the waters of passionlessness, ⁄ blessing and exalting Christ forever! [OCA]

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

Anointing our heads with the oil of mercy, ⁄ let us not use many words ⁄ praying to our Father who is in heaven, ⁄ but let us bless and exalt Christ forever! [OCA]

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]

For the Trinity.

Faithful, let us hymn the Father, ⁄ ever-existing from before eternity; ⁄ the Son, who is equally without beginning ⁄ and the Spirit, shining forth from the Father: ⁄ the three consubstantial persons, ⁄ one aIl-powerful principle and Authority. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mary, the chosen of God, ⁄ the true purification of the faithful: ⁄ from you, forgiveness is given to all in abundance. ⁄ Do not cease to intercede before your Son and Lord ⁄ for all who sing and magnify you! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord consecrated and sanctified these Forty Days of the Fast ⁄ by fasting Himself for forty days. ⁄ Having entered into them, brethren, let us cry aloud: ⁄ Blessing and exalting Christ forever! [OCA]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Let us sing with joy to the Lord ⁄ who sprinkled dew upon the Hebrew Youths of old ⁄ and marvelously burned the Chaldeans in the furnace: ⁄ bless and exalt him forever! [OCA]

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. Heirmos (not metered).

Everything that hears trembles at the ineffable condescension of God: how the Most High came down even to take a body and become man of a virgin womb; and so we faithful magnify the immaculate Mother of God. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

That with godly voices we may call you blessed, revered Martyr, who nobly struggled and smashed the goads of the deceiver, save us, who have gained you as our noble protector, from dangers, afflictions and troubles of many kinds. [EL]

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

That with godly voices we may call you blessed, revered Martyr, who nobly struggled and smashed the goads of the deceiver, save us, who have gained you as our noble protector, from dangers, afflictions and troubles of many kinds. [EL]

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

Like the dawn, like the morning star you have dawned, revered Martyr, and enlightened by your teachings all the ends of the earth, and banished the dread darkness of the demons; and so enlighten me, darkened in soul by sloth. [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]

Establish all those who faithfully ever take refuge under your protection, revered Martyr, lest we be overwhelmed by life's troubles and the wiles of the evil one, who year by year magnify and glorify you. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

Wretch that I am, I tremble at your impartial tribunal, O only King; keep me then uncondemned in your compassion, the all-pure Lady, who ineffably gave you a body, implore s you insistently, O Christ of many mercies. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. N/M (Being from God.)

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]

This is the first day of the Fast. ⁄ For you, soul, let it be the setting aside of sin, ⁄ the return to God; to life with Him. ⁄ Flee from the abyss of evil. ⁄ Love only those ways which lead to peace, ⁄ resting before and within God. [OCA]

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

Having been tempted by foul thoughts, ⁄ I have sinned in the flesh, ⁄ but yet I cry out: Save me, Lord; ⁄ save me, only gracious One. ⁄ Do not condemn me to the fires of Gehenna, ⁄ though I am fully worthy of such condemnation. [OCA]

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]

Clothed with the radiant garments of the Fast, ⁄ let us shed the dark and grevious garments of debauchery, ⁄ so that, illumined by divine good works, ⁄ we may behold in faith the radiant Passion of the Savior. [OCA]

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

Theotokion.

Heal my wretched soul, ⁄ made weak by the attacks of the most evil devil, ⁄ most pure Queen, who gave birth to the healer, Christ, ⁄ the Redemption of us who know you, ⁄ undefiled Virgin and Handmaiden. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. (N/M)

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]

Now the time of the holy Fast has come. ⁄ Let us begin it with a return to good actions, ⁄ for it is written, In quarrels and fights, you shall not fast. [OCA]

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

Cleansed by fasting on Mount Horeb, ⁄ Elijah saw God. ⁄ Let us also cleanse our hearts with fasting, ⁄ and we shall see Christ. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I bow down to the one Essence; ⁄ I sing to the three Persons: ⁄ the One God of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ⁄ the ever-existing Life. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

The pure One bears a Child; ⁄ the Virgin gives milk. How can this be? ⁄ The Virgin has borne; God has done it! ⁄ Do not ask me how this can be! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Only one day, he said, ⁄ is the life of those on earth. ⁄ For those who make the effort in love, ⁄ there are Forty Days of the Fast ⁄ for us to accomplish with joy! [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Faithful, let us magnify the Theotokos ⁄ who has ineffably given birth in the flesh to the Word of God ⁄ who shone from the Father before all ages! [OCA]

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.)

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Photagogic Hymns

Mode 4.

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the protection of the Bodiless Hosts, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Saints, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save me. [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 pl. 1.

The Fast is here, the mother of chastity, ⁄ the accuser of sins, the advocate of repentance ⁄ the life of angels and the salvation of men, ⁄ faithful, let us cry: ⁄⁄ O God, have mercy on us. [OCA]

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 Fast is here, the mother of chastity, ⁄ the accuser of sins, the advocate of repentance ⁄ the life of angels and the salvation of men, ⁄ faithful, let us cry: ⁄⁄ O God, have mercy on us. [OCA]

For the Martyrs.

Mode pl. 1.

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]

Blessed is the army of the heavenly King! ⁄ Though on earth they endured great sufferings, ⁄ they achieved the rank of angels. ⁄ They did not care for the flesh ⁄ and became equals to the bodiless hosts. ⁄⁄ By their prayers, Lord, save our souls. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1.

We magnify you in song, Mother of God: ⁄ pure Virgin, more holy than the Cherubim, ⁄ for with souls and bodies we confess you to be the Theotokos ⁄ who truly gave birth to the incarnate God. ⁄⁄ Pure one, intercede for our souls. [OCA]

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.)

READER

Standing in your glorious church, O Theotokos, we think we are standing in heaven. O heavenly Gate, open to us the door of your mercy.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

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

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.

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless!

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

O heavenly King, uphold our rulers, strengthen the Faith, calm the nations, give peace to the world. Protect this holy Church (or, Monastery); grant our departed fathers and brethren that they may dwell with the righteous, and accept us in repentance and confession; for You are good and love mankind.

(Amen.)

Prayer of St. Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life, do not permit the spirit of laziness and meddling, the lust for power and idle talk to come into me.

Instead, grant me, your servant, the spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love.

Yes, Lord and King, give me the power to see my own faults and not to judge my brother.

For you are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. [HC]

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

or:

READER

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.)