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Octoechos - Mode 1.

On Sunday Morning

Triodion

Fifth Sunday of Lent: St. Mary of Egypt

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 1.

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.

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Apolytikion.

Mode 1. Automelon.

The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior, granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your kingdom; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind. [SD]

From Triodion - - -

Glory. For the Devout Woman.

Mode pl. 4.

In you, O Mother, is preserved undistorted what was made in the image of God; for taking up the cross, you followed Christ and by example taught, that we should overlook the flesh, since it passes away, and instead look after the soul, since it is immortal. And therefore, O devout Mary, your spirit rejoices with the angels. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4.

Born of a Virgin, O Good One who also endured crucifixion for our sake, who by death took the spoils of death as plunder and showed resurrection, being God, O despise not the ones that You formed with Your own hand. Demonstrate Your love for man, O Lord of mercy, and accept Your Mother, the Theotokos, who intercedes on our behalf, O Savior, and save us a despairing people. [SD]

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 Yours is the dominion, and Yours 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.)

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

Mode 1. Automelon.

The soldiers keeping watch at Your tomb, O my Savior, * became as dead for fear of the radiant Angel. * And he proclaimed that You arose to the women who came at dawn. * We extol You, Lord, for You abolished corruption, * and we worship You, our only God, who was buried * and rose from the sepulcher. [SD]

Glory.

The soldiers keeping watch.

You willingly were nailed to the Cross, loving Master; * as mortal You were laid in a tomb, O Life-giver. * By Your own death did You destroy death's dominion, O Mighty One. * For the sentries of Hades in fear of You shuddered. * With yourself You raised those who were dead from the ages, * for You alone love mankind. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

The stone had been secured.

When Gabriel had uttered rejoice to you, O Virgin, * then with the voice was the Lord of all becoming incarnate * in you whom the holy Ark of old * prefigured, as righteous David said. * You carried your Creator and proved to be more spacious than the heavens. * Glory to Him who dwelt inside of you; * glory to Him who came forth from You; * glory be to Him who through your childbirth has set us free. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Kathisma II.

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

The women went early in the morning to the gravesite, * and when they beheld the appearance of an angel they trembled. * The sepulcher radiated life; the wonder filled them with astonishment. * Hence they went away, proclaiming the resurrection unto the Disciples. * "Christ has despoiled Hades, as the One * mighty and only powerful, * and He raised up all who were corrupted, * and dispelled the fear of condemnation, by the power of the Cross." [SD]

Glory.

The stone had been secured.

When You the Life of the universe were nailed unto the Cross, * and You were reckoned among the dead, O Lord, the Immortal One, * O Savior, on the third day You arose, * and resurrected Adam from decay. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your sufferings, O Christ; * glory to Your Resurrection; * glory to Your condescension, only One who loves mankind. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

The soldiers keeping watch.

O Mary, who became the Master's hallowed vessel, * now raise us up, for we have fallen into the chasm * of awful despondency, and transgressions and suffering. * For you have indeed become salvation for sinners, * and their help in need and their prevailing protection; * and you save your servants. [SD]

Resurrectional Evlogetaria.

Mode pl. 1.

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

When the hosts of the Angels saw how You were accounted among the dead, they all marveled. You, O Savior, are the One who destroyed the might of death; and when You arose You raised Adam with yourself and from Hades liberated everyone. [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

"Why do you mingle the ointments with your tears full of pity, O women disciples?" Thus the Angel who was shining in the tomb cried to the myrrh-bearing women. "See for yourselves the empty tomb and understand, that the Savior has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

Very early in the morning, the myrrh-bearing women were hastening to Your tomb lamenting. But the Angel appeared to them and uttered, "The time for lamentation has ended; weep no more. Go announce the Resurrection to the Apostles." [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

When the myrrh-bearing women had come with their spices to Your sepulcher, O Savior, they heard the voice of an Angel clearly speaking to them, "Why do you account among the dead the One who lives? For as God, He has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

Glory.

We bow down in worship to the Father and His Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in essence; and we cry aloud with the Seraphim: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O Lord. [SD]

Both now.

Giving birth to the Giver of life, O Virgin, you delivered Adam from sin, and to Eve you have rendered joy in place of sorrow. He who from you became incarnate, God and man, has directed to life him who fell from it. [SD]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God. (3)

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 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.)

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Hypakoe. Mode 1.

The repentance of the robber plundered Paradise, while the lament of the myrrh-bearing women revealed the joy. For You had risen, O Christ our God, bestowing on the world the great mercy. [SD]

CHOIR

Anavathmoi.

Antiphon I. Mode 1.

When I am afflicted, hearken to my distress; Lord, to You I cry out. [SD]

Ceaseless does divine longing become in those who dwell in the wilderness, outside of the futile world as they are. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

To the Holy Spirit do both honor and glory belong, as to the Father and the Son. Let us therefore sing in praise to the Trinity and one dominion. [SD]

Antiphon II.

Having lifted me up to the mountains of Your laws, brighten me with virtues, O God, that I may praise You. [SD]

With Your right hand embracing me, O Logos, be my keeper, shelter me, so that the fire of sin not burn me. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

By the Holy Spirit all creation is renewed, and thus returns unto its first state. For It is equal in power to the Father and the Logos. [SD]

Antiphon III.

Because they said to me, Let us journey to the courts of the Lord, my spirit has been cheered, and my heart rejoices also. [SD]

On the house of David there is great fear; for there, when thrones have been placed, all the tribes and tongues of the earth will be judged. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

To the Holy Spirit honor, worship, glory and dominion, as befit the Father and the Son, must also be offered. For the Trinity is a Monad, in nature but not in persons. [SD]

Prokeimenon.

"Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will establish them in salvation; I will declare it boldly." (2)

Verse: The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver fired in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

"Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will establish them in salvation; I will declare it boldly." [SAAS]

Eothinon Gospel (Not EP / GOA)

Eothinon Gospel (Not EP / GOA)

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

For you are holy, our God, who rest among the Saints, 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.

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. (2) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel.

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to John.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon 9

John. 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and My God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name. [RSV]

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

CHOIR

Psalm 50 (51).

Mode 2. (or the Mode of the week)

[Merciful,] 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. And have mercy on me, O God. [SAAS]

Idiomela from the Triodion.

Glory. Mode pl. 4.

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life, for early in the morning my spirit hastens to Your holy temple, bringing the temple of my body all defiled. But as one compassionate, cleanse me, I pray, by Your loving-kindness and mercy. [SD]

Both now. Same Mode.

Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and I heedlessly squandered all of my life's resources. By your intercession deliver me from every uncleanness. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression.

When I ponder in my wretchedness on the many terrible things that I have done, I tremble for that fearful day, the Day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Your compassion, like David I cry to You, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy." [SD]

DEACON

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, our devout Mother Mary of Egypt, whose memory we celebrate, 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.)

Ode 1: Octoechos: Canon-1

The Canon.

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode i. Mode 1. Heirmos.

As befits Divinity, O Lord, * so Your victorious right hand was glorified. * For it shattered adversaries, as it is all-powerful, Immortal One, * opening a new way across the deep for the Israelites. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You, who with Your undefiled hands * in the beginning from dust of the earth as God * fashioned me, extended hands upon the Cross, thereby recalling from the earth * my corrupted body, which from the Virgin You had assumed. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

He who set in me a living soul * through his divine insufflation, did for my sake * suffer being slain and gave over His soul to death. Loosing eternal bonds, * with himself He raised me; with incorruption He glorified me. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O rejoice, the fountainhead of grace. * Rejoice, O heavenly ladder and gate. Rejoice, * lamp-stand and the golden jar. Rejoice, O mountain that was quarried not. Rejoice, * you who have delivered Christ the life-giver into the world. [SD]

Ode 1: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Of old when the Israelite.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The excess of my lusts has made me like the rich man who lived each day in luxury. Therefore I pray to You, Savior: Deliver me from the fire as You delivered Lazarus. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

I am clothed in sensual pleasures, Savior, Like the rich man who was clothed in fine linen, gold and purple. But do not send me, like him, into the fire! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man once rejoiced in the wealth and luxury of this corruptible life, And so he was condemned to torment; But Lazarus the poor man gained rest and refreshment! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The hosts of angels and mortal men praise you, Virgin Mother, For you carried their Creator as a child in your arms! [OCA]

Ode 1: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (He, who with a sea-wave.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Saint, as you stand before Christ, the unapproachable Light, send light down on me, for I celebrate your light-giving and holy memory with love! Keep me safe from the many temptations of life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The uncircumscribed and pre-eternal Lord Who after His incarnation dwelt among the people of Egypt, Who knows all things before they come to be, brought you as a shining star from Egypt. [OCA]

Glory.

Not knowing the divine commandments, you defiled the image of God within yourself, but through His providence you cleansed it again, all-praised saint, becoming divine through your holy deeds! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

How great is Your tender mercy, O my God, and Your ineffable condescension! For at the intercessions of Your Mother, You made the former harlot pure and spotless as the angels. [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode 3: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

As You are the only One who knows * our mortal nature's frailty * and with compassion took on the form thereof, * gird me about with the power from above, * to cry out that Holy is the animate temple of * Your immaculate glory, O Lover of man. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O good One, in that You are my God, * You pitied me the fallen one, * and You were even pleased to come down to me. * Through crucifixion You have exalted me, * to cry out: Holy are You, only Lord of glory, * and incomparable in Your benevolence. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Christ, being hypostatic life, * and as my sympathetic God * You clothed yourself with me the corrupted one. * O Lord, descending into the earth of death, * You destroyed mortality; and in three days rising up, * with incorruption You thereby clothed the dead. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O Virgin, you remained unconsumed * conceiving God within your womb * by the all-holy Spirit’s overshadowing. * For unto Moses the giver of the Law * clearly the unscorchingly burning bush foreshadowed you * who received in yourself the unbearable fire. [SD]

Ode 3: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Lord, You are the firm.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ, as You saved Lazarus from the flame, deliver me, Your unworthy servant, from the fire of hell. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lord, I am as wealthy as the rich man in passions and lusts, yet in my lack of virtues I am as poor as Lazarus! But save me! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Through his sins the rich man was clothed in scarlet and fine linen, and so he burns in the flames. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

All-pure Lady, you drive off the assaults of harsh calamity. Give us help through your intercessions! [OCA]

Ode 3: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (When creation beheld You.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Through your sinful deeds, you drew near to the gates of destruction, but He who of old broke in pieces the gates of hell by the power of His divinity, opened to you the gates of repentance, all-honored saint, for He Himself is the Gate of life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

You converted the woman who had become the weapon of sin by the weapon of Your Holy Cross, forbearing and compassionate Lord; for by venerating the Cross, she overthrew all the weapons and cunning of the demons. [OCA]

Glory.

He who causes all things to be, and who shed His own blood as a ransom for all, cleansed you through the water of your tears, when you were sick with the dread leprosy of sin. [OCA]

Both now.

Virgin, that which has come to pass in you is ineffable, for in a divine manner, the Word of the Father came to dwell in you, granting by His Word alone remission of transgressions to all who sin. [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

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.)

Secondary Kontakion

From Triodion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 3. On this day.

You were once completely full of fornication of all kinds. But today you show yourself a Bride of Christ through repentance. Longingly you imitated the Angels' lifestyle. With the Cross, being your weapon, you trampled demons. Therefore, glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Oikos.

Ewe of Christ and daughter, now in song we praise you, O Mary most renowned. Accounted the Egyptians' nursling, but yet fleeing all their error, you were altogether offered as a seedling precious to the Church. With self-control and supplication, you practiced asceticism beyond the measure of human nature. Therefore you were exalted in Christ, through way of life and practice. Glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

From Triodion - - -

CHOIR

Kathisma.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (By conceiving the wisdom.)

You subdued all the rebellious impulses of the flesh through ascetic labor, showing the courage of a man in your soul. As you desired to behold the Cross of the Lord, honored Mother, you crucified yourself to the world in holiness, and with eagerness sought to follow the angelic way of life. Therefore we honor your memory with faith, blessed Mary,// praying that we may be given complete remission of our sins at your intercessions. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (By conceiving the wisdom.)

Let us sing the praises of the ark and the gate of heaven, the holy mountain and the cloud of light, the heavenly ladder and the spiritual paradise, the deliverance of Eve and great treasure of the universe! For the remission of man's ancient sin and the salvation of the world have come to pass through her, and so we cry aloud: Pray to your Son and God that those who worship him in an Orthodox manner,// may be given absolution for their sins. [OCA]

Ode 4: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iv. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

Avvakoum with foreseeing eyes perceived you as a mountain overshadowed by the grace of God, from which, he foretold, the Holy One of Israel would come, for our salvation and refashioning. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Who is this Saviour who comes from Edom, crowned with thorns, his garments reddened, hanging on a tree? This is the Holy one of Israel, for our salvation and refashioning. [EL]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

See, disobedient people, and be ashamed! The One whom you insanely begged Pilate to hang upon a cross as a malefactor has abolished the power of death, and in a manner fitting God has risen from the tomb. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

We know you to be the tree of life, O Virgin; for from you there did not bud the fruit which bore death when eaten, but the enjoyment of eternal life for the salvation of us who sing your praise. [EL]

Ode 4: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. (N/M)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man delighted in sumptuous food and clothing, while Lazarus longed to be fed with the crumbs from his table. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

With their tongues the dogs licked the sores of the beggar Lazarus showing a compassion to him in his need that the rich man never felt. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus once lay an outcast in poverty and distress outside the gate of the rich man; but now he is glorified. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Undefiled one, pray to Him whom you bore, that we who sing your praises may be saved from the bondage of the avenger, For you alone are our protection. [OCA]

Ode 4: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (When he foresaw.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Creator of our mortal nature, the Fount of mercy and Wealth of compassion, You took pity on her who fled to you for refuge, snatching her from the destroying beast as the Lover of mankind. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Mary, as you hastened to see the Cross, through the divine providence of the Crucified Lord you were illumined by its light. You were yourself crucified to the world, saint most worthy of our wonder. [OCA]

Glory.

She who once through evil lust led many into wickedness, shines now in her sanctity as the sun, and has become a heavenly guide for all who sin. [OCA]

Both now.

Spiritual heaven of the King of all, you surpassed even the heavenly powers in understanding, for beyond the laws of nature, pure Virgin, you conceived the Lawgiver and Maker of all things! [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 4.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode 5: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode v. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

O Christ, who enlightened the ends of the world by the brightness of your coming, and made them radiant by your Cross, enlighten with the light of your divine knowledge the hearts of those who hymn you with right belief. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The Jews put to death through the wood of the cross the great shepherd and Lord; but from death's might he rescued like sheep the dead buried in Hell. [EL]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

When you announced the glad tidings of peace by your cross and proclaimed deliverance for captives, my Saviour, then, O Christ, you put to shame him who held them in thrall and showed him naked and destitute by your Divine Rising. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

All-praised, do not despise the prayers of those who faithfully entreat you, but receive and present them. O Pure one, to your Son, our God and only benefactor; for in you we have gained a protector. [EL]

Ode 5: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Why, O Lord.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When the rich man saw Lazarus resting in Abraham's bosom, rejoicing in light and glory, he cried out: Father Abraham, take pity on me, for I am condemned to the fire, and my tongue burns in bitter torment. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

During your life, said Abraham to the rich man: you lived in wealth and luxury. So now you are tormented in the fire eternally, while Lazarus the poor man rejoices in unending gladness! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Like the rich man who spent all his days in pleasure, I am rich in the deceptive joys of this life, but I pray You, Loving Lord, in Your compassion deliver me from the fire as You saved Lazarus. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Since you have motherly boldness before your Son, all-pure Virgin, do not forget us and our needs, we pray, for we are your people. We Christians bring you alone as intercessor to win the gracious mercy of the Master. [OCA]

Ode 5: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (Prophet Isaiah.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

When in a mystical vision on Sinai Moses beheld the back of God, he shone with glory, manifesting dimly the strange mystery he had seen, as Mary fell before the most pure icon of the Mother of God: that golden vessel which received the divine manna, and she chose the angelic life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Longing, like the Psalmist, to behold the majesty of Your temple, and the spiritual tabernacle of Your glory, she who had profaned Your temple cried: O Christ, through the spiritual prayers of the Virgin, she who became Your temple, make me a temple of the all-creating Spirit. [OCA]

Glory.

She took many men prisoner through the baited hook of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, making them food for the devil by short-lived sensual pleasure, but now she herself is taken prisoner indeed, and by the divine grace of the Holy Cross, she has been brought as a sweet spiritual offering to Christ. [OCA]

Both now.

The company of the prophets, in hidden words inspired by God, were initiates in the mystery concerning you, undefiled Mother of God, foretelling you in many ways! And now Mary of Egypt falls down before the most pure icon of the vessel that received the divine Manna, and she becomes a pledge before God for sinners. [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode 6: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vi. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

The deepest abyss has surrounded us, there is none to deliver. We have been counted as sheep for the slaughter. Save your people, O God, for you are the strength and restoration of the weak. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

By the fault of the first-formed man, O Lord, we were grievously wounded; but by your stripes, by which you were wounded for our sakes, O Christ, we have been healed; for you are the strength and restoration of the weak. [EL]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You have brought us up from Hell, Lord, by worsting the all-devouring monster of the deep, O All-powerful, and destroying his power by your might; for you are life and light and resurrection. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The Forefathers of the race rejoice in you, immaculate Virgin, for through you they regain Eden, which they lost through transgression; for you are pure both before child-bearing and after giving birth. [EL]

Ode 6: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Be gracious to me.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man condemned himself to the flames of fire by his life of pleasure, but Lazarus the poor man chose for this present life, poverty, and so he was counted worthy of unending joy. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus was counted worthy to dwell with Abraham, and he received eternal life, O Christ, but the rich man was condemned to the fire, there to be tormented in both soul and body. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man was condemned to the fire because of Lazarus. Do not condemn me in my wretchedness, I pray, Lord and Lover of mankind, but count me, like Lazarus, worthy of Your light. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

May we be delivered from our great transgressions by your prayers, pure Mother of God, and may we dwell in the divine glory of the Son of God Who took flesh ineffably from you. [OCA]

Ode 6: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (The lowest depth.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The armies of the angels rejoice, seeing a life equal to theirs in you, and they cry out, holy Mary, giving glory to the Lord. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The hosts of demons tremble at the strength of your endurance! How you, a naked and solitary woman, in a wonderful way, put them to shame. [OCA]

Glory.

Mary worthy of all praise, you shone like the sun and illumined the desert with your brightness Shine on me also, that I may be glorious with your light. [OCA]

Both now.

Virgin, illumined by the glory of your Child, the angels proclaim to us all peace on earth and good will towards the human race. [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

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.)

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

From Octoechos - - -

READER

Resurrectional Kontakion.

You arose from the sepulcher in glory as God, and with yourself resurrected the world. And mortal nature extolled You as God, and death was obliterated, and Adam is dancing, O Master; and Eve, now redeemed from the bonds, rejoices crying out: O Christ, You are He who grants resurrection to all. [SD]

Oikos.

Let us extol, as omnipotent God, the One who rose on the third day, and who smashed the gates of Hades, and who raised from the tomb those who were there from all time, and who was seen by the myrrh-bearing women as He so willed, uttering to them first of all the greeting, Rejoice, and to the Apostles declaring the joy, as the only Giver of life. Therefore in faith the women announce to the Disciples the tokens of victory. And Hades groans, and Death laments, and the world exults and all people rejoice together. For You, O Christ, are He who grants resurrection to all. [GKD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On April 5 we commemorate the holy martyrs Claudius, Diodoros, Victor, Victorinus, Pappias, Serapion, and Nikephoros.

On this day we also commemorate our devout mother Theodora of Thessaloniki.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Theodora and Didymos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Thermos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy women, a Lady and her Servant.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Pompey.

On this day, Saint Zeno died after they smeared him with pitch, threw him into fire, and ran him through with a spear while he was in the fire.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Maximus and Terence.

On this day we also commemorate the holy five young women martyrs of Lesbos.

On this day St. George the Neomartyr, who contested in New Ephesus in the year 1801, died by the sword.

From the Triodion.

On this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, we have been enjoined to observe the memory of our devout Mother Mary of Egypt.

Verses

Her spirt is gone, the flesh long discarded.

O earth, now hide the dead bones of Mary.

By her intercessions, O God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Ode 7: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vii. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

We the faithful recognise you, O Mother of God, as a spiritual furnace; for as he, the highly exalted, saved the three Children, so he wholly refashioned me, humanity, in your womb, the God of our fathers. praised and glorified above all. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The earth shuddered, the sun was turned back and with it the light was darkened, the sacred veil of the Temple was rent in two and the rocks were split; for the Just One had been made away with through a cross; the God of our Fathers. praised and glorified above all. [EL]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

When you, the highly exalted, had willingly for ours sakes become as one with no help and a slain corpse among the dead, you freed us all and raised us up with you with a mighty hand, the God of our fathers. praised and glorified above all. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Hail, spring of ever-living water! Hail, Paradise of pleasure! Hail, wall for the faithful! Hail, Bride without bridegroom! Hail, joy of all the world! through whom there has dawned for us: the God of our fathers. praised and glorified above all. [EL]

Ode 7: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The Servants.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus lay before the gates of the rich man like Job of old, who sat on a dung heap of rottenness and worries, and he cried out: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

An outcast at the gate of the rich man who lacked all compassion, Lazarus longed for the crumbs that fell from his table, yet no man gave them to him! But in return he received a dwelling place with Abraham. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Deliver me, I pray You, O my Christ from the punishment of the rich man who showed no compassion; but place me with Lazarus the poor man and count me worthy to cry to You in thanksgiving: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You manifested Yourself incarnate from a Virgin's womb for our sake; therefore we confess Your Mother as the Theotokos and we cry in thanksgiving: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (In Babylon those Servants.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Wise Zosimas, greatest of the fathers, as he wandered in the wilderness, was counted worthy to see the saint, and he cried: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Father, said the saint to the elder, why did you come to see a poor woman? A stranger to every virtuous action? And she cried: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory.

All-blessed Mary, you put to death your rebellious passions, and now you have found anchorage in the harbor of passionlessness, crying: Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Both now.

You conceived ineffably, undefiled one, and yet remained a virgin, and brought forth to the world its salvation, Christ our God; therefore we, and all the faithful magnify you in our songs. [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 8: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode viii. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

In the furnace, as in a smelter, the Israelite Youths shone with the beauty of godliness brighter than gold as they said: All you his works bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him to all the ages. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Word of God, maker and transformer of all things by your will, changing the shadow of death into everlasting life by your Passion, unceasingly we, all your works, praise you as Lord, and highly exalt you throughout all the ages. [EL]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

By rising on the third day, O Christ, you destroyed the misery and wretchedness within the gates and strongholds of Hell. Unceasingly all your works praise you as Lord, and highly exalt you throughout all the ages. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Let us praise her who without seed and beyond nature brought forth Christ the precious pearl from the divine lightning as we say: All you his works bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him throughout all the ages. [EL]

Ode 8: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The tyrant king.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Once the contemptible rich man was splendidly clothed in garments of scarlet, fine linen and purple, while the poor man Lazarus lay a pitiable outcast at his gate, longing to eat the crumbs that fell from his table, but no one gave to him. Now he reigns with Christ in glory! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus lay at the gates of the rich man, his body rotting with sores. He longed to eat and no one gave him food, but the dogs, moved with compassion, licked his wounds with their tongues. Now he has been counted worthy of joy in paradise! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

I have grown rich in sensual pleasures, like the rich man of old who clothed himself daily in scarlet. Delighting in the good things of this 11fe, I have condemned myself to luxury and deception. And so I pray to You, greatly-merciful Christ: deliver me forever from the eternal fire. [OCA]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

The three-fold Light of the Godhead shines with a single radiance from the one Nature in three Persons: Father without beginning; Word of the Father sharing the same nature; and the consubstantial Spirit, reigning with the Father and the Son. Children, bless this triune God! Priests praise Him; people, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. (N/M)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

You search the depths of our hearts, foreseeing all that concerns us before it has come to be. You delivered from a life of bondage the woman who fled to You, Savior. With a never-silent voice she cries out to Your tender love: Priests bless Him; people, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Holy transformation, that brought you to a better way of life! Godlike love that hated carnal pleasures! Burning faith in God! We bless you, Mary, worthy of all praise, and we exalt you above all forever! [OCA]

Glory.

Holy Mary, you have received payment for your toil, and the due reward for all the labors by which you cast down the vengeful enemy. Now you sing with the angels, crying out with never-silent voice and exalting Christ above all forever! [OCA]

Both now.

In His love the Lord of all the ages wholly recreated me within your womb, pure Virgin, without confusing the marks of either human or divine nature! Therefore as you are the cause of our salvation we praise you in hymns forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

From Octoechos - - -

READER

Resurrectional Kontakion.

You arose from the sepulcher in glory as God, and with yourself resurrected the world. And mortal nature extolled You as God, and death was obliterated, and Adam is dancing, O Master; and Eve, now redeemed from the bonds, rejoices crying out: O Christ, You are He who grants resurrection to all. [SD]

Oikos.

Let us extol, as omnipotent God, the One who rose on the third day, and who smashed the gates of Hades, and who raised from the tomb those who were there from all time, and who was seen by the myrrh-bearing women as He so willed, uttering to them first of all the greeting, Rejoice, and to the Apostles declaring the joy, as the only Giver of life. Therefore in faith the women announce to the Disciples the tokens of victory. And Hades groans, and Death laments, and the world exults and all people rejoice together. For You, O Christ, are He who grants resurrection to all. [GKD]

Kontakion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 3. On this day.

You were once completely full of fornication of all kinds. But today you show yourself a Bride of Christ through repentance. Longingly you imitated the Angels' lifestyle. With the Cross, being your weapon, you trampled demons. Therefore, glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Oikos.

Ewe of Christ and daughter, now in song we praise you, O Mary most renowned. Accounted the Egyptians' nursling, but yet fleeing all their error, you were altogether offered as a seedling precious to the Church. With self-control and supplication, you practiced asceticism beyond the measure of human nature. Therefore you were exalted in Christ, through way of life and practice. Glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On April 5 we commemorate the holy martyrs Claudius, Diodoros, Victor, Victorinus, Pappias, Serapion, and Nikephoros.

On this day we also commemorate our devout mother Theodora of Thessaloniki.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Theodora and Didymos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Thermos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy women, a Lady and her Servant.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Pompey.

On this day, Saint Zeno died after they smeared him with pitch, threw him into fire, and ran him through with a spear while he was in the fire.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Maximus and Terence.

On this day we also commemorate the holy five young women martyrs of Lesbos.

On this day St. George the Neomartyr, who contested in New Ephesus in the year 1801, died by the sword.

From the Triodion.

On this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, we have been enjoined to observe the memory of our devout Mother Mary of Egypt.

Verses

Her spirt is gone, the flesh long discarded.

O earth, now hide the dead bones of Mary.

By her intercessions, O God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Theotokos

Ode i. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode iii.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

Ode iv.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode v.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode vi.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

Ode vii.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Eothinon Gospel (EP / GOA)

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

For you are holy, our God, who rest among the Saints, 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.

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. (2) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel.

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to John.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon 9

John. 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and My God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name. [RSV]

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

CHOIR

Psalm 50 (51).

Mode 2. (or the Mode of the week)

[Merciful,] 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. And have mercy on me, O God. [SAAS]

Idiomela from the Triodion.

Glory. Mode pl. 4.

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life, for early in the morning my spirit hastens to Your holy temple, bringing the temple of my body all defiled. But as one compassionate, cleanse me, I pray, by Your loving-kindness and mercy. [SD]

Both now. Same Mode.

Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and I heedlessly squandered all of my life's resources. By your intercession deliver me from every uncleanness. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression.

When I ponder in my wretchedness on the many terrible things that I have done, I tremble for that fearful day, the Day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Your compassion, like David I cry to You, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy." [SD]

DEACON

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, our devout Mother Mary of Egypt, whose memory we celebrate, 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.)

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Magnificat: Mode of Canon

Ode ix.

Megalynarion. Mode 1.

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]

Ode 9: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode ix. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Burning, yet remaining unconsumed, * the bush disclosed a type of your virgin childbirth. * And now we entreat that you extinguish the furnace of * fierce temptations, for it is besetting us; * that we, O Theotokos, * may praise you ceaselessly and magnify. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Oh, how could that disobedient * and lawless people, who had deliberated vice, * justify a man who was an impious criminal, * while to the tree condemning the Righteous One * who is the Lord of glory * and whom befittingly we magnify. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Savior, as the blameless Lamb of God * who has taken away all the sins of all the world, * we glorify You who resurrected on the third day, * and Your Father and all-holy Spirit too. * And thus theologizing, * the Lord of glory do we magnify. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Save, O Lord, Your people that You love * and that You purchased dearly with Your most precious blood, * granting might against our every foe to the Emperor * and on all of Your churches bestowing peace, * in Your great love for mankind, * at the entreaties of the Mother of God. [SD]

Ode 9: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. (N/M)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Since You are God by nature, I pray to You, O Christ: make me poor like Lazarus and banish my sensual desires, but make me as wealthy as the rich man in virtues, that with faith I may magnify You in hymns. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Rich and unmerciful, I have despised my mind; cast out in wretchedness it lies with faith before the gates of Your commandments, O Lord and Lover of man. But in Your tender mercy and compassion, raise it up as once in tender love You raised up Your friend Lazarus who was already four days dead. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

We have all learned the meaning of this parable from the Lord. Let us all, then, hate the rich man's lack of compassion, that we may escape punishment and rejoice forever with Abraham. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You carried in your arms the invisible God, Who is praised in the heavens by all creation. At all times He grants us salvation through you and we magnify you in faith! [OCA]

Ode 9: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (Weep not for Me.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Mother, strengthened by the might of Christ, you more easily endured your sufferings in the wilderness. With streams of God-given tears you quenched the impure thoughts that came to you, greatest of ascetics and glory of the saints! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The pure Virgin, the only Mother of Christ the Light, shone upon you with rays of surpassing brightness, making you terrible to the enemy, and revealing you to us, honored Mary, as the beauty of ascetics and pillar of the saints. [OCA]

Glory.

You wisely forsook all the things of this earth, and became a hallowed dwelling-place of the Spirit. Pray to Christ, our only Deliverer, that we who celebrate your holy memory with faith may be set free from the perils of this world! [OCA]

Both now.

In a manner surpassing nature, pure Maiden, you escaped the laws of nature, bringing forth on earth a newborn Child, Who is the Giver of the Law and the Ancient of Days. Therefore, spiritual heaven of the Creator of all, with faith and love we call you blessed. [OCA]

Magnificat: Mode of Katavasia

Ode ix.

Megalynarion. Mode 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]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred wonders of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, "O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!" [SD]

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

Mode 2.

Holy is the Lord our God. (2) [SAAS]

Holy is the Lord our God. Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet.

For He is holy.

From Octoechos - - -

Exaposteilarion.

The Ninth Eothinon.

Mode 2. On the mountain.

The doors where the Apostles were * being closed shut, O Master, * You entered and You gave them peace, * and when You blew upon them * You gave them the Holy Spirit, * and enjoined them concerning * binding of sins and loosing them. * And coming eight days later, You showed Your side * and Your hands as tangible proof to Thomas. * With him we also cry aloud: * You are our Lord and our God. [SD]

For the Devout Woman.

Exaposteilarion. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

We have you as an example * of true repentance, O devout Mary. * To Christ pray intently * that in this season of the Fast * we be granted to praise you * in songs with faith and longing. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

O sweetness of the Angels, * O joy of those in affliction, * and the protectress of Christians, * O Virgin Mother of the Lord, * come to my aid and redeem me * from the eternal torments. [SD]

Lauds. Mode 1.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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.

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.

   

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Stichera.

Sticheron 1. Mode 1.

To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones. [SAAS]

O Christ, we praise in song Your saving Passion, and Your resurrection do we glorify. [SD]

Sticheron 2. Mode 1.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power. [SAAS]

You endured crucifixion and abolished death and resurrected from the dead. Do therefore now bring peace into our life, O Lord, as the only Almighty One. [SD]

Sticheron 3. Mode 1.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

You stripped Hades of plunder, and humanity You resurrected by Your resurrection, O Christ. Do therefore now account us worthy with a pure heart to praise You and glorify. [SD]

Sticheron 4. Mode 1.

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

We glorify Your divine condescension, and we sing Your praise, O Christ. You were born of a Virgin, and from the Father You remained inseparable. You suffered as a man and voluntarily endured the Cross. As one emerging from a bridal chamber, You rose from the sepulcher, in order to save the world. Glory to You, O Lord. [SD]

Stichera. For the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. When the saints deposited.

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

Your prolonged polluted state * with all your prior defilements * like a wall prevented you * from beholding the august holy sites of Christ. * Then your mind went to God, * when a prick of conscience * and awareness of what you had done * had their effect on you, * to a higher lifestyle converting you. * For gazing at the icon of * ever-blessed Mary the Maid of God, * you condemned your every * transgression in the past, all-lauded one, * and then with confidence you adored * the all-precious Cross of Christ. [SD]

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

Your prolonged polluted state * with all your prior defilements * like a wall prevented you * from beholding the august holy sites of Christ. * Then your mind went to God, * when a prick of conscience * and awareness of what you had done * had their effect on you, * to a higher lifestyle converting you. * For gazing at the icon of * ever-blessed Mary the Maid of God, * you condemned your every * transgression in the past, all-lauded one, * and then with confidence you adored * the all-precious Cross of Christ. [SD]

Verse: I waited patiently for the Lord, and He heeded me; and He heard my supplication. [SAAS]

After you had worshiped in * the Holy Lands with rejoicing, * therein also you received * the salvific means for your * road to excellence. * And you ran earnestly * the fine way of virtue. * Having crossed the Jordan River's stream, * unhesitatingly * you began your residence in the place * where John the Baptist lived before. * And by your ascetical way of life * you subdued the passions' * ferociousness with confidence, O Saint, * and carnal throbbings you minimized, * Mother ever-memorable. [SD]

Verse: And He established my feet on a rock and kept straight my steps. [SAAS]

Dwelling in the wilderness, * you blotted out every image * of the passions from your soul, * having in their place instead * printed on your soul * the sublime Godlike form * of the holy virtues. * And you shone forth to such an extent * that you were able to * fly across the waters, O blessed one, * and levitate above the ground * when you raised your hands up to God in prayer. * Now, O blessed Mother * all-glorious Saint Mary, as you stand * before the Master with confidence, * importunely pray for us. [SD]

Glory. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 1.

The Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and ascetic practice and holiness; therefore rich men will never enter it, but only those who place their treasures into the hands of the needy. This is what David the Prophet teaches when he says, "Righteous is the man, who is merciful day in and out, who delights in the Lord. He walks in the light; he will not stumble." All of this was written for our edification, that, while fasting, we do acts of kindness; and the Lord will give us, instead of earthly gifts, the things of heaven. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

You are supremely blessed, O Virgin Theotokos. For through Him who from you became incarnate was Hades taken prisoner, and Adam has been summoned back; the curse has been neutralized, and Eve has been liberated; death has been put to death, and we have been brought to life. Therefore extolling we cry out: O Christ our God, You are blessed, for so was Your good pleasure. Glory to You! [SD]

Great Doxology

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Lamb of God, 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 hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Every day I will bless You, and Your name will I praise to eternity, and to the ages of ages.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Lord, I have fled to You. 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.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

After the Doxology, sing the following Resurrectional Troparion.

Mode 4. (or the Mode of the week)

Today has salvation come to pass in the world. Let us sing to Him who resurrected from the tomb and is the Author of our life. For, destroying death by death, He gave us the victory and the great mercy. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

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

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.)

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.

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.

Litanies and Dismissal

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

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.)

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.

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 He who rose from the dead, 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, our devout Mother Mary of Egypt, whose memory we celebrate, 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.)