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Octoechos - Mode 1.

On Sunday Morning

Menaion - December 6

Memory of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra

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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 holy 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]

Glory. For the Saint.

Mode 4.

A rule of faith are you, and an icon of gentleness, and a teacher of self-control. And to your flock this was evident, by the truth of your life and deeds. You were humble and therefore you acquired exalted gifts, treasure in heaven for being poor. O Father and Hierarch St. Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God, and entreat Him to save our souls. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 4.

O Theotokos, through you became manifest to us on earth the mystery, which was hid from eternity, and which the Angels themselves knew not: that God, uniting natures without confusion, becomes a man and accepts crucifixion for our salvation voluntarily. By virtue of this, resurrecting man whom He had first created, He saved our souls from death. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 2. 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 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.)

CHOIR

Kathisma I. Resurrectional.

From Octoechos - - -

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. For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

You brightly shine on earth with the rays of your wonders, * inciting every tongue to sing praises and glory * of God who has glorified you on earth, O wise Nicholas. * Pray Him earnestly, as one select of the fathers, * that we who keep your feast with faith and love be delivered * from every necessity. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 1. 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]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 3. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Kathisma II.

From Octoechos - - -

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. For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You appeared today.

Blessed father Nicholas, * you are a foremost defender * of the faithful, guard and shield, * Ven'rable saint, and it is clear * that you redeem them from every woe, * O finest honor and glory of hierarchs. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Menaion - - -

As the ready advocate * for those who trust you, * overlook me not, I pray, * but from the perils set me free, * O Theotokos, the help of all, * and for the needy, defense unassailable. [SD]

The Polyeleos.

Psalm 134 (135).

Psalm 135 (136).

Selected Psalm Verses

Selected Psalm Verses for Hierarchs

Of the world. Alleluia.

1. Hear this, all you nations; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world. Alleluia. (48:2) [SAAS]

2. Both earthborn and the sons of men, rich and poor together. Alleluia. (48:3) [SAAS]

3. My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. Alleluia. (48:4) [SAAS]

4. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Alleluia. (33:12) [SAAS]

5. He who walks blamelessly, and works righteousness. Alleluia. (14:2) [SAAS]

6. He who has innocent hands and a pure heart; he who does not lift up his soul to vanity. Alleluia. (23:4) [SAAS]

7. I proclaimed righteousness in the great church. Alleluia. (39:10) [SAAS]

8. I did not hide Your mercy and Your truth from the great congregation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

9. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

10. I declared Your truth and Your salvation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

11. I will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the church I will sing to You. Alleluia. (21:23) [SAAS]

12. I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord. Alleluia. (25:6) [SAAS]

13. That I may hear the voice of praise and tell of all Your wondrous works. Alleluia. (25:7) [SAAS]

14. O Lord, I love the beauty of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells. Alleluia. (25:8) [SAAS]

15. I said to those who transgress the law, "Do not transgress the law," and to those who sin I said, "Do not exalt yourselves." Alleluia. (74:5) [SAAS]

16. I have not sat down with vain councils, nor will I go in with those who transgress the law. Alleluia. (25:4) [SAAS]

17. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the ungodly. Alleluia. (25:5) [SAAS]

18. The mouth of the righteous shall meditate on wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment. Alleluia. (36:30) [SAAS]

19. The law of God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be tripped up. Alleluia. (36:31) [SAAS]

20. He will manage his words with judgment. Alleluia. (111:5) [SAAS]

21. He shall not be afraid because of an evil report. Alleluia. (111:7) [SAAS]

22. The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. Alleluia. (63:11) [SAAS]

23. The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; he shall be multiplied like the cedar in Lebanon. Alleluia. (91:13) [SAAS]

24. Those planted in the house of the Lord shall blossom forth in the courts of our God. Alleluia. (91:14) [SAAS]

25. Your priests shall clothe themselves in righteousness; Your saints shall greatly rejoice. Alleluia. (131:9) [SAAS]

26. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they shall praise You unto ages of ages. Alleluia. (83:5) [SAAS]

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)

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.)

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]

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Come quickly.

O Nicholas, manifestly you protected the Church * of Christ with the utmost zeal, refuting godless beliefs * and doctrines of heresies, * censuring them with candor. * And for all you were clearly * Orthodoxy's rule of faith and great intercessor * for all who would follow your divine teachings and conferences. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

Be swift to accept our fervent prayers, O Lady and Queen, * and take them, all-blameless Maiden, and present them for us * before your own Son and God. * Rescue from every trouble * those who run to your shelter. * Frustrate the machinations and humble the boldness * of the godless who against your servants have taken arms. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

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]

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 Luke.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon 4

Luke. 24:1-12

On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened. [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]

Glory.

At the intercession of the Apostles, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Both now.

At the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

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

Jesus, having risen from the grave as He foretold, has granted us eternal life and 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; 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 Father among the Saints Nicholas the Wonder-worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, 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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (In the deep.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Wearing your crown, all-wise Nicholas, ⁄ you stand with the angels before the throne of Christ! ⁄ Enlighten the darkness of my soul, ⁄ that I may rejoice, and praise your all-blessed memory. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Wearing your crown, all-wise Nicholas, ⁄ you stand with the angels before the throne of Christ! ⁄ Enlighten the darkness of my soul, ⁄ that I may rejoice, and praise your all-blessed memory. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The Lord, who glorifies all who glorify Him, ⁄ has given you as a refuge to the faithful, Nicholas. ⁄ You deliver from temptation those who run to your protection; ⁄ who call on you with faith and love. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The wholly evil serpent stole me from the Creator, ⁄ taking me prisoner by giving me the desire to be equal to God. ⁄ I have been called back and truly made divine by you, pure One, ⁄ For you, Theotokos, gave birth to Him who has made me like God! [OCA]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (Christ is born.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I come before you, Nicholas, ⁄ for your greatness is divine. ⁄ My tongue and lips are not equal to offer you even a short hymn of praise. ⁄ But you are the giver of riches: ⁄⁄ Give me the Savior and God of mercies! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You appeared on earth as the equal of the angels, ⁄ heavenly mortal, Father Nicholas. ⁄ You were a great protector of widows, ⁄ an avenger of the oppressed, ⁄⁄ and a help in danger for all the afflicted. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I venerate the uncreated Trinity, ⁄ Father, Son and Spirit, ⁄ simple essence and divinity, ⁄⁄ three Persons whose nature is not severed in substance. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You conceived the Word, undefiled one, ⁄ and gave birth to Him in the flesh ⁄ while remaining after childbirth as you were before. ⁄ Since He is your son and God, ⁄⁄ ever pray to Him on our behalf. [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 1.

Christ is born; glorify Him! * Christ is come from heaven; go and meet Him. * Christ is on earth; arise to Him. * Sing to the Lord, all you who dwell on the earth; * and in merry spirits, O you peoples, praise His birth. * For He is glorified. [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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (The wilderness.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

As a true disciple of the Master, blessed Nicholas, ⁄ you preserve from great dangers and bitter death ⁄⁄ all those who run to you. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

As a true disciple of the Master, blessed Nicholas, ⁄ you preserve from great dangers and bitter death ⁄⁄ all those who run to you. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

By the intercessions of Your servant Nicholas, ⁄ O God of many mercies, ⁄ grant Your servants remission of their sins, ⁄⁄ and cleanse them, O Good One. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Calm the tumult of my passions, Queen, ⁄ and direct my life, ⁄⁄ for you bore Christ, in whom my heart is established! [OCA]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (To the Son, begotten.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Divinely wise one, ⁄ you acquired a tablet in your heart ⁄ inscribed with many virtues ⁄ by the immortal and all-pure finger of Christ your God. ⁄ And from your words, ⁄⁄ You let fall a sweetness sweeter than honey and the honeycomb! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Grace has shown forth wonders in you! ⁄ for the radiance of your way of life, Nicholas, ⁄ is indeed brighter than any gold, ⁄⁄ and it enlightens souls with the radiance of the Spirit of God. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

My life has been polluted by immeasurable faults; ⁄ be merciful to me, our God, ⁄ all-holy Trinity, Father, Son and living Spirit. ⁄⁄ keep me ever safe from affliction. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You give your servants hope of salvation Theotokos! ⁄ Be present with your speedy intercessions ⁄ to guard and keep us in necessities and dangers, ⁄⁄ for you, Bride of God, are the glory of the faithful! [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 1.

To the Son, begotten * without flux, of the Father, before the ages, * and who was lately made incarnate * of the Virgin without seed; * to Christ God now let us cry aloud: * You have exalted the horn of our strength. Only You are holy, O Lord. [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

READER

From Octoechos - - -

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]

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

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

The depth of mercy has revealed you, Nicholas, ⁄ as a river flowing over with healing and a fountain of unending wonders! ⁄ Those who are bitterly weighed down by disease and afflicted in life, ⁄ find indeed in your warm protection a cure for all faintheartedness! ⁄ Therefore we cry aloud to you: ⁄ Intercede with Christ our God for the remission of sins ⁄ of all those who keep with love the feast of your holy memory! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

By conceiving the Wisdom and Word of God * in your womb inexplicably, Mother of God, * for the world's sake you carried Him who has the whole world in His hand, * and in your arms you held Him who holds together the universe, * which He provides with food, as its Creator and Lord. * Therefore, O all-holy Virgin Mary, I pray you, * that I be forgiven of my offences when I shall stand before Him who created me. * O all-lauded Lady most pure, I implore you to assist me in that hour. * I am sure you can accomplish whatever you wish. [SD]

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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (You came from a Virgin.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Living purely near the rays of the Spirit, ⁄ you are a lamp enlightening the universe, ⁄ defending and saving all who run to you with faith. ⁄ As you appeared to deliver the young men from death, Saint, ⁄⁄ now preserve me likewise from all calamity, temptation and danger. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

As you appeared and rescued from death those young men of old, O devout and all-blessed Saint, so now, save me from all adverse circumstances, temptations, and perils. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You shone forth with lightning flashes of virtue, all-blessed One, ⁄ and were a noble imitator of your Master. ⁄ You save those who call on you, ⁄⁄ glorifying you with reverence and love. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The Incarnate King and Lord came down on you, ⁄ and saved my whole self in His compassion. ⁄ Therefore I cry out to you: ⁄⁄ Rejoice, all-pure Theotokos! [OCA]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (Jesse's root .)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Just calling on your name, holy Nicholas, ⁄ delivers swiftly from all the purposes of the enemy, ⁄ those why cry to you with fervor. ⁄ As you delivered the soldiers, ⁄⁄ so now preserve us from every calamity. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

As you stand before the throne of God, ⁄ wise wonder-worker, Nicholas, ⁄ do not cease to intercede for us, your faithful servants, ⁄ that we may be delivered from eternal fire and the enemy, ⁄⁄ from the counsels of evil and wickedness. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I honor the might of the unoriginate Divinity, ⁄ and I venerate the Father, Son and all-holy Spirit, ⁄ the Creator of all who is truly One, ⁄⁄ undivided, yet ever three Persons! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You, Maiden and Theotokos, ⁄ were alone more honorable than mortal men and angels. ⁄ For you conceived the Creator in your womb, incarnate, ⁄⁄ and gave birth to Him wondrously without seed. [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 1.

Jesse's root produced a branch, O Christ, * and You its flower blossomed forth, * from the Virgin who by Habakkuk prophetically once was called * overshadowed, dense mountain. * From her who knew not man You came incarnate, * the immaterial God. * Glory to Your power, O Lord. [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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. (N/M)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Thrice-blessed Saint, shining with a divine way of life, ⁄ your presence delivered the unjustly condemned from death by the sword, ⁄ and they cried out to the Master Christ: ⁄⁄ We know no other God than You! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Thrice-blessed Saint, shining with a divine way of life, ⁄ your presence delivered the unjustly condemned from death by the sword, ⁄ and they cried out to the Master Christ: ⁄⁄ We know no other God than You! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Holy and all honored servant of Christ, ⁄ who now behold the everlasting glory ⁄ of the ineffable and divine light, ⁄ delighting in the greatest brilliance; ⁄⁄ protect me by your intercession! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

You have been made flesh of the Virgin ⁄ to seek out Your own image, hidden through passion. ⁄ You hid this mystery from the angelic hosts, ⁄ yet appear to those who cry to You: ⁄⁄ We know no other God than You! [OCA]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (God of peace.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Father, the great city of Myra now proclaims your miracles; ⁄ the diocese of Lysia and all the world ⁄ tell of the wonders you worked. ⁄ Through them, honorable Nicholas, ⁄⁄ you delivered all mankind from distress and affliction. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You are a haven for widows and father of orphans, Nicholas, ⁄ the best help in affliction, ⁄ a comfort for those who mourn, ⁄ a shepherd and guide for those who have gone astray. ⁄ Therefore, by your intercessions, ⁄⁄ deliver us also from danger! [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I glorify the Three without beginning, ⁄ sovereign Persons on one throne of the undivided Godhead. ⁄ Through Him, that which was not has come to be, ⁄ and I cry with the angels: ⁄⁄ Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O Lord! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You are the salvation of mortal men and the hope of all, ⁄ you are swift to be present and to save. ⁄ Take pity now on those who cry aloud to you, pure one, ⁄ for we call on you in our distress: ⁄⁄ After God, we have no other advocate but you! [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 1.

God of peace and Father of mercies, Your Son * You have sent unto us as Your messenger, * the Angel of great counsel who is granting peace. * Therefore having been guided to the light of godly knowledge, * waking from the night to dawn, we sing Your glory, O Lover of man. [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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (In the sea now.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The crown of victory, Nicholas, ⁄ is worthily placed upon your head! ⁄ As a most noble conqueror, ⁄⁄ preserve those who call out to you! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The crown of victory, Nicholas, ⁄ is worthily placed upon your head! ⁄ As a most noble conqueror, ⁄⁄ preserve those who call out to you! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Manifest yourself, blessed Saint, and save me, ⁄ for I am put to death by sin, ⁄ and sunk by a mighty wave of passion. ⁄⁄ Lead me to the haven of the will of God! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

I have set my hope of salvation on you, ever-Virgin Mother. I have established you as the steadfast and unshaken advocate of life. [OCA]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (Such as it received.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Holy Nicholas, you are revealed as a new Abraham, ⁄ for you brought your mind to your Master ⁄ as an only-begotten son for sacrifice, ⁄ continually offering a bloodless holocaust. ⁄ And as Abraham, you were blessed for your hospitality, ⁄ becoming the divine dwelling of the Holy Trinity, ⁄⁄ all-immaculate Father! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Nicholas, you have wrought strange and fearful wonders ⁄ throughout the world and far off upon the sea, ⁄ protecting those in danger with your swift prayers, ⁄ healing the sick and feeding the poor! ⁄ You were a worthy bearer of your name, ⁄⁄ showing the holy people to be victorious against their enemies! [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I venerate and honor the undivided Trinity ⁄ ever divided in three Persons, ⁄ yet one in essence and in nature; ⁄ one single sovereignty: Father Son and Holy Spirit, ⁄ ruling with power over all things, ⁄⁄ and preserving all creation as He desires. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Christ bowed the heavens by His Own will, ⁄ and came to dwell entirely in your womb, all-holy Virgin! ⁄ For He could not bear to look upon the work of His Own hands ⁄ held under the rule of the deceiver. ⁄⁄ Therefore He came in the form of a Servant to save mankind. [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 1.

Such as it received * Jonah as an embryo, the sea beast disgorged him from its bowels intact. * With the Virgin, though, when the Logos had dwelt in her taking on flesh, * He came forth from her preserving her yet incorrupt. * For from her no fluxion suffered He, * and He kept her unaltered in childbirth. [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 Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 3. On this day.

You became the minister of sacred mysteries in Myra, * holy father Nicholas. Fulfilling Christ's holy Gospel, * you laid down your very soul for your people, * and you saved those who were innocent from dying. * For this reason you were hallowed as a great mystic * of the divine grace of God. [SD]

Oikos.

Let us now with songs extol the Hierarch, O people, that shepherd and teacher in Myra, so that by his intercession we may be illumined. Behold, he appeared completely pure, incorrupt in spirit, offering to Christ a blameless sacrifice, sincere, acceptable to God, as a priest purified in soul and body. Therefore he is truly the Church's protector and her champion, as a great mystic of the divine grace of God. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On December 6, we commemorate our Father among the saints Nicholas the Wonder-worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Neo-martyr Nicholas of Caramania, who witnessed in Smyrna in the year 1657.

By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on 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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (The image of gold.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I have fallen upon the razor edge of temptation ⁄ and have been grievously wounded. ⁄ I approach the gates of hell and am thrown into despair. ⁄ By your intercessions, blessed Saint, ⁄ save me, and raise me to sing: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I have fallen upon the razor edge of temptation ⁄ and have been grievously wounded. ⁄ I approach the gates of hell and am thrown into despair. ⁄ By your intercessions, blessed Saint, ⁄ save me, and raise me to sing: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You are surrounded by light from the spiritual lightning, ⁄ flashing forth from the unapproachable Light: ⁄ Raise up those afflicted in distress and darkness ⁄ and guide them towards the enlightenment of joy singing: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Pray to Christ your Son and God, Theotokos, ⁄ for those bound by grievous sins and the snares of the serpent, ⁄ that they may be torn from them by His precious blood to sing: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (The Servants nurtured.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You revealed yourself, Father Nicholas ⁄ as a noble physician of a multitude of destroying sickness: ⁄ Heal the infirmity of my soul and grant me health to cry: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

In days of old, you delivered the soldiers from death, ⁄ and raised them to praise and glorify the Savior Christ! ⁄ With warm faith they also cry to you: ⁄⁄ we praise you, Father Nicholas, as our wise benefactor! [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I sing Your praises, all-holy Trinity: ⁄ One, single essence shining in three Persons: ⁄ Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ⁄ in Whom all we who are baptized sing: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

As you accept the prayers of all, Theotokos, ⁄ intercede with your Son and God for those who truly honor you, ⁄ and who cry for their salvation: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You, the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 1.

The Servants nurtured piously together, * with contempt regarding the impious king's decree, * intrepidly faced the threat of holocaust, * and while standing in the midst of flames they chanted thus, * saying: O 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: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

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

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Blessed Saint, as you are gracious and compassionate, ⁄ set free those held fast in the depth of trials. ⁄ By your intercessions to the Savior ⁄ bestow on them deliverance from the heavy ills possessing them, ⁄⁄ priest, initiate of the holy mysteries! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Blessed Saint, as you are gracious and compassionate, ⁄ set free those held fast in the depth of trials. ⁄ By your intercessions to the Savior ⁄ bestow on them deliverance from the heavy ills possessing them, ⁄⁄ priest, initiate of the holy mysteries! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Faithful Archbishop, wise in God, ⁄ Initiate of the unfathomable mysteries ⁄ and celebrant of holy and heavenly things: ⁄ as you are a teacher of the rank of priest, ⁄⁄ beseech the Savior for remission of our sins. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

My mind has fallen into the depths of disgrace, ⁄ and is weak, surrounded by many evils; ⁄⁄ but heal it, Virgin, encompassing it with the light of impassibility. [OCA]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (Babylon's bedewing furnace.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The companies of patriarchs and apostles, ⁄ the assembly of martyrs and gathering of prophets, ⁄ the whole army of ascetics unite ⁄ and call your divine way of life blessed! ⁄ We join them to call out to you: ⁄ Never cease to pray to the Lord for us ⁄⁄ that we may be delivered from all harm! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Most high and almighty King of all, ⁄ grant peace to the lives of all Christians ⁄ through the prayers of Your holy shepherd. ⁄ Lead them, we pray, Word, against their enemies, ⁄ give them victory and strength ⁄⁄ that we may praise Your power and exalt it above all forever! [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

We praise the Trinity in faith: ⁄ the Life and lives, One in three Lights: ⁄ Father Son and Holy Spirit ⁄ as we follow the divine teaching of the Fathers. ⁄ Together with them we sing in reverence: ⁄⁄ Let the creation bless the Lord and exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

In ancient times, the bush that strangely burned but was not consumed ⁄ prefigured the mystery of your child-bearing, undefiled Maiden: ⁄ For in you the fire of divinity came to dwell ⁄ while keeping you unharmed. ⁄⁄ Therefore we praise you forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 1.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Babylon's bedewing furnace bore the image * of an extraordinary wonder. * For it did not burn the youths it accepted, * nor did the fire of Divinity consume the Virgin's womb wherein it went. * So let us melodiously chant in praise: * Let all creation bless and extol the Lord, * and let it exalt Him supremely to the ages. [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. 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]

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]

Canon 1 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (To us has appeared.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Divinely wise and all-blessed Saint, ⁄ you were a lamp burning with the light of godliness, ⁄ wonderfully preserving those severely tried. ⁄ Deliver those drowning in the depths of the sea ⁄⁄ and feed all the hungry! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Divinely wise and all-blessed Saint, ⁄ you were a lamp burning with the light of godliness, ⁄ wonderfully preserving those severely tried. ⁄ Deliver those drowning in the depths of the sea ⁄⁄ and feed all the hungry! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

All-blessed and God-bearing Father, ⁄ now you dwell in the delights of Paradise ⁄ and gaze clearly upon the ineffable Glory: ⁄ Behold from the heights of heaven those who praise you, ⁄⁄ and deliver them from passion. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Pure-Theotokos, you gave birth from your own undefiled blood ⁄ to the Wisdom, Power and Word of the Father! ⁄ You received Him into your own temple, ⁄⁄ and united yourself to Him forever without division. [OCA]

Canon 2 for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (I see here a strange.)

Saint of God, intercede for us.

All lovers of the feasts, rejoice in spirit, ⁄ mountains and valleys, Churches and choirs of ascetics, ⁄ celebrate the memorial of the all-blessed saint: ⁄ As we come together with joy today ⁄⁄ let us magnify the Savior! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

All the ends of the earth, sing unending hymns ⁄ and adorn the head of Nicholas with wreaths of praise! ⁄ He is the well-pleasing servant of Christ our God, ⁄⁄ through whom we are delivered from passion and anger. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

The Trinity is united by one consubstantial will ⁄ while divided in Persons. ⁄ Yet again, it is undivided ⁄ while preserving the Father, Son and Living Spirit: ⁄ One Sovereignty and One God, ⁄⁄ the Three Persons Whom we magnify! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

All of creation is saved by your childbearing! ⁄ Through it, the Lord has removed weeping, sorrow and tears from all faces. ⁄⁄ Spotless Theotokos, we rightly praise you! [OCA]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 1.

O my soul, magnify her who is greater in honor and in glory than the armies of heaven.

I see here a strange and paradoxical mystery. * For, behold, the grotto is heaven; * cherubic throne is the Virgin; * the manger a grand space * in which Christ our God the uncontainable reclined as a babe; * Whom in extolling do we magnify. [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]

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

For He is holy.

From Octoechos - - -

Exaposteilarion.

The Fourth Eothinon.

Mode 2. On the mountain.

Let us with virtues dazzling bright * envision two men standing * in the life-bearing sepulcher * wearing dazzling apparel * beside the myrrh-bearing women * who bow their faces to the earth. * Let us be taught the rising of * Him who rules over heaven. And let us run * unto life within the tomb, joining Peter. * Marveling at what has occurred, * let us abide to see Christ. [SD]

From the Menaion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Come all believers, let us praise * the great archpastor, hierarch, * and prelate of those in Myra, * Saint Nicholas, and extol him; for he delivered many men * from wrongful death, appearing in * a dream unto the Emperor * and to Avlávios, thereby * rescinding the unjust sentence. [SD]

Another.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

O Nicholas the Hierarch, * both in your life and after death, * the Lord greatly glorified you * with miracles, holy father. * For who has ever simply prayed, * invoking your all-holy name * with all his faith and not been heard * immediately or found you * to be his ardent protector? [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

O Virgin who gave birth to Christ, * the great Physician of one and all, * who is hypostatic Wisdom * and super-essential Logos, * I supplicate you fervently * to heal my soul's distressing sores * and its long-standing maladies, * and stop my heart's meditation * on unseemly recollections. [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]

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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.

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From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Stichera.

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]

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]

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]

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]

For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. For the celestial orders.

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

As you are hovering over the flowers of the Church, * being yourself a fledgling * of the nest of the Angels, * O Nicholas thrice blessed, you ever cry * unto God on behalf of all * who in temptations and perils invoke your aid; * and you rescue them by fervent prayers. [SD]

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

By means of practical virtue you made the elegance * of sacerdotal vesture shine with greater resplendence, * O God-bearing Father. Hence as a priest * you accomplish terrific deeds, * and from lamentable woes you deliver us, * as you work your famous miracles. [SD]

Verse: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. [SAAS]

Being surrounded by beauties of things invisible, * you gained a comprehension of that awe-inspiring glory, * Nicholas, O holy one among saints. * And you therefore announce to us, * O sacred father, the heavenly words that speak * of the vision of eternity. [SD]

Verse: O Lord, Your priests shall clothe themselves in righteousness; Your saints shall greatly rejoice. [SAAS]

As you appeared in a dream to the pious Emperor * and thus from death then rescued * those unjustly imprisoned, * intercede unceasingly so that now * we who worthily sing your praise * be from temptations and perils and every pain * likewise rescued, Father Nicholas. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1.

Let us sound the trumpet with the clarion of song, and festively let us leap for joy, and exultantly let us join chorus for the annual celebration of the God-bearing Father. Let the kings and princes run to gather together, and with hymns extol him who by his fearsome appearance in a dream convinced the Emperor to release the three imprisoned officers, for they were innocent. O Shepherds and Teachers, let us come together and praise the Shepherd and zealous imitator of the Good Shepherd. Those of us who are sick let us praise the physician; our rescuer, we in perils; and sinners, our defender; you paupers, him who makes you rich; you in tribulation, your consolation; your fellow traveler, you who travel; your pilot, you who sail the seas. And everyone extol him who anticipates everywhere, as the grandest Hierarch. And in lauding him, let us say to him, "All-holy father Nicholas, quickly come and deliver us from the present necessity, and save your flock, by your supplications." [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]

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 Father among the Saints Nicholas the Wonder-worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, 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.)