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Menaion - December 25

Ἡ κατὰ Σάρκα Γέννησις τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ

The Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

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ΟΡΘΡΟΣ

MATINS

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Θεὸς Κύριος καὶ ἐπέφανεν ἡμῖν. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

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

Στίχ. αʹ. Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ ἐπικαλεῖσθε τὸ ὄνομα τὸ ἅγιον αὐτοῦ.

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

ἤ· Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι ἀγαθός, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ.

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

Στίχ. βʹ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐκύκλωσάν με, καὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Κυρίου ἠμυνάμην αὐτούς.

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

Στίχ. γʹ. Παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν.

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

Ἀπολυτίκιον τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἡ Γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως· ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοῖς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο, σὲ προσκυνεῖν, τὸν Ἥλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης, καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους ἀνατολήν. Κύριε δόξα σοι. (ἐκ γʹ)

Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord. (3) [SD]

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

Ὅτι σὸν τὸ κράτος καὶ σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ δόξα, τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα Αʹ.

Kathisma I.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Δεῦτε ἴδωμεν πιστοί, ποῦ ἐγεννήθη ὁ Χριστός, ἀκολουθήσωμεν λοιπὸν ἔνθα ὁδεύει ὁ ἀστήρ, μετὰ τῶν Μάγων Ἀνατολῆς τῶν Βασιλέων. Ἄγγελοι ὑμνοῦσιν, ἀκαταπαύστως ἐκεῖ. Ποιμένες ἀγραυλοῦσιν, ᾠδὴν ἐπάξιον. Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις λέγοντες, τῷ σήμερον ἐν Σπηλαίῳ τεχθέντι, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, καὶ Θεοτόκου, ἐν Βηθλεὲμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας.

Come, believers, let us see the place where Christ has been born.* With the Magi, those three kings who from the orient are,* now let us follow to where the star is proceeding.* Ceaselessly do Angels sing praises there.* Shepherds in the field sing a worthy song,* saying: Glory in the highest be to Him who* was born today in the grotto* from the Virgin and Theotokos,* in Bethlehem of Judea. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

Δεῦτε ἴδωμεν πιστοί, ποῦ ἐγεννήθη ὁ Χριστός, ἀκολουθήσωμεν λοιπὸν ἔνθα ὁδεύει ὁ ἀστήρ, μετὰ τῶν Μάγων Ἀνατολῆς τῶν Βασιλέων. Ἄγγελοι ὑμνοῦσιν, ἀκαταπαύστως ἐκεῖ. Ποιμένες ἀγραυλοῦσιν, ᾠδὴν ἐπάξιον. Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις λέγοντες, τῷ σήμερον ἐν Σπηλαίῳ τεχθέντι, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, καὶ Θεοτόκου, ἐν Βηθλεὲμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας.

Come, believers, let us see the place where Christ has been born.* With the Magi, those three kings who from the orient are,* now let us follow to where the star is proceeding.* Ceaselessly do Angels sing praises there.* Shepherds in the field sing a worthy song,* saying: Glory in the highest be to Him who* was born today in the grotto* from the Virgin and Theotokos,* in Bethlehem of Judea. [SD]

Κάθισμα Βʹ.

Kathisma II.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Τί θαυμάζεις Μαριάμ; τί ἐκθαμβεῖσαι τῷ ἐν σοὶ; Ὅτι ἄχρονον Υἱόν, χρόνῳ ἐγέννησα φησί, τοῦ τικτομένου τὴν σύλληψιν μὴ διδαχθεῖσα. Ἄνανδρος εἰμί, καὶ πῶς τέξω Υἱόν; ἄσπορον γονὴν τὶς ἑώρακεν; ὅπου Θεὸς δὲ βούλεται, νικᾶται φύσεως τάξις, ὡς γέγραπται. Χριστὸς ἐτέχθη, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, ἐν Βηθλεὲμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας.

Mary, why are you amazed and awed by what was done in you? * And she answers, "For in time I have brought forth a timeless Son. * But I have no understanding of His conception. * Husbandless am I: how can I bear a son? * Who has ever seen seedless childbirth? * But where God wills, the order found in nature * is overcome, as it is written." * So Christ was born from the Virgin Maiden, * in Bethlehem of Judea. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

Τί θαυμάζεις Μαριάμ; τί ἐκθαμβεῖσαι τῷ ἐν σοὶ; Ὅτι ἄχρονον Υἱόν, χρόνῳ ἐγέννησα φησί, τοῦ τικτομένου τὴν σύλληψιν μὴ διδαχθεῖσα. Ἄνανδρος εἰμί, καὶ πῶς τέξω Υἱόν; ἄσπορον γονὴν τὶς ἑώρακεν; ὅπου Θεὸς δὲ βούλεται, νικᾶται φύσεως τάξις, ὡς γέγραπται. Χριστὸς ἐτέχθη, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, ἐν Βηθλεὲμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας.

Mary, why are you amazed and awed by what was done in you? * And she answers, "For in time I have brought forth a timeless Son. * But I have no understanding of His conception. * Husbandless am I: how can I bear a son? * Who has ever seen seedless childbirth? * But where God wills, the order found in nature * is overcome, as it is written." * So Christ was born from the Virgin Maiden, * in Bethlehem of Judea. [SD]

Κάθισμα Γʹ.

Kathisma III.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Ὁ ἀχώρητος παντί, πῶς ἐχωρήθη ἐν γαστρὶ; ὁ ἐν κόλποις τοῦ Πατρός, πῶς ἐν ἀγκάλαις τῆς Μητρός; πάντως ὡς οἶδεν ὡς ἠθέλησε καὶ ὡς ηὐδόκησεν· ἄσαρκος γὰρ ὢν, ἐσαρκώθη ἑκών· καὶ γέγονεν ὁ Ὢν ὃ οὐκ ἦν δι' ἡμᾶς· καὶ μὴ ἐκστὰς τῆς φύσεως, μετέσχε τοῦ ἡμετέρου φυράματος. Διπλοῦς ἐτέχθη, Χριστὸς τὸν ἄνω, κόσμον θέλων ἀναπληρῶσαι.

He whom nothing can contain has been contained in a womb. * He is in the Father's bosom and His Mother's embrace. * How can this be, but as He knows and willed and was well pleased. * Fleshless as He was, He willingly took flesh. * And He Who Is became what He was not, for us. * And while departing not from His own nature, * He shared in our nature's substance. * So Christ was born with dual natures, * wishing to replenish the world on high. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

Ὁ ἀχώρητος παντί, πῶς ἐχωρήθη ἐν γαστρὶ; ὁ ἐν κόλποις τοῦ Πατρός, πῶς ἐν ἀγκάλαις τῆς Μητρός; πάντως ὡς οἶδεν ὡς ἠθέλησε καὶ ὡς ηὐδόκησεν· ἄσαρκος γὰρ ὢν, ἐσαρκώθη ἑκών· καὶ γέγονεν ὁ Ὢν ὃ οὐκ ἦν δι' ἡμᾶς· καὶ μὴ ἐκστὰς τῆς φύσεως, μετέσχε τοῦ ἡμετέρου φυράματος. Διπλοῦς ἐτέχθη, Χριστὸς τὸν ἄνω, κόσμον θέλων ἀναπληρῶσαι.

He whom nothing can contain has been contained in a womb. * He is in the Father's bosom and His Mother's embrace. * How can this be, but as He knows and willed and was well pleased. * Fleshless as He was, He willingly took flesh. * And He Who Is became what He was not, for us. * And while departing not from His own nature, * He shared in our nature's substance. * So Christ was born with dual natures, * wishing to replenish the world on high. [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ηὐλόγηταί σου τὸ ὄνομα, καὶ δεδόξασταί σου ἡ βασιλεία, τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀντίφωνον Αʹ.

Antiphon I.

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἐκ νεότητός μου πολλὰ πολεμεῖ με πάθη, ἀλλ' αὐτὸς ἀντιλαβοῦ, καὶ σῶσον Σωτήρ μου. (δίς)

Since my youth have many passions waged war against me. O my Savior, nonetheless help me and save me. (2) [SD]

Οἱ μισοῦντες Σιών, αἰσχύνθητε ἀπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου· ὡς χόρτος γάρ, πυρὶ ἔσεσθε ἀπεξηραμμένοι. (δίς)

You, the haters of Zion, be put to shame by the Lord, for like thatch in fire you will be completely dried up. (2) [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι πᾶσα ψυχὴ ζωοῦται, καὶ καθάρσει ὑψοῦται λαμπρύνεται, τῇ τριαδικῇ Μονάδι ἱεροκρυφίως.

From the Holy Spirit every soul receives life, and through cleansing is lifted and brightened, in a hidden, sacred manner, by the trinal Monad. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, ἀναβλύζει τὰ τῆς χάριτος ῥεῖθρα, ἀρδεύοντα, ἅπασαν τὴν κτίσιν πρὸς ζωογονίαν.

From the Holy Spirit do the streams of grace well forth; they irrigate everything created, so that life be engendered. [SD]

Προκείμενον. Ψαλμὸς 109.

Prokeimenon. Psalm 109.

Ἐκ γαστρὸς πρὸ ἑωσφόρου ἐγέννησά σε. Ὤμοσε Κύριος καὶ οὐ μεταμεληθήσεται. (δίς)

I have begotten You from the womb before the morning star. The Lord swore and will not repent. (2)

Στίχ. Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τῷ Κυρίῳ μου· Κάθου ἐκ δεξιῶν μου, ἕως ἂν θῶ τοὺς ἐχθρούς σου ὑποπόδιον τῶν ποδῶν σου.

Verse: The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of Your feet."

Ἐκ γαστρὸς πρὸ ἑωσφόρου ἐγέννησά σε. Ὤμοσε Κύριος καὶ οὐ μεταμεληθήσεται.

I have begotten You from the womb before the morning star. The Lord swore and will not repent. [SAAS]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Ἅγιος εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐν Ἁγίοις ἐπαναπαύῃ, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Ἦχος βʹ.

Mode 2.

Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον. (δίς) Αἰνεσάτω πνοή πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον.

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

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Καὶ ὑπέρ τοῦ καταξιωθῆναι ἡμᾶς τῆς ἀκροάσεως τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου, Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν ἱκετεύσωμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία. Ὀρθοί. Ἀκούσωμεν τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου.

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐκ τοῦ κατὰ Ματθαῖον ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου τὸ ἀνάγνωσμα.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πρόσχωμεν.

Let us be attentive.

(Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.)

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

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (ἀπὸ τῆς Ὡραίας πύλης)

PRIEST (from the gate)

Ματ 1:18-25

Mt. 1:18-25

Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἡ γέννησις οὕτως ἦν. Μνηστευθείσης γὰρ τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ Μαρίας τῷ Ἰωσήφ, πρὶν ἢ συνελθεῖν αὐτοὺς εὑρέθη ἐν γαστρὶ ἔχουσα ἐκ Πνεύματος ῾Αγίου. Ἰωσὴφ δὲ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς, δίκαιος ὢν καὶ μὴ θέλων αὐτὴν παραδειγματίσαι, ἐβουλήθη λάθρα ἀπολῦσαι αὐτήν.ταῦτα δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐνθυμηθέντος ἰδοὺ ἄγγελος Κυρίου κατ᾿ ὄναρ ἐφάνη αὐτῷ λέγων· Ἰωσὴφ υἱὸς Δαυΐδ, μὴ φοβηθῇς παραλαβεῖν Μαριὰμ τὴν γυναῖκά σου· τὸ γὰρ ἐν αὐτῇ γεννηθὲν ἐκ Πνεύματός ἐστιν ῾Αγίου.τέξεται δὲ υἱὸν καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦν· αὐτὸς γὰρ σώσει τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν αὐτῶν.Τοῦτο δὲ ὅλον γέγονεν ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· ἰδοὺ ἡ παρθένος ἐν γαστρὶ ἕξει καὶ τέξεται υἱόν,καὶ καλέσουσι τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ᾿Εμμανουήλ,ὅ ἐστι μεθερμηνευόμενον μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν ὁ Θεός. Διεγερθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕπνου ἐποίησεν ὡς προσέταξεν αὐτῷ ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου καὶ παρέλαβε τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ,καὶ οὐκ ἐγίνωσκεν αὐτὴν ἕως οὗ ἔτεκε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτῆς τὸν πρωτότοκον, καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦν.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus. [RSV]

(Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.)

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

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ψαλμὸς Nʹ (50).

Psalm 50 (51).

Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου. Ἐπὶ πλεῖον πλῦνόν με ἀπὸ τῆς ἀνομίας μου, καὶ απὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας μου καθάρισόν με. Ὅτι τὴν ἀνομίαν μου ἐγὼ γινώσκω, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία μου ἐνώπιόν μού ἐστι διὰ παντός. Σοὶ μόνῳ ἥμαρτον καὶ τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιόν σου ἐποίησα, ὅπως ἂν δικαιωθῇς ἐν τοῖς λόγοις σου, καὶ νικήσῃς ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαί σε. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἐν ἀνομίαις συνελήφθην, καὶ ἐν ἁμαρτίαις ἐκίσσησέ με ἡ μήτηρ μου. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀλήθειαν ἠγάπησας, τὰ ἄδηλα καὶ τὰ κρύφια τῆς σοφίας σου ἐδήλωσάς μοι. Ραντιεῖς με ὑσσώπῳ, καὶ καθαρισθήσομαι, πλυνεῖς με, καὶ ὑπὲρ χιόνα λευκανθήσομαι. Ἀκουτιεῖς μοι ἀγαλλίασιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην· ἀγαλλιάσονται ὀστέα τεταπεινωμένα. Ἀπόστρεψον τὸ πρόσωπόν σου ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν μου καὶ πάσας τὰς ἀνομίας μου ἐξάλειψον. Καρδίαν καθαρὰν κτίσον ἐν ἐμοί, ὁ Θεός, καὶ πνεῦμα εὐθὲς ἐγκαίνισον ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις μου. Μὴ ἀποῤῥίψῃς με ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου σου καὶ το Πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἅγιον μὴ ἀντανέλῃς ἀπ' ἐμοῦ. Ἀπόδος μοι τὴν ἀγαλλίασιν τοῦ σωτηρίου σου καὶ πνεύματι ἡγεμονικῷ στήριξόν με. Διδάξω ἀνόμους τὰς ὁδούς σου, καὶ ἀσεβεῖς ἐπὶ σὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι. Ρῦσαί με ἐξ αἱμάτων, ὁ Θεός, ὁ Θεὸς τῆς σωτηρίας μου· ἀγαλλιάσεται ἡ γλῶσσά μου τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου. Κύριε, τὰ χείλη μου ἀνοίξεις, καὶ τὸ στόμα μου ἀναγγελεῖ τὴν αἴνεσίν σου. Ὅτι εἰ ἠθέλησας θυσίαν, ἔδωκα ἄν· ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐκ εὐδοκήσεις. Θυσία τῷ Θεῷ πνεῦμα συντετριμμένον, καρδίαν συντετριμμένην καὶ τεταπεινωμένην ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἐξουδενώσει. Ἀγάθυνον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ σου τὴν Σιών, καὶ οἰκοδομηθήτω τὰ τείχη Ἱερουσαλήμ. Τότε εὐδοκήσεις θυσίαν δικαιοσύνης, ἀναφορὰν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα. Τότε ἀνοίσουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριόν σου μόσχους.

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

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Δόξα. Ἦχος βʹ.

Glory. Mode 2.

Τὰ σύμπαντα σήμερον, χαρᾶς πληροῦνται. Χριστὸς ἐτέχθη ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου.

All things are filled with joy today, for Christ is born from the Virgin. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Τὰ σύμπαντα σήμερον, χαρᾶς πληροῦνται. Χριστὸς ἐτέχθη ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου.

All things are filled with joy today, for Christ is born from the Virgin. [SD]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος πλ. βʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

Στίχ. Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου.

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

Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη. Σήμερον δέχεται ἡ Βηθλεέμ, τὸν καθήμερον διὰ παντὸς σὺν Πατρί. Σήμερον Ἄγγελοι τὸ βρέφος τὸ τεχθέν, θεοπρεπῶς δοξολογοῦσι. Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ, καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth. Today Bethlehem receives him who is ever seated with the Father. Today Angels glorify in a manner fitting God the babe that is born. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will among men. [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σῶσον ὁ Θεὸς τὸν λαόν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου· ἐπίσκεψαι τὸν κόσμον σου ἐν ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς· ὕψωσον κέρας Χριστιανῶν Ὀρθοδόξων καὶ κατάπεμψον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς τὰ ἐλέη σου τὰ πλούσια· πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου ἐνδόξου Προφήτου Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἐν ἁγίοις Πατέρων ἡμῶν μεγάλων Ἱεραρχῶν καὶ οἰκουμενικῶν Διδασκάλων, Βασιλείου τοῦ Μεγάλου, Γρηγορίου τοῦ Θεολόγου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Χρυσοστόμου, Ἀθανασίου, Κυρίλλου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Ἐλεήμονος Πατριαρχῶν Ἀλεξανδρίας· Νικολάου τοῦ ἐν Μύροις, Σπυρίδωνος Τριμυθοῦντος καὶ Νεκταρίου Πενταπόλεως τῶν θαυματουργῶν· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μεγαλομαρτύρων Γεωργίου τοῦ Τροπαιοφόρου, Δημητρίου τοῦ Μυροβλήτου, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Τήρωνος, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Στρατηλάτου, Μηνᾶ τοῦ θαυματουργοῦ· τῶν Ἱερομαρτύρων Χαραλάμπους καὶ Ἐλευθερίου, τῆς ἁγίας ἐνδόξου Μεγαλομάρτυρος καὶ πανευφήμου Εὐφημίας· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μαρτύρων Θέκλας, Βαρβάρας, Ἀναστασίας, Αἰκατερίνης, Κυριακῆς, Φωτεινῆς, Μαρίνης, Παρασκευῆς καὶ Εἰρήνης· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ Θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων σου τῶν Ἁγίων. Ἱκετεύομέν σε, μόνε πολυέλεε Κύριε, ἐπάκουσον ἡμῶν τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν δεομένων σου καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

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

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (ιβʹ)

Lord, have mercy. (12)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς καὶ φιλανθρωπίᾳ τοῦ μονογενοῦς σου Υἱοῦ, μεθ' οὗ εὐλογητὸς εἰ, σὺν τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ὠδὴ αʹ.

Ode i.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε, Χριστὸς ἐξ οὐρανῶν, ἀπαντήσατε, Χριστὸς ἐπὶ γῆς, ὑψώθητε, ᾄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ πᾶσα ἡ γῆ, καὶ ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ, ἀνυμνήσατε λαοί, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ῥεύσαντα ἐκ παραβάσεως, Θεοῦ τὸν κατ' εἰκόνα γενόμενον, ὅλον τῆς φθορᾶς ὑπάρξαντα, κρείττονος ἑπταικότα θείας ζωῆς, αὖθις ἀναπλάττει, ὁ σοφὸς Δημιουργός, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

Man was made in the image of God. * Because of his transgression he tumbled down, * and was to corruption wholly bound, * falling from a divine, superior life. * Now the wise Creator once again refashions Him. * For He is glorified. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἰδὼν ὁ Κτίστης ὀλλύμενον, τὸν ἄνθρωπον χερσίν, ὃν ἐποίησε, κλίνας οὐρανοὺς κατέρχεται, τοῦτον δὲ ἐκ Παρθένου θείας Ἁγνῆς, ὅλον οὐσιοῦται, ἀληθείᾳ σαρκωθείς, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

The Master Builder, seeing collapsed * the man whom He constructed with His own hands, * bowing the heavens now descends. * And through a pure and holy Virgin unites * wholly with his nature, having truly taken flesh. * For He is glorified. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Σοφία λόγος καὶ δύναμις, Υἱὸς ὢν τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ ἀπαύγασμα, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δυνάμεις λαθών, ὅσας ὑπερκοσμίους, ὅσας ἐν γῇ, καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσας, ἀνεκτήσατο ἡμᾶς, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

Christ our God, as the Father's Son, * His wisdom, Logos, power and radiance, * eluding the powers everywhere, * extraterrestrial and those down on earth, * and becoming human, has recovered us again. * For He is glorified. [SD]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Ἔσωσε λαόν, θαυματουργῶν Δεσπότης, * Ὑγρὸν θαλάσσης κῦμα χερσώσας πάλαι. * Ἑκὼν δὲ τεχθεὶς ἐκ Κόρης, τρίβον βατήν, * Πόλου τίθησιν ἡμῖν, ὂν κατ οὐσίαν, * Ἴσόν τε Πατρί, καὶ βροτοῖς δοξάζομεν.

Of old the Master who works wonders saved His people, ⁄ making the watery wave of the sea into dry land; ⁄ and now of His own will He has been born from a maiden: ⁄ He establishes a path for us to mount to heaven! ⁄⁄ We glorify Him: equal in essence to the Father and to mortal men. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἤνεγκε γαστὴρ ἡγιασμένη Λόγον, * Σαφῶς ἀφλέκτῳ ζωγραφουμένη βάτῳ, * Μιγέντα μορφῇ, τῇ βροτησίᾳ Θεόν, * Εὔας τάλαιναν, νηδὺν ἀρᾶς τῆς πάλαι, * Λύοντα πικρᾶς, ὃν βροτοὶ δοξάζομεν.

Plainly foreshadowed by the burning bush that was not consumed, ⁄ a hallowed womb has borne the Word. ⁄ God is mingled with the form of mortal men, ⁄ and so He looses the unhappy womb of Eve from the ancient, bitter curse. ⁄⁄ Therefore we glorify Him! [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἤνεγκε γαστὴρ ἡγιασμένη Λόγον, * Σαφῶς ἀφλέκτῳ ζωγραφουμένη βάτῳ, * Μιγέντα μορφῇ, τῇ βροτησίᾳ Θεόν, * Εὔας τάλαιναν, νηδὺν ἀρᾶς τῆς πάλαι, * Λύοντα πικρᾶς, ὃν βροτοὶ δοξάζομεν.

Plainly foreshadowed by the burning bush that was not consumed, ⁄ a hallowed womb has borne the Word. ⁄ God is mingled with the form of mortal men, ⁄ and so He looses the unhappy womb of Eve from the ancient, bitter curse. ⁄⁄ Therefore we glorify Him! [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἔδειξεν ἀστὴρ τὸν πρὸ ἡλίου Λόγον, * Ἐλθόντα παῦσαι τὴν ἁμαρτίαν Μάγοις, * Σαφῶς πενιχρὸν εἰς σπέος τὸν συμπαθῆ, * Σὲ σπαργάνοις ἑλικτόν· ὃν γεγηθότες, * Ἶδον τὸν αὐτόν, καὶ βροτὸν καὶ Κύριον.

A star showed plainly to the Magi ⁄ the Word that was before the sun, who has come to make transgression cease. ⁄ They saw You, wrapped in swaddling clothes, within a poor and lowly cave, ⁄ for You share all our sufferings. ⁄⁄ In joy they gazed upon You, who are at once both Man and Lord. [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode 1: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε, Χριστὸς ἐξ οὐρανῶν, ἀπαντήσατε, Χριστὸς ἐπὶ γῆς, ὑψώθητε, ᾄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ πᾶσα ἡ γῆ, καὶ ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ, ἀνυμνήσατε λαοί, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Ἔσωσε λαόν, θαυματουργῶν Δεσπότης, * Ὑγρὸν θαλάσσης κῦμα χερσώσας πάλαι. * Ἑκὼν δὲ τεχθεὶς ἐκ Κόρης, τρίβον βατήν, * Πόλου τίθησιν ἡμῖν, ὂν κατ οὐσίαν, * Ἴσόν τε Πατρί, καὶ βροτοῖς δοξάζομεν.

Working signs of old the Master saved the people, * replacing fluid waves of the sea with dry land. * Now born of a Maid by His own will, He has made * passable a way to heaven. Him, in essence * equal to mankind and the Father, we glorify. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Ὠδὴ γʹ.

Ode iii.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Τῷ πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων, ἐκ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντι ἀῤῥεύστως Υἱῷ, καὶ ἐπ' ἐσχάτων ἐκ Παρθένου, σαρκωθέντι ἀσπόρως, Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ βοήσωμεν· Ὁ ἀνυψώσας τὸ κέρας ἡμῶν, Ἅγιος εἶ Κύριε.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὁ τῆς ἐπιπνοίας, μετασχὼν τῆς ἀμείνω Ἀδὰμ χοϊκός, καὶ πρὸς φθορὰν κατολισθήσας, γυναικείᾳ ἀπάτῃ, Χριστὸν γυναικὸς βοᾷ ἐξορῶν, ὁ δι' ἐμὲ κατ' ἐμὲ γεγονώς, ἅγιος εἶ Κύριε.

Made of dust was Adam, * while enjoying superior insufflation. * But through seduction by the woman, * he slipped into corruption. * Gazing at Christ born of woman, he cries: * You who for me have become now like me, * only You are holy, O Lord. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Σύμμορφος πηλίνης, εὐτελοῦς διαρτίας Χριστὲ γεγονώς, καὶ μετοχῇ σαρκὸς τῆς χείρω, μεταδοὺς θείας φύτλης, βροτὸς πεφυκώς, καὶ μείνας Θεός, καὶ ἀνυψώσας τὸ κέρας ἡμῶν, Ἅγιος εἶ Κύριε.

Through participation * in inferior flesh, You, O Christ, did impart * divine nature. And conforming * to ignoble clay formation, * You were born human and remained God, * and have exalted the horn of our strength. * Only You are holy, O Lord. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Βηθλεὲμ εὐφραίνου, Ἡγεμόνων Ἰούδα βασίλεια· τὸν Ἰσραὴλ γὰρ ὁ ποιμαίνων, Χερουβὶμ ὁ ἐπ' ὤμων, ἐκ σοῦ προελθὼν Χριστὸς ἐμφανῶς, καὶ ἀνυψώσας τὸ κέρας ἡμῶν, πάντων ἐβασίλευσεν.

Bethlehem, be merry, * as the Queen of the rulers of Judah; for lo, * Israel's shepherd who is seated * on the Cherubim's shoulders, * Christ who manifestly hails from you * and who exalted the horn of our strength, * has reigned as King over all. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Νεῦσον πρὸς ὕμνους οἰκετῶν Εὐεργέτα, * Ἐχθροῦ ταπεινῶν τὴν ἐπηρμένην ὀφρύν, * Φέρων τε Παντεπόπτα τῆς ἁμαρτίας, * Ὕπερθεν ἀκλόνητον, ἐστηριγμένους, * Μάκαρ, μελῳδοὺς τῇ βάσει τῆς πίστεως.

Benefactor, graciously accept, the praises of Your servants ⁄ and bring down the spiteful, haughty looks of the enemy. ⁄ Blessed Lord, who see all: ⁄ Raise us up far above sin, ⁄⁄ and establish Your singers firm and unshaken upon the foundation of the faith. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Νύμφης πανάγνου τὸν πανόλβιον τόκον * Ἰδεῖν ὑπὲρ νοῦν ἠξιωμένος χορός, * Ἄγραυλος ἐκλονεῖτο, τῷ ξένῳ τρόπῳ. * Τάξιν μελῳδοῦσάν τε τῶν Ἀσωμάτων, * Ἄνακτα Χριστόν, ἀσπόρως σαρκούμενον.

The choir of shepherds abiding in the fields ⁄ was overwhelmed by the strange sight they were accounted worthy to behold: ⁄ for they looked upon the all-blessed offspring of an all-pure Bride; ⁄ and they saw also the ranks of bodiless angels, ⁄⁄ who sang in praise of Christ the King, incarnate without seed. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Νύμφης πανάγνου τὸν πανόλβιον τόκον * Ἰδεῖν ὑπὲρ νοῦν ἠξιωμένος χορός, * Ἄγραυλος ἐκλονεῖτο, τῷ ξένῳ τρόπῳ. * Τάξιν μελῳδοῦσάν τε τῶν Ἀσωμάτων, * Ἄνακτα Χριστόν, ἀσπόρως σαρκούμενον.

The choir of shepherds abiding in the fields ⁄ was overwhelmed by the strange sight they were accounted worthy to behold: ⁄ for they looked upon the all-blessed offspring of an all-pure Bride; ⁄ and they saw also the ranks of bodiless angels, ⁄⁄ who sang in praise of Christ the King, incarnate without seed. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ὕψους ἀνάσσων οὐρανῶν εὐσπλαγχνίᾳ, * Τελεῖ καθ' ἡμᾶς ἐξ ἀνυμφεύτου Κόρης, * Ἄϋλος ὢν τὸ πρόσθεν· ἀλλ' ἐπ' ἐσχάτων * Λόγος παχυνθεὶς σαρκί, τὸν πεπτωκότα, * Ἵνα πρὸς αὐτὸν ἑλκύσῃ πρωτόκτιστον.

In His compassion, the One who rules the heights of heaven ⁄ has become as we are, born of a Maiden who has not known man. ⁄ The Word who before was wholly outside matter, ⁄ in these last times has assumed the material substance of the flesh ⁄⁄ so that He might draw to Himself fallen Adam, the first-formed man. [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode 3: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Τῷ πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων, ἐκ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντι ἀῤῥεύστως Υἱῷ, καὶ ἐπ' ἐσχάτων ἐκ Παρθένου, σαρκωθέντι ἀσπόρως, Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ βοήσωμεν· Ὁ ἀνυψώσας τὸ κέρας ἡμῶν, Ἅγιος εἶ Κύριε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Νεῦσον πρὸς ὕμνους οἰκετῶν Εὐεργέτα, * Ἐχθροῦ ταπεινῶν τὴν ἐπηρμένην ὀφρύν, * Φέρων τε Παντεπόπτα τῆς ἁμαρτίας, * Ὕπερθεν ἀκλόνητον, ἐστηριγμένους, * Μάκαρ, μελῳδοὺς τῇ βάσει τῆς πίστεως.

Hearken, Benefactor, to the hymns of Your servants, * and humble the arrogant contempt of the foe. * Carry us Your musicians, all-seeing Master, * high above all sin, immovably established * firmly on the Faith's foundation, O Blessed One. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

Ode 3: Short Litany

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ὑπακοή. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Hypakoe. Mode pl. 4.

Τὴν ἀπαρχὴν τῶν Ἐθνῶν, ὁ οὐρανὸς σοι προσεκόμισε, τῷ κειμένῳ νηπίῳ ἐν φάτνῃ, δι' ἀστέρος τοὺς Μάγους καλέσας· οὓς καὶ κατέπληττεν, οὐ σκῆπτρα καὶ θρόνοι, ἀλλ' ἐσχάτη πτωχεία· τί γάρ εὐτελέστερον σπηλαίου; τί δὲ ταπεινότερον σπαργάνων; ἐν οἷς διέλαμψεν ὁ τῆς Θεότητός σου πλοῦτος. Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Heaven called the Magi by a star, and thus it brought the first-fruits of the Gentiles to You, the infant lying in the manger. And they were amazed, not by scepters and thrones, but by the utter poverty. For what is more shabby than a cave? And what is more humble than swaddling clothes? But it was through these that the riches of your divinity shone forth. Lord, glory to You! [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ὠδὴ δʹ.

Ode iv.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ἦχος αʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Mode 1. Heirmos.

Ῥάβδος ἐκ τῆς ῥίζης Ἰεσσαί, καὶ ἄνθος ἐξ αὐτῇς Χριστέ, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου ἀνεβλάστησας, ἐξ ὄρους ὁ αἰνετός, κατασκίου δασέος, ἦλθες σαρκωθεὶς ἐξ ἀπειράνδρου, ὁ ἄϋλος καὶ Θεός, Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου, Κύριε.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὃν πάλαι προεῖπεν Ἰακώβ, ἐθνῶν ἀπεκδοχὴν Χριστέ, φυλῆς Ἰούδα ἐξανέτειλας, καὶ δύναμιν Δαμασκοῦ, Σαμαρείας σκῦλά τε, ἦλθες προνομεύσων πλάνην τρέπων, εἰς πίστιν θεοτερπῆ. Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου Κύριε.

O Christ, of whom Jacob once foretold, * the expectation of the nations, * from the tribe of Judah You arose and came to carry off * the power of Damascus and spoils of Samaria, * converting error into godly faith. * Glory to Your power, O Lord. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Τοῦ Μάντεως πάλαι Βαλαάμ, τῶν λόγων μυητὰς σοφούς, ἀστεροσκόπους χαρᾶς ἔπλησας, ἀστὴρ ἐκ τοῦ Ἰακώβ, ἀνατείλας Δέσποτα, Ἐθνῶν ἀπαρχὴν εἰσαγομένους· ἐδέξω δὲ προφανῶς, δῶρά σοι δεκτὰ προσκομίζοντας.

You rose out of Jacob as of old * the seer Balaam foretold. * And mystic scholars of his oracles, those stargazers from the east, * You, the Star, fulfilled with joy, * the first importation from the Gentiles, * O Master, whom You received * bearing You acceptable gifts. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὡς πόκῳ γαστρὶ Παρθενικῇ, κατέβης ὑετὸς Χριστέ, καὶ ὡς σταγόνες ἐν γῇ στάζουσαι. Αἰθίοπες καὶ θαρσεῖς, καὶ Ἀράβων νῆσοί τε, Σαβᾶ Μήδων, πάσης γῆς κρατοῦντες, προσέπεσόν σοι Σωτήρ. Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου Κύριε.

Like rain on a fleece did You descend, * O Christ, into the virgin womb; * and like raindrops falling down to earth, so did Ethiopians, * and kings from Tarshish, the Isles of Arabia, * Sheba, Persia and all the earth, O Savior, fall down to You. * Glory to Your power, O Lord. [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Γένους βροτείου τὴν ἀνάπλασιν πάλαι, * ᾈδων Προφήτης Ἀββακούμ, προμηνύει, * Ἰδεῖν ἀφράστως ἀξιωθεὶς τὸν τύπον. * Νέον βρέφος γάρ, ἐξ ὄρους τῆς Παρθένου, * Ἐξῆλθε λαῶν, εἰς ἀνάπλασιν Λόγος.

Of old, Habakkuk the prophet was counted worthy ⁄ to behold ineffably the figure and symbol of Christ's birth, ⁄ and he foretold in song the renewal of mankind. ⁄ For a young Babe, even the Word, has now come forth from the mountain that is the Virgin, ⁄⁄ for the renewal of the peoples. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἶσος προῆλθες τοῖς βροτοῖς ἑκουσίως, * Ὕψιστε, σάρκα προσλαβὼν ἐκ Παρθένου, * Ἰὸν καθᾶραι τῆς δρακοντείας κάρας, * Ἄγων ἅπαντας πρὸς σέλας ζωηφόρον, * Θεὸς πεφυκώς, ἐκ πυλῶν ἀνηλίων.

Of Your own will, Most High, You have come forth equal to mortal men, ⁄ taking flesh from the Virgin, ⁄ to purge the poison of the serpent's head. ⁄ God by nature, You lead all ⁄⁄ from the gates that know no sun to the life-giving light. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἔθνη τὰ πρόσθεν τῇ φθορᾷ βεβυσμένα. * Ὄλεθρον ἄρδην δυσμενοῦς πεφευγότα, * Ὑψοῦτε χεῖρας, σὺν κρότοις ἐφυμνίοις, * Μόνον σέβοντα Χριστόν, ὡς εὐεργέτην, * Ἐν τοῖς καθ ἡμᾶς συμπαθῶς ἀφιγμένον.

People that before were sunk in corruption, ⁄ but now have wholly escaped the perdition of the adversary, ⁄ lift up and clap your hands in songs of praise, ⁄ honoring Christ alone, our Benefactor, ⁄⁄ Who in His compassion is come into our midst. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ῥίζης φυεῖσα τοῦ Ἰεσσαὶ Παρθένε, * Ὅρους παρῆλθες, τῶν βροτῶν τῆς οὐσίας, * Πατρὸς τεκοῦσα τὸν πρὸ αἰώνων Λόγον. * Ὡς ηὐδόκησεν αὐτός, ἐσφραγισμένην, * Νηδὺν διελθεῖν τῇ κενώσει τῇ ξένῃ.

Sprung from the stem of Jesse, Holy Virgin, ⁄ you have passed beyond the boundaries of human nature, ⁄ for you have borne the pre-eternal Word of the Father, ⁄ according to His good pleasure, by a strange self-emptying, ⁄⁄ He passed through your womb, yet kept it sealed. [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode 4: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Ῥάβδος ἐκ τῆς ῥίζης Ἰεσσαί, καὶ ἄνθος ἐξ αὐτῇς Χριστέ, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου ἀνεβλάστησας, ἐξ ὄρους ὁ αἰνετός, κατασκίου δασέος, ἦλθες σαρκωθεὶς ἐξ ἀπειράνδρου, ὁ ἄϋλος καὶ Θεός, Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου, Κύριε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Γένους βροτείου τὴν ἀνάπλασιν πάλαι, * ᾈδων Προφήτης Ἀββακούμ, προμηνύει, * Ἰδεῖν ἀφράστως ἀξιωθεὶς τὸν τύπον. * Νέον βρέφος γάρ, ἐξ ὄρους τῆς Παρθένου, * Ἐξῆλθε λαῶν, εἰς ἀνάπλασιν Λόγος.

Prophet Habakkuk in his ode was foretelling * mankind's remaking, when of old he was granted * to see its type in a manner past expression: * From the Virgin mountain as a newborn infant * the Logos emerged, to refashion the peoples. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Ὠδὴ εʹ.

Ode v.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Θεὸς ὢν εἰρήνης, Πατὴρ οἰκτιρμῶν, τῆς μεγάλης Βουλῆς σου τὸν Ἄγγελον, εἰρήνην παρεχόμενον, ἀπέστειλας ἡμῖν· ὅθεν θεογνωσίας, πρὸς φῶς ὁδηγηθέντες, ἐκ νυκτὸς ὀρθρίζοντες, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, Φιλάνθρωπε.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἐν δούλοις τῷ Καίσαρος δόγματι, ἀπεγράφης πειθήσας, καὶ δούλους ἡμᾶς, ἐχθροῦ καὶ ἁμαρτίας, ἠλευθέρωσας Χριστέ, ὅλον τὸ καθ' ἡμᾶς δὲ πτωχεύσας, καὶ χοϊκόν ἐξ αὐτῆς ἑνώσεως, καὶ κοινωνίας ἐθεούργησας.

Submitting to Caesar Augustus' decree, * You, O Christ, were enrolled among your own slaves, * and freed us from our slavery to the enemy and sin. * Assuming our entire impoverished earthen nature, * by this very union and communion You rendered it deified. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἐν δούλοις τῷ Καίσαρος δόγματι, ἀπεγράφης πειθήσας, καὶ δούλους ἡμᾶς, ἐχθροῦ καὶ ἁμαρτίας, ἠλευθέρωσας Χριστέ, ὅλον τὸ καθ' ἡμᾶς δὲ πτωχεύσας, καὶ χοϊκόν ἐξ αὐτῆς ἑνώσεως, καὶ κοινωνίας ἐθεούργησας.

Submitting to Caesar Augustus' decree, * You, O Christ, were enrolled among your own slaves, * and freed us from our slavery to the enemy and sin. * Assuming our entire impoverished earthen nature, * by this very union and communion You rendered it deified. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἰδοὺ ἡ Παρθένος, ὡς πάλαι φησίν, ἐν γαστρὶ συλλαβοῦσα ἐκύησε, Θεὸν ἐνανθρωπήσαντα, καὶ μένει Παρθένος· δι ἧς καταλλαγέντες Θεῷ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοί, Θεοτόκον κυρίως οὖσαν, ἐν πίστει ἀνυμνήσωμεν.

As Prophet Isaiah of old said, behold, * has the Virgin conceived in the womb and borne * God in human form, and yet remains a virgin still. * In truth the Theotokos is she through whom we sinners * have been reconciled to God. Come, let us praise her faithfully. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Ἐκ νυκτὸς ἔργων, ἐσκοτισμένης πλάνης * Ἱλασμὸν ἡμῖν Χριστὲ τοῖς ἐγρηγόρως, * Νῦν σοι τελοῦσιν ὕμνον, ὡς εὐεργέτῃ, * Ἔλθοις πορίζων εὐχερῆ τε τὴν τρίβον, * Καθ' ἢν ἀνατρέχοντες, εὕροιμεν κλέος.

From the night of deeds of dark error we watch in vigil, singing to You, Christ, as to our benefactor. Come to us and grant us cleansing: Make easy the path for us by which we may ascend and so attain to glory. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἀπηνὲς ἔχθος, τὸ πρὸς αὐτὸν Δεσπότης, * Τεμὼν διαμπάξ, σαρκὸς ἐν παρουσίᾳ, * Ἵνα κρατοῦντος ὤλεσε ψυχοφθόρου, * Κόσμον συνάπτων, ταῖς ἀΰλοις οὐσίαις, * Τιθεὶς προσηνῆ, τὸν Τεκόντα τῇ κτίσει.

The Master, by His coming in the flesh, ⁄has cut clean through the harsh enmity of the flesh against Him, ⁄ and has destroyed the might of the murderer of our souls. ⁄ Uniting the world to the immaterial essences, ⁄⁄ He has made the Father merciful to the creation. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἀπηνὲς ἔχθος, τὸ πρὸς αὐτὸν Δεσπότης, * Τεμὼν διαμπάξ, σαρκὸς ἐν παρουσίᾳ, * Ἵνα κρατοῦντος ὤλεσε ψυχοφθόρου, * Κόσμον συνάπτων, ταῖς ἀΰλοις οὐσίαις, * Τιθεὶς προσηνῆ, τὸν Τεκόντα τῇ κτίσει.

The Master, by His coming in the flesh, ⁄has cut clean through the harsh enmity of the flesh against Him, ⁄ and has destroyed the might of the murderer of our souls. ⁄ Uniting the world to the immaterial essences, ⁄⁄ He has made the Father merciful to the creation. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ὁ λαὸς εἶδεν, ὁ πρὶν ἠμαυρωμένος, * Μεθ' ἡμέραν φῶς, τῆς ἄνω φρυκτωρίας· * Ἔθνη Θεῷ δέ, κλῆρον Υἱὸς προσφέρει, * Νέμων ἐκεῖσε τὴν ἀπόῤῥητον χάριν, * Οὗ πλεῖον ἐξήνθησεν ἡ ἁμαρτία.

The people that walked before in darkness ⁄ today have seen a light from the beacon on high. ⁄ The Son offers to God the nations as His inheritance, ⁄ bestowing grace past telling ⁄⁄ where sin once flourished more abundantly. [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode 5: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Θεὸς ὢν εἰρήνης, Πατὴρ οἰκτιρμῶν, τῆς μεγάλης Βουλῆς σου τὸν Ἄγγελον, εἰρήνην παρεχόμενον, ἀπέστειλας ἡμῖν· ὅθεν θεογνωσίας, πρὸς φῶς ὁδηγηθέντες, ἐκ νυκτὸς ὀρθρίζοντες, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, Φιλάνθρωπε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Ἐκ νυκτὸς ἔργων, ἐσκοτισμένης πλάνης * Ἱλασμὸν ἡμῖν Χριστὲ τοῖς ἐγρηγόρως, * Νῦν σοι τελοῦσιν ὕμνον, ὡς εὐεργέτῃ, * Ἔλθοις πορίζων εὐχερῆ τε τὴν τρίβον, * Καθ' ἢν ἀνατρέχοντες, εὕροιμεν κλέος.

Would that You come, O Christ, to us who once were darkened * by the night of works of error, but who offer * hymns to You wakefully now, O Benefactor. * Grant us forgiveness, and make easy the pathway. * Ascending this path may we also find glory. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Ὠδὴ Ϛʹ.

Ode vi.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Σπλάγχνων Ἰωνᾶν, ἔμβρυον ἀπήμεσεν, ἐνάλιος θήρ, οἷον ἐδέξατο, τῇ Παρθένῳ δέ, ἐνοικήσας ὁ Λόγος καὶ σάρκα λαβών, διελήλυθε φυλάξας ἀδιάφθορον· ἧς γάρ, οὐχ ὑπέστη ῥεύσεως, τὴν τεκοῦσαν, κατέσχεν ἀπήμαντον.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἦλθε σαρκωθείς, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, γαστρὸς ὃν Πατήρ, πρὸ Ἑωσφόρου γεννᾷ, τὰς ἡνίας δέ, ὁ κρατῶν τῶν ἀχράντων Δυνάμεων, ἐν φάτνῃ τῶν ἀλόγων ἀνακλίνεται, ῥάκει σπαργανοῦται, λύει δέ, πολυπλόκους σειρὰς παραπτώσεων.

He is come made flesh * Christ our God, whom from the womb before the morning star does God the Father beget. * He who rides upon the immaculate host of the heavenly minds * now is laid in a manger of irrationals. * He is wrapped in tattered swaddling clothes, * but He looses transgressions' entangling bonds. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἦλθε σαρκωθείς, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, γαστρὸς ὃν Πατήρ, πρὸ Ἑωσφόρου γεννᾷ, τὰς ἡνίας δέ, ὁ κρατῶν τῶν ἀχράντων Δυνάμεων, ἐν φάτνῃ τῶν ἀλόγων ἀνακλίνεται, ῥάκει σπαργανοῦται, λύει δέ, πολυπλόκους σειρὰς παραπτώσεων.

He is come made flesh * Christ our God, whom from the womb before the morning star does God the Father beget. * He who rides upon the immaculate host of the heavenly minds * now is laid in a manger of irrationals. * He is wrapped in tattered swaddling clothes, * but He looses transgressions' entangling bonds. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Νέον ἐξ Ἀδάμ, παιδίον φυράματος ἐτέχθη Υἱός, καὶ πιστοῖς δέδοται, τοῦ δὲ μέλλοντος, οὗτός ἐστιν αἰῶνος, Πατὴρ καὶ Ἄρχων, καὶ καλεῖται τῆς μεγάλης Βουλῆς Ἄγγελος· οὗτος ἰσχυρὸς Θεὸς ἐστι, καὶ κρατῶν ἐξουσίᾳ τῆς κτίσεως.

For a child was born, * a Son, from Adam's nature, and given unto those who believe in Him. * Of the age to come He is Father and Prince, and His name has been called * the Angel of Great Counsel. Mighty God is He; * wonderful Counselor, Prince of peace, * and He governs creation with authority. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Ναίων Ἰωνᾶς, ἐν μυχοῖς θαλαττίοις, * Ἐλθεῖν ἐδεῖτο, καὶ ζάλην ἀπαρκέσαι. * Νυγεὶς ἐγὼ δέ, τῷ τυραννοῦντος βέλει, * Χριστὲ προσαυδῶ, τὸν κακῶν ἀναιρέτην, * θᾶττον μολεῖν σε τῆς ἐμῆς ῥαθυμίας.

Enclosed in the farthest depths of the sea, ⁄ Jonah entreated You to come and still the storm. ⁄ And I, Christ, pricked by the dart of the tyrant, ⁄ call upon You, the slayer of evil, ⁄⁄ beseeching You to come quickly and deliver me from my slothfulness. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὃς ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ, πρὸς Θεὸν Θεὸς Λόγος, * Νυνὶ κρατύνει, μὴ σθένουσαν τὴν πάλαι, * Ἰδὼν φυλάξαι, τὴν καθ ἡμᾶς οὐσίαν, * Καθεὶς ἑαυτὸν δευτέρᾳ κοινωνίᾳ * Αὖθις προφαίνων, τῶν παθῶν ἐλευθέραν.

God the Word, who was in the beginning with God, ⁄ seeing our nature powerless to guard unharmed its ancient fellowship with Him, ⁄ now grants it a new strength: ⁄ abasing Himself, in a second act of fellowship ⁄⁄ He makes it once again free from the passions. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ὃς ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ, πρὸς Θεὸν Θεὸς Λόγος, * Νυνὶ κρατύνει, μὴ σθένουσαν τὴν πάλαι, * Ἰδὼν φυλάξαι, τὴν καθ ἡμᾶς οὐσίαν, * Καθεὶς ἑαυτὸν δευτέρᾳ κοινωνίᾳ * Αὖθις προφαίνων, τῶν παθῶν ἐλευθέραν.

God the Word, who was in the beginning with God, ⁄ seeing our nature powerless to guard unharmed its ancient fellowship with Him, ⁄ now grants it a new strength: ⁄ abasing Himself, in a second act of fellowship ⁄⁄ He makes it once again free from the passions. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἷκται δι' ἡμᾶς, Ἀβραὰμ ἐξ ὀσφύος, * Λυγρῶς πεσόντας, ἐν σκότει τῶν πταισμάτων, * Υἱοὺς ἐγεῖραι, τῶν κάτω νενευκότων, * Ὁ φῶς κατοικῶν, καὶ φάτνην παρ' ἀξίαν. * Νῦν εὐδοκήσας, εἰς βροτῶν σωτηρίαν.

For our sakes He has come forth from the loins of Abraham ⁄ to raise up as His sons those who were sadly fallen in the darkness of sin ⁄ that had bowed them down to the earth; ⁄ and He who dwells in light has now been pleased, despite His high dignity, ⁄⁄ to dwell in a manger for the salvation of mankind. [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode 6: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Σπλάγχνων Ἰωνᾶν, ἔμβρυον ἀπήμεσεν, ἐνάλιος θήρ, οἷον ἐδέξατο, τῇ Παρθένῳ δέ, ἐνοικήσας ὁ Λόγος καὶ σάρκα λαβών, διελήλυθε φυλάξας ἀδιάφθορον· ἧς γάρ, οὐχ ὑπέστη ῥεύσεως, τὴν τεκοῦσαν, κατέσχεν ἀπήμαντον.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Ναίων Ἰωνᾶς, ἐν μυχοῖς θαλαττίοις, * Ἐλθεῖν ἐδεῖτο, καὶ ζάλην ἀπαρκέσαι. * Νυγεὶς ἐγὼ δέ, τῷ τυραννοῦντος βέλει, * Χριστὲ προσαυδῶ, τὸν κακῶν ἀναιρέτην, * θᾶττον μολεῖν σε τῆς ἐμῆς ῥαθυμίας.

Jonah, as he sat in the sea's deepest caverns, * implored to come to You and out of the tempest. * But as for me, by the tyrant's arrows wounded, * I pray You, O Christ, the Destroyer of evil, * come to me quicker than my soul's own indifference. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

Ode 6: Short Litany

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὺ γὰρ εἶ ὁ Βασιλεὺς τῆς εἰρήνης καὶ σωτὴρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Κοντάκιον.

Kontakion.

Ἦχος γʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode 3. Automelon.

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν ὑπερούσιον τίκτει, καὶ ἡ γῆ τὸ Σπήλαιον, τῷ ἀπροσίτῳ προσάγει. Ἄγγελοι μετὰ Ποιμένων δοξολογοῦσι. Μάγοι δὲ μετὰ ἀστέρος ὁδοιποροῦσι· δι' ἡμᾶς γὰρ ἐγεννήθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

On this day the Virgin gives * birth to the Super-essential. * To the Unapproachable, * earth is providing the grotto. * Angels sing and with the shepherds offer up glory. * Following a star the Magi are still proceeding. * He was born for our salvation, a newborn Child, the pre-eternal God. [SD]

Ὁ Οἶκος.

Oikos.

Τὴν Ἐδὲμ Βηθλεὲμ ἤνοιξε, δεῦτε ἴδωμεν· τὴν τρυφὴν ἐν κρυφῇ εὕρομεν, δεῦτε λάβωμεν, τὰ τοῦ Παραδείσου ἔνδον τοῦ Σπηλαίου. Ἐκεῖ ἐφάνη ῥίζα ἀπότιστος, βλαστάνουσα ἄφεσιν· ἐκεῖ εὑρέθη φρέαρ ἀνώρυκτον, οὗ πιεῖν Δαυῒδ πρὶν ἐπεθύμησεν· ἐκεῖ Παρθένος τεκοῦσα βρέφος, τὴν δίψαν ἔπαυσεν εὐθύς, τὴν τοῦ Ἀδὰμ καὶ τοῦ Δαυΐδ· διὰ τοῦτο πρὸς τοῦτο ἐπειχθῶμεν, οὗ ἐτέχθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

Bethlehem has opened Eden. Come, let us see. We have found the hidden delight. Come, let us receive the things of Paradise inside the Cave. There, we shall see an unwatered root that blossomed forgiveness. There, we shall find an undug well, from which David of old desired to drink. There, the Virgin quenched the thirst of both Adam and David, when she gave birth to her baby. So let us go there now, where He was born a newborn Child, the pre-eternal God. [SD]

Συναξάριον.

Synaxarion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου.

From the Menaion.

Τῇ ΚΕʹ τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνὸς ἡ κατὰ σάρκα Γέννησις τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

On December 25 is the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἡ Προσκύνησις τῶν Μάγων.

On this day we commemorate the Adoration of the Magi.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ μνήμη τῶν θεασσαμένων Ποιμένων τὸν Κύριον.

On this day we also commemorate the Shepherds who saw the Lord.

Αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

To Him be glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ ζʹ.

Ode vii.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Οἱ Παῖδες εὐσεβείᾳ συντραφέντες, δυσσεβοῦς προστάγματος καταφρονήσαντες, πυρὸς ἀπειλὴν οὐκ ἐπτοήθησαν, ἀλλ' ἐν μέσῳ τῆς φλογὸς ἑστῶτες ἔψαλλον, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ποιμένες ἀγραυλοῦντες, ἐκπλαγοῦς φωτοφανείας ἔτυχον· δόξα Κυρίου γὰρ αὐτούς, περιέλαμψε καὶ Ἄγγελος. Ἀνυμνήσατε βοῶν, ὅτι ἐτέχθη Χριστός, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεός, εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

The shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night * witnessed an astonishing epiphany of light. * For the glory of the Lord surrounded them, * and an Angel shouted: Praise the Lord for Christ is born, * and say, O God of the fathers, You are blessed. [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἐξαίφνης σὺν τῷ λόγῳ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου, οὐρανῶν στρατεύματα, Δόξα ἐκραύγαζον Θεῷ, ἐν ὑψίστοις, ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία, Χριστὸς ἔλαμψεν. Ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεός, εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

And suddenly, with the Angel a multitude * of the host of heaven chanted, "Glory to God * in the highest heaven and upon the earth, * peace to all mankind by the eternal divine good will," * and sang: "O God of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ῥῆμα τί τοῦτο; εἶπον οἱ Ποιμένες· διελθόντες ἴδωμεν τὸ γεγονός, θεῖον Χριστόν· Βηθλεὲμ καταλαβόντες δέ, σὺν τῇ τεκούσῃ προσεκύνουν ἀναμέλποντες· ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεός, εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

"What can this be?" the shepherds said in wonder. * "Let us go ourselves and witness this divine event." * And coming to Bethlehem they worshipped Christ * along with her who gave Him birth, and they chanted with joy, * saying: "O God of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Τῷ παντάνακτος ἐξεφαύλισαν πόθῳ, * Ἀπλητα θυμαίνοντος ἠγκιστρωμένοι, * Παῖδες τυράννου δύσθεον γλωσσαλγίαν, * Οἷς εἴκαθε πῦρ ἄσπετον, τῷ Δεσπότῃ, * Λέγουσιν· Εἰς αἰῶνας εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

Caught and held fast by love for the King of all, ⁄ the children despised the impious threats of the tyrant in his boundless fury: ⁄ And as the terrible fire withdrew before them, ⁄ they said to the Master: ⁄⁄ Blessed are You throughout all the ages! [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὑπηρέτας μὲν ἐμμανῶς καταφλέγει, * Σῴζει δὲ παφλάζουσα ῥοιζηδὸν νέους, * Ταῖς ἑπταμέτροις καύσεσι πυργουμένη, * Οὓς ἔστεφε φλόξ, ἄφθονον τοῦ Κυρίου, * Νέμοντος, εὐσεβείας ἕνεκα, δρόσον.

The seething and roaring furnace, heated seven-fold, ⁄ burnt up the servants of the king in its fury, ⁄ while it spared the children. ⁄ For as the flame encircled them, ⁄ the Lord, rewarding their godliness, ⁄⁄ shed upon them abundant dew. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἀρωγὲ Χριστέ, τὸν βροτοῖς ἐναντίον, * Πρόβλημα τὴν σάρκωσιν ἀῤῥήτως ἔχων, * ᾜσχυνας, ὄλβον τῆς θεώσεως φέρων, * Μορφούμενος νῦν· ἧς τινος δι' ἐλπίδα, * Ἄνωθεν εἰς κευθμῶνας ἤλθομεν ζόφου.

Using Your ineffable Incarnation as a shield, O Christ our Defender, ⁄ You have put mankind's adversary to shame. ⁄ Taking mankind's form, You grant him the joy of becoming divine: ⁄ For it was in this hope ⁄⁄ that we fell of old from on high into the dark depths of the earth. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Τὴν ἀγριωπόν, ἀκρατῶς γαυρουμένην, * Ἄσεμνα βακχεύουσαν ἐξοιστρουμένου, * Κόσμου καθεῖλες πανσθενῶς ἁμαρτίαν· * Οὓς εἵλκυσε πρίν, σήμερον τῶν ἀρκύων, * Σῴζεις δέ, σαρκωθεὶς ἑκὼν Εὐεργέτα.

By Your almighty power You have overthrown the fierce sin ⁄ that raising its head in wanton pride, ⁄ raged blasphemously in a world gone mad ⁄ and those whom in times past it dragged down, ⁄ You have delivered today from its snares, Benefactor, ⁄⁄ taking flesh of Your own will! [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode 7: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Οἱ Παῖδες εὐσεβείᾳ συντραφέντες, δυσσεβοῦς προστάγματος καταφρονήσαντες, πυρὸς ἀπειλὴν οὐκ ἐπτοήθησαν, ἀλλ' ἐν μέσῳ τῆς φλογὸς ἑστῶτες ἔψαλλον, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Τῷ παντάνακτος ἐξεφαύλισαν πόθῳ, * Ἀπλητα θυμαίνοντος ἠγκιστρωμένοι, * Παῖδες τυράννου δύσθεον γλωσσαλγίαν, * Οἷς εἴκαθε πῦρ ἄσπετον, τῷ Δεσπότῃ, * Λέγουσιν· Εἰς αἰῶνας εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

As the three young men were ensnared by the longing * for the King of all, hence they disdained the tyrant's * impious chatter, though he was very angry. * The infinite fire yielded to them, who uttered, * Blessed are You, O Master, unto the ages. [SD]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Ὠδὴ ηʹ.

Ode viii.

Κανὼν Αʹ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 1.

Θαύματος ὑπερφυοῦς ἡ δροσοβόλος, ἐξεικόνισε κάμινος τύπον· οὐ γὰρ οὓς ἐδέξατο φλέγει Νέους, ὡς οὐδὲ πῦρ τῆς Θεότητος, Παρθένου ἢν ὑπέδυ νηδύν· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν· Εὐλογείτω ἡ Κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ἕλκει Βαβυλῶνος ἡ θυγάτηρ παῖδας, δορυκτήτους Δαυΐδ, ἐκ Σιὼν ἐν αὐτῇ, δωροφόρους πέμπει δέ, Μάγους παῖδας, τὴν τοῦ Δαυΐδ θεοδόχον θυγατέρα λιτανεύσοντα· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν. Εὐλογείτω ἡ κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

The daughter of Babylon drew into exile * David's children as captives from Zion. * In return, she sends her own captivated * children, the three Magi bearing gifts, to court David's Daughter bearing God. * 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]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Ὄργανα παρέκλινε τὸ πένθος ᾠδῆς· οὐ γὰρ ᾗδον ἐν νόθοις οἱ παῖδες Σιών, Βαβυλῶνος λύει δέ, πλάνην πᾶσαν καὶ μουσικῶν, ἁρμονίαν Βηθλεὲμ ἐξανατείλας Χριστός· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν. Εὐλογείτω ἡ κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Lamentation once suspended organ of song; * for Zion's children would not sing in strange lands. * Rising out of Bethlehem, Christ abolished * all the error of Babylon, her symphony of music as well. * 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]

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Σκῦλα Βαβυλὼν τῆς Βασιλίδος Σιών, καὶ δορύκτητον ὄλβον ἐδέξατο, θησαυροὺς Χριστός, ἐν Σιὼν δὲ ταύτης, καὶ Βασιλεῖς σὺν ἀστέρι ὁδηγῷ, ἀστροπολοῦντας ἕλκει· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν· Εὐλογείτω ἡ κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Babylon captured the spoils of war and riches * from the Queen of the cities of Zion. * Now from Zion, Christ captivates her treasures, * namely her stargazing kings themselves, bedazzled by the bright guiding star. * 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]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 1.

Μήτραν ἀφλέκτως εἰκονίζουσι Κόρης, * Οἱ τῆς παλαιᾶς πυρπολούμενοι νέοι, * Ὑπερφυῶς κύουσαν, ἐσφραγισμένην. * Ἄμφω δὲ δρῶσα, θαυματουργίᾳ μιᾷ, * Λαοὺς πρὸς ὕμνον ἐξανίστησι χάρις.

The children of the old covenant who walked in the fire without being burned, ⁄ prefigured the womb of the maiden that remained sealed ⁄ when she gave birth in fashion past nature. ⁄ The same grace of God brought both these wonders to pass in a miracle ⁄⁄ raising up the nations to sing in praise. [OCA]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Λύμην φυγοῦσα τοῦ θεοῦσθαι τῇ πλάνῃ, * Ἄληκτον ὑμνεῖ τὸν κενούμενον Λόγον. * Νεανικῶς ἅπασα σὺν τρόμῳ κτίσις, * Ἄδοξον εὖχος δειματουμένη φέρειν, * Ῥευστὴ γεγῶσα, κἂν σοφῶς ἐκαρτέρει.

Turning away from the guilt of its vain attempt to become as God, ⁄ the whole creation sings, like the three Children, ⁄ in praise of the eternal Word, who now empties Himself: ⁄ yet in trembling, fearing in its corruption to bring a prayer unacceptable to God, ⁄⁄ although the divine wisdom ever maintains it in being. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Λύμην φυγοῦσα τοῦ θεοῦσθαι τῇ πλάνῃ, * Ἄληκτον ὑμνεῖ τὸν κενούμενον Λόγον. * Νεανικῶς ἅπασα σὺν τρόμῳ κτίσις, * Ἄδοξον εὖχος δειματουμένη φέρειν, * Ῥευστὴ γεγῶσα, κἂν σοφῶς ἐκαρτέρει.

Turning away from the guilt of its vain attempt to become as God, ⁄ the whole creation sings, like the three Children, ⁄ in praise of the eternal Word, who now empties Himself: ⁄ yet in trembling, fearing in its corruption to bring a prayer unacceptable to God, ⁄⁄ although the divine wisdom ever maintains it in being. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἥκεις πλανῆτιν πρὸς νομὴν ἐπιστρέφων, * Τὴν ἀνθοποιὸν ἐξ ἐρημαίων λόφων, * Ἡ τῶν ἐθνῶν ἔγερσις, ἀνθρώπων φύσιν· * Ῥώμην βιαίαν τοῦ βροτοκτόνου σβέσαι, * Ἀνὴρ φανείς τε, καὶ Θεὸς προμηθείᾳ.

You have come, Resurrection of the nations, ⁄ to bring back the wandering nature of mankind, ⁄ leading it from the hills of the wilderness to a pasture rich in flowers. ⁄ As in Your providence You have appeared as Man and God, ⁄⁄ destroy the violent strength of the murderer of mankind. [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode 8: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Θαύματος ὑπερφυοῦς ἡ δροσοβόλος, ἐξεικόνισε κάμινος τύπον· οὐ γὰρ οὓς ἐδέξατο φλέγει Νέους, ὡς οὐδὲ πῦρ τῆς Θεότητος, Παρθένου ἢν ὑπέδυ νηδύν· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν· Εὐλογείτω ἡ Κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Μήτραν ἀφλέκτως εἰκονίζουσι Κόρης, * Οἱ τῆς παλαιᾶς πυρπολούμενοι νέοι, * Ὑπερφυῶς κύουσαν, ἐσφραγισμένην. * Ἄμφω δὲ δρῶσα, θαυματουργίᾳ μιᾷ, * Λαοὺς πρὸς ὕμνον ἐξανίστησι χάρις.

Standing in fire without burning, the young men * did of old portray thus the womb of the Maiden. * Remaining sealed, supernaturally it gave birth. * Grace with a single miracle-working power * did both, and rouses all the peoples to sing praise. [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

Kontakia and Synaxarion

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

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Κοντάκιον.

Kontakion.

Ἦχος γʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode 3. Automelon.

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν ὑπερούσιον τίκτει, καὶ ἡ γῆ τὸ Σπήλαιον, τῷ ἀπροσίτῳ προσάγει. Ἄγγελοι μετὰ Ποιμένων δοξολογοῦσι. Μάγοι δὲ μετὰ ἀστέρος ὁδοιποροῦσι· δι' ἡμᾶς γὰρ ἐγεννήθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

On this day the Virgin gives * birth to the Super-essential. * To the Unapproachable, * earth is providing the grotto. * Angels sing and with the shepherds offer up glory. * Following a star the Magi are still proceeding. * He was born for our salvation, a newborn Child, the pre-eternal God. [SD]

Ὁ Οἶκος.

Oikos.

Τὴν Ἐδὲμ Βηθλεὲμ ἤνοιξε, δεῦτε ἴδωμεν· τὴν τρυφὴν ἐν κρυφῇ εὕρομεν, δεῦτε λάβωμεν, τὰ τοῦ Παραδείσου ἔνδον τοῦ Σπηλαίου. Ἐκεῖ ἐφάνη ῥίζα ἀπότιστος, βλαστάνουσα ἄφεσιν· ἐκεῖ εὑρέθη φρέαρ ἀνώρυκτον, οὗ πιεῖν Δαυῒδ πρὶν ἐπεθύμησεν· ἐκεῖ Παρθένος τεκοῦσα βρέφος, τὴν δίψαν ἔπαυσεν εὐθύς, τὴν τοῦ Ἀδὰμ καὶ τοῦ Δαυΐδ· διὰ τοῦτο πρὸς τοῦτο ἐπειχθῶμεν, οὗ ἐτέχθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

Bethlehem has opened Eden. Come, let us see. We have found the hidden delight. Come, let us receive the things of Paradise inside the Cave. There, we shall see an unwatered root that blossomed forgiveness. There, we shall find an undug well, from which David of old desired to drink. There, the Virgin quenched the thirst of both Adam and David, when she gave birth to her baby. So let us go there now, where He was born a newborn Child, the pre-eternal God. [SD]

Συναξάριον.

Synaxarion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου.

From the Menaion.

Τῇ ΚΕʹ τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνὸς ἡ κατὰ σάρκα Γέννησις τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

On December 25 is the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἡ Προσκύνησις τῶν Μάγων.

On this day we commemorate the Adoration of the Magi.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ μνήμη τῶν θεασσαμένων Ποιμένων τὸν Κύριον.

On this day we also commemorate the Shepherds who saw the Lord.

Αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

To Him be glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Katavasias Odes 1-8

Katavasias Odes 1-8

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Καταβασίαι τῆς Χριστοῦ Γεννήσεως Αʹ καὶ Βʹ

Katavasias of Christmas I and II

Ὠδὴ αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Ode i. Mode 1.

Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε, Χριστὸς ἐξ οὐρανῶν, ἀπαντήσατε, Χριστὸς ἐπὶ γῆς, ὑψώθητε, ᾄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ πᾶσα ἡ γῆ, καὶ ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ, ἀνυμνήσατε λαοί, ὅτι δεδόξασται.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Ἔσωσε λαόν, θαυματουργῶν Δεσπότης, * Ὑγρὸν θαλάσσης κῦμα χερσώσας πάλαι. * Ἑκὼν δὲ τεχθεὶς ἐκ Κόρης, τρίβον βατήν, * Πόλου τίθησιν ἡμῖν, ὂν κατ οὐσίαν, * Ἴσόν τε Πατρί, καὶ βροτοῖς δοξάζομεν.

Working signs of old the Master saved the people, * replacing fluid waves of the sea with dry land. * Now born of a Maid by His own will, He has made * passable a way to heaven. Him, in essence * equal to mankind and the Father, we glorify. [SD]

Ὠδὴ γʹ.

Ode iii.

Τῷ πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων, ἐκ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντι ἀῤῥεύστως Υἱῷ, καὶ ἐπ' ἐσχάτων ἐκ Παρθένου, σαρκωθέντι ἀσπόρως, Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ βοήσωμεν· Ὁ ἀνυψώσας τὸ κέρας ἡμῶν, Ἅγιος εἶ Κύριε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Νεῦσον πρὸς ὕμνους οἰκετῶν Εὐεργέτα, * Ἐχθροῦ ταπεινῶν τὴν ἐπηρμένην ὀφρύν, * Φέρων τε Παντεπόπτα τῆς ἁμαρτίας, * Ὕπερθεν ἀκλόνητον, ἐστηριγμένους, * Μάκαρ, μελῳδοὺς τῇ βάσει τῆς πίστεως.

Hearken, Benefactor, to the hymns of Your servants, * and humble the arrogant contempt of the foe. * Carry us Your musicians, all-seeing Master, * high above all sin, immovably established * firmly on the Faith's foundation, O Blessed One. [SD]

Ὠδὴ δʹ.

Ode iv.

Ῥάβδος ἐκ τῆς ῥίζης Ἰεσσαί, καὶ ἄνθος ἐξ αὐτῇς Χριστέ, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου ἀνεβλάστησας, ἐξ ὄρους ὁ αἰνετός, κατασκίου δασέος, ἦλθες σαρκωθεὶς ἐξ ἀπειράνδρου, ὁ ἄϋλος καὶ Θεός, Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου, Κύριε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Γένους βροτείου τὴν ἀνάπλασιν πάλαι, * ᾈδων Προφήτης Ἀββακούμ, προμηνύει, * Ἰδεῖν ἀφράστως ἀξιωθεὶς τὸν τύπον. * Νέον βρέφος γάρ, ἐξ ὄρους τῆς Παρθένου, * Ἐξῆλθε λαῶν, εἰς ἀνάπλασιν Λόγος.

Prophet Habakkuk in his ode was foretelling * mankind's remaking, when of old he was granted * to see its type in a manner past expression: * From the Virgin mountain as a newborn infant * the Logos emerged, to refashion the peoples. [SD]

Ὠδὴ εʹ.

Ode v.

Θεὸς ὢν εἰρήνης, Πατὴρ οἰκτιρμῶν, τῆς μεγάλης Βουλῆς σου τὸν Ἄγγελον, εἰρήνην παρεχόμενον, ἀπέστειλας ἡμῖν· ὅθεν θεογνωσίας, πρὸς φῶς ὁδηγηθέντες, ἐκ νυκτὸς ὀρθρίζοντες, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, Φιλάνθρωπε.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Ἐκ νυκτὸς ἔργων, ἐσκοτισμένης πλάνης * Ἱλασμὸν ἡμῖν Χριστὲ τοῖς ἐγρηγόρως, * Νῦν σοι τελοῦσιν ὕμνον, ὡς εὐεργέτῃ, * Ἔλθοις πορίζων εὐχερῆ τε τὴν τρίβον, * Καθ' ἢν ἀνατρέχοντες, εὕροιμεν κλέος.

Would that You come, O Christ, to us who once were darkened * by the night of works of error, but who offer * hymns to You wakefully now, O Benefactor. * Grant us forgiveness, and make easy the pathway. * Ascending this path may we also find glory. [SD]

Ὠδὴ Ϛʹ.

Ode vi.

Σπλάγχνων Ἰωνᾶν, ἔμβρυον ἀπήμεσεν, ἐνάλιος θήρ, οἷον ἐδέξατο, τῇ Παρθένῳ δέ, ἐνοικήσας ὁ Λόγος καὶ σάρκα λαβών, διελήλυθε φυλάξας ἀδιάφθορον· ἧς γάρ, οὐχ ὑπέστη ῥεύσεως, τὴν τεκοῦσαν, κατέσχεν ἀπήμαντον.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Ναίων Ἰωνᾶς, ἐν μυχοῖς θαλαττίοις, * Ἐλθεῖν ἐδεῖτο, καὶ ζάλην ἀπαρκέσαι. * Νυγεὶς ἐγὼ δέ, τῷ τυραννοῦντος βέλει, * Χριστὲ προσαυδῶ, τὸν κακῶν ἀναιρέτην, * θᾶττον μολεῖν σε τῆς ἐμῆς ῥαθυμίας.

Jonah, as he sat in the sea's deepest caverns, * implored to come to You and out of the tempest. * But as for me, by the tyrant's arrows wounded, * I pray You, O Christ, the Destroyer of evil, * come to me quicker than my soul's own indifference. [SD]

Ὠδὴ ζʹ.

Ode vii.

Οἱ Παῖδες εὐσεβείᾳ συντραφέντες, δυσσεβοῦς προστάγματος καταφρονήσαντες, πυρὸς ἀπειλὴν οὐκ ἐπτοήθησαν, ἀλλ' ἐν μέσῳ τῆς φλογὸς ἑστῶτες ἔψαλλον, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Τῷ παντάνακτος ἐξεφαύλισαν πόθῳ, * Ἀπλητα θυμαίνοντος ἠγκιστρωμένοι, * Παῖδες τυράννου δύσθεον γλωσσαλγίαν, * Οἷς εἴκαθε πῦρ ἄσπετον, τῷ Δεσπότῃ, * Λέγουσιν· Εἰς αἰῶνας εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

As the three young men were ensnared by the longing * for the King of all, hence they disdained the tyrant's * impious chatter, though he was very angry. * The infinite fire yielded to them, who uttered, * Blessed are You, O Master, unto the ages. [SD]

Ὠδὴ ηʹ.

Ode viii.

Θαύματος ὑπερφυοῦς ἡ δροσοβόλος, ἐξεικόνισε κάμινος τύπον· οὐ γὰρ οὓς ἐδέξατο φλέγει Νέους, ὡς οὐδὲ πῦρ τῆς Θεότητος, Παρθένου ἢν ὑπέδυ νηδύν· διὸ ἀνυμνοῦντες ἀναμέλψωμεν· Εὐλογείτω ἡ Κτίσις πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ὑπερυψούτω εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

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]

Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic.

Αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν καὶ προσκυνοῦμεν τὸν Κύριον.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Μήτραν ἀφλέκτως εἰκονίζουσι Κόρης, * Οἱ τῆς παλαιᾶς πυρπολούμενοι νέοι, * Ὑπερφυῶς κύουσαν, ἐσφραγισμένην. * Ἄμφω δὲ δρῶσα, θαυματουργίᾳ μιᾷ, * Λαοὺς πρὸς ὕμνον ἐξανίστησι χάρις.

Standing in fire without burning, the young men * did of old portray thus the womb of the Maiden. * Remaining sealed, supernaturally it gave birth. * Grace with a single miracle-working power * did both, and rouses all the peoples to sing praise. [SD]

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Τὴν Θεοτόκον καὶ μητέρα τοῦ φωτὸς ἐν ὕμνοις τιμῶντες μεγαλύνωμεν.

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

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Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-1

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ θʹ.

Ode ix.

Κανὼν Αʹ.

Canon I.

Ἦχος αʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Mode 1. Heirmos.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὴν τιμιωτέραν καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, τῶν ἄνω στρατευμάτων.

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

Μυστήριον ξένον, ὀρῶ καὶ παράδοξον! οὐρανὸν τὸ Σπήλαιον, θρόνον Χερουβικόν, τὴν Παρθένον, τὴν φάτνην χωρίον, ἐν ᾧ ἀνεκλήθη ὁ ἀχώρητος, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, ὂν ἀνυμνοῦντες μεγαλύνομεν.

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]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὸν ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, Θεὸν σαρκὶ τεχθέντα.

O my soul, magnify God who was born in the flesh from a Virgin.

Ἐξαίσιον δρόμον, ὁρῶντες οἱ Μάγοι, ἀσυνήθους νέου ἀστέρος ἀρτιφαοῦς, οὐρανίου ὑπερλάμποντος, Χριστὸν Βασιλέα ἐτεκμήραντο, ἐν γῇ γεννηθέντα Βηθλεέμ, εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν.

The wise men concluded from their observations of * the extraordinary path of the peculiar nova which had lately * appeared and was shining more brightly than anything in outer space, * that Christ the King was born on earth, in Bethlehem to save our souls. [SD]

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὸν ἐν τῷ Σπηλαίῳ, τεχθέντα Βασιλέα.

O my soul, magnify the King who was born as an infant in the grotto.

Νεηγενὲς Μάγων λεγόντων, παιδίον Ἄναξ, οὗ ἀστὴρ ἐφάνη, ποῦ ἐστίν; εἰς γὰρ ἐκείνου προσκύνησιν ἥκομεν· μανεὶς ὁ Ἡρῴδης ἐταράττετο, Χριστὸν ἀνελεῖν, ὁ θεομάχος φρυαττόμενος.

When Magi came saying: "Where is the newly born * child King whose star has appeared? * For we have come to adore Him * with gold, myrrh and incense," * then Herod, the enemy of God, was vexed, and madly incensed, * fuming he plotted how to murder Christ. [SD]

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τῶν ὑπὸ τῶν Μάγων, Θεὸν προσκυνηθέντα.

O my soul, magnify God who was worshiped by the Magi.

Ἠκρίβωσε χρόνον Ἡρῴδης ἀστέρος, οὗ ταῖς ἡγεσίαις οἱ Μάγοι ἐν Βηθλεέμ, προσκυνοῦσι Χριστῷ σὺν δώροις· ὑφ' οὗ πρὸς Πατρίδα ὁδηγούμενοι, δεινὸν παιδοκτόνον, ἐγκατέλιπον παιζόμενον.

Herod ascertained the exact time the star appeared; * by the guidance of which the wise men * with gifts in Bethlehem worshipped Christ; * by Whom they were directed * to go to their country by another way, * abandoning that terrible, ridiculous infanticide. [SD]

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-2

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-2

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Κανὼν Ἰαμβικός.

Iambic Canon.

Ἦχος αʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Mode 1. Heirmos.

Σήμερον ἡ Παρθένος, τίκτει τὸν Δεσπότην, ἔνδον ἐν τῷ Σπηλαίῳ.

Today the holy Virgin gives birth to the Master within the cave and grotto.

Στέργειν μὲν ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀκίνδυνον φόβῳ, * Ῥᾶον σιωπήν, τῷ πόθῳ δὲ Παρθένε, * Ὕμνους ὑφαίνειν, συντόνως τεθηγμένους, * Ἐργῶδές ἐστιν, ἀλλὰ καὶ Μήτηρ σθένος, * Ὅση πέφυκεν ἡ προαίρεσις δίδου.

Easier for us is from fear to love silence, * free of any peril as it is, O Virgin; * whereas to weave stirring hymns out of longing * in earnest, is difficult. Therefore, O Mother, * give us strength to match our volition, we pray you. [SD]

Σήμερον ὁ Δεσπότης, τίκτεται ὡς βρέφος, ὑπὸ Μητρὸς Παρθένου.

Today our Lord and Master is born as an infant; His Mother is a virgin.

Στέργειν μὲν ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀκίνδυνον φόβῳ, * Ῥᾶον σιωπήν, τῷ πόθῳ δὲ Παρθένε, * Ὕμνους ὑφαίνειν, συντόνως τεθηγμένους, * Ἐργῶδές ἐστιν, ἀλλὰ καὶ Μήτηρ σθένος, * Ὅση πέφυκεν ἡ προαίρεσις δίδου.

Easier for us is from fear to love silence, * free of any peril as it is, O Virgin; * whereas to weave stirring hymns out of longing * in earnest, is difficult. Therefore, O Mother, * give us strength to match our volition, we pray you. [SD]

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Δόξα.

Glory.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τῆς τρισυποστάτου, καὶ ἀδιαιρέτου, Θεότητος τὸ κράτος.

O my soul, magnify the power of the Godhead, that is three hypostases and also undivided.

Τύπους ἀφεγγεῖς καὶ σκιὰς παρηγμένας, * Ὦ Μῆτερ ἁγνή, τοῦ Λόγου δεδορκότες, * Νέου φανέντος, ἐκ πύλης κεκλεισμένης, * Δοξούμενοί τε, τῆς ἀληθείας φάος, * Ἐπαξίως σὴν εὐλογοῦμεν γαστέρα.

We have clearly seen the obscure types and shadows * fulfilled; and the light of the truth we perceive now, * O pure Theotokos and Mother of the Logos * who lately came forth from the gate that had been closed. * Worthily we bless your womb, all-holy Virgin. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὴν λυτρωσαμένην, ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς κατάρας.

O my soul, magnify the ever-virgin Maid who from the curse has redeemed us.

Πόθου τετευχώς, καὶ Θεοῦ παρουσίας, * Ὁ χριστοτερπὴς λαὸς ἠξιωμένος, * Νῦν ποτνιᾶται τῆς παλιγγενεσίας. * Ὡς ζωοποιοῦ· τὴν χάριν δὲ Παρθένε, * Νέμοις ἄχραντε, προσκυνῆσαι τὸ κλέος.

Having been granted the longed-for experience * of the Advent of God, the Christ-pleasing people * tearfully prays to see the regeneration, * the life-giving Baptism. All-pure and holy Virgin, * grant us the favor, to venerate that glory. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode 9: Katavasia

Καταβασίαι

Katavasias

Κανὼν Αʹ. Ἦχος αʹ.

Canon I. Mode 1.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὴν τιμιωτέραν καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, τῶν ἄνω στρατευμάτων.

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

Μυστήριον ξένον, ὀρῶ καὶ παράδοξον! οὐρανὸν τὸ Σπήλαιον, θρόνον Χερουβικόν, τὴν Παρθένον, τὴν φάτνην χωρίον, ἐν ᾧ ἀνεκλήθη ὁ ἀχώρητος, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, ὂν ἀνυμνοῦντες μεγαλύνομεν.

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]

Ἰαμβικός. Ἦχος αʹ.

Iambic. Mode 1.

Μεγάλυνον ψυχή μου, τὴν λυτρωσαμένην, ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς κατάρας.

O my soul, magnify the ever-virgin Maid who from the curse has redeemed us.

Στέργειν μὲν ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀκίνδυνον φόβῳ, * Ῥᾶον σιωπήν, τῷ πόθῳ δὲ Παρθένε, * Ὕμνους ὑφαίνειν, συντόνως τεθηγμένους, * Ἐργῶδές ἐστιν, ἀλλὰ καὶ Μήτηρ σθένος, * Ὅση πέφυκεν ἡ προαίρεσις δίδου.

Easier for us is from fear to love silence, * free of any peril as it is, O Virgin; * whereas to weave stirring hymns out of longing * in earnest, is difficult. Therefore, O Mother, * give us strength to match our volition, we pray you. [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὲ αἰνοῦσι πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπουσι, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰωνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἐξαποστειλάριον.

Exaposteilarion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος γʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode 3. Automelon.

Ἐπεσκέψατο ἡμᾶς, ἐξ ὕψους ὁ Σωτὴρ ἡμῶν, ἀνατολὴ ἀνατολῶν, καὶ οἱ ἐν σκότει καὶ σκιᾷ, εὕρομεν τὴν ἀλήθειαν· καὶ γὰρ ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου ἐτέχθη ὁ Κύριος. (ἐκ γʹ)

Our Savior from on high * the Orient from the East * visited us who in the dark * and shadow hitherto had lain; * now we have found the truth indeed. * And this is so because from the Virgin the Lord is born. (3) [SD]

Οἱ Αἶνοι. Ἦχος δʹ.

Lauds. Mode 4.

Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν· αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

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]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πάντες οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτοῦ· αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις αὐτοῦ. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

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

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἥλιος καὶ σελήνη, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν πάντα τὰ ἄστρα καὶ τὸ φῶς.

Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν οἱ οὐρανοὶ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν. Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name.

Ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπε, καὶ ἐγενήθησαν, αὐτὸς ἐνετείλατο, καὶ ἐκτίσθησαν.

For He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.

Ἔστησεν αὐτὰ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος· πρόσταγμα ἔθετο, καὶ οὐ παρελεύσεται.

He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away.

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῆς γῆς, δράκοντες καὶ πᾶσαι ἄβυσσοι.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps.

Πῦρ, χάλαζα, χιών, κρύσταλλος, πνεῦμα καταιγίδος, τὰ ποιοῦντα τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ.

Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word.

Τὰ ὄρη καὶ πάντες οἱ βουνοί, ξύλα καρποφόρα καὶ πᾶσαι κέδροι.

Mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars.

Τὰ θηρία καὶ πάντα τὰ κτήνη, ἑρπετὰ καὶ πετεινὰ πτερωτά.

Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds.

Βασιλεῖς τῆς γῆς καὶ πάντες λαοί, ἄρχοντες καὶ πάντες κριταὶ γῆς.

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth.

Νεανίσκοι καὶ παρθένοι, πρεσβύτεροι μετὰ νεωτέρων· αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου, ὅτι ὑψώθη τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ μόνου.

Young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted.

Ἡ ἐξομολόγησις αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ γῆς καὶ οὐρανοῦ. καὶ ὑψώσει κέρας λαοῦ αὐτοῦ.

His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people.

Ὕμνος πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ, τοῖς υἱοῖς Ἰσραήλ, λαῷ ἐγγίζοντι αὐτῷ.

A hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him.

Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ ᾆσμα καινόν, ἡ αἴνεσις αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ ὁσίων.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones.

Εὐφρανθήτω Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ τῷ ποιήσαντι αὐτόν, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Σιὼν ἀγαλλιάσθωσαν ἐπὶ τῷ βασιλεῖ αὐτῶν.

Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King.

Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ἐν χορῷ, ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ ψαλτηρίῳ ψαλάτωσαν αὐτῷ.

Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him.

Ὅτι εὐδοκεῖ Κύριος ἐν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὑψώσει πραεῖς ἐν σωτηρίᾳ.

For the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation.

Καυχήσονται ὅσιοι ἐν δόξῃ καὶ ἀγαλλιάσονται ἐπὶ τῶν κοιτῶν αὐτῶν.

The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds.

Αἱ ὑψώσεις τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν τῷ λάρυγγι αὐτῶν, καὶ ῥομφαῖαι δίστομοι ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτῶν.

The high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐκδίκησιν ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ἐλεγμοὺς ἐν τοῖς λαοῖς.

To deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples.

Τοῦ δῆσαι τοὺς βασιλεῖς αὐτῶν ἐν πέδαις καὶ τοὺς ἐνδόξους αὐτῶν ἐν χειροπέδαις σιδηραῖς.

To shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐν αὐτοῖς κρῖμα ἔγγραπτον· δόξα αὕτη ἔσται πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ.

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

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν στερεώματι τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ.

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

   

   

Στιχηρὰ τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Stichera for the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 4.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐπὶ ταῖς δυναστείαις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῆς μεγαλωσύνης αὐτοῦ.

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

Εὐφραίνεσθε Δίκαιοι, οὐρανοὶ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, σκιρτήσατε τὰ ὄρη, Χριστοῦ γεννηθέντος, Παρθένος καθέζεται, τὰ Χερουβὶμ μιμουμένη, βαστάζουσα ἐν κόλποις, Θεόν Λόγον σαρκωθέντα. Ποιμένες τὸν τεχθέντα δοξάζουσι. Μάγοι τῷ Δεσπότῃ δῶρα προσφέρουσιν. Ἄγγελοι ἀνυμνοῦντες λέγουσιν· Ἀκατάληπτε Κύριε, δόξα σοι.

You righteous, be glad in heart; and the heavens, be exultant. Leap for joy, O mountains, at the birth of the Messiah. Resembling the Cherubim, the Virgin Maiden is seated and holds in her embraces God the Logos incarnate. The shepherds glorify the newborn Babe; Magi bring the Master their precious gifts. Angels are singing hymns of praise, and say, "O Lord incomprehensible, glory to You." [SD]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 4.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ἤχῳ σάλπιγγος, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ψαλτηρίῳ καὶ κιθάρᾳ.

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

Ὁ Πατὴρ εὐδόκησεν, ὁ Λόγος σάρξ ἐγένετο, καὶ ἡ Παρθένος ἔτεκε, Θεὸν ἐνανθρωπήσαντα, Ἀστὴρ μηνύει· Μάγοι προσκυνοῦσι· Ποιμένες θαυμάζουσι, καὶ ἡ κτίσις ἀγάλλεται.

The Father was well pleased; the Logos became flesh; and the Virgin gave birth to God who became man. A Star reveals Him; Magi bow in worship; Shepherds marvel, and creation rejoices. [SD]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 4.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ χορῷ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν χορδαῖς καὶ ὀργάνῳ.

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

Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, ἡ τεκοῦσα τὸν Σωτῆρα, ἀνέτρεψας τὴν πρώτην κατάραν τῆς Εὔας, ὅτι Μήτηρ γέγονας, τῆς εὐδοκίας τοῦ Πατρός, βαστάζουσα ἐν κόλποις, Θεὸν Λόγον σαρκωθέντα. Οὐ φέρει το μυστήριον ἔρευναν· πίστει μόνῃ τοῦτο πάντες δοξάζομεν, κράζοντες μετὰ σοῦ καὶ λέγοντες· Ἀνερμήνευτε Κύριε, Δόξα σοι.

O Virgin Theotokos who gave birth to the Savior, you reversed the curse to which Eve once was subject. For you have become the Mother of the Father's good pleasure, and you hold in your embraces God the Logos incarnate. The mystery admits no inquiry; we all glorify it by faith alone, and with you we cry aloud and say, "O Lord incomprehensible, glory to You." [SD]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 4.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις εὐήχοις, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις ἀλαλαγμοῦ. Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον.

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

Δεῦτε ἀνυμνήσωμεν, τὴν Μητέρα τοῦ Σωτῆρος, τὴν μετὰ τόκον πάλιν ὀφθεῖσαν Παρθένον· Χαίροις Πόλις ἔμψυχε, τοῦ Βασιλέως καὶ Θεοῦ, ἐν ᾗ Χριστὸς οἰκήσας, σωτηρίαν εἰργάσατο. Μετὰ τοῦ Γαβριὴλ ἀνυμνοῦμέν σε, μετὰ τῶν Ποιμένων δοξάζομεν κράζοντες· Θεοτόκε πρέσβευε, τῷ ἐκ σοῦ σαρκωθέντι, σωθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

Come, let us extol and praise the Savior's Mother, who remained a virgin even after childbirth. Animate City of our King and God, rejoice, for Christ having dwelt in you has wrought our salvation. Together with Gabriel we sing your praise, together with the shepherds we glorify you, crying out, "Theotokos, intercede with the Lord, who is incarnate from you, to save us." [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. βʹ.

Mode pl. 2.

Ὅτε καιρός, τῆς ἐπὶ γῆς παρουσίας σου, πρώτη ἀπογραφὴ τῇ οἰκουμένῃ ἐγένετο, τότε ἔμελλες τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἀπογράφεσθαι τὰ ὀνόματα, τῶν πιστευόντων τῷ τόκῳ σου· διὰ τοῦτο τὸ τοιοῦτον δόγμα, ὑπὸ Καίσαρος ἐξεφωνήθη· τῆς γὰρ αἰωνίου σου βασιλείας, τὸ ἄναρχον ἐκαινουργήθη. Διὸ σοι προσφέρομεν καὶ ἡμεῖς, ὑπὲρ τὴν χρηματικὴν φορολογίαν, ὀρθοδόξου πλουτισμὸν θεολογίας, τῷ Θεῷ καὶ Σωτῆρι τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.

When the time came for Your Advent on earth, the first census of the Roman world was conducted. Then it was that You began to record the names of those who would believe in Your birth. Such a decree was published by Caesar, because the timelessness of Your eternal kingdom was revealed anew. And now, we in our turn, above and beyond a monetary tax, bring to You the wealth of Orthodox theology, O God and Savior of our souls. [SD]

Ὁ βʹ Χορὸς ψάλλει τὸ Ἰδιόμελον· "Σήμερον ὁ Χριστὸς...", μέχρι τοῦ· "ἡμεῖς δὲ ἀκαταπαύστως βοῶμεν." Καὶ εὐθὺς ὁ αʹ Χορὸς ἄρχεται τῆς Μεγάλης Δοξολογίας ἀπὸ τοῦ τελευταίου στίχου τοῦ Ἰδιομέλου· "Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ..."

The [second] choir sings the following Idiomelon, up to the asterisk; then the first choir begins the Great Doxology, starting with the last verse of the Idiomelon: "Glory to God in the highest..."

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος βʹ.

Mode 2.

Σήμερον ὁ Χριστός, ἐν Βηθλεὲμ γεννᾶται ἐκ Παρθένου. Σήμερον ὁ ἄναρχος ἄρχεται, καὶ ὁ Λόγος σαρκοῦται. Αἱ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀγάλλονται, καὶ ἡ γῆ σὺν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις εὐφραίνεται. Οἱ Μάγοι τὰ δῶρα προσφέρουσιν, οἱ Ποιμένες τὸ θαῦμα κηρύττουσιν, ἡμεῖς δὲ ἀκαταπαύστως βοῶμεν· Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ, καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία.

Today in Bethlehem, Christ is born of the Virgin. Today, the Unoriginate begins, and the Word becomes flesh. The hosts of heaven are rejoicing, and the earth and humanity are merry. The Magi bring their gifts. The Shepherds proclaim the marvel. And we unceasingly cry aloud: * "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" [SD]

Ἡ Μεγάλη Δοξολογία

Great Doxology

Ὑμνοῦμέν σε, εὐλογοῦμέν σε, προσκυνοῦμέν σε, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, εὐχαριστοῦμέν σοι, διὰ τὴν μεγάλην σου δόξαν.

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

Κύριε βασιλεῦ, ἐπουράνιε Θεέ, Πάτερ παντοκράτορ· Κύριε Υἱὲ μονογενές, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

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

Κύριε ὁ Θεός, ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Πατρός, ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, ὁ αἴρων τὰς ἁμαρτίας τοῦ κόσμου.

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.

Πρόσδεξαι τὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν, ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Accept our supplication, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ μόνος Ἅγιος, σὺ εἶ μόνος Κύριος, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, εἰς δόξαν Θεοῦ Πατρός. Ἀμήν.

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

Καθ' ἑκάστην ἡμέραν εὐλογήσω σε καὶ αἰνέσω τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος.

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

Καταξίωσον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ταύτῃ, ἀναμαρτήτους φυλαχθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

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

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετὸν καὶ δεδοξασμένον τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Ἀμήν.

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

Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, καθάπερ ἠλπίσαμεν ἐπὶ σέ.

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

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

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

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

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

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

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

Κύριε, καταφυγὴ ἐγενήθης ἡμῖν ἐν γενεᾷ καὶ γενεᾷ. Ἐγὼ εἶπα· Κύριε, ἐλέησόν με, ἴασαι τὴν ψυχήν μου, ὅτι ἥμαρτόν σοι.

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.

Κύριε, πρὸς σὲ κατέφυγον. Δίδαξόν με τοῦ ποιεῖν τὸ θέλημά σου, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεός μου.

Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

Ὅτι παρὰ σοὶ πηγὴ ζωῆς, ἐν τῷ φωτί σου ὀψόμεθα φῶς.

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we shall see light.

Παράτεινον τὸ ἔλεός σου τοῖς γινώσκουσί σε.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. (ἐκ γʹ)

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

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

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

Ἀπολυτίκιον.

Apolytikion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἡ Γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως· ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοῖς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο, σὲ προσκυνεῖν, τὸν Ἥλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης, καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους ἀνατολήν. Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, ἱεροδιακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν, καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀοιδίμων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης, καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς, κειμένων, καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ Ὀρθοδόξων.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑωθινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

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.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Θεὸς ἐλέους, οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ φιλανθρωπίας ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνωμεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Κύριε, Ἅγιε, ὁ ἐν ὑψηλοῖς κατοικῶν καὶ τὰ ταπεινὰ ἐφορῶν, καὶ τῷ παντεφόρῳ σου ὄμματι ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν κτίσιν, σοὶ ἐκλίναμεν τὸν αὐχένα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ τοῦ σώματος, καὶ δεόμεθά σου Ἅγιε Ἁγίων· ἔκτεινον τὴν χεῖρά σου τὴν ἀόρατον ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου, καὶ εὐλόγησον πάντας ἡμᾶς· καὶ εἴτι ἡμάρτομεν ἑκουσίως ἤ ἀκουσίως, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς συγχώρησον, δωρούμενος ἡμῖν τὰ ἐγκόσμια καὶ ὑπερκόσμια ἀγαθά σου.

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.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὸν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐλεεῖν καὶ σώζειν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

(Εὐλόγησον.)

(Father, bless!)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητός, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, πάντοτε, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. (Ἀμήν.)

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

Στερεώσαι, Κύριος ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

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

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

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

Litanies and Dismissal

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, ἱεροδιακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν, καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀοιδίμων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης, καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς, κειμένων, καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ Ὀρθοδόξων.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

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.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

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

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑωθινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

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.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Θεὸς ἐλέους, οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ φιλανθρωπίας ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνωμεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Κύριε, Ἅγιε, ὁ ἐν ὑψηλοῖς κατοικῶν καὶ τὰ ταπεινὰ ἐφορῶν, καὶ τῷ παντεφόρῳ σου ὄμματι ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν κτίσιν, σοὶ ἐκλίναμεν τὸν αὐχένα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ τοῦ σώματος, καὶ δεόμεθά σου Ἅγιε Ἁγίων· ἔκτεινον τὴν χεῖρά σου τὴν ἀόρατον ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου, καὶ εὐλόγησον πάντας ἡμᾶς· καὶ εἴτι ἡμάρτομεν ἑκουσίως ἤ ἀκουσίως, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς συγχώρησον, δωρούμενος ἡμῖν τὰ ἐγκόσμια καὶ ὑπερκόσμια ἀγαθά σου.

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.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὸν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐλεεῖν καὶ σώζειν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

(Εὐλόγησον.)

(Father, bless!)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητός, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, πάντοτε, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. (Ἀμήν.)

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

Στερεώσαι, Κύριος ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

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

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

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.

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι. Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

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

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (ἐκ γʹ) Εὐλόγησον.

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

Dismissal

Dismissal

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὁ ἐν σπηλαίῳ γεννηθείς, καὶ ἐν φάτνῃ ἀνακλιθείς, διὰ τὴν ἡμῶν σωτηρίαν, Χριστὸς ὁ ἀληθινὸς Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ταῖς πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου καὶ παναμώμου ἁγίας αὐτοῦ Μητρός, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων Ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου, ἐνδόξου, προφήτου, Προδρόμου καὶ βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ καλλινίκων μαρτύρων· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων, ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος.

May He who was born in a cave and lay in a manger for our salvation, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

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

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

Δι' εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων πατέρων ἡμῶν, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον καὶ σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

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

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)