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Mode pl. 4. On Monday Morning

On Monday of the Second Week at Matins

Menaion - March 22

Memory of the Holy Hieromartyr Basil

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode pl. 4.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

From Horologion - - -

Triadic Hymns

Mode pl. 4.

Daring not to look at You, the Cherubim in flight jubilantly cry out the inspired melody of the Thrice-holy Hymn. We sinners join them and also sing: Holy, holy, holy are You, O God. By the protection of the Bodiless Hosts have mercy on us. [SD]

Glory.

With hearts in heaven, let us emulate the Angels, and in fear let us bow before the impartial Judge, as we shout the triumphal praise: Holy, holy, holy are You, O God. By the intercessions of the Saints save us. [SD]

Both now.

Bent down by our many offences, we dare not gaze at Your height. Rather we bow our soul along with our body, and we shout the hymn of the Angels to You: Holy, holy, holy are You, O God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us. [SD]

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

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma I. For compunction.

Mode pl. 4.

With your compassionate eye, O Lord, see my humiliation, for little by little my life is being squandered, and there is no salvation for me from works; therefore I ask this: with your compassionate eye, Lord, see my humiliation and save me. [EL]

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

Mode pl. 4.

As though the Judge were present, be anxious, my soul, and think on the moment of the dread day; for the judgement is merciless for those who have not acted with mercy; therefore before the end cry out: Spare me, O Saviour, for you alone love humankind. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4.

O immaculate Theotokos, as the intelligible Gate of life, rescue from peril those who run to you with faith, so that we may glorify your all-holy childbirth, for the salvation of our souls. [SD]

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

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma II. From the Triodion.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

I entreat you in your compassion, O Christ, ⁄ restore to life through true fasting and repentance ⁄ my soul slain by the fruit of disobedience. ⁄ Grant that I may ever walk the straight path of your holy commandments, ⁄ that in the company of all who love you, ⁄ I may share in your divine glory, O Jesus, ⁄⁄ and praise your goodness towards all! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

Tossed in the storm of the passions, ⁄ deaf to the voice of my conscience, ⁄ I call on you with fervor, pure Virgin! ⁄ Do not let me perish in my wretchedness, ⁄ for you have borne the Lord of unending mercy: ⁄ I have no other hope but you; ⁄ I put my trust in you! ⁄ Do not let my enemies triumph over me and mock me. ⁄ All that you desire you have the power to do, ⁄⁄ for you are Mother of the God of all! [OCA]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 6. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma III. From the Triodion.

Mode pl. 2.

Direct our steps, O Lord, ⁄ as we set out on the second week of the fast. ⁄ Shine the sanctifying light of your commandments on us ⁄ and make us worthy to offer you an acceptable prayer on bended knees: ⁄ for you are our Father and we are the work of your hands: ⁄⁄ we sing your praise with fear and call on your name! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 2.

The message of Gabriel to the Virgin ⁄ was the beginning of salvation. ⁄ For she heard his greeting: rejoice! ⁄ And did not reject his salutation. ⁄ She did not doubt like Sarah in the tent, but replied: ⁄ Behold the handmaid of the Lord, ⁄⁄ be it done to me according to your word! [OCA]

READER

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory. Both now.

Psalm 50 (51).

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

PRIEST

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

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Saint.

Ode i. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

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

The host of Israel traversed the sea on foot, * as if walking over land; * and as they beheld therein * the pursuer Pharaoh drown, they cried, * "Let us sing to God a canticle of victory." [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O King of All, the renowned Basil loved Your kingly glory. He contended staunchly on earth. Count us worthy of the Kingdom of the Heavens through him. [un]

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

O King of All, the renowned Basil loved Your kingly glory. He contended staunchly on earth. Count us worthy of the Kingdom of the Heavens through him. [un]

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

O glorious Basil, your praiseworthy life, your pure polity, and the practice of your struggles made you an heir of God. They made you a citizen of the Heavens. [un]

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

O most wise Martyr Basil, you submitted yourself to the Lord by a virtuous way of life. You brought the enemy into subjection, You crushed him under your feet. You splendidly triumphed over him. [un]

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

Theotokion.

O pure Virgin, the Only-begotten, who has His being with the Father, willed to make His abode in your immaculate womb. He became a mortal, wishing in His goodness to save mortals. [un]

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Intermediate Verses of Ode One.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode 4. (NM) Drown the three chief commanders.

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

O Thou who alone art full of love, fountain of mercy, Lamb of God, who in Thy divine power takest away the transgressions of the world, save me, for I am sinking in the waves of sin, and guide me to the haven of repentance. [KW]

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

As Christ has taught us in the Scriptures, a pure fast means the putting away of sin, the rejection of the passions, love for God, attentiveness in prayer, tears of compunction, and acts of mercy to the poor. [KW]

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

My soul has been wounded by the sword of sin and disfigured by the stain of many evils. O Physician of our souls, heal it in Thy mercy and apply the remedy of Thy wise commandments, for Thou lovest mankind. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

O most holy Virgin, Tabernacle undefiled, with the fountain of thy mercy wash me clean from the defilement of evil passions: destroy the sin that lies deep within me, O Lady, and grant me many tears of compunction. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode pl. 2. (NM) He is for me unto salvation

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

Brethren, let us enter with eagerness upon the second week of the light-giving Fast; and rejoicing in the feast which we kept yesterday, with holy gladness let us sing in praise of Christ. [KW]

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

Having come to the season of fasting and compunction, let us weep bitterly and groan aloud. Let us stretch out our hands to the only Redeemer, that He may save our souls. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Unity in three Persons, sovereign Lord of all, Source of perfection, God without beginning, Father, Son and All-Holy Spirit, do Thou Thyself save us. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

Who has ever begotten a son not sown by a father according to the law of nature? Yet such a Son the Father begets without a mother. Most strange and marvellous wonder! For thou, pure Virgin, hast at the same time borne both God and man. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

O my Christ, how shall I bear Thine anger when Thou comest as Judge? And what shall I say then, for I have not obeyed Thy will, O Christ? But before the end forgive me. [KW]

Heirmos. Mode pl. 2.

He became for me a helper and a shelterer for salvation. * He is my God, and I will glorify Him, * the God of my father, and Him will I exalt, * for He is greatly glorified. [SD]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

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

O Lord my God, there is no one * that is holy as You are, * who exalted the horn of those who are faithful to You, * O good One; and on the rock * of Your confession You established them. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O thrice-blessed Basil, you were lifted on a stock like a lamb. You endured mutilation with a pure mind. You dashed down the enemy's swollen pride by the might of the divine Spirit. [un]

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

O Martyr, you were seen to be exceedingly fair in both soul and body with the beauty of your wounds. You sent up songs of thanksgiving with a pure mind to the Judge of your contest. [un]

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

O wise Martyr, you sought with greatness of spirit after very great renown. You endured very great struggles. You brought low him that ever vaunts himself greatly. [un]

Glory.

O godly minded Basil, you were a keeper of the divine commandments. You were kept shut up in prisons, while opening up for the faithful the way of doctrine that leads to the breadth of knowledge. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Maiden, Isaiah knew from afar your conception by the Spirit. He loudly declared it, crying out: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive God in her womb. [un]

Heirmos.

O Lord my God, there is no one * that is holy as You are, * who exalted the horn of those who are faithful to You, * O good One; and on the rock * of Your confession You established them. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. N/M (Come quickly.)

The famous Martyr Basil longed for the Kingdom of God. He suffered the burning fire of bitter torments and stripes as well as an unjust death. He was found worthy of true immortality. Therefore, as we assemble now, with faith let us bless him. He prays and entreats the Lord that we might all be saved. [un]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. N/M (Come quickly.)

O spotless Maid, by your divine childbirth, you have renewed the whole mortal nature of those born on earth, which was corrupt with passions and dead in sins. You have raised all men from death to life, pure and endless. Therefore, O most glorious Virgin, as is due we all now call you blessed, as you truly prophesied. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

O Christ, my strength are You, * my God and Lord are You, * the divine congregation, aptly for God, * sings in chorus crying out to Him in purity of mind, * as she celebrates the feast in the Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Martyr, the impious one beheld your divine face flashing with the splendor of the Spirit. He was astonished. As a minister of darkness, he raved senselessly. [un]

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

With divine strength, you made foolish the wise among the pagans. You were made fair with a higher wisdom. When you had mightily competed, you received the crown of victory. [un]

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

O Basil, you were stretched out on every side and disjointed. The Logos strengthened you. The Logos is He that was stretched out on the Cross and by His Passion has granted dispassion to the faithful. [un]

Glory.

The sacred Basil exclaimed: I do not sacrifice to demons. I fear neither death nor any kind of torments. I confess one God, who is known in Trinity. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Lady, I praise you, who are greatly praised. O Virgin, I bless you, through whom all of us mortals have become blessed and have truly been redeemed from the ancient curse. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode v. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

With Your divine light, O good One, shine * on the souls of those who longingly rise to You early, I supplicate, * so that they may know You the very God, Word of God, * who call them to return from the gloom offences bring. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Martyr, you were bowed down under the weight of the iron which you had chosen to bear as the very light yoke of the Lord. You bowed down the enemy and braggart who lifted up his head against the Creator. [un]

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

O Martyr Basil, you were gladly wrapped about with iron bonds. You went about from place to place. You were adorned by them as with a necklace. You delighted the Judge of your contest. [un]

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

O glorious Martyr Basil, you truly dyed yourself a royal robe with the streams of your blood. You were arrayed in a crown of victory. You reign in joy as a king with Christ. [un]

Glory.

O Saint, you were made strong by the grace of the Cross. You travelled a long and grievous road. You were fiercely driven forth, while singing: In the path of martyrdom for You shall I walk with joy and delight, O Logos. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us honor in song the only Theotokos. She is higher than the Cherubim and more exalted than the heavens. She is above all creation. She is the fortress of the Martyrs. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

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

Perceiving the open sea of temporal life to rise, * and billow with the surging waves * of temptations, and fleeing for refuge in Your calm port, I cry to You: * Raise my life from corruption, O most merciful Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O great and glorious Martyr, you were exalted in your contests, and you dashed down the foe. O admirable Basil, at the close of your contest you went to God, wearing a crown of victory. [un]

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

O great and glorious Martyr, you were exalted in your contests, and you dashed down the foe. O admirable Basil, at the close of your contest you went to God, wearing a crown of victory. [un]

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

O wise Martyr, you imitated Him who stretched out His hands on the Cross for your sake. You were lifted up on a stock. You manfully endured mutilation. You wounded error by your wounds. [un]

Glory.

O glorious Basil, you were bound for Christ. And you bound the fleshless adversaries. You were released from the flesh. You have utterly undone all their villainy by grace divine. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-hymned Virgin, I extol you, whom the hosts of heavenly orders extol. I beg you, O spotless one, heal the passions of my soul, and deliver me from eternal fire. [un]

Heirmos.

Perceiving the open sea of temporal life to rise, * and billow with the surging waves * of temptations, and fleeing for refuge in Your calm port, I cry to You: * Raise my life from corruption, O most merciful Lord. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

From Triodion - - -

READER

For the Martyrs. Mode pl. 4.

Holy Martyrs, you were shown to be spiritual luminaries; for by faith you ended the fogginess of error, you brightened the lamps of our souls, and with glory you entered the celestial bridal hall with the Bridegroom. Now we pray you entreat Him to save our souls. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On March 22 we commemorate the holy hieromartyr Basil, Presbyter of the Church of Ancyra.

On this day we also commemorate the holy women martyrs, Kallinike and Vasilissa, who died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate St. Drosis, daughter of the emperor Trajan, and the five consecrated virgins with her.

The holy new devout martyr Efthymios, who contested in Constantinople in the year 1814, died by the sword.

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

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Saint.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

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

Once the Angel caused the fiery furnace to emit * dew to refresh the three holy youths. * The Chaldeans were by command of God completely burnt. * And therefore the tyrant was convinced * to cry aloud, "O God of our fathers, blessed are You." [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O wise Basil, you were a partaker of the unwaning day. You passed through the darkness of torments, shining with the light of divine grace and crying: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [un]

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

O godly-minded athlete, your heart was established on the rock of divine knowledge. It was not shaken with the winds of temptations. You cried to the Redeemer of all: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [un]

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

O glorious fool, having been made a fool, the tyrant commanded that you be flayed. Although he beheld you enduring as if you were without flesh, he in no way had the understanding to cry: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [un]

Glory.

O wise Basil, you shone out like gold when you were burned in the furnace of torments. You became an impress of the divine sufferings. You cried: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Virgin, you perceived that your virginity had remained inviolate after childbearing. You cried to the Savior and God, who was born of you beyond understanding: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [un]

Ode viii.

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

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

You made dew gush from fire for the devout young men, * and with water You burned up the just one's sacrifice. * You accomplish all, O Christ, * simply by willing it. * Unto all the ages supremely we exalt You. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O victorious Martyr, with all your might towards the Divine, you reckoned the pains of the body as a dream. Therefore, you have gladly passed over to that blessed life that knows no pain. [un]

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

O thrice-blessed Basil, you were strengthened by the love of the almighty God. You unwaveringly endured the mutilation of your body. In the streams of your blood, you drown the enemy who is mighty in evil. [un]

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

Let the great Basil be extolled with hymns. He is the royal adornment of the Church of Christ, who portrayed in himself the Savior's Passion. He is a steadfast Martyr, the stronghold of the faithful. [un]

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

O Martyr, after your death, it was granted you to find supernal glory and unsetting light, the Kingdom of the Heavens, an unfading crown, ineffable joy, and a life that is without sorrow. [un]

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

Theotokion.

O all-holy Virgin most graced of God, the race of man has been deemed worthy of salvation through you. For you alone have conceived the Savior for our sakes. We supremely exalt Him to all the ages. [un]

(read)

Intermediate Verses of Ode Eight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 2. (NM) O all-powerful Deliverer of all.

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

Journeying upon the uncertain path of life, I have fallen among thieves, and am despoiled by my own thoughts; my wounds stink and are corrupt. O Physician of the sick, at the prayers of all Thy saints give me Thine hand. [KW]

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

The waves of grievous sin confuse my understanding; save me, O Jesus, as once Thou hast saved Peter, for I sing to Thee: O all ye works, bless ye and praise ye the Lord. [KW]

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

Let us kill the passions by abstinence, and through fasting let us make our spirit mount on wings to heaven; and let us cry with contrite hearts: We have sinned against Thee, O God; in Thy compassion forgive us. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

Coming to dwell within thy womb, the Most High made thee more spacious than the heavens. He has appointed thee, O Virgin, as an invincible protection unto those that cry: O all ye works, bless ye and praise ye the Lord. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 2. (NM) The hosts of heaven

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

Deliver my soul from enslavement to the tyranny of the passions, O Lord, that I may freely do Thy will and with rejoicing glorify Thy power for ever. [KW]

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

O my soul, hate the incontinence of Esau and emulate the virtues of Jacob; catch Beelzebub by the heel and throw him down; through abstinence grow rich in things divine and sing praises unto God for ever. [KW]

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

For the Trinity.

I honour God one in Essence; I sing the praises of the three Persons, distinct from one another yet not differing in Nature, for there is one Godhead and one Power in the three, Father, Son and Spirit. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

From thy womb filled with radiance, Christ has come forth as a bridegroom from his chamber, and as a great light He has illumined those in darkness. As lightning has the Sun of righteousness shone out, O pure Virgin, and given light to the world. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

No man became foolish through drinking water, but thou, O Noah, hast exposed thy nakedness after tasting wine; and because of drunkenness Lot sowed seeds of evil. Flee, O my soul, from their example and sing in praise of Christ. [KW]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos. Mode pl. 2.

Him whom the hosts of the heavens glorify, * at whom quake the Cherubim and the Seraphim, * every breath and creation, * extol Him now and bless Him, * and exalt supremely, unto all the ages. [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode pl. 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Saint.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

For man to see God it is impossible, * for even the angelic armies dare not to gaze on Him. * But through you, O all-pure Maid, the Logos appeared incarnate unto mortals.* Him do we magnify, * and together with the hosts of heaven we pronounce you blest. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O all-blessed Basil, you were released from the flesh. You were counted worthy to see the delightful splendors of the Saints. You were united to the angelic hosts, always singing with them: Holy, Holy, Holy, O almighty Trinity, who accomplishes all things. [un]

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

O all-blessed Basil, as a light, as a great sun seen in the firmament of Christ's Church, you always illuminate with the bright rays of your contests and divine beams of miracles the souls of all who sing your praise. [un]

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

O victorious Athlete, with help from God you have gloriously made yourself fair with the beauty of your contests. You now stand near Christ the most fair. You wear a crown of righteousness. Therefore, we the faithful honor you in gladness. [un]

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

O blessed Basil, the earth was sanctified at the divine burial of your sacred and divine body. The spirits of the righteous leapt for joy, because they have your spirit in their midst. With them remember all of us who remember you. [un]

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

Theotokion.

O Virgin, awe-inspiring is the manner of your childbirth! For it was God incarnate who was born. O venerable Mother, perpetual Virgin, ask Him that all who honor you with undoubting faith may be delivered from terrible punishment. [un]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 4. (NM) Eve through the sickness.

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

Let us fast from the rage of the passions, let us delight in unfeigned love, let us feed the poor with bread; and, nourished by the grace of God, with weeping let us quench the tears of future punishment. [KW]

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

O miserable soul, groan aloud, be of sad countenance, and give proof of thy repentance, for the day is now at hand. With all severity the Judge will sit upon His throne and assign to each the due reward of all his actions, as it is written. [KW]

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

I have acquired no good deeds, but have stained the robe with which I was clothed in Holy Baptism. I walk in the darkness of ignorance: raise me up from my despair, O Lord, and guide me on my way by the light of Thy countenance. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

O Virgin Mary, Queen of all, I am enslaved by every kind of sin: set me free, for in ways beyond our understanding thou hast given birth to the Lord who saves our souls, the true and living Goodness. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 2. (NM) Conception without seed

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

As soldiers of Christ let us now suffer hardship: for quickly will the time pass by, and on those who have fought bravely Christ will bestow crowns of victory, when He comes in glory upon the earth to judge all the world. [KW]

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

I am all wounded, O my Christ, I am all covered with sores: heal the wounds inflicted on me by the passions, heal the sores and gangrene of my sins, and like the leper may I hear Thee say: 'I will do so, be thou clean.' [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

O Father, single only-Begetter of the only-Begotten Son;O only Light and Brightness from the one and only Light; and Thou, one and only Holy Spirit from the one God, true Lord from the Lord: O holy Three in One, save me as I tell of Thy divinity. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

The marvel of thy childbearing fills me with wonder, O all-blameless Lady. How hast thou conceived without seed Him whom none can comprehend? How hast thou remained a Virgin and yet become a Mother? 'Accept the miracle with faith, and worship the Child that is born: for all that He wills, He has the power to do.' [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

O my soul, because of fasting Moses beheld God; because of fasting Elijah rode in the chariot of fire, and Paul was taken up to heaven. Therefore let us fast from evil and we also shall be taken up on high, gaining freedom from the passions. [KW]

Heirmos. Mode pl. 2.

The birth is ineffable, conceived without the seed of man; the unwed Mother's * childbirth was free of all corruption. The birth of God * makes new again the natures. * And thus, in Orthodox manner all * generations magnify you as the Mother and the Bride of God. [SD]

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

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Photagogic Hymns

From Horologion - - -

Mode pl. 4.

You are the light, O Christ. In yourself illumine me, by the protection of the Bodiless Hosts, and save me. [SD]

You are the light, O Christ. In yourself illumine me, by the intercessions of the Saints, and save me. [SD]

You are the light, O Christ. In yourself illumine me, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save me. [SD]

READER

Lauds. (read)

Psalm 148.

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

Psalm 149.

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

Psalm 150.

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

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

Doxology (read)

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

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Aposticha. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 1.

Prayer and fasting are a marvelous weapon ⁄ which showed Moses a writer of the Law, ⁄ Elijah, a zealot in sacrifice. ⁄ Abiding in them, faithful, let us cry to the Savior: ⁄⁄ Against you only have we sinned! Have mercy on us! [OCA]

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

Prayer and fasting are a marvelous weapon ⁄ which showed Moses a writer of the Law, ⁄ Elijah, a zealot in sacrifice. ⁄ Abiding in them, faithful, let us cry to the Savior: ⁄⁄ Against you only have we sinned! Have mercy on us! [OCA]

For the Martyrs.

Mode pl. 1.

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

Blessed is the army of the heavenly King! ⁄ Born on earth and enduring sufferings ⁄ they hastened to achieve the rank of angels. ⁄ Not caring for the flesh, through suffering, ⁄ they were accounted worthy of bodiless nobility! ⁄⁄ By their prayers, Lord, save our souls! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1.

We entreat you as the Mother of God: ⁄⁄ Pray for our souls, blessed one! [OCA]

PRIEST

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

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

READER

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

Lord, have mercy. (40)

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

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

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless!

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

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

( Amen. )

We now make three prostrations: i.e. we recite the Prayer of St. Ephraim (quietly or mentally), and with each verse we make a bow or prostration.

Prayer of St. Ephraim

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

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

Yes, Lord and King, give me the power to see my own faults and not to judge my brother. For you are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Then we make the sign of the cross 12 times, each time saying, "God, be gracious to me a sinner and have mercy on me." Then we repeat the third verse of the Prayer (quietly or mentally) and make a final bow or prostration.

Yes, Lord and King, give me the power to see my own faults and not to judge my brother. For you are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. [HC]

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

or:

READER

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

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

Dismissal

PRIEST

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

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

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

( Amen. )