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Menaion - January 20

Memory of St. Efthymius the Great

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

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

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

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

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

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

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4.

Sing, O desolate land that did not bear; be encouraged, you who have not been in labor. For a man, greatly beloved of the Spirit, has multiplied your children. He planted them in godliness, he reared them in self-control, and he raised them to perfection in virtue. At his intercession, O Christ our God, grant peace to our lives. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

Sing, O desolate land that did not bear; be encouraged, you who have not been in labor. For a man, greatly beloved of the Spirit, has multiplied your children. He planted them in godliness, he reared them in self-control, and he raised them to perfection in virtue. At his intercession, O Christ our God, grant peace to our lives. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 4.

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

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 10. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(To You, O Lord.)

For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You appeared today.

By the unapproachable light * you were illumined; * by your teachings you shone forth in desert places like a star, * fully enlightening those who came * with soul undoubting * to you, O Efthymius. [SD]

Glory.

Mode 4. You appeared today.

Like the morning star you flashed, * coming from Egypt, * and you shone upon the world, with rays of virtues burning bright, * splendidly brilliant Efthymius, * shining the light of ascetic endeavor on all. [SD]

Both now.

Mode 4. You appeared today.

You accept the prayers of us who now take refuge * in your shelter, O all-pure and holy Virgin Bride of God. * Cease not to pray to the Lord who loves * mankind, to save us your servants who honor you. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 11. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Kathisma II.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Let us worship the Word.

By renouncing the cares and concerns of worldly life, * and adopting the lifestyle of Angels, you, O Saint, * made your soul extremely bright by practicing self-control. * You received abundant grace of working miracles from God. * And now you pray to the Savior * for us who piously extol you, O God-bearing Father Efthymius. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

By renouncing the cares and concerns of worldly life, * and adopting the lifestyle of Angels, you, O Saint, * made your soul extremely bright by practicing self-control. * You received abundant grace of working miracles from God. * And now you pray to the Savior * for us who piously extol you, O God-bearing Father Efthymius. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1. Let us worship the Word.

All-holy Virgin, have mercy on us who now in faith * run for refuge to you who are most compassionate, * and who pray for your assistance and earnest aid. * For truly you can save and rescue all people when you use your motherly intercessions, * since you are full of divine grace, * as the Mother of the Most High God. [SD]

The Polyeleos.

Psalm 134 (135).

Psalm 135 (136).

Selected Psalm Verses

Selected Psalm Verses for Monastic Saints

My supplication. Alleluia.

1. I waited patiently for the Lord, and He heeded me; and He heard my supplication. Alleluia. (39:2) [SAAS]

2. And He established my feet on a rock and kept straight my steps. Alleluia. (39:3) [SAAS]

3. Behold, I fled far away, and lodged in the wilderness. Alleluia. (54:8) [SAAS]

4. I kept watch, and have become like a sparrow alone on a housetop. Alleluia. (101:8) [SAAS]

5. My tears were my bread day and night. Alleluia. (41:4) [SAAS]

6. My knees were weak from fasting, and my flesh was changed because of the oil. Alleluia. (108:24) [SAAS]

7. Every single night I will dampen my bed; I will drench my couch with my tears. Alleluia. (6:7) [SAAS]

8. I was cut down like grass, and my heart became withered. Alleluia. (101:5) [SAAS]

9. For I forgot to eat my bread. Alleluia. (101:5) [SAAS]

10. Because of the sound of my groaning, my bones cleaved to my flesh. Alleluia. (101:6) [SAAS]

11. I held to hard ways because of the words of Your lips. Alleluia. (16:4) [SAAS]

12. My soul thirsts for You. How often my flesh thirsts for You, in a desolate, impassable, and waterless land. Alleluia. (62:2) [SAAS]

13. My eyes fail me from hoping in my God. Alleluia. (68:4) [SAAS]

14. Many times they warred against me from my youth. Alleluia. (128:1) [SAAS]

15. But I put on sackcloth when they troubled me, and I humbled my soul with fasting. Alleluia. (34:13) [SAAS]

16. Know that the Lord made His holy one wondrous. Alleluia. (4:4) [SAAS]

17. For the Lord loves judgment, and He will not abandon His holy ones. Alleluia. (36:28) [SAAS]

18. The Lord keeps the souls of His saints. Alleluia. (96:10) [SAAS]

19. The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds. Alleluia. (149:5) [SAAS]

20. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His holy ones. Alleluia. (115:5) [SAAS]

21. His praise in the assembly of His holy ones. Alleluia. (149:1) [SAAS]

22. Sing praises to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. Alleluia. (29:5) [SAAS]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Mode 1.

Let us bow in worship and adore * the Father; likewise let us glorify * the Son; and also let us praise * the all-holy Spirit faithfully, * crying out in unison, * "Save us all, we implore, all-holy Trinity." [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1.

We Your people now invoke the name * of Your holy Mother entreating for us. * O Good One, at her fervent prayers, * send to us Your tender mercies, O Christ, * so that we may glorify * You, the hope of our souls, O Lord. [SD]

PRIEST

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(To You, O Lord.)

For 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

Kathisma III.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

You considered things temp'ral to be like grass, * by assuming the poverty of the Lord, * who truly for us was born * of a Virgin, O blessed Saint. * For of the tree of knowledge you had eaten, O holy man. * You became for monastics a teacher inspired by God. * Therefore you encouraged all your monks to be zealous * about the angelic life * and to know well the holy Faith, * O devout Euthymius. * Intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offences * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

You alone among women have without seed * given birth, as a Virgin, to God in the flesh. * We, all generations, now * call you blessed, as you foretold. * For the fire of Divinity has dwelt in your womb indeed; * and you nursed the Creator and Lord in His infancy. * Therefore does the human race along with the Angels * give glory and worthily extol your all-holy childbirth, * and with one voice we sing to you: * Intercede with Christ our God, * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to us who faithfully honor your immaculate childbirth. [SD]

Antiphon I.

Mode 4.

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

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]

Glory.

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]

Both now.

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

Prokeimenon. Psalm 115.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His holy one. (2)

Verse: What shall I give back to the Lord for all He rendered to me?

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His holy one. [SAAS]

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

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

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

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

DEACON

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

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the gate)

Mt. 11:27-30

The Lord said to his disciples, "All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." [RSV]

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

READER

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]

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Glory. Mode 2.

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

Both now.

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

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

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

Devout Father, the proclamation of your achievements went forth into all the earth. For your labors you found the reward in heaven. You destroyed the arrays of demons, and you attained to the orders of the Angels, whose lifestyle you emulated blamelessly. Since you have confidence before Christ our God, ask Him to grant peace to our souls. [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Of old when the Israelite had crossed * the watery passage as if over a tract of land, * fleeing from the misery of Egypt, * he cried: "To God our Redeemer, O let us sing." (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

By many temptations am I distressed. * Praying to be rescued, for salvation I run to you. * O Virgin and Mother of the Logos, * from all afflictions and evils deliver me. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Assaults from the passions unsettle me, * and they fill my soul to overflowing with much despair. * Quiet them, O undefiled Maiden, * with the dispassionate calm of your Son and God. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O Virgin who mothered our Savior God, * I earnestly beg that I be rescued from my distress. * For now as I flee to you for refuge, * my soul and reason I lift up in ardent prayer. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

My body and soul are alike diseased. * Only Theotokos, count me worthy of your divine * providence and gracious visitation, * since you are good and the Mother of Him who is good. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The rod of Moses.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Beseech God with your prayers and entreaties, most blessed one, ⁄ dispel the gloomy cloud of my despondency, ⁄ for you are full of good cheer and consolation ⁄ as you stand before the King of all! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Even before you were conceived, venerable Father, ⁄ you were promised and given by God like a new Samuel. ⁄ You have been revealed to all the Churches by the splendor of your good courage, ⁄ in accordance with your name. [OCA]

Glory.

Having made supplication and entreaty to God, ⁄ your parents received you as a divine gift and radiant child. ⁄ By your birth you declare the splendor of devotion ⁄ and the denunciation of heresy. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Having you as our intercessor, Mother of God, ⁄ we do not fear the hordes of the enemy ⁄ which attack those who glorify the God and Lord of all who was born of you. ⁄ Entreat Him on our behalf. [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 3.

Once did the sun look down upon the surface of the dry abysm-bearing plain; * for the water like a wall on either side was congealed, * for a people walking crossed the sea, making God-appealing melody. * Sing to the Lord for He has been gloriously glorified. [SD]

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

O divine Master Builder of the celestial vault, * as the only Lover of mankind and Founder of the Church, * establish me, O Lord, in love for You, the believers' * firm support and ultimate object of all desire. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I have named you the shelter and the defense of my life. * Therefore, I entreat you, O virgin Maid who gave birth to God, * conduct me to your port, * originator of good things, * the believers' firm support, * only all-lauded one. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I beseech you, O Virgin, dispel my soul's turbulence, * also the tempestuous surging of grave despondency. * For you, O Bride of God, * gave birth to Christ who is Author * of serene tranquility, * only all-spotless one. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Pour the wealth of your goodness and benefactions on all, * since you bore the great Benefactor, the Cause of every good. * You carried in your womb * Christ who is mighty in power; * therefore you can do all things, * O Lady blest by God. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I implore you to help me as I am now being tried * by distressing ailments, O Virgin, and morbid suffering. * For I know you to be * an inexhaustible treasure * plenteous in remedies, * only all-blameless one. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (In the beginning.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Born of a barren woman, you were revealed, venerable one, ⁄ to be a most skillful husbandman of spiritual fertility, ⁄ cutting down the weeds of impiety ⁄ and scattering the seeds of devotion. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

As a holy minister of supernatural and mystic visions, ⁄ by your teachings, God-bearing Father, ⁄ you divinely led unbelievers to Christ ⁄ as believers instructed in higher things. [OCA]

Glory.

You mortified the flesh with extreme abstinence, Euthymius, ⁄ holding fast to the thought of chastity and devotion. ⁄ You at once preferred everlasting life and sweetness ⁄ to things which are passing and corruptible. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You sealed the sayings of the prophets of God and their prophecies; ⁄ you fulfilled all their divine words, ⁄ blessed and all pure one! [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 3.

As the firm support of those who hope in You firmly, * O Lord, now confirm the Church that You established, * which You purchased for yourself with Your precious Blood. [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 pl. 4. N/M (By conceiving the wisdom.)

You spiritually filled the lamp of your soul with the oil of abstinence, ⁄ desiring the ever-radiant coming of your bridegroom, venerable one. ⁄ you kept watch with vigilant prayers, living in His bridal chamber. ⁄ therefore, blessed one, you have fittingly received true sweetness ⁄ and the ever-living ability to perform miracles. ⁄ God-bearing Euthymius, entreat Christ God that He may grant remission of sins ⁄⁄ to those who celebrate your holy memory with love! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

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

Mistress, I fittingly offer you, like the widow's two mites, ⁄ thankful praise for all your blessings, ⁄ for you have been shown to be my protection and help, ⁄ ever saving me from perils and tribulations. ⁄ therefore, delivered from oppressors as from the midst of the fiery furnace, ⁄ I cry out to you from the depths of my heart: ⁄ help me, Theotokos, by entreating Christ God ⁄ that He may grant me remission of my sins, ⁄⁄ for I, your servant, have you as my hope! [OCA]

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

I have heard the report, O Lord, * of Your incarnation, which is a mystery. * I considered Your astounding works, * and I glorified Your divinity. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I entreat you, O Bride of God * who have borne the Helmsman and Lord, to pacify * the confusion that my passions bring * and the surging waves of my iniquities. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You have borne the compassionate * Lord who is the Savior of all who sing your praise. * Hence, bestow upon me the abyss * of your own compassion which I now invoke. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

We who know you, O wholly pure * Virgin, to be truly the Mother of our God, * have enjoyed so many gifts from you. * Hence, we sing this canticle of gratitude. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

In possessing you as our hope * and the stable buttress and solid battlement * of salvation, O all-lauded one, * we are liberated from all misery. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (You are my strength.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Desiring unfading glory, Father, ⁄ you consecrated yourself wholly to God. ⁄ By your blameless life, abstinence and splendor, ⁄ you hastened zealously to Him, ever crying out: ⁄ Glory to Your might, Lover of mankind! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Loving the Source of goodness with all your strength, ⁄ you became, venerable one, a source of divine gifts for ascetics. ⁄ You healed those thirsting, for like Moses of old, ⁄ you caused springs to issue forth gloriously in the desert! [OCA]

Glory.

Emerging from the hidden recesses of the Spirit, ⁄ you set free the children of the bondwoman Hagar, ⁄ regenerating them as worthy children of God ⁄ by the baptism of adoption. ⁄ Emulating the life of the divine forerunner, ⁄ you were shown to be a Baptist, Euthymius. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Rejoice, O honored one! ⁄ Rejoice, most pure Virgin! ⁄ Rejoice, mountain overshadowed with grace! ⁄ Rejoice, tabernacle; rejoice, O ark! ⁄ Rejoice, candlestand who bore the divine Light! ⁄ For you have been the mediator of ineffable joy and gladness for the faithful! [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 3.

The heavens were covered by Your virtue, O Christ. * For coming forth from the Ark of Your holiness, Your Mother who sustained no corruption, * You appeared today in Your glorious Temple, as an infant held in arms. * And the entire creation was filled with Your praise. [SD]

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode v. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Sovereign Lord our God, * as the One who loves humanity, * with your commandments enlighten us, we pray; * and also grant us * Your peace with Your own uplifted arm. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Since you bore the prime * Source of happiness, impart to me, * O pure Maid, your unadulterated joy. * And fill my heart now * to overflowing with your happiness. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Mother of our God, * do redeem us from all jeopardy, * since the eternal Redemption you have borne, * and Peace that passes * all understanding, O Virgin pure. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Dissipate the gloom * of my trespasses, O Bride of God, * with the effulgence of your irradiance, * being the Mother * of the divine pre-eternal Light. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Cure the weakness wreaked * by my passions, O pure virgin Maid. * Account me worthy of your solicitude, * and by your earnest * intercessions give me health again. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

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

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Revealed as a pillar of fire and cloud by the radiance of the Spirit, ⁄ you went in advance of the pious ascetics, Euthymius, ⁄ leading them towards the heavenly path and unperishing delight, ⁄ guiding them, Father, to the heights of heaven! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Christ has given you to the world, Father, ⁄ as an exceedingly merciful physician of the sick, ⁄ an all-glorious feeder of the hungry, ⁄ an instructor of the ignorant, ⁄ a chastiser of the mindless ⁄ and a helper of the poor and orphans. [OCA]

Glory.

You were compassionate and merciful, Father, ⁄ possessing a character humble in mind, ⁄ cutting off the roots of the passions with divine teachings, ⁄ enlightening and instructing your disciples ⁄ and healing the afflictions of human souls. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

We all proclaim you to be the true Theotokos, blessed of God, ⁄ for we have been delivered from corruption by your childbearing ⁄ and recalled to a better life, ⁄ through the mercy and loving-kindness of our God! [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 3.

Isaiah once symbolically saw God * seated on an elevated throne * with a host of glorious Angels standing with Him. * He cried, "Woe is me; I am lost! * With my eyes I have foreseen incarnate God, * and He is the Master of never-setting light and peace." [SD]

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

I pour out my supplication to the Lord, * and I tell Him all about my afflictions, * and that my soul has been flooded with evils, * and that my life has come close to being in hell. * Like Prophet Jonah, I entreat, * "Raise me up from corruption, O Lord my God." (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Solicit * your Son and Lord to rescue me * from the enemies' malignance, O Virgin, * as He redeemed out of death and corruption * my human nature held down by mortality * and overpowered by decay, * having freely submitted Himself to death. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O Virgin, * I know you well as Patroness * of my life and most reliable sentry. * For you disperse a great throng of temptations, * and spiteful treatment by demons you drive away. * And constantly do I entreat * to be saved from my passions' depravity. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

We have you * as a protective citadel * and the absolute salvation, O Maiden, * of our souls, and in straits as a broad way. * And in your light we unceasingly jubilate. * And now, O Lady, we beseech, * from the passions and perils deliver us. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I lie now * in failing health upon my bed, * and there is no cure for my ailing body. * But I entreat, O good Lady who gave birth * to the Reliever of illnesses, who is God * the Savior of the world, and plead: * raise me up from the ravages of disease. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

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

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

You received great authority from God, ⁄ driving away crowds of adverse demons, ⁄ healing the deformities of all who turn to you with faith. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

You were truly blessed, venerable Father Euthymius, ⁄ for you acquired enriching poverty and tears of joy. ⁄ Through these you inherited the kingdom of heaven. [OCA]

Glory.

You turned quickly from fading honor and glory on earth, most blessed one, ⁄ and received everlasting life and incorruptible delight, ⁄ making your dwelling most gloriously in the mansions of heaven! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

We call you the Lady and Mistress of all, ⁄ for indeed you ineffably gave birth to God ⁄ Who created, sustains and embraces all, most pure one. [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 3.

The Elder cried out * when with his own eyes * he clearly saw Your salvation, O Lord, * which is for all peoples,* "God from God are You, Christ my Savior." [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 Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode pl. 4. O Planter of creation.

Creation found exceeding joy on the august day you were born, and on the holy day of your memory it is cheered by your many miracles, O devout one. To our souls grant miracles abundantly, and wash away our every stain of sin, so that we might sing: Alleluia. [SD]

Oikos.

How shall I, wretch that I am, bring praise from a lazy heart to extol Euthymius the Great? I am beside myself. Yet, taking courage in his prayers, I will attempt the song in good cheer and great earnest. And I will tell everyone about his life, and his birth, and how his parents sang: Alleluia. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 20, we commemorate our devout father Efthymios the Great.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Vassos, Efsevios, Eftychios, and Vasilides.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna, and Rimma.

On this day we also commemorate blessed Peter the Publican.

We also commemorate the holy Martyrs Thyrsos and Agnes, the Synaxis in whose honor was held near the Quarter of Constantinople called Helenianae.

We also commemorate the most pious Emperor Leo the Great of Thrace, who was called Makellis, and who reigned in the year 457.

The holy Neomartyr Zacharias, who witnessed in Old Patras in the Peloponnese in the year 1782, died when he was sawn in two.

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

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Those Servants from Judea, * who of old were deported and sent to Babylon, * once treaded on the fire * of the furnace by holding * to the faith in the Trinity * and chanted: Blessed are You the God of our fathers. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

As You wished our salvation * to be thusly dispensed, You abode within the womb * of the all-holy Virgin * whom You have manifested * to the world as our patroness. * O Savior, blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O pure Mother, implore Him * unto Whom you gave birth, Who delights in steadfast love, * to free from their offenses * and from their souls' defilements * those who cry out in faith and say * to Him: O blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You have shown forth Your Mother * as a tower of safety, salvation's treasury, * a spring of incorruption, * the doorway of repentance * unto all those who cry aloud * and say: O blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Unto us you delivered * Christ the Savior; and hence we entreat you: Deign to heal * the bodily diseases * and spiritual ailments * of your servants who earnestly * to your divine shelter run, * O Lady Theotokos. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The fire in Babylon.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

You united yourself with the bodiless ones through great abstinence. ⁄ You showed your life to be a trial of asceticism, Father Euthymius, ⁄ and an exercise in holiness as you cried out: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Christ showed you to be a two-edged sword ⁄ cutting down hordes of the demons ⁄ and piercing the hearts of the enemy. ⁄ But you rejoice the souls of those who chant: ⁄ Blessed is the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory.

Filled with the light of the threefold Sun, Father Euthymius, ⁄ you were shown through communion to be a secondary light ⁄ reflecting the first Light and shedding rays on those who chant: ⁄ Blessed is the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

You shone like the dawn, for you had within you the Sun of righteousness, ⁄ Who cleanses the world from the darkness of ignorance ⁄ with the radiance of divine knowledge. ⁄ Let us sing to Him: ⁄ Blessed is the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 3.

In the fire You refreshed with dew the three Youths as they theologized; * and You dwelt within the Virgin who was undefiled. * God the Logos, we hymn You, * and we chant devoutly, * saying, "Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers." [SD]

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

O praise and bless Him * who by the armies of Angels * is extolled as King of the heavens, * supremely exalting Him unto all the ages. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Do not disdain us * who need the help that you offer, * virgin Maiden, and who bless and extol you, * supremely exalting you unto all the ages. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Virgin, you pour out * your great abundance of healings * over those who faithfully extol you * and exalt supremely your ineffable childbirth. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You heal the sicknesses * of my soul, O pure Virgin, * and the physical pains that afflict me. * Hence I glorify you the highly favored Maiden. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You drive away from us * the assaults of temptations * and the onsets of passions, O Virgin. * Therefore do we praise you in hymns throughout the ages. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

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

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

You acquired a most powerful way of life, most blessed one, ⁄ attaining the most exalted vision. ⁄ You became a vessel containing the life-creating Spirit ⁄ and the gifts that richly flow from Him. ⁄ You chant without ceasing: ⁄ People, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Moving your dwelling, you reached the outer limits of Zion; ⁄ you attained the everlasting mansions. ⁄ Through your pains, you received a heavenly inheritance. ⁄ Now you chant with the angelic choirs: ⁄ Bless Him, children, praise Him, priests; ⁄ People, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Glory.

You were as radiant as the sun, enlightening the desert places. ⁄ You expelled the darkness of demons ⁄ and became a most brilliant pillar reaching the heights of heaven, ⁄ shining with the radiance of miracles. ⁄ You cry out without ceasing to the Master: ⁄ Bless Him, children, praise Him, priests; ⁄ People, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Most immaculate Bride of God, ⁄ rescue those who turn to you from slavery to the passions. ⁄ Grant full freedom, Mistress, to the Orthodox Churches who chant with faith: ⁄ Bless Him, children, praise Him, priests; ⁄ People, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 3.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

The Youths, being piety's defenders, * as if joining battle with the unbearable fire, * and uninjured by the flame, sang a divine hymn exultantly, * "All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, * 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. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

You are the Theotokos * lit'rally, O Virgin; * and we confess it, for we have been saved through you * whom we, O pure one, with choirs of angels magnify. [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Do not dismiss the river * of my tears, O Virgin. * For in your womb you conceived and you carried Christ * the Lord who takes every teardrop away from every face. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

With joy, all-holy Virgin, * fill my heart to fullness, * having received, O pure Maiden, the fullness of joy * and thereby causing the sorrow of sin to disappear. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

For those who flee for safety * unto you, O Virgin, * be a retreat and a fortress immovable, * defense and shelter and refuge and joyous ecstasy. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

With rays of your effulgence * brighten us, O Virgin, * who in the Orthodox manner declare you to be * the Theotokos who drives out the gloom of ignorance. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Restore my health, O Virgin; * for because of illness, * I am reduced to a state of tormenting pain. * Transform my feeble condition into vitality. [SD]

Canon 2 for the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

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

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

Christ told you of your longed-for departure to Him, O Father, ⁄ as He did of old to Moses the God-seer, ⁄ whom you emulated through virtue. ⁄ You parted the sea of the passions ⁄ and passed over unhindered to the promised land, ⁄ conquering the enemy. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us.

You reposed like Elijah the zealot, ⁄ ascending to the heavens on a chariot of the virtues, venerable one, ⁄ where your way of life was openly recorded. ⁄ Now as you stand before the Master, ⁄ remember those who celebrate your brilliant and holy memory with faith! [OCA]

Glory.

Your way of life was angelic and filled with light, ⁄ most blessed and divinely wise one. ⁄ Your soul was most radiantly godly and your faith devout, ⁄ for you were a reteller of divine teachings, God-bearer, ⁄ and were shown to be a preacher of Orthodox doctrine. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Be a tower of salvation for me, pure one, ⁄ repelling the hordes of the demons ⁄ and driving away the tumult of temptations and tribulations, ⁄ repulsing the assault of the passions, ⁄ bestowing pure freedom and granting an abundance of the gifts of God! [OCA]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 3.

Theotokos, as the hope * of us Christians, one and all, * guard and shelter and protect * those who put their hope in you.

O believers, come let us perceive * a type in the law, and the shadow and the letter. * Every male that opens the womb shall be holy to God. * So the unoriginate Father's firstborn Logos and Son, * who is the firstborn of the Mother who knew not man, 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

Exaposteilarion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

God sanctified you from the time * that you were in your mother's womb, * as once He did Jeremiah * and Samuel, holy Father * Euthymius. He showed you forth * to be a prophet, working signs. * And now you dwell with the Angels. * We pray that you will remember * all us who with faith extol you. [SD]

Another.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

An Angel sent from God announced * your birth, as one of old foretold * the birth of John the Forerunner * from his mother who was barren. * And thus you emulated him, Euthymius, for you were reared * in the desert, you baptized, * and lived without house and possessions, * and with gifts of grace you shone forth. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

All-blameless one, you did indeed * ineffably give birth to God * in two wills and in two natures, * but in a single hypostasis. * And for our sakes He willingly * was poor and even crucified. * He generously granted us * the riches of the Godhead, * O Virgin Theotokos. [SD]

Lauds. Mode pl. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stichera. For the Devout Man.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. What a paradoxal.

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

O devout Father Efthymius, you left behind the mundane * and you faithfully followed Christ, * not preferring things that change * over things that forever remain. * You lived in deserts like others live in towns, * and there defeated demonic hosts, O Saint. * Oh! Who is competent * to extol the fervor of your holy soul * for the Lord, O glorious and ever-blessed one! [SD]

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

O devout Father Efthymius, you left behind the mundane * and you faithfully followed Christ, * not preferring things that change * over things that forever remain. * You lived in deserts like others live in towns, * and there defeated demonic hosts, O Saint. * Oh! Who is competent * to extol the fervor of your holy soul * for the Lord, O glorious and ever-blessed one! [SD]

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

O devout Father Efthymius, * you are the standard for all * who embrace the monastic life, * sweetness of the Orthodox, * and a bright light for all the world. * When you were living inside the cave, O Saint, * you did not cringe at the crafty foe's attacks. * Oh, how remarkable * was the gift of grace in you, O blessed man! * With it you have trampled down the demons' insolence. [SD]

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

O devout Father Efthymius, * you truly lifted your soul * up to God on the wings of love. * Through ascetic discipline, * you had rendered your senses pure. * O blessed Saint, for your never-ceasing prayers * you were admitted to everlasting life. * Oh, most distinguished man, * what a gem of an ascetic that you are! * Christ rejoiced and welcomed you into the mansions on high. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4.

We the multitudes of monastics honor you, Efthymius, as our teacher and guide. For through you we have learned to walk the truly straight and narrow path. Blessed are you, who served Christ and triumphed over the power of the enemy. As you consort now with the Angels and dwell with the Devout and Righteous, pray with them to the Lord, that He have mercy on our souls. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

Lady, receive the supplications of your servants, and rescue us from all necessity and affliction. [SD]

Great Doxology

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

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

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

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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

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

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

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4.

Sing, O desolate land that did not bear; be encouraged, you who have not been in labor. For a man, greatly beloved of the Spirit, has multiplied your children. He planted them in godliness, he reared them in self-control, and he raised them to perfection in virtue. At his intercession, O Christ our God, grant peace to our lives. [SD]

DEACON

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

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

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

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

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

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

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

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

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

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

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

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

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

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

PRIEST

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Lord, have mercy.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(Grant this, O Lord.)

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

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

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

PRIEST

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

(Amen.)

DEACON

Wisdom.

(Father, bless!)

PRIEST

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

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

READER

Amen.

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

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

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

Dismissal

PRIEST

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

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

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

(Amen.)