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Grave Mode. On Monday Morning

On Monday of the First Week at Matins

Menaion - March 15

Memory of the Holy Martyrs Agapius and those with him

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MATINS

CHOIR

Grave Mode.

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

Grave Mode.

O Lord, in Your highest power You are extolled by the cherubim, and in Your divine glory You are worshiped by the angels. Accept us sinners also, who dare unworthily to cry to You: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God! By the protection of the Bodiless Hosts have mercy on us. [SD]

Glory.

O my soul, cast off laziness as if it were sleep, and show the Judge that you have woken and are mending your ways, and with fear cry aloud: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God! By the intercessions of the Saints save us. [SD]

Both now.

To the unapproachable Godhead, the Trinity in Unity, let us send up the Thrice-Holy Hymn of the Seraphim; and with fear cry aloud: Holy, holy, holy are You, our 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.

Grave Mode.

Since repentance will cure you from all sickness, O my soul, ⁄ draw near to this house of healing with tears and sighs. ⁄ Cry out to the Physician of our bodies and souls: ⁄ O Lord and Lover of mankind: free me from my sins. ⁄ Number me with the harlot, the thief and the publican; ⁄⁄ grant me the forgiveness of my transgressions, O God, and save me. [OCA]

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

Grave Mode.

I have not emulated the repentance of the publican; ⁄ I have not gained the tears of the harlot. ⁄ In my blindness I cannot understand how to amend my life as they did. ⁄⁄ But in your compassion, O God, save me, as the Lover of mankind. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode.

O all-holy Virgin: you are higher in honor than the glorious Cherubim. ⁄ Unable to endure the divine splendor, ⁄ they veil their faces with their wings to perform their ministry; ⁄ but you gaze with your own eyes upon the incarnate Word. ⁄⁄ Pray to him without ceasing for our souls. [OCA]

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 2. N/M (Since you are the source.)

Let us acquire compunction of soul ⁄ as God-given first-fruits of the fast. ⁄ Let us cry: Accept our prayer as pure incense, O Christ our Master. ⁄ Deliver us, we entreat you, from the stench of corruption ⁄ and from fearful torment. ⁄⁄ for you alone are ready to forgive! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 2.

Grant us your mercy, Theotokos, fount of tender compassion. ⁄ Look upon the people who have sinned, ⁄ and manifest, as always your power. ⁄ For trusting in you, we cry out as once did Gabriel, chief of the bodiless hosts: ⁄⁄ Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you! [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 2.

Let us begin the all-holy season of fasting with joy; ⁄ let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God: ⁄ with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, ⁄ the strength of good courage and the purity of holiness! ⁄ So, clothed in garments of light, ⁄ let us hasten to the holy resurrection on the third day, ⁄⁄ that shines on the world with the glory of eternal life! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 2.

Beyond all hope, I am wondrously set free, Mother of God, ⁄ from all that troubles me, ⁄ for I have obtained in my distress your invincible intercession! ⁄ You are always swift to help those who beseech you in faith, ⁄ dispelling the darkness of their many sins. ⁄ Therefore, with thanksgiving, I cry to you: ⁄ Accept, Lady, this small offering of grateful praise, ⁄⁄ and be my help in all things! [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 Martyrs.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos (not metered).

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

Using the words of Moses * and the people, let us sing unto the Lord, * who led them through the Red Sea. * Only He is triumphantly glorified. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O Martyrs, as you dwell in the tabernacles of heaven, guard illumination to the people that commemorate you on the earth. [un]

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

O Martyrs, as you dwell in the tabernacles of heaven, guard illumination to the people that commemorate you on the earth. [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 champions of Christ of the highest nobility, you were shown to be towers of the Church. You tore down the walls of the insanity of idolatry. [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 immitable Martyr Agapios, you were wounded with the love of the Ruler of all. You were excited to give your life for Him. [un]

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

Theotokion.

O Virgin, bright illumination to the eyes of my soul by the bright Light which dawned from you, so that I may magnify you. [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 2. N/M (Peoples, now come.)

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]

How shall I begin to weep for my failures? ⁄ Where can I make a start for salvation? ⁄ I have lived as a Prodigal. ⁄ Save me by the ways that are Your, Bountiful One. [OCA]

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

This is the time of repentance. ⁄ This is the day of salvation. ⁄ This is the beginning of the fast. ⁄ Be vigilant, my soul! ⁄ Close the door of your passions, and seek the Lord. [OCA]

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

The tempest of my sins has drawn me to the depths of despair. ⁄ But I flee to the sea of Your mercy: ⁄ O Lord, save me! [OCA]

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

Theotokion.

O Maiden, who gave birth to the source of dispassion, heal me who am wounded by the passions, and snatch me from the eternal fire, O Lady grace by God. [SD]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode 2. N/M (Peoples, now come.)

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

O peoples, come and let us welcome today the gift of Lent, as a God-given season of repentance; and during it, let us seek the Savior's forgiveness. [SD]

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

This is the time of great spiritual efforts, ⁄ The course of the Fast. ⁄ Let us all begin with sincerity, ⁄ Bearing good works to the Lord as gifts. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Let us praise the simple unity of three Lights, ⁄ The most powerful and ever-existing and ever-acting Lord and God: ⁄ The Father Almighty, the Son and the Spirit! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us sing of the holy mount of God, ⁄ of the immaculate Mary, ⁄ From whom the Sun of Righteousness arose, ⁄ And shone light on those who were in darkness: ⁄ Christ the life of all. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The fiery chariot received Elijah ⁄ who was strengthened by fasting. ⁄ By Fasting, Moses was a seer of ineffable things, ⁄ and by it, we shall see Christ. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Adam ate the food ⁄ and was cast out of paradise for his indulgence. ⁄ But we receive the fast with joy, Lord: ⁄ Show us worthy of perfect repentance, Lover of mankind. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Come, people, let us sing a song to Christ our God ⁄ Who parted the sea and through it led His people ⁄ whom He had brought out of the bondage of Egypt: ⁄ For He has been glorified! [OCA]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos (not metered).

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

No one is holy like You are, O Lord, and no one is righteous like You our God. All creation extols You. No one is holy except for You, O Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O Martyr Agapios, you were ignited with the flame of Christ’s love. You extinguished the pyre of the insanity of idolatry by the rivers of your blood. Therefore we honor you. [un]

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

O Martyr Agapios, you were ignited with the flame of Christ’s love. You extinguished the pyre of the insanity of idolatry by the rivers of your blood. Therefore we honor you. [un]

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

O blessed ones, through grace you were blades neatly slicing through tens of thousands of demons. Now you have joyously been gathered to the tens of thousands of noetic beings. [un]

Glory.

O divine Martyrs, you completed the racetrack of martyrdom with a noble temperament of spirit. You achieved the Kingdom of above. It is there that you held your citizenship. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Mother who is a virgin unto eternity, we have come to know the Creator. Because of his precious mercy, to those of us who praise you did He manifested in a body from your light-bearing womb. [un]

Heirmos.

No one is holy like You are, O Lord, and no one is righteous like You our God. All creation extols You. No one is holy except for You, O Lord. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

May the seven-fold choir of the Martyrs be praised. They warded off every danger and trial from us, because they are custodians of the Faith and fortresses of the Church. The legions of demons are routed with fear by them, and while giving us their peace, they pray to the Master for us. [un]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

O Maiden, we know you to be the Theotokos. You are indeed a virgin even after you gave birth. We run to your goodness and kindness with faith and yearning. For you are truly the one who holds us sinners in your safe-keeping. You are the only all-blameless one, and you are our deliverance in troubles and temptations. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

The Prophet understood that You would be incarnate * from the Theotokos when he had considered * with divine vision, O Logos, the shaded mountain. * Afraid, he glorified Your power, O Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O Agapios, you nobily mimicked the sufferings of Christ, for whom you intensely longed for. You were willingly slain as though you were a lamb. You are a great Martyr who deserves our devotion. [un]

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

O Agapios, you nobily mimicked the sufferings of Christ, for whom you intensely longed for. You were willingly slain as though you were a lamb. You are a great Martyr who deserves our devotion. [un]

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

O wise Martyrs, You completely gave yourselves over to the sword. You colored your raiment with scarlet by your blood, and now clothed in it, you traverse about in the Heavens. [un]

Glory.

You had such a passionate love for God! Because of this you gave up the entirety of your will. By yielding to a brutal death, you have been guaranteed eternal life. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O pure and immaculate Virgin, you were given the Word to carry in your womb as though He were fragrant myrrh that washes the world of the putrid stench of sin. Therefore, we faithfully call you blessed. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode v. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

You lit the world with knowledge * of God, and woke it from night-time of ignorance. * Lord, illumine me also * with the morning light of Your love for man. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O glorious Agapios, you became admired in works as well as in name. You struggled for the love of our God, who is the King of all. [un]

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

O glorious Agapios, you became admired in works as well as in name. You struggled for the love of our God, who is the King of all. [un]

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

O holy Martyrs, you deflected the speech of the clever despot. You totally demolished the army of the demons by serving as the infantry of Christ. [un]

Glory.

O Martyrs of Christ, you threw down the heedless conceit of the unrighteous by your holy struggles. You took up the crown of everlasting life. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

We faithfully bless you, O Mother of God, with holy songs of praise, crying: Rejoice, O gate by which only the Lord has ever crossed. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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

Be gracious to me, O Lord, * for many are my iniquities; * and bring me up from the deep * of evils, I supplicate. * For I have cried out to You, God of my salvation. * O my Savior, hearken unto me. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

Let us sing of the famous Agapios, Timolaos, Romulos, the two by the name of Alexander, and the two by the name of Dionysios. They battled with firmness in the contest, and the countless masses of the opposition were wrestled to the ground. [un]

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

Let us sing of the famous Agapios, Timolaos, Romulos, the two by the name of Alexander, and the two by the name of Dionysios. They battled with firmness in the contest, and the countless masses of the opposition were wrestled to the ground. [un]

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

O Martyrs, rivers of cures spring from you as though a fountain. You divinely clean those born on earth of all their passions. Therefore we faithfully and joyfully praise your excellent works. [un]

Glory.

O seven Martyrs, you completed the sacred trial in obedience, and by your obedience did the almighty hand crown you as citizens of Heaven and cohorts of the Angels. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Bride of God who is all-blameless, you have caused the flora of the wicked to wilt by your holy Scion. Pull out the evil of the enemy by the root, which sprouts up inside me every day. [un]

Heirmos.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, * for many are my iniquities; * and bring me up from the deep * of evils, I supplicate. * For I have cried out to You, God of my salvation. * O my Savior, hearken unto me. [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. Grave Mode.

The saints, O Lord, contended bravely on this earth; ⁄ they trampled the enemy and overthrew the error of idolatry. ⁄ Therefore they received crowns from you, O loving Master, ⁄⁄ the God of all compassion, who grants us great mercy. [OCA]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On March 15 we commemorate the holy martyr Agapios and those with him: Plesius, Romulus, Timolaos, two named Alexander, and two named Dionysius.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Apostle Aristobulos, Bishop of Britain, brother of Barnabas the Apostle.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Nicander of Egpyt.

The holy new martyr Manuel the Cretan, who witnessed in Chios in the year 1792, died by the sword.

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

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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

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. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O renowned hoplites, you willingly yielded yourselves to be slain as though lambs. You had no fear of the tortures, but you cried out in joy: O God of our Fathers, blessed are You. [un]

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

O renowned hoplites, you willingly yielded yourselves to be slain as though lambs. You had no fear of the tortures, but you cried out in joy: O God of our Fathers, blessed are You. [un]

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

O Martyr Agapios, you were made radiant with the love of the Ruler of all. You yielded your head to the sword and were added to the horde of the Martyrs, exclaiming, O God of our Fathers, blessed are You. [un]

Glory.

O glorious Martyrs, you are as though a lampstand with seven branches that stands in the temple of the Lord. You illumine the world with the wick of grace, as the world exclaims: O God of our Fathers, blessed are You. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-blameless one, free me from the shackles of transgressions beyond expression. Give me a torrent of tears as I chant to Him who dawned from you: O God of our Fathers, blessed are You. [un]

Ode viii.

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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

O extol Him, who on the holy mountain * showed His glory, as Lord, * and in the bush with fire * revealed to Moses knowledge of the mystery * of the Ever-Virgin, supremely exalting Him unto all the ages. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

As healers of various maladies who use the surgery of the Holy Spirit, cure all of our diseases, that we may commend you and glorify your holy memory. [un]

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

As healers of various maladies who use the surgery of the Holy Spirit, cure all of our diseases, that we may commend you and glorify your holy memory. [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]

O Martyr Agapios, you loved God while He loved you. Because of this, He accepted you and your companions with similar fervor into the heavenly bridal chambers when you had completed your holy trials. [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 Martyrs of the Lord, you were strengthened through your faith in the Master. You defeated the dominion of the liar. You abide in heavenly rest after you were gloriously clothed in victory. [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 you who gave birth to the Spring of Dispassion, bring healing to the passions of my heart. Lead me to the holy life, so that I may glorify you forever, O Mother of the Savior. [un]

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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]

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From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

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

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]

Christ, by the light of the fear of You, ⁄ renew my soul, ⁄ which is in darkness and burning with bitterness; ⁄ show me the light of salvation so that I may glorify You forever. [OCA]

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

Having despised the fullness of passions, my humble soul, ⁄ be nourished by food of good deeds. ⁄ Take joy in the sweetness of fasting, ⁄ avoiding the woe of sweetness, ⁄ and be enriched forever. [OCA]

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

My soul was blinded, darkened by the drunkenness of passions. ⁄ In no way can I look to You, O God. ⁄ Therefore, be bountiful to me and enlighten me ⁄ and open to me the gates of true repentance. [OCA]

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.

Pure Virgin, ⁄ you have transformed our earthly and corruptible existence ⁄ into a spiritual heaven. ⁄ By your prayers, direct our entreaties and supplications to your Son, ⁄ the God and King of all. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. (N/M)

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

Faithful, Let us enter the fast with joy! ⁄ Let us not be sad, ⁄ but let us clean our faces with the waters of passionlessness, ⁄ blessing and exalting Christ forever! [OCA]

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

Anointing our heads with the oil of mercy, ⁄ let us not use many words ⁄ praying to our Father who is in heaven, ⁄ but let us bless and exalt Christ forever! [OCA]

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.

Faithful, let us hymn the Father, ⁄ ever-existing from before eternity; ⁄ the Son, who is equally without beginning ⁄ and the Spirit, shining forth from the Father: ⁄ the three consubstantial persons, ⁄ one aIl-powerful principle and Authority. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mary, the chosen of God, ⁄ the true purification of the faithful: ⁄ from you, forgiveness is given to all in abundance. ⁄ Do not cease to intercede before your Son and Lord ⁄ for all who sing and magnify you! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord consecrated and sanctified these Forty Days of the Fast ⁄ by fasting Himself for forty days. ⁄ Having entered into them, brethren, let us cry aloud: ⁄ Blessing and exalting Christ forever! [OCA]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Let us sing with joy to the Lord ⁄ who sprinkled dew upon the Hebrew Youths of old ⁄ and marvelously burned the Chaldeans in the furnace: ⁄ bless and exalt him forever! [OCA]

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 Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

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.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

O champions, you were beautified with the divine splendor of martyrdom. You now rejoice with the Lord forever as you stand in His presence. [un]

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

O champions, you were beautified with the divine splendor of martyrdom. You now rejoice with the Lord forever as you stand in His presence. [un]

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

O Martyrs, the Angels led you into the heavenly city with the light that never wanes when you were separated from your bodies. [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 glorious Martyrs, continue to remember us to God as we commemorate your holy memorial on this day. [un]

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

Theotokion.

O one without blame, enlighten me who a in the murkiness foolhardiness by the light of contrition so that I may glorify and sing hymns of your wonderful works. [un]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. N/M (Being from God.)

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]

This is the first day of the Fast. ⁄ For you, soul, let it be the setting aside of sin, ⁄ the return to God; to life with Him. ⁄ Flee from the abyss of evil. ⁄ Love only those ways which lead to peace, ⁄ resting before and within God. [OCA]

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

Having been tempted by foul thoughts, ⁄ I have sinned in the flesh, ⁄ but yet I cry out: Save me, Lord; ⁄ save me, only gracious One. ⁄ Do not condemn me to the fires of Gehenna, ⁄ though I am fully worthy of such condemnation. [OCA]

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]

Clothed with the radiant garments of the Fast, ⁄ let us shed the dark and grevious garments of debauchery, ⁄ so that, illumined by divine good works, ⁄ we may behold in faith the radiant Passion of the Savior. [OCA]

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

Theotokion.

Heal my wretched soul, ⁄ made weak by the attacks of the most evil devil, ⁄ most pure Queen, who gave birth to the healer, Christ, ⁄ the Redemption of us who know you, ⁄ undefiled Virgin and Handmaiden. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. (N/M)

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]

Now the time of the holy Fast has come. ⁄ Let us begin it with a return to good actions, ⁄ for it is written, In quarrels and fights, you shall not fast. [OCA]

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

Cleansed by fasting on Mount Horeb, ⁄ Elijah saw God. ⁄ Let us also cleanse our hearts with fasting, ⁄ and we shall see Christ. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I bow down to the one Essence; ⁄ I sing to the three Persons: ⁄ the One God of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ⁄ the ever-existing Life. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

The pure One bears a Child; ⁄ the Virgin gives milk. How can this be? ⁄ The Virgin has borne; God has done it! ⁄ Do not ask me how this can be! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Only one day, he said, ⁄ is the life of those on earth. ⁄ For those who make the effort in love, ⁄ there are Forty Days of the Fast ⁄ for us to accomplish with joy! [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Faithful, let us magnify the Theotokos ⁄ who has ineffably given birth in the flesh to the Word of God ⁄ who shone from the Father before all ages! [OCA]

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 - - -

Grave Mode.

Awaken me, O Lord, that I may sing Your praises; and teach me to do Your will, by the protection of the Bodiless Hosts, and save me. [SD]

Awaken me, O Lord, that I may sing Your praises; and teach me to do Your will, by the intercessions of the Saints, and save me. [SD]

Awaken me, O Lord, that I may sing Your praises; and teach me to do Your will, 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.

The Fast is here, the mother of chastity, ⁄ the accuser of sins, the advocate of repentance ⁄ the life of angels and the salvation of men, ⁄ faithful, let us cry: ⁄⁄ O God, 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]

The Fast is here, the mother of chastity, ⁄ the accuser of sins, the advocate of repentance ⁄ the life of angels and the salvation of men, ⁄ faithful, let us cry: ⁄⁄ O God, 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! ⁄ Though on earth they endured great sufferings, ⁄ they achieved the rank of angels. ⁄ They did not care for the flesh ⁄ and became equals to the bodiless hosts. ⁄⁄ By their prayers, Lord, save our souls. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1.

We magnify you in song, Mother of God: ⁄ pure Virgin, more holy than the Cherubim, ⁄ for with souls and bodies we confess you to be the Theotokos ⁄ who truly gave birth to the incarnate God. ⁄⁄ Pure one, intercede for our souls. [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…"

As the following Theotokion is being sung by the left choir, all the faithful in attendance file past the priest (or hierarch if present) to kiss his hand and receive forgiveness.

CHOIR

Mode 2. Joseph took You down.

All those who for refuge flee with faith * unto you, O good one, you shelter beneath your mighty hand. * We your servants have no other intercessor like you * always praying to God for us * in dangers and sorrows, * sinners that we are, bent down because of many misdeeds. * Therefore, we fall prostrate before you. * Rescue us from every affliction, * since you are the Mother of the Most High God. [SD]

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )