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Grave Mode. On Tuesday Morning

On Tuesday of the First Week at Matins

Menaion - March 16

Memory of the Holy Martyr Sabinos the Egyptian

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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 intercessions of the Forerunner save 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 10. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma I. For compunction.

Grave Mode.

Thou hast accepted the tears of Peter and the Harlot, and Thou hast justified the Publican when he groaned from the depths of his heart. My sins have brought me to despair, O Saviour: take pity on me also and save me. [KW]

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

Grave Mode.

Peter's denial Thou hast washed away with his tears; the Publican's sins Thou hast forgiven when he cried to Thee in sorrow. O Lord who lovest man, glory to Thee. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode.

You have surpassed the Powers of heaven, for you have become the Temple of God, O blessed Theotokos, by giving birth to Christ, the Savior of our souls. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 11. 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.

The grace of the holy fast is most blessed: ⁄ for through fasting Moses was glorified, ⁄ receiving the Law written upon tablets. ⁄ Through fasting the three Children were made stronger than the fire! ⁄ Let us, then, quench the burning passions of the flesh. ⁄ Let us cry out to Christ the Savior: ⁄⁄ grant us all conversion and deliver us from gehenna! [OCA]

Glory. Another.

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

The season of repentance is at hand: ⁄ show the fruits of abstinence, O my soul! ⁄ Consider those who repented in the past ⁄ and cry aloud to Christ: ⁄ I have sinned, O loving Master; save me, ⁄ as you saved the Publican who sighed with sorrow from his heart, ⁄⁄ for you alone are rich in mercy! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

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

Theotokos, the fervent advocate of Christians, ⁄ ever entreat your Son, ⁄ that he may deliver us from all the malice and cunning of the enemy, ⁄ and in his tender mercy, grant us the forgiveness of our sins, ⁄⁄ at your intercessions, Mother and Virgin! [OCA]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 12. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma III. From the Triodion.

Mode pl. 1.

As we begin the second day of saving abstinence, ⁄ we cry to you, O Lord: ⁄ Pierce our hearts with compunction, ⁄ for we are your servants, ⁄ and accept the prayers we offer you in fear. ⁄ Allow us to complete the course of the fast without stumbling, ⁄⁄ granting us cleansing and great mercy! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1. N/M (Let us worship the Word.)

Root that has put forth the divine flower, ⁄ tabernacle and candlestick, ⁄ golden vessel of manna, ⁄ holy table bearing the bread of life: ⁄ with John the Forerunner, intercede before him ⁄ since he is your Son and God, ⁄ that he may grant mercy and salvation to us all ⁄⁄ who acknowledge you to be the Theotokos! [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. )

Note that, because AGES does not yet have access to a full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration, which differs from the Menaion canon in Greek. This may result in differences in the Heirmoi and the mode of the Magnificat.

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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

On crossing the water as though dry land, * escaping from Egypt * and its miseries in his flight, * the Israelite raised his voice and cried aloud, * 'To our Redeemer and our God now let us sing!' [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Revered Martyr of Christ, having accomplished the godly contest, you have been found worthy of the heavenly kingdom, as you intercede on behalf of the world. [EL]

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

Revered Martyr of Christ, having accomplished the godly contest, you have been found worthy of the heavenly kingdom, as you intercede on behalf of the world. [EL]

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

By godly struggles you changed the tyrant's decree; but, brave athlete, I beg you by your mediations take pity on me, who am always being changed for the worse. [EL]

Glory.

You were declared to be a temple of the all-powerful, O Martyr of Christ; by your prayers show those who sing your praises in your honoured shrine to be the dwellings of the Spirit. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

He who is full empties himself, O Pure one, in your womb, yet does not empty his Father's bosom; implore him therefore to grant salvation to those who honour you with faith. [EL]

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READER

Ode Two

Glory to You, our God; glory to You!

Take heed, O heaven, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. [SAAS]

Let my proverbial saying be awaited as the rain, and let my words come down as raindrops on the wild grass, and as snowfall on the sown grass.

For I invoke the Lord's name: ascribe greatness to our God.

He is God, His works are true; and all His ways are judgment.

A faithful God and without injustice; righteous and holy is the Lord.

They sinned; the blameworthy children are not His, a generation twisted and perverse. Is this how you repay the Lord?

O foolish and unwise people, is He not your Father, who acquired you? Has He not made and created you?

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.

Ask your father, and he will tell you; your elders, and they will tell you:

When the Most High divided the nations, when He scattered the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the nations by the number of God's angels.

For the Lord's portion became the people of Jacob; the allotment of His inheritance is Israel.

He provided for him in the desert, in thirst of heat in a waterless place. He encircled him; He instructed him; He guarded him carefully as the apple of His eye.

As an eagle covers its nest, yearns after its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its back.

So the Lord alone led them, and there was no foreign god with them.

He raised them on the strength of the land; He fed them on the produce of the fields.

He suckled them on honey from the rock and oil from the solid rock.

Butter of oxen and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs and goats, of sons of bulls and goats, with the choicest wheat; and you drank wine, the blood of grapes.

So Jacob ate and was filled, and the beloved kicked; he grew fat, he grew thick, he is obese. Then he forsook God who made him and stood back from God his Savior.

They provoked Me to wrath against foreign gods; with their abominations they embittered Me.

They sacrificed to demons, and not to God, to gods they did not know; new ones, recent gods arrived, which their fathers did not know.

You abandoned the God who begot you, and forgot the God who nourished you.

So the Lord saw it, and was jealous; and He was provoked to anger by His sons and daughters.

Then He said, I will turn My face from them, and I will make known what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, sons in whom is no faith.

They provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they moved Me to anger by their idols; but I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.

For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest Hades; it shall consume the land with its produce And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

I will gather evils on them; I will spend My arrows on them.

They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by birds and incurable disease; I will also send against them the teeth of wild animals With the anger of things crawling on the earth.

The sword shall make them childless outside, and fear from the inner chambers, for the young man and virgin, the nursing child with the elder of gray hairs.

I said, I will scatter them; I will make their memory cease from among men.

But for the wrath of the enemy, lest they live long, lest their adversary make a joint attack.

Lest they should say, "Our hand is high; and it is not the Lord who did all this."

For they are a nation void of counsel, nor is there understanding in them. They were not wise to understand these things.

Let them be concerned for the coming time.

How could one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight unless God had sold them, and the Lord delivered them up?

For our God is not like their gods, but our enemies are foolish.

For their vineyard is of the vineyard of Sodom, and their vine is of Gomorrah. Their grapes are grapes of gall; their clusters are bitter.

Their wine is the wrath of serpents, and the incurable wrath of asps.

Behold, is this not laid up in store with Me, sealed up among My treasures?

I shall repay on the day of vengeance; in time, when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and is waiting, ready for them.

For the Lord will judge His people, and have compassion on His servants.

For He sees them disabled and left in distress and weakened.

The Lord said, 'Where are their gods in which they trusted?'

Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise and help you and be your defender.

Now see, I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hands.

For I raise My hand to heaven, and I swear by My right hand, and say, "As I live forever."

For I whet My sword like lightning; and My hand takes hold on judgment. I will render vengeance on My enemies, and repay those who hate Me.

I will make My arrows drunk from blood; and My sword shall devour flesh from the blood of the slain and the captives, from the heads of the leaders of the enemy.

Rejoice, O Heavens, together with Him, and worship Him, all the sons of God.

Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; and let all the angels of God be strong with Him; for He will avenge the blood of His sons and render vengeance to His adversaries; and the Lord will purify His people's land. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

CHOIR

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ii. Mode 2. Heirmos (not metered).

Behold; behold! I am he ⁄ who saved the people of Israel in the sea ⁄ and nourished them in the wilderness. ⁄ I drew water from a rock for mortal men ⁄ so that I might raise up the one who had fallen into corruption, ⁄ and draw him to me by my mercy. (2) [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Soul, be temperant; ⁄ be vigilant, sigh and weep. ⁄ Reject all the burden of sin by fasting. ⁄ Flee from the fire of passions by true and fervent repentance, ⁄ and rending the garments of mourning with tears, be clothed anew. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let us all leave behind the base assaults of the pleasures, and let us approach the mountain of excellent actions. And as we enter the dark cloud of divine contemplation, let be mystically deified and see only Christ, that beloved beauty. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Woe is me! Who will I become? ⁄ And what shall I do? ⁄ I have committed sins without conscience, ⁄ and have not feared the Master. ⁄ Therefore, even before the Judgment, I stand condemned. ⁄ Save me and bring me back, O righteous and gracious Judge, ⁄ though I have angered You more than all other men. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Unsown earth, which brought forth the Nourisher of all: ⁄ He who opened His hands, and of His own good will ⁄ satisfies every living thing by His power: ⁄ strengthen with the Living Bread ⁄ the hearts weakened by satisfaction with wicked transgression. [OCA]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ii. Mode pl. 1. (N/M)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Come, let us gather in the chamber of our soul, ⁄ rendering prayers to the Lord and crying: ⁄ Our Father, in heaven, ⁄ forgive and remit our transgressions, ⁄ since You alone are compassionate! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Showing our souls joyful in the Fast, ⁄ let us not grieve the loss of our days of pleasure, ⁄ for this loss brings instruction in virtue. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

The Unity of three Persons, ⁄ unoriginate, uncreated Lord, ⁄ King of all the ages, ⁄ A multitude of angels and all mortal nature glorify You: ⁄ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us hymn the most virtuous glory of mankind, ⁄ for in her we have been deified: ⁄ You have borne, for our sake, the God and Savior, ⁄ the Christ who has released us from the curse. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Who quenched the flames? ⁄ Who closed the mouths of beasts? ⁄ The Fast, which delivered the Youths from the furnace, ⁄ and Daniel the prophet from the teeth of the lion. ⁄ So let us even now welcome it, brethren. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode pl. 1.

Behold, behold that I am God! ⁄ By my own will I was clothed in the flesh so that I might save Adam, ⁄ who had fallen into sin by the deceit of the enemy! [OCA]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

You are the foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you; you are the light of those in darkness; and my spirit sings your praise. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Abandoning race and fame, Martyr of Christ, you were eager to die; and so you enjoy eternal life. [EL]

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

Abandoning race and fame, Martyr of Christ, you were eager to die; and so you enjoy eternal life. [EL]

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

Give help, O Martyr, to us who are always endangered by the insults of the world and by fearful troubles. [EL]

Glory.

You have found bliss and are full of every illumination; intercede then, O Champion, that all may be enriched with righteousness. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You carried the ear of corn that had not been husbanded, O Immaculate, which nourishes the hearts of all of us who faithfully sing your praise. [EL]

Heirmos.

You are the foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you; you are the light of those in darkness; and my spirit sings your praise. [EL]

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.

Mode pl. 1. N/M (Let us worship the Word.)

Radiant with the forms of virtues, made beautiful by the light of martyrdom, you shine more brightly than the sun, wise Martyr, strong as steel, and you truly illumine those who faithfully celebrate your light-bearing memorial, all-glorious Champion, and who venerate your relics. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1. N/M (Let us worship the Word.)

Hail gate of the Lord, through which none may pass; hail wall and protection of those who flee to you; hail haven without storms and who did not know wedlock; who bore in the flesh your Maker and God, do not cease to intercede for those who hymn and worship your offspring. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

I have heard, Lord, the mystery * of your dispensation, I heard and was afraid, * I have meditated on your works * and exalt and glorify your Deity. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I have disregarded God's laws, I have lived in every lawlessness; hasten, holy Martyr, help me, who am under condemnation, I implore you. [EL]

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

I have disregarded God's laws, I have lived in every lawlessness; hasten, holy Martyr, help me, who am under condemnation, I implore you. [EL]

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

Bound for the Lord's sake, you undid all the wickedness of the foe; from which save, O Martyr, all those who faithfully make their prayer to you. [EL]

Glory.

On the day of judgement, when we stand before the Lord to be judged, become a helper for us who are under condemnation, glorious Martyr. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You gave a body to God, who dwelt in you in a manner past understanding; ask him, O All-blameless, that we may be found worthy of eternal glory. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

Rising at dawn, O Lord, we cry out to you, 'Save us! For you are our God, we know no other but you'. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

United with the heavenly powers, brave Champion, intercede that those who sing your praise on earth may be saved. [EL]

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

United with the heavenly powers, brave Champion, intercede that those who sing your praise on earth may be saved. [EL]

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

Heal, I cry to you, revered Martyr, the chronic passions of my soul, by making supplication to the Lover of mankind. [EL]

Glory.

In accordance with laws you competed; empower us then to keep the laws of the Almighty, glorious Martyr. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, implore your Son to give us pardon of faults and his mercy. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Have mercy on me, O Saviour, for my offences are many; and bring me up from the deep of evils, I beg; for to you I have cried; and hearken to me, O God of my salvation. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Wise Martyr, a light which never sets has dawned for you who struggled, and holy tents of joy received you. As you dwell in them remember those who sing your praise on earth. [EL]

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

Wise Martyr, a light which never sets has dawned for you who struggled, and holy tents of joy received you. As you dwell in them remember those who sing your praise on earth. [EL]

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

Revered Martyr, you accomplished great struggles on earth; by your sacred prayers rescue us from great evils, dangers and tribulations, that we may glorify you with love. [EL]

Glory.

Do not declare me, Jesus, to be one condemned when I stand before your dread throne, O Word; but take pity, save me at the godly mediations of your Saint, O you of many mercies. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Hallow my mind and guide my soul to light, All-holy Maiden, Mother of God and ever-Virgin who ineffably bore God who rests among the saints. [EL]

Heirmos.

Have mercy on me, O Saviour, for my offences are many; and bring me up from the deep of evils, I beg; for to you I have cried; and hearken to me, O God of my salvation. [EL]

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.

Be glad, O you righteous; let the heavens sing for joy. For when the Martyrs competed, they trampled the enemy, and they brought down the deception of the idols. Let the Church leap for joy, as she celebrates the Judge of the contest, Christ our God, who alone confers victory, and who grants the world the great mercy. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On March 16 we commemorate the holy Martyr Sabine of Egypt.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Papas.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Julian of Cilicia.

On this day Saint John of Rufinianae died in peace.

On this day the holy Martyr Romanos of Parium died by the sword.

On this day the holy Ten Martyrs of Phoenicia died by the sword.

On this day Saint Alexandrion, Pope fo Rome, died in peace.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Aninas the Wonder-worker.

On this day, we also commemorate our devout father Christodoulos the Wonder-worker, who lived in asceticism in the holy Monastery of John the Theologian, where his precious relic also lies.

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

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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

The Three Youths from Judea * who attained to the faith of the holy Trinity * in Babylon of old, * sang out as they trampled * on the furnace's raging flames, * 'Blessed are you, O God, the God of our Fathers!' [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Joy of Martyrs, save me from the world's stumbling blocks, the dishonour of passions and every tribulation, and grant that I may sing each day: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

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

Joy of Martyrs, save me from the world's stumbling blocks, the dishonour of passions and every tribulation, and grant that I may sing each day: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

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

My good protector, do not utterly despise me who am storm-tossed by the troubles of life, but take pity on me by your prayers, and save me who sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

Glory.

Save me, all-blessed one, by your fervent help from foul sloth, dread sin and blackness, for I have recourse to you in faith, that I may faithfully honour you to all the ages. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Having squandered the years of my life in great indifference, O Virgin, I fall down before you and cry out: Rouse me, save me, as I cry to your Son: God of our fathers, blessed are you! [EL]

Ode viii.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Victorious by your grace over tyrant and over flame, the Youths, firmly upholding your commandments, cried out, 'All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages'. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You were tried, O invincible, like gold in a fire of torments, and were revealed as an imprint of the sufferings of Christ as you cried out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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

You were tried, O invincible, like gold in a fire of torments, and were revealed as an imprint of the sufferings of Christ as you cried out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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]

By your prayers, holy Martyr, save me who am storm-tossed and trapped by the dread deceptions of the Stranger, as I cry out: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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]

You abolished all the power of the boaster, deliver me, glorious Martyr, from his wickedness as I cry aloud: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

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

Theotokion.

You gave birth ineffably to the benefactor who became man through compassion, Mother of God, and who saves those who sing: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [EL]

(read)

Intermediate Verses of Ode Eight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. N/M (Within the bush.)

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]

Soul, put aside the wicked sleep of laziness, ⁄ and persevere with sincere vigilance in the Lord's commands. ⁄ The torch-bearing Bridegroom is drawing near; ⁄ let us hasten to greet Him! [OCA]

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

Wounded by wicked pleasures, ⁄ heal me with the bountiful cure of Your merciful divine will, O Word, ⁄ and I will glorify You with thanksgiving 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]

Restrain yourself, soul, from harmful passions, ⁄ from hate and envy and from every evil. ⁄ Be nourished in the Fast with the spiritual meat from heaven, ⁄ which is the Word of God. [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 Bearer of God, ⁄ heal the inclinations of my soul, ⁄ the passions of my heart; the instability of my mind. ⁄ You are the only helper of us sinners; the invincible wall. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 1. (N/M)

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

Having raised our souls toward heaven through abstinence, ⁄ let us offer acceptable prayers to the Lord. [OCA]

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

Receiving the spirit of compunction, ⁄ let us weep for the salvation of our souls, ⁄ glorifying Christ throughout all ages. [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.

Trinity consubstantial, ⁄ Unity uncreated, God of all: ⁄ we exalt You throughout all ages. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Pray for all those who magnify you in song, pure One. ⁄ Deliver them from all temptations and dangers. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Spitting out the food of the rich, ⁄ come, let us fast with Lazarus, ⁄ that we also may be comforted in the bosom of Abraham. [OCA]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode pl. 1.

The Maker of all creation ⁄ whom the angels all fear: ⁄ sing and exalt him, people, throughout all ages! [OCA]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Note that the mode of the Magnificat may differ from the Greek, because the Heirmos of Ode ix presented here differs from the Greek. Because AGES does not yet have access to a full Menaion in English, we are using a general canon for today's commemoration.

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]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

Everything that hears trembles at the ineffable condescension of God: how the Most High came down even to take a body and become man of a virgin womb; and so we faithful magnify the immaculate Mother of God. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

That with godly voices we may call you blessed, revered Martyr, who nobly struggled and smashed the goads of the deceiver, save us, who have gained you as our noble protector, from dangers, afflictions and troubles of many kinds. [EL]

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

That with godly voices we may call you blessed, revered Martyr, who nobly struggled and smashed the goads of the deceiver, save us, who have gained you as our noble protector, from dangers, afflictions and troubles of many kinds. [EL]

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

Like the dawn, like the morning star you have dawned, revered Martyr, and enlightened by your teachings all the ends of the earth, and banished the dread darkness of the demons; and so enlighten me, darkened in soul by sloth. [EL]

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]

Establish all those who faithfully ever take refuge under your protection, revered Martyr, lest we be overwhelmed by life's troubles and the wiles of the evil one, who year by year magnify and glorify you. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

Wretch that I am, I tremble at your impartial tribunal, O only King; keep me then uncondemned in your compassion, the all-pure Lady, who ineffably gave you a body, implore s you insistently, O Christ of many mercies. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. N/M (Among the earthborn.)

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]

Who among men has sinned against the Lord as much as I? ⁄ Who has remained in sin for as long as I, a wretched man? ⁄ But, O God, the Fountain of mercy, have compassion on me. [OCA]

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

Angelic powers who look on God, ⁄ entreat the One who is quick to forgive, ⁄ to save the soul, lost and adrift on the sea of this life's pleasures, ⁄ in a tempest of passions, ⁄ suffering from attacks of hostile spirits. [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]

Come, soul, take wing. ⁄ By the efforts of the fast arise from indolence. ⁄ Be filled with the vision of joy, ⁄ and behold God in faith! [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.

Who can worthily proclaim your praise, ⁄ pure Virgin who gave birth ineffably to the exalted Master and Lord, ⁄ to whom the angelic hosts sing praise. ⁄ Pray to Him for all of us who have sinned exceedingly, ⁄ unwedded Bride. [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 1. (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]

This is the acceptable time. ⁄ This is the time for repentance. ⁄ Let us offer our virtues to God as gifts, ⁄ and set aside the works of darkness, ⁄ by putting on the armor of light ⁄ as the apostle Paul proclaims. [OCA]

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

As the Lord killed the enemy by fasting, ⁄ so let us also come to destroy his arrows and spears, ⁄ saying: Get behind me, Satan! ⁄ when he comes to tempt us. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I hymn the Trinity in Unity: ⁄ eternal, honorable, life-giving; ⁄ indivisible, consubstantial. ⁄ Unbegotten Father, begotten Word and Son, and Holy Spirit, ⁄ save us who hymn You! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Your fruit is above all understanding, Mother of God, ⁄ for in you conception took place without man, ⁄ and your childbearing was virginal. ⁄ God was born of you, ⁄ and we magnify and bless you, Virgin. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Through fasting, let us look on God, ⁄ as we approach the mount of prayer with a pure heart, ⁄ and receive the tablet of His commandments as Moses did, ⁄ shining spiritually with them in the presence of God's love. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode pl. 1.

Rejoice, Isaiah, ⁄ a virgin is with child, ⁄ and shall bear a son Emmanuel: both God and man. ⁄ And Orient is his name, ⁄ whom magnifying, we call the Virgin blessed. [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 intercessions of the Forerunner, 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 3.

Let us begin the pure fast, O people, ⁄ which is the salvation of our souls. ⁄ Let us serve the Lord with fear; ⁄ let us anoint our heads with the oil of good deeds. ⁄ Let us wash our faces with waters of purity. ⁄ Let us not use empty phrases in prayer, ⁄ but as we have been taught, let us cry out: ⁄ Our Father in heaven, forgive us our trespasses, ⁄⁄ for you are the Lover of mankind. [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]

Let us begin the pure fast, O people, ⁄ which is the salvation of our souls. ⁄ Let us serve the Lord with fear; ⁄ let us anoint our heads with the oil of good deeds. ⁄ Let us wash our faces with waters of purity. ⁄ Let us not use empty phrases in prayer, ⁄ but as we have been taught, let us cry out: ⁄ Our Father in heaven, forgive us our trespasses, ⁄⁄ for you are the Lover of mankind. [OCA]

For the Martyrs.

Mode 3.

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]

The warriors of Christ ⁄ have rejected fear of kings and tormentors, ⁄ and with boldness and courage they confessed him: ⁄ our King, the Lord and God of all, ⁄⁄ and now they pray for our souls. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 3.

O Theotokos, protection of all who pray to you, ⁄ we have boldness and exult in you. ⁄ We put all our hope in you. ⁄⁄ pray for your corrupt servants, to the one whom you bore. [OCA]

PRIEST

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

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

READER

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

Lord, have mercy. (40)

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

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

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless!

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

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

( Amen. )

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

Prayer of St. Ephraim

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

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

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

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

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

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

or:

READER

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

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

Dismissal

PRIEST

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

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

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

( Amen. )