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Mode 1. On Monday Morning

On Monday of the Third Week at Matins

Menaion - March 29

Memory of the Holy Martyrs Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, Cyril the Deacon

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 1.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

From Horologion - - -

Triadic Hymns

Mode 1.

As we are led up to a noetic and immaterial perception of the bodiless hosts, by means of physical depictions, and as we wait for for the illumination, that comes from the Godhead in three Hypostases, let us imitate the cherubim, and sing aloud the Thrice-Holy Hymn to the only God: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God. By the protection of the Bodiless Hosts have mercy on us. [SD]

Glory.

Let us join all the heavenly hosts, and send up our Thrice-holy praise, and like the cherubim shout to Him who is in the highest: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God. By the intercessions of the Saints save us. [SD]

Both now.

Having risen from sleep, we fall before You, O good One, and to You we sing the Angels' hymn, O almighty One: 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.

Mode 1.

Conceived as I was in iniquities, I the prodigal dare not look up into heaven. But with confidence in Your love for man, I cry out: O God be gracious unto me and save me. [SD]

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

Mode 1.

If the righteous man is only scarcely saved, what shall become of me who am a sinner? I did not bear the burden and the heat of the day. Number me with those who came at the eleventh hour, O God, and save me. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1.

Creation rejoices in you, O Lady full of grace, beholding the miracle of miracles. For you conceived without seed, and ineffably gave birth to the One whom the orders of the angels cannot see. Entreat Him earnestly on behalf of our souls. [SD]

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

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma II. From the Triodion.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (When he perceived.)

With fire of abstinence let us all burn up the thorns of the passions that assault us, and with the streams of our tears let us put out the flame that never shall be quenched; and let us cry aloud to Him who shall come to judge the whole earth: O Saviour and all-merciful Lord, guard us uncondemned and grant us the forgiveness of our sins. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

With all the bodiless hosts and the Archangels * O pure and blessed Lady full of the divine grace, * with the Powers on high, together without ceasing * implore Him who out of pity came forth from you. * Entreat Him on our behalf that before the end * He might grant us forgiveness and the expiation of sins * as well as the amendment of life, * so that we might find the mercy of God. [SD]

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

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma III. From the Triodion.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (When he perceived.)

O holy and honoured Trinity, as we now enter upon the third week of the Fast, keep us safe from harm and condemnation. Enable us rightly to pass through the time that still remains, and to fulfill all Thy commandments; that so, offering up our hymns of praise, with a pure conscience we may attain the glorious Resurrection. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (When he perceived.)

Thou art the protection of the faithful, O Mother of God, the joy of the afflicted, the greatest consolation of all that mourn; with the angels and the principalities, O Virgin, pray continually on our behalf to Him who was born miraculously from thy most holy womb, that in the hour of judgement we may be delivered from the dread condemnation. [KW]

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 Hierarch.

Ode i. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

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

To God who helped Moses in Egypt, and through him drowned Pharaoh with his entire army, let us sing a song of victory, for He is glorified. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O believers, let us extol that shining lamp of the Church of Christ. He has shined the light of faith on all people, who glorify the Creator of the universe. [SD]

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

O believers, let us extol that shining lamp of the Church of Christ. He has shined the light of faith on all people, who glorify the Creator of the universe. [SD]

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 blessed Hierarch, you were raised and you grew up in the meadow of the Faith of Christ, and with great joy you ascend to Him swiftly by the loftiness of martyrdom. [SD]

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

O Mark, you were a preacher, an initiate, and a pure minister of Christ, and you laid down your life for His sake. You also offered your fellow athlete as sacrifices to Him. [SD]

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

Theotokion.

O Maiden graced of God, you are glorified by the human race, which through you was delivered from corruption, was honored with incorruption, and received undefiled life in Christ. [SD]

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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 pl. 4. (NM) O ye people, let us raise a song

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]

In Thy divine compassion, accept me as I now repent. I have wasted my life like the Prodigal, but I cry aloud to Thee: I have sinned, and have no need of others to accuse me; for I myself bring before Thee all my shameful acts. [KW]

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

I have forsaken the food of angels, and like the beasts have fed upon evil wickedness. But now that I turn back, receive me as one of Thy hired servants, O heavenly Father. [KW]

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

O ye faithful, let us all forsake the night of lustful pleasures and hasten to the light of truth, that we may be counted worthy to share in the feast of radiance and joy. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

Rejoice, all-holy Temple, Fleece on which the dew of God has fallen, sealed Fountain of the waters of immortality. Keep thy flock, O Lady, safe from the attacks of every enemy. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. (NM) Let us sing a song to God

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

As Israel of old fasted for three days, so let us sanctify ourselves, O brethren, during the first three weeks of the Fast; let us draw near to the mountain of prayer and, listening to the voice of God, let us sing in praise of Christ. [KW]

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

Come, ye people, and strengthened like Samson by fasting, let us destroy the demon of gluttony as he destroyed the lion; but let us take care lest the Delilah of our passions deceive us and laugh us to scorn. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

As the cherubim I sing Thy praises, O Holy God: three Lights and one Light, one Life and three; God who begets, God the begotten, and the Spirit of Life proceeding from the Father. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

Hail, joy of Eve: for through thy childbearing, pure Virgin, her sorrow is brought to an end. Hail, radiant cloud of everlasting Light: from thee Christ our God has shone out as the dawn. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

As David armed himself with faith, so let us arm ourselves with humility; and as he overthrew Goliath, so let us overthrow our arrogant mind, and cut down the hosts of passions. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 4.

Let us sing a song to God, who delivered Israel from the bitter bondage of Pharaoh, and guided them with a pillar of fire and a cloud of light, for He has been glorified. [KW]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode iii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

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

Become my stable support, * O Lord who established the earth of old on the waters, * for no one is holy except for You. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Mark, you dried up the murky streams of deceptive error with your words as with fire, and you poured out rivers of the knowledge of Christ. [SD]

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

O Mark, you dried up the murky streams of deceptive error with your words as with fire, and you poured out rivers of the knowledge of Christ. [SD]

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

O Mark, you invoked Christ, and you scattered the camp of your enemies. You mustered the people to His love, by your words. [SD]

Glory.

Having Christ the Savior as commander, the hosts of Martyrs won the implacable war on error. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Virgin, your intercession changes our afflictions into ease. As we are delivered from perils by you, we honor you with longing. [SD]

Heirmos.

Become my stable support, * O Lord who established the earth of old on the waters, * for no one is holy except for You. [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.

O Lord, You are the pride of the contest, the very dignity of the laurel crowns, which the glorious prize-winning Martyrs have put on as a garment. For by their endurance under torture they put the lawless men to flight. And by divine power from heaven they received the victory. Through their supplications set me free from the invisible enemies, O Savior, and save me. [SD]

Glory. Another.

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

You patiently endured being tortured as martyrs. * You now indeed enjoy the life on high free of suff'ring. * And by your all-holy prayers you alleviate suffering * of the faithful who approach your relics with reverence. * As we honor you and venerate them with longing, * Great Martyrs, we call you blest. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1.

Without burning, you conceived the fire of Divinity, and without seed you gave birth to the Lord who is source of life. O Theotokos, full of grace, preserve us who magnify you. [SD]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode iv. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

O almighty One, I understood Your plan for our salvation, * O Savior, and I glorified You with fear. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O blessed Mark, you dried up the turbid torrents of deceptive error, and you won your war on falsehood. [SD]

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

O blessed Mark, you dried up the turbid torrents of deceptive error, and you won your war on falsehood. [SD]

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

O Hieromartyr Mark, in the ocean of your wisdom you sank the foolishness of the pagans. [SD]

Glory.

O Hierarch of the Lord, with sound teachings you armed the array of your fellow combatants. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O immaculate Virgin, you are the champion of us who extol you. We pray you cast down the arrogance of our foes. [SD]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode v. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

Rising early in the morning, we extol You, O Christ our God, who for us became poor, and endured the Cross and death in the flesh. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O righteous Mark, you humbled the audacity of the enemies by resisting their fury with long-suffering, by which you prevailed, in imitation of Christ. [SD]

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

O righteous Mark, you humbled the audacity of the enemies by resisting their fury with long-suffering, by which you prevailed, in imitation of Christ. [SD]

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

O righteous one, you were struck by a volley of arrows, but you wounded those who shot them, and you yourself were preserved unharmed by divine grace. [SD]

Glory.

O wise and saintly men, strong and invincible champions of the Faith, you courageously opposed those who disobeyed the Faith and opposed the truth. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O immaculate Virgin, from you our Creator took to himself our nature, defiled by passions as it was, and He washed it, renewed it, and by divine grace deified it. [SD]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode vi. Mode 1. Heirmos.

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

As You saved Prophet Jonah from the belly of the whale of old, * I pray raise me up from the sea of my sins, in Your love for man. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O celebrated Mark, you reproved the error of atheism, and with the splendor of divine knowledge you enlightened many people. [SD]

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

O celebrated Mark, you reproved the error of atheism, and with the splendor of divine knowledge you enlightened many people. [SD]

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

O blessed one, you shook the shrines of the idols, and tottering men you made to be steady in Christ. [SD]

Glory.

O Mark, together with Cyril you armed your fellow contestants and fought the foes, and you received the medals of victory. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O immaculate Virgin, by your ineffable and divine childbirth, we who were born on earth have been lifted up, and the enemy has been cast down. [SD]

Heirmos.

As You saved Prophet Jonah from the belly of the whale of old, * I pray raise me up from the sea of my sins, in Your love for man. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

From Triodion - - -

READER

For the Martyrs. Mode 1.

O Lord, You are the pride of the contest, the very dignity of the laurel crowns, which the glorious prize-winning Martyrs have put on as a garment. For by their endurance under torture they put the lawless men to flight. And by divine power from heaven they received the victory. Through their supplications set me free from the invisible enemies, O Savior, and save me. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On March 29 we commemorate the holy martyrs Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, Cyril the deacon, and many others.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Jonah, Barachisios, and the seven martyrs with them.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father and confessor Eustathios of Bithynia.

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

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode vii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

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

When You appeared in the burning bush to the law-giver Moses, * You prefigured there the childbirth of the Ever-Virgin. * Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Mark, the river of your martyric blood drowned the captains of error, and it provided divine cures to all who sing the praise of Christ God. [SD]

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

O Mark, the river of your martyric blood drowned the captains of error, and it provided divine cures to all who sing the praise of Christ God. [SD]

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

O invincible Mark, you received unassailable power from God, and thus the attacks that the enemy plotted against you were frustrated. [SD]

Glory.

O Cyril, sacrificed with the sword of martyrdom, you offered yourself as a rational sacrifice to the Lord; and you were a whole-burnt offering in a godly death by fire. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Lady Theotokos, we unceasingly extol you, and we pray that, by your entreaties, you clothe us with strength to rule over the passions and to repel the attacks of spiritual enemies. [SD]

Ode viii.

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Hierarch.

Ode viii. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

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

We offer You a hymn of the Bodiless hosts, as did the Servants in the furnace. And we extol You and say: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Hierarch, you adorned the Church with your words, and made her illustrious with the streams of your blood, as she extols Christ who made you strong. [SD]

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

O Hierarch, you adorned the Church with your words, and made her illustrious with the streams of your blood, as she extols Christ who made you strong. [SD]

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 Hierarch, with the eyes of your soul ever watchful, you keep the flock of Christ unharmed, as she unceasingly glorifies you. [SD]

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]

The medaled Athletes offered their blood that was spilled to the Master as most fragrant perfume, saying: O all you works, bless you the Lord. [SD]

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

Theotokion.

O Mother of the God of goodness, we have you as our most good protector. We pray to receive help from God the Giver of Good, by your intercessions. [SD]

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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 pl. 4. (NM) Inspired by God

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]

I have wasted with harlots the riches that the Father gave me, and I am cast our from the forecourt of grace; but in Thy boundless mercy receive me back, O Father. [KW]

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

Let us shine with the radiant light of prayer and fasting, and so escape from the darkness of sin. [KW]

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

The choir of the spiritual powers entreats Thee, the cherubim pray to Thee with the company of the saints: O most merciful Christ, save our souls. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

O Theotokos Virgin, who hast conceived the Vine that was not husbanded, I am darkened by the drunkenness of sin: bring me back to soberness, for thou art the hope of our souls. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. (NM) O Thou who coverest

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

O brethren, come and let us delight in the Fast, for it is the Father's treasury, a thing of wonder, and the mother of all who worship Christ the Master. It gives strength to the body and light to the mind and heart. [KW]

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

O my soul, follow the example of Gideon the wonderful, and bearing as thy weapons the three virtues of faith and hope and love for Christ, go out and slay the alien passions, as he with three hundred men destroyed the people of Midian. [KW]

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

For the Trinity.

I glorify Thee as Trinity, and I sing Thy praises as Unity: one Godhead, almighty Father, sovereign Son, and Holy Spirit; Power ruling over all, one Nature and one Kingdom, worshipped in three Persons. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

The pain which, in ways surpassing nature, Thy Mother did not undergo at Thy birth, she suffered at Thy Holy Passion. For she was filled with agony when she saw Thee nailed of Thine own will by the Jews upon the Cross, O Thou who hast set the earth upon the foundation of the waters. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When Thou shalt come in Thy glory with thousands and ten thousands of the heavenly powers to judge all the earth, spare me then, O Lord, forgive me and deliver me from condemnation. Put me not to shame; condemn me not to the eternal fire. [KW]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 4.

O Thou who coverest Thy high places with the waters, who settest the sand as a bound to the sea and upholdest all things: the sun sings Thy praises, the moon gives Thee glory, every creature offers a hymn to Thee, his Author and Creator, for ever. [KW]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 1.

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 Hierarch.

Ode ix. Mode 1. Heirmos (not metered).

O Virgin Theotokos, you are the gate that the Prophet Ezekiel saw and through which no one went except God alone. We honor you with hymns. [SD]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Father, first you offered rational service and unbloody sacrifices to the Lord with a pure heart. Then, through martyrdom, you offered yourself as a pure victim. [SD]

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

O Father, first you offered rational service and unbloody sacrifices to the Lord with a pure heart. Then, through martyrdom, you offered yourself as a pure victim. [SD]

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

O Mark, you cut off the many heads of falsehood, with the sword of your words; and you magnified the truth by proclaiming it to all. [SD]

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 Benefactor Christ, count us worthy of divine graces, by the intercessions of Your athletes, and by the entreaties of Your sacred clergy Mark and Cyril, and of their fellow martyrs. [SD]

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

Theotokion.

O pure Virgin, the Creator of all bowed down, in His compassion and ineffable love for man, and was born of you, and He refashioned and renewed humanity that had been corrupted. [SD]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. (NM) The burning bush

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]

O Father, I have departed far from Thy love, and by my own choice I have enslaved myself to lustful desires. But now I turn back to Thee: receive me as the Prodigal, for Thou alone art rich in mercy. [KW]

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

In my wretchedness I am the withered fig tree, for the only fruit that I have borne is wickedness; and I deserve to be cast into the fire. Destroy my barrenness, O Lord, that I may bring Thee as fruit my good actions. [KW]

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

O my soul, fast from wickedness and evil; refrain from anger, wrath and every sin. For such is the fast desired by Jesus, our God who greatly loves mankind. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

O Theotokos, thou art our defence and rampart; thou art the help of those that run to thee. And now we implore thine intercession, that we may be delivered from our enemies. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. (NM) We magnify thee

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

As an acceptable gift let us offer to Christ our God a pure fast and abstinence from evil. [KW]

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

O my soul, learning how Elisha fed the prophets in days of old, eat whatever food comes readily to hand and give thanks to Christ. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

I sing Thy praises, O Godhead, one Form in three Persons, Father without beginning, Son, and Spirit of Life. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Maiden, Mother of God, bridal chamber of Christ the heavenly King, save by thine intercessions those who praise thee with love. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Daniel in the den tamed the wild beasts with the muzzle of abstinence: let us also subdue the passions by fasting. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 4.

We magnify thee, most pure Mother of Christ our God, for thou wast overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. [KW]

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

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Photagogic Hymns

From Horologion - - -

Mode 1.

O Christ, who make the light to rise, purify my soul of every sin, by the protection of the Bodiless Hosts, and save me. [SD]

O Christ, who make the light to rise, purify my soul of every sin, by the intercessions of the Saints, and save me. [SD]

O Christ, who make the light to rise, purify my soul of every sin, 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 4.

Clothed in the filthy garment of my sins, I am cast our from the bridal chamber of joy; but in Thine ineffable compassion, O God, take pity on me, as Thou hast taken pity on the Prodigal Son, and be merciful to me. [KW]

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]

Clothed in the filthy garment of my sins, I am cast our from the bridal chamber of joy; but in Thine ineffable compassion, O God, take pity on me, as Thou hast taken pity on the Prodigal Son, and be merciful to me. [KW]

For the Martyrs.

Mode 4.

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]

Who is not filled with wonder, holy martyrs, beholding the good fight ye have fought? Armed with the Cross and confessing Christ, while in the body ye have defeated the bodiless foe; ye have put to flight the demons and driven back the enemy. Intercede continually for the salvation of our souls. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4.

O Lamp whose light is never quenched, Throne of righteousness, most pure Lady, pray for the salvation of our souls. [KW]

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. )