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Mode 2. On Thursday Morning

On Thursday of the Fourth Week at Matins

Menaion - April 8

Memory of the holy Apostles of the Seventy

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 2.

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 2.

O uncreated nature and Creator of the universe, open our lips, so that we may proclaim Your praise and cry out: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God. By the intercessions of the Apostles save us. [SD]

Glory.

We on earth, imitating the powers on high, send up a triumphal hymn to You, O good One: Holy, holy, holy are You, our God. By the intercessions of the Hierarch save us. [SD]

Both now.

From my bed and sleep You have roused me, O Lord. Illumine my mind and heart, and open my lips to extol You, O Holy Trinity: 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 6. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma I. For the Apostles.

Mode 2.

You made the Fishermen wiser than orators, and sent them as preachers over all the earth, in your ineffable love for mankind, O Christ our God. Confirm Your Church through them, O Lord, and send down Your blessing upon the faithful, O only merciful One who love mankind. [SD]

Verse: Their proclamation went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. [SAAS]

Mode 2.

The Fishermen drew the nations into their nets, and they instructed the ends of the earth to worship You with the Father and the Spirit, O Christ our God. Through them establish the divine Faith, and send down Your mercies upon the peoples, O only Lord who repose in the holy. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 2.

We magnify you, O Theotokos, and we cry out: Rejoice! You are the cloud of the never-setting Light, for in your arms you held the Lord of glory. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 7. 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 1.

O glorious apostles, intercessors for our souls, strong in the power of the Cross ye have destroyed all the deceit of the enemy. Therefore today ye rejoice in its veneration, praying on our behalf to Him who alone loves mankind. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1.

O Mary, precious vessel that received the Master, we have fallen into an abyss of dark despair, of sin and tribulation. Raise us up once more: for thou art the salvation of sinners, their help and powerful protection, and thou dost save thy servants. [KW]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 8. 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.

Grave Mode.

Looking, O Lord, at Thy Cross that lies before us today, we approach in faith with hymns and songs, venerating it in fear and joy. Through the revelation of Thy Cross, sanctify Thy servants and give peace to Thy world, for Thou alone art rich in mercy. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode.

O Lord, we are Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture. Bring us back, for we have strayed into corruption; and as Shepherd gather us together, for we have been scattered. In Thy love have mercy and take pity on Thy flock, at the intercessions of the Theotokos, for Thou alone art free from sin. [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 Apostles.

Ode i. Mode 3. Heirmos.

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

He who gathered the waters together in the beginning into one place by divine nod, * who for the Israelite people parted the sea, * He, our God, is glorified, and He is reigning forever. * Let us sing to Him alone, for He is glorified. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Let us celebrate in unison the all-holy memorial of the holy Apostles, and let us sing their praises with joyful souls; for they ask the transcendently holy Word that he grant us forgiveness and mercy. [RB]

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

Let us celebrate in unison the all-holy memorial of the holy Apostles, and let us sing their praises with joyful souls; for they ask the transcendently holy Word that he grant us forgiveness and mercy. [RB]

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

O glorious Apostles, you cast away the decay of polytheistic insanity, you restored the lost savor to every soul with the divine salt of your teaching, and, thus you presented them, thus restored, to the Creator of all. For this you are glorified. [RB]

Glory.

Let us bless in song glorious Herodion, Rufus, Agabus, Phlegon, and Hermes; for they are true friends of our Redeemer, divine messengers, and pillars of the faithful. [RB]

Both now. Theotokion.

O compassionate Theotokos, boast of the Apostles, glory of the prizewinners, and security of the faithful, I entreat you steady my mind, since it tossed about by the abuses of the deceiver and downcast with transgressions. [RB]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode iii. Mode 3. Heirmos.

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

From non-existence You brought forth all things, O God, * through the Word creating them, in the Spirit perfecting them. * Ruler over all, Most High, * firmly establish me in Your love, O Master. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

O divine Disciples of God the Word, you were the eyes of the Church, and you opened the eyes of many so that they might behold the incomprehensible beauty. [RB]

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

O divine Disciples of God the Word, you were the eyes of the Church, and you opened the eyes of many so that they might behold the incomprehensible beauty. [RB]

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

O all-renowned Rufus, you were a luminous house of the Trinity, and you dashed temples to the ground and built churches for the Lord with the word of grace. [RB]

Glory.

O wise Rufus, you ploughed hearts with your divine word, you sowed the salvific teachings, and you reaped the salvation of the saved as a great harvest. [RB]

Both now. Theotokion.

O immaculate Virgin, he who is unapproachable according to His divine nature I may now approach. He has taken on flesh and is completely united to me in His great compassion. [RB]

Heirmos.

From non-existence You brought forth all things, O God, * through the Word creating them, in the Spirit perfecting them. * Ruler over all, Most High, * firmly establish me in Your love, O Master. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

O brightest proclaimers of God, you were beams shining the light of the Spiritual Sun, you illuminate the whole earth with the rays of your teaching, and you drive off the darkness of ignorance with divine grace. And so on this day of your luminous commemoration, we beam with joy, and in faith we call you blessed. [RB]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

The end of your life is at your door, and the Judge draws near. Wake up, my soul, sigh in sorrow, cry out to the Mother of God with your whole heart, and say: Save me, O Virgin, from the terrible torments. O all-immaculate Lady, let me dwell in the place of rest. [RB]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode iv. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

You have shown us Your mighty love, O Lord, for You delivered Your Only-begotten Son to death for our sake. With gratitude we sing to You: Glory to Your power. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

O wise Apostles, you brought divine healing with your words to believers, you gave over to destruction the evil ungodly land, and you edified souls in the Faith. And so, O wise Apostles, you are counted as blessed. [RB]

Verse: Lord, I have heard Your report and was afraid; I considered Your works and was greatly astonished. [SAAS]

O wise Apostles, you brought divine healing with your words to believers, you gave over to destruction the evil ungodly land, and you edified souls in the Faith. And so, O wise Apostles, you are counted as blessed. [RB]

Verse: When my soul is troubled, You will in wrath remember mercy. [SAAS]

O blessed Herodion, the city of Patras is illustriously clothed with strength through you; for you were the first to sit on her throne, shining with the divine luminosities of the Holy Spirit. [RB]

Verse: God will come from Teman, the Holy One from the mount of shaded leafy trees. [SAAS]

O blessed Herodion, the city of Patras was rich with you as her representative, since you led her to the exalted Zion. And so, she honors you with divine songs. [RB]

Verse: His excellence covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

O Maiden that gave birth to God, at a sacred word you conceived the Father's Word Who redeems humanity from all irrationality. And so we always glorify you with divine words and a great voice. [RB]

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Intermediate Verses of Ode Four.

His brightness will be like the light; horns will be in His hand, and He established a mighty love of His strength. [SAAS]

Before His face a word will go forth; it will go out by the shoes of His feet.

The earth stood and was shaken to and fro; He looked and the nations melted away.

The mountains were shattered by force; the everlasting hills wasted away. In the place of distresses, I saw His eternal ways.

The tents of the Ethiopians will be dismayed, even the tents of the land of Midian.

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.

You will stretch your bow against scepters, says the Lord. The land of rivers shall be torn asunder.

Many peoples will see you and be in travail, dispersing waters from its course. The abyss uttered its voice; raising its form on high.

The sun arose, and the moon stood in its course; at the light of Your arrows they went forth, at the flashing of Your gleaming weapons.

You will bring low the land with threatening; You will break the nations in wrath.

You went forth for the salvation of Your people, to save Your anointed ones. You brought death upon the heads of the lawless; You brought bonds upon their neck.

You cut off the heads of rulers in amazement; they shall tremble in it. They will break their bridles like a poor man eating secretly.

You ran your horses into the sea, churning up the many waters.

I kept watch, and my belly trembled from the sound of the prayer of my lips; and trembling penetrated into my bones. And my very frame of mind was troubled.

I shall rest in the day of tribulation to go up to the people of my sojourn. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode iv. Mode 1. (NM)

Verse: For though the fig tree will not bear fruit and there be no grapes on the vines. [SAAS]

O Holy Cross, strength and glory of the apostles, today thou art exalted for the veneration of the whole inhabited earth; and thou givest to us the grace of sanctification, making the season of the Fast easy for us. [KW]

Verse: The labor of the olive tree fail and the fields yield no food. [SAAS]

Moses foreshadowed the Cross when he stretched out his arms and defeated Amalek. Like him let us form a figure of the Cross, stretching out our arms in fasting and prayer, that so we may defeat the host of demons that in malicious envy continually make war against us. [KW]

Verse: Though the sheep have no pasture and there be no oxen in the cribs. [SAAS]

O disciples of God, with the holy plough of the Cross ye have renewed the earth, making it fruitful with the harvest of true faith. Therefore year by year we sing your praises, and we glorify Christ for ever. [KW]

Verse: Yet I will glory in the Lord; I will rejoice in God my Savior. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

O Mother of the good and loving God, fill my soul with goodness, for the evil one has corrupted it with sinful habits, and he has miserably deceived me. Then, O greatly glorified, will I sing thy praises for ever as the cause of my salvation. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode iv. Grave Mode. (NM) Assured of Thy coming

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

The all-holy Cross lies before us: let us approach and venerate it, for it is the horn of our salvation. [KW]

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

When the sign of the Cross is made, its grace drives away the dark multitude of demons. O Cross of Christ, thou art an invincible weapon. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Unity in Essence, Trinity of Persons, I praise and honour Thee, Father, Son and All-Holy Spirit. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Virgin undefiled, without knowing a man thou hast conceived God, more ancient than all things, who holds the ends of the earth in the hollow of His hand. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

O apostles, intercessors for the world, pray that we also may be saved: for as our weapon we hold the Cross of Christ. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Grave Mode.

Assured of Thy coming in the flesh, O Christ, the Prophet Habakkuk cried: Glory to Thy power. [KW]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode v. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

Although invisible, You were seen on earth, and although incomprehensible, you willingly dwelt among men. We rise early to you and sing Your praises, O Lover of humanity. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

O divine Apostles, you preached the Word Who came to the earth to save what had wandered off, and you delivered all humanity from error. [RB]

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

O divine Apostles, you preached the Word Who came to the earth to save what had wandered off, and you delivered all humanity from error. [RB]

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

O godly-minded Agabus, God poured out the grace of prophecy on you in a mysterious manner, and you declared revelations of future things. [RB]

Glory.

O Prophet Agabus, you foretold deceit, imprisonment, and misfortune to Paul, and you tied your hands with his belt. [RB]

Both now. Theotokion.

Of all women on earth, only you mysteriously gave birth to the only one to reconcile us with the Father and who is alone pre-eternal and without beginning. And so, we only honor you as the Mother of God. [RB]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode vi. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

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

I am overwhelmed in the deepest pit of sins, and my spirit has failed. O Lord and Pilot, from on high extend Your hand, save me as once You saved Peter. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

O divine Apostles, the Word established as brightly shining lamps to enlighten the world, to end the darkness, and to show the way of salvation. [RB]

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

O divine Apostles, the Word established as brightly shining lamps to enlighten the world, to end the darkness, and to show the way of salvation. [RB]

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

Wise Asyncritus, you were the boast of the Apostles and the wise wall of Hyrcania. You preached the death of the dispassionate Lord, and you led the dead to life. [RB]

Glory.

O Asyncritus, You were Hyrcania’s river, filled with the currents of the Spirit. You watered Hyrcania with your hallowed streams, she brought forth beautiful shoots for the Master. [RB]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Bride of God, the ark of the Law was an image of you, since received the Fullness of the divine Law, you gave Him birth in the flesh, after giving birth you remained ever virgin, just as you were before giving birth. [RB]

Heirmos.

I am overwhelmed in the deepest pit of sins, and my spirit has failed. O Lord and Pilot, from on high extend Your hand, save me as once You saved Peter. [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 2.

O Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets, Hierarchs, Monastics and the Righteous, you finished the race and kept the faith. You speak freely to the Savior. We pray you entreat Him on our behalf, to save our souls, since He is good. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On April 8 we commemorate the holy Apostles of the Seventy Herodion, Agabos, Rufus, Phlegon, Asyncritos, and Hermes.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father Celestine, Pope of Rome.

On this day the holy new martyr John the Koulikas, who witnessed in the year 1564, died by hooks.

On this day St. Pafsilipos reposed in peace.

On this day the holy new martyr John the shipmaster, who witnessed on the island of Kos in the year 1669, died by fire.

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

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode vii. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

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

Those three Servants of old would not worship the golden image and Persian deity; rather standing in the furnace they sang this hymn: "Blessed are You, O God of our Fathers." [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

The proclaimers of God firmly established the nations on the rock of the Faith, and they wisely enlightened those who once worshipped stones in vain. [RB]

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

The proclaimers of God firmly established the nations on the rock of the Faith, and they wisely enlightened those who once worshipped stones in vain. [RB]

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

O sacred Phlegon, you burnt away the entire thorny tangle of error with divine fire, and you kindled hearts that had been unfortunately quenched with the Spirit’s heat. [RB]

Glory.

O glorious Phlegon, you were a great defender, an excellent teacher, a luminary, and a guide for those in Marathon, and they honor you unceasingly,. [RB]

Both now. Theotokion.

O pure and immaculate Mother of God, for us you are a new Paradise. Those who died by eating are brought back to life by eating the Tree of Life, which you hold within yourself. [RB]

Ode viii.

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Apostles.

Ode viii. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

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

The furnace in Babylon did not burn the Servants, nor did the fire of the Godhead injure the Virgin. Therefore, O believers, let us sing with the Servants: "O you works of the Lord, bless the Lord." [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Today let us bless Agabus, Phlegon, Asyncritus, Rufus, illustrious Hermes, and Herodion, for they were divine Apostles of the Word, lights for the world, and teachers of the nations. [RB]

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

Today let us bless Agabus, Phlegon, Asyncritus, Rufus, illustrious Hermes, and Herodion, for they were divine Apostles of the Word, lights for the world, and teachers of the nations. [RB]

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]

The renowned Hermes was the guide and luminary of all Dalmatia. He appeared there like a bright sun, he worked amazing miracles, and he enlightened hearts that had been blind. [RB]

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

O glorious Hermes, you carried the Word as a bright lamp, you enlightened those who sat in the night of calamities, you performed healings and great signs, and you drew all the unbelievers to the faith. [RB]

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

Theotokion.

O spotless Virgin, we are your servants, and you are our protection and unfailing intercessor with your Son and God. O august Lady, save us from dangers and temptations, so that we may always glorify you with faith and zeal. [RB]

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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. Grave Mode. (NM)

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]

Rejoice, divine Cross, formed from three different kinds of wood: on thee One of the Trinity was nailed in the flesh. He has delivered us who were prisoners in the abyss of godlessness, and we exalt Him above all for ever. [KW]

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

Receiving power and strength through the Cross, the disciples of the Word set free those held fast in bitter bondage by the evil one, and they sing in praise: We exalt Thee above all for ever. [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]

Woe is me! How fearful shall be that judgement seat on which Thou shalt sit, O Word, and shalt reveal to me my hidden deeds, exposing before all my want of feeling! But since, O Christ, Thou art by nature full of love, spare me then. [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.

Without departing from the bosom of the Father, O Jesus, Thou hast rested on the bosom of a Virgin; and Thou hast restored mankind, whose nature in Thy tender love Thou hast taken on Thyself. Therefore we mortal men sing Thy praises for ever. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Grave Mode. (NM) Before the King of glory

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

O week of the veneration of the Cross, we honour thee; for in these days we adore the holy Wood and cry aloud: O ye priests praise and ye people exalt Him above all for ever. [KW]

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

How strange is this wonder, King of the ages! For Thou hast granted us Thy servants to see and venerate the Wood on which Thou wast crucified. Therefore with fear we sing Thy praises for ever. [KW]

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

For the Trinity.

Holy and consubstantial Trinity, Father, Son and All-Holy Spirit, I glorify Thine undivided dominion, and sing the praises of Thy one Kingdom for ever. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

He created Adam in His image, and assuming Adam s nature He came forth to loose the ancient curse. O ye priests praise and ye people exalt Him above all for ever. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

As the twelve-stringed harp of the Church, O apostles, ye sing the praises of the Word of wisdom. Pray that we who honour you may see the Passion of the Lord and glorify Him for ever. [KW]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (NM). Grave Mode.

Before the King of glory, who is alone without beginning, all the powers of heaven stand in awe and the hosts of angels tremble: O ye priests praise and ye people exalt Him above all 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 3.

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 Apostles.

Ode ix. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

We magnify the only Theotokos. She was prefigured on Sinai to Moses the Lawgiver in the bush and the fire, as the one who would conceive unburnt the Divine Fire in her womb. We honor her with hymns, as the unquenchable lamp shining splendid light. [SD]

Troparia.

Apostles of Christ, intercede for us.

Let us form a most sacred choir in faith and harmony of soul, and with fervor let us bless Hermes, Herodion, Rufus, Agabus, the great Asyncritus, and the divine Phlegon, who were eyewitnesses of the Word. [RB]

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

The proclaimers of God were like mystical olive trees, they made our souls and faces cheerful with grace, and they saved us from godless oppression and the darkness of ignorance. And so it is right to call them blessed. [RB]

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

O wise Apostles of the Redeemer, you redeemed us from despair and slavery to the enemy and deceiver of old, and you showed us the paths that lead us to the Heavenly Kingdom with God-inspired certainty. [RB]

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 six-branched lamp of holy disciples, entreat the Three-Sun Splendor with fervor that he light our souls and rescue us from darkness and eternal condemnation, for we observe your radiant memorial. [RB]

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

Theotokion.

O immaculate and laudable Virgin, you were like tongs that carry flame, for you received in your womb the spiritual Coal that burns up our passions, enlightens our souls, and shines light on the darkness of idolatry. [RB]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Grave Mode. (NM)

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]

Shine with joy, Church of God, illumined by the rays of the Cross which thou dost exalt for the veneration of all the faithful. Depart, demonic hosts full of darkness. [KW]

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

The divine Cross is strength to those who fast, champion of those who fight. Gathering with all the faithful, joyfully let us venerate it with love. [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 glorious apostles, divine foundations of the Church of Christ, keep us all upon the firm basis of the true faith, and establish us upon the unbreakable rock of Him who chose you. [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 pure Virgin, at the voice of the Archangel thou hast conceived Joy: make all soul-destroying sadness to vanish from my heart, and give me joy-creating sorrow, that I may know the working of God's grace. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Grave Mode. (NM) Mother and Virgin undefiled

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]

Prefiguring the truth that was to come, O precious Wood, of old thou hast made sweet the waters of Marah. Make sweet my abstinence, O Cross of Christ, which I venerate today. [KW]

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

Thou art the unconquerable weapon of the King, the strength of his array, the strong support of his council. O Cross of Christ, in our hymns we magnify thee. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Father and Master without beginning, coeternal Word and Holy Spirit, with all the faithful in true reverence we magnify Thee. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

Glorious and only Theotokos, thou hast contained within thy womb the Word whom nothing can contain, and thou hast borne Him in the flesh. In our hymns we magnify thee. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

With your tongues of fire, O apostles, ye have burnt up all error and planted the true faith in the world. In our hymns we magnify you. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Grave Mode.

Mother and Virgin undefiled, thou hast contained within thy womb the Word whom nothing can contain, and thou hast borne Him in the flesh. In our hymns we magnify thee. [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 2.

Send out Your eternal light, O Lord, and illumine the hidden eyes of my heart, by the intercessions of the Apostles, and save me. [SD]

Send out Your eternal light, O Lord, and illumine the hidden eyes of my heart, by the intercessions of the Hierarch, and save me. [SD]

Send out Your eternal light, O Lord, and illumine the hidden eyes of my heart, 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. Grave Mode.

Let us the faithful emulate the repentance of the Publican and not boast like the Pharisee. Let us offer cries of sorrow from the depth of our heart to the loving God of all. For He Himself has given this commandment, saying: Every man that exalts himself shall be abased, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Therefore with one accord let us cry unto Him: God be merciful to us sinners and save us. [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]

Let us the faithful emulate the repentance of the Publican and not boast like the Pharisee. Let us offer cries of sorrow from the depth of our heart to the loving God of all. For He Himself has given this commandment, saying: Every man that exalts himself shall be abased, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Therefore with one accord let us cry unto Him: God be merciful to us sinners and save us. [KW]

For the Martyrs.

Grave Mode.

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]

Breathing one purpose and looking to a single hope, vying with each other in their end, the victorious martyrs looked upon death for Christ as the only entry into life. O strange wonder! Though the torture might have been postponed, they seized hold of it as men seize hold of treasure, and they said to one another: 'Even if we do not die today, yet some day we shall surely die, obeying as we must the laws of human birth. Let us turn necessity into an act of generous love; willingly let us make our own what is the common fate of all, and let us purchase life with death.' At their intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode.

At the intercessions of the Theotokos, give peace to our life, for to Thee we cry: O merciful Lord, glory to Thee. [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. )