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Octoechos - Mode 4.

On Sunday Morning

Triodion

Fifth Sunday of Lent: St. Mary of Egypt

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

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

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

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

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

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

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Apolytikion.

Mode 4.

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world. [SD]

From Triodion - - -

Glory. For the Devout Woman.

Mode pl. 4.

In you, O Mother, is preserved undistorted what was made in the image of God; for taking up the cross, you followed Christ and by example taught, that we should overlook the flesh, since it passes away, and instead look after the soul, since it is immortal. And therefore, O devout Mary, your spirit rejoices with the angels. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode pl. 4.

Born of a Virgin, O Good One who also endured crucifixion for our sake, who by death took the spoils of death as plunder and showed resurrection, being God, O despise not the ones that You formed with Your own hand. Demonstrate Your love for man, O Lord of mercy, and accept Your Mother, the Theotokos, who intercedes on our behalf, O Savior, and save us a despairing people. [SD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 4.

Looking up at the entrance to the sepulcher, and unable to endure the Angel's radiance, the myrrh-bearing women were trembling and said in astonishment: Has He been stolen, who to the Robber opened up Paradise? Has He arisen, who spoke of rising before even suffering? He is truly risen as Christ our God, granting those in Hades life and resurrection. [SD]

Glory.

Joseph marveled.

By Your voluntary will, O Savior, You endured the Cross, * and by mortal men were You into a new tomb interred, * who by a word had created the entire world. * Therefore being bound was the enemy Death * plundered of his spoils catastrophically. * And those in Hades all together cried aloud at Your life-bearing resurrection: * The Christ is risen, the Life-bestower, * and He abides forever. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

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

From Octoechos - - -

Kathisma II.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

O Savior, immortal as You are, from Hades You rose, * by virtue of Your own resurrection raising Your world * together, O Christ our God. * Mightily You have broken death's dominion, O Master. * You as the Lord of mercy showed to all the resurrection. * We therefore glorify You who alone love humanity. [SD]

Glory.

Joseph marveled.

From exalted heights above descended Gabriel and came, * and he sat upon the rock wherein the Rock of life had lain. * Arrayed in white, he cried out to the weeping women: * "Cease now from your mourning and cries of lament, * you women who are always moved to sympathy. * Take courage; for truly risen * is He for whom you weep and are seeking. * And therefore, cry out to the Apostles, * 'The Lord has truly risen.'" [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Joseph marveled.

O pure Maiden, all the hosts of holy angels were amazed * at the awesome mystery of your pregnancy and birth, * how He whose simple command holds all things together * is held in your embrace as a mortal babe, * the pre-eternal Word accepts an origin, * and He is nursed who nourishes the whole world * in His ineffable kindness. * And they extol you and glorify you * who are truly God's Mother. [SD]

Resurrectional Evlogetaria.

Mode pl. 1.

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

When the hosts of the Angels saw how You were accounted among the dead, they all marveled. You, O Savior, are the One who destroyed the might of death; and when You arose You raised Adam with yourself and from Hades liberated everyone. [SD]

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

"Why do you mingle the ointments with your tears full of pity, O women disciples?" Thus the Angel who was shining in the tomb cried to the myrrh-bearing women. "See for yourselves the empty tomb and understand, that the Savior has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

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

Very early in the morning, the myrrh-bearing women were hastening to Your tomb lamenting. But the Angel appeared to them and uttered, "The time for lamentation has ended; weep no more. Go announce the Resurrection to the Apostles." [SD]

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

When the myrrh-bearing women had come with their spices to Your sepulcher, O Savior, they heard the voice of an Angel clearly speaking to them, "Why do you account among the dead the One who lives? For as God, He has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

Glory.

We bow down in worship to the Father and His Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in essence; and we cry aloud with the Seraphim: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O Lord. [SD]

Both now.

Giving birth to the Giver of life, O Virgin, you delivered Adam from sin, and to Eve you have rendered joy in place of sorrow. He who from you became incarnate, God and man, has directed to life him who fell from it. [SD]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God. (3)

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 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. )

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Hypakoe. Mode 4.

The women bearing myrrh hurried to declare the matter of Your paradoxal rising to Your Apostles, O Christ, that as God You arose, granting the world great mercy. [SD]

CHOIR

Anavathmoi.

Antiphon I. Mode 4.

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

You, the haters of Zion, be put to shame by the Lord, for like thatch in fire you will be completely dried up. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

From the Holy Spirit every soul receives life, and through cleansing is lifted and brightened, in a hidden, sacred manner, by the trinal Monad. [SD]

Antiphon II.

I cried to You, O Lord, from the depth of my soul with fervor. Let Your divine ears be responsive to me. [SD]

Whosoever has acquired hope in the Lord is superior to all whatsoever might grieve him. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

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

Antiphon III.

Let my heart be lifted up unto You, O Logos; and none of the world's delights will entice me to be earthly-minded. [SD]

Whereas one has filial affection for his mother, for the Lord we ought to have a love even more fervent. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

In the Holy Spirit is the wealth of knowledge of God, contemplation and wisdom. For in Him the Logos discloses all the dogmas of the Father. [SD]

Prokeimenon.

Arise, O Lord; help us, and redeem us, because of the glory of Your name. (2)

Verse: O God, we heard with our ears.

Arise, O Lord; help us, and redeem us, because of the glory of Your name. [SAAS]

Eothinon Gospel (Not EP / GOA)

Eothinon Gospel (Not EP / GOA)

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

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

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

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

DEACON

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

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon

Matthew. 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen." [RSV]

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

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

CHOIR

Psalm 50 (51).

Mode 2. (or the Mode of the week)

[Merciful,] 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. And have mercy on me, O God. [SAAS]

Idiomela from the Triodion.

Glory. Mode pl. 4.

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life, for early in the morning my spirit hastens to Your holy temple, bringing the temple of my body all defiled. But as one compassionate, cleanse me, I pray, by Your loving-kindness and mercy. [SD]

Both now. Same Mode.

Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and I heedlessly squandered all of my life's resources. By your intercession deliver me from every uncleanness. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

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

When I ponder in my wretchedness on the many terrible things that I have done, I tremble for that fearful day, the Day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Your compassion, like David I cry to You, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy." [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

Ode 1: Octoechos: Canon-1

The Canon

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode i. Mode 4. Heirmos.

The Red Sea was crossed by ancient Israel. They walked across dry ground, * when Moses stretched his hand over the sea * with his rod, in the form of a cross; * and likewise in the wilderness, they put to flight the hosts of Amalek. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Master, You remedied our ancient fall, * when You were lifted up; * You cured our utter ruin at the tree * by the pure and immaculate tree * of Your all-holy Cross, O Lord, * who are almighty and benevolent. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

In body You were inside the tomb; as God You were in hell with Your soul * and with the Robber in Paradise. * You were also on the throne, O Christ, * with the Father and the Spirit, * filling all things as One uncircumscribed. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The Father so willed, and by the Holy Spirit without seed you conceived * the Son of God and bore Him in the flesh, * whom the Father begot without * a mother, and whom you brought forth * without a father, for the sake of all. [SD]

Ode 1: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Of old when the Israelite.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The excess of my lusts has made me like the rich man ⁄ who lived each day in luxury. ⁄ Therefore I pray to You, Savior: ⁄ Deliver me from the fire as You delivered Lazarus. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

I am clothed in sensual pleasures, Savior, ⁄ Like the rich man who was clothed in fine linen, gold and purple. ⁄ But do not send me, like him, into the fire! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man once rejoiced in the wealth and luxury of this corruptible life, ⁄ And so he was condemned to torment; ⁄ But Lazarus the poor man gained rest and refreshment! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The hosts of angels and mortal men praise you, Virgin Mother, ⁄ For you carried their Creator as a child in your arms! [OCA]

Ode 1: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (He, who with a sea-wave.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Saint, as you stand before Christ, the unapproachable Light, ⁄ send light down on me, ⁄ for I celebrate your light-giving and holy memory with love! ⁄ Keep me safe from the many temptations of life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The uncircumscribed and pre-eternal Lord ⁄ Who after His incarnation dwelt among the people of Egypt, ⁄ Who knows all things before they come to be, ⁄ brought you as a shining star from Egypt. [OCA]

Glory.

Not knowing the divine commandments, ⁄ you defiled the image of God within yourself, ⁄ but through His providence you cleansed it again, all-praised saint, ⁄ becoming divine through your holy deeds! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

How great is Your tender mercy, O my God, ⁄ and Your ineffable condescension! ⁄ For at the intercessions of Your Mother, ⁄ You made the former harlot pure and spotless as the angels. [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode 3: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iii. Mode 4. Heirmos.

Your Church rejoices in You, O Christ our God, and she cries out to You, * "You are my mighty strength, O Lord, * and You are my refuge and firm support." [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The Savior, whom we perceive * to be the tree of life, the true Vine himself, * was on the Cross crucified, * to all pouring out immortality. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

As God who is incorrupt, * the Lord has risen from the tomb bodily. * He humbled hell's haughtiness, * for He is our great and terrific God. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Through you only we on earth * procure divine and supernatural gifts, * all-holy Mother of God. * Therefore we salute you and sing, "Rejoice!" [SD]

Ode 3: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Lord, You are the firm.)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ, as You saved Lazarus from the flame, ⁄ deliver me, Your unworthy servant, from the fire of hell. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lord, I am as wealthy as the rich man in passions and lusts, ⁄ yet in my lack of virtues I am as poor as Lazarus! But save me! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Through his sins the rich man was clothed in scarlet and fine linen, ⁄ and so he burns in the flames. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

All-pure Lady, you drive off the assaults of harsh calamity. ⁄ Give us help through your intercessions! [OCA]

Ode 3: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (When creation beheld You.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Through your sinful deeds, ⁄ you drew near to the gates of destruction, ⁄ but He who of old broke in pieces the gates of hell ⁄ by the power of His divinity, ⁄ opened to you the gates of repentance, all-honored saint, ⁄ for He Himself is the Gate of life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

You converted the woman who had become the weapon of sin ⁄ by the weapon of Your Holy Cross, forbearing and compassionate Lord; ⁄ for by venerating the Cross, ⁄ she overthrew all the weapons and cunning of the demons. [OCA]

Glory.

He who causes all things to be, ⁄ and who shed His own blood as a ransom for all, ⁄ cleansed you through the water of your tears, ⁄ when you were sick with the dread leprosy of sin. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin, that which has come to pass in you is ineffable, ⁄ for in a divine manner, the Word of the Father came to dwell in you, ⁄ granting by His Word alone ⁄ remission of transgressions to all who sin. [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [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. )

Secondary Kontakion

From Triodion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 3. On this day.

You were once completely full of fornication of all kinds. But today you show yourself a Bride of Christ through repentance. Longingly you imitated the Angels' lifestyle. With the Cross, being your weapon, you trampled demons. Therefore, glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Oikos.

Ewe of Christ and daughter, now in song we praise you, O Mary most renowned. Accounted the Egyptians' nursling, but yet fleeing all their error, you were altogether offered as a seedling precious to the Church. With self-control and supplication, you practiced asceticism beyond the measure of human nature. Therefore you were exalted in Christ, through way of life and practice. Glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Triodion - - -

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

You subdued all the rebellious impulses of the flesh through ascetic labor, ⁄ showing the courage of a man in your soul. ⁄ As you desired to behold the Cross of the Lord, honored Mother, ⁄ you crucified yourself to the world in holiness, ⁄ and with eagerness sought to follow the angelic way of life. ⁄ Therefore we honor your memory with faith, blessed Mary, ⁄⁄ praying that we may be given complete remission of our sins at your intercessions. [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

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

Let us sing the praises of the ark and the gate of heaven, ⁄ the holy mountain and the cloud of light, ⁄ the heavenly ladder and the spiritual paradise, ⁄ the deliverance of Eve and great treasure of the universe! ⁄ For the remission of man's ancient sin and the salvation of the world ⁄ have come to pass through her, and so we cry aloud: ⁄ Pray to your Son and God that those who worship him in an Orthodox manner, ⁄⁄ may be given absolution for their sins. [OCA]

Ode 4: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iv. Mode 4. Heirmos.

When the Church beheld You raised on the Cross unjustly, * O Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, crucified for our sake, * she stood in her course, like the moon, * and fittingly cried aloud, * "Glory to Your power, O Lord!" [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You were crucified, O Savior, to cure my passions * by what You suffered in Your all-immaculate body, * which You voluntarily put on. So we sing to You: * Glory to Your power, O Lord! [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Almighty Master, when death had tasted Your sinless * and life-giving body, it was fittingly embittered * and utterly put to death. And we now sing out to You: * Glory to Your power, O Lord! [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Remaining virgin, you conceived in your womb, O Virgin, * and even after childbirth, you remained a virgin. * Therefore with unwavering faith, O Lady, unceasingly * singing, we salute you: Rejoice! [SD]

Ode 4: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. (N/M)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man delighted in sumptuous food and clothing, ⁄ while Lazarus longed to be fed with the crumbs from his table. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

With their tongues the dogs licked the sores of the beggar Lazarus ⁄ showing a compassion to him in his need that the rich man never felt. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus once lay an outcast in poverty and distress ⁄ outside the gate of the rich man; but now he is glorified. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Undefiled one, pray to Him whom you bore, ⁄ that we who sing your praises ⁄ may be saved from the bondage of the avenger, ⁄ For you alone are our protection. [OCA]

Ode 4: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (When he foresaw.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Creator of our mortal nature, ⁄ the Fount of mercy and Wealth of compassion, ⁄ You took pity on her who fled to you for refuge, ⁄ snatching her from the destroying beast as the Lover of mankind. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Mary, as you hastened to see the Cross, ⁄ through the divine providence of the Crucified Lord ⁄ you were illumined by its light. ⁄ You were yourself crucified to the world, ⁄ saint most worthy of our wonder. [OCA]

Glory.

She who once through evil lust led many into wickedness, ⁄ shines now in her sanctity as the sun, ⁄ and has become a heavenly guide for all who sin. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Spiritual heaven of the King of all, ⁄ you surpassed even the heavenly powers in understanding, ⁄ for beyond the laws of nature, pure Virgin, ⁄ you conceived the Lawgiver and Maker of all things! [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 4.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode 5: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode v. Mode 4. Heirmos.

My Lord, You are the light. * Holy light, to the world You came * to turn people from the darkness * and the night of not knowing. And now in faith we sing Your praise. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

With sympathy for us * You descended to earth, O Lord. * You lifted humanity's fallen nature * when You were suspended on the Cross, O Christ. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Christ, You took away * every charge against me for sins. * By Your divine resurrection, * O compassionate Savior, You ended the distress of death. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Against our every foe, * we have you, our unbreakable shield. * We hope in you for salvation. * We have you as our anchor, all-holy Virgin, Bride of God. [SD]

Ode 5: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

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

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When the rich man saw Lazarus resting in Abraham's bosom, ⁄ rejoicing in light and glory, he cried out: ⁄ Father Abraham, take pity on me, for I am condemned to the fire, ⁄ and my tongue burns in bitter torment. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

During your life, said Abraham to the rich man: ⁄ you lived in wealth and luxury. ⁄ So now you are tormented in the fire eternally, ⁄ while Lazarus the poor man rejoices in unending gladness! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Like the rich man who spent all his days in pleasure, ⁄ I am rich in the deceptive joys of this life, ⁄ but I pray You, Loving Lord, in Your compassion ⁄ deliver me from the fire as You saved Lazarus. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Since you have motherly boldness before your Son, all-pure Virgin, ⁄ do not forget us and our needs, we pray, for we are your people. ⁄ We Christians bring you alone as intercessor ⁄ to win the gracious mercy of the Master. [OCA]

Ode 5: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (Prophet Isaiah.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

When in a mystical vision on Sinai ⁄ Moses beheld the back of God, ⁄ he shone with glory, manifesting dimly the strange mystery he had seen, ⁄ as Mary fell before the most pure icon of the Mother of God: ⁄ that golden vessel which received the divine manna, ⁄ and she chose the angelic life. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Longing, like the Psalmist, to behold the majesty of Your temple, ⁄ and the spiritual tabernacle of Your glory, ⁄ she who had profaned Your temple cried: ⁄ O Christ, through the spiritual prayers of the Virgin, ⁄ she who became Your temple, ⁄ make me a temple of the all-creating Spirit. [OCA]

Glory.

She took many men prisoner ⁄ through the baited hook of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, ⁄ making them food for the devil by short-lived sensual pleasure, ⁄ but now she herself is taken prisoner indeed, ⁄ and by the divine grace of the Holy Cross, ⁄ she has been brought as a sweet spiritual offering to Christ. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

The company of the prophets, ⁄ in hidden words inspired by God, ⁄ were initiates in the mystery concerning you, ⁄ undefiled Mother of God, ⁄ foretelling you in many ways! ⁄ And now Mary of Egypt falls down before the most pure icon ⁄ of the vessel that received the divine Manna, ⁄ and she becomes a pledge before God for sinners. [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode 6: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vi. Mode 4. Heirmos.

"I will sacrifice to You, O Lord, with a voice of praise." * So sings the Church You delivered * from the gore of sacrificing to demons; * for You cleansed her * by the blood that for mercy poured out from Your side. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Savior, You went up on the Cross, having girt yourself * with might, and wrestled the tyrant; * and as God from heaven, You took him down. * As for Adam, Your invincible hand resurrected him. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Christ, dazzling and handsome, You rose from the sepulcher; * and by divine might and power, * You utterly scattered all Your opponents; * and as God You filled all things with divine joy and happiness. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O miracle, more novel than all other miracles! * Behold, without man a Virgin * in her body conceived the One who holds * in His hands the universe, and He was not confined by her. [SD]

Ode 6: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

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

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man condemned himself to the flames of fire ⁄ by his life of pleasure, ⁄ but Lazarus the poor man chose for this present life, poverty, ⁄ and so he was counted worthy of unending joy. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus was counted worthy to dwell with Abraham, ⁄ and he received eternal life, O Christ, ⁄ but the rich man was condemned to the fire, ⁄ there to be tormented in both soul and body. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The rich man was condemned to the fire because of Lazarus. ⁄ Do not condemn me in my wretchedness, I pray, ⁄ Lord and Lover of mankind, ⁄ but count me, like Lazarus, worthy of Your light. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

May we be delivered from our great transgressions ⁄ by your prayers, pure Mother of God, ⁄ and may we dwell in the divine glory of the Son of God ⁄ Who took flesh ineffably from you. [OCA]

Ode 6: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (The lowest depth.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The armies of the angels rejoice, ⁄ seeing a life equal to theirs in you, ⁄ and they cry out, holy Mary, ⁄ giving glory to the Lord. [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The hosts of demons tremble ⁄ at the strength of your endurance! ⁄ How you, a naked and solitary woman, ⁄ in a wonderful way, put them to shame. [OCA]

Glory.

Mary worthy of all praise, ⁄ you shone like the sun and illumined the desert with your brightness ⁄ Shine on me also, ⁄ that I may be glorious with your light. [OCA]

Both now.

Virgin, illumined by the glory of your Child, ⁄ the angels proclaim to us all peace on earth ⁄ and good will towards the human race. [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [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. )

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Kontakion.

Savior and Deliverer is He who raised up from the tomb and from the bonds those born on earth, for He is God; and He destroyed Hades' bars and gates, and on the third day arose, as the Master of all. [SD]

Oikos.

To Him who from the dead arose, Christ the Life-Giver, on the third day from the tomb; who crushed the gates of death today by the power which is His; who slew Hades and ground away the sting of death, and rescued Adam and Eve: to Him let us all, born on earth, now sing, earnestly shouting our grateful praise. For He, alone our mighty God, on the third day arose, as the Master of all. [GKD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On April 18, we commemorate our devout father John, the disciple of Saint Gregory of Dekapolis.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Savvas the Commander.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Cosmas, Bishop of Chalcedon.

On this day we also commemorate our devout mother Athanasia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Neo-martyr John from Ioannina, who witnessed in the 1526.

From the Triodion.

On this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, we have been enjoined to observe the memory of our devout Mother Mary of Egypt.

Verses

Her spirt is gone, the flesh long discarded.

O earth, now hide the dead bones of Mary.

By her intercessions, O God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Ode 7: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vii. Mode 4. Heirmos.

Inside the furnace * in ancient Persia, sons of Abraham * were consumed with pious fear and the love of God * rather than the fiery flame, and sang * together, "In the temple of Your holy glory, You are blessed, O Lord." [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Having been washed clean * in the divine and holy blood of Christ, * humanity is called back to immortal life; * and with gratitude we sing to Him, * "O Savior, in the temple of Your holy glory, You are blessed, O Lord." [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Your tomb was shone forth * to be more beautiful than Paradise * and by far more splendid than any king's * royal chamber, for it hosted Life. * It is the source of our resurrection, O Christ, for You rose from it. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Divine and hallowed * habitation of the Most High God, rejoice! * For through you, O Theotokos, was given joy * unto us who cry aloud to you: * Among all women, Lady, you are blessed, all-blameless, and immaculate. [SD]

Ode 7: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

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

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus lay before the gates of the rich man ⁄ like Job of old, who sat on a dung heap of rottenness and worries, ⁄ and he cried out: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

An outcast at the gate of the rich man who lacked all compassion, ⁄ Lazarus longed for the crumbs that fell from his table, ⁄ yet no man gave them to him! ⁄ But in return he received a dwelling place with Abraham. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Deliver me, I pray You, O my Christ ⁄ from the punishment of the rich man who showed no compassion; ⁄ but place me with Lazarus the poor man ⁄ and count me worthy to cry to You in thanksgiving: ⁄ Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You manifested Yourself incarnate from a Virgin's womb for our sake; ⁄ therefore we confess Your Mother as the Theotokos ⁄ and we cry in thanksgiving: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (In Babylon those Servants.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Wise Zosimas, greatest of the fathers, ⁄ as he wandered in the wilderness, ⁄ was counted worthy to see the saint, ⁄ and he cried: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Father, said the saint to the elder, ⁄ why did you come to see a poor woman? ⁄ A stranger to every virtuous action? ⁄ And she cried: Blessed are You, O God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory.

All-blessed Mary, you put to death your rebellious passions, ⁄ and now you have found anchorage in the harbor of passionlessness, ⁄ crying: Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Both now.

You conceived ineffably, undefiled one, and yet remained a virgin, ⁄ and brought forth to the world its salvation, Christ our God; ⁄ therefore we, and all the faithful magnify you in our songs. [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 8: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode viii. Mode 4. Heirmos.

Daniel shut the lions' gaping mouths inside the den of old, by stretching out his hands. * The three young men overcame the force * of the furnace fire, having girt * themselves in virtue, for they loved * godliness, and were together singing, * "Bless the Lord and praise Him, all you works of the Lord." [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Master, when You stretched Your hands upon the Cross, You gathered all the nations to yourself. * You made them one holy Church, O Christ, * which is praising and extolling You, * with those in heaven and on earth * united and all together singing, * "Bless the Lord and praise Him, all you works of the Lord." [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

An Angel, his raiment white and dazzling with the resurrection's unapproachable light, * appeared at the sepulcher * to the women, saying, "Why do you seek * among the dead the One who lives? * Christ has truly risen!" To whom we cry out, * "Bless the Lord and praise Him, all you works of the Lord." [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Immaculate Virgin, in all generations only you became the Mother of God; * and you were also the dwelling place * of the Godhead, O all-blameless one, * and you were not at all consumed * by the fire of the unapproachable light. * We all now bless you, O Mary the Bride of God. [SD]

Ode 8: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

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

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Once the contemptible rich man was splendidly clothed ⁄ in garments of scarlet, fine linen and purple, ⁄ while the poor man Lazarus lay a pitiable outcast at his gate, ⁄ longing to eat the crumbs that fell from his table, ⁄ but no one gave to him. ⁄ Now he reigns with Christ in glory! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lazarus lay at the gates of the rich man, ⁄ his body rotting with sores. ⁄ He longed to eat and no one gave him food, ⁄ but the dogs, moved with compassion, ⁄ licked his wounds with their tongues. ⁄ Now he has been counted worthy of joy in paradise! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

I have grown rich in sensual pleasures, ⁄ like the rich man of old who clothed himself daily in scarlet. ⁄ Delighting in the good things of this life, ⁄ I have condemned myself to luxury and deception. ⁄ And so I pray to You, greatly-merciful Christ: ⁄ deliver me forever from the eternal fire. [OCA]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

The three-fold Light of the Godhead shines with a single radiance ⁄ from the one Nature in three Persons: ⁄ Father without beginning; Word of the Father sharing the same nature; ⁄ and the consubstantial Spirit, reigning with the Father and the Son. ⁄ Children, bless this triune God! ⁄ Priests praise Him; people, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. (N/M)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

You search the depths of our hearts, ⁄ foreseeing all that concerns us before it has come to be. ⁄ You delivered from a life of bondage ⁄ the woman who fled to You, Savior. ⁄ With a never-silent voice she cries out to Your tender love: ⁄ Priests bless Him; people, exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Holy transformation, ⁄ that brought you to a better way of life! ⁄ Godlike love that hated carnal pleasures! ⁄ Burning faith in God! ⁄ We bless you, Mary, worthy of all praise, ⁄ and we exalt you above all forever! [OCA]

Glory.

Holy Mary, you have received payment for your toil, ⁄ and the due reward for all the labors ⁄ by which you cast down the vengeful enemy. ⁄ Now you sing with the angels, ⁄ crying out with never-silent voice ⁄ and exalting Christ above all forever! [OCA]

Both now.

In His love the Lord of all the ages ⁄ wholly recreated me within your womb, pure Virgin, ⁄ without confusing the marks of either human or divine nature! ⁄ Therefore as you are the cause of our salvation ⁄ we praise you in hymns forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Kontakion.

Savior and Deliverer is He who raised up from the tomb and from the bonds those born on earth, for He is God; and He destroyed Hades' bars and gates, and on the third day arose, as the Master of all. [SD]

Oikos.

To Him who from the dead arose, Christ the Life-Giver, on the third day from the tomb; who crushed the gates of death today by the power which is His; who slew Hades and ground away the sting of death, and rescued Adam and Eve: to Him let us all, born on earth, now sing, earnestly shouting our grateful praise. For He, alone our mighty God, on the third day arose, as the Master of all. [GKD]

Kontakion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 3. On this day.

You were once completely full of fornication of all kinds. But today you show yourself a Bride of Christ through repentance. Longingly you imitated the Angels' lifestyle. With the Cross, being your weapon, you trampled demons. Therefore, glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Oikos.

Ewe of Christ and daughter, now in song we praise you, O Mary most renowned. Accounted the Egyptians' nursling, but yet fleeing all their error, you were altogether offered as a seedling precious to the Church. With self-control and supplication, you practiced asceticism beyond the measure of human nature. Therefore you were exalted in Christ, through way of life and practice. Glorious Saint Mary, you have appeared as a bride of heaven's realm. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On April 18, we commemorate our devout father John, the disciple of Saint Gregory of Dekapolis.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Savvas the Commander.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Cosmas, Bishop of Chalcedon.

On this day we also commemorate our devout mother Athanasia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Neo-martyr John from Ioannina, who witnessed in the 1526.

From the Triodion.

On this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, we have been enjoined to observe the memory of our devout Mother Mary of Egypt.

Verses

Her spirt is gone, the flesh long discarded.

O earth, now hide the dead bones of Mary.

By her intercessions, O God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Theotokos

Ode i. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode iii.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

Ode iv.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode v.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode vi.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

Ode vii.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Eothinon Gospel (EP / GOA)

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

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

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

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

DEACON

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

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon

Matthew. 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen." [RSV]

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

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

CHOIR

Psalm 50 (51).

Mode 2. (or the Mode of the week)

[Merciful,] 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. And have mercy on me, O God. [SAAS]

Idiomela from the Triodion.

Glory. Mode pl. 4.

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life, for early in the morning my spirit hastens to Your holy temple, bringing the temple of my body all defiled. But as one compassionate, cleanse me, I pray, by Your loving-kindness and mercy. [SD]

Both now. Same Mode.

Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and I heedlessly squandered all of my life's resources. By your intercession deliver me from every uncleanness. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

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

When I ponder in my wretchedness on the many terrible things that I have done, I tremble for that fearful day, the Day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Your compassion, like David I cry to You, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy." [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Magnificat: Mode of Canon

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ode 9: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode ix. Mode 4. Heirmos.

A cornerstone was cut out without hands from a never-quarried mountain, * which prefigured you, holy Virgin. * The stone is Christ, who joined the disparate natures. * As we rejoice because of this, O Theotokos, we magnify you. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You assumed the whole of me wholly in a union without confusion; * and when You had worked my salvation, * bodily bearing Your Passion and the Cross, * You gave it to the whole of me, * because of Your immense compassion, as God. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

When they saw Your sepulcher opened and the linen cloths that had covered * Your divine body, Your Disciples * became aware of Your resurrection, O Christ, * they cried out as the Angel had, * "The Lord has truly risen from the dead!" [SD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

For the Trinity.

All we the believers now worship God, one in nature and in essence, * but three in hypostases and persons * unconfused, and equal in might and honor. * With Orthodox theology, we magnify the Holy Trinity. [SD]

Ode 9: Triodion: Canon-1

Canon from the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 4. (N/M)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Since You are God by nature, I pray to You, O Christ: ⁄ make me poor like Lazarus and banish my sensual desires, ⁄ but make me as wealthy as the rich man in virtues, ⁄ that with faith I may magnify You in hymns. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Rich and unmerciful, I have despised my mind; ⁄ cast out in wretchedness it lies with faith ⁄ before the gates of Your commandments, O Lord and Lover of man. ⁄ But in Your tender mercy and compassion, raise it up ⁄ as once in tender love You raised up Your friend Lazarus ⁄ who was already four days dead. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

We have all learned the meaning of this parable from the Lord. ⁄ Let us all, then, hate the rich man's lack of compassion, ⁄ that we may escape punishment and rejoice forever with Abraham. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You carried in your arms the invisible God, ⁄ Who is praised in the heavens by all creation. ⁄ At all times He grants us salvation through you ⁄ and we magnify you in faith! [OCA]

Ode 9: Triodion: Canon-2

Canon for the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. N/M (Weep not for Me.)

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

Mother, strengthened by the might of Christ, ⁄ you more easily endured your sufferings in the wilderness. ⁄ With streams of God-given tears ⁄ you quenched the impure thoughts that came to you, ⁄ greatest of ascetics and glory of the saints! [OCA]

Devout Saint of God, intercede for us

The pure Virgin, the only Mother of Christ the Light, ⁄ shone upon you with rays of surpassing brightness, ⁄ making you terrible to the enemy, ⁄ and revealing you to us, honored Mary, ⁄ as the beauty of ascetics and pillar of the saints. [OCA]

Glory.

You wisely forsook all the things of this earth, ⁄ and became a hallowed dwelling-place of the Spirit. ⁄ Pray to Christ, our only Deliverer, ⁄ that we who celebrate your holy memory with faith ⁄ may be set free from the perils of this world! [OCA]

Both now.

In a manner surpassing nature, pure Maiden, ⁄ you escaped the laws of nature, ⁄ bringing forth on earth a newborn Child, ⁄ Who is the Giver of the Law and the Ancient of Days. ⁄ Therefore, spiritual heaven of the Creator of all, ⁄ with faith and love we call you blessed. [OCA]

Magnificat: Mode of Katavasia

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred wonders of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, "O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!" [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

Mode 2.

Holy is the Lord our God. (2) [SAAS]

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet.

For He is holy.

From Octoechos - - -

Exaposteilarion.

The First Eothinon.

Mode 2. Automelon.

On the mountain in Galilee * let us join the Disciples, * so that by faith we see and hear * Christ say that He was given * authority both in heaven * and on earth, and His teaching * on how to baptize nations all, * in the name of the Father and of the Son * and the Holy Spirit, and how He always * is with His Mystics, to the end * of the age, as He promised. [SD]

For the Devout Woman.

Exaposteilarion. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

We have you as an example * of true repentance, O devout Mary. * To Christ pray intently * that in this season of the Fast * we be granted to praise you * in songs with faith and longing. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

O sweetness of the Angels, * O joy of those in affliction, * and the protectress of Christians, * O Virgin Mother of the Lord, * come to my aid and redeem me * from the eternal torments. [SD]

Lauds. Mode 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Stichera.

Mode 4.

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

You endured crucifixion and death, O Lord, and resurrected from the dead. O Almighty One, we glorify Your resurrection. [SD]

Mode 4.

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

O Christ, by means of Your Cross, You have set us free from the ancient curse; and by means of Your death, You have neutralized the devil who tyrannized our nature; and by Your rising, You filled all things with joy. Therefore we shout to You, who rose from the dead, "Glory to You, O Lord." [SD]

Mode 4.

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

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, direct us to Your truth, O Christ our Savior; and deliver us from the snares of the foe. You who rose from the dead, raise us who are fallen because of sin, extending Your hand, O Lord who loves humanity, at the intercession of Your holy ones. [SD]

Mode 4.

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

Only-begotten Logos of God, while departing not from the Father's bosom, You came to earth for love of humanity, immutably becoming human; and You physically endured the Cross and death, although impassible in divinity. Having risen from the dead, You granted the human race immortality, as the only almighty One. [SD]

Stichera. For the Devout Woman.

From Triodion - - -

Mode pl. 2. When the saints deposited.

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

Your prolonged polluted state * with all your prior defilements * like a wall prevented you * from beholding the august holy sites of Christ. * Then your mind went to God, * when a prick of conscience * and awareness of what you had done * had their effect on you, * to a higher lifestyle converting you. * For gazing at the icon of * ever-blessed Mary the Maid of God, * you condemned your every * transgression in the past, all-lauded one, * and then with confidence you adored * the all-precious Cross of Christ. [SD]

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

Your prolonged polluted state * with all your prior defilements * like a wall prevented you * from beholding the august holy sites of Christ. * Then your mind went to God, * when a prick of conscience * and awareness of what you had done * had their effect on you, * to a higher lifestyle converting you. * For gazing at the icon of * ever-blessed Mary the Maid of God, * you condemned your every * transgression in the past, all-lauded one, * and then with confidence you adored * the all-precious Cross of Christ. [SD]

Verse: I waited patiently for the Lord, and He heeded me; and He heard my supplication. [SAAS]

After you had worshiped in * the Holy Lands with rejoicing, * therein also you received * the salvific means for your * road to excellence. * And you ran earnestly * the fine way of virtue. * Having crossed the Jordan River's stream, * unhesitatingly * you began your residence in the place * where John the Baptist lived before. * And by your ascetical way of life * you subdued the passions' * ferociousness with confidence, O Saint, * and carnal throbbings you minimized, * Mother ever-memorable. [SD]

Verse: And He established my feet on a rock and kept straight my steps. [SAAS]

Dwelling in the wilderness, * you blotted out every image * of the passions from your soul, * having in their place instead * printed on your soul * the sublime Godlike form * of the holy virtues. * And you shone forth to such an extent * that you were able to * fly across the waters, O blessed one, * and levitate above the ground * when you raised your hands up to God in prayer. * Now, O blessed Mother * all-glorious Saint Mary, as you stand * before the Master with confidence, * importunely pray for us. [SD]

Glory. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Mode 1.

The Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and ascetic practice and holiness; therefore rich men will never enter it, but only those who place their treasures into the hands of the needy. This is what David the Prophet teaches when he says, "Righteous is the man, who is merciful day in and out, who delights in the Lord. He walks in the light; he will not stumble." All of this was written for our edification, that, while fasting, we do acts of kindness; and the Lord will give us, instead of earthly gifts, the things of heaven. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

You are supremely blessed, O Virgin Theotokos. For through Him who from you became incarnate was Hades taken prisoner, and Adam has been summoned back; the curse has been neutralized, and Eve has been liberated; death has been put to death, and we have been brought to life. Therefore extolling we cry out: O Christ our God, You are blessed, for so was Your good pleasure. Glory to You! [SD]

Great Doxology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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

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

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

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

After the Doxology, sing the following Resurrectional Troparion.

Mode 4. (or the Mode of the week)

Today has salvation come to pass in the world. Let us sing to Him who resurrected from the tomb and is the Author of our life. For, destroying death by death, He gave us the victory and the great mercy. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

DEACON

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

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

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

DEACON

Wisdom.

( Father, bless! )

PRIEST

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

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

READER

Amen.

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

Litanies and Dismissal

DEACON

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

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

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

DEACON

Wisdom.

( Father, bless! )

PRIEST

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

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

READER

Amen.

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

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

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

Dismissal

PRIEST

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

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

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

( Amen. )