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Mode 4. On Thursday Morning

On Thursday Before Palm Sunday at Matins

Menaion - April 22

Memory of St. Theodore of Sykeon

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

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 4.

Like the Cherubim we dare to glorify the unoriginate Father, and You, O Christ God, and Your all-holy Spirit, and we say: Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the intercessions of the Apostles save us. [SD]

Glory.

Now like the order of Angels in heaven, and the ranks of people on earth, with we offer You a hymn of victory, O good One. Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the intercessions of the Hierarch save us. [SD]

Both now.

We mortals dare to offer You the hymn of Your noetic ministers, and we say: 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 4. N/M (Come quickly.)

You appointed your Disciples, O Christ, as beacons shining to the ends of the earth, illumining souls by their preaching, through them dispelling the deception of idols and flooding the world with the rays of the doctrines of true religion. At their intercessions save our souls. [EL]

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

Mode 4. N/M (You who were lifted.)

O Master, by Your right hand Moses led Israel through the Red Sea out of bondage and drowned Pharaoh in the waves; and likewise Your wise disciples cut through the sea of bitter godlessness by their miracles, and they guided the people to You, O unoriginate Logos who alone love humanity. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4.

We have come to know that the Word of the Father, Christ our God, became incarnate from you, O Virgin Theotokos, only pure, only blessed. Therefore we never cease to extol and magnify you. [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 pl. 1. (NM)

Yoking contemplation to action, let us make haste to offer up our prayers to Christ, that by His dread authority He may call our spiritual understanding back from the tomb to life, like another dead Lazarus; and we shall bring Him palms of righteousness and cry: Blessed art Thou who comest. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1. (NM)

Be swift to heal the painful passions of my soul and the diseases of my flesh. Keep my mind from turning away, O most pure Theotokos, and enable me in stillness of thought to offer pure prayers to the King of all, and to gain remission of sins. [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.

Mode pl. 2.

Lazarus has been dead now for two days, and his sisters Martha and Mary shed tears of grief for him, gazing at the stone before his tomb. But the Creator has come with His disciples, to despoil death and bestow life. Therefore let us cry to Him: O Lord, glory to Thee. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 2.

Hallowed Lady, Mother of Christ our God, thou hast borne ineffably the Maker of all. In union with the holy apostles pray to Him at all times, that in His love He may release us from the passions and grant us the remission of our sins. [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. )

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

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Let us sing to the Lord, who led his people in the Red Sea, for he alone has been greatly glorified. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The love of the Master drew you, and abandoning the body's pleasures, blessed father, you found your rest in Christ. [EL]

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

The love of the Master drew you, and abandoning the body's pleasures, blessed father, you found your rest in Christ. [EL]

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

You were raised to the heights, blessed Father, and you passed through the middle wall of uncreated being, and your delight is pure. [EL]

Glory.

Receiving in your heart an immaterial ray, you were enlightened and you dispelled all the fog of the passions. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Adam's race, lifted up to the blessedness that is beyond the mind through you, Mother of God, worthily glorifies you. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

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

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The fire of the godhead you enfolded, venerable, god-bearing Father, and purified you were declared to be a burning coal on earth. [EL]

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

The fire of the godhead you enfolded, venerable, god-bearing Father, and purified you were declared to be a burning coal on earth. [EL]

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

You put on the death of the passions before the end, venerable father, and through death you departed to an unending life. [EL]

Glory.

By strong reasoning you subdued the flesh, venerable Father, and showed your soul to be unhumbled to the slavery of the passions. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

By your intercessions, O all-blameless, give us help, driving off the assaults of dread dangers. [EL]

Heirmos.

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

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

Devoutly longing for the poverty of Jesus you abandoned perishable wealth and this transient life, wise Father, and taking your cross on your shoulders you travelled to the end the narrow path with joy, treading on the pleasures of the body, holy one, through the mastery of every wicked passion, and you reached the wide, divine plain of Paradise. our venerable Father. [EL]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

With compunction of my soul, I bend the knee to you, good Virgin, and with supplication I cry out: Attend to me and see my misery, bowed down by sins. Having maltreated my soul and body, I expect those fearful punishments. Help me then, O Virgin, and rescue me from them, O Mother of God, for you have the power. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

I heard your report, Lord, and was afraid. I understood your works and glorified your might. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Your servant, Lord, thrust aside much-divided care, making his untroubled mind your dwelling. [EL]

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

Your servant, Lord, thrust aside much-divided care, making his untroubled mind your dwelling. [EL]

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

Your delight, blessed Saint, was in the commands of the Gospel; for taking up your cross you followed the Master rejoicing. [EL]

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

On wings of humility you shattered the snares of the ill-intentioned; therefore, Venerable Father, you were exalted and declared a citizen of heaven. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

Grant us pardon of offences, as you are sinless; make your world peaceful, O God, at the prayers of her who gave you birth. [EL]

(read)

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 pl. 1. (NM)

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

With the rays of your intercession illumine us who dwell in the prison of our sins; for with reverence we praise you, O apostles who bring light. [KW]

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

Yoking love with compassion, O ye faithful, let us make haste to offer up our prayer to Christ, that He may raise us from the grave of our secret passions. [KW]

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

Mortified in soul, let us mercilessly cut off every carnal affection; and let us become friends of the Redeemer that He may deliver us from the dread condemnation of hell. [KW]

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

Theotokion.

From thee, O pure and undefiled Mother of God, has flowed the divine water of immortality and life; and all who drink from it shall be delivered from the thirst that brings death. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 2. (NM) O Lord, I have heard

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

Lazarus is buried now, and Martha and her companions lament and weep around the grave; and they long for Thee, the Giver of Life, to come. [KW]

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

Seeing Thee draw near, O Christ, death begins to be afraid. For Thou, who art Life, shalt banish him to the ends of the earth. [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

O simple Unity praised in Trinity of Persons, uncreated Nature without beginning, save us who in faith worship Thy power. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Mother of God, without knowing man thou hast given birth within time to the Son who was begotten outside time from the Father; and, strange wonder! Thou givest suck while still remaining Virgin. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let all who are in the deserts and in caves assemble together and go with songs to meet the Lord of glory, who comes riding upon a foal. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 2.

O Lord, I have heard the report of Thee and was afraid; I have seen Thy works and was amazed. Glory to Thy pwer, O Lord. [KW]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

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

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Alone you turned to flight the rage of the serpent, God-bearing Father; while you turned all your desire towards your Master. [EL]

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

Alone you turned to flight the rage of the serpent, God-bearing Father; while you turned all your desire towards your Master. [EL]

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

Prudently you governed your body's senses, and were declared a monument of the virtues, All-blest Father. [EL]

Glory.

Revered Saint, you bore the heat of the day and were found worthy of the joy of the Lord. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mary, Mother of God, without bridegroom, bring to naught the hopes of our foes, and make those who praise you glad. [EL]

The Canon from the General Menaion.

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

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

Grant me a tunic of light, O Most Merciful, Christ our God, who wrap yourself in light as in a garment. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The approach of the serpent did not beguile your servant, O Christ, nor did the fire of temptations affright him. [EL]

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

The approach of the serpent did not beguile your servant, O Christ, nor did the fire of temptations affright him. [EL]

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

Your way of life on earth, Venerable Father, was equal to that of angels; you were adorned by the right hand of the Almighty. [EL]

Glory.

You obtained self-mastery, uninterrupted prayer, untroubled love, and so you appeared as an unsullied mirror of God. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

The Word of God revealed you to mortals as a heavenly ladder, for through you he came down to us. [EL]

Heirmos.

Grant me a tunic of light, O Most Merciful, Christ our God, who wrap yourself in light as in a garment. [EL]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

From Triodion - - -

READER

For the Martyrs. Mode 4.

Your prize-winning martyr Saints, equipped and armed with the cross, * defeated the machinations of the arch-evil foe * of mankind, O Christ our God. * Shining like stars in heaven, * they are guides for us mortals. * To those who with faith request them, they dispense cures and healings. * Through their intercessions we pray You to save our souls. [SD]

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On April 22 we commemorate our devout father Theodore Sykeotis, Bishop of Anastasiopolis.

On this day the holy Martyr Nearchos died by fire.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Apostle Nathanael, who is also Simon the Zealot. This is the commemoration of when he met Christ.

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

CHOIR

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

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

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

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

For putting pleasures to death and bridling anger, O all-blest, you have received the prize of the inheritance above; and you cry with joy: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

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

For putting pleasures to death and bridling anger, O all-blest, you have received the prize of the inheritance above; and you cry with joy: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

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

You passed unswervingly through the finest path of virtues, revered Father, and drove on towards the city of the undefiled Eden, as you sang with joy: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Glory.

Devoutly you proclaimed the glory of the Trinity, O all-blessed, and find rest to take your delight in the three-sunned light, and you cry with gladness: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

You were the all-blest rod from the root of Jesse, O Virgin, whose blossom was a saving fruit for those who cry out with faith to your Son: God of our Fathers, blessed are you. [EL]

Ode viii.

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

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

The King of heaven, * whose praise the Angels are singing, * all the hosts of the bodiless powers * praise him and exalt him most highly to all ages. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The One who wonderfully strengthened the Saint for ascetic struggles, praise and highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

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

The One who wonderfully strengthened the Saint for ascetic struggles, praise and highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

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

You shared the Angels' way of life on earth, all-blest, and now you dwell with them in heaven to the ages. [EL]

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

The band of monks rejoices, and the company of saints and just dances, for you have fittingly received a garland of victory. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

Beyond nature you gave birth, O Virgin, to the Creator and Saviour, God the Word; therefore we praise you to all the ages. [EL]

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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]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 1. (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]

O divinely inspired apostles of the Lord, stones built upon the Chief Corner Stone, intercede with Him who is all-merciful, that He may take away the heavy stone from my heart. [KW]

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

'Let us go', Thou hast said beforehand to Thy friends. 'Lazarus My friend has already fallen asleep. But by awakening him I shall destroy for ever the evil and destructive power of death.' [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]

Let us become through grace meek in soul and humble in thought, and let us receive the meek Master of all, who comes to break in pieces the arrogance of the evil one. [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.

The Prophet saw thee, O all-blameless Lady, as a shining Gate of light. For in ways past telling thou dost bear the Giver of Light, who has become as we are; and we exalt Him above all for ever. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 2. (NM) Thy holy Children

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

Mary and Martha now lament, beholding Lazarus laid in the tomb, and in distress they cry aloud: 'Had Christ been here, our brother had not died.' [KW]

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

Let hell expect its own destruction. For the Life comes to raise up Lazarus, who cries aloud: O Bless, praise and exalt ye the Lord above all 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.

Without beginning are the birth of the Son and the procession of the Spirit. I worship the Father who begets, I glorify the Son who is begotten, and I sing the praises of the Holy Spirit who shines forth with the Father and the Son. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

Cease not to pray, O Virgin, unto Him whom thou hast borne in ways past all interpretation, for He loves mankind: that He may save from danger all who flee to thee for refuge. [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let us and all the faithful prepare virtues as branches and palms for our meeting with the King, and let us cry aloud: Bless, praise and exalt ye the Lord above all for ever. [KW]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 2.

Thy holy Children in the furnace sang like the cherubim the thrice-holy hymn, and they cried aloud: Bless, praise and exalt ye the Lord above all for ever. [KW]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

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

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode pl. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Canon from the General Menaion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. The Heirmos.

We who through you, O Virgin, * have been saved confess you * to be most truly the one who gave birth to God, * with all the choirs of the heavens you we now magnify. [EL]

Troparia.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Your memory, Venerable Father, fittingly gladdens all the throngs on earth today; save us who honour it year by year. [EL]

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

Your memory, Venerable Father, fittingly gladdens all the throngs on earth today; save us who honour it year by year. [EL]

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

Intercede that those who celebrate with faith your memory, worthy of praise, venerable Father, may be delivered from the stumbling blocks of the enemy. [EL]

Verse: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us. [RSV]

As his servant, blessed, venerable Father, you ever stand before the throne of the Master; do not cease to intercede for your flock. [EL]

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

Theotokion.

We sing your praise with psalms, O Full of grace, and never silent we cry to you: Hail! For you became a source of gladness for all. [EL]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 1. (NM) Rejoice, Isaiah.

Verse: The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, be[ing] delivered from the hand of our enemies. [RSV]

O Master Christ, who hast made Thy wise disciples to be Thy friends, save me from friendship with the crafty one. Thou hast come with them, O Saviour, and raised Thy faithful friend Lazarus, and in thanksgiving he sings Thy praises. [KW]

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

O compassionate Lord, at the full completion of the Fast fill our hearts and minds with joy, through the prayers of Thine apostles who loved Thee with sincerity, O Saviour of our souls. [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]

I dwell in the tomb of sloth, O Christ, and I stink from the festering wounds of sin. And so I call upon Thee: Raise me up and save me, that I may come to meet Thee with branches of virtue, shouting aloud: Hosanna be to God. [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 Maiden undefiled, unto us hast thou borne the only-begotten Son of the Father, who became incarnate in two wills and natures. Transcendent in His Godhead, He makes us partakers of the divine nature. [KW]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 2. (NM) Conception without seed

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]

Today Lazarus has been two days in the tomb, and Mary and Martha as his true sisters shed tears for him. But Christ comes to him with his holy apostles, to make manifest a great wonder. [KW]

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

O all-destroying death, expect now thine own dissolution. Let thy doorkeepers look to the bolts and bars: for Christ shall raise up Lazarus and shatter thy gates by His word. With us the Prophet cries to thee, 'O hell, drink this first.' [KW]

Glory. For the Trinity.

O Father, single only-Begetter of the only-Begotten Son; O only Light and Brightness from the one and only Light; and Thou, one and only Holy Spirit from the one God, true Lord from the Lord: O holy Three in One, save me as I tell of Thy divinity. [KW]

Both now. Theotokion.

The marvel of thy childbearing fills me with wonder, O all-blameless Lady. How hast thou conceived without seed Him whom none can comprehend? How hast thou remained a Virgin and yet become a Mother? 'Accept the miracle with faith, and worship the Child that is born: for all that He wills, He has the power to do.' [KW]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord comes seated upon a foal, as it is written. Ye peoples, make ready to receive in fear the King of all, and to welcome Him vrith palms as Victor over death and hell; for He has raised Lazarus. [KW]

Heirmos (NM). Mode pl. 2.

Conception without seed; nativity past understanding, from a Mother who never knew a man; childbearing undefiled. For the birth of God makes both natures new. Therefore, as Bride and Mother of God, with true worship all generations 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 4.

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Apostles, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Hierarch, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save me. [SD]

READER

Lauds. (read)

Psalm 148.

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the highest. Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light. Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name, for He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created. He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps, Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word, mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds, kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth, young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted; His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people, a hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him. [SAAS]

Psalm 149.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones. Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King. Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him; for the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation. The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds; the high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples, to shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to fulfill among them the written judgment: This glory have all His holy ones. [SAAS]

Psalm 150.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power; praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. Praise Him with the sound of a trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre; praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute; praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Alleluia. [SAAS]

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

Doxology (read)

To you belongs glory, O Lord our God, and to you we send up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, and we thank you, for your great glory. Lord, King, Heavenly God, Father Almighty; only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. Lord God, the Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, you who take away the sins of the world. Accept our supplication, you who sit at the right of the Father, and have mercy on us. For you are the only Holy One, you are the only Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day I shall bless you, and I shall praise your name forever, and unto the ages of ages. Lord, you have become for us a refuge from generation to generation. I have said: Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you. Lord, to you I have fled; teach me to do your will, for you are my God. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we shall see light. Extend your mercy to those who know you. Grant, O Lord, that in this day we may be kept without sin. Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is your name unto the ages. Amen. Let your mercy, Lord, come upon us, just as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are you, O Master, make me understand your commandments. Blessed are you, O Holy One, enlighten me with your commandments. Lord, your mercy remains forever, do not turn away from the works of your hands. To you belongs praise, to you belongs a hymn, to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

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

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Aposticha. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 1.

Come, brethren, and before the end with pure hearts let us all draw near to the compassionate God. Casting aside the cares of this life, let us take thought for our souls. Through abstinence let us reject with loathing the pleasures of food, and let us busy ourselves with acts of compassion; for in this way, as it is written, some have entertained angels unaware. By providing for the needy, let us feed Him who has fed us with His own flesh. Let us clothe ourselves in Him who clothes Himself in light as in a garment. So, at the intercessions of the most pure Theotokos and Virgin Mother, we shall receive forgiveness of our sins, and with compunction cry to Him: O Lord, deliver us from the condemnation of those on Thy left hand, and make us worthy to stand on Thy right, for Thou art merciful and lovest mankind. [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]

Come, brethren, and before the end with pure hearts let us all draw near to the compassionate God. Casting aside the cares of this life, let us take thought for our souls. Through abstinence let us reject with loathing the pleasures of food, and let us busy ourselves with acts of compassion; for in this way, as it is written, some have entertained angels unaware. By providing for the needy, let us feed Him who has fed us with His own flesh. Let us clothe ourselves in Him who clothes Himself in light as in a garment. So, at the intercessions of the most pure Theotokos and Virgin Mother, we shall receive forgiveness of our sins, and with compunction cry to Him: O Lord, deliver us from the condemnation of those on Thy left hand, and make us worthy to stand on Thy right, for Thou art merciful and lovest mankind. [KW]

For the Martyrs.

Mode pl. 1.

Verse: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we are greatly filled with contempt; our soul is greatly filled with it. We are a disgrace to those who prosper, and a contempt to the arrogant. [SAAS]

In their torments, the saints cried out rejoicing: 'This is the exchange that we make with the Master: in return for the wounds inflicted on our bodies, He will clothe us at the Resurrection with a garment of light; in return for dishonour, we shall receive crowns; in return for imprisonment, Paradise; and in return for condemnation 'With evildoers, life with the angels.' At their prayers, O Lord, save our souls. [KW]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 1.

Forechosen from all generations, hear us when we call upon thee, and answer the petitions of our souls: grant us deliverance from our passions and from anguish, for the sake of the apostles; for thou canst do all things as the Mother of God. [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. )