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Service For Commissioning Missionaries


Priest: Blessed is our God always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (3)

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

Glory to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O Most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us! Lord, cleanse us from our sins! Master, pardon our transgressions! Holy One, visit, and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto 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 the evil one.

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 ever, and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.

Troparion Tone 8

Choir: Blessed are You, 0 Christ our God, Who have revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them You drew the world into Your net. 0 Lover of Man, glory to You!

Priest: Let us attend! Peace be unto all! Wisdom!

Reader: The Prokeimenon in the Eighth Tone: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the universe!

Choir: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the universe!

Reader: The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork!

Choir: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the universe!

Reader: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth.

Choir: And their words to the ends of the universe!

Priest: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from the Acts of the Holy Apostles.

Priest: Let us attend!

Reader: Brethren, the word of God grew and multiplied. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John, whose surname was Mark. Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

Priest: Peace be to you who has read!

Reader: And to your spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Choir: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Priest: Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy Gospel. Peace be unto all!

People: And to your spirit!

Priest: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

People: Glory to You, 0 Lord, glory to You!

Priest: Let us attend!

At that time, the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

People: Glory to You, 0 Lord, glory to You!

LITANY OF FERVENT SUPPLICATION

Priest: Have mercy on us, 0 God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for all pious and Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN; for His Eminence, Archbishop JOB; for all Orthodox Hierarchs of North America; and for all our brethren in Christ.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servant(s) of God______, who is (are) being commissioned as a missionary (as missionaries) in Your Holy Church; and for the pardon and remission of his (her, their) sins.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: For You are a merciful God and love mankind, and unto You we send up glory: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

THE PRAYER OF COMMISSIONING

O God, our God, who sent Your Only-begotten Son for our salvation, and at His bidding gave to His disciples the Holy Spirit, send down Your Holy Spirit upon this (these) your servant(s) ______and commission him (her, them) for this present ministry of proclaiming Your Good News. As You traveled with Your servant Joseph, when He look Your Beloved Son and the Most-holy Theotokos into Egypt and afterward brought them back again into the land of Israel, so also now travel with this (these), Your servant(s) _____, and deliver him (her, them) from all agitation and slander and all devices of the evil one. Keep him (her, them) strong in body and soul, so that he (she, they) may be a light to those who sit in darkness. Grant that he (she, they) may fulfill in righteousness Your command to go and make disciples of all nations. May his (her, their) service be pleasing in Your sight, that he (she, they) may praise and glorify Your most Holy and magnificent Name: of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Troparion in Tone 4.

Choir: O Holy Father Innocent/ In obedience to the will of God
You accepted dangers and tribulations/Bringing many peoples to the knowledge
of truth./You showed us the way,/ Now by your prayers help lead us into the
Kingdom of Heaven.

Priest: Wisdom! Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

People: More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you!

Priest: Glory to You, 0 Christ God, our hope; glory to You!

People: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Father (Master), bless!

Priest: May He who rose from the dead, and sent out His holy disciples to the ends of the earth for our salvation, even Christ our true God, Through the prayers of our Most-holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-virgin Mary; by the power of the Precious and Life-creating Cross; of the Holy Apostle Paul; of Saint Photini; of Saints Cyril and Methodius, of Saint Kosmas of Aitola; of Saints Herman, Innocent, and Tikhon, Enlighteners of America; of Saint Nicholas, Enlightener of Japan; and of all the missionary Saints, have mercy on us and save, for He is good and loves mankind.

People: Amen.

A PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

O God of Truth and Love, hear our prayer for those who do not know You, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the Truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all the peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Grant vigor to wavering faith and sustain our faith when it is fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in our souls and throughout Your Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the earth. Make us witnesses to Your goodness--full of love, full of strength, and full of faith—for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of our Most-holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-virgin Mary; of the Holy Apostle Paul; of Saint Photini; of Saints Cyril and Methodius, teachers of the Slavs; of Saint Kosmas of Aitola; of Saints Herman, Innocent, and Tikhon, Enlighteners of America; of Saint Nicholas, Enlightener of Japan; John of Chicago and of all the missionary Saints, have mercy on us, forasmuch as You are the God of salvation, and to You we send up glory: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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