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Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom


The Entrance Prayers

Deacon: Bless, Master.

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

Deacon: Amen.

Deacon: Glory to You, our God; glory to You!

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, You are
everywhere and fulfill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity
and save our souls, O Good One!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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.

Deacon: Amen.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us;
for laying aside all excuse, we sinners offer to You,
as to our Master, this supplication: have mercy on us.

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

O Lord, have mercy on us, for in You have we put our trust.
Do not be angry with us, nor remember our iniquities,
but look down on us even now, since You are compassionate,
and deliver us from our enemies. For You are our God,
and we are Your people; we are all the work of Your hands,
and we call upon Your Name.

now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: O blessed Theotokos, open the doors of compassion to us whose hope is in you, that we may not perish but be delivered from adversity through you, who are the salvation of the Christian people.

Clergy, in order of rank, venerate the icon of Christ, and say:

Clergy: We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God. Of Your good will You were pleased to ascend the cross in the flesh and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy. Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to You: You have filled all with joy, O our Savior, for You came to save the world.

They also venerate the icon of the Theotokos and say:

Deem us worthy of mercy, O Theotokos, Fountain of Tenderness.
Look on us sinful men and reveal your power as always, for we have put
our hope in you. Rejoice! we cry to you, as once did Gabriel, the leader
of the bodiless hosts.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord, stretch forth Your hand from Your holy dwelling place on high, and strengthen me for this, Your appointed service, that standing without condemnation before Your throne, I may offer the bloodless sacrifice. For Yours is the power and the glory unto ages of ages. Amen.

They turn and bow to the people, asking forgiveness:

Address: Forgive me, brothers and sisters.

Response: God forgives all.

They enter the Sanctuary - the Priest through the North door and the Deacon through the South door, saying:

Deacon: I will enter Your house, I will worship toward Your holy temple in fear of You. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make my way straight before You. For there is no truth in their mouth; their heart is destruction, their throat is an open sepulcher, they flatter with their tongue. Judge them, O God, let them fall by their own counsels; because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against You. But let all who take refuge in You rejoice, let them always sing for joy; and dwell in them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For You bless the righteous, O Lord, You cover us with good will as with a shield.

They bow 3 times before the Altar Table. The Priest kisses the Holy Gospel, the Altar Table, and the Cross. The Deacon kisses the Altar Table.

Then each takes his robe (Sticharion) and, bowing 3 times towards the East, prays silently:

O God, cleanse me a sinner, and have mercy on me.


The Vesting of the Deacon

The Deacon, with his robe (Sticharion) and stole (Orarion) in hand, goes to the Priest and bows his head, saying:

Deacon: Bless, Master, the Sticharion and Orarion.

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

Deacon: Amen.

The Deacon goes to the side of the Sanctuary. Vesting himself with the Sticharion, he prays:

Let us pray to the Lord. My soul shall rejoice in the Lord, for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of gladness; as a bridegroom He has set a crown on me; and as a bride adorns herself with jewels, so has He adorned me.

After kissing the Orarion, the Deacon places it on his shoulder. He may say:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth: heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

As he puts on the cuffs (Epimanikia), he recites the following:

(Right) Your right hand, O Lord, has been glorified in power. Your right hand, O Lord, has shattered Your enemies. In the greatness of Your majesty, You have overthrown Your adversaries.

(Left) Your hands have made and fashioned me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.

Then the Deacon goes to the Table of Preparation (Oblation), and sets the Holy Vessels in place for the Priest.


The Vesting of the Priest

The Priest blesses his own Sticharion:

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

He vests himself with the Sticharion, saying:

My soul shall rejoice in the Lord, for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of gladness; as a bridegroom He has set a crown on me; and as a bride adorns herself with jewels, so has He adorned me.

He blesses the stole (Epitrachelion), and says, as he vests:

+ Blessed is God, Who pours out His grace upon His Priests, as myrrh upon the head, that runs down the beard, the beard of Aaron, that runs down the border of his robe.

He blesses the belt (Zone), and says, as he vests:

+ Blessed is God, Who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless. He made my feet like hind’s feet, and set me secure on the heights.

As he puts on the cuffs (Epimanikia), he recites the following:

(Right) Your right hand, O Lord, has been glorified in power. Your right hand, O Lord, has shattered Your enemies. In the greatness of Your majesty, You have overthrown Your adversaries.

(Left) Your hands have made and fashioned me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.

If he has been awarded the shield (Epigonation), he puts it on, saying:

Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, in Your comeliness and in Your beauty. Go forth and prosper and reign, because of truth and meekness and righteousness. Your right hand shall guide You wondrously always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

He blesses the chasuble (Phelonion), and prays, as he vests:

+ Your Priests, O Lord, shall clothe themselves with righteousness, and Your saints shall shout with joy always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Priest then washes his hands, saying:

I wash my hands in innocence, and go about Your altar, O Lord, singing aloud a song of praise, and telling all Your miracles. O Lord, I love the beauty of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells. Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, men in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. But as for me, I walk in my integrity; deliver me, and have mercy on me. My foot stands on level ground; in the churches I will bless the Lord.


The Liturgy of Preparation (Proskomedia)

The Priest and Deacon bow 3x before the Table of Preparation, saying quietly each time:

Clergy: O God, cleanse me a sinner, and have mercy on me.

The Priest removes the communion cloths from the Chalice and the paten (Diskos), saying:

Priest: O Bethlehem, be prepared; Eden is opened to all; O Ephratha, be made ready; for in the cave the tree of life has blossomed forth from the Virgin; for her womb has been shown to be a spiritual paradise, in which is the divine plant, from which having eaten, we will live and not die as Adam did. Christ is born to raise the image that had fallen.

By Your precious Blood You have redeemed us from the curse of the law. By being nailed to the Cross and pierced with a spear, You have poured immortality upon men. O our Savior, glory to You!

The Deacon raises his Orarion, saying:

Deacon: Bless, Master.

1st Loaf - The Lamb

The Priest makes the sign of the Cross + with the first loaf of bread, saying:

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

Deacon: Amen.

The Priest takes the prosphora in his left hand and the spear in his right, and makes the Sign of the Cross + over the seal 3 times, saying each time:

Priest: In remembrance of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (3x)

The Priest pierces the prosphora with the spear to the right of the seal, and, cutting along the right side, says:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: As a sheep led to the slaughter,

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Cutting the left side, the Priest says:

Priest: or a spotless lamb before its shearers is dumb, so He opens not His mouth.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Cutting the upper side:

Priest: In His humiliation justice was denied Him

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Cutting the lower side:

Priest: Who will explain His generation?

The Deacon then points to the Holy Bread with his hand and Orarion, and says:

Deacon: Take up, Master.

The Priest, piercing the prosphora on the bottom right side and cutting, then lifts out the Lamb, saying:

Priest: For His life is taken up from the earth.

The Priest inverts the Lamb, placing the seal upon the Diskos, while the Deacon says:

Deacon: Sacrifice, Master.

The Priest cuts the Lamb cross-wise, taking care not to cut through the seal, and says:

Priest: Sacrificed is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world, for the life of the world and its salvation.

The Priest inverts the Lamb again so that the seal is on top, while the Deacon says:

Deacon: Pierce, Master.

The Priest pierces the right side of the Lamb under the letters IC and says:

Priest: One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness, and his witness is true.

(Additional Lambs for Liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts are prepared, doing the same for each Lamb, beginning with, “In remembrance of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ...")

The Deacon takes the wine and water and says to the Priest:

Deacon: Bless, Master, the holy union.

As the Deacon pours the wine and water into the Chalice, the Priest blesses the diaconal action with the Sign of the Cross +, saying:

Priest: Blessed is the union of Your holy things...

Deacon: ...always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

2nd Loaf - The Mother of God

The Priest takes the second prosphora into his hand and says:

Priest: In honor and memory of our most-blessed Lady, the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary. Through her intercessions, O Lord, accept this sacrifice upon Your heavenly Altar.

The Priest removes a triangular particle of the prosphora and places it on the right side of the Lamb, saying:

The Queen stood on Your right side, arrayed in golden robes, all glorious.

3rd Loaf - The Nine Orders of Saints

The Priest takes the third prosphora and says:

Of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner, John the Baptist.

The Priest removes a particle and places it on the left side of the Lamb, making it the first particle of the first row. Removing a second particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the first, he says:

Of the holy and glorious prophets: Moses and Aaron, Elijah and Elisha, David and Jesse, the three Holy Children, Daniel the Prophet, and of all the holy prophets.

Removing a third particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the second, he says:

Of the holy, glorious and all-laudable apostles Peter and Paul, of the Twelve and of the Seventy, and all the holy apostles.

Removing a fourth particle from this same prosphora and placing it next to the first particle (thus making the top of a new row), he says:

Of our fathers among the saints and hierarchs: Basil the Great; Gregory the Theologian; John Chrysostom; Athanasius and Cyril; Nicholas of Myra in Lycia; (Peter, Alexis, Jonah, and Philip of Moscow; Nicetas, Bishop of Novgorod; and Leontius, Bishop of Rostov;) the North American hierarchs Innocent, Tikhon, Nicholas, and John; and of all the holy hierarchs.

Removing a fifth particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the fourth (second row), he says:

Of the holy apostle and Archdeacon, the First-martyr Stephen; of the holy Great martyrs: Demetrius, George, Theodore of Tyre, Theodore Stratelates. And of the martyrs of North America: Juvenaly, Peter, John and Alexander. And of the Women-martyrs: Thecla, Barbara, Kyriake, Euphemia, Paraskeve, Catherine. And of all the holy martyrs.

Removing a sixth particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the fifth (second row), he says:

Of the venerable and God-bearing monastic fathers: Antony, Euthymius, Sabbas, Onuphrius, Athanasius of Athos; (Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves in Kiev, Sergius of Radonezh, Seraphim of Sarov, and Barlaam of Khutinsk). Of the venerable mothers: Pelagia, Theodosia, Anastasia, Eupraxia, Fevronia, Theodulia, Euphrosyne, Mary of Egypt, and of all the venerable fathers and mothers.

Removing a seventh particle from this same prosphora and placing it next to the fourth (thus making another row), he says

Of the holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries: Cosmas and Damian, Cyrus and John, Panteleimon and Hermolaus, and of all the holy unmercenary saints.

Removing an eighth particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the seventh (third row), he says:

Of the holy and righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; Saint __(patron of Church)__, Saint(s) __(of the day)__ whom we commemorate today; (of the holy Methodius and Cyril, Equals to the Apostles and Teachers of the Slavs; of the holy Great Prince Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles;) and of all the saints, by their prayers visit us, O God.

Removing a ninth particle from this same prosphora and placing it below the eighth (third row), he says:

Of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, (or Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea).

4th Loaf - The Living

The Priest takes a particle from the fourth prosphora and, placing it at the foot of the Lamb (at the letters NIKA), he prays:

Remember, O loving Master, the whole Episcopate of the Orthodox Church, Metropolitan ______; our Bishop (or Archbishop) ______, the honorable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ and the whole priestly and monastic order; [in a monastery: our Archimandrite (or Abbot) ______]; [our brethren the concelebrating Priests and Deacons]; and of all our brotherhood, which You have called into Your communion through Your compassion, O gracious Master.

The Priest then remembers any other living faithful, removing a particle from the fourth prosphora for each and placing it next to the first, saying with each name:

Remember, O Lord, Your (servant, handmaid) ______.

5th Loaf - The Departed

The Priest takes a particle from the fifth prosphora and, placing it below the above row, remembers the departed, saying:

In blessed memory and for the remission of sins of the most holy Patriarchs, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and all monastics; and of all Orthodox and God-fearing rulers; and of all blessed founders of this holy church (or monastery).

The Priest then remembers any other departed faithful, removing a particle from this fifth prosphora for each and placing it next to the first, saying with each name:

Remember, O Lord, Your (servant, handmaid) ______.

When he finishes remembering the departed, the Priest prays this prayer:

Remember all of our Orthodox fathers and brethren who have departed in the hope of resurrection to eternal life in Your communion, O Lord, the Lover of mankind.

Taking the appropriate loaf, the Priest then remembers the Bishop who ordained him, and concludes the remembrance:

Remember, O Lord, Your unworthy servant and forgive me all my sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

The Priest kisses the spear and sets it aside. (Other Priests may now make commemorations, if they wish.) The Table is cleared and arranged as needed.

The Deacon presents the censer to the Priest, saying:

Deacon: Bless, Master, the censer. Let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: + We offer You incense, O Christ our God, for a perfume of spiritual fragrance. Receive it upon Your heavenly Altar, and send down upon us in turn the grace of Your all-Holy Spirit.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

...for star-cover

The Priest censes the star and places it over the Holy Bread, saying:

And the star came and stood over the place where the young Child was.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

...for Diskos veil

The Priest censes the first veil and places it over the Diskos, saying:

Priest: The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, He is girded with strength. The world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O God; the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods have lifted up their roaring. Mightier than the thunder of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty. Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Cover, Master.

...for Chalice veil:

The Priest censes the second veil and places it over the Chalice, saying:

Priest: Your virtue has covered the heavens, O Christ, and the earth is full of Your praise.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Cover, Master.

...for aer

The Priest censes the large veil (aer) and places it over both the Diskos and the Chalice, saying:

Priest: Cover us with the shelter of Your wings, and drive away from us every foe and adversary. Grant peace to our lives, O Lord. Have mercy on us and on Your world, and save our souls, for You are good and love mankind.

The Priest then takes the censer and censes the Offerings, saying 3 times:

Blessed is our God, Who is thus well-pleased. Glory to You! (3x)

After each of the above, the Deacon raises his Orarion and concludes:

Deacon: ...always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. (3x)

Both bow before the Offerings 3 times. The Deacon then takes the censer from the Priest and says:

Deacon: For the precious Gifts now offered, let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: O God, our God, Who sent the heavenly Bread, the food of the whole world, our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, to be our savior, redeemer, and benefactor, blessing and sanctifying us: Bless this Offering, and accept it upon Your heavenly Altar. Remember those who offered it and those for whom it was offered, for You are good and love mankind. Preserve us blameless in the celebration of Your divine Mysteries. For sanctified and glorified is Your most honorable and majestic Name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

The Priest then concludes the Liturgy of Preparation with the Dismissal:

Priest: Glory to You, O Christ our God and our hope; glory to You.

Deacon: 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, bless.

Priest: May [on Sundays: He Who rose from the dead,] Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother; of our father among the saints John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (or Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia); and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind.

The Deacon censes the Offering; then he goes to the Altar Table and censes around it cross-wise, saying:

Deacon: In the tomb with the body, in hell with the soul as God, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, were You, O boundless Christ, filling all things.

Then he recites Psalm 50 (51) “Have mercy on me, O God...” as he censes the Table of Preparation, the Altar Table, the High Place, all of the Sanctuary icons, and then the Priest and all those in the Sanctuary. Exiting through the North door, he censes the Iconostasis (beginning with the Royal Doors, the right side and then the left), the right and left choirs (if there be), the faithful and then, descending from the solea, all of the icons and people in the church, beginning with the right (or South) side, and ending with the center analoy. Again ascending the solea, he censes the Royal Doors, the icons of Christ and of the Theotokos, enters the Sanctuary through the South door, censes the front of the Altar Table again. He then goes to the High Place, crosses himself, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and puts away the censer.

Acolytes (or Deacons) prepare the Antidoron for distribution. (Part of the 1st loaf is reserved for the celebrant to take home.)


The Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

All: O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere and fulfill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One!

Clergy: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Deacon: It is time for the Lord to act. Let us begin the service to the Lord. Bless, Master.

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

Deacon: Amen. Pray for me, Master.

Priest: May the Lord direct your steps.

Deacon: Remember me, holy Master.

Priest: + May the Lord God remember you in His kingdom always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Deacon: Bless, Master.

Priest: + Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Great Litany

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For [his Beatitude] Metropolitan ______; for [his Grace] our Bishop ______; for the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the President and all civil authorities of this country, and for those serving in its Armed Forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this city, for every city and countryside, and for the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For travelers by land, by sea, and by air; the sick; the suffering; the captives; and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: O Lord our God, Your power is incomparable. Your glory is incomprehensible. Your mercy is immeasurable. Your love for mankind is inexpressible. Look down on us and on this holy house with compassion, O Master, and impart the riches of Your mercy and Your compassion to us and to those who pray with us,

for to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

First Antiphon

(for feast days see bulletin)

People: Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed are You, O Lord!

Bless the Lord, O my soul. And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;

Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed are You, O Lord!

Little Litany

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: O Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Preserve the fullness of Your Church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in turn by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who put our hope in You, for Yours is the majesty, 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 ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Second Antiphon

(for feast days see bulletin)

All: Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

Put not your trust in princes, in sons of men in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.

The Lord will reign forever; Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

People: ...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Only-begotten Son and immortal Word of God, Who for our salvation willed to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, who without change became man and was crucified, O Christ our God, trampling down death by death. You are one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Save us!

Little Litany

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: O Lord, You have given us grace to make our common supplications to You with one accord, and have promised that when two or three are gathered together in Your name, You would grant their requests. Fulfill now, O Lord, the petitions of Your servants as may be best for them. Grant us in this world the knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come, life eternal,

for You are a good God and You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Beatitudes

(for feast days see bulletin)

All: In Your kingdom remember us O Lord when You come into Your kingdom

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.

Little Entrance

Deacon: (quietly) Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Master and Lord, our God, You have appointed in heaven orders and hosts of angels and archangels to serve before Your glory: grant that with our entrance there may be an entrance of holy angels, serving with us and glorifying Your goodness. For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen. Bless, Master, the holy entrance.

Priest: + Blessed is the entrance into Your holy place always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend!

People: Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Who rose from the dead, O Son of God, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

The people sing the appointed Troparion and Kontakion while the Priest prays the Trisagion prayer:

(See Appendix B for the Troparion and Kontakion of the tone of the week. The Sunday Bulletin for the feast day or saint of the day)

Priest: O Holy God, You rest in the holy place. You are hymned by the seraphim with the thrice-holy cry, glorified by the cherubim, and worshipped by every heavenly power. Out of nothing You brought all things into being. You have created man after Your own image and likeness, and have adorned him with Your every gift. You give wisdom and understanding to everyone who asks. You do not despise the sinner, but instead have appointed repentance unto salvation. You have graciously granted us, Your humble and unworthy servants, even in this hour to stand before the glory of Your Holy Altar, and to offer worship and praise which are Your due. Master, accept also from the mouths of us sinners the thrice-holy hymn, and watch over us in Your goodness. Forgive us every transgression, both voluntary and involuntary. Sanctify our souls and bodies, and enable us to serve You in holiness all the days of our life, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints who from the beginning of the world have pleased You.

Deacon: Bless, Master, the time of the Thrice-holy.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For You are holy, O our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever...

Deacon: O Lord, save those who fear You, and hear us.

People: O Lord, save those who fear You, and hear us.

Deacon: ...and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Trisagion Hymn

People: Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.

Deacon: Command, Master.

Priest: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Deacon: Bless, Master, the High Place.

Priest: + Blessed are You on the throne of the glory of Your Kingdom, seated upon the Cherubim; always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Bless, Master the incense.

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

Deacon: Amen.

Epistle Reading

Deacon: Let us attend!

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

Reader: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The Prokeimenon in the _____ tone:

(See Appendix B for the Prokeimenon and Alleluia verses in the tone of the week)

Reader: (chants the first verse of the Prokeimenon)

People: (sing the first verse of the Prokeimenon)

Reader: (chants the second verse of the Prokeimenon)

People: (sing the first verse of the Prokeimenon)

Reader: (chants the first half of the first verse of the Prokeimenon)

People: (sing the second half of the first verse of the Prokeimenon)

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading is (from the Acts of the holy Apostles); the (first, second) Epistle of the holy Apostle Paul to the _____); (from the (first, second, third) catholic Epistle of Saint _____).

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: In those days,... (Acts); Beloved,... (1, 2, 3 John); Brethren,...; My son, Timothy,...

Priest: + Peace to you who read.

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

Priest: Wisdom!

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have Mercy.

Priest: Illumine our hearts, O Master, Lover of mankind, with the pure light of Your divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Your gospel teachings. Instill also in us the fear of Your blessed commandments, that trampling all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things that are well-pleasing to You,

for You are the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Gospel

Deacon: Bless, Master, him who proclaims the glad tidings of the holy Apostle and Evangelist (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John the Theologian).

Priest: + May God, through the prayers of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist_______, enable you to proclaim the glad tidings with great power, to the fulfillment of the gospel of His beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Deacon: Amen. Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy Gospel.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Deacon: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint ____.

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.

Deacon: Let us attend!

Deacon: (reads the Gospel)

Priest: + Peace be to you who have proclaimed the gospel.

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.

Homily (Sermon)

The Priest delivers the Sermon.

Litany of Fervent Supplication

Deacon: Let us say with all our soul and with all our mind, let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: O Lord almighty, the God of our fathers, we implore You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great goodness, we implore You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.(3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for [his Beatitude] Metropolitan ______, for [his Grace] our Bishop ______, for priests, deacons, and all other clergy, and for all our brethren in Christ.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for the (President) and all civil authorities of this country and for those serving in its Armed Forces.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable holy Orthodox Patriarchs; for the blessed and ever memorable founders of this holy house; for all our fathers and brethren, the Orthodox departed this life before us, [especially ______ and all those] who here and in all the world lie asleep in the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servants of God [especially ______], and for the pardon and remission of their sins.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for those who bring offerings and do good works in this holy and all-venerable house; for those who labor and those who sing; and for all the people here present, who await Your great and rich mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Priest: O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication of Your servants, and have mercy on us according to the multitude of Your mercy. Send down Your bounties upon us, and upon all Your people who await the rich mercy that comes from You,

for You are a merciful God, and You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

First Litany of the Faithful

Deacon: Let us, the faithful, again and again in peace, pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Priest: We thank You, O Lord God of hosts, Who have accounted us worthy to stand even now before Your Holy Altar, and to fall down before Your compassion for our sins and for the errors of all the people. Make us worthy to offer you intercessions, supplications, and bloodless sacrifices on behalf of all Your people. Enable us also, whom You have placed in this Your service, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, blamelessly and without offense, in the pure witness of our conscience, to call upon You at all times and in every place; that hearing us You may be merciful to us according to the multitude of Your great goodness,

for to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Second Litany of the Faithful

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Priest: Again and at all times we fall down before you, O God who loves mankind, that looking down on our petition you would clean our souls and bodies from all defilement of flesh and spirit; and grant us to stand blameless and without condemnation before Your Holy Altar. Grant also to those who pray with us, O God, growth in life and faith and spiritual understanding. Grant them always to worship You blamelessly with fear and love, and to partake without condemnation of Your holy mysteries, and to be accounted worthy of Your heavenly kingdom.

that guarded always by Your might we may ascribe glory to You: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen. Amen

Cherubic Hymn

People: Let us who mystically represent the cherubim, and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly cares.

Priest: No one who is bound with the desires and pleasures of the flesh is worthy to approach or draw near or to serve You, O King of Glory; for to minister to You is great and awesome even for the heavenly powers. Nevertheless, through Your inexpressible and boundless love for mankind, You became man, yet without change or alteration; and as Ruler of all, You became our High Priest, and committed to us the ministry of this liturgical and bloodless sacrifice. For You alone, O Lord our God, rule over those in heaven and on earth. You are borne on the throne of the cherubim. You are Lord of the seraphim and King of Israel. You alone are holy and rest in the heavenly sanctuary. Therefore, I entreat You, Who alone are good and ready to listen: look down on me, a sinner, Your unprofitable servant, and cleanse my soul and my heart from an evil conscience; and by the power of the Holy Spirit enable me, who am endowed with the grace of the priesthood, to stand before this, Your Holy Altar, and perform the sacred mystery of Your holy and pure body and precious blood. For I draw near to You, and bowing my neck I implore You: do not turn Your face away from me, nor cast me out from among Your children; but account me, Your sinful and unworthy servant, worthy to offer gifts to You. For You are the Offerer and the Offered, the Receiver and the Received, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Great Entrance

Deacon: His Beatitude, the Most-blessed ______, [full title], his Grace, the Right Reverend ______, [full title], may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: Our (President) and all civil authorities of this country and those serving in its Armed Forces, may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: The Orthodox servant(s) of God, ______, that (he, she, they) may have mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation, pardon and remission of their sins, may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: The Orthodox servant(s) of God departed this life in the hope of the resurrection and life eternal, ______, may the Lord God remember in His kingdom, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: You and all Orthodox Christians, may the Lord God remember in His Kingdom always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: May the Lord God remember your priesthood in His kingdom.

Priest: May the Lord God remember your diaconate in His kingdom always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices and placed it in a new tomb.

In the tomb with the body, in hell with the soul as God, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, You were, O boundless Christ, filling all things.

Bearing life and more fruitful than paradise, brighter than any royal chamber: Your tomb, O Christ, is the fountain of our resurrection.

Deacon: Do good, Master.

Priest: Do good to Zion, O Lord, with Your goodwill, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You will delight in the sacrifice of righteousness, in offering and whole burnt offerings. Then they will offer young bulls on Your altar.

The Priest gives up the censer to the Acolyte. The Priest bows his head and asks the Clergy present:

Celebrant: Remember me, brother(s) and fellow-minister(s).

The Deacon bows to the Priest, and says the following interchange while passing the High Place and exiting the Sanctuary through the North door.

Deacons: May the Lord God remember your priesthood in His kingdom.

Celebrant: Pray for me, my fellow-ministers.

Priests: May the Holy Spirit descend on you, and the power of the Most High overshadow you.

Deacons: May the Holy Spirit Himself minister together with us all the days of our life.

Remember me (us), holy Master.

Celebrant: + May the Lord God remember your diaconate in His kingdom always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Litany of Supplication

Deacon: Let us complete our prayer to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the precious gifts now offered, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy house, and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: For all things that are good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: For a Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: O Lord God almighty, Who alone are holy, You accept the sacrifice of praise from those who call upon You with their whole heart. Accept also the prayer of us sinners, and lead us to Your Holy Altar. Enable us to offer you gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the errors of the people. Account us worthy to find grace in Your sight, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to You, and that the good Spirit of Your grace may dwell upon us and upon these gifts here offered, and upon all Your people,

through the compassion of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Priest: Let us love one another, that with one mind we may confess:

People: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! The Trinity, one in essence, and undivided!

Priest: I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firm foundation, my refuge, and deliverer.

Christ is with us.

People: He is and always will be!

The clergy, servers, and people exchange the kiss of peace.

Deacon: The doors! The doors! In wisdom, let us attend!

Nicene Creed

All:I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.And in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Anaphora

Deacon: Let us stand aright! Let us stand with fear! Let us attend, that we may offer the holy oblation in peace.

People: An offering of peace, a sacrifice of praise!

Priest: + The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us lift up our hearts.

People: We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord.

People: It is fitting and right to worship the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: the Trinity, one in essence, and undivided.

Priest: It is fitting and right to sing to You, to bless You, to praise You, to give thanks to You, and to worship You in every place of Your dominion: for You are God ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, ever-existing and eternally the same: You and Your Only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. It was You Who brought us from non-existence into being, and when we had fallen away You raised us up again, and did not cease to do all things until You had brought us up to heaven, and had endowed us with Your kingdom which is to come. For all these things we give thanks to You, and to Your only-begotten Son, and to Your Holy Spirit; for all things of which we know and of which we know not whether manifest or unseen, And we thank You for this liturgy which You have deigned to accept at our hands, though there stand by You thousands of archangels and hosts of angels, the cherubim and the seraphim, six-winged, many eyed, who soar aloft, borne on their pinions,

...singing the triumphant hymn, shouting, proclaiming and saying:

People: Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of Your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Priest: With these blessed powers, O loving Master, we also cry aloud and say: You are holy, most holy, You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit! You are holy, most holy, and magnificent is Your glory! For You so loved Your world as to give Your only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For when He had come and had fulfilled all the plan of salvation for us, in the night in which He was given up, - or rather, in which He gave Himself up for the life of the world, - He took bread in His holy, pure, and blameless hands; and when He had given thanks and blessed it, and hallowed it, and broken it, He gave it to His holy disciples and apostles, saying:

Take! Eat! This is My Body which is broken for you, for the remission of sins.

People: Amen.

Priest: And likewise, after supper, He took the cup, saying:

Drink of it all of you! This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins.

People: Amen.

Priest: Do this in remembrance of Me! Remembering this saving commandment and all those things which have come to pass for us: the Cross, the Tomb, the Resurrection on the third day, the Ascension into heaven, the Sitting at the right hand, and the Second and glorious Coming.

Your own, of Your own, we offer to You, on behalf of all and for all.

People: We praise You. We bless You. We give thanks to You, O Lord; and we pray unto You, O our God.

Priest: O Lord, Who sent down Your most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the third hour: do not take Him from us, O Good One, but renew Him in us who pray to You.

Deacon: Create in me a clean heart, O God and put a new and right spirit within me.

Priest: O Lord, Who sent down Your most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the third hour: do not take Him from us, O Good One, but renew Him in us who pray to You.

Deacon: Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

Priest: O Lord, Who sent down Your most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the third hour: do not take Him from us, O Good One, but renew Him in us who pray to You.

Priest: Furthermore we offer to You this reasonable and bloodless worship, and ask You, and implore You, and supplicate You: send down Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts here offered.

Deacon: Bless, Master, the holy bread.

The Priest blesses the Lamb with the Sign of the Cross +, saying:

Priest: And make this bread + the precious Body of Your Christ

All: Amen.

Deacon: Bless, Master, the holy cup.

The Priest blesses the Chalice with the Sign of the Cross +, saying:

Priest: And that which is in this cup + the precious Blood of Your Christ.

Deacon: Bless both, Master.

All: Amen.

The Priest blesses the Holy Gifts, saying:

Priest: Making the change + by Your Holy Spirit.

All: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Deacon: Remember me a sinner, holy Master.

Priest: + May the Lord God remember you in His Kingdom, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

That to those who partake they may be for the vigilance of soul, for the remission of sins, for the communion of Your Holy Spirit, for the fulfillment of the kingdom of heaven, for boldness towards You, but not for judgment or condemnation.

Furthermore we offer You this reasonable worship for those who have fallen asleep in the faith: ancestors, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, and every righteous spirit made perfect in faith,

...especially for our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary.

Hymn to the Theotokos

(for feast days see Sunday Bulletin)

All: It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. 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: ...for the holy prophet, forerunner, and baptist John; the holy, glorious, and all-laudable apostles; for Saint _____, whom we commemorate today; and all Your saints, at whose supplication look down upon us, O God. Remember all those who have fallen asleep before us in the hope of resurrection to eternal life, especially ______. Grant them rest, O God, where the light of Your countenance shines on them. Furthermore, we implore You: remember, O Lord, every Orthodox Bishop who rightly teaches the Word of Your truth; all the Priests, the Deacons in Christ, and every order of the clergy. We also offer You this reasonable worship: for the whole world, for the holy, catholic and apostolic Church; for those who live in chastity and holiness of life; for all civil authorities. Grant them, O Lord, peaceful times, that we, in their tranquillity, may lead a calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.

Among the first, remember, O Lord, his Beatitude, Metropolitan ______, his Grace, our Bishop ______, and grant them to Your holy church in peace, safety, honor, and health, and many years rightly teaching the word of Your truth.

People: And all mankind.

Priest: Remember, O Lord, this city [or monastery] in which we dwell, every city and countryside; those who in faith dwell in them. Remember, O Lord, travelers by land, by sea, and by air; the sick and the suffering; captives; and the salvation of them all. Remember, O Lord, those who bring offerings and do good works in Your holy churches; those who remember the poor; and upon us all send forth Your mercies.

And grant that with one mouth and one heart we may glorify and praise Your all-honorable and majestic Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: + And the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ shall be with all of you.

People: And with your spirit.

Litany before the Lord's Prayer

Deacon: Having remembered all the saints, again and again in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the precious Gifts offered and sanctified, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That our God, Who loves mankind, receiving them upon His holy, heavenly, and ideal altar as a sweet spiritual fragrance, will send down upon us in turn His divine grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: For all things that are good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

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

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: For a Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: Having asked for the unity of the faith, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: To You we commend our whole life and our hope, O loving Master. We ask You, and implore You, and supplicate You: count us worthy to partake of the heavenly and awesome Mysteries of this sacred and spiritual table with a pure conscience: for remission of sins, for forgiveness of transgressions, for the communion of the Holy Spirit, for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven,

and count us worthy, O Master, that with boldness and without condemnation we may dare to call upon You, the heavenly God, as Father, and to say:

The Lord's Prayer

All: 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.

People: Amen.

Prayer with Heads Bowed

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: We give thanks to You, O King invisible, Who by Your measureless power made all things, and in the greatness of Your mercy brought all things from non-existence into being. Look down from heaven, O Master, upon those who have bowed their heads, not to a King of flesh and blood, but to You, the awesome God. May You, Yourself, O Master, distribute these gifts here offered, to all of us for good, according to the individual need of each. Sail with those who sail, travel with those who travel by land and by air. heal the sick, O Lord, for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies.

through the grace and compassion and love toward Mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: Attend, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, from Your holy dwelling-place, from the glorious throne of Your Kingdom, and come to sanctify us, O Lord, Who sit on high with the Father, and are here invisibly present with us; and by Your mighty hand impart to us Your most pure Body and precious Blood, and through us to all the people.

Priest: O God, cleanse me, a sinner, and have mercy on me.(3x)

Deacon: Let us attend!

Priest: The Holy Things are for the holy!

People: One is holy. One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Communion Hymn

All: Praise the Lord from the Heavens! Praise Him in the Highest! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion

Deacon: Break, Master, the Holy Bread.

Priest: Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God: Who is broken, yet not divided; who is eaten, yet never consumed; but sanctifies those who partake thereof.

Deacon: Fill, Master, the Holy Cup.

Priest: + The fullness [of the cup of faith] of the Holy Spirit.

Deacon: Amen. Bless, Master, the warm water.

Priest: + Blessed is the warmth of Your saints always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: The warmth [of faith, full] of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Priest: Deacon, draw near.

Deacon: Behold, I draw near to our immortal King and God. Master, give me, the unworthy Deacon ______, the precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Priest: To the Deacon ______ is given the precious, holy, and most pure Body of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the remission of his sins, and unto eternal life.

Deacon: I believe, O Lord, and I confess...

Priest: The precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, is given to me, the unworthy Priest ______ for the remission of my sins, and for eternal life.

I believe, O Lord, and I confess...

Let us pray together.

All: I believe, O Lord, and I confess that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that This is truly Your own most pure Body, and that This is truly Your own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray to you have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed in knowledge or in ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Your most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting. Amen.

Of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Your mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give You a kiss; but like the thief will I confess You: remember me, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

May the communion of Your holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body. Amen.

Priest: The precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, is given to me, the unworthy Priest ______ for the remission of my sins, and for eternal life. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Behold, this has touched my lips, and shall take away my iniquities, and cleanse my sins.

Deacon, draw near.

Deacon: Behold, I draw near to our immortal King and God. Master, give me, the unworthy Deacon ______, the precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Priest: The servant of God, the Deacon ______, partakes of the precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the remission of his sins, and unto eternal life.

Behold, this has touched your lips, and shall take away your iniquities, and cleanse your sins.

Deacon: In the fear of God, and with faith and love, draw near!

People: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

Priest: (quietly) The servant (handmaid) of God ______, partakes of the precious and most holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins and for eternal life.

People: Receive the Body of Christ. Taste the Fountain of immortality.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Deacon: Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We venerate Your Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Your holy Resurrection; for You are our God, and we know no other than You; we call upon Your name. Come all you faithful, let us venerate Christ's holy Resurrection! For, behold, through the Cross joy has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the Lord, praising His Resurrection, for by enduring the Cross for us, He has destroyed death by death.

Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exult now and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

O Christ! Great and most holy Pascha! O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God! Grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending Day of Your Kingdom.

Wash away, O Lord, the sins of all those remembered here, by Your precious Blood; through the prayers of all Your saints.

Priest: + O God, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance.

People: We have seen the true Light! We have received the heavenly spirit! We have found the true faith! Worshipping the undivided Trinity, who has saved us.

Deacon: Exalt, Master.

Priest: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory over all the earth.

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

People: Amen. Let our mouths be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that we may sing of Your glory; for You have counted us worthy to partake of Your holy, divine, immortal, and life-creating Mysteries. Keep us in Your holiness, that all the day we may meditate upon Your righteousness. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Litany of Thanksgiving

Deacon: Let us attend! Having partaken of the divine, holy, pure, immortal, heavenly, life-creating, and awesome mysteries of Christ, let us worthily give thanks to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Asking that the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

All: We thank You, O loving Master, Benefactor of our souls, that You have counted us worthy this day of Your heavenly and immortal mysteries. Make straight our path; strengthen us all in the fear of You; guard our life; make firm our steps; through the prayers and intercessions of the glorious Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, and of all Your saints.

Priest: For You are our sanctification, and to You we ascribe 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 depart in peace.

People: In the name of the Lord.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Prayer before the Ambo

Priest: O Lord, You bless those who bless You and sanctify those who trust in You: save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Preserve the fullness of Your Church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house. Glorify them in turn by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who put our hope in You. Give peace to Your world, to Your churches, to Your Priests, to all those in civil authority, and to all Your people. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of lights, and to You we ascribe glory, thanksgiving, and worship: to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen. Blessed be the name of the Lord henceforth and forevermore.

Priest: + The blessing of the Lord be upon you through His grace and love for mankind always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

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. (3x) Father, bless.

Priest: May He Who rose from the dead , Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople of St. Luke the Evangelist of (of the day), whom we commemorate today; 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.

People: Amen.


Appendix A

I. Prayers of Thanksgiving after Communion

Glory to You, O God. (3x)

I thank You, O Lord my God, for You have not rejected me, a sinner, but have made me worthy to be a partaker of Your holy things. I thank You, for You have permitted me, the unworthy, to commune of Your most pure and heavenly Gifts. But, O Master Who loves mankind, Who for our sakes did die and rise again, and gave us these awesome and life-creating Mysteries for the good and sanctification of our souls and bodies; let them be for the healing of soul and body, the repelling of every adversary, the illumining of the eyes of my heart, the peace of my spiritual powers, a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned, the fulfilling of wisdom, the observing of Your commandments, the receiving of Your divine grace, and the attaining of Your Kingdom. Preserved by them in Your holiness, may I always remember Your grace and live not for myself alone, but for You, our Master and Benefactor. May I pass from this life in the hope of eternal life, and so attain to the everlasting rest, where the voice of those who feast is unceasing, and the gladness of those who behold the goodness of Your countenance is unending. For You are the true desire and the ineffable joy of those who love You, O Christ our God, and all creation sings Your praise forever. Amen.

II. A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

O Master, Christ our God, King of the Ages, Maker of all things: I thank You for all the good things You have given me, especially for the communion with Your most pure and life-creating Mysteries. I implore You, O gracious Lover of mankind: preserve me under Your protection, beneath the shadow of Your wings. Enable me, even to my last breath, to partake worthily and with a pure conscience of Your holy things, for the remission of sins and unto life eternal. For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness, the Giver of all Good; to You we ascribe glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

III. A Prayer by St. Simeon Metaphrastes

Freely You have given me Your Body for my food, O You Who are a fire consuming the unworthy. Consume me not, O my Creator, but instead enter into my members, my veins, my heart. Consume the thorns of my transgressions. Cleanse my soul and sanctify my reasonings. Make firm my knees and body. Illumine my five senses. Nail me to the fear of You. Always protect, guard, and keep me from soul-destroying words and deeds. Cleanse me, purify me, and adorn me. Give me understanding and illumination. Manifest me to be a temple of Your One Spirit, and not the home of many sins. May every evil thing, every carnal passion, flee from me as from a fire as I become Your tabernacle through communion. I offer You as intercessors, all the saints: the leaders of the bodiless hosts, Your Forerunner, the wise Apostles, and Your pure and blameless Mother. Accept their prayers in Your love, O my Christ, and make me, Your servant, a child of light. For You are the only Sanctification and Light of our souls, O Good One,and to You, our Master and God, we ascribe glory day by day.

IV. Another Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ our God: let Your holy Body be my eternal life; Your precious Blood, my remission of sins. Let this Eucharist be my joy, health, and gladness. Make me, a sinner, worthy to stand on the right hand of Your glory at Your awesome second Coming, through the prayers of Your most pure Mother and of all the saints.

V. A Prayer to the Theotokos

O most holy Lady Theotokos, the light of my darkened soul, my hope, my protection, my refuge, my rest, and my joy. I thank you, for you have permitted me, the unworthy, to be a partaker of the most pure Body and precious Blood of your Son. Give the light of understanding to the eyes of my heart, you that gave birth to the True Light. Enliven me who am deadened by sin, you that gave birth to the Fountain of Immortality. Have mercy on me, O loving Mother of the merciful God. Grant me compunction and contrition of heart, humility in my thoughts, and a release from the slavery of my own reasonings. And enable me, even to my last breath, to receive the sanctification of the most pure Mysteries, for the healing of soul and body. Grant me tears of repentance and confession, that I may glorify you all the days of my life, for you are blessed and greatly glorified forever. Amen.

Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people: a light to enlighten the gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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.

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. Amen.

Grace shining forth from you lips like a beacon has enlightened the universe. It has shown to the world the riches of poverty. It has revealed to us the heights of humility. Teaching us by your words, O father John Chrysostom, intercede before the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

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

You were revealed as the sure foundation of the Church, granting all men a lordship which cannot be taken away, sealing it with your precepts, O venerable and heavenly father.

...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Steadfast protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator: do not despise the cry of us sinners, but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call upon you in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

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.

In the Name of the Lord, bless master!

Priest: May [He Who rose from the dead,1] Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of our father among the saints, (John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind.


Appendix B

Tone 1 - Troparion

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most-pure Body; You arose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of Heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: "Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O You Who loves mankind."

Tone 1 - Kontakion

As God, You arose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You: You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!

Tone 1 - Prokeimon (Psalm 33)

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

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just!

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 18): God gives vengeance to me, and subdues people under me.

He magnifies the salvation of the king, and deals mercifully with His Christ, with David and his seed forever.

Tone 2 - Troparion

When you descended to death, O Life Immortal, You slew hell with the splendor of your divinity! And when from the depths you raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to You!

Tone 2 - Kontakion

Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You. And the world, O my Savior, praises You forever.

Tone 2 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 118)

The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.

The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.

Allelulia Verses (Psalm 20): The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

Save the king, O Lord, and hear us on the day we call!

Tone 3 - Troparion

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm! He has trampled down death by death! He has become the first-born of the dead! He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted the world great mercy!

Tone 3 - Kontakion

On this day you arose from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of your power!

Tone 3 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 47)

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 31): In You, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame!

Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge, in order to save me!

Tone 4 - Troparion

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of your Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy.

Tone 4 - Kontakion

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

Tone 4 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 104)

O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great!

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 15): Go forth and prosper and reign, because of truth and meekness and righteousness.

Tone 5 - Troparion

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Tone 5 - Kontakion

You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as almighty; resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death. You delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we all cry to you: O Lord, save us!

Tone 5 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 12)

You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 89): I will sing of your mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your truth from generation to generation.

You have said: Mercy will be established forever, and my truth will be prepared in the heavens.

Tone 6 - Troparion

The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking your most pure Body. You captured hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord who arose from the dead: glory to You!

Tone 6 - Kontakion

When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.

Tone 6 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 28)

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.

To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 91): He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God.

He will say to the Lord: My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in whom I trust.

Tone 7 - Troparion

By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers. You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that you are risen, granting the world great mercy!

Tone 7 - Kontakion

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!

Tone 7 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 29)

The Lord shall give strength to His people! The Lord shall bless His people with peace!

Offer to the Lord, O you sons of God! Offer young rams to the Lord!

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 92): It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High!

To declare Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth by night!

Tone 8 - Troparion

You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to You!

Tone 8 - Kontakion

By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam. Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

Tone 8 - Prokeimenon (Psalm 76)

Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God!

In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel!

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 95): Come let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior!

Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with psalms!

The Circumcision of Our Lord (January 1)

Troparion in Tone 1:

Enthroned on high with the eternal Father and Your Divine Spirit. You, O Jesus, willed to be born on earth, from the unwedded handmaid, Your mother. Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day child. Glory to Your most gracious counsel, glory to Your dispensation, glory to Your condescension, only lover of mankind!

Kontakion in Tone 3:

The Lord of all accepts to be circumcised thus in his mercy he circumcises the sins of mortal men today he grants the world salvation while Basil, high priest of God our creator rejoices in heaven as the radiant star of Christ.

Dismissal:

May He who on the eighth day was circumcised in the flesh for our salvation, Christ our true God...

Theophany of Our Lord (January 6)

Troparion in Tone 1:

When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself and have enlightened the world, glory to You!

Kontakion in Tone 4:

Today You appeared to the universe and Your light, O Lord, has shone on us. Who with understanding praise You: You have come and revealed Yourself, light unapproachable.

Introit at the Little Entrance:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the House of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

Dismissal:

May He who was baptized by John in the Jordan for our salvation, Christ our true God...

Meeting of Our Lord (February 2)

Troparion in Tone 1:

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace! From you shone the sun of righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who sat in darkness! Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder; you accepted in your arms the redeemer of our souls, who grants us the resurrection.

Kontakion in Tone 1:

By Your nativity, You sanctified the Virgin's womb and blessed Simeon's hands, O Christ God. Now you have come and saved us through love. Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only lover of mankind!

Dismissal:

May He who was carried in the arms of the righteous Simeon for our salvation, Christ our true God,...

Annunciation to the Theotokos (March 25)

Troparion in Tone 4:

Today is the beginning of our salvation, the revelation of the eternal mystery! The Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin as Gabriel announces the coming of grace. Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: Rejoice, O full of grace, The Lord is with you.

Kontakion in Tone 8:

O victorious leader of triumphant hosts! We, your servants, delivered from evil, sing our grateful thanks to you, O Theotokos! As you possess invincible might, set us free from every calamity so that we may sing: rejoice, unwedded bride!

Palm Sunday (April)

Troparion in Tone 1:

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion You did confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God. Like the children with the palms of victory,

We cry out to You, vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Kontakion in Tone 6:

Sitting onYour throne in heaven, carried on a foal on earth, O Christ God! Accept the praise of angels and the songs of children who sing: Blessed is He that comes to recall Adam!

Introit at the Little Entrance:

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless You from the House of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

Dismissal:

May he who deigned to sit on the foal of a donkey for our salvation, Christ our true God...

Pascha

Paschal Troparion:

Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Paschal Kontakion in Tone 8:

You descended into the tomb, O Immortal; You destroyed the power of death! In victory You arose, O Christ God, proclaiming " Rejoice" to the myrrhbearing women granting peace to the apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

Introit at the Little Entrance:

Bless God in the churches, the Lord, O you who are of Israel's fountain.

Dismissal:

May he who rose from the dead trampling down death by death Christ our true God...

Ascension (May)

Troparion in Tone 8:

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Your disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit: and they were assured by the blessing that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!

Kontakion in Tone 6:

When You had fulfilled Your dispensation for our sakes, uniting things on earth with the Heavens, You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, not departing from here, but remaining inseparable from us and crying to them that love You: "I am with you, and no one can be against you!

Introit at the Little Entrance:

God has gone up with a shout; the Lord with the sound of a trumpet!

Dismissal:

May He who in glory ascended from us into heaven and sat at the right hand of the God and Father, for our salvation Christ our God....

Pentecost (June)

Troparion in Tone 8:

Blessed are You, O Christ our God! You have revealed the fishermen as most wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit: through them, You drew the world into Your net! O Lover of mankind, glory to You!

Kontakion in Tone 8:

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire He called all to unity. Therefore with one voice we glorify the All-holy Spirit!

Introit at the Little Entrance

Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your power!

Dismissal:

May He who sent the most Holy Spirit from heaven upon His holy disciples and apostles, in the form of fiery tongues, Christ our God...

Transfiguration (August 6)

Troparion in Tone 7:

You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting light shine upon us sinners! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, giver of light, glory to You!

Kontakion Tone 7:

On the mountain were You transfigured, O Christ God, and Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold You crucified, they would understand that Your suffering was voluntary. And would proclaim to the world, that You are truly the radiance of the Father!

Introit at the Little Entrance:

O send out Your light and Your Truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to Your holy mountain.

Dismissal:

May He who was transfigured in glory before His disciples on Mount Tabor for our salvation, Christ our true God, ...

Dormition (August 15)

Troparion in Tone 1:

In giving birth you preserved your virginity, in falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O mother of life, and by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion in Tone 2:

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the mother of life, she was translated to life by the one who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8)

Troparion in Tone 4:

Your nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! The sun of righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos! By annulling the curse, He bestowed a blessing. By destroying death, he has granted us eternal life.

Kontakion in Tone 4:

By your nativity, O most pure virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness; Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death. And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you: The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life!

Elevation of the Holy Cross (September 14)

Troparion in Tone 1:

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries and by virtue of Your cross, preserve Your habitation!

Kontakion in Tone 4:

As You were voluntarily crucified for our sake, grant mercy to those who are called by Your name. Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power, granting them victories over their adversaries, by bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Your weapon of peace

Introit at the Little Entrance:

Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool, for it is holy!

Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple (November 21)

Troparion Tone 4:

Today is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The virgin appears in the temple of god, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: rejoice, fulfillment of the creator's dispensation!

Kontakion in Tone 4:

The most pure temple of the Savior; The precious chamber and virgin, the sacred treasure of the glory of God, is presented today to the house of the Lord. She brings with her the grace of the spirit, which the angels of God do praise. Truly this woman is the abode of heaven!

The Nativity of Our Lord (December 25)

Troparion Tone 4:

Your nativity, O Christ our God, has shone to the world the light of wisdom! For by it, those who worshipped the stars, were taught by a star to adore You, the sun of righteousness, and to know You, O orient from on high O Lord, glory to You!

Kontakion in Tone 3:

Today the virgin gives birth to the transcendent one, and the earth offers a cave to the unapproachable one! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with the star! Since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child!

Introit at the Little Entrance:

Out of the womb, before the morning star, have I begotten You. The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind. You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek

Dismissal:

May He who was born in a cavern and lay in a manger for our salvation, Christ our true God, ...


Appendix C (Memorial Service)

The Priest, vested in his stole (Epitrachelion), and Phelonion, and the Deacon in his Sticharion and Orarion, come out from the Sanctuary to the center of the Temple, preceded by a Reader bearing a candle. And they stand in their places, on either side of a table, upon which is a dish of koliva.

Deacon: Bless, Master.

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

People: Amen.

Then, preceded by the Deacon with a candle, the Priest censes the koliva, in the form of a cross, while the Reader says the Trisagion Prayers

Trisagion Prayers

Reader: Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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.

People: Amen.

Troparia in Tone 4

Give rest to the soul(s) of Your servant(s), O Savior, with the spirits of the righteous made perfect. Guard (him, her, them) for the blessed life with You, O Lover of mankind. In Your rest where all Your saints repose, O Lord, give rest also to the soul(s) of Your servant(s), for You alone are immortal. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, You are the God Who descended into the realm of death, and destroyed the suffering of those imprisoned there. Give rest also to the soul(s) of Your servant(s)....now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O only pure and undefiled Virgin who conceived God without seed, pray that the soul(s) of your servant(s) may be saved.

Litany for the Departed

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great goodness, we implore you, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray for the repose of the soul(s) of the servant(s) of God _____, who (has, have) fallen asleep, and that (he, she, they) may be pardoned all (his, her, their) sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray that the Lord God will establish (his, her, their) soul(s) where the Just repose.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: For the mercies of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the remission of (his, her, their) sins, let us ask of Christ, our immortal king and God.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: O God of spirits, and of all flesh, You have trampled death and made the devil powerless, and have given life to Your world. May You, Yourself, Lord, give rest to the soul(s) of Your servant(s) ______ who (has, have) fallen asleep, in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose; where all suffering, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.

Since You are a good and loving God, pardon every transgression which (he, she, they ) (has, have) committed, whether by word, or deed, or thought; for there is no one who lives yet does not sin, for only You are without sin. Your righteousness is an eternal righteousness, and Your word is truth.

For You are the resurrection, the life, and the repose of your servant(s) ______ who (has, have) fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and to You we give glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your most holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages

People: Amen.

Deacon: Wisdom!

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, O 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 (3x) Father, bless.

Priest: May He Who rose from the dead, Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure mother, of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable apostles, of our pious and God-bearing fathers, and of all the saints, place the soul(s) of His departed servant(s) in the mansions of the righteous. May He grant (him, her, them) repose in the bosom of Abraham and number (him, her, them) with the righteous; and may He have mercy on us, for He is good and loves mankind.

People: Amen.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: O Lord, All-gracious King, Who brought all things to perfection through Your word and Who commanded the earth to bring forth all manner of fruits for our enjoyment and food; Who through grain made the Three Children and Daniel richer than the Babylonians who lived in luxury; Bless this grain and fruit and sanctify those who will partake of them, for these things have been offered by Your servants to Your glory, in honor and memory of Saint, N., and as a memorial to those who have fallen asleep in the true Orthodox Faith. Grant, O Gracious Lord, to those who have prepared this offering and who keep this memorial, all their petitions that are for their salvation, and count them worthy to rejoice in Your eternal blessings: At the prayers of our Most-pure Sovereign Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, of Saint, N., whose memory we keep, and of all Your saints. For it is You who blesses and sanctifies all things, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe Glory, with Your Eternal Father, and your Most-holy Good and Life-creating Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: Grant eternal rest in a blessed falling asleep, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Your servant(s) ______ who (has, have) departed this life, and make (his, her, their) memory to be eternal.

People: Memory eternal! (3x)


Appendix D

Preparation for Holy Communion

Blessed is our God always now and ever and unto ages of ages Amen, Glory to You, 0 God, glory to You!

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, You are everywhere and fulfill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of life, come abide in us, cleanse us of every impurity and save our souls, 0 Good One!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

O most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Lord, cleanse us of our sins.
O Master, forgive our transgressions.
O 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 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.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen

Lord, have mercy. (12 times)

I. By St. Basil the Great

Lord and Master Jesus Christ our God, fount of life and immortality, creator of all things both visible and invisible, Son of the eternal Father, who together with Him are eternal and without beginning. Who in Your goodness, in these latter days, took on our flesh and was crucified, sacrificing Yourself for us ungrateful and thankless people. Who through Your Blood has renewed our nature, which was corrupted by sin. 0 Immortal King, also receive my repentance, for I am a sinner.

Look upon me and hear my voice; I have sinned, 0 Lord, I have sinned against heaven and before You, and I am unworthy to look upon the height of Your glory. I have offended Your goodness by trampling upon Your precepts and ignoring Your commandments. But Lord, who bears malice towards no one, who are long-suffering and all merciful; You have not let me perish in my transgressions, but You wait for my complete return.

Lover of mankind, You said through Your prophet: I do not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he return and live. 0 Master, You do not desire that the work of Your hands should perish, nor do You wait the fall of mankind, "but You desire that all be saved in the true knowledge which is to come."

Although I have completely subjected myself to sin and am unworthy of heaven, of earth and of this passing life. Even though I am a slave to delights and have disgraced Your image, yet I still do not lose hope in salvation, wretched as I am, for You have made and fashioned me. I place my hope in Your boundless mercy and approach You:

Receive me, 0 Christ, Lover of mankind, as You received the harlot and the thief, the publican and the prodigal son. Remove the heavy burden of my sins, for You take away the sin of the world and heal man's weaknesses; You call the weary and over-burdened, giving them rest.

You came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Cleanse me of all impurity, both of soul and body. Teach me to practice holiness in the fear of You, that with a clear conscience I may partake of Your holy Body and Blood and may have You to dwell and abide in me together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus Christ, my God, may my partaking of Your pure and life-creating Mysteries not bring me into judgement, nor may I become weak in soul or body, for I partake of them unworthily. But to my last breath, grant that I may receive a portion of Your holy Mysteries without condemnation, for the communion of the Holy Spirit, as food for eternal life and for an acceptable response at Your fearful judgment seat. Together with Your chosen ones, may I participate in Your unfading goodness, which You have prepared for those who love You, 0 Lord, glorified unto ages of ages. Amen.

II. By St. John Chrysostom

Lord my God, I know that I am neither worthy nor prepared for You to enter under the roof of my soul's dwelling, for it is all deserted and in ruins and You cannot find a place fitting to lay Your head in me. But as You humbled Yourself and descended from on high, so now humble Yourself to my lowliness.

As You condescended to lay in a cavern, in a manger of speechless animals, so now deign to enter into my defiled body. Just as You did not consider Simon the leper as unworthy, but rather entered his house and dined with sinners, so deign also to enter into the humble leprous and sinful dwelling of my soul.

And as You did not despise the sinful woman who came and touched You, so be merciful to me as I come and touch you, for I am a sinner like her. Just as You did not recoil from her defiled and unclean lips, which kissed You, so do not recoil from my defiled and unclean mouth, or my unclean and profane lips, or my sordid tongue.

But let the burning coal of Your immaculate Body and Your precious Blood bring me sanctification, illumination, strengthening and healing of my humble soul and body. Relief from the burden of my of my numerous sins, protection against the works of the devil; repulsion and victory over my evil and wicked habits; death of passions; fulfillment of your commandments; advancement in Your divine grace and attainment of Your kingdom.

I do not approach You carelessly, Christ God; rather, I come trusting in Your unspeakable goodness so that I may not remain a stranger to communion with You, and be ensnared by the wolf of souls. Therefore pray to You, O Holy One and Master, sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, to the depths of my being. Renew me and implant the fear of You and Your holiness deep inside me for my help and assistance, guiding my life in peace.

Grant that I may stand at Your right hand together with the saints through the prayers and intercessions of Your all-pure Mother, of the angelic powers and all the saints who have been pleasing to you throughout the ages. Amen.

III. By St. Simeon the Translator

O Only pure and spotless Lord, through the coming of the Holy Spirit and the will of the eternal Father in Your unspeakable mercy and love for mankind took on our whole nature from the pure and ever virgin who ineffably gave birth to You. O Lord Jesus Christ, You are the wisdom, peace and power of God. You bodily suffered the life giving and saving Passion: the cross, the nails, the spear and death, to put to death the bodily passions, which devastate my soul. Through your burial You plundered the kingdom of Hades. O Lord bury my wicked intentions and scatter the spirits of evil through good thoughts.

Through your life-giving resurrection on the third day, You raised our fallen ancestor Adam; also raise me who have fallen in sin, and instill an image of repentance in me. Through your glorious ascension to heaven You deified the body which You had assumed and honored it by placing it at the right of the Father. Grant me also to partake of Your holy Mysteries so that I too may find a place at Your right hand with those who are saved.

Through the descent of the Holy Spirit, the comforter, You molded Your disciples as chosen vessels, so present me also as a dwelling of His coming, or You will come again to judge the whole world in righteousness. Grant that I may also meet You, my judge and creator, on the clouds together with all the saints who unceasingly praise and glorify You, together with Your Father who is without beginning and Your all holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

IV. By St. Simeon the Translator

O Christ God, I will stand one day before Your fearful and truthful judgment seat, answering questions regarding the evils I have committed. I stand now, before the coming of my Day of Judgment, before You and Your fearful and holy angels at Your holy altar. My conscience impels me to lay forth my evil deeds and transgressions and to expose them openly.

O Lord, look upon my lowliness and forgive all my sins. You can see that my transgressions have multiplied more than the hairs on my head. What evil have I not committed? What sinful things have I not done? What form of wickedness have I not imagined in my soul? You know that I have gone beyond the bounds of depravity in my deeds. I have been proud, arrogant, contemptuous, blasphemous, gossiped, laughed uncontrollably. I have been drunk, gluttonous, malicious, envious, and greedy, judged others, conceded, sought praise, and been unjust, covetous, and consumed with shameful thoughts. I have stained and defiled all my senses down to the depth of my being, and have done nothing worthwhile. I have become an absolute dwelling of the devil.

O Lord, I know that my transgressions have mounted higher than my head, but the greatness of Your compassion is incomparable and the mercy of Your bounty is indescribable and free of malice. There is no sin, which surpasses Your love for mankind. Therefore, wondrous King and all gracious Lord, show Your wondrous mercy to me a sinner; show me the power of Your goodness; show me the strength of Your long-suffering mercy and receive me a sinner as I turn to You.

Receive me as You received the prodigal son, the thief, and the prostitute. Receive me who have sinned against you immeasurably in word and in deed, with unrestrained appetite and unseemly behavior. Just as you received those who had done nothing worthy and came to You at the eleventh hour, so also receive me, a sinner for I have sinned greatly and defiled myself. I have provoked Your Holy Spirit and infuriated Your mercy, in deed, word and thought, at night and day, openly and secretly, willingly and unwillingly. I know that You will place my sins before me in the exact form in which I have committed them, and You will ask me of those things in which I knowingly and unforgivably have sinned.

Lord, do not pass Your just judgment on me; do not reproach me in Your anger nor punish me in your rage. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am not only weak, but I am also Your creation. Lord, though You have instilled the fear of You in me, still I have done wrong in Your sight. I have sinned against none other than You; but I beg You, do not put Your servant on trial, for if You never overlooked our sins, Lord, Lord, who could survive? I have reached the very depths of sin and am not worthy or able to look and gaze upon the heights of heaven because of the multitude of my innumerable sins.

Every evil work, imagination, and diabolic scheme, all the wickedness of Hades which leads to sin, physical delights and other innumerable passions have all found a place in me. What form of sin has not defiled me? By what evil have I not been ensnared? I have committed every sin and have allowed all unforgivable pleasures to enter my soul. I have made myself worthless before God and before man. I have fallen to such a depth of evil sin; who will raise me up again? Lord, my God, I place my hope in You. If there still exists a hope of salvation for me, then let Your love for mankind overcome the multitude of my transgressions. Be my savior, and in Your goodness and mercy loosen, forgive and remit all in which I have sinned against You; for my soul has been filled with many evils and there is no hope for salvation in me.

Have mercy on me, 0 God, in Your goodness and do not punish me as my sins deserve, but turn to me, be my support, deliver my soul from the evils which have grown inside it and from all which has accumulated in it. Have mercy on me, in Your goodness, for wherever sin has been multiplied in me and may there also be the abundance of Your grace.

I will praise and glorify You all the days of my life. For You are the God of those who sin and the Savior of those who do wrong and to You is due glory, together with Your eternal Father and Your all holy good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

V. By St. John of Damascus

0 Lord, Master, Jesus Christ our God, You alone have authority to forgive sins because You are good and the lover of mankind. Forgive all my transgressions committed knowingly or unknowingly, and grant that I may partake, without condemnation, of Your divine, glorious, pure and life-creating Mysteries. May this communion not be for condemnation, or for the increase of sin, but for cleansing, sanctification and to obtain life in the kingdom, which is to come. Let this Eucharist be a defense and help against those who fight against me, to the elimination of my many iniquities. For You are the God of mercy and compassion and the lover of mankind and to You is due all glory, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

VI. By St. Basil the Great

I know, O Lord, that if I unworthily receive of Your most pure Body and Your precious Blood, I am guilty, and I eat and drink judgment on myself for not discerning Your Body and Blood. Encouraged by Your compassion, I approach You, 0 Christ, my God, who said: Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood dwells in me and I dwell in him.

Therefore, be merciful, 0 Lord, and do not punish me, a sinner, but deal with me according to Your mercy. May Your holy Mysteries be for healing and cleansing, for enlightenment and protection, for salvation and sanctification of soul and body and for the dispersion of every illusion, evil deed and diabolic work directed against me. May they be for boldness and love towards You, for correction and grounding of life, for growth in virtue and perfection, for the fulfillment of Your commandments and the communion of the Holy Spirit. May they be food for the journey to the life to come and a good response before Your dread judgment seat, but not for judgment or condemnation. Amen.

VII. By St. Simeon the New Theologian

0 my Christ, receive my prayer which comes from vile lips, from a profane heart, from an impure tongue and a soiled soul. Do not turn aside from my words, or my habits, or my shamelessness, but bestow confidence in me 0 my Christ and show me exactly what I should do and say.

I have sinned more than the sinful woman who, when she found where You were staying, purchased myrrh and daringly approached You and anointed Your feet, my Master, Christ and God. She approached You wholeheartedly and You did not reject her, so also do not turn aside from me, 0 Word, but let me touch and kiss Your feet, daring to anoint them with a fount of tears as with precious myrrh. Cleanse me, 0 Word, and wash me in my tears.

Forgive my trespasses and guide my life. You know my many errors, You know my sores and You behold my wounds; but You also know my faith, You behold my will and You hear my sighs. Nothing is hidden from You, Lord, my God, my creator and deliverer not a teardrop nor even part of a drop. Your eyes know even those things, which I have not yet committed and the deeds which I have not yet done are already written in Your book.

Look upon my humility; look upon the depth of my fatigue and forgive all my sins, 0 God of all. So that with a clean heart, fearful conscience and humble soul, may I partake of Your immaculate and holy Mysteries through which You deify and give life to those who eat and drink of them with a pure heart. You have said, my Master: Whoever eats my Body and drinks my Blood lives in me and I in him. How true are those words, my Master and God! He who partakes of the divine and deifying Gifts is not alone, but with You, my Christ, who came from the thrice radiant Light, which enlightens the world.

Therefore, tearfully and with humility of soul, I approach You. Do not reject me so that I will be alone, without You, the giver of life, my breath, my life, my joy, the salvation of the world. I beg that I may be delivered from my sins and may partake uncondemned of Your life-giving and spotless Mysteries. May You remain with me, the thrice-wretched one, as You foretold, so that the sly deceiver may not ravage me finding me absent from your grace and carry me away from your deifying words.

I therefore fall before You and fervently cry, O merciful one You accepted the prodigal son and the sinful woman when they came to You, so also receive me, sinful and defiled. I now draw near to You in humility of soul. I know, 0 Savior, that no one else has sinned against You or committed such deeds as I have. I also know that the greatness of my trespasses and the multitude of my sins do not surpass the great patience of my God or his sublime love for mankind. But in Your everlasting compassion, You cleanse; you illumine, and unite to the light him who fervently repents, that he may partake, without envy, of your divinity. As to a true friend, You speak to him of those things, which are beyond reach to the minds of angels and men.

These things give me courage, rejoicing and trembling, they give me wings, my Christ, and I place my hope in the abundance of Your grace to us. I partake of the fire though I am dry grass. 0 wonder! - I am refreshed and not burned, as the bush of long ago, which was in flames but not consumed. Therefore, thankful in mind, heart and to the depths of my soul and body, I bow before You in worship and glorify You, my God, who are truly blessed now and in all ages. Amen.

VIII. By St. John Chrysostom

Lord, loose, remit, and forgive all the sins, which I have committed against You in word, deed or thought, willingly or unwillingly, in knowledge or ignorance. Forgive them all, as You are good and love mankind. Through the prayers of Your most pure Mother, of Your ministering angels, the holy powers and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages. Grant that I may receive Your most pure Body and precious Blood, uncondemned, for the healing of soul and body and the cleansing of my wicked thoughts. For Yours 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. Amen.

IX. By St. John Chrysostom

Lord and Master, I am not worthy or sufficiently pleasing for You enter under the roof of the house of my soul. Since You, the Lover of mankind, wish to dwell in me, I boldly approach. Command me, and I shall open the doors, which You yourself have made. In your constant love for mankind You may enter in and enlighten my darkened mind. I believe You will do this, for You did not send away the harlot who came to you in tears or the publican who repented. You did not refuse the thief who acknowledged Your kingdom, or the penitent persecutor, Paul, to continue in his ways. Rather, You numbered among Your friends all those who came to You in penitence, for You alone are blessed always, now and ever and to ages of ages. Amen.

X By St. John Chrysostom

Lord Jesus Christ my God, loose remit, have mercy on me and forgive me a sinner, Your worthless and unworthy servant who has fallen into sin. Forgive my ignorance and all the trespasses that I have committed against You from my youth to this day and hour, knowingly or unknowingly, in word, in deed, in thought or mind, by habit or with complete awareness. Through the intercessions of her who without stain gave You birth, the pure and ever-virgin Mary, Your Mother, my only invincible hope and protection and deliverer.

Grant me to partake uncondemned of Your immaculate, immortal, life-creating and awesome Mysteries, for the forgiveness of sins, for eternal life, for sanctification, illumination, fortification, and curing of my soul and body, for the purging of a my thoughts, intentions, evil habits and nightmares of the dark and evil spirits. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, glory, honor and worship, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

XI. By St. John of Damascus

I stand before the doors of Your temple and still do not put aside evil thoughts. O Christ my God, You reformed the publican and had mercy on the Canaanite woman and opened the doors of paradise to the thief.

Open to me Your great love for mankind, and receive me who come and touch You. You received the sinful woman who was forgiven when she embraced Your most pure feet. You healed the woman who suffered from hemorrhage immediately when she touched the hem of Your robe.

But I the wretch that I am, dare to presume to receive Your whole Body and Your precious blood. May I not be burned but receive me as You received those who were penitent, and enlighten my spiritual senses, burning only the iniquity of my sins. Through the intercessions of her who gave birth to You, without seed and through the heavenly angelic powers, for you are unto ages of ages. Amen.

XII. By St. John Chrysostom

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that this is truly Your own most pure Body, and that this is truly Your own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray to you have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed in knowledge or in ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Your most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting. Amen.

The following verses by St. Simeon the Translator are said immediately before approaching the chalice.

O Lord, now as I approach Holy Communion, may I not be burned by partaking unworthily. For you are fire and burn the unworthy, I pray cleanse me of all sin.

Of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Your mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give You a kiss; but like the thief will I confess You: remember me, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

Stand in fear, 0 soul, as you look upon the deifying Blood for it is fire and burns the unworthy. May the divine Body sanctify and nourish me. May it deify my soul and wondrously feed my mind.

You have sweetened my longing for You, 0 Christ and transfigured me with Your love. Let my sins be consumed in the immaterial fire and grant me to be filled with Your joy, that I may rejoice in both and glorify Your coming, 0 good One.

How can I, the unworthy one, enter the radiance of the saints? For should I dare to go into the room, my clothing betrays me for it is not a wedding garment and I will be bound and cast out by the angels. But, 0 Lord, purify the stains of my soul and save me, for You are the Lover of mankind.

Master, Lover of mankind, Lord Jesus Christ my God, may these holy things not be for my condemnation, for I am unworthy. May they be for me a cleansing, sanctification of both soul and body and for assurance of the life and kingdom to come: for it is good for me to cling to God and to place my hope of salvation in the Lord.

Of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Your mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give You a kiss; but like the thief will I confess You: remember me, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

May the communion of Your holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.

And now partake of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ in a spirit of humility.


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