Office of Great Vespers

"Let my prayer rise like incense to You, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord!"

 


OPENING

The curtain is opened (and remains open for the whole service), if Vespers is served together with Matins as a Vigil, the Deacon performs the Great Incensation (or the priest - in Phelonion - if there is no Deacon).

Deacon: Father give the blessing.

Priest: Blessed is our God, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Cantor: Glory to you, our God, Glory to you.

People: O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere present, and filling all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life; * come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Cantor: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy immortal, * have mercy on us.

People: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy immortal, * have mercy on us.

Cantor: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy immortal, * have mercy on us.

People: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

Cantor: O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, cleanse us of our sins. O Master, forgive our transgressions. * O, Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for your name's sake.

People: Lord have mercy. (3 times)

Cantor: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

People: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. * Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Priest: For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Cantor: Lord have mercy. (6 times)

People: Lord have mercy. (6 times)

Cantor: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

If preceded by the Ninth Hour begin Vespers here.

People: O come, let us adore the King, our God.

Cantor: O come, let us adore Christ, the King and our God.

People: O come let us adore and fall down before the only Lord Jesus Christ, the King and our God.


PSALM 103

The psalm is sung antiphonally, between the choirs (or between cantor and choir). Alternatively, selected verses may be sung to a festal setting.

 

-Bless the Lord, 0 my soul!
You are very great, 0 Lord, my God!
-Clothed in pomp and brilliance,
arrayed with light as with a cloak.
-Stretching out the sky as a tent-cloth,
covering your lofty halls with water.
-You make the clouds your conveyance,
You surge on the wings of the wind.
-You make spirits your messengers
and flaming fires your attendants.
-You settle the earth on its firm foundation:
it shall stand unmoved from age to age.
-The abyss covers it like a garment;
waters stand over the mountains.
-At your rebuke, they will take to flight,
at the peal of your thunder they will fear.
-They hurdle the hills and run down the dales
to the place you have chosen for them.
-You have set up a boundary not to be passed:
they shall never return to cover the earth.
-Down in the gullies, You make springs to rise:
waters shall go down between the mountains.
-They shall give drink to the beasts of the field;
wild asses will seek them to quench their thirst.
-The birds of the sky will abide by them:
from among the rocks they will raise their song.
-From your lofty halls You refresh the mountains;
the earth shall be fed with the fruit of your works.
-You make green pastures for the cattle
and food-plants for the service of man,
-So that bread may be brought forth from the earth
and wine that gladdens the heart of man.
-So that oil may put a gleam upon his face
and that bread may strengthen the heart of man.
-The trees of the plain will be satisfied,
the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.
-The sparrows will build their nests in them
and the herons will call them their home.
-To the deer belong high mountains,
to rodents, the shelter of the rocks.
-You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows the time of its setting.
-You establish darkness and it is night
wherein the forest creatures prowl around.
-Young lions roar for their prey
and call out to God for their meat.
-As the sun rises, they will come together
and lay themselves down in their dens.
-Man will go out to his labor
and work until eventide.
-How great are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom You have wrought them all:
the earth is filled with your creatures.
-Even the wide and open sea itself:
within it there are countless creeping things,
living beings small and large.
-Upon it there are ships a-sailing
and that great beast You made to have fun.
-All of them look up to You
to give them their food in due time.
-You provide and they gather up;
You open your hand and they are full.
-You hide your face and they cringe,
You suspend their breath and they die and return to their dust.
-You send forth Your breath and they live:
You renew the face of the earth!
-May the Lord's glory endure forever,
may the Lord rejoice in his works.
-He looks upon the earth and makes it quake,
He touches the mountains and they smoke.
-I will sing to the Lord as long as I live,
I will praise my God as long as I last.
-Would that my thoughts be pleasing to Him
and I will rejoice in the Lord.
-May the sinners vanish from the earth
and may the wicked be no more.
-Bless the Lord,
O my soul!
-The Sun knows the time of its setting.
You establish darkness and it is night.
-How great are Your works, O Lord!
In wisdom You have wrought them all.
-Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and forever. Amen.

-Aleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to You, 0 God.

-Aleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to You, 0 God.

-Aleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to You, 0 God.


 THE LITANY OF PEACE


Deacon: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.


People: Lord, have mercy. (Repeated after each petition.)

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

For peace in the whole world, for the well-being of holy Churches of God and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

For this holy Monastery and for all who enter it with faith, reverence and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

For His Holiness N., the Pope of Rome, for our. Reverend Metropolitan N., for our God loving N., (for our venerable Hegumen N.) for the venerable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, all the clergy and monastic orders, and all the people, let us pray to the Lord.

For our civil authorities and all our armed forces and all in the service of our country, let us pray to the Lord.

For this holy monastery, for every city and countryside, and for those living within them in faith, let us pray to the Lord.

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

For those who travel by sea, air and land, for the sick, the suffering, the captive, and for their safety and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

That we be delivered from all affliction, wrath andneed, let us pray to the Lord.

Protect us, save us, have mercy on us and preserve us, O God, by your grace.

Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ, our God.

People: ToYou, O Lord.

Priest: For to You is due all glory and honor and worship, Father Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


THE FIRST KATHISMA

Omitted on Feasts of the Lord (except when falling on Sundays)

People: Blessed is the man, who has not walked by the counsels of the ungodly.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, and the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in Him with trembling.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Blessed are all who put their trust in Him

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Arise, 0 Lord; save me, 0 my God!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Salvation is of the Lord, and your blessing is upon your people.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be to You, 0 God! (Three times) 


SMALL LITANY

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Protect us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, 0 God, by your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ, our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For Yours is the might, and Yours is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

People: Amen.


LAMP LIGHTING PSALMS

As the Psalms are chanted, the Deacon performs the Great Incensation. All priests present should enter the Altar and vest in riassa, epitracheilion and phelonion for the Entrance with the light.

Psalm 140

(In tone 4)

People:

0 Lord, I have cried to You, hear me;

0 Lord, I have cried to You, hear me!

receive the voice of my prayer when I call upon You;

Hear me, 0 Lord.

Let my prayer rise like incense before You;

and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

Hear me, 0 Lord!

 

The remaining verses are sung antiphonally, between the choirs (or between cantor and choir):

Set a guard, 0 Lord before my mouth

and a portal around my lips.

Incline my heart away from evil dealings,

from finding excuses for sinful deeds.

In company with those who work iniquity,

let me not partake of what they choose.

May the just chasten me with justice and reprove me;

may the oil of the wicked never touch my head.

Yet even then shall I pray for their welfare.

Their rulers were swallowed near the rock.

My words will be heard, for they were sweet.

as a lump of clay broken on the ground,
so their bones were strewn near the grave.

To You, Lord, 0 Lord, my eyes are lifted up.

In You have I hoped; let not my soul be lost.

Keep me from the snare that was set for me,

And from the stumbling blocks of the wicked.

The wicked shall fall into their own nets,

while I remain alone until I can escape.

 

Psalm 141

With my voice I cried to the Lord;

with all my voice I implored the Lord.

Before Him I pour out my supplications;

before Him I declare my distress.

When my breath was escaping me,

then You knew my paths;

On the road upon which I was walking, they set up snares for me.

I looked to my right and observed there was no one friendly to me.

Even flight was denied me;

there was no one to take care of my life.

I cried out to You, 0 Lord, and said:

You are my hope, my share in the land of the living.

Listen to my supplication,

for I am laid very low.

Deliver me from my oppressors;

for they have overwhelmed me.

 

Up to 10 stichera may now be taken, as prescribed.

For 10 stichera:

Lead my soul forth from prison

that I may give thanks to your name.

 

For 9 stichera:

The just shall gather around me

when You have been good to me.

 

For 8 stichera (Psalm 129)

Out of the depths I cry to You, 0 Lord;

O Lord, hear my voice.

 

For 7 stichera:

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my prayer.

 

For 6 stichera:

If You mark iniquities, O Lord, who can stand?

But with You forgiveness is that You may be revered.

 

For 5 stichera:

I have waited for You as You have commanded;

my soul patiently relies on your promise, for it has trusted in the Lord.

 

For 4 stichera:

From the morning watch until night

let Israel trust in the Lord.

 

For 3 stichera:

For with the Lord there is mercy,

and with Him there is plentiful redemption; and He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

 

For 2 stichera (Psalm 116):

Praise the Lord, all the nations;

proclaim his glory, all you people..

 

For 1 sticheron:

Strong is the love of the Lord for us;

eternally will his truth endure.

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

 

And the Doxasticon, if prescribed.

Now and ever and forever. Amen.

Theotokion.


FESTAL ENTRANCE

At "Glory be" the Deacon opens the Holy Doors. Entrance as follows: cross, candles, ripidia, Deacon with incense and priests (The Deacon carries the Book of the Gospels of there is to be a reading from it). As the celebrant approaches the Ambon, the Deacon begins the following silent dialogue:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: O gracious King, You love mankind and bless all things. With contrite heart and humble spirit we pray to You, O Christ our true God, to bless our going and our coming. For your coming and dwelling among us and your going are blessed, always, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Deacon: Father bless the holy entrance!

Priest: Blessed is the entrance of your saints, always, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Deacon: Amen.

Where a Bishop is present, Deacon receives blessing from the Bishop. Bishop takes

Trikirion and Dikirion and stands before the Royal Doors facing East.

Deacon: Wisdom! Be attentive!

The Bishop blesses to the East:

Bishop: O Christ the true Light, You enlighten and sanctify everyone who comes into the world.

People: God grant you many years. (Thrice)

The Bishop blesses to the West:

Bishop: Let the Light of your countenance shine upon us, that walking in it, we may see the Light of your unapproachable glory.

People: God grant you many years. (Thrice)

The Bishop blesses to the South:

Bishop: Direct our steps in the observance of your commandments.

People: God grant you many years. (Thrice)

The Bishop blesses to the North:

Bishop: Through the prayers of your most pure mother, O Christ our God, save us.

People: God grant you many years. (Thrice)

The Bishop enters the Altar, followed by the remaining priests (Royal Doors) and servers (Deacon Doors), Bishop incenses the Altar, people and the iconastasis.


HYMN OF THE EVENING

On all occasions we now sing with feeling:

People: O Joyful Light! Light and Holy Glory of the Father immortal, the heavenly, holy, the Blessed One, O Jesus Christ! Now that we have reached the setting of the sun, and see the evening light, we sing to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is fitting at all times to raise a song of praise in measured melody to You, O Son of God, the giver of Life. Behold, the universe sings your glory.


THE EVENING PROKIEMENON

All clergy take their places by the Apsidal Throne.

Deacon: Let us be attentive!

Priest: Peace be with all.

Deacon: Wisdom! Be attentive!

Saturday Prokiemenon in Tone 6 (Psalm 92)

The Lord reigns, * He is clothed in majesty!

v. Robed is the Lord and girt about with strength.
v. For He has made the world firm, which shall not be moved.
v. Holiness befits your house, 0 Lord, for length of days.

 

Sunday Prokiemenon in Tone 8 (Psalm 133)

And now bless the Lord, * all you Servants of the Lord.

v. Who stand in the temple of the Lord, in the courtyards of the house of our God.

 

Monday Prokiemenon in Tone 4 (Psalm 4)

The Lord hears me * when I cry out to Him.

v. Whenever I called, the God of my justice heard me.

 

Tuesday Prokiemenon in Tone I (Psalm 22)

Your mercy, 0 Lord, shall follow me * all the days of my life.

v. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In green pastures He gives me repose.

 

Wednesday Prokiemenon in Tone 5 (Psalm 53)

O Lord, save me by your name, * and in your power be a judge for me.

v. 0 God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth.

 

Thursday Prokiemenon in Tone 6 (Psalm 120)

My help is from the Lord, * Who made heaven and earth.

v. I lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from where my help shall come.

 

Friday Prokiemenon in Tone 7 (psalm 58)

My God, You are my defender and your mercy goes before me

v. Deliver me from my enemies, O God; save me from those who rise up against me.

 

Other Prokiemenon be prescribed depending on the occasion - especialy during Great Lent.


READINGS

If three readings are prescribed for the feast they are now read as follows:

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: Announces title of Reading.

Deacon: Let us be attentive.

And so on for each reading.


LITANY OF SUPPLICATION

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: O Lord almighty, God of our Fathers, we pray You, hear and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your great mercy; we pray You, hear and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice.)

Deacon: We also pray for His Holiness, N., Pope of Rome, for our Most Reverend Metropolitan N., for our God-loving Bishop N., (for our venerable Hegumen N.), for those who serve and have served in this holy Monastery, for our spiritual fathers, and for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice.)

Deacon: We also pray for our civil authorities, for all the armed forces and all in the service of our country.

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice.)

Deacon: We also pray for those here present who await your great and abundant mercy, for those who showed us mercy, and for all Christians of the true faith.

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice.)

Priest: For You are a merciful and gracious God, and we render glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


HYMN OF GLORIFICATION

People:

O Lord, keep this evening without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is your name forever. Amen.

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

Blessed are You, Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are You, O Master, enlighten me with your commandments.

Blessed are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with your laws.

O Lord, your mercy endures forever; do not despise t he works of your hands.

It is proper to praise You, and hymns belong to You. Glory belongs to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 


LITANY OF THE ANGEL

Deacon: Let complete our evening prayer to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Protect us, save us, have mercy on us and preserve us, O God, by your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That this whole evening may be perfect, holy peaceful and without sin, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord. (Repeat for each subsequent petition.)

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

For the pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us beseech the Lord.

For what is good and beneficial to our souls, and for the peace of the whole world, let us beseech the Lord.

That we may spend the rest of our life in peace and repentance, let its beseech the Lord.

For a Christian, painless, unashamed, peaceful end of our life, and for a good account before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, let us beseech the Lord.

Remembering our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious lady, the Mother of God and ever Virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life, to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord!

Priest: For you, O God, are gracious and You love mankind, and we glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: Peace be with all!

People: And with your spirit.

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: O Lord our God, You lowered the heavens when You came sown for the salvation of the human race. Now look upon your servants and upon your inheritance; for they have bowed their heads to You, the Judge, both awesome and loving. They do not await human help, but look for Your mercy and are ready to receive your salvation. Guard them at all times, this evening and tonight, against all enemies, against the devil's assaults, against vain thoughts and evil dreams. May the might of your Kingdom be blessed and exalted, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen..


LITIJA

Clergy process through Royal Doors to Tetrapod. Incensation by Deacon. We sing Litija Stichera as prescribed. If none are prescribed, we may use those of the Patroti of the Temple (St. John the Forerunner).

After the final sticheron is sung, the Deacon intones:

Deacon: O God, save your people and bless your inheritance! Look upon your world with mercy and compassion! Raise to glory the orthodox Christians and shower upon us your abundant mercies:

Through the intercession of our all-pure Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary; through the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the prayers of the holy archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and all the honorable and bodiless powers of heaven; of the honorable and illustrious prophet and forerunner, John the Baptist (patron of this holy Temple); of the holy and glorious Apostles, worthy of all praise; of our fathers among the saints, the great universal teachers and hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom . Irenaeus of Lyon, Athanasius and Cyril, Popes of Alexandria; of our father among the saints, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia; of the glorious enlighteners of the Slays, Cyril and Methodius, Equals-to-the-Apostles; of our fathers among the saints, John the Almsgiver, Alexis, Metropolitan of Moscow, Tikhon of Zadonsk and Nectarios the Wonderworker; of the holy and glorious, victorious great-martyrs, Dmitrios, George, Pantaleimon and Barbara, and of our holy hieromartyrs, Josaphat of Polotsk, Bishop Theodore of Mukachevo, and the holy Bishops Alexander, Paul and Basil, of the noble confessor, Metropolitan Andrei of Lviv, and of all the glorious martyrs and confessors of Carpatho-'Rus, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine and in all the world; of our holy and God-bearing monastic fathers: Anthony the Great, Pachomius, Makarios, Sabas, Maximos the Confessor, John of the Ladder, John of Damascus, Simeon the New Theologian, Athanasios of the Holy Mountain, Anthony and Theodosios of the Caves of Kiev, Sergius of Radonezh, Seraphim of Sarov, Herman of Alaska and Silouan of Athos; of our holy God-bearing Mothers:

Pelagia, Anastasia, Macrina, Melania, Mary of Egypt and Xenia the Fool-for Christ; of the holy and unmercenary healers; of the holy and venerable catholic and orthodox saints of the Americas; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; of the Saint(s) N., whose memory we celebrate today; and of all the saints; we beseech You, 0 most merciful Lord, to listen to the prayers which we sinners offer You, and have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy. (12 times.)

Deacon: Again we pray for our holy ecumenical pontiff, N., the Pope of Rome, for our Most Reverend Metropolitan N., for our God-loving Bishop N., (for our venerable Hegumen N.) and all our brothers and sisters in Christ; for every Christian soul in tribulation and affliction and in need of the mercy and help of God; for the protection of this holy monastery and of all those who dwell in it or visit here; for the peace and tranquillity of the whole world; for the good estate of the holy Churches of God; for the salvation of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who labor and serve with zeal and the fear of God; for the forsaken, the exiled and the travelers; for the healing of those afflicted by sickness; for the repose of the departed souls of blessed memory and for the forgiveness of the sins of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who here or elsewhere are laid to rest in pious faith; for the captives and their release; for those who are in the service of our country; and for all those who have served, do now serve, or will ever serve in this holy monastery; let us say for them all:

People: Kyrie eleison. (12 times.)

Deacon: Again we pray You for mercy, health, life, peace, the forgiveness of sins, and the salvation of the servants of God, our benefactors and those celebrating this feast with us; for the well-being of their sick ones; and for the repose of the souls of all the members of their families.

People: Hospodi pomilui. (12 times.)

Priest: Hear us, 0 God our Savior, hope of those who live at the far ends of the earth, and of those far out at sea: be kind to us, O Master; forgive our sins and have mercy on us; for You are the gracious one and Lover of Mankind and we send up glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Facing West, the Priest intones:

Priest: Peace be with all!

People: And with your spirit.

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: Through the intercession of our all-pure Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary; through the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the prayers of the honorable and bodiless powers of heaven; of the honorable and illustrious prophet and forerunner, John the Baptist (patron of this holy Temple); of the holy and glorious Apostles, worthy of all praise; of our fathers among the saints, the great universal teachers and hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom ; of our father among the saints, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia; of the holy and glorious and victorious martyrs; of the glorious enlighteners of the Slays, Cyril and Methodius, Equals-to-the-Apostles; of our holy and God-bearing fathers and mothers; of the holy and unmercenary healers; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; of the holy Saint(s) N., whose memory we celebrate today; and of all the saints; we beseech You, 0 most merciful Lord, make our supplications acceptable to You; grant the remission of sins; protect us under the shadow of your wings; drive away all our enemies and foes; preserve our lives in peace. 0 Lord, have mercy on us and on your world and save our souls; for You are gracious and You love mankind.

People: Amen.


APOSTICHA

The clergy now return to the Altar, unless there is to be Artoclasia. Then they go instead before the table prepared before the Holy Doors with the bread, wine, wheat and oil. The choir now sings the Aposticha, with the prescribed inter verses chanted by the reader. On Saturday evening the verses are usually as follows:

Verse 1:

The Lord reigns, He is clothed in majesty. Robed is the Lord and girt about with strength.

Verse 2:

For He has made the world firm, which shall not be moved.

Verse 3:

Holiness befits your house, O Lord, for length of days.

Verse 4:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


CANTICLE OF SIMEON

After the final aposticheron the Choir chants the Canticle of Simeon.

People: Now You shall dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your word, in peace; because my eyes have seen your salvation which You prepared before the face of all people. a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of your people, Israel.

And in the same melody:

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

Then straight-chanting:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, cleanse us of our sins. O Master, forgive our transgressions. * O Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for your name's sake.

Lord have mercy. (3 times) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. * Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Priest:  For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


 TROPARIA

The proper troparia are now sung as prescribed in the Typicon. At a Vigil for a feast, the following Theotokion is usually taken, either after the Troparion of the Feast, or otherwise as prescribed:

Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary full of Grace! The Lord is with you. * Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, * for you have borne Christ, * the Savior and Deliverer of our souls.


BLESSING OF BREAD, WHEAT, WINE AND OIL.

If this blessing is to take place, the Deacon incenses the gifts on the Tetrapod (5 loaves and cruets containing wheat grains, wine and olive oil) three times - each time as the prescribed Troparion is sung. Then:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, You blessed the five loaves and fed the five thousand. He takes one loaf and with it blesses each item, saying: Bless these loaves, this wheat, wine and oil, and multiply them in this holy monastery and in then whole world; and sanctify all the faithful who shall partake of them; for it is You, O Christ our God, Who bless and sanctify all things, and we glorify You with your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen. Blessed is the name of the Lord, now and forever. (3 times)

The Clergy return to the Altar as the people sing these verses from Psalm 33.

People: I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall be constantly in my mouth.

My soul shall glory in the Lord;

let the meek hear and rejoice.

Magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exult his name together.

I sought the Lord and He heard me,

and delivered me from all my fears.

Approach the Lord and be enlightened,

and your face shall not be shamed.

The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and delivered him from all his afflictions.

The Angel of the Lord will encamp

around those who fear the Lord, and save them.

Taste and see how good the Lord is;

blessed is the man who hopes in Him.

fear the Lord, all you his saints,

for there is no want for those who fear Him.

The rich have become poor and hungry,

but those who love the Lord shall not lack any good.

Priest: The blessing of the Lord be upon you, through his grace and loving-kindness, always, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

At a Vigil we now immediately begin Matins (or Small Compline or the Mesonycticon). The blessed bread is given and Myrovania administered during Matins after the Gospel. If Matins is not celebrated, they are given after the dismissal of Vespers.


 DISMISSAL

The priest and deacon leave the Altar through the northern door.

 Deacon: Wisdom!

People: Father, give the blessing! (For a Bishop: Master, give the blessing)

Priest: Blessed is He-Who-Is, blessed is Christ our God, always, now and ever and forever!

People: Amen. O God, strengthen the catholic and orthodox faith, now and ever and forever.

Priest: O Most Holy Mother of God, save us!

People: More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who, a virgin, gave birth the God the Word, you, truly the Mother of God, we magnify.

From Pascha mail the Wednesday before Ascension, we sing:

People: Shine in splendor, O new Jerusalem; for the glory of the Lord is risen on you, O Zion. Sing with joy and rejoice. And you, O pure Mother of God, rejoice in the Resurrection of your son.

Priest: Glory to You. 0 Christ our God, our hope. Glory to You.

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

Lord have mercy (3 times). Father bless!

Priest: May Christ our true God, risen from the dead and upon those in the tombs bestowing life, have mercy on us and save us ... etc.

Priest: Glory be to You, 0 Christ our God, our hope. Glory be to You.

People: Glory be to the Eather and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. Lord have mercy (3 times). Father bless!

Priest: May Christ our true God, have mercy on us and save us through the prayers of his most pure Mother, through the might of the precious and life giving cross, through the protection of the honorable, heavenly and incorporeal powers, through the prayers of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, of the holy, glorious and praiseworthy apostles, of saint(s) N. and N. whose memory we celebrate today, of the holy and just ancestors of God, Joachim and Anne, and of all the saints, for He is gracious and loves mankind.

People: Amen.

Slowly, the Troparion of the Cross, Kievan Tone 1

People: Lord, save your people, and bless your inheritance * grant victory to your Church over her enemies; * and protect your people by your Cross.

Blessed bread and Myrovania may be given here.


 APPENDIX: PRAYERS OF LIGHT

1. O Lord, compassionate and loving, long-suffering and most merciful, hear our prayer and listen to the voice of our supplication. Make a favorable covenant with us, guide us along your ways that we may live in your truth, gladden our hearts that we may fear your holy name; for You are great and You perform wondrous deeds. You are great in mercy and able, in your power, to assist, support, and save all those who place their hope in your holy name; and to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor and adoration, now and ever and forever. Amen.

2. O Lord, in your indignation do not rebuke us; in your wrath do not chastise us; but deal with us according to your loving-kindness. 0 Physician and Healer of our souls, guide us to the harbor of your will; enlighten the eyes of our mind that we may know your truth. Grant that the remainder of this day and all the days of our life may be peaceful and without sin, through the prayers of the Mother of God and through the prayers of all the Saints; for yours is the might, and yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

3. O Lord our God, be mindful of us sinners, your unworthy servants, as we call upon your holy name, and put us not to shame for having placed our hope in your mercy. Graciously grant us, O Lord, all the means of salvation; make us worthy to love and fear You with all our heart and to accomplish your will in all things; and we give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

4. O Lord, You are praised by the holy Powers in never-silent hymns, and in doxologies never-ceasing. Fill our mouths with your praise that we may exalt your holy name. Through the prayers of the holy Mother of God and the intercession of all the Saints, give us a part and an inheritance with those who fear You in truth and who keep your commandments. For to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor and adorations, now and ever and forever. Amen.

5. Blessed are You, O Lord, Almighty God. You know the mind of each person; You know what each needs even before they ask or are aware of it. Now, O King Who loves mankind and Who is gracious in all things, in your great mercy allow us to call upon your holy name with an unashamed conscience; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One; for to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor and adoration, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

6. O Lord, O Lord, You hold all things together in your spotless hands; You are long-suffering toward us all; You grieve at our wickedness. Remember your compassion and mercy, and look down upon us in your goodness. Grant that for the rest of this day we may escape from the manifold deceits of the Evil One; and keep our life free from every assault of the enemy, through the grace of your All-Holy Spirit. Grant this through the mercies and love for mankind of your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

7. O great and wonderful God, You govern all things with your indescribable goodness and rich providence. You have provided us with the goodness of this world and have assured us, through your kindness, of attaining the promised Kingdom. 0 Lord, through all the blessings already received this day, You have kept us away from evil; grant that we spend its remaining hours without blame before your holy glory, and that we may sing your praise, 0 You the only gracious One Who loves mankind. For You are our God, and we send up glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

8. O great and most high God, You alone are immortal and You dwell in a light which is unapproachable. You created all things in your wisdom, dividing light from darkness, establishing the sun to govern the day and the moon and stars to rule the night. You deemed us, poor sinners, worthy to reach this hour, to come into your presence with our thanks, and to offer You our evening praise. 0 Lord, Who loves mankind, let our prayers ascend to You as incense, and accept hem as a sweet fragrance. G rant that I his evening and he coming night may be spent in peace; clothe us with the armor of light; save us from things that lurk in darkness. Grant that the sleep You have given to refresh us from our fatigue may be free from every evil. Yes, 0 Lord and Giver of all good things, may we remember your name throughout the night; and enlightened by the practice of your commandments, may we rise in gladness of soul to praise your goodness, offering prayers and supplications for our sins and those of your people. Look down upon us with mercy, through the intercession of the Mother of God; for You are a gracious Lord Who loves mankind, and we glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


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