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DAILY MATTINS

IN GREAT LENT

 

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After the Dismissal of the Midnight Office, the Priest shall say:

Blessed is our God, always... And the rest as Mattins on Sundays up to “God is the Lord”. Instead of “God is the Lord” the Choir shall sing the “Alleluia” with the appointed verses and then the hymns to the Trinity in the Tone of the week. The Reader shall then read the 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings from the Psalter and then the appointed kathismata. The Priest shall not say the small litany, but straightway the Reader shall recite Psalm 50 [51].  The Priest shall then say the litany Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance... with the exclamation: Through the mercies, compassions and loving-kindness... [The litany, “Save, O God, Thy people” is often omitted]. Then the verses from the Nine Odes [see Great Book of Hours], the canon of the day and from the Triodion. After the third ode, the Priest shall say the small litany with the exclamation, For Thou art our God... After the sixth ode, the small litany with the exclamation, For Thou art the King of peace... After the eighth ode: Let us honour in hymns and magnify the Theotokos and Mother of the Light.

And   the choir shall sing the Magnificat and the ninth ode and “Meet it is in very truth”. The Priest shall say the small litany with the exclamation For all the powers of heaven praise Thee... and the Choir shall sing the Hymn of Light in the tone of the week.  And the rest of Mattins as on weekdays up to:

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High: to tell of Thy mercy in the morning and of Thy truth every night.

And the Reader shall continue with the “Trisagion” and after the Lord’s Prayer the Priest shall say:

For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

  

The choir shall say Amen and then:

Standing in the temple of thy glory, we think ourselves in heaven, O Mother of God. Thou  who art  the gate of heaven,  do thou open unto us the door of thy mercy.

Kyrie eleison [40]. Glory be to the Father...   Now and for ever....  

More honourable than the cherubim and past compare more glorious than the seraphim, who inviolate didst bear God the Word, very Mother of God, thee we magnify.

In the name of the Lord, Father give the blessing.

 

PRIEST

Christ our God, the Supreme Being, is blessed always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

PRIEST

O heavenly King, uphold our faithful rulers, strengthen the faith, calm the nations, give peace to the world. Preserve this city [village, monastery], grant to our fathers and brethren that they may dwell with the righteous, and accept us in repentance and confession: for Thou art good and lovest mankind.

And the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian with three prostrations.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power, and vain words.

But the spirit of integrity, humility, patience and love, grant unto me Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me awareness of my own sins and let me not judge my brother: for blessed  art Thou for ever and ever. Amen.

Then 12 prostrations and again:

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me awareness of my own sins and let me not judge my brother: for blessed  art Thou for ever and ever. Amen.

And the Reader shall say “O come let us worship...” and the reading of the First Hour.

 

MATTINS ON SATURDAYS OF GREAT LENT

 

Note that on Saturdays of Great Lent, in the 1st, 5th, and 6th weeks, we sing “God is the Lord”. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks we sing “Alleluia” and the service is for the dead. Note also that on Saturdays of Great Lent the Priest does not say the Litany Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance... after Psalm 50 [51], nor the Prayer of St. Ephraim at the end of the service; the service ends as at Mattins outside of Lent.