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After the Dismissal of the Ninth Hour the Priest shall say:

Blessed is our God always, now and for ever: world without end.

READER: Amen.

O come, let us worship... [3]

And the Introductory Psalm:  

Bless the Lord, O my soul...

 After the introductory psalm, the  Priest shall say the Great litany.

PRIEST: For unto Thee belong all glory...

CHOIR: Amen.

In monasteries there now follows the readings from the Psalter; after which the Priest shall say the short litany.

Again and again in peace let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

For Thine is the might...

CHOIR: Amen.

And immediately the choir shall sing Lord I have cried”.

And the Choir shall sing 6 verses with the appointed hymns. 3 from the Triodion, and 3 from the Menaion.

Glory... Now and for ever... the Theotokion from the Menaion.

And the Reader  shall recite the Evening Hymn “O Gladsome light”,

And the choir shall sing the Prokhimenon of the day. And straightway the Reader shall read the Old Testament readings.

First reading: The reading is from the Book of Genesis

PRIEST: Wisdom. Let us give heed.

Second reading: The reading is from the Book of Proverbs

PRIEST: Wisdom. Let us give heed.

 

READER

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin...

PRIEST

Let us complete our supplication unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us...  

That this whole evening may be perfect...

 CHOIR: Grant us O Lord. And after each petition

For an angel of peace, faithful guide...

For pardon and remission of our sins...

For things good and profitable to our souls...

That we may pass the remainder of our lives...

For a Christian ending to our life...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: For Thou, O God, art good and loving-kind...

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

Let us bow down our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: O Lord our God, who bows the heavens...

Blessed and glorified is the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall now sing the  Aposticha of the day. 

PRIEST: Lord, now lettest Thy servant depart in peace...

READER: The Trisagion

After the Trisagion and the Lord’s Prayer, the Priest shall say:

For Thine is the kingdom, the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall then sing the following hymns. All the people shall make a prostration at each hymn except for the last.

O Virgin Mother of God, hail Mary full of grace...

O Baptist of Christ, be mindful of us all...

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

Pray for us, holy Apostles and all saints...

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Beneath thy tender mercy we take refuge...

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

More honourable than the cherubim...

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.

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.

READER: The Trisagion

After the Trisagion and the Lord’s Prayer, the Priest shall say:

For Thine is the kingdom, the power...

CHOIR: Amen. Kyrie eleison [12]

 

PRIEST

O most holy Trinity, consubstantial power, undivided Kingship, the cause of all good, be gracious even unto me, a sinner. Confirm and instruct my heart and take away from me every defilement. Enlighten my mind, that I may ever glorify, praise, and worship Thee, saying: One only is Holy, One only is the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.

CHOIR: Amen.

Blessed is the name of the Lord, from this time forth and for evermore. [3]

Glory be to the Father.... Now and for ever....

 PSALM 33 [34]

I will bless the Lord at all times...  

PSALM 144 [145]

I will extol thee, my God, O King...

PRIEST Wisdom

CHOIR

Meet it is in very truth to call thee blessed who didst bring forth God, ever blessed and most pure, and Mother of our God.

PRIEST: Most holy Mother of God, save us.

 

CHOIR

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.

PRIEST: Glory be to Thee, O Christ our God and our hope, glory be to Thee.

CHOIR: Glory be to the Father... Now and for ever... Kyrie eleison [3]. Holy Father, give the blessing.

 

PRIEST

May Christ our true God, by the prayers...

By the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen.