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THE CHOIR'S HANDBOOK

 

GREAT VESPERS

AT A VIGIL 

 

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If there is a vigil, the Priest shall say:

Glory be to the Holy, Consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity: 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. Up to the verse When Thou hast given it them, they will gather it.

And then the Choir shall sing the following verses.

 

WHEN THOU OPENEST THINE HAND [ΑΝΟΙΞΑΝΤΑΡΙΑ]

 When Thou openest Τhine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Thou sendest forth Τhy spirit, they are created: and Τhou renewest the face of the earth. Glory be to Thee, O Father, glory be to Thee, O Son, glory be to Thee, O Holy Spirit. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in Ηis works. Glory to Thee, O Holy One, glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee, O heavenly King. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: Ηe toucheth the hills, and they smoke. Glory be to Thee, O Holy One, glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory  be to  Thee, O heavenly  King,  glory  be to

Thee, the Holy Spirit. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Glory be to Thee, three-hypostatic Godhead, Father, Son and Spirit. We worship Thee and glorify Thee. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

My meditation of Ηim shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord. Glory be to Thee O Father eternal, glory be to Thee, O Son co-eternal, glory be to Thee, O Holy Spirit, of the same substance and the same throne. Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Glory be to Thee O Father, glory be to Thee, O Son, glory be to Thee, O Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Bless Τhou the Lord, O my soul. The sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night. Glory be to Thee, O Heavenly King, glory be to Thee, O Almighty, together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

O Lord, how manifold are Τhy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all. Glory be to Thee, O Father without beginning, glory be to Thee, O Son begotten, glory be to Thee, O Holy Spirit, who proceedest from the Father and restest in the Son. Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory be to Thee, O God. Alleluia.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory be to Thee, O our God, glory

be to Thee, our Lord and our hope, glory be to Thee.

And the rest of Great Vespers as usual with the order for the Breaking of Bread [see Breaking of Bread]. After the blessing of the five loaves the Reader shall recite the following verses from Psalm 33 [34] 

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

And then the Priest shall sing the verse:

The rich have become poor and hungry, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

The Choir shall repeat the verse twice.

The Priest shall not give the dismissal, but after he says

The blessing of the Lord and His mercy be upon you…

The Choir shall say: Amen.

And if there is a reading for the Feast or the saint from the Lives of the saints, the Reader shall say:

Master, give the blessing.

PRIEST: Blessed is our God....

READER: Amen. And the reading. After the reading the Reader shall straightway recite the Six Psalms of Mattins.