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ΨΑΛΛΕΤΑΙ  ΤΩ ΑΓΙΩ ΚΑΙ ΜΕΓΑΛΩ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΩ ΠΡΩΪ

  

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Εὐλογημένη ἡ Βασιλεία τοῦ  Πατρὸς καί τοῦ  Υἱοῦ καί τοῦ  Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεί τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν  αἰώνων.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ: μήν.

Δεῦτε, προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν τῷ βασιλεῖ ἡμῶν Θεῷ.

Δεῦτε, προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν Χριστῷ, τῷ βασιλεῖ ἡμῶν Θεῷ.

Δεῦτε, προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν αὐτῷ Χριστῷ, τῷ βασιλεῖ καὶ Θεῷ ἡμῶν. 

Ψαλμὸς 103

Εὐλόγει ἡ ψυχή μου, τὸν Κύριον. Κύριε ὁ Θεός μου, ἐμεγαλύνθης σφόδρα, ἐξομολόγησιν καὶ μεγαλοπρέπειαν ἐνεδύσω ἀναβαλλόμενος φῶς ὡς ἱμάτιον, ἐκτείνων τὸν οὐρανὸν ὡσεὶ δέῤῥιν· ὁ στεγάζων ἐν ὕδασι τὰ ὑπερῷα αὐτοῦ, ὁ τιθεὶς νέφη τὴν ἐπίβασιν αὐτοῦ, ὁ περιπατῶν ἐπὶ πτερύγων ἀνέμων· ὁ ποιῶν τοὺς ἀγγέλους αὐτοῦ πνεύματα καὶ τοὺς λειτουργοὺς αὐτοῦ πυρὸς φλόγα. Ὁ θεμελιῶν τὴν γῆν ἐπὶ τὴν ἀσφάλειαν αὐτῆς, οὐ κλιθήσεται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος. Ἄβυσσος ὡς ἱμάτιον τὸ περιβόλαιον αὐτοῦ, ἐπὶ τῶν ὀρέων στήσονται ὕδατα· ἀπὸ ἐπιτιμήσεώς σου φεύξονται, ἀπὸ φωνῆς βροντῆς σου δειλιάσουσιν. Ἀναβαίνουσιν ὄρη καὶ καταβαίνουσι πεδία εἰς τὸν τόπον ὃν ἐθεμελίωσας αὐτά· ὅριον ἔθου, ὃ οὐ παρελεύσονται, οὐδὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι καλύψαι τὴν γῆν. Ὁ ἐξαποστέλλων πηγὰς ἐν φάραγξιν, ἀνὰ μέσον τῶν ὀρέων διελεύσονται ὕδατα· ποτιοῦσι πάντα τὰ θηρία τοῦ ἀγροῦ, προσδέξονται ὄναγροι εἰς δίψαν αὐτῶν· ἐπ᾿ αὐτὰ τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ κατασκηνώσει, ἐκ μέσου τῶν πετρῶν δώσουσι φωνήν. Ποτίζων ὄρη ἐκ τῶν ὑπερῴων αὐτοῦ, ἀπὸ καρποῦ τῶν ἔργων σου χορτασθήσεται ἡ γῆ. Ὁ ἐξανατέλλων χόρτον τοῖς κτήνεσι καὶ χλόην τῇ δουλείᾳ τῶν ἀνθρώπων τοῦ ἐξαγαγεῖν ἄρτον ἐκ τῆς γῆς· καὶ οἶνος εὐφραίνει καρδίαν ἀνθρώπου τοῦ ἱλαρῦναι πρόσωπον ἐν ἐλαίῳ, καὶ ἄρτος καρδίαν ἀνθρώπου στηρίζει. Χορτασθήσονται τὰ ξύλα τοῦ πεδίου, αἱ κέδροι τοῦ Λιβάνου, ἃς ἐφύτευσας. Ἐκεῖ στρουθία ἐννοσσεύσουσι, τοῦ ἐρωδιοῦ ἡ οἰκία ἡγεῖται αὐτῶν. Ὄρη τὰ ὑψηλὰ ταῖς ἐλάφοις, πέτρα καταφυγὴ τοῖς λαγωοῖς. Ἐποίησε σελήνην εἰς καιρούς, ὁ ἥλιος ἔγνω τὴν δύσιν αὐτοῦ. Ἔθου σκότος, καὶ ἐγένετο νύξ· ἐν αὐτῇ διελεύσονται πάντα τὰ θηρία τοῦ δρυμοῦ. Σκύμνοι ὠρυόμενοι τοῦ ἁρπάσαι καὶ ζητῆσαι παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ βρῶσιν αὐτοῖς. Ἀνέτειλεν ὁ ἥλιος, καὶ συνήχθησαν καὶ εἰς τὰς μάνδρας αὐτῶν κοιτασθήσονται. Ἐξελεύσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐπὶ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν ἐργασίαν αὐτοῦ ἕως ἑσπέρας. Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου, Κύριε· πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας, ἐπληρώθη ἡ γῆ τῆς κτίσεώς σου. Αὕτη ἡ θάλασσα ἡ μεγάλη καὶ εὐρύχωρος, ἐκεῖ ἑρπετά, ὧν οὐκ ἔστιν ἀριθμός, ζῷα μικρὰ μετὰ μεγάλων· ἐκεῖ πλοῖα διαπορεύονται, δράκων οὗτος, ὃν ἔπλασας ἐμπαίζειν αὐτῇ. Πάντα πρὸς σὲ προσδοκῶσι, δοῦναι τὴν τροφὴν αὐτῶν εἰς εὔκαιρον. Δόντος σου αὐτοῖς συλλέξουσιν, ἀνοίξαντός σου τὴν χεῖρα, τὰ σύμπαντα πλησθήσονται χρηστότητος. Ἀποστρέψαντος δέ σου τὸ πρόσωπον ταραχθήσονται· ἀντανελεῖς τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐκλείψουσι καὶ εἰς τὸν χοῦν αὐτῶν ἐπιστρέψουσιν. Ἐξαποστελεῖς τὸ πνεῦμά σου, καὶ κτισθήσονται, καὶ ἀνακαινιεῖς τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γῆς. Ἤτω ἡ δόξα Κυρίου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, εὐφρανθήσεται Κύριος ἐπὶ τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ· ὁ ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν καὶ ποιῶν αὐτὴν τρέμειν, ὁ ἁπτόμενος τῶν ὀρέων καὶ καπνίζονται. ᾌσω τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐν τῇ ζωῇ μου, ψαλῶ τῷ Θεῷ μου ἕως ὑπάρχω· ἡδυνθείη αὐτῷ ἡ διαλογή μου, ἐγὼ δὲ εὐφρανθήσομαι ἐπὶ τῷ Κυρίῳ. 35 Ἐκλείποιεν ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς καὶ ἄνομοι, ὥστε μὴ ὑπάρχειν αὐτούς. εὐλόγει, ἡ ψυχή μου, τὸν Κύριον.

Καὶ πάλιν

ἥλιος ἔγνω τὴν δύσιν αὐτοῦ,   ἔθου σκότος, καὶ ἐγένετο νύξ.

ς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου, Κύριε   πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.

Δόξα... Καὶ νῦν ...

λληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα. Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεός (ἐκ γ')

ἐλπὶς ἡμῶν, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

ν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

πέρ τῆς ἄνωθεν εἰρήνης, καί τῆς σωτηρίας τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πέρ τῆς εἰρήνης τοῦ σύμπαντος κόσμου, εὐσταθείας τῶν ἁγίων τοῦ Θεοῦ Ἐκκλησιῶν, καί τῆς τῶν πάντων ἑνώσεως, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

 πέρ τοῦ ἁγίου οἴκου τούτου, καί τῶν μετὰ πίστεως, εὐλαβείας, καὶ φόβου Θεοῦ εἰσιόντων ἐν αὐτῷ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πέρ τοῦ πατρός καὶ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (......), τοῦ τιμίου πρεσβυτερίου, τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ διακονίας, παντός τοῦ Κλήρου καί τοῦ Λαοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

 πέρ τῆς πόλεως (Μονής Κώμης) ταύτης, πάσης πόλεως καὶ χώρας καί τῶν πίστει οἰκούντων ἐν αὐταῖς, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

 πὲρ εὐκρασίας ἀέρων, εὐφορίας τῶν καρπῶν τῆς γῆς καὶ καιρῶν εἰρηνικῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πὲρ πλεόντων, ὁδοιπορούντων, νοσούντων, καμνόντων, αἰχμαλώτων καί τῆς σωτηρίας αὐτῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

   

πέρ τοῦ ῥυσθῆναι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης θλίψεως, ὀργῆς, κινδύνου καὶ ἀνάγκης, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Τῆς Παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν, Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Σοὶ Κύριε.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

τι πρέπει σοι, πᾶσα δόξα, τιμὴ καὶ προσκύνησις, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

ΨΑΛΜΟΣ ΡΜ' 140

Ήχος α'

Κύριε ἐκέκραξα πρὸς σέ, εἰσάκουσόν μου, εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε. Κύριε, ἐκέκραξα πρὸς σέ, εἰσάκουσόν μου, πρόσχες τῇ φωνῇ τῆς δεήσεώς μου, ἐν τῷ κεκραγέναι με πρὸς σὲ   εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε.

Κατευθυνθήτω ἡ προσευχή μου, ὡς θυμίαμα ἐνώπιόν σου, ἔπαρσις τῶν χειρῶν μου θυσία ἑσπερινὴ, εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε.

Θοῦ, Κύριε, φυλακὴν τῷ  στόματί μου, καὶ θύραν περιοχῆς περὶ τὰ χείλη μου.

Μὴ ἐκκλίνῃς τὴν καρδίαν μου εἰς λόγους πονηρίας, τοῦ προφασίζεσθαι προφάσεις ἐν ἁμαρτίαις.

Σὺν ἀνθρώποις ἐργαζομένοις τὴν ἀνομίαν, καὶ οὐ μὴ συνδυάσω μετὰ τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν αὐτῶν.

Παιδεύσει με δίκαιος ἐν ἐλέει, καὶ ἐλέγξει με, ἔλαιον δὲ ἁμαρτωλοῦ μὴ λιπανάτω τὴν κεφαλήν μου.

τι ἔτι καὶ ἡ προσευχή μου ἐν ταῖς εὐδοκίαις αὐτῶν κατεπόθησαν ἐχόμενα πέτρας οἱ κριταὶ αὐτῶν.

κούσονται τὰ ῥήματά μου, ὅτι ἡδύνθησαν ὡσεὶ πάχος γῆς ἐρράγη ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, διεσκορπίσθη τὰ ὀστᾶ ἡμῶν παρὰ τὸν ᾅδην.

τι πρὸς σέ, Κύριε, Κύριε, οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ μου ἐπὶ σοὶ ἤλπισα, μὴ ἀντανέλῃς τὴν ψυχήν μου.

Φύλαξόν με ἀπὸ παγίδος ἧς συνεστήσαντό μοι, καὶ ἀπὸ σκανδάλων τῶν ἐργαζομένων τὴν ἀνομίαν.

Πεσοῦνται ἐν ἀμφιβλήστρῳ αὐτῶν οἱ ἁμαρτωλοί, κατὰ μόνας εἰμὶ ἐγώ, ἕως ἂν παρέλθω.

ΨΑΛΜOΣ 141

Φωνῇ μου πρὸς Κύριον ἐκέκραξα, φωνῇ μου πρὸς Κύριον ἐδεήθην.

κχεῶ ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ τὴν δέησίν μου, τὴν θλίψίν μου ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ἀπαγγελῶ.

ν τῷ ἐκλείπειν ἐξ ἐμοῦ τὸ πνεῦμά μου, καὶ σὺ ἔγνως τὰς τρίβους μου.

ν ὁδῷ ταύτῃ, ᾗ ἐπορευόμην, ἔκρυψαν παγίδα μοι.

Κατενόουν εἰς τὰ δεξιά, καὶ ἐπέβλεπον, ὅτι οὐκ ἦν ὁ ἐπιγινώσκων με.

πώλετο φυγὴ ἀπ' ἐμοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ ἐκζητῶν τὴν ψυχήν μου.

κέκραξα πρὸς σέ, Κύριε εἶπα·   Σὺ εἶ ἡ ἐλπίς μου, μερίς μου εἶ ἐν γῇ ζώντων.

Πρόσχες πρὸς τὴν δέησίν μου, ὅτι ἐταπεινώθην σφόδρα.

ῦσαί με ἐκ τῶν καταδιωκόντων με, ὅτι ἐκραταιώθησαν ὑπὲρ ἐμέ.

ξάγαγε ἐκ φυλακῆς τὴν ψυχήν μου, τοῦ ἐξομολογήσασθαι τῷ  ὀνόματί σου.

μὲ ὑπομενοῦσι δίκαιοι, ἕως οὐ ἀνταποδῷς μοι.

ΨΑΛΜOΣ 129

κ βαθέων ἐκέκραξά σοι, Κύριε, Κύριε εἰσάκουσον τῆς φωνῆς μου.

Στιχηρὰ Ἀναστάσιμα Ἦχος α'

Τὰς ἑσπερινὰς ἡμῶν εὐχάς, πρόσδεξαι ἅγιε Κύριε καὶ παράσχου ἡμῖν, ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν, ὅτι μόνος εἶ ὁ δείξας, ἐν Κόσμῳ τὴν Ἀνάστασιν.

Γενηθήτω τὰ ὦτά σου προσέχοντα εἰς τὴν φωνὴν τῆς δεήσεώς μου.

Κυκλώσατε λαοὶ Σιών, καὶ περιλάβετε αὐτήν, καὶ δότε δόξαν ἐν αὐτῇ, τῶ ἀναστάντι ἐκ νεκρῶν, ὅτι αὐτὸς ἐστιν ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ λυτρωσάμενος ἡμᾶς, ἐκ τῶν ἀνομιῶν ἡμῶν.

ὰν ἀνομίας παρατηρήσῃς, Κύριε, Κύριε τὶς ὑποστήσεται; ὅτι παρὰ σοὶ ὁ ἱλασμός ἐστιν.

Δεῦτε λαοὶ ὑμνήσωμεν, καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν Χριστόν, δοξάζοντες αὐτοῦ τὴν ἐκ νεκρῶν Ἀνάστασιν, ὅτι αὐτὸς ἐστιν ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ ἐκ τῆς πλάνης τοῦ ἐχθροῦ, τόν Κόσμον λυτρωσάμενος.  

νεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός σου ὑπέμεινά σε, Κύριε, ὑπέμεινεν ἡ ψυχή μου εἰς τὸν λόγον σου, ἤλπισεν ἡ ψυχή μου ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Τῶ Πάθει σου Χριστέ, παθῶν ἠλευθερώθημεν, καὶ τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου, ἐκ φθορᾶς ἐλυτρώθημεν. Κύριε δόξα σοί.  

πὸ φυλακῆς πρωΐας μέχρι νυκτός, ἀπὸ φυλακῆς πρωΐας, ἐλπισάτω Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Στιχηρὰ Ἰδιόμελα Ἦχος πλ. δ'

Σήμερον ὁ Ἅδης στένων βοᾷ, Συνέφερέ μοί, εἰ τὸν ἐκ Μαρίας γεννηθέντα, μὴ ὑπεδεξάμην, ἐλθὼν γὰρ ἐπ' ἐμέ, τὸ κράτος μου ἔλυσε, πύλας χαλκᾶς συνέτριψε, ψυχάς ἃς κατεῖχον τὸ πρίν, Θεὸς ὧν ἀνέστησε. Δόξα Κύριε τῶ Σταυρῶ σου, καὶ τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου.  

τι παρὰ τῷ  Κυρίῳ τὸ ἔλεος καὶ πολλὴ παρ' αὐτῷ λύτρωσις καὶ αὐτὸς λυτρώσεται τὸν Ἰσραὴλ ἐκ πασῶν τῶν ἀνομιῶν αὐτοῦ.

Σήμερον ὁ Ἅδης στένων βοᾷ, Συνέφερέ μοί, εἰ τὸν ἐκ Μαρίας γεννηθέντα, μὴ ὑπεδεξάμην, ἐλθὼν γὰρ ἐπ' ἐμέ, τὸ κράτος μου ἔλυσε, πύλας χαλκᾶς συνέτριψε, ψυχάς ἃς κατεῖχον τὸ πρίν, Θεὸς ὧν ἀνέστησε. Δόξα Κύριε τῶ Σταυρῶ σου, καὶ τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου.  

ΨΑΛΜOΣ 116

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐπαινέσατε αὐτὸν πάντες οἱ λαοί.

Σήμερον ὁ Ἅδης στένων βοα, Κατελύθη μου ἡ ἐξουσία, ἐδεξάμην θνητόν, ὥσπερ ἕνα τῶν θανέντων, τοῦτον δὲ κατέχειν ὅλως οὐκ ἰσχύω, ἀλλ' ἀπολῶ μετὰ τούτου, ὧν ἐβασίλευον, ἐγὼ εἶχον τοὺς νεκροὺς ἀπ' αἰῶνας, ἀλλὰ οὗτος ἰδοὺ πάντας ἐγείρει. Δόξα Κύριε τῶ Σταυρῶ σου, καὶ τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου.

τι ἐκραταιώθη τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ Κυρίου μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

Σήμερον ὁ Ἅδης στένων βοᾷ, Κατεπόθη μου τὸ κράτος, ὁ Ποιμὴν ἐσταυρώθη, καὶ τὸν Ἀδὰμ ἀνέστησεν, ὧν πὲρ ἐβασίλευον ἐστέρημαι, καὶ οὓς κατέπιον ἰσχύσας, πάντας ἐξήμεσα, ἐκένωσε τοὺς τάφους ὁ σταυρωθείς, οὐκ ἰσχύει τοῦ θανάτου τὸ κράτος. Δόξα Κύριε τῶ Σταυρῶ σου, καὶ τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου.

Δόξα...  Ἦχος πλ. β'

Τὴν σήμερον μυστικῶς, ὁ μέγας Μωϋσῆς προδιετυποῦτο λέγων. Καὶ εὐλόγησεν ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἡμέραν τὴν ἑβδόμην, τοῦτο γὰρ ἐστι τὸ εὐλογημένον Σάββατον, αὕτη ἐστίν ἡ τῆς καταπαύσεως ἡμέρα, ἐν ἢ κατέπαυσεν ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν ἔργων αὐτοῦ, ὁ Μονογενὴς Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, διὰ τῆς κατὰ τὸν θάνατον οἰκονομίας, τὴ σαρκὶ σαββατίσας, καὶ εἰς ὃ ἥν, πάλιν ἐπανελθῶν, διὰ τῆς Ἀναστάσεως, ἐδωρήσατο ἡμῖν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον, ὡς μόνος ἄν, ἀθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος.

Καί νύν... Θεοτοκίον  Ἦχος α'

Τὴν παγκόσμιον δόξαν, τὴν ἐξ ἀνθρώπων σπαρεῖσαν, καὶ τὸν Δεσπότην τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ἐπουράνιον πύλην, ὑμνήσωμεν Μαρίαν τὴν Παρθένον, τῶν Ἀσωμάτων τὸ ἄσμα, καὶ τῶν πιστῶν τὸ ἐγκαλλώπισμα, αὕτη γὰρ ἀνεδείχθη, οὐρανὸς καὶ ναὸς τῆς θεότητος, αὕτη τὸ μεσότοιχον τῆς ἔχθρας καθελοῦσα, εἰρήνην ἀντεισῆξε, καὶ τὸ βασίλειον ἠνέωξε. Ταύτην οὖν κατέχοντες τῆς Πίστεως τὴν ἄγκυραν, ὑπέρμαχον ἔχομεν τὸν ἐξ αὐτῆς τεχθέντα Κύριον. Θαρσείτω τοίνυν, θαρσείτω λαὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ γὰρ αὐτός πολεμήσει, τοὺς ἐχθροὺς ὡς παντοδύναμος.

Καὶ ἐξέρχονται τῆς βορείου Πύλης ὁ Διάκονος καὶ ὁ Ἱερεύς μετὰ τοῦ ἱεροῦ Εὐαγγελίου, καὶ γίνεται ἡ μικρὰ Εἴσοδος.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

σπέρας καὶ πρωῒ καὶ μεσημβρίας, αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν, εὐχαριστοῦμεν καὶ δεόμεθά σου, Δέσποτα τῶν ἁπάντων, Φιλάνθρωπε, Κύριε. Κατεύθυνον τὴν προσευχὴν ἡμῶν, ὡς θυμίαμα ἐνώπιόν σου, καὶ μὴ ἐκκλίνῃς τὰς καρδίας ἡμῶν εἰς λόγους, ἢ εἰς λογισμοὺς πονηρίας, ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἐκ πάντων τῶν θηρευόντων τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν, ὅτι πρὸς σέ, Κύριε, Κύριε, οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐπὶ σοὶ ἠλπίσαμεν, μὴ καταισχύνῃς ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν.

τι πρέπει σοι πᾶσα δόξα, τιμὴ καὶ προσκύνησις, τῷ  Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ  Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ  ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Εὐλόγησον Δέσποτα, τὴν ἁγίαν εἴσοδον.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Εὐλογημένη ἡ Εἴσοδος τῶν Ἁγίων σου, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ:  μήν. Σοφία, Ὀρθοί.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Φῶς ἱλαρὸν ἁγίας δόξης ἀθανάτου Πατρός, οὐρανίου, ἁγίου, μάκαρος, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ἐλθόντες ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλίου δύσιν, ἰδόντες φῶς ἑσπερινόν, ὑμνοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν, καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Θεόν.

ξιόν σε ἐν πᾶσι καιροῖς ὑμνεῖσθαι φωναῖς αἰσίαις, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ζωὴν διδούς· διὸ κόσμος σε δοξάζει.

 

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

Γενέσεως τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Σοφία. Πρόσχωμεν.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ:

(Κέφ. Α', 1-13)

ν ἀρχῇ ἐποίησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν· ἡ δὲ γῆ ἦν ἀόρατος καὶ ἀκατασκεύαστος, καὶ σκότος ἐπάνω τῆς ἀβύσσου, καὶ πνεῦμα Θεοῦ ἐπεφέρετο ἐπάνω τοῦ ὕδατος. Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Θεός· γενηθήτω φῶς· καὶ ἐγένετο φῶς. Καὶ εἶδεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸ φῶς, ὅτι καλόν· καὶ διεχώρισεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸ φῶς, ὅτι καλόν· καὶ διεχώρισεν ὁ Θεὸς ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ φωτὸς καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ σκότους. Καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸ φῶς ἡμέραν καὶ τὸ σκότος ἐκάλεσε νύκτα. καὶ ἐγένετο ἑσπέρα καὶ ἐγένετο πρωΐ, ἡμέρα μία. Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Θεός· γενηθήτω στερέωμα ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ ὕδατος καὶ ἔστω διαχωρίζον ἀνὰ μέσον ὕδατος καὶ ὕδατος. καὶ ἐγένετο οὕτως. Καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸ στερέωμα, καὶ διεχώρισεν ὁ Θεὸς ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ ὕδατος, ὃ ἦν ὑποκάτω τοῦ στερεώματος, καὶ ἀναμέσον τοῦ ὕδατος τοῦ ἐπάνω τοῦ στερεώματος. Καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸ στερέωμα οὐρανόν. καὶ εἶδεν ὁ Θεός, ὅτι καλόν, καὶ ἐγένετο ἑσπέρα καὶ ἐγένετο πρωΐ, ἡμέρα δευτέρα. Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Θεός· συναχθήτω τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ εἰς συναγωγὴν μίαν, καὶ ὀφθήτω ἡ ξηρά. καὶ ἐγένετο οὕτως. καὶ συνήχθη τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ εἰς τὰς συναγωγὰς αὐτῶν, καὶ ὤφθη ἡ ξηρά. Καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ Θεὸς τὴν ξηρὰν γῆν καὶ τὰ συστήματα τῶν ὑδάτων ἐκάλεσε θαλάσσας. καὶ εἶδεν ὁ Θεός, ὅτι καλόν. Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Θεός· βλαστησάτω ἡ γῆ βοτάνην χόρτου σπεῖρον σπέρμα κατὰ γένος καὶ καθ᾿ ὁμοιότητα, καὶ ξύλον κάρπιμον ποιοῦν καρπόν, οὗ τὸ σπέρμα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ κατὰ γένος ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. καὶ ἐγένετο οὕτως. Καὶ ἐξήνεγκεν ἡ γῆ βοτάνην χόρτου σπεῖρον σπέρμα κατὰ γένος καὶ καθ᾿ ὁμοιότητα, καὶ ξύλον κάρπιμον ποιοῦν καρπόν, οὗ τὸ σπέρμα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ κατὰ γένος ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. Καὶ εἶδεν ὁ Θεός, ὅτι καλόν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἑσπέρα καὶ ἐγένετο πρωΐ, ἡμέρα τρίτη.

 

Προφητείας Ἰωνὰ τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα

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ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

(Κέφ. Α' - Δ')

γένετο λόγος Κυρίου πρὸς Ἰωνάν, τὸν τοῦ Ἀμαθί λέγων· ἀνάστηθι καὶ πορεύθητι εἰς Νινευὴ τὴν πόλιν τὴν μεγάλην καὶ κήρυξον ἐν αὐτῇ, ὅτι ἀνέβη ἡ κραυγὴ τῆς κακίας αὐτῆς πρός με. Καὶ ἀνέστη ᾿Ιωνᾶς τοῦ φυγεῖν εἰς Θαρσὶς ἐκ προσώπου Κυρίου καὶ κατέβη εἰς ᾿Ιόππην καὶ εὗρε πλοῖον βαδίζον εἰς Θαρσὶς καὶ ἔδωκε τὸν ναῦλον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐνέβη εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦ πλεῦσαι μετ᾿ αὐτῶν εἰς Θαρσὶς ἐκ προσώπου Κυρίου. Καὶ Κύριος ἐξήγειρε πνεῦμα μέγα εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν, καὶ ἐγένετο κλύδων μέγας ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ, καὶ τὸ πλοῖον ἐκινδύνευε τοῦ συντριβῆναι. Καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν οἱ ναυτικοὶ καὶ ἀνεβόησαν ἕκαστος πρὸς τὸ θεὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐκβολὴν ἐποιήσαντο τῶν σκευῶν τῶν ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν τοῦ κουφισθῆναι ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν. ᾿Ιωνᾶς δὲ κατέβη εἰς τὴν κοίλην τοῦ πλοίου καὶ ἐκάθευδε καὶ ἔρρεγχε. Καὶ προσῆλθε πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ πρωρεὺς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· τί σὺ ρέγχεις; ἀνάστα καὶ ἐπικαλοῦ τὸν Θεόν σου, ὅπως διασώσῃ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμᾶς καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπολώμεθα. Καὶ εἶπεν ἕκαστος πρὸς τὸν πλησίον αὐτοῦ· δεῦτε βάλωμεν κλήρους καὶ ἐπιγνῶμεν τίνος ἕνεκεν ἡ κακία αὕτη ἐστὶν ἐν ἡμῖν; καὶ ἔβαλον κλήρους, καὶ ἔπεσεν ὁ κλῆρος ἐπὶ ᾿Ιωνᾶν. Καὶ εἶπον πρὸς αὐτόν· ἀπάγγειλον ἡμῖν τίνος ἕνεκεν ἡ κακία αὕτη ἐστὶν ἐν ἡμῖν; τίς σου ἡ ἐργασία ἐστί; καὶ πόθεν ἔρχῃ, καὶ τοῦ πορεύῃ, καὶ ἐκ ποίας χώρας καὶ ἐκ ποίου λαοῦ εἶ σύ; Καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτούς· δοῦλος Κυρίου εἰμὶ ἐγὼ καὶ τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἐγὼ σέβομαι, ὃς ἐποίησε τὴν θάλασσαν καὶ τὴν ξηράν. Καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν οἱ ἄνδρες φόβον μέγαν καὶ εἶπον πρὸς αὐτόν· τί τοῦτο ἐποίησας; διότι ἔγνωσαν οἱ ἄνδρες, ὅτι ἐκ προσώπου Κυρίου ἦν φεύγων, ὅτι ἀπήγγειλεν αὐτοῖς. Καὶ εἶπον πρὸς αὐτόν· τί ποιήσομέν σοι καὶ κοπάσει ἡ θάλασσα ἀφ᾿ ἡμῶν; ὅτι ἡ θάλασσα ἐπορεύετο καὶ ἐξήγειρε μᾶλλον κλύδωνα. Καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιωνᾶς πρὸς αὐτούς· ἄρατέ με καὶ ἐμβάλετέ με εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν, καὶ κοπάσει ἡ θάλασσα ἀφ᾿ ὑμῶν· διότι ἔγνωκα ἐγὼ ὅτι δι᾿ ἐμὲ ὁ κλύδων ὁ μέγας οὗτος ἐφ᾿ ὑμᾶς ἐστι. Καὶ παρεβιάζοντο οἱ ἄνδρες τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι πρὸς τὴν γῆν καὶ οὐκ ἠδύναντο, ὅτι ἡ θάλασσα ἐπορεύετο καὶ ἐξηγείρετο μᾶλλον ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς. Καὶ ἀνεβόησαν πρὸς Κύριον καὶ εἶπαν· μηδαμῶς, Κύριε, μὴ ἀπολώμεθα ἕνεκεν τῆς ψυχῆς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τούτου, καὶ μὴ δῷς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς αἷμα δίκαιον, διότι σύ, Κύριε, ὃν τρόπον ἐβούλου, πεποίηκας. Καὶ ἔλαβον τὸν ᾿Ιωνᾶν καὶ ἐξέβαλον αὐτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν, καὶ ἔστη ἡ θάλασσα ἐκ τοῦ σάλου αὐτῆς. Καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν οἱ ἄνδρες φόβῳ μεγάλῳ τὸν Κύριον καὶ ἔθησαν θυσίαν τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ ηὔξαντο τὰς εὐχάς. Καὶ προσέταξε Κύριος κήτει μεγάλῳ καταπιεῖν τὸν ᾿Ιωνᾶν· καὶ ἦν ᾿Ιωνᾶς ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ τοῦ κήτους τρεῖς ἡμέρας καὶ τρεῖς νύκτας. Καὶ προσηύξατο ᾿Ιωνᾶς πρὸς Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν αὐτοῦ ἐκ τῆς κοιλίας τοῦ κήτους καὶ εἶπεν· ᾿Εβόησα ἐν θλίψει μου πρὸς Κύριον τὸν Θεόν μου, καὶ εἰσήκουσέ μου· ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου κραυγῆς μου ἤκουσας φωνῆς μου. Ἀπέρριψάς με εἰς βάθη καρδίας θαλάσσης, καὶ ποταμοὶ ἐκύκλωσάν με· πάντες οἱ μετεωρισμοί σου καὶ τὰ κύματά σου ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ διῆλθον. Καὶ ἐγὼ εἶπα· ἀπῶσμαι ἐξ ὀφθαλμῶν σου· ἆρα προσθήσω τοῦ ἐπιβλέψαι με πρὸς ναὸν τὸν ἅγιόν σου; Περιεχύθη μοι ὕδωρ ἕως ψυχῆς, ἄβυσσος ἐκύκλωσέ με ἐσχάτη, ἔδυ ἡ κεφαλή μου εἰς σχισμὰς ὀρέων. Κατέβην εἰς γῆν, ἧς οἱ μοχλοὶ αὐτῆς κάτοχοι αἰώνιοι, καὶ ἀναβήτω ἐκ φθορᾶς ἡ ζωή μου, πρὸς σὲ Κύριε ὁ Θεός μου. Ἐν τῷ ἐκλείπειν ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ τὴν ψυχήν μου τοῦ Κυρίου ἐμνήσθην, καὶ ἔλθοι πρὸς σὲ ἡ προσευχή μου εἰς ναὸν τὸ ἅγιόν σου. Φυλασσόμενοι μάταια καὶ ψευδῆ ἔλεον αὐτῶν ἐγκατέλιπον. Ἐγὼ δὲ μετὰ φωνῆς αἰνέσεως καὶ ἐξομολογήσεως θύσω σοι, ὅσα ηὐξάμην ἀποδώσω σοι εἰς σωτηρίαν μου τῷ Κυρίῳ. Καὶ προσέταξε Κύριος τῷ κήτει, καὶ ἐξέβαλε τὸν ᾿Ιωνᾶν ἐπὶ τὴν ξηράν. Καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος Κυρίου πρὸς ᾿Ιωνᾶν ἐκ δευτέρου λέγων· ἀνάστηθι καὶ πορεύθητι εἰς Νινευὴ τὴν πόλιν τὴν μεγάλην καὶ κήρυξον ἐν αὐτῇ κατὰ τὸ κήρυγμα τὸ ἔμπροσθεν, ὃ ἐγὼ ἐλάλησα πρός σε. Καὶ ἀνέστη ᾿Ιωνᾶς καὶ ἐπορεύθη εἰς Νινευή, καθὰ ἐλάλησε Κύριος· ἡ δὲ Νινευὴ ἦν πόλις μεγάλη τῷ Θεῷ ὡσεὶ πορείας ὁδοῦ τριῶν ἡμερῶν. Καὶ ἤρξατο ᾿Ιωνᾶς τοῦ εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν πόλιν ὡσεὶ πορείαν ἡμέρας μιᾶς καὶ ἐκήρυξε καὶ εἶπεν· ἔτι τρεῖς ἡμέραι καὶ Νινευὴ καταστραφήσεται. Καὶ ἐπίστευσαν οἱ ἄνδρες Νινευὴ τῷ Θεῷ καὶ ἐκήρυξαν νηστείαν καὶ ἐνεδύσαντο σάκκους ἀπὸ μεγάλου αὐτῶν ἕως μικροῦ αὐτῶν. Καὶ ἤγγισεν ὁ λόγος πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα τῆς Νινευή, καὶ ἐξανέστη ἀπὸ τοῦ θρόνου αὐτοῦ καὶ περιείλετο τὴν στολὴν αὐτοῦ ἀφ᾿ ἑαυτοῦ καὶ περιεβάλετο σάκκον καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐπὶ σποδοῦ. Καὶ ἐκηρύχθη καὶ ἐρρέθη ἐν τῇ Νινευὴ παρὰ τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ παρὰ τῶν μεγιστάνων αὐτοῦ λέγων· οἱ ἄνθρωποι καὶ τὰ κτήνη καὶ οἱ βόες καὶ τὰ πρόβατα μὴ γευσάσθωσαν μηδὲ νεμέσθωσαν μηδὲ ὕδωρ πιέτωσαν. Καὶ περιεβάλλοντο σάκκους οἱ ἄνθρωποι καὶ τὰ κτήνη, καὶ ἀνεβόησαν πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν ἐκτενῶς· καὶ ἀπέστρεψαν ἕκαστος ἀπὸ τῆς ὁδοῦ αὐτῶν τῆς πονηρᾶς καὶ ἀπὸ τῆς ἀδικίας τῆς ἐν χερσὶν αὐτῶν λέγοντες· τίς οἶδεν εἰ μετανοήσει ὁ Θεὸς καὶ ἀποστρέψει ἐξ ὀργῆς θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπολώμεθα; Καὶ εἶδεν ὁ Θεὸς τὰ ἔργα αὐτῶν, ὅτι ἀπέστρεψαν ἀπὸ τῶν ὁδῶν αὐτῶν τῶν πονηρῶν, καὶ μετενόησεν ὁ Θεὸς ἐπὶ τῇ κακίᾳ, ᾗ ἐλάλησε τοῦ ποιῆσαι αὐτοῖς, καὶ οὐκ ἐποίησε. Καὶ ἐλυπήθη Ἰωνᾶς λύπην μεγάλην καὶ συνεχύθη, καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς Κύριον καὶ εἶπεν· Ὦ Κύριε, οὐχ οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι μου ἔτι ὄντος μου ἐν τῇ γῇ μου; διὰ τοῦτο προέφθασα τοῦ φυγεῖν εἰς Θαρσίς, διότι ἔγνων ὅτι σὺ ἐλεήμων καὶ οἰκτίρμων, μακρόθυμος καὶ πολυέλεος καὶ μετανοῶν ἐπὶ ταῖς κακίαις. Καὶ νῦν, δέσποτα Κύριε, λάβε τὴν ψυχήν μου ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι καλὸν τὸ ἀποθανεῖν με μᾶλλον, ἢ ζῆν με. Καὶ εἶπε Κύριος πρὸς Ἰωνᾶν· εἰ σφόδρα λελύπησαι σύ; Καὶ ἐξῆλθεν Ἰωνᾶς ἐκ τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἀπέναντι τῆς πόλεως· καὶ ἐποίησεν ἑαυτῷ ἐκεῖ σκηνὴν καὶ ἐκάθητο ὑποκάτω αὐτῆς, ἕως οὗ ἀπίδῃ τί ἔσται τῇ πόλει. Καὶ προσέταξε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς κολοκύνθῃ, καὶ ἀνέβη ὑπὲρ κεφαλῆς τοῦ Ἰωνᾶ τοῦ εἶναι σκιὰν ὑπεράνω τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ τοῦ σκιάζειν αὐτῷ ἀπὸ τῶν κακῶν αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐχάρη Ἰωνᾶς ἐπὶ τῇ κολοκύνθῃ χαρὰν μεγάλην. Καὶ προσέταξεν ὁ Θεὸς σκώληκι ἑωθινῇ τῇ ἐπαύριον, καὶ ἐπάταξε τὴν κολοκύνθαν, καὶ ἀπεξηράνθη. Καὶ ἐγένετο ἅμα τῷ ἀνατεῖλαι τὸν ἥλιον καὶ προσέταξεν ὁ Θεὸς πνεύματι καύσωνι συγκαίοντι, καὶ ἐπάταξεν ὁ ἥλιος ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν τοῦ Ἰωνᾶ· καὶ ὠλιγοψύχησε καὶ ἐπελέγετο τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· καλόν μοι ἀποθανεῖν με ἢ ζῆν. Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Θεὸς πρὸς Ἰωνᾶν· εἰ σφόδρα λελύπησαι σὺ ἐπὶ τῇ κολοκύνθῃ; καὶ εἶπε· σφόδρα λελύπημαι ἐγὼ ἕως θανάτου. Καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· σὺ ἐφείσω ὑπὲρ τῆς κολοκύνθης, ὑπὲρ ἧς οὐκ ἐκακοπάθησας ἐπ᾿ αὐτὴν οὐδὲ ἐξέθρεψας αὐτήν, ἣ ἐγενήθη ὑπὸ νύκτα καὶ ὑπὸ νύκτα ἀπώλετο. Ἐγὼ δὲ οὐ φείσομαι ὑπὲρ Νινευὴ τῆς πόλεως τῆς μεγάλης, ἐν ᾗ κατοικοῦσι πλείους ἢ δώδεκα μυριάδες ἀνθρώπων, οἵτινες οὐκ ἔγνωσαν δεξιὰν αὐτῶν ἢ ἀριστερὰν αὐτῶν, καὶ κτήνη πολλά;

Προφητείας Δανιὴλ τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα

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ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

(Κέφ. Γ', 1-23 καὶ Ὕμνου Τριῶν Παίδων 1-33)

τους ὀκτωκαιδεκάτου Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐποίησεν εἰκόνα χρυσῆν, ὕψος αὐτῆς πήχεων ἑξήκοντα, εὖρος αὐτῆς πήχεων ἕξ, καὶ ἔστησεν αὐτὴν ἐν πεδίῳ Δεειρᾷ, ἐν χώρᾳ Βαβυλῶνος. Καὶ ἀπέστειλε συναγαγεῖν τοὺς ὑπάτους καὶ τοὺς στρατηγοὺς καὶ τοὺς τοπάρχας, ἡγουμένους τε καὶ τυράννους καὶ τοὺς ἐπ' ἐξουσιῶν καὶ πάντας τοὺς ἄρχοντας τῶν χωρῶν ἐλθεῖν εἰς τὰ ἐγκαίνια τῆς εἰκόνος, ἣν ἔστησε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεύς. Καὶ συνήχθησαν οἱ τοπάρχαι, ὕπατοι, στρατηγοί, ἡγούμενοι, τύραννοι μεγάλοι, οἱ ἐπ' ἐξουσιῶν καὶ πάντες οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν χωρῶν εἰς τὸν ἐγκαινισμὸν τῆς εἰκόνος, ἣν ἔστησε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεύς, καὶ εἱστήκεισαν ἐνώπιον τῆς εἰκόνος. Καὶ ὁ κήρυξ ἐβόα ἐν ἰσχύΐ· ὑμῖν λέγεται, λαοί, φυλαί, γλῶσσαι· ᾗ ἂν ὥρᾳ ἀκούσητε τῆς φωνῆς τῆς σάλπιγγος, σύριγγός τε καὶ κιθάρας, σαμβύκης τε καὶ ψαλτηρίου, συμφωνίας καὶ παντὸς γένους μουσικῶν, πίπτοντες προσκυνεῖτε τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ᾗ ἔστησε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεύς· καὶ ὃς ἂν μὴ πεσὼν προσκυνήσῃ, αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐμβληθήσεται εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρὸς τὴν καιομένην. Καὶ ἐγένετο ὅταν ἤκουον οἱ λαοὶ τῆς φωνῆς τῆς σάλπιγγος, σύριγγός τε καὶ κιθάρας, σαμβύκης τε καὶ ψαλτηρίου καὶ συμφωνίας καὶ παντὸς γένους μουσικῶν, πίπτοντες πάντες οἱ λαοί, φυλαί, γλῶσσαι, προσεκύνουν τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ᾗ ἔστησε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεύς. Τότε προσήλθοσαν ἄνδρες Χαλδαῖοι καὶ διέβαλον τοὺς ᾿Ιουδαίους τῷ βασιλεῖ Ναβουχοδονόσορ· βασιλεῦ, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας ζῆθι. Σὺ βασιλεῦ, ἔθηκας δόγμα πάντα ἄνθρωπον, ὃς ἂν ἀκούσῃ τῆς φωνῆς τῆς σάλπιγγος, σύριγγός τε καὶ κιθάρας, σαμβύκης καὶ ψαλτηρίου καὶ συμφωνίας καὶ παντὸς γένους μουσικῶν καὶ μὴ πεσὼν προσκυνήσῃ τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ἐμβληθήσεται εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρὸς τὴν καιομένην. Εἰσὶν ἄνδρες ᾿Ιουδαῖοι, οὓς κατέστησας ἐπὶ τὰ ἔργα τῆς χώρας Βαβυλῶνος, Σεδράχ, Μισάχ, ᾿Αβδεναγώ, οἳ οὐχ ὑπήκουσαν, βασιλεῦ, τῷ δόγματί σου, τοῖς θεοῖς σου οὐ λατρεύουσι, καὶ τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ᾗ ἔστησας, οὐ προσκυνοῦσι. Τότε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ἐν θυμῷ καὶ ὀργῇ εἶπεν ἀγαγεῖν τὸν Σεδράχ, Μισὰχ καὶ ᾿Αβδεναγώ, καὶ ἤχθησαν ἐνώπιον τοῦ βασιλέως. Καὶ ἀπεκρίθη Ναβουχοδονόσορ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· εἰ ἀληθῶς Σεδράχ, Μισάχ, ᾿Αβδεναγώ, τοῖς θεοῖς μου οὐ λατρεύετε καὶ τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ᾗ ἔστησα, οὐ προσκυνεῖτε; Νῦν οὖν εἰ ἔχετε ἑτοίμως, ἵνα ὡς ἂν ἀκούσητε τῆς φωνῆς τῆς σάλπιγγος, σύριγγός τε καὶ κιθάρας, σαμβύκης τε καὶ ψαλτηρίου καὶ συμφωνίας καὶ παντὸς γένους μουσικῶν, πεσόντες προσκυνήσητε τῇ εἰκόνι τῇ χρυσῇ, ᾗ ἐποίησα· ἐὰν δὲ μὴ προσκυνήσητε, αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐμβληθήσεσθε εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρὸς τὴν καιομένην. καὶ τίς ἐστι Θεός, ὃς ἐξελεῖται ὑμᾶς ἐκ τῶν χειρῶν μου; Καὶ ἀπεκρίθησαν Σεδράχ, Μισάχ, ᾿Αβδεναγὼ λέγοντες τῷ βασιλεῖ Ναβουχοδονόσορ· οὐ χρείαν ἔχομεν ἡμεῖς περὶ τοῦ ρήματος τούτου ἀποκριθῆναί σοι· ἔστι γὰρ Θεὸς ἡμῶν ἐν οὐρανοῖς, ᾧ ἡμεῖς λατρεύομεν, δυνατὸς ἐξελέσθαι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς καμίνου τοῦ πυρὸς τῆς καιομένης, καὶ ἐκ τῶν χειρῶν σου, βασιλεῦ, ρύσεται ἡμᾶς· καὶ ἐὰν μή, γνωστὸν ἔστω σοι, βασιλεῦ, ὅτι τοῖς θεοῖς σου οὐ λατρεύομεν καὶ τῇ εἰκόνι, ᾗ ἔστησας, οὐ προσκυνοῦμεν. Τότε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ἐπλήσθη θυμοῦ, καὶ ἡ ὄψις τοῦ προσώπου αὐτοῦ ἠλλοιώθη ἐπὶ Σεδράχ, Μισὰχ καὶ ᾿Αβδεναγώ, καὶ εἶπεν ἐκκαῦσαι τὴν κάμινον ἑπταπλασίως, ἕως οὗ εἰς τέλος ἐκκαῇ· καὶ ἄνδρας ἰσχυροὺς ἰσχύϊ εἶπε πεδήσαντας τὸν Σεδράχ, Μισὰχ καὶ ᾿Αβδεναγὼ ἐμβαλεῖν εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρὸς τὴν καιομένην. Τότε οἱ ἄνδρες ἐκεῖνοι ἐπεδήθησαν σὺν τοῖς σαραβάροις αὐτῶν καὶ τιάραις καὶ περικνημίσι καὶ ἐβλήθησαν εἰς τὸ μέσον τῆς καμίνου τοῦ πυρὸς τῆς καιομένης, ἐπεὶ τὸ ρῆμα τοῦ βασιλέως ὑπερίσχυσε καὶ ἡ κάμινος ἐξεκαύθη ἐκ περισσοῦ. Καὶ οἱ τρεῖς οὗτοι, Σεδράχ, Μισὰχ καὶ ᾿Αβδεναγώ, ἔπεσον εἰς μέσον τῆς καμίνου τοῦ πυρὸς τῆς καιομένης πεπεδημένοι. καὶ περιεπάτουν ἐν μέσῳ τῆς φλογὸς ὑμνοῦντες τὸν Θεὸν καὶ εὐλογοῦντες τὸν Κύριον.  Καὶ συστὰς ᾿Αζαρίας προσύξατο οὕτως καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ πυρὸς εἶπεν· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετός, καὶ δεδοξασμένον τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας ἡμῖν, καὶ πάντα τὰ ἔργα σου ἀληθινά, καὶ εὐθεῖαι αἱ ὁδοί σου, καὶ πᾶσαι αἱ κρίσεις σου ἀλήθεια, καὶ κρίματα ἀληθείας ἐποίησας κατὰ πάντα, ἃ ἐπήγαγες ἡμῖν καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν πόλιν τὴν ἁγίαν τὴν τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι ἐν ἀληθείᾳ καὶ κρίσει ἐπήγαγες ταῦτα πάντα, διὰ τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν. Ὅτι ἡμάρτομεν καὶ ἠνομήσαμεν ἀποστῆναι ἀπὸ σοῦ καὶ ἐξημάρτομεν ἐν πᾶσι καὶ τῶν ἐντολῶν σου οὐκ ἠκούσαμεν, οὐδὲ συνετηρήσαμεν οὐδὲ ἐποιήσαμεν καθὼς ἐνετείλω ἡμῖν, ἵνα εὖ ἡμῖν γένηται. Καὶ πάντα, ὅσα ἐπήγαγες ἡμῖν καὶ πάντα ὅσα ἐποίησας ἡμῖν, ἐν ἀληθινῇ κρίσει ἐποίησας καὶ παρέδωκας ἡμᾶς εἰς χεῖρας ἐχθρῶν ἀνόμων, ἐχθίστων ἀποστατῶν, καὶ βασιλεῖ ἀδίκῳ καὶ πονηροτάτῳ παρὰ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν. Καὶ νῦν οὐκ ἔστιν ἡμῖν ἀνοῖξαι τὸ στόμα· αἰσχύνη καὶ ὄνειδος ἐγενήθημεν τοῖς δούλοις σου καὶ τοῖς σεβομένοις σε. Μὴ δὴ παραδῴης ἡμᾶς εἰς τέλος διὰ τὸ ὄνομά σου καὶ μὴ διασκεδάσῃς τὴν διαθήκην σου καὶ μὴ ἀποστήσῃς τὸ ἔλεός σου ἀφ' ἡμῶν διὰ ῾Αβραὰμ τὸν ἠγαπημένον ὑπὸ σοῦ καὶ διὰ ᾿Ισαὰκ τὸν δοῦλόν σου καὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τὸν ἅγιόν σου, οἷς ἐλάλησας πληθῦναι τὸ σπέρμα αὐτῶν ὡς τὰ ἄστρα τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ ὡς τὴν ἄμμον τὴν παρὰ τὸ χεῖλος τῆς θαλάσσης. Ὅτι, δέσποτα, ἐσμικρύνθημεν παρὰ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη καί ἐσμεν ταπεινοὶ ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ σήμερον διὰ τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν τῷ καιρῷ τούτῳ ἄρχων καὶ προφήτης καὶ ἡγούμενος, οὐδὲ ὁλοκαύτωσις οὐδὲ θυσία οὐδὲ προσφορὰ οὐδὲ θυμίαμα, οὐ τόπος τοῦ καρπῶσαι ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ εὑρεῖν ἔλεος· ἀλλ' ἐν ψυχῇ συντετριμμένῃ καὶ πνεύματι ταπεινώσεως προσδεχθείημεν ὡς ἐν ὁλοκαυτώμασι κριῶν καὶ ταύρων καὶ ὡς ἐν μυριάσιν ἀρνῶν πιόνων, οὕτως γενέσθω ἡ θυσία ἡμῶν ἐνώπιόν σου σήμερον καὶ ἐκτελέσαι ὄπισθέν σου, ὅτι οὐκ ἔσται αἰσχύνη τοῖς πεποιθόσιν ἐπὶ σέ. Καὶ νῦν ἐξακολουθοῦμεν ἐν ὅλῃ καρδίᾳ καὶ φοβούμεθά σε καὶ ζητοῦμεν τὸ πρόσωπόν σου, μὴ καταισχύνῃς ἡμᾶς, ἀλλὰ ποίησον μεθ' ἡμῶν κατὰ τὴν ἐπιείκειάν σου καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦ ἐλέους σου καὶ ἐξελοῦ ἡμᾶς κατὰ τὰ θαυμάσιά σου καὶ δὸς δόξαν τῷ ὀνόματί σου, Κύριε. καὶ ἐντραπείησαν πάντες οἱ ἐνδεικνύμενοι τοῖς δούλοις σου κακὰ καὶ καταισχυνθείησαν ἀπὸ πάσης δυναστείας, καὶ ἡ ἰσχὺς αὐτῶν συντριβείη· καὶ γνώτωσαν ὅτι σὺ εἶ Κύριος Θεὸς μόνος καὶ ἔνδοξος ἐφ' ὅλην τὴν οἰκουμένην. Καὶ οὐ διέλιπον οἱ ἐμβάλλοντες αὐτοὺς ὑπηρέται τοῦ βασιλέως καίοντες τὴν κάμινον νάφθαν καὶ πίσσαν καὶ στυππίον καὶ κληματίδα. Καὶ διεχεῖτο ἡ φλὸξ ἐπάνω τῆς καμίνου ἐπὶ πήχεις τεσσαρακονταεννέα. Καὶ διώδευσε καὶ ἐνεπύρισεν οὕς εὗρε περὶ τὴν κάμινον τῶν Χαλδαίων. Ὁ δὲ ἄγγελος Κυρίου συγκατέβη ἅμα τοῖς περὶ τὸν ᾿Αζαρίαν εἰς τὴν κάμινον καὶ ἐξετίναξε τὴν φλόγα τοῦ πυρὸς ἐκ τῆς καμίνου καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ μέσον τῆς καμίνου ὡς πνεῦμα δρόσου διασυρίζον, καὶ οὐχ ἥψατο αὐτῶν τὸ καθόλου τὸ πῦρ καὶ οὐκ ἐλύπησεν οὐδὲ παρηνώχλησεν αὐτοῖς. Τότε οἱ τρεῖς ὡς ἐξ ἑνὸς στόματος ὕμνουν καὶ ἐδόξαζον καὶ ηὐλόγουν τὸν Θεὸν ἐν τῇ καμίνῳ λέγοντες· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετὸς καὶ ὑπερυψούμενος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, καὶ εὐλογημένον τὸ ὄνομα τῆς δόξης σου τὸ ἅγιον καὶ ὑπεραινετὸν καὶ ὑπερυψούμενον εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας. εὐλογημένος εἶ ἐν τῷ ναῷ τῆς ἁγίας δόξης σου καὶ ὑπερύμνητος καὶ ὑπερένδοξος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Εὐλογημένος εἶ ὁ ἐπιβλέπων ἀβύσσους, καθήμενος ἐπὶ Χερουβὶμ καὶ αἰνετὸς καὶ ὑπερυψούμενος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Εὐλογημένος εἶ ἐπὶ θρόνου τῆς βασιλείας σου καὶ ὑπερύμνητος καὶ ὑπερυψούμενος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Εὐλογημένος εἶ ἐν τῷ στερεώματι τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, ὁ ὑπερύμνητος καὶ ὑπερυψούμενος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Ἀναστάμενοι δέ ἐνταῦθα ψάλλομεν εἰς Ἦχος α΄

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

 Εἶτα ὁ μὲν Ἀναγνώστης λέγει τὸν ἑπόμενον Ὕμνον, ἡμεῖς δὲ μεθ' ἕνα ἕκαστον τῶν Στίχων αὐτῶν ψάλλομεν, Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, ὡς ἕπεται.

ΥΜΝΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ ΤΡΙΩΝ ΠΑΙΔΩΝ

Εὐλογεῖτε, πάντα τὰ ἔργα Κυρίου, τὸν Κύριον, ὑμνεῖτε καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε αὐτὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, Ἄγγελοι Κυρίου, οὐρανοὶ Κυρίου, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, ὕδατα πάντα τὰ ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις Κυρίου, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, ἥλιος καὶ σελήνη, ἄστρα τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, φῶς καὶ σκότος, νύκτες καὶ ἡμέραι, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πᾷς ὄμβρος καὶ δρόσος, πάντα τὰ πνεύματα, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πὺρ καὶ καῦμα, ψῦχος καὶ καύσων, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε δρόσοι καὶ νιφετοί, πάγοι καὶ ψῦχος, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πάχναι καὶ χιόνες, ἀστραπαὶ καὶ νεφέλαι τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, γῆ, ὄρη καὶ βουνοί, καὶ πάντα τὰ φυόμενα ἐν αὐτῇ, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πηγαί, θάλασσα, καὶ ποταμοί, κήτη, καὶ πάντα τὰ κινούμενα ἐν τοῖς ὕδασι, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πάντα τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, τὰ θηρία καὶ πάντα τὰ κτήνη, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, υἱοὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, εὐλογείτω Ἰσραὴλ τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, Ἱερεῖς Κυρίου, δοῦλοι Κυρίου, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, πνεύματα καὶ ψυχαὶ Δικαίων, ὅσιοι καὶ ταπεινοῖ τὴ καρδία, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, Ἀνανία, Ἀζαρία, καὶ Μισαήλ, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογεῖτε, Ἀπόστολοι, Προφῆται, καὶ Μάρτυρες Κυρίου, τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Εὐλογοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνοῦμεν, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦμεν εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν, καὶ προσκυνοῦμεν τὸν Κύριον.

Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνοῦμεν, καὶ δοξολογοῦμεν εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Θεὸς ὁ Ἅγιος, ὁ ἐν ἁγίοις ἀναπαυόμενος, ὁ τρισαγίῳ φωνῇ ὑπό τῶν  Σεραφεὶμ ἀνυμνούμενος καὶ ὑπό τῶν  Χερουβεὶμ δοξολογούμενος, καὶ ὑπὸ πάσης ἐπουρανίου δυνάμεως προσκυνούμενος ὁ ἐκ τοῦ  μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι τὰ πάντα παραγαγών, ὁ κτίσας τὸν ἄνθρωπον κατ' εἰκόνα σὴν καὶ ὁμοίωσιν καὶ παντί σου χαρίσματι κατακοσμήσας, ὁ διδοὺς αἰτοῦντι σοφίαν καὶ σύνεσιν, καὶ μὴ παρορῶν ἁμαρτάνοντα, ἀλλὰ θέμενος ἐπὶ σωτηρίᾳ μετάνοιαν, ὁ καταξιώσας ἡμᾶς, τοὺς ταπεινοὺς καὶ ἀναξίους δούλους σου, καὶ ἐν τῇ ὥρᾳ ταύτῃ στῆναι κατενώπιον τῆς δόξης τοῦ  ἁγίου σου θυσιαστηρίου, καὶ τὴν  ὀφειλομένην σοι προσκύνησιν καὶ δοξολογίαν προσάγειν, Αὐτός, Δέσποτα, πρόσδεξαι καὶ ἐκ στόματος ἡμῶν τῶν  ἁμαρτωλῶν τὸν Τρισάγιον ὕμνον καὶ ἐπίσκεψαι ἡμᾶς ἐν τῇ χρηστότητί σου. Συγχώρησον ἡμῖν πᾶν πλημμέλημα, ἑκούσιόν τε καὶ ἀκούσιον, ἁγίασον ἡμῶν τὰς ψυχὰς καὶ τα σώματα καὶ δὸς ἡμῖν ἐν ὁσιότητι λατρεύειν σοι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, πρεσβείαις τῆς ἁγίας Θεοτόκου, καὶ πάντων τῶν  Ἁγίων, τῶν ἀπ' αἰῶνός σοι εὐαρεστησάντων.

τι ἅγιος εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεί.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν  αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:μήν.

Ἀντὶ τοῦ Τρισαγίου

σοι εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθητε, Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε. Ἀλληλούϊα. (γ΄)

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι,

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν  αἰώνων. Ἀμὴν

Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε. Ἀλληλούϊα.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Δύναμις.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: σοι εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθητε, Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε. Ἀλληλούϊα.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ:  Προκείμενον Ἦχος πλ. α'

Πᾶσα ἡ γῆ Προσκυνησάτωσάν σοί, καὶ ψαλάτωσάν σοί.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Πρόσχωμεν.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

Στίχος: λαλάξατε τῶ Κυρίω πᾶσα ἡ γῆ.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Σοφία.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

Πρὸς Ῥωμαίους Ἐπιστολῆς Παύλου τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Πρόσχωμεν.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

(Κέφ. ς', 3-11)

δελφοί, ὅσοι εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθημεν, εἰς τὸν θάνατον αὐτοῦ ἐβαπτίσθημεν. Συνετάφημεν οὖν αὐτῷ διὰ τοῦ βαπτίσματος εἰς τὸν θάνατον, ἵνα, ὥσπερ ἡγέρθη Χριστὸς ἐκ νεκρῶν διὰ τῆς δόξης τοῦ Πατρός, οὕτω καὶ ἡμεῖς ἐν καινότητι ζωῆς περιπατήσωμεν. Εἰ γὰρ σύμφυτοι γεγόναμεν τῶ Ὁμοιώματι τοῦ θανάτου αὐτοῦ, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως ἐσόμεθα, τοῦτο γινώσκοντες, ὅτι ὁ παλαιὸς ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος συνεσταυρώθη, ἵνα καταργηθῇ τὸ σῶμα τῆς ἁμαρτίας, τοῦ μηκέτι δουλεύειν ἡμᾶς τὴ ἁμαρτία. Ὁ γὰρ ἀποθανὼν δεδικαίωται ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας. Εἰ δὲ ἀπεθάνομεν σὺν Χριστῷ, πιστεύομεν ὅτι καὶ συζήσομεν αὐτῷ, εἰδότες, ὅτι Χριστὸς ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν, οὐκέτι ἀποθνήσκει, θάνατος αὐτοῦ οὐκέτι κυριεύει. Ὁ γὰρ ἀπέθανε τὴ ἁμαρτία, ἀπέθανεν ἐφάπαξ, ὃ δὲ ζή, ζὴ τῶ Θεῷ. Οὕτω καὶ ὑμεῖς λογίζεσθε ἔαυτούς, νεκρούς μὲν εἶναι τὴ ἁμαρτία, ζῶντας δὲ τῶ Θεῷ, ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ τῶ Κυρίω ἡμῶν.

 ΙΕΡΕΥΣ: Εἰρήνη σοι

Ἀντὶ τοῦ Ἀλληλούϊα ψάλλομεν τὸν στίχον «Αναστα ο Θεος...»

Εἰς αὐτὸ τὸ σημεῖον ὁ Ἱερεύς γυρίζει ὅλον τὸν Ναὸν καὶ σκορπίζει φύλλα δάφνης καὶ ψάλλει:

Ἦχος βαρὺν

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

Τὸν αὐτὸν ψάλλομεν καὶ ἐν ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ τῶν ἑπομένων Στίχων τοῦ Ψαλμοῦ πα', λεγομένων παρὰ τοῦ Ἀναγνώστου χῦμα.

Στίχ. Θεὸς ἔστη ἐν συναγωγῇ Θεῶν, ἐν μέσῳ δὲ θεοὺς διακρινεῖ.

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

Στίχ. ως πότε κρίνετε ἀδικίαν, καὶ πρόσωπα ἁμαρτωλῶν λαμβάνετε;

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

Στίχ. Κρίνατε ὀρφανῶ καὶ πτωχῶ, ταπεινὸν καὶ πένητα δικαιώσατε.

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

Στίχ. ξέλεσθε πένητα καὶ πτωχόν, ἐκ χειρὸς ἁμαρτωλοῦ ῥύσασθε αὐτόν.

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

Στίχ. Οὐκ ἔγνωσαν, οὐδὲ συνῆκαν, ἐν σκότει διαπορεύονται, σαλευθήτωσαν πάντα τὰ θεμέλια τῆς γῆς.

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

 Στίχ. γὼ εἶπα, θεοὶ ἐστε, καὶ υἱοὶ Ὑψίστου πάντες, ὑμεῖς δὲ ὡς ἄνθρωποι ἀποθνήσκετε, καὶ ὡς εἷς τῶν ἀρχόντων πίπτετε.

νάστα, ὁ Θεός, κρίνον τὴν γήν, ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ: Σοφία. Ὀρθοί. Ἀκούσωμεν τοῦ  ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου.

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Καὶ τῷ πνευματί σου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: κ τοῦ  κατά Ματθαῖον ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου τὸ ἀνάγνωσμα.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ: Πρόσχωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.

 

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ 

Κεφ. 28: 1-20

᾿Οψὲ Σαββάτων, τῇ ἐπιφωσκούσῃ εἰς μίαν Σαββάτων, ἦλθε Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ, καὶ ἡ ἄλλη Μαρία, θεωροῦσαι τὸν τάφον Καὶ ἰδοὺ, σεισμὸς ἐγένετο μέγας· Ἄγγελος γὰρ Κυρίου, καταβὰς ἐξ οὐρανοῦ, προσελθὼν ἀπεκύλισε τὸν λίθον ἀπὸ τῆς θύρας, καὶ ἐκάθητο ἐπάνω αὐτοῦ· ἦν δὲ ἡ ἰδέα αὐτοῦ ὡς ἀστραπὴ, καὶ τὸ ἔνδυμα αὐτοῦ λευκὸν ὡσεὶ χιών. Ἀπὸ δὲ τοῦ φόβου αὐτοῦ ἐσείσθησαν οἱ τηροῦντες, καὶ ἐγένοντο ὡσεὶ νεκροί. Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἄγγελος, εἶπε ταῖς γυναιξί· μὴ φοβεῖσθε ὑμεῖς· οἶδα γὰρ, ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον ζητεῖτε· οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· ἠγέρθη γὰρ, καθὼς εἶπε· δεῦτε, ἴδετε τὸν τόπον, ὅπου ἔκειτο ὁ Κύριος. Καὶ ταχὺ πορευθεῖσαι, εἴπατε τοῖς Μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἠγέρθη ἀπὸ τῶν νεκρῶν, καὶ ἰδοὺ, προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν ὄψεσθε· ἰδοὺ, εἶπον ὑμῖν. Καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ταχὺ ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου μετὰ φόβου καὶ χαρᾶς μεγάλης, ἔδραμον ἀπαγγεῖλαι τοῖς Μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ. Ὡς δὲ ἐπορεύοντο ἀπαγγεῖλαι τοῖς Μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἰδοὺ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀπήντησεν αὐταῖς λέγων· Χαίρετε. Αἱ δὲ προσελθοῦσαι, ἐκράτησαν αὐτοῦ τοὺς πόδας, καὶ προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ. Τότε λέγει αὐταῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· Μὴ φοβεῖσθε· ὑπάγετε, ἀπαγγείλατε τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς μου, ἵνα ἀπέλθωσιν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, κἀκεῖ με ὄψονται. Πορευομένων δὲ αὐτῶν, ἰδού, τινες τῆς κουστωδίας, ἐλθόντες εἰς τὴν Πόλιν, ἀπήγγειλαν τοῖς Ἀρχιερεῦσιν ἅπαντα τὰ γενόμενα. Καὶ συναχθέντες μετὰ τῶν Πρεσβυτέρων, συμβούλιόν τε λαβόντες, ἀργύρια ἱκανὰ ἔδωκαν τοῖς στρατιώταις, λέγοντες· Εἴπατε, ὅτι οἱ Μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ νυκτὸς ἐλθόντες, ἔκλεψαν αὐτὸν, ἡμῶν κοιμωμένων. Καὶ ἐὰν ἀκουσθῇ τοῦτο ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἡγεμόνος, ἡμεῖς πείσομεν αὐτὸν, καὶ ὑμᾶς ἀμερίμνους ποιήσομεν. Οἱ δὲ λαβόντες τὰ ἀργύρια, ἐποίησαν ὡς ἐδιδάχθησαν. Καὶ διεφημίσθη ὁ λόγος οὗτος παρὰ ᾿Ιουδαίοις μέχρι τῆς σήμερον. Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα Μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς.  Καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. Καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· Ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. Πορευθέντες οὖν μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ, ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας, ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. Ἀμήν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Εἴπωμεν πάντες ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς διανοίας ἡμῶν, εἴπωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (γ΄) [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Κύριε, Παντοκράτορ, Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

λέησον ἡμᾶς, Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

τι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (δεῖνος), καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

τι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ πόλει καὶ ἐνορίᾳ ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τῆς ἱερᾶς Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης.

τι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀειμνήστων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ( Μονῆς) ταύτης καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς κειμένων καὶ ἀπανταχοῦ ὀρθοδόξων.

τι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Κύριε, Θεὸς ἡμῶν, τὴν ἐκτενῆ ταύτην ἱκεσίαν πρόσδεξαι παρὰ τῶν Σῶν δούλων, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦ ἐλέους Σου, καὶ τοὺς οἰκτιρμούς Σου κατάπεμψον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς καὶ ἐπὶ πάντα τὸν λαόν Σου, τὸν ἀπεκδεχόμενον τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

τι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ Σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Εὔξασθε οἱ Κατηχούμενοι τῷ Κυρίῳ.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Οἱ πιστοί, ὑπὲρ τῶν Κατηχουμένων δεηθῶμεν.

να ὁ Κύριος αὐτοὺς ἐλεήσῃ.

Κατηχήσῃ αὺτοὺς τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας.

ποκαλύψῃ αὐτοῖς τὸ Εὐαγγέλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης.

νώσῃ αὐτοὺς τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Καθολικῇ καὶ Ἀποστολικῇ Ἐκκλησίᾳ.

Σῶσον, ἐλέησον, ἀντιλαβοῦ καὶ διαφύλαξον αὐτούς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ Σῇ χάριτι.

Οἱ κατηχούμενοι τὰς κεφαλὰς ὑμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνατε.

ΕΥΧΗ ΥΠΕΡ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΤΗΧΟΥΜΕΝΩΝ

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ ἐν ουρανοῖς κατοικῶν, καὶ επιβλέπων ἐπί πάντα τὰ ἔργα σου, ἐπίβλεψον ἐπί τοὺς δούλους σου τοὺς Κατηχουμένους, τοὺς ὑποκεκλικότας τοὺς ἑαυτῶν αὐχένας ἐνώπιόν σου, καὶ δὸς αὐτοῖς τὸν ἐλαφρὸν ζυγόν· ποίησον αὐτούς μέλη τίμια τῆς ἁγίας σου Ἐκκλησίας, καὶ καταξίωσον αὐτούς, τοῦ λουτροῦ τῆς παλιγγενεσίας, τῆς ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καί τοῦ ἐνδύματος τῆς ἀφθαρσίας, εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν σοῦ τοῦ ἀληθινοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.   

να καὶ αὐτοὶ σὺν ἡμῖν δοξάζωσι τὸ πάντιμον καὶ μεγαλοπρεπὲς ὄνομά σου, τοῦ Πατρὸς καί τοῦ Υἱοῦ καί τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

Ὁ Ἱερεὺς ἐξαπλοῖ ἐπὶ τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης τὸ Εἱλητόν

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

σοι κατηχούμενοι, προέλθετε. Οἱ Κατηχούμενοι, προέλθετε. Ὅσοι κατηχούμενοι προέλθετε. Μὴ τις τῶν κατηχουμένων. Ὅσοι πιστοί.

τι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ Σῇ χάριτι.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Σοφία.

Α΄ ΕΥΧΗΝ ΤΩΝ ΠΙΣΤΩΝ

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Σύ Κύριε, κατέδειξας ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα τοῦτο τῆς σωτηρίας μυστήριον· σύ κατηξίωσας ἡμᾶς τούς ταπεινούς καὶ ἀναξίους δούλους σου, γενέσθαι λειτουργούς τοῦ ἁγίου σου θυσιαστηρίου, σύ ἱκάνωσον ἡμᾶς, τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος, εἰς τήν διακονίαν ταύτην· ἵνα, ἀκατακρίτως στάντες ἐνώπιον τῆς ἁγίας δόξης σου, προσάγωμέν σοι θυσίαν αἰνέσεως, σύ γάρ εἶ ὁ ἐνεργῶν τά πάντα ἐν πᾶσι. Δός, Κύριε, καὶ ὑπέρ τῶν ἡμετέρων ἁμαρτημάτων, καὶ τῶν τοῦ λαοῦ ἀγνοημάτων, δεκτήν γενέσθαι τήν θυσίαν ἡμῶν, καὶ εὐπρόσδεκτον ἐνώπιόν σου.

τι πρέπει σοι, πᾶσα δόξα, τιμὴ καὶ προσκύνησις, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

τι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Σοφία.

ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ ΕΥΧΗ ΤΩΝ ΠΙΣΤΩΝ

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Θεός, ὁ ἐπισκεψάμενος ἐν ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς τήν ταπείνωσιν ἡμῶν, ὁ στήσας ἡμᾶς τούς ταπεινούς, καὶ ἁμαρτωλούς, καὶ ἀναξίους δούλους σου, κατενώπιον τῆς ἁγίας δόξης σου λειτουργεῖν τῷ ἁγίῷ σου θυσιαστηρίῳ, σύ ἐνίσχυσον ἡμάς, τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος, εἰς τήν διακονίαν ταύτην· καὶ δὸς ἡμίν λόγον ἐν ἀνοίξει τοῦ στόματος ἡμῶν, εἰς τὸ ἐπικαλεῖσθαι τήν χάριν τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος ἐπί τῶν μελλόντων προτίθεσθαι Δώρων.

πως ὑπό τοῦ κράτους σου πάντοτε φυλαττόμενοι, σοὶ δόξαν ἀναπέμπωμεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

Ἀντί τοῦ Χερουβικοῦ Ὕμνου

Ἦχος πλ. α'

Σιγησάτω πᾶσα σάρξ βροτεία, καὶ στήτω μετὰ φόβου καὶ τρόμου, καὶ μηδὲν γῆϊνον ἐν ἑαυτῇ λογιζέσθω, ὁ γὰρ Βασιλευς τῶν βασιλευόντων, καὶ Κύριος τῶν κυριευόντων, προσέρχεται σφαγιασθῆναι, καὶ δοθῆναι εἰς βρῶσιν τοὶς πιστοίς.

Προηγοῦνται δὲ τούτου, οἱ χοροὶ τῶν Ἀγγέλων, μετὰ πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας, τὰ πολυόμματα Χερουβίμ, καὶ τὰ ἑξαπτέρυγα Σεραφίμ, τὰς ὄψεις καλύπτοντα, καὶ βοῶντα τὸν ὕμνον. Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Τούτου δὲ ᾀδομένου, ὁ Ἱερεὺς κλινόμενος τήν κεφαλήν ποιεῖ εὐχήν ὑπέρ ἑαυτοῦ λέγων τὴν:

ΕΥΧΗΝ ΤΟΥ ΧΕΡΟΥΒΙΚΟΥ

Οὐδεὶς ἄξιος τῶν συνδεδεμένων ταῖς σαρκικαῖς ἐπιθυμίαις καὶ ἡδοναῖς προσέρχεσθαι προσεγγίζειν λειτουργεῖν Σοι, Βασιλεῦ τῆς δόξης· τὸ γὰρ διακονεῖν Σοι μέγα καὶ φοβερὸν καὶ αὐταῖς ταῖς ἐπουρανίοις Δυνάμεσιν. Ἀλλ' ὅμως, διὰ τὴν ἄφατον καὶ ἀμέτρητόν Σου φιλανθρωπίαν, ἀτρέπτως καὶ ἀναλλοιώτως γέγονας ἄνθρωπος, καὶ Ἀρχιερεὺς ἡμῶν ἐχρημάτισας, καὶ τῆς λειτουργικῆς ταύτης καὶ ἀναιμάκτου θυσίας τὴν ἱερουργίαν παρέδωκας ἡμῖν, ὡς Δεσπότης τῶν ἁπάντων. Σὺ γὰρ μόνος, Κύριος Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δεσπόζεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων καὶ τῶν ἐπιγείων, ἐπὶ θρόνου χερουβικοῦ ἐποχούμενος, τῶν Σεραφεὶμ Κύριος καὶ Βασιλεὺς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, μόνος Ἅγιος καὶ ἐν ἁγίοις ἀναπαυόμενος. Σὲ τοίνυν δυσωπῶ, τὸν μόνον ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐήκοον. Ἐπίβλεψον ἐπ' ἐμὲ τὸν ἁμαρτωλὸν καὶ ἀχρεῖον δοῦλόν Σου, καὶ καθάρισόν μου τὴν ψυχὴν καὶ τὴν καρδίαν ἀπὸ συνειδήσεως πονηρᾶς, καὶ ἱκάνωσόν με τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Ἁγίου Σου Πνεύματος, ἐνδεδυμένον τὴν τῆς Ἱερατείας χάριν, παραστῆναι τῇ ἁγίᾳ Σου ταύτῃ τραπέζῃ καὶ ἱερουργῆσαι τὸ ἅγιον καὶ ἄχραντόν Σου Σῶμα καὶ τὸ τίμιον Αἷμα. Σοὶ γὰρ προσέρχομαι, κλίνας τὸν ἑμαυτοῦ αὐχένα, καὶ δέομαί Σου. Μὴ ἀποστρέψῃς τὸ πρόσωπόν Σου ἀπ' ἐμοῦ, μηδὲ ἀποδοκιμάσῃς με ἐκ παίδων Σου· ἀλλ' ἀξίωσον προσενεχθῆναί Σοι ὑπ' ἐμοῦ τοῦ ἁμαρτωλοῦ καὶ ἀναξίου δούλου Σου τὰ δῶρα ταῦτα. Σὺ γὰρ εἶ ὁ προσφέρων καὶ προσφερόμενος καὶ προσδεχόμενος καὶ διαδιδόμενος, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ Σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, σὺν τῷ ἀνάρχῳ Σου Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ Σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Μετὰ τὴν εὐχὴν ὁ Ἱερεύς καὶ ὁ Διάκονος λέγουσι καί αὐτοί τὸν ἄνω ὕμνον (γ΄).   

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Σιγησάτω πᾶσα σάρξ βροτεία, καὶ στήτω μετὰ φόβου καὶ τρόμου, καὶ μηδὲν γῆϊνον ἐν ἑαυτῇ λογιζέσθω, ὁ γὰρ Βασιλευς τῶν βασιλευόντων, καὶ Κύριος τῶν κυριευόντων, προσέρχεται σφαγιασθῆναι, καὶ δοθῆναι εἰς βρῶσιν τοὶς πιστοίς.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Προηγοῦνται δὲ τούτου, οἱ χοροὶ τῶν Ἀγγέλων, μετὰ πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας, τὰ πολυόμματα Χερουβίμ, καὶ τὰ ἑξαπτέρυγα Σεραφίμ, τὰς ὄψεις καλύπτοντα, καὶ βοῶντα τὸν ὕμνον. Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Μετά λαμβάνει ὁ Ἱερεύς τὸ θυμιατήριον καί εὐλογεί κατά τό συνήθης τρόπο, θυμιᾷ κύκλῳ τὴν ἁγίαν Τράπεζαν, τήν Πρόθεσιν, τό Εἰκονοστάσι καί τόν λαόν λέγοντας μυστικῶς τό «Δεῦτε προσκυνήσωμεν...» (γ΄), καὶ εἶτα τὸν Ν' ψαλμόν. Εἰ μέν ἐστι Κυριακή λέγει τὸ «Ἀνάστασιν Χριστοῦ θεασάμενοι...» καὶ τὸν Ν΄ ψαλμόν ἕως τόν στίχον «θυσία τῷ Θεῷ πνεῦμα συντετριμμένον, καρδίαν συντετριμμένην καὶ τεταπεινωμένην ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἐξουδενώσει.» Ἐπανερχόμενος εἰς τό Ἱερό, θυμιᾷ πάλιν τήν ἁγίαν Τράπεζαν, την Ἱεράν Πρόθεσιν καί τό Ἱερατείον καί ἀποδίδει τό θυμιατήριον. Οἱ Ἱερουργούντες προσκυνοῦντες τρίς πρό τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης καί ἀσπαζόμενοι τό Ἀντιμήνσιον καί τήν ἁγίαν Τράπεζα, λέγουσι  καθ᾿ ἑαυτοὺς τά τροπάρια ταῦτα:   

μαρτον εἰς σὲ Σωτήρ, ὡς ὁ ἄσωτος υἱός· δέξαι με, Πάτερ, μετανοοῦντα καὶ ἐλέησόν με ὁ Θεός.

Κράζω σοι Χριστὲ Σωτὴρ τοῦ τελώνου τὴν φωνήν· Ἱλάσθητί μοι ὥσπερ ἐκείνῳ καὶ ἐλέησόν με ὁ Θεός.

  

Εἶτα εἰς ἕκαστος ὑποκλινόμενος τοῖς συλλειτουργοῖς λέγει:

Συγχωρήσατέ μοι, ἀδελφοὶ καὶ συλλειτουργοί.

Καὶ πρὸς τὸν λαὸν ὑποκλινόμενοι, ἀπὸ τῆς Ὡραίας Πύλης, λέγουν:

Τοῖς μισοῦσι καὶ ἀγαπῶσιν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, συγχώρησον.

Καὶ ἀπέρχονται εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν Πρόθεσιν καὶ προσκυνοῦσι τρὶς τὰ τίμια Δῶρα, λέγουν ἐκ τρίτου:

Θεὸς ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ καὶ ἐλέησόν με.

 Εἶτα ὁ Διάκονος λέγει:

παρον, Δέσποτα.

Ὁ ἱερεὺς ἄρας τὸν Ἀέρα ἐπιτίθησι τοῖς ὤμοις τοῦ Διακόνου, λέγων:

 

ν εἰρήνῃ ἐπάρατε τὰς χεῖρας ὑμῶν εἰς τὰ ἅγια καὶ εὐλογεῖτε τὸν Κύριον.

Καὶ δίδει τὸ ἅγιον Δισκάριον εἰς τὸν Διάκονον. Αὐτὸς δὲ λαμβάνει τὸ ἅγιον Ποτήριον, λέγων:

   

νέβη ὁ Θεὸς ἐν ἀλαλαγμῷ, Κύριος ἐν φωνῇ σάλπιγγος.

Ὁ Διάκονος μετὰ τοῦ Ἱερέως ἐξέρχονται ἐκ τῆς βορείας πύλης προπορευομένων θυμιατηρίου, λαμπάδων καὶ εξαπτερύγων  καὶ διέρχονται τὸ ἀριστερὸν κλῖτος καὶ τὸ μέσον τοῦ Ναοῦ ποιοῦντες τὴν Μεγάλην Εἴσοδον, τοῦ Διακόνου ἐκφωνοῦντος μεγαλοφώνως:

Πάντων ὑμῶν, μνησθείη Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ· πάντοτε· νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

Καί τοῦ Ἱερέως εἰσερχομένου, λέγει πρός αὐτόν ὁ προεισελθών Διάκονος.

Τῆς Ἱερωσύνη σου μνησθείη Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεύς πρός αὐτόν

Τῆς  Ἱεροδιακονίας (Διακονίας) σου μνησθείη Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς ἀποτίθησι τό ἅγιον ποτήριον ἐν τῇ ἁγίᾳ Τραπέζη εἶτα αἴρει τόν ἅγιον Δίσκον ἀπό τῆς τοῦ Διακόνου κεφαλῆς καί τίθησιν αὐτόν ἐξ ἀριστερῶν τοῦ ἁγιου Ποτηρίου. Καί λαβῶν τὸν Ἀέρα ἀπὸ τῶν ὤμων τοῦ Διακόνου, καί θυμιάσας αὐτὸν σκεπάζει τά Ἅγια λέγων:

 

εὐσχήμων Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ τοῦ ξύλου καθελὼν τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, σινδόνι καθαρᾷ εἱλήσας καὶ ἀρώμασιν, ἐν μνήματι καινῷ κηδεύσας ἀπέθετο.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: γάθυνον, Δέσποτα.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς θυμιῶν τρίς τὰ Ἅγια, λέγει:   

 γάθυνον Κύριε ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ σου τὴν Σιὼν καὶ οἰκοδομηθήτω τὰ τείχη Ἱερουσαλημ. Τότε εὐδοκήσεις θυσίαν δικαιοσύνης, ἀναφορὰν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα. Τότε ἀνοίσουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριόν σου μόσχους

Ἀποδοὺς δὲ τὸ θυμιατὸν καὶ κλίνας τὴν κεφαλήν, λέγει τῷ Διακόνῳ:

Μνήσθητί μου, ἀδελφὲ καὶ συλλειτουργέ.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Τῆς Ἱερωσύνη σου μνησθείη Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Εἶτα ὁ διάκονος, ὑποκλίνας τὴν κεφαλήν, κρατῶν ἅμα καὶ τὸ Ὀράριον, λέγει:

Εὖξαι ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ, δέσποτα ἅγιε.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον ἐπελεύσεται ἐπὶ σὲ καὶ δύναμις Ὑψίστου ἐπισκιάσει σοι.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Αὐτὸ τὸ Πνεῦμα συλλειτουργήσει ἡμῖν πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν. Μνήσθητί μου, Δέσποτα ἅγιε.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Μνησθείη σου Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: μήν.

Καὶ ἀσπασάμενος τὴν χεῖρα τοῦ Ἱερέως ἐξέρχεται ἐν τῷ συνήθει τόπῳ καὶ  λέγει τά Πληρωτικά. 

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

πὲρ τῶν προτεθέντων τιμίων Δώρων, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πὲρ τοῦ ἁγίου οἴκου τούτου καὶ τῶν μετὰ πίστεως, εὐλαβείας καὶ φόβου Θεοῦ εἰσιόντων ἐν αὐτῷ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πὲρ τοῦ ῥυσθῆναι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης θλίψεως, ὀργῆς, κινδύνου καὶ ἀνάγκης, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν, τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Παράσχου Κύριε. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

γγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν, καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, αἰτησώμεθα.

Της παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Σοὶ Κύριε.

Τούτων δὲ λεγομένων, Ἱερεὺς ἀναγινώσκει μυστικῶς τὴν ἑξῆς εὐχὴν τῆς Προθέσεως, μετὰ τὴν ἐν τῇ ἁγίᾳ Τραπέζῃ ἀπόθεσιν τῶν θείων Δώρων:

Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ κτίσας ἡμᾶς καὶ ἀγαγὼν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν ταύτὴν , ὁ ὑποδείξας ἡμῖν ὁδοὺς εἰς σωτηρίαν, ὁ χαρισάμενος ἡμῖν οὐρανίων μυστηρίων ἀποκάλυψιν, σὺ εἶ ὁ θέμενος ἡμᾶς εἰς τὴν διακονίαν ταύτην ἐν τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Πνεύματός σου τοῦ Ἁγίου. Εὐδόκησον δή, Κύριε, τοῦ γενέσθαι ἡμᾶς διακόνους τῆς καινῆς σου Διαθήκης, λειτουργοὺς τῶν ἁγίων σου Μυστηρίων, πρόσδεξαι ἡμᾶς προσεγγίζοντας τῷ ἁγίῳ σου θυσιαστηρίῳ, κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦ ἐλέους σου, ἵνα γενώμεθα ἄξιοι τοῦ προσφέρειν σοι τὴν λογικὴν ταύτην καὶ ἀναίμακτον θυσίαν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἡμετέρων ἁμαρτημάτων, καὶ τῶν τοῦ λαοῦ ἀγνοημάτων, ἣν προσδεξάμενος εἰς τὸ ἅγιον, ὑπερουράνιον καὶ νοερόν σου θυσιαστήριον εἰς ὀσμὴν εὐωδίας, ἀντικατάπεμψον ἡμῖν τὴν χάριν τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος. Ἐπίβλεψον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, καὶ ἔπιδε ἐπὶ τὴν λατρείαν ἡμῶν ταύτην , καὶ πρόσδεξαι αὐτήν, ὡς προσεδέξω Ἄβελ τὰ δῶρα, Νῶε τὰς θυσίας, Ἀβραὰμ τὰς ὁλοκαρπώσεις, Μωϋσέως καὶ Ἀαρὼν τὰς ἱερωσύνας, Σαμουὴλ τὰς εἰρηνικάς. Ὡς προσεδέξω ἐκ τῶν ἁγίων σου Ἀποστόλων τὴν ἀληθινὴν ταύτην λατρείαν, οὕτω καὶ ἐκ τῶν χειρῶν ἡμῶν τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν πρόσδεξαι τὰ Δῶρα ταῦτα, ἐν τῇ χρηστότητί σου, Κύριε, ἵνα, καταξιωθέντες λειτουργεῖν ἀμέμπτως τῷ ἁγίῳ σου θυσιαστηρίῳ, εὕρωμεν τὸν μισθὸν τῶν πιστῶν καὶ φρονίμων οἰκονόμων, ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ φοβερᾷ τῆς ἀνταποδόσεώς σου τῆς δικαίας.

Διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ μονογενοῦς σου Υἱοῦ, μεθ' οὗ εὐλογητὸς εἶ, σὺν τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

γαπήσωμεν ἀλλήλους, ἵνα ἐν ὁμονοίᾳ ὁμολογήσωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Πατέρα, Υἱὸν καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Τριάδα ὁμοούσιον καὶ ἀχώριστον.

Ὁ Ἱερεὺς προσκυνήσας τρὶς ἀσπάζεται τὰ κεκαλυμμένα Ἅγια, πρῶτον τόν Δίσκον, εἶτα τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον καί τό ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ ἄκρον τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης λέγων καθ᾿ ἑαυτόν τό:  

γαπήσω σε, Κύριε, ἡ ἰσχύς μου, Κύριος στερέωμά μου, καὶ καταφυγή μου καὶ ῥύστης μου.

Καί ἐν συλλειτούργῳ, διδόασιν οἱ Ἱερεις τόν ἀσπασμόν τῆς εἰρήνης, ἀσπαζόμενοι ἀλλήλοις, ἀρχόμενοι ἐξ ἀριστερῶν πρός τά δεξιά, καί τέλος τήν τοῦ ἑτέρου δεξιάν χεῖρα, λέγοντες διαλογικῶς ὁ εἶς·

  

  Χριστὸς ἐν τῷ μέσῳ ἡμῶν·

καί ὁ ἕτερος·

Καὶ ἔστι καὶ ἔσται.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Τὰς θύρας, τὰς θύρας.  Ἐν σοφίᾳ πρόσχωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Πιστεύω εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων.

Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.

Τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα. Σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα. Καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρα κατὰ τὰς Γραφάς. Καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Πατρός. Καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.

Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ κύριον, τὸ ζωοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον, τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον, τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.

Εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν. Ὁμολογῶ ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν. Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν. Καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. Ἀμήν.

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Στῶμεν καλῶς· στῶμεν μετὰ φόβου· πρόσχωμεν τὴν ἁγίαν Ἀναφορὰν ἐν εἰρήνῃ προσφέρειν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: λεον εἰρήνης, θυσίαν αἰνέσεως.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς, ῥιπίζων τὰ Ἅγια μετά ῥιπιδίου, ἤ μή ὄντος, μετά τοῦ Ἀέρος καί εἶτα ἐκφωνεῖ:

χάρις τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Πατρὸς καὶ ἡ κοινωνία τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος εἴη μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν.

Καὶ στραφεὶς πρὸς τὸν λαὸν εὐλογεῖ αὐτὸν διὰ χειρός αὐτοῦ.

   

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Καὶ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματός σου.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς, ὑψῶν ἀμφοτέρας τὰς χεῖρας, λέγει:

νω σχῶμεν τὰς καρδίας.

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χομεν πρὸς τὸν Κύριον.

Καὶ στραφεὶς πρὸς ἀνατολάς λέγει:

Εὐχαριστήσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: ξιον καὶ δίκαιον.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς κλινόμενος  ἀπάρχεται τῆς ἁγίας Ἀναφορᾶς:  

  Ὢν, Δέσποτα, Κύριε Θεέ, Πάτερ Παντοκράτορ προσκυνητέ, ἄξιον ὡς ἀληθῶς, καὶ δίκαιον καὶ πρέπον τῇ μεγαλοπρεπείᾳ τῆς ἁγιωσύνης σου, σὲ αἰνεῖν, σὲ ὑμνεῖν, σὲ εὐλογεῖν, σὲ προσκυνεῖν, σοὶ εὐχαριστεῖν, σὲ δοξάζειν τὸν μόνον ὄντως ὄντα Θεόν, καὶ σοὶ προσφέρειν ἐν καρδίᾳ συντετριμμένῃ, καὶ πνεύματι ταπεινώσεως τὴν λογικὴν ταύτην λατρείαν ἡμῶν, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ χαρισάμενος ἡμῖν τὴν ἐπίγνωσιν τῆς σῆς ἀληθείας. Καὶ τὶς ἱκανὸς λαλῆσαι τὰς δυναστείας σου; ἀκουστὰς ποιῆσαι πάσας τὰς αἰνέσεις σου; ἢ διηγήσασθαι πάντα τὰ θαυμάσιά σου ἐν παντὶ καιρῶ; Δέσποτα τῶν ἁπάντων, Κύριε οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, καὶ πάσης κτίσεως, ὁρωμένης τε καὶ οὐχ ὁρωμένης, ὁ καθήμενος ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης, καὶ ἐπιβλέπων ἀβύσσους, ἄναρχε, ἀόρατε, ἀκατάληπτε, ἀπερίγραπτε, ἀναλλοίωτε, ὁ Πατὴρ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, τοῦ μεγάλου Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος, τῆς ἐλπίδος ἡμῶν, ὃς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τῆς σῆς ἀγαθότητος, σφραγὶς ἰσότυπος, ἐν ἑαυτῷ δεικνὺς σε τὸν Πατέρα, Λόγος ζῶν, Θεὸς ἀληθινός, ἡ πρὸ αἰώνων σοφία, ζωή, ἁγιασμός, δύναμις, τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινόν, παρ' οὗ τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον ἐξεφάνη, τὸ τῆς ἀληθείας Πνεῦμα, τὸ τῆς υἱοθεσίας χάρισμα, ὁ ἀρραβὼν τῆς μελλούσης κληρονομίας, ἡ ἀπαρχὴ τῶν αἰωνίων ἀγαθῶν, ἡ ζωοποιὸς δύναμις, ἡ πηγὴ τοῦ ἁγιασμοῦ, παρ' οὗ πᾶσα κτίσις λογική τε καὶ νοερά, δυναμουμένη, σοὶ λατρεύει, καὶ σοὶ τὴν ἀΐδιον ἀναπέμπει δοξολογίαν, ὅτι τὰ σύμπαντα δοῦλα σά· Σὲ γὰρ αἰνοῦσιν Ἄγγελοι, Ἀρχάγγελοι, θρόνοι, Κυριότητες, Ἀρχαί, Ἐξουσίαι, Δυνάμεις, καὶ τὰ πολυόμματα Χερουβείμ, Σοὶ παρίστανται κύκλῳ τὰ Σεραφείμ, ἓξ πτέρυγες τῷ ἑνί, καὶ ἓξ πτέρυγες τῷ ἑνί, καὶ ταῖς μὲν δυσὶ κατακαλύπτουσι τὰ πρόσωπα ἑαυτῶν, ταῖς δὲ δυσὶ τοὺς πόδας, καὶ ταῖς δυσὶ πετόμενα, κέκραγεν ἕτερον πρὸς τὸ ἕτερον, ἀκαταπαύστοις στόμασιν, ἀσιγήτοις δοξολογίαις.

Τὸν ἐπινίκιον ὕμνον ᾄδοντα, βοῶντα, κεκραγότα καὶ λέγοντα·

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γιος, ἅγιος, ἅγιος Κύριος Σαβαώθ· πλήρης ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ τῆς δόξης σου, ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου. Ὡσαννὰ ὁ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις.

Τούτου λεγομένου, λαβών ὁ Διάκονος τόν ἀστερίσκον ἐκ τοῦ ἁγίου Δίσκου, ποιεῖ σταυροῦ τύπον ἐπάνω αὐτοῦ και, ἀποσπογγίσας καί ἀσπασάμενος αὐτόν, ἀποτίθησι μετά τοῦ ἀέρος.

Ὁ δέ Ἱερεὺς κλινόμενος ἐπεύχεται·

Μετὰ τούτων τῶν μακαρίων Δυνάμεων, Δέσποτα φιλάνθρωπε, καὶ ἡμεῖς οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ βοῶμεν καὶ λέγομεν· Ἅγιος εἶ, ὡς ἀληθῶς, καὶ πανάγιος, καὶ οὐκ ἔστι μέτρον τῇ μεγαλοπρεπείᾳ τῆς ἁγιωσύνης σου, καὶ ὅσιος ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔργοις σου, ὅτι ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ κρίσει ἀληθινῇ πάντα ἐπήγασες ἡμῖν· πλάσας γὰρ τὸν ἄνθρωπον, χοῦν λαβὼν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, καὶ εἰκόνι τῇ σῇ, ὁ Θεός, τιμήσας, τέθεικας αὐτὸν ἐν τῷ Παραδείσῳ τῆς τρυφῆς, ἀθανασίαν ζωῆς, καὶ ἀπόλαυσιν αἰωνίων ἀγαθῶν, ἐν τῇ τηρήσει τῶν ἐντολῶν σου, ἐπαγγειλάμενος αὐτῷ, ἀλλὰ παρακούσαντα σοῦ τοῦ ἀληθινοῦ Θεοῦ, τοῦ κτίσαντος αὐτόν, καὶ τῇ ἀπάτῃ τοῦ ὄφεως ὑπαχθέντα, νεκρωθέντα τε τοῖς οἰκείοις αὐτοῦ παραπτώμασιν, ἐξωρίσας αὐτὸν ἐν τῇ δικαιοκρισίᾳ σου, ὁ Θεός, ἐκ τοῦ Παραδείσου εἰς τὸν κόσμον τοῦτον, καὶ ἀπέστρεψας εἰς τὴν γῆν ἐξ ἧς ἐλήφθη, οἰκονομῶν αὐτῷ τὴν ἐκ παλιγγενεσίας σωτηρίαν, τὴν ἐν αὐτῷ τῷ Χριστῷ σου· οὐ γὰρ ἀπεστράφης τὸ πλάσμα σου εἰς τέλος, ὃ ἐποίησας, ἀγαθέ, οὐδὲ ἐπελάθου ἔργου χειρῶν σου, ἀλλ' ἐπεσκέψω πολυτρόπως, διὰ σπλάγχνα ἐλέους σου. Προφήτας ἐξαπέστειλας, ἐποίησας δυνάμεις διὰ τῶν Ἁγίων σου, τῶν καθ' ἑκάστὴν γενεὰν εὐαρεστησάντων σοι, ἐλάλησας ἡμῖν διὰ στόματος τῶν δούλων σου τῶν Προφητῶν, προκαταγγέλλων ἡμῖν τὴν μέλλουσαν ἔσεσθαι σωτηρίαν, νόμον ἔδωκας εἰς βοήθειαν, Ἀγγέλους ἐπέστησας φύλακας. Ὅτε δὲ ἦλθε τὰ πλήρωμα τῶν καιρῶν, ἐλάλησας ἡμῖν ἐν αὐτῷ τῷ Υἱῷ σου, δι' οὗ καὶ τοὺς αἰῶνας ἐποίησας, ὅς, ὢν ἀπάγαυσμα τῆς δόξης σου, καὶ χαρακτὴρ τῆς ὑποστάσεώς σου, φέρων τε τὰ πάντα τῷ ῥήματι τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ, οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο τὸ εἶναι ἴσα σοὶ τῷ Θεῷ καὶ Πατρί, ἀλλά, Θεὸς ὢν προαιώνιος, ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ὤφθη, καὶ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις συνανεστράφη, καὶ ἐκ Παρθένου ἁγίας σαρκωθείς, ἐκένωσεν ἑαυτόν, μορφὴν δούλου λαβών, σύμμορφος γενόμενος τῷ σώματι τῆς ταπεινώσεως ἡμῶν, ἵνα ἡμᾶς συμμόρφους ποιήσῃ τῆς εἰκόνος τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ. Ἐπειδὴ γὰρ δι' ἀνθρώπου ἡ ἁμαρτία εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον, καὶ διὰ τῆς ἁμαρτίας ὁ θάνατος, ηὐδόκησεν ὁ μονογενής σου Υἱός, ὁ ὢν ἐν τοῖς κόλποις σοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Πατρός, γενόμενος ἐκ γυναικός, τῆς ἁγίας Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, γενόμενος ὑπὸ νόμον, κατακρῖναι τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ἐν τῇ σαρκὶ αὐτοῦ, ἵνα οἱ ἐν τῷ Ἀδὰμ ἀποθνήσκοντες, ζωοποιηθῶσιν ἐν αὐτῷ τῷ Χριστῷ σου, καὶ ἐμπολιτευσάμενος τῷ κόσμω τούτῳ, δοὺς προστάγματα σωτηρίας, ἀποστήσας ἡμᾶς τῆς πλάνης τῶν εἰδώλων, προσήγαγε τῇ ἐπιγνώσει σοῦ τοῦ ἀληθινοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Πατρός, κτησάμενος ἡμᾶς ἑαυτῶ λαὸν περιούσιον, βασίλειον ἱεράτευμα, ἔθνος ἅγιον, καὶ καθαρίσας ἐν ὕδατι, καὶ ἁγιάσας τῷ Πνεύματι τῷ ἁγίῳ, ἔδωκεν ἑαυτόν ἀντάλλαγμα τῷ θανάτῳ, ἐν ᾧ κατειχόμεθᾳ, πεπραμένοι ὑπὸ τὴν ἁμαρτίαν, καὶ κατελθὼν διὰ τοῦ Σταυροῦ εἰς τόν, ᾍδην, ἵνα πληρώσῃ ἑαυτοῦ τὰ πάντα, ἔλυσε τάς ὀδύνας τοῦ θανάτου, καὶ ἀναστὰς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ὁδοποιήσας πάσῃ σαρκὶ τὴν ἐκ νεκρῶν Ἀνάστασιν, καθότι οὐκ ἦν δυνατὸν κρατεῖσθαι ὑπὸ τῆς φθορᾶς τὸν ἀρχηγόν τῆς ζωῆς, ἐγένετο ἀπαρχὴ τῶν κεκοιμημένων, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, ἵνα ἦ αὐτὸς τὰ πάντα ἐν πᾶσι πρωτεύων· καὶ ἀνελθὼν εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς, ἐκάθισεν ἐν δεξιᾷ τῆς μεγαλωσύνης σου ἐν ὑψηλοῖς, ὃς καὶ ἥξει, ἀποδοῦναι ἑκάστῳ κατὰ τὰ ἔργα αὐτοῦ. Κατέλιπε δὲ ἡμῖν ὑπομνήματα τοῦ σωτηρίου αὐτοῦ πάθους ταῦτα, ἃ προτεθείκαμεν ἐνώπιόν σου, κατὰ τὰς αὐτοῦ ἐντολάς. Μέλλων γὰρ ἐξιέναι ἐπὶ τὸν ἑκούσιον, καὶ ἀοίδιμον καὶ ζωοποιὸν αὐτοῦ θάνατον, τῇ νυκτί, ᾗ παρεδίδου ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου ζωῆς, λαβὼν ἄρτον ἐπὶ τῶν ἁγίων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀχράντων χειρῶν, καὶ ἀναδείξας σοὶ τῷ Θεῷ καὶ Πατρί, εὐχαριστήσας, εὐλογήσας, ἁγιάσας, κλάσας.

 

δωκε τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ Μαθηταῖς καὶ Ἀποστόλοις, εἰπών· Λάβετε, φάγετε. Tοῦτό μού ἐστι τὸ Σῶμα, τὸ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν κλώμενον εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.

μοίως καὶ τὸ ποτήριον ἐκ τοῦ γεννήματος τῆς ἀμπέλου λαβών, κεράσας, εὐχαριστήσας, εὐλογήσας, ἁγιάσας.

δωκε τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ Μαθηταῖς καὶ Ἀποστόλοις, εἰπών· Πίετε ἐξ αὐτοῦ πάντες. Τοῦτό ἐστι τὸ Αἷμα μου, το τῆς Καινῆς Διαθήκης, τὸ ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν καὶ πολλῶν ἐκχυνόμενον εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.

Τοῦτο ποιεῖτε εἰς τὴν ἐμὴν ἀνάμνησιν· ὁσάκις γὰρ ἂν ἐσθίητε τὸν Ἄρτον τοῦτον, καὶ τὸ Ποτήριον τοῦτο πίνητε, τὸν ἐμὸν θάνατον καταγγέλλετε, τὴν ἐμὴν Ἀνάστασιν ὁμολογεῖτε. Μεμνημένοι οὖν, Δέσποτα, καὶ ἡμεῖς τῶν σωτηρίων αὐτοῦ Παθημάτων, τοῦ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, τῆς τριημέρου Ταφῆς, τῆς ἐκ νεκρῶν Ἀναστάσεως, τῆς εἰς οὐρανοὺς Ἀνόδου, τῆς ἐκ δεξιῶν σοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Πατρὸς Καθέδρας, καὶ τῆς ἐνδόξου καὶ φοβερᾶς δευτέρας αὐτοῦ Παρουσίας.

Τὰ Σὰ ἐκ τῶν Σῶν, σοὶ προσφέρομεν κατὰ πάντα, καὶ διὰ πάντα.

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Σὲ ὑμνοῦμεν, σὲ εὐλογοῦμεν, σοὶ εὐχαριστοῦμεν, Κύριε, καὶ δεόμεθά σου, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν.

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Διὰ τοῦτο, Δέσποτα, Πανάγιε καὶ ἡμεῖς οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ καὶ ἀνάξιοι δοῦλοί σου οἱ καταξιωθέντες λειτουργεῖν τῷ ἁγίῳ σου θυσιαστηρίῳ, οὐ διὰ τὰς δικαιοσύνας ἡμῶν (οὐ γὰρ ἐποιήσαμέν τι ἀγαθὸν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς), ἀλλὰ διὰ τὰ ἐλέη σου καὶ τοὺς οἰκτιρμούς σου, οὓς ἐξέχεας πλουσίως ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, θαρροῦντες προσεγγίζομεν τῷ ἁγίῳ σου θυσιαστηρίῳ, καὶ προθέντες τὰ ἀντίτυπα τοῦ ἁγίου Σώματος καὶ Αἵματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου, σοῦ δεόμεθα, καὶ σὲ παρακαλοῦμεν, Ἅγιε, Ἁγίων, εὐδοκίᾳ τῆς σῆς ἀγαθότητος, ἐλθεῖν τὸ Πνεῦμά σου τὸ Ἅγιον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ προκείμενα Δῶρα ταῦτα, καὶ εὐλογῆσαι αὐτά, καὶ ἁγιάσαι, καὶ ἀναδεῖξαι.

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Εὐλόγησον, δέσποτα, τὸν ἅγιον Ἄρτον.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεύς ἐπάνω τοῦ ἁγίου Ἄρτον εὐλογῶν λέγει:

Τὸν μὲν ἄρτον τοῦτον, αὐτὸ τὸ τίμιον Σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: μήν. Εὐλόγησον, Δέσποτα, τὸ Ἅγιον Ποτήριον.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεύς ἐπάνω τοῦ ἁγίου Ποτηρίου εὐλογῶν λέγει:

Τὸ δὲ ἐν τῷ ποτηρίῳ τούτῳ, αὐτὸ τὸ τίμιον Αἷμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: μήν.  Εὐλόγησον, Δέσποτα, συναμφότερα.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεύς εὐλογῶν αμφότερα τὸν ἅγιον Ἄρτον καὶ το ποτήριον λέγει:

Το ἐκχυθέν ὑπέρ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου ζωῆς καὶ σωτηρίας.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: μήν. Ἀμήν. Ἀμήν.

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μᾶς δὲ πάντας, τοὺς ἐκ τοῦ ἑνὸς Ἄρτου καὶ τοῦ Ποτηρίου μετέχοντας, ἑνώσαις ἀλλήλοις εἰς ἑνὸς Πνεύματος Ἁγίου κοινωνίαν, καὶ μηδένα ἡμῶν εἰς κρῖμα, ἢ εἰς κατάκριμα ποιήσαις μετασχεῖν τοῦ ἁγίου Σώματος, καὶ Αἵματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου, ἀλλ' ἵνα εὕρωμεν ἔλεον καὶ χάριν μετὰ πάντων τῶν, Ἁγίων, τῶν ἀπ' αἰῶνός σοι εὐαρεστησάντων, Προπατόρων, Πατέρων, Πατριαρχῶν, Προφητῶν, Ἀποστόλων, Κηρύκων, Εὐαγγελιστῶν, Μαρτύρων, Ὁμολογητῶν, Διδασκάλων, καὶ παντὸς πνεύματος δικαίου ἐν πίστει τετελειωμένου.

Και θυμιῶν τρίς κατέμπροσθεν τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης λέγει ἐκφώνως:

 

ξαιρέτως τῆς Παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας.

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Eπi σoὶ χαίρει, Κεχαριτωμένη, πᾶσα ἡ κτίσις. Ἀγγέλων τὸ σύστημα καὶ ἀνθρώπων τὸ γένος, ἡγιασμένε ναὲ καὶ παράδεισε λογικέ, παρθενικὸν καύχημα, ἐξ ἧς Θεός ἐσαρκώθη καὶ παιδίον γέγονεν, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων ὑπάρχων Θεὸς ἡμῶν· τὴν γὰρ σὴν μήτραν θρόνον ἐποίησε, καὶ τὴν σὴν γαστέρα πλατυτέραν οὐρανῶν ἀπειργάσατο. Ἐπὶ σοὶ χαίρει, Κεχαριτωμένη, πᾶσα ἡ κτίσις δόξα σοι.

Εἶτα ἐπιδίδωσι τό θυμιατήριον τῷ Διακόνῳ, ὁ Ἱερεύς κλινόμενος εὔχεται:

Τοῦ ἁγίου Ἰωάννου, Προφήτου, Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τοῦ ἁγίου (τοῦ δεῖνος), οὗ καὶ τὴν μνήμην ἐπιτελοῦμεν, καὶ πάντων σου τῶν Ἁγίων, ὧν ταῖς ἱκεσίαις ἐπίσκεψαι ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός.

Καὶ μνήσθητι πάντων τῶν προκεκοιμημένων ἐπ' ἐλπίδι ἀναστάσεως ζωῆς αἰωνίου (καὶ μνημονεύει ἐνταῦθα ὀνομαστὶ καὶ ὧν βούλεται τεθνεώτων), καὶ ἀνάπαυσον αὐτούς, ὅπου ἐπισκοπεῖ τὸ φῶς τοῦ προσώπου σου.

τι σοῦ δεόμεθα· Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τῆς Ἁγίας σου Καθολικῆς καὶ Ἀποστολικῆς Ἐκκλησίας, τῆς ἀπὸ περάτων ἕως περάτων τῆς οἰκουμένης, καὶ εἰρήνευσον αὐτήν, ἣν περιεποιήσω τῷ τιμίῳ Αἵματι τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου, καὶ τὸν ἅγιον Οἶκον τοῦτον στερέωσον μέχρι τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος·

  

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τῶν τὰ Δῶρά σοι ταῦτα προσκομισάντων, καὶ ὑπὲρ ὧν, καὶ δι' ὧν, καὶ ἐφ' οἷς αὐτὰ προσεκόμισαν·

  

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τῶν καρποφορούντων, καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν ταῖς ἁγίαις σου Ἐκκλησίαις καὶ μεμνημένων τῶν πενήτων. Ἄμειψαι αὐτούς τοῖς πλουσίοις σου καὶ ἐπουρανίοις χαρίσμασι, χάρισαι αὐτοῖς ἀντὶ τῶν ἐπιγείων, τὰ ἐπουράνια, ἀντὶ τῶν προσκαίρων, τὰ αἰώνια, ἀντὶ τῶν φθαρτῶν, τὰ ἄφθαρτα.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τῶν ἐν ἐρημίαις, καὶ ὄρεσι, καὶ σπηλαίοις, καὶ ταῖς ὀπαῖς τῆς γῆς.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τῶν ἐν παρθενίᾳ, καὶ εὐλαβείᾳ καὶ ἀσκήσει, καὶ σεμνῇ πολιτείᾳ διαγόντων.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας, οὓς ἐδικαίωσας βασιλεύειν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. Χάρισαι αὐτοῖς βαθεῖαν καὶ ἀναφαίρετον εἰρήνην, λάλησον εἰς τὴν καρδίαν αὐτῶν ἀγαθὰ ὑπὲρ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας σου καὶ παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ σου, ἵνα ἐν τῇ γαλήνῃ αὐτῶν ἤρεμον καὶ ἡσύχιον βίον διάγωμεν, ἐν πάσῃ εὐσεβείᾳ καὶ σεμνότητι. Τοὺς ἀγαθούς, ἐν τῇ ἀγαθότητί σου διατήρησον. Τοὺς πονηρούς, ἀγαθοὺς ποίησον ἐν τῇ χρηστότητί σου.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, καὶ τῶν δι' εὐλόγους αἰτίας ἀπολειφθέντων, καὶ ἐλέησον αὐτοὺς καὶ ἡμᾶς, κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦ ἐλέους σου.Τὰ ταμεῖα αὐτῶν ἔμπλησον παντὸς ἀγαθοῦ, τὰς συζυγίας αὐτῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ ὁμονοίᾳ διατήρησον, τὰ νήπια ἔκθρεψον, τὴν νεότητα παιδαγώγησον, τὸ γῆρας περικράτησον, τοὺς ὀλιγοψύχους παραμύθησαι, τοὺς ἐσκορπισμένους ἐπισυνάγαγε, τοὺς πεπλανημένους ἐπανάγαγε, καὶ σύναψον τῇ Ἁγίᾳ σου Καθολικῇ, καὶ Ἀποστολικῇ Ἐκκλησίᾳ. Τοὺς ὀχλουμένους ὑπὸ πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων ἐλευθέρωσον, τοῖς πλέουσι σύμπλευσον, τοῖς ὁδοιποροῦσι συνόδευσον, χηρῶν πρόστηθι, ὀρφανῶν ὑπεράσπισον, αἰχμαλώτους ῥῦσαι, νοσοῦντας ἴασαι.

Τῶν ἐν βήμασι, καὶ μετάλλοις, καὶ ἐξορίαις, καὶ πικραῖς δουλείαις, καὶ πάσῃ θλίψει καὶ ἀνάγκῃ καὶ περιστάσει ὄντων, μνημόνευσον, ὁ Θεός, καὶ πάντων τῶν δεομένων τῆς μεγάλης σου εὐσπλαγχνίας, καὶ τῶν ἀγαπώντων ἡμᾶς καὶ τῶν μισούντων, καὶ τῶν ἐντειλαμένων ἡμῖν τοῖς ἀναξίοις εὔχεσθαι ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν. Καὶ παντὸς τοῦ Λαοῦ σου μνήσθητι, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐπὶ πάντας ἔκχεον τὸ πλούσιόν σου ἔλεος, πᾶσι παρέχων τὰ πρὸς σωτηρίαν αἰτήματα.

Καὶ ὧν ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἐμνημονεύσαμεν, δι' ἄγνοιαν ἢ λήθην, ἢ πλῆθος ὀνομάτων, αὐτὸς μνημόνευσον, ὁ Θεός, ὁ εἰδὼς ἑκάστου τὴν ἡλικίαν, καὶ τὴν προσηγορίαν, ὁ εἰδὼς ἕκαστον ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὐτοῦ. Σὺ γὰρ εἶ, Κύριε, ἡ βοήθεια τῶν ἀβοηθήτων, ἡ ἐλπὶς τῶν ἀπηλπισμένων, ὁ τῶν χειμαζομένων σωτήρ, ὁ τῶν πλεόντων λιμήν, ὁ τῶν νοσούντων ἰατρός. Αὐτὸς τοῖς πᾶσι τὰ πάντα γενοῦ, ὁ εἰδὼς ἕκαστον, καὶ τὸ αἴτημα αὐτοῦ, οἶκον, καὶ τὴν χρείαν αὐτοῦ.

  

ῦσαι, Κύριε, τὴν πόλιν καὶ χώραν ταύτην , καὶ πᾶσαν πόλιν, καὶ χώραν, ἀπὸ λιμοῦ, λοιμοῦ, σεισμοῦ, καταποντισμοῦ, πυρός, μαχαίρας, ἐπιδρομῆς ἀλλοφύλων, καὶ ἐμφυλίου πολέμου.

ν πρώτοις, μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τοῦ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (δεῖνος), ὂν χάρισαι ταῖς ἁγίαις σου Ἐκκλησίαις ἐν εἰρήνῃ, σῷον, ἔντιμον, ὑγιᾶ, μακροημερεύοντα, καὶ ὀρθοτομοῦντα τὸν λόγον τῆς σῆς ἀληθείας.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ:

Καὶ ὧν ἕκαστος κατὰ διάνοιαν ἔχει, καὶ πάντων καὶ πασῶν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Καὶ πάντων καὶ πασῶν.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, πάσης Ἐπισκοπῆς Ὀρθοδόξων, τῶν ὀρθοτομούντων τὸν λόγον τῆς σῆς ἀληθείας.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου, καὶ τῆς ἐμῆς ἀναξιότητος, συγχώρησόν μοι πᾶν πλημμέλημα ἑκούσιόν τε καὶ ἀκούσιον, καὶ μὴ διὰ τὰς ἐμὰς ἁμαρτίας κωλύσῃς τὴν χάριν τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος ἀπὸ τῶν προκειμένων Δώρων.

Μνήσθητι, Κύριε, τοῦ Πρεσβυτερίου, τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Διακονίας, καὶ παντὸς ἱερατικοῦ Τάγματος, καὶ μηδένα ἡμῶν καταισχύνῃς τῶν κυκλούντων τὸ ἅγιόν σου θυσιαστήριον. Ἐπίσκεψαι ἡμᾶς ἐν τῇ χρηστότητί σου, Κύριε, ἐπιφάνηθι ἡμῖν ἐν τοῖς πλουσίοις σου οἰκτιρμοῖς, εὐκράτους καὶ ἐπωφελεῖς τοὺς ἀέρας ἡμῖν χάρισαι, ὄμβρους εἰρηνικοὺς τῇ γῇ πρὸς καρποφορίαν δώρησαι. Εὐλόγησον τὸν στέφανον τοῦ ἐνιαυτοῦ τῆς χρηστότητός σου, παῦσον τὰ σχίσματα τῶν Ἐκκλησιῶν, σβέσον τὰ φρυάγματα τῶν ἐθνῶν, τὰς τῶν αἱρέσεων ἐπαναστάσεις ταχέως κατάλυσον, τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος. Πάντας ἡμᾶς πρόσδεξαι εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν σου, υἱούς φωτὸς καὶ υἱοὺς ἡμέρας ἀναδείξας, τὴν σὴν εἰρήνην, καὶ τὴν σὴν ἀγάπην χάρισαι ἡμῖν, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν· πάντα γὰρ ἀπέδωκας ἡμῖν.

Καὶ δὸς ἡμῖν ἐν ἑνὶ στόματι καὶ μιᾷ καρδίᾳ, δοξάζειν καὶ ἀνυμνεῖν τὸ πάντιμον καὶ μεγαλοπρεπὲς ὄνομά σου, τοῦ Πατρὸς καί τοῦ Υἱοῦ καί τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: μήν.

Καί εὐλογῶν τὸν λαόν, ὁ Ἱερεὺς λέγει:

Καὶ ἔσται τὰ ἐλέη τοῦ μεγάλου Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Καὶ μετά τοῦ πνεύματός σου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

πὲρ τῶν προσκομισθέντων καὶ ἁγιασθέντων τιμίων Δώρων, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

πως ὁ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ προσδεξάμενος αὐτὰ εἰς τὸ ἅγιον καὶ ὑπερουράνιον καὶ νοερὸν αὐτοῦ θυσιαστήριον, εἰς ὀσμὴν εὐωδίας πνευματικῆς, ἀντικαταπέμψῃ ἡμῖν τὴν θείαν χάριν καὶ τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, δεηθῶμεν.

πὲρ τοῦ ῥυσθῆναι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης θλίψεως, ὀργῆς, κινδύνου καὶ ἀνάγκης, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ Σῇ χάριτι.

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν, τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Παράσχου Κύριε.  [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

γγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν, καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, αἰτησώμεθα.

Τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς πίστεως, καὶ τὴν κοινωνίαν τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος αἰτησάμενοι, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Σοὶ Κύριε.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ σώζειν, σὺ ἡμᾶς δίδαξον εὐχαριστεῖν σοι ἀξίως ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐεργεσιῶν σου, ὧν ἐποίησας, καὶ ποιεῖς μεθ' ἡμῶν. Σύ, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ προσδεξόμενος τὰ Δῶρα ταῦτα, καθάρισον ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, καὶ δίδαξον ἐπιτελεῖν ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ σου, ἵνα ἐν καθαρῷ τῷ μαρτυρίῳ τῆς συνειδήσεως ἡμῶν, ὑποδεχόμενοι τὴν μερίδα τῶν ἁγιασμάτων σου, ἑνωθῶμεν τῷ ἁγίῳ Σώματι καὶ Αἵματι τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου. Καὶ ὑποδεξάμενοι αὐτὰ ἀξίως, σχῶμεν τὸν Χριστόν, κατοικοῦντα ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν, καὶ γενώμεθα ναὸς τοῦ Ἁγίου σου Πνεύματος. Ναί, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ μηδένα ἡμῶν ἔνοχον ποιήσῃς τῶν φρικτῶν σου τούτων καὶ ἐπουρανίων Μυστηρίων, μηδὲ ἀσθενῆ ψυχῇ καὶ σώματι, ἐκ τοῦ ἀναξίως αὐτῶν μεταλαμβάνειν, ἀλλὰ δὸς ἡμῖν μέχρι τῆς ἐσχάτης ἡμῶν ἀναπνοῆς, ἀξίως ὑποδέχεσθαι τὴν μερίδα τῶν ἁγιασμάτων σου, εἰς ἐφόδιον ζωῆς αἰωνίου, εἰς ἀπολογίαν εὐπρόσδεκτον, τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου, ὅπως ἂν καὶ ἡμεῖς μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων, τῶν ἀπ' αἰῶνός σοι εὐαρεστησάντων, γενώμεθα μέτοχοι τῶν αἰωνίων σου ἀγαθῶν, ὧν ἡτοίμασας τοῖς ἀγαπῶσί σε, Κύριε.

Καὶ καταξίωσον ἡμᾶς, Δέσποτα, μετὰ παρρησίας, ἀκατακρίτως, τολμᾶν ἐπικαλεῖσθαι σὲ τὸν ἐπουράνιον Θεὸν Πατέρα, καὶ λέγειν·

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Πάτερ ἡμῶν, ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου, ἐλθέτω ἡ Βασιλεία σου, γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου, ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπί τῆς γῆς. Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τόν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον, καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν, ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφίεμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν. Καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν, ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπό τοῦ πονηροῦ.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

τι σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ Βασιλεία καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ δόξα, τοῦ Πατρὸς καί τοῦ Υἱοῦ καί τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ:  Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Tας κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Σοί, Κύριε.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Δέσποτα Κύριε, ὁ Πατὴρ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ Θεὸς πάσης παρακλήσεως, τοὺς ὑποκεκλικότας σοι τὰς ἑαυτῶν κεφαλὰς εὐλόγησον, ἁγίασον, φρούρησον, ὀχύρωσον, ἐνδυνάμωσον, ἀπὸ παντὸς ἔργου πονηροῦ ἀπόστησον, παντὶ δὲ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ σύναψον, καὶ καταξίωσον ἀκατακρίτως μετασχεῖν τῶν ἀχράντων σου τούτων καὶ ζωοποιῶν Μυστηρίων, εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν, εἰς Πνεύματος Ἁγίου κοινωνίαν.

Χάριτι καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς καὶ φιλανθρωπίᾳ τοῦ μονογενοῦς σου Υἱοῦ, μεθ' οὗ εὐλογητὸς εἶ, σὺν τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰῶνον. Ἀμήν.

Ὁ Ἱερεὺς κλινόμενος ἐπεύχεται·

Πρόσχες, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου, καὶ ἀπὸ θρόνου δόξης τῆς βασιλείας σου, καὶ ἐλθὲ εἰς τὸ ἁγιάσαι ἡμᾶς, ὁ ἄνω τῷ Πατρὶ συγκαθήμενος καὶ ὧδε ἡμῖν ἀοράτως συνών, καὶ καταξίωσον τῇ κραταιᾷ σου χειρὶ μεταδοῦναι ἡμῖν τοῦ ἀχράντου Σώματός σου, καὶ τοῦ τιμίου Αἵματος, καὶ δι' ἡμῶν παντὶ τῷ Λαῷ.

Εἶτα προσκυνεῖ τρίς λέγων τό:   

Θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ἐλέησόν με.  

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Πρόσχωμεν.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς, ἁψάμενος τοῦ ἁγίου Ἄρτου ἄκροις δακτύλοις τῶν δύο χειρῶν, ὑψοῖ αὐτόν, ποιῶν σταυροῦ τύπον ἄνωθεν τοῦ ἁγίου Δίσκου, ἐκφωνῶν:

Τὰ Ἅγια τοῖς ἁγίοις.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Εἷς Ἅγιος, εἷς Κύριος, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, εἰς δόξαν Θεοῦ Πατρός. Ἀμήν.

Κοινωνικὸν  Ἦχος δ'

ξηγέρθη ὡς ὁ ὑπνὼν Κύριος, καὶ ἀνέστη σώζων ἡμᾶς. Ἀλληλούϊα.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Μέλισον, Δέσποτα, τὸν ἅγιον Ἄρτον.

Ὁ Ἱερεύς, μελίζων αὐτὸν εἰς τέσσαρας λέγων:

Μελίζεται καὶ διαμερίζεται ὁ Ἀμνὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ μελιζόμενος καὶ μὴ διαιρούμενος· ὁ πάντοτε ἐσθιόμενος καὶ μηδέποτε δαπανώμενος ἀλλὰ τοὺς μετέχοντας ἁγιάζων.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Πλήρωσον, Δέσποτα, τὸ ἅγιον Ποτήριον.

Ὁ  δέ Ἱερεύς, λαβὼν τὴν ἄνω κειμένην μερίδα τοῦ ἀμνοῦ (ΙΣ), ποιεῖ σταυρὸν μετ᾿  αὐτῆς ἐπάνω τοῦ ἁγίου Ποτηρίου, καὶ ἐμβάλλων ταύτην ἐν αὐτῷ λέγει:

Πλήρωμα ποτηρίου πίστεως, Πνεύματος Ἁγίου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: μήν.

Καὶ λαβὼν τὸ Ζέον, λέγει πρὸς τὸν Ἱερέα Διάκονος:

Εὐλόγησον, Δέσποτα, τὸ Ζέον.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Εὐλογημένη ἡ ζέσις τῶν Ἁγίων σου, Κύριε, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Ὁ Διάκονος ἐγχέει ἐκ τοῦ Ζέοντος τὸ ἀρκοῦν σταυροειδῶς ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ Ποτηρίῳ, λέγων:

Ζέσις πίστεως, πλήρης Πνεύματος Ἁγίου. Ἀμήν.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Πιστεύω, Κύριε, καὶ ὁμολογῶ, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ἀληθῶς Χριστός, Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος, ἐλθὼν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι, ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ. Ἔτι πιστεύω, ὅτι τοῦτο αὐτό ἐστι τὸ ἄχραντον Σῶμά σου καὶ τοῦτο αὐτό ἐστι τὸ τίμιον Αἷμά σου. Δέομαι οὖν σου· ἐλέησόν με καὶ συγχώρησόν μοι τὰ παραπτώματά μου, τὰ ἑκούσια καὶ τὰ ἀκούσια, τὰ ἐν λόγῳ, τὰ ἐν ἕργῳ, τὰ ἐν γνώσει καὶ ἀγνοίᾳ· καὶ ἀξίωσόν με ἀκατακρίτως μετασχεῖν τῶν ἀχράντων σου μυστηρίων, εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Ἀμήν.

δοὺ βαδίζω πρὸς θείαν κοινωνίαν. Πλαστουργὲ μὴ φλέξῃς με τῇ μετουσίᾳ. Πῦρ γὰρ ὑπάρχεις τοὺς ἀναξίους φλέγον. Ἀλλ' οὖν κάθαρον ἐκ πάσης με κηλίδος.

Τοῦ δείπνου σου τοῦ μυστικοῦ, σήμερον Υἱὲ Θεοῦ κοινωνόν με παράλαβε· οὐ μὴ γὰρ τοῖς ἐχθροῖς σου τὸ μυστήριον εἴπω· οὐ φίλημά σοι δώσω, καθάπερ ὁ Ἰούδας· ἀλλ' ὡς ὁ λῃστὴς ὁμολογῶ σοι· Μνήσθητί μου Κύριε ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ σου.

Θεουργὸν αἷμα φρῖξον, ἄνθρωπε, βλέπων· Ἄνθραξ γάρ ἐστι τοὺς ἀναξίους φλέγων· Θεοῦ τὸ σῶμα καὶ θεοῖ με καὶ τρέφει·Θεοῖ τὸ πνεῦμα, τὸν δὲ νοῦν τρέφει ξένως.

θελξας πόθῳ με Χριστέ, καὶ ἠλλοίωσας τῷ θείῳ σου ἔρωτι· ἀλλὰ κατάφλεξον πυρὶ ἀΰλῳ τὰς ἁμαρτίας μου, καὶ ἐμπλησθῆναι τῆς ἐν σοὶ τρυφῆς καταξίωσον, ἵνα τὰς δύο σκιρτῶν μεγαλύνω, Ἀγαθέ, παρουσίας σου.

 

ν ταῖς λαμπρότησι τῶν ἁγίων σου πῶς εἰσελεύσομαι ὁ ἀνάξιος; Ἐὰν γὰρ τολμήσω συνεισελθεῖν εἰς τὸν Νυμφῶνα, ὁ χιτών με ἐλέγχει ὅτι οὔκ ἐστι τοῦ γάμου, καὶ δέσμιος ἐκβαλοῦμαι ὑπὸ τῶν ἀγγέλων. Καθάρισον, Κύριε, τὸν ῥύπον τῆς ψυχῆς μου καὶ σῶσόν με ὡς φιλάνθρωπος.

Δέσποτα φιλάνθρωπε, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ὁ Θεός μου, μὴ εἰς κρῖμά μοι γένοιτο τὰ ἅγια ταῦτα, διὰ τὸ ἀνάξιον εἶναί με, ἀλλ' εἰς κάθαρσιν καὶ ἁγιασμὸν ψυχῆς τε καὶ σώματος, καὶ εἰς ἀρραβῶνα τῆς μελλούσης ζωῆς καὶ βασιλείας. Ἐμοὶ δὲ τὸ προσκολλᾶσθαι τῷ Θεῷ ἀγαθόν ἐστι, τίθεσθαι ἐν τῷ Κυρίῳ τὴν ἐλπίδα τῆς σωτηρίας μου.

Τοῦ δείπνου σου τοῦ μυστικοῦ, σήμερον Υἱὲ Θεοῦ κοινωνόν με παράλαβε· οὐ μὴ γὰρ τοῖς ἐχθροῖς σου τὸ μυστήριον εἴπω· οὐ φίλημά σοι δώσω, καθάπερ ὁ Ἰούδας· ἀλλ' ὡς ὁ λῃστὴς ὁμολογῶ σοι· Μνήσθητί μου Κύριε ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ σου.

Καὶ προσερχόμενος ὁ Ἱερεὺς ἵνα κοινωνήσῃ, λέγει τῷ Διακόνῳ:

 

δελφὲ καὶ συλλειτουργέ, συγχώρησόν μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Τῆς ἱερωσύνης σου μνησθείη Κύριος ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Θεὸς ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ καὶ ἐλέησόν με. (γ΄)

Καὶ πλησιάσας εἰς τὰ Ἅγια, μετὰ φόβου καὶ τρόμου, λαμβάνει ἓν μέρος ἐκ τοῦ ἁγίου Ἄρτου καὶ λέγει:

δοὺ προσέρχομαι τῷ ἀθανάτῳ βασιλεῖ καὶ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.

Μεταδίδοταί μοι (δεῖνι) τῷ ἀναξίῳ πρεσβυτέρῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον Σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,  εἰς ἄφεσίν μου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Καὶ οὕτω μεταλαμβάνει τῆς ἐν χερσί μερίδος μετά πάσης ἀσγαλείας· καί ἀποσπογγίσας τήν δεξιάν παλάμην διά τῆς μούσης λέγει ἡσύχως: 

   

Διάκονε (Ἱεροδιάκονε), πρόσελθε.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

δοὺ προσέρχομαι Χριστῷ τῷ ἀθανάτῳ βασιλεῖ καὶ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.

Μετάδος μοι. Δέσποτα (δεῖνι) τῷ ἀναξίῳ διακόνῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον Σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσίν μου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Καί προσελθόντος τοῦ Διακόνου ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, μεταδίδει αὐτῷ ἐν τῇ παλάμῃ τό ἕτερον μέρος τῆς μερίδος τοῦ ἁγίου Ἄρτου λέγων: 

Μεταδίδοταί σοι (δεῖνι) τῷ εὐλαβεστάτῳ Διακόνῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον Σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσίν σου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Εἶτα ὁ Ἱερεὺς διά τῆς ἀριστερᾶς χειρός τό ἄκρον τοῦ ἁγίου μανδηλίου, θέτει τοῦτο κάτωθεν τῶν χειλέων αὐτοῦ καί διά τῆς δεξιᾶς χειρός κρατεῖ τὸ ἅγιον Ποτήριον λέγων:

τι μεταδίδοταί μοι (δεῖνι) τῷ ἀναξίῳ πρεσβυτέρῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον καὶ ζωηρὸν Αἷμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσίν μου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Καὶ μεταλαμβάνει τρίς ἐξ αὐτοῦ, ἀποσπογγίζον  διά τοῦ ἐν χερσί καλύμματος τά τε ἴδια χείλη καί τὸ ἅγιον Ποτήριον, ὅπερ καὶ ἀσπάζεται λέγων: 

Τοῦτο ἥψατο τῶν χειλέων μου, καὶ ἀφελεῖ τὰς ἀνομίας μου καὶ τὰς ἁμαρτίας μου περικαθαριεῖ.

Εἶτα προσκαλεῖ τὸν Διάκονον λέγων:

Διάκονε (Ἱεροδιάκονε), ἔτι πρόσελθε.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

δοὺ προσέρχομαι Χριστῷ τῷ ἀθανάτῳ βασιλεῖ καὶ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.

Μετάδος μοι Δέσποτα, (δεῖνι) τῷ ἀναξίῳ Διακόνῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον καὶ ζωηρὸν αἷμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσίν μου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεὺς, τοῦ Διακόνου προσελθόντος ἐξ ἀριστερῶν αὐτοῦ, μεταδίδει αὐτῷ τρίτον ἐκ τοῦ ἁγίου Ποτηρίου οὗτος δέ, κρατῶν τόν αὐχένα τούτου διά τῆς δεξιᾶς αὐτοῦ χειρός, τοῦ Διακόνου μόνου ὠθοῦντος τρίς τήν βάσιν τοῦ ἁγίου Ποτηρίου, λέγει:     

 

τι μεταδίδοταί σοι (δεῖνι) τῷ εὐλαβεστάτῳ Διακόνῳ τὸ τίμιον καὶ πανάγιον καὶ ζωηρὸν Αἷμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσίν σου ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Μεταλαβόντος δέ τοῦ Διακόνου λέγει ὁ Ἱερεὺς:

Τοῦτο ἥψατο τῶν χειλέων σου καὶ ἀφελεῖ τὰς ἀνομίας σου, καὶ τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου περικαθαριεῖ.

Εἶτα τοῦ Ἱερέως διαμελίσαντος τάς μερίδας τοῦ ἀμνοῦ, λαβών ὁ Διάκονος εἰς χείρας τόν τε ἅγιον Δίσκον καί τήν μοῦσαν εἰσκομίζει πρῶτον τό ἅγιον σῶμα καί εἶτα ἅπαντα ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ Ποτηρίῳ μετά προσοχῆς καί εὐλαβείας, λέγων:

νάστασιν Χριστοῦ θεασάμενοι, προσκυνήσωμεν Ἅγιον Κύριον Ἰησοῦν τὸν μόνον ἀναμάρτητον. Τὸν Σταυρόν σου Χριστὲ προσκυνοῦμεν καὶ τὴν ἁγίαν σου Ἀνάστασιν ὑμνοῦμεν καὶ δοξάζομεν· σύ γὰρ εἶ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἐκτός σου ἄλλον οὐκ οἴδαμεν, τὸ ὄνομά σου ὀνομάζομεν. Δεῦτε πάντες οἱ πιστοὶ προσκυνήσωμεν τὴν τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἁγίαν Ἀνάστασιν· ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἦλθε διὰ τοῦ Σταυροῦ, χαρὰ ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ κόσμῳ· διὰ παντὸς εὐλογοῦντες τὸν Κύριον, ὑμνοῦμεν τὴν Ἀνάστασιν αὐτοῦ· Σταυρὸν γὰρ ὑπομείνας δι' ἡμᾶς, θανάτῳ θάνατον ὤλεσεν.

Φωτίζου, φωτίζου, ἡ νέα Ἱερουσαλήμ, ἡ γὰρ δόξα Κυρίου ἐπὶ σὲ ἀνέτειλε. Χόρευε νῦν καὶ ἀγάλλου Σιών, σὺ δὲ Ἁγνή, τέρπου, Θεοτόκε, ἐν τῇ ἐγέρσει τοῦ τόκου σου.

θείας, ὢ φίλης, ὢ γλυκυτάτης σου φωνῆς· μεθ' ἡμῶν ἀψευδῶς γὰρ ἐπηγγείλω ἔσεσθαι, μέχρι τερμάτων αἰῶνος Χριστέ· ἣ οἱ πιστοὶ ἄγκυραν ἐλπίδος κατέχοντες ἀγαλλόμεθα.

Πάσχα τὸ μέγα καὶ ἱερώτατον Χριστέ· ὢ σοφία καὶ Λόγε τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ δύναμις· δίδου ἡμῖν ἐκτυπώτερον σοῦ μετασχεῖν, ἐν τῇ ἀνεσπέρῳ ἡμέρᾳ τῆς βασιλείας σου.

πόπλυνον, Κύριε, τὰ ἁμαρτήματα τῶν ἐνθάδε μνημονευθέντων δούλων σου τῷ Αἵματί σου τῷ ἁγίῳ· πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου καὶ πάντων σου τῶν Ἁγίων. Ἀμήν.

Εἰ δέ πολλοί εἰσιν οἱ βουλόμενοι κοινωνῆσαι, εἰσκομίζει μόνον τὸν ἅγιον Ἄρτον εἰς τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον. Καί οὕτω σκεπάζει τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον τῷ καλύμματι, ἐπί δέ τοῦ ἁγίου Δίσκου τίθησι τόν ἀστέρα καί τά καλύμματα. Εἶτα ὁ Ἱερεύς ἐπαίρει τό  ἅγιον Ποτήριον καί δίδει τοῦτο τῷ Διακόνῳ, ὅστις καί δείκνυσιν αὐτό τῷ λαῷ λέγων:

Μετὰ φόβου Θεοῦ, πίστεως καὶ ἀγάπης προσέλθετε.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν. Ἀμήν. Ἀμήν. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου. Θεὸς Κύριος καὶ ἐπέφανεν ἡμῖν.

Καί εἰ μέν εἰσι πιστοί μεταλαβεῖν βουλόμενοι, αἴρει ἀπό τῶν τοῦ Διακόνου χειρῶν ὁ Ἱερεύς τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον καί μεταδίδωσιν αὐτοῖς λέγων ἑνί ἑκάστω:

   

Σῶμα καὶ Αἷμα τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

Μεταλαμβάνει ὁ (ἡ) δοῦλος (η) τοῦ Θεοῦ (δεῖνα) τοῦ τιμίου Σώματος καὶ Αἵματος τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.   

Ἐν δὲ τῷ κοινωνεῖν τοὺς πιστοὺς ὁ χορὸς ψάλλει:

 

Σῶμα Χριστοῦ μεταλάβετε, πηγῆς ἀθανάτου γεύσασθε. Ἀλληλούϊα. Ἀλληλούϊα. Ἀλληλούϊα.

ἤ τό:

Τοῦ δείπνου σου τοῦ μυστικοῦ, σήμερον Υἱὲ Θεοῦ κοινωνόν με παράλαβε· οὐ μὴ γὰρ τοῖς ἐχθροῖς σου τὸ μυστήριον εἴπω· οὐ φίλημά σοι δώσω, καθάπερ ὁ Ἰούδας· ἀλλ' ὡς ὁ λῃστὴς ὁμολογῶ σοι· Μνήσθητί μου Κύριε ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ σου.

Καί μετά τήν τῶν πιστῶν θείαν κοινωνίαν ὁ Ἱερεύς εὐλογεῖ τόν λαόν ἐπιλέγων ἐκφώνως: 

Σῶσον ὁ Θεὸς τὸν λαόν σου, καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Μνήσθητι, εὔσπλαγχνε, καὶ ἡμῶν, καθώς ἐμνημόνευσας τοῦ ληστοῦ εν τῇ Βασιλείᾳ τῶν Οὐρανῶν.

Εἶτα εἰσελθόντες τοῦ Ἱεροῦ Βήματος, ὁ μέν Ἱερεύς ἀποτίθησι τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον ἐν τῇ ἁγίᾳ Τραπέζῃ καί εὐθέως λαμβάνει τόν θυμιατόν, ὁ δέ Διάκονος λέγει:

ψωσον Δέσποτα.

  Ἱερεύς, θυμιᾷ τρὶς ἐπάνω τῶν ἁγίων δώρων λέγων ἠρέμα:

ψώθητι ἐπὶ τοὺς οὐρανούς, ὁ Θεός, καὶ ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν ἡ δόξα Σου (γ΄)

Εἶτα τόν μέν θυμιατόν ἐπιδίδωσι τῇ δεξιᾷ τοῦ Διακόνου, ἐπιτίθησι δέ καί τόν ἅγιον Δίσκον μετά τῶν καλυμμάτων καί τοῦ ἀστερίσκου τῇ κεφαλῇ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ μὲν Διάκονος ἀπέρχεται εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν Πρόθεσιν καὶ ἀποθέτει αὐτά. Ὁ  δέ Ἱερεύς, λαμβάνει τό ἅγιον Ποτήριον ἐν ταῖς χερσίν αὐτοῦ καί λέγει ἡσύχως πρό τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης:   

Εὐλογητὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν,

Καί ἐκφώνως πρὸς τὸν λαόν στρεφόμενος:

Πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Καί ἀποτίθησι τά ἅγια ἐν τῇ ἁγίᾳ Προθέσει.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν. Ἀμήν. Ἀμήν. Εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Πληρωθήτω τὸ στόμα ἡμῶν αἰνέσεως Κύριε, ὅπως ἀνυμνήσωμεν τὴν δόξαν σου, ὅτι ἠξίωσας ἡμᾶς μετασχεῖν τῶν ἁγίων μυστηρίων σου · στήρηξον ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ σῷ ἁγιασμῷ, ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν μελετᾶν  τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου. Ἀλληλούϊα, ἀλληλούϊα, ἀλληλούϊα.

 

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

ρθοί. Μεταλαβόντες τῶν θείων, ἁγίων, ἀχράντων, ἀθανάτων, ἐπουρανίων καὶ ζωοποιῶν, φρικτῶν τοῦ Χριστοῦ μυστηρίων, ἀξίως εὐχαριστήσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε, ἐλέησον. [καί μετά ἀπό κάθε αἴτηση]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

ντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ Σῇ χάριτι.

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν, τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον αἰτησάμενοι, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους, καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν, Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Σοί Κύριε.

Ὁ  δέ Ἱερεύς, διπλώσας τό ειλητόν επεύχεται:   

Εὐχαριστοῦμέν σοι, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἐπὶ τῇ μεταλήψει τῶν ἁγίων, ἀχράντων, ἀθανάτων, καὶ ἐπουρανίων σου Μυστηρίων, ἃ ἔδωκας ἡμῖν ἐπ' εὐεργεσίᾳ, καὶ ἁγιασμῷ, καὶ ἰάσει τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν. Αὐτός, Δέσποτα τῶν ἁπάντων, δὸς γενέσθαι ἡμῖν τὴν κοινωνίαν τοῦ ἁγίου Σώματος καὶ Αἵματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου, εἰς πίστιν ἀκαταίσχυντον, εἰς ἀγάπην ἀνυπόκριτον, εἰς πλησμονὴν σοφίας, εἰς ἴασιν ψυχῆς καὶ σώματος, εἰς ἀποτροπὴν παντὸς ἐναντίου, εἰς περιποίησιν τῶν ἐντολῶν σου, εἰς ἀπολογίαν εὐπρόσδεκτον, τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ σου.

Καί λαμβάνει ὁ Ἱερεύς τό ἅγιον Εὐαγγέλιον, ποιεῖ τό σημεῖον τοῦ Σταυροῦ ἐπί τοῦ ἀντιμηνσίου καί ἀσπασάμενος ἐπιτίθησιν αὐτό ἐπ᾿ αὐτοῦ λέγων.

τι σὺ εἶ ὁ ἁγιασμὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ:  Ἐν εἰρήνῃ προέλθωμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  ν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ: Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  Κύριε ἐλέησον. (γ΄) Πάτερ ἅγιε Εὐλόγησον.

Καί ὁ Ἱερεύς ἐξελθών τοῦ Βήματος ἐκ τῶν ἁγίων θυρῶν καί βλέπων πρός ἀνατολάς  ἀναγινώσκει μεγαλοφώνως τὴν

   

Ὀπισθάμβωνον εὐχήν:

θυσίαν αἰνέσεως καὶ λατρείαν εὐάρεστον, τὴν λογικὴν ταύτὴν καὶ ἀναίμακτον θυσίαν προσδεχόμενος παρὰ τῶν ἐπικαλουμένων σε ἐν ὅλῃ καρδίᾳ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ, Ἀμνὸς καὶ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, ὁ μόσχος ὁ ἄμωμος, ὁ μὴ δεχόμενος ἁμαρτίας ζυγὸν καὶ τυθεὶς δι' ἡμᾶς ἑκών, ὁ μελιζόμενος καὶ μὴ διαιρούμενος, ὁ ἐσθιόμενος καὶ μηδέποτε δαπανώμενος, τοὺς δὲ ἐσθίοντας ἁγιάζων, ὁ εἰς ἀνάμνησιν τοῦ ἑκουσίου Πάθους σου, καὶ τῆς ζωοποιοῦ τριημέρου Ἐγέρσεώς σου, κοινωνοὺς ἡμᾶς ἀναδείξας τῶν ἀρρήτων καὶ ἀναδείξας τῶν ἀρρήτων καὶ ἐπουρανίων καὶ φρικτῶν σου Μυστηρίων, τοῦ ἁγίου σου Σώματος καὶ τοῦ τιμίου σου Αἵματος, τήρησον ἡμᾶς τοὺς δούλους σου, τοὺς διακόνους, τοὺς ἄρχοντας ἡμῶν, τὸν στρατόν, καὶ τὸν περιεστῶτα λαόν, ἐν τῷ σῷ ἁγιασμῷ. Καὶ δὸς ἡμῖν ἐν παντὶ χρόνῳ καὶ καιρῷ μελετᾶν τὴν σὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅπως, πρὸς τὸ σὸν θέλημα ὁδηγηθέντες καὶ τὰ εὐάρεστά σοι ποιήσαντες, ἄξιοι γενώμεθα καὶ τῆς ἐκ δεξιῶν σου παραστάσεως, ὅταν ἐλεύσῃ κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, Τοὺς ἐν αἰχμαλωσίᾳ ἀδελφοὺς ἡμῶν ἀνάρρυσαι, τοὺς ἐν ἀσθενείᾳ ἐπίσκεψαι, τοὺς ἐν κινδύνοις θαλάσσης κυβέρνησον, καὶ τὰς προαναπαυσαμένας ψυχὰς ἐπ' ἐλπίδι ζωῆς αἰωνίου ἀνάπαυσον, ὅπου ἐπισκοπεῖ τὸ φῶς τοῦ προσώπου σου, καὶ πάντων τῶν δεομένων τῆς σῆς βοηθείας ἐπάκουσον.

τι σὺ εἶ ὁ δοτὴρ τῶν ἀγαθῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, σὺν τῷ ἀνάρχῳ σου Πατρί, καὶ τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

Εἴη τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου εὐλογημένον ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν καὶ ἕως τοῦ αἰῶνος. (γ΄)

Εἶτα ὁ Ἱερεύς, εἰσελθών διά τῆς ὡραίας πύλης, ἀπέρχεται ἐν τῇ ἁγίᾳ προθέσει καί εὔχεται τήν, ἐν τῷ συστεῖλαι τά ἅγια, εὐχήν ἐν τῷ σκευοφυλάκίῳ:  

νυσται καὶ τετέλεσται, ὅσον εἰς τὴν ἡμετέραν δύναμιν, Χριστέ, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, τὸ τῆς σῆς οἰκονομίας μυστήριον·ἔσχομεν γὰρ τοῦ θανάτου σου τὴν μνήμην, εἴδομεν τῆς Ἀναστάσεώς σου τὸν τύπον, ἐνεπλήσθημεν τῆς ἀτελευτήτου σου ζωῆς, ἀπηλαύσαμεν τῆς ἀκενώτου σου τρυφῆς, ἧς καὶ ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι αἰῶνι πάντας ἡμᾶς καταξιωθῆναι εὐδόκησον, χάριτι τοῦ ἀνάρχου σου Πατρός, καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου καὶ ἀγαθοῦ, καὶ ζωοποιοῦ σου Πνεύματος, νῦν, καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

Ὁ  δέ Ἱερεύς, ἐπί τῆς ὡραίας πύλης ἱστάμενος εὐλογεῖ τόν λαόν λέγων: 

Εὐλογία Κυρίου καὶ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἔλθοι ἐφ' ὑμᾶς, τῇ αὐτοῦ θείᾳ χάριτι καὶ φιλανθρωπίᾳ, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Δόξα σοι, ὁ Θεός ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

 

ΧΟΡΟΣ

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν. Κύριε ἐλέησον (γ'). Πάτερ Ἅγιε εὐλόγησον.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

ΑΠΟΛΥΣΙΣ

ἀναστὰς ἐκ νεκρῶν Χριστὸς ἀληθινὸς Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ταῖς πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου καὶ παναμώμου ἁγίας αὐτοῦ Μητρός· δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ· προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων Ἀσωμάτων· ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου, ἐνδόξου, Προφήτου, Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ καλλινίκων μαρτύρων· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν, τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις πατρός ἡμῶν Βασιλείου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Καισαρίας, οὐρανοφάντορος τοῦ Μεγάλου, τοῦ ἁγίου (τοῦ Ναοῦ), τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων, ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος καὶ ἐλεήμων Θεός.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  

Στερεώσαι Κύριος ὁ Θεός την ἁγίαν και ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν και ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, συν τῇ ἁγίᾳ Ἐκκλησίᾳ, πόλει καί ἐνορίᾳ (κώμῃ) ταύτῃ εἰς αἰώνας αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη τῶν μακαρίων καί ἀοιδίμων κτητόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης καί πάντων τῶν ὀρθοδόξων.

 

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Ἁγία Τριὰς διαφυλάξοι τόν λαόν Αὐτῆς ἐν εἰρήνη, πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

Τὸν εὐλογοῦντα καὶ ἁγιάζοντα ἡμᾶς, Κύριε, φύλαττε εἰς πολλὰ ἔτη.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

Δι᾿ εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων Πατέρων ἡμῶν, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον καὶ σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

ΧΟΡΟΣ:  μήν.  

 

 

  

 

 

 

HOLY AND GREAT SATURDAY VESPERS

SUNG ON HOLY AND GREAT SATURDAY MORNING

  

PRIEST:

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

READER: Amen.

O come, let us worship and bow down before our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before Christ our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before the very Christ our King and our God.

THE INTRODUCTORY PSALM 103 [104]

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, Thou art very great; Thou hast clothed Thyself with praise and honour: who dost robe Thyself with light as a garment; spreading out the heavens as a curtain. Who covers His chambers with waters; who makes the clouds his chariots: who walks on the wings of the wind. Who makes His angels spirits, and His ministers a flaming fire. Who establishes the earth on her sure foundation: it shall not be moved forever. The deep, as it were a garment, is His covering: the waters shall stand on the hills. At Thy rebuke they shall flee; at the voice of Thy thunder they shall be alarmed. They go up to the mountains, and down to the plains, to the place which Thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound which they shall not pass, neither shall they turn again to cover the earth. He sends forth His fountains among the valleys: the waters shall run between the mountains. They shall give drink to all the wild beasts of the field: the wild asses shall take of them to quench their thirst. By them shall the birds of the sky lodge: they shall utter a voice out of the midst of the rocks. He waters the mountains from His chambers: the earth shall be satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He makes grass to grow for the cattle, the green herb for the service of men, to bring bread out of the earth; and wine makes glad the heart of man, to make his face cheerful with oil: and bread strengthens man’s heart. The trees of the plain shall be full of sap; even the cedars of Lebanon which He has planted. There the sparrows will build their nests; and the house of the heron takes the lead among them. The high mountains are a refuge for the stags, and the rock for the rabbits. He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down. Thou didst make darkness, and it was night; in it all the wild beasts of the forest will be abroad: even young lions roaring for prey, and to seek meat for themselves from God. The sun arises, and they shall be gathered together, and shall lie down in their dens. Man shall go forth to his work, and to his labour till evening. How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou wrought them all: the earth is filled with Thy creation. So is this great and wide sea: there are things creeping innumerable, small animals and great. There go the ships; and this dragon whom Thou hast made to play in it. All wait upon Thee, to give them food in due season. When Thou hast given it them, they will gather it; and when Thou hast opened Thine hand, they shall be filled with good. But when Thou hast turned away Thy face, they shall be troubled: Thou wilt take away their breath, and they shall fail, and return to their dust. Thou shalt send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Let the glory of the Lord be for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works; who looks upon the earth, and makes it tremble; who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord while I live; I will sing praise to my God while I exist. Let my meditation be sweet to Him: and I will rejoice in the Lord. Let the sinners fail from off the earth, and transgressors, so that they shall be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

 

And again

The sun knows his going down, Thou didst make darkness, and it was night.

How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou wrought them all.

Glory… Now and for ever…

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory be to Thee, O God. [3]

Our hope, glory be to Thee, O Lord.

DEACON

In peace let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. And after each petition.

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

For the peace and union of the whole world, and for the good estate of the holy churches of God, let us pray unto the Lord.

  

For this holy temple and for them that enter therein with faith, reverence and fear of God, let us pray unto the Lord.

   

For our Archbishop [Name], for the honourable order of priesthood, and for the diaconate which is in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray unto the Lord.

For this city [village, monastery]; for every city and land, and for them that dwell therein with faith, let us pray unto the Lord.

 

For fair seasons and the abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray unto the Lord.

For them that travel by land, by water, by air; for the sick and the suffering, For those in captivity, And for their salvation, let us pray unto the Lord.

That we may be deliver from all tribulation, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and of all the saints; Let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

For unto Thee belong all glory, honour and worship, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Spirit; now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PSALM 140 [141]

Tone 1

Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hear me: hear me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hear me, give ear to the voice of my prayer, when I cry unto Thee, hear me, O Lord.

 

Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord.

  

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
 

Incline not my heart to evil words, to make excuse with pretexts for sins
With men that work iniquity; I shall not join with their chosen.

  

The righteous shall chasten me with mercy, and reprove me; but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head.

For yet shall my prayer be in the presence of their pleasures; their judges have been swallowed up against the rock;

They will hear my words, for they are sweet. As when a lump of
earth is broken up upon the ground, so have their bones been scattered at the mouth of Hades.

For mine eyes are unto Thee, Lord, O Lord; in Thee have I hoped; take not away my soul.

Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and from the stumblingblocks of the workers of iniquity.

The sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone, until that I pass hence.

PSALM 141 [142]

I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make supplication.

I will pour out my supplication before Him; I will show before Him my trouble.

When my spirit was fainting within me, then Thou knewest my paths.

In this way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

I looked on my right hand, and beheld; but there was none that knew me.

Flight failed me, and there is none that watcheth for my soul.

 

I cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living.

Attend unto my supplication, for I am brought very low.

Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.

 

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Thy name.

 

The righteous shall await me, until Thou shalt reward me.

PSALM 129 [130]

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord hear my voice.

 Resurrection Stichira Tone 1

Thou, O Lord that art holy, accept our evening prayers and grant unto us the remission of our sins, for thou alone hast made manifest in the world the resurrection

Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

 

O people, encompass Sion and receive her into your embrace and give glory therein to him who hath risen from the dead, for he is our God and our deliverer from our transgressions.  

If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee.

Come O people, let us sing and give worship to Christ and glorify his resurrection from the dead for he is our God who hath delivered the world from the deception of the enemy.

 

 

For Thy name's sake have I waited for Thee, O Lord; my soul hath waited for Thy word. My soul hath hoped in the Lord.

 

By thy Passion, O Christ we have been freed from our passions and by thy resurrection we have been redeemed from corruption. O Lord, glory to thee.

From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope in the Lord.

Tone 8

Today hell groans and cries aloud: It had been better for me, had I not accepted Mary’s Son, for he has come to me and destroyed my power; he has shattered the gates of brass, and as God he has raised up the souls that once I held. Glory to thy Cross, O Lord, and to thy Resurrection.

 

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

 

Today hell groans and cries aloud: It had been better for me, had I not accepted Mary’s Son, for he has come to me and destroyed my power; he has shattered the gates of brass, and as God he has raised up the souls that once I held. Glory to thy Cross, O Lord, and to thy Resurrection.

PSALM 116 [117]

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

 

Today hell groans and cries aloud: My power has been destroyed. I accepted a mortal man as one of the dead; yet I cannot keep him prisoner, and with him I shall lose all those over whom I ruled. I held in my power the dead from all the ages; but see, he is raising them all. Glory to thy Cross, O Lord, and to Thy Resurrection.

For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Today hell groans and cries aloud: My dominion has been swallowed up; the Shepherd has been crucified and he has raised Adam. I am deprived of those whom once I ruled; in my strength I devoured them, but now I have cast them forth. He who was crucified has emptied the tombs; the power of death has no more strength. Glory to thy Cross, O Lord, and to thy Resurrection.

Glory… Tone 6

Moses the great mystically prefigured this present day, saying: And God blessed the seventh day. For this is the blessed Sabbath, this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all his works. Suffering death in accordance with the plan of salvation, he kept the Sabbath in the flesh; and returning once again to what he was, through his Resurrection he has granted us eternal life, for he alone is good and loves mankind.

Now and for ever… Theotokion Tone 1

Let us sing hymns to Mary the Virgin, the glory of all the world, who branching of the seed of mankind gave birth to the Lord. The heavenly gate, the ballad of the angels and the pride of the faithful. For she was revealed as a heaven and the temple of the Godhead. Who pulled down the middle wall of enmity and in place brought peace and opened the kingdom. Let us therefore hold fast to her who is the anchor of faith, from whom we have a defender: the Lord whom she bore. Therefore have courage, be valiant, O people of God, for he shall fight all our adversaries; for he is the almighty.

 

 

The Deacon  and Priest holding the Holy Gospel  shall now exit the Sanctuary by the North door and make the Little Entrance.

DEACON: Let us pray unto the Lord.

PRIEST

Evening, and morning, and at noon we praise Thee, we bless Thee, we give thanks unto Thee, and we pray unto Thee, O Master of all: Let our prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and incline not our hearts to any evil thing. But keep us from all who would lay a snare for our souls; For our eyes wait upon Thee, O Lord. In Thee, O Lord, is our trust. Confound us not, O God.

 

For unto Thee belong all glory, honour and worship, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

 

DEACON: Master, bless the Holy Entrance.

PRIEST

Blessed is the entrance into the holiest, always, now and for ever: world without end.

DEACON: Amen. Wisdom. Stand steadfast.

CHOIR

O Gladsome light of the holy glory, of the Immortal Father, heavenly, holy, blessed, Jesus Christ. As we approach the setting of the sun, and see the evening light, we hymn Thee, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God.

Meet it is at all times for Thee to be praised by righteous voices, O Son of God, the Giver of life. Wherefore the world glorifies Thee.

READER

The reading is from Genesis

DEACON: Wisdom. Let us give heed.

READER

Genesis 1:1-13

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

  

    

     

    

    

     

   

The reading is from the Prophecy of Jonah

DEACON: Wisdom. Let us give heed.

READER

Jonah 1:1-4:11

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

The reading is from the Prophecy of Daniel

DEACON: Wisdom. Let us give heed.

READER

Daniel 3:1-57 and The Song of the Three Children 1-33

In his eighteenth year Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. And they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord. Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire said, Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore: For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth. In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins. For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee. In all things have we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us. Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment. And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. And now we cannot open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproach to thy servants; and to them that worship thee. Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name's sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant: And cause not thy mercy to depart from us, for thy beloved Abraham's sake, for thy servant Issac's sake, and for thy holy Israel's sake; To whom thou hast spoken and promised, that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the seashore. For we, O Lord, are become less than any nation, and be kept under this day in all the world because of our sins. Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy. Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be accepted. Like as in the burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day, and grant that we may wholly go after thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee. And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face. Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy lovingkindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies. Deliver us also according to thy marvellous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord: and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed; And let them be confounded in all their power and might, and let their strength be broken; And let them know that thou art God, the only God, and glorious over the whole world. And the king's servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood; So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits. And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace. But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven; And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them. Then the three, as out of one mouth, praised, glorified, and blessed, God in the furnace, saying, Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. And blessed is thy glorious and holy name: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. Blessed art thou in the temple of thine holy glory: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven: and above all to be praised and glorified for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

And standing we sing in Tone 1

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

The reader says the following verses from the Hymn and after each we all sing the above verse.

 

HYMN OF THE HOLY THREE CHILDREN

O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye angels of the Lord, ye heavens of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O all ye waters that be above the heaven, all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye sun and moon, ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye light and darkness, ye nights and days bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O every shower and dew, all ye winds, bless ye the Lord.

 

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye fire and heat, ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye dews and storms of snow, ice and cold, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye frosts and snow, ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord.

 

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye earth, mountains and hills, and all ye things that grow in the earth, bless the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye fountains, seas and rivers, ye whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O all ye fowls of the heaven, all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord.  

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye children of men, O Israel, bless ye the Lord.

 Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye Priests of the Lord, ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, ye holy and humble of heart, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

O ye Apostles, Prophets, and Martyrs of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

We bless the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

We praise, bless and worship the Lord.

Praise the Lord and exalt him above all for ever.

 

DEACON: Let us pray unto the Lord. 

PRIEST

O Holy God, who restest in the holies; unto whom the seraphim sing the thriceholy song; whom the cherubim glorify, and all the heavenly hosts adore; who didst bring into being all that exists; who didst create man in Thine image and likeness, and didst adorn him with Thine every gift; who givest wisdom and understanding to him that asketh, and art not wroth with the sinner, but dost grant repentance to salvation; who hast deemed us, Thine humble and unmeritable servants, worthy at this hour to stand before the glory of Thy Holy Altar, to bring unto Thee rightful worship and praise: accept, O Master, from the mouths of us sinners the thriceholy hymn, and visit us with Thy goodness. Pardon our offences, voluntary and involuntary. Sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant us to serve Thee in holiness, all the days of our life. By the prayers of the Mother of God, and of all the saints, which have been well pleasing unto Thee since the world began.

 

  

 

 

For Thou our God art holy, and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and for ever.

DEACON: And world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

Instead of the Thriceholy

As many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia. (3)

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Ηave put on Christ. Alleluia.

DEACON: Power.

CHOIR: As many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.

READER: Prokhimenon: Tone 5. [Psalm 65]
All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee.

DEACON: Let us give heed.

READER
Verse: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

DEACON: Wisdom.

READER

The reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.

DEACON: Let us give heed.

READER

Romans 6:3-11

Brethren, as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  

PRIEST: Peace unto thee [that readest]. 

In place of the Alleluia we sing the following verses “Arise, O God…”

At this point the Priest goes around all the temple scattering bay leaves and singing:

Tone 7 Psalm 81

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations.

This is repeated after each verse of Psalm 81

   

  
Verse: God standeth in the assembly of gods; He shall judge among the gods.

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations
Verse: How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations
Verse: Defend the fatherless and poor: do justice to the humble and needy.

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations
Verse: Deliver the poor and needy: save them out of the hand of the wicked.

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations
Verse: They have not known, nor understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken.

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations
Verse: I said: ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High. But ye die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou shalt have an inheritance in all the nations.

PRIEST: Wisdom. Stand steadfast. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

DEACON: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

PRIEST: Let us give heed.

CHOIR: Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

DEACON:

Matthew 28:1-20

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

   

     

  

CHOIR: Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

DEACON

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

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [3] And after each petition

O Almighty Lord, God of our fathers, we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

Have mercy upon us, O God, after Thy great goodness. We pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

Again we pray for our Archbishop [Name], and for all our brethren in Christ.

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God, [Names] (and) all the pious Orthodox Christians who dwell or visit this city [town, village, monastery], the parishioners, the Church committee, those who give help and those who have dedicated gifts in this holy temple.

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy Church [monastery] and for all our departed fathers, brethren, and Orthodox Christians everywhere who have fallen asleep.

Again we pray for them that strive and bring forth the fruit of good works in this holy and venerable temple; for them that serve, and them that sing; and for all the people here present who await Thy great and bountiful mercy.

PRIEST

O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication from Thy servants, and have mercy upon us according unto the multitude of Thy mercies; and send down Thy compassions upon us and upon all Thy people who await Thy great and bountiful mercy.

 

For Thou art a merciful God, and a lover of mankind, and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

CHOIR: Amen. 

DEACON

Catechumens, pray ye unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. And after each petition

Let us, the faithful, pray for the catechumens.

That the Lord may have mercy upon them.

That He may instruct them in the word of truth.

That He may reveal unto them the gospel of righteousness.

That He may unite them to His Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Save, have mercy, help and preserve them, O God, by Thy grace.

Catechumens, bow your heads unto the Lord.

 

THE PRAYER FOR THE CATECHUMENS

PRIEST

O Lord our God that dwellest in the heavens, and keepest watch over all Thy works: look down upon Thy servants the catechumens, who have bowed their heads before Thee, and give them Thine easy yoke. Make them honourable  members of  Thy holy Church; and deem them worthy of the washing of regeneration, of the remission of sins, and the garment of incorruption, unto knowledge of Thee, our true God.

  

That they also with us may glorify Thy sublime and majestic Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

  

 CHOIR: Amen. 

The Priest unfolds the antiminsion on the Holy Altar.

DEACON

As many as are catechumens depart: catechumens depart: as many as are catechumens depart: let not any of the catechumens remain. As many as are faithful,

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

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison

DEACON

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace. Wisdom.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison

DEACON: Wisdom

FIRST PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

PRIEST

Thou, O Lord, hast made known unto us this great mystery of salvation: Thou hast counted us, Thine humble and unmeritable servants, worthy to be ministers of Thy sacred altar. Do Thou, through the power of the Holy Spirit, make us able for this ministry, that standing without condemnation before Thy holy glory we may offer unto Thee the sacrifice of praise; for Thou it is which workest all in all. Grant, O Lord, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable unto Thee, both for our sins and for the errors of the people, and well-pleasing to Thee.

   

For unto Thee belong all glory, honour and worship, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen. 

DEACON

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

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

Wisdom.

 

SECOND PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

PRIEST

O God who with loving-kindness and tender mercies hast visited our lowly estate; who hast set us, Thy humble, sinful and unworthy servants, before Thy holy glory to minister at Thy sacred altar: do Thou through the power of the Holy Spirit strengthen us for this ministry, and give us utterance that our mouths may be opened to invoke the grace of Thy Holy Spirit upon the gifts that we would lay before Thee.

That being ever guarded by Thy might we may give glory to Thee, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen. 

Instead of the Cherubic Hymn

Tone 5

Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and stand with fear and trembling, and let it take no thought for any earthly thing. For the King of kings and Lord of Lords draws near to be sacrificed and given as food to the faithful.

 

Before him go the choirs of angels with all the principalities and powers, the many eyed cherubim and the six winged seraphim, which cover their faces as they sing this hymn: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Then during the singing of the above hymn, the Priest bowing his head shall say the following prayer on behalf of himself.

THE PRAYER OF THE CHERUBICON

None is worthy among them that are held fast in fleshly desires and pleasures to approach, or to draw nigh, or to minister unto Thee, O King of glory, for to minister unto Thee is a great and fearful thing, even for the heavenly powers themselves. Notwithstanding, through Thine ineffable and immeasurable love for mankind, Thou didst become man suffering no change or altering, and art become our High Priest and hast Thyself bestowed upon us the ministry of this divine office and Bloodless sacrifice as Master of all. For Thou only, O Lord our God, hast dominion over all things in heaven and on earth, who art borne upon a throne of cherubim, who art Lord of the seraphim and king of Israel; who alone art Holy and dost rest in the holies. Therefore, I beseech Thee, who alone art good and ready to hear, look down upon me Thy sinful and 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 invested with the grace of priesthood, to stand before this Thy Holy Table, and to administer Thy most pure and sacred Body and Thy precious Blood. For unto Thee I come, to Thee I bow my head, and I beseech Thee: turn not Thy face from me, neither reject me from among Thy servants, but account it meet that these gifts be offered unto Thee by me, Thy sinful and unworthy servant. For Thou art He that offereth and He that is offered, and He who dost receive and art given, O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father, and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

 

 

The prayer being finished, the Priest and the Deacon shall say the above hymn thrice (3).

PRIEST

Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and stand with fear and trembling, taking no thought for any earthly thing. For the King of kings and Lord of lords cometh to be slain and given as food for the faithful.

 

DEACON

Before Him go the choirs of angels with all the principalities and powers, the many-eyed cherubim and the six-winged seraphim, covering their faces as they sing the hymn: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Then the Priest taking up the censer and blessing the incense in the usual way, shall cense the Holy Table round about, the prothesis, the Iconostasis and the people saying secretly “O come let us worship, etc” and Psalm 50. On Sundays he shall say the hymn “We have seen the resurrection of Christ” and then Psalm 50 up to the verse “O God Thou wilt not despise”. On entering the sanctuary he shall again cense the Holy table, the prothesis and all the sanctuary and replace the censer in its customary place. Then standing before the Holy Altar, the Priest and the Deacon shall make two lowly reverences saying each to himself:

 

 

 

O Saviour, I have sinned before Thee as the Prodigal Son, accept me, O Father, as a penitent, and have mercy upon me, O God.

With the voice of the Publican I cry unto Thee, O Christ Saviour. Be gracious unto me, as Thou wast with him, and have mercy upon me, O God.

Then bowing to aeach other they shall say:

Forgive me, brother and fellow minister.

And bowing humbly to the people they shall say in a low voice:

May God forgive them that hate us and them that love us.

Then shall they proceed to the offertory table saying as they go:

 

O God, be gracious unto me a sinner, and have mercy upon me.

Then the Deacon shall say to the Priest:

Lift, Master.

And the Priest taking the aer shall first cense it and then lay it on the Deacon’s shoulders saying:

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

 

Then censing his hands he shall take up the paten and set it on the Deacon’s head with all care and reverence. Then the Priest shall himself take up the chalice in his hands saying:

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

And the Deacon leading, they shall go out of the Sanctuary by the north side and make the Great Entrance, preceded by lighted candles and the six-winged fans. And as they shall go round about the nave, the Deacon shall say in a loud voice:

May the Lord God remember all of you in his kingdom, always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen. 

The Deacon going in at the Holy Doors stands to the right and as the Priest enters he shall say to him:

May the Lord God remember thy priesthood in His Kingdom, always, now and for ever: world without end.

And the Priest shall say to him:

May the Lord God remember thy sacred ministry in His kingdom always, now and for ever: world without end.

 

The Priest shall then set the holy chalice upon the Altar, and taking the paten from the Deacon’s head he shall place it to the left of the chalice. And removing the veils he shall place them on the one side or the upper part of the Altar, and taking from the Deacon’s shoulders the aer and censing it he shall cover therewith the holy gifts saying:

Down from the tree Joseph, a godly man, took Thy most pure body, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, and laid and closed it in a new sepulchre.

DEACON: Do good, Master.

And taking the censer he shall cense the holy gifts three times saying:

Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine alter.

And giving back the censer he shall bow his head and say to the Deacon:

Remember me, brother and fellow minister.

DEACON    

May the Lord God remember thy priesthood in His Kingdom, always, now and for ever: world without end.

And the Deacon bowing his head shall say to the Priest:

 

Pray for me, holy Master.

And the Priest blessing the Deacon shall say:

The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.

DEACON

The same Spirit shall labour with us all the days of our life.

Remember me, holy Master.

PRIEST

The Lord God remember thee in His kingdom, always, now and for ever: world without end.

DEACON: Amen.

And kissing the Priest’s right hand he shall stand in his customary place and say the following litany.

Let us complete our supplication unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. And after each petition

DEACON

For the precious gifts here set forth, let us pray unto the Lord.

 

For this holy temple and for them that enter therein with faith, reverence and fear of God, let us pray unto the Lord.

 

That He may deliver us from all tribulation, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

That this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us entreat the Lord.

CHOIR:  Grant us O Lord. And after each petition

DEACON

For an angel of peace, faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us entreat the Lord.

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgression, let us entreat the Lord.

For things good and profitable to our souls, and peace for the world, let us entreat the Lord.

That we may pass the remainder of our lives in peace and repentance, let us entreat the Lord.

For a Christian ending to our life, painless, without shame and peaceful, and a good defence before the dread judgement seat of Christ, let us entreat the Lord.

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

CHOIR: To thee, O Lord.

Meanwhile the Priest having set the divine gifts upon the Holy Altar, shall say the following prayer.

   

O Lord our God who hast created us and brought us into this life; who hast shewn unto us the way of salvation; who hast granted unto us the revelation of heavenly mysteries: Thou art that hast appointed us unto this ministry, by the power of Thy Holy Spirit. Therefore, O Lord, be well-pleased that we may be servants of Thy New Testament, and ministers of Thy holy sacraments. According to the greatness of Thy mercy do Thou accept us who now draw nigh unto Thy sacred altar, that we may be worthy to offer Thee this reasonable and bloodless sacrifice for our sins and for the errors of the people: which do Thou accept for a sweet-smelling savour upon Thy holy, and most heavenly, and spiritual altar, and send down upon us the grace of Thy Holy Spirit. Look upon us, O God, and behold this our worship, which do Thou accept even as Thou didst accept the gifts of Abel, the sacrifices of Noah, the whole burnt offering of Abraham, the sacred priestly offices of Moses and Aaron, the peace offerings of Samuel. Even as Thou didst receive from the holy Apostles this true worship, so also, O Lord, do Thou of Thy goodness accept these gifts at the hands of us sinners: that counted worthy to serve blamelessly before Thy Holy Altar we may obtain the reward of faithful and wise stewards in the fearful day of Thy just recompense.

 

 

Through the compassions of Thine Only-begotten Son, with whom Thou art blessed; together with Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen. 

PRIEST

Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit. 

DEACON

Let us love one another that with one mind we may confess.

CHOIR

The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Trinity Consubstantial and Undivided.

The Priest shall bow himself thrice and kiss the holy gifts, they still being covered: first the paten, then the chalice and the edge of the Holy Altar before him saying within himself:

I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firm support, and my refuge, and my deliverer.

And if there be two priests or more, they likewise shall kiss the holy things and then embrace and kiss each other with the Kiss of Peace; first on the left then on the right and then each other’s right hand. And while they embrace, the Priest first in rank shall say:

Christ is in our midst.

And the other shall say:

He is, and ever shall be.

DEACON

The doors, the doors. In wisdom let us give heed.

CHOIR

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 Only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten not made, being of one substance 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 Ghost and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the Prophets.

 

And in one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

DEACON

Let us stand upright, let us stand with fear: let us take heed to present the holy offering in peace.

CHOIR: The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise.

The Priest shall fan the holy things with a small fan of the folded aer saying:

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

 

And turning to face the people, the Priest shall bless them with his right hand.  

CHOIR:

And with thy spirit.

And the Priest raising his hands shall say:

Let us lift up our hearts.

CHOIR

We lift them up unto the Lord.

And turning to face the Icon of Christ the Priest shall say:

Let us give thanks unto the Lord.

CHOIR: It is meet and right.

And standing before the Holy Altar, the Priest shall offer this prayer.

O Thou who art, O Master and Lord, God the Father, Almighty and proper to be worshipped: it is truly meet, and right and befitting the magnificence of Thy holiness that we should praise Thee, hymn Thee, bless Thee, worship Thee, give thanks unto Thee and glorify Thee, for verily Thou art the one true God, and to offer, with a contrite heart and a humble spirit, this our reasonable worship: for Thou it is that hast granted unto us the knowledge of Thy truth. And who can utter Thy mighty acts? Who shall cause all Thy praises to be heard, or tell of Thy wondrous works at all times? O Master of all. Lord of heaven and earth, and all creation, visible and invisible, Thou that sittest upon the throne of glory, and dost behold the depths, who art without beginning, invisible, incomprehensible, indescribable, immutable, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our great God and Saviour, who is our hope, who is the image of Thy goodness, the equal imprint of Thy likeness, showing in Himself Thee the Father, the living Word, true God, the pre-eternal Wisdom, life, sanctification, power, the true light through whom was manifest the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of truth, the gift of adoption, the earnest of our inheritance to come, the first-fruits of eternal good things, the life-giving power, the fountain of sanctification, that enableth every creature having reason, and understanding to serve Thee and  ascribe to Thee everlasting glory, for all are Thy servants: angels, archangels, thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities, powers and the many-eyed cherubim praise Thee. Round about Thee stand the seraphim, six wings hath the one and six wings hath the other: with twain they cover their faces and with twain they cover their feet, and with twain they do fly, crying one unto another, with incessant voices, unstilled  hymns of glory,

 

Singing the triumphal hymn, exclaiming, crying aloud and saying:

CHOIR

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Sabaoth: heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

And as the choir sing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Sabaoth”, the Deacon shall take the asterisk from off the paten and making the sign of the Cross over it shall kiss it and lay it aside. And when the choir is finished, the Priest shall continue:

And with these blessed Powers, O Master and lover of mankind, we also cry aloud and say: Holy indeed and most Holy art Thou, and no bounds are there to the majesty of Thy holiness; and just art Thou in all Thy works, for in righteousness and true judgement hast Thou ordered all things for us. For after Thou hadst formed man of the dust of the earth, and honoured him, O God, with Thine own image, Thou didst set him in the paradise of delight and didst promise unto him immortal life and the enjoyment of eternal good things in the keeping of Thy commandments. But when he disobeyed Thee, his true God, which created him, and was allured by the deceit  of the serpent, and slain by his own trespasses, Thou, O Lord, in righteous judgement didst cast him out of paradise into this world, and didst return him to the earth from whence he was taken: dispensing for him salvation by regeneration, which is in Thy Christ Himself. For Thou, O Good One, didst not wholly forsake Thy creature which Thou hadst made, neither didst Thou forget the works of Thy hands, but because of Thy tender mercy in divers manners didst visit him. Prophets didst Thou send, mighty works hast Thou performed through Thy saints which have been well-pleasing unto Thee in every generation: Thou hast spoken unto us by the mouth of Thy servants the prophets, foretelling unto us the salvation to come. The law Thou gavest  to help us, angels Thou didst appoint to guard us. And when the fulness of the time was come Thou didst speak unto us by Thy Son Himself, by whom also Thou madest the worlds. Who, being the brightness of Thy glory, and the express image of Thy person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, thought it not robbery to be equal with Thee, God and Father. But being God pre-eternal did He yet shew Himself upon earth, and conversed with men: and being incarnate of the holy Virgin He emptied Himself and took upon Him the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of the body of our humility that He might fashion us like the image of His glory. For inasmuch as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so it seemed good unto Thine only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of Thee, O God and Father, made of a woman, the holy Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, made under the law, to condemn sin in His flesh, that they who die in Adam may be quickened in Thy Christ Himself. Who dwelling in this world gave saving commandments and having turned us from the deceits of idols, hath brought us unto the knowledge of Thee, the true God and Father, having possessed us unto Himself for a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Who hath cleansed us with water and sanctified us by the Holy Spirit, giving Himself a ransom unto death, wherein we were held, sold under sin: and by the Cross having descended into Hades, that He might fill all things with Himself, He loosed the pains of death: and being risen again the third day He made a way for all flesh unto the resurrection of the dead, for since it was not possible that the author of life should be holden by corruption, He became the first-fruits of them that had fallen asleep, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. And ascending into heaven He sat down on the right hand of Thy Majesty on high, from whence He shall come again to render to every man according to His deeds. Who also hath left unto us for a remembrance of His saving passion these things which we here set forth according to His commandments. For when He was  about to go forth to His voluntary and ever-memorable and life-giving death, in the night that He gave Himself for the life of the world, took bread in His sacred and most pure hands and when He had shown it unto Thee, O God and Father, and having given thanks, He blessed it, hallowed it and brake it:

And 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.

 

Likewise, He took the cup with the fruit of the vine, and when He had mingled it, given thanks, blessed and hallowed it,

He gave to His holy disciples and Apostles, saying: Drink ye all of it; This is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins.

 

Do this in remembrance of me: for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew my death and confess my resurrection. Wherefore we also, O Master, having in remembrance His redeeming passion and life-giving Cross, the three days He was in the tomb, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven and His sitting on the right hand of Thee, God and Father, and His glorious and dread coming again:

  

  

Thine own of Thine own, we offer unto Thee in all and for all.

 

CHOIR

We hymn Thee, we bless Thee, we give thanks unto Thee, O lord, and we pray unto Thee, our God.

PRIEST

Wherefore, most holy Lord, we also Thy sinful and unworthy servants whom Thou hast suffered to minister at Thy hallowed altar, not through our own righteousness, for we have done no good thing on earth, but through Thy mercy and compassions which Thou hast shed on us abundantly, we presume to draw nigh unto Thy Holy Altar and presenting unto Thee the figures of Thy Christ, we pray Thee and beseech Thee, O Holy of Holies, of the good pleasure of Thy goodness let Thy Holy Spirit come upon us and upon these gifts here set forth, and bless, hallow and manifest:

 

DEACON:

Bless, Master, the holy bread.

And the Priest blessing the holy bread shall say:

This bread the precious and very Body of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 DEACON: Amen. Bless, Master, the holy cup.

And the Priest blessing the chalice shall say:

And this cup, the precious and very Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

DEACON: Amen. Bless, Master, both the holy things.

And the Priest blessing both the holy bread and the chalice shall say:

Which was shed for the life and salvation of the world.

DEACON: Amen. Amen. Amen.

PRIEST

And unite us all one with another, as many as are partakers of the one bread and cup in the communion of the one Holy Spirit. And suffer none to partake of the holy Body and Blood of Thy Christ unto judgement or condemnation; but grant that we may obtain mercy and grace, together with all the saints which have been well-pleasing unto Thee since the world began; with our Forefathers and Fathers, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Preachers, Evangelists, Martyrs, Confessors, Teachers: And with every righteous spirit in faith made perfect.

 

And taking up the censer, he shall cense three times before the Holy Altar saying aloud:

More especially our most holy and undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary.

 

CHOIR

Hail, thou who art full of grace, all creation rejoices in thee, the assembly of the angels and all the human race. O hallowed temple, mystical paradise, and the glory of maidenhood, of whom God, our God before all worlds, was incarnate and became a child. Thy womb He made His throne and the same He made wider than the heavens. All creation rejoices in thee, O full of grace, glory to thee.

Then giving the censer to the Deacon the Priest shall continue:

 

With St. John the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, the holy and all-glorious Apostles, St. [Name] to whose memory we dedicate this day, and all Thy saints, at whose intercessions visit us, O God.

And remember all them that are fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal: [and he remembers such as he will of the departed, pronouncing their names] and give them rest where the light of Thy countenance watcheth over them.

Also we pray Thee remember, O Lord, Thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church that stretcheth unto the ends of the earth, and extend Thy peace unto her which Thou hast purchased with the precious Blood of Thy Christ; and stablish this temple even unto the end of the world.

Remember, O Lord, them that have set before Thee these gifts, and them for whom and by whom and on behalf of whom they are offered.

Remember, O Lord, them that strive and bring forth the fruit of good works in Thy holy Churches; and them that care for the poor. Reward them with Thy rich and heavenly bounty, bestowing on them heavenly things instead of earthly, eternal things instead of temporal, incorruptible things instead of corruptible.

Remember, O Lord, them that wander in deserts, in mountains, in caves and in pits of the earth.

Remember, O Lord, them that continue in their virginity, in piety, in temperance, and in a blameless way of life.

Remember, O Lord, all that are in authority. Grant them peace, profound and lasting peace. Commune in their hearts good things for Thy Church and for all Thy people. That in their peace we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and decency. Preserve them that are good in Thy goodness; and of Thy kindness make them that are evil good.

 

Remember, O Lord, the people here present, and those who for a just cause are absent, and have mercy upon them and us according to multitude of Thy mercy. Fill their storehouses with every good thing. Preserve their marriage bonds in peace and harmony. Nourish the infants, instruct the young, support the aged; comfort the fainthearted; gather together them that are scattered; bring back them that went astray and unite them to Thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Set free them that are vexed with unclean spirits. Sail with them that sail, journey with them that journey by land or air. Protect the widows; defend the orphans; deliver the captives; heal the sick.

   

Them that stand trial, that are in prison, that live in exile, that are in bitter bondage, and all that are in tribulation, necessity and danger do Thou remember, O God, and all them that are in need of Thy great and tender mercy; them that love us and them that hate us, and them that have entreated us, unworthy though we be, to pray for them; and all Thy people, do Thou remember, O Lord our God, and upon them all pour out Thy rich mercy, granting unto all their petitions that are unto salvation.

And them that we have not remembered, through ignorance or forgetfulness, or by reason of the multitude of names, do Thou Thyself call to mind, O God, who knowest the age and name of each, and knowest every man from his mother’s womb. For Thou art, O Lord, the help of the helpless, the hope of the hopeless, the Saviour of them that are storm-tossed, the haven for them at sea, the physician of them that are sick. Be Thou Thyself all things to all men, O Thou that knowest every man and his petitions, his house and his needs.

Preserve this city [village, monastery], every city and land, from pestilence, famine, earthquakes, flood, fire and the sword, from invasion of enemies and civil war.

 

And remember first, O Lord, our Archbishop [Name], whom do Thou grant to serve Thy Holy Churches in peace, safety, honour, health and length of days that he may rightly divide the word of Thy truth.

 DEACON

And everyone that each of us has in mind, and all and everyone.

CHOIR: And all and everyone.

PRIEST

Remember, O Lord, all the Orthodox episcopate who rightly divide the word of Thy truth.

Remember, O Lord, according to the multitude of Thy compassions my unworthiness: forgive me all my trespasses, voluntary and involuntary, and withhold not because of my sins the grace of Thy Holy Spirit from the gifts here set forth.

 

Remember, O Lord, the priesthood, the diaconate which is in Christ, and all clerical orders; and put none of us to shame who compass Thine Holy Altar. Visit us, O Lord, in Thy loving kindness, manifest Thyself to us in Thy bountiful compassion. Vouchsafe unto us temperate winds and fair seasons. Send gentle rains that the land may yield her increase. Crown the year with Thy goodness. Cause divisions to cease in the Churches. Quench the raging of the heathen. By the power of Thy Holy Spirit speedily destroy the uprisings of heresy. Receive us all into Thy kingdom, having rendered us children of light and children of the day. Thy peace and Thy love grant unto us, O Lord our God, for Thou hast rendered to us all things.

  

And grant us with one mouth and one heart to glorify and praise Thy sublime and majestic name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

 

CHOIR: Amen.

And turning to face the people he shall bless them saying:

And may the mercies of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

DEACON

Calling to remembrance all the saints, again and again in peace let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. And after each petition

DEACON

For the precious gifts here offered and hallowed, let us pray unto the Lord.

That our God, which loveth mankind, who hath received them unto His holy and heavenly and spiritual altar for a sweetsmelling savour of spiritual fragrance, may send down upon us divine grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray unto the Lord.

That we may be deliver from all tribulation, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

That this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us entreat the Lord.

CHOIR: Grant us O Lord. And after each petition

DEACON

For an angel of peace, faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us entreat the Lord.

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgression, let us entreat the Lord.

For things good and profitable to our souls, and peace for the world, let us entreat the Lord.

That we may pass the remainder of our lives in peace and repentance, let us entreat the Lord.

For a Christian ending to our life, painless, without shame and peaceful, and a good defence before the dread judgement seat of Christ, let us entreat the Lord.

Having besought the unity of the faith and the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

Our God, the God of salvation, do Thou teach us how we may worthily give thanks unto Thee for all Thy benefits which Thou hast begotten and which Thou dost beget for us. Do Thou, O God, having accepted these gifts, cleanse us from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and teach us to perfect holiness in Thy fear; that with the testimony of a pure conscience and receiving a portion of Thy holy things, we may be united with the sacred Body and Blood of thy Christ: and having received them worthily, we may have Christ dwelling in our hearts, and may become the temple of Thy Holy Spirit. Yea, O God, let none of us be made guilty by reason of these fearful and heavenly mysteries, or weak in soul or body through the an unworthy partaking of the same: but grant us even unto our last breath worthily to receive a portion of Thy hallowed things, unto provision for the way of eternal life and an acceptable defence at the dread judgement seat of Christ. That we also with all the saints which have been well-pleasing unto Thee since the world began may be made partakers of Thine eternal good things, which Thou hast prepared for them that love Thee, O Lord.

 

And vouchsafe, O Lord, that boldly and without condemnation we may dare to lift our voices unto Thee, O heavenly God and Father, and say:

CHOIR

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen. 

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

DEACON

Let us bow down our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

O Master and Lord, the Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, bless, hallow, guard, protect and strengthen them that have bowed their heads unto Thee: turn them aside from every evil work; unite them to every good work, and grant that they may partake without condemnation of these Thy most pure and life-giving mysteries, for the remission of sins and unto the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Through the grace and compassions and love for mankind of Thine only-begotten Son, with whom Thou art blessed, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

The Priest, bowing his head shall say also this prayer:

Give heed, O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, from Thy holy dwelling place, and from the glorious throne of Thy kingdom, and come to sanctify us, O Thou that sittest on high with the Father and art here invisibly present with us. And vouchsafe by Thy mighty hand to impart unto us of Thy most pure Body and precious Blood; and through us unto all Thy people.

Then the Priest  bow himself thrice shall say:

O God, be gracious unto me a sinner, and be merciful unto me.

DEACON: Let us give heed.

The Priest taking the Holy Bread with both hands, and raising it a little and making the sign of the Cross with it shall say:

The Holy Things unto the holy.

CHOIR

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

Communion Verse Tone 4

The Lord has awaked as if from sleep, he is risen and saves us. Alleluia.

DEACON

Break, O Master, the Holy Bread.

And the Priest breaking it in four parts shall say:

Broken and divided is the Lamb of God; which being broken yet is not divided; Being ever eaten, never is consumed; But sanctifieth them that partake thereof.

DEACON: Fill, Master the Holy Cup.

And the Priest taking from the paten the particle which lies uppermost, that marked IC, shall make therewith the sign of the Cross over the chalice and placing it therein shall say:

 

The fullness of the Holy Spirit.

DEACON: Amen.

And taking the Zeon [warm water] he shall say to the Priest:

Bless, Master, the fervency.

PRIEST

Blessed is the fervency of Thy saints, always, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

And the Deacon shall pour into the chalice, crosswise, so much as suffices saying: 

The fervency of faith, full of the Holy Spirit. Amen

DEACON

I believe, O Lord, and confess that Thou art in truth the Christ, the Son of the living God, come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. And I believe that this is indeed Thine incorruptible body, and this Thy most precious blood. Wherefore I pray Thee have mercy upon me, and forgive me my trespasses, voluntary and involuntary, whether of word or deed, witting or unwitting; and vouchsafe that I may partake without condemnation of Thy most pure mysteries, for the remission  of sins and unto life everlasting. Amen.

Behold I draw near to divine Communion, O Creator, let me not be destroyed thereby; for Thou art fire to consume the unworthy: the rather do Thou cleanse me from all that defileth.

Of Thy mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me this day as a partaker; for I will not speak of the mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss like Judas; but like the thief I will acknowledge Thee: remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.

 

The blood that maketh divine, O man, let it be your fear, let it be your dread: fire it is to consume the unworthy. The divine body doth make me a partaker of the divine nature, and likewise feedeth me. Maketh the spirit divine and wondrously nourisheth the mind.

Thou hast ravished my heart with Thy love, O Christ, Thy divine care hath converted my soul. Yet do Thou consume my sins with celestial fire, and grant me to delight myself in Thee; that rejoicing I may exalt Thine incarnation and Thy second coming, O Thou who art good.

How may I, unworthy as I am, enter into the brightness of Thy saints? For if I come boldly to the king’s palace my apparel doth convict me, in that I have no wedding garment, and I shall be bound and cast away by the angels. O Lord, cleanse my soul from all filthiness, and save me for Thou art loving-kind.

  

O Master and Lover of Mankind, Lord Jesus Christ, my God, let not these holy things be to my judgement, in that I am unworthy: but rather unto the cleansing and hallowing of soul and body, unto an earnest of life eternal and the kingdom. For I hold it good to cleave to God, to hope in the Lord for my salvation. 

 

Of Thy mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me this day as a partaker; for I will not speak of the mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss like Judas; but like the thief I will acknowledge Thee: remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.

 

And approaching to partake of the Holy Mysteries, the Priest shall say to the Deacon:

Brother and fellow minister, forgive me a sinner.

DEACON

May the Lord God remember thy priesthood in His kingdom, always, now and for ever: world without end.

PRIEST

O God, be gracious unto me, and have mercy upon me. (3)

And the Priest taking and dividing the particle of the Holy Bread with the XC shall place a piece in the palm of his right hand saying:

Behold, I draw near unto Christ our Immortal King and God.

The precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, is imparted unto me [Name] the unworthy Priest, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.

And in fear and with all precaution he shall partake of the particle in his hand. And wiping his palm with the sponge making sure that no small particle is left thereon he shall summon the Deacon saying:

Deacon, draw near.

 DEACON

Behold, I draw near unto Christ our Immortal King and God.

 

O Master, impart unto me [Name], the unworthy Deacon, the precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.

  

And the Priest shall place a particle of the Holy Bread in the palm of the Deacon’s right hand saying:

The precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, is imparted unto thee [Name] the reverend Deacon, for the remission of thy sins and unto life everlasting.

 

Then the Priest taking with his left hand one end of the communion veil shall place it below his lips, and with his right hand holding the other end of the veil, he shall take up the chalice and partake of it three times saying:

The precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ is imparted unto me [Name], the unworthy Priest, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.

  

Then wiping his lips and the rim of the chalice with the veil and kissing the chalice he shall say:

 

Lo, this hath touched my lips; and mine iniquity is taken away, and my sin purged.

Then he shall summon the Deacon saying:

Deacon, again draw near.

DEACON

Behold, I draw near unto our Immortal King and God.

 

O Master, impart unto me [Name], the unworthy Deacon, the precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.

 

And the Priest shall give to the Deacon to partake of the chalice three times on this wise: The Deacon taking the edge of the veil shall place it under his lips. The Priest shall hold the other end with his right hand together with the stem of the chalice. Only the Deacon shall make the movement of the chalice by pushing down the base of the chalice. As the Deacon partakes the Priest shall say:

The precious and most holy Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, is imparted unto thee [Name] the reverend Deacon, for the remission of thy sins and unto life everlasting.

And when the Deacon has partaken the Priest shall say:

Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Then the Priest shall divide the two remaining portions, the NI and the KA, into small particles sufficient for all. The Deacon shall then take up the paten and the sponge and with extreme care shall place the divided particles of the Lamb into the chalice and then all the other particles saying:

We have seen the resurrection of Christ, wherefore let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, who alone is without sin. We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Thy holy Resurrection. For Thou art our God: we know no other save Thee; we call upon Thy Name. O Come all ye faithful, let us venerate the holy resurrection of Christ: for behold, through the Cross joy is come to all the world. Evermore blessing the Lord, we sing the praises of His Resurrection: for He endured the Cross on our behalf, death by death hath He destroyed.

Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee, celebrate now and be glad, O Zion. And do thou O pure, Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of thy child.

O divine! O beloved! O sweetness of Thy voice.! For that thou, O Christ, hast truly promised to be with us till the end of time. Wherefore we the faithful rejoice, holding these Thy words as an anchor of hope.

O Christ, O Great and most sacred Passover! O Wisdom, and Word of God, and Power! Grant that we may more truly have communion with Thee in the day of Thy kingdom which knoweth no eventide.

Wash away, O Lord, the sins of them that have been remembered here, by Thy precious Blood, at the prayers of the holy Mother of God and all Thy saints. Amen.

But if there be many that desire to communicate, then he shall not put in the other particles, but only the Lamb. Otherwise he shall cover the chalice with the veil and place on the paten the asterisk and all the other veils. Then the Priest placing the spoon in the chalice shall take it up and give it to the Deacon who shall show it to the people saying:

With fear of God, with faith and love draw near.

CHOIR: Amen. Amen. Amen. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord: God is the Lord, and hath appeared unto us.

And as many as desire to communicate shall now approach one by one in an orderly fashion bearing themselves with all godly humility and awe. The Priest shall take the chalice from the Deacon and shall communicate to each the Holy Mysteries saying to each:

The Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Or

The servant of God [Name] partaketh of the precious and most holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the remission of his/her sins and unto life everlasting.

  

Whilst the Priest communicates to each the Holy Mysteries, the choir shall sing the following:

Receive ye the Body of Christ; taste ye of the fountain of life. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

or

Of Thy mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me this day as a partaker; for I will not speak of the mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss like Judas; but like the thief I will acknowledge Thee: remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.

And when all have communicated, the Priest shall bless the people with the chalice saying:

Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

 

 CHOIR

Remember us, O thou who art merciful, as thou didst remember the thief in the Kingdom of Heaven.

And after the blessing the Priest placing the Holy Chalice on the holy Altar and shall take up the censer as the Deacon sayeth:

 

Exalt, O Master.

The Priest shall then cense the Holy Gifts thrice saying:

Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Thy glory be above all the earth. (3)

And giving the censer to the Deacon, he shall take up the paten with the asterisk and the veils, and set it upon the Deacon’s head who shall proceed to the offertory table where he shall set it down. The Priest shall then take up the chalice saying in secret:

 

Blessed is our God;

And turning to face the people he shall say aloud:

Always, now and for ever: world without end.

And he shall proceed to the offertory table and there set down the chalice:

CHOIR: Amen. Amen, Amen. For the remission of sins and eternal life.

Let our mouth be filled with Thy praise, O Lord, that we may sing of Thy glory: for that Thou hast accounted us worthy to partake of Thy holy, divine, immortal and life-giving mysteries. Preserve us in Thy holiness that we may think on Thy righteousness all the day long. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

DEACON

Be upright: having partaken of the divine, holy, undefiled, immortal, heavenly, life-giving and awesome mysteries of Christ, let us worthily give thanks unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. And after each petition.

DEACON

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

Having prayed that this whole day be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

And the Priest folding the antiminsion shall say:

We give thanks unto Thee, O Lord our God, for that Thou hast suffered us to partake of Thy holy, pure, immortal and heavenly mysteries unto the benefit, hallowing and healing of our souls and bodies. Do Thou, O Master of all, grant that the communion of the Body and Blood of Thy Christ be for us unto faith unashamed, unto love without dissimulation, unto the increase of wisdom, unto the healing of soul and body, unto the driving out of every adversary, unto the fulfilling of Thy commandments, and unto an acceptable defence at the dread judgement seat of Christ.     

   

And taking up the Gospel Book he shall make with it the sign of the Cross over the antiminsion and lay the Book upon it saying:

  

For Thou art our sanctification, and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and unto the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST:  Let us depart in peace.

CHOIR: In the Name of the Lord.

DEACON: Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3] Holy Father, give the blessing.

And going out of the Sanctuary by the Holy Doors, the Priest shall stand before the Icon of Christ, or, below the chancel steps and say the following prayer.

BEHIND THE PULPIT PRAYER

O Thou who dost accept as a sacrifice of praise and a worship pleasing to Thee, this reasonable and bloodless sacrifice, from them that call upon Thee with their whole heart, O Christ our God, O Lamb and Son of God, who takest away the sin of the world: the blameless calf, not bearing the yoke of sin and yet of Thine own will wast sacrificed for us. Who being broken, yet is not divided, who is eaten and never consumed, but sanctifieth them that eat thereof. Who in remembrance of Thy voluntary passion and Thy life-giving resurrection on the third day hast rendered us to be partakers of Thine ineffable and heavenly and dread mysteries, Thy holy Body and Thy precious Blood. Preserve us Thy servants, the Deacons, those in authority over us, and all the people here present in Thy holiness. And grant us at all times and at every moment to meditate on Thy righteousness, that being guided toward Thy will and having done that which is well-pleasing to Thee, we may be accounted worthy to stand on Thy right hand when Thou comest to judge both the quick and the dead. Deliver our brethren in captivity, visit the sick, direct from all danger those at sea, and give rest to the souls of them that have departed before us in the hope of life everlasting, where the light of Thy countenance watcheth over them, and give ear to all that pray for Thy help.

 

 

For Thou art the Giver of all good, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with thine eternal Father, and thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

  

CHOIR: Amen.

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

As the choir sing “Blessed is the name…” the Priest shall enter the sanctuary and going to the offertory table shall say the following prayer silently.

Accomplished and perfected in so far as lies in our power is all the mystery of Thy dispensation, O Christ our God. For we have held in remembrance Thy death; we have seen the figure of Thy resurrection; we have been filled with Thine immortal life. We have delighted in Thine inexhaustible good pleasure, whereof be Thou pleased to account us all worthy in the world to come, by the grace of Thine eternal Father, and Thy Holy, good and life-giving Spirit; now and for ever: world without end. Amen. 

 

DEACON

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

The Priest standing by the Holy Doors shall bless the people saying:

May the blessing and mercy of the Lord come upon you, by His divine grace and loving-kindness, always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST

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

 CHOIR

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen. Kyrie eleison  [3] Holy Father, give the blessing.

PRIEST

THE DISMISSAL

May He who is risen from the dead Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother; by the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; by the protection of the heavenly bodiless hosts; through the supplications of the glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles; of the holy, glorious and triumphant Martyrs; of our holy God-bearing fathers; of our father among the saints, Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadosia; of [name of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated]; of the holy and righteous progenitors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of all the saints, have mercy upon us, and save our souls: For He is good and loving-kind.

 

CHOIR

May the Lord God make firm the holy and undefiled faith of pious Orthodox Christians in this holy Church [monastery], this city [village] and in all Thy world, for ever and ever. Amen.

  

Eternal be the memory of the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy Church [monastery] and all Orthodox Christians.

PRIEST

May the Holy Trinity preserve the people in peace always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

Unto him who blesses and sanctifies us; do Thou, O Lord, preserve unto many years.

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.