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THE HIERATIKON

ORDER FOR THE  

COMMEMORATION OF FEASTS 

AFTER THE DIVINE LITURGY 

 

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After the Divine Liturgy it would be Theologically wrong to offer any other prayers except for the prayers of Thanksgiving, but a dispensation is made for those who have brought an offering to celebrate the Saint or Feast of the day and also for a memorial service. Thus if there is an offering to celebrate a Feast, after the “Behind the Pulpit Prayer” the choir shall sing the Apolytikion hymn of the feast and the Priest, taking up the censer, shall go to the customary table and  say:  

 

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

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

Again we pray for all pious and Orthodox Christians.

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] for whom this feast is executed.

Again we pray for the preservation of this holy temple, for this city [village, monastery], all cities and land, from destruction, pestilence, famine, earthquakes, flood, fire and the sword, from invasion of enemies, civil war and sudden death. We pray also that our good God and lover of mankind will be merciful, compassionate and easily reconciled and will turn away and dispel all wrath and sickness agitated against us and deliver us from His justified and impending admonition and have mercy upon us.

Again we pray that the Lord our God hear the voice of the supplication of us sinners, and have mercy upon us.

 

PRIEST

Hear us, O God and our Saviour, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and those far off at sea, and be merciful, yea, be merciful, O Master, upon our sins and have mercy upon us.

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.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

And if there is an offering of Kolyva for the Feast the Priest shall say:

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

 

PRIEST                                                 

 PRAYER OF THE KOLYVA

O Lord, who hast brought all things to perfection through Thy word, and hast commanded the earth to bring forth all manner of fruit for our enjoyment and food, who through grain and pulse hadst made the three Children and Daniel to shine fairer that the Babylonians who lived in luxury: Do Thou, O Good King, bless also this grain and the various fruits, and them that partake thereof do Thou sanctify; for they have been offered by Thy servants to Thy glory, in honour and memory of St. [Name], and for a memorial to those who have fallen asleep in piety of faith. Grant, O Good One, to those who have prepared this offering and who keep this memorial, all their petitions that are for their salvation, and the enjoyment of Thine eternal blessings; by the prayers of our most pure, Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary; of St. [Name] to whose memory we dedicate this day, and of all Thy saints.

For Thou art that blesses and sanctifies all things, 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.

 

And the Choir shall sing "Blessed is the name of the Lord..." and the rest of the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy as usual.