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THE HIERATIKON

PRAYER AT THE

BLESSING OF GRAPES

ON 6th AUGUST 

 

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After the “Behind the Pulpit Prayer” the grapes having been placed beneath the Icon of Christ, the Choir shall sing the Troparion and Kontakion of the Feast. The Priest shall then say:  

Let us pray unto the Lord.

Bless, O Lord, this new fruit of the vine, which Thou hast been well-pleased to bring to full ripeness through temperate seasons, showers of rain, and calm weather, that we who partake thereof may be filled with joy; and upon those who offer this fruit of the vine for use at Thy Holy Table, may it confer forgiveness of sins, through the sacred and holy Body and Blood of Thy Christ, with whom Thou art blessed, together with Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

The grapes are then distributed by the Priest, together with the antidoron.