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THE CHOIR'S HANDBOOK

 

SUNDAY VESPERS

IN GREAT LENT 

 

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

 

PRIEST

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

READER: Amen.

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

And the Introductory Psalm:  

Bless the Lord, O my soul...

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

In peace let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [And after each petition]

For the peace from on high...

For the peace and union of the whole world...

For this holy temple...

For our Archbishop [Name]...

For this city [village, monastery]...

For fair seasons and the abundance...

For them that travel by land...

That we may be deliver from...

Succour, save, have mercy...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: For unto Thee belong all glory...

CHOIR: Amen.

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

And the Choir shall sing 10 verses with the appointed hymns. 4 in the Tone of the week [found at the back of the Triodion], 3 from the Triodion [on the day], and 3 from the Menaion.

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

The Priest and Deacon shall now make the Entrance with the censer.

Wisdom. Stand steadfast.

And the Choir shall sing the Evening Hymn “O Gladsome light”,

And then the  Great Prokhimenon 4 times as follows:

 

ON CHEESEWEEK SUNDAY AND THE

 2nd AND 4th SUNDAYS OF LENT

 

Tone 8

Turn not away Thy face from Thy servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily: hearken unto my soul, and deliver it.

1) Let Thy salvation, O God, succour me.

2) Let the poor see it and be glad.

3) Turn not away Thy face from Thy servant, for I am in trouble.

 

ON THE 1st, 3rd, AND 5th SUNDAYS OF LENT

 

Tone 8

O Lord, Thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear Thy Name.

1) From the ends of the earth have I cried unto Thee.

2) I will take refuge under the shadow of Thy wings.

3) So will I sing praises unto Thy Name for ever.

 

The Deacon shall say the following petitions:

Let us all say with our whole soul…

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

O Almighty Lord, God of our fathers…

Have mercy upon us, O God…

Again we pray for our Archbishop…

PRIEST: For Thou art a merciful God…

CHOIR: Amen.

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

DEACON

Let us complete our supplication unto the Lord.

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

That this whole evening may be perfect...

 CHOIR: Grant us O Lord. And after each petition

For an angel of peace, faithful guide...

For pardon and remission of our sins...

For things good and profitable to our souls...

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

For a Christian ending to our life...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

Let us bow down our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

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

Blessed and glorified is the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall now sing the  penitential hymn from the Triodion.

Then the following verse.  

1) Unto Thee have I lifted up mine eyes, O Thou that dwellest in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the handmaiden look unto the hands of her mistress, so do our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until He take pity upon us.

And again the penitential hymn

2) Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are utterly humiliated. Let shame come on them that prosper, and abasement on the proud. 

And the hymn to the Martyrs.

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

And the Theotokion

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

READER: The Trisagion

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

For Thine is the kingdom, the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

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

O Virgin Mother of God, hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb; for thou gavest birth to the Saviour of our souls.

O Baptist of Christ, be mindful of us all, that we may be delivered from our iniquities: for unto thee is given grace to pray for us.

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

Pray for us, holy Apostles and all saints, that we may be delivered from peril and afflictions: for ye are our fervent advocates before the Saviour.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Beneath thy tender mercy we take refuge, O Mother of God: despise not our supplications in distress, but deliver us from peril, for thou alone art pure, thou alone art blessed.

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

More honourable than the cherubim...

In the name of the Lord, Father give the blessing

PRIEST

Christ our God, the Supreme Being, is blessed always, now and for ever: world without end.

 

O heavenly King, uphold our faithful rulers, strengthen the faith, calm the nations, give peace to the world. Preserve this city [village, monastery], grant to our fathers and brethren that they may dwell with the righteous, and accept us in repentance and confession: for Thou art good and lovest mankind.

 

And the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian with three prostrations.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power, and vain words.

But the spirit of integrity, humility, patience and love, grant unto me Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me awareness of my own sins and let me not judge my brother: for blessed  art Thou for ever and ever. Amen.

Then 12 prostrations and again:

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me awareness of my own sins and let me not judge my brother: for blessed  art Thou for ever and ever. Amen.

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

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

 

PRIEST

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

 

CHOIR

Tone 2  Ότε εκ τού ξύλου

To all who in faith come unto thee, thou dost give protection, O Good One, with thy mighty hand, for we sinners have no other as our unwavering, mediator with our God, in dangers and sorrows, we who have been burdened down with our abundant sins, Mother of our God in the Highest. Wherefore do thou rescue thy servants, who fall down before thee, from adversities.

 

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.