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If there is a Lity and an offering of the “five loaves”, the order according to the Cypriot tradition is as follows: After the Priest says “Blessed and glorified is the power of the kingdom” and before the Aposticha, the choir, the Six-winged Seraphim, the Cross, the Priest and the Deacon censing the Icon of the Feast and all the people exit the Church from the western doors and make a procession around the Church, the choir all the while singing the hymns of the Lity. On reaching again the western doors, the Icon is held up high and all the people pass under it. Then the Icon is placed on a stand outside the Church [or inside in its customary place] and the Deacon says the following prayers:

Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Visit Thy world in mercy and compassions, exalt the trumpet of Orthodox Christians, and send down upon us Thy bountiful mercies: by the prayers of our most pure, Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary; by 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 our holy fathers among the saints, the great Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Athanasius and Cyril, John the Almsgiver, Patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas of Myra, Spiridon of Trimythounta, the Wonderworkers; the holy and great martyrs George the Victory bearer, Demetrius the Outpourer of myrrh, Theodore of Tyro and Theodore Stratelates; the Hieromartyrs Charalambos and Eleutherius; our holy and God-bearing fathers; of [Name of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated]; of the holy and righteous progenitors of God, Joachim and Anna, of [Name of saint] to whose memory we dedicate this day, and of all Thy saints: we beseech Thee, O Lord, who alone art plenteous in mercy, hear us sinners, who pray unto Thee, and have mercy upon us.

 

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] who observe this holy Feast.

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.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [12]

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

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [12]

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.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST

O most merciful Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, our God, by the prayers of our most pure, Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, by 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 our holy fathers among the saints, the great Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Athanasius and Cyril, John the Almsgiver, Patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas of Myra, Spiridon of Trimythounta, the Wonderworkers; the holy and great martyrs George the Victory bearer, Demetrius the Outpourer of myrrh, Theodore of Tyro and Theodore Stratelates; the Hieromartyrs Charalambos and Eleutherius; our holy and God-bearing fathers]; of [Name of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated]; of the holy and righteous progenitors of God, Joachim and Anna, of    [ Name of saint] to whose memory we dedicate this day, and of all Thy saints: Do Thou make acceptable our supplication, grant us the remission of our transgression, shelter us under the shadow of Thy wings, drive away from us every enemy and hostility, bring peace to our lives, O Lord; have mercy upon us and upon Thy world, and save our souls, for Thou art good and lovest mankind.

While the Priest and the people venerate and kiss the Icon of the Feast, the choir sing the troparia “Accept, O Lord, the supplication of us sinners” and immediately after the Aposticha. On completion of the Aposticha, the Priest says the “Song of Symeon”:

Lord, now lettest Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.

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

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.

The choir shall then sing the Apolytikia hymns. The choir shall not sing the Theotokion, but the Priest, taking up the censer, shall sing “Now and for ever” whilst proceeding to the customary table whereon the five loaves have been placed. The Deacon shall stand opposite the Priest holding an Icon of the Mother of God and a lighted candle. The Priest shall then cense around the table singing:

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.

DEACON: Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST

O Lord, Jesus Christ our God, who didst bless the five loaves in the wilderness, and from them didst satisfy the hunger of five thousand men. Do Thou also bless these loaves, the wheat, the wine and the oil, and increase them in this city [village, monastery], in the homes of those who observe this Feast, and in all Thy world: and Thy faithful servants who partake thereof do Thou sanctify.

For Thou art He that blesses and sanctifies all things, O Christ our God, and to Thee do 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.

Then taking one of the loaves, the Priest shall make with it the sign of the Cross over the other four. Then having, both he and the Deacon, kissed the loaf, he shall offer it to the person who made the offering. All the while he shall sing the following verse from Psalm 33 [34].

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

The choir repeat the verse twice and then sing the Dismissal:

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

DEACON: Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST

The blessing of the Lord and His mercy be upon you, by His divine grace and love for mankind, always now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

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

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 [Name of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated]; of the holy and righteous progenitors of God, Joachim and Anna; of [Name of saint] to whose memory we dedicate this day; 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 of all Orthodox Christians.

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.