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THE DIVINE LITURGY

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JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

 

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DEACON: Bless, Master.

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.

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…

For the peace and union…

For this holy temple

For our Archbishop…

For this city [or monastery or village]

For fair seasons…

For them that travel by land…

That we may be delivered…

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 the choir shall sing the first Antiphon or the Psalm of the Typika. Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God have their own special Antiphons.

 

PSALM 102 (103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed art Thou, O Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless, bless His holy Name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgement for all that are oppressed.

He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and glorious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.

As Far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we

are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him.

And His righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth all.

Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.

Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.

Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. Blessed art Thou, O Lord.

 

OR THE FIRST ANTIPHON

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name.

By the Prayers of the Mother of God, Saviour, save us.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

By the Prayers of the Mother of God, Saviour, save us.

The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth all.

By the Prayers of the Mother of God, Saviour, save us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

By the Prayers of the Mother of God, Saviour, save us.

DEACON

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

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

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us…

Mindful of our Most Holy and undefiled…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: For Thine is the might…

CHOIR: Amen.

 

And the choir shall sing the second Antiphon or the Psalm of the Typika.

 

PSALM 145 (146)

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

Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth.

In that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is.

Which keepeth truth for ever: which executeth judgement for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry.

The Lord looseth the prisoners: the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: the Lord preserveth the strangers.

He relieveth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turneth upside down.

The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

O Only-begotten Son and word of God, O Thou who art Immortal, yet for our salvation didst deign to be incarnate of the holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without change  was made man. O Christ, our God, who was crucified for us, and by death didst overcome death. Being one of the Holy Trinity, glorified together with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, save us.

OR THE SECOND ANTIPHON

Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

 

ON SUNDAYS

Save us, O Son of God, Thou who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

 

ON WEEKDAYS

Save us, O Son of God, Thou who art wonderful in the saints, who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

 

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

Save us, O Son of God…  

The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.

Save us, O Son of God

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

O Only-begotten Son and word of God, O Thou who art Immortal, yet for our salvation didst deign to be incarnate of the holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without change  was made man. O Christ, our God, who was crucified for us, and by death didst overcome death. Being one of the Holy Trinity, glorified together with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, save us.

 

DEACON

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

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

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us…

Mindful of our Most Holy and undefiled…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: For Thou, O God, art good and lovingkind…

CHOIR: Amen.

 

And the choir shall sing the Beatitudes or the Resurrection Dismissal Hymn in the tone of the week or the Dismissal Hymn of the Feast.

  

BEATITUDES

In thy kingdom remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

 

And the Deacon standing together with the Priest in the centre of the Church shall lift up the Book of the Holy gospels and say:

Wisdom. Stand steadfast.

 

And the choir shall sing the following Introit Hymn of the appointed hymn on Feasts of the Lord. But if there be two or more priests, then they shall sing the Introit Hymn and the choir shall take up the last line “Who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

 

ON SUNDAYS

O come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. Save us, O Son of God, Thou who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

 

ON WEEKDAYS

O come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. Save us, O

 Son of God, Thou who art wonderful in the saints, who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

 

And the choir shall sing the appointed Troparia and Kontakion.

But if there be two or more priests, then they shall sing the first Troparion and the last Kontakion.

The choir shall sing the hymn of the day, the hymn to the saint to whom the Church is dedicated, the hymn to St. Barnabas, the patron saint of Cyprus, and the Kontakion of the day or feast. For the Sunday hymns and for Great Feasts see  RESURRECTION HYMNS and TROPARIA AND KONTAKIA FOR THE GREAT FEASTS For saints see APOLYTIKIA FOR SAINTS.

 

APOLYTIKION FOR ST. GEORGE Tone 4

As the one renowned for setting captives free, * and for defending those in poverty, * the physician of the sick and the champion of kings, * do thou, o Victory-bearer and Great Martyr George, * intercede to Christ our God * for the salvation of our souls.

 

APOLYTIKION FOR ST. BARNABAS Tone 1

The great glory of Cyprus, the preacher of the world, * the first amongst the Antiochians, * the architect of Christian calling, * the renowned pioneer of Rome,* and the divine hauler of the nations,* the vessel of grace, the kinsman of the Holy Spirit, * the travelling companion of the holy and great Apostle Paul, * first amongst the Seventy, equal to the Twelve. * Let us all the faithful piously come together * and crown Barnabas with hymns * for he intercedes with Christ * to have mercy upon our souls.

 

KONTAKION FOR MOST SUNDAYS

O steadfast help and shield of Christians; * constant advocate with the creator: * despise not the prayers of sinners, who call upon thee, * but of thy goodness attend unto our aid * who in faith cry out to thee. * Make speed to make supplication; *make haste to intercede; * O Mother of God who dost *ever watch over them that honour thee.  

 

ON SATURDAYS

As first-fruits of nature the world offers to Thee, * O Lord and Husbandman of creation, * the God-bearing Martyrs. * By their intercessions * and through the Mother of God, * preserve Thy Church in profound peace, O Most Merciful.

 

 After the Kontakion the Deacon shall say:

 

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST: For Thou our God art holy…

CHOIR: Amen.

And the choir shall sing the Thriceholy Hymn: 

O Holy God, holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us. (3)

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

DEACON: Power.

 

CHOIR

O Holy God, holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

If the Liturgy is celebrated by two or more priests, then the Thriceholy is sung five times before the “Glory… And Now…” on this wise:

First by the right choir, second by the left, third by the clergy, fourth by the right, fifth by the clergy, Glory by the left, Now by the right, Holy and Immortal by the left, and the Power by the right.

 

On certain Great Feasts of the Lord, instead of the Thriceholy, the choir sing the following : As many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia. On the feasts of the Adoration and  Exaltation of the Cross instead of the Thriceholy the following: Thy Cross, O Master, do we venerate, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

 

On  the conclusion of the Thriceholy the reader shall read the first line of the Prokhimenon of the Apostle reading. 

READER: The Prokhimenon of the Apostle reading.

DEACON: Let us give heed.

READER: The verse to the Apostle reading.

DEACON: Wisdom.

READER:  The reading is from the Epistle of St. [Name] to the […..]   

DEACON: Let us heed.

READER: The Apostle reading.

And on the completion of the Apostolic reading the Priest shall bless the reader saying:

Peace unto thee [that readest].

READER:  And unto thy spirit.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

  

And the choir shall sing the Alleluia with the appointed verses whilst the Deacon censes in the customary way. And after the censing the Priest shall say:

 

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. [Name]

Let us give heed.

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

DEACON: The Gospel Lesson.

And after the Gospel reading the choir shall say:

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

 

DEACON

Let us all say with our whole soul…

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. (3) And after each petition.

O Almighty Lord, God of our fathers…

Have mercy upon us, O God…

Again we pray for our Archbishop…

Again we pray for mercy…

Again we pray for the blessed…

Again we pray for them that strive…

PRIEST: For Thou art a merciful God…

CHOIR: Amen.

DEACON: Catechumens, pray unto the Lord.

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

Let us the faithful…

That the Lord may…

That He may instruct…

That He may reveal…

That He may unite…

Save, have mercy, help…

Catechumens, bow your heads…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: O Lord our God who dwellest on high...

That they also with us may glorify…

CHOIR: Amen.

DEACON: As many as are catechumens depart...

As many as are faithful,  Again and again in peace…

Succour, save, have mercy…    Wisdom.

PRIEST: We give thanks unto Thee, O Lord God of hosts...

For unto The belong all glory…

CHOIR: Amen.

DEACON: Again and again in peace…

Succour, save, have mercy…     Wisdom.

PRIEST: Again and many times, we bow down...

That being ever guarded by Thy might…

CHOIR: Amen.

 

And the choir shall sing the Cherubic Hymn slowly and solemnly.

Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim and chant the Thriceholy hymn to the life-giving Trinity, now lay aside all earthly care.

That we may receive the king of all

At this point the choir shall pause whilst the Priest makes the Great Entrance with the Holy Gifts. And when the Priest has entered the Sanctuary the choir shall continue:

Invisibly attended by the angelic hosts. Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

DEACON

Let us complete our supplication unto the Lord.

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

For the precious gifts here set forth…

For this holy temple…

That we may be delivered…

Succour, save, have mercy…

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

CHOIR: Grant us, O Lord. And after each petition.

For an angel of peace…

For pardon and remission…

For things good and profitable…

That we may pass the remainder…

For a Christian ending to our life…

Mindful of our Most Holy and undefiled…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: Through the compassions of Thine…

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.

 

But if there be two or more Priests then the choir shall sing:

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

DEACON: The Doors, the Doors. In wisdom let us give heed.

 

And the choir and all the people shall recite the Confession of faith (The Creed).

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.

 

PRIEST: Let us be upright, let us stand with fear…

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

PRIEST: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…

CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

PRIEST: Let us lift up our hearts.

CHOIR: We lift them up unto the Lord.

PRIEST: Let us give thanks unto the Lord.

CHOIR: It is meet and right.

 

The Priest shall now offer the prayer “It is meet and right” ending with the exclamation:

Singing the triumphant 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 the Priest shall offer the prayer “And with these blessed powers…” and then exclaim:

Take eat; this is my Body which is broken for you for the remission of sins.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Drink ye all of it; this is my Blood of the New Testament…

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: 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

More especially our most holy and undefiled, most blessed and

glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.

 

CHOIR

Meet it is in very truth to call thee blessed who didst bring forth God, ever blessed and most pure, and Mother of our God.

More honourable than the cherubim and past compare more glorious than the seraphim, who inviolate didst bear God the Word, very Mother of God, thee we magnify.

 

PRIEST: And remember first, O Lord, our Archbishop (Name)

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

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

CHOIR: And all and everyone.

PRIEST: And grant us with one mouth and one heart…

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: And may the mercies of our Great God…

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

 

DEACON

Calling to remembrance all the saints…

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

For the precious gifts here offered and hallowed…

That our God, which loveth mankind…

That we may be delivered…

Succour, save, have mercy…

That this whole day may be perfect…

CHOIR: Grant us, O Lord. And after each petition.

For an angel of peace…

For pardon and remission of our sins…

For things good and profitable…

That we may pass the remainder of our lives…

For a Christian ending to our life…

Having besought the unity of the faith…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST Unto Thee we entrust our entire being…

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

 

THE CHOIR AND ALL THE PEOPLE

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…

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: We give thanks unto Thee, O King invisible…

Through the grace and compassion…

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Give Heed, O Lord Jesus Christ, Our God…

DEACON: Let us give heed.

PRIEST: 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.

 

And while the Priest prepares the Holy Gifts, the choir shall sing the anthem for the day [or the saint].

 

SUNDAY ANTHEM

Praise ye the Lord from the heavens. Alleluia.

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

 

CHOIR

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. 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.

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

We have seen the true Light; we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith. We worship the undivided Trinity: for the same hath saved us.

 

PRIEST: (silently) Blessed is our God;

And turning to face the people he shall say aloud:

Always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

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…

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

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us…

Having prayed that this day be perfect…

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: For Thou art our sanctification…

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.

PRIEST: O Lord who dost bless them that bless Thee…

CHOIR: Amen.

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

PRIEST: Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST: May the blessing and mercy of the Lord come upon you…

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, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison. Holy Father, give the blessing.

And the Priest gives the Dismissal.

May [He who is risen from the dead] Christ our true God…

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

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.