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THE GREAT AND HOLY 

SUNDAY OF EASTER

 

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The Midnight office begins at about 11pm. The Priest shall say:

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

READER: Amen.

PRIEST: Glory be to Thee, our God, glory be to Thee.

O heavenly King and Comforter, Spirit of Truth, that art in all places and fillest all things, Treasure of goodness, and Giver of life: come and abide in us; and cleanse us from all that defileth, and save our souls, O Thou who art Good.

READER: Trisagion…

PRIEST

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. Lord have mercy. [12]

Glory…Now… O come, let us worship… [3] Psalms 50 [51] and then the canon of Holy Saturday Mattins “He who in ancient times” without the Kathisma of the Third Ode and the Kontakion, Oikos and Synaxarion of the Sixth ode. After the Ninth Ode, the Trisagion is recited from within the sanctuary and then the Troparion:    

Tone 2

When Thou didst descend toward death, O Life Everlasting, Then Thou didst shatter Hades with the light of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead from that infernal place, all the heavenly powers cried unto Thee, O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to Thee.

  

PRIEST

Have mercy upon us, O God...

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3] And after each petition

Again we pray for all pious Orthodox Christians.

Again we pray for our Archbishop [Name]...

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace...

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable...

Again we pray for them that strive and bring forth...

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: 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; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles; of [Name of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated]; and of all the saints, have mercy upon us, and save our souls: For He is good and loving-kind.

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

CHOIR: Amen.

A few minutes before Midnight, all the lights, lamps [except for the eternal vigil lamp] and candles are put out so that there is complete darkness in the Church. The people meanwhile stand in silence and pray that they may be accounted worthy to see the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

In some places, it is customary at this moment, to sing from the sanctuary the 7th Morning Gospel Hymn “Behold it is dark and very early in the morning”. At Midnight precisely, the Priest having lighted three candles from the eternal vigil light, shall open the Holy doors and invite the faithful to light their candles singing

Tone 5

Come ye, and receive the light, from the never setting and eternal light, and give glory unto Christ, He who hath risen from the dead.

 

The Choir shall repeat this twice.

 

Then being preceded by lighted candles, the six-winged seraphim, the Choir, the Deacon censing, , the Priest holding the Gospel Book and all the people, shall exit the Church; the Priest all the while singing:

 Tone 6

Thy Resurrection, O Saviour Christ, the angels in heaven do hymn and praise. And to us on earth do Thou vouchsafe, with   pure hearts to glorify Thee.

 

The Choir shall repeat the hymn as the procession goes around the Church and comes to the platform from where the Resurrection Service will be sung.

 

The Priest shall then say:  

That we may be accounted worthy to hear the Holy Gospel, let us beseech the Lord our God.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

PRIEST: Wisdom. Stand steadfast. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

 

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

Let us give heed.

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

 

And the Priest shall recite the Second Morning Gospel. After the Gospel the choir shall say:

Glory be Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

 

The Priest shall  take up the censer and cense the Gospel Book and the Icon of the Resurrection. Then he shall exclaim:

Glory be to the Holy, Consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity: always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

And straightway the Priest shall sing the Easter Hymn slowly:

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

The hymn is sung a total of 10 times on this wise:

1) Slowly by the Priest.

2) Slowly by the right Choir.

3) Slowly by the left Choir.

Then the Priest shall say aloud the following verses and after each the Choir shall sing the Easter Hymn with a faster tempo.

Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire.

So shall the sinners perish at the presence of God, but let the righteous rejoice.

This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

And then again slowly by the Priest, the Choir taking up the last line.

The Deacon shall then say the Great Litany, In Peace let us pray unto the Lord.

After the Great Litany, the Priest re-enters the Church followed by the people.

 

In many places, before the doors are opened, the following takes place.

The Priest shall knock three times on the western doors and say:

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Someone from within the Church shall say:

Who is this King of glory?

And the Priest shall reply:

The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Again, the Priest shall knock three times and say:

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

And from within the Church:

Who is this King of glory?

The Priest:

The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

And again, the Priest shall knock three times and say:

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

From within

Who is this King of glory?

And the Priest shall reply

The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.

And saying this he shall push open the doors and enter. The Choir returning to their places shall begin singing the Resurrection canon. After each ode they shall sing “Christ is risen” thrice in the fast tempo and

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold, hath granted unto us, life eternal and great mercy.

And after each ode the Deacon shall say the Small Litany and the Priest one of the following exclamations:

 

After the First Ode

For Thine is the might, and 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. Amen.

After the Third Ode

For Thou art our God, 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. Amen.

After the Fourth Ode

For Thou, O God, art good and loving-kind, and we ascribe glory to Thee, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

After the Fifth Ode

For blessed and glorified be Thy most honourable and majestic Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

After the Sixth Ode

For Thou art the King of peace and the Saviour of our souls, 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.

After the Seventh Ode

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

After the Eighth Ode

For blessed is Thy Name and glorified is Thy kingdom, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

And straightway the Deacon shall say:

Let us honour in hymns and magnify the Theotokos and Mother of the Light.

After the Ninth Ode

For all the powers of heaven praise Thee, 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. Amen.

 

At the Glory be to the Father.... Now and for ever... of the Praises, the Priest, holding the Gospel Book, exits the Sanctuary by the Holy Doors and offers the Holy Book for veneration by the faithful. But if the people are many and the Priest judges that there will not be enough time he may exit with the Gospel Book at the start of the Praises.