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    The Ninth Hour

If the Ninth Hour is to be read immediately after the Sixth Hour then the service begins from * O come, let us worship and bow down before our King and our God (see below). Otherwise the Priest shall give the opening blessing.

 

PRIEST

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

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.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.

Kyrie eleison (3)

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

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

READER: Amen.

Kyrie eleison. (12)

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

* If the Ninth Hour is to be read immediately after the Sixth Hour then the service begins from here.

O come, let us worship and bow down before our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before Christ our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before the very Christ our King and our God.

Psalm 83

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, and faints for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh have exulted in the living god. Yea, the sparrow has found himself a home, and the turtle-dove a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will praise thee evermore. Blessed is the man whose help is of thee, O Lord; in his heart he has purposed to go up the valley of weeping, to the place which he has appointed, for there the law-giver will grant blessings. They shall go from strength to strength: the God of gods shall be seen in Sion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: hearken, O God of Jacob. Behold, O God our defender, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For one day in thy courts is better than thousands. I would rather be an abject in the house of God, than dwell in the tents of sinners. For the Lord loves mercy and truth: God will give grace and glory: the Lord will not withhold good things from them that walk in innocence. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in thee.

Psalm 84

O Lord, thou has taken pleasure in thy land: thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven thy people their transgressions; thou has covered all their sins. Pause. Thou has caused all thy wrath to cease: thou hast turned from thy fierce anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and turn thy anger away from us. Wouldest thou be angry with us for ever? or wilt thou continue thy wrath from generation to generation? O God, thou wilt turn and quicken us; and thy people shall rejoice in thee. Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace to his people, and to his saints, and to those that turn their heart toward him. Moreover his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth has sprung out of the earth; and righteousness has looked down from heaven. For the Lord will give goodness; and our land shall yield her fruit. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set his steps in the way.

Psalm 85

O Lord, incline thine ear, and hearken to me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul, for I am holy; save thy servant, O God, who hopes in thee. Pity me, O Lord: for to thee will I cry all the day. Rejoice the sold of thy servant: for to thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. For thou, O Lord, art kind, and gentle; and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee. Give ear to my prayer, o Lord; and attend to the voice of my supplication. In the day of my trouble I cried to thee: for thou didst hear me. There is none like to thee, O Lord, among the god; and there are no works like to thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come, and shall worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wonders: thou art the only and the great God. Guide me, O Lord, in thy way, and I will walk in thy truth: let my heart rejoice, that I may fear thy name. I will give thee thanks, O Lord my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify thy name for ever. For thy mercy is great toward me; and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. O God, transgressors have risen up against me, and an assembly of violent men have sought my life; and have not set thee before them. But thou, O Lord God, art compassionate and merciful, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy and true. Look thou upon me, and have mercy upon me: give thy strength to thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. Establish with me a token for good; and let them that hate me see it and be ashamed; because thou, O Lord, hast helped me, and comforted me.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory be to Thee, O God. (3)

Kyrie eleison. (3)

If at Mattins we sung "God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us..." we say:

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

and then the Apolytikion of the day.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Theotokion

O Thou, O Good One, who for us was born of a Virgin and didst suffer crucifixion, and by death didst destroy death, and as God didst reveal resurrection: Despise not those whom Thou hast created with Thine own hand. Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful. Accept the intercessions of the Mother of God who gave Thee birth, and save, O Saviour, a people in despair.

But if at Mattins we sung "Alleluia" (During weekdays of Great Lent) then we sing the following in tone 6:

O Thou Who at the ninth hour for our sake didst taste of death in the flesh, mortify our carnal mind, O Christ God and save us.

Verse: Let my supplication come near before thee, o Lord; instruct me according to thine oracle.

O Thou Who at the ninth hour for our sake didst taste of death in the flesh, mortify our carnal mind, O Christ God and save us.

Verse: Let my petition come in before thee, O Lord; deliver me according to thine oracle.

O Thou Who at the ninth hour for our sake didst taste of death in the flesh, mortify our carnal mind, O Christ God and save us.

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

Theotokion

O Thou, O Good One, who for us was born of a Virgin and didst suffer crucifixion, and by death didst destroy death, and as God didst reveal resurrection: Despise not those whom Thou hast created with Thine own hand. Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful. Accept the intercessions of the Mother of God who gave Thee birth, and save, O Saviour, a people in despair.

For Thy holy Name’s sake, do not utterly forsake us, and dispel not Thy covenant, and take not Thy mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham, beloved of Thee, and for the sake of Isaac, Thy servant, and  of Israel, Thy holy one.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the 4th week of Great Lent, instead of the verses "O Thou Who at the ninth hour ..." we sing the following in Tone 2:

Thy Cross, O Master, do we venerate, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

Then

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.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.

Kyrie eleison (3)

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

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

READER: Amen.

We then read the Kontakion of the saint of the day or the Kontakion of the present feast. But if at Mattins we sung "Alleluia"(During weekdays of Great Lent)  then we say the following: 

The Thief seeing the prince of life hanging on the Cross, said: If he who is crucified with us were not God incarnate, the sun would not have hidden its rays, nor would the shaken earth be quaking. But thou who didst bear all things, Remember me, O Lord, in thy kingdom.

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

Between two thieves thy Cross became the scales of justice: the one was dragged down to hell by the weight of his blasphemy, but the other lightened of his faults was raised to the knowledge of the things of God. Christ God, glory to thee.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Seeing the Lamb and Shepherd and Saviour of the world on the Cross, she who bore Him said weeping: The world rejoices, for it receives redemption; but my inward parts burn as I see thy crucifixion, which thou didst endure for all mankind, O my Son and my God.

Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. (40)

O Thou, who at all times and every hour, art worshipped and glorified, Christ our God, who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy and ever-compassionate, who lovest the righteous and hast mercy upon sinners, who callest all to salvation through the promise of the blessings to come: Do Thou, O Lord, at this very hour accept our supplications, and direct our lives in the way of Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, purify our bodies, correct our reasoning, cleanse our thoughts: and deliver us from all affliction, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that being guarded and guided by their interposition, we mat attain unto the unity of the faith, and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory: For blessed art Thou, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kyrie eleison. (3)

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

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.

In the name of the Lord, Father, give the blessing.

PRIEST

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us and have mercy upon us.

* In Great Lent the priest does not say the following prayer and dismissal but the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim (see below).

O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ our God, who art patient with our transgressions, and hast brought us even to this present hour, in which, as Thou didst hang upon the life-giving tree, Thou didst open the way to Paradise for the grateful thief, and by death didst destroy death: Do Thou also have mercy upon us sinners, Thine unworthy servants. For we have sinned and transgressed, and are not worthy to lift up our eyes and look upon the heights of heaven: for we have abandoned the way of Thy righteousness, and have walked after the desires of our own hearts. But we beseech Thy boundless goodness. Spare us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Thy mercy, and save us for Thy holy Name’s sake; for our days have passed away in vanity; deliver us from the hand of the adversary, and forgive us our sins, and eradicate our carnal imagination, that putting off the old man, we may put on the new man and live unto Thee, our Master and benefactor, and following in Thy commandments we may attain unto eternal rest, where is the abode of all those that rejoice. For verily Thou art the true joy and gladness of them that love Thee, O Christ our God, and to Thee 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.

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 Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles 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.

* In Great Lent after the Priest says "God be merciful unto us, and bless us..." he immediately says the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian. After each verse we make a deep prostration.

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 we make 12 small prostrations each saying to himself: O God, be gracious unto me, a sinner and have mercy upon me. Then the last verse of the prayer is repeated with another deep prostration.

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.

And then

Choir 1.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

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

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

Remember us, Lord, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 1.

Remember us, Master, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Choir 2.

Remember us, Holy One, when thou comest into thy kingdom.

The Reader continues:

The heavenly choir hymns thee saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Verse:

Draw near to him, and be enlightened: and your faces shall not by any means be ashamed.

The heavenly choir hymns thee saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Glory...

The choir of the holy Angels and Archangels with all the heavenly Powers hymns thee saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Now and ever...

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.

Forgive, remit, and pardon, our transgressions, O God, voluntary and involuntary, in deed and in word, in knowledge and in ignorance, committed by night or by day, those in mind and thought; forgive us them all, for thou art good and lovest mankind.

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

READER: Amen.

We then read the Kontakion of the saint of the day or the Kontakion of the present feast

During the 4th week of Great Lent we say the Kontakion for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross.

Tone 7

No longer does the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden, for a marvelous quenching is come upon it, even the Tree of the Cross. The sting has been taken from death, and the victory from Hades. And, thou, O my Saviour, hast appeared unto those in Hades saying: Enter again into Paradise.

During the other weeks of Great Lent we say the following Kontakion: 

KONTAKION OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

Thou wast transfigured upon the mountain, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God, as far as they were able so to do: that when they saw Thee crucified, they might know that Thy suffering was voluntary, and might proclaim unto the world that Thou art truly the Brightness of the Father.

The Kontakion of the day

On Monday, of the Archangels

Supreme Leaders of the hosts of God and ministers of the divine glory, princes of the bodiless angels and guides of men, ask for what is profitable for us and great mercy, as Supreme leaders of the bodiless hosts.

Chief captains of God, ministers of divine glory, guides of mankind and princes of the Bodiless ones, ask for what is for our good and for great mercy, as Chief Captains of the Bodiless ones.

 

On Tuesday, of the Forerunner

O Prophet of God and Forerunner of Grace, having obtained thy head from the earth as a most sacred rose, we are always receiving healings; for as of old in the world, thou still preachest repentance.

 

On Thursday, of the Apostles

Τοὺς ἀσφαλεῖς, καὶ θεοφθόγγους κήρυκας, τὴν κορυφὴν τῶν Μαθητῶν σου, Κύριε, προσελάβου εἰς ἀπόλαυσιν, τῶν ἀγαθῶν σου καὶ ἀνάπαυσιν· τοὺς πόνους γὰρ ἐκείνων καὶ τὸν θάνατον, ἐδέξω ὑπὲρ πᾶσαν ὁλοκάρπωσιν, ὁ μόνος γινώσκων τὰ ἐγκάρδια.

O Lord, thou hast taken to the enjoyment of thy blessings and rest, the unfailing and God-inspired preachers, the chiefs of thy disciples. For thou hast accepted their labours and death above every burnt offering, O Thou Who alone knowest the secrets of our hearts.

Another for St. Nicholas (on this day)

Kontakion Tone 3 (Today the Virgin)  

To the people of Myra, thou wast revealed, O holy one, a true priest fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, for thou didst lay down thy soul for thy people, thou didst save those who were innocent from death: therefore thou wast sanctified as a great mystic of the grace of God.

On Wednesday and Friday

Kontakion of the Cross

Tone 4

Lifted up of Thine own will upon the Cross, do Thou bestow Thy compassions upon the new commonwealth, that bears Thy name, O Christ our God, Make glad with Thy strength, our pious rulers, granting them victory over their enemies; may they have as an alliance, that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

The Kontakion of the saint to whom the church is dedicated.  

The Martyrikon of the day in the tone of the week. (see at the end of the Triodion after the 1st Kathisma).

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

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor any sighing, but life everlasting.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

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. 

Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. (40)

O Thou, who at all times and every hour, art worshipped and glorified, Christ our God, who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy and ever-compassionate, who lovest the righteous and hast mercy upon sinners, who callest all to salvation through the promise of the blessings to come: Do Thou, O Lord, at this very hour accept our supplications, and direct our lives in the way of Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, purify our bodies, correct our reasoning, cleanse our thoughts: and deliver us from all affliction, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that being guarded and guided by their interposition, we mat attain unto the unity of the faith, and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory: For blessed art Thou, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kyrie eleison. (3)

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

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.

In the name of the Lord, Father, give the blessing.

PRIEST

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us and have mercy upon us.

In Great Lent the Priest says the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian. After each verse we make a deep prostration.

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 we make 12 small prostrations each saying to himself: O God, be gracious unto me, a sinner and have mercy upon me. Then the last verse of the prayer is repeated with another deep prostration.

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.

O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ our God, who art patient with our transgressions, and hast brought us even to this present hour, in which, as Thou didst hang upon the life-giving tree, Thou didst open the way to Paradise for the grateful thief, and by death didst destroy death: Do Thou also have mercy upon us sinners, Thine unworthy servants. For we have sinned and transgressed, and are not worthy to lift up our eyes and look upon the heights of heaven: for we have abandoned the way of Thy righteousness, and have walked after the desires of our own hearts. But we beseech Thy boundless goodness. Spare us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Thy mercy, and save us for Thy holy Name’s sake; for our days have passed away in vanity; deliver us from the hand of the adversary, and forgive us our sins, and eradicate our carnal imagination, that putting off the old man, we may put on the new man and live unto Thee, our Master and benefactor, and following in Thy commandments we may attain unto eternal rest, where is the abode of all those that rejoice. For verily Thou art the true joy and gladness of them that love Thee, O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father, and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

And immediately begins Vespers (without the Presanctified Liturgy)

But if the Presanctified Liturgy is to be served then after the prayer "O Lord and Master..."

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.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.

Kyrie eleison (3)

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

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

READER: Amen.

Kyrie eleison (12)

PRIEST

O most holy Trinity, consubstantial Power, undivided Kingship, the cause of all good, be gracious even to me, a sinner. Confirm and instruct my heart and take away from me every defilement. Enlighten my mind, that I may ever glorify, praise and worship Thee, saying: One only is holy, One only is the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. CHOIR: Amen.

The Holy doors are opened and the priest gives the small dismissal

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 Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles 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.

And so begins the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts