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THE NINTH OF PASCHA

 

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From the Monday until the Saturday of Bright Week and also on the Leave-taking of Pascha, instead of the Hours, the Midnight Office and Compline, we read the following service known as the Ninth of Pascha.  

 

PRIEST

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

READER: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (3)

We have seen the Resurrection of Christ; let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, who alone is without sin. We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Thy holy Resurrection. For Thou art our God: we know no other save Thee; upon Thy name we call. Come all ye faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ: for lo, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, we sing the praises of His Resurrection: for He endured the Cross on our behalf, and hath destroyed death by death. (3)

When those who were with Mary came, anticipating the dawn, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, they heard from the Angel, “Why do ye seek among the dead, as though He were mortal, the One who exists in everlasting light? See the grave clothes. Make haste and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and has put death to death; for He is the Son of God, who saves the human race.”

Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades, and as victor didst rise again, O Christ our God, and the Myrrh-bearing women Thou didst greet with ‘Rejoice’, and to Thine Apostles Thou didst bestow peace: O Thou who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.

In the tomb according to the flesh, as God in hell with the soul, In paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou, O Christ, omnipresent, incircumscript.

Glory be to the Father…

Thy life-giving tomb is revealed to us, lovelier far than Paradise, more radiant than a king’s palace, O Christ, the well-spring of our resurrection.

Now and for ever…

Hail, O hallowed and divine dwelling place of the Highest, for through thee is given joy to those who cry to thee, O Mother of God. Blessed art thou among women, most pure Lady.

Kyrie eleison [40].

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

READER: Amen.

The above service is read three times and then the Dismissal as follows:

READER:

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (3)

Glory... now and for ever...

Kyrie eleison (3) Bless

PRIEST

May He who is risen from the dead, Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother...

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

 

At Compline after "By the prayers of our holy fathers" and before the dismissal, we add the following prayer:

Prayer of Saint Basil the Great

Blessed art thou, O Master Almighty, who hast given light to the day with the light of the sun and the night radiant with the rays of fire; who hast granted us to pass through the length of the day and to approach the beginnings of the night. Give ear to our supplications and that of all thy people, and forgive all of us our voluntary and involuntary sins, accept our evening prayers and send down the multitude of thy mercy and compassions upon thine inheritance. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, arm us with the arms of thy righteousness.  Fortify us with thy truth. Guard us with thy power. Deliver us from every occasion and every assault of the adversary. Grant us also that this present evening and coming night and all the days of our lives may be perfect, holy peaceful, without sin, without offence, without imaginings. Through the prayers of the holy Mother of God and of all the saints which have been well pleasing unto Thee since the world began. Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (3)