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PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.

 O God of our fathers, Thou who because of Thy clemency art always with us do not distance Thy mercy from us, but by their intercessions, govern our life in peace.

 

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

O most holy Virgin Mother of God, guide aright the works of our hands, and entreat for the forgiveness of our transgressions, when we chant the angelic 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.

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

 

READER: Man goeth forth unto his work and unto his labour until the evening.

PRIEST: Let us give heed.

READER: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

PRIEST: Wisdom.

READER: The reading is from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.

PRIEST: Let us give heed.

 

READER

Brethren, we command you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any manís bread for naught; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by out Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord of peace Himself, give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 

PRIEST: Peace unto thee.

CHOIR: Alleluia. [3]

PRIEST: Wisdom! Stand Steadfast! Let us hear the Holy Gospel. Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

PRIEST: The Holy Gospel is according to St. Luke.

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

 

PRIEST

At that time, Jesus stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simonís, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusí knees, saying, depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, fear not; from henceforth thou shall catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.

 

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

 

PRIEST

In peace let us pray unto the Lord.

Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [and after each petition] 

For the peace from on high, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray unto the Lord.

For the peace and union of the whole world, and for the good estate of the holy churches of God, let us pray unto the Lord.

For our Archbishop [Name], for the honourable order of priesthood, and for the diaconate which is in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray unto the Lord.

That this water may be sanctified by the power, and operation, and descent of the Holy Spirit; let us pray unto the Lord.

That there may be sent down upon us and upon our works, divine grace in abundance, let us pray unto the Lord.

That our God may be a partner and helper, in which by His divine enlightenment, we may perform good works, let us pray unto the Lord.

That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Thy grace.

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and of all the saints; Let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

For unto Thee belong all glory, honour and worship, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Spirit; now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.

PRIEST: Let us bow down our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

  

PRIEST

Bow down Thine ear and hear us O Lord, Thou who didst deign to be baptized in the Jordon, and thereby sanctified the waters. Bless us all who by the bowing of our heads do show forth our apprehension that we are Thy servants. Grant that we may be filled with Thy sanctification through the partaking and sprinkling of this water, and let it be for us, O Lord, for the health of soul and body.

For Thou art the sanctification of our souls and bodies, 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. 

The Priest, taking up the venerable Cross, baptizes it in the water whilst chanting the following hymn:

Save O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting us victory over our enemies, and by Thy Cross do Thou protect Thy commonwealth. [3]

 

Then the Priest sprinkles the Holy Water in the form of a cross chanting the following hymn:

Make us worthy of thy gifts, O Virgin Mother of God, overlooking our transgressions, and give healing unto them who with faith accept thy blessing, O thou who art Immaculate.

PRIEST: Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

 

PRIEST

O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ our God, who through Thine ineffable love for mankind didst visit the human race, and to all who didst entreat Thee, Thou didst grant Thy blessing, we pray and beseech Thee, grant also to Thy servant [Name], who hoping in Thy mercy and in the might of Thy strength, that his establishment may become profitable, and bless him and all his works. Preserve him uninfluenced from everything evil, bestow upon him and upon everyone who works in this place, peace, love, harmony and righteousness. Grant this Thy servant, Thy bountiful mercy and direct his footsteps towards every good work.

For Thou art merciful, compassionate, and a lover of mankind, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father, and Thy 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.

May [He who is risen from the dead] Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most holy Mother, of the holy and glorious Apostles, and of all the saints, have mercy upon us and save us, 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.