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PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.

Psalm 142

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness. And enter not into judgement with Thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have long been dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsteth after Thee, as a thirsty land. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not Thy face from me, lest I be like them that go down to the pit. Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in Thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto Thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto Thee to hide me. Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy name’s sake: for Thy righteousness’ sake: bring my soul out of trouble. And of Thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am Thy servant.

 

God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His holy name.  

God is the Lord…

All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

God is the Lord…

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

God is the Lord… 

Tone 4

To the Mother of God let us run now most earnestly, * We sinners all and wretched ones and fall prostrate, * In repentance calling from the depths of our souls, * O Lady, come unto our aid, have compassion upon us, * Hasten thou, for we are lost, in a throng of transgressions; * Turn not thy servants away with empty hands, * For thee alone do we have as our only hope.

 

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

Repeat of the Hymn above or the Apolytikion Hymn of the saint to whom the Church is dedicated

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.

 

Now and for ever world without end. Amen.

 O Mother of God, we shall not cease from speaking, * of all Thy mighty acts, all we the unworthy ones, * for if thou hadst not stood to intercede for us, * who would have delivered us, from such numerous dangers? * Who would have preserved us all, until now, in true freedom? * O Lady, we shall not turn away from thee; * for thou dost always save thy servants, from all manner of grief.

 

PSALM 50

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned: and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and clear when Thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness. O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise. For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: build the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

 

Tone 8 Ode 1 Heirmos

Crossing the water as on dry land, * and thereby escaping from the hardships of Egypt’s land, * the Israelites cried aloud proclaiming: * unto our God and Deliverer let us sing.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

By many temptations am I distressed; * in search of salvation, unto thee have I taken flight; * O Mother of the Word and Virgin, * from all ordeals and afflictions deliver me.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Attacks of the passions disquiet me; * my soul to repletion hath been filled with despondency;* bestill them, O Maiden, with the calmness * of thine own Son and our God, O all-blameless One.

Glory be to the Father…

To Christ God, the Saviour thou gavest birth; * I beg thee, O Virgin, from afflictions deliver me; * for now unto thee I flee for refuge, * bringing to thee both my soul and my reasoning.

Now and for ever…

Diseased is my body and my soul, * do thou make me worthy of divine guidance and thy care, * O thou who alone art God’s mother, * for thou art good and the birth-giver of the Good.

Ode 3 Heirmos

The span of the heavens Thou art, O Lord, that holds up high, * and as the builder of Thy Church, do Thou establish me, * in unfeigned love for Thee, who art the height of desire, * and strength of the faithful, O Thou Lover of mankind.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

I have thee as the shelter and the defence of my life, * therefore, O Mother of God and Virgin, pilot and govern me, * into thy sheltered port, for thou art the cause of all good things, * the strength of the faithful, O thou only lauded one.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

I beseech thee, O Virgin, do thou dispel far from me, * all the grief of despair and the turbulence in my soul; * for thou, O Bride of God, hast given birth to the Lord Christ, * the Author of calmness, O thou only undefiled.

Glory be to the Father…

Since thou didst give birth to the benefactor, the cause of good, * from the wealth of thy loving-kindness, do thou pour forth on all, * for thou canst do all things, for in thy womb thou didst carry, * Christ, mighty in power, O thou blessed of God.

Now and for ever…

With most grievous diseases, and with corrupt passions too, * I am put to trial, O Virgin, come thou unto my aid; * for I know thee to be, an inexhaustible treasure, * of unfailing healing, O thou who art undefiled.

Preserve * thy servants from every danger, O Mother of God, * for after God, unto thee do we flee for refuge; * an unassailable wall and protection.

In thy good will,* look thou upon me, O laudable Mother of God, * and behold my body’s grievous infirmity, * and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

 

PRIEST

Have mercy upon us, O God, after Thy great goodness. We pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for our Archbishop [Name], and for all our brethren in Christ.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God, [Names] and all those here present at this supplication, and for the forgiveness of their every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

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.

Kathisma Tone 2

O fervent advocate, and fortress invincible, * the wellspring of mercy, the refuge of the world; * earnestly we cry to thee, O Lady, Mother of God, hasten thou, * and from all danger deliver us, * for thou alone art our hasty defender.

 

Ode 4 Heirmos

I have heard of the mystery * of Thy dispensation, O Christ our God, * and I came to knowledge of Thy works, * and I glorified Thy Divinity.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

The rage of my passions * and the tempest of my sins, do thou bring to rest, * for thou gavest birth to him, * who is the Lord and Helmsman, O Bride of God.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Grant unto me thy supplicant, * the abyss of thy great compassion, * for the compassionate thou didst bring forth, * who is the Saviour of all who hymn thy praise.

Glory be to the Father…

Enjoying, O spotless one, * thy many gifts, we hymn to thee, * a song of thanksgiving, * knowing thee to be the Mother of our God.

Now and for ever…

Having thee as our strength and hope, * and steadfast wall of our salvation, * O all-lauded one, are we redeemed, * from all manner of adversity.

 

Ode 5 Heirmos

Enlighten us, O Lord, that Thy commandments we may keep, * and with Thy mighty arm from on high, * bestow on us, * Thy peace O Lover of Mankind.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Fill, O Pure One, my heart with joy and gladness, * with the undefiled joy which thou dost give, * for thou didst give birth * to Him who is the cause of joy.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Come deliver us, out of dangers, O Pure Mother of God, * for thou gavest birth to eternal redemption * and to the peace that * surpasses all human reasoning.

Glory be to the Father…

Disperse the darkness, of my trespasses, O Bride of God, * with the brightness of thy radiance * for thou didst bear * the divine and pre-eternal Light.

Now and for ever…

Heal, O Pure one, the sickness which my passions bring, * and make me worthy of thy providence, * and by thy prayers and * intercessions grant thou health to me.

 

Ode 6 Heirmos

I pour forth my prayer unto the Lord, * and unto Him do I tell all my sorrows, * for my soul hath been filled with many evils, * and my life unto Hades hath now drawn high. * Like Jonah therefore, do I pray, * from corruption, O God, do Thou raise me up. 

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

My nature, held by death and corruption, * hath He saved from death and corruption, * He who gave Himself freely to death. * Wherefore, O Virgin, do thou intercede with Him, * who is in truth thy Lord and Son, * to redeem me from the enemies’ wickedness.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

I know thee, as the protection of my life, * and most reliable custodian, O Virgin. * Disperse the horde of my many temptations, * and drive away from me assaults of the demons. * Unceasingly I pray to thee, * from corruption of passions deliver me.

Glory be to the Father…

We have thee, as a wall of safe retreat, * and the absolute salvation of souls, * and a relief in distresses, O Maiden, * and in thy light do we ever exalt with joy. * O Lady, do thou also now, * from all passions and perils deliver us.

Now and for ever…

I lay me down, upon a bed of sicknesses, * and there is no cure for my body, * except for thee who didst bear the world’s Saviour, * who is our God and the Healer of sicknesses. * I pray to thee, for thou art good, * from corruption of illnesses raise me up.

Preserve * thy servants from every danger, O Mother of God, * for after God, unto thee do we flee for refuge; * an unassailable wall and protection.

O Pure One, * who by a word in the last days didst bring forth, * the Word ineffably, beseech Him, * for thou hast motherly freedom.

 

PRIEST

Have mercy upon us, O God, after Thy great goodness. We pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for our Archbishop [Name], and for all our brethren in Christ.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God, [Names] and all those here present at this supplication, and for the forgiveness of their every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [3]

 

PRIEST

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.

Kontakion Tone 2

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.  

 

 Tone 4

From my youth up many passions have warred against me, but do Thou, O my Saviour, succour and save me. [2]

Ye that hate Zion, shall be put to shame by the Lord: for as grass in the fire shall ye be withered up. [2]

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

By the Holy Spirit is every soul filled with life: through purification it is raised in high and made bright, by the Threefold Unity in a holy mystery.

Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Streams of grace spring forth from the Holy Spirit, watering, the whole of creation, giving it life.

Prokhimenon

 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations.

Verse.

Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; so shall the King greatly desire thy beauty.

 

Thy name I will make to be remembered in all generations.

 

PRIEST

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. Luke.

Let us give heed.

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

 

PRIEST

In those days, Mary arose and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a load voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

 

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

Glory be to the Father…

Father, Word, and Spirit, Trinity in Unity, cleanse me from the multitude of my transgressions.

Now and for ever…

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O merciful Lord, cleanse me from the multitude of my transgressions.

 

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

 

Tone 6  Όλην αποθέμενοι

O entrust me not, I pray, to any human protection, O Most holy Lady, but do thou accept the prayer of thy supplicant. Sorrow hath fettered me, and I am unable to endure and bear the demons’ darts; a shelter have I not, neither place to run I, the wretched one; Embattled from all sides am I, and no consolation have I but thee. O Mistress of creation, protection and hope of the faithful, do thou not overlook my prayer, do that which will profit me.

 

No one, that runs to thee for help, cometh away ashamed and disheartened, O Virgin Mother of God; but he asketh for thy grace, and receiveth the gift from thee, unto the profit of his own request.

 

The transformation of the afflicted, and the relief of those in sickness, thou art in truth, O Virgin Mother of God. Save thy city and thy flock, thou that art the peace of those embattled, the calm of those tossed by the tempest: the only protection of those who believe.

 

PRIEST

Save, O God, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Visit Thy world in mercy and compassions, exalt the trumpet of Orthodox Christians, and send down upon us Thy bountiful mercies: by the prayers of our most pure, Lady, Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary; by the precious and life-giving Cross; by the protection of the heavenly bodiless hosts, through the supplications of the glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles; of our holy fathers among the saints, the great Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Athanasius and Cyril, John the Almsgiver, Patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas of Myra, Spiridon of Trimythounta, the Wonderworkers; the holy and great martyrs George the Victory bearer, Demetrius the Outpourer of myrrh, Theodore of Tyro and Theodore Stratelates; the Hieromartyrs Charalambos and Eleutherius; our holy and God-bearing fathers; of the holy and righteous progenitors of God, Joachim and Anna, of [the Name of the saint] to whose memory we dedicate this day, and of all Thy saints: we beseech Thee, O Lord, who alone art plenteous in mercy, hear us sinners, who pray unto Thee, and have mercy upon us.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison [12]

 

PRIEST

Through the mercies, compassions and loving-kindness of Thine Only-begotten Son, with whom Thou art glorified, together with Thine all-holy good and life-giving Spirit, now and fore ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

Ode 7 Heirmos

In ancient times from Judaea, * did the children go down to the land of Babylon; * the fire of the furnace, * they trampled down whilst chanting * by the faith in the Trinity, * Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Thou didst deign, O Saviour, * in Thy dispensation for our salvation, * through the Virgin’s womb * to dwell in the world, thus * revealing her as our patron. * Blessed art Thou, O God, of our Fathers.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

To Him who willed to grant mercy, * whom thou didst bring forth, beseech, O Mother of God, most pure; * to deliver from transgressions * and from the souls defilements,* those who cry out to Him in faith;* Blessed art Thou, O God, of our Fathers.

Glory be to the Father…

A treasure of salvation, * a fount of incorruption, a tower of safety, * and a doorway of repentance, * Thou didst show forth Thy mother, * to them that cry aloud to Thee: * Blessed art Thou, O God, of our Fathers.

Now and for ever…

From ailments of the body, * and from the souls afflictions do thou Birth- giver of God, * make worthy of thy healing, * all those who run with yearning * to thy divine protection, * for thou art who didst, bring forth Christ our Saviour.

 

Ode 8 Heirmos

Unto the King of the heavens whom the * hosts of holy angels hymn, * do ye all praise * and exalt unto the ages.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Turn not away, those who seek for salvation, * from thee, O Virgin, for they hymn thee, * and unto the ages, * they exalt thee, O Maiden.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Thy healings, thou dost pour forth in abundance, * on them that with faith hymn thee, O Virgin, * and praise and exalt thine * ineffable offspring.

Glory be to the Father…

The diseases, of my soul and the pains of * my body thou dost heal, O Virgin. * Wherefore I glorify thee, * who art full of grace.

Now and for ever…

Thou dost drive away, the assaults of temptations, * and assaults of the passions, O Virgin. * Wherefore do we hymn thee, * unto all the ages.

 

Ode 9 Heirmos

Most truly we confess thee, * as the Mother of God, * we who through thee have been saved, O Virgin, most pure. * Together with the hosts of angels, we magnify thee.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

The river of my tears, * spurn not with refusal,* for thou, O Virgin, didst give birth to Christ our God: * who doth wipe away from all our faces every tear.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

Overfill my heart, * with gladness, O Virgin, * for thou art she who received all the fullness of joy, * and made to vanish from us, the grief of sinfulness.

Most holy Mother of God, save us.

A haven and protection, * a refuge and a shelter, * a cause of joy and a wall unshakeable; * do thou become O thou Virgin, for those who flee to thee.

Glory be to the Father…

With the radiance of thy light, * illumine thou, O Virgin, * and drive away all the darkness of Ignorance, * from those who piously call thee the Mother of our God.

Now and for ever…

Do thou, O Virgin heal me, * for I have been humbled, * in a place of illness and suffering. * Do thou transform all my illness and give me health once more.

 

Magnificat

PRIEST

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.

 

CHOIR:

O thou who art Higher than the heavens, * and much purer than the radiance of the sun. * O thou who hast redeemed us, from the curse that held us, * O Mistress of the world, with hymns we honour thee.

From the great abundance of all my sins, * ill am I in body, ailing also am I in soul. * Do thou, therefore, help me, for I come to thee for refuge: * O hope of all the hopeless, thou who art full of grace.

O Lady and Mother of our Saviour, * from us the unworthy, our supplications do thou receive. * We pray thee, mediate with Him, who from thy womb came forth. * O Mistress of creation, do thou intercede for us.

Now we chant with eagerness and with joy, * this ode to thee, All-lauded, Mother of our God. * Together with the Baptist, and all the ranks of saints; * beseech O Mother of God, that we find clemency.

Speechless be the lips of the ungodly, * who refuse to venerate thy most honourable Icon, * known throughout history by the name Directress, * depicted by the hands of Luke the Evangelist.

O all ye hosts of holy angels, * together with the Baptist, the Apostles the blessed twelve, * all the saints together with the Mother of God, * we pray make intercession for our salvation.

 

The Trisagion (Thrice-holy)

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 or Lord have mercy. [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.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

PRIEST

Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Thy great mercy. We pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for all pious and Orthodox Christians.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for our Archbishop [Name], and for all our brethren in Christ.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God, [names] and all the pious Orthodox Christians who dwell or visit this village, the parishioners, the Church committee, those who give help and those who have dedicated gifts in this holy temple.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for the preservation of this holy temple, for this village, all cities and land, from destruction, pestilence, famine, earthquakes, flood, fire and the sword, from invasion of enemies, civil war and sudden death. We pray also that our good God and lover of mankind will be merciful, compassionate and easily reconciled and will turn away and dispel all wrath and sickness agitated against us and deliver us from His justified and impending admonition and have mercy upon us.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Again we pray that the Lord our God hear the voice of the supplication of us sinners, and have mercy upon us.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [3]

 

PRIEST

Hear us, O God and our Saviour, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and those far off at sea, and be merciful, yea, be merciful, O Master, upon our sins and have mercy upon us.

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 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 [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, of the holy and glorious Great-Martyr George the Victory-bearer, of (saint of the day) and of all the saints, have mercy upon us and save us, for He is good and loving-kind.

 

 CHOIR                                                 

 Tone 2  'Οτε εκ του ξύλου

To all who in faith come unto thee, thou dost give protection, O Good One, with thy mighty hand, for we sinners have no other as our unwavering, mediator with our God, in dangers and sorrows, we who have been burdened down with our abundant sins, Mother of our God in the Highest. Wherefore do thou rescue thy servants, who fall down before thee, from adversities.

Joy art thou of all that sorrow, and of the oppressed a protectress, and nurture of the poor, a comfort unto strangers, a staff thou art unto the blind, a visitation of all the sick, a help to the orphaned, and a shelter and assistance unto those brought down by pain. Mother of our God in the Highest, Thou that art, O Undefiled, hasten, we beseech thee, to redeem thy servants.

 

Tone 8

Lady do thou receive the petitions of thy servants, and deliver us, from every affliction and necessity.

Tone 2

Unto thee do I entrust, my every expectation, O Mother of God, keep me safe under thy shelter. 

 

During the period of the August fast, instead of the previous hymns to the Mother of God, we sing the following Exapostilaria.

 

Tone 3

O ye Apostles from afar, being now gathered together, here in the place called Gethsemane, give burial to my body; and thou my Son and my God, receive Thou my spirit.

Thou art the sweetness of angels, the joy of all those afflicted. To Christians thou art protectress, O Virgin Mother of our Lord. Do thou succour and save me, from the eternal torments.

I have thee as Mediator with God who lovest mankind. May He not reproach my actions, before the hosts of the angels. I beseech thee, O Virgin, come speedily to my help.

Thou art a tower of braided gold, a city bounded with twelve walls, a throne beaded with sun rays, a royal chair of the King. Incomprehensible wonder, that thou dost breastfeed the Master.

 

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Amen.