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THE HIERATIKON

VESPERS

ON  ORDINARY DAYS

WITHOUT ENTRANCE

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Note that on vespers on ordinary days the Holy doors remain closed throughout the whole service. After the Dismissal of the Ninth Hour the Priest shall say:

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

And after saying Amen, the Bishop [Abbot or reader] shall read the introductory psalm. Meanwhile, the Priest shall say the vespers prayers [see Great Vespers]. After the introductory psalm, the Priest shall say the Great litany.

In peace let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison. [And after each petition]

For the peace from on high...

For the peace and union of the whole world...

For this holy temple...

For our Archbishop [Name]...

For this city [village, monastery]...

For fair seasons and the abundance...

For them that travel by land...

That we may be deliver from...

Succour, save, have mercy...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

 

PRIEST

For unto Thee belong all glory...

CHOIR: Amen.

In monasteries there now follows the readings from the Psalter; after which the Priest shall say the short litany.

Again and again in peace let us pray unto the Lord.

Succour, save, have mercy...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

 

PRIEST

For Thine is the might...

CHOIR: Amen.

And immediately the choir shall sing Lord I have cried”. The Priest shall bless the incense saying:

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

Then at the words “Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense” the Priest shall cense the Sanctuary and all the temple in the customary way. At the Glory… Now… the Priest shall not make the entrance but straight after the choir shall recite the evening hymn “O Gladsome light”, followed by the prokhimenon of the day. And straightway the evening prayer Vouchsafe O Lord”. After the prayer, the Priest shall say:

Let us complete our supplication unto the Lord.

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

That this whole evening may be perfect...

 CHOIR: Grant us O Lord. And after each petition

For an angel of peace, faithful guide...

For pardon and remission of our sins...

For things good and profitable to our souls...

That we may pass the remainder of our lives...

For a Christian ending to our life...

Mindful of our most holy and undefiled...

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

 

PRIEST

For Thou, O God, art good and loving-kind...

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

Let us bow down our heads before the Lord.

CHOIR: To Thee, O Lord.

 

PRIEST

O Lord our God, who bows the heavens...

Blessed and glorified is the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall now sing the Aposticha and after the Aposticha the Priest

shall say the “Song of Symeon”:

Lord, now lettest Thy servant depart in peace...

After the Trisagion and the Lord’s Prayer, the Priest shall say:

For Thine is the kingdom, the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall then sing the Apolytikia hymns and the Theotokion and then the Priest shall say:

Have mercy upon us, O God...

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

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

Again we pray for mercy, life...

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...    

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Wisdom.

Christ our God, the Supreme Being, is blessed always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

May the Lord God make firm...

PRIEST: Most holy Mother of God, save us.

CHOIR: More honourable than the cherubim..

PRIEST: Glory be to Thee, O Christ our God and our hope, glory be to Thee.

CHOIR: Glory be to the Father... Now and for ever... Kyrie eleison [3]. Holy Father, give the blessing.

PRIEST

May Christ our true God, by the prayers...

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

CHOIR: Amen.