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Saint Basil Liturgy

After the Offering of Morning Incense, the "Hymn of Blessing", is chanted while the priests and deacons put on their service vestments:

Congregation: We worship the Father of Light, and His only-begotten Son, and the Spirit, the Paraclete; the Trinity, one in essence.

On non-fasting days (including Saturdays and Sundays of fasting days, as well as Feasts of the Lord and Feasts of the Cross), the prayers of the Third and Sixth hours are prayed.

Introduction of Every HourIn the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen. Kyria eleison. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen. Our Father...

Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life. O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, we thank You for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is You who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Through the grace, compassion, and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one exxence with You, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my iniquity. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my iniquity; and my sin is at all times before me. Against You only I have sinned, and done evil before You: that You might be just in Your sayings, and might overcome when You are judged. For, behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins my mother conceived me. For, behold, You have loved the truth: You have manifested to me the hidden and unrevealed things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with Your hyssop, and I shall be purified: You shall wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. You shall make me to hear gladness and joy: the humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in my inward parts. Do not cast me away from Your face; and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of Your salvation: and uphold me with a directing spirit. Then I shall teach the transgressors Your ways; and the ungodly men shall turn to You. Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips; and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would have given it: You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God shall not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, offering, and burnt sacrifices: then they shall offer calves upon Your altar. ALLELUIA.

Reader: When the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, has come, He shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said unto you. My peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard how I said unto you, “I go away, and come again unto you.” If you loved Me, you would rejoice, because I said, “I go unto the Father”: for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it comes to pass, you might believe. I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do: arise, let us go from here. I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me, and I in you.

Priest: Glory be to God forever. Amen. May the saying of God be fulfilled in peace.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Then these Troparia and Theotokion are said:

Reader: 1. Your Holy Spirit, O Lord Whom You sent forth upon Your holy disciples and honored apostles in the third hour, do not take away from us, O Good One, but renew Him within us. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence. And do not take Your Holy Spirit away from me.

Congregation: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 2. O Lord who sent down Your Holy Spirit upon Your holy disciples and Your honored apostles in the third hour, do not take Him away from us, O Good One, but we ask You to renew Him within us, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Word; a steadfast and life giving spirit, A spirit of prophecy and chastity, a spirit of holiness, justice and authority, O the Almighty One, for You are the light of our souls. O Who shines upon every man that comes into the world, have mercy on me.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 3. O Theotokos, you are the true vine who bore the Cluster of Life, we ask you, O full of grace, with the apostles, for the salvation of our souls. Blessed is the Lord our God. Blessed is the Lord day by day. He prepares our way, for He is God of our salvation.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 4. O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who is present in all places and fills all, the treasury of good things and the Life-Giver, graciously come, and dwell in us and purify us from all defilement, O Good One, and save our souls.

Congregation: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 5. Just as You were with Your disciples, O Savior, and gave them peace, graciously come also and be with us, and grant us Your peace, and save us, and deliver our souls.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 6. Whenever we stand in Your holy sanctuary, we are considered standing in heaven. O Theotokos, you are the gate of heaven; open to us the gate of mercy.

Priest: O Lord hear us and have mercy on us and forgive us our sins. Amen. Lord have mercy (41)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Congregation:Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy upon us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy upon us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who rose from the dead and ascended into the heavens, have mercy on us. Glory to the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto, the ages of the ages. Amen. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, forgive us our sins. O Lord, forgive us our iniquities. O Lord, forgive us our trespasses. O Lord, visit the sick of Your people, heal them for the sake of Your holy name. Our fathers and brethren who have falled asleep, O Lord, repose their souls. O You who are without sin, Lord, help us and receive our supplications. For Yours is the glory, the dominion, and triple holiness. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Our Father...

Congregation:Hail to you. We ask you, O saint, full of glory, the ever-virgin, the Theotokos, the Mother of Christ. Lift up our prayers onto your beloved Son, that He may forgive us our sins. Hail to the holy Virgin, who has brought forth unto us the true Light, Christ our God. Ask the Lord on our behalf, that He may have mercy on our souls, and forgive us our sins. O Virgin Mary, the holy Theotokos, the faithful advocate for all mankind, Intercede on our behalf before Christ to Whom you bore, that He may grant us the forgiveness of our sins. Hail to you, O Virgin, / the right and true Queen. / Hail to the pride of our race / who bore to us Immanuel. We ask you to remember us, / O our faithful advocate, / before our Lord Jesus Christ / that He may forgive us our sins.

Introduction of Every HourIn the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen. Kyria eleison. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen. Our Father...

Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life. O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, we thank You for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things wich are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is You who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Through the grace, compassion, and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one exxence with You, now and at all thimes and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

Psalm 50Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my iniquity. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my iniquity; and my sin is at all times before me. Against You only I have sinned, and done evil before You: that You might be just in Your sayings, and might overcome when You are judged. For, behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins my mother conceived me. For, behold, You have loved the truth: You have manifested to me the hidden and unrevealed things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with Your hyssop, and I shall be purified: You shall wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. You shall make me to hear gladness and joy: the humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in my inward parts. Do not cast me away from Your face; and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of Your salvation: and uphold me with a directing spirit. Then I shall teach the transgressors Your ways; and the ungodly men shall turn to You. Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips; and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would have given it: You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God shall not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, offering, and burnt sacrifices: then they shall offer calves upon Your altar. ALLELUIA.

Reader: And seeing the multitudes, He went up on the mountain, and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you, when they revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”

Priest: Glory be to God forever. Amen. May the saying of God be fulfilled in peace.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Then these Troparia and Theotokion are said:

Reader: 1. O You, Who on the sixth day and in the sixth hour were nailed to the cross, for the sin which our father Adam dared to commit in Paradise, tear the handwriting of our sins, O Christ our God, and save us. I cried to God, and the Lord heard me. God hear my prayer, and do not refuse my petition. Be attentive to me and hear me in the evening, in the morning, and at midday. I say my words, and He hears my voice and delivers my soul in peace.

Congregation:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 2. O Jesus Christ, our God, who was nailed to the cross in the sixth hour, and killed sin by the tree, and by Your death You made alive the dead man, whom You created with Your own hands, and had died in sin. Put to death our pains by Your healing and life‑giving passions, and by the nails with which You were nailed. Rescue our minds from thoughtlessness of the earthly deeds and worldly lusts, to the remembrance of Your heavenly commandments, according to Your compassion.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 3. Since we have no favor, nor excuse, nor justification because of our many sins, we, through you, implore to Him who was born of you, O Theotokos, the Virgin, for abundant and acceptable is your intercession with our Savior. O holy mother, do not exclude sinners from your intercession with Him whom you bore, for He is merciful and able to save us, because He suffered for us to deliver us. Let your compassion speedily reach us, for we are exceedingly humbled. Help us, O God, our Savior, for the glory of Your name. O Lord, deliver us and forgive us our sins for the sake of Your holy name.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 4. You wrought salvation in the midst of all the earth, O Christ our God, as You stretched Your holy hands on the cross. Therefore, all nations cry out saying, “Glory be to You, O Lord”.

Congregation:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 5. We worship Your incorruptible person, O Good One, asking for the forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God. For, of Your will, You were pleased to be lifted up onto the cross, to deliver those whom You created from the bondage of the enemy. We cry out unto You and give thanks to You, for You have filled all with joy, O Savior, when You came to help the world. Lord, glory be to You.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 6. You are she who is full of grace. O Theotokos, the Virgin, we praise you, for, through the cross of your Son, Hades fell down and death was abolished. We were dead but we are raised and became worthy of eternal life, and gained the delight of the first Paradise. Therefore, we thankfully glorify the immortal Christ our God.

Priest: O Lord hear us and have mercy on us and forgive us our sins. Amen. Lord have mercy (41)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Congregation:We exalt you, the Mother of the true Light. We glorify you, O saint, the Theotokos, for you brought forth unto us the Saviour of the whole world; He came and saved our souls. Glory be to you, our Master, our King, Christ, the pride of the apostoles, the crown of the martyrs, the joy of the righteous, the firmness of the churches, the forgiveness of sins. We proclaim the Holy Trinity in one Godhead. We worship Him. We glorify Him. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen.

Congregation:Truly we believe in One God, God the Father, the Pantocrator, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not created; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary; and became man. And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead according to the scriptures. Ascended into the Heavens; He sits at the right hand of His Father, and He is coming again in His Glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the son,is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, universal and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism, for the remission of sins.

The people chant the last sentence in a loud voice.

Congregation:We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen

The Oblation are offered and examined while the congregation chants "Lord have mercy (Kyria eleision)"

Congregation:Lord have mercy (41 times)

Congregation:Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Priest: Glory and honour, honour and glory to the All-Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peace and edification to the one, only, holy, catholic. and apostolic Church of God. Amen. Remember, O Lord, those who have brought to You these gifts, those on whose behalf they have been brought, and those by whom they have been brought. Give them all the heavenly reward.

Deacon: Pray for these holy and precious gifts, our sacrifices, and those who bring them. Lord have mercy.

On Saturdays and Sundays ( except during the Great Fast), on feasts of our Lord, on Eastertide, and on all days of non-fasting, the people chant from Psalm 117:24-26.

Congregation:Alleluia. This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord save us, O Lord straighten our ways. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

On days of fasting ( except the weekdays of the Great Fast and Jonah's Fast) and on Saturdays and Sundays during the Great Fast, the people chant the following.

Congregation:Alleluia. The thought of man shall confess to You, O Lord, and the remainder of thought shall keep a feast to You. The sacrifices and the offerings, receive them to Yourself. Alleluia.

The priest, having come around to the front of the altar, faces East, and uncovers the loaf and places it in his left hand. Then he inclines his head to his brethren the priests, asking them to bless. Then the priest brings the loaf close to the cruet of wine in the deacon's right hand, which is covered with a silk veil, and three times he makes the sign of the cross over both, saying:

Priest: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.

At the first signing, he says:

Blessed be God the Father, the Pantocrator.

Deacon: Amen

At the second signing, he says:

Priest: Blessed be His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deacon: Amen

At the Third signing, he says:

Priest: Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Deacon: Amen. One is the Holy Father. One is the Holy Son. One is the Holy Spirit. Amen. Blessed be the Lord God forever. Amen. Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His mercy has been strengthened toward us; and the truth of the Lord abides for ever. Amen, Alleluia.

Congregation:Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen. Alleluia.

The priest then turns to his brethren the priests before turning to the west and making the sign of the cross over the people, saying:

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head towards his fellow priests, and, while turning towards the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

Deacon: Let us pray.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, we thank you for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour.

Deacon: Pray that God may have mercy and compassion on us, hear us, help us, and accept the supplications and prayers of His saints, for that which is good on our behalf at all times+ and make us worthy to partake of the communion of His holy and blessed Mysteries, for the remission of our sins.

+ The following is added in the presence of the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop:

and to keep the life and standing of our honored father, the archpriest, Pope Abba(…), and his partner in the liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…)

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest,

The priest bows his head toward the East and signs himself with the sign of the cross, saying:

take them away from us

Then he turns toward the west from his right and makes the sign of the cross over the people, saying the following. If the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop is present, he makes the sign of the cross over the people and says the following instead of the priest.

and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is you who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, Through the grace, compassion and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one essence with You, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

After the Thanksgiving Prayer, the congregation chants the hymn "Saved-" followed by "Saved Amen" after the Absolution of the Servants.

Congregation:Saved, Amen. And with your spirit.

Then the priest rises and kisses the altar, and proceeds to the north side of the altar, and the deacon who is serving prostrates before him, and the priest stretches forth his hand on the deacon and blesses him. Then both of them kiss the altar. Coming down from the altar, the priest and the rest of the deacons walk backward, their faces set to the East, and they put their left foot first. Then they prostrate themselves before the door of the sanctuary, and one of the priests who are present reads the Prayer of Absolution. If the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop is present, he reads this prayer. If only one priest is present, he reads it while standing behind the servants. The priest makes the sign of the cross at each of the following times: (1) eastward on the serving priests; (2) eastward on the deacons; (3) turning northward, on the rest of the servants; (4) turning westward, on the entire congregation; and (5) turning to the East, on himself.

Priest: May Your servants, minister of this day, the hegumen(s), the priest(s), (1) the deacon(s), (2) the clergy, (3) and all the people, (4) and my weakness, (5) be absolved from the mouth of the All Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and from the mouth of the one, only, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church; and from the mouths of the twelve apostles; and from the mouth of the Beholder of God, the Evangelist Mark, the holy apostle and martyr; the patriarch Saint Severus; our teacher Dioscorus; Saint Athanasius the Apostolic; Saint Peter the holy martyr and archpriest; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Cyril; Saint Basil; and Saint Gregory; and from the mouths of the three hundred and eighteen assembled at Nicea; the one hundred and fifty at Constantinople, and the two hundred at Ephesus; and from the mouth of our honoured father, the archpriest, Abba (…); and from the mouth of his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our honoured father our bishop (metropolitan), Abba (...); and from my own mouth, being the least. For blessed and full of glory is Your holy name, O Father and Son and Holy Spirit, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

After the Absolution, the congregation chants the following hymn for the Virgin on Saturdays and Sundays ( except during the Great Fast), the major feasts, the fifty days of the Paschaltide, and all non-fasting days.

Congregation:This censer of pure gold, bearing the aroma, is in the hands of Aaron the priest, offering up incense upon the altar.

On all fasting days (except during the Great Fast and Jonah's Fast), Saturdays and Sundays of the Great Fast, and on the two Feasts of the Cross, the following is chanted.

Congregation:The golden censer is the Virgin, her aroma is our Savior. She gave birth to Him; He saved us and forgave us our sins.

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the seven archangels and the heavenly orders, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the prayers of my masters and fathers, the apostles, and the rest of the disciples, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins

Congregation:Through the prayers of the Beholder of God, the Evangelist Mark, the apostle, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

The verse for the saint of the church is added here, if not already mentioned above.

Congregation:Through the prayers of the victorious martyr my lord the prince George, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the prayers of the saints of this day, each one according to their names, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

In the presence of a bishop or metropolitan, the following verse is added.

Congregation:Through their prayers, keep the life of our honored and righteous father, Abba (……) the bishop (metropolitan), O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Reader: Paul, the servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, appointed to the Gospel of God. A reading from the Epistle of our teacher Paul to the (...). May his holy blessings be with us. Amen.

Reader: The Catholic epistle from the first Epistle of our teacher (St.....). May his holy blessings be with us. Amen.

Congregation:Hail to you, O Mary, the fair dove, who has borne to us, God the Logos.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:Blessed are You indeed, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Reader: A reading from the Acts of our fathers the pure apostles, who were invested with the Holy Spirit. May their blessing be with us all. Amen

The Synaxarion (chronicle of the saints) is read:

Congregation:Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy upon us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy upon us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was form the dead and ascended into the heavens, have mercy upon us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of age. Amen. O Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us.

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head toward his fellow priests, and, while turning toward the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

The priest kisses the cross and gives it to the deacon. He takes the censer and says the Litany for the Gospel.

Priest: O Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, who said to His saintly, honoured disciples and holy apostles, "Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things which you hear, and have not heard them. But as for you, blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear." May we be worthy to hear and to act according to Your Holy Gospels, through the prayers of Your saints.

Deacon: Pray for the Holy Gospel

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Remember also, O our Master, all those who have bidden us to remember them in our supplications and prayers which we offer up unto You, O Lord our God. Those who have already fallen asleep, repose them. Those who are sick, heal them. For you are the life of us all, the salvation of us all, the hope of us all, the healing of us all, and the resurrection of us all.

Congregation:Alleluia

The priest ascends to the sanctuary, puts the incense in the censer, goes around the altar and the deacon opposite him, bearing the Bible and the cross. Then the deacon stands at the sanctuary door with the cross raised in his hand, and says:

Deacon: Stand in the fear of God. Let us hear the Holy Gospel

Priest: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. Bless, O Lord, the reading of the Holy Gospel according to Saint …

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord

Deacon: Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint ... the Evangelist. May his blessing be with us. Amen. From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet. May his blessing be with us. Amen.

The Reader reads the Psalm

Priest: Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, to whom is glory forever. Glory is due to our God unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord

Deacon: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God to whom is glory forever. Amen.

The Reader reads the Holy Gospel

Congregation:Glory be to God forever

The sermon may be delivered.

The response to the Gospel is chanted:

Congregation:Blessed are they in truth, the saints of this day, each one according to his name, the beloved of Christ.

Intercede on our behalf, O lady of us all, Mary the Mother of our Savior, that He may forgive us our sins.

Blessed be the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the perfect Trinity, we worship Him and glorify Him.

After the Gospel, the priest prays the three great Litanies. Sometimes he prays them secretly during the Bible reading.

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind. remember, O Lord, the peace of Your one, only, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

Deacon: Pray for the peace of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic orthodox Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: This which exists from one end of the world to the other. All peoples and all flocks, bless. The heavenly peace, send down into all our hearts; even the peace of this life, graciously grant unto us. The king (leader), the armies, the rulers, the counselors, the multitudes, our neighbours, our coming in and our going out, adorn them with all peace. O King of peace, grant us Your peace, for You have given us all things. Acquire us to Yourself, O God our Saviour, for we know none other but You. Your holy name we utter. May our souls live by Your Holy Spirit, and let not the death of sins have dominion over us, we Your servants, (nor over all Your people.)+

+Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present.our honored patriarch

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, to remember, O Lord, our blessed and honored patriarch and father, the archpriest, Pope Abba (...). And his spiritual brethren: the Patriarch of Antioch Mar Ignatius (...) and the Patriarch of Eritrea Abouna(...)

Deacon: Pray for our archpriest, Pope Abba (...), Pope and Patriarch and archbishop of the great of Alexandria; And his brethren in the apostolic liturgy, the Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius (…), and the Patriarch of Eritrea, Abouna (...). and for our orthodox bishops.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Keep them secure for us for many years and peaceful times, fulfilling that holy archpriesthood with which You have entrusted them for Yourself, according to Your holy and blessed will. rightly handling the word of truth, shepherding Your people in purity and righteousness, and all the orthodox bishops, hegumens, priests, and deacons, and all the fullness of Your one, only, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Grant them and us peace and safety in every place. Their prayers which they offer on our behalf, (and on behalf of all Your people,)+ as well as ours on their behalf,

+Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present. The deacon presents the censer to the priest, who puts a spoonful of incense into it, while saying:

receive them upon Your holy, rational altar in heaven, as a sweet savor of incense. All their enemies, visible and invisible, trample and humiliate under their feet speedily. As for them, keep them in peace and righteousness in Your holy Church.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, remember, O Lord, our assemblies.

The priest makes the sign of the cross once on the people, saying:

Bless them.

Deacon: Pray for this holy church and for our assemblies.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Grant that they may be to us without obstacle or hindrance, that we may hold them according to Your holy and blessed will:

The priest stretches forth his hand with the censer over the altar toward the four corners, first to the east, then the west, the north, and the south, while saying:

Houses of prayer, houses of purity, houses of blessing. Grant them to us, O Lord, and to Your servants who will come after us, forever. The worship of idols, utterly uproot from the world. Satan and all his evil powers, trample and humiliate them under our feet speedily. The offences and their instigators, abolish. Let the dissensions of corrupt heresies cease. The enemies of Your holy Church, O Lord, as at all times, now also humiliate. Strip their vanity, show them their weakness speedily. Bring to naught their envy, their intrigues, their madness, their wickedness and their slanders, which they commit against us. O Lord, bring them all to no avail. Disperse their counsel, O God, Who dispersed the counsel of Ahithophel.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

The priest censes toward the East three times above the altar, saying:

Priest: Arise, O Lord God. Let all Your enemies be scattered, and let all who heat Your Holy name flee before Your face.

The priest turns to the west and censes the priests, the deacons, and the people three times, saying:

But let Your people be in blessing, thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, doing Your will. By the grace …

Deacon: In the wisdom of God, let us attend. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Congregation:Truly we believe in One God, God the Father, the Pantocrator, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not created; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary; and became man. And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead according to the scriptures. Ascended into the Heavens; He sits at the right hand of His Father, and He is coming again in His Glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the son,is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, universal and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism, for the remission of sins.

The people chant the last sentence in a loud voice.

Congregation:We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen

Now the priest looks toward the west, shakes the water off his hands before all the peope, then dries his hands with a clean towel.

Priest: Let us pray

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head toward his fellow priests, and, while turning toward the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: O God,the Great, the Eternal , who formed man in incorruption, and death, which entered into the world through the envy of the devil, You destroyed by the life-giving manifestation of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. You have filled the earth with the heavenly peace by which the hosts of angels glorify You, saying: "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will toward men."

Deacon: Pray for perfect peace, love and the holy apostolic greetings.

Congregation:Lord have mercy

Priest: According to your good will, O God, fill our hearts with Your peace. Cleanse us from all blemish, all guile, all hypocrisy, all craftiness, and the remembrance of vice bearing death. And make us all worthy, O our Master, to greet one another with a holy kiss, that without casting us into condemnation, we may partake of Your immortal and heavenly gift in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Then the deacon, holding the cross, says:

Deacon: Greet one another with a holy kiss. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Yes, Lord, who are Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hear us and have mercy upon us. Offer, offer, offer in order. Stand with trembling. Look toward the east. Let us attend.

The priests kiss one another with a holy kiss, as do the deacons and the congregation. Then the priest and the deacon who stands opposite to him raise the prospheron. (The raising of the prospheron is a simbol of the angel moving the stone from the tomb after the resurrection.)

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins. We worship you, O Christ, with your good Father and the Holy Spirit, for you have come and saved us. A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise.

The priest transfers to his left hand the veil which he is holding, and he takes in his right hand the veil which is upon the oblation, and with it he makes the following three signs of the cross while keeping the two veils in his hands.

Turning to west, the priest signing the people once with the sign of the cross, saying:

Priest: The Lord be with you all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

The priest turns to the East and signs the deacons on his right once with the sign of the cross, saying

Priest: Lift up your hearts.

Congregation:We have them with the Lord.

The priest signs himself once with the sign of the cross,saying:

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord

Congregation: It is meet and right.

Priest: Meet and right, meet and right; truly, indeed, it is meet and right. O You, THE BEING, Master, Lord, God of truth, being before the ages and reigning forever; who dwells in the highest and looks upon the lowly, who has created the heaven, the earth, the sea and all is therein. The Father of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, by whom you have created all things, seen and unseen. Who is seated upon the throne of His glory, and who is worshipped by all the holy powers.

Deacon: You who are seated, stand

Priest: Before whom stand the angels, the archangels, the principalities, the authorities, the thrones, the dominions, and the powers.

Deacon: Look towards the east.

Priest: You are He around whom stand the cherubim full of eyes, and the seraphim with six wings praising continuously, without ceasing, saying---

Deacon: Let us attend.

The congregation may chant the following short Watos Asposmos hymn.

Congregation:The Cherubim worship you, and the Seraphim glorify you, Proclaiming and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your holy glory.

The priest takes in his right hand the veil that is upon the chalice, and with it makes the sign of the cross three times; firstly, upon himself, his face being turned toward the East, then upon the deacons on his right hand, and lastly toward the west, upon the people, saying"Holy (Agios)" each time.

Priest: Agios. (Holy) x3

Priest: Holy, Holy, Holy, truly O Lord, our God. Who formed us, created us and placed us in the Paradise of Joy.When we disobeyed Thy commandment by the guile of the serpent, we fell from eternal life, and were exiled from the paradise of joy. You have not abandoned us to the end, but have always visited us through your holy prophets, and in the last days, you did manifest yourself to us, who were sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, through your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who of the Holy Spirit and of the holy Virgin Mary.

Congregation:Amen

The deacon presents the censer to the priest, who puts a handful of incense into it.

Priest: Was incarnate and became man, and taught us the ways of salvation. He granted us the birth from on high through water and Spirit. He made us unto himself a congregation, and sanctified us by your Holy Spirit; He loved his own who are in the world, and gave himself up for our salvation unto death which reigned over us, whereby we were bound and sold on account of our sins. He descended into Hades through the cross.

Congregation:We believe

Priest: He rose form the dead on the third day; He ascended into the heavens and sat at your right hand, O Father; He has appointed a day for recompense, on which He will appear to judge the world in righteousness and give each one according to his deeds.

Congregation:According to your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins.

The priest censes his hands three times and then censes the bread, followed by the wine, with his hands, while saying:

Priest: He instituted for us this great mystery of godliness.

The priest takes away his smokefilled hands from the censer, and says:

For being determined to give himself up to death for the life of the world.

Congregation:We believe

The priest takes the bread inito his left hand, raises the silk veil that was beneath it on the paten and kisses it, then places it on the altar, saying:

Priest: He took bread into his holy, spotless, unblemished, blessed and life-giving hands.

The priest places his right hand upon the bread that is in his left hand, raises his eyes upward, and says:

Congregation:We believe that this is true. Amen

Priest: He looked up towards Heaven, to You O God, His Father and Master of all.

The priest makes the sign of the cross with his finger three times, and each time the congregation responds, saying "Amen." At the first signing, the priest says:

Priest: And he gave thanks,

Congregation:Amen

And at the second signing:

Priest: He blessed it.

Congregation:Amen

And at the third signing:

Priest: And he sanctified it.

Congregation:Amen

Congregation:We believe, we confess, and we glorify

The priest breaks the oblation into a two-thirds and a one-third part, carefully, slightly, and without separating one part from the other, and without touching the Despotikon. The fraction must be made with his right thumb, and not with the nail. Making the fraction from the top to the bottom with the one-third part on his right and the two-thirds part on his left, he says:

Priest: He broke it, and gave it to His own saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying, " Take, eat of it, all of you. For this is My Body,

The priest slightly and gently breaks the top of the oblation with the tips of his fingers, without, however, completely separating it. He places it in the paten, and cleans his hands inside the paten so that nothing of the oblation should adhere to either of them. He does this while saying:

which is broken for you and for many, to be given for the remission of sins. This do in remembrance of Me."

Congregation:This is true. Amen

The priest places his hand upon the rim of the chalice, and says:

Priest: Likewise also the cup after supper He mixed it of wine and water.

The priest makes the sign of the cross three times, and each time the congregation responds, saying, "Amen." At the first signing, the priest says:

Priest: And he gave thanks,

Congregation:Amen

And at the second signing:

Priest: He blessed it.

Congregation:Amen

And at the third signing:

Priest: And he sanctified it.

Congregation:Amen

Congregation:Again we believe, we confess, and we glorify.

The priest holds the rim of the chalice with his hands, saying:

Priest: He tasted and gave it also to His holy disciples and pure apostles saying,

The priest moves the chalice in the form of the cross, inclining it carefully first to the west, then to the East, to the north, and to the south, while saying:

‘Take, drink of it, all of you,

The priest points with his hands to the chalice, and says:

For this is my blood of the New Covenant which is shed for you and for many, to be given for the remission of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me."

Congregation:This is also true indeed. Amen

The priest points with his hands to the body, and says:

Priest: For every time you shall eat of this bread.

Then he points with his hands to the chalice, saying:

And drink of this cup.

The continues, saying:

You proclaim my death, confess my resurrection and remember me till I come.

Congregation:Amen. Amen. Amen. Your death, O Lord, we proclaim. Your holy resurrection and ascension, we confess. We praise You, we bless You, we thank You, O Lord, and we entreat You, O our God.

Priest: Therefore, as we also commemorate His holy Passion, His Resurrection from the dead, His Ascension into the heavens, His Sitting at your right hand, O Father, and His Second Coming from the heavens, awesome and full of glory, we offer unto You Your gifts from what is Yours, for everything, concerning everything, and in everything.

Deacon: Worship God in fear and trembling.

While all people bow their heads, they say:

Congregation:We praise You, we bless You, we serve You and we worship You.

Deacon: Let us attend. Amen.

Everyone raises his head, and, three times, the priest quickly signs with the sign of the cross the oblation which is upon the paten, and says aloud:

Priest: And this bread he makes into His holy Body.

The people worship, and say:

Congregation:I believe. Amen.

Three times, the priest quickly signs the chalice with the sign of the cross.

Priest: And this cup also, the precious Blood of His New Covenant.

Congregation:Again, I believe. Amen

The priest stretches forth his hands and bows his head to the Lord, saying:

Priest: Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Given for the remission of sins and eternal life to those who shall partake of him.

Now, indeed, the bread has become the Body of Christ and the wine the Blood of Christ. After this, the signings of both of Them shall be through Them and by Them.

Congregation:Amen. Lord have mercy.(3)

The priest takes a veil in his right hand and another in his left hand, and says:

Priest: Make us all worthy, O our Master, to partake, of your holies unto the purification of our souls, our bodies and our spirits. That we may become one body and one spirit, and may have a share and an inheritance with all the saints who have pleased you since the beginning.

Priest: Remember, O Lord, the peace of Your One, Only, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Deacon: Pray for the peace of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

While pointing with his hand first to the Blood and then to the Body, the priest says:

Priest: This which you have acquired unto yourself with the precious Blood of your Christ. Keep her in peace, with all the Orthodox bishops who are in her. Foremost, remember, O Lord, our blessed and honoured father, the archbishop our patriarch (…..) and his spiritual brethren: the Patriarch of Antioch Mar Ignatius(...) and the Patriarch of Eritrea Abouna(...),

In the presence of a metropolitan or bishop, the following is added.

and his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…).

Deacon: Pray for our archpriest, the Pope Abba (…), Pope and Patriarch and archbishop of the great city of Alexandria; And his spiritual brethren in the apostolic liturgy, the Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius(…), and the Patriarch of Eritrea, Abouna (…).

If a metropolitan or a bishop is present, he adds:

and his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…).

Then concludes:

and for our orthodox bishops.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And those who rightly handle the word of truth with him, grant them unto Your holy Church to shepherd Your flock in peace. Remember, O Lord, the orthodox hegumens, priests and deacons-

Deacon: Pray for the hegumens, priests, deacons, subdeacons, and the seven orders of the Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And all the servants, all who are in virginity, and the purity of all Your faithful people.

+Remember, O Lord, to have mercy upon us all.

+ Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present.

Congregation:Have mercy upon us, O God, the Father, the Pantocrator.

Priest: Remember, O Lord, the salvation of this Your holy place, And every place and every monastery of our Orthodox fathers.

Deacon: Pray for the salvation of the world and of this city+ of ours, and of all cities, districts, islands, and monasteries.

+ "This monastery of ours" is said in the monasteries instead of "this city of ours."

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And those who dwell therein in God’s faith.

The priest says the appropriate prayer according to the season, eigher the Litany for the Waters, the Litany for the Seeds, or the Litany for the Fruits.

Priest: Graciously accord, O Lord to bless the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the waters of the rivers, the seeds, the herbs, and the plants of the field this year.

Deacon: Pray for the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the trees, the vines, and for every fruitbearing tree in all the world, that Christ our God may bless them, bring them to perfection in peace without harm, and forgive us our sins.

Congregation:Lord have mercy (3)

Priest: Raise them to their measure according to Your grace. Give joy to the face of the earth. May its furrows be abundantly watered and its fruits be plentiful. Prepare it for sowing and harvesting. Manage our lives as deemed fit. Bless the crown of the year with Your goodness for the sake of the poor of Your people, the widow, the orphan, the traveler, the stranger, and for the sake of us all who entreat You and seek Your Holy Name. For the eyes of everyone wait upon You, for You give them their food in due season. Deal with us according to Your goodness, O You who give food to all flesh. Fill our hearts with joy and gladness that we too, having sufficiency in every thing always, may abound in every good deed.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

While pointing to the oblations set before him, the priest says:

Priest: Remember O Lord, those who have brought unto you these gifts, those on whose behalf they have been brought, and those by whom they have been brought. Give them all the heavenly reward.

Deacon: Pray for these holy and precious gifts, our sacrifices and those who have brought them.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: As this, O Lord, is the command of your Only-Begotten Son, that we share in the commemoration of your saints, graciously accord, O Lord, to remember all the saints who have pleased you since the beginning: our holy fathers the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the preachers, the evangelists, the martyrs, the confessors and all the spirits of the righteous perfected in the faith.Most of all, the pure, full of glory, Ever-Virgin, holy Theotokos, Saint Mary, who in truly gave birth to God the Logos. And Saint John the forerunner, baptist, and martyr; Saint Stephen the archdeacon and protomartyr; the beholder of God, the Evagelist Mark, the holy apostle and martyr; the patriarch Saint Severus; our teacher Dioscorus; Saint Athanasius the Apostolic; Saint Peter, the holy martyr and archpriest; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Theodosius; Saint Theophilus; Saint demetrius; Saint Cyril; Saint Basil; Saint Gregory the Theologian; Saint Gregory the Wonderworker; Saint Gregory the Armenian; the three hundred and eighteen assembled at Nicea; the one hundred and fifty at Constantinople; and the two hundred at Ephesus; our righteous father, the great Abba Anthony; the righteous Abba Paul; the three saints Abba Macarii and all their children, the crossbearers; our father Abba John the hegumen; our righteous father Abba Pishoy, the perfect man, the beloved of our good Savior.

Priest:

If the priest chooses, he may add the following.

Our father Abba Paul of Tammoh and Ezekiel his disciple; my lords, the Roman fathers Saints Maximus and Dometius; the forty-nine martyrs, the elders of Shiheet; the strong saint Abba Moses; John Kame the priest; our father Abba Daniel the hegumen; our father Abba Isidore the priest; our father Abba Pachom of the Koinonia, and Theodore his disciple; our father Abba Shenoute the archmandrite, and Abba Besa his disciple; and all the choir of Your saints, through whose prayers and supplications have mercy on us all and save us, for the sake of Your holy name, which is called upon us.

Deacon: Let those who read, recite the names of our holy fathers, the patriarchs who have fallen asleep; O Lord repose their souls and forgive us our sins.

Congregation:May their holy blessings be with us all. Amen. Glory be to You O Lord. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Lord repose them. Amen.

After the commemoration of the departed, the priest, with his hands extended on high, continues.

Priest: Those, O Lord, whose souls you have taken, repose them in the paradise of joy, in the region of the living forever, in the heavenly Jerusalem, in that place, and we too, who are sojourners in this place, keep us in your faith, and grant us your peace unto the end.

Congregation:As it was, and shall be, form generation to generation, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Priest: Lead us throughout the way into your kingdom, that as in this so also in all things your great and holy name be glorified, blessed and exalted, in every thing honoured and blessed, together with Jesus Christ, your beloved son and the Holy Spirit.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Again let us give thanks unto God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for also he has made us worthy now to stand up in this holy place, to lift up our hands and to serve his holy name. Let us also ask him to make us worthy of the communion and partaking of his divine and immortal mysteries.

Congregation:Amen

The priest takes the pure Body with his right hand and places It in his left hand, and places the index finger of his right hand on the Body at the side of the Despotikon, at the place of separation , and says:

Priest: The Holy Body

Congregation:We worship Your Holy Body.

The priest dips his index finger into the precious Blood and then raises his finger a little from the Blood and makes one sign of the cross with it above the Blood within the chalice, while saying:

Priest: And the honoured blood

Congregation:And Your Honoured Blood

The priest signs the pure Body with the Blood which is on his finger, once on the front and once on the back of It, and says:

Priest: Those belonging to His Christ, the Almighty Lord Our God.

Deacon: Amen. Amen. Let us pray.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

While breaking the holy Body, the priest says one of the following prayers of the Fraction:

Priest: O Master, Lord our God, the Great, the Eternal, who is wondrous in glory; who keeps His covenant and His mercy to those who love Him with all their heart;

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: who has given to us redemption of sins through His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, the life of everyone,

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: the help of those who flee to Him, the hope of those who cry out to Him; before whom stand thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousands holy angels and archangels,

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: the cherubim and the sepraphim, and all the innumerable host of the heavenly powers. O God, You have sanctified these gifts which are set forth through the coming down upon them of Your Holy Spirit; You have purified them.

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: Purify us also, our Master, from our sins, the hidden and manifest. And every thought not pleasing to Your goodness, O God, the Lover of Mankind, may it be far from us.

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: Purify our souls, our bodies, our spirits, our hearts, our eyes, our understanding, our thoughts and our consciences, so that, with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed countenance, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say: Our Father...

Priest: Blessed are You, O Christ our God, the Pantocrator, Savior of Your Church. O Logos who can be perceived and Man that can be seen, who through Your imcomprehensible incarnation have prepared for us the Bread of heaven-this Your holy Body which is mystical and holy in every way. You have mixed for us a cup from a true vine, Your unblemished divine side, which, after You had given up the spirit, flowed for us blood and water, and became purification for the whole world. Acquire us to Yourself, O Good One, we Your undeserving servants. Make us for Yourself an assembled people, a kingdom, a priesthood, and a holy nation. Purify us also, O our Master, as You have sanctified these gifts set forth, which You have made unseen out of those things which are seen and to be Your perceptible Mysteries, O our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. For because of the multitude of Your compassions, You have made us all worthy of sonship through holy Baptism. You have taught us types of mystical prayer, so that we may entreat Your Father thereby. You also now, O our Master, make us worthy, that, with a pure conscience and good thoughts that befit sons, and with yearning and boldness, we may dare to cry to God, Your holy Father who is in the heavens, and say: Our Father...

Priest: O God-who predestined us to sonship through Jesus Christ our Lord according to the good pleasure of Your will unto the honor of the glory of Your grace, which You have granted to us through Your Beloved- this is He in whom we had our redemption through His holy Blood unto the forgiveness of sins. We give thanks to You, O Lord God the Pantocrator, for You have made us, who are sinners, worthy to stand in this holy place and fulfill this holy heavenly Mystery, so that, as You have made us worthy to fulfill Them, so also may we be worthy of their communion and the partaking of Them. O You, who opened the eyes of the blind, open the eyes of our hearts, so that, having cast away from us all the darkness of vice and evil, which is the likeness of defilement, we may be able to raise up our eyes toward the splendor of Your holy glory. And even as You have cleansed the lips of Your servant, Isaiah the prophet, as one of the seraphim took an ember with the tongs from the altar, cast it into his mouth, and said to him, "Behold, this has touched your lips, it shall take away your iniquities and cleanse all your sins." Likewise-we, too, weak sinners, Your pitiable servants- graciously cleanse our souls, our bodies, our lips, and our hearts; and give us this true Ember that is life-giving to soul, body, and spirit, which is the holy Body and the precious Blood of Your Christ; not unto judgment, nor unto falling into condemnation, nor unto shame and reproof of our transgressions, lest, partaking of Them unworthily, we become guilty of Them. So that the abundance of Your gifts, O our Master, may not be for us a cause of excess burden toward falling into condemnation, as having become ungrateful toward You, O You, the Benefactor. But rather grant us Your Holy Spirit, that with a pure heart, an enlightened conscience, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer that Your beloved Son gave to His own saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying to them, "For, indeed at all times, whenever your pray, entreat in this manner, and say, 'Our Father...'"

Priest: O God, who granted us, the sinners the Bread of Salvation and a heavenly and mediating sacrifice, which is the Holy Body and Honoured Blood of Your Christ. That which came for our purity, salvation, blessing and forgiveness for our sins, that we may address you with thanks, O Holy Father who art in heaven and say: Our Father…..

Priest: O God, begetter of the Light, Author of life, granter of knowledge, creator of grace, benefactor to our souls, treasury of wisdom, teacher of purity, founder of the ages, who receives to Himself pure prayers, who gives to those who trust in Him with all their heart the things which the angels desire to behold, who has brought us out of the depth into the light, who gave us life from death,who granted us freedom from bondage, who made the darkness of error in us to become light through the coming in the flesh of Your only-begotten Son. Now You also, O our Master, enlighten the eyes of our hearts and purify us to be whole in soul, body, and spirit, so that with a pure heart and cleansed lips, we may dare to entreat You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Lord our God, the Great, whose name is Great, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who received from our hands, we frail sinners, this perceptible, true, and bloodless sacrifice. You also, O our Master, the Good One and Lover of Mankind, purify us from every stain of flesh and spirit. And make us worthy to partake of Your ineffable good things for the salvation of our souls, bodies, and spirits, and for a defense before Your fearful tribunal. May we be worthy to dare with boldness to cry out to You, O holy Father, who is in the heaven, and say, Our Father...

Priest: You are the Logos of the Father, God before the ages, the great High Priest, who was incarnate and was made man for the salvation of mankind. And out of all the nations, He called to Himself a chosen race, a kingdom, a priesthood, a holy nation, and a justified people. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, that this sacrifice may not be a rebuke for our sins nor a shame for our iniquities, for we have brought it to You on account of our weakness. Rather, even as these gifts are purified in everything- You having graciously filled them with every holy thing through the coming down upon them of Your Holy Spirit- likewise, we sinners also, graciously accord to purify our souls, bodies, spirits, and consciences, so that with an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a pure heart, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer which You have given to Your saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner, and say, 'Our Father...'"

Priest: O Lamb of God, who through Your sufferings have borne the sins of the world, blot out our iniquities through Your compassion. O only-begotten of God, who through Your Blood have cleansed the filth of the world, cleanse the filth of our souls through Your mercies. O Christ of God, who through Your death have slain death that had slain all, by Your power raise up the deadness of our souls. O You who receive the offerings, who have offered Yourself in place of sinners, accept our repentance, we, who are sinners. For without favor have we come forth into Your presence, knocking on the door of Your tender mercies. So, grant us, O You who are rich in mercies, healing out of the treasures of Your remedies. Heal, O Compassionate One, our wretched souls by the emollient ointments of Your life-giving Mysteries. Cleanse our bodies; wash away our iniquities; make us worthy of the coming down of Your Holy Spirit upon our souls. Enlighten our minds that we may behold Your praiseworthiness. Purify our thoughts and mingle us with Your glory. Your love has brought You down to our lowliness; let Your grace raise us up to Your highness. Your compassion has compelled You and You were incarnate in our flesh; and You have manifested Your hiddenness openly. Manifest in the souls of Your servants the glory of Your life-giving Mysteries. At the offering of the sacrifice upon the altar, sin shall cease from our members through Your grace. When Your glory comes down upon Your Mysteries, we lift our minds up to behold Your splendor. At the turning of the bread and wine into Your Body and Blood, our souls shall be turned unto fellowship with Your glory, and our souls shall be united to Your divinity. Create in us, O our Lord and our God, a pure heart, and let Your Spirit dwell within us. Renew our senses by Your power and make us worthy of Your gift. From the cup of Your Blood, we drink; grant us a spiritual taste that we may discern the taste of Your life-giving Mysteries. We come forth in Your presence trusting in Your mercy, and Youshall dwell in us with love. Fill us with Your fear and inflame our hearts with desire for You. Place Your grace in us; purify our senses through Your mercy. Grant us pure tears and cleanse us from the filth of sin. Make us a holy temple for Your dwelling and purified vessels for receiving You, that having tasted of Your Flesh, we may be made worthy to taste Your grace and having drunk Your Blood, we may be made worthy of the sweetness of Your love. You have granted us to eat Your Flesh openly, make us worthy to be united to You secretly. You have granted us to drink of the cup of Your Blood openly, make us worthy to mingle with Your purity secretly. And as You are one in Your Father and Your Holy Spirit, may we be one in You and You in us, that Your saying may be fulfilled, "That they may all be one in us." So that with boldness, we may call God Your Father, a Father to us, and say in an expressive voice, Our Father...

Priest: O You, THE BEING, who was, the Eternal, everlasting before the ages, co-enthroned with the Father, who is one with Him and the Holy Spirit in Lordship, the source of mercy and compassion, who, according to His own will, was pleased to suffer on behalf of sinner, of whom I am chief. For when You desired to save me, You did not send me an angel nor an archangel nor a cherub nor a prophet. Rather You alone descended from Your Father's bosom to the womb of the Virgin. You emptied Yourself, taking the form of a servant and walking upon the earth as a man. And this is the wonder of Your humility. A manger carried You as one needy, and swaddling clothes enwrapped You. Arms carried You, and the knees of the Virgin lifted You up. A mouth has kissed You, and milk fed You, O You who provide for all creation out of Your bounty. For my sake, O my Master, You accepted shame and blasphemy, and consented to contempt, slander, threats, and smiting. Adamant people treated You unjustly. They knew not that You are the Savior of the world. They stood You up to be judged as one wretched. They rendered the judgment that You are worthy of death, and they cried out to Your face that You be crucified on behalf of Your people. Cruel people made You to carry the wood of the Cross for my sake, I, who carry the sentence of death by my own will. Sinners buffeted your cheeks; they scourged your back with scourges for my sake. They dressed You in a purple robe. They put a crown of thorns upon Your head and a reed in Your right hand. They spat on Your face for my sake. They took the reed and smote You on Your head, and they mocked You. And You, in Your humility, bore all of this for my sake. They lifted You up upon the tree, O You who lift all things by Your beckoning. In the time of Your thirst, they gave You vinegar, O You who water all creation by Your grace. You accepted death by Your own will, and You were buried in a sepulchre as dead, that You might bury my iniquities. They guarded Your tomb in fear of You, for in truth You are very fearful above all gods. You arose, O my Savior, in might, and You abolished the sting of Hades from me. You have given me Your Body and Blood that I may live therewith. And You made me to hear Your voice, saying,"He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood dwells in Me and I in him, for My Flesh is food indeed and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats Me shall live also because of Me." You have taught me to keep Your command ments and meditate upon Your law, and You cried out after me, saying,"Come and draw near to me that you may be justified from your sins." Behold, I have come, O my Master, knocking on the door of Your compassion. Accept from me this sacrifice as a ransom for my sins and the ignorance of Your people. Dwell in us by Your Holy Spirit. Clease us from all transgression and hypocrisy. May Your Body and Blood be a propitiation and redemption and vindication from all of our iniquities. For I came forth to touch Your Body and Blood out of yearning for Your love; do not burn me therewith, O my Framer, rather burn all the thorns that choke my soul. Accept this sacrifice from us, that we may come to You and You come to us and dwell within us by Your Holy spirit. And with Your favor, we call God, Your Father, a Father of us, and we cry out, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O only-begotten Son, God, the Logos, who loved us, and through His love, He desired to redeem us from eternal perdition. And since death was in the way of our redemption, He desired to go through it out of His love for us. And thus He ascended upon the Cross that He may bear the punishment of our sins. We are the ones who sinned, and He is the One who suffered. We are the ones who were indebted to the divine justice because of our sins, and He was the One who paid off the debts on our behalf. For our sake, He preferred suffering over joy, toil over rest, contempt over glory, and the Cross over the throne which is carried by the cherubim. He consented to be tied by ropes that He may loose us from the bonds of our sins. He humbled Himself that He may lift us up. He hungered to satiate us, and thirsted to quench our thirst. And He ascended upon the Cross naked that He might clothe us with the garment of His righteousness. And He opened His side by the spear that we might enter into Him and dwell in the throne of His grace, and that the blood might flow from His body that we might wash ourselves from our iniquities. Indeed, He died and was buried in the tomb, then He arose that He might raise us from the death of sin, and give us life unto life eternal. My sins, O my God, are the thorns that pierce Your holy head; I, whohave saddened Your heart by my rejoicin in the vain pleasures of the world. What is this road that leads to death in which You are walking, O my God and my savior? What is it that You are carrying upon Your shoulders? This is the cross of shame which You have carried on my behalf. What is this, O Redeemer? What has caused You to consent to this? Shall the Great One be despised? Shall the Glorified One be afflicted? Shall the Exalted One be humbled? Oh! The greatness of Your love. Yes, it is Your great love that made You accept with endurance all these sufferings for my sake. I give thanks to You, O my God, and Your angels, with all Your creation, give thanks to You on my behalf, for I am unable to present Your praise as befits Your love. Have we ever seen a greater love? So be sorrowful, O my soul, for your sins that caused these sufferings to Your compassionate Redeemer. Portray His wound before you, and hope in Him when the enemy rages against you. Grant me, O my Savior, to consider Your suffering my treasure, the crown of thorns my glory, Your sorrows my joy, Your bitterness my sweetness, Your blood my life, and Your love my pride and my thanksgiving. O my Lord Jesus Christ, who was wounded on accounts of our sins, and by your bruises we were healed, wound me by the spear of Your healing divine love. And by the blood of Your Cross, purify me from my sins. Cheer me also by Your love, O You who accepted death for my sake, that You may redeem me and give me life. O My Lord Jesus, my beloved, if You see me as a withered organ, soften me with the oil of Your grace, and confirm me in You as a living branch, O True Vine. And when I come forth to partake of Your Mysteries, make me worthy of Them, and fit for communion with You, so that I may dare with boldness without fear to call on Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, with the voice of children, saying, Our Father...

This fraction is from the Liturgy of the church of Antioch.

Priest: Thus truly the Logos of God suffered in the flesh, was slain, bowed on the Cross, and His soul parted from His body, even though His divinity never parted, eigher from His soul or from His body. He was pierced with the spear in His side, out of which flowed blood and water for the forgiveness of the whole world; His body was smeared in them, and His soul came and was reunited with His body. In place of sins which enguilf the world, the Son died on the Cross and turned us from the way-of-life on the left to that on the right. He made peace through the blood of His Cross, uniting and reconciling the heavenly with the earthly, the people with the peoples, and the soul with the body. And on the third day He rose from the tomb. One is Immanuel, who is indivisible after the union, and undivided into two natures. Thus we believe, thus we confess, and thus we affirm that this Body belongs to this Blood, and this Blood belongs to this Body. You are Christ our God, who was pierced in His side on Golgotha at Jerusalem for our sake. You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Forgive our trespasses, and remit our sins, and make us stand at Your right-hand side. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed by the cherubim, hallowed by the seraphim, and exalted by thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand of rational servants; who sanctifies and completes the gifts and the fruits that have been brought to You as a sweet savor; sanctify also all of our bodies, souls, and spirits, so that with a pure heart and an unashamed face, we may call upon You, O God, the Father who is in the heavens, and pray, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord our God, the Creator-invisible, uncontainable, immutable, and immeasurable- who sent His true Light, His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ the eternal Logos. He who is in the Fatherly bosom at all times has come down and dwelt in the undefiled virginal womb. She, being a virgin, gave birth to Him, and her virginity is sealed. Lo, the angels praise Him and the heavenly hosts chant to Him, proclaiming and saying,"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Your holy glory." Likewise, we too, the weak and sinful, make us worthy with them, O our good Master and Lover of Mankind, that with a pure heart we may praise You, with Him and the Holy Spirit- the Co-essential Holy Trinity- and raise our eyes toward You, O holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: As You have bestowed upon us the grace of sonship through the washing of rebirth and renewing of the Holy Spirit, so make us worthy now also, that, without hypocrisy, with a pure heart, a conscience full of boldness, and unerring lips, we may entreat You, O Abba Father, so that having abandoned the vanity of the excessive words of the heathen and the haughtiness of the Jews, we may be able to offer unto You the supplication of prayer according to the decree of Your only-begotten Son, which is full of salvation. So with a humble voice befitting Christians, and with purity of soul, body, and spirit, we dare without fear to cry out to You who are uncreated, without beginning, and unbegotten, the Master of everyone, God the holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O God, who granted Zacharias a son in old age from Elizabeth his barren wife, who gave birth to him in her old age, and called his name John. And Zacharias' mouth was opened immediately, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed after his muteness, and he spoke, praising God, and prophesied. Elizabeth also rejoiced, saying,"Blessed be the Lord God, who has taked away my reproach among men." And John grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts [Luke1:80]. And his clothing was of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey. He was in the desert preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Christ our God testified concerning him that he was the messenger who would prepare the way before Him; and that among those born of women none is greater than John the Baptist. And John confessed, "I am not the Messiah, about He who is coming after me has surpassed me because He was, indeed, before me; I am not worthy to untie a strap of His sandal. John, too, was given grace for grace, since the Master of all came to him to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. And when He had been baptized, He came up immediately out of the water, and behold, the heavens opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And lo, a voice came from the heavens, saying,"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." O John, son of the promise, we entreat you for intercession that God may forgive us our iniquities, and to call upon Him in thanksgiving, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O Lord, our Lord, how wondrous has become Your name in all the earth, for the greatness of Your beauty is exalted above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have prepared praise. Prepare also, O Lord, our souls for praising You, hymning You, blessing You, serving You, worshiping You, glorigying You, giving thanks to You, every day and every hour, that we may confess to You and cry out to You, O holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: And it came to pass in the days when God wanted to test Abraham and know his heart and his love for Him, that He said to him,"Abraham Abraham, take your beloved son Isaac and offer him to Me as a burnt offering, upon the mountain of which I will tell you." And Abraham rose up in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two servants and Isaac his son. He took a knife and fire, walked on the earth, and saw from afar the place of which the Lord had told him. And he said to his servants,"You sit in this place with the donkey. And I and Isaac my son shall go to worship, and return to you." And Abraham took the firewood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son, and took the fire in his hand, and the knife. And Isaac spoke to his father, saying," My father, behold the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep which we shall offer as a burnt offering?" And Abraham said to him,"God, who commanded us to offer to Him a sacrifice, will provide Himself the sheep for a burnt offering, my son." And Abraham took stones and built and altar, and took the firewood and laid it upon the altar, and took Isaac his son and bound him and laid him upon the altar, and took the knife to slay him. And the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham, saying to him,"Abraham, Abraham, behold, do not touch your lad, or do him any harm. When the Lord saw your love for Him, He said,'I am the Lord your God. By Myself I have sworn that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed.'" And Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw a sheep laid upon the tree, caught by its two horns. So he left Isaac his son and took the sheep, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of him. Thus the slaying of Isaac was a type of the shedding of the Blood of Christ, the Son of God, on the Cross for the salvation of the world. And as Isaac carried the firewood for the burnt offering, likewise Christ carried the wood of the Cross. And as Isaac returned alive, likewise Christ rose alive from the dead and appeared to His holy disciples. O God, who received the sacrifice of our father Abraham, receive this sacrifice from our hands in this hour. Bless these gifts. Bless those on whose behalf they have been offered, and repose the souls of those who have died. May christ bless the hearts and spirits of us all, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unshamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the name of salvation, who according to the multitude of His mercy descended into Hades and destroyed the power of death. You are the King of the ages, the Immortal, the Everlasting, the Logos of God who is above all, the shepherd of the rational sheep, the High Priest of the good things to come, who ascended into the heavens and has become higher than the heavens. He went within the veil to the Holy place of the Holies, the place into which anyone of human nature cannot enter. He became a forerunner on our behalf, having become a High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. You are He concerning whom the prophet Isaiah prophesied, saying,"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearers is silent, so He opens not His mouth. In the humiliation, His judgment was taken away; who shall declare His generation?" You were wounded on account of our sins and were weakened for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon You, and with Your bruises we were healed. We were all going astray like sheep. You have come, O our Master, and saved us through the true knowledge of Your Cross, and granted us the tree of life, which is Your divine Body and ture Blood. Therefore, we praise You, we bless You, we serve You, we worship You, we glorify You, and we give thanks to You at all times. We ask and entreat You, O God, the Lover of Mankind, receive our sacrifice from our hands, O our Master, as You have received the gifts, the incense, and the supplications of the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and all Your saints. Purify our souls, our bodies, our spirits, and our consciences, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer which You have given to Your saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying to them,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner and say,'Our Father...'"

Priest: O Christ our God, the High Priest of the good things to come, King of the ages, the Immortal, the Everlasting, the Logos of God who is above all, who granted us this great Mystery which is His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the Body which He took from our Lady, the Lady of us all, Saint Mary, and made It one with His divinity. This is He who descended into Hades, abolished the power of death, led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. He lifted His saints up on high with Him and gave them as gifts to His Father. Through His tasting of death for us, He saved those who are alive and reposed those who have died. And we, too, who were sitting in darkness for a season, He granted us the light of His Resurrection through His holy Incarnation. May the illumination of Your true knowledge shine upon us, that we may shine with Your living image and may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry out to Your Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, who through His Cross descended to Hades and restored our father Adam and his children to Paradise. He buried us with Himself, and through His death He abolished the power of death, and on the third day He rose from the dead. He appeared to Mary Magdalene and spoke with her in this manner, saying,"Tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." The archangel descended from heaven and rolled the stone from the door of the tomb, and proclaimed the glad tidings to the women carrying the spices, saying,"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.“ He breathed into the face of His saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,”Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

From Ascension Day to the Feast of Pentecost, the priest adds the following paragraph.

Priest: And after forty days, He ascended into the heavens, sat at the right hand of His good Father, and sent us the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, in the likeness of tongues of fire.

Then he concludes:

Priest: Therefore, we ask You, O our Master, purify us from all hypocrisy, that with a pure heart we may dare with boldness, without fear, to entreat You, O God, the Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father…

Priest: We praise and glorify the God of gods and the Lord of lords, who was incarnate of Saint Mary. She gave birth to Him in Bethlehem. And lo, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and proclaimed the glad tidings of His wonderful Nativity to them, and they came and beheld Him, whose star the Magi saw. They came and worshiped Him, and presented gifts to Him, who came to the land of Egypt, and then returned and dwelt in Nazareth of Galilee; who grew little by little, according to the form of men, yet He alone was without sin; who came to the Jordan and was baptized by John the Forerunner; who fasted for us forty days and forty nights in a mystery ineffable; who made the water wine by the power of His divinity at the wedding of Cana of Galilee; who gave sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, the maimed whole, the lepers pure, the deaf to hear, the mute to speak, and the demons to depart; who raised the son of the widow at Nain and the daughter of Jairus; who was transfigured on Mount Tabor before His holy disciples, and His face shone like the sun; who raised Lazarus from the tomb after four days; who entered into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey and a colt of a donkey, as a king; who established a covenant with His holy disciples and gave them His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins; who was crucified on the Cross and trampled down Satan, and was placed in the tomb, and after three days rose from the dead; whom His chosen disciples saw on the Sea of Tiberias after His holy Resurrection; and after forty days He ascended into the heavens, and sat at the right hand of His good Father, and sent us the Paraclete in the likeness of tongues of fire; who taught His chosen disciples and holy apostles, saying,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner, and say, Our Father..."

Priest: You are the merciful God, the Redeemer of everyone, who was incarnate for our salvation, who has enlightened us sinners, who fasted for us forty days and forty nights in a mystery ineffable, who saved us from death and gave us His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins, who spoke to the multitude and to His saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,"This is the Bread of life which came down from heaven-not as your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died. He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood shall live for ever, and I will raise him up at the last day." Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, purify our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry to Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord God the Pantocrator, who sent His only-begotten Son into the world; He taught us the Law and the commandments written in the Holy Gospel. And He taught us that fasting and prayer cast out demons when He said,"This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer and fasting." Fasting and prayer are those which raised Elijah to heaven and saved Daniel from the lion's den. Fasting and prayer are those which Moses persued until he received the Law and the Commandments written with the finger of God. Fasting and prayer are those which the Ninevites persued, so God had mercy on them and forgave them their sins, and lifted His wrath away from them. Fasting and prayer are those which the prophets pursued and prophesied concerning the Advent of Christ many generations before His Coming. Fasting and prayer are those which the apostles persued; they preached to all nations, and made them Christians, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Fasting and prayer are those which the martyrs pursued until they shed their blood for the name of Christ, who confessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. Fasting and prayer are those which the righteous and the just and the cross-bearers pursued; they dwelt in the mountains, deserts, and holes of the earth because of their great love for Christ the King. And we, too, let us fast from all evil, in purity and righteousness, and let us proceed forth to this holy sacrifice and partake of it with thanksgiving, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: Behold, Immanuel our God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world, is with us today on this table; who is seated on the throne of His glory, and before whom stand all the heavenly orders; whom the angels praise with voices of blessing and before whom the archangels fall down and worship. The four incorporeal living creatures sing the hymn of the Trisagion. And the twenty-four presbyters are seated on their thrones, with twenty-four golden crowns upon their heads and in their hands twenty-four golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They fall down before Him who lives for ever and ever. And the one hundred and forty-four thousand, the underfiled virgins, praise the Lord, saying,"Holy, holy, holy. Amen.Alleluia." And we also worship the Holy Trinity, praising Him, saying, "Holy is God the Father, the Pantocrator. Amen. Alleluia. Holy is only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Alleluia. Holy is the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Amen. Alleluia. Holy and full of glory is the holy Theotokos, Saint Mary, the Virgin. Amen. Alleluia. Holy and full of glory is this sacrifice, which has been slain for the life of the whole world. Amen. Alleluia. Therefore, our good Savior proclaimed, saying,"My Body is food indeed and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood dwells in Me, and I in him." We ask You, O our Master, purify our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, cleansed lips, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face,a faith unfeigned, a pure conscience, a perfect patience, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: You are the Logos of the Father, God before the ages, the great High Priest, who was incarnate and became man for the salvation of mankind. Out of all the nations, He called to Himself a chosen race, a kingdom, a priesthood, a holy nation, and a justified people. Having sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost, He came upon each one of them like divided tongues of fire, and filled them with all knowledge, all understanding, and all spiritual wisdom, according to Your faithful promise. And they spoke in every language and they proclaimed Your hoy name to all the nations. As for Peter and Paul, foremost among the apostles, the shadow of the one was healing the sick, whereas the handkerchiefs and aprons of the other were causing diseases to leave and evil spirits to come out. And after they preached the gospel of the kingdom and taught the nations, they shed their blood for Your name's sake and received the crown of apostleship and of martyrdom. O You who granted His holy disciples and honored apostles the descent of the Spirit, the Paraclete, upon them and gave them authority to work healings, signs, and wonders-they proclaimed to us the glad tidings of His holy name and restored us to the true faith of the Holy Trinity. We praise You, we bless You, we glorify You, and we give thanks to You on account of these great gifts. And we ask You, O our Master, to also grant us the forgiveness of our sins, and to purify our hearts, our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry out to Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: How unsearchable are Your judgments and Your ways past finding out! As the heavens are higher than the earth, so also are Your thoughts higher than the sons of men. "Lo, You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and have revealed them to little children." "Yes, O Father, this is the good pleasure before You." You have chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and You have chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. You have chosen Peter, who was a fisherman, and have made him into a fisher of men. You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This is he, who, when You asked Your holy disciples, saying,"Who do men say that I am?" he proclaimed saying,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in the heavens." Simon Peter, who had denied You before the servant girl, did confess You before kings and rulers. Likewise also, Paul, who was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor, persecuting the church of God exceedingly to destroy it, You made him a chosen vessel for Yourself, bearing Your holy name before the Gentiles and kings and sons of Israel. When he was going to Damascus to bind the Christians and torture them, suddenly a light shined upon him from heaven, and he heard a voice saying to him,"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is a hard thing for you to kick against the goads." Paul, the tongue of incense! He has preached the gospel to the Gentiles, establishing churches for them, and confirming them in the upright faith. Finally, when Your two apostles, Peter and Paul, had fought the good fight and finished their race, You granted them the things which an eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither have come upon the heart of man. Behold, Peter was martyred, crucified upside down with his head below, and Paul by the edge of the sword, and they received the crown of apostleship and of martyrdom. O God, who granted His apostles these many graces, grant us, who are sinners, the forgiveness of our sins, our trespasses, and our iniquities, that we may call upon You in thanksgiving, saying, Our Father...

Congregation:Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. In Christ Jesus our Lord, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Congregation:In Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord.

Congregation:Before You, O Lord.

The people bow their heads until the conclusion of the following two prayers.

Deacon: Let us attend in the fear of God. Amen.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Then he exclaims aloud:

Priest: Remember, O Lord to bless our gatherings.

The deacon raises the cross, and says:

Deacon: Saved. Amen. And with your spirit. In the fear of God, let us attend.

The people respond while bowing their heads:

Congregation:Amen. Lord have mercy (3)

The priest takes in his hands the Despotikon and raises It up to arm's length, and with bowed head he exclaims aloud:

Priest: The Holies for the holy.

The people worship before the Lord with fear and trembling, praying for the forgiveness of their sins with tears and supplication. Then the priest takes the Despotikon between the tips of two fingers of his right hand, and with It he signs the precious Blood inside the chalice in the form of the cross. Then he dips the extremity of It inside the chalice and carefully raises It soaked in the Blood, and with It signs, in the form of the cross, the pure Body which is all on the paten. Then he takes the Despotikon and signs with It the Blood inside the chalice in the form of the cross. He then carefully places the Despotikon upside down in the Blood inside the chalice, all the while with his left hand cupped under the Despotikon lest any of the pearls should fall or drip, while saying:

Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; the sanctification is by the Holy Spirit.Amen.

The people raise their heads, and respond in a loud voice:

Congregation:One is the Holy Father. One is the Holy Son. One is the Holy Spirit. Amen

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: The Holy Body and the precius, true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God. Amen.

Congregation:Amen.

Priest: The holy, precious Body and true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God , Amen.

Congregation:Amen.

The priest signs the Blood with the Despotikon and places It in the chalice, and says:

Priest: The Body and the Blood of Immanuel our God; this is true. Amen.

Congregation:Amen. We believe

Priest: Amen. Amen. Amen. I believe, I believe, I believe and profess to the last breath that this is the life-giving Flesh that Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, took from our Lady and Lady of us all, the holy Theotokos, Saint Mary. He made it one with His divinity without mingling, without confusion, and without alteration. He confessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. He gave It up for us upon the holy wood of the Cross, of His own will, for us all. Truly, I believe that His Divinity never parted not from His humanity for a single moment, nor a twinkling of an eye; given for us for salvation, remission of sins, and eternal life to those who partake of Him. I believe, I believe, I believe that this is true. Amen.

Deacon: Amen. Amen. Amen. I believe, I believe, I believe that this is true. Amen. Pray for us and for all the Christians who said to us concerning them, "Remember us in the house of the Lord." The peace and love of Jesus Christ be with you. Let us sing, "Alleluia." Pray for the worthy partaking of the immaculate and heavenly Holy Mysteries. Lord have mercy.

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord. Glory to You.

During the distribution of the Holy Mysteries, the people chant Psalm 150, "Alleluia Praise God." Then the congregation chants what is appropriate for the day. The priest kisseds with his mouth the holy Body and partakes of it. Then he gives communion to the assistant priest (if there is one), the ministering deacon, and the rest of the communicants. When he gives the assistant priest, the servants, and the peolple the pure Body without the Blood, he says, "This is truly the Body of Immanuel our God. Amen." When he gives the precious Blood, he says, "This is truly the Blood of Immanuel our God. Amen." If he gives the Body dipped in the Blood, as in the case for the sick, he says,"These are truly the Body and Blood of Immanuel our God. Amen." The communicant reponds each time, saying, "Amen." While bearing the paten with the Body of Christ, the priest begins distributing the Holy Mysteries to the people by turning to the west and, with the paten, blessing the people with the sign of the cross, saying:

Priest: The Holies for the holy. Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the sanctification is by the Holy Spirit.Amen.

All the people, along with the deacons, bow, saying:

Congregation:Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

After all have communion, the priest returns to the altar and, with the paten, makes the sign of the cross on the people again, while saying:

Priest: The Holy Body and the precious, true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God. Amen.

Then he places the paten on the altar and consumes, together with the servants, what remains of the holy Body. Again, after all have been given communion from the precious Blood, the priest distributes and consumes what remains in the chalice. The he washes the vessels, drinking the washing water and giving it also to the servants. During the distribution of the Holy Mysteries, the people chant Psalm 150.

Priest: Praise God, in all His saints, Alleluia. Praise Him, in the firmament of His power, Alleluia. Praise Him, for His mighty acts, Alleluia. Praise Him, according to the multitudes of His greatness, Alleluia. Praise Him, with the sound of the trumpet, Alleluia. Praise Him, with the psaltery and harp, Alleluia. Praise Him, with timbrel and chorus, Alleluia. Praise Him, with strings and organs, Alleluia. Praise Him, with pleasant resounding cymbals, Alleluia. Praise Him, upon the cymbals of joy, Alleluia. Let everything that has breath praise the name of the Lord our God. Alleluia. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia. Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen. Alleluia. Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory to You, our God, Alleluia. Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory be to our God, Alleluia. O Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hear us and have mercy upon us.

The following may also be said: On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:Blessed are You indeed, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us.

Congregation:The bread of Life, who came down for us from heaven, has given life to the world. And you too, O Mary, have borne in your womb the rational Manna, which came from the Father. You have brought Him forth without blemish; He gave us His Body and His precious Blood, and we live forever. Around You stand the cherubim and the seraphim, and they cannot look at You. We beheld You upon the altar, and we partake of Your Body and Your precious Blood. Therefore we exalt you befittingly, with prophetic hymnology. For they spoke of you with great honor, O Holy City of the great King. We entreat and pray that we may win mercy, through your intercessions with the Lover of Mankind. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins. Through the intercessions of the holy archangels Michael and Gabriel, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Blessed be the Father and the Son / and the Holy Spirit / the perfect Trinity / we worship Him and glorify Him.

Melodies for the Distribution may be chanted.

After the priest finishes this prayer and the washing of the sacred vessels, water is poured into the palms of his hands, of which he sprinkles a small amount onto the table, and he says the following.

Priest: O angel of this sacrifice, flying up to the heights with this hymn, remember us before the Lord, that He may forgive us our sins.

The priest wipes his face with his hands, and he turns to his brethren the priests, above and below, making them partners with him by the touch of his hands, and whomsoever he has made partner with him, he wipes his face with his hands and they do likewise. Then he places his hand upon the heads of the people and blesses them. (This is now done through sprinking them with the holy water instead of laying the hand on each one). He then dismisses them and concludes with the blessing.

Priest: Amen. Alleluia: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. We proclaim and say, O our Lord Jesus Christ, bless the air of heaven, bless the water of the rivers, bless the seeds and the herbs… May Your mercy and peace be a fortress unto Your people: Save us and have mercy on us.

Priest: O Christ our God

Congregation:Amen. So be it.

Priest: O King of peace, grant us Your peace, establish for us Your peace, and forgive us our sins. For Yours is the power, the glory, the blessing, and the might, for ever. Amen.

Priest: Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. In Christ Jesus our Lord, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Then the priest dismisses the people in peace, saying the dismissal.

Priest: The grace of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all. Go in peace. The Lord be with you.

Or he says:

The Love of God the Father, the grace of the only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ; and the communion and gift of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Go in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you all. Amen

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Then the priest turns and kisses the altar, and encircles it once, saying Psalm 46. Then he descends from the altar and takes off his priestly vestment and distributes the eulogia, that is, the blessed bread. And he dismisses the people in peace from the Lord. May His grace, mercy, and blessing be upon us for ever. Amen.

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Saint Basil Liturgy

After the Offering of Morning Incense, the "Hymn of Blessing", is chanted while the priests and deacons put on their service vestments:

Congregation: We worship the Father of Light, and His only-begotten Son, and the Spirit, the Paraclete; the Trinity, one in essence.

On non-fasting days (including Saturdays and Sundays of fasting days, as well as Feasts of the Lord and Feasts of the Cross), the prayers of the Third and Sixth hours are prayed.

Introduction of Every HourIn the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen. Kyria eleison. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen. Our Father...

Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life. O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, we thank You for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is You who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Through the grace, compassion, and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one exxence with You, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my iniquity. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my iniquity; and my sin is at all times before me. Against You only I have sinned, and done evil before You: that You might be just in Your sayings, and might overcome when You are judged. For, behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins my mother conceived me. For, behold, You have loved the truth: You have manifested to me the hidden and unrevealed things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with Your hyssop, and I shall be purified: You shall wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. You shall make me to hear gladness and joy: the humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in my inward parts. Do not cast me away from Your face; and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of Your salvation: and uphold me with a directing spirit. Then I shall teach the transgressors Your ways; and the ungodly men shall turn to You. Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips; and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would have given it: You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God shall not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, offering, and burnt sacrifices: then they shall offer calves upon Your altar. ALLELUIA.

Reader: When the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, has come, He shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said unto you. My peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard how I said unto you, “I go away, and come again unto you.” If you loved Me, you would rejoice, because I said, “I go unto the Father”: for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it comes to pass, you might believe. I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do: arise, let us go from here. I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me, and I in you.

Priest: Glory be to God forever. Amen. May the saying of God be fulfilled in peace.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Then these Troparia and Theotokion are said:

Reader: 1. Your Holy Spirit, O Lord Whom You sent forth upon Your holy disciples and honored apostles in the third hour, do not take away from us, O Good One, but renew Him within us. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence. And do not take Your Holy Spirit away from me.

Congregation: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 2. O Lord who sent down Your Holy Spirit upon Your holy disciples and Your honored apostles in the third hour, do not take Him away from us, O Good One, but we ask You to renew Him within us, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Word; a steadfast and life giving spirit, A spirit of prophecy and chastity, a spirit of holiness, justice and authority, O the Almighty One, for You are the light of our souls. O Who shines upon every man that comes into the world, have mercy on me.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 3. O Theotokos, you are the true vine who bore the Cluster of Life, we ask you, O full of grace, with the apostles, for the salvation of our souls. Blessed is the Lord our God. Blessed is the Lord day by day. He prepares our way, for He is God of our salvation.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 4. O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who is present in all places and fills all, the treasury of good things and the Life-Giver, graciously come, and dwell in us and purify us from all defilement, O Good One, and save our souls.

Congregation: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 5. Just as You were with Your disciples, O Savior, and gave them peace, graciously come also and be with us, and grant us Your peace, and save us, and deliver our souls.

Congregation: Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 6. Whenever we stand in Your holy sanctuary, we are considered standing in heaven. O Theotokos, you are the gate of heaven; open to us the gate of mercy.

Priest: O Lord hear us and have mercy on us and forgive us our sins. Amen. Lord have mercy (41)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Congregation:Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy upon us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy upon us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who rose from the dead and ascended into the heavens, have mercy on us. Glory to the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto, the ages of the ages. Amen. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, forgive us our sins. O Lord, forgive us our iniquities. O Lord, forgive us our trespasses. O Lord, visit the sick of Your people, heal them for the sake of Your holy name. Our fathers and brethren who have falled asleep, O Lord, repose their souls. O You who are without sin, Lord, help us and receive our supplications. For Yours is the glory, the dominion, and triple holiness. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Our Father...

Congregation:Hail to you. We ask you, O saint, full of glory, the ever-virgin, the Theotokos, the Mother of Christ. Lift up our prayers onto your beloved Son, that He may forgive us our sins. Hail to the holy Virgin, who has brought forth unto us the true Light, Christ our God. Ask the Lord on our behalf, that He may have mercy on our souls, and forgive us our sins. O Virgin Mary, the holy Theotokos, the faithful advocate for all mankind, Intercede on our behalf before Christ to Whom you bore, that He may grant us the forgiveness of our sins. Hail to you, O Virgin, / the right and true Queen. / Hail to the pride of our race / who bore to us Immanuel. We ask you to remember us, / O our faithful advocate, / before our Lord Jesus Christ / that He may forgive us our sins.

Introduction of Every HourIn the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen. Kyria eleison. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen. Our Father...

Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life. O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, we thank You for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things wich are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is You who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Through the grace, compassion, and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one exxence with You, now and at all thimes and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

Psalm 50Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my iniquity. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my iniquity; and my sin is at all times before me. Against You only I have sinned, and done evil before You: that You might be just in Your sayings, and might overcome when You are judged. For, behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins my mother conceived me. For, behold, You have loved the truth: You have manifested to me the hidden and unrevealed things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with Your hyssop, and I shall be purified: You shall wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. You shall make me to hear gladness and joy: the humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in my inward parts. Do not cast me away from Your face; and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of Your salvation: and uphold me with a directing spirit. Then I shall teach the transgressors Your ways; and the ungodly men shall turn to You. Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips; and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would have given it: You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God shall not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, offering, and burnt sacrifices: then they shall offer calves upon Your altar. ALLELUIA.

Reader: And seeing the multitudes, He went up on the mountain, and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you, when they revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”

Priest: Glory be to God forever. Amen. May the saying of God be fulfilled in peace.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Then these Troparia and Theotokion are said:

Reader: 1. O You, Who on the sixth day and in the sixth hour were nailed to the cross, for the sin which our father Adam dared to commit in Paradise, tear the handwriting of our sins, O Christ our God, and save us. I cried to God, and the Lord heard me. God hear my prayer, and do not refuse my petition. Be attentive to me and hear me in the evening, in the morning, and at midday. I say my words, and He hears my voice and delivers my soul in peace.

Congregation:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 2. O Jesus Christ, our God, who was nailed to the cross in the sixth hour, and killed sin by the tree, and by Your death You made alive the dead man, whom You created with Your own hands, and had died in sin. Put to death our pains by Your healing and life‑giving passions, and by the nails with which You were nailed. Rescue our minds from thoughtlessness of the earthly deeds and worldly lusts, to the remembrance of Your heavenly commandments, according to Your compassion.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 3. Since we have no favor, nor excuse, nor justification because of our many sins, we, through you, implore to Him who was born of you, O Theotokos, the Virgin, for abundant and acceptable is your intercession with our Savior. O holy mother, do not exclude sinners from your intercession with Him whom you bore, for He is merciful and able to save us, because He suffered for us to deliver us. Let your compassion speedily reach us, for we are exceedingly humbled. Help us, O God, our Savior, for the glory of Your name. O Lord, deliver us and forgive us our sins for the sake of Your holy name.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 4. You wrought salvation in the midst of all the earth, O Christ our God, as You stretched Your holy hands on the cross. Therefore, all nations cry out saying, “Glory be to You, O Lord”.

Congregation:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Reader: 5. We worship Your incorruptible person, O Good One, asking for the forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God. For, of Your will, You were pleased to be lifted up onto the cross, to deliver those whom You created from the bondage of the enemy. We cry out unto You and give thanks to You, for You have filled all with joy, O Savior, when You came to help the world. Lord, glory be to You.

Congregation:Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen.

Reader: 6. You are she who is full of grace. O Theotokos, the Virgin, we praise you, for, through the cross of your Son, Hades fell down and death was abolished. We were dead but we are raised and became worthy of eternal life, and gained the delight of the first Paradise. Therefore, we thankfully glorify the immortal Christ our God.

Priest: O Lord hear us and have mercy on us and forgive us our sins. Amen. Lord have mercy (41)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Congregation:We exalt you, the Mother of the true Light. We glorify you, O saint, the Theotokos, for you brought forth unto us the Saviour of the whole world; He came and saved our souls. Glory be to you, our Master, our King, Christ, the pride of the apostoles, the crown of the martyrs, the joy of the righteous, the firmness of the churches, the forgiveness of sins. We proclaim the Holy Trinity in one Godhead. We worship Him. We glorify Him. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Amen.

Congregation:Truly we believe in One God, God the Father, the Pantocrator, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not created; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary; and became man. And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead according to the scriptures. Ascended into the Heavens; He sits at the right hand of His Father, and He is coming again in His Glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the son,is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, universal and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism, for the remission of sins.

The people chant the last sentence in a loud voice.

Congregation:We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen

The Oblation are offered and examined while the congregation chants "Lord have mercy (Kyria eleision)"

Congregation:Lord have mercy (41 times)

Congregation:Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory and honor. Have mercy on us, O God the Father, the Pantocrator. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, God of hosts, be with us. For we have no helper in our hardships and tribulations but You. Absolve, forgive, and remit, O God, our transgressions; those which we have committed willingly and those which we have committed unwillingly, those which we have committed knowingly and those which we have committed unknowingly, the hidden and manifest, O Lord forgive us, for the sake of Your Holy name which is called upon us. Let it be according to Your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins. Our Father...

Priest: Glory and honour, honour and glory to the All-Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peace and edification to the one, only, holy, catholic. and apostolic Church of God. Amen. Remember, O Lord, those who have brought to You these gifts, those on whose behalf they have been brought, and those by whom they have been brought. Give them all the heavenly reward.

Deacon: Pray for these holy and precious gifts, our sacrifices, and those who bring them. Lord have mercy.

On Saturdays and Sundays ( except during the Great Fast), on feasts of our Lord, on Eastertide, and on all days of non-fasting, the people chant from Psalm 117:24-26.

Congregation:Alleluia. This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord save us, O Lord straighten our ways. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

On days of fasting ( except the weekdays of the Great Fast and Jonah's Fast) and on Saturdays and Sundays during the Great Fast, the people chant the following.

Congregation:Alleluia. The thought of man shall confess to You, O Lord, and the remainder of thought shall keep a feast to You. The sacrifices and the offerings, receive them to Yourself. Alleluia.

The priest, having come around to the front of the altar, faces East, and uncovers the loaf and places it in his left hand. Then he inclines his head to his brethren the priests, asking them to bless. Then the priest brings the loaf close to the cruet of wine in the deacon's right hand, which is covered with a silk veil, and three times he makes the sign of the cross over both, saying:

Priest: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.

At the first signing, he says:

Blessed be God the Father, the Pantocrator.

Deacon: Amen

At the second signing, he says:

Priest: Blessed be His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deacon: Amen

At the Third signing, he says:

Priest: Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Deacon: Amen. One is the Holy Father. One is the Holy Son. One is the Holy Spirit. Amen. Blessed be the Lord God forever. Amen. Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His mercy has been strengthened toward us; and the truth of the Lord abides for ever. Amen, Alleluia.

Congregation:Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen. Alleluia.

The priest then turns to his brethren the priests before turning to the west and making the sign of the cross over the people, saying:

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head towards his fellow priests, and, while turning towards the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us, and has brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

Deacon: Let us pray.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, we thank you for everything, concerning everything, and in everything. For You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Yourself, spared us, supported us, and have brought us to this hour.

Deacon: Pray that God may have mercy and compassion on us, hear us, help us, and accept the supplications and prayers of His saints, for that which is good on our behalf at all times+ and make us worthy to partake of the communion of His holy and blessed Mysteries, for the remission of our sins.

+ The following is added in the presence of the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop:

and to keep the life and standing of our honored father, the archpriest, Pope Abba(…), and his partner in the liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…)

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, grant us to complete this holy day and all the days of our life in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest,

The priest bows his head toward the East and signs himself with the sign of the cross, saying:

take them away from us

Then he turns toward the west from his right and makes the sign of the cross over the people, saying the following. If the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop is present, he makes the sign of the cross over the people and says the following instead of the priest.

and from all Your people, and from this table, and from this Your holy place. But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us, for it is you who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, Through the grace, compassion and love-of-mankind of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Through whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the worship are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who is of one essence with You, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

After the Thanksgiving Prayer, the congregation chants the hymn "Saved-" followed by "Saved Amen" after the Absolution of the Servants.

Congregation:Saved, Amen. And with your spirit.

Then the priest rises and kisses the altar, and proceeds to the north side of the altar, and the deacon who is serving prostrates before him, and the priest stretches forth his hand on the deacon and blesses him. Then both of them kiss the altar. Coming down from the altar, the priest and the rest of the deacons walk backward, their faces set to the East, and they put their left foot first. Then they prostrate themselves before the door of the sanctuary, and one of the priests who are present reads the Prayer of Absolution. If the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop is present, he reads this prayer. If only one priest is present, he reads it while standing behind the servants. The priest makes the sign of the cross at each of the following times: (1) eastward on the serving priests; (2) eastward on the deacons; (3) turning northward, on the rest of the servants; (4) turning westward, on the entire congregation; and (5) turning to the East, on himself.

Priest: May Your servants, minister of this day, the hegumen(s), the priest(s), (1) the deacon(s), (2) the clergy, (3) and all the people, (4) and my weakness, (5) be absolved from the mouth of the All Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and from the mouth of the one, only, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church; and from the mouths of the twelve apostles; and from the mouth of the Beholder of God, the Evangelist Mark, the holy apostle and martyr; the patriarch Saint Severus; our teacher Dioscorus; Saint Athanasius the Apostolic; Saint Peter the holy martyr and archpriest; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Cyril; Saint Basil; and Saint Gregory; and from the mouths of the three hundred and eighteen assembled at Nicea; the one hundred and fifty at Constantinople, and the two hundred at Ephesus; and from the mouth of our honoured father, the archpriest, Abba (…); and from the mouth of his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our honoured father our bishop (metropolitan), Abba (...); and from my own mouth, being the least. For blessed and full of glory is Your holy name, O Father and Son and Holy Spirit, now and at all times and unto the age of all ages. Amen.

After the Absolution, the congregation chants the following hymn for the Virgin on Saturdays and Sundays ( except during the Great Fast), the major feasts, the fifty days of the Paschaltide, and all non-fasting days.

Congregation:This censer of pure gold, bearing the aroma, is in the hands of Aaron the priest, offering up incense upon the altar.

On all fasting days (except during the Great Fast and Jonah's Fast), Saturdays and Sundays of the Great Fast, and on the two Feasts of the Cross, the following is chanted.

Congregation:The golden censer is the Virgin, her aroma is our Savior. She gave birth to Him; He saved us and forgave us our sins.

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the seven archangels and the heavenly orders, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the prayers of my masters and fathers, the apostles, and the rest of the disciples, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins

Congregation:Through the prayers of the Beholder of God, the Evangelist Mark, the apostle, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

The verse for the saint of the church is added here, if not already mentioned above.

Congregation:Through the prayers of the victorious martyr my lord the prince George, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Through the prayers of the saints of this day, each one according to their names, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

In the presence of a bishop or metropolitan, the following verse is added.

Congregation:Through their prayers, keep the life of our honored and righteous father, Abba (……) the bishop (metropolitan), O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:We worship You, O Christ, with Your good Father and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Reader: Paul, the servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, appointed to the Gospel of God. A reading from the Epistle of our teacher Paul to the (...). May his holy blessings be with us. Amen.

Reader: The Catholic epistle from the first Epistle of our teacher (St.....). May his holy blessings be with us. Amen.

Congregation:Hail to you, O Mary, the fair dove, who has borne to us, God the Logos.

On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:Blessed are You indeed, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us. Have mercy on us.

Reader: A reading from the Acts of our fathers the pure apostles, who were invested with the Holy Spirit. May their blessing be with us all. Amen

The Synaxarion (chronicle of the saints) is read:

Congregation:Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy upon us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy upon us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was form the dead and ascended into the heavens, have mercy upon us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of age. Amen. O Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us.

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head toward his fellow priests, and, while turning toward the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

The priest kisses the cross and gives it to the deacon. He takes the censer and says the Litany for the Gospel.

Priest: O Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, who said to His saintly, honoured disciples and holy apostles, "Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things which you hear, and have not heard them. But as for you, blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear." May we be worthy to hear and to act according to Your Holy Gospels, through the prayers of Your saints.

Deacon: Pray for the Holy Gospel

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Remember also, O our Master, all those who have bidden us to remember them in our supplications and prayers which we offer up unto You, O Lord our God. Those who have already fallen asleep, repose them. Those who are sick, heal them. For you are the life of us all, the salvation of us all, the hope of us all, the healing of us all, and the resurrection of us all.

Congregation:Alleluia

The priest ascends to the sanctuary, puts the incense in the censer, goes around the altar and the deacon opposite him, bearing the Bible and the cross. Then the deacon stands at the sanctuary door with the cross raised in his hand, and says:

Deacon: Stand in the fear of God. Let us hear the Holy Gospel

Priest: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. Bless, O Lord, the reading of the Holy Gospel according to Saint …

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord

Deacon: Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint ... the Evangelist. May his blessing be with us. Amen. From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet. May his blessing be with us. Amen.

The Reader reads the Psalm

Priest: Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, to whom is glory forever. Glory is due to our God unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord

Deacon: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God to whom is glory forever. Amen.

The Reader reads the Holy Gospel

Congregation:Glory be to God forever

The sermon may be delivered.

The response to the Gospel is chanted:

Congregation:Blessed are they in truth, the saints of this day, each one according to his name, the beloved of Christ.

Intercede on our behalf, O lady of us all, Mary the Mother of our Savior, that He may forgive us our sins.

Blessed be the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the perfect Trinity, we worship Him and glorify Him.

After the Gospel, the priest prays the three great Litanies. Sometimes he prays them secretly during the Bible reading.

Priest: Let us pray.

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind. remember, O Lord, the peace of Your one, only, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

Deacon: Pray for the peace of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic orthodox Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: This which exists from one end of the world to the other. All peoples and all flocks, bless. The heavenly peace, send down into all our hearts; even the peace of this life, graciously grant unto us. The king (leader), the armies, the rulers, the counselors, the multitudes, our neighbours, our coming in and our going out, adorn them with all peace. O King of peace, grant us Your peace, for You have given us all things. Acquire us to Yourself, O God our Saviour, for we know none other but You. Your holy name we utter. May our souls live by Your Holy Spirit, and let not the death of sins have dominion over us, we Your servants, (nor over all Your people.)+

+Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present.our honored patriarch

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, to remember, O Lord, our blessed and honored patriarch and father, the archpriest, Pope Abba (...). And his spiritual brethren: the Patriarch of Antioch Mar Ignatius (...) and the Patriarch of Eritrea Abouna(...)

Deacon: Pray for our archpriest, Pope Abba (...), Pope and Patriarch and archbishop of the great of Alexandria; And his brethren in the apostolic liturgy, the Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius (…), and the Patriarch of Eritrea, Abouna (...). and for our orthodox bishops.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Keep them secure for us for many years and peaceful times, fulfilling that holy archpriesthood with which You have entrusted them for Yourself, according to Your holy and blessed will. rightly handling the word of truth, shepherding Your people in purity and righteousness, and all the orthodox bishops, hegumens, priests, and deacons, and all the fullness of Your one, only, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Grant them and us peace and safety in every place. Their prayers which they offer on our behalf, (and on behalf of all Your people,)+ as well as ours on their behalf,

+Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present. The deacon presents the censer to the priest, who puts a spoonful of incense into it, while saying:

receive them upon Your holy, rational altar in heaven, as a sweet savor of incense. All their enemies, visible and invisible, trample and humiliate under their feet speedily. As for them, keep them in peace and righteousness in Your holy Church.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Again, let us ask God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. We ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, remember, O Lord, our assemblies.

The priest makes the sign of the cross once on the people, saying:

Bless them.

Deacon: Pray for this holy church and for our assemblies.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Grant that they may be to us without obstacle or hindrance, that we may hold them according to Your holy and blessed will:

The priest stretches forth his hand with the censer over the altar toward the four corners, first to the east, then the west, the north, and the south, while saying:

Houses of prayer, houses of purity, houses of blessing. Grant them to us, O Lord, and to Your servants who will come after us, forever. The worship of idols, utterly uproot from the world. Satan and all his evil powers, trample and humiliate them under our feet speedily. The offences and their instigators, abolish. Let the dissensions of corrupt heresies cease. The enemies of Your holy Church, O Lord, as at all times, now also humiliate. Strip their vanity, show them their weakness speedily. Bring to naught their envy, their intrigues, their madness, their wickedness and their slanders, which they commit against us. O Lord, bring them all to no avail. Disperse their counsel, O God, Who dispersed the counsel of Ahithophel.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

The priest censes toward the East three times above the altar, saying:

Priest: Arise, O Lord God. Let all Your enemies be scattered, and let all who heat Your Holy name flee before Your face.

The priest turns to the west and censes the priests, the deacons, and the people three times, saying:

But let Your people be in blessing, thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, doing Your will. By the grace …

Deacon: In the wisdom of God, let us attend. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Congregation:Truly we believe in One God, God the Father, the Pantocrator, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not created; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary; and became man. And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead according to the scriptures. Ascended into the Heavens; He sits at the right hand of His Father, and He is coming again in His Glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the son,is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, universal and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism, for the remission of sins.

The people chant the last sentence in a loud voice.

Congregation:We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen

Now the priest looks toward the west, shakes the water off his hands before all the peope, then dries his hands with a clean towel.

Priest: Let us pray

Deacon: Stand up for prayer.

The priest bows his head toward his fellow priests, and, while turning toward the west, he makes the sign of the cross over the people with his right hand, and says:

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: O God,the Great, the Eternal , who formed man in incorruption, and death, which entered into the world through the envy of the devil, You destroyed by the life-giving manifestation of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. You have filled the earth with the heavenly peace by which the hosts of angels glorify You, saying: "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will toward men."

Deacon: Pray for perfect peace, love and the holy apostolic greetings.

Congregation:Lord have mercy

Priest: According to your good will, O God, fill our hearts with Your peace. Cleanse us from all blemish, all guile, all hypocrisy, all craftiness, and the remembrance of vice bearing death. And make us all worthy, O our Master, to greet one another with a holy kiss, that without casting us into condemnation, we may partake of Your immortal and heavenly gift in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Then the deacon, holding the cross, says:

Deacon: Greet one another with a holy kiss. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Yes, Lord, who are Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hear us and have mercy upon us. Offer, offer, offer in order. Stand with trembling. Look toward the east. Let us attend.

The priests kiss one another with a holy kiss, as do the deacons and the congregation. Then the priest and the deacon who stands opposite to him raise the prospheron. (The raising of the prospheron is a simbol of the angel moving the stone from the tomb after the resurrection.)

Congregation:Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins. We worship you, O Christ, with your good Father and the Holy Spirit, for you have come and saved us. A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise.

The priest transfers to his left hand the veil which he is holding, and he takes in his right hand the veil which is upon the oblation, and with it he makes the following three signs of the cross while keeping the two veils in his hands.

Turning to west, the priest signing the people once with the sign of the cross, saying:

Priest: The Lord be with you all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

The priest turns to the East and signs the deacons on his right once with the sign of the cross, saying

Priest: Lift up your hearts.

Congregation:We have them with the Lord.

The priest signs himself once with the sign of the cross,saying:

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord

Congregation: It is meet and right.

Priest: Meet and right, meet and right; truly, indeed, it is meet and right. O You, THE BEING, Master, Lord, God of truth, being before the ages and reigning forever; who dwells in the highest and looks upon the lowly, who has created the heaven, the earth, the sea and all is therein. The Father of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, by whom you have created all things, seen and unseen. Who is seated upon the throne of His glory, and who is worshipped by all the holy powers.

Deacon: You who are seated, stand

Priest: Before whom stand the angels, the archangels, the principalities, the authorities, the thrones, the dominions, and the powers.

Deacon: Look towards the east.

Priest: You are He around whom stand the cherubim full of eyes, and the seraphim with six wings praising continuously, without ceasing, saying---

Deacon: Let us attend.

The congregation may chant the following short Watos Asposmos hymn.

Congregation:The Cherubim worship you, and the Seraphim glorify you, Proclaiming and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your holy glory.

The priest takes in his right hand the veil that is upon the chalice, and with it makes the sign of the cross three times; firstly, upon himself, his face being turned toward the East, then upon the deacons on his right hand, and lastly toward the west, upon the people, saying"Holy (Agios)" each time.

Priest: Agios. (Holy) x3

Priest: Holy, Holy, Holy, truly O Lord, our God. Who formed us, created us and placed us in the Paradise of Joy.When we disobeyed Thy commandment by the guile of the serpent, we fell from eternal life, and were exiled from the paradise of joy. You have not abandoned us to the end, but have always visited us through your holy prophets, and in the last days, you did manifest yourself to us, who were sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, through your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who of the Holy Spirit and of the holy Virgin Mary.

Congregation:Amen

The deacon presents the censer to the priest, who puts a handful of incense into it.

Priest: Was incarnate and became man, and taught us the ways of salvation. He granted us the birth from on high through water and Spirit. He made us unto himself a congregation, and sanctified us by your Holy Spirit; He loved his own who are in the world, and gave himself up for our salvation unto death which reigned over us, whereby we were bound and sold on account of our sins. He descended into Hades through the cross.

Congregation:We believe

Priest: He rose form the dead on the third day; He ascended into the heavens and sat at your right hand, O Father; He has appointed a day for recompense, on which He will appear to judge the world in righteousness and give each one according to his deeds.

Congregation:According to your mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins.

The priest censes his hands three times and then censes the bread, followed by the wine, with his hands, while saying:

Priest: He instituted for us this great mystery of godliness.

The priest takes away his smokefilled hands from the censer, and says:

For being determined to give himself up to death for the life of the world.

Congregation:We believe

The priest takes the bread inito his left hand, raises the silk veil that was beneath it on the paten and kisses it, then places it on the altar, saying:

Priest: He took bread into his holy, spotless, unblemished, blessed and life-giving hands.

The priest places his right hand upon the bread that is in his left hand, raises his eyes upward, and says:

Congregation:We believe that this is true. Amen

Priest: He looked up towards Heaven, to You O God, His Father and Master of all.

The priest makes the sign of the cross with his finger three times, and each time the congregation responds, saying "Amen." At the first signing, the priest says:

Priest: And he gave thanks,

Congregation:Amen

And at the second signing:

Priest: He blessed it.

Congregation:Amen

And at the third signing:

Priest: And he sanctified it.

Congregation:Amen

Congregation:We believe, we confess, and we glorify

The priest breaks the oblation into a two-thirds and a one-third part, carefully, slightly, and without separating one part from the other, and without touching the Despotikon. The fraction must be made with his right thumb, and not with the nail. Making the fraction from the top to the bottom with the one-third part on his right and the two-thirds part on his left, he says:

Priest: He broke it, and gave it to His own saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying, " Take, eat of it, all of you. For this is My Body,

The priest slightly and gently breaks the top of the oblation with the tips of his fingers, without, however, completely separating it. He places it in the paten, and cleans his hands inside the paten so that nothing of the oblation should adhere to either of them. He does this while saying:

which is broken for you and for many, to be given for the remission of sins. This do in remembrance of Me."

Congregation:This is true. Amen

The priest places his hand upon the rim of the chalice, and says:

Priest: Likewise also the cup after supper He mixed it of wine and water.

The priest makes the sign of the cross three times, and each time the congregation responds, saying, "Amen." At the first signing, the priest says:

Priest: And he gave thanks,

Congregation:Amen

And at the second signing:

Priest: He blessed it.

Congregation:Amen

And at the third signing:

Priest: And he sanctified it.

Congregation:Amen

Congregation:Again we believe, we confess, and we glorify.

The priest holds the rim of the chalice with his hands, saying:

Priest: He tasted and gave it also to His holy disciples and pure apostles saying,

The priest moves the chalice in the form of the cross, inclining it carefully first to the west, then to the East, to the north, and to the south, while saying:

‘Take, drink of it, all of you,

The priest points with his hands to the chalice, and says:

For this is my blood of the New Covenant which is shed for you and for many, to be given for the remission of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me."

Congregation:This is also true indeed. Amen

The priest points with his hands to the body, and says:

Priest: For every time you shall eat of this bread.

Then he points with his hands to the chalice, saying:

And drink of this cup.

The continues, saying:

You proclaim my death, confess my resurrection and remember me till I come.

Congregation:Amen. Amen. Amen. Your death, O Lord, we proclaim. Your holy resurrection and ascension, we confess. We praise You, we bless You, we thank You, O Lord, and we entreat You, O our God.

Priest: Therefore, as we also commemorate His holy Passion, His Resurrection from the dead, His Ascension into the heavens, His Sitting at your right hand, O Father, and His Second Coming from the heavens, awesome and full of glory, we offer unto You Your gifts from what is Yours, for everything, concerning everything, and in everything.

Deacon: Worship God in fear and trembling.

While all people bow their heads, they say:

Congregation:We praise You, we bless You, we serve You and we worship You.

Deacon: Let us attend. Amen.

Everyone raises his head, and, three times, the priest quickly signs with the sign of the cross the oblation which is upon the paten, and says aloud:

Priest: And this bread he makes into His holy Body.

The people worship, and say:

Congregation:I believe. Amen.

Three times, the priest quickly signs the chalice with the sign of the cross.

Priest: And this cup also, the precious Blood of His New Covenant.

Congregation:Again, I believe. Amen

The priest stretches forth his hands and bows his head to the Lord, saying:

Priest: Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Given for the remission of sins and eternal life to those who shall partake of him.

Now, indeed, the bread has become the Body of Christ and the wine the Blood of Christ. After this, the signings of both of Them shall be through Them and by Them.

Congregation:Amen. Lord have mercy.(3)

The priest takes a veil in his right hand and another in his left hand, and says:

Priest: Make us all worthy, O our Master, to partake, of your holies unto the purification of our souls, our bodies and our spirits. That we may become one body and one spirit, and may have a share and an inheritance with all the saints who have pleased you since the beginning.

Priest: Remember, O Lord, the peace of Your One, Only, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Deacon: Pray for the peace of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

While pointing with his hand first to the Blood and then to the Body, the priest says:

Priest: This which you have acquired unto yourself with the precious Blood of your Christ. Keep her in peace, with all the Orthodox bishops who are in her. Foremost, remember, O Lord, our blessed and honoured father, the archbishop our patriarch (…..) and his spiritual brethren: the Patriarch of Antioch Mar Ignatius(...) and the Patriarch of Eritrea Abouna(...),

In the presence of a metropolitan or bishop, the following is added.

and his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…).

Deacon: Pray for our archpriest, the Pope Abba (…), Pope and Patriarch and archbishop of the great city of Alexandria; And his spiritual brethren in the apostolic liturgy, the Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius(…), and the Patriarch of Eritrea, Abouna (…).

If a metropolitan or a bishop is present, he adds:

and his partner in the [apostolic] liturgy, our father the bishop (metropolitan), Abba (…).

Then concludes:

and for our orthodox bishops.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And those who rightly handle the word of truth with him, grant them unto Your holy Church to shepherd Your flock in peace. Remember, O Lord, the orthodox hegumens, priests and deacons-

Deacon: Pray for the hegumens, priests, deacons, subdeacons, and the seven orders of the Church of God.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And all the servants, all who are in virginity, and the purity of all Your faithful people.

+Remember, O Lord, to have mercy upon us all.

+ Said by the Pope, a metropolitan, or a bishop, if present.

Congregation:Have mercy upon us, O God, the Father, the Pantocrator.

Priest: Remember, O Lord, the salvation of this Your holy place, And every place and every monastery of our Orthodox fathers.

Deacon: Pray for the salvation of the world and of this city+ of ours, and of all cities, districts, islands, and monasteries.

+ "This monastery of ours" is said in the monasteries instead of "this city of ours."

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: And those who dwell therein in God’s faith.

The priest says the appropriate prayer according to the season, eigher the Litany for the Waters, the Litany for the Seeds, or the Litany for the Fruits.

Priest: Graciously accord, O Lord to bless the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the waters of the rivers, the seeds, the herbs, and the plants of the field this year.

Deacon: Pray for the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the trees, the vines, and for every fruitbearing tree in all the world, that Christ our God may bless them, bring them to perfection in peace without harm, and forgive us our sins.

Congregation:Lord have mercy (3)

Priest: Raise them to their measure according to Your grace. Give joy to the face of the earth. May its furrows be abundantly watered and its fruits be plentiful. Prepare it for sowing and harvesting. Manage our lives as deemed fit. Bless the crown of the year with Your goodness for the sake of the poor of Your people, the widow, the orphan, the traveler, the stranger, and for the sake of us all who entreat You and seek Your Holy Name. For the eyes of everyone wait upon You, for You give them their food in due season. Deal with us according to Your goodness, O You who give food to all flesh. Fill our hearts with joy and gladness that we too, having sufficiency in every thing always, may abound in every good deed.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

While pointing to the oblations set before him, the priest says:

Priest: Remember O Lord, those who have brought unto you these gifts, those on whose behalf they have been brought, and those by whom they have been brought. Give them all the heavenly reward.

Deacon: Pray for these holy and precious gifts, our sacrifices and those who have brought them.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: As this, O Lord, is the command of your Only-Begotten Son, that we share in the commemoration of your saints, graciously accord, O Lord, to remember all the saints who have pleased you since the beginning: our holy fathers the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the preachers, the evangelists, the martyrs, the confessors and all the spirits of the righteous perfected in the faith.Most of all, the pure, full of glory, Ever-Virgin, holy Theotokos, Saint Mary, who in truly gave birth to God the Logos. And Saint John the forerunner, baptist, and martyr; Saint Stephen the archdeacon and protomartyr; the beholder of God, the Evagelist Mark, the holy apostle and martyr; the patriarch Saint Severus; our teacher Dioscorus; Saint Athanasius the Apostolic; Saint Peter, the holy martyr and archpriest; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Theodosius; Saint Theophilus; Saint demetrius; Saint Cyril; Saint Basil; Saint Gregory the Theologian; Saint Gregory the Wonderworker; Saint Gregory the Armenian; the three hundred and eighteen assembled at Nicea; the one hundred and fifty at Constantinople; and the two hundred at Ephesus; our righteous father, the great Abba Anthony; the righteous Abba Paul; the three saints Abba Macarii and all their children, the crossbearers; our father Abba John the hegumen; our righteous father Abba Pishoy, the perfect man, the beloved of our good Savior.

Priest:

If the priest chooses, he may add the following.

Our father Abba Paul of Tammoh and Ezekiel his disciple; my lords, the Roman fathers Saints Maximus and Dometius; the forty-nine martyrs, the elders of Shiheet; the strong saint Abba Moses; John Kame the priest; our father Abba Daniel the hegumen; our father Abba Isidore the priest; our father Abba Pachom of the Koinonia, and Theodore his disciple; our father Abba Shenoute the archmandrite, and Abba Besa his disciple; and all the choir of Your saints, through whose prayers and supplications have mercy on us all and save us, for the sake of Your holy name, which is called upon us.

Deacon: Let those who read, recite the names of our holy fathers, the patriarchs who have fallen asleep; O Lord repose their souls and forgive us our sins.

Congregation:May their holy blessings be with us all. Amen. Glory be to You O Lord. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless us. Lord repose them. Amen.

After the commemoration of the departed, the priest, with his hands extended on high, continues.

Priest: Those, O Lord, whose souls you have taken, repose them in the paradise of joy, in the region of the living forever, in the heavenly Jerusalem, in that place, and we too, who are sojourners in this place, keep us in your faith, and grant us your peace unto the end.

Congregation:As it was, and shall be, form generation to generation, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Priest: Lead us throughout the way into your kingdom, that as in this so also in all things your great and holy name be glorified, blessed and exalted, in every thing honoured and blessed, together with Jesus Christ, your beloved son and the Holy Spirit.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: Again let us give thanks unto God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for also he has made us worthy now to stand up in this holy place, to lift up our hands and to serve his holy name. Let us also ask him to make us worthy of the communion and partaking of his divine and immortal mysteries.

Congregation:Amen

The priest takes the pure Body with his right hand and places It in his left hand, and places the index finger of his right hand on the Body at the side of the Despotikon, at the place of separation , and says:

Priest: The Holy Body

Congregation:We worship Your Holy Body.

The priest dips his index finger into the precious Blood and then raises his finger a little from the Blood and makes one sign of the cross with it above the Blood within the chalice, while saying:

Priest: And the honoured blood

Congregation:And Your Honoured Blood

The priest signs the pure Body with the Blood which is on his finger, once on the front and once on the back of It, and says:

Priest: Those belonging to His Christ, the Almighty Lord Our God.

Deacon: Amen. Amen. Let us pray.

Congregation:Lord have mercy.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

While breaking the holy Body, the priest says one of the following prayers of the Fraction:

Priest: O Master, Lord our God, the Great, the Eternal, who is wondrous in glory; who keeps His covenant and His mercy to those who love Him with all their heart;

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: who has given to us redemption of sins through His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, the life of everyone,

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: the help of those who flee to Him, the hope of those who cry out to Him; before whom stand thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousands holy angels and archangels,

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: the cherubim and the sepraphim, and all the innumerable host of the heavenly powers. O God, You have sanctified these gifts which are set forth through the coming down upon them of Your Holy Spirit; You have purified them.

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: Purify us also, our Master, from our sins, the hidden and manifest. And every thought not pleasing to Your goodness, O God, the Lover of Mankind, may it be far from us.

Congregation:Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Priest: Purify our souls, our bodies, our spirits, our hearts, our eyes, our understanding, our thoughts and our consciences, so that, with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed countenance, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say: Our Father...

Priest: Blessed are You, O Christ our God, the Pantocrator, Savior of Your Church. O Logos who can be perceived and Man that can be seen, who through Your imcomprehensible incarnation have prepared for us the Bread of heaven-this Your holy Body which is mystical and holy in every way. You have mixed for us a cup from a true vine, Your unblemished divine side, which, after You had given up the spirit, flowed for us blood and water, and became purification for the whole world. Acquire us to Yourself, O Good One, we Your undeserving servants. Make us for Yourself an assembled people, a kingdom, a priesthood, and a holy nation. Purify us also, O our Master, as You have sanctified these gifts set forth, which You have made unseen out of those things which are seen and to be Your perceptible Mysteries, O our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. For because of the multitude of Your compassions, You have made us all worthy of sonship through holy Baptism. You have taught us types of mystical prayer, so that we may entreat Your Father thereby. You also now, O our Master, make us worthy, that, with a pure conscience and good thoughts that befit sons, and with yearning and boldness, we may dare to cry to God, Your holy Father who is in the heavens, and say: Our Father...

Priest: O God-who predestined us to sonship through Jesus Christ our Lord according to the good pleasure of Your will unto the honor of the glory of Your grace, which You have granted to us through Your Beloved- this is He in whom we had our redemption through His holy Blood unto the forgiveness of sins. We give thanks to You, O Lord God the Pantocrator, for You have made us, who are sinners, worthy to stand in this holy place and fulfill this holy heavenly Mystery, so that, as You have made us worthy to fulfill Them, so also may we be worthy of their communion and the partaking of Them. O You, who opened the eyes of the blind, open the eyes of our hearts, so that, having cast away from us all the darkness of vice and evil, which is the likeness of defilement, we may be able to raise up our eyes toward the splendor of Your holy glory. And even as You have cleansed the lips of Your servant, Isaiah the prophet, as one of the seraphim took an ember with the tongs from the altar, cast it into his mouth, and said to him, "Behold, this has touched your lips, it shall take away your iniquities and cleanse all your sins." Likewise-we, too, weak sinners, Your pitiable servants- graciously cleanse our souls, our bodies, our lips, and our hearts; and give us this true Ember that is life-giving to soul, body, and spirit, which is the holy Body and the precious Blood of Your Christ; not unto judgment, nor unto falling into condemnation, nor unto shame and reproof of our transgressions, lest, partaking of Them unworthily, we become guilty of Them. So that the abundance of Your gifts, O our Master, may not be for us a cause of excess burden toward falling into condemnation, as having become ungrateful toward You, O You, the Benefactor. But rather grant us Your Holy Spirit, that with a pure heart, an enlightened conscience, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer that Your beloved Son gave to His own saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying to them, "For, indeed at all times, whenever your pray, entreat in this manner, and say, 'Our Father...'"

Priest: O God, who granted us, the sinners the Bread of Salvation and a heavenly and mediating sacrifice, which is the Holy Body and Honoured Blood of Your Christ. That which came for our purity, salvation, blessing and forgiveness for our sins, that we may address you with thanks, O Holy Father who art in heaven and say: Our Father…..

Priest: O God, begetter of the Light, Author of life, granter of knowledge, creator of grace, benefactor to our souls, treasury of wisdom, teacher of purity, founder of the ages, who receives to Himself pure prayers, who gives to those who trust in Him with all their heart the things which the angels desire to behold, who has brought us out of the depth into the light, who gave us life from death,who granted us freedom from bondage, who made the darkness of error in us to become light through the coming in the flesh of Your only-begotten Son. Now You also, O our Master, enlighten the eyes of our hearts and purify us to be whole in soul, body, and spirit, so that with a pure heart and cleansed lips, we may dare to entreat You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Lord our God, the Great, whose name is Great, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who received from our hands, we frail sinners, this perceptible, true, and bloodless sacrifice. You also, O our Master, the Good One and Lover of Mankind, purify us from every stain of flesh and spirit. And make us worthy to partake of Your ineffable good things for the salvation of our souls, bodies, and spirits, and for a defense before Your fearful tribunal. May we be worthy to dare with boldness to cry out to You, O holy Father, who is in the heaven, and say, Our Father...

Priest: You are the Logos of the Father, God before the ages, the great High Priest, who was incarnate and was made man for the salvation of mankind. And out of all the nations, He called to Himself a chosen race, a kingdom, a priesthood, a holy nation, and a justified people. Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, that this sacrifice may not be a rebuke for our sins nor a shame for our iniquities, for we have brought it to You on account of our weakness. Rather, even as these gifts are purified in everything- You having graciously filled them with every holy thing through the coming down upon them of Your Holy Spirit- likewise, we sinners also, graciously accord to purify our souls, bodies, spirits, and consciences, so that with an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a pure heart, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer which You have given to Your saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner, and say, 'Our Father...'"

Priest: O Lamb of God, who through Your sufferings have borne the sins of the world, blot out our iniquities through Your compassion. O only-begotten of God, who through Your Blood have cleansed the filth of the world, cleanse the filth of our souls through Your mercies. O Christ of God, who through Your death have slain death that had slain all, by Your power raise up the deadness of our souls. O You who receive the offerings, who have offered Yourself in place of sinners, accept our repentance, we, who are sinners. For without favor have we come forth into Your presence, knocking on the door of Your tender mercies. So, grant us, O You who are rich in mercies, healing out of the treasures of Your remedies. Heal, O Compassionate One, our wretched souls by the emollient ointments of Your life-giving Mysteries. Cleanse our bodies; wash away our iniquities; make us worthy of the coming down of Your Holy Spirit upon our souls. Enlighten our minds that we may behold Your praiseworthiness. Purify our thoughts and mingle us with Your glory. Your love has brought You down to our lowliness; let Your grace raise us up to Your highness. Your compassion has compelled You and You were incarnate in our flesh; and You have manifested Your hiddenness openly. Manifest in the souls of Your servants the glory of Your life-giving Mysteries. At the offering of the sacrifice upon the altar, sin shall cease from our members through Your grace. When Your glory comes down upon Your Mysteries, we lift our minds up to behold Your splendor. At the turning of the bread and wine into Your Body and Blood, our souls shall be turned unto fellowship with Your glory, and our souls shall be united to Your divinity. Create in us, O our Lord and our God, a pure heart, and let Your Spirit dwell within us. Renew our senses by Your power and make us worthy of Your gift. From the cup of Your Blood, we drink; grant us a spiritual taste that we may discern the taste of Your life-giving Mysteries. We come forth in Your presence trusting in Your mercy, and Youshall dwell in us with love. Fill us with Your fear and inflame our hearts with desire for You. Place Your grace in us; purify our senses through Your mercy. Grant us pure tears and cleanse us from the filth of sin. Make us a holy temple for Your dwelling and purified vessels for receiving You, that having tasted of Your Flesh, we may be made worthy to taste Your grace and having drunk Your Blood, we may be made worthy of the sweetness of Your love. You have granted us to eat Your Flesh openly, make us worthy to be united to You secretly. You have granted us to drink of the cup of Your Blood openly, make us worthy to mingle with Your purity secretly. And as You are one in Your Father and Your Holy Spirit, may we be one in You and You in us, that Your saying may be fulfilled, "That they may all be one in us." So that with boldness, we may call God Your Father, a Father to us, and say in an expressive voice, Our Father...

Priest: O You, THE BEING, who was, the Eternal, everlasting before the ages, co-enthroned with the Father, who is one with Him and the Holy Spirit in Lordship, the source of mercy and compassion, who, according to His own will, was pleased to suffer on behalf of sinner, of whom I am chief. For when You desired to save me, You did not send me an angel nor an archangel nor a cherub nor a prophet. Rather You alone descended from Your Father's bosom to the womb of the Virgin. You emptied Yourself, taking the form of a servant and walking upon the earth as a man. And this is the wonder of Your humility. A manger carried You as one needy, and swaddling clothes enwrapped You. Arms carried You, and the knees of the Virgin lifted You up. A mouth has kissed You, and milk fed You, O You who provide for all creation out of Your bounty. For my sake, O my Master, You accepted shame and blasphemy, and consented to contempt, slander, threats, and smiting. Adamant people treated You unjustly. They knew not that You are the Savior of the world. They stood You up to be judged as one wretched. They rendered the judgment that You are worthy of death, and they cried out to Your face that You be crucified on behalf of Your people. Cruel people made You to carry the wood of the Cross for my sake, I, who carry the sentence of death by my own will. Sinners buffeted your cheeks; they scourged your back with scourges for my sake. They dressed You in a purple robe. They put a crown of thorns upon Your head and a reed in Your right hand. They spat on Your face for my sake. They took the reed and smote You on Your head, and they mocked You. And You, in Your humility, bore all of this for my sake. They lifted You up upon the tree, O You who lift all things by Your beckoning. In the time of Your thirst, they gave You vinegar, O You who water all creation by Your grace. You accepted death by Your own will, and You were buried in a sepulchre as dead, that You might bury my iniquities. They guarded Your tomb in fear of You, for in truth You are very fearful above all gods. You arose, O my Savior, in might, and You abolished the sting of Hades from me. You have given me Your Body and Blood that I may live therewith. And You made me to hear Your voice, saying,"He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood dwells in Me and I in him, for My Flesh is food indeed and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats Me shall live also because of Me." You have taught me to keep Your command ments and meditate upon Your law, and You cried out after me, saying,"Come and draw near to me that you may be justified from your sins." Behold, I have come, O my Master, knocking on the door of Your compassion. Accept from me this sacrifice as a ransom for my sins and the ignorance of Your people. Dwell in us by Your Holy Spirit. Clease us from all transgression and hypocrisy. May Your Body and Blood be a propitiation and redemption and vindication from all of our iniquities. For I came forth to touch Your Body and Blood out of yearning for Your love; do not burn me therewith, O my Framer, rather burn all the thorns that choke my soul. Accept this sacrifice from us, that we may come to You and You come to us and dwell within us by Your Holy spirit. And with Your favor, we call God, Your Father, a Father of us, and we cry out, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O only-begotten Son, God, the Logos, who loved us, and through His love, He desired to redeem us from eternal perdition. And since death was in the way of our redemption, He desired to go through it out of His love for us. And thus He ascended upon the Cross that He may bear the punishment of our sins. We are the ones who sinned, and He is the One who suffered. We are the ones who were indebted to the divine justice because of our sins, and He was the One who paid off the debts on our behalf. For our sake, He preferred suffering over joy, toil over rest, contempt over glory, and the Cross over the throne which is carried by the cherubim. He consented to be tied by ropes that He may loose us from the bonds of our sins. He humbled Himself that He may lift us up. He hungered to satiate us, and thirsted to quench our thirst. And He ascended upon the Cross naked that He might clothe us with the garment of His righteousness. And He opened His side by the spear that we might enter into Him and dwell in the throne of His grace, and that the blood might flow from His body that we might wash ourselves from our iniquities. Indeed, He died and was buried in the tomb, then He arose that He might raise us from the death of sin, and give us life unto life eternal. My sins, O my God, are the thorns that pierce Your holy head; I, whohave saddened Your heart by my rejoicin in the vain pleasures of the world. What is this road that leads to death in which You are walking, O my God and my savior? What is it that You are carrying upon Your shoulders? This is the cross of shame which You have carried on my behalf. What is this, O Redeemer? What has caused You to consent to this? Shall the Great One be despised? Shall the Glorified One be afflicted? Shall the Exalted One be humbled? Oh! The greatness of Your love. Yes, it is Your great love that made You accept with endurance all these sufferings for my sake. I give thanks to You, O my God, and Your angels, with all Your creation, give thanks to You on my behalf, for I am unable to present Your praise as befits Your love. Have we ever seen a greater love? So be sorrowful, O my soul, for your sins that caused these sufferings to Your compassionate Redeemer. Portray His wound before you, and hope in Him when the enemy rages against you. Grant me, O my Savior, to consider Your suffering my treasure, the crown of thorns my glory, Your sorrows my joy, Your bitterness my sweetness, Your blood my life, and Your love my pride and my thanksgiving. O my Lord Jesus Christ, who was wounded on accounts of our sins, and by your bruises we were healed, wound me by the spear of Your healing divine love. And by the blood of Your Cross, purify me from my sins. Cheer me also by Your love, O You who accepted death for my sake, that You may redeem me and give me life. O My Lord Jesus, my beloved, if You see me as a withered organ, soften me with the oil of Your grace, and confirm me in You as a living branch, O True Vine. And when I come forth to partake of Your Mysteries, make me worthy of Them, and fit for communion with You, so that I may dare with boldness without fear to call on Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, with the voice of children, saying, Our Father...

This fraction is from the Liturgy of the church of Antioch.

Priest: Thus truly the Logos of God suffered in the flesh, was slain, bowed on the Cross, and His soul parted from His body, even though His divinity never parted, eigher from His soul or from His body. He was pierced with the spear in His side, out of which flowed blood and water for the forgiveness of the whole world; His body was smeared in them, and His soul came and was reunited with His body. In place of sins which enguilf the world, the Son died on the Cross and turned us from the way-of-life on the left to that on the right. He made peace through the blood of His Cross, uniting and reconciling the heavenly with the earthly, the people with the peoples, and the soul with the body. And on the third day He rose from the tomb. One is Immanuel, who is indivisible after the union, and undivided into two natures. Thus we believe, thus we confess, and thus we affirm that this Body belongs to this Blood, and this Blood belongs to this Body. You are Christ our God, who was pierced in His side on Golgotha at Jerusalem for our sake. You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Forgive our trespasses, and remit our sins, and make us stand at Your right-hand side. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed by the cherubim, hallowed by the seraphim, and exalted by thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand of rational servants; who sanctifies and completes the gifts and the fruits that have been brought to You as a sweet savor; sanctify also all of our bodies, souls, and spirits, so that with a pure heart and an unashamed face, we may call upon You, O God, the Father who is in the heavens, and pray, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord our God, the Creator-invisible, uncontainable, immutable, and immeasurable- who sent His true Light, His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ the eternal Logos. He who is in the Fatherly bosom at all times has come down and dwelt in the undefiled virginal womb. She, being a virgin, gave birth to Him, and her virginity is sealed. Lo, the angels praise Him and the heavenly hosts chant to Him, proclaiming and saying,"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Your holy glory." Likewise, we too, the weak and sinful, make us worthy with them, O our good Master and Lover of Mankind, that with a pure heart we may praise You, with Him and the Holy Spirit- the Co-essential Holy Trinity- and raise our eyes toward You, O holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: As You have bestowed upon us the grace of sonship through the washing of rebirth and renewing of the Holy Spirit, so make us worthy now also, that, without hypocrisy, with a pure heart, a conscience full of boldness, and unerring lips, we may entreat You, O Abba Father, so that having abandoned the vanity of the excessive words of the heathen and the haughtiness of the Jews, we may be able to offer unto You the supplication of prayer according to the decree of Your only-begotten Son, which is full of salvation. So with a humble voice befitting Christians, and with purity of soul, body, and spirit, we dare without fear to cry out to You who are uncreated, without beginning, and unbegotten, the Master of everyone, God the holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O God, who granted Zacharias a son in old age from Elizabeth his barren wife, who gave birth to him in her old age, and called his name John. And Zacharias' mouth was opened immediately, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed after his muteness, and he spoke, praising God, and prophesied. Elizabeth also rejoiced, saying,"Blessed be the Lord God, who has taked away my reproach among men." And John grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts [Luke1:80]. And his clothing was of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey. He was in the desert preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Christ our God testified concerning him that he was the messenger who would prepare the way before Him; and that among those born of women none is greater than John the Baptist. And John confessed, "I am not the Messiah, about He who is coming after me has surpassed me because He was, indeed, before me; I am not worthy to untie a strap of His sandal. John, too, was given grace for grace, since the Master of all came to him to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. And when He had been baptized, He came up immediately out of the water, and behold, the heavens opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And lo, a voice came from the heavens, saying,"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." O John, son of the promise, we entreat you for intercession that God may forgive us our iniquities, and to call upon Him in thanksgiving, saying, Our Father...

Priest: O Lord, our Lord, how wondrous has become Your name in all the earth, for the greatness of Your beauty is exalted above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have prepared praise. Prepare also, O Lord, our souls for praising You, hymning You, blessing You, serving You, worshiping You, glorigying You, giving thanks to You, every day and every hour, that we may confess to You and cry out to You, O holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: And it came to pass in the days when God wanted to test Abraham and know his heart and his love for Him, that He said to him,"Abraham Abraham, take your beloved son Isaac and offer him to Me as a burnt offering, upon the mountain of which I will tell you." And Abraham rose up in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two servants and Isaac his son. He took a knife and fire, walked on the earth, and saw from afar the place of which the Lord had told him. And he said to his servants,"You sit in this place with the donkey. And I and Isaac my son shall go to worship, and return to you." And Abraham took the firewood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son, and took the fire in his hand, and the knife. And Isaac spoke to his father, saying," My father, behold the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep which we shall offer as a burnt offering?" And Abraham said to him,"God, who commanded us to offer to Him a sacrifice, will provide Himself the sheep for a burnt offering, my son." And Abraham took stones and built and altar, and took the firewood and laid it upon the altar, and took Isaac his son and bound him and laid him upon the altar, and took the knife to slay him. And the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham, saying to him,"Abraham, Abraham, behold, do not touch your lad, or do him any harm. When the Lord saw your love for Him, He said,'I am the Lord your God. By Myself I have sworn that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed.'" And Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw a sheep laid upon the tree, caught by its two horns. So he left Isaac his son and took the sheep, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of him. Thus the slaying of Isaac was a type of the shedding of the Blood of Christ, the Son of God, on the Cross for the salvation of the world. And as Isaac carried the firewood for the burnt offering, likewise Christ carried the wood of the Cross. And as Isaac returned alive, likewise Christ rose alive from the dead and appeared to His holy disciples. O God, who received the sacrifice of our father Abraham, receive this sacrifice from our hands in this hour. Bless these gifts. Bless those on whose behalf they have been offered, and repose the souls of those who have died. May christ bless the hearts and spirits of us all, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unshamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the name of salvation, who according to the multitude of His mercy descended into Hades and destroyed the power of death. You are the King of the ages, the Immortal, the Everlasting, the Logos of God who is above all, the shepherd of the rational sheep, the High Priest of the good things to come, who ascended into the heavens and has become higher than the heavens. He went within the veil to the Holy place of the Holies, the place into which anyone of human nature cannot enter. He became a forerunner on our behalf, having become a High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. You are He concerning whom the prophet Isaiah prophesied, saying,"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearers is silent, so He opens not His mouth. In the humiliation, His judgment was taken away; who shall declare His generation?" You were wounded on account of our sins and were weakened for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon You, and with Your bruises we were healed. We were all going astray like sheep. You have come, O our Master, and saved us through the true knowledge of Your Cross, and granted us the tree of life, which is Your divine Body and ture Blood. Therefore, we praise You, we bless You, we serve You, we worship You, we glorify You, and we give thanks to You at all times. We ask and entreat You, O God, the Lover of Mankind, receive our sacrifice from our hands, O our Master, as You have received the gifts, the incense, and the supplications of the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and all Your saints. Purify our souls, our bodies, our spirits, and our consciences, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to say the holy prayer which You have given to Your saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying to them,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner and say,'Our Father...'"

Priest: O Christ our God, the High Priest of the good things to come, King of the ages, the Immortal, the Everlasting, the Logos of God who is above all, who granted us this great Mystery which is His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the Body which He took from our Lady, the Lady of us all, Saint Mary, and made It one with His divinity. This is He who descended into Hades, abolished the power of death, led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. He lifted His saints up on high with Him and gave them as gifts to His Father. Through His tasting of death for us, He saved those who are alive and reposed those who have died. And we, too, who were sitting in darkness for a season, He granted us the light of His Resurrection through His holy Incarnation. May the illumination of Your true knowledge shine upon us, that we may shine with Your living image and may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry out to Your Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, who through His Cross descended to Hades and restored our father Adam and his children to Paradise. He buried us with Himself, and through His death He abolished the power of death, and on the third day He rose from the dead. He appeared to Mary Magdalene and spoke with her in this manner, saying,"Tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." The archangel descended from heaven and rolled the stone from the door of the tomb, and proclaimed the glad tidings to the women carrying the spices, saying,"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.“ He breathed into the face of His saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,”Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

From Ascension Day to the Feast of Pentecost, the priest adds the following paragraph.

Priest: And after forty days, He ascended into the heavens, sat at the right hand of His good Father, and sent us the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, in the likeness of tongues of fire.

Then he concludes:

Priest: Therefore, we ask You, O our Master, purify us from all hypocrisy, that with a pure heart we may dare with boldness, without fear, to entreat You, O God, the Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father…

Priest: We praise and glorify the God of gods and the Lord of lords, who was incarnate of Saint Mary. She gave birth to Him in Bethlehem. And lo, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and proclaimed the glad tidings of His wonderful Nativity to them, and they came and beheld Him, whose star the Magi saw. They came and worshiped Him, and presented gifts to Him, who came to the land of Egypt, and then returned and dwelt in Nazareth of Galilee; who grew little by little, according to the form of men, yet He alone was without sin; who came to the Jordan and was baptized by John the Forerunner; who fasted for us forty days and forty nights in a mystery ineffable; who made the water wine by the power of His divinity at the wedding of Cana of Galilee; who gave sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, the maimed whole, the lepers pure, the deaf to hear, the mute to speak, and the demons to depart; who raised the son of the widow at Nain and the daughter of Jairus; who was transfigured on Mount Tabor before His holy disciples, and His face shone like the sun; who raised Lazarus from the tomb after four days; who entered into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey and a colt of a donkey, as a king; who established a covenant with His holy disciples and gave them His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins; who was crucified on the Cross and trampled down Satan, and was placed in the tomb, and after three days rose from the dead; whom His chosen disciples saw on the Sea of Tiberias after His holy Resurrection; and after forty days He ascended into the heavens, and sat at the right hand of His good Father, and sent us the Paraclete in the likeness of tongues of fire; who taught His chosen disciples and holy apostles, saying,"Whenever you pray, entreat in this manner, and say, Our Father..."

Priest: You are the merciful God, the Redeemer of everyone, who was incarnate for our salvation, who has enlightened us sinners, who fasted for us forty days and forty nights in a mystery ineffable, who saved us from death and gave us His holy Body and His precious Blood for the forgiveness of our sins, who spoke to the multitude and to His saintly disciples and holy apostles, saying,"This is the Bread of life which came down from heaven-not as your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died. He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood shall live for ever, and I will raise him up at the last day." Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of Mankind, purify our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry to Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: O Master, Lord God the Pantocrator, who sent His only-begotten Son into the world; He taught us the Law and the commandments written in the Holy Gospel. And He taught us that fasting and prayer cast out demons when He said,"This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer and fasting." Fasting and prayer are those which raised Elijah to heaven and saved Daniel from the lion's den. Fasting and prayer are those which Moses persued until he received the Law and the Commandments written with the finger of God. Fasting and prayer are those which the Ninevites persued, so God had mercy on them and forgave them their sins, and lifted His wrath away from them. Fasting and prayer are those which the prophets pursued and prophesied concerning the Advent of Christ many generations before His Coming. Fasting and prayer are those which the apostles persued; they preached to all nations, and made them Christians, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Fasting and prayer are those which the martyrs pursued until they shed their blood for the name of Christ, who confessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. Fasting and prayer are those which the righteous and the just and the cross-bearers pursued; they dwelt in the mountains, deserts, and holes of the earth because of their great love for Christ the King. And we, too, let us fast from all evil, in purity and righteousness, and let us proceed forth to this holy sacrifice and partake of it with thanksgiving, so that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: Behold, Immanuel our God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world, is with us today on this table; who is seated on the throne of His glory, and before whom stand all the heavenly orders; whom the angels praise with voices of blessing and before whom the archangels fall down and worship. The four incorporeal living creatures sing the hymn of the Trisagion. And the twenty-four presbyters are seated on their thrones, with twenty-four golden crowns upon their heads and in their hands twenty-four golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They fall down before Him who lives for ever and ever. And the one hundred and forty-four thousand, the underfiled virgins, praise the Lord, saying,"Holy, holy, holy. Amen.Alleluia." And we also worship the Holy Trinity, praising Him, saying, "Holy is God the Father, the Pantocrator. Amen. Alleluia. Holy is only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Alleluia. Holy is the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Amen. Alleluia. Holy and full of glory is the holy Theotokos, Saint Mary, the Virgin. Amen. Alleluia. Holy and full of glory is this sacrifice, which has been slain for the life of the whole world. Amen. Alleluia. Therefore, our good Savior proclaimed, saying,"My Body is food indeed and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood dwells in Me, and I in him." We ask You, O our Master, purify our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, cleansed lips, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face,a faith unfeigned, a pure conscience, a perfect patience, and a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God, the holy Father who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: You are the Logos of the Father, God before the ages, the great High Priest, who was incarnate and became man for the salvation of mankind. Out of all the nations, He called to Himself a chosen race, a kingdom, a priesthood, a holy nation, and a justified people. Having sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost, He came upon each one of them like divided tongues of fire, and filled them with all knowledge, all understanding, and all spiritual wisdom, according to Your faithful promise. And they spoke in every language and they proclaimed Your hoy name to all the nations. As for Peter and Paul, foremost among the apostles, the shadow of the one was healing the sick, whereas the handkerchiefs and aprons of the other were causing diseases to leave and evil spirits to come out. And after they preached the gospel of the kingdom and taught the nations, they shed their blood for Your name's sake and received the crown of apostleship and of martyrdom. O You who granted His holy disciples and honored apostles the descent of the Spirit, the Paraclete, upon them and gave them authority to work healings, signs, and wonders-they proclaimed to us the glad tidings of His holy name and restored us to the true faith of the Holy Trinity. We praise You, we bless You, we glorify You, and we give thanks to You on account of these great gifts. And we ask You, O our Master, to also grant us the forgiveness of our sins, and to purify our hearts, our souls, bodies, and spirits, so that with a pure heart, we may dare with boldness, without fear, to cry out to Your holy Father, who is in the heavens, and say, Our Father...

Priest: How unsearchable are Your judgments and Your ways past finding out! As the heavens are higher than the earth, so also are Your thoughts higher than the sons of men. "Lo, You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and have revealed them to little children." "Yes, O Father, this is the good pleasure before You." You have chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and You have chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. You have chosen Peter, who was a fisherman, and have made him into a fisher of men. You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This is he, who, when You asked Your holy disciples, saying,"Who do men say that I am?" he proclaimed saying,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in the heavens." Simon Peter, who had denied You before the servant girl, did confess You before kings and rulers. Likewise also, Paul, who was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor, persecuting the church of God exceedingly to destroy it, You made him a chosen vessel for Yourself, bearing Your holy name before the Gentiles and kings and sons of Israel. When he was going to Damascus to bind the Christians and torture them, suddenly a light shined upon him from heaven, and he heard a voice saying to him,"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is a hard thing for you to kick against the goads." Paul, the tongue of incense! He has preached the gospel to the Gentiles, establishing churches for them, and confirming them in the upright faith. Finally, when Your two apostles, Peter and Paul, had fought the good fight and finished their race, You granted them the things which an eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither have come upon the heart of man. Behold, Peter was martyred, crucified upside down with his head below, and Paul by the edge of the sword, and they received the crown of apostleship and of martyrdom. O God, who granted His apostles these many graces, grant us, who are sinners, the forgiveness of our sins, our trespasses, and our iniquities, that we may call upon You in thanksgiving, saying, Our Father...

Congregation:Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. In Christ Jesus our Lord, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Congregation:In Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord.

Congregation:Before You, O Lord.

The people bow their heads until the conclusion of the following two prayers.

Deacon: Let us attend in the fear of God. Amen.

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Then he exclaims aloud:

Priest: Remember, O Lord to bless our gatherings.

The deacon raises the cross, and says:

Deacon: Saved. Amen. And with your spirit. In the fear of God, let us attend.

The people respond while bowing their heads:

Congregation:Amen. Lord have mercy (3)

The priest takes in his hands the Despotikon and raises It up to arm's length, and with bowed head he exclaims aloud:

Priest: The Holies for the holy.

The people worship before the Lord with fear and trembling, praying for the forgiveness of their sins with tears and supplication. Then the priest takes the Despotikon between the tips of two fingers of his right hand, and with It he signs the precious Blood inside the chalice in the form of the cross. Then he dips the extremity of It inside the chalice and carefully raises It soaked in the Blood, and with It signs, in the form of the cross, the pure Body which is all on the paten. Then he takes the Despotikon and signs with It the Blood inside the chalice in the form of the cross. He then carefully places the Despotikon upside down in the Blood inside the chalice, all the while with his left hand cupped under the Despotikon lest any of the pearls should fall or drip, while saying:

Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; the sanctification is by the Holy Spirit.Amen.

The people raise their heads, and respond in a loud voice:

Congregation:One is the Holy Father. One is the Holy Son. One is the Holy Spirit. Amen

Priest: Peace be with all.

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Priest: The Holy Body and the precius, true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God. Amen.

Congregation:Amen.

Priest: The holy, precious Body and true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God , Amen.

Congregation:Amen.

The priest signs the Blood with the Despotikon and places It in the chalice, and says:

Priest: The Body and the Blood of Immanuel our God; this is true. Amen.

Congregation:Amen. We believe

Priest: Amen. Amen. Amen. I believe, I believe, I believe and profess to the last breath that this is the life-giving Flesh that Your only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, took from our Lady and Lady of us all, the holy Theotokos, Saint Mary. He made it one with His divinity without mingling, without confusion, and without alteration. He confessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. He gave It up for us upon the holy wood of the Cross, of His own will, for us all. Truly, I believe that His Divinity never parted not from His humanity for a single moment, nor a twinkling of an eye; given for us for salvation, remission of sins, and eternal life to those who partake of Him. I believe, I believe, I believe that this is true. Amen.

Deacon: Amen. Amen. Amen. I believe, I believe, I believe that this is true. Amen. Pray for us and for all the Christians who said to us concerning them, "Remember us in the house of the Lord." The peace and love of Jesus Christ be with you. Let us sing, "Alleluia." Pray for the worthy partaking of the immaculate and heavenly Holy Mysteries. Lord have mercy.

Congregation:Glory to You, O Lord. Glory to You.

During the distribution of the Holy Mysteries, the people chant Psalm 150, "Alleluia Praise God." Then the congregation chants what is appropriate for the day. The priest kisseds with his mouth the holy Body and partakes of it. Then he gives communion to the assistant priest (if there is one), the ministering deacon, and the rest of the communicants. When he gives the assistant priest, the servants, and the peolple the pure Body without the Blood, he says, "This is truly the Body of Immanuel our God. Amen." When he gives the precious Blood, he says, "This is truly the Blood of Immanuel our God. Amen." If he gives the Body dipped in the Blood, as in the case for the sick, he says,"These are truly the Body and Blood of Immanuel our God. Amen." The communicant reponds each time, saying, "Amen." While bearing the paten with the Body of Christ, the priest begins distributing the Holy Mysteries to the people by turning to the west and, with the paten, blessing the people with the sign of the cross, saying:

Priest: The Holies for the holy. Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the sanctification is by the Holy Spirit.Amen.

All the people, along with the deacons, bow, saying:

Congregation:Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

After all have communion, the priest returns to the altar and, with the paten, makes the sign of the cross on the people again, while saying:

Priest: The Holy Body and the precious, true Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of our God. Amen.

Then he places the paten on the altar and consumes, together with the servants, what remains of the holy Body. Again, after all have been given communion from the precious Blood, the priest distributes and consumes what remains in the chalice. The he washes the vessels, drinking the washing water and giving it also to the servants. During the distribution of the Holy Mysteries, the people chant Psalm 150.

Priest: Praise God, in all His saints, Alleluia. Praise Him, in the firmament of His power, Alleluia. Praise Him, for His mighty acts, Alleluia. Praise Him, according to the multitudes of His greatness, Alleluia. Praise Him, with the sound of the trumpet, Alleluia. Praise Him, with the psaltery and harp, Alleluia. Praise Him, with timbrel and chorus, Alleluia. Praise Him, with strings and organs, Alleluia. Praise Him, with pleasant resounding cymbals, Alleluia. Praise Him, upon the cymbals of joy, Alleluia. Let everything that has breath praise the name of the Lord our God. Alleluia. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia. Now and ever and unto the ages of the ages. Amen. Alleluia. Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory to You, our God, Alleluia. Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory be to our God, Alleluia. O Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hear us and have mercy upon us.

The following may also be said: On standard days of the year and on fasting days:

Congregation:Blessed are You indeed, with Your good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for You have come and saved us.

Congregation:The bread of Life, who came down for us from heaven, has given life to the world. And you too, O Mary, have borne in your womb the rational Manna, which came from the Father. You have brought Him forth without blemish; He gave us His Body and His precious Blood, and we live forever. Around You stand the cherubim and the seraphim, and they cannot look at You. We beheld You upon the altar, and we partake of Your Body and Your precious Blood. Therefore we exalt you befittingly, with prophetic hymnology. For they spoke of you with great honor, O Holy City of the great King. We entreat and pray that we may win mercy, through your intercessions with the Lover of Mankind. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saint Mary, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins. Through the intercessions of the holy archangels Michael and Gabriel, O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Congregation:Blessed be the Father and the Son / and the Holy Spirit / the perfect Trinity / we worship Him and glorify Him.

Melodies for the Distribution may be chanted.

After the priest finishes this prayer and the washing of the sacred vessels, water is poured into the palms of his hands, of which he sprinkles a small amount onto the table, and he says the following.

Priest: O angel of this sacrifice, flying up to the heights with this hymn, remember us before the Lord, that He may forgive us our sins.

The priest wipes his face with his hands, and he turns to his brethren the priests, above and below, making them partners with him by the touch of his hands, and whomsoever he has made partner with him, he wipes his face with his hands and they do likewise. Then he places his hand upon the heads of the people and blesses them. (This is now done through sprinking them with the holy water instead of laying the hand on each one). He then dismisses them and concludes with the blessing.

Priest: Amen. Alleluia: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. We proclaim and say, O our Lord Jesus Christ, bless the air of heaven, bless the water of the rivers, bless the seeds and the herbs… May Your mercy and peace be a fortress unto Your people: Save us and have mercy on us.

Priest: O Christ our God

Congregation:Amen. So be it.

Priest: O King of peace, grant us Your peace, establish for us Your peace, and forgive us our sins. For Yours is the power, the glory, the blessing, and the might, for ever. Amen.

Priest: Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. In Christ Jesus our Lord, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Then the priest dismisses the people in peace, saying the dismissal.

Priest: The grace of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all. Go in peace. The Lord be with you.

Or he says:

The Love of God the Father, the grace of the only-begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ; and the communion and gift of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Go in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you all. Amen

Congregation:And with your spirit.

Then the priest turns and kisses the altar, and encircles it once, saying Psalm 46. Then he descends from the altar and takes off his priestly vestment and distributes the eulogia, that is, the blessed bread. And he dismisses the people in peace from the Lord. May His grace, mercy, and blessing be upon us for ever. Amen.