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The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 

Priest: Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

THE GREAT LITANY OF PEACE

Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the peace that comes from heaven above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For peace throughout the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for the union of them all, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this holy church and for those who enter it with faith, devoutness and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our holy Ecumenical Patriarch (N) the Archbishop of Constantinople, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For his Eminence, our Most Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-Loving Bishop (N)), for our esteemed priesthood, for the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the honorable government of our country and all civil authorities and for our armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this city and for every city, village and countryside, and for those who with faith dwell in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For healthful seasons, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who travel by land, by sea and by air, for the sick, the suffering and for those who are held in captivity, and for their safety and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath and want, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Commemorating our ever holy, ever pure, ever blessed and glorious Lady, the Birth-giver of God and ever Virgin Mary together with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

The priest quietly prays the following prayer:

O Lord our God, whose might is beyond description, whose glory surpasses all understanding, whose mercy is without limit, whose love for mankind is beyond expression; O Master, in Your kindness look down upon us and this holy church and bestow upon us and those praying with us Your abundant mercies and compassion.

Priest: For to You are due all glory, honor and adoration, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


THE FIRST ANTIPHON

(Sunday) Exclaim to the Lord all the earth,* sing to His Name, render glory to His praise,* Through the prayers of the Birth-giver of God, O Saviour, save us.* Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever, Amen. * Through the prayers of the Birth-giver of God, * O Saviour, save us.

(Weekday) It is good to give thanks to the Lord,* and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.* Through the prayers of the Birth-giver of God, O Saviour, save us.* Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever, Amen. * Through the prayers of the Birth-giver of God, * O Saviour, save us.

(Alternate - Typika) Bless the Lord, O My Soul* and All that is within me, bless His Holy Name* Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.* Blessed are You, O Lord.

The priest prays silently the prayer of the Second Antiphon:

O Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Preserve the fullness of Your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of Your House, glorify them by Your divine might and forsake us not who put our hope in You. For yours is the might and yours are the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

THE SECOND ANTIPHON

(Sunday) O God have mercy on us and bless us,* let the light of Your countenance shine upon us, and have mercy on us.* O Son of God,* risen from the dead,* save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

(Weekday) The Lord is King, He is robed with beauty. The Lord is clothed with strength and has girded Himself.* Through the prayers of Your Saints,* O Saviour, save us. * Alleluia.

THE HYMN OF THE INCARNATION

Glory to the Father and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever, Amen. * O Only Begotten Son and Word of God, * Who being immortal, * willed for the sake of our salvation * to become incarnate of the holy Birth-giver of God, * and ever Virgin Mary * and without change became man. * And was crucified for us, O Christ our God. * Who by Your death did conquer death, * O You Who are One of the Holy Trinity * equally glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

During the singing of the Second Antiphon (i.e., the "Only-begotten Son"), the priest quietly reads the Prayer of the Third Antiphon.

You have permitted us to offer these prayers with a single and united voice. You promised that You will grant the requests of two or three gathered in Your Name. Please fulfill all those petitions of Your servants that are beneficial to them, giving us in this world the knowledge of Your truth and life eternal in the world to come. For You, O God, are gracious and You love mankind, and to You we render glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

(Sunday) O Come let us rejoice in the Lord* Let us shout unto God Our Savior,* O Son of God,* risen from the dead,* save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

(Weekday) O Come let us rejoice in the Lord* Let us shout unto God Our Savior,* O Son of God, who are wonderful in Your saints*, save us who sing to You, Alleluia

(Alternative - Typika - Beatitudes)
Lord remember us, when You come into Your kingdom.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that 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 satisfied.
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 the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you, when revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven


During the entrance the priest quietly prays the following:

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.

Priest: O Lord, our Master and God, Who in heaven established the orders and armies of angels and archangels for the service of Your glory, make this our entrance to be an entrance of holy angels, serving together with us and glorifying Your goodness with us, for to You are due all glory, honor and adoration, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Priest: [blessing, quietly] Blessed is the entrance of Your saints, always, now and ever, and forever. Amen.


Priest: Wisdom! Be attentive!


THE ENTRANCE HYMN

All: O come, let us adore and bow down before Christ, * O Son of God, * who rose from the dead ( Weekday: is wonderful in Your Saints)*, save us who sing to You, * Alleluia.


TROPARIA

While the choir and the faithful sing the appointed troparia and kontdak the priest says the following prayer:

Priest: O Holy God, You abide among the saints, You are praised by the thrice-holy voice of the Seraphim and glorified by the Cherubim and adored by all the heavenly powers; You brought all things into being out of nothing, You made man in Your own image and likeness and adorned him with Your every gift, giving wisdom and understanding to him who asks and not neglecting the sinner, but prescribing penance for his salvation: grant to us, Your humble and unworthy servants, even at this moment to stand before the glory of Your holy altar and offer You due worship and glory. O Master, accept from the lips of us sinners the thrice-holy hymn and visit us in Your goodness. Forgive us all our sins, both voluntary and involuntary. Sanctify our souls and bodies and grant that we may serve You in holiness all the days of our life, through the prayers of the Birthgiver of God and of all the saints who have pleased You from the beginning of time.


Priest: For You, our God, are holy and we give glory to You, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


THE TRISAGION

All: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.
Amen.

Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.


The priest then goes behind the Altar Table to the High Place while sayings:

Priest: Blessed are You on the throne of the glory of Your Kingdom, enthroned upon the Cherubim, always now and ever, and forever. Amen.

Priest: Be attentive! Peace be † unto all! Wisdom, be attentive!

THE PROKEIMENON

The appointed prokeimenon is then sung.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God You are very Great.!

All: O Lord, how marvelous are Your works.* In wisdom, You have made, them all,* in wisdom You have made them all.

THE EPISTLE

Priest: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading is from the (N)

Priest: Be attentive!

Reader: (Chants appointed epistle reading)
When the reading is complete the priest intones the following:

Priest: Peace be † with you, reader! Wisdom! Be attentive!

People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! (3)

Reader: chants the appointed alleluia verses.

THE GOSPEL READING

Meanwhile the priest stands before the Holy Table and prays quietly.

Priest: O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and doing all things to please You, for You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory, together with Your eternal Father and Your All-holy, Gracious and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


Priest: Wisdom! Let us stand and listen to the holy Gospel, Peace be † unto all!

People: And with your spirit!

Priest: The reading of the Holy Gospel according to Saint (N).

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!

Priest: Let us be attentive: (Priest then chants the appointed reading)

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!

THE TRIPLE LITANY

Priest: Let us all say with our whole soul and with our whole mind, let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord Almighty, God of our Fathers, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)

Priest: Furthermore we pray for our holy Ecumenical Patriarch (N), the Archbishop of Constantinople, for our Most Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-loving Bishopn (N)), for our spiritual fathers and all other clergy and for all our brethren in Christ; for their welfare, peace, health, salvation and for the remission of their sins, and that the Lord, our God, may prompt and help them in all things.

People: Lord have mercy.(3 times)

People: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)


Priest: Furthermore we pray for those who give their offerings and do good works in this holy and venerable church, for those who labor in its service, for those who sing, and for all the people here present who await Your great and abundant mercy, for those who have shown us kindness and for all Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)

The priest says the prayer of Supplication quietly:

Priest: O Lord our God, accept this fervent prayer from Your servants and have mercy on us according to the multitude of Your mercy, and bestow Your compassion upon us and upon all Your people who await the abundant mercies that come from You.

Priest: For You are a merciful God who loves mankind, and we give glory to You, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

THE CHERUBIC HYMN

All: We who mystically represent the Cherubim, and who sing to the life-giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn, let us now lay aside all earthly cares.

The following prayers are recited by the priest quietly, while the people sing the Cherubic Hymn.

Priest: We thank You, O Lord God of Powers, for having deemed us worthy to stand, at this time, before Your holy altar, and to prostrate ourselves before Your mercy, for our sins and for the people's transgressions. Accept our prayer, O God, and make us worthy to offer You prayers and supplications and unbloody sacrifices for all Your people, and enable us whom You have placed in this Your ministry through the power of Your Holy Spirit, to call upon You at all times and in all places, without condemnation and blame, with a true testimony of our conscience so that, hearing us, You may be merciful to us in the Greatness of Your goodness. For to You is due all glory, honor and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Again and again, we fall down before You and beseech You O gracious Lover of Mankind, that You hear our prayer and cleanse our souls and bodies of every defilement of flesh and spirit. Grant that we may stand before Your holy Altar without blame and condemnation. Bestow also, O God upon those who pray with us, advancement in faith and life and spiritual understanding. Grant that they who serve You in fear and love may partake of Your holy Mysteries without blame and condemnation and be found worthy of Your heavenly kingdom, so that, being ever protected by Your power, we may render glory to You, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

O King of Glory, no one is worthy to come to You, to draw near You, or to perform a service for You when he is bound down by desires and pleasures of the flesh; for to serve You is something grand and inspiring, even for the heavenly powers themselves. And yet, because of Your ineffable and boundless love for mankind, though in nature unchanged and unchangeable, You became both a man and our High Priest and, as Master of all, conferred upon us the sacred power of offering this liturgical and bloodless sacrifice, for You alone, O Lord our God, rule over all things in heaven and on earth and are borne on the throne of the Cherubim and are the Lord of Seraphim and the King of Israel, Who alone are holy and abide in the saints. Still, I pray to You, Who alone are gracious and ready to hear me: look favorably upon Your sinful and unworthy servant, and cleanse my heart and soul from all thought of evil, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, enable me who have been clothed with the grace of the priesthood to stand before Your holy altar and to offer the sacrifice of Your most pure Body and precious Blood. I come to You with my head bowed low and implore You: Turn not Your Face away from me, nor exclude me from among Your children, but allow these gifts to be offered to You by me, Your sinful and unworthy servant, for it is You, O Christ, Who offer and are offered, Who receive and are received, and we give glory to You and to Your eternal Father and Your life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

THE GREAT ENTRANCE

Priest:

Priest: May the Lord God remember in his kingdom his All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch (N), Archbishop of Constantinople, our Most Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-loving Bishop (N)) , the venerable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, the monks and nuns and clerics of the Church, the honorable government of our country and its armed forces, the blessed and ever-remembered founders and benefactors of our churches, monasteries, the sick at home, in hospitals and institutions, our brothers and sisters who suffer persecution for the Holy Faith throughout the world, our civil authorities and the Armed Forces of this nation and may the Lord God remember in His Kingdom the souls of His departed servants, the ever-memorable founders of this church (N) and the departed servant(s) (N) and all you Orthodox Christians, may the Lord God remember you in His Kingdom, always now and ever and forever.

All: Amen. That we may raise on high the King of All, Who comes invisibly escorted by angelic hosts. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Entering the Altar by way of the Royal Doors, the priest places the chalice on the antimension and takes the discos from the deacon and places it to the left of the chalice. The priest then takes the small veils off the vessels and places them to the side. He takes the vozducies from the deacon and fumigates it, then covers the gifts with it as he says:

Priest: The noble Joseph, having taken Your most pure Body down from the Cross, wrapped it in a clean shroud and anointed it with fragrant spices and laid it in a new tomb.

He then incenses the gifts three times, saying:

Priest: In Your kindness, O Lord, be bountiful to Zion; may the walls of Jerusalem be restored. Then will You delight in just oblation, in sacrifice and whole-burnt offerings. Then shall they lay calves upon Your Altar.

He returns the censer to the deacon, bows his head and says to the clergy:

Priest: Remember me, brothers and fellow concelebrants.

Clergy: May the Lord God remember Your priesthood in his kingdom, always now and ever and forever.

Priest: Pray for me, my fellow concelebrants.

The deacon also bows his head and, holding out the orarion in his right hand, says:

Priest: The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you.

Priest: May the Spirit Himself join with us in our celebrations all the days of our lives.

Priest: Remember me, holy master.

Priest: May the Lord God remember you in His kingdom, always now and ever and forever.

Priest: Amen.

The Priest quietly esays the following prayer:

Priest: O Lord God Almighty, Who alone are holy and receive the sacrifice of praise from those who call upon You with all their heart, accept the prayer of us sinners also; bring us to Your holy altar, enable us to offer gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the transgressions of Your people; allow us also to be worthy to find favor in Your sight, that our sacrifice may be pleasing to You, and that the good Spirit of Your grace may rest upon us and upon these gifts lying before us, and upon all of Your people.

Priest: Through the mercies of Your only-begotten Son with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: Peace be † unto all!

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us love one another so that with one accord we may confess...

People: The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity consubstantial and undivided.

The priest bows three times, saying quietly each time:

Priest: I will love You, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my support and my refuge.

The priest then intones the following

Priest: The doors, the doors, in wisdom let us be attentive.

THE SYMBOL OF FAITH

People: I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father by Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate and suffered and was buried, And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures. And He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I profess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE ANAPHORA

Priest: Let us stand aright, let us stand with fear, let us be attentive so that we may offer the holy sacrifice in peace.

People: A merciful peace, a sacrifice of praise.

Priest: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all † of you.

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us lift up our hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord.

People: It is proper and just to adore the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity consubstantial and undivided.

And the priest quietly prays the Anaphora Prayer

Priest: It is proper and just to sing to You, to bless You, to praise You, to thank You, to worship You in every place of Your kingdom, for You are God, ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, ever existing yet ever the same, You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. You brought us out of non-existence into being and, when we had fallen, You raised us up again, and left nothing undone to lead us to heaven and to bestow upon us Your future kingdom. For all this we give thanks to You and to Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit, for all that we know and do not know, the manifest and hidden benefits bestowed upon us. We thank You also for this Liturgy which You have found worthy to receive from our hands, even though there stand before You thousands of archangels, tens of thousands of angels, Cherubim and Seraphim, six-winged, many-eyed, soaring aloft on their wings, who...

Priest: Sing, cry out and proclaim the triumphant hymn, saying:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord of hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

The deacon folds the asterisk, kisses it and lays it aside. The priest continues the Anaphora Prayer

Priest: With these blessed powers, O Master and Lover of Mankind, we too cry out and say: Holy are You and all-holy, You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. Holy are You and all-holy and sublime is Your glory: You loved Your world so much that You gave Your only-begotten Son, that everyone who believes in Him should not perish, but should have everlasting life. And after He had come and fulfilled everything in the divine plan for our redemption, on the night on which He was betrayed, or rather, on the night on which He gave Himself up for the life of the world, He took bread into his holy, all-pure and immaculate hands, and having given thanks, blessed, sanctified and broke it, and gave it to His holy disciples and apostles, saying:

The deacon bows pointing toward the discos with the priest as the priest says:

Priest: Take and eat, This is My Body which is broken for you for the remission of sins.

People: Amen.

Priest: In like manner after the supper, He took the chalice, saying:
All of you drink of this, This is My Blood of the New Testament, Which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins.

People: Amen.

The priest then prays quietly, the following before elevating the Holy Gifts:

Priest: Remembering therefore the saving command and all that has been done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into heaven, the sitting at the right hand and the second and glorious coming...

Priest: And offering to You Yours of Your Own, in behalf of all and for all.

People: We praise You, we bless You, we give thanks unto You, O Lord, and we pray to You, O our God.

As the priest and deacon bow three times, the priest prays:

Priest: Furthermore we offer to You this spiritual and un-bloody sacrifice, and we implore, pray and beg of You: Send down Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts lying here before us,

The priest blesses the holy bread, saying:

Priest: And make this bread the precious Body of Your Christ.

The priest blesses the holy cup, saying:

Priest: And that which is in this chalice the precious Blood of Your Christ.

The priest blesses the Gifts together, saying:

Priest: Changing them by Your Holy Spirit.

Then the priest continues:

Priest: That to those who partake of them, they may be for the purification of the soul, for the remission of sins, for communion in the Holy Spirit, for the fullness of the kingdom of heaven, for confidence in You, and not for judgment nor condemnation.

Furthermore, we offer to You this spiritual sacrifice for those who have fallen asleep in the faith: the forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics and for every righteous soul made perfect in the faith,...

Priest: Especially for our ever-holy, ever-pure, ever-blessed and glorious Lady, the Birth-giver of God and ever-Virgin Mary.
HYMN TO THE VIRGIN

People: You are truly deserving of glory, O Birth-giver of God, the ever-blessed and most-pure Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who as a Virgin Gave birth to God the Word, true Birth-giver of God, we magnify you.

Meanwhile the priest prays quietly.

Priest: For the holy prophet, forerunner of Christ and Baptist John, the holy, glorious and illustrious Apostles, St. Maximos the Confessor, whose memory we celebrate today, and for all Your saints, through whose prayers, O God, visit us.

Remember also, O Lord, the souls of Your departed, all those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection unto eternal life. Remember, O Lord, the souls of Your departed servants N.N., and grant them rest where the light of Your Face shines.

Furthermore we entreat You, O Lord, remember all Orthodox Bishops who faithfully dispense the word of Your truth, all the priests, the deacons in Christ and all others in holy orders.

Furthermore we offer to You this spiritual sacrifice for the whole world, for the holy, catholic and apostolic Church, for those living in chastity and honor, for our honorable government and its armed forces. Grant them, O Lord, a peaceful rule that, sharing their tranquility, we may lead a calm life in all piety and purity.

Priest: Remember among the first, O Lord, our holy Ecumenical Patriarch (N) Archbishop of Constantinople, our Most-Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-Loving Bishop (N)) and preserve them for Your holy churches in peace, in safety, in honor and in health for many years, so that they may faithfully dispense the word of Your truth.

People: And remember all Your people.

Priest: (Quietly) Remember, O Lord, this city in which we live and every city and country, and the people of faith who dwell in them. Remember, O Lord, those who travel by sea, by land and by air. Remember the sick and the suffering and those held in captivity, and their safety and salvation. Remember, O Lord, those who bring their offerings and do good works in Your holy churches, and those who are mindful of the poor, and upon all of us bestow Your mercies.

Priest: And grant that with one voice and one heart we may glorify and praise Your most honorable and sublime Name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: And may the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ be with all † of you.

People: And with your spirit.

The deacon goes out the North Door to his usual place for the litany.

THE SECOND LITANY OF SUPPLICATION

Priest: Having commemorated all the saints, again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the precious gifts which have been offered and consecrated, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That our God Who loves mankind, having received them on His holy, most heavenly and mystical altar as an aroma of spiritual fragrance, may bestow upon us in return the divine grace and gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath and want, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For a day that in all things will be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: For the pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: For all that is good and profitable to our souls, and for the peace of the world, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: That we may pass the remainder of our life in peace and repentance, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: For a Christian ending of our life without pain and shame, peaceful, and for a good account at the fearful judgment seat of Christ, let us beseech the Lord.

People: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: Having asked for the unity of faith and the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

The priest quietly prays the Prayer before the Our Father

Priest: We commend our whole life unto You, O Master Who loves mankind, and we beseech, pray and beg You: make us worthy to partake of Your heavenly and awesome Mysteries from this sacred and spiritual altar, with a pure conscience, for the forgiveness of sins, for the pardon of transgressions, for the communion of the Holy Spirit, for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, for confidence in You, and not for judgment nor condemnation.

Priest: And make us worthy, O Lord, with full confidence and without condemnation, to dare to call upon You, God our heavenly Father, and to say to You:


THE LORD'S PRAYER

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 evil .

Priest: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.


THE COMMUNION RITE

Priest: Peace be † unto all!

People: And with your spirit!

Priest: Bow your heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

The priest quietly prays the Prayer of the Bowing of the Heads:

Priest: We give thanks to You, O invisible King, Who by Your immeasurable power have fashioned all things and through the multitude of Your mercies have brought all things from non-existence into being. O Master, look down from heaven upon those who are bowing their heads to You, for they bow not to flesh and blood but to You, O awesome God. Therefore, O Master, distribute equally these Gifts in a manner beneficial to each according to their need, sail with those upon the seas, journey with those who travel by land and air, and cure the sick, O Healer of our souls and bodies.

Priest: Through the grace and bounties and love towards mankind of Your only-begotten Son with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

The priest quietly prays the following prayer::

Priest: Hear us, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, from Your holy dwelling-place and from the throne of glory of Your kingdom, and come and sanctify us, You Who are seated on high with the Father, and Who are invisibly present here among us, and deem it proper to impart to us with Your mighty hand Your spotless Body and precious Blood, and through us, to all the people.


Priest: Be attentive!

Priest: Holy things are for the holy!

People: Only One is Holy, and that One is the Lord Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The clergy goes behind the Holy Table and bow their heads. The Communion prayer is then recited by the clergy and the people.:

Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

THE COMMUNION PRAYER

I believe, O Lord and confess, that You are truly the Christ, Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the first. 0 Son of God, accept me today as a communicant of Your Mystical Supper, for I will not speak of this Mystery to Your enemies, nor like Judas will I give You a kiss, but like the penitent thief I confess to You:

O Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

O Master, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

O Holy one, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

Let the partaking of Your holy Mysteries, 0 Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation, but for the healing of my soul and my body.
O Lord, I also believe and confess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious Body and truly Your life-giving Blood which, I pray, I may worthily receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting.

God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.

O Lord, forgive me, for my sins are many.

THE COMMUNION HYMN

The faithful then sing the appointed Communion Hymn


Priest: In the fear of God, with faith and with love come forward!

People: Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, the Lord is God and has revealed Himself to us.

The faithful then come forward to receive Holy while the cantors sing the appropriate Communion Hymn.

After all have received, the priest with the chalice at the Royal Doors intones:

Priest: O God, save Your people and bless † Your inheritance

People: We have seen the true light. We have received the heavenly Spirit. We have found the true faith. We adore the undivided Holy Trinity, Who has saved us.

After returning to the altar table and preparing the remaining gifts to be transferred to the table of oblation, the priest intones the following:

Priest: Always, now and ever, and forever!

The priest takes the Gifts to the prothesis table, places them there and incenses them three times, then returns to his place as the people sing the following:

People: Amen. Let our lips be filled with your praise, O Lord, that we may sing your glory. For You, O God, have deigned to make us participants of your holy, divine immortal and life-giving Mysteries. Strengthen us, O God, in Your holiness, that all day long we may live according to your righteousness. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The deacon uncrosses his orarion and returns to the ambon to intone the following litany as the Metropolitan refolds the antimension.

THANKSGIVING LITANY

Priest: Having received the divine, holy, most pure, immortal, heavenly and life-creating awesome Mysteries of Christ, arise, let us worthily give thanks to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Having asked that this day will be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

The priest prays the Prayer of Thanksgiving quietly.

Priest: We thank You, Master Who Loves Mankind and Benefactor of our souls, that this day You have deemed us worthy of Your heavenly and immortal Mysteries. Make straight our paths, strengthen us in the fear of You; guard our life, make firm our steps; through the prayers of the Birth-giver of God and ever-Virgin Mary and of all Your saints.

And the priest makes the sign of the cross over the antimension with the Gospel Book and places the Book on the folded antimension as he says aloud.

Priest: For You are our sanctification and to You we give glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: Let us depart in peace.

People: In the Name of the Lord.

THE PRAYER BEFORE THE AMBON

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord, blessing those who bless You and sanctifying those who put their trust in You, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, preserve the fullness of Your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house, glorify them by Your divine might and forsake us not who put our hope in You. Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to Your priests, to the honorable government of our country, to its armed forces and to all Your people. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of Lights, and to You we give glory and thanksgiving and worship, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, always now and ever, and forever.

People: Amen. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, from this time forth and forever. (3X)


THE DISMISSAL

Priest: May the blessing † of the Lord be upon you, through his grace and love for mankind, always now and ever, and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: Glory to You, O Christ our God, our hope, glory to You.

People: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, always now and ever and forever. Amen. Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Master, bless.

Priest: May Christ our true God (risen from the dead) through, through the prayers of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, our venerable and divinely enlightened Fathers, our Fathers among the Saints, St John Chrysostom, whose liturgy we celebrated, Saint(s) whom we commemorate today, the righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna and of all the Saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is gracious and He loves mankind.

People: Amen.
THE ACCLAMATIONS

Priest: Grant, O Lord, to your servants, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch (N) Archbishop of Constantinople, His Eminence, Our Most Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-loving Bishop (N)) and your servants (N) peace, health and long life for many happy and blessed years!

People: God grant them many years, God grant them many years, God grant them many blessed years. In health and salvation, in health and salvation, God grant them many blessed years!

 

 


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