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Matins - Circumcision of our Lord - St. Basil the Great


The Priest vests in bright epitrachelion and opens the Holy Doors.

The Priest with the censer, and the Deacon with a candle, do a complete censing of the Sanctuary (the Deacon walks in front of the Priest while the Priest censes).

After censing the Sanctuary, the Deacon exits the Sanctuary, stands to the right of the Holy Doors, and says:

Priest:+ Blessed is our God, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.

They then complete the Lesser Censing.

The Trisagion Prayers

Reader:O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere and fulfill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

O most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us! O Lord, cleanse us from our sins! O Master, pardon our transgressions! O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your name’s sake!

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

All: Our Father, Who are in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your 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.

Priest: For Yours 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 unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen. In the name of the Lord, Father bless.

Standing before the Altar Table, the Priest blesses with the censer:

Priest: + Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-creating, and undivided Trinity always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of His will.

(3x)

The Holy Doors are closed.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. (2x)

The Six Psalms

Psalm 3

Reader: O Lord, why have those who trouble me increased?

Many are rising up against me.

Many are saying to my soul, “There is no salvation for him in his God.”

But You, O Lord, are my Protector,
my glory and the One lifting up my head.

I cried out to the Lord with my voice,
and He answered me from His holy mountain.

I lay down to rest and slept.
I awoke and rose, because the Lord will always protect me.

I will not be afraid of myriads of people
arranged on every side against me.

1 - According to the Slavic custom, this and the following verse, but NOT the Six Psalms, are sung on the feast of the Nativity of Christ

Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God,
for You have struck all who without cause are my enemies.
You have broken the teeth of sinners.

Salvation is the gift of the Lord,
and Your blessing is upon Your people.

I lay down to rest and slept.
I awoke and rose, because the Lord will always protect me.

Psalm 37 (38)

O Lord, rebuke me, but not in Your anger;
and correct me, but not in Your wrath.

For Your arrows are stuck in me
and You are pressing Your hand upon me.

There is no healing in my flesh from the face of Your wrath;
there is no peace in my bones from the presence of my sins.

For my sins have gone over my head;
they weigh upon me like a heavy burden.

My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness.

I became miserable and utterly dejected,
I went mourning all day long.

For my soul is filled with mockings
and there is no healing in my flesh.

I was afflicted and humbled exceedingly,
I roared from the groaning of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is before You,
and my groaning is not hidden from You.

My heart is troubled, my strength fails me;
and the light of my eyes, even this is not with me.

My friends and neighbors drew near
and stood opposite me,
and my nearest ones stood far away

Those seeking my life took to violence,
and those seeking evils for me spoke idle words
and planned treachery all day long.

But I, like a deaf man, do not hear,
and I am like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.

I became like a man who does not hear
and in his mouth has no rebukes.

For on You, Lord, I have set my hope;
You will answer me, O Lord my God.

For I said, “Let my enemies never rejoice over me
or boast over me when my feet are shaken.”

For I am ready for scourges
and my pain is before me continually.

For I will confess my lawlessness
and I will be concerned about my sin.

But my enemies live and are stronger than me,
and those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.

Those who repay me evil for good, oppose me,
because I follow goodness.

Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, do not stay far away from me!

Attend to my help,
O Lord of my salvation.

Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, do not stay far away from me!

Attend to my help,
O Lord of my salvation.

Psalm 62 (63)

O God, my God, at dawn I rise to You!
My soul thirsts for You.

And how often my flesh longs for You,
in a desolate land, trackless and waterless!

So I appeared before You in the holy place,
to see Your power and Your glory.

For Your love is better than life;
my lips shall praise You.

So I will bless You as long as I live
and lift up my hands in Your name.

Let my soul be filled with delight,
and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the morning watches.

For You have become my helper,
and in the shelter of Your wings I rejoice.

My soul is glued behind You
and Your right hand holds me tightly.

But those trying in vain to take my life
will go into earth’s infernal regions.

They will be delivered to the hands of the sword,
they will be the portion of jackals.

But the king will rejoice in God,
all who swear by Him will be praised,
for the mouth of those who tell lies will be stopped.

I meditate on You in the morning watches.
For You have become my helper,
and in the shelter of Your wings I rejoice.

My soul is glued behind You
and Your right hand holds me tightly.

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

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God. (3x)

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

According to custom, during the next three Psalms the Priest comes out through the North door to stand before the closed Royal Doors, without head covering, and quietly reads the twelve Matins prayers, found in Appendix A.

Psalm 87 (88)

O Lord God of my salvation,
I have cried day and night before You.

Let my prayer come in before You;
incline Your ear to my petition.

For my soul is filled with evils
and my life has come near to hell.

I am counted with those who go down into the pit,
I became like a helpless man, free among the dead,

like those who have been killed and sleep in the grave,
whom You remember no more
and who are cut off from Your hand.

They put me in the lowest pit,
in dark places and in the shadow of death.

Your anger leans hard upon me,
and You have brought upon me all Your waves.

You have put my acquaintances far from me;
they have made me an abomination to them;
I was betrayed and did not escape.

My eyes grew weak from poverty;
I cry all day to You, Lord,

I spread out my hands to You.
Will You work miracles for the dead
or will physicians raise them up so they will praise You?

Will anyone in the grave tell of Your mercy,
or will they tell of Your truth in the place of destruction?

Will Your wonders be known in the darkness
and Your justice in the land where all is forgotten?

But to You, O Lord, I have cried
and early in the morning my prayer will come before You.

Why, O Lord, do You reject my soul
and turn away Your face from me?

I am poor and in troubles from my youth;
but after being exalted, I am humbled and perplexed.

Your anger has passed over me,
Your terrors have troubled me.

They surrounded me like water all day long;
together they closed in upon me.

You have put far from me friend and neighbor
and my acquaintances because of my misery.

O Lord God of my salvation,
I have cried day and night before You.

Let my prayer come in before You;
incline Your ear to my petition.

Psalm 102 (103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me bless His holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all His rewards:

who forgives all your sins,
who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from destruction,
who crowns you with mercy and compassion,

who satisfies your desire with good things,
your youth will be renewed like an eagle’s.

The Lord gives mercy and justice
to all who are being wronged.

He made known His ways to Moses,
His will to the people of Israel.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
most patient and most merciful.

He will not always be angry,
nor will He threaten forever.

He has not dealt with us according to our lawlessness,
nor rewarded us according to our sins.

For as high as heaven is from the earth,
so great is the Lord’s mercy to those who fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He put our sins from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.

For He knows what we are made of,
He remembers that we are dust.

Man--his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field.

When the spirit in him has passed, he will not exist,
and he will know his place no more.

But the Lord’s mercy is from age to age
for those who fear Him,
and His justice is for their children’s children.

for those who keep His covenant
and remember to carry out His commandments.

The Lord has prepared His throne in heaven
and His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, all you angels of His,
who are mighty in strength, who do His word
and listen for the sound of His words.

Bless the Lord, all His hosts,
His ministers who do His will.

Bless the Lord, all His works,
in every place of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

In every place of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 142 (143)

Lord, listen to my prayer,
give ear to my need in Your truth.
Answer me in Your righteousness.

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
for in Your sight no one living is righteous.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul,
he has humbled my life to the ground.
He has made me sit in darkness
like the dead of long ago.

And my spirit desponded over me,
my heart within me was troubled.

I remember the days of old,
I meditate on all Your works,
I meditate on the works of Your hands.

I stretch out my hands to You,
my soul like parched earth thirsts for You.

Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit grows faint.
Do not turn away Your face from me,
or I shall be like those who go down to the pit.

Let me hear Your mercy in the morning,
for on You I have set my hope.

Make known to me the way I should go, O Lord,
For I lift up my soul to You.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord,
for I come running to You.

Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God;
Your good Spirit will guide me in the straight land.

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake.
In Your justice You will bring my soul out of trouble,

and in Your mercy You will put an end to my enemies
and destroy all who afflict my soul,
for I am Your servant.

The Deacon, standing at the Southwest corner of the Altar Table, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door and stands before the icon of the Theotokos until the conclusion of the Psalm.

Answer me in Your righteousness,
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant.

Answer me in Your righteousness,
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant.

Your good Spirit will guide me in the straight land.

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

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God. (3x)

At the conclusion of Psalm 142, the Deacon and the Priest bow to each other. The Priest returns to the Sanctuary through the South door and stands at his place before the Altar Table.

The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Great Litany

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

1Deacon: For [his Beatitude] Metropolitan ______; for [his Grace] our Bishop ______; for the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

1 - We pray for the bishop of the temple in which we are praying. When not in a temple, we pray for the bishop of the diocese in which we are located. If outside the territory of any Orthodox Church or mission, only then do we pray for the bishop of the celebrating priest.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the President2 and all civil authorities of this country, and for those serving in its Armed Forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this city, [if a monastery: For this holy habitation,] for every city and countryside, and for the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For travelers by land, by sea, and by air; the sick; the suffering; the captives; and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

2 - We pray for the Chief of State and the civil authorities of the place in which we are praying.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:3 For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

3 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 1 in Appendix A be read here.

God is the Lord

Deacon: God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!

People: God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Deacon: All nations surrounded me; but in the name of the Lord I destroyed them.

People: God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Deacon: I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

People: God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Deacon: The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

People: God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

Troparion

Tone 1

Enthroned on high with the eternal Father
and Your divine Spirit,
You willed to be born on earth, O Jesus
from the unwedded handmaid, Your Mother.
Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day child.
Glory to Your most gracious counsel.
Glory to Your dispensation.
Glory to Your condescension, only Lover of mankind! (2x)

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

Your proclamation has gone out into all the earth,
for it was divinely taught by hearing your voice.
You expounded the nature of creatures and ennobled the manners of men.
O holy father of royal priesthood,
entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Enthroned on high… (repeat above)

The Kathismata

Then the first of the appointed Kathismata. Following the third stasis:

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

People:… now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God. (3x)

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Near the conclusion of the First Reading, the Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For Yours is the majesty, 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 unto ages of ages.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

People: Amen.

Kathisma Hymn

Tone 5 (to the Special Melody: “The Word Who is equally unoriginate…”)

People:Let us all praise Basil:
he is the royal adornment of the Church,
an inexhaustible treasury of teachings
by which he taught us to worship the Holy Trinity,
united in essence but separate in persons.

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

Tone 1 (to the Special Melody: “Your tomb, O Savior…”)



All-wise Basil, as you stand before the Trinity,
pray that on the day of judgment,
we who sing hymns to you and honor your memory
may receive Grace, mercy and cleansing of transgressions
and may glorify the One Who alone
is the Lover of mankind!

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(same melody)

The Creator of all and Master of the world
while being on high with the Father and the Spirit,
is circumcised on earth as an eight-day old child!
Your works are indeed divine and wonderful!
For You, O Master, as the Fulfillment of the Law,
were circumcised for our sake!
Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

Reader: … now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Then the second of the appointed Kathismata. Following the third stasis:

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

People:… now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God. (3x)

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Near the conclusion of the Second Reading, the Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For You are a good God and You love mankind, and to You we send up glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages off ages.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

People: Amen.

The Priest vests in bright phelonion.

Kathisma Hymn

Tone 8 (to the Special Melody: “Of the Wisdom…”)

People:You drew forth divinely the hidden riches of ineffable wisdom
and have poured out on all the waters of the Orthodox faith
which divinely gladdens the hearts of the Faithful,
drowning the commands of the faithless.
Therefore, you have been doubly revealed as an invincible champion of the Trinity
by the sweat of your works of faithfulness, O holy Bishop Basil.
Entreat Christ God that He may grant remission of sins
to those who celebrate your holy memory with love.

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

Tone 3 (to the Special Melody: “Of the divine Faith…”)



Like water, you have given the whole world to drink of your teachings:
the collected dogmas of piety,
for the Well-spring of life truly lived within you, O Basil!
Since you have gained boldness before Him, O divinely inspired one,
beseech Him to grant us great mercy!

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 4

The One Who is invisible in essence has now become visible in the flesh!
The uncreated Word now takes form, born of the pure Virgin!
Therefore, following the Law for our sake,
He is circumcised as an eight-day old child.
Let us worship Him as our Savior!

The Holy Doors are opened. As the Polyeleon is sung, the Priest, with the censer, and the Deacon, carrying a lighted candle, proceed to the center of the temple, where they stand before the festal icon.

The Polyeleon

Refrain: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalm 134 (135)

Praise the name of the Lord,
praise the Lord, you servants of His

who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, because God is good,
sing psalms to His name, for it is beautiful.

For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself,
Israel for His own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.

The Lord does whatever He chooses
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the depths.

He brings up clouds from the end of the earth,
He makes lightnings for the rain,
He brings winds out of His treasuries.

He struck the firstborn of Egypt,
of man and beast alike.

He sent signs and wonders
in the midst of you, O Egypt,
on Pharaoh and all his slaves.

He struck many nations
and killed powerful kings:

Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.

And He gave their land as an inheritance,
a possession for His people Israel.

O Lord, Your name is eternal
and Your memorial from generation to generation.

For the Lord will judge His people
and He will be comforted by His servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the works of men’s hands.

They have mouths but will not talk,
they have eyes but will not see,

they have ears but will not hear,
for there is not a breath in their mouth.

Let those who make them become like them
and all who trust in them.

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!

O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

Blessed is the Lord from Zion,
Who lives in Jerusalem.

Refrain: for His mercy is eternal. Alleluia!

Psalm 135 (136)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,

Give thanks to the God of gods,

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

To Him Who alone does great wonders,

To Him Who made the heavens with understanding,

To Him Who poised the earth on the waters,

to Him Who alone made great lights,

The sun for governing the day,

The moon and the stars for governing the night,

To Him Who struck Egypt with their firstborn,

And led out Israel from among them,

With a strong hand and a high arm,

To Him Who divided the Red Sea into parts,

And led Israel through the midst of it,

But shook off Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea,

To Him Who led His people in the wilderness,

To Him Who struck great kings,

And killed strong kings,

Sihon, king of the Amorites,

And Og, king of Bashan,

And gave their land as an inheritance,

An inheritance for His servant Israel,

For in our humiliation, the Lord remembered us

And He delivered us from our enemies,

Who gives food to all flesh,

O give thanks to the God of heaven.

The Magnification

Clergy:We magnify, we magnify You,
O Basil, holy hierarch of Christ,
who piously preserved the Church of Christ immaculate.

The Priest, preceded by the Deacon with a candle do a Great Censing, beginning with the icon of the Feast, while the people sing:

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader: Hear this, all you nations;
give ear, all inhabitants of the world.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:My mouth will talk wisdom
and the meditation of my heart will bring understanding.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:Come, children, listen to me!
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:I have told the good news of righteousness
in a great congregation.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:I have told Your truth and Your salvation.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:I will tell Your name to my brothers,
in the midst of the church I will sing to You.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:That I may hear the voice of praise
and tell of all Your wonders.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:O Lord, I love the beauty of Your house
and the place of the temple of Your glory.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Reader:Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God (3x)

People:We magnify, we magnify You… (repeat above)

Kathisma Hymn

Tone 8 (to the Special Melody: “Of the Wisdom…”)

By the power of your divine words you cast down dark heresies:
you drowned all the insolence of Eunomius,
for you preached that the Spirit is God,
and you slew the enemy with the work of your hands;
and you drove away all the ministry of Sabellius
and set at nought all the reasonings of Nestorius.
O holy hierarch Basil, entreat Christ God,
that He grant remission of sins to those who with love celebrate your holy memory.

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

(same melody)

The grace of your divine discourses and the mystic heights of your dogmas
have become for us a ladder of divine ascent;
for having acquired the clarion of the Spirit, O father,
you thereby proclaimed divine doctrines.
Wherefore, you have made your abode in a place of verdure,
receiving the reward for your struggles.
O venerable hierarch Basil,
entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of sins to those who with love
celebrate your holy memory.

...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(same melody)

The Master and Creator of all,
Who received flesh from your all-pure womb,
has shown you to be an intercessor for men,
O most pure one;
wherefore, we all flee to you,
asking to be cleansed of our transgressions, O Mistress,
and to be delivered from everlasting torments
and all the oppression of the evil prince of this world.
For this cause we cry to you:
“Entreat your Son and God, that He grant remission of sins
to those who with faith venerate your most holy birthgiving.”

If it be a Sunday:

The Eulogitaria of the Resurrection

Refrain:Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes!

Tone 5

The angelic host was filled with awe when it saw You among the dead! By destroying the power of death, O Savior, You raised Adam and saved all men from Hades!

In the tomb, the radiant angel cried to the myrrh-bearers, “Why do you women mingle myrrh with your tears? Look at the tomb and understand! The Savior is risen from the dead!

Very early in the morning, the myrrh-bearers ran with sorrow to Your tomb. But an angel came to them and said: “The time for sorrow has come to an end! Do not weep but announce the Resurrection to the Apostles!

The myrrh-bearers were sorrowful as they neared Your tomb, but the angel said to them: “Why do you number the living among the dead? Since He is God, He is risen from the tomb!”

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

We worship the Father, and His Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in essence. We cry with the seraphim: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O Lord!

...now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Since you gave birth to the Giver of life, O Virgin, you redeemed Adam from his sin! You gave joy to Eve instead of sadness! The God-Man Who was born of you has restored to life those who had fallen from it.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God. (3x)

Near the conclusion, the Deacon bows to the Priest, goes to stand before the icon of Christ, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Priest:4 For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your kingdom, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, goes to the Altar Table, venerates the Gospel Book and the Altar Table, and bows to the Priest, who bows back. He then picks up the Gospel Book, turns to face the people, and stands in the Holy Doors for the Prokeimenon.

People: Amen.

4 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 8 in Appendix A be read here.

The Hymn of Degrees

Tone 4

People:From my youth, many passions have fought against me. But do You help me and save me, O my Savior!

You who hate Zion shall be put to shame by the Lord. You shall be withered up like grass by the fire!

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

Every soul is enlivened by the Holy Spirit and is exalted in purity, illumined by the Holy Trinity in a sacred mystery!

The Prokeimenon

Deacon:Wisdom! Let us attend.

The Prokeimenon in the fourth tone.

My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

People:My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

Deacon:Hear this, all nations;
give ear all inhabitants of the earth!

People:My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

Deacon:My mouth shall speak wisdom;

People:…the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

Deacon:Let us pray to the Lord.

People:Lord, have mercy.

Priest:5 For You are holy, O our God, Who rest in the sanctuary, and to You we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

5 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 9 in Appendix A be read here.

Another Prokeimenon

Tone 4

Deacon:Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

People:Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

Deacon:Praise God in His sanctuary, praise Him in His mighty firmament.

People:Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

Deacon:Let everything that breathes...

People:...praise the Lord.

The Deacon takes the Gospel Book to the center of the Temple, holding it on his chest before the Priest. The Priest reads the Gospel facing East.

The Gospel

Deacon:And that we may be accounted worthy of hearing the Holy Gospel, let us pray to the Lord God.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy Gospel.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People:And to your spirit.

Priest: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John.

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

Deacon:Let us attend.

Priest: (Jn. 10:9-16) The Lord said to His disciples, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

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

If it is not a Sunday:

The Deacon returns the Gospel Book to the Altar Table through the Holy Doors, then, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door, and returns to his place beside the Priest.

If it be a Sunday:

Troparia

Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. We venerate Your Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Your holy resurrection, for You are our God, and we know no other than You, we call on Your name.

Come, all you faithful, let us venerate Christ’s holy resurrection! For, behold, through the Cross, joy has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the Lord, praising His resurrection, for by enduring the Cross for us, He has destroyed death by death!

Psalm 50 (51)

Reader:Have mercy on me, O God,
in Your great mercy,
and in Your abundant compassion
blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my sinfulness
and my sin is before me continually.

Against You only have I sinned
and done what is evil in Your sight,
that You may be justified in Your words
and win when You are judged.

For I was conceived in iniquities
and in sins my mother gave me birth.

But You love truth;
the hidden and secret things of Your wisdom
You have made known to me.

You will sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be clean.
You will wash me
and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness.
The bones that have been humbled will rejoice.

Turn Your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and strengthen me with Your ruling Spirit.

I will teach Your ways to the lawless,
and sinners will return to You.
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation.
My tongue will rejoice in Your righteousness.

O Lord, You will open my lips
and my mouth will declare Your praise.

For if You desired sacrifice,
I would have given it.
You take no delight in whole burnt offerings.

A sacrifice for God is a broken spirit;
a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.

Gladden Zion, O Lord, with Your goodwill,
and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.

Then You will delight in the sacrifice of righteousness,
in offering and whole burnt offerings.
Then they will offer young bulls on Your altar.

Post Gospel Verses

Tone 6

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

Through the prayers of the holy Basil, Saint and Bishop,
O Merciful One,
blot out the multitude of our transgressions!

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Through the prayers of the Theotokos,
O Merciful One,
blot out the multitude of our transgressions!

Have mercy on me, O God,
in Your great mercy,
and in Your abundant compassion
blot out my transgression.

Grace was poured forth from your lips, O venerable father,
and you were a shepherd of the Church of Christ,
teaching the reason-endowed sheep to believe in the consubstantial Trinity,
in one Godhead.

The Great Intercession

The Deacon goes to stand before the icon of Christ, lifts his Orarion and prays:

Deacon: O God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Visit Your world in mercy and compassion. Exalt the horn of Orthodox Christians, and send down on us Your rich mercies; through the prayers of our most-pure Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary; through the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of heaven; through the supplications of the honorable and glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles, Mary Magdalen;

of our fathers among the saints, hierarchs and ecumenical teachers: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; of our fathers among the saints Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Irenaeus of Lyons, Cyprian of Carthage, Ambrose of Milan, Nicholas of Myra in Lycia, Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Rome, Augustine of Canterbury, and Theodore of Tarsus;

of Gregory the Enlightener of Armenia; Nina, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia; Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland; Robert, Bishop of Salzburg and Enlightener of the Bavarians; the holy Methodius and Cyril, Evangelizers of the Slavs; the blessed Princess Olga and the holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles; Nahum, Enlightener of the Bulgarians; Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Japan;

of our fathers among the saints: Innocent, the Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to America; Jacob, Enlightener of the Upic and Athabascan peoples; Nicholas of Zhicha and South Canaan; Tikhon, Enlightener of North America and Patriarch of Moscow; and John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco;

of the holy, glorious, and right-victorious Martyrs: the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen; the Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon; the Great-Martyrs Demetrius of Thessalonika, George the Victorious, and Theodore the Recruit; Alban, Protomartyr of Britain; the martyrs Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia; the New Martyr Gorazd of Prague; the new Hieromartyr Nicetas the Albanian of Mount Athos; the New Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Cosmos of Aitolia;

of Juvenaly, Protomartyr of America and the martyred Aleut Peter; of the New-martyrs and Passion-bearers of Russia, especially the martyrs John of Chicago and Alexander of New York;

of the Protomartyr among women and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thekla; of the Great Martyrs Barbara, Katherine, Irene of Thessalonika, and Marina of Antioch; of Lucy of Syracuse; the martyrs Faith, Hope, and Love and their mother Sophia; the Virgin-Martyrs of Rome: Anastasia, Tatiana, Paraskeva, Xenia, Agnes, Lucy, Susanna, and Eugenia; of Hripsime and Gayane of Armenia and Susanna of Georgia;

of our venerable and God-bearing fathers: Anthony the Great; Pachomias the Great; Sabbas; Euthymius; Benedict of Nursia; Colomban of Iona; Theodore of Studion; Anthony and Theodosius and the other wonderworkers of the Caves in Kiev; Sergius of Radonezh; Paisius of Modavia; Seraphim of Sarov; Macarius of Corinth; Nectarios of Aigina; Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain; Sergius and Herman of Valaam; Ambrose, Elder of Optina; Silouan of Mount Athos;

and our venerable father Herman, Elder and Wonderworker of Alaska and all America;

of our venerable and God-bearing mothers: Pelagia; Theodosia; Anastasia; Eupraxia; Fevronia; Theodulia; Euphrosyne; Mary of Egypt; and Hilda of Whitby; and Xenia of Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ; of the Holy and God-crowned Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen; of the Righteous Sarah, wife of Abraham; the Righteous Hanna, mother of the Prophet Samuel; Emilia, mother of Saints Basil the Great, Macrina ,and Gregory of Nyssa; Silvia, mother of Gregory the Dialogist; and Genevieve of Paris;

of St. John of Kronstadt; and our father-among-the-saints, Alexis of Minneapolis and Wilkes-barre, defender of the Orthodox Church in America;

of Saint (of the day) ; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, hear us sinners who pray to You, and have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Priest:6 Through the mercy and compassion and love for mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

As the Canon is sung, the Faithful venerate the Book of the Gospels (if it is a Sunday) and the festal icon. The Priest returns the Gospel Book to the Altar Table.

The Clergy enter the Sanctuary and go to their places at the Altar Table.

The Holy Doors are closed.

6 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 10 in Appendix A be read here.

THE CANONS

Ode I

First Canon

Irmos:Come, O people,
Let us sing a sing a hymn to Christ God Who divided the sea
and guided the people whom He led out from the bondage of Egypt:
for He been glorified!

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

The eighth day, which bears the image of that which is to come,
is by Your voluntary submission enlightened and sanctified, O Christ;
for on that day You were circumcised in the flesh according to the Law.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!
Christ accepts circumcision of the eighth day after His nativity,
and the shadow of that day withdraws,
the light of the new Grace shining forth.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

Tone 2 (By John of Damascas)

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

It has been fitting that your voice come
to those desiring to sing your praises, O father Basil!
Accepting their entreaty, grant us abundant grace.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!
You trod the difficult path of the virtues,
and attained to the smooth and pleasant entry to heaven, O Basil,
and have shown yourself to be a model for all.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us! By your desire for the love of wisdom you restrained the uprising of the passions which torment the flesh; Therefore you dwell in the Kingdom of heaven, O Father Basil.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

With the sword of the Spirit,
you wisely cut down the passions both of soul and body, O Basil,
and offered yourself as a sacrifice to the Master.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As an initiate of the ineffable mysteries, O holy father Basil,
you manifestly instructed the Church of Christ in His mysteries,
and have shone upon us the light of the Trinity.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Who can rightly tell of your ineffable conceiving?
For you bore God in the flesh,
the Savior and Lord Who appeared to us,
O most pure one!

Katavasia:The Lord mighty in battle
uncovered the foundations of the deep and led His servants on dry ground:
but He covered their adversaries with the waters,
for He has been glorified!

Katavasia:Israel passed through the storm-tossed deep of the sea,
which God had turned into dry land:
but the dark waters completely covered the chief captains of Egypt in a watery grave,
through the mighty strength of the right hand of the Master!

Ode III

First Canon

Irmos:Establish us within You, O Lord
Who have slain sin by the Tree,
and plant the fear of You in the hearts of us who praise You.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

The transcendent Word Who became incarnate
has been circumcised that the Law might cease;
and He has given us the beginning of divine Grace and incorruptible life.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

As the Fulfiller of the Law, and One in nowise opposed to God,
Christ showed Himself to be incarnate,
and has deigned of His own will to be circumcised on the eighth day.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Your memorial has come and shone forth
at the same time as the Nativity of Christ,
the ineffable mystery of which you manifestly showed forth by your teachings.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Established in the fear of God,
in that it is the beginning of wisdom,
you soared aloft in the highest love of wisdom, O Basil.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Full of wise instruction, O Basil,
you were shown to be a light to the world,
not only that which is below and is trodden upon by our feet,
but that which is far higher.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

O all-wise Basil, you have shown labor to be the entry into the divine vision,
and by labor you entered therein;
and you have manifestly taught the understanding of all that exists.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Without seed you conceived in your womb,
and ineffably gave birth to God incarnate,
upon Whom the hosts of heaven dare not gaze, O pure Ever-virgin!

Katavasia:The Lord Who gives strength to our kings
and exalts the horn of His anointed,
is born of the Virgin and comes to baptism.
Therefore let us, the faithful, cry aloud:
“None is holy as our God
and none is righteous but You, O Lord!”

Katavasia:We have all been set loose from the ancient snares,
and the jaws of the devouring lions have been broken:
let us then, rejoice exceedingly and open our mouths in song,
weaving with words a melody to the Word
Who delights to grant gifts to us!

The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door, and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: 7For You are our God, and to You we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

While the People sing the Sessional Hymn, the Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

7 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 5 in Appendix A be read here.

Kontakion

Tone 3 (to the Special Melody: “Today the Virgin…”)

The Lord of all accepts to be circumcised.
Thus in His mercy He circumcises the sins of mortal men.
Today He grants the world salvation,
while Basil, the high priest of the Creator,
rejoices in heaven as the radiant star of Christ.

Sessional Hymn

Kontakion

Tone 8

Having learned the wisdom of the Word and set aside the writings of the Law,
you proclaimed to all the word of Grace,
and by your words you erased the tablets of men’s souls,
and thereon you inscribed divine doctrines.
Wherefore, passing through the darkness, a cloud protecting your body,
you shone forth in the Spirit, O holy hierarch Basil.
Entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of sins
to those who with faith honor your memory. (2x)

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

As You have a deep love for mankind, O Master,
You clothed Yourself in the guise of a servant and were circumcised in the flesh,
granting Your great mercy to all.

Ode IV

First Canon

Irmos:I have heard the report of Your dispensation, O Lord,
and I have glorified You, only Lover of mankind.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Circumcision has ceased
since Christ was circumcised of His own will,
saving a multitude of the nations by Grace.

Refrain: Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

The eighth day, the day on which Christ the Master
was circumcised in the flesh,
is an image of the eternal life of the age to come.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

As the Church of Christ is adorned like a Bride by His nativity,
so is she also adorned by your memorial,
O most blessed one.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Doing battle for God,
you were shown to be invincible, O Basil,
making all subject to His precepts.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

You were given to the Church by God
as a fortress and unassailable wall,
O most blessed Basil.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

O father Basil,
you were shown to be a weapon cutting down the adversary,
and a fire consuming falsehood.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

We beseech you, O pure one,
who conceived God without seed:
“Ever pray for your servants.”

Katavasia:O Lord, he whom You called the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
heard Your voice when You thundered on many waters,
bearing witness to Your Son.
Wholly filled with the Spirit that had come, he cried aloud:
“You are Christ, the wisdom and the power of God!”

Katavasia:Cleansed by the fire of a mystic vision
the prophet sang the praises of the renewal of mortal man.
Filled with the inspiration of the Spirit, he raised his voice,
telling of the incarnation of the ineffable Word
Who has shattered the dominion of the strong.

Ode V

First Canon

Irmos:O Lord, the Giver of light and Creator of the ages,
guide us in the light of Your commandments,
for we know no other God but You!

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Having come forth ineffably from the Virgin Mother, O Lord,
You did not decline to clothe Yourself in humanity as a babe,
and in accordance with the Law You fulfilled the Law.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Israel, in that she loves the shadow of the Law,
has become like the night,
engendering Christ, Who has appeared,
shining forth from her, as the Light of the world.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Today the Church truly honors a twofold Feast:
that of the Master Who has appeared on earth as a babe,
and the memorial of His wise and thrice-blessed servant.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Christ, the Light unapproachable, resting in you, O venerable one,
has shown you to be a radiant lamp unto the world;
therefore we praise your memory, O Basil.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

The Genesis described by Moses on Sinai amid great darkness,
you have described for all,
speaking from the storehouses of divine wisdom, O all-blessed Basil.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

Neither Moses the law-giver,
nor Joseph, the chief of Pharaoh’s granaries, who lived before the Law,
were equal to you;
for you, O Basil, broke the flesh of God at the Altar.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

We cry out to you who bore Christ the Creator of all:
“Rejoice, O pure One!
Rejoice, for you have shown forth upon us the Light!
Rejoice, for you contained the uncontainable God!”

Katavasia:Jesus, the Prince of life,
has come to set loose from condemnation the first-formed man
and though as God He needs no cleansing,
yet for the sake of fallen man He is cleansed in the Jordan.
In its streams He slew the enmity
and grants the peace that passes all understanding.

Katavasia:We have been washed by the cleansing of the Spirit
from the poison of the dark and unclean enemy,
and we have set out on a new path free from error,
leading to gladness of heart beyond all attaining,
which only they attain whom God has reconciled to Himself.

Ode VI

First Canon

Irmos:The great abyss of sin encompasses me,
and, emulating the prophet, I cry to You:
“Lead me up from corruption, O Lord!”

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

The Law has ceased since Christ, Who is the Fulfiller of the Law,
has become a babe, receiving circumcision:
He has annulled the curse of the Law.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

The keeping of Sabbaths, circumcision, and the arrogance of the Jews
ceased at the behest of Christ Who has appeared,
and the springtime of Grace has shone forth.

Refrain: Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

You bountifully fed the souls of the poor,
tormented by hunger, O Basil,
and filled the hearts of the hungry with all divine gladness!

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

You richly fed the hungry with heavenly food,
for your teaching is angelic bread, O Basil,
and you were a generous dispenser of grain.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

O Basil, like a bee you industriously gather honey
from the flowers of all the virtues,
and as a wise man you are blessed therein.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

You yearned to depart this world and to live with God;
Therefore, forsaking things unstable and corruptible, O most blessed Basil,
as a wise man you have acquired things which are abiding.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Save your servants from misfortunes, O Theotokos,
for we flee to you after God,
as an impregnable fortress and intercessor.

Katavasia:The voice of the Word, the candlestick of the Light,
the morning star and forerunner of the Sun,
cried in the wilderness to all the peoples:
“Repent and be cleansed while there is yet time.
For lo, Christ is at hand, Who delivers the world from corruption.”

Katavasia:The Father in a voice full of joy
made manifest His beloved Whom He had begotten from the womb.
“This is indeed My offspring,” He said, “of the same nature as myself:
bearing light, He has come forth from mankind,
My living Word, in divine providence made a mortal man.”

The Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door, and stands at his place on the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:8 For You are the king of peace and Savior of our souls, and to You we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

8 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 6 in Appendix A be read here.

While the People sing the Kontakion, the Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

Kontakion

Tone 4 (to the Special Melody: “You have appeared today…”)

You were revealed as the sure foundation of the Church,
granting all mankind a dominion which cannot be taken away,
and sealing them with your precepts,
O newly-revealed and venerable Basil.

Ikos

Basil the Great, the cup of chastity, the mouth of wisdom, the foundation of doctrines, shines forth noetically upon all. Come, therefore, and let us stand in the house of God, gazing with fervor, adorning ourselves with his miracles, having been illumined with the splendor of his life, and been cooled by his pure spirit, emulating his faith, ardor and humility, whereby he became a house of the energies of God; and crying aloud unto him, let us sing: “O newly-revealed and venerable Basil!”

Ode VII

First Canon

Irmos:When the golden image was worshipped on the plain of Dura,
Your three youths spurned the ungodly command,
and, cast into the midst of the fire, sprinkled with dew, they sang:
“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers!”

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Radiant and most splendid is the nativity of Christ,
which today has depicted the mystery of the restoration which is to come!
For the Savior is circumcised according to the Law,
not as God, but as man, the Fulfillment of the Law.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Fulfilling the Law, the Creator of the Law
today is voluntarily circumcised in the flesh,
cutting away the winter of sin, granting that all may cry:
“Blessed are You, O God of our fathers!”

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

The Son is the image of the Father,
and the Spirit is the image of the Son:
and you, O Basil, are the pure reflection of the Spirit and the abode of the
whole Trinity.
Blessed is your memory,
and those who glorify it shall themselves be glorified!

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

O the single inspiration of mind of the sacred two!
For, united in divine desire,
Basil was in Gregory, and Gregory in Basil,
like a single soul, inseparable, in tow bodies.
Entreat Christ now in behalf of your flock.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

The father of orphans and defender of widows,
the riches of the poor, the consolation of the sick,
the guidance of the wealthy, the staff of the old and instruction of youth,
and a rule of virtue for monastics were you shown to be, O Basil.

Refrain:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

Having purified your mind of all filthy defilement, O Basil,
you examined spiritual things with the Spirit Whom you desired;
therefore, praising the Trinity, with boldness you have cried out:
“Blessed are You, O God of our fathers!”

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

On Mount Sinai Moses foresaw you as the burning bush,
receiving, without being consumed, the unbearable brightness
of the ineffable Essence, Who united Himself to the coarseness of the flesh,
He being one of the Holy Persons.

Katavasia:The breath of the wind heavy with dew
and the descent of the angel of God
preserved the holy children from all harm, as they walked in the fiery furnace.
Refreshed with dew in the flames, they sang in thanksgiving:
“Blessed are You and praised above all, O God of our fathers!”

Katavasia:He Who stilled the heat of the flame in the furnace
that mounted high in the air and encircled the godly children,
burnt the heads of the dragons in the stream of the Jordan
and with the dew of the Spirit He washes away
all the stubborn obscurity of sin.

At the 8th Ode, the Deacon receives the blessing from the Priest for the Great Censing. He begins in the Sanctuary and, emerging to the Solea by the North door, censes the right side of the Iconostasis. He then stands before the icon of the Theotokos awaiting the conclusion of the Katavasia of the 8th Ode.

Ode VIII

First Canon

Irmos:God the Word, Who in His ineffable wisdom created all things
and brought them out of oblivion into existence,
do you bless as Lord, O your works, and exalt supremely for all ages!

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

On the eighth day Jesus the Master was circumcised as a babe;
and He received His name,
in that He is the Savior and Lord of the world.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

To the Nativity of Christ we join the eighth day,
the most glorious memorial of the holy hierarch;
and honoring it with faith,
let us praise the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever.

Refrain:Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

Second Canon

The Irmos of the First Canon is repeated for the Second Canon throughout.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

O you works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
Who, in His ineffable providence, has given Basil to the world
as a light of piety and clarion of theology!

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

O you works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
Who, in His rich actions, made His abode within the wise Basil,
and through Him piously gave utterance to theology.

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

Delighting in your divine discourses, O Basil,
and unceasingly celebrating your memory, we cry aloud:
“Bless the Lord, you works of the Lord!”

Refrain:O holy Father Basil, pray to God for us!

O Basil, enlightening the world with the radiance of your words,
you enlightened all to worship the one Essence of the Trinity, crying:
“Bless the Lord, you works of the Lord!”

Refrain:Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O you works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
the timeless Word of God, Who issued forth from the Father before time began,
and shown forth from the Virgin in latter times.

We praise, bless and worship the Lord, singing and exalting Him
throughout all ages.

Katavasia:The Babylonian furnace, as it poured forth dew,
foreshadowed a marvelous mystery:
how the Jordan should receive in its streams the immaterial Fire,
and should encompass the Creator, when He was baptized in the flesh.
O you Peoples, bless and exalt Him above all forever!

Katavasia:The creation finds itself set free,
and those in darkness are now made sons of Light:
alone, the prince of darkness groans.
Let all the inheritance of the nations, that was before in misery,
now bless with eagerness Him Who has wrought this change!

The Deacon then censes the icon, the left side of the Iconostasis, the people and the icons in the remainder of the temple, and gives up the censer. He then returns to his place in front of the icon of the Theotokos.

Ode IX

(The Magnificat is not sung. Instead, the following Megalynaria.)

Megalynarion Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who has been circumcised in the
flesh according to the Law!

First Canon

Irmos:We magnify you, O blessed and most pure Theotokos,
who through your virginal womb ineffable made God incarnate,
the Luminary Who shone forth before the sun
and has come to us in the flesh.

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the Lord… (repeat above).

We magnify you, O blessed and most pure Theotokos… (repeat above).

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, Him Who received circumcision on the eighth day!

Transcending the bounds of all human nature,
Christ was supernaturally born of the Virgin;
and as He commanded the writing of the Law,
He is circumcised and shown to be the Fulfiller of the Law.

MegalynarionToday the Master is circumcised in the flesh as a babe, fulfilling the Law.

Come, and in holiness, let us celebrate the glorious names of Christ the Master;
for in godly manner He has been named Jesus, today.
And with them, let us also magnify the memory of the holy hierarch.

MegalynarionToday the Master is circumcised in the flesh and is called Jesus!

Second Canon

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, Basil, who is great among hierarchs!

Irmos:We magnify you, O blessed and most pure Theotokos... (repeat above)

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the all-radiant beacon of the whole world!

O Basil, like a sheep faithful to Christ, the chief Shepherd,
You followed His life-bearing steps;
for you exposed your soul to the tyrant, O most blessed father,
valiantly braving danger for the sake of the Church.

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the great Basil of Caesaria!

Beholding the most sacred unity of the Church of Christ,
which was adorned by your episcopate, O wise one,
the tyrannical destroyer of all fell as though struck by a bolt of lightning;
for he was unable to endure the radiance of the Spirit which was within you, O Basil.

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, him who has adorned the Church of Christ!

O Basil, you were granted an apostolic see,
a place in the choir of the athletes of Christ,
the tabernacle of the patriarchs,
the delight of the righteous and the joy of the prophets;
for you were a servant of the Theotokos and an initiate of the mysteries of the Trinity.

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the armies of heaven!

The Lord, Who alone covers the chambers with waters
Who restrains the sea and dries up the depths,
and Who received flesh from you, O pure one,
hastens from Bethlehem to the Jordan, to be baptized in the flesh.

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the Lord Who has been circumcised in the flesh according to the Law!

Katavasia:No tongue is capable of praising you worthily:
the angelic mind is overawed in exalting you, O Theotokos!
But accept our faith, since you are gracious and know our divine love.
You are the protectress of Christians, and we praise you!

MegalynarionMagnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the armies of heaven!

Katavasia: O most pure Bride, O blessed Mother,
the wonders of your childbearing pass all understanding.
Through you we have obtained the salvation of all,
and fittingly rejoice truly before you, our benefactor,
bringing as a gift a song of thanksgiving!

The Deacon moves to stand before the Holy Doors, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Little Litany

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:9For all the powers of heaven praise You, and to You we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People:Amen.

9 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 11 in Appendix A be read here.

On Sundays:10

The Priest stands at the Altar Table.

A Hymn of Light 11

Deacon:Holy is the Lord our God.

People:Holy is the Lord our God.

Deacon:For holy is the Lord our God.

People:Holy is the Lord our God.

Deacon:Over all people is our God.

People:Holy is the Lord our God.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place at the Altar Table.

10 - Technically in the tone of the week, but by custom the music does not vary.

11 - In addition to the Exapostilarion or Exapostilaria appointed for the day. [But some reduce this to one or the other, usually retaining this invariant Hymn of Light for Sundays.]

Exapostilaria (Hymns of Light)

With the desire of love of wisdom you circumcised that which covered
your soul, O father,
and in you miracles were shown to the world to be like the sun;
and you have illumined the thoughts of the faithful, O divinely wise Basil,
initiate of the mysteries of the Trinity and servant of the Theotokos. (2x)

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

The Creator of the ages
Who has fulfilled the Law, is circumcised in the flesh as a babe on the eighth day;
He is wrapped in swaddling-bands as a man; He is fed with milk;
Who, as God sustains all things by His infinite might
and holds all things in His hand.

The Praises

People:Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
Praise Him in the heights,
To You, O God, is due a song.
Praise Him, all you angels of His,
Praise Him, all His hosts.
To You, O God, is due a song.

Psalm 148:1-2

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise Him in the heights,

Praise Him, all you angels of His,
praise Him, all His hosts.

Psalm 148:3-14

Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, all you stars and light.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens
and you water that is above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for He spoke and they were born,
He commanded and they were created.

He has fixed them forever and ever.
He has made a law and it will not be bypassed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all depths,

fire, hail, snow, ice,
the storm wind, all obeying His word,

all you mountains and hills,
all you fruit trees and cedars,

you wild beasts and all cattle,
reptiles and winged birds,

you kings of the earth and all peoples,
all you rulers and judges of the earth;

young men and virgins,
old men and children,

let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name only is exalted;
His praise is above heaven and earth.

And He will exalt the power of His people.
This is a song for all His saints,
for the children of Israel,
for people drawing near to Him.

Psalm 149

Sing to the Lord a new song!
Let His praise be sung in the church of the saints.

Let Israel rejoice in Him Who made him,
and let the children of Zion exult in their King.

Let them praise His name with dancing,
let them sing to Him with drum and harp.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people
and will exalt the meek with His salvation.

The saints will exult in glory,
and they will rejoice on their beds.

The high praises of God will be in their throat
and two-edged swords in their hands

Tone 5 (to the Special Melody: “Rejoice…”)

He Who as the Word was ineffably begotten of the Father
without separation or corruption,
endures circumcision in the flesh,
and as God begotten by God He remains immutably divine;
therefore, He Who is above the Law,
following the Law delivers all from the curse of the Law,
and grants them blessing from on high.
Therefore, praising His infinitely gracious condescension,
we praise and glorify Him with thanksgiving,
entreating Him to grant our souls great mercy.

to pass judgment on the nations
and give rebukes among the peoples,

He Who as the Word… (repeat above).

to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,

Having become a child of God through Grace,
by the regeneration of Holy Baptism, O venerable one,
in essence and truth you confessed the pre-eternal Son and Word of God,
as consubstantial and equally unoriginate with the Father;
and with the brilliance of your words you shut the gaping mouths of the
heretics.
Therefore, you have made your abode in the kingdom on high,
reigning together with Christ,
Who rules alone and naturally,
and richly grants great mercy to the world.

to pass judgment on them as God has written.
This glory will be for all His saints.

Through labor and vision
you entered within the Temple of heaven as a holy priest,
vested in the precepts of wisdom as with holy raiment.
And now, serving as priest at the Altar of heave, O venerable one,
and standing before God,
celebrating the eternal service, mercifully remember those who celebrate your holy and most honored memory,
O most blessed Basil,
entreating Christ, Who grants the world great mercy.

Psalm 46

Clap your hands all peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Wholly consecrated to God
and dedicated to Him from childhood in every way,
shining forth with the rays of holy wisdom,
you have made clear the understanding of those things which exist,
speaking plainly and holding forth in wisdom,
revealing the order of nature,
that all may recognize the work of God.
Therefore, we proclaim you to be a divinely eloquent and godly teacher
and a radiant beacon of the Church,
who intercedes to Christ to grant the world great mercy.

God has gone up with a shout!
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet!

Made steadfast by the fear of God,
you understood the beginning of Wisdom, O Basil.
You surpassed fear by the wisdom and virtue of your life, O Father,
and united to God by love, you became His alone.
Therefore, having learned His divine commandments and statutes,
you taught morality to men, and adorned the minds of the faithful,
making the council splendid by your spiritual decrees.
Therefore, entreat Christ to grant great mercy to our souls.

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

Tone 6

Grace poured forth from your lips, O venerable Father,
and you were a shepherd of the Church of Christ,
teaching the reason-endowed sheep to believe in the consubstantial Trinity,
in the one Godhead.

…now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

At the singing of “...now and ever...” the Holy Doors are opened. The Priest stands in front of the Altar Table and the Deacon to his right.

Tone 8

Descending to the human race,
the Savior deigned to be wrapped in swaddling-bands,
and He did not refuse to be circumcised in the flesh
as an eight-day old infant born of His Mother,
but unoriginate according to His Father.
O you Faithful, let us cry to Him:
“You are our God! Have mercy on us!”

The Great Doxology

Priest:Glory to You Who have shown us the light!

People: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of His will.

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory: O Lord, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty: O Lord, the Only-Begotten Son, Jesus Christ: and O Holy Spirit.

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who take away the sins of the world, accept our prayer. Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever, even unto ages of ages.

Grant, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name unto ages of ages. Amen.

Let Your mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have set our hope on You.

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. Blessed are You, O Master, make me to understand Your commandments. Blessed are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with Your precepts.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said, “Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!” Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. For with You is the fountain of life, and in Your light shall we see light. Continue Your mercy unto those who know You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us. (3x)

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

Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

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

If the Divine Liturgy will not follow the Troparia, the Deacon bows to the Priest, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door and stands at his place on the solea.

The Troparia

Tone 1

Enthroned on high with the eternal Father and Your divine Spirit,
You willed to be born on earth, O Jesus
from the unwedded handmaid, Your Mother.
Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day child.
Glory to Your most gracious counsel.
Glory to Your dispensation.
Glory to Your condescension, only Lover of mankind! (2x)

Your proclamation has gone out into all the earth,
for it was divinely taught by hearing your voice.
You expounded the nature of creatures and ennobled the manners of men.
O holy father of royal priesthood,
entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved.

The Deacon lifts his Orarion and prays:

The Litany of Fervent Supplication

Deacon:Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Your great goodness, we implore You, hear us and have mercy.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Again we pray for [His Beatitude] Metropolitan ______, for [His Grace] our Bishop ______, for priests, deacons, and all other clergy, and for all our brethren in Christ.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Again we pray for the (President) and all civil authorities of this country and for those serving in its Armed Forces.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable holy Orthodox Patriarchs; for the blessed and ever memorable founders of this holy house; for all our fathers and brethren, the Orthodox departed this life before us, [especially __________ and all those] who here and in all the world lie asleep in the Lord.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servants of God [especially ______], and for the pardon and remission of their sins.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon:Again we pray for those who bring offerings and do good works in this holy and all-venerable house; for those who labor and those who sing; and for all the people here present, who await Your great and rich mercy.

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

Priest:For You are a merciful God, and You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People:Amen.

The Deacon moves to stand before the Royal Doors, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Morning Litany

Deacon:Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

People:Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People:Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon:For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.

People:Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon:For all things that are good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.

People:Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon:That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.

People:Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon:For a Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.

People:Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon:Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People:To You, O Lord.

Priest: 12For You are a good God, and You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Priest turns toward the people and blesses:

12 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 12 in Appendix A be read here.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People:And to your spirit.

Deacon:Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

People:To You, O Lord.

The Prayer with Heads Bowed

Priest: O Holy Lord, Who dwell on high and look upon the humble, and Who with Your all-seeing eye do behold all creation: to You have we bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we implore You, O Holy of Holies, stretch forth Your invisible hand from Your holy dwelling place and bless us all. And if in any way we have sinned, either willingly or unwillingly, pardon us, inasmuch as You are good, and You love mankind, granting us Your good things in this age and in the age to come. For Yours it is to have mercy on us and to save us, O our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

People:Amen.

The Great Dismissal

Deacon: Wisdom!

People: Father, bless.

Standing in front of the Altar Table, the Priest says:

Priest: + Christ our God, The Existing One, is blessed, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Confirm, O God, the holy Orthodox faith and Orthodox Christians unto ages of ages.

Priest: Most holy Theotokos, save us. People: More honorable than the cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God, the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.

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

The Deacon turns and goes to stand to the right of the Analoy.

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Father, bless.

Standing in the Royal Doors, facing the people, the Priest says the Great Dismissal:

Priest:May He Who on the eighth day deigned to be circumcised in the flesh for our salvation, Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother, and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind.

People: Amen.

Appendix A

THE TWELVE MATINS PRAYERS

I

We thank You, O Lord our God, Who have raised us from our beds and put into our mouths a word of praise, that we may adore and call on Your holy name. We entreat Your bounties, which You have always used in our life. Send down Your help even now on those who stand before the face of Your holy glory and await rich mercy from You. Enable those who serve You always with fear and love, to praise Your inexpressible goodness. For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

II

From the night our spirit wakes, O our God, for Your commandments are a light on the earth. Enlighten us now to perfect righteousness and holiness in fear of You, for we glorify You, our truly existing God. Incline Your ear and hear us. Remember by name, O Lord, all those who are with us and pray with us; save them by Your power. Bless Your people, and sanctify Your inheritance. Give peace to Your world, to the churches, to Your priests, to all those in civil authority, and to all Your people. For blessed and glorified is Your all-honorable and majestic name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

III

From the night our spirit wakes, O God, for Your commandments are a light. Teach us Your righteousness, O God, Your commandments and Your statutes. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding, lest at any time we should fall asleep to death in sin. Drive all gloom from our hearts. Grant us the Sun of Righteousness, and, by the seal of Your Holy Spirit, preserve our life unassailed. Guide our steps to the way of peace. Enable us to behold the dawn and the day with joy, that we may raise our morning prayers to You. For Yours is the majesty, 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 unto ages of ages. Amen.

IV

O Master, God, holy and unsearchable, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness; Who refreshed us by the sleep of the night; and Who raised us for the glorification and supplication of Your goodness. Implored by Your own lovingkindness, accept now also us who bow before You and give thanks according to our ability. Grant us all our petitions which are for salvation. Show us to be sons of the light and of the day, heirs of Your eternal good things. Remember, O Lord, in the multitude of Your bounties, all Your people here present and praying with us; and all our brothers on land, on sea, in the air, and in every place of Your dominion who are in need of Your mercy and love for mankind; grant Your mercy to all of them. That being always preserved in safety of soul and body, we may with boldness glorify Your wondrous and blessed name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

V

Treasury of Blessings, ever-glowing Fountain, Holy Father Who work wonders, almighty and all-powerful! We all worship You and pray to You, entreating Your mercies and Your compassion, to help and preserve our humility. Remember Your servants, O Lord, and accept our morning prayers as incense in Your sight. Let none of us be found guilty, but surround us all with Your bounties. Remember, O Lord, those who keep vigil and sing to Your glory, and to the glory of Your only-begotten Son and our God and of the Holy Spirit. Be their helper and protector, and receive their supplications on Your heavenly and ideal altar. For You are our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

VI

We thank You, O Lord, God of our salvation, for You do all things which are good for life, that we may always look up to You, the Savior and Benefactor of our souls. You have refreshed us in the past night, and raised us from our beds, and set us in worship of Your honorable name. Therefore we entreat You, O Lord, grant us grace and power that we may sing to You with understanding, and pray without ceasing, working out our own salvation in fear and trembling through the help of Your Christ. Remember, O Lord, those who call out to You in the night; hear them and have mercy on them, destroying under their feet invisible and warring enemies. For You are the King of Peace, the Savior of our souls, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

VII

O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who have raised us from our beds, and gathered us at the hour of prayer. Grant us grace in the opening of our lips, and accept our thanks according to our ability. Teach us Your statutes. We do not know how to pray as we entreat You, pardon and forgive whatever sins we may have committed up to this present hour, by word or thought, voluntarily or involuntarily. If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You. You only are holy, a mighty helper, the defender of our life; and our song shall always be of You. Blessed and most glorified be the majesty of Your kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

VIII

O Lord our God, Who have driven the despair of sleep from us and assemble us by a holy call, that even in the night we might lift up our hands and give thanks to You for the judgments of Your righteousness, accept our prayers and petitions, the thanks of our nightly worship. Grant us, O Lord, a faith unashamed, a sure hope, a love unfeigned. Bless our comings and goings, our works and deeds, our words and thoughts, and grant that we may begin this day, praising, singing, and blessing the goodness of Your ineffable beneficence. For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

IX

Illumine our hearts, O Master Who love mankind, with the pure light of Your divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Your gospel teachings. Implant also in us the fear of Your blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing to You. For You are the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

X

O Lord our God, Who have granted men pardon through repentance, and set repentance unto forgiveness, for the prophet David as an example for us of acknowledgment of sin and confession. O Master, have mercy on us according to Your great goodness on account of the many and great iniquities into which we have fallen; and according to Your abundant mercy, blot out our transgression. For we have sinned against You, O Lord, Who know the secret and hidden things in the heart of man and Who alone have authority to pardon sins. Since You have created in us a clean heart; and put a new and right spirit within us; and made known to us the joy of Your salvation; cast us not away from Your presence. But since You are good, and You love mankind, graciously enable us, even to our last breath, to offer to You the sacrifice of righteousness, and an oblation on Your holy altar. Through the mercy and compassion and love for mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

XI

O God, our God, Who by Your will have made all the powers endowed with reason and understanding, we implore and supplicate You: Accept the praise which we offer with all Your creatures according to our ability; reward us with the rich gifts of Your goodness. For every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth bends to You; and everything that breathes and every creature sings of Your ineffable glory; only You are the true and most merciful God. For all the powers of heaven praise You, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

XII

We praise, bless, sing, and thank You, O God of our Fathers, for You have led us through the shade of night and showed us again the light of day. We entreat Your goodness, cleanse us from our sins and accept our prayer in Your great tenderness of heart; for we run to You, the merciful and all powerful God! Make the true Sun of Your Righteousness dawn in our hearts. Enlighten our mind and guard all our senses; that walking uprightly as in the day in the way of Your commandments, we may attain to eternal life - for with You is the fountain of life, and we will be made worthy of enjoying Your unapproachable light. For You are our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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