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The Matins Of Pascha


The priest vests himself in all his brightest vestments. He takes the precious Cross and the three-branched candlestick in his left hand, and the censer in his right. He censes the sanctuary and the concelebrants. The royal doors are then opened, and the priest comes out with the concelebrants singing the sticheron in tone 6:

Your resurrection, O Christ our Savior, the angels in heaven sing. Enable us on earth to glorify you in purity of heart.

Preceded by the Cross, the banners, the holy icons, the Gospel book, torchbearers and the choir, and followed by all the people carrying candles, the priest and all the other concelebrants go around the temple. The sticheron is sung continuously and the bells ring all the while.

Coming before the principle doors of the church, all the bearers of the holy objects turn to face the west and arrange themselves in the customary manner. The celebrant censes the Gospel book, the icons and banners, the choir and all the people. Then, standing before the doors of the church and facing east, the celebrant signs the doors of the church, which remain closed, with the censer in cross form thrice. He holds the precious cross and the three-branched candlestick in his left hand. Torchbearers stand on both sides.

The celebrant exclaims in a loud voice:

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

Choir: Amen.

Priest (and all the concelebrants): Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (thrice)

People: Repeat the above troparion of Pascha also thrice.

Then the verses:

Priest: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee from before His face.

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire.

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: So the sinners will perish before the face of God; but let the righteous be glad.

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Choir: Christ is risen . . . (once)

Priest: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death.

And the doors are opened. The celebrant enters with the precious Cross, two torches being carried before him, and the people sing:

People: And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Then all the bells are rung. The priest and concelebrants enter the sanctuary and the Great Litany commences.

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.

2Deacon: 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.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the President 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.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: 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.

THE CANON OF PASCHA

The priest begins each ode of the canon. He also does the customary censing during each ode, holding the precious cross and three-branched candlestick in his left hand. As he censes the people, he greets them, saying:

Christ is risen.

And we answer: Indeed He is risen

ODE I

(Irmos) This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined, O people. Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord. For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us, as we sing the song of victory.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Let us purify our senses and we shall see Christ shining in the unapproachable light of His resurrection. We shall clearly hear Him say: Rejoice, as we sing the song of victory.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the whole world, visible and invisible, keep the feast. For Christ is risen, our eternal joy.

(Katavasia) This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined, O people. Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord. For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us, as we sing the song of victory.

(Pascal Troparion) Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (thrice)

Then the Little Litany and the exclamation:

For you are the majesty, and you 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.

Choir: Amen.

ODE III

(Irmos) Come, let us drink, not miraculous water drawn forth from a barren stone, but a new vintage from the fount of incorruption, springing from the tomb of Christ. In Him we are established.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Now all is filled with light: heaven and earth and the lower regions. Let all creation celebrate the rising of Christ. In Him we are established.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Yesterday I was buried with You, O Christ. Today I arise with You in Your resurrection. Yesterday I was crucified with You. Glorify me with You, O Savior, in your kingdom.

Each ode concludes with the repetition of the irmos as the katavasia, and the singing of the Paschal troparion thrice.

Then the Little Litany and the exclamation:

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

Choir: Amen.

HYPAKOE

Before the dawn, Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They heard the angelic voice: “Why do you seek among the dead as a man the one who is everlasting light? Behold the clothes in the grave. Go and proclaim to the world: The Lord is risen. He has slain death, as He is the Son of God, saving the race of men.”

ODE IV

(Irmos) The inspired profit Habakkuk now stands with us in holy vigil. He is like a shining angel who cries with a piercing voice: Today salvation has come to the world, for Christ is risen as all-powerful.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Christ our Pascha has appeared as a male child, the son that opens a virgin womb. He is called the lamb as one destined to be our food, unblemished for He has not tasted of defilement, and perfect for He is our true God.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Christ, the crown with which we are blessed, has appeared as a yearling lamb. Freely He has given Himself as our cleansing paschal sacrifice. From the tomb He has shown forth once again, our radiant sun of righteousness.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

David, the ancestor of God, leaped and danced before the ark which prefigured You. Now let us, the holy people of God, seeing the fulfillment of all figures, rejoice in piety, for Christ is risen as all-powerful.

Katavasia, and Paschal troparion thrice.

The exclamation at the Little Litany:

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

Choir: Amen.

ODE V

(Irmos) Let us arise at the rising of the sun and bring to the Master a hymn instead of myrrh, and we shall see Christ, the sun of righteousness, who causes life to drawn for all.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

The souls bound in the chains of hell, O Christ, seeing Your compassion without measure, pressed onward to the light with joyful steps, praising the eternal pascha.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Let us go with lamps in hand to meet Christ, who comes from the tomb like a bridegroom. And with the festive ranks of angels, let us celebrate the saving pascha of God.

Katavasia, and Paschal troparion thrice.

The exclamation at the Little Litany:

For sanctified 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.

Choir: Amen.

ODE VI

You did descend, O Christ to the depths of the earth. You did break the everlasting bars which had held death’s captives, and like Jonah from the shale on the third day, You did arise from the grave.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

You did arise, O Christ, and yet the tomb remained sealed, as at Your birth the Virgin’s womb remained unharmed; and You hast opened for us the gates of paradise.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

O my Savior, as God You did bring Yourself freely to the Father, a victim living and unsacrificed, resurrecting Adam, the father of us all, when You didst arise from the grave.

Katavasia, and Paschal troparion thrice.

The exclamation at the Little Litany:

For You are the King of peace and the Savior of our souls, and unto You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

KONTAKION (tone 8)

You did descend into the tomb, O Immortal, You did destroy the power of death. In victory did You arise, O Christ God, proclaiming “Rejoice” to the myrrh bearing women, granting peace to Your apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

IKOS

Before the dawn, the myrrh bearing women sought, as those who seek the day, their sun, who was before the sun yet had descended to the grave, and they cried to each other: O friends, come let us anoint with spices His life-bearing yet buried body, the flesh which raised fallen Adam and now lies in the tomb. Let us assemble and, like the magi, let us hasten and let us worship. Let us bring Myrrh as a gift to Him who is wrapped now, not in swaddling clothes, but in a winding-sheet. Let us lament and cry: Arise, O Master, and bestow resurrection on the fallen.

HYMN OF THE RESURRECTION (tone 6)

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. (thrice)

Jesus has risen from the tomb, as He foretold, granting us eternal life, and great mercy. (thrice)

ODE VII

(Irmos)He who saved the three young men in the furnace became incarnate and suffered as a mortal man. Through His sufferings He clothed what is mortal in the robe of immortality. He alone is blessed and most glorious: the God of our fathers.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

The godly woman hastened to You with myrrh, O Christ. In tears they had sought You as a dead man, but in joy they worshipped You as the living God and proclaimed the mystical pascha to Your disciples.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

We celebrate the death of death and the overthrow of hell, the beginning of another life which is eternal, and in exultation we sing the praises of hits source. He alone is blessed and most glorious: the God of our fathers.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

This is the bright and saving night, sacred and supremely festal. It heralds the radiant day of the resurrection on which the timeless light shown forth bodily from the tomb for all.

Katavasia, and Paschal troparion thrice.

The exclamation at the Little Litany:

Blessed and glorified be the might of Your kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

ODE VIII

(Irmos) This is the chosen and holy day, first of Sabbaths, king and lord of days, the feast of feasts, holy day of holy days. On this day we bless Christ forevermore.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Come on this chosen day of the resurrection, let us partake of the new fruit of the vine. Let us share in the divine rejoicing of the kingdom of Christ, praising Him as God forevermore.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.

Lift up your eyes, O Zion, round about and see Your children like divinely shining stars assemble from the North, the South, the East and the West to bless Christ in you forevermore.

Refrain:Most holy Trinity, our God, glory to You.

Father almighty, Word, and Spirit, one nature in three persons, surpassing essence and divinity. In You have we been baptized, and You we bless forevermore.

Katavasia, and Paschal troparion thrice.

The exclamation at the Little Litany:

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.

Choir: Amen.

ODE IX (see also page ______ [it is 12 at this draft])

Refrain 1: My soul magnifies Him who rose from the tomb on the third day: Christ, the giver of life.

(Irmos) Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son.

Refrain 2: My soul magnifies Him who willingly suffered and was buried, and rose from the tomb on the third day.

(Irmos) Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son.

Refrain 3: Christ, the new pascha, the living sacrifice, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 4: The angel cried to the Lady full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin. Again I say: Rejoice. Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, all ye people.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha, O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God: grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.

Refrain 5: After You did fall asleep, Your royal voice, roaring like the lion of Judah, awakened the dead from all ages.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 6: Mary Magdalene hastened to the tomb, and seeing Christ, she questioned Him as though He were the gardener.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 7: An angel appeared to the women and cried: Cease your tears, for Christ is risen.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 8: Christ is risen, trampling down death and raising the dead. Rejoice, all ye people.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 9: Today all creation rejoices and makes glad, for Christ is risen and hell has been despoiled.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha, O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God: grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.

Refrain 10: Today the Master has despoiled hell and raised the prisoners whom it had held from the ages in harsh captivity.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha, O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God: grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.

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

Refrain 11: My soul magnifies the might of the Godhead, in three Persons yet undivided.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha, O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God: grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.

Now and ever, and unto ages of ages Amen.

Refrain 12: Rejoice, O virgin rejoice! Rejoice, O blessed one! Rejoice, O glorified one! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha, O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God: grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.

Refrain 1: My soul magnified Him who rose from the tomb on the third day: Christ, the giver of life.

(Irmos) Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (thrice)

In parish usage, it is customary to render Ode IX of the Paschal Canon as follows:

Refrain 1: My soul magnifies Him who rose from the tomb on the third day: Christ, the giver of life.

(Irmos) Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son.

Refrain 2: Christ the new pascha, the living sacrifice, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

How divine! How beloved! How sweet is Your voice, O Christ! For You have faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

Refrain 3: Mary Magdalene hastened to the tomb, and seeing Christ, she questioned Him as though He were the gardener.

O Christ, great and most holy Pascha. O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God, grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the never-ending day of Your kingdom.

Refrain 4: The angel cried to the Lady full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin. Again I say: Rejoice. Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself He has raised all the dead. Rejoice. All you people.

(Irmos) Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (thrice)

The Little Litany, and the exclamation:

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

Choir: Amen.

THE SONG OF LIGHT

In the flesh You did fall asleep as a mortal man, O King and Lord. You did rise on the third day, rising Adam from corruption and destroying death: O Pascha of incorruption, the salvation of the world!

THE PRAISES (Tone 1)

Let every breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord in heaven. Praise Him in the highest. 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.

Verse: Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His exceeding greatness.

We praise Your saving suffering, O Christ, and we glorify Your resurrection.

Verse: Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp.

You did endure the Cross and destroy death by rising from the dead. Give peace to your life, O Lord, as the only almighty one.

Verse: Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe.

You did capture hell, O Christ, and resurrect man by Your resurrection. Enable us to praise and glorify You in purity of heart.

Verse: Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

We glorify Your divine condescension, and we praise You, O Christ. You were born of a virgin yet not separated from the Father. You have suffered as a man and voluntarily endured the Cross. You have risen from the tomb, coming as from a bridal chamber to save the world. O Lord, glory to You.

THE PASCHAL VERSES

Verse: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered. [Let those who hate Him flee from before His face.]

Choir: Today, a sacred Pascha is revealed to us, A new and holy Pascha, A mystical Pascha, A Pascha worthy of veneration, A Pascha which is Christ the Redeemer, A blameless Pascha, A great Pascha, a Pascha of the faithful, A Pascha which has opened for us the gates of Paradise, A Pascha which sanctifies all the faithful.

Verse: As smoke vanishes so let them vanish. [As wax melts before the fire.]

Choir: Come from that scene, O women, bearers of glad tidings, And say to Zion: Receive from us the glad tidings of joy, of Christ’s resurrection. Exult and be glad, And rejoice, O Jerusalem, Seeing Christ the King, Who comes forth from the tomb like a bridegroom in procession.

Verse: So the sinners will perish before the face of God. But let the righteous be glad.

Choir: The myrrh-bearing women, At the break of dawn, Drew near to the tomb of the Life-giver. There they found an angel sitting upon the stone. He greeted them with these words: Why do you seek the living among the dead? Why do you mourn the incorrupt amid corruption? Go, proclaim the glad tidings to His disciples.

Verse: This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Choir: Pascha of beauty, The Pascha of the Lord, A Pascha worthy of all honor has dawned for us. Pascha! Let us embrace each other joyously. O Pascha, ransom from affliction! For today as from a bridal chamber Christ has shown forth from the tomb and filled the women with joy saying: Proclaim the glad tidings to the apostles.

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

Choir: This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined by the feast. Let us embrace each other. Let us call “Brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (thrice)

THE SERMON OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

[TO BE INSERTED BY FR. ANDREW.]

THE AUGMENTED LITANY

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

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for His Beatitude, our Metropolitan ______________, and His (Eminence, Grace), our (Archbishop, Bishop) ___________, for priests, deacons, and all other clergy; and for all our brethren in Christ.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for the President of our country, for all civil authorities, and for the armed forces.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy house; and for all of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, the Orthodox departed this life before us, who here and in all the world lie asleep in the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation, pardon and remission of sins, for all the brethren of this holy house.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: 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 people here present, who await Your great and rich mercy.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3)

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

Choir: Amen.

THE LITANY OF FERVENT SUPPLICATION

Priest: Let us complete our morning prayer unto the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

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

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

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

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

Priest: An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

Priest: Pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

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

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

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

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

Priest: 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.

Choir: Grant it O Lord.

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

Choir: To You, O Lord.

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

Choir: Amen.

Priest: Peace be to all.

Choir: And to your spirit.

Priest: Let us bow our heads unto the Lord.

Choir: To You, O Lord.

THE PRAYER AT THE BOWING OF THE HEADS

Priest: O holy Lord, who dwell on high and look upon the humble, and who with Your all-seeing eye look down upon all creation: unto You have we bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we pray 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 love mankind, granting us Your good things in this world and beyond this world.

For You it is to have mercy on us and to save us, O our God, and unto You we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

THE GREAT DISMISSAL

Priest: Wisdom!

Choir: Father, bless.

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

Choir: Amen. Preserve, O God, the Holy Orthodox Faith and Orthodox Christians, unto ages of ages.

Priest: Most Holy Theotokos, save us!

Choir: More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim: without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.

Priest, holding the Cross, in place of “Glory to You, O Christ our God” . . ., sings:

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death.

Choir: And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

And immediately the celebrant gives the dismissal:

May Christ, who is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life, 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.

Then raising the Cross he says: Christ is risen. (thrice)

And we answer each time: Indeed He is risen.

And finally we sing the whole troparion Christ is risen . . . (thrice)

And after the singing of the troparion, we finish with: And unto us He has given eternal life. Let us worship His resurrection on the third day.


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