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The Cathedral Vigil - Presentation of our Lord


The Priest vests in phelonion. The Holy Doors are opened.

Preceded by the Deacon with a candle, the Priest does a Great Censing. After censing the Nave, he stops before the Holy Doors, facing East.

The Deacon goes to his place to the right of the Holy Doors and says:

Deacon:Arise! Bless, Master

The Deacon then goes to the High Place and stands facing the Priest.

The Priest makes the Sign of the Cross with the censer and says:

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

Reader:Amen.1

The Priest enters the Sanctuary. The Holy Doors are closed.

Glory to You, our God; glory to You!

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!

1 - If another service has immediately preceded Vespers, or if Little Vespers has been served earlier, we omit the usual introductory prayers and go to “Come, Let us Worship”, below.

The Trisagion Prayers

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.

Lord, have mercy. (12x)

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

Come, let us worship God our King!
Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God!
Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God!

The Priest goes to stand in front of the closed Holy Doors, head uncovered, to read the Prayers of Light silently. See Appendix A.

The Introductory Psalm

Psalm 103 (104)

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great,
You are clothed with praise and majesty,

wrapping Yourself in light for a garment,
stretching out the sky like a skin ; 2

Who covers His upper rooms with water,
Who makes clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,

Who makes spirits his angels
and His servant a flame of fire,

Who poises the earth on its axis;
it will not be moved throughout the ages.

The deep like a garment is its clothing.
On the mountains the waters stand.

At Your rebuke they run,
At the crack of Your thunder they are afraid.

Mountains rise up and plains sink down
to the place which You have appointed for them.

You have set a bound the waters will not pass,
so they will never return to cover the earth.

You send torrents in the ravines,
the waters run between the mountains.

They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
wild donkeys wait to quench their thirst.

The birds of the sky perch on them;
from among the rocks they pipe their calls.

You water the mountains from above.
The earth is filled with the fruit of Your works.

You make grass spring up for the cattle
and vegetation for the service of men,

for them to produce food from the earth
and wine which cheers man’s heart,
that his face may be bright with oil
and that bread may strengthen man’s heart.

The trees of the plain will be drenched,
the cedars of Lebanon which You planted.

There the sparrows build their nests,
the house of the heron 3 at the top of them.

The high mountains are for the deer,
a rock is a refuge for hares.

You made the moon to mark the months,
the sun knows his going down.

You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
in which all the wild beasts of the forest prowl:

young lions roaring to seize their prey
and seeking their food from God.

The sun rises and they gather together
and lie down in their dens.

Man goes out to his work
and to his business until the evening.

How great are Your works, O Lord!
You have made all things in wisdom,
the earth is filled with Your creation.

This is the great and wide sea:
there live reptiles without number,
living creatures small and great;

There ships go to and fro;
there, too, is that sea serpent
which You have made to play in it.

All look expectantly to You
to give them their food in due season.

When You give it to them, they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
all things are filled with goodness.

But when You turn away Your face they are troubled.
You will take their spirit and they will die
and they will return to their dust.

You will send Your Spirit and they will be created,
and You will renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord be forever;
the Lord delights in His works.

He looks upon the earth and makes it tremble,
He touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord all my life,
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

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.

May my conversation be pleasing to Him,
and I will rejoice in the Lord.

May sinners vanish from the earth,
and the lawless so as to be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

You made the moon to mark the months,
the sun knows his going down.

How great are Your works, O Lord!
You have made all things in wisdom,

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 103, 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.

2 a “tent-skin”.

3 or “egret”.

The Deacon moves to stand before the Holy 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.

Deacon: 4 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.

4 - 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: 5 - 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.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:6 - 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.

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

6 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 7a or perhaps 1 in Appendix A be read here.

The Kathisma

1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the godless.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the godless will perish.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5. Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

6. Salvation is of the Lord! Your blessing be upon Your people!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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!

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

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:7 - 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.

7 - Some ancient sources suggest Prayer 2 in Appendix A be read here

People: Amen.

The Deacon enters the Sanctuary through the South door, goes to the High Place, bows, turns and bows to the Priest, takes up the censer and presents it to the Priest, saying:

Deacon: Bless, Master, the incense.

Priest: + We offer You incense, O Christ our God, for a perfume of spiritual fragrance.
Receive it upon Your heavenly Altar, and send down upon us in return the grace of Your all-Holy Spirit.

Deacon: Amen.

Lord, I Call - 8

Psalm 140 (141):1-2

People: Lord, I call upon You, hear me. Hear me, O Lord.
Lord, I call upon You, hear me.
Receive the voice of my prayer, when I call upon You.
Hear me, O Lord.

8 - “Lord, I Call...” is sung in the tone of the first Sticheron appointed for the day.

The Deacon then begins the Great Censing.

Let my prayer arise,
in Your sight as incense,
and let the lifting up of my hands
be an evening sacrifice.
Hear me, O Lord.

Psalm 140 (141):3-10

Reader: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth,
and a door of enclosure and protection around my lips.

Do not incline my heart to evil words,
to make excuses for sins.

With men who practice lawlessness,
not even with their chosen ones will I be joined.

A just man will correct and rebuke me with mercy,
but may the oil of a sinner never anoint my head,
because again and again my prayer is against their pleasures.

Their judges and kings drown holding rocks:
they will hear my words, for they are sweet.

As a clod of earth is crushed on the ground,
our bones have been scattered beside the grave.

For my eyes look to You, O Lord;
O Lord, in You I trust, do not take away my life.

Keep me from the trap they have set for me
and from the snare of the evildoers.

Sinners will fall into their own net;
I am alone until I pass on.

Psalm 141 (142)

I cry to the Lord with my voice,
I pray with my voice to the Lord.

I will pour out before Him my prayer,
I will tell my trouble before Him.

When my spirit departs from me,
You know my paths.
In this way that I was going,
they hid a trap for me.

I look to the right hand and watch,
but there is no one who knows me.
Escape is cut off from me,
but there is no one seeking my life.

I cried to You, O Lord, and said,
“You are my hope,
You are my portion in the land of the living.”

Attend to my prayer,
for I have been brought very low

Deliver me from those who are persecuting me,
because they are stronger than I am.

10. Bring my soul out of prison
that I may confess Your name,

9. The righteous are waiting for me
until You reward me.

Psalm 129 (130)

8. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.

7. Let Your ears be attentive
to the cry of my prayer.

6. If You, O Lord, should take note of our sins,
O Lord, who would survive?
But with You there is forgiveness.

5. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, I wait for You,
my soul waits for Your word,
my soul hopes for the Lord,

4. from the morning watch until night.
From the morning watch
let Israel hope for the Lord.

3. For with the Lord there is mercy
and with Him there is great redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
from all his sins.

Tone 1 (By Patriarch Germanus)

O Simeon, tell us Whom you bear in your arms,
that you rejoice so greatly in the Temple?
To Whom do you shout and cry aloud:
“Now I am set free for I have seen my Savior?”
This is He Who was born of a Virgin;
this is He, God the Word, Who came forth from God.
For our sakes He has taken flesh and has saved man.//
Let us worship Him!

During the singing of the Stichera, the Priest puts on the Phelonion, and, if a Deacon is serving, he keeps it on until the conclusion of the service.

The Deacon receives the censer from the Server.

Psalm 116 (117)

2. Praise the Lord, all you nations,
praise Him, all you peoples!

O Simeon, receive Him Whom Moses once beheld in darkness,
granting the Law on Sinai!
He has now become a Babe subject to the Law.
This is He Who spoke through the Law.
This is He Whose voice was heard in the Prophets.
For our sakes He has taken flesh and has saved man.//
Let us worship Him!

1. For great is His mercy to us, - 9
and the truth of the Lord continues forever.

Come, let us also go to meet Christ with divine songs!
Let us receive Him whose salvation Simeon saw!
This is He Whom David announced;
this is He Whose words the prophets spoke.
For our sakes He has taken flesh and speaks to us in the Law.//
Let us worship Him!

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

9 - Lit., “For His mercy has been strengthened upon us”.

As the People sing “now and ever...” the Holy Doors are opened, the Deacon asks the Priest to bless the censer, they both kiss the Altar Table, and preceded by the Acolytes, passing by the High Place, they proceed out of the Sanctuary through the North door, and go to the solea in front of the Holy Doors.

Tone 6 (By John the monk)

Let the gate of heaven be opened today,
for the unoriginate Word of the Father
has made a beginning in time without forsaking His divinity.
As a Babe forty days old,
He is of His own will brought by the Virgin, His Mother,
as an offering in the Temple of the Law.
The Elder received Him in his arms,
crying as a servant to his Master:
“Let me depart for my eyes have seen Your salvation!”//
Glory to You, O Lord, for You have come into the world to save mankind!

The Vespers Entrance

As they proceed:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: In the evening, in the morning, and at midday, we praise You, we bless You, we give thanks to You, and we pray to You: O Master of all, O Lord, the Lover of mankind, let our prayer arise in Your sight as incense, and incline not our hearts to words or thoughts of evil, but rescue us from all who seek after our souls. For our eyes are toward You, O Lord: Lord, in You we put our hope. Put us not to shame, O our God. 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 Priest stands in the center facing the Sanctuary.

The Deacon approaches the Holy Doors to the right of the Priest and then he censes the Holy Doors, the icons of Christ and the Theotokos, the icon of the patron saint of the Temple, and the Priest. After this he transfers the censer from his right hand to his left, bows to the Priest and, pointing to the Holy Doors with his Orarion in his right hand, he says quietly:

Deacon: Bless, Master, the holy entrance.

Priest: + Blessed is the entrance into Your Sanctuary always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

After this, the Deacon stands in the middle of the Holy Doors and, at the conclusion of the Theotokion, makes the Sign of the Cross with the censer and says:

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend!

The Deacon proceeds into the Sanctuary, censes the Altar Table on all four sides and the High Place.

The Priest(s) kisses the two small icons located on the sides or pillars of the Holy Doors area, blesses the People, kisses the Altar Table, and goes to the High Place, makes the Sign of the Cross and a small metania and stands to the right of center (Southeast corner of the Altar Table) facing the people.

The Deacon gives the censer to the Acolyte, kisses the Altar Table, goes to the left side of the Sanctuary, makes the Sign of the Cross on himself facing the High Place, bows to the Priest, and stands to the left (Northeast corner) of the Altar Table at the High Place facing toward the people.

Gladsome Light

People:O gladsome Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly,
Holy, blessed Father: O Jesus Christ:
Now that we have come to the setting of the sun,
And behold the light of evening,
We praise God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
For it is right, at all times,
To worship You in voices of praise,
O Son of God and Giver of life.
Therefore all the world glorifies You.

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

Deacon: Wisdom!

The Prokeimenon

Prokeimenon of the day. See Appendix B.

The Priest and the Deacon turn, make the Sign of the Cross (lesser metania) to the High Place, and proceed to their places for the readings. The Deacon closes the Holy Doors.

The First Old Testament Reading

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from Exodus.

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: (Composite 6) The Lord spoke to Moses in that day on which He led the children of Israel out from the land of Egypt, saying: “Sanctify to Me all the first-born, the first-begotten, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both man and cattle: it is Mine.” Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day, in which you went out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place. You shall therefore keep this law according to the times of the seasons from year to year.

“Then it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to your fathers, and gives it to you, that you shall set apart to the Lord all that open the womb, that is, every male. So it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘With a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thus it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the Lord killed all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man and the first-born of cattle. Therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord all males that open the womb; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.’ It shall be as a sign on your hand and immoveable before your eyes.”

Thus says the Lord God Almighty: “The first-born of your sons you shall give to Me. And it shall be that if a woman conceived and bore a male child, on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Then for thirty-three days she shall not enter into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification are fulfilled.

“And after this she is to bring to the priest a lamb of the first year as a whole-burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering, to the door of the tabernacle of testimony. But if she is unable to afford a lamb, she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and the priest shall make atonement for her.

“For they are mine as a restitution offering from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself, instead of all who open the womb, the first-born from all the children of Israel. For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine, from man to cattle; on the day I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them to Myself.” Thus says God Most High, the Holy One of Israel.

The Second Old Testament Reading

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah:

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: (6:1-12) In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up. The house was full of His glory. Around Him stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.” The lintel was lifted up by the voice of those who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

So I said, “Woe is me, because I am pierced to the heart, for being a man and having unclean lips, I dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips; for I saw the King, the LORD of hosts, with my eyes!” Then one of the seraphim was sent to me. He had a live coal in his hand, which he took with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth, and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips. Your lawlessness is taken away, and your sin is cleansed.” I also heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go to this people?” Then I said, “Behold, here am I, send me.”

So He said, “Go, and tell this people, ‘You shall hear indeed, but not understand; and you shall see indeed, but not perceive.’ For the heart of this people has become insensitive, and their ears hear with difficulty. They have closed their eyes; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return, and I should heal them.” Then I said, “Lord, how long?” So He answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without people, and the land shall be left desolate. After this God will remove the people far away, and those left in the land shall multiply.”

The Third Old Testament Reading

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah:

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: (Composite 7) Behold, the Lord sits on a swift cloud and shall come to Egypt; and the things made by hands in Egypt will be shaken by His presence, and their heart shall be overcome within them. The spirit of the Egyptians will be troubled within them, and I will reject their counsel. And I will deliver Egypt into the hands of harsh lords… Thus says the Lord of Hosts. And the Egyptians will drink from the sea, for the river will run dry and have no water.

Thus says the Lord: “Where are your wise men now? Let them now tell you, and let them say what the Lord of Hosts planned against Egypt. In that day, the Egyptians shall be like women in fear and trembling because of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shall lay upon them. In that day, there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the country of Egypt, for they shall cry to the Lord because of their oppressors, and the Lord shall send to them a Man who will save them. He will judge and save them. Then the Lord will be known to the Egyptians, and in that day the Egyptians will know the Lord and offer sacrifices. Yes, they will make vows to the Lord and pay them.”

Near the end of the third reading, the Deacon, passing the High Place, exits the Sanctuary through the North door, takes his place on the solea, lifts his Orarion and says:

The Augmented Litany -10

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: O Lord almighty, the God of our fathers, we implore You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Have mercy on 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)

Priest: 11 - For You are a merciful 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 of ages.

People: Amen.

10 - If there are special petitions for a specific situation in the community (flood, drought, harvest, health, war, plague, or whatever), the special petitions are added to this Litany.

11 - This Litany has no obvious concluding prayer. Some say it should have the same prayer that is attached to it in the Divine Liturgy:
“O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication of Your servants, and have mercy on us according to the multitude of Your mercy. Send down Your bounties upon us and upon all Your people, who await the rich mercy that comes from You.”

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.

Grant, O Lord

People:Grant, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name forever. 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.

Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

To You belongs worship, to You belongs praise, to You belongs glory; to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Priest turns to bless the People:

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

The Priest faces the East as the Deacon says:

Deacon: Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

The Prayer with Heads Bowed

Priest: O Lord our God, Who bowed the heavens and came down for the salvation of the human race; look upon Your servants and Your inheritance; for to You, the awesome Judge, Who yet love mankind, have Your servants bowed their heads and submissively bent their necks, not waiting for help from men, but asking for Your mercy and looking confidently for Your salvation. Guard them at all times, both during this present evening and in the approaching night, from every foe, from all adverse powers of the Devil, from vain thoughts, and from evil imaginations. Blessed and 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.

People: Amen.

The Litia - 12

As the appointed Stichera are sung, the Clergy kiss the Altar Table, and, with the Servers, exit through the Holy Doors and proceed to the vestibule. - 13

The Priest stands in the center, the Acolytes in front of him and to each side.

Then the Deacon censes the icons in the vestibule, the Clergy according to rank, the choirs, and the people and comes to stand in his place to the Priest’s right in front of him.

Tone 1 (Anatolian)

People: The Ancient of Days, Who gave Moses the Law on Sinai in former times,
today appears as a Child.
As Maker of the Law, He fulfills the Law!
He is brought into the Temple according to the Law,
and given over to the Elder.
Simeon the righteous receives Him.
Beholding the fulfillment of the divine order now brought to pass,
rejoicing aloud, he cries:
“My eyes have seen the mystery hidden from the ages
made manifest in these latter days,
the Light that disperses the foolishness of the faithless Gentiles,
and the glory of the newly-chosen Israel!
Therefore, let Your servant depart from the bonds of this flesh
to the life filled with wonder that knows no age or end,//
for You grant the world great mercy!”

12 - In order to preserve the festal nature of the celebration, it is recommended that the Phelonion be worn, as in the Kievan practice.

13 - In Kievan practice, the Holy Doors are opened, the Deacon remains in the Sanctuary for this procession to cense the Sanctuary, Iconostasis, people, temple and Priest and comes to the place of the Litia.

Tone 1 (By John the monk)

Today, He Who once gave the Law to Moses on Sinai
submits Himself to the commandments of the Law,
becoming, for our sakes, like us in His compassion.
Now, the God of purity as a holy Child has opened a pure womb,
and as God, He is brought as an offering to Himself,
setting us free from the curse of the Law,//
and granting light to our souls.

Tone 2 (By Andrew Pyros)

Simeon now receives below in his earthly arms
the One Whom the ministers on high entreat with trembling.
He proclaims the union of God with mankind.
He sees the heavenly God as mortal Man.
He prepares to withdraw from earthly things,
and raises his cry in joy:
“Glory to You, O Lord, for You have revealed to those in darkness//
the Light that knows no evening!”

Tone 2 (By Germanus)

Today, Simeon takes in his arms the Lord of Glory,
Whom Moses saw of old in the darkness
when he received the Tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai.
This is He Who speaks through the Prophets;
He is the Creator of the Law.
This is He Whom David announced;//
He is fearful to all, yet great and abundant in mercy.

Same Tone (by Germanus or John the monk)

The holy Virgin brought the Holy One to the priest in the sacred Temple.
Simeon, extending his arms, received Him with joy, and cried out:
“Now, Master, let your servant depart in peace,//
according to Your word, O Lord!”

Today, holy Simeon the Elder
lifted up in his arms the Creator of heaven and earth,
as he said in the Holy Spirit:
“Now I am set free, for I have seen my Savior.”

Same Tone (by Anatolios or Andrew of Jerusalem)

Today, Simeon the Elder enters the Temple rejoicing in the Spirit,
to take into his arms Him Who gave the Law to Moses
and Who Himself fulfilled the Law.
Moses was deemed worthy to see God through darkness and as an indistinct voice.
With veiled face he reproved the faithless hearts of the Hebrews;
while Simeon lifted up the pre-eternal Word of the Father in bodily form,
and revealed the Light of the Gentiles: the Cross and the Resurrection.
And Anna the Prophetess pointed out the Savior,
proclaiming Him the deliverer of Israel.
Let us cry out to Him://
“O Christ our God, through the Theotokos, have mercy on us!”

Tone 4 (by Andrew of Crete)

Today, the holy Mother who is even more exalted than the Temple,
has come into the Temple,
clearly showing to the world the Creator of the world; and the Giver of the Law.
Simeon the Elder receives Him in his arms and honors Him, crying out:
“Now let your servant depart in peace,//
for I have seen You, the Savior of our souls!”

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

Tone 5 (by Andrew of Crete)

Search the Scriptures, just as Christ our God said in the Gospels!
For in them we find Him being brought forth and wrapped in swaddling clothes,
laid in a manger, and nourished with milk,
receiving circumcision and held by Simeon,
neither in fancy nor in fantasy but in truth appearing to the world.
Let us cry aloud to Him://
“O pre-eternal God, glory to You!”

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

Same Tone (by Germanus or Anatolios)

The Ancient of Days, as a Child in the flesh,
is brought by His Mother, the Virgin, into the Holy Temple,
fulfilling the promise announced by His own Law.
Receiving Him, Simeon said:
“Now let your servant depart in peace, according to Your word,//
for my eyes have seen your salvation, O Lord!”

The Deacon lifts his Orarion and prays:

The Great Intercession

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)

Deacon: Again we pray for [His Beatitude] Metropolitan ______, for [His Grace] our Bishop ______, and for all our brotherhood in Christ; and for every Christian soul afflicted and weary in well-doing, in need of God’s mercies and help; for the protection of this city (or countryside, or town, or village, or holy abode), and for those who dwell therein, for the peace and quietness of the whole world; for the good estate of the holy churches of God; for the salvation and help of our fathers and brethren who with diligence and fear of God labor and serve; for those who are absent and those who are abroad; for the healing of those who lie in sickness; for the repose, refreshment and blessed memory and forgiveness of sins of all our fathers and brethren, the Orthodox departed this life before us who lie here and everywhere; for the deliverance of captives; for our brethren who are serving, and for all who serve and have served in this holy temple (or holy abode), let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Deacon: Again we pray for the President and all civil authorities of this country, and for those serving in its armed forces, let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Deacon: Again we pray that He will keep this city (or countryside, or town, or village, or holy abode) and every city and countryside from wrath, famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword, foreign invasion or civil war, and from sudden death; that our good God, the Lover of mankind, will be gracious, favorable, and conciliatory, and turn away and dispel all the wrath stirred up against us, and all sickness, and may deliver us from His righteous chastisement which impends against us, and have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Deacon: Again we pray that the Lord God will hear the voice of supplication of us sinners and have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Priest: Hear us, O God, our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of those who are far off on the sea; and be gracious, be gracious, O Master, to us sinners and have mercy on us. For You are a merciful God, the Lover of 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 of ages.

People: Amen.

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 Master, great in mercy, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, through the intercessions of our most-pure Lady, and of all the saints, make our prayer acceptable, grant us forgiveness of our trespasses, hide us under the shelter of Your wings, drive away from us every enemy and adversary, give peace to our life, O Lord, have mercy on us and on Your world, and save our souls, for You are good and You love mankind.

The procession proceeds “into the temple” (nave) to the center where the table is prepared with the tray of loaves, wheat, wine, and oil. The Deacon stands to the right of the Priest, facing East. The Servers stand on the sides, facing inward.

The Aposticha

Tone 7 (By Cosmas the monk)

People:Adorn your bridal chamber, O Zion, and welcome Christ the King!
Salute Mary, the heavenly gate, fashioned as the throne of the cherubim!
She carries the King of Glory!
The Virgin is a cloud of light:
she has borne in the flesh the Son begotten before the morning star.
Simeon, taking Him in his arms, proclaimed to the people://
“He is the Master of life and death; the Savior of the world!”

Reader:Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation!

People:The unwedded Mother has brought into the Temple
the One Who shone forth before the ages from the Father.
In these latter times He was born from a Virgin womb.
He gave the Law on Mount Sinai, yet He makes Himself obedient to the commandment of the Law.
She has brought Him to the Priest and righteous Elder
whose appointed lot it was to see Christ the Lord.
Simeon, receiving Him in his arms, rejoiced greatly and cried aloud:
“This is God Who is co-eternal with the Father!//
He is the Redeemer of our souls!”

Reader:A Light for revelation to the gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel!

People: The Theotokos, Mary, carried in her arms
the One Who is borne aloft upon the chariot of the cherubim, and praised in song by the seraphim.
The Giver of the Law Who fulfills the commandment of the Law
was made flesh of the unwedded one.
She gave Him into the arms of the Priest and Elder.
Holding the Life, he asked to be released from life, saying:
“Now, Master, let me depart to declare to Adam,
that I have seen the pre-eternal God and Savior of the world,//
Who was made a Babe without undergoing change!”

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

Tone 8 (by Andrew of Crete)

People:He Who is borne on high by the cherubim
and praised in hymns by the seraphim
is brought today according to the Law into the holy Temple
and rests in the arms of the Elder as on a throne.
From Joseph He receives gifts fitting for God:
a pair of doves, a symbol of the spotless Church
and of the newly chosen people of the Gentiles,
and two young pigeons,
for He is the originator of the two Covenants, both Old and New.
Simeon, now granted the fulfillment of the prophesies concerning himself,
blesses the Virgin and Theotokos Mary.
He foretells in figures the Passion of her Son.
From Him he begs release, crying aloud:
“Now, Master, let me depart as You have promised me,
for I have seen the pre-eternal Light//
and the Lord and Savior of the people who bear the name of Christ!”

The Canticle of Simeon

People: Master, now let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people: a light for revelation to the gentiles and for the glory of Your people Israel.

The Trisagion Prayers

Reader: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.

The Deacon takes the censer, receives a blessing from the Priest for the censing, and censes around the table on which lies the Litia tray while the people sing the Troparion three times. On the last time around, he censes the festal icon and turns to cense the Celebrant, and the five loaves from the front only.)

The Troparion

Tone 1

People:Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!
From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
enlightening those who sat in darkness.
Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder,
you accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,
Who grants us the Resurrection! (3x)

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

The Deacon gives the censer to the Acolyte, makes the Sign of the Cross, bows to the Priest, and goes to his place.

The Blessing of Bread

The Deacon raises his Orarion and says:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who blessed the five loaves in the wilderness and with them You satisfied the five thousand, + bless these loaves, wheat, wine, and oil, and multiply them in this city, and in all the world, and sanctify all the faithful who partake of them. For it is You, O Christ our God, Who bless and sanctify all things, and to You we send up glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Clergy enter through the Holy Doors for the Dismissal.

The Dismissal

People:Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore. (3x)

Priest:+ The blessing of the Lord be upon you, through His grace and love for mankind, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People:Amen.

The Holy Doors are closed.

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 Holy Doors, lifts his Orarion and says:

God is the Lord

Tone 1

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 gets his candle.

As the Polyeleon is sung, the Priest carrying the censer and a lighted candle and the Deacon carrying a lighted candle proceed to the center of the Temple and stand before the festal icon.

The Polyeleon

Refrain: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalm 134 (135)

Praise the name of the Lord,
all you servants of the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,
Who dwells in Jerusalem.

Psalm 135 (136)

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

O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for His mercy endures forever.

The Magnification

Clergy:We magnify, we magnify You, O Christ the Giver of Life:
and we venerate Your most pure Mother,
who this day according to the Law
has brought You into the Temple of the Lord.

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:My heart overflows with a goodly theme!

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

Reader:The Lord is in His holy Temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven!

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)

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.

People:To You, O Lord.

Priest:14 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.

14 - 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.

I will make Your Name to be remembered in all generations.

People: I will make Your Name to be remembered in all generations.

Deacon: My heart overflows with a goodly theme!

People: I will make Your Name to be remembered in all generations.

Deacon: I will make Your Name to be remembered…

People: …in all generations.

Deacon:Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest:15 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.

15 - 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. Luke.

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

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest: (Lk. 2:25-32) At that time, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

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)

As the Psalm is read, 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.

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 Theotokos,
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.

Tone 6 (By John the monk)

Let the Gate of heaven be opened today,
for He Who is without beginning, the Word of the Father,
has made a beginning in time without forsaking His divinity
and as an infant forty days old,
He is of His own will brought by the Virgin, His mother,
as an offering in the Temple of the Law!
The Elder received Him in his arms,
crying as a servant to his Master:
“Let me depart, for my eyes have seen Your salvation!”
Glory to You, O Lord, for You have come into the world to save mankind!

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 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.

On Sundays:16

The Priest stands at the Altar Table.

A Hymn of Light 17

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.

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

17 - 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)

(To the special melody, Listen, O Women.)

The Elder, brought to the Temple by the Spirit
took the Master of the Law into his arms and cried:
“Now let me depart in peace from the bond of the flesh according to Your word,
for my eyes have seen the revelation
that brings Light to the gentiles
and is the Salvation of Israel!” (2x)

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

The Elder, brought to the Temple… (repeat above).

The Praises

Tone 4

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,

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

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

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

Tone 4 (to the special melody, You Have Given a Sign)

People: Fulfilling the written Law,
the Lover of mankind is now brought into the Temple!
And Simeon receives Him in his aged arms crying aloud:
“Now let me depart into the blessedness of the world to come,
for I have seen today wrapped in mortal flesh,
the One Who is Lord of life and Master of death.”

Psalm 46

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

People: As a Light to enlighten the gentiles,
You have made Yourself manifest, O Lord:
the Sun of Righteousness seated upon a swift cloud.
You have fulfilled the shadow of the Law,
and shown forth the beginning of the new Grace.
Therefore, beholding You, Simeon raised this cry:
“Let me depart from corruption, for I have seen you today.”

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

People: Not parted in Your divinity from the bosom of the Father,
You were made flesh according to Your good pleasure.
Upheld in the arms of the Virgin,
You were committed to the hands of Simeon, the receiver of God,
though You uphold the whole world with Your hand!
Therefore he cried out with joy:
“Now let Your servant depart in peace, for I have seen You, O Lord!”

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

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

Tone 6 (by Germanus)

People:Christ our God, You have been pleased to rest this day
in the arms of Simeon the Elder
as upon the chariot of the cherubim:
now deliver us who praise You from the tyranny of passions,
and save our souls.

The Great Doxology

The Priest raises his hands and exclaims:

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.

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 Troparion

Tone 1

People:Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!
From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
enlightening those who sat in darkness.
Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder,
you accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,//
Who grants us the Resurrection!

The Deacon moves to stand before the Holy 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:18 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 of ages.

People: Amen.

The Priest turns toward the people and blesses:

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Priest: May He Who deigned to be carried in the arms of the righteous Simeon 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 SEVEN VESPERS PRAYERS

I

O Lord, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and of great mercy, give heed to our prayers, and attend to the voice of our supplications. Work upon us a sign for good. Guide us in Your way that we may walk in Your truth. Gladden our hearts that we may fear Your holy name, for You are great and You work wonders. You alone are God, and among the gods there is none like You, O Lord, powerful in mercy and good in might, to help and to comfort and to save all those who hope in Your holy name. 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

O Lord, in Your displeasure, rebuke us not, neither chasten us in Your wrath, but deal with us according to Your tenderness, O physician and healer of our souls. Guide us to the haven of Your will. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts to the knowledge of Your truth, and grant that the remainder of the present day and the whole time of our life may be peaceful and sinless, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints. 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.

III

O Lord our God, remember us, Your sinful and unprofitable servants, when we call on Your holy and venerable name, and put us not to shame in our expectation of Your mercy, but grant us, O Lord, all our petitions which are unto salvation, and make us worthy to love and fear You with all our hearts, and to do Your will in all things. 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 of ages. Amen.

IV

O You to Whom the holy powers sing with unending hymns and unceasing doxologies, fill our mouths with Your praise that we may magnify Your holy name. And grant to us part and inheritance with all those who fear You in truth and keep Your commandments, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints. 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.

V

O Lord, Lord, Who uphold all things in the most pure hollow of Your hand, Who are long-suffering toward us all, and Who turn away from our wickedness, remember Your compassion and Your mercy. Look on us with Your goodness. Grant to us also by Your grace, through the remainder of the present day, to avoid the various subtle snares of the Evil One. Keep our lives unassailed, through the grace of Your all holy Spirit. Through the mercy and love toward 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.

VI

O God, great and wonderful, Who with goodness indescribable and rich providence, order all things and grant to us earthly good things; Who have given us a pledge of the promised kingdom through the good things already granted to us, and have made us to shun all harm during that part of the day which is past, grant that we may also fulfill the remainder of this day blamelessly before Your holy glory, and hymn You, our God Who alone are good and love mankind. For 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. Amen.

VII

a

O great and most high God, You alone have immortality, and You dwell in unapproachable light. You have fashioned all creation in wisdom. You have divided the light from the darkness, and have set the sun to rule the day and the moon and stars to rule the night. You have also permitted us sinners at this present hour to come before Your presence with confession and to offer to You our evening doxology. O Lord, Lover of Mankind, direct our prayer as incense before You, and accept it as a sweet fragrance. Grant that the present evening and coming night be peaceful. Clothe us with the armor of light. Rescue us from the fear of night, and from everything that walks in darkness. Grant that the sleep that You have given us for rest in our weakness may be free from every fantasy of the devil.

b

O Master of all, leader of the good, may we, being moved to compunction on our beds, remember Your name in the night. Enlightened by doing Your commandments, may we rise up with joyful soul to glorify Your goodness of heart for our own sins and those of all Your people. Look on them in mercy, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos. 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 of ages. Amen.

Appendix B

VESPERS PROKEIMENA

in their complete form

Saturday Evening

Psalm 92 (93)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the sixth tone:

The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty.

Verse: The Lord is robed, He is girded with strength.

Verse: Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved,

Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

Verse: The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice, the floods lift up their roaring.

Verse: Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!

Verse: Your decrees are very sure;

holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore.

Deacon: The Lord is King...

People: ...He is robed in majesty.

Sunday Evening

Psalm 133 (134)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the eighth tone:

Behold, now bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord.

Verse: You who stand in the temple of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

Verse: Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord!

Verse: May the Lord bless you from Zion, He Who made heaven and earth!

Deacon: Behold, now bless the Lord...

People: ...all you servants of the Lord.

Monday Evening

Psalm 4

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the fourth tone:

The Lord hears me when I call to Him.

Verse: When I called, the God of my righteousness heard me.

Verse: You have given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

Verse: O men, how long shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after life?

Verse: But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.

Verse: Be angry, but sin not; commune with your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.

Verse: Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.

Verse: There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!”

Verse: You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Verse: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Deacon: The Lord hears me...

People: ...when I call to Him.

Tuesday Evening

Psalm 22 (23)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the first tone:

Your mercy, O Lord, shall follow me all the days of my life.

Verse: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Verse: He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Verse: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Verse: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

Verse: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Deacon: Your mercy, O Lord, shall follow me...

People: ...all the days of my life.

Wednesday Evening

Psalm 53 (54)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the fifth tone:

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.

People: Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.

Verse: Hear my prayer, O God, listen to the words of my mouth.

Verse: For insolent men have risen against me, ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before them.

Verse: Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

Verse: He will requite my enemies with evil; in Your faithfulness put an end to them.

Verse: With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good.

Verse: For You have delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Deacon: Save me, O God, by Your name...

People: ...and vindicate me by Your strength.

Thursday Evening

Psalm 120 (121)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the sixth tone:

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Verse: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

Verse: My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved. He Who keeps you will not slumber.

Verse: Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Verse: The Lord is your keeper, the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

Verse: The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

Verse:

Verse: The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Deacon: My help comes from the Lord...

People: ...Who made heaven and earth.

Friday Evening

Psalm 58 (59)

Deacon: The Evening Prokeimenon in the seventh tone:

You, O God, are my helper and Your mercy shall go before me.

Verse: Deliver me from my enemies, O God, and protect me from those who rise up against me.

Verse: For lo, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men band themselves against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord, for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

Verse: Rouse Yourself, come to my help, and see! You, Lord God of hosts, are the God of Israel. Awake to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.

Verse: Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. There they are, bellowing with their mouths, snarling with their lips--for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

Verse: But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You hold all the nations in derision. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for You, O God, are my fortress. My god in His steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Verse: Slay them not, lest my people forget; make them totter by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield! For the sin of their mouths, the word of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies which they utter, consume them in wrath, consume them till they are no more, that men may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth.

Verse: Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. They roam about for food, and growl if they do not get their fill.

Verse: But I will sing of Your might; I will sing aloud of Your steadfast love in the morning. For You have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God Who shows me steadfast love.

Deacon: You, O God, are my helper...

People: ...and Your mercy shall go before me.


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