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Theophany Matins


When Matins is served immediately following Great Compline, it begins as below, with the People singing “Glory to God in the highest…”, and “O Lord, open my lips…”. If Matins is to be served separately, however, it begins with the blessing by the Priest, the usual beginning with the Trisagion prayers, and the blessing, “Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity…”

1People: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of His will. (3x)

The Holy Doors are closed. The Priest removes his phelonion.

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

The Six Psalms

Psalm 3

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

Many are rising up against me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 37 (38)

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

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

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

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

My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attend to my help,
O Lord of my salvation.

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

Attend to my help,
O Lord of my salvation.

Psalm 62 (63)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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

Psalm 87 (88)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 102 (103)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 142 (143)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your good Spirit will guide me in the straight land.

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

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

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

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

The Great Litany

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the President3 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.

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

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ:

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:4 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.

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

God is the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Troparion

Tone 1

When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan,
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest.
For the voice of the Father bore witness to You,
and called You His beloved Son.
And the Spirit, in the form of a dove,
confirmed the truthfulness of His word.

O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself
and have enlightened the world, glory to You! (2x)

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

When You, O Lord… (repeat above)

The Kathismata

The first usual Kathisma is chanted. Following the third stasis:

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

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

The Little Litany

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For Yours is the majesty, and Yours are the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

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

People: Amen.

Kathisma Hymn

Tone 3 (to the Special Melody: “Awed by the beauty of your virginity…”)

When You appeared in the Jordan
and were baptized by the Forerunner, O Christ our Savior,
You were borne witness to as the beloved Son;
Therefore, You were revealed to be co-eternal with the Father
and the Holy Spirit descended upon You!
And enlightened by Him, we cry: “Glory to God in Trinity!”

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

Tone 4 (to the Special Melody: Go quickly before…”)

You sanctified the streams of the Jordan
and crushed the might of sin, O Christ our God;
You bowed Your head beneath the hand of the Forerunner
and have saved the human race from deception.
Therefore, we entreat You: “Save our souls!”

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

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

The second usual Kathisma is chanted. Following the third stasis:

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

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

The Little Litany

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

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

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

People: Amen.

The Priest vests in bright phelonion.

Kathisma Hymn

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

You have wrapped Yourself in the streams of the Jordan,
O You that most gloriously clothes Yourself in light,
and You have restored therein the nature of Adam,
which had been corrupted by evil disobedience, O Word of God.
Therefore, we all praise and glorify Your holy Theophany.

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

Tone 4 (to the Special Melody: Joseph Marvelled…”)

How do you marvel, O River Jordan, seeing the Invisible One naked?
“I beheld and trembled,” it said,
“for how could I have not desired to be filled with awe of Him and withdraw?”
The angels were filled with fear, beholding Him;
heaven was frightened, and the earth quaked;
the sea, and all things visible and invisible, were troubled.
Christ appeared in the Jordan, to sanctify the waters.

The Polyeleon

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

Refrain: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalm 134 (135)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He struck many nations
and killed powerful kings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refrain: for His mercy is eternal. Alleluia!

Psalm 135 (136)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,

Give thanks to the God of gods,

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

To Him Who alone does great wonders,

To Him Who made the heavens with understanding,

To Him Who poised the earth on the waters,

to Him Who alone made great lights,

The sun for governing the day,

The moon and the stars for governing the night,

To Him Who struck Egypt with their firstborn,

And led out Israel from among them,

With a strong hand and a high arm,

To Him Who divided the Red Sea into parts,

And led Israel through the midst of it,

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

To Him Who led His people in the wilderness,

To Him Who struck great kings,

And killed strong kings,

Sihon, king of the Amorites,

And Og, king of Bashan,

And gave their land as an inheritance,

An inheritance for His servant Israel,

For in our humiliation, the Lord remembered us

And He delivered us from our enemies,

Who gives food to all flesh,

O give thanks to the God of heaven.

The Magnification

Clergy: We magnify, we magnify You,
O Christ the Giver of Life,
Who for our sake now are baptized in the flesh by John in the waters of the Jordan.

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:May God have compassion on us and bless us,
may He manifest His presence to us and have mercy on us:

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

Reader:Come to Him and be radiant, and your faces will not be ashamed.

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

Reader:The streams of the river gladden the city of God.

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

Reader:The voice of the Lord is over the waters,
the God of glory is thundering, the Lord is over many waters.

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

Reader:The rivers have risen, O Lord, the rivers have raised their voices.

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

Reader:Therefore I will remember You from the land of Jordan and the Hermons.

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

Reader:The sea saw and took to flight, Jordan turned back at the sight.

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

Reader:You hold the sea by Your power,
You crushed the heads of the dragon in the water.

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

Reader:The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You and were afraid.

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

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

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

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

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

Kathisma Hymn

Tone 4 (to the Special Melody: “Joseph marveled…”)

Come, O you faithful, let us behold where Christ was baptized,
that after Him we may follow to the river Jordan,
to the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
and there may see the Creator of Adam
touched by the hand of His servant, in His ineffable loving-kindness;
And may we cry aloud to Him:
“You have come and revealed Yourself, to sanctify the waters in the Jordan.”

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

Come, O you faithful… (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.

Priest:5 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.

5 - 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.

The sea beheld and fled;
Jordan turned back.

People: The sea beheld and fled;
Jordan turned back.

Deacon: What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

People: The sea beheld and fled;
Jordan turned back.

Deacon: The sea beheld and fled;

People: …Jordan turned back.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest:6 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.

6 - 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. Mark.

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

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest: (Mk. 1:9-11) At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

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

If it is not a Sunday:

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

If it be a Sunday:

Troparia

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

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

Psalm 50 (51)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Gospel Verses

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

Let all things rejoice today,
for Christ has been baptized in the Jordan!

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

Let all things rejoice today,
for Christ has been baptized in the Jordan!

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

Tone 6

God the Word appeared to mankind in the flesh
and stood forth to be baptized in the Jordan.
And the Forerunner said to Him:
“How can I stretch out my hand
and touch the head of You Who hold all things?
Even though you are the child of Mary,
yet do I know You to be the pre-eternal God,
Who are hymned by the seraphim and go about on the earth.
A servant does not know how to baptize his Master!
O ineffable Lord, glory to You!”

The Great Intercession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People: Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Priest:7 Through the mercy and compassion and love for mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

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

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

The Holy Doors are closed.

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

THE CANONS

Ode I

First Canon

Irmos:The Lord Who is mighty in battles
uncovered the bed of the deep and led His people on dry land,
but engulfing the enemy therein,
for He has been glorified!

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

The Lord, the King of the ages, restores corrupted Adam
with the streams of the Jordan,
and crushed the heads of the dragons hidden therein,
for He has been glorified!

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

The Lord Who became incarnate of the Virgin,
clothing material flesh in the immaterial fire of the Godhead,
wraps Himself in the waters of Jordan,
for He has been glorified!

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

He Who washes away the defilement of men,
cleanses Himself in the Jordan for their sake,
desiring to make Himself like them,
yet remaining as He was before;
the Lord Who enlightens those in darkness,
for He has been glorified!

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

Second Canon

Tone 2 (by St. John of Damascus)

Irmos:Israel traversed the stormy depths of the sea,
which had become as dry land;
but the dark waters covered all the chief captains of Egypt together in a
watery grave,
through the mighty power of the right hand of the Master!

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

When the light of the radiant Dawn shone upon mortal men,
coming forth from the desert to the waters of the Jordan,
You, the King of the Sun, bowed Your neck before him,
to ransom our forefather from the minions of darkness,
and cleanse the creation of all defilement.

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

O Word without beginning, You have buried mankind with You in the stream,
and You lead him forth new again, that had been corrupted by deception;
And the mighty voice of the Father testifies to You ineffably, saying:
“This is My beloved Son, equal to Me by nature.”

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

Ode III

First Canon

Irmos:The Lord Who gives strength to kings
and exalts the horn of His anointed,
is born of the Virgin and comes to baptism.
To Him, O you faithful, let us cry out:
“For holy is our God!”

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

O Church of Christ, who of old were barren and grievously childless,
be glad today;
for by water and the Spirit children have been born to you,
who cry out with faith:
“There is none as holy as our God!”

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

In the wilderness the Forerunner cries out with a loud voice:
“Prepare the ways of Christ;
and make straight the paths of our God,
crying out with faith:
‘There is none as holy as our God!’”

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

Second Canon

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

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

He Who once assumed the appearance of a malignant serpent
and planted death in the garden of creation,
is now cast into darkness by Christ’s coming in the flesh;
by assailing the Master, the Dawn that has shone on us,
he crushes his own hateful head.

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

The Master draws to Himself the divinely fashioned nature of man,
which had been overcome by the tyranny of greed.
and He restores mortal men, granting them a new birth,
and thereby accomplishing a mighty work;
for He is come to cleanse our nature.

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

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

People: Amen.

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

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

Sessional Hymn

Tone 5

When You illumined all by Your epiphany,
the salty sea of unbelief fled,
and the Jordan, which flowed down, turned back
bearing us up to the heavens.
Yet, by the height of Your divine commandments, O Christ God,
and through the supplications of the Theotokos,
have mercy on us.

Ode IV

First Canon

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

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

“Who has ever seen the Sun cleansed,
which is most bright by nature?” the herald cries out.
“Am I to wash You with water,
Who are the brightness of the glory,
the Image of the ever-existent Father?
Am I, who am grass, to touch Your divinity?
For You are Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!”

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

When he came upon You,
Moses showed the holy reverence he felt;
for he understood that it was You that spoke from the bush,
and at once he averted his gaze.
How, then, can I behold You directly?
How can I touch You with my hand?
For You are Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!

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

“Wisely doing what is spiritual, and being honored with speech,
yet am I in awe before inanimate things.
For if I baptize You, the mountain which smoked with fire,
the sea which parted on either side,
and this Jordan which turned back will be my accusers.
For You are Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!

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

Second Canon

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

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

O most radiant Word, sent forth by the Father,
You are come to dispel the night of evil darkness
and to uproot the sins of men.
By Your baptism to draw forth children of light
from the streams of the Jordan, O Good One.

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

When he saw in very truth the Word Who had been foretold,
the herald bore witness of Him to creation, and cried, plainly saying:
“This is He Who was before me, though He comes after me.
Though like us in form, He has shone forth in divine power,
to drive away our hateful sin.”

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

That He might bring His own back to the life-giving pastures of Paradise,
the Word of God falls upon the lairs of the dragons,
and destroying their many snares,
He assails him who has bruised all mankind,
and imprisoning him, delivers creation.

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

Ode V

First Canon

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

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

When countless people went down to be baptized by John,
You Yourself stood in their midst.
And he announced to those present:
“Who has told you, O Disobedient ones, to flee the impending wrath?
Bring forth fruits worthy of Christ;
for He stands before you, granting peace.”

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

Standing in their midst,
the Creator and Fashioner alone tries the hearts of all;
and taking his winnowing-fan in His hand,
He most wisely separates the harvest of the whole world,
letting the chaff fall away;
and He grants eternal life to the fruitful!

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

Second Canon

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

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

The Creator, beholding him whom He had formed of dust
bound by inescapable bonds in the darkness of sin,
raised him up and laid him on His shoulders;
and now, in the midst of many waters,
He washes him clean from the ancient shame of Adam’s sinfulness.

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

With piety, let us eagerly make haste
to the most pure wellsprings of the stream of salvation,
and, gazing upon the Word Who is come forth from the incorrupt Virgin,
let us drink the pure water which quenches our holy thirst,
gently healing the infirmity of the world.

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

Ode VI

First Canon

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

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

Christ, Who was begotten without change from God the Father,
is incarnate of the Virgin without defilement.
The Forerunner teaches that it is not possible to loose the sandals,
the bond between the Word and us,
of Him Who delivers mortals from deception.

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

Christ shall baptize the disobedient,
who do not acknowledge Him as God,
in the uttermost fire;
but He shall restore with the water of Grace
those who accept His divinity,
delivering them from their transgressions.

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

Second Canon

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

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

The Prophet, mysteriously swallowed up for the space of three nights
in the belly of the sea monster
came forth again, making manifest beforehand to all
our regeneration in the last times
and our deliverance from the dragon that slays mankind.

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

When the shining vaults of heaven were opened,
he who knew the mysteries saw the Spirit,
Who proceeds from the Father and rests on the immaculate Word,
descending in ineffable manner in the form of a dove:
and he commanded the multitudes to hasten to the Master.

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

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

People: Amen.

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

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

Kontakion

Tone 4 (By Romanus the Melodist)

Today You have appeared to the universe
and Your light, O Lord, has shone on us
who with understanding praise You:
You have come and revealed Yourself,
the Light unapproachable.

Ikos

A great light has shone on Galilee of the Gentiles, on the land of Zebulon and the land of Nephthali, as the prophet said. It is Christ, a bright Dawn appearing as lightning from Bethlehem to those who sat in darkness. The Lord born from Mary, the Sun of Righteousness, sheds His rays on the whole inhabited earth. Come then, naked children of Adam; let us clothe ourselves in Him, that we may be warmed; for He Who covers the naked and enlightens those in darkness, has come. He has appeared, the Light unapproachable!

Ode VII

First Canon

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

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

As in heaven, with trembling and wonder,
the angelic hosts stood before You in the Jordan,
beholding God’s great condescension:
for the God of our fathers,
Who holds the firmament of the waters above,
stood, incarnate as man, in the waters.

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

The cloud and the sea of old prefigured the wonder of holy baptism,
for the ancient people of the Law
were baptized therein when they fled Egypt.
The sea was an image of the water,
and the cloud was an image of the Spirit,
whereby we are made perfect.
And we cry out:
“Blessed are You, O God of our fathers!”

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

O you faithful, in Him have we received perfection;
and, praising God continually with the angels,
let us glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
For, lo! The consubstantial Trinity of Persons is the One God.
To Him do we sing:
“Blessed are You, O God of our fathers!”

Second Canon

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

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

The fierce Assyrian flame that prefigured You
have You quenched, transforming it into dew!
And now, O Christ, You have clothed Yourself in water as in flame,
and You burn up the harmful malice hidden in its depths,
which calls men to stumble and fall to destruction.

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

When the Jordan was parted of old,
the people of Israel passed over on dry land,
prefiguring You, O most powerful Lord,
Who now bear the creation in the waters without touching it,
leading it to a better and imperishable path.

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

We know that in the beginning, in Your mercy,
You brought the waters of the flood upon the earth,
to destroy every living thing that You had made.
And now, O Christ, Who work strange and great wonders,
You have drowned sin in the waters of Your compassion,
unto the salvation of mortal men.

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

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

Ode VIII

First Canon

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

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

“Put aside all fear,” the Deliverer said to the Forerunner;
“Obey Me, in that I am good, and touch Me,
for this have I become man by nature.
Submit to My commands and baptize Me Who am come down.”
Him do the peoples bless and exalt above all forever.

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

When the Baptist heard the words of the Master,
he stretched out his hand with trembling;
and as he touched the head of his Creator,
he cried aloud to Him Who was being baptized:
“Sanctify me, for You are my God,
Whom the peoples bless and exalt above all forever.”

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

The Trinity was made manifest in the Jordan,
for the Father, the all-divine Person Himself, announced:
“This One Who is baptized is My beloved Son!”
And the Spirit came upon Him Who was like unto Him,
Whom the peoples bless and exalt above all forever.

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

Second Canon

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

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

The three godly Children, sprinkled with dew in the midst of the fire,
plainly prefigured how the divine Nature,
Who shines with most radiant rays of threefold holiness,
does, through human nature,
mercifully consume all deadly error in the fire of dew.

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

Let the whole of earthly creation be clothed in white,
for this day it is raised up from its fall to heaven;
and, washed and most splendidly cleansed in the flowing waters by the Word,
by Whom all things are preserved,
it has escaped from its former sins.

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

(Both Irmoi are repeated as Katavasia)

The Deacon then censes the icon 3 times, the left side of the Iconostasis, the people and the icons in the remainder of the temple, and gives up the censer. He then returns to his place in front of the icon of the Theotokos.

The People light the candles.

Ode IX

The Megalynarion

Magnify, O my soul, the most pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the heavenly hosts!

First Canon

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

(Repeat Megalynarion and Irmos)

Refrain:Magnify, O my soul, the One Who asks baptism by the Forerunner.

O David, come in spirit to the enlightened and sing, saying:
“Approach God now in faith and be illumined!
Lowly Adam cried out in his fall, and the Lord heard him,
and, coming to the streams of the Jordan,
He restored the one sunk in corruption.”

Refrain:Magnify, O my soul, the One Who came to be baptized in the Jordan!

O David, come in spirit... (repeat above)

Refrain:Magnify, O my soul, the One to Whom the Father’s voice bore witness!

Isaiah says: “Change your ways and cleanse yourselves;
leave off your wickedness in the face of the Lord!
You that thirst, go to the living Water;
for Christ sprinkles with the water of renewal
those who hasten to Him in faith,
and He baptizes them with the Spirit into life that ages not.

Refrain:Magnify, O my soul, the One of the Trinity Who bowed His head and received baptism!

Isaiah says: “Change your ways...” (repeat above).

Refrain:O Prophet, come to Me: stretch out your hand and baptize Me!

By Grace and the seal are we preserved, O you faithful;
for as of old the blood-smeared door posts
permitted the Hebrews to escape the destroyer,
so shall the laver of regeneration be for us a holy exodus.
And henceforth we shall see the never-setting light of the Trinity.

Refrain:O Prophet, allow it to be so now, and baptize Me Who so desire: for I have come to fulfill all righteousness!

By Grace and the seal... (repeat above).

Second Canon

The Megalynarion

Today the Master bows His head beneath the hand of the Forerunner!

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

(Repeat Megalynarion and Irmos)

Refrain:Today John baptizes the Master in the streams of the Jordan!

That which was revealed to Moses in the bush
we see fulfilled here in wondrous manner;
for as it bore fire, yet was not consumed,
so has the Virgin been preserved,
who gave birth to the Benefactor Who brings us light,
and the streams of the Jordan suffered no harm when they received Him.

Refrain:Today the Master buries the sin of man in the waters!

That which was revealed to Moses...(repeat above).

Refrain:Today the Master is borne witness to from on high, that He is the beloved Son!

O King without beginning, through the communion of the Spirit
You anoint and make perfect the nature of mankind,
and cleansing it in the pure streams of baptism,
putting the arrogant force of darkness to shame,
You now raise it up to eternal life.

Refrain:Today the Master has come to sanctify the nature of the waters!

O King without beginning...(repeat above).

Refrain:Today the Master receives baptism at the hand of the Forerunner!

O King without beginning...(repeat above).

(Katavasia: The first Megalynarion and Irmos of the two Canons)

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:10 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.

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

On Sundays:11

The Priest stands at the Altar Table.

A Hymn of Light12

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.

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

12 - 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.]

The Exapostilarion

People: The Savior Who is Grace and Truth,
has appeared in the streams of the Jordan,
and illumined those sleeping in darkness and shadow.
For He, the unapproachable Light, has come and is made manifest. (3x)

The Praises

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

Psalm 148:1-2

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

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

Psalm 148:3-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

young men and virgins,
old men and children,

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

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

Psalm 149

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Psalm 150

Praise God in His saints,
praise Him in the expanse of His power.

Praise Him for His mighty acts,
praise Him for His infinite greatness.

Tone 1 (by Patriarch Germanus)

* Christ our Savior, the Light from Light, has shone upon the world,
manifesting Himself as God.
Let us worship Him, O you people!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet,
praise Him with psaltery and harp.

* How can we who are servants honor the Master as is proper?
For He has restored us all in the waters.

Praise Him with drum and dancing,
praise Him with strings and bells.

* Baptized in the Jordan, touched by Your servant’s hand, O our Savior,
You sanctified the waters, healing the sufferings of the world.
Great is the mystery of Your epiphany!
O Lord Who love mankind, glory to You!

Praise Him with well-tuned cymbals,
praise Him with cymbals of victory!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

* The true Light has appeared and gives enlightenment to all.
Christ, Who is above all in purity, is baptized with us;
He brings sanctification into the water
and it becomes the cleansing of our souls,
which is at once earthly and transcends the heavens.
Salvation comes through the laver,
and the Spirit comes through water.
Through immersion is we ascend to God.
Wonderful are Your works, O Lord: glory to You!

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

Tone 6 (by Anatolius)

You clothed Yourself in the waters of the Jordan,
O Savior, Who are clothed with Light as with a garment;
and You that have measured heaven with a span,
bowed Your head before the Forerunner,
so that You might turn the world back from error and save it,
in that You love mankind.

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

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

Tone 2 (by Anatolius)

Today Christ has come to be baptized in the Jordan!
Today John touches the head of the Master!
The hosts of heaven are in awe, beholding this glorious mystery;
the sea looked and fled, the Jordan, seeing it, turned back.
But we, illumined, cry out:
“Glory to God Who has appeared,
was seen on earth and has illumined the world.”

The Great Doxology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

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

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.

Troparion Tone 1 When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself and have enlightened the world, glory to You!

The Deacon lifts his Orarion and prays:

The Litany of Fervent Supplication

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

People:Lord, have mercy. (3x)

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

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

People:Amen.

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

The Morning Litany

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

People:Lord, have mercy.

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

People:Lord, have mercy.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

People:Grant it, O Lord.

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

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People:To You, O Lord.

Priest: 13For You are a good God, and You love mankind, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Priest turns toward the people and blesses:

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

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People:And to your spirit.

Deacon:Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

People:To You, O Lord.

The Prayer with Heads Bowed

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

People:Amen.

The Great Dismissal

Deacon: Wisdom!

People: Father, bless.

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

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

People: Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Father, bless.

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

Priest: May He Who was born in a cavern and lay in a manger for our salvation, Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of St. (of the temple.....; of (of the day) , whom we commemorate today; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind.

People: Amen.

Appendix A

THE TWELVE MATINS PRAYERS

I

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

II

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

III

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

IV

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

V

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

VI

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

VII

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

VIII

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

IX

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

X

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

XI

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

XII

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


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