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The Cathedral Vigil - Transfiguration of our Lord


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

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

After censing the Sanctuary, the Deacon exits through the North door to the Solea and says:

Deacon:Arise! Bless, Master

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

The Priest, moving to the front of the Altar Table, 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

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.

They then complete the Great Censing.

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 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 - 7

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.

7 - “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.

Tone 4 (By Cosmas the monk)

When You were transfigured before Your crucifixion, O Lord,
the mountain became as heaven
and a cloud spread itself out like a canopy
and the Father bore witness to You.
There were present Peter with James and John,
since they were to be with You at Your betrayal,
that seeing Your wonders they might not be dismayed at Your sufferings.
Grant in Your great mercy//
that we too may be counted worthy to venerate these Your sufferings in peace!

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

Before Your crucifixion, O Lord,
taking the disciples up into a high mountain,
You were transfigured before them,
enlightening them with the bright rays of Your power:
from love of mankind and in Your sovereign might,
it was Your desire to show them the splendor of Your resurrection!
Grant in Your mercy as the Lover of mankind,//
that we too may be counted worthy of this splendor in peace, O God!

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 Savior, when You were transfigured upon a high mountain,
having with You the chief disciples,
You shone forth in glorious majesty,
proving that those who surpass in virtue shall be made worthy of divine glory!
Moses and Elijah, talking with Christ,
showed that He is Lord of both the living and the dead;
the God Who spoke of old through the law and the prophets.
And the voice of the Father testified to Him from the cloud of light, saying:
Listen to Him, Who through the Cross has captured Hades//
and has given the dead eternal life!

1. For great is His mercy to us, 8
and the truth of the Lord continues forever.

The mountain that once was veiled in smoke and terrible,
is now holy and revered,
since your feet, O Lord, have stood there!
For Your dread Transfiguration, the mystery hidden before the ages,
has been made manifest in the last times to Peter, James and John.
Unable to endure the shining of Your face and the brilliance of Your garments,
they fell to the ground upon their faces!
Seized with wonder and amazement, they saw Moses and Elijah
talking with You about the things that would befall You;
and a voice came in testimony from the Father saying:
This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased: listen to Him!//
it is He Who grants the world great mercy!

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

8 - 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 (Anatolian)

Prefiguring Your resurrection, O Christ our God,
You took with You in Your ascent upon Mount Tabor
Your three disciples, Peter, James and John.
When You were transfigured, O Savior,
Mount Tabor was covered with Light!
Your disciples, O Word, threw themselves down upon the ground,
unable to gaze upon the form that none may see.
The angels ministered in fear and trembling;
the heavens shook and the earth quaked//
as they beheld on earth the Lord of Glory!

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.

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

Deacon: The Great Prokeimenon in the seventh tone:

Our God is in heaven and on earth; He does whatever He pleases.

People: Our God is in heaven and on earth; He does whatever He pleases.

Deacon: When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became His sanctuary.

People: Our God is in heaven and on earth; He does whatever He pleases.

Deacon: The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back; the mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like lambs.

People: Our God is in heaven and on earth; He does whatever He pleases.

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

People: Our God is in heaven and on earth; He does whatever He pleases.

Deacon: Our God is in heaven and on earth;

People: …He does whatever He pleases.

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: (24:12-18) The LORD said to Moses: “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.” So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

The Second Old Testament Reading

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from Exodus.

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: (Composite 15) The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as one speaks to his friend; and he returned to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the Tabernacle. And Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, You commanded me to lead forth this people, but You have not showed me whom You will send with me; but You have said to me, ‘I know you above all, and you have found favor with me.’ If then, I have found grace in Your sight, reveal Yourself to me, that I may see You clearly, that I may find grace in Your sight, and that I may know that this great nation is Your people.” And the Lord said to him, “I, Myself, will go before you, and I will give you rest.” And Moses said to Him, “If You, Yourself, do not go with us, do not bring me up from here.

“And how shall it be surely known that both I and Your people have found grace with You, except You go with us? So both I and Your people shall be glorified beyond all the nations, as many as are upon the earth.” And the Lord said to Moses, “This word also, which you have spoken, I will do; for you have found grace before Me, and I know you above all.” And Moses said, “Show me Your glory.”

And the Lord said to Moses, “I will go before you with My glory, and I will call out My name, ‘the Lord’ before you; and I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” And again He said, “You shall not be able to see My face, for man shall not see My face and live.” And again the Lord said, “Behold there is a place by Me; you shall stand upon the rock. And when My glory shall pass by, then I will put you in a cleft of the rock; and I will cover you with My hand, until I pass by. And I will take away My hand, and then you shall see My backside; but My face shall not appear to you.” And having risen early in the morning, Moses went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had told him. And the Lord descended in a cloud, and Moses stood there before Him and called out in the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before his face, and called out, “The Lord God, compassionate and merciful, longsuffering, greatly-merciful, and true.” And Moses, making haste, stooped down to the earth and worshipped the Lord.

The Third Old Testament Reading

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader:The reading from the Third Book of Kings.

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: ((Composite 23)) In those days, Elijah went to Beer-sheba, in the land of Judah. And he left his servant there and went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree. And he lay down and slept under the tree. And behold, an angel of the Lord touched him and said to him, “Arise, eat and drink.” And Elijah looked, and behold, at his head there was a cake of barley and a cruse of water. And he arose, and ate and drank, and lay down again and slept.

And the angel of the Lord returned a second time, and touched him, and said to him, “Arise, eat and drink, for the journey will be too much for you.” And he arose, and ate and drank. And he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb.

And he entered there into a cave, and lodged there. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and the Lord said to him, “You shall go forth, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountain, and broke in pieces the rock before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire the voice of a gentle breeze, and the Lord was there. And it came to pass when Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his mantle and went out and stood before the cave.

And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way, and you shall come on the way of the wilderness of Damascus; and you shall anoint Eli’sha the son of Shaphat to be prophet in your place.”

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 -9

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: 10 - 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.

9 - 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.

10 - 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 - 11

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. - 12

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 2

People: O God, in Your goodness You have sanctified the whole world with Your Light:
You were transfigured on a high mountain,
showing Your power to Your disciples:
for You redeem the world from transgression.//
Therefore, we cry out to You: O Lord of compassion, save our souls.

O Christ our God, You were transfigured in glory on Mount Tabor,
showing Your disciples the splendor of Your divinity:
enlighten us also with the light of Your knowledge
and guide us in the path of Your commandments,//
for You alone are good and the Lover of mankind!

Christ, the Light that shone before the sun,
was on the earth in the flesh.
In a manner fitting His divine majesty,
He fulfilled His fearful dispensation before His crucifixion!
Today, upon Mount Tabor,
He has mystically made known the image of the Trinity.
For taking apart the expressly chosen disciples, Peter, James and John,
He led them up into the mountain alone.
Briefly, He concealed the flesh He had assumed,
and was transfigured before them,
manifesting the original beauty, though short of full perfection.
For He spared them as He assured them, lest seeing, they die.
Yet they saw as far as they could bear it.
He likewise called before Him the chief prophets Moses and Elijah,
who testified to His divinity:
that He is indeed the true brightness of the essence of the Father,
the Ruler of the living and the dead.
Therefore, a cloud covered them as a tent,
and there came the voice of the Father in testimony, saying:
“This is my beloved Son,
Whom I have begotten without change from the womb before the morning star:
I have sent Him to save those who are baptized
in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and who confess with faith that the one power of the Godhead is indivisible:
Listen to Him!”
O Christ our God, supreme in goodness and the Lover of mankind:
shine upon us with the light of Your unapproachable glory//
and make us worthy to inherit Your eternal Kingdom!

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

Tone 5

Come, let us ascend into the mount of the Lord,
to the house of our God,
and behold the glory of His Transfiguration,
the glory of the Only-begotten Son of the Father.
Let us receive light from His Light!//
with uplifted spirits let us forever sing the praises of the consubstantial Trinity!

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

Moses, who saw God,
and Elijah who rode the fiery chariot across the heavens unconsumed,
beheld You in the cloud at Your Transfiguration, O Christ.
They testified that You are the Maker and Fulfillment
of the law and the prophets.
With them, O Master, count us also worthy of Your light,//
that we may sing Your praises unto all ages.

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

12 - 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.

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 1)

People:He Who once spoke through symbols to Moses on Mount Sinai
saying: I am He Who is!
Was transfigured, today, upon Mount Tabor before the disciples.
In His own person He showed them the nature of mankind
arrayed in the original beauty of the image.
Calling Moses and Elijah to be witnesses of this surpassing Grace,
He made them sharers in His joy,//
foretelling His death on the Cross and His saving resurrection!

Reader: The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them!

People: David, the ancestor of God,
foreseeing in spirit the sojourn with mankind of the Only-begotten Son in the flesh
called the creation together to rejoice with him,
and prophetically lifted up his voice to cry:
“Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Your name!”
For having gone up the mount with Your disciples,
You were transfigured, O Christ,
and made Adam’s darkened image to shine again as lightning,
transforming it into the glory and splendor of Your own divinity.
Therefore, we cry aloud to You://
O Lord and Creator of all things, glory to You!

Reader: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Your name!

People:When the chosen apostles beheld upon the mountain of the Transfiguration
the overwhelming flood of Your Light, O unoriginate Christ,
and Your unapproachable divinity,
they were caught up into a divine trance.
The cloud of Light shone around them on every side.
They heard the voice of the Father
confirming the mystery of Your Incarnation,
for even after taking flesh, You remain the Only-begotten Son,//
and the Savior of the world!

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

Tone 6)

People: O Lord, today, on Mount Tabor,
You have revealed the glory of Your divine image
to your chosen disciples, Peter, James and John.
For they looked upon Your garments that gleamed as the Light,
and at Your face that shone more than the sun!
Unable to endure the vision of Your brightness which none can bear,
they fell to the earth, powerless to lift up their gaze,
for they heard a voice that spoke from above:
“This is My beloved Son//
Who has come into the world to save mankind!

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 7

People:You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let your everlasting Light shine upon us sinners!//
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to You!
(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 7

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 honor the all-glorious Transfiguration
of Your most pure Body!

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:Great is our Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God and upon His holy mountain.

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

Reader:O Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? And who shall rest upon Your holy mountain?

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:13 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.

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

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.

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!

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend.

The Prokeimenon in the fourth tone.

Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Your name!

People: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Your name!

Deacon: The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours!

People: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Your name!

Deacon: Tabor and Hermon…

People: …shall rejoice in Your name!

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest:14 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.

14 - 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.

p align="justify">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. 9:28-36) At that time, Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”, not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.

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.

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,

Today all things are filled with joy:
Christ is transfigured before the disciples!

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

Today all things are filled with joy:
Christ is transfigured before the disciples!

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

Tone 5)

O Savior, You uncovered a small part of the light of Your divinity
to those who went up with You into the mountain,
making them lovers of Your heavenly glory!
Therefore, they cried in awe: “It is good for us to be here!”
With them we also sing to You,
O transfigured Savior Christ!

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.

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On Sundays:15

The Priest stands at the Altar Table.

A Hymn of Light 16

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.

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

16 - 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 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.

Exapostilaria (Hymns of Light)

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

Today on Tabor in the manifestation of Your Light, O Word,
the unaltered Light from the Light of the unbegotten Father,
we have seen the Father as Light and the Spirit as Light,
guiding with light the whole creation!” (Twice)

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

Today on Tabor in the manifestation…(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.

Psalm 46

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

Tone 4

Before Your precious Cross and Passion,
You took the holy disciples whom especially You had chosen.
You went up, O Master, into Mount Tabor
wishing to show them Your glory.
When they say You transfigured, shining more brightly than the sun,
they fell on their faces, struck with wonder at your power,
and they cried aloud:
“O Christ, You are the timeless Light and Brightness of the Father,
yet of Your own will without change You are manifested in the flesh!”

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

From all eternity You are God the Word,
covering Yourself with light as with a garment!
You were transfigured before Your disciples,
shining more brightly than the sun.
Moses and Elijah stood by Your side,
making it plain that you are the Lord both of the dead and of the living.
They glorified Your ineffable dispensation,
Your compassion and Your great condescension,
by which You have saved the world utterly lost in sin.

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 Priest stands in front of the Altar Table and the Deacon to his right.

Tone 8

Christ took Peter, James and John into a high mountain,
and was transfigured before them.
His face shone as the sun and His raiment was white as the light.
Moses and Elijah appeared talking with Him.
A bright cloud overshadowed them and behold, a voice proclaimed:
“This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him!”

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 7

You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting light shine upon us sinners!
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of light, glory to You!

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:17 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.

17 - 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 was transfigured in glory before His Disciples on Mount Tabor 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.


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