In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord bless. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now,
and always, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Make us worthy to say thankfully,
Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Our
bread of the morrow, give us today, 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; in Christ Jesus our
Lord. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever
and ever. Amen.
Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of
our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. For He has covered us,
helped us, guarded us, accepted us to Himself, spared us, supported us,
and has brought us to this hour.
Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Pantocrator, to guard us in
all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.
O Master, Lord, God the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God and
Saviour, Jesus Christ, we thank Thee for everything, concerning
everything, and in everything. For Thou hast covered us, helped
us, guarded us, accepted us to Thee, spared us, supported us, and hast
brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Thy Goodness, O Lover of mankind, grant
us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all
peace with Thy fear.
All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked
men and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them
away from us, and from all Thy people, and from this holy place that is
But those things which are good and profitable do Thou provide for us,
for it is Thou Who has given us the authority to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One, by
the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Thine OnlyBegotten Son,
our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Through Whom the glory,
the honour, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto Thee, with
Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, Who is of One Essence with
Thee, now, and at all times, and unto the age of all ages. Amen.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy: and according
to the multitude of Thy compassions Thou shalt blot out my
iniquity. Thou shalt wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and
cleanse me from my sin. For I know my iniquity: and my sin is
before me at all times. Against Thee alone have I sinned, and
done evil before Thee: that Thou mayest be justified in Thy words, and
prevail when Thou art judged. For behold, I was conceived in
iniquity; and in sin did my mother desire me.
For behold, Thou hast loved truth, the secret and the hidden things of
Thy wisdom, Thou hast manifested unto me. Thou shalt sprinkle me
with Thy hyssop, and I shall be clean: Thou shalt wash me, and I shall
be whiter than snow. Thou shalt cause me to hear joy and
gladness; and my humble bones shall rejoice. Turn Thy face away
from my sins, and all my iniquities Thou shalt blot out. A pure
heart Thou shalt create in me, O God; and an upright spirit renew
within me. Cast me not away from Thy face; and take not Thine
Holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of Thy salvation; and strengthen
me with a governing spirit. That I may teach the lawless Thy
ways; and the wicked shall turn to Thee.
Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue
shall rejoice in Thy righteousness. O Lord, Thou shalt open my
lips; and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. For if Thou hadst
desired sacrifice; I would indeed have given it: but, Thou delightest
not in burnt offerings. A sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a
broken and a humble heart, God will not despise.
Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: and may the walls of
Jerusalem be built. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the
sacrifices of righteousness, with oblation and whole burnt offering:
then shall they offer calves upon Thine altar. Alleluia.
Then is said:
The hymn of the blessed Sleep: I offer to
Christ, my King and my God: I
will hope in Him that He may forgive me my sins.
Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my
voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my
supplication. If Thou, Lord, shouldest pay heed to iniquities, O
Lord, who shall stand? For my forgiveness is from Thee, for Thy
Name’s sake, O Lord, I have waited for Thee.
My soul has held firmly upon Thy Law, my soul has hoped in the Lord,
from the morning watch till the night. From the morning watch,
let Israel hope in the Lord: for mercy is with the Lord, and great is
His redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his
Lord, my heart has not been exalted, nor have my eyes exalted
themselves: neither have I exercised myself in great matters, nor in
wonders above me. Yet, if I have not been humbled, but my voice
has been raised as he who has been weaned from the milk towards his
mother: In this manner recompense my soul. Let Israel hope in the
Lord from this time and for ever. Alleluia.
Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness: how he swore to the Lord,
and vowed to the God of Jacob; I will not enter into the dwelling of my
house, nor go up upon the bed of my sleeping-mat; I will not give sleep
to my eyes, and slumber to my eyelids, and rest to my temples, until I
find a place for the Lord, and a habitation for the God of Jacob.
Behold, we have heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the place of
the forest. We will go into His tabernacles: we will worship in
the place where His feet stood.
Arise, O Lord, to Thy rest; Thou, and the ark of Thine holy
place. Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness; and Thy
saints shall rejoice. For the sake of Thy servant David, turn not
Thy face away from Thy Christ. The Lord has sworn to David in
truth; and He will not turn from it; of the fruit of your belly will I
set upon your throne. If your sons will keep My covenant and My
testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons shall also sit upon
your throne for evermore. For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has
chosen it for His habitation. This is My place of rest to the age
of ages. Here will I dwell; for I have desired it. Her
widow with a blessing will I bless: and her poor I will satisfy with
bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation: and her saints
shall rejoice with rejoicing. There will I raise up a horn to
David: I have prepared a lamp for My Christ. His enemies will I
clothe with shame: but upon Him My holiness shall blossom.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
together! Like precious ointment upon the head, which comes down
upon the beard, the beard of Aaron: which comes down to the edge of his
garment; as the dew of Hermon, which comes down upon the mountain of
Zion: for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, and life for
Behold, bless the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, who stand in the
house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. In the
nights, lift up your hands to the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
The Lord will bless you out of Zion, Who has created the heaven and the
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and we wept, when we
remembered Zion. Upon the willows in its midst we hanged our
harps. For those who led us captive asked us there for words of
songs: and they who had taken us there: sing to us a praise of the
songs of Zion. How shall we sing the praise of the Lord in a
strange land? If I forget Jerusalem, I shall forget my right
hand. My tongue shall cleave to my throat if I do not remember
you, if I place not Jerusalem first at the beginning of my joy.
Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of
Jerusalem; who said, trash it, trash it, even to its foundation.
O wretched daughter of Babylon, blessed is he who shall reward you the
same reward you have given us. Blessed is he who shall seize your
little children and bury them beside the rock. Alleluia.
I will confess Thee, O Lord, with all my heart, for Thou hast heard all
the words of my mouth: before the angels I will sing to Thee. And
I will worship before Thine holy temple, and I will confess Thy Name on
account of Thy mercy and Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thine holy
Name above every one. In the day when I shall entreat Thee,
speedily hear me, Thou shalt look the more upon my soul with
power. Let all the kings of the earth confess Thee, O Lord, for
they have heard all the words of my mouth. Let them praise in the
ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord. For the
Lord is exalted, and He beholds the lowly: and He knows them who are
(exalted) from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou
wilt revive me: Thou hast stretched forth Thine hand against the wrath
of the enemies, and Thy right hand has delivered me. The Lord
will repay for me: Thy mercy, O Lord, endures for ever: forsake not the
works of Thine own hands. Alleluia.
Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hear me: attend to the voice of my
supplication when I cry aloud unto Thee. Let my prayer be set
forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as an
evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, over my mouth; and a
strong door across my lips. Incline not my heart to evil words,
to find occasion for excuses in sins with men who work iniquity: and I
shall not take pleasure with their elect. The righteous shall
chasten me in mercy; and shall reprove me: the oil of a sinner, let it
not anoint my head: for my prayer also shall be in pleasure.
Their strong ones have been swallowed up beside the rock, they shall
hear my words; for they are sweet. As a clod of earth crushed on
the ground, their bones are scattered beside Amenti. For our eyes
are towards Thee, O Lord. Lord, I have hoped in Thee; slay not my
soul. Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and
from the stumbling-blocks of those who work iniquity. Sinners
shall fall in his net, I, myself, remain alone until the iniquity
passes on. Alleluia.
I have cried aloud unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice I made
supplication to the Lord. I will pour out my prayer before Him;
my trouble will I pour out before Him. When my spirit perished
within me, then Thou knewest my paths. In this way in which I was
walking have they hidden a snare for me. I looked on my right
hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge
failed me; there was no one who has regard for my soul. I have
cried unto Thee, O Lord and I said, Thou art my hope and my portion in
the land of the living. Attend unto my prayer; for I have been
exceedingly humbled: deliver me from the hands of those who persecute
me; for they have strengthened (themselves) more than I. Bring my
soul out of prison, that I may confess Thy Name, O Lord: the righteous
wait for me; until Thou repay me.
Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord in my life: I
will sing to my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in
rulers, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
Their spirit shall go out, and they shall return to their earth; in
that day all their thoughts shall perish.
Blessed is he whose helper is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the
Lord his God: Who has created the heaven, and the earth, the sea, and
all that is in it: Who keeps truth for ever: Who executes judgement for
those who suffer injustice: Who gives food to the hungry. The
Lord shall loose the bound: The Lord shall raise those who are cast
down: the Lord makes wise the blind: the Lord loves the righteous: the
Lord shall keep the strangers; the orphan and the widow He shall
accept: and the way of the sinners He shall destroy. The Lord
shall reign for ever, and your God, O Zion, from generation to
Praise the Lord: for psalm is good: praise shall delight our God.
He Who builds up Jerusalem is the Lord: the Lord will gather together
the scattered of Israel. Who heals the broken in their hearts,
and binds up all their bruises. Who numbers the multitude of the
stars; and gives names to all of them. Great is the Lord, and
great is His power: and infinite is His understanding. The Lord
accepts the meek: but He humiliates the sinners down to the
Begin, first by confessing to the Lord; sing to our God with a harp:
Who covers the heaven with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who
makes grass to grow upon the mountains, and herbs for the service of
men. And gives the beasts their food, and to the young ravens
which cry unto Him. He shall not delight in the strength of the
horse: nor take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes
pleasure in those who fear Him, and those who hope in His mercy.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. For He has
strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children
within you. Who set your borders in peace, and satisfies you with
the fat of wheat. Who sends His word to the earth: His word runs
very swiftly. Who gives snow like wool: Who pours down mist like
ashes. And casts icicles like crumbs: Who can stand before the
face of His frost? He will send His word, and will melt them: His
wind will blow, and the waters will flow. Who declares His word
to Jacob, His truths and His judgements to Israel. He has not
dealt thus with every nation: and His judgements He has not manifested
to them. Alleluia.
SAINT LUKE 2:25-32
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by
the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he saw the Lord
And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought
in the child Jesus, to do for Him that which was required by the
Law. And Simeon took Him up in his arms, and he blessed God,
saying, “Now, O my Master, Thou shalt let Thy servant depart in peace,
according to Thy word: for my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou
hast prepared before the face of all the peoples; a light for a
revelation to the nations, and the glory of Thy people Israel.”
Glory be to God forever.
Then shall these Troparia be said,
Behold, I am about to stand
before the Just Judge, frightened and
trembling because of the multitude of my sins, for the life that is
spent in desires is worthy of judgement. Repent therefore, O my
soul, as long as you dwell on this earth, for the dust in the grave
offers no praise, and among the dead no one remembers God, nor do they
who are in Amenti give thanks. But rise up from the sleep of
negligence and entreat the Saviour in repentance, saying, “O God, have
mercy on me and save me!”
Doxa Patri ke Eio
ke Agio Pnevmati. (Glory be to the Father, and
to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
Had life been unending and this world eternal, O my soul, you would
have had an excuse; but when your vile deeds and ugly evils are exposed
before the Just Judge, what will you give in answer, while you are
lying on the bed of sins and negligent in humiliating the flesh?
O Christ our God, before the awesome throne of Thy judgement I am
frightened; and because of the ray of Thy Divinity I dread, I, the
defiled wretch who is lying on my bed and careless about my life.
Yet, I identify myself with the Publican, beating upon my breast and
crying, “God be merciful to me, a sinner!”
Ke nyn ke a-ee ke
ees toos é-onas ton
é-onon. Amen. (Both now, and always, and unto
ages of ages. Amen.)
O undefiled Virgin, help me, I, who am your servant. And keep
away from me the waves of vile thoughts. And raise my sickly soul
to watch and pray because it has long lain in heavy sleep. For
you are an able, merciful and helpful mother, the Mother of the
Fountain of Life, Jesus Christ my King, my God and my Hope.
Then shall be said,
Graciously accord, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our fathers. And exceedingly
blessed and full of glory is Thine Holy Name forever. Amen.
Let Thy mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have set our hope in
Thee. For the eyes of everyone wait upon Thee, for Thou givest
them their food in due season.
Hearken to us, O God, our Redeemer, the hope of all the regions of the
earth. And Thou, O Lord, shall keep us, deliver us and save us
from this generation and forever. Amen.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord; teach me Thy statutes. Blessed art
Thou, O Lord; make me to understand Thy commandments. Blessed
art Thou, O Lord; enlighten me with Thy precepts.
Thy mercy, O Lord, endures forever. O despise not the works of
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge in all generations. I said, “Be
merciful to me, heal my soul; for I have sinned against Thee.”
Lord, I have fled unto Thee; Deliver me and teach me to do Thy will,
for Thou art my God. With Thee is the Fountain of Life. In
Thy Light shall we see Light. Let Thy mercy come to those who
know Thee, and Thy righteousness unto the upright in heart.
To Thee belongs the blessing, to Thee belongs the praise, to Thee
belongs the glory, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who art from the
beginning, and now, and unto the age of ages. Amen.
It is a good thing to confess unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto
Thy Name, O Most High; to show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy
faithfulness every night.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Who was born of the Virgin, have
mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Who was crucified for us, have
mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Who rose from the dead and
ascended into the heavens, have mercy on us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both
now, and always, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. All Holy Trinity, have mercy on
us. O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Lord, forgive our sins. O Lord, forgive our iniquities. O
Lord, forgive us our trespasses.
O Lord, visit the sick of Thy people, heal them for the sake of Thine
Holy Name. Our fathers and our brethren who have fallen asleep, O
Lord, repose their souls.
O Thou Who art sinless, Lord have mercy on us. O Thou Who art
sinless, Lord help us and receive our supplications. For Thine is
the glory, the dominion, and the triple holiness. Lord have
mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord bless. Amen.
Our Father Who art in Heaven...
Hail to you! We ask you, O saint full of glory, the evervirgin
Mother of God, the Mother of Christ; offer our prayers unto your
beloved Son, that He may forgive us our sins. Hail to the holy
Virgin, who has brought forth unto us the True Light, Christ our
God. Ask the Lord on our behalf, that He may have mercy on us and
forgive us our sins.
O Virgin Mary, the holy Mother of God, the faithful advocate for all
mankind, intercede on our behalf before Christ, Whom you have brought
forth, that He may forgive us our sins.
We exalt you, the Mother of the True Light. We glorify you, O
saint and Mother of God, for you brought forth unto us the Saviour of
the whole world; He came and saved our souls.
TO THE CREED
Glory to Thee, our Master, our King, Christ; the pride of the Apostles,
the crown of the martyrs, the joy of the righteous, the firmness of the
churches, the forgiveness of sins.
We proclaim the Holy Trinity in One Godhead. We worship
Him. We glorify Him. Lord have mercy. Lord have
mercy. Lord bless. Amen.
We believe in one God; God the Father, the Pantocrator, Who created
heaven and earth, and all things seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord; Jesus Christ, the OnlyBegotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; True God
of True God; begotten, not created; of One Essence with the Father; by
Whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came
down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit, and of the
Virgin Mary, and became man.
And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; suffered and was
buried; and the third day He rose from the dead, according to the
scriptures. Ascended into the heavens, He sits at the right hand
of His Father; and He is coming again in His glory, to judge the living
and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit; the Lord, the Giver of Life; Who
proceeds from the Father; Who, with the Father and the Son, is
worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.
And in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, we confess one
Baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection
of the dead, and the life of the coming age. Amen.
Then shall be
said, “Lord hear us and
have mercy on us and forgive us our sins,” “Kirié Eleison” (Lord
have mercy) 41 times, and the following prayer:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory
and Thine honour. Have mercy on us, O God, the Father, the
Pantocrator. All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord,
God of the powers be with us, for we have no helper in our afflictions
and our troubles, save Thee. Loose, remit and forgive us, O God,
our iniquities, which we have committed willingly, and which we have
committed unwillingly; which we have committed knowingly, and which we
have committed unknowingly. The hidden and the manifest, O Lord,
remit unto us, for the sake of Thine Holy Name which is called upon us.
According to Thy mercy, O Lord, and not according to our sins.
Our Father Who art in Heaven...
Then shall this absolution be said,
Lord, all things in which we have sinned against Thee this day, whether
in deed, or in word, or in thought, or by all senses, do Thou pardon
and forgive us, for the sake of Thine Holy Name, as a Good One and as a
Lover of mankind. And grant unto us, O God, a peaceful night, and
this sleep pure. And send to us an angel of peace to keep
us from every evil, every calamity and every temptation of the
By the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Thine OnlyBegotten
Son, our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Through Whom the
glory, the honour, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto Thee,
with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, Who is of One Essence
with Thee, now, and at all times, and unto the age of all ages.
PRAYER OF THE HOURS
Have mercy on us, O God, Who is worshipped and glorified at all times
and at every hour, in heaven and on earth. Christ our Good God,
the longsuffering, plenteous in mercy and compassion, Who loves the
righteous and has mercy upon sinners, (among whom I am chief; Who
desires not the death of a sinner, but rather that he return and live.)
Who calls everyone to salvation, through the promises of the good
things to come; do Thou, O Lord, receive our supplications at this very
hour, and straighten our life to do Thy commandments.
Sanctify our souls, purify our bodies, rectify our thoughts, cleanse
our consciences, and deliver us from all evil affliction and
grief. Surround us with Thine holy Angels, that we being guarded
and guided by their encampment; may attain to the unity of the faith,
and the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory. For blessed art
Thou forever. Amen.