THE NINTH HOUR
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INTRODUCTORY PRAYERS

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God.  Amen.

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,

THE LORD'S PRAYER

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.

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 THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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 Thine.

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.

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PSALM 50

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 ninth hour of the blessed day: I offer to Christ, my King and my God: I will hope in Him that He may forgive me my sins.

PSALM 95
Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.  Sing unto the Lord, praise His Name; preach His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.  For the Lord is great, and exceedingly blessed: He is fearful above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are demons: but the Lord, He created the heavens.  Confession and beauty are before Him: purity and splendour are in His sanctuary. 

Bring unto the Lord, all ye families of the nations, bring unto the Lord glory and honour.  Bring unto the Lord glory to His Name: bring sacrifices and enter into His courts.  Worship the Lord in His holy courts.

Let all the earth be moved from before His face: say among the nations that the Lord has reigned from a Wood: for He has also set up the world that it shall not be moved: He shall judge the peoples in uprightness. 

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea be moved, and all its fullness.  Let the plains rejoice, and everything that is in them: then all the trees of the wood shall rejoice, before the Lord: for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 96
The Lord has reigned; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of islands be glad.  Clouds and darkness are round about Him: righteousness and judgement are the foundation of His throne. 

A fire shall proceed before Him, and with a flame shall burn up His enemies who surround Him.  His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and moved.  The mountains melted like wax from before the face of the Lord, from before the face of the Lord of all the earth.  The heavens have declared His righteousness, and all the peoples have seen His glory.

All they who worship things made with hands shall be ashamed: they who boast themselves in their idols.  Worship Him, all His angels.  Zion heard, and was glad; the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of Thy judgements, O Lord.  For Thou art the Lord, Who is exalted above all the earth: Thou art exalted exceedingly above all gods. 

You who love the Lord, hate evil: for the Lord shall guard the souls of His saints; and He shall deliver them from the hands of the sinners.  A light has risen for the righteous, and joy for those who are upright in their heart.  Be glad in the Lord, ye righteous; and confess at the remembrance of His holiness.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 97
Sing unto the Lord a new song; for the Lord has done wondrous works: His right hand, and His holy arm, have revived Him.  The Lord has manifested His salvation before the nations: and has revealed His righteousness to them.  He has remembered His mercy to Jacob and His righteousness to the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Shout aloud unto the Lord, all the earth: praise, and rejoice, and sing.  Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.  With loud trumpets and a sound of the horn trumpet, shout aloud before the Lord, the King.  Let the sea be moved, and all its fulness; the world, and everyone that dwells in it.  The rivers shall clap their hands together: and the mountains shall rejoice before the Lord; for He has come to judge the earth: He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with uprightness.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 98
The Lord has reigned; let the peoples rage: He Who sits upon the Cherubim; let the earth be moved.  Great is the Lord in Zion; and He is exalted above all the peoples.  Let them confess His great Name; for It is fearful and holy.  And the honour of the King loves judgement; Thou hast prepared uprightness: judgement and righteousness Thou hast performed in Jacob. 

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet; for it is holy.  Moses and Aaron among His priests, and Samuel among those who entreat His Name; they were entreating the Lord, and He was hearkening to them, in a pillar of cloud He was speaking to them: for they had kept His testimonies, and the commandments which He gave to them.

O Lord our God, Thou wast hearkening to them: Thou, O God, hast become unto them, a forgiver and an avenger of all their works.  Exalt the Lord our God: worship at His holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.  Alleluia.
 
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PSALM 99
Shout aloud unto the Lord, all the earth: serve the Lord with gladness: come before Him with rejoicing.  Know that the Lord He is God: He has created us, and not we; for we are His people, and the sheep of His fold.  Enter into His gates with confession, and into His courts with praise: confess to Him, and bless His Name.  For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth is from generation to generation.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 100
I will praise Thee, O Lord: mercy and judgement, will I sing.  And I will understand in a blameless way.  When wilt Thou come unto me?  I was walking in innocence of my heart in the midst of my house.  I have not set an unlawful thing before my eyes: I have hated those who work transgression; no crooked heart has cleaved unto me.  The evil will turn aside from me, I did not know (it).  He who privately slanders his neighbour, him I drove away: with him that had a proud eye and a puffed up heart, I would not eat. 

My eyes were upon the faithful of the earth, that they may sit with me: he that walks in a blameless way, he was serving me.  He who acts proudly did not dwell in the midst of my house: he that speaks unjust things was not established before my eyes.  In the hours of the morning I was slaying all the sinners of the land; that I may cut off from the city of the Lord everyone that works iniquity.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 109
The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand, until I put Thine enemies beneath Thy feet.  A rod of Thy power the Lord shall send forth from Zion: and Thou shalt rule in the midst of Thine enemies.  With Thee is the dominion in the day of Thy power, in the brightness of the saints: from the womb, before the star of the morning, I have begotten Thee. 

The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, Thou art the priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at Thy right hand has crushed kings in the day of His wrath.  He will judge among the nations, He shall fill them with corpses; He shall crush the heads of many upon the earth.  He shall drink water on the way from a spring: therefore He will lift up the head.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 110
I will confess to Thee, O Lord, with all my heart, in the council of those who are upright, and in their synagogue.  Great are the works of the Lord: all His wishes are sought out.  Confession and splendour is His work: and His righteousness endures for ever.

He has made a memorial of His wonders: the Lord is merciful and compassionate.  He has given food to those who fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant.  The power of His works, He has made known to His people: that He may give them the heritage of the nations.  The works of His hands are truth and judgement; all His commandments are faithful: they are confirmed unto the age of ages: they are done in truth and uprightness.  He has sent redemption to His people: He has commanded His covenant for ever: holy and fearful is His Name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding has everyone who does it: and His praise endures for ever and ever.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 111
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord: in His commandments he shall exceedingly delight.  His seed shall be strengthened upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Glory and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures for ever and ever.  A light has risen in the darkness for those who are upright: merciful and compassionate and just is the Lord God.

Good is the man that shows compassion, and lends: he shall order his words with judgement.  For he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is ready to hope in the Lord.  His heart is established, and he shall not be moved, until he look upon his enemies.  He has distributed, he has given to the poor; and his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with glory.  The sinner shall see it, and be angry; he shall gnash his teeth, and shall melt away: the desire of the sinner shall perish.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 112
Praise the Lord, O ye children, praise the Name of the Lord.  May the Name of the Lord be blessed from now and for ever.  From the rising of the sun until its setting, praise the Name of the Lord.
The Lord is exalted above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. 

Who is like unto the Lord our God, Who dwells in the highest and looks upon the lowly, in the heaven, and upon the earth; Who has raised up the poor out of the earth, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill; that He may seat him with rulers, with the rulers of His people.  Who makes the barren woman to dwell in the house of a joyful mother of children.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 114
I have loved, because the Lord has heard the voice of my supplication.  Because He has inclined His ear unto me, and in my days I entreated Him.  For the sorrows of death held me, and the perils of Amenti have found me: I found trouble and grief.  And I entreated the Name of the Lord; O Lord, deliver my soul.  Merciful is the Lord, and righteous; our God shows mercy.  He Who keeps the little children is The Lord: I humbled myself, and He delivered me.  Return, O my soul unto thy resting place; for the Lord has done good unto me.  He has delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.  I will please the Lord in the region of the living.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 115
I believed, therefore I spoke: I was also exceedingly humbled: I said in my amazement: all men are liars.  What shall I give to the Lord in return for all He has given me?  I will take the cup of salvation, and entreat the Name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows unto the Lord before all the people. 

Precious before the Lord is the death of His saints.  Lord, I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant, and the son of Thine handmaid: Thou hast broken my bonds.  I will sacrifice to Thee the sacrifice of praise, and will entreat the Name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the courts of the house of the Lord before all the people, in the midst of Jerusalem.  Alleluia. 

THE GOSPEL FROM
SAINT LUKE 9:1-17

And when the Apostles returned, they told Him all they had done.  And He took them with Him, and went apart alone into a city called Bethsaida. 

But when the multitudes knew, they followed Him: and He received them, and spoke unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. 

And when the day began to decline, then  the twelve came, and said unto Him, “Send the multitude away, so that they may go into the villages and the fields round about, that they may rest, and may find what to eat: for we are here in a desert place.”

But He said unto them, “Give ye them (what) to eat.”  And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy food for all this people.”  For they were about five thousand men. 

But He said to His Disciples, “Make them sit down, fifty in each place.”  And they did so, and all sat down.
Then He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and He gave to the Disciples that they might set before the multitudes. 

And they ate, and all were satisfied: and they took that which was in excess to them, twelve baskets full of fragments.  Glory be to God forever.

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Then shall these Troparia be said,

O Thou Who tasted death in the flesh at the time of the ninth hour for our sakes, we the sinners, slay our carnal thoughts, O Christ our God, and deliver us.

Let my supplication come near before Thee, O Lord; give me understanding according to Thy word.  My petition shall come before Thee; revive me according to Thy word.

Doxa Patri ke Eio ke Agio Pnevmati.  (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)

O Thou Who gave up the spirit into the hands of the Father, when Thou didst hang upon the Cross at the time of the ninth hour, and hast led into Paradise the thief who hung with Thee, forget me not, O Thou Good One.  Forget me not; but purify my soul and enlighten my understanding.  Thou shalt make me a partaker of the graces of Thine immortal mysteries, that when I have tasted of Thy goodness, I may offer unto Thee praise without ceasing, I shall long for Thy beauty above all things.  O Christ our God and deliver us. 

Ke nyn ke a-ee ke ees toos é-onas ton é-onon.  Amen.  (Both now, and always, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.)

O Thou Who for our sakes was born of the Virgin, and hast tolerated the Cross, O Thou Good One.  Thou hast slain death by Thy death, and manifested forth the Resurrection.  O God, leave not behind those whom Thou hast created with Thine hands; show forth Thy love toward mankind, O Thou Good One, and accept the supplications of Thy Mother on our behalf. 

O our Saviour, save a humble people.  Leave us not unto the end neither give us up unto the age; make not void Thy covenant.  Take not away Thy mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham Thy beloved, Isaac Thy servant and Israel Thine holy one.

Ke nyn ke a-ee ke ees toos é-onas ton é-onon.  Amen.  (Both now, and always, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.)

When the thief saw the Author of Life hanging on the Cross, he said, “If He Who is hanging with us were not God Who was Incarnate, the sun would not have hidden its rays, nor would the earth have quaked, trembling.  But, O Thou, Who is able to do everything, and Who tolerates every thing, remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.”

Doxa Patri ke Eio ke Agio Pnevmati.  (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
O Thou Who received the confession of the thief upon the Cross, receive us, O Good One, we who have fallen under sentence of death because of our sins.  With him we acknowledge our sins, confessing Thy Divinity, crying with him unto Thee, saying, “Remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.”

Ke nyn ke a-ee ke ees toos é-onas ton é-onon.  Amen.  (Both now, and always, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.)

When the Mother saw the Lamb and the Shepherd, Saviour of the world, hanging on the Cross, she said, weeping: “The world indeed rejoices, for it has received salvation.  But my bowels burn seeing Thy crucifixion, which Thou hast endured patiently for all, O my Son and my God!”

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

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.  AllHoly 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...  

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O God, the Father of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who by His manifestation has redeemed us and delivered us from the servitude of the enemy; we entreat Thee in His blessed and great Name, turn our minds away from the cares of life and worldly desires, unto the remembrance of Thine heavenly judgements.

Perfect in us Thy love toward mankind, O Thou Good One, and let the prayer of the ninth hour before Thee, be accepted in Thy presence at all times.  And grant unto us to walk worthy of the calling whereunto Thou hast called us, that when we pass out of the body, we may be numbered with the true worshippers of the passion of Thine OnlyBegotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and that we may obtain mercy and forgiveness of our sins and salvation, together with the choir of Thy saints, who have pleased Thee in truth from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen.
THE 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.

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