THE SIXTH HOUR PRAYER
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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 shall be said,

The hymn of the sixth 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 53
God, save me by Thy Name, and judge me in Thy strength.  O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.  For strangers have risen up against me, and the strong have sought after my soul: they have not set God before them.

Behold, God will help me: the Lord is the protector of my soul.  He shall bring back evil unto my enemies: and in Thy truth wipe them out.  Willingly will I sacrifice to Thee: I will confess Thy Name, O Lord; for it is good.  For Thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and my eyes have looked upon my enemies.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 56
Have mercy upon me, O God, have mercy upon me: for my soul has trusted in Thee: and in the shadow of Thy wings will I hope, until the iniquity passes.

I will cry unto God Most High; to God Who has done good things for me.  He has sent forth from heaven, and He has delivered me: and those who trample upon me, He has put to shame.

God has sent forth His mercy and His truth.  He has delivered my soul from among the lion cubs.  I slept being troubled: the sons of men, their teeth are weapons and arrows, and their tongue a sharpened sword.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; and Thy glory above all the earth.  They have prepared snares for my feet; and they have bowed down my soul: they have dug a pit before me, and they have fallen into it. 
My heart is prepared, O God, my heart is prepared: I will praise and sing in my glory.  Arise, my glory, arise psaltery and harp: I will rise early.  I will confess to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples: I will sing to Thee among the nations.

For Thy mercy is magnified unto the heavens, and Thy truth unto the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens: and Thy glory above all the earth.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 60
Hear O God my supplication; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth I have cried aloud unto Thee, when my heart was grieved: Thou hast exalted me upon a rock.  Thou hast led me: Thou hast become my hope and a tower of strength from the face of the enemy.

I will abide in Thy dwelling-place for ever: I will take shelter under the covering of Thy wings.  For Thou, O God, hast heard my prayers: Thou hast given a heritage to those who fear Thy Name.

Days shalt Thou add to the days of the king: and to his years days from generation to generation.  And he shall abide before God for ever: His mercy and His truth who has sought after them?  Thus will I sing unto Thy Name unto the age of ages, that I may perform my vows from day to day.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 62
O God, my God; unto Thee will I rise early: for my soul has thirsted for Thee.  That my flesh may blossom for Thee in a barren land and an untrodden place, a place without water. 

Thus have I appeared before Thee, in the sanctuary, to see Thy power and Thy glory.  For Thy mercy is elect, better than life; my lips shall praise Thee. 

Therefore will I bless Thee in my life: in Thy Name will I lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and (my) joyful lips shall praise Thy Name.

I remembered Thee upon my bed, and at dawn I meditated on Thee: for Thou hast been a help unto me, and in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.  My soul has cleaved after Thee and Thy right hand has supported me.  But as for those who have sought after my soul in vain; they shall go into the lower parts of the earth, they shall be delivered into the hand of the sword, they shall become portions for foxes. 

But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that swears by Him shall boast: for the mouth of those who speak unjustly shall be stopped.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 66
May God have compassion upon us, bless us, manifest His face upon us, and have mercy upon us.  That Thy way may be known upon the earth, and Thy salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples confess to Thee, O God; let all the peoples confess to Thee.  Let the nations rejoice and be glad: for Thou shalt judge the peoples in uprightness, and guide the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples confess to Thee, O God; let all the peoples confess to Thee.  The earth has given its fruit.
May God, our God, bless us; may God bless us: may all the ends of the earth fear Him.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 69
O God, attend to my help; make haste O Lord to help me.  Let them be ashamed and be scorned that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and be ashamed, that desire to do evil against me.  Let them be turned back straightway in shame that say unto me, “Well!  Well!”

Let them rejoice and be glad in Thee: all who seek after Thee, and let them who love Thy salvation say at all times, “Let the Lord be magnified.”

But as for me, I am poor and feeble: O God help me.  Thou art my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, make no delay.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 83
How beloved are Thy dwellings, O Lord, God of the powers!  My soul yearns, and faints to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.

For the sparrow has found him a house, and the turtle dove a nest for herself, to lay her young: Thine altars, O Lord, God of the powers, my King, and my God.  Blessed are all who dwell in Thy house: they shall praise Thee forever and ever.

Blessed is the man whose support is from Thee, O Lord: he has established highways in his heart; in the valley of weeping, in the place in which he has established it.  For the Law-giver shall give blessings: they shall go from strength to strength: the God of gods shall appear in Zion. 

O Lord, God of the powers, hear my prayer: hearken, O God of Jacob.  Behold, O God our defender, and look upon the face of Thy Christ.  For a good day in Thy courts is better than thousands.  I have chosen for myself to be cast in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the sinners.  For the Lord God loves mercy and truth: and will give glory and grace.  The Lord will not withhold the good thing from those who walk in innocence.  O Lord, God of the powers, blessed is the man who hopes in Thee.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 84
Lord, Thou hast been pleased with Thy land: Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.  Thou hast forgiven the iniquities of Thy people, Thou hast covered all their sins.  Thou hast taken away all Thine anger: Thou hast turned away from the anger of Thine wrath.

Turn us, O God of our salvation, and turn Thy wrath away from us.  Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever?  Wilt Thou draw out Thine anger from generation to generation?  Thou, O God will turn and revive us again: and Thy people will rejoice in Thee.  Show us Thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation. 

I will hear what the Lord God will speak within me: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints: and those who will turn to Him with all their hearts.  For His salvation is near to everyone who fears Him; that glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have grasped hands with one another.  Truth has sprung out of the earth; and righteousness has looked down from heaven.  For the Lord shall give goodness; and our land shall give its fruit.  Truth shall go before Him; and shall set His footsteps in the way.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 85
Incline Thine ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am poor and weak.  Preserve my soul; for I am pure: save Thy servant my God, who hopes in Thee.  Have mercy upon me, O Lord: for I have cried aloud unto Thee all the day.

Rejoice the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul.  For Thou (art) good, Lord.  Thou art meek; and plenteous is Thy mercy unto all those who cry unto Thee. 

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.  In the day of my trouble I have cried aloud unto Thee: for Thou hast heard me.  There is none like Thee, among the gods O Lord; neither is there any who can do like unto Thy works.

All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; and shall glorify Thy Name.  For Thou art great, and doest wonders: Thou, alone, art God the great.

Lead me in Thy way, O Lord; and I will walk in Thy truth: let my heart be glad to fear Thy Name.  I will confess to Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy Name for evermore.  For great is Thy mercy toward me: and Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Amenti. 

O God, the breakers of the Law have risen against me, and the synagogue of the strong ones have sought after my soul; and have not set Thee before them.  But Thou, O Lord, God, Thou art compassionate, and merciful.  Thou art longsuffering, and plenteous in Thy mercy and true.  Look upon me, and have mercy upon me: give strength unto Thy servant, and deliver the son of Thine handmaid.  Make with me a sign unto good; let those who hate me see, and be ashamed: because Thou, Lord, hast helped me, and hast comforted me.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 86
His foundations are in the holy mountains.  The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Honourable things are spoken of thee, O city of God. 

I will remember Rahab and Babylon as those who know me: behold the strange tribes, and Tyre, and the people of Ethiopia, these were there.  Mother Zion will say, that a man and a man has dwelt in her: and He is the Highest Who has founded her forever.

The Lord shall declare, in the writings of the peoples and the rulers, those who dwelt in her.  For the dwelling of all those who are glad is in you.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 90
He who abides in the help of the Most High shall rest under the shadow of the God of heaven.  He shall say to the Lord, Thou art my protector and my refuge: my God; in Him will I hope.  For He will deliver me from the snare of the hunter, and from the troublesome word.  He shall overshadow thee in the midst of His shoulders, and under His wings you shall trust: His truth shall encompass you as a weapon.

You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night; nor of the arrow that flies by day; nor of a thing that walks in the dark; nor of the destruction and the demon of the noon.  Thousands shall fall at your left hand, and myriads at your right hand; but they shall not come near you.  Rather with your eyes you will behold and see the reward of the sinners.  For Thou, O Lord, art my hope.  You have made the Most High, your refuge; no evil shall come to you, neither shall any scourge come near your dwelling.  For He shall command His angels concerning you, to keep you in all your ways.  They will bear you upon their hands, lest you stumble with your foot on a stone.

You shall tread upon the serpent and the basilisk: and trample upon the lion and the dragon.

Because he has hoped in Me, I will deliver him: I will cover him, because he has known My Name.  He shall pray to Me, and I will hear him: I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and glorify him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 92
The Lord has reigned, He has clothed Himself with beauty; the Lord has clothed Himself with power, and He has girded Himself with it: for He has set up the world, that it cannot be moved.

Thy throne is prepared from the beginning: and from everlasting Thou art.  The rivers have raised themselves up, O Lord, the rivers have lifted up their voice; the rivers lift up their voices, more than the voice of many waters.  Wonderful are the surges of the sea.  Wonderful is the Lord in the highest.  His testimonies are exceedingly faithful: holiness befits Thine house, O Lord, unto length of days.  Alleluia.

THE GOSPEL FROM
SAINT MATTHEW 5:1-16

But when He saw the multitudes, He went up upon the mountain: and when He had sat down, His Disciples came unto Him: and He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. 

Blessed are they who mourn now: for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and those who thirst for righteousness: for they shall be satisfied. 

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in their heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 

Blessed are those who have been persecuted because of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.  Blessed are you if they should persecute you, and despise you, and say every evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be glad: for great is your reward in the heavens: for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt loses its taste, with what shall they salt it?  It is not good for anything, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

You are the light of the world.  A city that is set upon a mountain cannot be hidden.  Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it gives light unto every one who is in the house.  Thus let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in the heavens.  Glory be to God forever.

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Then shall these Troparia be said,

O Thou Who on the sixth day, at the sixth hour was nailed to the Cross because of the sin Adam dared to commit in Paradise, tear away the handwriting of our sins, O Christ our God and deliver us. 

I have cried unto God and the Lord has heard me.  O God hear my prayer and disregard not my supplication; attend unto me and hear me. 

At evening and at morning and at noontime will I say my words and He will hear my voice and save my soul in peace.

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

O Jesus Christ, our God, Who was nailed to the Cross at the sixth hour, Thou hast slain sin by the Wood, and through Thy death gavest life to the dead, which is man, whom Thou hast created with Thine own hands, who had died through sin. 

Slay our passions by Thy saving and lifegiving sufferings and by the nails with which Thou wast nailed rescue our minds from the harm of material things and worldly lusts, unto the remembrance of Thine heavenly judgements, according to Thy compassions.

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.)

In as much as we have not any opportunity, because of the multitude of our sins, yet, because of you, O Virgin Mother of God, we have boldness before Him Whom you did bear, for abundant are your intercessions, strong and acceptable with our Saviour, O pure Mother.  Reject not the sinners in your intercessions with Him Whom you did bear, for He is merciful; for He has power to save us: for truly He suffered on our behalf that He might deliver us.  Let Thy compassions speedily precede us for we have become exceedingly poor.  Help us, O God, our Saviour, for the sake of the glory of Thy Name, O Lord Thou will deliver us and forgive our sins, for the sake of Thine Holy Name.

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.)

Thou hast wrought salvation in the midst of the earth, O Christ our God, in the stretching forth of Thine holy hands upon the Cross.  Therefore all nations cry out saying, “Glory to Thee, O Lord!”

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

We worship Thine incorruptible form, O Thou Good One.  We ask for the forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God.  For, truly, of Thy will Thou wast pleased to go upon the Cross to deliver those whom Thou hast created from the servitude of the enemy.  We cry unto Thee, we give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast filled all with joy, O Saviour, when Thou didst come to help the world.  Lord, Thine is the glory.     

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.)

You are she who is full of grace, O Virgin Mother of God; we praise you.  For through the Cross of your Son, Amenti has fallen and death was destroyed.  We who were dead were raised and were made worthy of eternal life, and have obtained the joy of the first Paradise.  Therefore we, in thanksgiving, glorify Him, the mighty Christ our 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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We give thanks to Thee, O our Master, the Pantocrator, the Father of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and we glorify Thee, for Thou hast appointed the hours of the suffering of Thine OnlyBegotten Son to be times of prayer and supplication.  Receive our prayers and blot out the handwriting of our sins that is written against us, even as Thou hast rent it apart at this holy hour through the Cross of Thine OnlyBegotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Saviour of our souls, by Whom Thou hast shattered all the power of the enemy.

And give us, a bright and blameless life, and a calm living, that we may please Thine holy worshipful Name, and may stand before the awesome and righteous judgement seat of Thine OnlyBegotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, without falling into judgement; and that we may glorify Thee with all Thy saints; Thee, the unoriginate Father, and the Son, Who is CoEssential with Thee, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, now, and ever, and unto the age of ages.  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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