THE THIRD HOUR
(TERCE)

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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 third 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 19
May the Lord hear you in the day of your trouble; may the Name of the God of Jacob defend you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary, and support you out of Zion.  May He remember all your sacrifices and may your burnt offerings be fattened before Him.  May the Lord give you according to your heart, and fulfil all your counsel. We will confess to Thee, O Lord in Thy salvation, and in the Name of our God we shall grow: the Lord will fulfil all your petitions. 

Now have I known that the Lord has saved His Anointed; He will hear Him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. 

Some (trust) in chariots, and some in horses: but we shall grow in the Name of the Lord our God.  They have stumbled and have fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. 

O Lord save Thy king, and hear us in the day when we call upon Thee.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 22
The Lord will shepherd me; therefore I shall not be in want of anything.  He has made me to dwell in a place of green pastures.  He has brought me up on the water of rest.  He has restored my soul: He has led me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.  Though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they have comforted me.

Thou hast prepared a table before me against those who afflict me.  Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and Thy cup has inebriated me like strong drink.  And Thy mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and my dwelling (shall be) in the house of the Lord unto the length of days.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 23
The earth is the Lord's, and its fulness; the world, and all they that dwell in it.  He has founded it upon the seas, and has prepared it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord?  Or who shall stand in His holy place?  The holy in his hands, and the pure in his heart; who has not brought his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbour.

Such a one shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Saviour.  This is the generation of those who seek the Lord, who seek after the face of the God of Jacob.

Lift up your gates; O ye princes and be lifted up, O ye eternal gates; and the King of glory shall enter in.  Who is this King of glory?  The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in wars.  Lift up your gates; O ye princes and be lifted up, O ye eternal gates; and the King of glory shall enter in.  Who is this King of glory?  The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 25
Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in my innocence: I have hoped in the Lord; (therefore) I shall not be weakened.  Prove me, O Lord, and try me; fire my heart and my reins.  For Thy mercy is before my eyes: and I have been pleased in Thy truth.

I have not sat in the council of vanity, neither did I go in with breakers of the Law.  I have hated the congregation of evil doers; neither did I sit with the wicked.

I will wash my hands in holiness: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord: that I may hear the voice of Thy praise, and declare all Thy wonders.

Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwells.  Destroy not my soul with the ungodly, nor my life with bloody men: in whose hands is iniquity, and their right hand is full of bribes.

But as for me, I have walked in my innocence: save me, and have mercy on me.  For my feet have stood in uprightness: in the churches will I bless Thee, O Lord.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 28
Bring unto the Lord, O ye children of God, bring unto the Lord the offspring of rams.  Bring unto the Lord glory and honour, bring unto the Lord the glory of His Name; worship the Lord in His holy court. 

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory has thundered: the Lord (is) upon many waters.  The voice of the Lord (is) in power; the voice of the Lord (is) in splendour.  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord will break the cedars of Lebanon.  And He will break them into pieces like the calf of Lebanon, and the beloved like the son of a unicorn. 

The voice of the Lord divides the flame of fire.  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The voice of the Lord prepares the hinds, and lays bare the forests.  In His holy temple every one utters glory. 

The Lord dwells in the flood; yea, the Lord shall sit as King for ever.  The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 29
I will exalt Thee, O Lord; for Thou hast received me, and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.  O Lord my God, I have cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.  O Lord, Thou hast brought up my soul from Amenti: Thou hast saved me from the hands of those who go down into the pit. 

Sing unto the Lord, all ye saints of His, and confess at the remembrance of His holiness.  For wrath is in His anger, but in His will there is life: at night there will be weeping, but in the morning joy.  And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.  Lord, by Thy will Thou hast given power to my beauty: Thou didst turn Thy face away from me, and I became troubled. 

Unto Thee, O Lord, will I cry and unto my God will I make supplication.  What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to corruption?  Will the earth confess Thee?  Or declare Thy truth?  The Lord heard, and has had mercy upon me: the Lord, became for me a helper.  Thou hast turned my mourning into joy for me: Thou hast rent my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.  That my glory may sing to Thee, and I may not be grieved.  O Lord my God, I will confess Thee for ever.  Alleluia. 

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PSALM 33
I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: let the meek hear and be glad.

Ascribe greatness to the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together.  I have sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my sojournings.  Come unto Him, that ye may be enlightened: and your faces shall not be ashamed. 

This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him from all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps round about everyone who fears Him, and He will deliver them.  O taste and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopes in Him.

Fear the Lord, all ye His saints: for there is no want to those who fear Him.  The rich have become poor and hungry: but they that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. 

Come, my children, hearken unto me: that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.  Who is the man who desires life, who thinks about seeing good days?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their supplication.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, that He may wipe out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cried out, and the Lord heard them, and delivered them from all their troubles. 

The Lord is near unto those who are contrite in their heart; the humble in spirit shall He save.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.  The Lord will guard all their bones: not one of them shall perish.

The death of sinners is evil: and they that hate the righteous shall regret1.  The Lord will redeem the souls of His servants: and none of those who trust in Him shall regret.  Alleluia.

1Literally, "eat there hearts"

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PSALM 40
Blessed is he who attends to the needy and the poor: in the evil day the Lord will deliver him.  The Lord will guard him, and keep him alive; and make him blessed upon the earth: and deliver him not unto the hands of his enemies.  The Lord will help him upon the bed of his sorrow: Thou hast turned all his bed in his sickness. 

I, myself said, O Lord, have mercy upon me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against Thee.  My enemies have spoken evil of me, saying, “When shall he die, and his name perish?”  When he was coming to see me, he was speaking vanity: and his heart gathered iniquity unto himself; he was going out and he was speaking against me at once.  All my enemies have whispered against me: they took council against me for evil.  And words that are against the Law, they have established against me “He who sleeps, shall he rise up again?” For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, he who has eaten my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.  But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon me, and raise me up, and I will give them their recompense. 

By this have I known that Thou hast delighted in me, because my enemy shall not rejoice over me.  And as for me, because of my innocence Thou hast accepted me and established me before Thee for ever.  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, to everlasting.  So be it, so be it.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 42
Judge me, O God, and avenge my cause against an unclean nation: and from a man unjust and deceitful deliver me.  For Thou art my God and my strength: why hast Thou cast me off?  And why do I go sorrowful whilst my enemy troubles me? 

Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have guided me and brought me up to Thine holy mountain, and to Thy dwelling place.  Then will I go unto the altar of God, before the face of God Who has given joy to my youth.  I will confess to Thee upon the harp, O God my God. 

Why are you sad, O my soul?  And why do you trouble me?  Hope in God: for to Him will I confess.  The salvation of my countenance is my God.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 44
My heart has poured forth a good word: I will declare my works to the king: my tongue is the pen of a swift writing scribe. 

(Thou art) comely in beauty above the sons of men: grace is poured forth from Thy lips: therefore God has blessed Thee for ever.

Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O Mighty One.  With Thy beauty and Thy comeliness, draw it out, prosper and reign, because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand shall guide Thee wonderfully. 

Thine arrows are sharp, O Mighty One—under Thee shall peoples fall— in the heart of the king's enemies.
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.  A sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.  Because Thou hast loved righteousness, and hast hated iniquity, therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.  Myrrh, and stacte, and cassia, (smell) out of Thy garments, from the ivory palaces, wherein the daughters of the kings have made Thee glad in Thine honour.

The queen stood at Thy right hand arrayed in a vesture of inwoven gold, adorned in varied ways. 
Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear; and forget your own people, and your father's house; because the King has desired your beauty: for He Himself is your Lord.  And the daughter of Tyre shall worship Him with gifts; the rich among the people of the earth shall entreat His countenance.

All the glory of the king's daughter is within: clothed with gold-fringed garments, adorned in varied ways.  Virgins shall be brought unto the King following her, all her companions shall be brought unto Him.  They shall be brought with joy and rejoicing: they shall enter into the temple of the King. 

Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.  And they shall remember Thy Name in every generation and generation.  Therefore shall the peoples confess to Thee, O God for ever and unto the age of ages.  Alleluia

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PSALM 45
Our God is our refuge and our strength.  He is our helper in our afflictions which have befallen us exceedingly.  Therefore we shall not fear, should the earth tremble, and the mountains move into the midst of the seas.

The waters roared and trembled, the mountains were shaken by His might.  The flowing of the rivers shall make the city of God rejoice, the Most High has sanctified His dwelling place.  And God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her countenance. 

The nations trembled, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth shook.  The Lord, the God of powers is with us; our protector is the God of Jacob.

Come and behold the works of the Lord, what wonders He has established upon the earth.  Who makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He will crush their bows, and break their weapons; their shields He shall burn in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  The Lord, the God of powers is with us; our protector is the God of Jacob.  Alleluia.

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PSALM 46
Clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with the voice of rejoicing.  For the Lord is exalted and awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.  He has subdued the people under us, and the nations under our feet.  He has chosen us for His inheritance, the beauty of Jacob whom He has loved. God has ascended with jubilation, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.  Sing unto our God, sing: sing unto our King, sing.  For the Lord is King of all the earth, sing with understanding.  For the Lord has reigned over all the nations: God sits upon His holy throne.  The rulers of the peoples are gathered together with the God of Abraham: for the mighty ones of God have been greatly exalted in the earth.  Alleluia.

THE GOSPEL FROM
SAINT JOHN 14:26-15:3

But, if the Paraclete comes—the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name—He Himself shall teach you all things, and remind you of every thing which I have said to you. 

I will leave My peace with you, My peace I will give to you: not as the world gives, will I give to you.  Let not your heart tremble, neither let it be fearful. 

Ye have heard how I said to you, I will go, and come unto you.  If you love Me, you would rejoice, because I will go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it happens, that, should it happen, you may believe.

I will not talk much with you any longer: for the ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in Me.  But that the world may know that I love My Father; and like My Father gave Me commandment, thus I do.  Arise, let us go from here.

I am the True Vine, and My Father is the vine-dresser.  Every branch in Me which will not bring forth fruit He will cut off: and every one which will bring forth fruit, He will purify, so that it may bring forth more fruit. 

Already you have been purified because of the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in Me, and I in you.  Glory be to God forever.

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Then shall these Troparia be said,

Thine Holy Spirit, O Lord, Whom Thou hast sent forth upon Thine holy Disciples and the honourable Apostles at the third hour, This take not away from us, O Good One, but renew Him within us.  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 Thine Holy Spirit take not from me.

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

O Lord, Who hast sent forth Thine Holy Spirit upon Thine holy Disciples and the honourable Apostles at the third hour, This take not away from us, O Good One, but we ask Thee to renew Him within us, O our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Logos: an upright and lifegiving Spirit, a prophetic and reverent Spirit; a sanctifying and righteous and governing Spirit, Who has power over every thing.  For Thou art He Who enlightens our souls, Who enlightens every man who comes into the world.  Have mercy upon 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 Mother of God, you are the True Vine, who has borne the cluster of life.  We ask you, O full of grace, together with the Apostles, concerning the salvation of our souls.  Blessed be the Lord our God.  Blessed be the Lord day by day.  The God of our salvation shall prepare our way for 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 Heavenly King, the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth, Who art in every place and Who fills all; the Treasure of the good and the Giver of Life, graciously come and be in us, and cleanse us from every blemish, O Good One, and save our souls.

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

As Thou wast with Thy Disciples, O Saviour, and gavest them peace, come also and be with us; save us and deliver our souls.

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.)

If we stand in Thine holy temple, we count ourselves as those who stand in heaven.  O Mother of God, you are the gate of heaven; open to us the door of mercy.

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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Then shall this absolution be said,

O God of all compassion and Lord of all comfort, Who has comforted us at all times with the comfort of Thine Holy Spirit, we give thanks to Thee that Thou hast made us to stand for prayer at this holy hour in which Thou didst pour forth the grace of Thine Holy Spirit in abundance, upon Thine own holy Disciples and honourable and blessed Apostles, in the likeness of tongues of fire.

We ask and entreat Thee, O Lover of mankind: receive our prayers, and send down upon us the grace of Thine Holy Spirit.  Cleanse us from all stain of body and spirit, and translate us into a spiritual state, that we may walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the desire of the flesh.  And make us worthy to serve Thee in purity and righteousness all the days of our life.  For to Thee are due the glory, the honour and the might, with Thy Good Father and the Holy Spirit.  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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