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 evening: I offer
to Christ, my King and my God:
I will hope in Him that He may forgive me my sins.
Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye peoples. For
His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord endures for
Confess unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endures for
ever. Let the house of Israel say, that He is good: that His
mercy endures for ever. Let the house of Aaron say, that He is
good: that His mercy endures for ever. Let those who fear the
Lord say, that He is good: that His mercy endures for ever.
In my trouble, I have cried unto the Lord: and He has heard me, and
brought me into a broad place. The Lord is my helper; I will not
fear: what can man do to me? The Lord is my helper; and I will
look upon my enemies.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. It is
better to hope in the Lord than to hope in rulers. All nations
surrounded me: but in the Name of the Lord I took my vengeance upon
them. They surrounded me and compassed me about; and in the Name
of the Lord I took my vengeance upon them. They surrounded me
like bees around a honeycomb; and they burned as a fire in thorns: and
in the Name of the Lord I took my vengeance upon them. They laid
their hands on me that I might fall: but the Lord supported me.
My strength and my praise is the Lord, He has become to me
The voice of rejoicing and salvation in the dwellings of the righteous:
the right hand of the Lord has wrought strength. The right hand
of the Lord has exalted me: the right hand of the Lord has wrought
strength. I shall not die, but I shall live, and I shall declare
the works of the Lord. For with chastening the Lord has chastened
me: but He has not delivered me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them, and
confess to the Lord: this is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall
enter into it. I shall confess Thee, Lord: for Thou hast heard
me, and hast become to me salvation. The stone which the builders
despised, the same is become the head of the corner. This is the
Lord's doing; and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in
it. O Lord, Thou shalt save us, O Lord, Thou shalt straighten our
way. Blessed be He Who comes in the Name of the Lord: we have
blessed you out of the house of the Lord. God the Lord, has
enlightened us. Ordain a feast, in those who reach unto the horns
of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will confess Thee: Thou art
my God, I will exalt Thee. I shall confess Thee, Lord: for Thou
hast heard me, and hast become to me salvation. Confess unto the
Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endures for ever.
In my trouble I cried unto Thee, Lord, and Thou hast heard me. O
Lord, deliver my soul, from iniquitous lips, and from a deceitful
tongue. What shall be given to you? Or what shall be added
unto you, by a deceitful tongue? The sharp arrows of the mighty,
with coals of the desert. Woe unto me, that my sojourn is
prolonged: I have dwelt in the dwellings of Kedar! My soul has
been a sojourner in a multitude of places. With those who hated
peace, I was peaceable: when I spoke with them, they fought against me
in vain. Alleluia.
I have lifted up my eyes unto the mountains, from whence comes my
help. My help is from the Lord, Who created the heaven and the
earth. Let not your foot be moved: He Who keeps you will not
slumber. Behold, He Who watches over Israel shall neither slumber
nor sleep. The Lord shall keep you: the Lord shall be a shade
upon your right hand. By day, the sun shall not burn you, nor the
moon by night. The Lord shall guard you from all evil: the Lord
shall guard your soul. The Lord shall guard your coming in and
your going out from now and for ever. Alleluia.
I was gladdened by what they said to me: we will go into the house of
the Lord. Our feet stood in the courts of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city: her good pleasure is in this and that:
for thither had the tribes gone up, the tribes of the Lord, a testimony
of Israel, to confess the Name of the Lord. For there are set
thrones of judgement, thrones over the house of David.
Seek after that which belongs to your peace, Jerusalem: and abundance
for those who love you. Let peace be in your strength, and
abundance in your heavy towers. For the sake of my brethren and
my relatives, I have spoken peace concerning you. For the sake of
the house of the Lord our God I have sought after good things
concerning you. Alleluia.
I have lifted up my eyes unto Thee, Who dwells in the heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants on the hands of their masters, and as
the eyes of a handmaiden on the hand of her mistress; so our eyes (are)
unto the Lord our God, until He has compassion upon us. Have
mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for
we are exceedingly filled with contempt, and our soul is exceedingly
filled. The reproach give to those who are prosperous, and the
contempt to the proud. Alleluia.
Except the Lord had been with us, let Israel say; except the Lord had
been with us, when men rose up against us: they would have swallowed us
alive, when their wrath raged against us: the water would have
submerged us, our soul would have passed through a torrent: Our soul
would have passed through bottomless water. Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul has
escaped as a sparrow from the snare of the hunters: the snare is
crushed, and we have escaped. Our help is in the Name of the
Lord, Who created the heaven and the earth. Alleluia.
Those who trust in the Lord are like mount Zion: He who dwells in
Jerusalem shall not be moved for ever. Mountains surround her,
and the Lord is round about His people from now and for ever. The
Lord shall not leave the rod of the sinners (rest) upon the lot of the
righteous; lest the righteous stretch forth their hands unto
iniquity. Do good, O Lord, to the good, and to those who are
upright in their hearts.
But those who sway into stumbling blocks, the Lord will remove them
with evil doers: but peace (be) upon Israel. Alleluia.
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we became like those
who are comforted. Then our mouth was filled with joy, and our
tongue with rejoicing: then shall be said among the nations, that the
Lord has magnified His doings with them. The Lord has magnified
His doings with us; we have become joyful.
The Lord shall bring back our captivity, like torrents in the
south. Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Going,
they went and they were weeping, bearing their seeds, coming; they will
come with joy, bearing their sheaves. Alleluia.
Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain those who build
it: unless the Lord guard the city, those who guard it watch in
vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, rise up, after being
seated, who eat the bread of grief: for He gives sleep to His beloved
ones. Lo, sons are the heritage of the Lord: the reward of the
fruit of the womb. As arrows in the hand of a mighty one; so are
children of those who have been awakened. Blessed is the man who
shall fulfill his desire with them. Then they shall not be
ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gates.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord; who walk in His ways. You will
eat of the fruit of your labours: you will be blessed, and it shall be
well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine blossoming
forth by the sides of your house: your children like olive shoots
around your table. Behold, thus shall be blessed the man who
fears the Lord. The Lord shall bless you out of Zion: and you
shall see the good things of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
You shall see your children's children, and peace be upon Israel.
Many a time have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel say:
many a time have they fought against me from my youth: Yet they could
not prevail against me. The sinners were striking me upon my
back: and they lengthened their iniquity. The Lord is righteous:
He will break the necks of the sinners. Let them be ashamed and
turned back all who hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the
housetops, which withers before it is plucked up: with which the reaper
has not filled his hand; Neither has he who gathers sheaves filled his
bosom. And those who pass by have not said, “The blessing of the
Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the Name of the Lord.”
SAINT LUKE 4:38-41
But when He had risen out of the synagogue, He entered into Simon's
house. And Simon's mother in law had a great fever; and they
entreated Him for her. And He stood over her, and rebuked the
fever; and it left her: and immediately she rose and ministered unto
Now when the sun set, every one that had any sick (ones) with many
kinds of sickness, brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on
every one of them, and healed them. And demons also were coming
out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art (Christ) the Son of
God. And He rebuking them did not let them speak: for they knew
that He was Christ. Glory be to
Then shall these Troparia be said,
If the righteous is hardly
saved, where shall I the sinner
appear? The burden of the day and its heat I could not bear
because of my human frailty. But, O Thou merciful God, count me
among those of the eleventh hour, for behold, I was conceived in
iniquities and in sin did my mother desire me. Therefore, I
(dare) not lift up my eyes unto heaven, rather, I trust in the richness
of Thy mercy and Thy love to mankind, proclaiming and saying, “O God,
forgive me, a sinner, and have mercy upon me!”
Doxa Patri ke Eio
ke Agio Pnevmati. (Glory be to the Father, and
to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
Hasten, O my Saviour, to accept me in the Fatherly bosom, for I have
destroyed my life in pleasures and lusts, and the day is over and
spent. Therefore, I now trust on the abundance of Thine infinite
compassion. So, do not be far away from a lowly heart, begging
for Thy mercy, for I cry to Thee, O Lord, with fear, “Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before Thee, and I am not worthy to be called
Thy son, so make me like one of Thine hired servants.”
Ke nyn ke a-ee ke
ees toos é-onas ton
é-onon. Amen. (Both now, and always, and unto
ages of ages. Amen.)
I have sinned with attention and eagerness and I have subjected
(myself) to every sin with yearning and diligence and I have become
worthy of every torture and judgement. Prepare for me the causes
of repentance, O Lady, the Virgin, for your intercessions I ask and
entreat: and to you, only, I cry to help me lest I be ashamed.
And when my soul flies forth from me, be with me, and the counsel of
the enemies, defeat, and the mouths of Amenti shut, lest they swallow
me, O spotless bride of the True Bridegroom.
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. 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...
Then shall this absolution be said,
We thank Thee, our Master, the compassionate, that Thou hast granted us
to pass this day in peace, brought us to the evening in thanksgiving,
and made us worthy to behold the light until sunset. Accept, O
God, our doxology which has now been made, and deliver us from the
wiles of the adversary, and abolish all his snares which are laid
against us. Grant us in this coming night peace without
suffering, nor trouble, nor weariness, nor phantasies, that we may pass
it also in peace and chastity; that we may stand up for hymns and
prayers, at all times and in all places, glorifying Thine Holy Name in
all things, together with the Father Who is incomprehensible nor
having any beginning, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life, Who is
Co-Essential with Thee, now and unto the age of ages. Amen.
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.