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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (AD 73)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (AD 1922)
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)

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Prayers Upon Rising From Sleep

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Glory to You, O God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of every impurity; and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Then the following Trinitarian Hymns:

Having risen from sleep I fall before You, O good One, and sing the angelic hymn to You, O powerful One: Holy, holy, holy are You, O God; through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Having raised me up from bed and sleep, O Lord, enlighten my mind, and open my heart and my lips, that I may sing to You, O Holy Trinity: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O God; through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Suddenly the Judge will come, and the deeds of each will be exposed; but with fear I cry out in the middle of the night: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O God; through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Rising from sleep, I thank You, O Holy Trinity, for in the multitude of Your goodness and compassion, You were not angry with me the idler and sinner, nor have You destroyed me in my transgressions, but You maintained Your usual love for mankind; and when I was prostrate in despair, You raised me to offer morning prayer and to glorify Your power. And now, enlighten the eye of my mind, open my mouth, to contemplate Your words, and to understand Your commandments, and to do Your will, and to sing to You in heartfelt confession, and to praise Your all-holy name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Another Prayer

Glory to You, O King, God almighty, for through Your divine and loving providence You have made me, the sinner and unworthy one, to rise from sleep and to obtain entrance into Your holy house. Accept, O Lord, also the voice of my prayer as You accept those of Your holy and noetic powers; and graciously receive praise, not from my defiled lips, but from a pure heart and from a humble spirit; that, with the bright lamp of my soul, I may be found in the company of the wise virgins, and glorify You, O God the Word, Who are glorified in the Father and the Spirit. Amen.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

This morning prayer, which takes less than two minutes, should be read immediately upon rising from sleep, and certainly before leaving our house.

The Service of Daily Midnight Prayer (Our Morning Prayer)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Glory to You, O God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of every impurity; and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Come, let us worship and fall down before, our King and God.

Come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God

Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy, and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.

Against You only have I sinned, and have done evil in Your sight, that You may be justified in Your words, and be victorious when You are judged.

For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me.

For behold, You have loved the truth; the hidden and secret things of Your wisdom You have made manifest to me.

Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness; the bones that are humbled shall rejoice.

Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and establish me with Your governing Spirit.

I shall teach transgressors Your ways, and the impious shall turn back to You.

Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God, the God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness.

O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise.

For if You had desired sacrifice, I would have given it; with whole-burnt offerings You shall not be pleased.

A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not reject.

Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.

Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings.

Then they shall offer young bulls upon Your altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

And the Symbol of the Faith:

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten 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, through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.

Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried.

Rising on the third day according to the Scriptures,

And ascending into the heavens, He is seated at the right hand of the Father;

And coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, His Kingdom shall have no end;

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

I expect the resurrection of the dead;

And the life of the age to come. Amen.

And the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

The Apolitikion and Kontakion of the day. These can be found by clicking on today's date on the calendar at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website; otherwise the following general Troparia may be read.

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight; and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, but unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death, and be shut out from the Kingdom. But rouse yourself and cry: “Holy, Holy, Holy are You O God; through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Meditating on that fearful day, O my soul, watch, keep your lamp alight and filled with oil; for you do not know when the voice shall come to you saying: “Behold the Bridegroom.” Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest You fall into slumber and be left outside, knocking, as were the five virgins; but wakefully watch, that You may come to meet Christ with good oil, and He shall bestow upon you the divine chamber of His glory.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Virgin Theotokos, the unassailable wall and confirmation of salvation, I supplicate you: destroy the counsels of the enemies, change the sorrows of your people into joy, protect your city, be the ally of rulers, encourage all who are yours, strengthen your faithful ones, and pray for the peace of the world; for you, O Theotokos, are our hope.


For the daily Apolitikion and Kontakion, click on today's date on the calendar at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

O You Who at all times and at every hour are worshipped and glorified both in heaven and on earth, O Christ God; Who are long suffering and generous in mercy and compassion; Who love the just and show mercy to those hardened in sin; Who call all people to salvation through the promise of good things to come: receive, O Lord, our supplications at this time, and direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set our minds aright; cleanse our thoughts; and deliver us from all calamity, wrath and distress. Surround us with Your holy Angels, so that guided and guarded by them we may attain the unity of the faith, and the comprehension of Your ineffable glory; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; without defilement you gave birth to God the Word, truly Theotokos, we magnify you.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian

During the period of the Great Fast (Great Lent) read the Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian making the customary prostrations as indicated.

O Lord and Master of my life, deliver me from the spirit of laziness, meddling, the lust for power, or gossip. (Prostration)

Rather, bestow upon me Your servant the spirit of self control and humility, the spirit of patience and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not judge my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

O God cleanse me the sinner, and have mercy on me. (12)

O Lord and Master of my life, deliver me from the spirit of laziness, meddling, the lust for power, or gossip. Rather, bestow upon me Your servant the spirit of self control and humility, the spirit of patience and love. Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not judge my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Mardarios

O sovereign God, the Father almighty; O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and O Holy Spirit; one Godhead, one Power: have mercy upon me the sinner; and, according to Your judgments, save me, Your unworthy servant; for blessed are You to the ages of ages. Amen.

Come, let us worship and fall down before our King and God.

Come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, the King and our God.

Psalm 120

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, Who made the heavens and the earth.

He will not let your foot be moved, He Who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He Who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your Keeper; the Lord is your Shade on your right hand.

The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and to the ages.

Psalm 133

O come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!

Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Sion, He Who made heaven and earth!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

And the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

And the following Troparia:

Remember Your servants, O Lord, in Your goodness, and forgive the sins they commit in this life: for there is no one sinless except You the powerful One, Who gives rest to those whom You have forgiven.

In the depth of wisdom, O You Who love mankind, You have ordered the universe, and You have bestowed on us that which is good, O unique Creator; grant rest, O Lord, to the souls of Your servants: for they have truly placed their hope in You, the Maker and Fashioner and our God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Among Your saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Your servants, in a place where there is no pain, or sorrow, or grieving, but only life everlasting.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All generations call you blessed, O Virgin Theotokos; for in you the indivisible Christ, our God, assumed flesh. Blessed are you and blessed are we who have you as our protection: praying day and night for us; and through your petitions the doors of the Kingdom are opened. Thus we sing to you: Rejoice full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Lord have mercy. (12)

Prayer for Those Fallen Asleep

Remember, O Lord, those who hope in the resurrection to eternal life, our fathers and brothers who have fallen asleep, and all those who have ended this life in piety and faith; and forgive their every transgression whether committed knowingly or in ignorance, in word, in deed, or in thought. Grant them rest in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, or suffering, where the radiance of Your countenance shines upon Your saints unto the ages. Grant to them, and to us, a place in Your Kingdom, bestowing on us Your immeasurable and bounteous goodness as well as Your blessed and eternal life.

For You are the Life, the Resurrection, and the Repose of Your servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and to You we send up glory, with Your eternal Father, and Your all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O most-glorious, ever-virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayer to your Son and our God, and plead with Him, that through you He may save our souls.

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit. O Holy Trinity, glory to You.

All my hope I place in you, O Mother of God: guard me under your protection.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Prayers at Table

At Breakfast

Before Breakfast:

Blessed is our God Who bestows upon us His rich gifts, always now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

After Breakfast:

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

At Midday

Before the Midday Meal:

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

After the Midday Meal:

We thank You, Christ our God, that You have filled us with Your earthly blessings; do not deprive us of Your heavenly Kingdom, but as You came in the midst of Your Disciples and gave them peace, so come to us and save us. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

At Supper

Before Supper:

The poor shall eat and be filled, and those that seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live to the ages of ages. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

After Supper:

You have gladdened me, Lord, by Your deeds and I will rejoice in the works of Your hands. The light of Your countenance has shined upon us, Lord; You have given gladness to my heart. From the fruit of their works they shall be filled. In peace in the same place I shall lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, have made me dwell in hope.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

The Service of Small Compline (Our Evening Prayer)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Glory to You, O God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of every impurity; and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Come, let us worship and fall down before, our King and God.

Come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God

Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy, and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.

Against You only have I sinned, and have done evil in Your sight, that You may be justified in Your words, and be victorious when You are judged.

For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me.

For behold, You have loved the truth; the hidden and secret things of Your wisdom You have made manifest to me.

Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness; the bones that are humbled shall rejoice.

Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and establish me with Your governing Spirit.

I shall teach transgressors Your ways, and the impious shall turn back to You.

Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God, the God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness.

O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise.

For if You had desired sacrifice, I would have given it; with whole-burnt offerings You shall not be pleased.

A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not reject.

Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.

Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings.

Then they shall offer young bulls upon Your altar.

Psalm 69

O God, be attentive to helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Let those that seek after my soul be shamed and confounded.

Let those that desire evils against me be turned back and brought to shame.

Let those who say to me: Well done! Well done! be turned back straight-away in shame.

Let all those who seek after You, O God, be glad and rejoice in You, and let those who love Your salvation say continually: The Lord be magnified.

But as for me, I am poor and needy; O God, come to my aid.

You are my Helper and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.

Psalm 142

O Lord, hear my prayer, in Your truth give ear to my supplications; hear me in Your righteousness.

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no man living shall be justified.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has humbled my life down to the earth.

He has sat me in darkness as those who have been long dead, and my spirit within me has become despondent; my heart within me is troubled.

I remembered days of old, I meditated on all Your works, I pondered on the creations of Your hands.

I stretched forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a waterless land.

Quickly hear me, O Lord; my spirit has fainted away.

Do not turn Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear Your mercy in the morning; for I have put my hope in You.

Cause me to know, O Lord, the way in which I should walk; for I have lifted up my soul to You.

Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord; I have fled to You for refuge.

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

Your good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness; You shall quicken me for Your name’s sake, O Lord.

In Your righteousness You shall bring my soul out of affliction, and in Your mercy You shall utterly destroy my enemies.

And You shall cut off all those who afflict my soul, for I am Your servant.

Doxology

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

O Lord, King, heavenly God, Father almighty; O Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and Holy Spirit.

O Lord, God, the Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, Who takes away the sin of the world: have mercy on us, O You Who take away the sins of the world.

Receive our prayer, O You Who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

For You only are holy, You only are Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Each day I will bless You, and praise Your name to the ages, and to the ages of ages.

O Lord, You have been our refuge in generation to generation. I have said: Lord have mercy upon me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

O Lord, in You I have taken refuge: teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

For in You is the fountain of life: in Your light we shall see light.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Make us worthy, O Lord, in this night to be kept from sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

May Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, inasmuch as we trust in You.

Blessed are You, O Lord: teach me Your commandments.

Blessed are You, O Master: make me understand Your commandments.

Blessed are You, O Holy One: enlighten me with Your commandments.

O Lord, Your mercy is to the ages; do not disdain the works of Your hands.

To You belongs praise, to You belongs song, to You belongs glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

And the Symbol of the Faith:

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten 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, through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.

Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried.

Rising on the third day according to the Scriptures,

And ascending into the heavens, He is seated at the right hand of the Father;

And coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, His Kingdom shall have no end;

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

I expect the resurrection of the dead;

And the life of the age to come. Amen.

Kanon

Daily, read the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, (click here for the Akathist). On the evening before receiving Holy Communion, read the Kanon for the Service of Preparation for Holy Communion, (click here for the Kanon). Then:

Then:

It is truly proper to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and blameless, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; without defilement you gave birth to God the Word, truly Theotokos, we magnify you.

And the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

The Kontakion of the saint of the day. These can be found by clicking on today's date on the calendar at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website; otherwise the following general Troparia may be read.

O God of our Fathers, Who always deals with us according to Your compassion, do not take Your mercy away from us, but through their intercessions, guide our life in peace.

Over the whole world Your Church, crimsoned with the blood of Your martyrs, as though clothed in porphyry and purple, cries out to You, O Christ God: “Send down Your compassion upon Your people, grant peace to Your commonwealth, and extend Your great mercy to our souls.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Among Your saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Your servants, where there is no pain, or sorrow, or grieving, but only life everlasting.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Through the intercessions of all the saints, O Lord, and of the Theotokos, grant us Your peace, and have mercy upon us, for You alone are compassionate.


For the daily Kontakion, click on today's date on the calendar at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

O You Who at all times and at every hour are worshipped and glorified both in heaven and on earth, O Christ God; Who are long suffering and generous in mercy and compassion; Who love the just and show mercy to those hardened in sin; Who call all people to salvation through the promise of good things to come: receive, O Lord, our supplications at this time, and direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set our minds aright; cleanse our thoughts; and deliver us from all calamity, wrath and distress. Surround us with Your holy Angels, so that guided and guarded by them we may attain the unity of the faith, and the comprehension of Your ineffable glory; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; without defilement you gave birth to God the Word, truly Theotokos, we magnify you.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

And save us, all-holy Virgin.

Prayer to the Most-Holy Theotokos

O spotless, undefiled, incorruptible, most-chaste, pure Virgin, O Bride of God, O Lady, who unites God the Word to man by your wondrous conception, and who joins the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things; the only hope of the hopeless, and the help of the persecuted; the ready help of those who flee to you, and the refuge of all Christians: do not reject me the sinner, the accursed one, who have rendered myself altogether useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds, and who through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of this life.

But as Mother of the God Who loves mankind, show your love for me the sinner and the prodigal, and receive from me the prayers offered to you by unhallowed lips, and, using your boldness as a Mother, entreat your Son, and our Lord and Master, to extend His goodness to me in His wondrous love for mankind, and, overlooking my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, showing me to be a zealous doer of His commandments.

And be ever near me as merciful, and compassionate, and gentle; in this present life an ardent protection and help, defending me from assaults of adversaries, and leading me to salvation; and in the hour of my departure, encompass my struggling soul, and drive the dark visions of evil spirits far from it; in the fearsome day of judgment, deliver me from eternal punishment, and present me as an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son and our God.

May this be my lot, O my Lady, most-holy Theotokos, through your mediation and help; by the grace and love for mankind of your only-begotten Son, the Lord and God, and our Savior Jesus Christ. To Whom belongs all glory, honor, and worship, with His eternal Father, and His All-Holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ

And grant to us, O Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for our body and soul; and protect us from the murky sleep of sin, and from all dark and nocturnal passions.

Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of the evil one, which are treacherously cast against us; check the turbulence of our flesh, and put to rest all our earthy and mundane thoughts.

And grant to us, O God, a watchful mind, prudent reasoning, a vigilant heart, tranquil sleep, and release from all satanic fantasies. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthened in Your commandments, and holding the remembrance of Your judgments unshaken within us.

Grant to us Your benediction through the night, that we may praise, and bless, and glorify Your all-honored and most-sublime Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O most-glorious, ever-virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayer to your Son and our God, and plead with Him, that through you He may save our souls.

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit. O Holy Trinity, glory to You.

All my hope I place in you, O Mother of God: guard me under your protection.

In you rejoices, O full of grace, all creation, the hierarchy of Angels and the race of mankind; sanctified Temple and intellectual Paradise, the boast of virgins: from whom God was incarnate, and became a Child, Who is our pre-eternal God. For He made your womb His throne, and shaped your womb to be more spacious than the heavens. In you rejoices, O full of grace, all creation: glory to you.

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

O holy Angel, assigned to accompany my wretched soul and lowly life, do not forsake me the sinner, nor depart from me because of my wickedness; do not let the evil demons enter and rule my mortal body with their might; but rather take my wretched and feeble hand, and lead me along the path of salvation. Yes, O holy Angel of God, guardian protector of my wretched soul and body, forgive me for everything by which I have saddened you all the days of my life, and in my sins on this day; shelter me during the coming night, and protect me from the schemes of the obstinate, that I may not anger God with any sin; and intercede with the Lord on my behalf, that He might confirm me in His fear and show me forth as a worthy servant of His goodness. Amen.

And the following Troparia:

To you, the champion Commander, I your city inscribe victorious anthems of thanksgiving, for deliverance from sufferings, Theotokos. Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, from all manner of dangers set me free, that I cry out to you: Rejoice O bride unwedded!

O Theotokos Virgin, rejoice Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. For you have brought forth the Savior of our souls. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

The Akathist to the Theotokos

Apolitikion, Tone Plagal 4

Having secretly received the command, the Archangel hastened to Joseph’s abode and spoke to the holy Virgin. He who bowed the heavens and came down is contained wholly and unchanged in you. When I behold Him in your womb taking the likeness of a servant, I stand and cry out to you: Rejoice O Bride unwedded.

Kontakion, Tone Plagal 4

To you, the champion Commander, I your city inscribe victorious anthems of thanksgiving, for deliverance from sufferings, O Theotokos. Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, from all manner of dangers set me free, that I cry out to you: Rejoice O bride unwedded!

First Stanza

I

An angel and the chief among them, was sent from heaven to cry: “Rejoice!” to the Mother of God. And beholding You O Lord, taking bodily form, he stood marveling, and with his bodiless voice cried aloud to her saying:

Rejoice, O you through whom joy shall shine forth; rejoice, O you through whom the curse shall be blotted out.

Rejoice, O restoration of the fallen Adam; rejoice, O redemption of the tears of Eve.

Rejoice, O height, hard to climb, for human minds; rejoice, O depth, hard to explore, even for the eyes of angels.

Rejoice, O you that are the throne of a King; rejoice, O you that sustains the Sustainer of all.

Rejoice, O star that caused the Sun to appear; rejoice, O womb of the divine incarnating.

Rejoice, O you through whom the Creator is renewed; rejoice, O you through whom the Creator becomes a babe.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Boldly and without fear the holy maiden spoke to Gabriel, knowing her own chastity: “To my soul your strange message is hard to believe; how do you speak of a virgin and stainless conception? crying aloud: Alleluia.

II

Craving to know unknown knowledge, the pure maiden cried to him who ministered to her: “From a virgin body how is it possible for a Son to be born? Tell me.” Then he spoke to her in fear, crying aloud thus:

Rejoice, O initiate of the ineffable counsel; rejoice, O surety of those who beseech you in silence.

Rejoice, O beginner of the miracles of Christ; rejoice, O completer of His ordinances.

Rejoice, O heavenly ladder by which God came down; rejoice, O bridge leading from earth to heaven.

Rejoice, O great marvel and wonder of angels; rejoice, O great cause of wailing in demons.

Rejoice, O you who ineffably gave birth to the Light; rejoice, O you who withheld the divine secret from all.

Rejoice, O you who oversoars the knowledge of the wise; rejoice, O you who gives light to the understanding of the faithful.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Divine power for her conceiving then overshadowed her who knew not wedlock, and showed her fruitful womb as a fertile field to all those who desire to reap their salvation, as they sing: Alleluia.

III

Enshrining God in her womb, the virgin hastened to Elizabeth, whose unborn babe at once recognized the salutation of the Mother of God, and rejoiced and as it were leapt and sung and cried to her:

Rejoice, O branch of unfading growth; rejoice, O wealth of unmingled fruit.

Rejoice, O you who labors for Him, whose labor is love; rejoice, O you who tends Him who tends our life.

Rejoice, O corn land growing fertility of mercies; rejoice, O table sustaining abundance of oblations.

Rejoice, O you who receives the green fields of joy; rejoice, O you who prepares a haven for souls.

Rejoice, O acceptable incense of intercession; rejoice, O oblation for all the world.

Rejoice, O favor of God to mortals; rejoice, O access of mortals to God.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Floods of doubtful thoughts troubled the wise Joseph within, when he saw you, O blameless and unwedded maiden, and he feared for you; but when he learned of your conception through the Holy Spirit, he cried: Alleluia.

Second Stanza

I

Gloriously the angels hymned the incarnate presence of Christ, and the shepherds heard; and hastening as to a Shepherd, they beheld Him as a Lamb without spot, reposing on Mary’s breast, and her they hymned and they said:

Rejoice, O Mother of the Lamb and of Shepherd; rejoice, O fold for the sheep of His pasture.

Rejoice, O bulwark from invisible foes; rejoice, O opener of the gates of paradise.

Rejoice, for the things of heaven rejoice with the earth; rejoice, for the things of earth join chorus with the heavens.

Rejoice, O never-silent voice of the apostles; rejoice, O never-conquered courage of the champions.

Rejoice, O firm support of faith; rejoice, O shining token of grace.

Rejoice, O you through whom Hades was laid bare; rejoice, O you through whom we are clothed with glory.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

High in the heavens the Magi beheld the Godward-pointing star, and they followed its rays and kept it as a beacon before them; through it they sought a mighty King, and as they approached the Unapproachable they rejoiced and cried out to Him: Alleluia.

II

In the virgin’s hand the sons of the Chaldees saw Him Who with His hand had made man; and knowing Him as Master, though He had taken the form of a servant, they hastened with gifts to do homage, and cried to her who is blessed:

Rejoice, O Mother of the Star that never sets; rejoice, O dawn of the mystic Day.

Rejoice, O you who quenches the furnace of error; rejoice, O you who enlightens those who know the Trinity.

Rejoice, O you who casts out the inhuman tyrant of old; rejoice, O you who shows forth the Lord, the merciful Christ.

Rejoice, O you who redeems from the creeds of barbarism; rejoice, O you who releases from the morass of evil deeds.

Rejoice, O you who made the worship of fire to cease; rejoice, O you who made the flame of suffering to be allayed.

Rejoice, O guide of the wisdom of the faithful; rejoice, O joy of all generations.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

King’s messengers, the wise men became, when they returned to Babylon; they fulfilled Your prophecy and to all preached You as the Christ, and they left Herod as a trifler who knew not how to cry: Alleluia.

III

Lighting in Egypt the lamp of truth, you, O Savior, did cast out of the darkness of falsehood, and their idols endured not your strength but fell; and those among them who were saved cried to the Mother of God:

Rejoice, O uplifting of men; rejoice, O downfall of demons.

Rejoice, O you who tramples upon the wanderings of error; rejoice, O you who refutes the lies of idols.

Rejoice, O sea which drowned Pharaoh and his schemes; rejoice, O rock which refreshed those thirsty for life.

Rejoice, O fiery pillar, leading those in darkness; rejoice, O shelter of the world, broader than a cloud.

Rejoice, O sustenance in succession to manna; rejoice, O messenger of holy joy.

Rejoice, O land of promise; rejoice, O you from which flows honey and milk.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Marveling at your ineffable wisdom when you were presented to him as a new-born Babe, Simeon, who was nearing his time of departure from this age of error, recognized You as perfect God and he cried: Alleluia.

Third Stanza

I

New was the creation which the Creator showed to us His creatures, when He appeared born from the womb of a virgin; and she was guarded, as she was, in perfect purity; so that when we see this marvel, we may praise her and sing:

Rejoice, O flower of incorruption; rejoice, O crown of chastity.

Rejoice, O you who flashes forth the Type of the resurrection; rejoice, O you who shows clearly the life of the angels.

Rejoice, O plant of goodly fruit by which the faithful are nourished; rejoice, O tree of leafy branches by which many are sheltered.

Rejoice, O you who bears the Guide of wanderers; rejoice, O you who engenders the Redeemer of captives.

Rejoice, O pleader before the righteous Judge; rejoice, O forgiveness for many transgressors.

Rejoice, O robe of boldness for the naked; rejoice, O tenderness vanquishing all desire

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Our minds are transported to heaven when we behold this strange birth giving, so let us now be estranged from the world; it was for this that the most-high God appeared on earth as mortal man, and that He might raise on high those who sing to Him: Alleluia.

II

Present in all our completeness with those below, was the uncircumscribed Word, yet in no way absent from those above; for this was a divine descent and not a mere change of place; and His birth was from a virgin, and in her inspiration she heard words like these:

Rejoice, O space for the uncontained God; rejoice, O door of solemn mystery.

Rejoice, O doubtful rumor of the faithless; rejoice, O undoubting boast of the faithful.

Rejoice, O all-holy chariot of Him Who rides upon the Cherubim; rejoice, O all-glorious chair of Him Who sits upon the Seraphim.

Rejoice, O you who makes things that differ to agree; rejoice, O you who yokes together virginity and motherhood.

Rejoice, O you by whom transgression is annulled; rejoice, O you by whom paradise is opened.

Rejoice, O key of the Kingdom of Christ; rejoice, O hope of eternal blessedness.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Quickly understanding your great deed of Incarnation, the hosts of angels were amazed; for they saw the inaccessible God accessible to all as a Man, dwelling among us and hearing from all: Alleluia.

III

Rhetoric’s many followers were mute as fish when they saw you, O Mother of God; for they dared not ask: How can you bear a Child, and yet remain a virgin? But we marvel at this mystery, and with faith cry:

Rejoice, O vessel of the wisdom of God; rejoice, O treasury of His foreknowledge.

Rejoice, O you who shows philosophers fools; rejoice, O you that proves logicians illogical.

Rejoice, for the subtle disputants are confounded; rejoice, for the writers of myths are withered.

Rejoice, O you who did break the webs of the Athenians; rejoice, O you who did fill the nets of the fishermen.

Rejoice, O you who draws us from the depths of ignorance; rejoice, O you who enlightens many with knowledge.

Rejoice, O raft for those who desire to be saved; rejoice, O haven for those who swim on the waves of the world.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Salvation it was that the Architect of all desired to bring to the world, and for this, by His own will, He came; and though as God He is Shepherd, for us he appeared to us as a Man, and called the same by the same, still as God He hears: Alleluia.

Fourth Stanza

I

To virgins and to all who flee to you, O virgin Mother of God, you are as a city wall; for the Maker of heaven and earth prepared you, O pure maiden, and dwelt in your womb, and taught all to call upon you:

Rejoice, O pillar of virginity; rejoice, O gate of salvation.

Rejoice, O beginning of rational restoration; rejoice, O leader of divine righteousness.

Rejoice, for you did regenerate our fallen race; rejoice, for you did remind those who were mindless.

Rejoice, O you who did bring to nought the corruption of hearts; rejoice, O you who did give birth to the Sower of chastity.

Rejoice, O bridal chamber of a virgin marriage; rejoice, O you who joins the faithful to the Lord.

Rejoice, O fair nursing-mother of virgins; rejoice, O bridal escort of holy souls.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Unworthy is every hymn that would encompass the multitude of Your many mercies; for if we should offer to You, O holy King, hymns of praise numberless as the sands, we should still have done nothing to compare to what You have given to us who sing to You: Alleluia.

II

Verily we behold the holy virgin as a shining beacon light appearing to those in darkness: for she kindles the supernal Light and leads all to divine knowledge; she illumines our minds with radiance and is honored by these our chants:

Rejoice, O ray of the living Sun; rejoice, O flash of fadeless luster.

Rejoice, O lightning, shining upon our souls; rejoice, O you, who as thunder, strikes down the enemy.

Rejoice, for you did cause the many-starred Light to dawn; rejoice, for you did cause the ever-flowing River to gush forth.

Rejoice, O you who did from life trace the image of the font; rejoice, O you who did take away the stain of sin.

Rejoice, O laver purifying conscience; rejoice, O wine bowl for the mingling of joy.

Rejoice, O sweet-scented fragrance of Christ; rejoice, O life of mystic festival.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

When He, Who forgives the ancient debts of all men, would grant grace, of His own will He came to dwell among those who had departed from His favor; and when He had rent asunder the handwriting against them, He hears from all: Alleluia.

III

Yet while we sing to Him Whom you did bear, we all praise you, O Mother of God, as a living temple; for the Lord, Who holds all things in His hand, dwelt in your womb, and He hallowed and glorified you, and taught all to cry to you:

Rejoice, O tabernacle of God and of the Word; rejoice, O holiest of holy saints.

Rejoice, O ark made golden by the Spirit; rejoice, O inexhaustible treasury of life.

Rejoice, O precious diadem of godly kings; rejoice, O venerable boast of faithful priests.

Rejoice, O immovable tower of the Church; rejoice, O impregnable bulwark of the Kingdom.

Rejoice, O you through whom trophies are set up; rejoice, O you through whom our enemies are cast down.

Rejoice, O healing of my flesh; rejoice, O salvation of my soul.

Rejoice, O bride unwedded.

Zealously we praise you, O Mother, who did bear Him Who was the most-holy Word of all the saints; and when you receive this our offering, deliver us all from every ill, and redeem from future woe those who cry to you: Alleluia.

And again the Kontakion, Tone Plagal 4

To you, the champion Commander, I your city inscribe victorious anthems of thanksgiving, for deliverance from sufferings, Theotokos. Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, from all manner of dangers set me free, that I cry out to you: Rejoice O bride unwedded!

Then, return to Small Compline, “It is truly proper ...,” (click here)

Prayers in Preparation for Holy Communion
On the Evening Before Receiving Holy Communion

The evening before receiving Holy Communion, at Small Compline read the following Kanon following the Creed.

Kanon of Preparation for Receiving Holy Communion

First Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

May Your holy Body be for me the Bread of life everlasting, O compassionate Lord, and may Your precious Blood be a remedy for diverse maladies.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Defiled by unseemly deeds, wretched as I am, I am unworthy, O Christ, to partake of Your immaculate Body and divine Blood; but make me worthy of Them.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

Blessed Bride of God, O good land which produced the Ear of wheat which knew no husbandry and which brings salvation to the world: grant that I who eat of it may be saved.

Third Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Grant me, O Christ, teardrops to cleanse the defilement of my heart, that, purified and with good conscience, I may draw near with fear and faith, O Master, to the communion of Your divine Gifts.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

May Your immaculate Body and divine Blood be for the forgiveness of my offenses, for communion with the Holy Spirit, and for life everlasting, O Friend of man, and for estrangement from passions and sorrows.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

O all-holy one, table of the Bread of life Who for mercy’s sake came down from on high and gave new life to the world, make even me, who am unworthy, worthy now with fear to taste of it and live.

Fourth Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O most merciful One, Who was incarnate for us, You willed to be slain as a sheep for the sins of mortals. Wherefore also, I implore You to blot out my offenses.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Heal the wounds of my soul, O Lord, and wholly sanctify me, the wretched one, and make me worthy, O Master, to partake of Your divine mystical Supper.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

Make Him Who came forth from your womb, O Lady, to be gracious also to me; and to keep me, your supplicant, blameless and free of stain, that, by receiving within me the noetic Pearl, I may be sanctified.

Fifth Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

As You foretold, O Christ, so let it be even now to me Your abject slave, and abide in me as You promised; for behold, I eat Your divine Body and drink Your Blood.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O Word of God, and God, may the live coal of Your Body be for the enlightenment of me who am darkened, and may Your Blood be for the cleansing of my defiled soul.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

O Mary, Mother of God, august tabernacle of the sweet Fragrance: by your prayers, make me a chosen vessel, that I may partake of the holy Gifts of your Child.

Sixth Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O Savior, sanctify my mind, soul, heart, and body; and grant that without condemnation, O Master, I may approach the dread Mysteries.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Grant me estrangement from passions, and the increase of Your grace, and assurance of life by my participation in Your holy Mysteries, O Christ.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

O Holy Word of God, and God, as I now approach Your divine Mysteries, sanctify the whole of me, by the supplications of Your holy Mother.

Kontakion

Disdain me not to receive now, O Christ, the bread which is Your Body, and Your divine Blood, and to partake, O Master, of Your immaculate and dread Mysteries; and may these not be to me, the wretched one, for judgment, but for eternal and immortal life.

Seventh Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

May the reception of Your immortal Mysteries, the Source of every good, O Christ, be now light, and life, and dispassion, and the cause of furtherance and proficiency in divine virtue, O only good One, that I may glorify You.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

That I may be redeemed from passions, enemies, want, and every affliction, I now draw near with trembling, love, and reverence to Your immortal and divine Mysteries, O Friend of man, and chant unto You: Blessed are You, the God of our fathers.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

O you who are graced of God, and who gave birth incomprehensibly to Christ the Savior, I your slave, impure as I am, now beseech you, the pure one: from all defilement of flesh and spirit cleanse me who am now about to approach the immaculate Mysteries.

Eighth Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Grant me, who am despairing, to be a communicant now of Your heavenly, dread, and holy Mysteries, O Christ, and of Your divine and mystical Supper, O God my Savior.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I flee for refuge under Your compassion, O good One, and I cry to You with fear: abide in me, O Savior, and I in You, as You said; for behold, trusting in Your mercy, I eat Your Body and drink Your Blood.

Most holy Theotokos, save us.

I tremble as I receive the Fire, lest I be burned as wax and as grass. O dread mystery! O divine compassion! How is it that I who am but clay partake of the divine Body and Blood and am made incorruptible?

Ninth Ode

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

The Lord is good: O taste and see! For of old He became like us for our sake, and offered Himself once as an offering to His Father, and is ever slain, sanctifying those that partake of Him.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

May I be sanctified in body and soul, O Master; may I be enlightened; may I be saved; may I become Your dwelling-place by the communion of the sacred Mysteries, having You with the Father and the Spirit abiding in me, O most merciful Benefactor.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

May Your most precious Body and Blood be to me as fire and light, O my Savior, consuming the substance of sin and burning the thorns of my passions, and enlightening the whole of me to worship Your Divinity.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

God took flesh of your pure blood, wherefore, every generation hymns you, O Lady, and the multitudes of the noetic beings glorify you; for through you we have clearly seen the Master of all, Who assumed the nature of man.

Then, return to Small Compline, “It is truly proper ...,” (click here)

Prayers in Preparation for Holy Communion
On the Morning of Receiving Holy Communion

On the Following Day:
Morning Prayers of Preparation

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Glory to You, O God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of every impurity; and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Psalm 22

The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want; He has made me to dwell in a place of green pasture.

Beside restful waters He has nurtured me; He has converted my soul.

He has led me on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff have comforted me.

You have prepared a table before me in the presence of those that afflict me.

You have anointed my head with oil, and how excellent is the cup which fills me!

And Your mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.

Pslam 23

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and all that dwells therein.

He has founded it upon the seas, and upon the rivers He has prepared it.

Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place?

He that is innocent in hands and pure in heart, who has not received his soul in vain, and has not sworn deceitfully to his neighbor.

Such a one shall receive a blessing from the Lord and mercy from God his Savior.

This is the generation of those who seek the Lord, of those who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lift up your gates, O you princes; and be lifted up, you everlasting gates, and the King of Glory shall enter in.

Who is the King of Glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in war.

Lift up your gates, O you princes; and be lifted up, you everlasting gates, and the King of Glory shall enter in.

Who is the King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of Glory.

Psalm 115

I believed, wherefore I spoke; I was humbled exceedingly.

As for me, I said in my ecstasy: Every man is a liar.

What shall I render to the Lord for all that He has rendered unto me?

I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

O Lord, I am Your servant; I am Your servant and the son of Your handmaid; You have broken my bonds asunder.

I will offer a sacrifice of praise to You, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia; glory to You, O God.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia; glory to You, O God.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia; glory to You, O God.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Then the following Troparia:

Overlook my iniquities, O Lord Who was born of a Virgin, and purify my heart, making it a temple for Your immaculate Body and Blood; do not cast me away from Your presence, O You Who has immeasurably great mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

How can I, the unworthy one, shamelessly dare to partake of Your Holy Gifts? For should I dare to approach You with those who are worthy, my vesture exposes me, for it is not fitting for the Supper, and I shall bring condemnation upon my sin-laden soul. O Lord, cleanse the defilement of my soul, and save me, since You love mankind.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Great are the multitudes of my offenses, O Theotokos; but I have fled to you, O pure one, and implore salvation. Visit my ailing soul, and intercede with your Son and our God that He may grant me forgiveness for my grievous offenses, O only-blessed one.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

Prostrations, and then the following nine Prayers.

Didactic Verses
on how One Must Approach the Immaculate Mysteries

When you, O man, are about to eat the Master’s Body
With fear draw near, lest you be seared: for It is Fire.
As you drink the divine Blood unto communion,
First reconcile yourself with those who grieve you,
Then, with courage, venture to eat the Mystic Food.

Other Similar Verses

Before partaking of the dread Sacrifice,
Of the life-creating Body of the Master,
Pray in this manner with trembling:

FIRST PRAYER
of Saint Basil the Great

O Master Lord Jesus Christ our God, the Source of life and immortality, Who are the Maker of all creation, both visible and invisible, the co-eternal and co-beginingless Son of the eternal Father, Who in the abundance of Your goodness were in the last days clothed in flesh, were crucified and buried for us, the ungrateful and thankless ones, and by Your own Blood refashioned our nature which had been corrupted by sin: O immortal King, accept the repentance even of me the sinner, and incline Your ear to me and hear my words. For I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against heaven and before You, and I am not worthy to gaze on the height of Your glory; for I have provoked Your goodness by transgressing Your commandments and not obeying Your ordinances.

But in Your forbearance, patience, and great mercy, You, O Lord, have not given me up to be destroyed with my sins, but You await my complete conversion.

For You Who love mankind have said through Your Prophet that You desire not the death of the sinner, but that he should return to You and live. For You do not will, O Lord, that the work of Your hands should be destroyed, neither do You delight in the destruction of men, but You desire that all should be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth.

Therefore, though I am unworthy both of heaven and earth, and even of this transient life – since I have completely succumbed to sin and am a slave to pleasure and have defaced Your image, yet being Your work and creation, wretch that I am, – even I do not despair of my salvation and dare to draw near to Your boundless compassion.

Wherefore receive even me, O Christ Who Loves mankind, as the harlot, as the thief, as the publican, and as the prodigal; and take from me the heavy burden of my sins: You Who take away the sin of the world, Who heal men’s sicknesses, Who call the weary and heavy laden to Yourself and give them rest; for You came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. And cleanse me from all defilement of flesh and spirit.

Teach me to attain perfect holiness in the fear of You, that with the clear witness of my conscience I may receive a portion of Your holy Things and be united with Your holy Body and Blood, and have You dwelling and remaining in me with the Father and Your Holy Spirit.

And, O Lord Jesus Christ, my God, do not let the communion of Your immaculate and life-giving Mysteries be to me for condemnation, nor let it make me sick in body or soul through my partaking of them unworthily; but rather grant that until my last breath I may receive a portion of Your holy Things without condemnation, for communion with the Holy Spirit, as a provision for eternal life, and as an acceptable defense at Your dread tribunal, so that I, too, with all Your elect may become a partaker of Your pure joys which You have prepared for those who love You, O Lord, in whom You are glorified throughout the ages. Amen.

SECOND PRAYER
of Saint Basil the Great

I know, O Lord, that I partake of Your immaculate Body and precious Blood unworthily, and that I am guilty, and eat and drink judgment to myself by not discerning the Body and Blood of You, my Christ and God.

But, trusting in Your compassion, I take courage and I approach You.

Indeed, You have said: “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in him.”

Wherefore have compassion, O Lord, and do not make an example of me, the sinner, but deal with me according to Your mercy.

Let these Holy Things be for my healing, and purification, and enlightenment, and protection, and salvation, and the sanctification of body and soul; for the turning away of every fantasy, and all evil practice, and any diabolical activity working subconsciously in my members; for confidence and love towards You; for reformation of life and stability; for an increase of virtue and perfection; for fulfillment of the commandments; for communion with the Holy Spirit; for a provision unto eternal life; and for an acceptable defense at Your dread Tribunal, but not unto judgment nor unto condemnation.

THIRD PRAYER
of Saint John Chrysostom

O Lord my God, I know that I am not worthy nor capable to have You enter come under the roof of the house of my soul, for all is desolate and fallen, and You do not have within me a place fit to lay Your head.

But even as from on high You humbled Yourself for our sake, so now conform Yourself to my humility.

And as You consented to lie in a cave and in a manger of irrational beasts, so also consent to lie in the manger of my irrational soul and to enter my defiled body.

And as You did not disdain to enter and dine with sinners in the house of Simon the Leper, so also condescend to enter the house of my humble soul which is leprous and sinful.

And as You did not reject the woman who was a harlot and a sinner like me, when she approached and touched You, so also be compassionate with me, the sinner, as I approach and touch You, and let the live coal of Your most-holy Body and precious Blood be for the sanctification, and enlightenment, and strengthening of my humble soul and body; for a relief from the burden of my many sins; for a protection from all diabolical practices; for a restraint and a check on my evil and wicked way of life; for the mortification of passions; for the keeping of Your commandments; for an increase of Your divine grace; and for the advancement of Your Kingdom.

For it is not as one insolent and presumptuous that I draw near to You, O Christ my God, but as one taking courage from Your ineffable goodness, so that having long abstained from Your communion I may not become a prey to the noetic wolf.

Therefore, I pray to You, O Lord, Who alone are holy: sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, my emotions and affections, and wholly renew me.

Root in my members the fear of You, and make Your sanctification indelible within me.

Be also my Helper and Defender, guide my life in peace, and make me worthy to stand on Your right hand with Your Saints; through the prayers and intercessions of Your all-pure Mother, of Your ministering Angels, of the immaculate Powers, and of all the Saints who have been well-pleasing to You. Amen.

FOURTH PRAYER
of Saint John Chrysostom

I am not worthy, O Lord and Master, that You should enter under the roof of my soul; but since You, in Your love for men, do will to dwell in me, I take courage and I draw near.

You command: I will open wide the gates which You alone created, that You may enter with love as is Your nature, that You may enter and enlighten my darkened thought.

I believe that You will do this, for You did not banish the harlot who approached You with tears, nor did You reject the Publican who repented, nor did You drive away the thief who acknowledged Your Kingdom, nor did You abandon the repentant persecutor Paul as he was; but You established all who had been brought to You by repentance in the company of Your friends, O You Who alone are blessed always, now and to endless ages. Amen.

FIFTH PRAYER
of Saint John Chrysostom

O Lord Jesus Christ my God, loose, remit, forgive, absolve, and pardon the sins, offenses and transgressions which I, Your sinful, useless and unworthy servant have committed from my youth, up to the present day and hour, whether in knowledge or in ignorance, whether by words or in deeds, whether in my intentions or in my thoughts, and whether by habit or through any of my senses.

And through the intercession of her who conceived You without seed, the all-pure and ever-virgin Mary Your Mother, my only sure hope and protection and salvation, make me worthy to receive without condemnation Your pure, immortal, life-giving and fearful Mysteries, unto forgiveness of sins and for eternal life; for sanctification, and enlightenment, and strength, and healing, and health of soul and body; and for the blotting out and complete destruction of my evil reasonings, and intentions, and prejudices, and the nocturnal fantasies of dark evil spirits.

For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the honor, and the worship, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

SIXTH PRAYER
of Saint John of Damascus

O Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who alone have authority to forgive men their sins, in Your goodness and love for men overlook all my offenses whether committed with knowledge or in ignorance, and make me worthy to receive without condemnation Your divine, glorious, spotless, and life-giving Mysteries, not for punishment, nor for an increase of sins, but for purification and sanctification, and as a pledge of the life and Kingdom to come, as a protection and help, for the destruction of enemies, and for the blotting out of my many transgressions.

For You are a God of mercy and compassion and love for men, and to You we send up the glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

SEVENTH PRAYER of Saint Symeon the New Theologian

From lips tainted and defiled, from a heart unclean and loathsome, from an unclean tongue, and out of a polluted soul: receive my prayer, O my Christ.

Do not reject me, nor my words, nor my ways, nor even my shamelessness, but give me courage to say what I desire, O my Christ; and even more, teach me what to do and what to say.

I have sinned more than the harlot who, on learning where You were lodging, bought myrrh and dared to come and anoint Your feet, O my Christ, my Lord and my God.

As You did not repulse her when she drew near in her heart, neither, O word, reject me, but grant that I may clasp and kiss Your feet, and dare to anoint them with a flood of tears as with most-precious myrrh.

Wash me with my tears and purify me with them, O Word.

Forgive my sins and grant me pardon.

You know the multitude of my evil-doings, You also know my wounds, and You see my bruises.

But You also know my faith, and You behold my willingness, and You hear my sighs.

Nothing escapes You, O my God, my Maker, my Redeemer, not even a tear-drop, nor part of a drop.

Your eyes know what I have not achieved, and in Your book things not yet done are written by You.

See my depression, and see how great is my trouble: take from me all my sins, O God of all, that with a clean heart, a trembling mind, and a contrite spirit I may partake of Your pure and all-holy Mysteries by which all who with sincerity of heart eat and drink You are quickened and deified.

For You, O my Lord, have said: “Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in Him;” wholly true is the word of my Lord and God.

For whoever partakes of Your divine and deifying Gifts certainly is not alone, but is with You, my Christ, the Light of the Triune Sun Which illumines the world.

That I may not remain alone without You, the Giver of Life, my Breath, my Life, my Joy, the Salvation of the world, I have therefore drawn near to You, as You see, with tears and with a contrite spirit.

Ransom of my offenses, I beseech You to receive me, that I may partake without condemnation of Your life-giving and perfect Mysteries, and that You may remain as You have said with me, thrice-wretched as I am, lest the tempter find me without Your grace and craftily seize me and, having deceived me, seduce me from Your deifying words.

Therefore I fall at Your feet and fervently cry to You: as You received the prodigal and the harlot who drew near to You, so also have compassion and receive me, the profligate and the prodigal, as I now draw near to You with a contrite spirit.

I know, O Savior, that no other has sinned against You as I have, nor has done the deeds that I have committed.

But I also know this: that neither the greatness of my offenses, nor the multitude of my sins, surpasses the great patience of my God, and His extreme love for men.

Despite our offenses, You purify and enlighten with the oil of compassion those who fervently repent, and You make them children of the light and sharers of Your divine nature.

And You act most generously, for what is strange to Angels and to the minds of men You often tell to the repentant as to Your true friends.

These things make me bold, O my Christ, these things give me wings, and I take courage from the wealth of Your goodness to us.

With rejoicing, yet with trembling, I who am but straw partake of Fire and, strange wonder!, I am ineffably bedewed, like the bush of old which burnt without being consumed.

Wherefore with thankful mind, and with thankful heart, and with thankfulness in all the members of my soul and body, I worship and magnify and glorify You, O my God, for You are blessed, now and ever, to all ages.

EIGHTH PRAYER
of Saint Symeon Metafrastes
(Saint Symeon the Translator

O Lord, Who alone are pure and incorrupt, Who through the ineffable compassion of Your love for mankind assumed our whole nature through the pure and virgin blood of her who supernaturally conceived You by the coming of the Divine Spirit and by the will of the Eternal Father; O Christ Jesus, Wisdom and Peace and Power of God, Who in assuming our nature suffered Your life-giving and saving Passion – the Cross, the Nails, the Spear, and Death – mortify all the deadly passions of my body.

O You Who in Your burial spoiled the dominions of hell, bury with good thoughts my evil schemes and scatter the spirits of wickedness.

O You Who by Your life-giving Resurrection on the third day raised up our fallen first Parent, raise me up who am sunk in sin and suggest to me ways of repentance.

O You Who by Your glorious Ascension deified our nature which You had assumed and honored it by Your sitting at the right hand of the Father, make me worthy by partaking of Your holy Mysteries of a place at Your right hand among those who are saved.

O You Who by the descent of the Spirit, the Paraclete, made Your holy Disciples worthy vessels, make me also a recipient of His coming.

O You Who are to come again to judge the World with justice, grant me also to meet You on the clouds, my Maker and Creator, with all Your Saints, that I may unendingly glorify and praise You with Your Eternal Father and Your all-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

NINTH PRAYER
of Saint John of Damascus

I stand before the doors of Your sanctuary, yet I do not put away my terrible thoughts.

But, O Christ our God, Who justified the Publican, and Who had mercy on the Canaanite woman, and opened the gates of Paradise to the Thief, open to me the depths of Your love for mankind, and as I approach and touch You, receive me like the Harlot and the woman with an issue of blood.

For the one easily received healing by touching the hem of Your garment, and the other obtained release from her sins by clasping Your sacred feet.

And I, deplorable as I am, dare to receive Your whole Body; may I not be burnt, but receive me even as You did these.

And enlighten the senses of my soul, and burn up the indictments of my sins, by the intercessions of her who bore You without seed, and of the Heavenly Hosts, for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayers Immediately before Receiving Holy Communion
During the Divine Liturgy

Prayers of Holy Communion:

I believe, O Lord, and I confess, that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Moreover, I believe that this is Your immaculate Body, and that this is Your precious Blood. Wherefore, I pray to You: have mercy on me, and forgive me my transgressions, those voluntary and involuntary, those in word, those in deed, those in knowledge and those in ignorance; and make me worthy to partake of Your immaculate Mysteries without condemnation, for the remission of sins and life everlasting. Amen.

Approaching for Holy Communion, read the following verses of Saint Symeon the Translator:

Behold, I approach for divine Communion;

O Creator, burn me not as I partake;

For You are Fire, which burns the unworthy.

But, rather, cleanse me from every impurity.

Then the following Troparion:

Of Your Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Your enemies; nor will I give You a kiss, as did Judas, but like the thief I confess You: Remember me, Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom!

Then again the following verses:

Be awe-stricken, O man, beholding the deifying Blood;

For it is a lighted Coal that burns the unworthy.

The divine Body both deifies and nourishes me;

It deifies the spirit, and wondrously nourishes the mind.

And these Troparia:

You have smitten me with yearning, O Christ, and by Your divine zeal You have changed me; but burn away my sins with immaterial Fire, and make me worthy to be filled with delight in You; that, leaping for joy, O good One, I may magnify Your two comings.

Into the brilliant company of Your saints, how shall I the unworthy enter? For if I dare to enter into the bridal chamber, my garment betrays me, for it is not a wedding garment, and I shall be bound and cast out by the Angels; O Lord, cleanse my soul of pollution, and save me, for You love mankind.

And the following Prayer:

O Master, Who loves mankind, Lord Jesus Christ my God, do not let these Holy Things be to me for judgment because of my unworthiness, but rather may they be for the purification and sanctification of soul and body, and as a pledge of the life and Kingdom to come. For it is good for me to cleave to God, to put my hope of salvation in the Lord.

And again:

Of Your Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Your enemies; nor will I give You a kiss, as did Judas, but like the thief I confess You: Remember me, O Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom! Remember me, O Master, when You come into Your Kingdom! Remember me, O Holy One, when You come into Your Kingdom!

Prayers of Thanksgiving After Receiving Holy Communion

When you have had your due and rightful part in these life-giving and mystical Gifts immediately give praise and great thanks and with a fervent soul say to God:

Glory to You, O God.
Glory to You, O God.
Glory to You, O God.

Anonymous

I thank You, O Lord my God, that You have not rejected me, a sinner, but have made me worthy to partake of Your holy Mysteries.

I thank You that You have granted me, although I am unworthy, to partake of Your most-pure and heavenly Gifts.

O Master Who loves mankind, Who died and rose for our sake, and granted to us these awesome and life-giving Mysteries for the well-being and sanctification of our souls and bodies, let these Gifts be for the healing of both soul and body, for the averting of every evil, for the enlightenment of the eyes of my heart, for the peace of the powers of my soul, for faith unashamed, for love unfeigned, for the fullness of wisdom, for the observing of Your commandments, for an increase of Your divine grace, and for the attainment of Your kingdom.

Preserved by them in Your holiness, may I always remember Your grace and no longer live for myself, but for You, our Master and Benefactor.

And thus, when I depart this life in the hope of eternal life, may I attain everlasting rest, where the sound of

those that keep festival is unceasing, and the delight of those who behold the ineffable beauty of Your countenance is unending.

For You are the true joy and inexpressible gladness of those who love You, O Christ our God, and all creation hymns You to the ages. Amen.

Of Saint Basil the Great

O Master Christ God, King of the ages and Creator of all things, I thank You for all the good gifts You have given me, and especially for the communion of Your pure and life-giving Mysteries.

I therefore pray to You, O good Lord Who loves mankind: keep me under the protection and in the shadow of Your wings; grant that even to my last breath I may with a pure conscience partake worthily of Your Holy Gifts for the remission of sins and for eternal life.

For You are the Bread of life, the Source of holiness, the Giver of good things, and to You we send up glory, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Of Saint Symeon Metafrastes
(Saint Symeon the Translator)

O You Who have willingly given me Your Flesh as food, Who are a burning fire to the unworthy, do not consume me.

No, my Creator; rather penetrate into my members, all my joints, my organs, and my heart.

Burn all my iniquities like thorns; cleanse my soul, make holy my thoughts, make firm my knees and my bones as well.

Illumine my five senses and make vigilant my entire being with the fear of You.

Watch over me always; shield and protect me from every deed and word which corrupts the soul.

Cleanse me, purify me, and put me in order; adorn me, give me understanding, and illumine me.

Show me to be the dwelling of Your Spirit alone, and not the dwelling place of sin; so that when You enter into the home of Your communion, every evil doer and every passion will flee from me as from fire.

As intercessors I bring to You all the saints, the chiefs of the bodiless hosts, Your Forerunner, the wise Apostles, and moreover Your immaculate and pure Mother; accept their prayers, O my compassionate Christ, and make Your servant a child of light.

For in Your goodness You alone sanctify and enlighten our souls, and to You, our God and Master, as is right we send up glory every day.

Anonymous

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, let Your sacred Body be to me for eternal life, and Your precious Blood for the remission of sins.

Let this Eucharist be to me for joy, health and gladness.

And at Your dread Second Coming make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of Your glory; through the intercessions of Your all-pure Mother and of all the saints. Amen.

Anonymous Prayer to the Mother of God

O all-holy Lady, Theotokos, light of my darkened soul, my hope, shelter, refuge, comfort, and joy: I thank You, for you have deemed me, the unworthy one, worthy to partake of the most-pure Body and precious Blood of your Son.

O you who gave birth to the true Light, enlighten the spiritual eyes of my heart; you who conceived the Source of immortality, revive me who am dead in sin; O you who are the lovingly-compassionate Mother of the merciful God, have mercy on me and grant me compunction and contrition in my heart, humility in my thoughts and the recall of my thoughts from captivity.

And grant me, until my last breath, to receive without condemnation the sanctification of the most-pure Mysteries for the healing of both soul and body.

Grant me tears of repentance and confession that I may hymn and glorify you all the days of my life.

For you are blessed and most-glorified to the ages. Amen.

For you are blessed and most-glorified to the ages. Amen.

For you are blessed and most-glorified to the ages. Amen.

Then the Hymn of Symeon the Just:

Now let Your servant depart in peace, O Lord, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared in the presence of all people: a light for revelation to the Nations, and for glory to Your people Israel.

Then the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; 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.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

If the Divine Liturgy was that of Saint John Chrysostom, the following Troparia:

Grace shone forth from your mouth like fire, illuminating the inhabited world. You treasured for the world the virtue of being unmercenary, and revealed your sublime humility. Thus by the words you taught us, O father John Chrysostom, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

You received divine grace from heaven, and from your lips you taught all to worship the one God in Trinity, O venerable John Chrysostom, the all-blessed. We extol you worthily, for you are an instructor who reveals divine things.

Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Church is revealed to all as a brilliantly lit heaven, leading the faithful in the way of the light. Standing therein we cry aloud: make firm the foundation of this house, O Lord.

But if the Divine Liturgy was that of Saint Basil the Great, the following Troparia instead:

Your teaching has spread over the whole world, for it has accepted your words that gave a divine explanation of doctrine. You have made clear the nature of things and set a rule of life for men. O Holy father and kingly priest, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

You appeared as an unshakable foundation of the Church, dispensing an inviolate dominion to all mortals and sealing it with your doctrines. O revealer of heavenly things, venerable Basil.

Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Church is revealed to all as a brilliantly lit heaven, leading the faithful in the way of the light. Standing therein we cry aloud: make firm the foundation of this house, O Lord.

Following the Presanctified Divine Liturgy of Saint Gregory the Great the following Troparia:

As one endowed with discretion of speech, you proved to be a most excellent dispenser of the word of God, O hierarch Gregory. By your life you set before us the virtues, and you shine forth with the brilliance of holiness. O righteous father, entreat Christ God that we may be granted mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

We praise you the Dialogist as is fitting, for you are a divinely-inspired harp of the Church, and a God-possessed tongue of Wisdom; you emulated the zeal of the Apostles, and you manifestly followed in their footsteps. We thus cry out: rejoice, O father Gregory.

Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Church is revealed to all as a brilliantly lit heaven, leading the faithful in the way of the light. Standing therein we cry aloud: make firm the foundation of this house, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim, the one who incorruptibly gave birth to God the Word, truly the Theotokos, we magnify you.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers,
O Lord Jesus Christ our God
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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