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Menaion - June 24

Τὸ Γενέσιον τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου

The Birth of the Holy Forerunner

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Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Θεὸς Κύριος καὶ ἐπέφανεν ἡμῖν. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Στίχ. αʹ. Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ ἐπικαλεῖσθε τὸ ὄνομα τὸ ἅγιον αὐτοῦ.

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

ἤ· Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι ἀγαθός, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Στίχ. βʹ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐκύκλωσάν με, καὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Κυρίου ἠμυνάμην αὐτούς.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Στίχ. γʹ. Παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Ἀπολυτίκιον.

Apolytikion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

Προφῆτα καὶ Πρόδρομε, τῆς παρουσίας Χριστοῦ, ἀξίως εὐφημῆσαί σε οὐκ εὐποροῦμεν ἡμεῖς, οἱ πόθῳ τιμῶντές σε· στείρωσις γὰρ τεκούσης, καὶ πατρὸς ἀφωνία, λέλυνται τῇ ἐνδόξῳ, καὶ σεπτῇ σου γεννήσει, καὶ σάρκωσις Υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, κόσμῳ κηρύττεται.

O Prophet and Forerunner of the appearance of Christ, * with longing we honor you, although we have not the means * of extolling you worthily. * Your birth, which was exalted * and most glorious, ended * the barrenness of your mother and the muteness of your father; * and unto the world it announced * the Incarnation of God the Word. [SD]

Δόξα. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Repeat.

Προφῆτα καὶ Πρόδρομε, τῆς παρουσίας Χριστοῦ, ἀξίως εὐφημῆσαί σε οὐκ εὐποροῦμεν ἡμεῖς, οἱ πόθῳ τιμῶντές σε· στείρωσις γὰρ τεκούσης, καὶ πατρὸς ἀφωνία, λέλυνται τῇ ἐνδόξῳ, καὶ σεπτῇ σου γεννήσει, καὶ σάρκωσις Υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, κόσμῳ κηρύττεται.

O Prophet and Forerunner of the appearance of Christ, * with longing we honor you, although we have not the means * of extolling you worthily. * Your birth, which was exalted * and most glorious, ended * the barrenness of your mother and the muteness of your father; * and unto the world it announced * the Incarnation of God the Word. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Τῆς Ὀκτωήχου - - -

From Octoechos - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Τὸ ἀπ' αἰῶνος ἀπόκρυφον, καὶ Ἀγγέλοις ἄγνωστον μυστήριον, διὰ σού Θεοτόκε τοῖς ἐπὶ γῆς πεφανέρωται· Θεὸς ἐν ἀσυγχύτῳ ἑνώσει σαρκούμενος, καὶ Σταυρὸν ἑκουσίως ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν καταδεξάμενος· δι' οὗ ἀναστήσας τὸν πρωτόπλαστον, ἔσωσεν ἐκ θανάτου τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

O Theotokos, through you became manifest to us on earth the mystery, which was hid from eternity, and which the Angels themselves knew not: that God, uniting natures without confusion, becomes a man and accepts crucifixion for our salvation voluntarily. By virtue of this, resurrecting man whom He had first created, He saved our souls from death. [SD]

Ἀναγινώσκεται τὸ οἰκεῖον Κάθισμα τοῦ Ψαλτηρίου, ἤτοι Κάθισμα 10. Μεθ' ὃ ἡ μικρὰ Συναπτή.

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 10. It would be followed by the short litany.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

Ὅτι σὸν τὸ κράτος καὶ σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ δόξα, τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα Αʹ.

Kathisma I.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Νῦν ἐβλάστησεν ἡμῖν, τοῦ Ζαχαρίου ὁ βλαστός, καὶ εὐφραίνει νοητῶς, τὰς διανοίας τῶν πιστῶν, τὸ τῆς ἐρήμου καλλώπισμα, καὶ Προφητῶν ἡ κρηπίς· ὅθεν τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐδείχθη Πρόδρομος, καὶ Μάρτυς ἀψευδής, τῆς παρουσίας αὐτοῦ· Πνευματικοῖς οὖν ᾄσμασι, συμφώνως τῷ Βαπτιστῇ ἐκβοήσωμεν· Προφῆτα Κήρυξ, τῆς ἀληθείας, πρέσβευε τοῦ σωθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

Unto us now has the son * of Zacharias been born, * and he mystically gives joy * to the believers' minds. * He is the desert's ornament, and the pedestal of the Prophets. * And thus did he become * the Forerunner * who testifies the truth * of the coming of Christ. * So let us cry aloud unto the Baptist * singing in unison spiritual songs: * O intercede for our salvation, * Prophet and Herald of the truth. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Ἦχος δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode 4. Automelon.

Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ, τὸ ὑπὲρ φύσιν θεωρῶν, καὶ ἐλάμβανεν εἰς νοῦν, τὸν ἐπὶ πόκον ὑετόν, ἐν τῇ ἀσπόρῳ συλλήψει σου Θεοτόκε. Βάτον ἐν πυρὶ ἀκατάφλεκτον, ῥάβδον Ἀαρὼν τὴν βλαστήσασαν, καὶ μαρτυρῶν ὁ μνήστωρ σου καὶ φύλαξ, τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν ἐκραύγαζε· Παρθένος τίκτει, καὶ μετὰ τόκον, πάλιν μένει Παρθένος.

Joseph marveled as he saw that which transcended nature's bounds; * then he brought to mind the dew that had fallen on the fleece, * at your conception without seed, O Theotokos, * the bush that had remained unconsumed in fire, * Aaron's rod of old that had blossomed forth. * As your betrothed and guardian he witnessed * before the priests and he cried aloud: * "The Virgin gives birth, and after childbirth * still she remains a Virgin." [SD]

Ἀναγινώσκεται τὸ οἰκεῖον Κάθισμα τοῦ Ψαλτηρίου, ἤτοι Κάθισμα 11. Μεθ' ὃ ἡ μικρὰ Συναπτή.

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 11. It would be followed by the short litany.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You, O God, are good and love mankind, and to You we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα Βʹ.

Kathisma II.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Τῆς Χριστοῦ παρουσίας ἡ ἀπαρχή, παραδόξως ἐτέχθης ὡς ἀληθῶς, Ἰωάννη πανεύφημε, τῶν Προφητῶν τὸ κεφάλαιον, καὶ ὡς φωνὴ τοῦ Λόγου, ὑπάρχων ἐκραύγαζες· Μετανοεῖτε, ἤγγικεν, οὐρανῶν τὸ Βασίλειον· ὅθεν ἑτοιμάσας, τὴν ὁδὸν τοῦ Κυρίου, τῆς χάριτος Πρόδρομος, ἀνεδείχθης τοῖς πέρασι, Βαπτιστὰ καὶ Ἀπόστολε. Πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, τῶν πταισμάτων ἄφεσιν δωρήσασθαι, τοῖς ἑορτάζουσι πόθῳ, τὴν ἁγίαν μνήμην σου.

You were born in a truly uncommon way * as the first-fruits of the appearance of Christ, * O John, praised in all the world, * and the paramount of Prophets. * And as you were the voice of the Logos you cried aloud: * Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand. * Hence did you prepare the way of the Master, * becoming the Forerunner * of divine grace to all the world, * O Apostle and Baptist John. * Intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offences * to those who with longing observe your holy memory. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Παναγία Παρθένε Μήτηρ Θεοῦ, τῆς ψυχῆς μου τὰ πάθη τὰ χαλεπά, ἴασαι δέομαι, καὶ συγγνώμην παράσχου μοι τῶν ἐμῶν πταισμάτων, ἀφρόνως ὧν ἔπραξα, τὴν ψυχήν καὶ τὸ σῶμα, μολύνας ὁ ἄθλιος· Οἴμοι! τί ποιήσω, ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ, ἡνίκα οἱ Ἄγγελοι, τὴν ψυχήν μου χωρίζουσιν, ἐκ τοῦ ἀθλίου μου σώματος; τότε Δέσποινα βοήθειά μοι γενοῦ, καὶ προστάτις θερμότατος· σὲ γὰρ ἔχω ἐλπίδα, ὁ ἀνάξιος δοῦλός σου.

Holy Virgin and Mother of Christ our God, * I entreat you most earnestly now to cure * the passions that grieve my soul, * and to grant me forgiveness * for the sins and offences * that I committed mindlessly, * thus polluting my body, * wretched one that I am. * Oh! and how I shudder * at the thought of that hour * when Angels will separate * my soul from my body. * Then, alas! what shall become of me? * O Lady, hence I pray you will come* to my aid as an ardent patron then. * For I your unworthy servant * have you as my only hope. [SD]

Ὁ Πολυέλεος.

The Polyeleos.

Ψαλμὸς ΡΛΔʹ (134).

Psalm 134 (135).

Ψαλμὸς ΡΛΕʹ (135).

Psalm 135 (136).

Ἐκλογὴ

Selected Psalm Verses

Ἐκλογὴ εἰς τὰς Ἑορτὰς τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου

Selected Psalm Verses for the Feast of the Holy Forerunner

Ὁ φοβούμενος τὸν Κύριον. Ἀλληλούϊα.

The man who fears the Lord Alleluia.

1. Μακάριος ἀνὴρ ὁ φοβούμενος τὸν Κύριον, ἐν ταῖς ἐντολαῖς αὐτοῦ θελήσει σφόδρα. Ἀλληλούϊα. (111:1)

1. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he will delight exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia. (111:1) [SAAS]

2. Δυνατὸν ἐν τῇ γῇ ἔσται τὸ σπέρμα αὐτοῦ. Ἡ δικαιοσύνη αὐτοῦ μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος. Ἀλληλούϊα. (111:2)

2. His seed shall be mighty on earth. His righteousness continues unto ages of ages. Alleluia. (111:2) [SAAS]

3. Ἐξανέτειλεν ἐν σκότει φῶς τοῖς εὐθέσιν. Ἀλληλούϊα. (111:4)

3. For the upright, light springs up in darkness. Alleluia. (111:4) [SAAS]

4. Εἰς μνημόσυνον αἰώνιον ἔσται δίκαιος. Ἀλληλούϊα. (111:6)

4. A righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance. Alleluia. (111:6) [SAAS]

5. Τὸ κέρας αὐτοῦ ὑψωθήσεται ἐν δόξῃ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (111:9)

5. His horn shall be exalted with glory. Alleluia. (111:9) [SAAS]

6. Σωτηρία δὲ τῶν δικαίων παρὰ Κυρίου. Ἀλληλούϊα. (36:39)

6. Now the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord. Alleluia. (36:39) [SAAS]

7. Φῶς ἀνέτειλε τῷ δικαίῳ καὶ τοῖς εὐθέσι τῇ καρδίᾳ εὐφροσύνη. Ἀλληλούϊα. (96:11)

7. Light dawned for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. Alleluia. (96:11) [SAAS]

8. Εὐφρανθήσεται δίκαιος ἐν Κυρίῳ καὶ ἐλπιεῖ ἐπ' αὐτόν. Ἀλληλούϊα. (63:11)

8. The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. Alleluia. (63:11) [SAAS]

9. Ὤμοσε Κύριος τῷ Δαυῒδ ἀλήθειαν καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀθετήσει αὐτήν. Ἀλληλούϊα. (131:11)

9. The Lord swore to David this truth, and He shall not reject it. Alleluia. (131:11) [SAAS]

10. Ἐκ καρποῦ τῆς κοιλίας σου θήσομαι ἐπὶ τοῦ θρόνου σου. Ἀλληλούϊα. (131:11)

10. I shall set upon your throne one from the fruit of your loins. Alleluia. (131:11) [SAAS]

11. Ἐκεῖ ἐξανατελῶ κέρας τῷ Δαυΐδ, ἡτοίμασα λύχνον τῷ χριστῷ μου. Ἀλληλούϊα. (131:17)

11. There I shall cause to spring up a horn for David; there I prepared a lamp for my anointed. Alleluia. (131:17) [SAAS]

12. Ἰδοὺ ἐμάκρυνα φυγαδεύων καὶ ηὐλίσθην ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (54:8)

12. Behold, I fled far away, and lodged in the wilderness. Alleluia. (54:8) [SAAS]

13. Ὡμοιώθην πελεκᾶνι ἐρημικῷ, ἐγενήθην ὡσεὶ νυκτικόραξ ἐν οἰκοπέδῳ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (101:7)

13. I have become like a pelican in a desert; I have become like an owl in a ruined house. Alleluia. (101:7) [SAAS]

14. Ἠγρύπνησα καὶ ἐγενόμην ὡς στρουθίον μονάζον ἐπὶ δώματος. Ἀλληλούϊα. (101:8)

14. I kept watch, and have become like a sparrow alone on a housetop. Alleluia. (101:8) [SAAS]

15. Τὰ γόνατά μου ἠσθένησαν ἀπὸ νηστείας, καὶ ἡ σάρξ μου ἠλλοιώθη δι' ἔλαιον. Ἀλληλούϊα. (108:24)

15. My knees were weak from fasting, and my flesh was changed because of the oil. Alleluia. (108:24) [SAAS]

16. Πορευόμενος ἄμωμος καὶ ἐργαζόμενος δικαιοσύνην. Ἀλληλούϊα. (14:2)

16. He who walks blamelessly, and works righteousness. Alleluia. (14:2) [SAAS]

17. Καὶ σύ, Παιδίον, Προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (ᾨδὴ 9b:8)

17. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:8) [RSV]

18. Προπορεύσῃ γὰρ πρὸ προσώπου Κυρίου ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (ᾨδὴ 9b:8)

18. For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:8) [RSV]

19. Τοῦ δοῦναι γνῶσιν σωτηρίας τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ. Ἀλληλούϊα. (ᾨδὴ 9b:9)

19. To give knowledge of salvation to his people. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:9) [RSV]

20. Ἐν ἀφέσει ἁμαρτιῶν αὐτῶν, διὰ σπλάγχνα ἐλέους Θεοῦ ἡμῶν. Ἀλληλούϊα. (ᾨδὴ 9b:9)

20. In the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:9) [RSV]

21. Διὰ τοὺς λόγους τῶν χειλέων σου ἐγὼ ἐφύλαξα ὁδοὺς σκληράς. Ἀλληλούϊα. (16:4)

21. I held to hard ways because of the words of Your lips. Alleluia. (16:4) [SAAS]

22. Τὴν ἀλήθειάν σου καὶ τὸ σωτήριόν σου εἶπα. Ἀλληλούϊα. (39:11)

22. I declared Your truth and Your salvation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

23. Οὐκ ἔκρυψα τὸ ἔλεός σου καὶ τὴν ἀλήθειάν σου ἀπὸ συναγωγῆς πολλῆς. Ἀλληλούϊα. (39:11)

23. I did not hide Your mercy and Your truth from the great congregation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

24. Εἶπα τοῖς παρανομοῦσι· μὴ παρανομεῖτε, καὶ τοῖς ἁμαρτάνουσι· μὴ ὑψοῦτε κέρας, Ἀλληλούϊα. (74:5)

24. I said to those who transgress the law, "Do not transgress the law," and to those who sin I said, "Do not exalt yourselves." Alleluia. (74:5) [SAAS]

25. Ἰδοὺ τὰ χείλη μου οὐ μὴ κωλύσω· Κύριε, σὺ ἔγνως. Ἀλληλούϊα. (39:10)

25. Behold, I shall not restrain my lips, O Lord, You know. Alleluia. (39:10) [SAAS]

26. Καὶ ἡ γλῶσσά μου μελετήσει τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου, ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν τὸν ἔπαινόν σου. Ἀλληλούϊα. (34:28)

26. And my tongue shall meditate on Your righteousness, and on Your praise all the day long. Alleluia. (34:28) [SAAS]

Δόξα. Τριαδικόν.

Glory. For the Trinity.

Ἦχος αʹ.

Mode 1.

Τὸν Πατέρα προσκυνήσωμεν, καὶ τὸν Υἱὸν δοξολογήσωμεν, καὶ τὸ Πανάγιον ὁμοῦ, πάντες Πνεῦμα ἀνυμνήσωμεν, κράζοντες καὶ λέγοντες· Παναγία Τριάς, σῶσον πάντας ἡμᾶς.

Let us bow in worship and adore * the Father; likewise let us glorify * the Son; and also let us praise * the all-holy Spirit faithfully, * crying out in unison, * "Save us all, we implore, all-holy Trinity."

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ἦχος αʹ.

Mode 1.

Τὴν Μητέρα σου προσάγει σοι, εἰς ἱκεσίαν ὁ λαός σου Χριστέ· ταῖς παρακλήσεσιν αὐτῆς, τοὺς οἰκτιρμούς σου δὸς ἡμῖν Ἀγαθέ, ἵνα σε δοξάζωμεν, τὴν ἐλπίδα τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.

We Your people now invoke the name * of Your holy Mother entreating for us. * O Good One, at her fervent prayers, * send to us Your tender mercies, O Christ, * so that we may glorify * You, the hope of our souls, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

Ὅτι ηὐλόγηταί σου τὸ ὄνομα, καὶ δεδόξασταί σου ἡ βασιλεία, τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For blessed is your name, and glorified is your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα Γʹ.

Kathisma III.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Τὸ προσταχθέν.

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

Ἀγαλλιάσθω ὁ πατήρ, μήτηρ εὐφραίνου, ὅτι Προφήτην ἐπὶ γῆς, ἔτεκες σήμερον, τὸν θεόκλητον Πρόδρομον ἐξ ἐπαγγελίας. Ἡ στεῖρα βρέφος θηλάζει τὸν Βαπτιστήν, καὶ χαίρει ὁ Ζαχαρίας τῷ τοκετῷ, λέγων· Γλῶσσά μου λέλυται, τῇ σῇ προόδῳ ἐν γῇ, Λύχνε τοῦ μεγάλου φωτός. Ὄντως θαῦμα παράδοξον!

Exult, O father; and mother, now be joyous. * For you gave birth today on earth unto the Prophet * who by God is called Forerunner, even as was promised. * The barren one now is nursing her newborn babe * the Baptist; while Zacharias is overjoyed * by the childbirth, and says: "My tongue * has by your childbirth been loosed, * O Lamp of the great Light. This indeed * is a marvelous miracle." [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τὸ προσταχθὲν μυστικῶς, λαβὼν ἐν γνώσει, ἐν τῇ σκηνῇ τοῦ Ἰωσήφ, σπουδῇ ἐπέστη, ὁ Ἀσώματος λέγων τῇ Ἀπειρογάμῳ· ὁ κλίνας τῇ καταβάσει τοὺς οὐρανούς, χωρεῖται ἀναλλοιώτως ὅλος ἐν σοί. Ὂν καὶ βλέπων ἐν μήτρᾳ σου, λαβόντα δούλου μορφήν, ἐξίσταμαι κραυγάζειν σοι· Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε!

When he perceived what had secretly been ordered, * to the abode of Joseph urgently reported * the unbodied one saying unto the Unwedded: * "The Lord who has bowed the heavens in His descent, * in you is contained completely and without change; * and beholding Him in your womb * taking the form of a slave, * astounded I cry out to you: * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride." [SD]

Ἀντίφωνον Αʹ.

Antiphon I.

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἐκ νεότητός μου πολλὰ πολεμεῖ με πάθη, ἀλλ' αὐτὸς ἀντιλαβοῦ, καὶ σῶσον Σωτήρ μου. (δίς)

Since my youth have many passions waged war against me. O my Savior, nonetheless help me and save me. (2) [SD]

Οἱ μισοῦντες Σιών, αἰσχύνθητε ἀπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου· ὡς χόρτος γάρ, πυρὶ ἔσεσθε ἀπεξηραμμένοι. (δίς)

You, the haters of Zion, be put to shame by the Lord, for like thatch in fire you will be completely dried up. (2) [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι πᾶσα ψυχὴ ζωοῦται, καὶ καθάρσει ὑψοῦται λαμπρύνεται, τῇ τριαδικῇ Μονάδι ἱεροκρυφίως.

From the Holy Spirit every soul receives life, and through cleansing is lifted and brightened, in a hidden, sacred manner, by the trinal Monad. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, ἀναβλύζει τὰ τῆς χάριτος ῥεῖθρα, ἀρδεύοντα, ἅπασαν τὴν κτίσιν πρὸς ζωογονίαν.

From the Holy Spirit do the streams of grace well forth; they irrigate everything created, so that life be engendered. [SD]

Προκείμενον. Ὠδὴ Ἐνάτη.

Prokeimenon. Ode ix.

Καὶ σύ, Παιδίον, Προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ· προπορεύσῃ γὰρ πρὸ προσώπου Κυρίου ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ. (δίς)

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. (2)

Στίχ. Εὐλογητὸς Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, ὅτι ἐπεσκέψατο καὶ ἐποίησε λύτρωσιν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ.

Verse: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.

Καὶ σύ, Παιδίον, Προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ· προπορεύσῃ γὰρ πρὸ προσώπου Κυρίου ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. [RSV]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Ἅγιος εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐν Ἁγίοις ἐπαναπαύῃ, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For you are holy, our God, who rest among the Saints, and to you we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Ἦχος βʹ.

Mode 2.

Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον. (δίς) Αἰνεσάτω πνοή πᾶσα τὸν Κύριον.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. (2) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Καὶ ὑπέρ τοῦ καταξιωθῆναι ἡμᾶς τῆς ἀκροάσεως τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου, Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν ἱκετεύσωμεν.

Let us pray to the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία. Ὀρθοί. Ἀκούσωμεν τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου.

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐκ τοῦ κατὰ Λουκᾶν ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου τὸ ἀνάγνωσμα.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πρόσχωμεν.

Let us be attentive.

(Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.)

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (ἀπὸ τῆς Ὡραίας πύλης)

PRIEST (from the gate)

Λου 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Lk. 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις συνέλαβεν Ἐλισάβετ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ, καὶ περιέκρυβεν ἑαυτὴν μῆνας πέντε, λέγουσα ὅτι οὕτω μοι πεποίηκεν ὁ Κύριος ἐν ἡμέραις αἷς ἐπεῖδεν ἀφελεῖν τὸ ὄνειδός μου ἐν ἀνθρώποις. Τῇ δὲ Ἐλισάβετ ἐπλήσθη ὁ χρόνος τοῦ τεκεῖν αὐτήν, καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱόν. καὶ ἤκουσαν οἱ περίοικοι καὶ οἱ συγγενεῖς αὐτῆς ὅτι ἐμεγάλυνε Κύριος τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ μετ' αὐτῆς, καὶ συνέχαιρον αὐτῇ. Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ ὀγδόῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἦλθον περιτεμεῖν τὸ παιδίον, καὶ ἐκάλουν αὐτὸ ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ Ζαχαρίαν. καὶ ἀποκριθεῖσα ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ εἶπεν· οὐχί, ἀλλὰ κληθήσεται Ἰωάννης.καὶ εἶπον πρὸς αὐτὴν ὅτι οὐδείς ἐστιν ἐν τῇ συγγενείᾳ σου ὃς καλεῖται τῷ ὀνόματι τούτῳ·ἐνένευον δὲ τῷ πατρὶ αὐτοῦ τὸ τί ἂν θέλοι καλεῖσθαι αὐτόν.καὶ αἰτήσας πινακίδιον ἔγραψε λέγων· Ἰωάννης ἐστὶ τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐθαύμασαν πάντες.ἀνεῴχθη δὲ τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ παραχρῆμα καὶ ἡ γλῶσσα αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐλάλει εὐλογῶν τὸν Θεόν.καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ πάντας φόβος τοὺς περιοικοῦντας αὐτούς, καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ ὀρεινῇ τῆς Ἰουδαίας διελαλεῖτο πάντα τὰ ῥήματα ταῦτα,καὶ ἔθεντο πάντες οἱ ἀκούσαντες ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτῶν λέγοντες· τί ἄρα τὸ παιδίον τοῦτο ἔσται; καὶ χεὶρ Κυρίου ἦν μετ' αὐτοῦ. Καὶ Ζαχαρίας ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ προεφήτευσε λέγων· Εὐλογητὸς Κύριος, ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, ὅτι ἐπεσκέψατο καὶ ἐποίησε λύτρωσιν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ, Καὶ σύ, παιδίον, προφήτης ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ· προπορεύσῃ γὰρ πρὸ προσώπου Κυρίου ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ, Τὸ δὲ παιδίον ηὔξανε καὶ ἐκραταιοῦτο πνεύματι, καὶ ἦν ἐν ταῖς ἐρήμοις ἕως ἡμέρας ἀναδείξεως αὐτοῦ πρὸς τὸν Ἰσραήλ.

At that time, Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias conceived, and for five months hid herself, saying, "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men." Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zacharias after his father, but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, and you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways." And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel. [RSV]

(Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.)

(Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.)

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ψαλμὸς Nʹ (50).

Psalm 50 (51).

Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου. Ἐπὶ πλεῖον πλῦνόν με ἀπὸ τῆς ἀνομίας μου, καὶ απὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας μου καθάρισόν με. Ὅτι τὴν ἀνομίαν μου ἐγὼ γινώσκω, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία μου ἐνώπιόν μού ἐστι διὰ παντός. Σοὶ μόνῳ ἥμαρτον καὶ τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιόν σου ἐποίησα, ὅπως ἂν δικαιωθῇς ἐν τοῖς λόγοις σου, καὶ νικήσῃς ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαί σε. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἐν ἀνομίαις συνελήφθην, καὶ ἐν ἁμαρτίαις ἐκίσσησέ με ἡ μήτηρ μου. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀλήθειαν ἠγάπησας, τὰ ἄδηλα καὶ τὰ κρύφια τῆς σοφίας σου ἐδήλωσάς μοι. Ραντιεῖς με ὑσσώπῳ, καὶ καθαρισθήσομαι, πλυνεῖς με, καὶ ὑπὲρ χιόνα λευκανθήσομαι. Ἀκουτιεῖς μοι ἀγαλλίασιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην· ἀγαλλιάσονται ὀστέα τεταπεινωμένα. Ἀπόστρεψον τὸ πρόσωπόν σου ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν μου καὶ πάσας τὰς ἀνομίας μου ἐξάλειψον. Καρδίαν καθαρὰν κτίσον ἐν ἐμοί, ὁ Θεός, καὶ πνεῦμα εὐθὲς ἐγκαίνισον ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις μου. Μὴ ἀποῤῥίψῃς με ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου σου καὶ το Πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἅγιον μὴ ἀντανέλῃς ἀπ' ἐμοῦ. Ἀπόδος μοι τὴν ἀγαλλίασιν τοῦ σωτηρίου σου καὶ πνεύματι ἡγεμονικῷ στήριξόν με. Διδάξω ἀνόμους τὰς ὁδούς σου, καὶ ἀσεβεῖς ἐπὶ σὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι. Ρῦσαί με ἐξ αἱμάτων, ὁ Θεός, ὁ Θεὸς τῆς σωτηρίας μου· ἀγαλλιάσεται ἡ γλῶσσά μου τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου. Κύριε, τὰ χείλη μου ἀνοίξεις, καὶ τὸ στόμα μου ἀναγγελεῖ τὴν αἴνεσίν σου. Ὅτι εἰ ἠθέλησας θυσίαν, ἔδωκα ἄν· ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐκ εὐδοκήσεις. Θυσία τῷ Θεῷ πνεῦμα συντετριμμένον, καρδίαν συντετριμμένην καὶ τεταπεινωμένην ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἐξουδενώσει. Ἀγάθυνον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ σου τὴν Σιών, καὶ οἰκοδομηθήτω τὰ τείχη Ἱερουσαλήμ. Τότε εὐδοκήσεις θυσίαν δικαιοσύνης, ἀναφορὰν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα. Τότε ἀνοίσουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριόν σου μόσχους.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged. For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me. Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice. Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions. 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 to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built; then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings; then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. [SAAS]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Δόξα. Ἦχος βʹ.

Glory. Mode 2.

Ταῖς τοῦ σοῦ Προδρόμου πρεσβείαις, Ἐλεῆμον, ἐξάλειψον τὰ πλήθη τῶν ἐμῶν ἐγκλημάτων.

At the intercession of Your Forerunner, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ταῖς τῆς Θεοτόκου πρεσβείαις, Ἐλεῆμον, ἐξάλειψον τὰ πλήθη τῶν ἐμῶν ἐγκλημάτων.

At the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος βʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 2.

Στίχ. Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου.

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. [SAAS]

Ὁ ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς ἁγιασθείς, καὶ τῆς προφητείας δεξάμενος τὸ πλήρωμα, σήμερον ἐκ στείρας γεγέννηται, τοῦ Κυρίου τὴν ἔλευσιν κηρύττων τρανῶς· Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικε γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

He who was sanctified from his mother's womb, and who received the fullness of prophecy, was born today from a barren woman. He is distinctly proclaiming the coming of the Lord, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σῶσον ὁ Θεὸς τὸν λαόν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου· ἐπίσκεψαι τὸν κόσμον σου ἐν ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς· ὕψωσον κέρας Χριστιανῶν Ὀρθοδόξων καὶ κατάπεμψον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς τὰ ἐλέη σου τὰ πλούσια· πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου ἐνδόξου Προφήτου Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, οὗ καὶ τὸ Γενέσιον ἑορτάζομεν· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἐν ἁγίοις Πατέρων ἡμῶν μεγάλων Ἱεραρχῶν καὶ οἰκουμενικῶν Διδασκάλων, Βασιλείου τοῦ Μεγάλου, Γρηγορίου τοῦ Θεολόγου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Χρυσοστόμου, Ἀθανασίου, Κυρίλλου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Ἐλεήμονος Πατριαρχῶν Ἀλεξανδρίας· Νικολάου τοῦ ἐν Μύροις, Σπυρίδωνος Τριμυθοῦντος καὶ Νεκταρίου Πενταπόλεως τῶν θαυματουργῶν· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μεγαλομαρτύρων Γεωργίου τοῦ Τροπαιοφόρου, Δημητρίου τοῦ Μυροβλήτου, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Τήρωνος, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Στρατηλάτου, Μηνᾶ τοῦ θαυματουργοῦ· τῶν Ἱερομαρτύρων Χαραλάμπους καὶ Ἐλευθερίου, τῆς ἁγίας ἐνδόξου Μεγαλομάρτυρος καὶ πανευφήμου Εὐφημίας· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μαρτύρων Θέκλας, Βαρβάρας, Ἀναστασίας, Αἰκατερίνης, Κυριακῆς, Φωτεινῆς, Μαρίνης, Παρασκευῆς καὶ Εἰρήνης· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ Θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων σου τῶν Ἁγίων. Ἱκετεύομέν σε, μόνε πολυέλεε Κύριε, ἐπάκουσον ἡμῶν τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν δεομένων σου καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

O God, save your people and bless your inheritance. Look upon your world with mercy and compassion. Raise the Orthodox Christians in glory, and send down upon us your rich mercies, through the intercessions of our most pure Lady the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, the power of the precious and life giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless Powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable and glorious prophet, and forerunner John the Baptist, whose Birth we celebrate; the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, our Fathers among the Saints, the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Athanasios, Cyril, and John the Merciful, patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas, bishop of Myra, Spyridon, bishop of Trimythous, Nektarios of Pentapolis, the wonder-workers; the holy, glorious great Martyrs George the Victorious, Demetrios the Myrobletes, Theodore the Teron, and Theodore the General, Menas the Wonderworker, the Hieromartyrs Haralambos and Eleftherios; the holy, glorious, and victorious martyrs; the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; (local patron saint); the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all your Saints. We beseech you, only merciful Lord, hear us sinners who pray to you and have mercy on us.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (ιβʹ)

Lord, have mercy. (12)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς καὶ φιλανθρωπίᾳ τοῦ μονογενοῦς σου Υἱοῦ, μεθ' οὗ εὐλογητὸς εἰ, σὺν τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Through the mercy, compassion, and love of mankind of your only-begotten Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ὠδὴ αʹ.

Ode i.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Τριστάτας κραταιούς, ὁ τεχθεὶς ἐκ Παρθένου, ἀπαθείας ἐν βυθῷ, ψυχῆς τὸ τριμερές, καταπόντισον δέομαι, ὅπως σοι ὡς ἐν τυμπάνῳ τῇ νεκρώσει τοῦ σώματος, ἐπινίκιον ᾄσω μελῴδημα. (δίς)

Lord born of a Virgin, ⁄ drown, I pray, the mighty tyrant of my soul ⁄ in the depths of freedom from passions, ⁄ so that I may sing to You, as on the timbrel, ⁄ a song of triumph while beholding the death of the flesh. (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὡς ὄρθρος εὐπρεπής, τοῦ ἡλίου προτρέχων, στειρευούσης ὁ βλαστός, κηρύττει ἐμφανῶς, τῆς Παρθένου τὸ κύημα, πάση νῦν τῇ οἰκουμένῃ, ἀναλάμπειν τοῖς πέρασι, φωτισμὸν εὐσεβείας καὶ χάριτος.

As the dawn that precedes the Sun, ⁄ the offspring of barren parents clearly proclaims the Virgin's conceiving. ⁄ He makes the enlightenment of grace and godliness ⁄ shine to the ends of the world! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Προφήτης ἀληθῶς, τοῦ Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ· προπορεύσῃ γὰρ Χριστοῦ, βοᾷ σοι τῷ υἱῷ, Ἰωάννη πανεύφημε, Πνεύματι ὁ Ζαχαρίας, παναγίῳ φερόμενος, τὴν ὁδὸν ἑτοιμάσαι τοῦ κτίσαντος.

You shall truly be called the prophet of the Most High, ⁄ for you shall go before the face of Christ. ⁄ Zachariah, transported by the Spirit said to you, his son: ⁄ you shall go before the Creator to prepare His way ⁄ all-praised John. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ῥημάτων Γαβριήλ, Ζαχαρίας ἀκούσας, ἀγγελίας θεϊκῆς, ἐδείχθη ἀπειθής, καὶ σιγὴν κατακρίνεται, λύεται δὲ ἄφνω ταύτης· ἡ φωνὴ γὰρ γεγέννηται, Ἰωάννης τοῦ Λόγου ὁ Πρόδρομος.

When he heard the words of the divine message of Gabriel, ⁄ Zachariah was seen to be disobedient. ⁄ He was condemned to silence, ⁄ but he was loosed suddenly from this silence, ⁄ for John, the Voice and Forerunner of the Word had been born. [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἡ πόλις τοῦ Θεοῦ, τὸ τοῦ παμβασιλέως, θεοδόχον εὐαγές, κειμήλιον σεπτόν, Θεοτόκε πανάμωμε, φρούρησον σὴν κληρουχίαν, τὴν ἀεὶ εὐφημοῦσάν σε, καὶ γεραίρουσαν πίστει τὸν τόκον σου.

Spotless Theotokos: ⁄ the City of God, the King of all, ⁄ the pure and divine receiver, ⁄ ever guard your inheritance which praises you, ⁄ honoring your childbearing with faith. [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ἀνοίξω τὸ στόμα μου.

Mode 4. I open my mouth.

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Κοσμεῖται τὴν χάριν νῦν, ἡ Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Πνεύματος, καὶ καταφαιδρύνεται καὶ ὡραΐζεται, τὴν γενέθλιον, ἡμέραν τοῦ Προδρόμου, εὐφροσύνως ἄγουσα, καὶ ἀναμέλπουσα.

Enhanced by the Spirit's grace, * the Church is gaily adorned today. * And beaming with utter joy, * she beautifies herself, * as she celebrates * the feast of John the Baptist's * Nativity cheerfully, * singing resoundingly. [SD]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὁ Κήρυξ τῆς χάριτος, καὶ ἑωσφόρου φαιδρότερος, τῆς δόξης τὸν Ἥλιον, μηνύει σήμερον, καὶ τὴν ἔλλαμψιν, αὐτοῦ νῦν προκηρύττει, ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς πέρασιν, αὐγάζειν μέλλουσαν.

The Herald of grace who is * brighter himself than the morning star * discloses the Sun of glory by his birth today. * And he now proclaims * the Sun's illumination * that will brightly shine upon * the ends of all the earth. [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Νὺξ τῆς ἀθεότητος, ἐν τῇ γεννήσει σου Πρόδρομε, ἐκ γῆς ἀπελαύνεται, καὶ αἱ τῆς χάριτος, ἐν τοῖς πέρασιν, ἀκτῖνες ἐφαπλοῦνται· σὺ γὰρ τὸν ἀνέσπερον, μηνύεις ἥλιον.

The dark night of godlessness * is by your birth, holy Forerunner, * dispelled and expelled from earth. * And now the rays of grace * over all the world * are spreading. For, O Prophet, * you proclaim the rising of * the never-setting Sun. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Γνῶσιν τῆς συλλήψεως, τῆς σῆς δεικνύει ἡ κύησις, τῆς στείρας Πανάχραντε, προκαταγγέλλουσα, καὶ μηνύουσα, τὸν ἄσπορόν σου τόκον· καρπὸν ἐξ ἀκάρπου γάρ, νηδύος ἤνεγκε.

The barren one's pregnancy, * O Virgin pure and immaculate, * betokens the knowledge of * your own conceiving as well. * And it signifies * and presages your childbirth * without seed. For it produced * fruit from a fruitless womb. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ αʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἀνοίξω τὸ στόμα μου, καὶ πληρωθήσεται Πνεύματος, καὶ λόγον ἐρεύξομαι, τῇ Βασιλίδι Μητρί, καὶ ὀφθήσομαι, φαιδρῶς πανηγυρίζων, καὶ ᾄσω γηθόμενος, ταύτης τὰ θαύματα.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ γʹ.

Ode iii.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Οὐκ ἐν σοφίᾳ καὶ δυνάμει καὶ πλούτῳ καυχώμεθα, ἀλλ' ἐν σοὶ τῇ τοῦ Πατρός, ἐνυποστάτῳ Σοφίᾳ Χριστέ· οὐ γάρ ἐστιν Ἅγιος, πλὴν σοῦ φιλάνθρωπε. (δίς)

We do not boast in wisdom, strength and wealth, ⁄ but in you, O Christ, in Person the Wisdom of the Father, ⁄ for none is holy but You, Lover of mankind! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Δεσποτικὴ μέν, ἐκ Παρθένου τελεῖται ἡ γέννησις, ἀλλ' οἰκέτου προσφιλοῦς, ἐκ γηραλέας καὶ στείρας μητρός· εἰκότως προτρέχει γάρ, θαῦμα τοῦ θαύματος.

The Master's birth is from a Virgin, ⁄ while the beloved servant's is from an aged and barren womb. ⁄ Yet, greatest of wonders, ⁄ he rightly goes before. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Δεσποτικὴ μέν, ἐκ Παρθένου τελεῖται ἡ γέννησις, ἀλλ' οἰκέτου προσφιλοῦς, ἐκ γηραλέας καὶ στείρας μητρός· εἰκότως προτρέχει γάρ, θαῦμα τοῦ θαύματος.

The Master's birth is from a Virgin, ⁄ while the beloved servant's is from an aged and barren womb. ⁄ Yet, greatest of wonders, ⁄ he rightly goes before. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ῥυσσὴ καὶ στεῖρα, τὴν Παρθένον μητέρα ἀσπάζεται, ἐπιγνοῦσα ἀψευδῶς, τῷ ταύτης τόκῳ ὡς λέλυται, δεσμὰ τῆς στειρώσεως, θείῳ βουλήματι.

An aged and barren mother kissed the Virgin, ⁄ having come to know without a doubt ⁄ that the bond of unfruitfulness would be undone ⁄ by her childbearing in the will of God. [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἀπειρογάμως, ἡ Θεὸν σαρκωθέντα κυήσασα, τῶν παθῶν ταῖς προσβολαῖς, κλονούμενόν με στερέωσον· οὐ γὰρ ἐστιν Ἄχραντε, πλήν σου βοήθεια.

You brought forth God incarnate while unwedded; ⁄ then establish me, for I am shaken by the assaults of passion. ⁄ There is no other help but you, undefiled one! [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Τοὺς σοὺς ὑμνολόγους.

Mode 4. Establish your servants.

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἦχος τῆς ἐκ στείρας σου προόδου, δεσμὰ διαλύσας πατρικῆς, φωνῆς κηρύττει Ἔνδοξε, λαμπρῶς τῆς ὑπὲρ ἔννοιαν, Χριστοῦ συγκαταβάσεως, τὰ θεῖα νῦν προμηνύματα.

Word of your delivery, O Baptist, * from the barren woman loosed the bonds * of silence from your father's voice. * And hence the condescension of Christ, * which is incomprehensible, * is now foretokened with signs from God. [SD]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Στείρας ἐξ ἀκάρπου ἐκβλαστήσας, ὁ τῆς εὐκαρπίας μηνυτής, τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἐξέτεμε, τὴν ἄγονον καὶ ἄκαρπον, ἀξίνῃ τοῦ κηρύγματος, ἀγνωμοσύνην Ἰουδαίων λαοῦ.

The offspring that sprouted from the fruitless * barren woman, who himself declares * the fruitfulness attained in Christ, * cut down the unproductive and * unfruitful folly of the Jews, * using the axe of the words he preached. [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Χάριτος τῆς νέας αἱ ἀκτῖνες, ἐξέλαμψαν σήμερον φαιδρῶς, τῇ σῇ γεννήσει Πρόδρομε, καὶ παλαιὰ αἰνίγματα, καὶ οἱ σκιώδεις γράμματος, μεταχωρεῖν τύποι ἀπήρξαντο.

Rays of the new grace have brightly shone forth, * O Forerunner, by your birth today. * And now the old enigmas and types * according to the letter of * the Scriptures, like a shadow have * begun withdrawing before the light. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ἔλυσεν ὁ τόκος σου Παρθένε, δεσμὰ καταδίκης τῶν βροτῶν, καὶ ἑαυτῷ συνέδησεν, ἡμᾶς διὰ τῆς χάριτος, ἐπευλογήσας ἅπαντας, τοὺς Θεοτόκον σε γεραίροντας.

The Son whom you bore, all-holy Virgin, * released human nature from the bonds * of condemnation; and instead * He bonded us, by grace, to himself, * bestowing blessings onto all, * O Theotokos, who honor you. [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ γʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Τοὺς σοὺς ὑμνολόγους Θεοτόκε, ὡς ζῶσα καὶ ἄφθονος πηγή, θίασον συγκροτήσαντας πνευματικόν, στερέωσον· καὶ ἐν τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου, στεφάνων δόξης ἀξίωσον.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

Ode 3: Short Litany

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For you are our God, and to you we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα.

Kathisma.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Ὥσπερ ἥλιος φαιδρός, τῆς Ἐλισάβετ ἐκ γαστρός, ἐξανέτειλεν ἡμῖν, τοῦ Ζαχαρίου ὁ υἱός, καὶ τοῦ Πατρὸς διαλύει τὴν ἀφωνίαν, καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς λαοῖς, ἐν παῤῥησίᾳ πολλῇ· Εὐθύνατε βοᾷ, τὰς τοῦ Κυρίου ὁδούς· καὶ γὰρ αὐτὸς ἐλεύσεται καὶ σώσει, τοὺς πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐπιστρέφοντας, ὃν προκηρύξας ὦ Ἰωάννη, ἱκέτευε τοῦ σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

As a radiating sun * did Zacharias's son * rise upon us on the earth * out of Elizabeth's womb. * He puts an end to his father's voicelessness. * And boldly he cries out * and very openly says * to the peoples of the world: * "Make straight the ways of the Lord. * For He is surely coming and will save those * who in repentance return to Him." * O John the Baptist, since you announced Him, * also entreat Him to save our souls. [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Ἦχος δʹ. Κατεπλάγη Ἰωσήφ.

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

Κατεπλάγησαν Ἁγνή, πάντες Ἀγγέλων οἱ χοροί, τὸ μυστήριον τῆς σῆς, κυοφορίας τὸ φρικτόν, πῶς ὁ τὰ πάντα συνέχων νεύματι μόνῳ, ἀγκάλαις ὡς βροτός, ταῖς σαῖς συνέχεται, καὶ δέχεται ἀρχὴν ὁ Προαιώνιος, καὶ γαλουχεῖται, σύμπασαν, ὁ τρέφων πνοὴν ἀφάτῳ χρηστότητι! καὶ σὲ ὡς ὄντως, Θεοῦ Μητέρα, εὐφημοῦντες δοξάζουσι.

O most pure and spotless Maid, * the awesome mystery * of your childbirth amazed * the hosts of Angels all: * how He who holds all things together by will alone * is held in your embrace * as a human being; * how the Pre-eternal Lord * accepts an origin; * how He who nourishes all breathing creatures * out of His goodness is nursed by you! * Hence they extol you and glorify you * for being truly the Mother of God. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ δʹ.

Ode iv.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 4.

Ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δόξῃ, ἐπὶ θρόνου Θεότητος, ἐν νεφέλῃ κούφῃ, ἦλθεν Ἰησοῦς ὁ ὑπέρθεος, τῇ ἀκηράτῳ παλάμῃ καὶ διέσωσε, τοὺς κραυγάζοντας· δόξα Χριστὲ τῇ δυνάμει σου. (δίς)

He who sits in holy glory * on the throne of divinity, * Jesus our most high God, * on a swift and light cloud has come to us, * and by the might of His undefiled hand has saved * those who cry to Him: Glory to Your power, O Christ. (2) [SD]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Μυστηρίων ἀποῤῥήτων, προοδεύει μυστήριον, τῇ καινοτομίᾳ, τῆς θεσμοθεσίας τῆς φύσεως, τῆς ἀῤῥωστίας ἡ λύσις προμηνύουσα, τὴν διόρθωσιν, ταύτης Χριστὲ καὶ τὴν θέωσιν.

A mystery precedes the ineffable mysteries, ⁄ Revealing them by a form new to the established law of nature, ⁄ Foretelling its deliverance from sickness, O Christ, ⁄ Its amendment and deification. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὁ Ἡσαΐας πατρόθεν, τῷ Υἱῷ προεφήτευσε, σαρκωθησομένῳ, Ἄγγελον βροτὸν τὸν Ἰσάγγελον· Ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω πρὸ προσώπου σου, προκραυγάζοντα· Δόξα Χριστὲ τῇ δυνάμει σου.

Isaiah spoke beforehand about the Son, ⁄ coming from the Father, about to become Incarnate, ⁄ and about a mortal Messenger, equal to the angels, saying: ⁄ Behold, I send him before Your face to cry in preparation: ⁄ Glory to Your power, O Christ! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὑπηρετῆσαι ὡς δοῦλος τῷ Δεσπότῃ γεγέννημαι· εἰς αὐτὸ γὰρ ἥκω, τούτου καταγγεῖλαι τὴν ἔλευσιν, ὡς τῆς Παρθένου τὸν τόκον προπιστώσηται, παραδόξως στειρεύουσα, γραῦς ἐκβλαστήσασα.

I have been born to serve the Master as a servant; ⁄ I have come to announce His coming, ⁄ that the barren woman who brought forth a flower in her old age ⁄ might believe beforehand in the childbearing of the Virgin! [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἡ Ἁγία Θεοτόκος, ἣν οἰκῆσαι ηὐδόκησεν, ὡς εὐώδη οἶκον, Λόγος τοῦ Πατρὸς ὁ ὑπέρθεος, οὐ διεφθάρη τὴν μήτραν, οὐκ ὠδίνησε· καὶ γὰρ τέτοκεν, Ἐμμανουὴλ τὸν Θεάνθρωπον.

The transcendent Word of the Father ⁄ was pleased to dwell in the ho1y Theotokos as a sweet-smelling mansion. ⁄ Her womb was not corrupted, and she suffered no travail, ⁄ for she bore Emmanuel, both God and Man. [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Τὴν ἀνεξιχνίαστον.

Mode 4. N/M (When the Prophet.)

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ῥεῖθρα ἑτοιμάζουσιν οἱ ποταμοί, καὶ ὁ Ἰορδάνης τὰ νάματα, προευτρεπίζει, τῷ Δεσπότῃ ἑαυτοῦ, τὸν Βαπτιστὴν θεώμενος, τοῦτον νῦν ἐκ στείρας τικτόμενον.

The rivers prepared their streams, ⁄ and the Jordan made its waters ready for the Master ⁄ Who now establishes His Baptist, ⁄ born today from barrenness! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Αἱ τῆς ἀγαθότητος τοῦ Ποιητοῦ, δωρεαὶ προκύπτουσιν ἄνωθεν, τοῦ ἑωσφόρου, διανίσχοντος ἐν γῆ, καὶ τὴν αὐτοῦ ἐπίλαμψιν, καὶ ἐπιδημίαν κηρύττοντος.

The Maker's own gifts of goodness, ⁄ He Who is the Day that dawns from on High, ⁄ bows down before the one who walks the earth ⁄ Proclaiming His Coming and Light. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Σάλπιγξ μεγαλόφωνος ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, σήμερον ἐκ στείρας προέρχεται ὁ Ἰωάννης, καὶ μηνύει τοῖς βροτοῖς, τὸν Βασιλέα Κύριον, ἐξ ἁγνῆς ἀφράστως τικτόμενον.

Today John, the loud-crying trumpet ⁄ comes forth on earth from a barren womb ⁄ revealing to mortals the King and Lord ⁄ ineffably born of a Virgin. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ὡς οὖσαν ἐκπλήρωμα τῶν ἐν σκιᾷ, τύπων καὶ συμβόλων Πανάχραντε, πάντες Προφῆται, σὲ ἀνύμνησαν φωναῖς, προμηνυούσαις ἅπασι τὰ σὰ μεγαλεῖα καὶ θαύματα.

O all-immaculate Virgin, ⁄ you are the fulfillment of types and symbols in shadow, ⁄ and all the Prophets extolled you in their sayings ⁄ that foretold to all your great and marvelous wonders. [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ δʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Τὴν ἀνεξιχνίαστον θείαν βουλήν, τῆς ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου σαρκώσεως, σοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου, ὁ Προφήτης, Ἀββακούμ, κατανοῶν ἐκραύγαζε· Δόξα τῇ δυνάμει σου Κύριε.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ εʹ.

Ode v.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Νῦν ἀναστήσομαι, προφητικῶς ἔφη ὁ Θεός, νῦν ὑψωθήσομαι, νῦν δοξασθήσομαι, τὸν πεσόντα προσλαβὼν ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου, καὶ πρὸς φῶς τὸ θαυμαστόν, ἀνυψῶν τῆς ἐμῆς Θεότητος. (δίς)

I shall now arise! Said God prophetically; ⁄ I shall be exalted, I shall be glorified now, ⁄ taking fallen mankind from the Virgin, ⁄ and raising him up to the wonderful Light of My Own divinity! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Γῆ ἐξανέτειλε, παναληθῆ κήρυκα, φωνὴν πᾶσι κηρύττουσαν, γλώσσῃ τοῦ Πνεύματος, τῆς Παρθένου τὸν Υἱόν, δικαιοσύνην οὐρανόθεν ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, διακύπτουσαν ὕλῃ σώματος.

The earth has raised up a preacher who is true indeed. ⁄ He proclaims the Son of the Virgin to all with the tongue of the Spirit: ⁄ He Who is righteousness came down to us from heaven, ⁄ stooping to us in the form of the body. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἔθετο Κύριος, παναληθῆ λύχνον σε Χριστοῦ, πάντας φωτίζοντα, μόνους ἐνδύοντα, τοὺς ἐχθραίνοντας αὐτῷ ὡς διπλοΐδα, τὴν αἰσχύνην ἀψευδῶς, Θεοῦ Λόγον Υἱόν κηρύττοντα.

The Lord set you as the all-true candlestick of Christ, ⁄ for you send out light on all, ⁄ clothing those who are hostile to Him in shame as with a garment, ⁄ proclaiming forthrightly the Son and Word of God! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Γήθεται ἅπασα, κτίσις τῷ σῶ τόκῳ θεϊκῶς· σὺ γὰρ ἐπίγειος, ἄγγελος Πρόδρομε, καὶ οὐράνιος βροτὸς ἀναδειχθήσῃ, τὸν οὐράνιον Θεόν, προμηνύων ἡμῖν σαρκούμενον.

All creation rejoices at your divine birth, ⁄ for you, Forerunner, were revealed as an earthly angel and heavenly man, ⁄ showing forth to us the Incarnate God of heaven. [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Σοῦ τὰ θαυμάσια, προφητικαὶ ἔφησαν φωναί, ὄρος καλοῦντές σε, καὶ πύλην ἄχραντε, καὶ λυχνίαν φαεινήν, ἐξ ἧς τὸ φέγγος ἀληθῶς τὸ θαυμαστὸν φρυκτωρεῖ, Ἁγνὴ κόσμον ἅπαντα.

The voices of the prophets have told of your wondrous works, ⁄ calling you the undefiled mountain, the gate and shining candlestick, ⁄ from whom the miraculous Light flashed signs of fire indeed ⁄ to the whole world, all-pure one. [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ἐξέστη τὰ σύμπαντα.

Mode 4. N/M (Amazed was the universe.)

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ῥώννυται ἡ πρότερον, φύσις ἐξασθενήσασα, πρὸς τὴν τῶν καλῶν καρπογονίαν, ἐκ τῆς ἀκάρπου μήτρας τεχθέντος σου, καὶ βροτοῖς, κηρύττεται ζωή, ἐν τῇ ἀποτέξει σου, παναοίδιμε Πρόδρομε.

The nature that was weakened before ⁄ is now made strong to bring forth good fruits ⁄ by your birth from an unfruitful womb. ⁄ Life was proclaimed to mortals ⁄ by your coming forth, Forerunner. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὁ λύχνος ὁ ἄσβεστος, ἐκ στείρας προερχόμενος, μηνύει τὸν ἥλιον τῆς δόξης, ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου ἐξανατέλλοντα, πάντας τοὺς ἀνθρώπους τῷ φωτί, τῆς συγκαταβάσεως, καταυγάζοντα χάριτι.

The unquenchable candlestick proceeding from barren parents, ⁄ disclosed the Sun of glory rising from the Virgin, ⁄ enlightening all mankind with the light of the descent of grace! [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Δεσμοῦνται πολύφθογγοι, γλῶσσαι τῆς ἀθεότητος, καὶ χείλη πλατύνονται εἰς δόξαν, τῆς παρουσίας τοῦ τῶν ἁπάντων Θεοῦ, τοῦ Προδρόμου ταύτην ἐν τῇ γῇ, σήμερον μηνύοντος, καὶ τρανῶς προκηρύττοντος.

The babbling tongues of the ungodly were bound, ⁄ yet their mouths were opened wide, ⁄ for the glory of the Coming of the God of all ⁄ was revealed and proclaimed clearly on earth today by the Forerunner! [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ῥήμασι τὴν δόξαν σου, ἡ Ἐλισάβετ Ἄχραντε, τοῖς προφητικοῖς δοξολογοῦσα, τὰ μεγαλεῖα τοῦ θείου τόκου σου, χαίρουσα ἐκήρυττε τρανῶς· σὺ ὑπάρχεις πάντων γάρ, εὐφροσύνη καὶ καύχημα.

Glorifying your glory in words of prophecy, O Virgin, ⁄ Elizabeth plainly proclaimed the majesty of your divine childbearing with joy, ⁄ for you are indeed the gladness and boast of us all. [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ εʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἐξέστη τὰ σύμπαντα, ἐπὶ τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου· σὺ γὰρ ἀπειρόγαμε Παρθένε, ἔσχες ἐν μήτρᾳ, τὸν ἐπὶ πάντων Θεόν, καὶ τέτοκας ἄχρονον Υἱόν, πᾶσι τοῖς ὑμνοῦσί σε, σωτηρίαν βραβεύοντα.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ Ϛʹ.

Ode vi.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Ἦλθον εἰς τὰ βάθη τῆς θαλάσσης, καὶ κατεπόντισέ με, καταιγὶς πολλῶν ἁμαρτημάτων, ἀλλ' ὡς Θεὸς ἐκ φθορᾶς ἀνάγαγε, τὴν ζωήν μου ὡς φιλάνθρωπος. (δίς)

I have come to the depths of the sea, ⁄ and a storm of many sins has wrecked me in the deep, ⁄ but as God, snatch my life from corruption, ⁄ greatly merciful One! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Θεὸν Λόγον ἔγνως ὡς Προφήτης, ἐν μητρικῇ νηδύϊ, καὶ τῇ ταύτης χρησάμενος γλώττῃ, θεολογεῖς, σκοτεινῷ θεώμενος, ἐν θαλάμῳ φῶς ἀπρόσιτον.

As a prophet, you recognized God the Word ⁄ while still in the womb of your mother. ⁄ Proclaiming Him there with a prophet's tongue, you confessed Him, ⁄ beholding in a dark chamber the unapproachable Light! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Θεὸν Λόγον ἔγνως ὡς Προφήτης, ἐν μητρικῇ νηδύϊ, καὶ τῇ ταύτης χρησάμενος γλώττῃ, θεολογεῖς, σκοτεινῷ θεώμενος, ἐν θαλάμῳ φῶς ἀπρόσιτον.

As a prophet, you recognized God the Word ⁄ while still in the womb of your mother. ⁄ Proclaiming Him there with a prophet's tongue, you confessed Him, ⁄ beholding in a dark chamber the unapproachable Light! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἀσιγήτως ὡς φωνὴ βοῶντος, τὸν Λυτρωτὴν τοῦ κόσμου Βαπτιστά, ἱκετεύων μὴ παύσῃ, τὴν ψυχικὴν διαλῦσαι στείρωσιν, τῶν ὑμνούντων σου τὴν γέννησιν.

Never silent as the voice of one who cries aloud, ⁄ do not cease to pray the Deliverer of the world, O Baptist, ⁄ that He may loose the barrenness of soul ⁄ of those who sing the praises of your birth! [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἀστέκτου Θεότητος χωρίον, ἡ καθαρὰ νηδύς σου, ἀναδέδεικται ὦ Θεοτόκε, ᾗ ἀδεῶς, οὐρανῶν τὰ τάγματα, ἀτενίζειν οὐ δεδύνηνται.

Your pure womb was revealed, Theotokos, ⁄ As the unapproachable dwelling of divinity ⁄ Upon Whom the hosts of heaven cannot gaze without fear! [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Τὴν θείαν ταύτην.

Mode 4. (N/M O godly-minded believers.)

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ῥομφαίαν Πρόδρομε δίστομον, τὴν γέννησιν τὴν σὴν ὁ πολέμιος, ἐχθρὸς ἐδέξατο· σὺ γὰρ τὴν τούτου ἀναίρεσιν, καὶ τὴν ἀνθρώπων ζώωσιν ἀνεκήρυξας.

The warring enemy was thrust with a two-edged sword: ⁄ your own birth, Forerunner! ⁄ You told abroad of his destruction, ⁄ and of mankind's return to life. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὁ θεῖος πλοῦτος διέκυψεν, ἐξ ὕψους θεϊκοῦ εἰς τὰ σύμπαντα, τῆς τῶν βροτῶν ἐμφανῶς, υἱοθεσίας καὶ χάριτος, τοῦ ταύτης τικτομένου σήμερον κήρυκος.

Divine wealth drops down from divine heights ⁄ upon the universe, ⁄ for the herald of the adoption and grace of the human race ⁄ has been born today! [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Μύρα εὐώδη ἡ ἔρημος, ἐκβλύζει νοητῶς τὰ μηνύματα, ἐν τῇ γεννήσει σου, τῇ ἐκ τῆς στείρας Πανεύφημε, τοῦ ἀκενώτου μύρου εἰσδεχομένη Χριστοῦ.

The wilderness spiritually poured forth sweet-smelling myrrh ⁄ at your birth from barrenness. ⁄ It is the revelation, John of great praise, ⁄ of the inexhaustible myrrh received from Christ. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Γνωρίσας μόνην σε Δέσποινα, Μητέρα τοῦ Θεοῦ προεσκίρτησεν, ὁ θεῖος Πρόδρομος, ἐν τῇ μητρῴᾳ νηδύϊ Ἁγνή, καὶ τὰ σὰ μεγαλεῖα προανεκήρυξε.

The Divine Forerunner recognized you as the Mother of God! ⁄ He leaped beforehand in his mother's womb, ⁄ proclaiming your great things, pure Lady! [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ Ϛʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Τὴν θείαν ταύτην καὶ πάντιμον, τελοῦντες ἑορτὴν οἱ θεόφρονες, τῆς Θεομήτορος, δεῦτε τὰς χεῖρας κροτήσωμεν, τὸν ἐξ αὐτῆς τεχθέντα Θεὸν δοξάζοντες.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

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Κοντάκιον.

Kontakion.

Ἦχος γʹ. Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.

Mode 3. On this day.

Ἡ πρὶν στεῖρα σήμερον, Χριστοῦ τὸν Πρόδρομον τίκτει, καὶ αὐτὸς τὸ πλήρωμα, πάσης τῆς προφητείας· ὄνπερ γάρ, προανεκήρυξαν οἱ Προφῆται, τοῦτον δή, ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ χειροθετήσας, ἀνεδείχθη Θεοῦ Λόγου, Προφήτης Κήρυξ ὁμοῦ καὶ Πρόδρομος.

On this day Christ's Forerunner is born from her who was barren; and of all the prophesy he is himself the fulfillment. On the head of God the Word, who was by the Prophets heralded, he laid his hand at the Jordan River. Thus he showed himself to be His Prophet and Herald and likewise Forerunner. [SD]

Ὁ Οἶκος.

Oikos.

Εὐφημήσωμεν νῦν τὸν τοῦ Κυρίου Πρόδρομον, ὃν περ τῷ ἱερεῖ ἡ Ἐλισάβετ ἔτεκεν, ἐκ μήτρας ἀκάρπου, ἀλλ' οὐχὶ ἀσπόρου· Χριστὸς γὰρ μόνος χώραν διώδευσεν ἀδιόδευτον, ἄσπορον, τὸν Ἰωάννην στεῖρα ἐγέννησεν, ἄνευ δὲ ἀνδρὸς τοῦτον οὐκ ἔτεκε, τὸν δὲ Ἰησοῦν ἐπισκιάσει Πατρὸς καὶ Πνεύματος θείου, Παρθένος ἔτεκεν ἁγνή, ἀλλὰ τοῦ ἐκ Παρθένου ἀνεδείχθη ὁ ἐκ στείρας, Προφήτης Κήρυξ ὁμοῦ καὶ Πρόδρομος.

Let us now extol the Lord's Forerunner, whom Elizabeth bore to the priest, from a womb that was fruitless, but not without seed. Only Christ traversed the field that no one else traversed, that was truly without seed. John was borne of a barren woman, who bore him not without the agency of a man. Whereas Jesus was borne of a chaste Virgin, by the overshadowing of the Father and the divine Spirit. Yet the son of the barren one showed himself to be for the Son of the Virgin, Prophet and Herald, and likewise Forerunner. [SD]

Συναξάριον.

Synaxarion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου.

From the Menaion.

Τῇ ΚΔʹ τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνός, τὸ Γενέθλιον ἑορτάζομεν τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ἐνδόξου Προφήτου, Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου.

On June 24 we celebrate the Nativity of the honorable and glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John.

Ταῖς αὐτοῦ ἁγίαις πρεσβείαις, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. Ἀμήν.

By his holy intercessions, Christ God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ ζʹ.

Ode vii.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Νέοι τρεῖς ἐν Βαβυλῶνι, πρόσταγμα τυραννικόν, εἰς φλήναφον θέμενοι, μέσον τοῦ πυρὸς ἀνεβόων· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ ὁ Θεός, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν. (δίς)

Three young men in Babylon ⁄ counting a tyrant's command to be idle talk, ⁄ cried aloud in the midst of the flames: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὑπῆρχε τὸ πρὶν ἐσκοτισμένη, ἅπασα τῶν γηγενῶν, ἡ φύσις ὦ Πρόδρομε, ἀλλ' ὄρθρος βοῶν ἀνεφάνης· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ὁ τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.

The entire nature of those born on earth was darkened before, ⁄ but you appeared, Forerunner! ⁄ You were the morning that cried aloud: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Νοσοῦσαν ἰάσατο τὴν φύσιν, ἅπασαν ἡ εὐκλεής, ἐκ στείρας σου γέννησις, διδάξασα Πρόδρομε μέλπειν· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ὁ τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.

Your glorious birth from barrenness, Forerunner, ⁄ has entirely healed our sick nature, teaching it to sing: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Γεγέννησαι Πρόδρομε ἐκ στείρας· ἦλθε γὰρ παναληθῶς, τοῦ νόμου στειρεύοντος, ἡ χάρις Χριστῷ μελῳδοῦσα· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ὁ τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.

O Forerunner, you have been born from a barren woman. ⁄ For while the Law had become barren, ⁄ grace truly came, singing to Christ: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Παρθένε ἁγνὴ εὐλογημένη, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱκετευόντων σε· εἰς σὲ γὰρ ἐλπίζομεν πάντες, καὶ σοὶ βοῶμεν· Δέσποινα μὴ παρίδῃς τοὺς δούλους σου.

Intercede for us who pray to you, ⁄ pure and blessed Virgin, ⁄ for we all hope in you and cry aloud: ⁄ Do not despise your servants, Lady! [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Οὐκ ἐλάτρευσαν.

Mode 4. N/M (Godly-minded three.)

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὁ ποιῶν πάντα τῷ Πνεύματι ὡς Κύριος, καὶ Ποιητὴς τοῦ παντός, ἐκ στειρευούσης καρπόν, παρήγαγε σήμερον, μητρὸς τὸν Πρόδρομον, προμηνύοντα, καρποφορεῖν τὴν ἄκαρπον, τῶν βροτῶν φύσιν τὰ θεῖα.

He Who makes all things by the Spirit, ⁄ as the Lord and Creator of all, ⁄ today brings forth from a barren womb ⁄ the fruit that is the Forerunner. ⁄ He reveals beforehand that mankind's barren nature ⁄ shall bring forth the fruit of divine things. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Νεκρωθεῖσαν τὴν μητρῴαν ὡς ἐζώωσε, μήτραν τῷ τόκῳ σου, ὁ ζωοδότης Χριστός, διὰ τοῦ κηρύγματος τοῦ σοῦ ἀνέστησε, καὶ ἀνέῤῥωσε, νενεκρωμένας Πρόδρομε, τῶν βροτῶν τὰς προσδοκίας.

As Christ, the Giver of life, ⁄ brought back life to your mother's deadened womb by your birth, ⁄ so by your preaching He has raised up and renewed the strength ⁄ of the dead expectations of the human race. [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ὑπὲρ ἥλιον ἡ ἔρημος φωστῆρά σε, θεῖον Πανεύφημε, εἰσδεχομένη τερπνῶς, διὰ σοῦ φαιδρύνεται καὶ ὡραΐζεται, καὶ σὺν ἅπασιν, ὑμνολογεῖ τὸν Κύριον, καὶ Θεόν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Forerunner, saint worthy of all praise, ⁄ the wilderness received you as a light greater than the heavenly sun. ⁄ It was enlightened with joy and adorned by you, ⁄ and together with all creation sings to the Lord and God throughout all ages. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ἰδεῖν ἄχραντε τὴν δόξαν σου οἱ Δίκαιοι, πάλαι ἐζήτησαν, ἣν καθορῶμεν ἡμεῖς, καὶ πιστῶς γεραίρομέν σε καὶ κραυγάζομεν· Ὑπερένδοξε, εὐλογημένος Δέσποινα, ὁ καρπὸς τῆς σῆς κοιλίας.

The righteous in days of old ⁄ sought to behold your glory, undefiled Lady. ⁄ We perceive it and honor it in faith as we cry: ⁄ Blessed and most praised is the fruit of your womb, O Lady! [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ ζʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Οὐκ ἐλάτρευσαν τῇ κτίσει οἱ θεόφρονες, παρὰ τὸν Κτίσαντα, ἀλλὰ πυρὸς ἀπειλήν, ἀνδρείως πατήσαντες, χαίροντες ἔψαλλον. Ὑπερύμνητε, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Κύριος, καὶ Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ ηʹ.

Ode viii.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Εὐεργέτα Χριστὲ Παντοδύναμε, τοὺς ἐν μέσῳ φλογὸς εὐσεβήσαντας, συγκαταβὰς ἐδρόσισας, καὶ ἐδίδαξας μέλπειν· Πάντα τὰ ἔργα, εὐλογεῖτε ὑμνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον. (δίς)

Almighty Redeemer of all, ⁄ You descended to the godly youths in the midst of the flames, ⁄ shedding Your dew upon them, and teaching them to sing: ⁄ All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Νομοθέτης οἰκέτης ὑπῆρχε Μωσῆς, Ἰησοῦς δὲ Θεὸς Διαθήκης Καινῆς· νῦν δὲ ἀμφοῖν ὁ Πρόδρομος, μελῳδεῖ ὡς μεσίτης· Πάντα τὰ ἔργα, εὐλογεῖτε ὑμνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον.

Moses was the servant of Him Who gave the Law, ⁄ while Jesus is the God of the new covenant. ⁄ Now the Forerunner sings as the advocate of them both: ⁄ All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἐξ ἐρήμου γαστρὸς τρυγὼν πάρεστιν, ἣν θεόφυτον νῦν ἄλσος ἤγαγε, τῇ Ἐκκλησίᾳ Πρόδρομος, τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ ἐπᾴδει· πάντα τὰ ἔργα, εὐλογεῖτε ὑμνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον.

A dove has come from a desolate womb, ⁄ the Forerunner of Christ brings the Church a divinely-planted branch and sings: ⁄ All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Θεοφόρος λαὸς ἔθνος ἅγιον, τὴν τρυγόνα Χριστοῦ ἐκμιμήσασθε, καὶ μελιῤῥύτως ᾄσατε, σωφροσύνῃ συζῶντες· Πάντα τὰ ἔργα, εὐλογεῖτε ὑμνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον.

God-bearing people, holy nation, ⁄ be like the dove of Christ. ⁄ live together in chastity and sweetly sing: ⁄ All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord! [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Τὴν Ἁγνὴν καὶ Παρθένον τιμήσωμεν, τὴν τὸν ἄναρχον Λόγον καὶ ἄκτιστον, ὑπερφυῶς κυήσασαν, εἰς ἡμῶν σωτηρίαν, ᾧ καὶ βοῶμεν· Εὐλογεῖτε τὰ ἔργα τὸν Κύριον.

Let us honor the pure and Virgin Lady ⁄ who conceived past nature for our salvation the uncreated and unoriginate Word ⁄ to Whom we cry aloud: ⁄ All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord! [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Παῖδας εὐαγεῖς.

Mode 4. N/M (Guiltless were those Servants.)

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Φίλος καὶ Ἀπόστολος τοῦ Κτίστου καὶ κήρυξ καὶ Βαπτιστὴς καὶ θεῖος Πρόδρομος, μάρτυς καὶ διδάσκαλος, μεσίτης καὶ ἄγγελος, καὶ λειτουργὸς καὶ πρεσβευτὴς ἡμῶν πανεύφημε, ὑπάρχων, ἐκ τῆς στείρας προῆλθες, ταῦτα προμηνύων, ἐν λόγοις τε καὶ ἔργοις.

John, you are worthy of all praise! ⁄ You sprang from barrenness as a friend and apostle of the Creator; ⁄ the Preacher, Baptist and divine Forerunner, ⁄ the Witness, Teacher, Advocate, Angel and Minister! ⁄ You are our Intercessor who reveal these things in words and deeds! [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἤνοικται ταμεῖα τῶν χαρίτων, τῆς Νέας τε Διαθήκης Χριστοῦ Πρόδρομε, καὶ θυσιῶν ἔθιμα, ἐν τῇ ἀποτέξει σου, τῶν παλαιῶν ἐκλείσθησαν καὶ ἀπεπαύθησαν· ὁ νέος δὲ λαὸς ἀναμέλπει, καὶ ὑπερυψοῖ τὸν Χριστὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

A treasury of grace is opened ⁄ belonging to Christ's new covenant; ⁄ the customs of ancient sacrifices are bound and made to cease, ⁄ while the new people raise a song, ⁄ exalting Christ above all forever! [OCA]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ὡς ἄνθη τερπνὰ τοῦ θείου λόγου, συμπλέξαντες ἐγκωμίων σοι τὸν στέφανον, σήμερον προσάγομεν, Πρόδρομε πανεύφημε, καὶ εὐχαρίστως κράζομεν τῷ στεφοδότη Χριστῷ· Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε αὐτὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

We offer you, John, worthy of all praise, ⁄ as a flower woven in the crown of the praise of the Word of God, ⁄ and we cry in thanksgiving to Christ, the Giver of all crowns: ⁄ All works of the Lord, bless the Lord, and exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ὁ πρώην δεσμὸς τῆς ἀφωνίας, ἐλύθη Παρθένε τῇ κυήσει σου, καὶ χείλη ἠνοίγησαν, εἰς αἶνον τοῦ τόκου σου, αὐτίκα τῶν ποθούντων σε, καὶ ἐκβοώντων αὐτῷ· Τόν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

The bond of dumbness was opened in days of old ⁄ at the time of your conceiving, Virgin, ⁄ and the lips of those who love you are opened in praise for your Child, ⁄ crying out: All works of the Lord, bless the Lord; ⁄ Sing and exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ ηʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν καὶ προσκυνοῦμεν τὸν Κύριον.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Παῖδας εὐαγεῖς ἐν τῇ καμίνῳ, ὁ τόκος τῆς Θεοτόκου διεσώσατο, τότε μὲν τυπούμενος, νῦν δὲ ἐνεργούμενος, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἅπασαν, ἀγείρει ψάλλουσαν. Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὴν Θεοτόκον καὶ μητέρα τοῦ φωτὸς ἐν ὕμνοις τιμῶντες μεγαλύνωμεν.

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ὠδὴ θʹ.

Ode ix.

Μεγαλυνάριον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Megalynarion. Mode 4.

Στίχ. Μεγαλύνει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ἠγαλλίασε τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τῷ Θεῷ τῷ σωτῆρί μου.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Στίχ. Ὅτι ἐπέβλεψεν ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης αὐτοῦ· ἰδού γάρ, ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσί με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί.

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Στίχ. Ὅτι ἐποίησέ μοι μεγαλεῖα ὁ Δυνατός, καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, καί το ἔλεος αὐτοῦ εἰς γενεάν, καὶ γενεὰν τοῖς φοβουμένοις αὐτόν.

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Στίχ. Ἐποίησε Κράτος ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, διεσκόρπισεν ὑπερηφάνους διανοίᾳ καρδίας αὐτῶν.

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Στίχ. Καθεῖλε δυνάστας ἀπὸ θρόνων, καὶ ὕψωσε ταπεινούς, πεινῶντας ἐνέπλησεν ἀγαθῶν, καὶ πλουτοῦντας ἐξαπέστειλε κενούς.

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Στίχ. Ἀντελάβετο Ἰσραὴλ παιδὸς αὐτοῦ, μνησθῆναι ἐλέους, καθὼς ἐλάλησε πρὸς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν, τῷ Ἀβραάμ, καὶ τῷ σπέρματι αὐτοῦ ἕως αἰῶνος.

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ὠδὴ θʹ.

Ode ix.

Κανὼν Aʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος δʹ.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 4.

Λόγου Θεοῦ ἄφραστον ἐν σοὶ τελεῖται, ἐμφανῶς Μυστήριον, Παρθένε ἄχραντε· καὶ γὰρ Θεός, ἐκ σοῦ σεσωμάτωται δι' εὐσπλαγχνίαν· διό σε ὡς Θεοτόκον μεγαλύνομεν. (δίς)

The pure, divine and ineffable mystery ⁄ finds its fulfillment in you, pure Virgin, ⁄ for in compassion, God has taken bodily form from you. ⁄ Therefore we magnify you as the Theotokos! (2) [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἰδοὺ φωνὴ πρόδρομος ταῖς στειρευούσαις, καὶ ἐρήμοις πάρεστι καρδίαις μέλπουσα· Ὁδὸν Χριστοῦ νυνὶ ἑτοιμάσατε, ὅτι ἐν δόξῃ ἔρχεται, ᾧ πειθαρχοῦντες μεγαλύνομεν.

Behold, the Voice that goes before ⁄ sings now to barren and desolate hearts: ⁄ Prepare the way of Christ, for He comes in glory! ⁄ We obey, and magnify Him. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ἰδοὺ φωνὴ πρόδρομος ταῖς στειρευούσαις, καὶ ἐρήμοις πάρεστι καρδίαις μέλπουσα· Ὁδὸν Χριστοῦ νυνὶ ἑτοιμάσατε, ὅτι ἐν δόξῃ ἔρχεται, ᾧ πειθαρχοῦντες μεγαλύνομεν.

Behold, the Voice that goes before ⁄ sings now to barren and desolate hearts: ⁄ Prepare the way of Christ, for He comes in glory! ⁄ We obey, and magnify Him. [OCA]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὡς πάλαι ἐν Πνεύματι τῷ παναγίῳ, ἐμφανῶς ἐκήρυξας τὸν Υἱὸν Πρόδρομε, ἀμνὸν Θεοῦ, τοῦ κόσμου τὸν αἴροντα τὴν ἁμαρτίαν, τῇ ποίμνῃ σου τῶν πταισμάτων λύσιν αἴτησαι.

Forerunner, as of old you proclaimed in the Holy Spirit ⁄ the Son and Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, ⁄ so intercede for your flock to be delivered from sins. [OCA]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἡ πάντων δεσπόζουσα τῶν ποιημάτων, τῷ λαῷ σου δώρησαι τὰ νίκης τρόπαια, τὸν δυσμενῆ τιθεῖσα ὑπόσπονδον τῇ Ἐκκλησίᾳ, ἵνα σε ὡς Θεοτόκον μεγαλύνωμεν.

Grant your people the trophies of victory, ⁄ for you reign over all creatures, O Queen. ⁄ Establish a truce for the Church from the enemy ⁄ that we may magnify you as the Theotokos! [OCA]

Κανὼν Bʹ τοῦ Προδρόμου.

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ἅπας γηγενής.

Mode 4. All you born on earth.

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Πύλαι τοῦ φωτός, τοῦ θείου ἀνοίγεσθαι, σήμερον ἄρχονται, καὶ ἐναποκλείεσθαι, ταμεῖα σκότους προκαταγγέλλεται· ὁ κήρυξ γὰρ καὶ Πρόδρομος Χριστοῦ εἰς φῶς προελθών, τὸ τοῦ βίου, ταῦτα ἀνεκήρυξε, καὶ πατρῴᾳ φωνῇ ἐβεβαίωσεν.

By the birth today * of St. John the Baptist do the gates of the divine * light begin to open now; * it is announced that the halls of darkness shall * be shut at last. For as the Forerunner and Prophet of Christ * comes into the * light of life he heralds this * and confirms it by means of his father's voice. [SD]

Βαπτιστὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Ὄμβρος νοητός, ἀνίκμου νεφέλης δέ, ῥαγεὶς ὁ Πρόδρομος, ῥεῖθρον τὸ οὐράνιον, τοῦ τῆς εἰρήνης πᾶσιν ἐκήρυξε, ποταμοῦ παραγίνεσθαι εἰς ἀνακαίνισιν, τῆς ἀνθρώπων, φύσεως ἐν Πνεύματι, τοὺς καρποὺς πληθυνούσης τῆς χάριτος.

John the Forerunner * burst forth as a shower of intelligible rain * from a dry and waterless cloud. * And as a Prophet, to all he then announced * the coming of the heavenly stream of the river of peace * for renewal * in the Spirit of our own * human nature increasing the fruits of grace. [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ὥσπερ οὐρανός, ἄστροις καταυγάζεται καὶ ὡραΐζεται, τοῦ Προδρόμου σήμερον, ἡ Ἐκκλησία ταῖς θείαις χάρισι, καὶ εὐφημεῖ τὴν γέννησιν αὐτοῦ δοξάζουσα, καὶ αἰνοῦσα, τὸν τῶν ὅλων Κύριον, δωρεῶν τῶν κρειττόνων ὡς πρόξενον.

Like another sky * adorned with the shining stars, * so is the Church today * by the divine graces of * the holy Baptist brightly illumined now * and beautified. And thus she praises his nativity, * glorifying * and lauding the Lord of all * who bestows the superior gifts of grace. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Ὕδωρ τῆς ζωῆς, ἐκ σοῦ Θεονύμφευτε βλύσαν ὁ Κύριος, ἔπλυνεν ἡγίασεν, ἡμᾶς τοὺς πίστει εἰσδεξαμένους αὐτόν, καὶ κληρονόμους ἔδειξε τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ, ἀνυμνοῦντας, τὴν αὐτοῦ χρηστότητα, καὶ σὲ πόθῳ θερμῶς μεγαλύνοντας.

Gushing forth from you * as water of life, all-holy Virgin Bride of God, * the Lord washed and hallowed us * who have received Him into ourselves with faith, * and made us heirs of His divine and uncreated Rule. * We extol His * goodness and benevolence, * and we ardently magnify you with love. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ὠδὴ θʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἅπας γηγενής, σκιρτάτω τῷ πνεύματι λαμπαδουχούμενος, πανηγυριζέτω δέ, ἀΰλων Νόων φύσις γεραίρουσα, τὰ ἱερὰ θαυμάσια τῆς Θεομήτορος, καὶ βοάτω· Χαίροις παμμακάριστε, Θεοτόκε Ἁγνὴ ἀειπάρθενε.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred wonders of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, "O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!" [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

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Ὅτι σὲ αἰνοῦσι πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπουσι, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰωνων.

For all the powers of heaven praise You and give You glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

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Ἐξαποστειλάριον.

Exaposteilarion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος βʹ. Γυναῖκες ἀκουτίσθητε.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Τὸ τοῦ Προδρόμου σήμερον, χαροποιὸν Γενέθλιον, τὸ σκυθρωπὸν διαλύει, τῆς τοῦ πατρὸς ἀφωνίας, καὶ τῆς τεκούσης στείρωσιν, μηνύει δὲ τὴν μέλλουσαν, χαράν καὶ ἀγαλλίασιν· διὸ καὶ πᾶσα ἡ κτίσις, αὐτὸ φαιδρῶς ἑορτάζει.

The gladdening nativity * today of John the Forerunner * dispels the sadness attached to * the voicelessness of his father * and to his mother's childlessness. * Moreover it proclaims the joy * and exultation still to come. * Wherefore is all creation * celebrating it gaily. [SD]

Θεοτοκίον.

Theotokion.

Ἦχος βʹ. Γυναῖκες ἀκουτίσθητε.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Προφῆται προεκήρυξαν, Ἀπόστολοι ἐδίδαξαν, καὶ Μάρτυρες θεοφρόνως, τὸν σὸν Υἱὸν Θεοτόκε, τρανῶς καθωμολόγησαν, Θεὸν τῶν ὅλων πάναγνε, μεθ' ὧν σε μεγαλύνομεν, οἱ διὰ σοῦ λυτρωθέντες, τῆς παλαιᾶς καταδίκης.

The Prophets did proclaim of old, * and later the Apostles taught, * and godly-minded Martyrs * confessed distinctly, O Pure one, * your Son to be the God of all, * O Theotokos. And with them * we magnify you, for through you * O Virgin, we were redeemed from * the former condemnation. [SD]

Οἱ Αἶνοι. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Lauds. Mode pl. 4.

Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν· αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πάντες οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτοῦ· αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις αὐτοῦ. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἥλιος καὶ σελήνη, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν πάντα τὰ ἄστρα καὶ τὸ φῶς.

Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν οἱ οὐρανοὶ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν. Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name.

Ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπε, καὶ ἐγενήθησαν, αὐτὸς ἐνετείλατο, καὶ ἐκτίσθησαν.

For He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.

Ἔστησεν αὐτὰ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος· πρόσταγμα ἔθετο, καὶ οὐ παρελεύσεται.

He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away.

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῆς γῆς, δράκοντες καὶ πᾶσαι ἄβυσσοι.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps.

Πῦρ, χάλαζα, χιών, κρύσταλλος, πνεῦμα καταιγίδος, τὰ ποιοῦντα τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ.

Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word.

Τὰ ὄρη καὶ πάντες οἱ βουνοί, ξύλα καρποφόρα καὶ πᾶσαι κέδροι.

Mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars.

Τὰ θηρία καὶ πάντα τὰ κτήνη, ἑρπετὰ καὶ πετεινὰ πτερωτά.

Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds.

Βασιλεῖς τῆς γῆς καὶ πάντες λαοί, ἄρχοντες καὶ πάντες κριταὶ γῆς.

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth.

Νεανίσκοι καὶ παρθένοι, πρεσβύτεροι μετὰ νεωτέρων· αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου, ὅτι ὑψώθη τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ μόνου.

Young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted.

Ἡ ἐξομολόγησις αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ γῆς καὶ οὐρανοῦ. καὶ ὑψώσει κέρας λαοῦ αὐτοῦ.

His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people.

Ὕμνος πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ, τοῖς υἱοῖς Ἰσραήλ, λαῷ ἐγγίζοντι αὐτῷ.

A hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him.

Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ ᾆσμα καινόν, ἡ αἴνεσις αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ ὁσίων.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones.

Εὐφρανθήτω Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ τῷ ποιήσαντι αὐτόν, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Σιὼν ἀγαλλιάσθωσαν ἐπὶ τῷ βασιλεῖ αὐτῶν.

Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King.

Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ἐν χορῷ, ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ ψαλτηρίῳ ψαλάτωσαν αὐτῷ.

Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him.

Ὅτι εὐδοκεῖ Κύριος ἐν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὑψώσει πραεῖς ἐν σωτηρίᾳ.

For the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation.

Καυχήσονται ὅσιοι ἐν δόξῃ καὶ ἀγαλλιάσονται ἐπὶ τῶν κοιτῶν αὐτῶν.

The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds.

Αἱ ὑψώσεις τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν τῷ λάρυγγι αὐτῶν, καὶ ῥομφαῖαι δίστομοι ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτῶν.

The high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐκδίκησιν ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ἐλεγμοὺς ἐν τοῖς λαοῖς.

To deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples.

Τοῦ δῆσαι τοὺς βασιλεῖς αὐτῶν ἐν πέδαις καὶ τοὺς ἐνδόξους αὐτῶν ἐν χειροπέδαις σιδηραῖς.

To shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐν αὐτοῖς κρῖμα ἔγγραπτον· δόξα αὕτη ἔσται πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ.

To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones.

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν στερεώματι τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power.

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Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Ὢ τοῦ παραδόξου.

Mode pl. 4. What a paradoxal.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐπὶ ταῖς δυναστείαις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῆς μεγαλωσύνης αὐτοῦ.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

Ὢ τοῦ παραδόξου θαύματος! ἐκ γηραλέας μητρός, Θεοῦ Λόγου προάγγελος, Ἰωάννης σήμερον, προελθεῖν κατεπείγεται, τὴν δεσμευθεῖσαν γλῶσσαν τρανότατα, διὰ τοῦ τόκου εὔλαλον δείκνυσιν. Ὢ τῆς ἀφάτου σου, προμηθείας Δέσποτα! δι' ἧς Χριστέ, σῶσον τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν, ὡς μόνος εὔσπλαγχνος.

What a paradoxal miracle! * The holy Forerunner John, * as the herald of God the Word, * hastens to come forth today * from his elderly mother's womb. * And by his birth he renders his father's tongue, * that had been fettered, distinctly eloquent. * Truly ineffable, * Master, is Your providence! By which, O Christ, * save our souls, as You alone * are One compassionate. [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ἤχῳ σάλπιγγος, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ψαλτηρίῳ καὶ κιθάρᾳ.

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

Ὢ τοῦ παραδόξου θαύματος! ἐν γεννητοῖς γυναικῶν, Προφητῶν τε ὑπέρτερος, μητρικῆς στειρώσεως, διαλύει τὸ ἔγκλημα, ὁ ἐν πνεύματι, καὶ δυνάμει ἐλθὼν Ἠλιού, ὁδὸν Κυρίου ἑτοιμαζόμενος. Ὢ τῆς ἀφράστου σου, εὐσπλαγχνίας Δέσποτα! δι' ἧς Χριστέ, σῶσον τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν, ὡς μόνος εὔσπλαγχνος.

What a paradoxal miracle! * He who is greater than those * born of women and Prophets all * for his mother now dispels * the indictment of barrenness, * as in the spirit and pow'r of Elias he comes, * going before the Lord to prepare His ways. * Truly unutterable, * Master, is Your tender love. By which, O Christ, * save our souls, as You alone * are One compassionate. [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ χορῷ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν χορδαῖς καὶ ὀργάνῳ.

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

Ὢ τοῦ παραδόξου θαύματος! ὁ προκηρύξας Χριστοῦ, πρὸς ἀνθρώπους τὴν κένωσιν, ὑπεράνω δείκνυται, πάντων αὐτοῦ τῇ φωνῇ· Καὶ τῇ τεκούσῃ λύει τὴν στείρωσιν, δυνάμει θείᾳ καὶ Ζαχαρίου φωνήν· ὢ τῶν μεγάλων σου, θαυμασίων Δέσποτα! δι' ὧν Χριστέ, σῶσον τοὺς τιμῶντάς σου, τὸν μέγαν Πρόδρομον.

What a paradoxal miracle! * He who announced unto all * the kenósis of Christ the Lord * by the Master's voice is shown * to be greater than everyone. * And he releases Elizabeth's barrenness * by divine power, and Zachariah's voice. * Truly magnificent, * Master, are Your miracles. By which, O Christ, * save us who honor Your great * Baptist and Forerunner. [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις εὐήχοις, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις ἀλαλαγμοῦ. Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον.

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

Ὢ τοῦ παραδόξου θαύματος! ἐν γεννητοῖς γυναικῶν, ὁ Προφήτης καὶ Πρόδρομος, ὑπεράνω δείκνυται, Προφητῶν τε ὑπέρτερος, καὶ παρουσίας Χριστοῦ προάγγελος, ὁ προσκιρτήσας ἐν τῇ νηδύϊ μητρός. Ὢ τῶν μεγίστων σου, δωρεῶν φιλάνθρωπε! δι' ὧν Χριστέ, σῶσον τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν, ὡς παντοδύναμος.

What a paradoxal miracle! * He who had leapt in the womb * as the Prophet and Forerunner * now is shown to be the one * who is greatest among those born * of women, higher yet than the Prophets all, * and of the coming of Christ the messenger. * Great and magnificent, * loving Master, are Your gifts! By which, O Christ, * save our souls, as You alone * are the Almighty One. [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. βʹ.

Mode pl. 2.

Ἀστὴρ ἀστέρων Πρόδρομος, στειρωτικῆς ἐκ νηδύος, ἐπὶ γῆς τίκτεται σήμερον, Ἰωάννης ὁ θεοπόθητος, καὶ Χριστοῦ ἐπιφαίνει τὴν αὐγὴν ἀνατολὴν τὴν ἐξ ὕψους, εἰς εὐθεῖαν πιστοῖς διάβασιν.

Star of stars, the Forerunner, from a barren womb is born on earth today: John, yes, John loved by God. And he manifests the resplendent dawning of Christ, the Orient from on high, for the straight passage of the faithful. [SD]

Τῆς Ὀκτωήχου - - -

From Octoechos - - -

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Θεοτόκε, σὺ εἶ ἡ ἄμπελος ἡ ἀληθινή, ἡ βλαστήσασα τὸν καρπὸν τῆς ζωῆς, σὲ ἱκετεύομεν, πρέσβευε Δέσποινα, μετὰ τοῦ Προδρόμου καὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων, ἐλεηθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Theotokos, you are the true vine that produced the fruit of life. Lady, we fervently entreat you to intercede along with the Forerunner and all the saints, that our souls be treated mercifully. [SD]

Ἡ Μεγάλη Δοξολογία

Great Doxology

Δόξα σοι τῷ δείξαντι τὸ φῶς. Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία.

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

Ὑμνοῦμέν σε, εὐλογοῦμέν σε, προσκυνοῦμέν σε, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, εὐχαριστοῦμέν σοι, διὰ τὴν μεγάλην σου δόξαν.

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

Κύριε βασιλεῦ, ἐπουράνιε Θεέ, Πάτερ παντοκράτορ· Κύριε Υἱὲ μονογενές, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Κύριε ὁ Θεός, ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Πατρός, ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, ὁ αἴρων τὰς ἁμαρτίας τοῦ κόσμου.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

Πρόσδεξαι τὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν, ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Accept our supplication, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ μόνος Ἅγιος, σὺ εἶ μόνος Κύριος, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, εἰς δόξαν Θεοῦ Πατρός. Ἀμήν.

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

Καθ' ἑκάστην ἡμέραν εὐλογήσω σε καὶ αἰνέσω τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος.

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

Καταξίωσον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ταύτῃ, ἀναμαρτήτους φυλαχθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετὸν καὶ δεδοξασμένον τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Ἀμήν.

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

Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, καθάπερ ἠλπίσαμεν ἐπὶ σέ.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Κύριε, καταφυγὴ ἐγενήθης ἡμῖν ἐν γενεᾷ καὶ γενεᾷ. Ἐγὼ εἶπα· Κύριε, ἐλέησόν με, ἴασαι τὴν ψυχήν μου, ὅτι ἥμαρτόν σοι.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Κύριε, πρὸς σὲ κατέφυγον. Δίδαξόν με τοῦ ποιεῖν τὸ θέλημά σου, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεός μου.

Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

Ὅτι παρὰ σοὶ πηγὴ ζωῆς, ἐν τῷ φωτί σου ὀψόμεθα φῶς.

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

Παράτεινον τὸ ἔλεός σου τοῖς γινώσκουσί σε.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. (ἐκ γʹ)

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

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

Ἀπολυτίκιον.

Apolytikion.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

Προφῆτα καὶ Πρόδρομε, τῆς παρουσίας Χριστοῦ, ἀξίως εὐφημῆσαί σε οὐκ εὐποροῦμεν ἡμεῖς, οἱ πόθῳ τιμῶντές σε· στείρωσις γὰρ τεκούσης, καὶ πατρὸς ἀφωνία, λέλυνται τῇ ἐνδόξῳ, καὶ σεπτῇ σου γεννήσει, καὶ σάρκωσις Υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, κόσμῳ κηρύττεται.

O Prophet and Forerunner of the appearance of Christ, * with longing we honor you, although we have not the means * of extolling you worthily. * Your birth, which was exalted * and most glorious, ended * the barrenness of your mother and the muteness of your father; * and unto the world it announced * the Incarnation of God the Word. [SD]

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Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, ἱεροδιακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν, καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀοιδίμων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης, καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς, κειμένων, καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ Ὀρθοδόξων.

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑωθινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Θεὸς ἐλέους, οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ φιλανθρωπίας ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνομεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Κύριε, Ἅγιε, ὁ ἐν ὑψηλοῖς κατοικῶν καὶ τὰ ταπεινὰ ἐφορῶν, καὶ τῷ παντεφόρῳ σου ὄμματι ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν κτίσιν, σοὶ ἐκλίναμεν τὸν αὐχένα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ τοῦ σώματος, καὶ δεόμεθά σου Ἅγιε Ἁγίων· ἔκτεινον τὴν χεῖρά σου τὴν ἀόρατον ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου, καὶ εὐλόγησον πάντας ἡμᾶς· καὶ εἴτι ἡμάρτομεν ἑκουσίως ἤ ἀκουσίως, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς συγχώρησον, δωρούμενος ἡμῖν τὰ ἐγκόσμια καὶ ὑπερκόσμια ἀγαθά σου.

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὸν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐλεεῖν καὶ σώζειν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

(Εὐλόγησον.)

(Father, bless!)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητός, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, πάντοτε, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. (Ἀμήν.)

Blessed are You, Christ our God, always now and forever and to the ages of ages. (Amen.)

Στερεώσαι, Κύριος ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

Litanies and Dismissal

Litanies and Dismissal

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, ἱεροδιακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν, καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀοιδίμων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης, καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς, κειμένων, καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ Ὀρθοδόξων.

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑωθινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Κύριε, ἐλέησον.)

(Lord, have mercy.)

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

(Παράσχου, Κύριε.)

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Τῆς Παναγίας ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Θεὸς ἐλέους, οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ φιλανθρωπίας ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

(Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.)

(And with your spirit.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνομεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(Σοί, Κύριε.)

(To You, O Lord.)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Κύριε, Ἅγιε, ὁ ἐν ὑψηλοῖς κατοικῶν καὶ τὰ ταπεινὰ ἐφορῶν, καὶ τῷ παντεφόρῳ σου ὄμματι ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν κτίσιν, σοὶ ἐκλίναμεν τὸν αὐχένα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ τοῦ σώματος, καὶ δεόμεθά σου Ἅγιε Ἁγίων· ἔκτεινον τὴν χεῖρά σου τὴν ἀόρατον ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου, καὶ εὐλόγησον πάντας ἡμᾶς· καὶ εἴτι ἡμάρτομεν ἑκουσίως ἤ ἀκουσίως, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς συγχώρησον, δωρούμενος ἡμῖν τὰ ἐγκόσμια καὶ ὑπερκόσμια ἀγαθά σου.

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὸν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐλεεῖν καὶ σώζειν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρί, καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

(Εὐλόγησον.)

(Father, bless!)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητός, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, πάντοτε, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. (Ἀμήν.)

Blessed are You, Christ our God, always now and forever and to the ages of ages. (Amen.)

Στερεώσαι, Κύριος ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι. Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

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

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (ἐκ γʹ) Εὐλόγησον.

Lord, have mercy. (3) Father, bless!

Dismissal

Dismissal

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Χριστὸς ὁ ἀληθινὸς Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ταῖς πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου καὶ παναμώμου ἁγίας αὐτοῦ Μητρός, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων Ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου, ἐνδόξου, προφήτου, Προδρόμου καὶ βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, οὗ καὶ τὸ Γενέσιον ἑορτάζομεν· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ καλλινίκων μαρτύρων· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων, ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος.

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, whose Birth we celebrate; of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

Conclusion, i.e. "Through the prayers..."

Conclusion, i.e. "Through the prayers..."

Δι' εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων πατέρων ἡμῶν, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον καὶ σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

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

(Ἀμήν.)

(Amen.)