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Octoechos - Grave Mode.

On Sunday Morning

Menaion - August 15

Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos

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MIDNIGHT OFFICE

PRIEST

Blessed is our God always, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Glory to You, our God. Glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, treasury of good things and giver of life: come; take Your abode in us; cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, O Good one. [HC]

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

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

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

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

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [GOA]

PRIEST

For Thine 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.

READER

Amen. Lord, have mercy. (12)

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

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

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

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

Psalm 50 (51).

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]

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Trinity.

Ode i.

Grave Mode. Lord, at Your divine signal.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O thrice-radiant single Godhead, open the spiritual mouth of my heart and also my physical lips, that I may praise You and sing You a song of gratitude, O Giver of light. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O omnipotent Trinity, You fashioned humanity as the only clay image of Your sovereign lordship, O Creator, that You might demonstrate Your surpassing goodness. [GOASD]

Glory.

The unoriginate Nous begot the Logos co-eternally and caused the Spirit, also without beginning, to shine forth. And He has counted us worthy to worship one God in three consubstantial hypostases. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Logos of God, You appeared to Moses in the bush as a purifying fire that did at all consume it. You thus prefigured Your incarnation from the Virgin, through which you refashioned humanity. [GOASD]

Ode iii.

Grave Mode. First You established.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O omnipotent God, as we extol You, the single and thrice-radiant and omnific Master, we ask to be freed from sins and temptations. Please do not despise us who with faith glorify Your benevolence. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O God the Logos, You appeared from the Father as an equipotent branch from an unoriginate root, along with the consubstantial and divine Spirit. And therefore we the faithful glorify one Dominion in three persons. [GOASD]

Glory.

We the faithful all glorify You, the one nature in three hypostases, equal in glory and consubstantial, distinguishing without separating, the monarchical Trinity. And as we worship You, we pray for the forgiveness of our offenses. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Logos of God, You immutably became like mortals in all things, and You came forth from a pure Virgin. You revealed to all that the Godhead is thrice-radiant, one in essence, and three corresponding hypostases. [GOASD]

Kathisma.

Grave Mode.

Have mercy, O Holy Trinity, * on us Your servants, for we have sinned. * Receive us now, as we are penitent, * and forgive us our sins, O Compassionate. [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode.

O Theotokos, do good to us, * for our souls are afflicted with sins; * and from our offenses deliver us, * who extol you, the all-pure Bride of God. [GOASD]

Ode iv.

Grave Mode. O Christ our God, You did not depart.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O thrice-radiant, divine Unity that maintains and saves all things, guard us who sing Your praise, and save us from afflictions and passions and every distress. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We are at a loss for words to describe Your incomprehensible, thrice-radiant Godhead. O Lord and Lover of humanity, we extol You and we glorify Your power. [GOASD]

Glory.

We on earth join the bodiless choirs in heaven, and with longing we glorify You, O Unity and Trinity. We distinguish You without dividing You, the Master of all. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Without abandoning Your Father's glory, You, O Logos, willingly came down to our extreme humility. You, the superessential One, became incarnate, and You exalted all to divine glory, as You are compassionate. [GOASD]

Ode v.

Grave Mode.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O Trinity in persons, and Unity in will and glory and honor, nature source of light, we pray You strengthen us in our love for You. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O Trinity in persons, and Unity in will and glory and honor, nature source of light, we pray You strengthen us in our love for You. [GOASD]

Glory.

We glorify the Nous and Logos and Spirit, the one Godhead and tri-solar nature, and we pray to be delivered from temptations and afflictions of every kind. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Logos of God, You conformed to our human nature and were born from a holy Virgin; and You taught us to extol a Trinity in Unity, identical in essence and majesty. [GOASD]

Ode vi.

Grave Mode. I was feeling nauseous.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We glorify the monarchical Godhead in three hypostases, corresponding to one another in concurring dominion, having the difference only of each subsisting property. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We glorify the monarchical Godhead in three hypostases, corresponding to one another in concurring dominion, having the difference only of each subsisting property. [GOASD]

Glory.

The spiritual ranks of the angelic orders praise You, tri-solar Monarchy. We join them and with lips of clay we extol You, the only Maker of all things, and we faithfully glorify You. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

The Logos, like another Daystar, before the ages was begotten from the Father the Daystar, and in latter times unutterably rose from the Virgin. He taught that incomprehensible God is one nature in three persons. [GOASD]

Kathisma.

Grave Mode. More dazzling than flame.

Consubstantial Trinity, * one in three hypostases, * have mercy on Your creatures, O immortal Lord; * burn away the wicked deeds of us transgressors * and illumine hearts and minds of those extolling * Your great and tender love. O our God, glory to You! [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Grave Mode. Automelon.

More dazzling than flame of fire, * more brilliant than shining light, * O Lady, is the mercy of your gift of grace; * for it burns away the sins of all your people * and refreshes the minds of those extolling * your splendid miracles, O all-blameless Mother of God. [GOASD]

Ode vii.

Grave Mode. When the devout young men.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We are obedient to the sayings of the godly Prophets, and we glorify You the one and only God of all in three persons, as we cry aloud: Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We are obedient to the sayings of the godly Prophets, and we glorify You the one and only God of all in three persons, as we cry aloud: Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers. [GOASD]

Glory.

O holy Trinity, one in essence, we join the immaterial hosts and sing Your praise with earthen lips, as we cry aloud: Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-pure Virgin, He who fashioned Adam became human from you, that He might refashion him; and He deified the people, as they cry aloud: Blessed is the fruit of your womb, O all-pure Lady. [GOASD]

Ode viii.

Grave Mode. Unconsumed by fire.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O unoriginate triple and single Lordship, You rule the universe, and You steer heaven and earth. I pray You preserve me, who am mesmerized by Your love, to sing to You, "All you works of the Lord, sing a hymn to the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages." [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O Trinity and Unity, grant that the hearts of us who sing Your praise be illumined by the light-giving beams of the thrice-radiant Sun; and grant that all who with correct faith extol Your majesty may see Your beauty now, as far as possible, unto all the ages. [GOASD]

Glory.

O Source of good and Lover of humanity, make me be a temple of Your thrice-radiant light, communion, and participation. O Master, make me be untouchable by unseen enemies and by the carnal passions, my only King and God, the Lord of glory, so that I may sing Your praise, unto all the ages. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O immaculate Virgin and Mother, divine Light rose from your womb, and He illumined the entire world with tri-solar light. He made the earth to be like another heaven that sings, "All you works of the Lord, sing a hymn to the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages." [GOASD]

Ode ix.

Grave Mode. You as the Mother of God.

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

We earthen creatures are incapable of worthily exalting and extolling You, whom the Seraphim extol unceasingly in the heights. Yet we dare to magnify You, O Master of all and God who greatly love humanity. [GOASD]

Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

O single and undivided Trinity, free from physical pain and a passionate soul the faithful who sing Your praise. Grant that they be kept unharmed by any of life's afflictions. [GOASD]

Glory.

Equipotent, thrice-radiant Godhead, as You extend Your rule, the unaltered beauty of Your connatural goodness, we pray You give Your servants remission of sins and deliverance from temptations and passions. [GOASD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Theotokos, God the Logos assumed a mind and soul and the substance of our flesh, and He truly came forth from your immaculate womb and was seen as a man. He showed how humanity may indeed become a partaker of divine nature. [GOASD]

If the Lity was not sung at Vespers, sing the following:

Idiomela of the Lity.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

It was fitting that the eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word should oversee the Dormition of His Mother according to the flesh, this being the final mystery concerning her; so that they might behold not only the Savior's ascent from earth, but also be witnesses of His Mother's translation. Therefore, transported by divine power, from every part of the world, they arrived in Zion. And they ushered her, who is higher than the Cherubim, as she hastened toward heaven. Together with them, we also honor her; and she intercedes on behalf of our souls. [SD]

Mode 2.

She who is higher than the heavens, and more glorious than the Cherubim, and is held in greater honor than all creation; she who for surpassing purity became the vessel of the eternal Essence, today commits her all-holy soul into the hands of her Son. Along with her, the universe is filled with joy, and to us is given the great mercy. [SD]

Mode 2.

The all-blameless Bride and Mother of the good pleasure of the Father, she who was preordained by God as the dwelling of His unconfused union, today commits her immaculate soul into the hands of her Maker and God. The bodiless hosts meet her with a divine reception. And she is transported to life, as the very Mother of Life, the lamp of the unapproachable light, the salvation of the faithful, and the hope of our souls. [SD]

Mode 3.

Come from all the ends of the earth, and let us commemorate the august Assumption of the Mother of God. For she has committed her blameless soul into the hands of her Son. By her holy Dormition, the world was restored to life, and hence it brightly celebrates with the bodiless powers and the Apostles, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1.

Come, O congregations fond of celebrating feasts; come and let us form a choir. Come, let us deck the Church with songs, as the Ark of God goes to her place of rest. For today the heavens expand their vaults, receiving her who gave birth to Him who is not contained by anything. And the earth, yielding up the fount of life, is adorned with the blessing and the majesty. Angels stand in concert with Apostles, gazing with great awe, as the Mother of the Author of life is transported from life to life. Let us all bow down to her in reverence, and entreat, "O Lady, do not forget your kindred ties to us, who loyally celebrate the feast of your all-holy Dormition." [SD]

Both now.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1.

Sing, people everywhere, sing to the Mother of our God! Today she commits her soul, full of light, into the immaculate hands of Him who became incarnate of her without seed. And now she intercedes with Him without cease, that He grant to the universe peace and great mercy. [SD]

Megalynaria to the Trinity

From Horologion - - -

Mode 2.

It is truly proper to extol the Trinity divine and holy: Unoriginate Father, Maker of all, co-eternal Logos, begotten before all time without change from the Father, and the all-holy Spirit, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father timelessly. [SD]

It is truly proper to extol and to glorify You, God the Logos. The Cherubim shudder and tremble at Him, and the Hosts of heaven offer hymns of glory to Him. For He resurrected from the grave on the third day. With fear let us glorify Him, Christ the Giver of Life. [SD]

With inspired anthems worthy of God, let us all sing praises to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit, tri-hypostatic power, one Kingdom and Dominion, one Rule and Sovereignty. [SD]

Immaculate Virgin, when creation saw your Son risen, as befits God, it was filled with great joy and ineffable gladness, and it glorified the Savior, and it honored you. [SD]

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

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

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

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

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [GOA]

PRIEST

For Thine 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.

READER

Amen.

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

You gave birth yet preserved your virginity. You fell asleep in death yet did not desert the world, O Theotokos. You were transported to life, as you are Mother of Life and, by virtue of your intercessions, deliver our souls from death. [SD]

Lord, have mercy. (40)

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

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.

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless!

PRIEST

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

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

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

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

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

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

Again let us pray for our country, the president, and all those in public service.

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

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of all pious and Orthodox Christians living and visiting in this city, the parishioners, the members of the Parish Council and every Ministry of this Parish, and the donors and benefactors of this holy church, and the servants of God [names] who celebrate this holy feast.

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

Again we pray for the protection of the holy Great Church of Christ, our sacred Archdiocese (and this sacred Metropolis), this city and every city and land, from wrath, famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, sword, foreign invasion, civil strife, and accidental death. That our good and loving God may be merciful, gracious and kindly-disposed, and may divert and disperse all anger and disease coming against us, and deliver us from His own just threat hanging over us, and have mercy on us.

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

Again we pray that the Lord our God may hear the prayer of us sinners, and have mercy on us.

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

PRIEST

Hear us, O God our Savior, the hope of all those who live everywhere on earth and those far out at sea or in the air. Be gracious toward our sins, Master, and have mercy on us. For You are a merciful and loving 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.

( Amen. )

READER

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

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

Father, bless!

PRIEST

May He Who rose from the dead, 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, 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.

Let us pray for the peace of the world.

( Lord, have mercy. )

For the pious and Orthodox Christians.

For our (episcopal rank) (name).

For our nation.

For the armed forces.

For our absent fathers, brothers and sisters.

For those who help us and those who serve us.

For those who hate us and those who love us.

For those who have asked us, the unworthy, to pray for them.

For the release of the captives.

For those who are traveling.

For those laid up with illnesses.

Let us also pray for the abundance of the fruits of the earth.

And for all our fathers and brethren departed like life, those who lie here in peace, and the Orthodox everywhere.

Let us say for ourselves, also: Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

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

( Amen. )