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Horologion - Midnight Office

For a Weekday

Octoechos - Mode 1.

On Thursday Morning

Menaion Supplement - October 20

Memory of our devout father Gerasimos of Kephallenia

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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 Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to 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]

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

CHOIR

Idiomelon 1.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Mode 1.

Be glad in the Lord, O Island of Cephalonia, for in your bosom you possess Gerasimos the new ascetic, as God-given treasure. He came to you by divine summons, and shined resplendently in ascetic struggles. Having transcended earthly limits, he became an abode of grace, through his union with the divine. And his earthly body was rendered incorruptible by the Holy Spirit, and it has been given to you as a fountain of miracles. For it delivers you from pestilence, and it drives out demons, and provides every good thing to those who cry: "Glory be to You, O Lord!" [SD]

Idiomelon 2.

Mode 2.

From an early age you dedicated yourself to the Savior. And therefore you overlooked your prestige in the world and became poor in spirit, O devout Gerasimos. Having died to the world, through asceticism you cultivated the gifts of the incorruptible life. Floating on divine love, you moved from place to place, hastening as a thirsty deer to perfection in virtue. And when you obtained what you desired, you were filled with many blessings from on high. Hence you gladden the Church with your many gifts of grace. And with the radiant beams of your miracles, you bring light to those who cry: "Glory be to You, O Lord!" [SD]

Idiomelon 3.

Mode 3.

The feats of your ascetic life transcended nature; and thus they shined more brightly than the sun, O God-bearing father Gerasimos. You lived as though you had no flesh, and you triumphed over the might of the fleshless demons. You emaciated the flesh by persistent fasting, all-night standing, and the torrent of your tears; while you brightened your soul through perpetual prayer, ascetic discipline, and contemplation, ever imagining the beauty of the divine. And when you became a living house of the Holy Trinity, you built a divine Monastery, where the choirs of nuns undeviatingly follow you, crying out to God: "Glory be to You, O Lord!" [SD]

Idiomelon 4.

Mode 4.

Moved by the divine Spirit, you went to Kefallinía, O holy one, and you hallowed it with your presence and by the sweat of your holy labors. You became a trainer of nuns, a divine guide and a model of virtue. You finished the course of ascetic discipline, and found rest in the eternal mansions. From that time, your divine body, which was rendered incorruptible by divine grace, has been given to us whole and fragrant, emitting the sweet scent of eternal life. It dispels the stench of the unclean spirits, and it sanctifies and gladdens those who cry: "Glory be to You, O Lord!" [SD]

Idiomelon 5.

Mode 4.

O God-bearing St. Gerasimos, the glory and support and great boast of Cephalonians, you glorified God through your labors, and from Him you richly received the gift to do miracles. Cease not from looking after your Island, and preserve it unharmed from every wrath. The Monastery of Omalon is proud of your relic. Under your invisible supervision, show it to be a fruitful vine. And for all who honor you, request the salvation of their souls and the healing of their bodies, so that we may ever cry to God: "Glory be to You, O Lord!" [SD]

Glory.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 1.

O heavenly King, I know how many wonders You can perform, for I have seen how you made your divine and godly-minded Gerasimos very rich. He was planted in Your house, and he flourished in righteousness. He increased the spiritual seeds of Cephalonia, where he was a model and example of divine virtues for us. Therefore, by the entreaties of Your holy one, whose confidence before You is great, account us worthy of Your kingdom, as we with faith and longing celebrate his every-venerable memory. [SD]

Both now.

Mode pl. 1.

Now we call you blessed, O Virgin Theotokos, and we glorify you, duty-bound as believers; the city unshakable, the wall indestructible, the firm and steadfast protection, and the place of refuge for our souls. [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 Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

READER

Amen.

Apolytikion.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Mode 1.

O believers, let us praise the protector of the Orthodox, the God-bearing miracle-worker lately appearing to us, the incarnate angel, divine Gerasimos. For he has rightly received from God the ever-flowing grace of performing healings. He strengthens those with diseases and he heals those with demons. And therefore he pours out healings to those who honor him. [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 our Archbishop (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 Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, (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 merciful and loves mankind.

Let us pray for the peace of the world.

( Lord, have mercy. )

For the pious and Orthodox Christians.

For our our Archbishop (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. )