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Menaion Supplement - October 28

Holy Protection of the Theotokos

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 1.

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

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

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

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

Apolytikion.

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Mode 1. As a citizen of the desert.

O Virgin, we sing praises of the gifts of your protection, * which you have extended like a bright cloud ineffably, * invisibly protecting us your flock * from enemy invasions and attacks. * We have you as ardent helper and mighty guard, * and therefore we cry out to you: * Glory to your divinely mighty deeds! * Glory to your protective veil! * Glory to the care you have for us, O immaculate one! [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Another. Apolytikion.

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Mode pl. 4.

Ever-virgin Theotokos, your holy protection, * by which you give shelter to those who rely on you, * is a mighty refuge that you gave to your Christian people; * for you have wondrously saved us, even now as in the past. * You are as if a spiritual cloud surrounding your people. * And therefore we earnestly implore you to inspire peace in our government, * and also on our souls bestow the great mercy. [GOASD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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.

( To You, O Lord. )

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.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

O Virgin, we extol your all-holy protection. * In every time and place, you protect us and guard us, * whom you have considered as your own people and chosen lot, * in your goodness and in your maternal compassion. * Lady, we entreat, in any coming disaster, * you keep and preserve us all. [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

O Virgin, we extol your all-holy protection. * In every time and place, you protect us and guard us, * whom you have considered as your own people and chosen lot, * in your goodness and in your maternal compassion. * Lady, we entreat, in any coming disaster, * you keep and preserve us all. [GOASD]

Kathisma II.

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Mode 4. Come quickly.

St. Andrew the fool for Christ of old was praying in church, * where your divine veil and garment had been reverently kept; * and he was amazed to see * how you had held your garment over all who were praying. * Thus you revealed the grace of your all-holy protection, * by which you protect and save us in every adversity. [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

St. Andrew the fool for Christ of old was praying in church, * where your divine veil and garment had been reverently kept; * and he was amazed to see * how you had held your garment over all who were praying. * Thus you revealed the grace of your all-holy protection, * by which you protect and save us in every adversity. [GOASD]

Kathisma III.

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Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Your all-holy and wondrous protective veil * was prefigured in Exodus by the cloud. * Unfolding it every day, you surround the believers all, * who look to you, O Lady, for help in their time of need, * and who rely on you and your goodness continually. * Help us, O all-holy Theotokos, subduing * the madness our enemies have against us who sing the praise * of your glorious miracles. * Intercede with your Son and our God, that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to us who lovingly celebrate your glowing protective veil. [GOASD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

Your all-holy and wondrous protective veil * was prefigured in Exodus by the cloud. * Unfolding it every day, you surround the believers all, * who look to you, O Lady, for help in their time of need, * and who rely on you and your goodness continually. * Help us, O all-holy Theotokos, subduing * the madness our enemies have against us who sing the praise * of your glorious miracles. * Intercede with your Son and our God, that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to us who lovingly celebrate your glowing protective veil. [GOASD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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.

( To You, O Lord. )

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.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Antiphon I.

Mode 4.

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

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]

Glory.

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]

Both now.

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

Prokeimenon. Psalms 44, 60.

I will remember your name from generation to generation. (2)

Verse: I will be covered with the shelter of Your wings.

I will remember your name from generation to generation. [SAAS]

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of Gospel.

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

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.

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

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

DEACON

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

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the gate)

Lk. 1:39-49, 56

In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home. [RSV]

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

READER

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]

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CHOIR

Glory. Mode 2.

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

Both now.

At the intercession of our all-pure Lady, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

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]

Today, the all-lauded Virgin unfolded her radiant protective veil, and she very clearly demonstrated her abundant concern for the faithful, in good times and in bad. So let us who are covered by her extol her grace and sing to her joyfully: "We salute you, O Theotokos full of grace, and say, Rejoice! For you rescue us, your people, and you keep us safe, and you guide us on the way to salvation." [GOASD]

PRIEST

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 commemoration of whose Holy Protection we celebrate, 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, 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.

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

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.

( Amen. )

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READER

Kontakion.

Mode pl. 4. O Champion General.

You were observed to be a cloud that, glowing splendidly, * was overshadowing the Church's people, long ago * in the imperial city, O all-pure Virgin. * Inasmuch as you protect us as our champion, * from all kinds of tribulations keep us safe and sound, * as we cry aloud: Rejoice, luminous protective veil! [GOASD]

Oikos.

All-holy Theotokos Virgin Mary, from heaven you lay your holy veil of protection on your people, whom you protect and save, O pure one, as we invoke your name hourly. Now as we sing with gratitude extolling your wonders, we cry out: [GOASD]

Rejoice! You are the world's salvation. Rejoice! You protect all Christian nations!

Rejoice! Unusual sight for angelic hosts. Rejoice! Immovable prop of the human race.

Rejoice! Ever-virgin Mother of Christ the Ruler over all. Rejoice! Helper and protector of all your people who believe.

Rejoice! You have appeared when protecting Christian nations. Rejoice! You have secured victories on fields of battle.

Rejoice! O fount of rich generosity! Rejoice! O lamp of divine humanity!

Rejoice! Through you we defeat adversaries. Rejoice! To you every day we sing loudly:

Rejoice, luminous protective veil!

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

On October 28, we celebrate the memory of the Protection of our All-Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary who always and especially protects a faithful nation, as she protected the Queen of cities long ago.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Terence and Neonillia, and their children: Nitas, Sarvilos, Jerakos, Theodoulos, Fokas, Vela, and Eunice.

On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Stephen of St. Savas Monastery who became a Bishop.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Terence, Africanus, Maximus, Pompios, and the other 36.

On this day we also commemorate our devout Father St. Firmlian, Bishop of Caesarea, and Melchianos the Wise and priest of Antioch, who deposed Paul of Samosata.

On this day we also commemorate St. Fevronia, daughter of Emperor Heraclius; and the holy priest-Martyr Kyriakos who showed the Precious Cross to Emperor Constantine the Great and his mother Helen.

On this day St. Anna, the mother of St. Kyriakos, died by being burned with torches and hewn.

The memory of our devout Father St. Athanasios Patriarch of Constantinople who struggled in asceticism on Athos.

The memory of the holy four New Martyrs Angelos, Emmanuel, George, and Nicholas who witnessed in Lambis of Rethymno, Crete.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Theotokos

Ode i. Mode 4.

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]

Ode iii.

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 iv.

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]

Ode v.

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]

Ode vi.

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]

Ode vii.

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]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

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]

It is appropriate to stand for the singing of Ode ix.

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 4.

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

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]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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.

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Exaposteilaria.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

Lady, your holy protection * holds us beneath it like a veil; * and it protects all believers, * leading in battles to defend * your people, O Theotokos, * and guard them from any danger. [GOASD]

Another.

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

We who have you for protection * and for shelter in time of need * pray that you guard our nation * beneath your bright protective veil * from foes, domestic and foreign, * O Lady, by your unceasing prayers. [GOASD]

Lauds. Mode 1.

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stichera for the Theotokos.

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Mode 1. For the celestial orders.

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

In every country, O Christians, let us extol and praise * the pure and ever-virgin * Theotokos, our Lady. * The ally of beleaguered believers is she, * their protection and ready aid. * She offers safety and shelter to those in need. * So we honor her protective veil. [GOASD]

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

Your holy veil of protection flashes like lightning bolts. * And like a cloud of bright light, * everyday you unfold it, * visibly protecting and guarding us all, * as we know from experience. * Whether in good times or tragedies, we have you. * So we celebrate and call you blessed. [GOASD]

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

Constantinople was rescued from perils long ago * by your divine protection * working wonders, O Virgin. * Later on the country of Greece, by your grace, * was delivered from its complete * annihilation. And Christians throughout the world * in adversity rely on you. [GOASD]

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

Truly amazing, O Virgin, is the concern and care * that you have shown at all times * to Christians the world over. * And that is why we seek cover every day * beneath your holy protective veil, * where we are rescued from every malignant scheme * and experience the blessings of God. [GOASD]

Glory. Both now.

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Mode pl. 1.

The bounties of your protection, extending everywhere like the sunbeams, benefit us in many ways, O Theotokos. They expel the mistiness of disease, they repel enemy forces, they dispel the gloominess of unexpected disasters, and they bring us lasting peace. Now we entreat you, O Virgin full of grace, accept our hymns of gratitude, and be our ally, defending us till the end of time. [GOASD]

It is appropriate to stand for the Great Doxology.

Great Doxology

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]

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

Apolytikion.

Menaion Supplement - - -

Mode 1. As a citizen of the desert.

O Virgin, we sing praises of the gifts of your protection, * which you have extended like a bright cloud ineffably, * invisibly protecting us your flock * from enemy invasions and attacks. * We have you as ardent helper and mighty guard, * and therefore we cry out to you: * Glory to your divinely mighty deeds! * Glory to your protective veil! * Glory to the care you have for us, O immaculate one! [GOASD]