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Horologion - Midnight Office

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Menaion - November 8

The Synaxis in Honor of the Chief Commanders Michael and Gabriel

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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

Idiomela. For the Commanders.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

Supreme commander of the spiritual hosts, ⁄ as you ever stand before the throne of the Master, ⁄ pray to the Lord that He may grant peace to the world ⁄⁄ and great mercy to our souls. [OCA]

Mode 1.

Michael, you are the leader among the ranks of God, ⁄ commander of the hosts on high! ⁄ As you ever walk with us all, preserving us from every assault of the devil, ⁄ you summon us today to a feast! ⁄ Therefore come, all who love Christ and the feasts of the Church! ⁄ Take up the flowers of the virtues! ⁄ With pure thoughts and upright conscience, ⁄ let us honor the assembly of the archangel, ⁄ for ever standing before God and chanting the thrice-holy hymn, ⁄⁄ he prays that our souls may be saved! [OCA]

Mode 2.

Supreme commanders governing the bodiless nature of the spiritual hosts ⁄ and illumining the whole universe with the rays of three-sunned glory: ⁄ As you chant the thrice-holy hymn with unending speech, ⁄⁄ pray that our souls may be saved! [OCA]

Mode 2.

As you surround the immaterial throne, O noetic beings and divine Bodiless Powers, you sing the Thrice-holy hymn to God the Ruler, with your flaming lips: "Holy God, the unoriginate Father; Holy Mighty, the Son who is also unoriginate; Holy Immortal, the coessential Spirit, glorified together with the Father and the Son." [SD]

Mode 2.

With bodiless lips and spiritual mouths ⁄ The ranks of angels offer unceasing hymns to Your unapproachable divinity, Lord! ⁄ The pure intellects and ministers of Your glory praise You, Lord, ⁄ together with the bodiless Michael and the all-glorious Gabriel! ⁄ The supreme commanders of the angels, leaders among the powers on high ⁄ become our hosts today, ⁄ commanding us to chant the Song of Songs ⁄ to Your unapproachable glory, Lover of mankind, ⁄⁄ as they ever entreat You on behalf of our souls! [OCA]

Mode 4.

Glowing with the sunbeam of the divine light, O Chief Commanders, you shine on the ranks of heavenly hosts. In the heights garbed in white, you shine the fire of the unapproachable Godhead on the world as light. There on high, with fiery lips, you unceasingly sing the thrice-holy hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, our God. Glory to You! [GOASD]

Mode pl. 2.

O Christ, Your Angels stand near the throne of Your majesty with fear, and they are always glowing with the light You emit. In the heights they are Your chanters. They carry out Your will when they are sent by You, and they deliver illumination to our souls. [GOASD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4.

Christ God, the cherubim hymn You with lips of fire ⁄ and the choir of archangels ever glorifies You with bodiless mouths! ⁄ Michael, the commander of the hosts on high ⁄ unceasingly offers a victory hymn to Your glory! ⁄ Today he lights our way to a radiant feast ⁄ that with our earthly lips fittingly using words of Psalmody ⁄ we may chant the thrice-holy hymn of praise! ⁄ For all things are filled with Your praise ⁄⁄ and You grant the world great mercy! [OCA]

Both now.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4.

Today the Theotokos, the temple that contains God, is led into the Temple of God; and Zacharias welcomes her. Today the Holy of Holies is exultant, and the chorus of Angels mystically celebrates. Together with them let us also keep the feast today, and with Gabriel let us cry aloud: Rejoice, O Maiden full of grace, the Lord is with you; and He has the great mercy. [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.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You who were lifted.

O Chief Commanders of the heavenly armies, * we the unworthy now entreat you in earnest, * to fortify us by your supplications to the Lord, * and shelter us beneath the wings of your spiritual glory, * guarding us who run to you and fervently entreat you: * As the Commanders of the hosts on high, * rescue us faithful from dangers of every kind. [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 this 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. )