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Menaion - January 1

The Circumcision of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, and Memory of our Father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

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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. For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

Your proclamation went forth into all the earth, for it accepted your word, through which you taught the dogmas befitting God, you expounded on the nature of all that is, and you arranged the morals of society. A royal priesthood! Devout father Basil, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

Your proclamation went forth into all the earth, for it accepted your word, through which you taught the dogmas befitting God, you expounded on the nature of all that is, and you arranged the morals of society. A royal priesthood! Devout father Basil, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy. [SD]

Both now. For the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος.

In essence being God, most-compassionate Master, * You assumed human nature without transmutation. * Fulfilling the Law, of Your own will * You accepted circumcision in the flesh, * to bring an end to the shadow, and to remove the passions that cover us. * Glory to Your benevolence, O Lord; * glory to Your compassion; * glory to Your inexpressible condescension, O Word. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 4. Then the short litany.

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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. As the Father and Spirit.

Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον.

Let us all now extol holy Basil the Great * the basilical ornament of the Church of Christ, * and the treasure of dogmatic teachings that never fail; * for by means of them he trained us to worship and adore * the holy Trinity rightly, * which is united in essence * and distinguished in hypostases. [SD]

Glory. For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

Τὸν τάφον σου Σωτήρ.

O Basil, just and wise, by the Trinity standing, * entreat that we who now sing your hymns and who honor * your sacred memorial * may be given on Judgment Day * mercy, grace divine, and of offenses forgiveness, * so that we might sing * with mouth and heart praise and glory * to God who is benevolent. [SD]

Both now. For the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

The Master of the world and Creator of all things, * the One who is on high with the Father and Spirit, * on earth has been circumcised * as an infant just eight days old. * Lord, divine indeed are all Your works and amazing. * You were circumcised on our behalf, loving Master, * the fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 5. Then the short litany.

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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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. )

PRIEST

For You are good and benevolent God, 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.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma II.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

Having drawn out the mystical wealth of God’s * inexpressible wisdom as from a well, * you stored up the waters of * Orthodoxy for everyone, * gladdening the hearts of the faithful with godly joy, * appropriately drowning the dogmas of heretics. * Therefore by your labors for the truth you became an * invincible champion of the all-holy Trinity; * holy Basil the hierarch, * intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

Having drawn out the mystical wealth of God’s * inexpressible wisdom as from a well, * you stored up the waters of * Orthodoxy for everyone, * gladdening the hearts of the faithful with godly joy, * appropriately drowning the dogmas of heretics. * Therefore by your labors for the truth you became an * invincible champion of the all-holy Trinity; * holy Basil the hierarch, * intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [SD]

Both now. For the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You appeared today.

Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.

In Your great benevolence, which is unbounded, * You, O Lord, put on the form of us Your servants and Your slaves, * and You were circumcised in the flesh; * and thus You granted great mercy to all mankind. [SD]

The Polyeleos.

Psalm 134 (135).

Psalm 135 (136).

Selected Psalm Verses

Selected Psalm Verses for Hierarchs

Of the world. Alleluia.

1. Hear this, all you nations; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world. Alleluia. (48:2) [SAAS]

2. Both earthborn and the sons of men, rich and poor together. Alleluia. (48:3) [SAAS]

3. My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. Alleluia. (48:4) [SAAS]

4. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Alleluia. (33:12) [SAAS]

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

6. He who has innocent hands and a pure heart; he who does not lift up his soul to vanity. Alleluia. (23:4) [SAAS]

7. I proclaimed righteousness in the great church. Alleluia. (39:10) [SAAS]

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

9. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

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

11. I will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the church I will sing to You. Alleluia. (21:23) [SAAS]

12. I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord. Alleluia. (25:6) [SAAS]

13. That I may hear the voice of praise and tell of all Your wondrous works. Alleluia. (25:7) [SAAS]

14. O Lord, I love the beauty of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells. Alleluia. (25:8) [SAAS]

15. 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]

16. I have not sat down with vain councils, nor will I go in with those who transgress the law. Alleluia. (25:4) [SAAS]

17. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the ungodly. Alleluia. (25:5) [SAAS]

18. The mouth of the righteous shall meditate on wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment. Alleluia. (36:30) [SAAS]

19. The law of God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be tripped up. Alleluia. (36:31) [SAAS]

20. He will manage his words with judgment. Alleluia. (111:5) [SAAS]

21. He shall not be afraid because of an evil report. Alleluia. (111:7) [SAAS]

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

23. The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; he shall be multiplied like the cedar in Lebanon. Alleluia. (91:13) [SAAS]

24. Those planted in the house of the Lord shall blossom forth in the courts of our God. Alleluia. (91:14) [SAAS]

25. Your priests shall clothe themselves in righteousness; Your saints shall greatly rejoice. Alleluia. (131:9) [SAAS]

26. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they shall praise You unto ages of ages. Alleluia. (83:5) [SAAS]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Mode 1.

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.” [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1.

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. [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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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

Kathisma III.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

By the power contained in your godly words * you demolished the heresies that were dark, * you drowned all the arrogance * and the raging of Arius; * for you proclaimed to mortals that the Spirit is God indeed, * and lifting your hands in prayer, you killed off the enemies; * you attacked the worship that Sabellius imagined, * and brought the theology of Nestorius to an end. * O Saint Basil the hierarch, * intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [SD]

Glory.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

Now the grace of your words which derive from God * and the mystical height and sublimity * of dogmas became for us * a ladder of divine ascent; * for when you had acquired a spiritual trumpet, * on it you, O father, proclaimed divine doctrines. * Therefore you are dwelling in a place of green pasture, * O holy one, and receive the rewards for your labors. * O Saint Basil the hierarch, * intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [SD]

Both now.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

The Creator and Master of all the world, * who took flesh from your all-pure and holy womb, * made you, the all-blameless Maid, * the protectress of humanity. * For this reason all we faithful now have recourse to you, * and we ask you, O Lady, to be forgiven our offenses, * and to be delivered from eternal perdition * and every adversity that the prince of the world inflicts. * And we therefore cry out to you: * Intercede with your Son and our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those who piously worship the all-holy Child you bore. [SD]

First Antiphon.

Mode 4.

From my youth, many passions war against me. O my Savior, I implore You, uphold me and save me. (2) [GOASD]

You who hate Zion, be shamed by the Lord; for you will be withered like grass in the fire. (2) [GOASD]

Glory.

By the Holy Spirit every soul is animated, and when purified, it is mystically uplifted and brightened by the triune Godhead. [GOASD]

Both now.

From the Holy Spirit the streams of grace well forth; they water all creation, so that life be engendered. [GOASD]

Prokeimenon. Psalm 48.

My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. (2)

Verse: Hear this, all you nations; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world.

My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. [SAAS]

Stand for the Gospel reading.

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

For You, our God, are holy, and You rest among the holy ones, 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.

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 John.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the gate)

Jn. 10:1-9

The Lord said to the Jews who had come to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” [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]

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Glory. Mode 2.

At the intercession of Your holy Hierarch, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offenses. [SD]

Both now.

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

Grace was poured upon your lips, O devout father, and you became a shepherd of the Church of Christ, teaching the reasonable sheep to believe in the Trinity, coessential, in one Divinity. [SD]

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 power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, heavenly, bodiless powers, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, our Fathers among the Saints, the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, 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 Teron, and Theodore Stratelates; Menas the wonderworker; Charalambos and Eleutherios, the Hieromartyrs; 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; our venerable and God-bearing fathers; (local patron saint); holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; our Father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, whose memory we celebrate; and 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 for humankind of Your only-begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

CHOIR

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Ode i.

Canon for the Feast.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Δεῦτε λαοί.

Peoples, now come * and let us sing a song to Christ our God, * who by His prophet split the sea and through it led across * His people and possession, out of Egyptian bondage, * for He was glorified. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Bearing a symbol of things to come, ⁄ the eighth day is sanctified and brightened ⁄ by Your voluntary poverty, Christ, ⁄ for on this day You were circumcised in the flesh ⁄ according to the law. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ accepts the circumcision of the eighth day after His birth, ⁄ and on that day the prefiguring shadow ⁄ is clothed by the Light of the dawning new grace. [OCA]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (Peoples, now come.)

Δεῦτε λαοί.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The sound of your voice would be welcome company ⁄ for those desiring to prepare praises in your honor! ⁄ But in its place, grant them the indulgence of abundant grace. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You tamed the play of the passions and torments of the flesh ⁄ by your love for the pursuit of wisdom. ⁄ Therefore, Father Basil, ⁄ you dwell in the unassailable kingdoms. [OCA]

Glory.

You trod the thorny path of virtues, Basil, ⁄ to reach the plain and peaceful way up to heaven, ⁄ and so were revealed as a pattern for all mankind. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Who can rightly tell of your ineffable conceiving? ⁄ For you bore God in the flesh, ⁄ the Savior of all who appeared to us, ⁄ most holy Virgin! [OCA]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

The Lord who is powerful in battle * once exposed the bottom of deep sea * and He drew His people through it as on dry land, * while there again He engulfed the enemies, * for He is glorified. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

Israel treaded on the sea’s swelling billow, * which had been rendered once again into dry land. * Then the dark waters concealed all the Egyptian * riders together, as a tomb laid in water, * by the mighty strength of the right of the Master. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode iii.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Στερέωσον ἡμᾶς ἐν σοὶ Κύριε.

Establish us in You, Lord, we pray to You, * who mortified sin by Your crucifixion, * and implant in us the fear of You * within the hearts of Your servants who sing Your praise. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Made flesh, the transcendent Word was circumcised ⁄ to the fulfillment and end of the law, ⁄ giving us the divine first fruits of grace and incorruptible life. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Made flesh, the transcendent Word was circumcised ⁄ to the fulfillment and end of the law, ⁄ giving us the divine first fruits of grace and incorruptible life. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The incarnate Christ showed Himself ⁄ as the divine fulfiller of the law, ⁄ condescending to be circumcised on the eighth day. [OCA]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (Establish us in You.)

Στερέωσον ἡμᾶς ἐν σοὶ Κύριε.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You manifestly trampled down the things of the earth ⁄ with the fullness of all teaching, Basil, ⁄ and the light of a better world. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

For love of the better part, ⁄ you flew on wings of wisdom, Basil, ⁄ taught in the fear of the Lord, the beginning of wisdom. [OCA]

Glory.

You wisely ascended by action, Basil, ⁄ showing deeds to be the way to the most divine contemplation, ⁄ learning well the knowledge of future things. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Pure and ever Virgin, ⁄ you conceived God in your womb without seed ⁄ and ineffably brought Him forth ⁄ upon whom the hosts of heaven dare not gaze! [OCA]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

The Lord who bestows upon our rulers His might and exalts * the horn of His own anointed ones * was born of a pure virgin Maid, and now He goes to baptism. O faithful, let us cry aloud * and say that there is no one holy like our God, * and no one is righteous except for You, O Lord. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

From the ancient snares of the gluttonous lions, * whose teeth are broken, we all have been delivered. * Let us exult, then, and our mouth let us widen, * weaving melody from words unto the Logos, * whose delight it is to bestow gifts upon us. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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 You are our God, 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. )

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Τὴν Σοφίαν καὶ Λόγον.

When you opened your mouth with the word of God, * you were pouring out wisdom, O herald of light. * You planted throughout the world seeds producing a godly mind. * And you confirmed the doctrines the Fathers had ratified. * Like Paul you were a champion of the Orthodox Christian Faith. * Therefore you are now a fellow citizen of Angels, * O blessed Saint, and indeed their companion in heaven, * father Basil, revealer of God. * Intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offenses * to those observing with longing your holy memorial. [GOASD]

Glory.

Mode 3. N/M (Your confession.)

Θείας πίστεως.

Like water, you have given the whole world to drink of your teachings: ⁄ the collected dogmas of piety, ⁄ for the well-spring of life truly lived within you, Basil! ⁄ Since you have gained boldness before Him, divinely inspired one, ⁄⁄ beseech Him to grant us great mercy! [OCA]

Both now.

Mode 3. On this day.

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.

As the Master over all * has undergone circumcision, * so He cuts away the sins * of humankind in His goodness. * On this day, upon the world He bestows salvation. * And on high * does the Creator’s hierarch Basil * now rejoice, for he is known as * a most divine and light-bearing mystic of Christ. [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode iv.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Εἰσακήκοα Κύριε, τὴν ἀκοήν.

I have heard the report, O Lord, * of your eternal plan for our salvation, * and I glorified You, only benevolent God. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Circumcision has ceased ⁄ for Christ was circumcised of His own will, ⁄ granting the nations remission of sins, ⁄ and saving them by grace. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Circumcision has ceased ⁄ for Christ was circumcised of His own will, ⁄ granting the nations remission of sins, ⁄ and saving them by grace. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The eighth day, the day on which Christ the Master ⁄ was circumcised in the flesh, ⁄ portrays for us the eternal life of the age to come. [OCA]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (I have heard.)

Εἰσακήκοα Κύριε, τὴν ἀκοήν.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The Church is adorned as a Bride ⁄ by the birth of the Christ Child ⁄ and by the memorial of St. Basil. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Honoring the divine Child, ⁄ you reverently taught, Basil, ⁄ that He is not created by the Godhead! [OCA]

Glory.

You unashamedly fought for God, ⁄ humbling yourself, Basil, ⁄ before all His ordinances. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Undefiled One, ⁄ who conceived God without seed, ⁄ we entreat you to intercede for your servants. [OCA]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

When You thundered on the many waters, * O Lord, unto Your Son thus bearing witness, * then he whom You once designated as the voice of the one who cries out in the desert * heard Your voice; and filled with the Spirit there present, he cried aloud and said, * You are the Christ, the wisdom and the power of God. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

Once purged by the fire of mystical vision, * the Prophet, hymning the renewal of mortals, * cried in a loud voice energized by the Spirit, * telling the ineffable Word’s incarnation. * He it is who crushed the power of the princes. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode v.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Ὁ τοῦ φωτὸς χορηγός.

Lord, the provider of light, * and the Creator of the ages, we pray * that You will guide us in the light of Your all-holy commands. * Except for You, we do not know any other God. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Not thinking it unworthy to put on the form of mortal man, ⁄ You proceeded from a Virgin Mother ⁄ in ways past understanding, Lord, ⁄ and as a Child, You lawfully fulfilled the Law. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Not thinking it unworthy to put on the form of mortal man, ⁄ You proceeded from a Virgin Mother ⁄ in ways past understanding, Lord, ⁄ and as a Child, You lawfully fulfilled the Law. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Loving the shadow of the Law, ⁄ Israel entered into night, ⁄ while Christ, the Light of the world has been revealed, ⁄ Flashing forth from you as lightning, Theotokos. [OCA]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (Lord, the provider of light.)

Ὁ τοῦ φωτὸς χορηγός.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Today the Church worthily honors a twofold Feast: ⁄ the Feast of the Circumcision of the Master ⁄ as a Child who appeared on earth, ⁄ and the memorial of His wise and thrice-blessed servant. [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The incomprehensible Light ever rested in you, Saint, ⁄ and Christ has manifested you as a radiant lamp to the world; ⁄ therefore we praise your memory, Basil. [OCA]

Glory.

Moses the lawgiver, ⁄ and Joseph, who before the Law, distributed corn for food, ⁄ were not equal to you, Basil, ⁄ for you were manifested as a celebrant ⁄ at the breaking of the divine Flesh at the altar. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

We cry out to you who bore Christ the Creator: ⁄ Rejoice, pure One! ⁄ Rejoice, for you have made the Light to rise for us! ⁄ Rejoice, for you have encompassed the uncircumscribed God! [OCA]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

He is Jesus, the Author of life. * He has come to loose the condemnation of first-created Adam. * Being God, and thus not needing to be purified, * in the Jordan He purifies the one who had fallen. * He put to death the enmity, and therefore He grants the peace that passes all understanding. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

The Spirit’s cleansing has washed away from us now * the dark and dirty enemy’s poison venom. * Therefore we have landed on a new unerring * path, which leads to happiness that has no access, * save to them whom God to himself reconciled. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode vi.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Ἄβυσσος ἁμαρτημάτων.

As I am by sins encompassed, * even as Jonah the Prophet * was encircled by the lowest depth, * I pray You, as he did, O Lord my God: * Raise my life from corruption. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Law became of no effect when Christ became a Child, ⁄ and was manifest as the Fulfillment of the Law. ⁄ By accepting circumcision, ⁄ He has set us free from its curse. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Law became of no effect when Christ became a Child, ⁄ and was manifest as the Fulfillment of the Law. ⁄ By accepting circumcision, ⁄ He has set us free from its curse. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Through the Spirit, Christ by appearing ⁄ has caused the Sabbaths and circumcision of the haughty Jews to cease, ⁄ and the spring of grace has shone! [OCA]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. (N/M)

Ἄβυσσος ἁμαρτημάτων.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You bountifully fed the souls of the poor, ⁄ wasted with hunger, Basil, ⁄ filling their famished hearts with every divine gladness! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You fed the souls of the hungry with heavenly food, ⁄ for your Word, Basil, is the bread of angels, ⁄ and you were a generous dispenser of grain. [OCA]

Glory.

With love of labor, Basil, ⁄ you gathered every virtue like bees from the flowers. ⁄ Becoming all-wise, you were called blessed. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Unwedded Theotokos, Mary, ⁄ the bush on Sinai transfigured with fire ⁄ portrayed you, ever-Virgin Mother! [OCA]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

The voice of the Logos, the lantern of the Light, the morning star that precedes the Sun, the Forerunner is in the desert, * crying to all the peoples, Repent and beforehand purify yourselves. * Behold, among us is the Christ, who out of corruption redeems the world. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

With the blessed utterance proclaimed the Father * Him He produced from the womb His beloved Son. * Yes, He said, this is My own connatural offspring, * splendor of My light, now also borne of mankind, * both My living Word, and by providence mortal. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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 You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, 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. )

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

From Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 4. You appeared today.

Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.

As a base unshakable * you were presented * to the Church, attributing * the full dominion to mankind, * and by your dogmas confirming this, O devout Basil, Revealer of heaven to all. [SD]

Oikos.

That goblet of self-control, the mouth of wisdom, and the base of the dogmas, Basil the Great, shines brightly in the hearts of all. So come, and let us stand in the house of God, gazing ardently, and be thrilled by his miracles. And when their lustrous light has made us also shine, * let us be warmed by the purifying spirit of his life, imitating his faith, ardor, and humility, through which he became the house of the true God. And let us extol him and cry out to him: O devout Basil, Revealer of heaven to all. [GKD]

Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On January 1, we celebrate the circumcision in the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia.

On this day the holy Martyr Theodotos died by the sword.

On this day, Saint Gregory, the father of Saint Gregory the Theologian, died in peace.

By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

CHOIR

From Menaion - - -

Ode vii.

Canon for the Feast.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Εἰκόνος χρυσῆς.

The image of gold * was in Babylon on Dura being worshiped. * But Your three Servants showed complete disdain * for that abominable decree. * Thrown into the fiery furnace, * in the midst of it they were bedewed, * singing: Blessed are You, O God of our Fathers. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Today the bright and shining birth of Christ ⁄ and the mystery of the coming rebirth are portrayed. ⁄ For the Savior is circumcised according to the decree of the Law, ⁄ not as God but as mortal man, ⁄ yet the Fulfiller of the Law! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Today the bright and shining birth of Christ ⁄ and the mystery of the coming rebirth are portrayed. ⁄ For the Savior is circumcised according to the decree of the Law, ⁄ not as God but as mortal man, ⁄ yet the Fulfiller of the Law! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Today the Maker of the Law ⁄ is voluntarily circumcised, ⁄ thus fulfilling it and circumcising our sins, ⁄ causing us to cry: Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (The image of gold.)

Εἰκόνος χρυσῆς.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The Son has appeared as an image of the Father, ⁄ and the Spirit as an image of the Son: ⁄ and you, Basil, are a clear glass and a dwelling of the Trinity. ⁄ Your memory is blessed, ⁄ and those who glorify it shall themselves be glorified! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You plunged your mind into the depth ⁄ of the incomprehensible things of God, ⁄ and collecting the most precious pearl of knowledge, ⁄ you enriched the world with wisdom, ⁄ teaching it to cry: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory.

You both were as one soul in two bodies: ⁄ Gregory in Basil and Basil in Gregory, ⁄ united by divine love. ⁄ Pray now to Christ for your flock. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Moses foresaw you on Mount Sinai as pure as the burning bush, ⁄ receiving unconsumed the unbearable brightness ⁄ of the Ineffable One who was united in you ⁄ as one of the Holy Persons, ⁄ to the flesh of mankind. [OCA]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

When the pious youths were thrown in the furnace all aflame with fire, * the Angel of the Lord went down with them and drove out the fiery flame * and moist whistling wind preserved them free of harm. * Being thus refreshed in the flames, they gave glory, singing in gratitude. * O supremely praised and most exalted Lord and God of the fathers, You are blessed. [SD]

Iambic. Mode 2.

He who impeded once the towering fire * within the furnace that held the pious young men * burned the dragons’ heads in the streams of the river, * and the stubborn stain of sin He has completely * washed away therein, with the dew of the Spirit. [SD]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode viii.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Τὸν ἀῤῥήτῳ σοφίᾳ.

With ineffable wisdom * God the Logos constructed all creation * from nonexistence He brought the universe into being. * All you works of the Lord, bless Him as your Lord, * and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Master was circumcised on the eighth day, ⁄ and He received the Name of Jesus, ⁄ for He is the Savior and the Lord of all the world. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Master was circumcised on the eighth day, ⁄ and He received the Name of Jesus, ⁄ for He is the Savior and the Lord of all the world. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The most glorious memorial of the Bishop ⁄ is joined to the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. ⁄ Honoring both the feasts, ⁄ we sing the praises of the Lord! [OCA]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (With ineffable wisdom.)

Τὸν ἀῤῥήτῳ σοφίᾳ.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Basil, the light of godliness and trumpet of theology ⁄ has been given to the world ⁄ in an ineffable dispensation. ⁄ All works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [OCA]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

A generous and active power ⁄ dwelt in the wise Basil, ⁄ and he discoursed with reverence on the nature of God: ⁄ All works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [OCA]

Glory.

Ever delighting in your divine words ⁄ and praising your memory, we cry, Basil: ⁄ All works of the Lord, bless the Lord! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

All works of the Lord, bless God the Word, ⁄ pre-eternal and timeless, ⁄ proceeding from the Father, ⁄ and in these latter days arising from the Virgin! [OCA]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Katavasias

The furnace once in Babylon displayed a paradoxical mystery by pouring out moisture: * that the Jordan was to receive in its streams the immaterial fire, * and hold the Creator when He was being baptized. * Him do the peoples all bless and exalt supremely unto all the ages. [SD]

Canon 1. Mode 2.

Iambic. Mode 2.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

The created world exults in its liberty, * and sons of the light are they who once were darkened. * Only the champion of darkness is groaning. * Now let the formerly wretched inheritance * of the Nations bless eagerly Him who caused this. [SD]

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 9: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode ix.

Canon for the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. Heirmos.

Ἡ τὸν πρὸ ἡλίου φωστῆρα.

O my soul, magnify her who is higher in honor than the heavenly armies.

Lady, from your virginal belly * you ineffably embodied God, * the luminary who arose before the sun, * and the One who came down to us * and dwelt among us bodily. * O blessed and all-holy one, * you, O Theotokos, do we magnify. [SD]

O my soul, magnify the Lord who according to the Law received circumcision.

Lady, from your virginal belly * you ineffably embodied God, * the luminary who arose before the sun, * and the One who came down to us * and dwelt among us bodily. * O blessed and all-holy one, * you, O Theotokos, do we magnify. [SD]

Troparia.

O my soul, magnify the Lord who on the eighth day received circumcision.

Christ the Savior did from a Virgin * come forth extraordinarily, * for He surpassed the bounds of human nature all. * He fulfilled the Mosaic Law * when He was duly circumcised * in the flesh according as the letter of the Law prescribed. [SD]

Today the Master was circumcised in the flesh, and He was called Jesus.

Come, let us with holiness celebrate the glorious festivities * as we observe the Name Day of the Master Christ. * For He is named Jesus today * in a manner befitting God. * And also let us magnify the memorial of the Hierarch. [SD]

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. Lady, from your virginal belly.

Ἡ τὸν πρὸ ἡλίου φωστῆρα.

O my soul, magnify one great among the hierarchs, our holy father Basil.

Basil, inasmuch as you are a faithful sheep of the Chief Shepherd Christ, * you followed in His steps, for they were full of life. * You delivered your very life, O father, to the tyrant king, * and for the Church you valiantly braved danger, O all-blessed one. [SD]

O my soul, magnify Basil the Great who hailed from Caesarea.

When that most pernicious of tyrants saw the sacred body of the Church * of Christ to be adorned and put in order by * your episcopacy, O Basil, he was thunderstruck and fell. * For he could not endure the bright * light of the Spirit that abode in you. [SD]

Glory.

O my soul, magnify the power of the Godhead that is three hypostases and also undivided.

You were counted worthy, O Basil, of the Apostles’ teaching chair, * the chorus of the medal-winning martyrs of Christ, * the tent of the Patriarchs, delight of Prophets and the Just, * O mystic of the Mother of God, * and worshipper of the Trinity. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O my soul, magnify the ever-virgin Maid who from the curse has redeemed us.

He who covers His upper chambers with the waters as the only Lord, * and who restrains the sea and caused the deep abyss * to become dry, and who assumed the flesh from you, O Virgin pure, * goes urgently from Bethlehem * to Jordan to be baptized in the flesh. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Katavasias

Canon 1. Mode 2.

O my soul, magnify her who is greater in honor and in glory than the armies of heaven.

Every tongue is dumbfounded to extol as is worthy; * a super-mundane mind is dizzied praising you with hymns, O Theotokos. * Nonetheless accept our faith, since you are full of goodness, * for you have seen our longing indeed inspired by God. * Lady, as the protectress of Christians, you do we magnify. [SD]

Iambic.

O my soul, magnify the ever-virgin Maid who from the curse has redeemed us.

O all spotless Bride, surpassing comprehension * are the wonders of your childbirth, blessed Mother! * Through you obtaining comprehensive salvation, * we bring you a gift in striking up this worthy * hymn of gratitude to you our Benefactress. [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. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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

Exaposteilarion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. The Elder in the Temple.

Ἐν Πνεύματι τῷ Ἱερῷ.

You circumcised the covering * of your soul, holy father, * enamored with philosophy; * and in the world you shone forth * like the sun by your miracles, * thus enlightening the minds * of the believers, O Basil * the wise and godly-minded * worshipper of the Trinity, * and mystic of the Theotokos. [SD]

For the Feast.

Mode 3. The Elder in the Temple.

Ἐν Πνεύματι τῷ Ἱερῷ.

The fulfiller of His own Law, * the Creator of the ages, * is circumcised in the flesh * as an eight-day old infant. * And He is wrapped in swaddling clothes * as a mortal and is nursed * on milk, even while maintaining * in His infinite power * the entire world as God, * who by His act orders all things. [SD]

Lauds. Mode pl. 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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For the Saint.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Rejoice.

Χαίροις ἀσκητικῶν.

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

He who avoiding scission or flux * was from the Father born as Logos, and God from God, * ineffably as an infant * is in the flesh circumcised * remaining unaltered in Divinity. * And so in accordance with * His own Law, He who is beyond * the Law now ransoms * from the Law’s curse the human race, * and He has bestowed heaven’s blessing upon us all. * Therefore we worthily extol and praise Him with gratitude, * and His superlative goodness and condescension we glorify; * and earnestly praying, * we implore Him to bestow His great mercy on our souls. [SD]

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

As an adopted son of God * being reborn by holy baptism, you confessed * that He, who in truth and nature * before the ages is Son * and Logos of God, is unoriginate * along with the Father and coessential, O holy one. * And with the brilliance of your words and your treatises * you have stopped the unbridled mouths of the heretics. * Therefore your residence is in the palaces there on high; * you reign together with Christ who alone does naturally rule as King. * O Basil, entreat Him * who abundantly distributes great mercy to the world. [SD]

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

Into the Church in heaven have you * gone, O devout one, as a most sacred hierarch. * The vestments that you are wearing * are contemplation of God * and the active life, as wisdom’s principles. * And now as you stand near God * and you serve as a hierarch * at the supernal * holy altar, O holy one, * and you celebrate the immaterial liturgy, * all-blessed and compassionate * Saint Basil, remember us * who now observe your all-sacred * and highly honored memorial; * to Christ pray in earnest, * and implore Him to bestow His great mercy on the world. [SD]

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

Totally consecrated to God * were you from childhood and devoted in every way. * The light of transcendent wisdom * illuminating your soul, * you made clear the knowledge of all that exists, * explaining explicitly, and relating sagaciously * the balanced order * of creation, and made of this * an occasion for more divine knowledge, holy one. * Therefore we loudly do proclaim * that you speak the words of God, * as a divine sacred teacher, * and as the Church’s bright shining star. * And thus we extol Christ * who abundantly distributes great mercy to the world. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 2.

Grace was poured upon your lips, O devout father, and you became a shepherd of the Church of Christ, teaching the reasonable sheep to believe in the Trinity, coessential, in one Divinity. [SD]

Both now. For the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4.

In condescending to the race of humanity, the Savior consented to be wrapped in swaddling clothes; and He did not abominate the circumcision of His flesh, when He was eight days old as regards His Mother, while as regards His Father, unoriginate. To Him, O faithful, let us cry aloud: You are our God; have mercy on us. [SD]

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 of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος.

In essence being God, most-compassionate Master, * You assumed human nature without transmutation. * Fulfilling the Law, of Your own will * You accepted circumcision in the flesh, * to bring an end to the shadow, and to remove the passions that cover us. * Glory to Your benevolence, O Lord; * glory to Your compassion; * glory to Your inexpressible condescension, O Word. [SD]

DEACON

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

PRIEST

For You are merciful and benevolent God, 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.

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Let us complete our morning prayer 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. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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

( Grant this, O Lord. )

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.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most 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 You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for humankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Holy Lord, who dwell in the highest and look upon the humble and observe all creation with Your all-seeing eye, to You we bow the neck of soul and body, and we pray You, Holy of holies: Extend Your invisible hand from Your holy heavens and bless us all. And as good and benevolent God, forgive us any misdeeds we committed voluntarily or involuntarily, and grant us Your blessings in this world and in the next.

PRIEST

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

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Wisdom.

( Father, bless! )

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

HIERARCH or READER

The Lord God make firm the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy and Great Church of Christ, our Sacred Archdiocese, [this Sacred Metropolis,] and this city, to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Dismissal

PRIEST

Glory to You, O Christ our God. Glory to You.

May He who condescended to be circumcised on the eighth day, for our salvation, 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, our Father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, whose memory we celebrate; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, as He is good, benevolent, and merciful God.

Conclusion, i.e. “Through the prayers…”

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

( Amen. )