Ἀκολουθία τοῦ Μεγάλου Παρακλητικοῦ Κανόνος

Service of the Great Paraklesis

εἰς τὴν Ὑπεραγίαν Θεοτόκον

to the Most-holy Theotokos

(Ποίημα τοῦ Βασιλέως Θεοδώρου Δούκα τοῦ Λασκάρεως)

(by Emperor Theodore Doukas Laskaris)

   

   

(Complete Score)

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PRIEST

Εὐλογητὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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

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READER

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Ψαλμὸς ΡΜΒʹ (142).

Psalm 142 (143).

Κύριε, εἰσάκουσον τῆς προσευχῆς μου, ἐνώτισαι τὴν δέησίν μου ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ σου, εἰσάκουσόν μου ἐν τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ σου· καὶ μὴ εἰσέλθῃς εἰς κρίσιν μετὰ τοῦ δούλου σου, ὅτι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐνώπιόν σου πᾶς ζῶν. Ὅτι κατεδίωξεν ὁ ἐχθρὸς τὴν ψυχήν μου, ἐταπείνωσεν εἰς γῆν τὴν ζωήν μου, ἐκάθισέ με ἐν σκοτεινοῖς ὡς νεκροὺς αἰῶνος· καὶ ἠκηδίασεν ἐπ' ἐμὲ τὸ πνεῦμά μου, ἐν ἐμοὶ ἐταράχθη ἡ καρδία μου. Ἐμνήσθην ἡμερῶν ἀρχαίων, ἐμελέτησα ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔργοις σου, ἐν ποιήμασι τῶν χειρῶν σου ἐμελέτων. Διεπέτασα πρὸς σὲ τὰς χεῖράς μου· ἡ ψυχή μου ὡς γῆ ἄνυδρός σοι. Ταχὺ εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε, ἐξέλιπε τὸ πνεῦμά μου. Μὴ ἀποστρέψῃς τὸ πρόσωπόν σου ἀπ' ἐμοῦ, καὶ ὁμοιωθήσομαι τοῖς καταβαίνουσιν εἰς λάκκον. Ἀκουστὸν ποίησόν μοι τὸ πρωῒ τὸ ἔλεός σου, ὅτι ἐπὶ σοὶ ἤλπισα. Γνώρισόν μοι, Κύριε, ὁδόν, ἐν ᾗ πορεύσομαι, ὅτι πρὸς σὲ ἦρα τὴν ψυχήν μου. Ἐξελοῦ με ἐκ τῶν ἐχθρῶν μου, Κύριε, ὅτι πρὸς σὲ κατέφυγον. Δίδαξόν με τοῦ ποιεῖν τὸ θέλημά σου, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεός μου. Τὸ πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἀγαθὸν ὁδηγήσει με ἐν γῇ εὐθείᾳ· ἕνεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός σου, Κύριε, ζήσεις με, ἐν τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ σου ἐξάξεις ἐκ θλίψεως τὴν ψυχήν μου· καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐλέει σου ἐξολοθρεύσεις τοὺς ἐχθρούς μου καὶ ἀπολεῖς πάντας τοὺς θλίβοντας τὴν ψυχήν μου, ὅτι ἐγὼ δοῦλός σου εἰμι.

O Lord, hear my prayer; give ear to my supplication in Your truth; answer me in Your righteousness; do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for no one living shall become righteous in Your sight. For the enemy persecuted my soul; he humbled my life to the ground; he caused me to dwell in dark places as one long dead, and my spirit was in anguish within me; my heart was troubled within me. I remembered the days of old, and I meditated on all Your works; I meditated on the works of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a waterless land. Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit faints within me; turn not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your mercy in the morning, for I hope in You; make me know, O Lord, the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, for to You I flee for refuge. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your good Spirit shall guide me in the land of uprightness. For Your name's sake, O Lord, give me life; in Your righteousness You shall bring my soul out of affliction. In Your mercy You shall destroy my enemies; You shall utterly destroy all who afflict my soul, for I am Your servant. [SAAS]

Καὶ εὐθὺς τό· Θεὸς Κύριος, ἐξ ἑκατέρων τῶν Χορῶν, ὡς ἑξῆς·

Then "God is the Lord" is sung four times, with or without the verses.

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CHOIR

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Θεὸς Κύριος καὶ ἐπέφανεν ἡμῖν. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

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

Στίχ. αʹ. Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ ἐπικαλεῖσθε τὸ ὄνομα τὸ ἅγιον αὐτοῦ.

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

ἤ· Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι ἀγαθός, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Στίχ. βʹ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐκύκλωσάν με, καὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Κυρίου ἠμυνάμην αὐτούς.

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

Στίχ. γʹ. Παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν.

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

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ἦχος δʹ. Ὁ ὑψωθεὶς ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ.

Mode 4. You who were lifted.

Τῇ Θεοτόκῳ ἐκτενῶς, νῦν προσδράμωμεν, ἁμαρτωλοὶ καὶ ταπεινοί, καὶ προσπέσωμεν ἐν μετανοίᾳ, κράζοντες ἐκ βάθους ψυχῆς· Δέσποινα βοήθησον, ἐφ ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεῖσα, σπεῦσον ἀπολλύμεθα, ὑπὸ πλήθους πταισμάτων, μὴ ἀποστρέψῃς σοὺς δούλους κενούς· σὲ γὰρ καὶ μόνην ἐλπίδα κεκτήμεθα.

O humble sinners, let us now run in earnest * unto the Theotokos, and in repentance * fall down to her and cry out from the depths of our souls: * Show compassion unto us * and provide your assistance. * Hasten; we are perishing * in our many transgressions. * Turn not your servants empty-handed away; * for we have found you, O Lady, our only hope. [SD]

Δόξα. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Repeat.

Καὶ νῦν. Ὅμοιον.

Both now. Same Melody.

Οὐ σιωπήσωμέν ποτε, Θεοτόκε, τὰς δυναστείας σου λαλεῖν οἱ ἀνάξιοι· εἰμὴ γὰρ σὺ προΐστασο πρεσβεύουσα, τὶς ἡμᾶς ἐῤῥύσατο ἐκ τοσούτων κινδύνων; Τὶς δὲ διεφύλαξεν ἕως νῦν ἐλευθέρους; Οὐκ ἀποστῶμεν, Δέσποινα, ἐκ σοῦ· σοὺς γὰρ δούλους σῴζεις ἀεί, ἐκ παντοίων δεινῶν.

We the unworthy shall not ever be silent, * O Theotokos, from proclaiming your powers. * For were you not concerned to intercede for us, * who would have delivered us * from such manifold dangers, * and who else would up to now * have preserved us in freedom? * O Lady, we shall not depart from you, * for you ever save your servants * from evils of every kind. [SD]

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ψαλμὸς Nʹ (50).

Psalm 50 (51).

Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου. Ἐπὶ πλεῖον πλῦνόν με ἀπὸ τῆς ἀνομίας μου, καὶ απὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας μου καθάρισόν με. Ὅτι τὴν ἀνομίαν μου ἐγὼ γινώσκω, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία μου ἐνώπιόν μού ἐστι διὰ παντός. Σοὶ μόνῳ ἥμαρτον καὶ τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιόν σου ἐποίησα, ὅπως ἂν δικαιωθῇς ἐν τοῖς λόγοις σου, καὶ νικήσῃς ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαί σε. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἐν ἀνομίαις συνελήφθην, καὶ ἐν ἁμαρτίαις ἐκίσσησέ με ἡ μήτηρ μου. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀλήθειαν ἠγάπησας, τὰ ἄδηλα καὶ τὰ κρύφια τῆς σοφίας σου ἐδήλωσάς μοι. Ραντιεῖς με ὑσσώπῳ, καὶ καθαρισθήσομαι, πλυνεῖς με, καὶ ὑπὲρ χιόνα λευκανθήσομαι. Ἀκουτιεῖς μοι ἀγαλλίασιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην· ἀγαλλιάσονται ὀστέα τεταπεινωμένα. Ἀπόστρεψον τὸ πρόσωπόν σου ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν μου καὶ πάσας τὰς ἀνομίας μου ἐξάλειψον. Καρδίαν καθαρὰν κτίσον ἐν ἐμοί, ὁ Θεός, καὶ πνεῦμα εὐθὲς ἐγκαίνισον ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις μου. Μὴ ἀποῤῥίψῃς με ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου σου καὶ το Πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἅγιον μὴ ἀντανέλῃς ἀπ' ἐμοῦ. Ἀπόδος μοι τὴν ἀγαλλίασιν τοῦ σωτηρίου σου καὶ πνεύματι ἡγεμονικῷ στήριξόν με. Διδάξω ἀνόμους τὰς ὁδούς σου, καὶ ἀσεβεῖς ἐπὶ σὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι. Ρῦσαί με ἐξ αἱμάτων, ὁ Θεός, ὁ Θεὸς τῆς σωτηρίας μου· ἀγαλλιάσεται ἡ γλῶσσά μου τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου. Κύριε, τὰ χείλη μου ἀνοίξεις, καὶ τὸ στόμα μου ἀναγγελεῖ τὴν αἴνεσίν σου. Ὅτι εἰ ἠθέλησας θυσίαν, ἔδωκα ἄν· ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐκ εὐδοκήσεις. Θυσία τῷ Θεῷ πνεῦμα συντετριμμένον, καρδίαν συντετριμμένην καὶ τεταπεινωμένην ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἐξουδενώσει. Ἀγάθυνον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ σου τὴν Σιών, καὶ οἰκοδομηθήτω τὰ τείχη Ἱερουσαλήμ. Τότε εὐδοκήσεις θυσίαν δικαιοσύνης, ἀναφορὰν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα. Τότε ἀνοίσουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριόν σου μόσχους.

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]

Ὁ Κανών

The Canon

Ψάλλεται ὁ κανὼν τῆς Μικρᾶς ἢ τῆς Μεγάλης Παρακλήσεως ἄνευ τῶν εἱρμῶν.

In many monasteries and churches, the Canon of the Paraklesis is chanted without the Heirmoi (except perhaps in Ode ix of Small Paraklesis, in order to make an even number of troparia and thus to avoid repeating one.)

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ᾨδὴ αʹ. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Ἁρματηλάτην Φαραὼ ἐβύθισε, τερατουργοῦσα ποτέ, Μωσαϊκὴ ῥάβδος, σταυροτύπως πλήξασα, καὶ διελοῦσα θάλασσαν· Ἰσραὴλ δὲ φυγάδα, πεζὸν ὁδίτην διέσωσεν, ᾆσμα τῷ Θεῷ ἀναμέλποντα.

The rod of Moses working wonders once submerged Phar'onic charioteers * when it smote the waters * in the figure of a cross and thereby split the sea in two; * while it rescued on dry land wayfaring fugitive Israel, * which to God resoundingly sang a song.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Τῶν λυπηρῶν ἐπαγωγαὶ χειμάζουσι τὴν ταπεινήν μου ψυχήν, καὶ συμφορῶν νέφη, τὴν ἐμὴν καλύπτουσι, καρδίαν Θεονύμφευτε, ἀλλ' ἡ φῶς τετοκυῖα, τὸ θεῖον καὶ προαιώνιον, λάμψον μοι τὸ φῶς τὸ χαρμόσυνον.

Relentless onslaughts of distressing troubles now disquiet my humble soul. * And the gloomy clouds of tribulation shroud my heart. * But since you are, O Bride of God, * Theotokos and Mother * of the divine pre-eternal Light, * shine on me the light that is full of joy. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἐξ ἀμέτρητων ἀναγκῶν καὶ θλίψεων, καὶ ἐξ ἐχθρῶν δυσμενῶν, καὶ συμφορῶν βίου, λυτρωθεὶς Πανάχραντε, τῇ κραταιᾷ δυνάμει σου, ἀνυμνῶ μεγαλύνω, τὴν ἄμετρόν σου συμπάθειαν, καὶ την εἰς ἐμέ σου παράκλησιν.

I have been saved from countless grave necessities and tribulations and woes, * hostile adversaries * and from life's calamities * by your prevailing power; hence, * all-immaculate Maiden, * I praise and magnify the immense * sympathy and solace you offer me. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Νῦν πεποιθὼς ἐπὶ τὴν σὴν κατέφυγον, ἀντίληψιν κραταιάν, καὶ πρὸς τὴν σὴν σκέπην, ὁλοψύχως ἔδραμον, καὶ γόνυ κλίνω Δέσποινα, καὶ θρηνῶ καὶ στενάζω, μὴ με παρίδῃς τὸν ἄθλιον, τῶν Χριστιανῶν καταφύγιον.

Now trusting fully in your mighty patronage, for safety there have I fled; * and unto your shelter * have I run wholeheartedly, * O Lady, and I bend my knees * and lament sighing deeply. * Do not disdain me the wretched one. * For you are the refuge of Christians all. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Οὐ σιωπήσω τοῦ βοᾶν τρανώτατα, τὰ μεγαλεῖα τὰ σά· εἰμὴ γὰρ σὺ Κόρη, πάντοτε προΐστασο, ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ πρεσβεύουσα, τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ Θεῷ σου, τὶς ἐκ τοσούτου με κλύδωνος, καὶ δεινῶν κινδύνων ἐῤῥύσατο.

I shall not cease from speaking most emphatically of your magnificent deeds. * For were you not always * standing up on my behalf, * petitioning your Son and God, * from so violent a tempest * and such formidable jeopardy, * who else would there be to deliver me? [SD]

ᾨδὴ γʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode iii. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Οὐρανίας ἁψῖδος, ὀροφουργὲ Κύριε, καὶ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας Δομῆτορ, σὺ με στερέωσον, ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ τῇ σῇ, τῶν ἐφετῶν ἡ ἀκρότης, τῶν πιστῶν τὸ στήριγμα, μόνε φιλάνθρωπε.

O divine Master Builder of the celestial vault, * as the only Lover of mankind and Founder of the Church, * establish me, O Lord, in love for You, the believers' * firm support and ultimate object of all desire.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἀπορήσας ἐκ πάντων, ὀδυνηρῶς κράζω σοι· πρόφθασον θερμὴ προστασία, καὶ σὴν βοήθειαν, δὸς μοι τῷ δούλῳ σου, τῷ ταπεινῷ καὶ ἀθλίῳ, τῷ τὴν σὴν ἀντίληψιν, ἐπιζητοῦντι θερμῶς.

Altogether bewildered, with pain I cry unto you. * Come to me, O earnest protection, and hasten to provide * assistance unto me, * your poor and mis'rable servant * ardently imploring for * the aid which comes from you. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἐθαυμάστωσας ὄντως, νῦν ἐπ' ἐμοὶ Δέσποινα, τὰς εὐεργεσίας σου Κόρη, καὶ τὰ ἐλέη σου· ὅθεν δοξάζω σε, καὶ ἀνυμνῶ καὶ γεραίρω, τὴν πολλὴν καὶ ἄμετρον, κηδεμονίαν σου.

Now, O Maiden, upon me * your servant you have indeed * magnified your mercies, O Lady, and beneficial deeds. * Therefore I sing your praise * and glorify you and honor * your extensive patronage * to which there is no end. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Καταιγὶς με χειμάζει, τῶν συμφορῶν Δέσποινα, καί τῶν λυπηρῶν τρικυμίαι, καταποντίζουσιν· ἀλλὰ προφθάσασα, χεῖρά μοι δὸς βοηθείας, ἡ θερμὴ ἀντίληψις, καὶ προστασία μου.

I am drowning, O Lady, under the tide of distress, * and I am distraught by the blizzard of life's adversities. * Come quickly, I entreat, * and lend a hand of assistance. * For you are my Patroness * earnestly helping me. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἀληθῆ Θεοτόκον, ὁμολογῶ Δέσποινα, σὲ τὴν τοῦ θανάτου τὸ κράτος, ἐξαφανίσασαν· ὡς γὰρ φυσίζωος, ἐκ τῶν δεσμῶν τῶν τοῦ ᾅδου, πρὸς ζωὴν ἀνήγαγες, εἰς γῆν με ῥεύσαντα.

I acknowledge, O Lady, as Theotokos in truth * you who have destroyed the dominion of death; for you gave birth * to Him who is the Life, * and from the prison of Hades * unto life you raised me up * who tumbled down to earth. [SD]

Διάσωσον, ἀπὸ κινδύνων, τοὺς δούλους σου, Θεοτόκε, ὅτι πάντες μετὰ Θεόν, εἰς σὲ καταφεύγομεν, ὡς ἄῤῥηκτον τεῖχος καὶ προστασίαν.

Deliver us your humble servants from perils, O Theotokos, as for refuge, after God, we all flee to you, an impregnable fortress and protection. [SD]

Ἐπίβλεψον, ἐν εὐμενείᾳ, πανύμνητε Θεοτόκε, ἐπὶ τὴν ἐμὴν χαλεπὴν τοῦ σώματος κάκωσιν, καὶ ἴασαι τῆς ψυχῆς μου τὸ ἄλγος.

Look graciously upon your servant, all-praiseworthy Theotokos, and upon my painful physical suffering, and remedy my anguish of spirit. [SD]

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PRIEST

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

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.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ (καὶ μνημονεύει ὀνομαστὶ τῶν δι' οὓς ἡ παράκλησις τελεῖται).

Again we pray for the servants of God… (At this time the Priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung.)

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

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.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

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Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, 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.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

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Κάθισμα.

Kathisma.

Ἦχος βʹ. Τὰ ἄνω ζητῶν.

Mode 2. In seeking the heights.

Πρεσβεία θερμή, καὶ τεῖχος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐλέους πηγή, τοῦ κόσμου καταφύγιον, ἐκτενῶς βοῶμέν σοι· Θεοτόκε Δέσποινα, πρόφθασον, καὶ ἐκ κινδύνων λύτρωσαι ἡμᾶς, ἡ μόνη ταχέως προστατεύουσα.

O Mother of God, intently we cry out to you * the wellspring of mercy and the refuge of the world. * O vehement advocate, * unassailable fortress, anticipate * and deliver us from perilous ordeals, * O Lady who alone are swift to fend for us. [SD]

ᾨδὴ δʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode iv. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Σύ μου ἰσχύς, Κύριε· σύ μου καὶ δύναμις· σὺ Θεός μου· σύ μου ἀγαλλίαμα, ὁ πατρικοὺς κόλπους μὴ λιπών, καὶ τὴν ἡμετέραν, πτωχείαν ἐπισκεψάμενος· διὸ σὺν τῷ προφήτῃ, Ἀββακούμ σοι κραυγάζω· Τῇ δυνάμει σου δόξα Φιλάνθρωπε.

You are my strength. * You are my power, O Christ my Lord. * God my Savior, You are my exceeding joy. You came to us, never absent from the bosom of the Father, * and You assumed human poverty. * And so I join the Prophet Habakkuk, singing: Glory * to Your strength, O Lord who love humanity!

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Καὶ ποῦ λοιπόν, ἄλλην εὑρήσω ἀντίληψιν; ποῦ προσφύγω; ποῦ δὲ καὶ σωθήσομαι; τίνα θερμὴν ἔξω βοηθόν, θλίψεσι τοῦ βίου καὶ ζάλαις οἴμοι! κλονούμενος; Εἰς σὲ μόνην ἐλπίζω, καὶ θαῤῥῶ καὶ καυχῶμαι, καὶ προστρέχω τῇ σκέπῃ σου σῶσον με.

Where, in the end, * am I to find other patronage? * Where shall I seek refuge, where shall I be saved? * Whom shall I have as my fervent aid, * who, alas, am rattled * by life's afflictions and turbulence? * I hope and I take courage * and I boast in you only; * and I run to your shelter. Deliver me. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Τὸν ποταμόν, τὸν γλυκερόν τοῦ ἐλέους σου, τὸν πλουσίαις δωρεαῖς δροσίσαντα, τὴν παναθλίαν καὶ ταπεινήν, πάναγνε ψυχήν μου, τῶν συμφορῶν καί τῶν θλίψεων, καμίνῳ φλογισθεῖσαν, μεγαλύνω κηρύττω, καὶ προστρέχω τῇ σκέπῃ σου σῶσον με.

O purest Maid, * now I proclaim and I magnify * the sweet river of your tender-loving care * which has refreshed with abundant gifts * my completely wretched * and humble soul which is burning in * the furnace of disasters * and of grievous afflictions. * And I run to your shelter. Deliver me. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Σὲ τὴν ἁγνήν, σὲ τὴν Παρθένον καὶ ἄσπιλον, μόνην φέρω, τεῖχος ἀπροσμάχητον, καταφυγὴν σκέπην κραταιάν, ὅπλον σωτηρίας μὴ με παρίδῃς τὸν ἄσωτον, ἐλπὶς ἀπηλπισμένων, ἀσθενῶν συμμαχία, θλιβομένων χαρὰ καὶ ἀντίληψις.

You are the pure, * you are the Virgin, the undefiled, * whom alone I have as an impregnable * fortress and wall, shelter and defense, * weapon of salvation. * Do not despise me the prodigal, * O hope of the dejected, * O ally of the feeble, * O assistance and joy of the suffering. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Πῶς ἐξειπεῖν, σοῦ κατ' ἀξίαν δυνήσομαι, τοὺς ἀμέτρους, οἰκτιρμοὺς ὦ Δέσποινα, τοὺς τὴν ἐμὴν πάντοτε ψυχήν, δεινῶς πυρουμένην, ὡς ὕδωρ περιδροσίσαντας; Ἀλλ' ὢ τῆς σῆς προνοίας, καί τῆς εὐεργεσίας, ἧς ἀφθόνως αὐτὸς παραπήλαυσα!

O Lady, how * shall I be able to worthily * tell of your immeasurable charity * that you pour out constantly on me * like refreshing water * to soothe my painfully burning soul? * O providence and labors * of benevolent kindness * which from you I have plentifully enjoyed! [SD]

ᾨδὴ εʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode v. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Ἵνα τί με ἀπώσω, ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου σου τὸ φῶς τὸ ἄδυτον, καὶ ἐκάλυψέ με, τὸ ἀλλότριον σκότος τὸν δείλαιον; Ἀλλ' ἐπίστρεψόν με, καὶ πρὸς τὸ φῶς τῶν ἐντολῶν σου, τὰς ὁδούς μου κατεύθυνον δέομαι.

Why reject me, Your servant, * from before Your face, O Lord the light that never sets? * Miserable sinner that I am, now this strange darkness covers me. * Savior, I implore You to bring me back to Your commandments, * which are light, and I pray You to guide my ways.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Εὐχαρίστως βοῶ σοι· χαῖρε Μητροπάρθενε, χαῖρε Θεόνυμφε χαῖρε θεία σκέπη, χαῖρε ὅπλον καὶ τεῖχος ἀπόρθητον, χαῖρε προστασία, καὶ βοηθὲ καὶ σωτηρία, τῶν εἰς σὲ προστρεχόντων ἐκ πίστεως.

Now I gratefully cry out: * Rejoice, O virgin Mother; rejoice, O Bride of God! * O divine protection * and impregnable fortress and shield, rejoice! * O rejoice, the helper * and the defense and the salvation * of your servants who faithfully run to you! [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Οἱ μισοῦντες με μάτην, βέλεμνα καὶ ξίφη καὶ λάκκον ηὐτρέπισαν, καὶ ἐπιζητοῦσι, τὸ πανάθλιον σῶμα σπαράξαι μου, καὶ καταβιβάσαι, πρὸς γῆν Ἁγνὴ ἐπιζητοῦσιν· ἀλλ' ἐκ τούτων προφθάσασα σῶσόν με.

They who hate me have vainly * readied all their arrows and swords and have dug a pit. * And my wretched body * they are seeking to strike at and tear apart. * And they are attempting, * O purest Maiden, to reduce me * to the ground. So come quickly and rescue me. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Ἀπὸ πάσης ἀνάγκης, θλίψεως καὶ νόσου καὶ βλάβης με λύτρωσαι, καὶ τῇ σῇ δυνάμει, ἐν τῇ σκέπῃ σου φύλαξον ἄτρωτον, ἐκ παντὸς κινδύνου, καὶ ἐξ ἐχθρῶν τῶν πολεμούντων, καὶ μισούντων με Κόρη πανύμνητε.

Out of every affliction, * illness and necessity and harm deliver me. * O all-lauded Maiden, * by your power preserve me uninjured from * enemies that hate me * and war against me. And from danger * keep me covered beneath your protective veil. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Τί σοι δῶρον προσάξω, τῆς εὐχαριστίας ἀνθ' ὧνπερ ἀπήλαυσα, τῶν σῶν δωρημάτων, καί τῆς σῆς ἀμετρήτου χρηστότητος; Τοιγαροῦν δοξάζω, ὑμνολογῶ καὶ μεγαλύνω, σοῦ τὴν ἄμετρον πρός με συμπάθειαν.

What can I now present you * as a worthy gift in token of my gratitude * for your boundless kindness * and the bounties that I have enjoyed from you? * Therefore am I praising * and glorifying and exalting * your ineffable sympathy unto me. [SD]

ᾨδὴ Ϛʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode vi. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Τὴν δέησιν ἐκχεῶ πρὸς Κύριον, καὶ αὐτῷ ἀπαγγελῶ μου τὰς θλίψεις, ὅτι κακῶν ἡ ψυχή μου ἐπλήσθη, καὶ ἡ ζωή μου τῷ ᾍδῃ προσήγγισε, καὶ δέομαι ὡς Ἰωνᾶς· Ἐκ φθορᾶς ὁ Θεός με ἀνάγαγε.

I pour out my supplication to the Lord, * and I tell Him all about my afflictions, * and that my soul has been flooded with evils, * and that my life has come close to being in hell. * Like Prophet Jonah, I entreat, * "Raise me up from corruption, O Lord my God."

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Τὰ νέφη, τῶν λυπηρῶν ἐκάλυψαν, τὴν ἀθλίαν μου ψυχὴν καὶ καρδίαν, καὶ σκοτασμὸν ἐμποιοῦσι μοι Κόρη, ἀλλ' ἡ γεννήσασα φῶς τὸ ἀπρόσιτον, ἀπέλασον ταῦτα μακράν, τῇ ἐμπνεύσει τῆς θείας πρεσβείας σου.

My mis'rable * soul and heart are covered up * by the clouds of pain and sorrow, O Damsel, * causing in me a condition of darkness. * But since you gave birth to Light unapproachable, * dispel them far away from me * with the breath of your holy petitioning. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Παράκλησιν, ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσιν οἶδα, καί τῶν νόσων ἰατρὸν σε γινώσκω, καὶ παντελῆ συντριμμὸν τοῦ θανάτου, καὶ ποταμὸν τῆς ζωῆς ἀνεξάντλητον, καὶ πάντων τῶν ἐν συμφοραῖς, ταχινὴν καὶ ὀξεῖαν ἀντίληψιν.

I recognize * you as solace in trouble, * and I know you as the healer of ailments, * and as the one who to death dealt destruction, * and as a river of life inexhaustible, * and as a quick and eager source * of assistance for those in calamities. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Οὐ κρύπτω σου, τὸν βυθὸν τοῦ ἐλέους, καὶ τὴν βρύσιν τῶν ἀπείρων θαυμάτων, καὶ τὴν πηγὴν τὴν ἀέναον ὄντως, τῆς πρὸς ἐμὲ συμπαθείας σου Δέσποινα· ἀλλ' ἅπασιν ὁμολογῶ, καὶ βοῶ καὶ κηρύττω καὶ φθέγγομαι.

I do not hide * the abyss of your mercy, * nor the wellspring of your infinite wonders, * nor yet the truly perpetual fountain * of the compassion, O Lady, you have for me. * But rather I confess to all * and announce and proclaim and enunciate. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἐκύκλωσαν, αἱ τοῦ βίου με ζάλαι, ὥσπερ μέλισσαι κηρίον Παρθένε, καὶ τὴν ἐμὴν κατασχοῦσαι καρδίαν, κατατιτρώσκουσι βέλει τῶν θλίψεων· ἀλλ' εὕροιμί σε βοηθόν, καὶ διώκτην καὶ ῥύστην Πανάχραντε.

The dizzying * cares of life surround me now * like the bees round a honeycomb, O Virgin; * and being seized of my heart, O pure Maiden, * they sorely sting it with darts of adversities. * Oh, how I wish to find in you * a defender and helper and rescuer! [SD]

Διάσωσον, ἀπὸ κινδύνων, τοὺς δούλους σου, Θεοτόκε, ὅτι πάντες μετὰ Θεόν, εἰς σὲ καταφεύγομεν, ὡς ἄῤῥηκτον τεῖχος καὶ προστασίαν.

Deliver us your humble servants from perils, O Theotokos, as for refuge, after God, we all flee to you, an impregnable fortress and protection. [SD]

Ἄχραντε, ἡ διὰ λόγου τὸν Λόγον ἀνερμηνεύτως, ἐπ' ἐσχάτων τῶν ἡμερῶν τεκοῦσα, δυσώπησον, ὡς ἔχουσα μητρικὴν παῤῥησίαν.

Entreat for us, * O spotless Maiden who gave birth to the divine Word * inexplicably through a word in the latter days, * since you indeed * speak with motherly freedom. [SD]

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Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν.

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ (ἀρχιερατικοῦ βαθμοῦ) ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν, τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ (πόλει, κώμῃ), ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τοῦ ἁγίου ναοῦ τούτου.

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.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ (καὶ μνημονεύει ὀνομαστὶ τῶν δι' οὓς ἡ παράκλησις τελεῖται).

Again we pray for the servants of God… (At this time the Priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung.)

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

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.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

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Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, 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.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

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Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος βʹ.

Kontakion. Mode 2.

Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία, πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς, ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

O Protection of Christians that never falls, intercession with the Creator that never fails, we sinners beg you, do not ignore the voices of our prayers. O good Lady, we implore you, quickly come unto our aid, when we cry out to you with faith. Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who protect now and ever those who honor you. [SD]

(Δύναται νὰ παραληφθῇ τὸ Ἀντίφωνον καὶ νὰ ψάλλεται εὺθὺς τὸ Προκείμενον.)

(The Antiphon may be omitted, in which case we immediately sing the Prokeimenon.)

Ἀντίφωνον Αʹ.

Antiphon I.

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἐκ νεότητός μου πολλὰ πολεμεῖ με πάθη, ἀλλ' αὐτὸς ἀντιλαβοῦ, καὶ σῶσον Σωτήρ μου. (δίς)

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

Οἱ μισοῦντες Σιών, αἰσχύνθητε ἀπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου· ὡς χόρτος γάρ, πυρὶ ἔσεσθε ἀπεξηραμμένοι. (δίς)

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]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι πᾶσα ψυχὴ ζωοῦται, καὶ καθάρσει ὑψοῦται λαμπρύνεται, τῇ τριαδικῇ Μονάδι ἱεροκρυφίως.

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]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, ἀναβλύζει τὰ τῆς χάριτος ῥεῖθρα, ἀρδεύοντα, ἅπασαν τὴν κτίσιν πρὸς ζωογονίαν.

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

Προκείμενον. Ψαλμὸς ΜΔʹ (44).

Prokeimenon. Psalm 44 (45).

Μνησθήσομαι τοῦ ὀνόματός σου ἐν πάσῃ γενεᾷ καὶ γενεᾷ. (δίς)

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

Στίχ. Ἄκουσον, θύγατερ, καὶ ἴδε καὶ κλῖνον τὸ οὖς σου καὶ ἐπιλάθου τοῦ λαοῦ σου καὶ τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ πατρός σου· καὶ ἐπιθυμήσει ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ κάλλους σου.

Verse: Listen, O daughter, behold and incline your ear, and forget your people and your father's house. For the King desired your beauty.

Μνησθήσομαι τοῦ ὀνόματός σου ἐν πάσῃ γενεᾷ καὶ γενεᾷ.

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

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Καὶ ὑπέρ τοῦ καταξιωθῆναι ἡμᾶς τῆς ἀκροάσεως τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου, Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν ἱκετεύσωμεν.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

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Σοφία. Ὀρθοί. Ἀκούσωμεν τοῦ ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου.

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

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Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

( Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου. )

( And with your spirit. )

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Ἐκ τοῦ κατὰ Λουκᾶν ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου τὸ ἀνάγνωσμα.

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

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Πρόσχωμεν.

Let us be attentive.

( Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι. )

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

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ιʹ 38-42, ιαʹ 27-28

10:38-42; 11:27-28

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσῆλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς κώμην τινά· γυνὴ δέ τις ὀνόματι Μάρθα ὑπεδέξατο αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτῆς. Kαὶ τῇδε ἦν ἀδελφὴ καλουμένη Μαρία, ἣ καὶ παρακαθίσασα παρὰ τοὺς πόδας τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἤκουε τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ. Ἡ δὲ Μάρθα περιεσπᾶτο περὶ πολλὴν διακονίαν· ἐπιστᾶσα δὲ εἶπε· Κύριε, οὐ μέλει σοι ὅτι ἡ ἀδελφή μου μόνην με κατέλιπε διακονεῖν; εἰπὲ οὖν αὐτῇ ἵνα μοι συναντιλάβηται. Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῇ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Μάρθα Μάρθα, μεριμνᾷς καὶ τυρβάζῃ περὶ πολλά· ἑνὸς δέ ἐστι χρεία· Μαρία δὲ τὴν ἀγαθὴν μερίδα ἐξελέξατο, ἥτις οὐκ ἀφαιρεθήσεται ἀπ᾿ αὐτῆς. Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ λέγειν αὐτὸν ταῦτα ἐπάρασά τις γυνὴ φωνὴν ἐκ τοῦ ὄχλου εἶπεν αὐτῷ· μακαρία ἡ κοιλία ἡ βαστάσασά σε καὶ μαστοὶ οὓς ἐθήλασας. αὐτὸς δὲ εἶπε· μενοῦνγε μακάριοι οἱ ἀκούοντες τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ φυλάσσοντες αὐτόν.

At that time, Jesus entered a village; and a woman called Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" [RSV]

( Δόξα σοι, Κύριε, δόξα σοι. )

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

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Δόξα. Ἦχος βʹ.

Glory. Mode 2.

Πάτερ, Λόγε, Πνεῦμα, Τριὰς ἡ ἐν Μονάδι, ἐξάλειψον τὰ πλήθη, τῶν ἐμῶν ἐγκλημάτων.

Father, Word and Spirit, the Trinity in Union, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offenses. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ταῖς τῆς Θεοτόκου πρεσβείαις, Ἐλεῆμον, ἐξάλειψον τὰ πλήθη τῶν ἐμῶν ἐγκλημάτων.

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

Ἦχος πλ. βʹ. Ὅλην ἀποθέμενοι.

Mode pl. 2. When the saints deposited.

Στίχ. Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου.

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression.

Μὴ καταπιστεύσῃς με, ἀνθρωπίνη προστασία, Παναγία δέσποινα, ἀλλὰ δέξαι δέησιν, τοῦ ἱκέτου σου· θλῖψις γὰρ ἔχει με, φέρειν οὐ δύναμαι, τῶν δαιμόνων τὰ τοξεύματα, σκέπην οὐ κέκτημαι, οὐδὲ ποῦ προσφύγω ὁ ἄθλιος, πάντοθεν πολεμούμενος, καὶ παραμυθίαν οὐκ ἔχω πλήν σου· Δέσποινα τοῦ κόσμου, ἐλπὶς καὶ προστασία τῶν πιστῶν, μή μου παρίδῃς τὴν δέησιν, τὸ συμφέρον ποίησον.

O Lady, entrust me not * to any human protection, * but rather accept the prayer * of your humble supplicant, * O all-holy one. * Troubles encompass me. * No more can I endure * all the arrows demons shoot at me. * From every side am I * under fire, mis'rable that I am. * Shelter I do not possess, * and no consolation have I but you. * Patronage and hope of * the faithful, Sovereign Lady of the world, * O disregard not my litany. * Do that which is best for me. [SD]

Θεοτοκία.

Theotokia.

Οὐδεὶς προστρέχων ἐπὶ σοί, κατῃσχυμμένος ἀπὸ σοῦ ἐκπορεύεται, ἁγνὴ Παρθένε Θεοτόκε, ἀλλ' αἰτεῖται τὴν χάριν, καὶ λαμβάνει τὸ δώρημα, πρὸς τὸ συμφέρον τῆς αἰτήσεως.

No one who runs to you for help comes back from you ever frustrated in his cause, O Virgin Theotokos. But he asks for the favor and receives the bestowal which is appropriate for his request. [SD]

Μεταβολὴ τῶν θλιβομένων, ἀπαλλαγὴ τῶν ἀσθενούντων ὑπάρχουσα, Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, σῷζε πόλιν καὶ λαόν, τῶν πολεμουμένων ἡ εἰρήνη, τῶν χειμαζομένων ἡ γαλήνη, ἡ μόνη προστασία τῶν πιστῶν.

You are a turning for the better for those in trouble and deliverance of the sick, O Virgin Theotokos. Save your people and your flock, since you are the peace of the embattled, tranquil calm of those in agitation, and the believers' only patronage. [SD]

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σῶσον ὁ Θεὸς τὸν λαόν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου· ἐπίσκεψαι τὸν κόσμον σου ἐν ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς· ὕψωσον κέρας Χριστιανῶν Ὀρθοδόξων καὶ κατάπεμψον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς τὰ ἐλέη σου τὰ πλούσια· πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου ἐνδόξου Προφήτου Προδρόμου καὶ Βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἐν ἁγίοις Πατέρων ἡμῶν μεγάλων Ἱεραρχῶν καὶ οἰκουμενικῶν Διδασκάλων, Βασιλείου τοῦ Μεγάλου, Γρηγορίου τοῦ Θεολόγου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Χρυσοστόμου, Ἀθανασίου, Κυρίλλου καὶ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Ἐλεήμονος Πατριαρχῶν Ἀλεξανδρίας· Νικολάου τοῦ ἐν Μύροις, Σπυρίδωνος Τριμυθοῦντος καὶ Νεκταρίου Πενταπόλεως τῶν θαυματουργῶν· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μεγαλομαρτύρων Γεωργίου τοῦ Τροπαιοφόρου, Δημητρίου τοῦ Μυροβλήτου, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Τήρωνος, Θεοδώρου τοῦ Στρατηλάτου, Μηνᾶ τοῦ θαυματουργοῦ· τῶν Ἱερομαρτύρων Χαραλάμπους καὶ Ἐλευθερίου, τῆς ἁγίας ἐνδόξου Μεγαλομάρτυρος καὶ πανευφήμου Εὐφημίας· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων Μαρτύρων Θέκλας, Βαρβάρας, Ἀναστασίας, Αἰκατερίνης, Κυριακῆς, Φωτεινῆς, Μαρίνης, Παρασκευῆς καὶ Εἰρήνης· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ Θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων Θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων σου τῶν Ἁγίων. Ἱκετεύομέν σε, μόνε πολυέλεε Κύριε, ἐπάκουσον ἡμῶν τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν δεομένων σου καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

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, 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.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (ιβʹ)

Lord, have mercy. (12)

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐλέει καὶ οἰκτιρμοῖς καὶ φιλανθρωπίᾳ τοῦ μονογενοῦς σου Υἱοῦ, μεθ' οὗ εὐλογητὸς εἰ, σὺν τῷ παναγίῳ καὶ ἀγαθῷ καὶ ζωοποιῷ σου Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

ᾨδὴ ζʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode vii. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Παῖδες Ἑβραίων ἐν καμίνῳ, κατεπάτησαν τὴν φλόγα θαρσαλέως, καὶ εἰς δρόσον τὸ πῦρ, μετέβαλον βοῶντες· Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰώνας.

Servants, descendants of the Hebrews, * bravely trampled down the flame within the furnace; * and they changed into dew * the fire, and they chanted: * Blessed are You, O Lord, the God * of our fathers to the ages.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Φῶς ἡ τεκοῦσα Θεοτόκε, σκοτισθέντα με νυκτὶ ἁμαρτημάτων, φωταγώγησον σύ, φωτὸς οὖσα δοχεῖον, τὸ καθαρὸν καὶ ἄμωμον, ἵνα πόθῳ σε δοξάζω.

Mother of Light and Theotokos, * now illuminate me lying in the darkness * of the nighttime of sin, * O pure and stainless vessel * of light, that I may glorify * you with longing, O pure Maiden. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Σκέπη γενοῦ καὶ προστασία, καὶ ἀντίληψις καὶ καύχημα Παρθένε, γυμνωθέντι μοι νῦν, ἁπάσης βοηθείας, ἀβοήθητων δύναμις, καὶ ἐλπὶς ἀπηλπισμένων.

Shelter, assistance and protection, * and the cause of boasting be for me the sinner * who am destitute now * of every help, O Virgin. * The power of the helpless are you, * and the hope of the despairing. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Ὅλῃ ψυχῇ καὶ διανοίᾳ, καὶ καρδίᾳ σε καὶ χείλεσι δοξάζω, ἀπολαύσας τῶν σῶν, μεγάλων χαρισμάτων ἀλλ' ὢ τῆς σῆς χρηστότητος, καὶ ἀπείρων σου θαυμάτων!

I have enjoyed so many favors; * hence with all my soul and reason I extol you. * With my heart and my lips * I glorify you, Lady. * How awesome are your charity * and your never ending wonders! [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Βλέψον ἱλέῳ ὄμματί σου, καὶ ἐπίσκεψαι τὴν κάκωσιν ἣν ἔχω, καὶ δεινῶν συμφορῶν, καὶ βλάβης καὶ κινδύνων, καὶ πειρασμῶν με λύτρωσαι, ἀμετρήτῳ σου ἐλέει.

Graciously look upon your servant, * and attend to the affliction that besets me. * And redeem me from all * calamities, temptations * and perils and from injury, * in your infinite compassion. [SD]

ᾨδὴ ηʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode viii. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Τὸν ἐν ὄρει ἁγίῳ δοξασθέντα, καὶ ἐν βάτῳ πυρὶ τὸ τῆς Ἀειπαρθένου, τῷ Μωϋσῇ μυστήριον γνωρίσαντα, Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

O extol Him, who on the holy mountain * showed His glory, as Lord, * and in the bush with fire * revealed to Moses knowledge of the mystery * of the Ever-Virgin, supremely exalting Him unto all the ages.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Διὰ σπλάγχνα ἐλέους σου Παρθένε, μὴ παρίδῃς σεμνή, ποντούμενόν με σάλῳ, βιοτικῶν κυμάτων, ἀλλὰ δίδου μοι χεῖρα βοηθείας, καταπονουμένῳ, κακώσεσι τοῦ βίου.

Overlook not your servant who is drowning * in the billowing waves * of everyday existence. * O noble Virgin, lend a helping hand to me * in your great compassion; * for I am exhausted by life's unending evils. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Περιστάσεις καὶ θλίψεις καὶ ἀνάγκαι, εὕροσάν με Ἁγνή, καὶ συμφοραί τοῦ βίου, καὶ πειρασμοὶ με πάντοθεν ἐκύκλωσαν· ἀλλὰ πρόστηθί μοι, καὶ ἀντιλαβοῦ μου, τῇ κραταιᾷ σου σκέπῃ.

Tribulations and crises and privations * and the trials of life * have found me, O pure Maiden. * On every side temptations have surrounded me. * Care for me and help me * and provide protection beneath your mighty shelter. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Ἐν ταῖς ζάλαις ἐφεῦρον σε λιμένα, ἐν ταῖς λύπαις χαρὰν καὶ εὐφροσύνην, καὶ ἐν ταῖς νόσοις ταχινὴν βοήθειαν, καὶ ἐν τοῖς κινδύνοις, ῥύστιν καὶ προστάτιν, ἐν τοῖς πειρατηρίοις.

I have found you a harbor in the tempest, * and rejoicing and happiness in sorrows, * a speedy help in sickness and infirmity, * also a protectress * in ordeals, and likewise a rescuer in perils. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Χαῖρε θρόνε πυρίμορφε Κυρίου, χαῖρε θεία καὶ μανναδόχε στάμνε, χαῖρε χρυσὴ λυχνία, λαμπὰς ἄσβεστος, χαῖρε τῶν παρθένων δόξα καὶ μητέρων, ὡράϊσμα καὶ κλέος.

O rejoice, fiery throne of the Master! * O rejoice, sacred manna-holding vessel! * O golden lampstand, unextinguished torch, rejoice! * Pride of pious virgins, * O rejoice, the glory and ornament of mothers! [SD]

ᾨδὴ θʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode ix. Heirmos.

(Ὁ εἱρμὸς δὲν ψάλλεται.)

(The Heirmos may be omitted.)

Ἐξέστη ἐπὶ τούτῳ ὁ οὐρανός, καὶ τῆς γῆς κατεπλάγη τὰ πέρατα, ὅτι Θεός, ὤφθη τοῖς ἀνθρώποις σωματικῶς, καὶ ἡ γαστήρ σου γέγονεν, εὐρυχωροτέρα τῶν οὐρανῶν· διό σε Θεοτόκε, Ἀγγέλων καὶ ἀνθρώπων, ταξιαρχίαι μεγαλύνουσι.

The heavens were astounded because of this, * and the ends of the earth were astonished, because God himself * bodily appeared to the human race, * O Theotokos, coming forth * from your virgin womb, which indeed became * more spacious than the heavens. * And therefore by the orders * of men and angels you are magnified.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Πρὸς τίνα καταφύγω ἄλλην Ἁγνὴ; ποῦ προσδράμω λοιπὸν καὶ σωθήσομαι; ποῦ πορευθῶ; ποίαν δὲ ἐφεύρω καταφυγήν; ποίαν θερμὴν ἀντίληψιν; ποῖον ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσι βοηθόν; Εἰς σὲ μόνην ἐλπίζω, εἰς σὲ μόνην καυχῶμαι, καὶ ἐπὶ σὲ θαῤῥῶν κατέφυγον.

O pure one, unto whom else am I to flee? * Where am I now to run? Where shall I be saved? Where shall I go? * Where am I to find any other place * of refuge, other fervent aid, * or another helper in my distress? * My hope is in you only. * In you alone I glory. * And taking courage, I have fled to you. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Οὐκ ἔστιν ἀριθμήσασθαι δυνατόν, μεγαλεῖα τὰ σὰ Θεονύμφευτε, καὶ τὸν βυθόν, τὸν ἀνεξερεύνητον ἐξειπεῖν, τῶν ὑπὲρ νοῦν θαυμάτων σου, τῶν τετελεσμένων διηνεκῶς, τοῖς πόθῳ σε τιμῶσι, καὶ πίστει προσκυνοῦσιν, ὡς ἀληθῆ Θεοῦ λοχεύτριαν.

Impossible it is to enumerate * your magnificent wonders, O Bride of God, and to acclaim * aptly the unfathomable abyss * of your stupendous miracles * that are done continually for all * who honor you with longing * and faithfully pay rev'rence * to you the true Birthgiver of our God. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Ἐν ὕμνοις εὐχαρίστοις δοξολογῶ, καὶ γεραίρω τὸ ἄμετρον ἔλεος, καὶ τὴν πολλήν, δύναμίν σου ὁμολογῶ καὶ τὰς εὐεργεσίας σου, ἂς ὑπερεκένωσας εἰς ἐμέ, κηρύττω, μεγαλύνω, ψυχῇ τε καὶ καρδίᾳ, καὶ λογισμῷ καὶ γλώσσῃ πάντοτε.

With grateful hymns I glorify and extol * your immeas'rable mercy, and I acknowledge unto all * the enormous power that you possess, * O Lady. And the benefits * which you have so lavishly poured on me * I magnify and herald * with heart and soul, O Virgin, * and with my mind and tongue forevermore. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Τὴν δέησίν μου δέξαι τὴν πενιχράν, καὶ κλαυθμὸν μὴ παρίδῃς καὶ δάκρυα, καὶ στεναγμόν, ἀλλ' ἀντιλαβοῦ μου ὡς ἀγαθή, καὶ τὰς αἰτήσεις πλήρωσον· δύνασαι γάρ πάντα ὡς πανσθενοῦς, Δεσπότου Θεοῦ Μήτηρ, εἰ νεύσεις ἔτι μόνον, πρὸς τὴν ἐμὴν οἰκτρὰν ταπείνωσιν.

Accept my poor and negligible appeal; * and my weeping and tears and my sighing too do not ignore. * But since you are good, come unto my aid, * fulfilling my petitions all. * You can do all things, as the Mother of * our God and Lord Almighty. * Just nod in the direction * of my lamentable humility. [SD]

Μεγαλυνάρια.

Megalynaria.

Ἄξιόν ἐστιν ὦς ἀληθῶς, μακαρίζειν σὲ τὴν Θεοτόκον, τὴν ἀειμακάριστον καὶ παναμώμητον, καὶ Μητέρα τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.

It is truly right to call you blessed, Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-blameless one and the Mother of our God. [SD]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

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]

Τὴν ὑψηλοτέραν τῶν οὐρανῶν, καὶ καθαρωτέραν λαμπηδόνων ἡλιακῶν, τὴν λυτρωσαμένην ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς κατάρας, τὴν Δέσποιναν τοῦ κόσμου, ὕμνοις τιμήσωμεν.

Offering this chanting of hymns to you, * we accord you honor as the Lady of all the world, * higher than the heavens and purer than the sunshine, * O Maiden who redeemed us * from the ancestral curse. [SD]

Ἀπὸ τῶν πολλῶν μου ἁμαρτιῶν, ἀσθενεῖ τὸ σῶμα, ἀσθενεῖ μου καὶ ἡ ψυχή, πρὸς σὲ καταφεύγω τὴν Κεχαριτωμένην, ἐλπὶς ἀπηλπισμένων, σὺ μοὶ βοήθησον.

Owing to the multitude of my sins, * ailing is my body and diseased also is my soul. * O help me, I pray you the hope of the despairing. * To you I come for refuge, * O Maiden full of grace. [SD]

Δέσποινα καὶ μήτηρ τοῦ Λυτρωτοῦ, δέξαι παρακλήσεις, ἀναξίων σῶν ἱκετῶν, ἵνα μεσιτεύσης πρὸς τὸν ἐκ σοῦ τεχθέντα. Ὧ Δέσποινα, τοῦ κόσμου γενοῦ μεσίτρια.

From unworthy servants of yours accept * petitions requesting mediation on our behalf * with Him whom you brought forth, O Mother of the Savior. * Become our Mediatrix, * O Lady of the world. [SD]

Ψάλλομεν προθύμως σοὶ τὴν ὠδήν, νὺν τῇ πανυμνήτῳ, Θεοτόκῳ χαρμονικῶς, μετὰ τοῦ Προδρόμου, καὶ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων, δυσώπει, Θεοτόκε, τοῦ οἰκτειρῆσαι ἡμᾶς.

Unto you the Birthgiver of our God * praised by all, rejoicing now we eagerly chant this ode. * Together implore with the Forerunner and all Saints * that unto us compassion * be shown, O Mother of God. [SD]

Ἄλαλα τὰ χείλη τῶν ἀσεβῶν, τῶν μὴ προσκυνούντων, τὴν εἰκόνα σου τὴν σεπτήν, τὴν ἱστορηθεῖσαν, ὑπὸ τοῦ ἀποστόλου, Λουκᾶ ἱερωτάτου, τὴν Ὁδηγήτριαν.

Speechless be the lips of impious men * who refuse to rev'rence your august Icon which is called * the Mother of God the Directress, and was painted * by the divine Apostle * Luke the Evangelist. [SD]

Κατὰ τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς Μεταμορφώσεως, τὸ Μεγαλυνάριον τῆς ἑορτῆς μπορεῖ νὰ ψάλλεται ἐδώ.

During the feast of the Transfiguration, the following Megalynarion for that feast may be inserted here.

Θέλων ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς Μαθηταῖς, δύναμιν ἐξ ὕψους καὶ σοφίαν παρὰ Πατρός, ἐν ὄρει ἀνῆλθες, Χριστὲ τῷ Θαβωρίῳ, καὶ λἀμψας ὡς Δεσπότης τούτους ἐφώτισας.

Wishing to display power from on high * and the Father's wisdom to Your three holy and divine * Disciples, O Christ, You ascended Mount Tabor, * and shining as the Master, * there You illumined them. [SD]

Τὸ Μεγλυνάριον τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ. Εἶτα·

Then, the Megalynarion of the local church, followed by:

Πᾶσαι τῶν Ἀγγέλων αἱ στρατιαί, Πρόδρομε Κυρίου, Ἀποστόλων ἡ δωδεκάς, οἱ Ἅγιοι Πάντες, μετὰ τῆς Θεοτόκου, ποιήσατε πρεσβείαν, εἰς τὸ σωθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

Join the Theotokos, all you arrays * of angelic powers, honored Forerunner of the Lord, * holy Twelve Apostles * and all the Saints together, * and pray for our salvation, and intercede for us. [SD]

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READER

Τρισάγιον.

Trisagion Prayers.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. (ἐκ γʹ)

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

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι. Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

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

Παναγία Τριάς, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. Κύριε, ἱλάσθητι ταῖς ἁμαρτίαις ἡμῶν. Δέσποτα, συγχώρησον τὰς ἀνομίας ἡμῖν. Ἅγιε, ἐπίσκεψαι καὶ ἴασαι τὰς ἀσθενείας ἡμῶν, ἕνεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός σου.

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.

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

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

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι. Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

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

Πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου. Ἐλθέτω ἡ βασιλεία σου. Γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου, ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον. Καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν, ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφίεμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν. Καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν, ἀλλὰ ρῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ.

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.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ δόξα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Ἦχος πλ. βʹ.

Mode pl. 2.

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, Κύριε, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς· πάσης γὰρ ἀπολογίας ἀποροῦντες, ταύτην σοι τὴν ἱκεσίαν ὡς Δεσπότῃ, οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ προσφέρομεν· Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Have mercy on us, Lord have mercy on us. For with nothing to say in our own defense, we sinners offer this supplication to you our Master. Have mercy on us. [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Κύριε ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς· ἐπὶ σοὶ γὰρ πεποίθαμεν, μὴ ὀργισθῇς ἡμῖν σφόδρα, μηδὲ μνησθῇς τῶν ἀνομιῶν ἡμῶν, ἀλλ' ἐπίβλεψον καὶ νῦν ὡς εὔσπλαγχνος, καὶ λύτρωσαι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῶν ἐχθρῶν ἡμῶν· σὺ γὰρ εἶ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ ἡμεῖς λαός σου, πάντες ἔργα χειρῶν σου, καὶ τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐπικεκλήμεθα.

Lord have mercy on us, for in You we trust. Be not enraged with us greatly, nor remember our iniquities. But look upon us now, being compassionate, and deliver us from our enemies. For You are our God, and we Your people, all of us the work of Your hands, and now we have invoked Your name. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν. Θεοτοκίον.

Both now. Theotokion.

Τῆς εὐσπλαγχνίας τὴν πύλην ἄνοιξον ἡμῖν, εὐλογημένη Θεοτόκε· ἐλπίζοντες εἰς σέ, μὴ ἀστοχήσωμεν· ῥυσθείημεν διὰ σοῦ τῶν περιστάσεων· σὺ γὰρ εἶ ἡ σωτηρία, τοῦ γένους τῶν Χριστιανῶν.

Open the gate of compassion for us, O blessed Theotokos. For hoping in you, let us not fail in our aim. Through you may we be delivered from adversities. For you are the salvation of the Christian race. [SD]

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PRIEST

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἒλεός Σου, δεόμεθά Σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ διαφυλαχθῆναι τὴν ἁγίαν τοῦ Χριστοῦ Μεγάλην Ἐκκλησίαν, τὴν Ἱερὰν ἡμῶν Ἀρχιεπισκοπήν (καὶ τὴν Ἱερὰν ταύτην Μητρόπολιν), καὶ τὴν πόλιν ταύτην, καὶ πᾶσαν πόλιν καὶ χώραν, ἀπὸ ὀργῆς, λοιμοῦ, λιμοῦ, σεισμοῦ, καταποντισμοῦ, πυρός, μαχαίρας, ἐπιδρομῆς ἀλλοφύλων, ἐμφυλίου πολέμου καὶ αἰφνιδίου θανάτου· ὑπὲρ τοῦ ἵλεων, εὐμενῆ καὶ εὐδιάλλακτον γενέσθαι τὸν ἀγαθὸν καὶ φιλάνθρωπον Θεὸν ἡμῶν, τοῦ ἀποστρέψαι καὶ διασκεδάσαι πᾶσαν ὀργὴν καὶ νόσον τὴν καθ' ἡμῶν κινουμένην, καὶ ρύσασθαι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς ἐπικειμένης δικαίας αὐτοῦ ἀπειλῆς, καὶ ἐλεῆσαι ἡμᾶς.

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.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ εἰσακοῦσαι Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν φωνῆς τῆς δεήσεως ἡμῶν τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν, καὶ ἐλεῆσαι ἡμᾶς.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

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

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἐπάκουσον ἡμῶν, ὁ Θεός, ὁ Σωτὴρ ἡμῶν, ἡ ἐλπὶς πάντων τῶν περάτων τῆς γῆς καὶ τῶν ἐν θαλάσσῃ μακράν· καὶ ἵλεως, ἵλεως γενοῦ ἡμῖν, Δέσποτα, ἐπὶ ταῖς ἁμαρτίαις ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

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.

Ἐλεήμων γὰρ καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ Σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

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.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, our God. Glory to You.

Χριστὸς ὁ ἀληθινὸς Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ταῖς πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου καὶ παναμώμου ἁγίας αὐτοῦ Μητρός, δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ, προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων Δυνάμεων ἀσωμάτων, ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου, ἐνδόξου, προφήτου, προδρόμου καὶ βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων, τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ καλλινίκων Μαρτύρων· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ θεοφόρων Πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ Ἁγίου τοῦ Ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης, καὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων, ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος.

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἦχος βʹ. Ὅτε ἐκ τοῦ ξύλου.

Mode 2. Joseph took You down.

Πάντων προστατεύεις Ἀγαθή, τῶν καταφευγόντων ἐν πίστει, τῇ κραταιᾷ σου χειρί· ἄλλην γὰρ οὐκ ἔχομεν, ἁμαρτωλοὶ πρὸς Θεόν, ἐν κινδύνοις καὶ θλίψεσιν, ἀεὶ μεσιτείαν, οἱ κατακαμπτόμενοι, ὑπὸ πταισμάτων πολλῶν. Μῆτερ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου· ὅθεν σοι προσπίπτομεν ῥῦσαι, πάσης περιστάσεως τοὺς δούλους σου.

All those who for refuge flee with faith * unto you, O good one, you shelter beneath your mighty hand. * We your servants have no other intercessor like you * always praying to God for us * in dangers and sorrows, * sinners that we are, bent down because of many misdeeds. * Therefore, we fall prostrate before you. * Rescue us from every affliction, * since you are the Mother of the Most High God. [SD]

Ὅμοιον.

Same Melody.

Πάντων θλιβομένων ἡ χαρά, καὶ ἀδικουμένων προστάτις, καὶ πενομένων τροφή, ξένων τε παράκλησις, καὶ βακτηρία τυφλῶν, ἀσθενούντων ἐπίσκεψις, καταπονουμένων, σκέπη καὶ ἀντίληψις, καὶ ὀρφανῶν βοηθός, Μήτηρ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου, σὺ ὑπάρχεις, Ἄχραντε, σπεῦσον, δυσωποῦμεν σῴζεσθαι τοὺς δούλους σου.

For all who are troubled you are joy, * and of the abused a protectress, the paupers' nourishment, * strangers' consolation and a walking staff of the blind, * visitation of the infirm, * assistance and shelter * for the weary and oppressed, help of the orphans as well. * Hasten to deliver your servants, * fervently we beg you, O pure one, * since you are the Mother of the Most High God. [SD]

Δέσποινα πρόσδεξαι, τὰς δεήσεις τῶν δούλων σου, καὶ λύτρωσαι ἡμᾶς, ἀπὸ πάσης ἀνάγκης καὶ θλίψεως.

Lady, receive the supplications of your servants, and rescue us from all necessity and affliction. [SD]

Τὴν πᾶσαν ἐλπίδα μου, εἰς σὲ ἀνατίθημι, Μήτερ τοῦ Θεοῦ, φύλαξόν με ὑπὸ τὴν σκέπην σου.

O Mother of God, I have committed my every hope wholly unto you. Keep me under your shelter. [SD]

Κατὰ τὴν περίοδον τοῦ 15 Αὐγούστου (ἢ μόνον τῇ 14ῃ Αὐγούστου) εἴθισται ἵνα ψάλλωνται, ἀντὶ τῶν ἀνωτέρω Θεοτοκίων, τὰ ἑπόμενα Ἐξαποστειλάρια.

During the period from the 1st to the 14th of August, or as the practice is in some places only on the 14th of August, instead of the preceding hymns, the following Exaposteilaria are chanted:

Ἦχος γʹ.

Mode 3.

Ἀπόστολοι ἐκ περάτων, συναθροισθέντες ἐνθάδε, Γεθσημανὴ τῷ χωρίω, κηδεύσατέ μου τὸ σῶμα· καὶ σὺ Υἱὲ καὶ Θεέ μου, παράλαβέ μου τὸ πνεῦμα.

Apostles, you have assembled * from every corner of the earth * here in Gethsemane today; * now come and bury my body. * And You, my Son and my God, * receive my departing spirit. [SD]

Ὁ γλυκασμὸς τῶν Ἀγγέλων, τῶν θλιβομένων ἡ χαρά, Χριστιανῶν ἡ προστάτις, Παρθένε Μήτηρ Κυρίου, ἀντιλαβοῦ μου καὶ ῥῦσαι, τῶν αἰωνίων βασάνων.

O sweetness of the Angels, * O joy of those in affliction, * and the protectress of Christians, * O Virgin Mother of the Lord, * come to my aid and redeem me * from the eternal torments. [SD]

Καὶ σὲ μεσίτριαν ἔχω, πρὸς τὸν φιλάνθρωπον Θεόν, μή μου ἐλέγξη τὰς πράξεις, ἐνώπιον τῶν Ἀγγέλων, παρακαλῶ σε, Παρθένε, βοήθησόν μοὶ ἐν τάχει.

I have you as mediatrix * before the God who loves mankind. * May He not censure my actions * in the sight of the Angels. * I entreat you, O Virgin, * come quickly to my assistance. [SD]

Χρυσοπλοκώτατε πύργε, καὶ δωδεκάτειχε πόλις, ἡλιοστάλακτε θρόνε, καθέδρα τοῦ Βασιλέως, ἀκατανόητον θαῦμα, πῶς γαλουχεῖς τὸν Δεσπότην;

O Tower fashioned of pure gold, * and City which has a twelvefold wall, * O Throne aglitter with sunshine, * magnificent Chair of the King, * incomprehensible wonder, * how did you nurse the Master? [SD]

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Δι' εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων πατέρων ἡμῶν, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον καὶ σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

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

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )