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Menaion - July 11

Memory of the Holy Great Martyr Euphemia

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 3.

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.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Your confession.

To the Orthodox you brought elation, * to the heretics, humiliation, * lovely virgin of Christ, St. Euphemia. * For you confirmed what the Fathers decreed as true * during the Fourth holy Council in Chalcedon. * We entreat you now, O glorious Martyr, pray for us * to Christ our God to grant us the great mercy. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

To the Orthodox you brought elation, * to the heretics, humiliation, * lovely virgin of Christ, St. Euphemia. * For you confirmed what the Fathers decreed as true * during the Fourth holy Council in Chalcedon. * We entreat you now, O glorious Martyr, pray for us * to Christ our God to grant us the great mercy. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 3.

Unto you who mediated the salvation of our race we sing praises, O Virgin Theotokos. For your Son and our God in the flesh that He assumed from you accepted suffering by means of crucifixion and has thereby set us free from corruption, in His love for man. [SD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For 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 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

Your ewe lamb and Your bride, being smitten with longing * for You, O Savior Christ, her heavenly Bridegroom, * with fervor ran after You with her oil lamp burning bright; * for she kept it lit with godly virtues for oil. * By her prayers for us, save all from threats to our safety, * for You are compassionate. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

All-holy Virgin pure, you are the hope of us Christians. * Together with the hosts of the angels in heaven, * unceasingly pray to God, whom you bore inconceivably, * to forgive our sins and to permit the amendment * of our lives to all who glorify you forever * with faith and with ardent love. [SD]

Kathisma II.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Joseph marveled.

So embarrassed and disgraced were all the heretics, * and red-faced were they with shame, when they beheld to their chagrin * that the Tome with their heretical doctrine * was lying by your feet, whereas they saw that ours * was reverently held in your precious hands, * rightly denouncing the senseless teachings * of the non-orthodox, and proclaiming * that Christ was born indeed twofold in nature * and twofold in will as well. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. Automelon.

Joseph marveled as he saw that which transcended nature's bounds; * then he brought to mind the dew that had fallen on the fleece, * at your conception without seed, O Theotokos, * the bush that had remained unconsumed in fire, * Aaron's rod of old that had blossomed forth. * As your betrothed and guardian he witnessed * before the priests and he cried aloud: * "The Virgin gives birth, and after childbirth * still she remains a Virgin." [SD]

Kathisma III.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

Come, all believers, let us lovingly sing praises, * take up a psalm, extolling Christ's all-lauded virgin, * on the hon'rable feast day of the holy Martyr. * Oh marvelous wonder! Even after her death * she championed what the Fathers rightly decreed, * and she censured both Eutyches and Dioscorus, who erred * regarding their own doctrine of Christ, * Whom we worship and glorify. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

We ever thank you, O all-holy Theotokos, * and magnify you the all-pure one; and we worship * and extol your divine Son, Maiden highly favored. * All-merciful Virgin, therefore we cry aloud * unceasingly praying, Save us, since you are good. * Snatch me out from the frightening * examination of accounts * by demons in the hour of trial. * May we your servants not be ashamed. [SD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Antiphon I.

Mode 4.

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

You, the haters of Zion, be put to shame by the Lord, for like thatch in fire you will be completely dried up. (2) [SD]

Glory.

From the Holy Spirit every soul receives life, and through cleansing is lifted and brightened, in a hidden, sacred manner, by the trinal Monad. [SD]

Both now.

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

Prokeimenon. Psalms 39, 91.

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He heeded me; and He heard my supplication. (2)

Verse: The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; he shall be multiplied like the cedar in Lebanon.

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He heeded me; and He heard my supplication. [SAAS]

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of Gospel.

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

For You are holy, our God, who rest among the Saints, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

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

DEACON

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

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

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Let us be attentive.

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

PRIEST (from the gate)

Mk. 5:24-34

At that time, a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well." And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?' " And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." [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 the holy Martyr, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Both now.

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

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 2.

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

The virgin and victorious Martyr stood at the right hand of the Savior, and she was decked in the invincibility of virtue and adorned with the oil of purity and the blood of the contest. Holding her lamp, with exultant joy she shouts to Him, "I have run after You for the smell of Your ointments, O Christ God, for I am wounded with Your love. Do not leave me, O heavenly Bridegroom." At her entreaties, O almighty Savior, send down to us Your mercies. [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, 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 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, the holy Great Martyr and all-famed Euphemia, whose memory we celebrate; and of all your Saints. We beseech you, only merciful Lord, hear us sinners who pray to you and have mercy on us.

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

Through the mercy, compassion, and love of mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Ode 1: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode i. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Of old when the Israelite had crossed * the watery passage as if over a tract of land, * fleeing from the misery of Egypt, * he cried: "To God our Redeemer, O let us sing." (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

By many temptations am I distressed. * Praying to be rescued, for salvation I run to you. * O Virgin and Mother of the Logos, * from all afflictions and evils deliver me. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Assaults from the passions unsettle me, * and they fill my soul to overflowing with much despair. * Quiet them, O undefiled Maiden, * with the dispassionate calm of your Son and God. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O Virgin who mothered our Savior God, * I earnestly beg that I be rescued from my distress. * For now as I flee to you for refuge, * my soul and reason I lift up in ardent prayer. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

My body and soul are alike diseased. * Only Theotokos, count me worthy of your divine * providence and gracious visitation, * since you are good and the Mother of Him who is good. [SD]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. I open my mouth.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, and I shall sing * a song to extol the medaled holy Martyr of Christ, * and I shall proclaim and celebrate the labors * and contests of martyrdom that she endured for Him. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

You pour out abundant gifts of grace, of healing and cures on all * who come to your shrine with faith, O noble Martyr, and pray, * and with all their heart request your assistance, * and lovingly celebrate you sacred memory. [SD]

Glory.

Your soul being pure, O Saint, you were a temple of the living God, * in which Christ the Master was well pleased to dwell and walk, * even as described by the divine Apostle * St. Paul in his second letter to Corinthians. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Lady, we gratefully do not conceal all the benefits * and blessings that you pour out in your great mercy on all, * the abundant fount of miracles and wonders, * the ocean of goodness and the sea of tender love. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode 3: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I have named you the shelter and the defense of my life. * Therefore, I entreat you, O virgin Maid who gave birth to God, * conduct me to your port, * originator of good things, * the believers' firm support, * only all-lauded one. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I beseech you, O Virgin, dispel my soul's turbulence, * also the tempestuous surging of grave despondency. * For you, O Bride of God, * gave birth to Christ who is Author * of serene tranquility, * only all-spotless one. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Pour the wealth of your goodness and benefactions on all, * since you bore the great Benefactor, the Cause of every good. * You carried in your womb * Christ who is mighty in power; * therefore you can do all things, * O Lady blest by God. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I implore you to help me as I am now being tried * by distressing ailments, O Virgin, and morbid suffering. * For I know you to be * an inexhaustible treasure * plenteous in remedies, * only all-blameless one. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Establish your servants.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Amazing, how the all-lauded Martyr * endured painful tortures like a man, * competing as Martyr of Christ * publicly in the stadium. * The tyrant was astounded by her perseverance until the end. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Euphemia, reputable Martyr, * we honor your memory with songs * and reputable poetry, * for we are rich, as we possess * the sacred coffin, wherein your revered and all-holy relic lies. [SD]

Glory.

Made strong by the grace of God the Father * the Son and the Spirit, being one * in nature wholly unconfused, * one tri-solar Divinity, * O maiden Martyr, you brought down the snake, that great and noetic foe. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us all extol as is our duty * our pure Lady Mary as the one * and only ever-virgin Maid; * for she became the summary * of our salvation, on account of her exceptional purity. [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

Ode 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. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For You are our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You who were lifted.

Truly loving Christ the Bridegroom, O Martyr, * you kept your lamp lit and prepared to receive Him, * and thus you shone with virtues, O Euphemia. * Therefore you received from Him * crowns for winning your contest * and entered the wedding feast with Him, all-lauded Martyr. * From every danger free us who with faith * observe the feast of your all-holy memory. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. You who were lifted.

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]

Ode 4: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

I have heard the report, O Lord, * of Your incarnation, which is a mystery. * I considered Your astounding works, * and I glorified Your divinity. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I entreat you, O Bride of God * who have borne the Helmsman and Lord, to pacify * the confusion that my passions bring * and the surging waves of my iniquities. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You have borne the compassionate * Lord who is the Savior of all who sing your praise. * Hence, bestow upon me the abyss * of your own compassion which I now invoke. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

We who know you, O wholly pure * Virgin, to be truly the Mother of our God, * have enjoyed so many gifts from you. * Hence, we sing this canticle of gratitude. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

In possessing you as our hope * and the stable buttress and solid battlement * of salvation, O all-lauded one, * we are liberated from all misery. [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. When the Prophet Habakkuk.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Martyr, you laid up for yourself the true * treasure in the heavens, where neither moth * nor rust consume, O Maiden pure and devout. * You buried not your wealth in earth, * but you rather gave it to those in need. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The council of Fathers was truly amazed * and rejoiced in seeing the sacred scroll * with the confession of the Orthodox faith * in your hand, O noble Saint, * and the scroll with heresy at your feet. [SD]

Glory.

Those who were supporting Dioscorus, * Eutyches, and all the Monophysites, * were filled with hubris, and were spiritually sick. * You finally embarrassed them, * O all-lauded Martyr Euphemia. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Heavenly intelligences were amazed * when they comprehended the mystery * concerning you, O Lady Mother of God. * It dizzies them to offer you * hymns and songs extolling you worthily. [SD]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 4.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode 5: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode v. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Sovereign Lord our God, * as the One who loves humanity, * with your commandments enlighten us, we pray; * and also grant us * Your peace with Your own uplifted arm. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Since you bore the prime * Source of happiness, impart to me, * O pure Maid, your unadulterated joy. * And fill my heart now * to overflowing with your happiness. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Mother of our God, * do redeem us from all jeopardy, * since the eternal Redemption you have borne, * and Peace that passes * all understanding, O Virgin pure. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Dissipate the gloom * of my trespasses, O Bride of God, * with the effulgence of your irradiance, * being the Mother * of the divine pre-eternal Light. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Cure the weakness wreaked * by my passions, O pure virgin Maid. * Account me worthy of your solicitude, * and by your earnest * intercessions give me health again. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Amazed was the universe.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

All-lauded Euphemia, believing Christ you chose the good * portion over worldly wealth and glory. * One thing is needful; so you refused to become * anxious about many things * and troubled, like Martha was, but like Mary you were at peace. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

This wonder is strange indeed. The Martyr, dead and in her tomb, * acts as someone still among the living; * for she performs superhuman miracles. * Her body pours out a stream of blood, * as an even greater proof that the righteous are still alive. [SD]

Glory.

You are with your Maker now in heaven, O all-lauded Saint. * Pray for us who faithfully extol you * and celebrate your all-sacred memory, * Euphemia, Martyr of Christ. * As a sacrificial gift for His sake you poured out your blood. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Lady, unwedded Bride, the sayings of the Prophets all * truly came to pass in you, O Virgin. * For you unquestionably conceived in your womb * the Father's unoriginate Word, * even as that sacred host had foretold many years before. [SD]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode 6: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

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." (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Solicit * your Son and Lord to rescue me * from the enemies' malignance, O Virgin, * as He redeemed out of death and corruption * my human nature held down by mortality * and overpowered by decay, * having freely submitted Himself to death. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O Virgin, * I know you well as Patroness * of my life and most reliable sentry. * For you disperse a great throng of temptations, * and spiteful treatment by demons you drive away. * And constantly do I entreat * to be saved from my passions' depravity. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

We have you * as a protective citadel * and the absolute salvation, O Maiden, * of our souls, and in straits as a broad way. * And in your light we unceasingly jubilate. * And now, O Lady, we beseech, * from the passions and perils deliver us. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

I lie now * in failing health upon my bed, * and there is no cure for my ailing body. * But I entreat, O good Lady who gave birth * to the Reliever of illnesses, who is God * the Savior of the world, and plead: * raise me up from the ravages of disease. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. O godly-minded believers.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Regarding all fleeting things of earth * as flower of the grass, Euphemia the holy Martyr spat on them as rubbish, that she might gain * the Savior Christ, the Bridegroom, for whom she greatly longed. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O maid, in martyrdom you brought down * and drowned in sacred puddles of your own blood that great and ancient foe, * the dragon, erstwhile so arrogant, * who craftily against us devises traps and plots. [SD]

Glory.

Your holy relic is in our midst, * O Martyr, and we see it as something to be cherished and revered; * from it we draw forth good health and strength * and holiness, and spiritually we all rejoice. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

All-holy Virgin and Bride of God, * your childbirth has everyone wondering, how you who knew no man * before conceiving have given birth, * and after giving birth have remained a virgin still. [SD]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

Ode 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. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

From Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 2.

You struggled once in martyrdom, you struggled for the Faith, and you did both with ardent love for Christ your Bridegroom. And now pray Him through the Theotokos, that insolent enemies, as once the heresies, be suppressed underfoot by our Leaders, O all-famed Euphemia, who received from the six hundred thirty God-bearing Fathers the Definition of the Faith and guarded it. [SD]

Oikos.

What should one marvel at first: your martyric contests and accomplishments? Or your virginity and blameless life? You gladdened the Father, by wedding the Son and adorning yourself by the Holy Spirit. Who is capable of lauding these things? Who can tell of the many virtues that shine all around you and never fade? Like the sun, you rose from the east out of the grave, and you shine on all, and with your rays you illumine land and sea, and sanctify every continent, and make fragrant the ends of the earth. Therefore, you received from the six hundred thirty God-bearing Fathers the Definition of the Faith and guarded it. [SD]

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

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On July 11, we commemorate the Holy Great Martyr and all-famed Euphemia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Cindeus the Presbyter.

The devout Leo of the Sheepfold, reposed in peace.

The holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrocles died by the sword and by arrows respectively.

The devout Nicodemus, who lived in asceticism near the holy Monastery of Vatopedi (on Mt. Athos), and who was the teacher of St. Gregory Palamas in Christian philosophy, reposed in peace.

The New Monastic Martyr Nicodemus, who witnessed in Elesvan, Albania in the year 1722, died by the sword.

The holy New Monastic Martyr Nektarios, who was from Vryoulla, and who witnessed in 1820, died by the sword.

We also commemorate St. Olga, the Great Princess and Equal to the Apostles.

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

Ode 7: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

Those Servants from Judea, * who of old were deported and sent to Babylon, * once treaded on the fire * of the furnace by holding * to the faith in the Trinity * and chanted: Blessed are You the God of our fathers. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

As You wished our salvation * to be thusly dispensed, You abode within the womb * of the all-holy Virgin * whom You have manifested * to the world as our patroness. * O Savior, blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

O pure Mother, implore Him * unto Whom you gave birth, Who delights in steadfast love, * to free from their offenses * and from their souls' defilements * those who cry out in faith and say * to Him: O blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You have shown forth Your Mother * as a tower of safety, salvation's treasury, * a spring of incorruption, * the doorway of repentance * unto all those who cry aloud * and say: O blessed are You * the God of our fathers. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Unto us you delivered * Christ the Savior; and hence we entreat you: Deign to heal * the bodily diseases * and spiritual ailments * of your servants who earnestly * to your divine shelter run, * O Lady Theotokos. [SD]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Godly-minded three.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

It was easier * to bear the brutal tortures you endured so resolutely, * once you received the divine * assistance from heaven, O all-lauded Martyr Saint. * Then you sang with joy, * "O most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

The all-lauded Lamb, * Euphemia the lovely maiden, has invited all * to her all-sacred feast. * So come one and all and celebrate it cheerfully, * and joyfully sing, * "O most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Glory.

You exposed and rebuked * the fallacies of Eutyches, who was unfortunate * for having wrongly professed * Dioscorus' heresy, all-lauded Martyr Saint. * And you sang with joy, * "O most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-blameless Maid, * I beg you to entreat your Son to treat me mercifully. * All-noble Lady, please * do not overlook my supplications nor my tears * warmly shed, as I cry, * "O most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 8: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

O praise and bless Him * who by the armies of Angels * is extolled as King of the heavens, * supremely exalting Him unto all the ages. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Do not disdain us * who need the help that you offer, * virgin Maiden, and who bless and extol you, * supremely exalting you unto all the ages. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Virgin, you pour out * your great abundance of healings * over those who faithfully extol you * and exalt supremely your ineffable childbirth. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You heal the sicknesses * of my soul, O pure Virgin, * and the physical pains that afflict me. * Hence I glorify you the highly favored Maiden. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

You drive away from us * the assaults of temptations * and the onsets of passions, O Virgin. * Therefore do we praise you in hymns throughout the ages. [SD]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. Guiltless were those Servants.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

When you testified at the tribunals * of tyrants who did not keep the laws of God, * bravely, O Euphemia, * you proclaimed that Jesus Christ * is God and man, with twofold wills and twofold natures, and sang, * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O Martyr, you prudently rejected * all things that are of the earth and are material, * for you loved your Bridegroom Christ, * and you followed in His steps. * And therefore now as you rejoice with Him, you sing aloud, * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Glory.

I shudder whenever I consider * the pain and the brutal torments of the martyrdom * that you suffered patiently * and your female body endured * because of your undying love for one and only God, * the Father and the Son and the Spirit, * one Godhead in three persons, O most exalted Martyr. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Only you, O Virgin, are the calm port * and haven for us who are have been caught in turbulence. * We who have been tossed about * in the windy storms of life * take refuge in your sacred shelter and are safe and sound. * And therefore we all rightly extol you * and we glorify you, unto all the ages. [SD]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

From Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode 2.

You struggled once in martyrdom, you struggled for the Faith, and you did both with ardent love for Christ your Bridegroom. And now pray Him through the Theotokos, that insolent enemies, as once the heresies, be suppressed underfoot by our Leaders, O all-famed Euphemia, who received from the six hundred thirty God-bearing Fathers the Definition of the Faith and guarded it. [SD]

Oikos.

What should one marvel at first: your martyric contests and accomplishments? Or your virginity and blameless life? You gladdened the Father, by wedding the Son and adorning yourself by the Holy Spirit. Who is capable of lauding these things? Who can tell of the many virtues that shine all around you and never fade? Like the sun, you rose from the east out of the grave, and you shine on all, and with your rays you illumine land and sea, and sanctify every continent, and make fragrant the ends of the earth. Therefore, you received from the six hundred thirty God-bearing Fathers the Definition of the Faith and guarded it. [SD]

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

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On July 11, we commemorate the Holy Great Martyr and all-famed Euphemia.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Cindeus the Presbyter.

The devout Leo of the Sheepfold, reposed in peace.

The holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrocles died by the sword and by arrows respectively.

The devout Nicodemus, who lived in asceticism near the holy Monastery of Vatopedi (on Mt. Athos), and who was the teacher of St. Gregory Palamas in Christian philosophy, reposed in peace.

The New Monastic Martyr Nicodemus, who witnessed in Elesvan, Albania in the year 1722, died by the sword.

The holy New Monastic Martyr Nektarios, who was from Vryoulla, and who witnessed in 1820, died by the sword.

We also commemorate St. Olga, the Great Princess and Equal to the Apostles.

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

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Theotokos

Ode i. Mode 4.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [SD]

Ode iii.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [SD]

Ode iv.

When the Prophet Habakkuk heard the divine * and incomprehensible counsel of Your Incarnation * from the Virgin, O Most High, * considering, he cried aloud: * Glory to Your power, O Lord my God. [SD]

Ode v.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [SD]

Ode vi.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [SD]

Ode vii.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator's stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * "O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * "O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure." [SD]

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

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Magnificat: Mode of Canon

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode pl. 4.

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Ode 9: Horologion: Canon-1

From Horologion - - -

Canon for the Theotokos.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 4. Heirmos.

You are the Theotokos * lit'rally, O Virgin; * and we confess it, for we have been saved through you * whom we, O pure one, with choirs of angels magnify. [SD]

Troparia.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Do not dismiss the river * of my tears, O Virgin. * For in your womb you conceived and you carried Christ * the Lord who takes every teardrop away from every face. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

With joy, all-holy Virgin, * fill my heart to fullness, * having received, O pure Maiden, the fullness of joy * and thereby causing the sorrow of sin to disappear. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

For those who flee for safety * unto you, O Virgin, * be a retreat and a fortress immovable, * defense and shelter and refuge and joyous ecstasy. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

With rays of your effulgence * brighten us, O Virgin, * who in the Orthodox manner declare you to be * the Theotokos who drives out the gloom of ignorance. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Restore my health, O Virgin; * for because of illness, * I am reduced to a state of tormenting pain. * Transform my feeble condition into vitality. [SD]

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon for the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. All you born on earth.

Saint of God, intercede for us.

Human thoughts and words * are truly inadequate to properly describe * what you have received, O Saint, * all-lauded Martyr, the supernal esteem * and glory of the never-ending reign with Christ the King, * which you were awarded for your victories, * the immortal delights that you now enjoy. [SD]

Saint of God, intercede for us.

O all-lauded Saint, * you have been anointed with the noetic perfume * of the Holy Spirit of God; * and now you ever give fragrance to the souls * and bodies and the senses all of those who come to you * with correct faith, * by which the malodorous * diabolical foe is kept far away. [SD]

Glory.

O all-lauded Saint, * we solemnly celebrate the high and festive day * of your sacred memory, * in the all-venerable church that bears your name.* Assembled at the invitation of the Patriarch, * our good shepherd, * who is leading us today. * We entreat you to pray to the Lord for him. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Lady, Virgin pure, * with love we salute you as did Gabriel of old. * Rejoice, fiery throne! Rejoice! * You are the palace of God Most High. Rejoice! * You are the rich and curdled mountain, of which David once wrote. * The Apostles' * pride and joy are you, rejoice! * Theotokos, rejoice! We are saved through you. [SD]

Magnificat: Mode of Katavasia

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 4.

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

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

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred wonders of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, "O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!" [SD]

PRIEST

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

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

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

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

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Exaposteilarion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Our Savior from on high.

Even after you had died, * you poured out blood like live perfume, * being alive in the living God, * O Martyr St. Euphemia; * and we extol you, for you held * the scroll with correct doctrines * of Christ in your precious hand. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 3. Our Savior from on high.

Our God has given you, * O purest Maid, to be for us * a refuge and helper and strength * in the times of dire straits * and in trying circumstances. * Therefore when we all need you, * rescue us from our troubles. [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]

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.

   

Stichera. For the Holy Woman.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Rejoice.

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

Rejoice, O virgin Martyr of Christ! * You have arisen from the East like a shining star, * you also brightly illumine the whole inhabited earth * by your soul's resplendence and its radiance. * Through you the divine decree of the Fathers was ratified, * and the demented Dioscorus and blasphemous * Eutyches were censured, their teachings roundly denounced. * Rejoice, for your sacred relics drip a stream of your holy blood; * and it is truly cathartic of all infectious impurities; * and this, by the power * of our Savior Christ, who grants the great mercy to the world. [SD]

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

Rejoice, O virgin Martyr of Christ! * You have arisen from the East like a shining star, * you also brightly illumine the whole inhabited earth * by your soul's resplendence and its radiance. * Through you the divine decree of the Fathers was ratified, * and the demented Dioscorus and blasphemous * Eutyches were censured, their teachings roundly denounced. * Rejoice, for your sacred relics drip a stream of your holy blood; * and it is truly cathartic of all infectious impurities; * and this, by the power * of our Savior Christ, who grants the great mercy to the world. [SD]

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

Come all, and as the feast-day of Christ's * prize-winning Martyr is observed with solemnity, * let us now rejoice together in heightened spiritual joy, * and with jubilation let us celebrate. * For suffering martyrdom, she struck down the high-mindedness * of tyrant rulers, by the all-holy Spirit's might; * beating them, she raised a great trophy of victory. * Therefore, let us indeed extol with songs that acclaim the fame * of that most beautiful maiden whose famous name signals praise and fame, * as we importune Christ, * and beseech Him that He grant the great mercy to the world. [SD]

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

Martyr, inside your casket were placed * the Tomes of Faith of the Orthodox and heretics. * The one, which the Fathers published correctly, being inspired * from above, remained there, cradled in your arms. * You trampled the other one, which belonged to the heretics, * whom you embarrassed, being false and opposed to God. * Now invited by the Ecumenical Patriarch, * we have assembled here today * to praise you and honor you. * And celebrating your sacred memory solemnly we rejoice. * Please pray to the Savior, * and beseech Him that He grant the great mercy to the world. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4.

Let every tongue engage in praising the all-praised, all-famed Euphemia. Every race and every age, young men and virgins, with words of praise let us crown the virgin-martyr of Christ. For she behaved manfully according to the rules, and she put away feminine weakness, and she threw down the tyrant foe through her exertions in the games, and for this she was decorated with a heavenly and divine crown. Now she entreats her Bridegroom and God, to grant us His great mercy. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

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

It is appropriate to stand for the Great Doxology.

Great Doxology

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

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

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

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

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

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

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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

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

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

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Your confession.

To the Orthodox you brought elation, * to the heretics, humiliation, * lovely virgin of Christ, St. Euphemia. * For you confirmed what the Fathers decreed as true * during the Fourth holy Council in Chalcedon. * We entreat you now, O glorious Martyr, pray for us * to Christ our God to grant us the great mercy. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

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 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.

( 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. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and 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)

O Holy Lord, Who dwell on high and look upon the humble, and Who with Your all-seeing eye do behold all creation: to You have we bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we implore You, O Holy of Holies, stretch forth Your invisible hand from Your holy dwelling place and bless us all. And if in any way we have sinned, either willingly or unwillingly, pardon us, inasmuch as You are good, and You love mankind, granting us Your good things in this age and in the age to come.

PRIEST

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give 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 Great Church of Christ, our holy Archdiocese, [this holy Metropolis,] and this city, to the ages of ages..

( Amen. )

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

Litanies and Dismissal

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 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.

( 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. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and 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)

O Holy Lord, Who dwell on high and look upon the humble, and Who with Your all-seeing eye do behold all creation: to You have we bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we implore You, O Holy of Holies, stretch forth Your invisible hand from Your holy dwelling place and bless us all. And if in any way we have sinned, either willingly or unwillingly, pardon us, inasmuch as You are good, and You love mankind, granting us Your good things in this age and in the age to come.

PRIEST

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give 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 Great Church of Christ, our holy Archdiocese, [this holy Metropolis,] and this city, to the ages of ages..

( Amen. )

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

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

Lord, have mercy. (3) Father, bless!

Dismissal

PRIEST

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

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, the holy Great Martyr and all-famed Euphemia, whose memory we celebrate; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and merciful and loves mankind.

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. )