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Menaion - December 20

Μνήμη τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἱερομάρτυρος Ἰγνατίου τοῦ Θεοφόρου· καὶ Προεόρτια τῶν Γενεθλίων τοῦ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν.

Memory of the Holy Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer; and Forefeast of the Birth of our Savior

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ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

VESPERS

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

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.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

Ἀπαγγελλομένου ἐπίσης τοῦ Προοιμιακοῦ, ὁ Ιερεὺς ἵσταται ἀσκεπὴς ἐνώπιον τῆς ἁγίας Τραπέζης ἢ καὶ ἐνώπιον τῆς εἰκόνος τοῦ Σωτῆρος Χριστοῦ, ἱστάμενος ἐπὶ τοῦ Σολέα (ὡς ἐν τῷ Ὄρθρῳ), καὶ ἀναγινώσκει μυστικῶς τὰς Εὐχὰς τοῦ Λυχνικοῦ·

While the Introductory Psalm is being read, the Priest with head uncovered stands in front of the holy Altar, or before the icon of Christ the Savior, standing on the Solea (as at Matins) and inaudibly reads the Vesperal Prayers.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Δεῦτε προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν τῷ Βασιλεῖ ἡμῶν Θεῷ.

Come, let us worship and bow down before God our King.

Δεῦτε προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν Χριστῷ τῷ Βασιλεῖ ἡμῶν Θεῷ.

Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ God our King.

Δεῦτε προσκυνήσωμεν καὶ προσπέσωμεν αὐτῷ, Χριστῷ τῷ Βασιλεῖ καὶ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.

Come, let us worship and bow down before Him, Christ our King and God.

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν τοῦ Προϊμιακου Ψαλμοῦ.

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of the Introductory Psalm.

Ψαλμὸς ΡΓʹ (103).

Psalm 103 (104).

Εὐλόγει, ἡ ψυχή μου, τὸν Κύριον. Κύριε ὁ Θεός μου ἐμεγαλύνθης σφόδρα. Ἐξομολόγησιν καὶ μεγαλοπρέπειαν ἐνεδύσω, ἀναβαλλόμενος φῶς ὡς ἱμάτιον. Ἐκτείνων τὸν οὐρανὸν ὡσεὶ δέῤῥιν, ὁ στεγάζων ἐν ὕδασι τὰ ὑπερῷα αὐτοῦ. Ὁ τιθεὶς νέφη τὴν ἐπίβασιν αὐτοῦ, ὁ περιπατῶν ἐπὶ πτερύγων ἀνέμων. Ὁ ποιῶν τοὺς Ἀγγέλους αὐτοῦ πνεύματα, καὶ τοὺς λειτουργοὺς αὐτοῦ πυρὸς φλόγα. Ὁ θεμελιῶν τὴν γὴν ἐπὶ τὴν ἀσφάλειαν αὐτῆς, οὐ κλιθήσεται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος. Ἄβυσσος ὡς ἱμάτιον τὸ περιβόλαιον αὐτοῦ, ἐπὶ τῶν ὀρέων στήσονται ὕδατα. Ἀπὸ ἐπιτιμήσεώς σου φεύξονται, ἀπὸ φωνῆς βροντῆς σου δειλιάσουσιν. Ἀναβαίνουσιν ὄρη, καὶ καταβαίνουσι πεδία εἰς τὸν τόπον, ὃν ἐθεμελίωσας αὐτά. Ὅριον ἔθου, ὃ οὐ παρελεύσονται, οὐδὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι καλύψαι τὴν γήν. Ὁ ἐξαποστέλλων πηγὰς ἐν φάραγξιν, ἀναμέσον τῶν ὀρέων διελεύσονται ὕδατα· ποτιοῦσι πάντα τὰ θηρία τοῦ ἀγροῦ, προσδέξονται ὄναγροι εἰς δίψαν αὐτῶν. Ἐπʼ αὐτὰ τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ κατασκηνώσει, ἐκ μέσου τῶν πετρῶν δώσουσι φωνήν. Ποτίζων ὄρη ἐκ τῶν ὑπερῴων αὐτοῦ, ἀπὸ καρποῦ τῶν ἔργων σου χορτασθήσεται ἡ γῆ. Ὁ ἐξανατέλλων χόρτον τοῖς κτήνεσι, καὶ χλόην τῇ δουλείᾳ τῶν ἀνθρώπων. Τοῦ ἐξαγαγεῖν ἄρτον ἐκ τῆς γῆς, καὶ οἶνος εὐφραίνει καρδίαν ἀνθρώπου. Τοῦ ἱλαρῦναι πρόσωπον ἐν ἐλαίῳ, καὶ ἄρτος καρδίαν ἀνθρώπου στηρίζει. Χορτασθήσονται τὰ ξύλα τοῦ πεδίου, αἱ κέδροι τοῦ Λιβάνου, ἃς ἐφύτευσας. Ἐκεῖ στρουθία ἐννοσσεύσουσι, τοῦ ἐρωδιοῦ ἡ κατοικία ἡγεῖται αὐτῶν. Ὄρη τὰ ὑψηλὰ ταῖς ἐλάφοις, πέτρα καταφυγὴ τοῖς λαγῳοῖς. Ἐποίησε σελήνην εἰς καιρούς, ὁ ἥλιος ἔγνω τὴν δύσιν αὐτοῦ. Ἔθου σκότος, καὶ ἐγένετο νύξ, ἐν αὐτῇ διελεύσονται πάντα τὰ θηρία τοῦ δρυμοῦ. Σκύμνοι ὠρυόμενοι τοῦ ἁρπᾶσαι, καὶ ζητῆσαι παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ βρῶσιν αὐτοῖς. Ἀνέτειλεν ὁ ἥλιος, καὶ συνήχθησαν, καὶ εἰς τὰς μάνδρας αὐτῶν κοιτασθήσονται. Ἐξελεύσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐπὶ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν ἐργασίαν αὐτοῦ ἕως ἑσπέρας. Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου, Κύριε, πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας, ἐπληρώθη ἡ γῆ τῆς κτίσεώς σου. Αὕτη ἡ θάλασσα ἡ μεγάλη καὶ εὐρύχωρος, ἐκεῖ ἑρπετὰ ὧν οὐκ ἔστιν ἀριθμός, ζῷα μικρὰ μετὰ μεγάλων. Ἐκεῖ πλοῖα διαπορεύονται, δράκων οὗτος, ὃν ἔπλασας ἐμπαίζειν αὐτῇ. Πάντα πρὸς σὲ προσδοκῶσι, δοῦναι τὴν τροφὴν αὐτῶν εἰς εὔκαιρον, δόντος σου αὐτοῖς συλλέξουσιν. Ἀνοίξαντός σου τὴν χεῖρα, τὰ σύμπαντα πλησθήσονται χρηστότητος, ἀποστρέψαντος δέ σου τὸ πρόσωπον, ταραχθήσονται. Ἀντανελεῖς τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐκλείψουσι, καὶ εἰς τὸν χοῦν αὐτῶν ἐπιστρέψουσιν. Ἐξαποστελεῖς τὸ πνεῦμα σου, καὶ κτισθήσονται, καὶ ἀνακαινιεῖς τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γῆς. Ἤτω ἡ δόξα Κυρίου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, εὐφρανθήσεται Κύριος ἐπὶ τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ. Ὁ ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ τὴν γήν, καὶ ποιῶν αὐτὴν τρέμειν, ὁ ἁπτόμενος τῶν ὀρέων, καὶ καπνίζονται. ᾌσω τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐν τῇ ζωῇ μου, ψαλῶ τῷ Θεῷ μου ἕως ὑπάρχω. Ἡδυνθείη αὐτῷ ἡ διαλογή μου, ἐγὼ δὲ εὐφρανθήσομαι ἐπὶ τῷ Κυρίῳ. Ἐκλείποιεν ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, καὶ ἄνομοι, ὥστε μὴ ὑπάρχειν αὐτούς. Εὐλόγει, ἡ ψυχή μου, τὸν Κύριον.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, You are magnified exceedingly; You clothe Yourself with thanksgiving and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, who stretch out the heavens like a curtain; You are He who covers His upper chambers with water, who makes the clouds His means of approach, who walks on the wings of the winds, who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire. He established the earth on its stable foundation; it shall not be moved unto ages of ages. The deep like a garment is His covering; the waters shall stand upon the mountains; at Your rebuke they shall flee; at the sound of Your thunder, they shall be afraid. The mountains rise up, and the plains sink down to the place You founded for them. You set a boundary they shall not pass over; neither shall they return to cover the earth. You are He who sends springs into the valley; the waters shall pass between the mountains; they shall give drink to all the wild animals of the field; the wild asses shall quench their thirst; the birds of heaven shall dwell beside them; they shall sing from the midst of the rocks. You are He who waters the mountains from His higher places; the earth shall be satisfied with the fruit of Your works. You are He who causes grass to grow for the cattle, and the green plant for the service of man, to bring forth bread from the earth; and wine gladdens the heart of man, to brighten his face with oil; and bread strengthens man's heart. The trees of the plain shall be full of fruit, the cedars of Lebanon, which You planted; there the sparrows shall make their nests; the house of the heron takes the lead among them. The high mountains are for the deer; the cliff is a refuge for the rabbits. He made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its setting. You established darkness, and it was night, wherein all the wild animals of the forest will prowl about; the young lions roar and snatch their prey, and seek their food from God. The sun arises, and they are gathered together; and they shall be put to bed in their dens. Man shall go out to his work and to his labor until evening. O Lord, Your works shall be magnified greatly; You made all things in wisdom; the earth was filled with Your creation. There is this great and spacious sea: the creeping things are there without number; the living things are there, both small and great; there the ships pass through; there is this dragon You formed to play therein. All things wait upon You, that You may give them food in due season. When You give it to them, they shall gather it; when You open Your hand, all things shall be filled with Your goodness. But when You turn Your face away, they shall be troubled; when You take away their breath, they shall die and return again to their dust. You shall send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Let the glory of the Lord be forever; the Lord shall be glad in His works; He looks upon the earth and makes it tremble; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing to my God as long as I exist; may my words be pleasing to Him, and I shall be glad in the Lord. May sinners cease from the earth, and the lawless, so as to be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Ὁ ἥλιος ἔγνω τὴν δύσιν αὐτοῦ. Ἔθου σκότος, καὶ ἐγένετο νύξ.

The sun knows its setting. You established darkness, and it was night.

Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου, Κύριε· πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.

O Lord, Your works shall be magnified greatly; You made all things in wisdom. [SAAS]

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.

Ἀλληλούϊα. Ἀλληλούϊα. Ἀλληλούϊα. Δόξα σοι ὁ Θεός. (ἐκ γʹ)

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God. (3)

Ἡ ἐλπὶς ἡμῶν, Κύριε, δόξα σοι.

Our hope, O Lord, glory to You.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τῆς ἄνωθεν εἰρήνης καὶ τῆς σωτηρίας τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τῆς εἰρήνης τοῦ σύμπαντος κόσμου, εὐσταθείας τῶν ἁγίων τοῦ Θεοῦ Ἐκκλησιῶν καὶ τῆς τῶν πάντων ἑνώσεως, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For the peace of the whole world, for the stability of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τοῦ ἁγίου οἴκου τούτου, καὶ τῶν μετὰ πίστεως, εὐλαβείας καὶ φόβου Θεοῦ εἰσιόντων ἐν αὐτῷ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For pious and Orthodox Christians, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος), τοῦ τιμίου πρεσβυτερίου, τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ διακονίας, παντὸς τοῦ κλήρου καὶ τοῦ λαοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For our Archbishop (name), for the honorable presbyterate, for the diaconate in Christ, and for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τοῦ εὐσεβοῦς ἡμῶν γένους, τοῦ προέδρου καὶ πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας ἐν τῷ κράτει ἡμῶν, καὶ τοῦ κατὰ ξηρὰν θάλασσαν καὶ ἀέρα φιλοχρίστου ἡμῶν στρατοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For our country, the president, all those in public service, and for our armed forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τῆς Ἁγίας τοῦ Χριστοῦ Μεγάλης Ἐκκλησίας, τῆς Ἱερᾶς ἡμῶν Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς, [τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεως ταύτης,] τῆς πόλεως καὶ κοινότητος ταύτης, πάσης πόλεως, χώρας καὶ τῶν πίστει οἰκούντων ἐν αὐταῖς, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For the Great and Holy Church of Christ, for our Holy Archdiocese, [for this Holy Metropolis,] for this city and parish, for every city and land, and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ εὐκρασίας ἀέρων, εὐφορίας τῶν καρπῶν τῆς γῆς καὶ καιρῶν εἰρηνικῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ πλεόντων, ὁδοιπορούντων, νοσούντων, καμνόντων, αἰχμαλώτων καὶ τῆς σωτηρίας αὐτῶν, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For those who travel by land, sea, and air, for the sick, the suffering, the captives and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ὑπὲρ τοῦ ῥυσθῆναι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης θλίψεως, ὀργῆς, κινδύνου καὶ ἀνάγκης, τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

( Σοί, Κύριε. )

( To You, O Lord. )

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι πρέπει σοι πᾶσα δόξα, τιμὴ καὶ προσκύνησις, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἦχος αʹ.

Mode 1.

Κύριε ἐκέκραξα πρὸς σέ, εἰσάκουσόν μου, εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε. Κύριε, ἐκέκραξα πρὸς σέ, εἰσάκουσόν μου· πρόσχες τῇ φωνῇ τῆς δεήσεώς μου, ἐν τῷ κεκραγέναι με πρὸς σέ. Εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε.

Lord, I have cried to You; hear me. Hear me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried to You; hear me. Give heed to the voice of my supplication when I cry to You. Hear me, O Lord. [SAAS]

Κατευθυνθήτω ἡ προσευχή μου, ὡς θυμίαμα ἐνώπιόν σου, ἔπαρσις τῶν χειρῶν μου θυσία ἑσπερινή. Εἰσάκουσόν μου, Κύριε.

Let my prayer be set forth before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord. [SAAS]

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Θοῦ, Κύριε, φυλακὴν τῷ στόματί μου, καὶ θύραν περιοχῆς περὶ τὰ χείλη μου.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, a door of enclosure about my lips.

Μὴ ἐκκλίνῃς τὴν καρδίαν μου εἰς λόγους πονηρίας, τοῦ προφασίζεσθαι προφάσεις ἐν ἁμαρτίαις.

Incline not my heart to evil words, to make excuses in sins.

Σὺν ἀνθρώποις ἐργαζομένοις τὴν ἀνομίαν, καὶ οὐ μὴ συνδυάσω μετὰ τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν αὐτῶν.

With men who work lawlessness; and I will not join with their choice ones.

Παιδεύσει με δίκαιος ἐν ἐλέει, καὶ ἐλέγξει με, ἔλαιον δὲ ἁμαρτωλοῦ μὴ λιπανάτω τὴν κεφαλήν μου.

The righteous man shall correct me with mercy, and he shall reprove me; but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head.

Ὅτι ἔτι καὶ ἡ προσευχή μου ἐν ταῖς εὐδοκίαις αὐτῶν· κατεπόθησαν ἐχόμενα πέτρας οἱ κριταὶ αὐτῶν.

For my prayer shall be intense in the presence of their pleasures. Their judges are swallowed up by the rock.

Ἀκούσονται τὰ ῥήματά μου, ὅτι ἡδύνθησαν· ὡσεὶ πάχος γῆς ἐῤῥάγη ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, διεσκορπίσθη τὰ ὀστᾶ αὐτῶν παρὰ τὸν ᾅδην.

They shall hear my words, for they are pleasant. As a clod of ground is dashed to pieces on the earth, so their bones were scattered beside the grave.

Ὅτι πρὸς σέ, Κύριε, Κύριε, οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ μου· ἐπὶ σοὶ ἤλπισα, μὴ ἀντανέλῃς τὴν ψυχήν μου.

For my eyes, O Lord, O Lord, are toward You; in You I hope; take not my soul away.

Φύλαξόν με ἀπὸ παγίδος ἧς συνεστήσαντό μοι, καὶ ἀπὸ σκανδάλων τῶν ἐργαζομένων τὴν ἀνομίαν.

Keep me from the snares they set for me, and from the stumbling blocks of those who work lawlessness.

Πεσοῦνται ἐν ἀμφιβλήστρῳ αὐτῶν οἱ ἁμαρτωλοί· κατὰ μόνας εἰμὶ ἐγὼ ἕως ἂν παρέλθω.

Sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone, until I escape.

Φωνῇ μου πρὸς Κύριον ἐκέκραξα, φωνῇ μου πρὸς Κύριον ἐδεήθην.

I cried to the Lord with my voice, with my voice I prayed to the Lord.

Ἐκχεῶ ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ τὴν δέησίν μου, τὴν θλῖψίν μου ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ἀπαγγελῶ.

I shall pour out my supplication before Him; I shall declare my affliction in His presence.

Ἐν τῷ ἐκλείπειν ἐξ ἐμοῦ τὸ πνεῦμά μου, καὶ σὺ ἔγνως τὰς τρίβους μου.

When my spirit fainted within me, then You knew my paths.

Ἐν ὁδῷ ταύτῃ, ᾗ ἐπορευόμην, ἔκρυψαν παγίδα μοι.

For on the way I was going, they hid a trap for me.

Κατενόουν εἰς τὰ δεξιά, καὶ ἐπέβλεπον, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ὁ ἐπιγινώσκων με.

I looked on my right, and saw there was no one who knew me.

Ἀπώλετο φυγὴ ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ ἐκζητῶν τὴν ψυχήν μου.

Refuge failed me, and there was no one who cared for my soul.

Ἐκέκραξα πρὸς σέ, Κύριε· εἶπα· Σὺ εἶ ἡ ἐλπίς μου, μερίς μου εἶ ἐν γῇ ζώντων.

I cried to You, O Lord; I said, "You are my hope, my portion in the land of the living."

Πρόσχες πρὸς τὴν δέησίν μου, ὅτι ἐταπεινώθην σφόδρα.

Attend to my supplication, for I was humbled exceedingly.

Ῥῦσαί με ἐκ τῶν καταδιωκόντων με, ὅτι ἐκραταιώθησαν ὑπὲρ ἐμέ.

Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.

Ἐξάγαγε ἐκ φυλακῆς τὴν ψυχήν μου, τοῦ ἐξομολογήσασθαι τῷ ὀνόματί σου.

Bring my soul out of prison to give thanks to Your name, O Lord.

Ἐμὲ ὑπομενοῦσι δίκαιοι, ἕως οὗ ἀνταποδῷς μοι.

The righteous shall wait for me, until You reward me.

Ἐκ βαθέων ἐκέκραξά σοι, Κύριε· Κύριε, εἰσάκουσον τῆς φωνῆς μου.

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice.

Γενηθήτω τὰ ὦτά σου προσέχοντα εἰς τὴν φωνὴν τῆς δεήσεώς μου.

Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

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Στιχηρά. Προεόρτια.

Stichera. For the Forefeast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος αʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

Ἐὰν ἀνομίας παρατηρήσῃς, Κύριε Κύριε, τίς ὑποστήσεται; ὅτι παρὰ σοὶ ὁ ἱλασμός ἐστιν.

If You, O Lord, should mark transgression, O Lord, who would stand? For there is forgiveness with You. [SAAS]

Προεορτάσωμεν λαοί, Χριστοῦ τὰ Γενέθλια, καὶ ἐπάραντες τὸν νοῦν, ἐπὶ τὴν Βηθλεὲμ ἀναχθῶμεν τῇ διανοίᾳ, καὶ κατίδωμεν τὴν Παρθένον, τοῖς ψυχικοῖς λογισμοῖς, ἐπειγομένην τίκτειν ἐν Σπηλαίῳ, τὸν τῶν ὅλων Κύριον καὶ Θεὸν ἡμῶν, οὗ Ἰωσὴφ κατιδὼν τῶν θαυμάτων τὸ μέγεθος, ἐδόκει ἄνθρωπον θεωρεῖν, ὡς βρέφος σπαργανούμενον, ὑπενόει δὲ ἐκ τῶν πραγμάτων, Θεὸν εἶναι ἀληθινόν, τὸν παρέχοντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν, τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Let us celebrate, people, ⁄ the Prefeast of Christ's Nativity! ⁄ Let us raise our minds on high, ⁄ in Spirit going up to Bethlehem. ⁄ With the eyes of our soul, let us behold the Virgin ⁄ as she hastens to the cave to give birth to the Lord and God of all. ⁄ When Joseph first saw the mighty wonder, ⁄ he thought that he saw only a human Child wrapped in swaddling clothes, ⁄ but from all that came to pass he discovered the Child to be the true God ⁄⁄ Who grants the world great mercy. [OCA]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος αʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

Ἕνεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός σου ὑπέμεινά σε, Κύριε, ὑπέμεινεν ἡ ψυχή μου εἰς τὸν λόγον σου. Ἤλπισεν ἡ ψυχή μου ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Because of Your law, O Lord, I waited for You; my soul waited for Your word. My soul hopes in the Lord. [SAAS]

Προεορτάσωμεν λαοί, Χριστοῦ τὰ Γενέθλια, καὶ ἐπάραντες τὸν νοῦν, ἐπὶ τὴν Βηθλεὲμ ἀναχθῶμεν τῇ διανοίᾳ, καὶ κατίδωμεν τὸ ἐν Σπηλαίῳ μέγα μυστήριον· ἤνοικται γὰρ ἡ Ἐδέμ, ἐκ Παρθένου ἁγνῆς Θεοῦ προερχομένου, ὑπάρχοντος τελείου τοῦ αὐτοῦ, ἐν Θεότητι καὶ ἀνθρωπότητι· διὸ κράξωμεν, Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, ὁ Πατὴρ ὁ Ἄναρχος, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, ὁ Υἱὸς ὁ σαρκωθείς, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, τὸ παράκλητον Πνεῦμα, Τριὰς Ἁγία δόξα σοι.

Let us celebrate, people, ⁄ the Prefeast of Christ's Nativity! ⁄ Let us raise our minds on high ⁄ in Spirit going up to Bethlehem. ⁄ Let us behold the great mystery in the cavern, ⁄ for Eden is opened once again, ⁄ when God comes forth from a pure Virgin, ⁄ remaining the same perfect God, and perfect Man. ⁄ Therefore, let us cry aloud to Him, ⁄ Holy God, Father without beginning, ⁄ Holy Mighty, incarnate Son, ⁄ Holy Immortal, the Spirit and Comforter, ⁄⁄ Holy Trinity, glory to You! [OCA]

Ἰδιόμελον. Ἦχος αʹ.

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

Ἀπὸ φυλακῆς πρωΐας μέχρι νυκτός· ἀπὸ φυλακῆς πρωΐας ἐλπισάτω Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

From the morning watch until night; from the morning watch until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. [SAAS]

Ἄκουε οὐρανέ, καὶ ἐνωτίζου ἡ γῆ· ἰδοὺ γὰρ ὁ Υἱὸς καὶ Λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Πατρός, πρόεισι τεχθῆναι, ἐκ κόρης ἀπειράνδρου, εὐδοκίᾳ τοῦ φύσαντος αὐτὸν ἀπαθῶς, καὶ συνεργείᾳ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος. Βηθλεὲμ εὐτρεπίζου, ἄνοιγε πύλην ἡ Ἐδέμ· ὅτι ὁ ὢν, γίνεται ὃ οὐκ ἦν, καὶ ὁ πλαστουργὸς πάσης κτίσεως διαπλάττεται, ὁ παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ, τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Listen, heaven, and give ear, O earth: ⁄ Behold the Son and Word of the Father ⁄ coming forth to be born of a maiden who has not known man ⁄ at the good pleasure of the Father Who begot Him before all ages. ⁄ He is conceived by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit; ⁄ Bethlehem, make ready; Eden, open your gates, ⁄ for He Who is comes to be that which He was not, ⁄ and He Who formed all creation takes the form of a man, ⁄⁄ granting the world great mercy. [OCA]

Τοῦ Ἁγίου.

For the Saint.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ὁ ἐξ ὑψίστου κληθείς.

Mode 4. When you were called.

Ὅτι παρὰ τῷ Κυρίῳ τὸ ἔλεος καὶ πολλὴ παρʼ αὐτῷ λύτρωσις, καὶ αὐτὸς λυτρώσεται τὸν Ἰσραὴλ ἐκ πασῶν τῶν ἀνομιῶν αὐτοῦ.

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption; and He shall redeem Israel from all his transgressions. [SAAS]

Ὁ Θεοφόρος καλούμενος ἀξίως, ὅτε ὁ Δεσπότης σε, μάκαρ, Ἰγνάτιε, ὡς συμπαθὴς ἠγκαλίσατο, φιλοσοφίας, τῆς ἀνωτάτω φαίνων τὰ δόγματα, τότε τὴν πολύφωτον αἴγλην εἰσδέδεξαι, καθάπερ σπόγγος τὰ νάματα ἐκ τῆς ἀβύσσου, τῶν φωτισμάτων ἀνιμησάμενος· ὅθεν κατʼ ἴχνος ἠκολούθησας, τῷ καλοῦντι Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ὃν ἱκέτευε σῶσαι, καὶ φωτίσαι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Blessed Ignatius, correctly called God-bearer, * when the sympathetic Master held you in His arms, * disclosing doctrines of heavenly knowledge and wisdom, * being the Logos incarnate on the earth, * then it was that you received the most effulgent light; * and like a sponge you fully absorbed, as from an ocean, * the divine waters illuminating you. * Later you followed in the steps of Him * who had called You to Him, namely Christ our God. * We entreat you to pray Him * to illumine us and save our souls. [GOASD]

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον, πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, ἐπαινέσατε αὐτόν, πάντες οἱ λαοί.

Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; praise Him, all you peoples. [SAAS]

Ὁ τετρωμένος ἀγάπῃ τῇ τελείᾳ, ὅτε ὁ πρηστήριος, ἔρως ἀνέφλεγε, σοῦ τὴν ψυχὴν ἱερώτατε, πρὸς τὸν Δεσπότην, σὲ κατεπείγων Πάτερ πορεύεσθαι, τότε τὸν ἀοίδιμον λόγον ἐβόησας· Σῖτος ὑπάρχω τοῦ Κτίσαντος, καὶ διʼ ὀδόντων, δεῖ με θηρίων πάντως ἀλήθεσθαι, ἵνα τῷ Λόγῳ καθαρώτατος, ἄρτος φανῶ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν· ὃν ἱκέτευε σῶσαι, καὶ φωτίσαι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Ignatius, wounded by love most pure and perfect, * when the thunderstorm of love exploded in your soul, * igniting you and inciting you, O sacred father, * to go to be with your Lord and Savior Christ, * then it was that you pronounced those memorable words, * "I am the wheat of my Maker God, and it is needful * that I be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, * that I be found to be the purest bread * of the Logos, the Lord, namely Christ my God." * We entreat you to pray Him * to illumine us and save our souls. [GOASD]

Ὅτι ἐκραταιώθη τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ Κυρίου μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

For His mercy rules over us; and the truth of the Lord endures forever. [SAAS]

Συνεσταυρώθης Χριστῷ Ἱεροφάντορ, ὅτε τὸν θεόπνευστον λόγον ἀνέκραξας· Ὁ ἐμὸς ἔρως ἐσταύρωται, καὶ κοινωνῆσαι, τούτῳ τοῦ πάθους λίαν ἐπείγομαι· ἐντεῦθεν Ἰγνάτιε, καθάπερ ἥλιος, ἀνατολῆς ἐξορμώμενος, ἐπὶ τὴν δύσιν, καταφωτίζων μάκαρ διέδραμες, καὶ βασιλείας διαδήματι, ἐκοσμήθης Χριστῷ προσαγόμενος· ὃν ἱκέτευε σῶσαι, καὶ φωτίσαι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Bishop and teacher, inspired by God, you uttered, * "My love has been crucified. Permit me to attain * to Jesus Christ and to imitate His holy passion"; * for you desired to be crucified with Him. * Then God deemed you worthy to be sent for from the east * unto the west, and much like the sun, along your journey, * blessed Ignatius, you radiated light. * And you were decorated with the crown * of the kingdom God and were brought to Christ. * We entreat you to pray Him * to illumine us and save our souls. [GOASD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Mode pl. 4.

Θεοφόρε Ἰγνάτιε, τὸν σὸν ἔρωτα Χριστὸν ἐνστερνισάμενος, μισθὸν ἐκομίσω, τῆς ἱερουργίας τοῦ Εὐαγγελίου τοῦ Χριστοῦ, τὸ τελειωθῆναι διʼ αἵματος· διὸ σῖτος γενόμενος τοῦ ἀθανάτου γεωργοῦ, δι ὀδόντων θηρίων ἠλέσθης, καὶ ἄρτος ἡδὺς αὐτῷ ἀνεδείχθης, πρέσβευε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν, Ἀθλητὰ μακάριε.

By embracing Christ as your love, you received a reward, ⁄ God-bearer Ignatius. ⁄ With your blood you sealed the priestly work of the gospel of Christ, ⁄ becoming the wheat of the immortal sower, ⁄ ground by the teeth of wild beasts, ⁄ you offer yourself as a loaf of sweet bread to Christ. ⁄⁄ Blessed passion-bearer, never cease to pray for us! [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Προεόρτιον.

Both now. For the Forefeast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Mode pl. 4.

Ὑπόδεξαι Βηθλεέμ, τὴν τοῦ Θεοῦ Μητρόπολιν· φῶς γὰρ τὸ ἄδυτον, ἐπὶ σὲ γεννῆσαι ἥκει. Ἄγγελοι θαυμάσατε ἐν οὐρανῷ, ἄνθρωποι δοξάσατε ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. Μάγοι ἐκ Περσίδος, τὸ τρισσόκλεον δῶρον προσκομίσατε. Ποιμένες ἀγραυλοῦντες, τὸν Τρισάγιον ὕμνον μελῳδήσατε. Πᾶσα πνοή, αἰνεσάτω τὸν Παντουργέτην.

O Bethlehem, welcome the Mother-city of God. For she is coming to give birth to the never-setting light. Angels in heaven, marvel; people on earth, give glory. Magi from Persia, bring your triply precious gift. Shepherds in the field, sing the Thrice-holy hymn. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord who does all things. [SD]

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν Εἴσοδον.

It is appropriate to stand for the Entrance.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

DEACON (in a low voice)

Τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Let us pray to the Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

ΕΥΧΗ ΤΗΕ ΕΙΣΟΔΟΥ

Entrance Prayer

Ἑσπέρας καὶ πρωῒ καὶ μεσημβρίας αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν, εὐχαριστοῦμεν καὶ δεόμεθά σου, Δέσποτα τῶν ἁπάντων, φιλάνθρωπε, Κύριε. Κατεύθυνον τὴν προσευχὴν ἡμῶν ὡς θυμίαμα ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ μὴ ἐκκλίνῃς τὰς καρδίας ἡμῶν εἰς λόγους ἢ εἰς λογισμοὺς πονηρίας, ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἐκ πάντων τῶν θηρευόντων τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν· ὅτι πρὸς σέ, Κύριε, Κύριε, οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν καὶ ἐπὶ σοὶ ἠλπίσαμεν· μὴ καταισχύνῃς ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν.

At nightfall, dawn and noon, we sing to You, we bless You, we give thanks to You, and we beseech You, Master of all, Lord and lover of mankind: guide our prayers aright as an offering of incense before You. Let not our hearts be led to wicked thoughts or words, but deliver us all from those who pursue our souls. For it is on You, Lord, Lord, that our eyes are fixed, and in You that we have our hope; do not put us to shame, O our God.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Σοφία. Ὀρθοί.

Wisdom. Arise.

ΚΛΗΡΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΣ

CLERGY AND PEOPLE

Ἦχος βʹ.

Mode 2.

Φῶς ἱλαρὸν ἁγίας δόξης ἀθανάτου Πατρός, οὐρανίου, ἁγίου, μάκαρος, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ἐλθόντες ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλίου δύσιν, ἰδόντες φῶς ἑσπερινόν, ὑμνοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Θεόν. Ἄξιόν σε ἐν πᾶσι καιροῖς ὑμνεῖσθαι φωναῖς αἰσίαις, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ζωὴν ὁ διδούς· * διὸ ὁ κόσμος σὲ δοξάζει.

Gladsome light of holy glory of the holy, blessed, heavenly, immortal Father, O Jesus Christ: arriving at the hour of sunset and having seen the evening light, we praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God. It is worthy for You to be praised at all times with happy voices, O Son of God and Giver of life; * and therefore the world glorifies You. [SD]

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἑσπέρας Προκείμενον.

The evening Prokeimenon.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Προκείμενον. Ἦχος δʹ.

Prokeimenon. Mode 4.

Κύριος εἰσακούσεταί μου, ἐν τῷ κεκραγέναι με πρὸς αὐτόν. (δίς)

The Lord will hear me when I cry to Him. (2) [SAAS]

Στίχ. Ἐν τῷ ἐπικαλεῖσθαί με εἰσήκουσάς μου, ὁ Θεὸς τῆς δικαιοσύνης μου, ἐν θλίψει ἐπλάτυνάς με.

Verse: You heard me when I called, O God of my righteousness. You strengthened my heart when I was in distress.

Κύριος εἰσακούσεταί μου, ἐν τῷ κεκραγέναι με πρὸς αὐτόν.

The Lord will hear me when I cry to Him.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Εἴπωμεν πάντες ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς διανοίας ἡμῶν εἴπωμεν.

Let us all say with all our soul and with all our mind, let us all say.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Κύριε παντοκράτορ ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, δεόμεθά σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

Lord almighty, God of our fathers, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς ὁ Θεὸς κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός 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 Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (τοῦ δεῖνος).

Again we pray for our Archbishop (name).

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

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

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, ἱεροδιακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν, καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

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

( 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 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 ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀοιδίμων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης, καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς κειμένων καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ ὀρθοδόξων.

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.

( 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. )

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

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. )

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν τῆς εὐχῆς.

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of prayer.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Καταξίωσον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ ἑσπέρᾳ ταύτῃ, ἀναμαρτήτους φυλαχθῆναι ἡμᾶς. Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετὸν καὶ δεδοξασμένον τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Ἀμήν. Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς, καθάπερ ἠλπίσαμεν ἐπὶ σέ. Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου. Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Δέσποτα, συνέτισόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου. Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, ἅγιε, φώτισόν με τοῖς δικαιώμασί σου. Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· τὰ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν σου μὴ παρίδῃς. Σοὶ πρέπει αἶνος, σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος, σοὶ δόξα πρέπει, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

O Lord, keep us this evening without sin. Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is your name to the ages. Amen. O Lord, let your mercy be upon us for we have set our hope in you. Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are you, Master, grant me understanding of your commandments. Blessed are you, Holy One, enlighten me with your commandments. Lord, your mercy is forever. Do not despise the works of your hands. To you is due praise, to you is due song, to you is due glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. [HC]

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑσπερινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our evening prayer to the Lord.

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

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

( Κύριε, ἐλέησον. )

( Lord, have mercy. )

Τὴν ἑσπέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι, παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

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

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικά, καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

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.

( Παράσχου, Κύριε. )

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

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.

( Σοί, Κύριε. )

( To You, O Lord. )

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Ὅτι ἀγαθὸς 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, O God, are good and love mankind, and to You we offer 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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Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

( Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου. )

( And with your spirit. )

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Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνωμεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( Σοί, Κύριε. )

( To You, O Lord. )

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Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ κλῖνας οὐρανοὺς καὶ καταβὰς ἐπὶ σωτηρίᾳ τοῦ γένους τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἔπιδε ἐπί τοὺς δούλους σου καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν κληρονομίαν σου· σοὶ γὰρ τῷ φοβερῷ καὶ φιλανθρώπῳ κριτῇ οἱ σοὶ δοῦλοι ὑπέκλιναν τὰς κεφαλάς, τοὺς δὲ αὐτῶν ὑπέταξαν αὐχένας, οὐ τὴν ἐξ ἀνθρώπων ἀναμένοντες βοήθειαν, ἀλλὰ τὸ σὸν περιμένοντες ἔλεος καὶ τὴν σὴν ἀπεκδεχόμενοι σωτηρίαν· οὓς διαφύλαξον ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ καὶ κατὰ τὴν παροῦσαν ἑσπέραν καὶ τὴν προσιοῦσαν νύκτα, ἀπὸ παντὸς ἐχθροῦ, ἀπὸ πάσης ἀντικειμένης ἐνεργείας διαβολικῆς, καὶ διαλογισμῶν ματαίων καὶ ἐνθυμήσεων πονηρῶν.

Lord our God, You inclined the heavens and descended for the salvation of humankind. Look on Your servants and Your inheritance. For they have bowed their heads and bent their necks to You the awesome yet compassionate Judge, not looking for human help but awaiting Your mercy and in expectation of Your redemption. Preserve them at all times and during this evening and the impending night, from every enemy, from all opposing demonic activity, from vain thoughts and evil dreams.

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Εἴη τὸ κράτος τῆς βασιλείας σου εὐλογημένον καὶ δεδοξασμένον, τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ, καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεἰ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Blessed and glorified be the majesty of Your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

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Ἀπόστιχα τῆς Ἑορτῆς.

Aposticha of the Feast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἰδιόμελον Αʹ. Ἦχος βʹ.

Idiomelon 1. Mode 2.

Βηθλεὲμ γῆ, Ἰούδα, τὸ κατὰ σάρκα πολίτευμα, φαιδρῶς εὐτρέπισον τὸ θεῖον Σπήλαιον, ἐν ᾧ Θεὸς σαρκὶ τίκτεται, ἐξ ἀπειράνδρου ἁγίας Παρθένου, εἰς τὸ σῶσαι τὸ γένος ἡμῶν.

Bethlehem, land of Judah, ⁄ prepare the divine cavern ⁄ as a dwelling for God to be born in the flesh ⁄ from a Virgin who knew not a man ⁄⁄ to save the human race. [OCA]

Ἰδιόμελον Βʹ. Ἦχος βʹ.

Idiomelon 2. Mode 2.

Στίχ. Ὁ Θεὸς ἀπὸ Θαιμὰν ἥξει, καὶ ὁ Ἅγιος ἐξ ὄρους κατασκίου δασέος.

Verse: God will come from Teman, the Holy One from the mount of shaded leafy trees. [SAAS]

Δεῦτε ἅπαντες, Χριστοῦ τὰ Γενέθλια, πιστῶς προεορτάσωμεν, καὶ νοητῶς τὸν ὕμνον, ὡς ἀστέρα προβαλλόμενοι, μαγικὰς δοξολογίας, μετὰ Ποιμένων βοήσωμεν· Ἦλθεν ἡ σωτηρία τῶν βροτῶν, ἐκ παρθενικῆς νηδύος, πιστοὺς ἀνακαλέσασθαι.

Come, all you faithful, ⁄ begin the celebration: ⁄ Sing with the Magi and shepherds: ⁄ Salvation comes from the Virgin's womb, ⁄⁄ recalling the faithful to life! [OCA]

Ἰδιόμελον Γʹ. Ἦχος βʹ.

Idiomelon 3. Mode 2.

Στίχ. Κύριε, εἰσακήκοα τὴν ἀκοήν σου, καὶ ἐφοβήθην, Κύριε, κατενόησα τὰ ἔργα σου, καὶ ἐξέστην.

Verse: Lord, I have heard Your report and was afraid; I considered Your works and was greatly astonished. [SAAS]

Οἶκος τοῦ Ἐφραθᾶ, ἡ Πόλις ἡ ἁγία, τῶν Προφητῶν ἡ δόξα, εὐτρέπισον τὸν οἶκον, ἐν ᾧ τὸ θεῖον τίκτεται.

O House of Ephratha, * the city that is holy, * the glory of the Prophets, * prepare your house, for therein * the Virgin will give birth to God. [SD]

Δόξα. Τοῦ Ἁγίου.

Glory. For the Saint.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος αʹ.

Mode 1.

Ὢ τῆς στεῤῥᾶς καὶ ἀδαμαντίνου σου ψυχῆς, ἀξιομακάριστε Ἰγνάτιε! σὺ γὰρ πρὸς τὸν ὄντως σὸν ἐραστήν, ἀνένδοτον ἔχων τὴν ἔφεσιν, ἔλεγες· Οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν ἐμοὶ πῦρ φιλόϋλον, ὕδωρ δὲ μᾶλλον ζῶν, καὶ λαλοῦν ἐν ἐμοί, ἔνδοθέν μοι λέγον· Δεῦρο πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα· ὅθεν θείῳ Πνεύματι πυρπολούμενος, θῆρας ἠρέθισας κόσμου σε θᾶττον χωρίσαι, καὶ πρὸς τὸν ποθούμενον παραπέμψαι Χριστόν· ὃν ἱκέτευε, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Blessed Ignatius, ⁄ your soul was strong and hard as a stone! ⁄ You cried to your beloved Christ in great longing: ⁄ It is not a material fire burning within me, ⁄ but the voice of the living water dwelling within my heart, ⁄ continually crying, come to the Father. ⁄ Therefore in your desire to be with Christ, ⁄ inflamed with the Holy Spirit, ⁄ you urged the beasts to speedily take you from this world.// Never cease to pray for the salvation of our souls! [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν. Προεόρτιον.

Both now. For the Forefeast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος βʹ.

Mode 2.

Ἰδοὺ καιρὸς ἤγγικε τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν· εὐτρεπίζου Σπήλαιον, ἡ Παρθένος ἐγγίζει τοῦ τεκεῖν· Βηθλεὲμ γῆ Ἰούδα, τέρπου καὶ ἀγάλλου, ὅτι ἐκ σοῦ ἀνατέταλκεν ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν. Ἀκούσατε ὄρη καὶ βουνοί, καὶ τὰ περίχωρα τῆς Ἰουδαίας· ὅτι ἔρχεται Χριστός, ἵνα σώσῃ ὃν ἔπλασεν ἄνθρωπον, ὡς φιλάνθρωπος.

Behold, the time of our salvation is at hand. Prepare yourself, O Grotto; the Virgin is close to giving birth. Bethlehem, land of Judah, rejoice and be glad, for our Lord has risen from you. Listen, O mountains and hills, and the region around Judea, for Christ is coming to save man whom He created, in His love for humanity. [SD]

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν τῶν εὐχῶν.

It is appropriate to stand for the reading of prayers

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ᾨδὴν τοῦ Θεοδόχου Συμεών.

Song of Simeon.

Νῦν ἀπολύεις τὸν δοῦλόν σου, Δέσποτα, κατὰ τὸ ῥῆμά σου, ἐν εἰρήνῃ· ὅτι εἶδον οἱ ὀφθαλμοί μου τὸ σωτήριόν σου, ὃ ἡτοίμασας κατὰ πρόσωπον πάντων τῶν λαῶν· φῶς εἰς ἀποκάλυψιν ἐθνῶν, καὶ δόξαν λαοῦ σου Ἰσραήλ.

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples. A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. [NKJV]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Κανὼν Τριῴδιον Προεόρτιον

Three-ode Canon of the Forefeast

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ᾨδὴ αʹ.

Ode i.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος βʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Τῷ τὴν ἄβατον, κυμαινομένην θάλασσαν, θείῳ αὐτοῦ προστάγματι, ἀναξηράναντι, καὶ πεζεῦσαι διʼ αὐτῆς, τὸν Ἰσραηλίτην λαὸν καθοδηγήσαντι, Κυρίῳ ἄσωμεν· ἐνδόξως γὰρ δεδόξασται. (δίς)

Let us sing to the Lord, who dried up the impassable * surging waters of the Sea by His divine command, * and who also led the way * for the chosen people of Israel to cross on foot. * Come let us sing to Him, for He is greatly glorified. (2) [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ἡ ἀπόῤῥητος, Λόγου Θεοῦ κατάβασις, ὅπερ αὐτὸς θεάνθρωπος, Χριστὸς γινώσκεται, τὸ Θεὸς οὐχ ἁρπαγμόν, εἶναι ἡγησάμενος, ἔρχεται δούλου μορφήν, ἀναδεξόμενος, Κόρης ἐξ ἁγνῆς θεόπαιδος.

The ineffable descent of the Word of God ⁄ reveals Him as the Christ, both God and Man. ⁄ He comes forth from a pure maiden, ⁄ assuming the form of a servant, ⁄ for He thought it not robbery to be called God. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Διακονῆσαι, Χριστὸς ἑκὼν προέρχεται, οὗ τὴν μορφὴν ὁ πλαστουργὸς νῦν ὑποδύεται, τῷ πτωχεύσαντι Ἀδάμ, ὁ πλουτῶν θεότητι, ξένην ἀνάπλασιν, καὶ ἀναγέννησιν, ὡς εὔσπλαγχνος δωρούμενος.

Christ comes willingly to serve us; ⁄ the Creator puts on the form of a creature. ⁄ He who is rich in divine mercy ⁄ bestows upon needy Adam a new creation and birth. [OCA]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ᾨδὴ ηʹ.

Ode viii.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος βʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Ἔφριξε παίδων εὐαγῶν, τὸ ὁμόστολον ψυχῆς ἄσπιλον σῶμα, καὶ εἶξε τὸ τραφέν, ἐν ἀπείρῳ ὕλῃ, ἀκάματον πῦρ. Ἀειζώου δὲ ἐκμαρανθείσης φλογός, διαιωνίζων ὕμνος ἀνεμέλπετο. Τὸν Κύριον πάντα τὰ ἔργα ὑμνεῖτε, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας. (δίς)

Fed with unending fuel, the fire * that wearied not shuddered at the spotless bodies, * adorned as were the souls, * of the pious Servants and yielded to them. * When the ever-living flame had shrunken away, * they sang the hymn that henceforth was immortalized: * O bless the Lord, all you His works, and sing a hymn to Him, * and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages. (2) [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ὑμᾶς μου πάντας συγγενεῖς, ἄρτι θήσομαι, εἰ τὰς ἐμὰς ἐντολὰς τηρήσετε, φησὶν ὁ Χριστὸς ἀνθρώποις, ἐκ μήτρας Ἁγνῆς, προερχόμενος· οἷς τὴν εἰρήνην διδούς, τὰ ταπεινὰ φρονεῖν νῦν ὑποτίθεται, καὶ Κύριον γινώσκειν τοῦτον καὶ ψάλλειν· Σὲ ὑπερυψοῦμεν, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

If you keep My commandments, you are My brothers, said Christ; ⁄ He proceeds from the womb of the Pure One giving peace to all. ⁄ He appears in humility, teaching all to recognize Him as Lord, ⁄ blessing Him throughout all ages. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Τάξεως ἔμπαλιν ἐν σοί, σαρκικῆς ἐστιν ὁ τόκος Λόγε Θεοῦ· οὐχ αἷμα γὰρ καὶ σάρξ, σὴν Ἁγίαν σάρκα συνίστησιν, ἀλλὰ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου παρουσία, καὶ τοῦ Ὑψίστου θεία ἐπισκίασις· καὶ Κύριον γινώσκοντές σε ὑμνοῦμεν, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦμεν, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Word, made flesh contrary to Your nature, ⁄ Your holy Mother provides a body for You, ⁄ not by the will of flesh and blood, ⁄ but by the coming of the Holy Spirit ⁄ and the overshadowing of the Most High. ⁄ Knowing this, we praise You, O Lord, ⁄ blessing You throughout all ages. [OCA]

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

ᾨδὴ θʹ.

Ode ix.

Ὁ Εἱρμός. Ἦχος βʹ.

Heirmos. Mode 2.

Ἐμεγάλυνας Χριστέ, τὴν τεκοῦσάν σε Θεοτόκον, ἀφʼ ἧς ὁ πλάστης ἡμῶν, ὁμοιοπαθὲς περιέθου σῶμα, τὸ τῶν ἡμετέρων λυτήριον ἀγνοημάτων. Ταύτην μακαρίζοντες, πᾶσαι γενεαὶ σὲ μεγαλύνομεν. (δίς)

You have magnified, O Christ, * the Theotokos who bore You. * From her You donned a body * susceptible to passion like ours, O Maker; * it delivers us from the ignorance of our offenses. * All our generations call her blessed, and we magnify You. (2) [SD]

Δόξα.

Glory.

Ῥύπον πάντα ἐμπαθῆ, ἀπωσάμενοι ἐπαξίως, τῆς παρουσίας Χριστοῦ, γνώμην ἀναλάβωμεν ἔμφρονα· καὶ γὰρ ἀῤῥυπάρως προέρχεται σάρκα φορέσαι, καὶ πᾶσι δωρήσασθαι, θείαν διὰ Πνεύματος ἀνάπλασιν.

Let us reject the corruption of the passions, ⁄ awaiting the visitation of Christ. ⁄ Let us come to our senses and receive knowledge: ⁄ the gift of the undefiled Lord who comes to be clothed in our flesh, ⁄ refashioning us in Godliness. [OCA]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἀφορῶντες εἰς Χριστόν, ταπεινούμενον ὑψωθῶμεν, ἐκ χαμαιζήλων παθῶν, ζήλῳ δὲ καλῷ μὴ φρονεῖν ὑψηλά, πίστει παιδευθέντες, ἐν πνεύματι ταπεινωθῶμεν· ὅπως τὸν τικτόμενον, ἐν ὑψοποιοῖς ἔργοις ὑψώσωμεν.

Beholding Christ, let us be exalted through humility; ⁄ let us abandon earthly passions with zeal for good; ⁄ let us learn through faith not to be proud of heart; ⁄ let us humiliate ourselves in Spirit, ⁄ that by good deeds we may exalt Him who comes to be born. [OCA]

Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Heirmos.

Ἐμεγάλυνας Χριστέ, τὴν τεκοῦσάν σε Θεοτόκον, ἀφʼ ἧς ὁ πλάστης ἡμῶν, ὁμοιοπαθὲς περιέθου σῶμα, τὸ τῶν ἡμετέρων λυτήριον ἀγνοημάτων. Ταύτην μακαρίζοντες, πᾶσαι γενεαὶ σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

You have magnified, O Christ, * the Theotokos who bore You. * From her You donned a body * susceptible to passion like ours, O Maker; * it delivers us from the ignorance of our offenses. * All our generations call her blessed, and we magnify You. [SD]

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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 ῥῦσαι 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.

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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 Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

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Ἀπολυτίκιον. Προεόρτιον.

Apolytikion. For the Forefeast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἑτοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ, ἤνοικται πᾶσιν ἡ Ἐδέμ. Εὐτρεπίζου Ἐφραθᾶ, ὅτι τὸ ξύλον τῆς ζωῆς, ἐν τῷ Σπηλαίῳ ἐξήνθησεν ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου. Παράδεισος καὶ γάρ, ἡ ἐκείνης γαστήρ, ἐδείχθη νοητός, ἐν ᾧ τὸ θεῖον φυτόν, ἐξ οὗ φαγόντες ζήσομεν, οὐχὶ δὲ ὡς ὁ Ἀδὰμ τεθνηξόμεθα. Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, τὴν πρὶν πεσοῦσαν, ἀναστήσων εἰκόνα.

O Bethlehem, prepare, Eden is opened unto all. * And be ready, Ephrata, for the Tree of life * has in the grotto blossomed forth from the Virgin. * Indeed her womb is shown to be spiritually * a Paradise, in which is found the God-planted Tree. * And if we eat from it we shall live, and shall not die, as did Adam of old. * Christ is born, so that He might raise up * the formerly fallen image. [SD]

Δόξα. Τοῦ Ἁγίου.

Glory. For the Saint.

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Καὶ τρόπων μέτοχος, καὶ θρόνων διάδοχος, τῶν Ἀποστόλων γενόμενος, τὴν πρᾶξιν εὗρες Θεόπνευστε, εἰς θεωρίας ἐπίβασιν· διὰ τοῦτο τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας ὀρθοτομῶν, καὶ τῇ πίστει ἐνήθλησας μέχρις αἵματος, Ἱερομάρτυς Ἰγνάτιε, πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Becoming a partner with the Apostles in way of life and successor to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint, in the active life you found an entrance to contemplation. Hence you rightly expounded the word of truth, and you shed your blood in struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God, beseeching Him to save our souls. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν.

Both now.

Ἀπολυτίκιον. Προεόρτιον.

Apolytikion. For the Forefeast.

Τοῦ Μηναίου - - -

From Menaion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Ἑτοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ, ἤνοικται πᾶσιν ἡ Ἐδέμ. Εὐτρεπίζου Ἐφραθᾶ, ὅτι τὸ ξύλον τῆς ζωῆς, ἐν τῷ Σπηλαίῳ ἐξήνθησεν ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου. Παράδεισος καὶ γάρ, ἡ ἐκείνης γαστήρ, ἐδείχθη νοητός, ἐν ᾧ τὸ θεῖον φυτόν, ἐξ οὗ φαγόντες ζήσομεν, οὐχὶ δὲ ὡς ὁ Ἀδὰμ τεθνηξόμεθα. Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, τὴν πρὶν πεσοῦσαν, ἀναστήσων εἰκόνα.

O Bethlehem, prepare, Eden is opened unto all. * And be ready, Ephrata, for the Tree of life * has in the grotto blossomed forth from the Virgin. * Indeed her womb is shown to be spiritually * a Paradise, in which is found the God-planted Tree. * And if we eat from it we shall live, and shall not die, as did Adam of old. * Christ is born, so that He might raise up * the formerly fallen image. [SD]

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

( Εὐλόγησον. )

( Father, bless! )

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητός, Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, πάντοτε, νῦν, καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. ( Ἀμήν. )

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

ΠΡΟΕΣΤΩΣ ἢ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

HIERARCH or READER

Στερεώσαι Κύριος ὁ Θεός τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Μεγάλῃ Ἐκκλησίᾳ, τῇ ἱερᾷ ἡμῶν Ἀρχιεπισκοπῇ, [τῇ ἱερᾷ Μητροπόλει ταύτῃ] καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

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..

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Δόξα σοι, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, O Christ 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 τοῦ ἁγίου ἐνδόξου Ἱερομάρτυρος Ἰγνατίου τοῦ Θεοφόρου, οὗ καὶ τὴν μνήμην ἐπιτελοῦμεν· καὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων, ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος καὶ ἐλεήμων Θεός.

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 the holy and glorious hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, whose memory we are observing; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and merciful and loves mankind.

Διʼ 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. )