Prayers of the Church

Prayers of the Church

Prayer for the Departed

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For the Departed

O God of spirits and of all flesh,
Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil,
and given life to Thy world,
do Thou, the same Lord,
give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness,
a place of refreshment,
a place of repose,
where all sickness, sighing,
and sorrow have fled away.
Pardon every transgression which they have committed,
whether by word or deed or thought.
For Thou art a good God and loves mankind;
because there is no man who lives yet does not sin,
for Thou only art without sin,
Thy righteousness is to all eternity,
and Thy word is truth.

For Thou are the Resurrection, the Life,
and the Repose of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God,
and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father,
who is from everlasting,
and Thine all-holy,
and life-creating Spirit,
now and ever unto ages of ages.

Prayer for the Sick

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For the Sick

O Christ, Who alone art our Defender:
Visit and heal Thy suffering servant _____________,
delivering him (her) from sickness and grievous pains.
Raise him (her) up that he (she) may sing to Thee and praise Thee without ceasing,
through the prayers of the Theotokos,
O Thou Who alone loves mankind.

More Prayers for the Sick

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies,
You Who put down and raise up,
Who chastise and heal also;
do You now, in Your great mercy, visit our brother (our sister) (Name),
who is sick.
Stretch forth Your hand that is full of healing and health,
and get him (her) up from his (her) bed, and cure him (her) of his (her) illness.
Put away from him (her) the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which he (she) is bound;
and if he (she) has sins and transgressions, grant to him (her) remission and forgiveness, in that You love mankind;
yea, Lord my God, pity Your creation,
through the compassions of Your Only-Begotten Son,
together with Your All-Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit,
with Whom You are blessed, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord our God,
Who by word alone did heal all diseases,
Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter,
You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness;
Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity,
do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant (Name)
and cure him (her) of every sickness of which he (she) is grieved;
lift him (her) up from his (her) bed of pain, and send down upon him (her) Your great mercy,
and if it be Your Will, give to him (her) health and a complete recovery;
for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies,
and to You do we send up Glory:
to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit,
both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Hymn to the Theotokos

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Hymn to the Theotokos

From the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:

It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos,
ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim,
without defilement you gave birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos we magnify you!

From the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great:

All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace,
the ranks of Angels and the human race;
hallowed Temple and spiritual Paradise, glory of Virgins;
from you God was incarnate,
and He, who is our God before the ages, became a little child.
for He made your body a throne
and made your womb more spacious than the heavens.
All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace;
glory to you!

Paschal Cycle

Palm Sunday

(Tone 4)
God the Lord hath appeared unto us;
let us celebrate the Feast, and let us rejoice and magnify Christ;
and with palms and branches let us raise our voices unto Him with praise, saying,
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord our Saviour.

Holy Pascha:

(Tone 1)
The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace:
Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say:
Rejoice, your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

The Ascension

(Tone 5)

In unison we believers do magnify thee,
because thou didst give birth in time to the
Word not bound by time;
and in manner transcending every mind and utterance, thou
became the Theotokos.

Pentecost Sunday

(Tone 7)

O Mother that hath known no man, thou didst conceive, not experiencing corruption,
lending a body to the Word,
the Creator of all, becoming a receptacle to thine insupportable Creator,
a dwelling-place to thine incomprehensible Maker.
Wherefore, O virgin Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Festal Cycle

The Nativity of the Most-holy Theotokos

September 8th (Tone 8)

Verily, virginity, O Theotokos, is impossible for a mother,
as birth-giving is impossible for virgins.
Yet in thee hath the dispensation of both been accomplished.
Wherefore, all we families of the earth ceaselessly bless thee.

The Universal Exaltation (Elevation) of the Life-giving Cross

September 14th (Tone 8)

Thou art the mystical paradise,
O Theotokos; for that thou, being untilled, didst bud forth Christ,
by whom was planted on earth the life-giving tree of the Cross.
Wherefore, as we adore it being elevated, we magnify thee.

The Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 21st (Tone 4)

The Angels beholding the entrance of the all-pure one were overtaken by surprise;
how hath the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies?
Since thou art a living temple of God, O Theotokos, no impure hand shall touch thee.
But the lips of believers,
let them ceaselessly laud thee, crying unto thee joyfully with the voice of the angels,
Verily, O undefiled Virgin, thou art more exalted than all creatures.

The Nativity of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

December 25th (Tone 1)

Magnify, O my soul,
her who is more honorable and more exalted in glory than the heavenly hosts.
I behold a strange and wonderful mystery:
the cave a heaven, the Virgin a cherubic throne,
and the manger a noble place in which hath lain Christ the uncontained God.
Let us, therefore, praise and magnify Him.

The Circumcision of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

January 1th (Tone 8)

In thee rejoiceth all creation,
O thou who are full of grace,
the Hierarchy of the angels, and the mankind,
O consecrated temple and paradise endowed with speech,
glory of virginity, of whom God, who is our God before the ages,
was incarnate and became a little child.
For he made thy womb a throne,
and thy belly did He make more spacious than the heavens.
In thee doth all creation rejoice,
O thou who are full of grace, and it glorifieth thee.

The Theophany (Epiphany) of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

January 6th (Tone 2)

Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable,
and more exalted than the heavenly hosts.
Verily, all tongues are at a loss to praise thee properly;
and every mind, even though transcending the world,
is distracted in thy praise, O Theotokos.
But because thou art good, accept our faith,
having known our divine longing.
Wherefore, since thou art the aider of Christians, we do magnify thee.

The Meeting of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

February 2nd (Tone 3)

Keep thou, Theotokos
Them who thy succour seek;
Preserve them from life's harms, Thy servants true and meek.
Let us magnify, O believers, the first-born Son, the eternal Word of the Father,
Firstborn of a Mother who knew no man;
for we have beheld in the shadow of the Law and the Scriptures a sign,
that every first-born male that openeth the womb is called holy to God.

The Annunciation to the Most-holy Theotokos

March 25th (Tone 4)

Receive, O earth, the glad tidings of great joy,
and ye heavens, praise the glory of God.
The Theotokos, being the living tabernacle of God,
shall never be touched by an unclean hand.
But the lips of believers shall sing unto her ceaselessly with the voice of angels,
crying joyfully, Hail, O full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

August 6th (Tone 8)

Now hath been heard that which had never been heard before;
for the Son, Who is from the Virgin without father,
hath been testified to in glory by the voice of the Father;
for He Himself is God and Man together unto the end of ages.

The Dormition of the Most-holy Theotokos

August 15th (Tone 1)

All generations bless thee, O thou only Theotokos.
In thee, O spotless Virgin, the laws of nature were suspended;
for thy virginity was preserved in thy child-bearing, and Life is joined with death.
Thou, O Theotokos, didst remain a Virgin after child-birth,
and after death art still alive and dost ever deliver Thine heritage.

Prayer at Meals

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Before Meals:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Lord, have mercy. (3x)

O Christ our God, bless the food, drink, and fellowship of Thy servants, for Thou art holy always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

After Meals:

We give thanks to Thee, O Christ our God, that Thou hast satisfied us with Thy earthly blessings; deprive us not also of Thy Heavenly Kingdom. As Thou didst come to Thy disciples and didst grant them peace; so come to us and save us, O Savior.

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Blessed is God, Who has fed and nourished us with His bountiful gifts by His grace and compassion always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Jesus Prayer

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The Jesus Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Prayer to One's Guardian Angel

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To One's Guardian Angel:

O Holy Angel,
keeping guard over my wretched soul and my passionate life,
do not forsake me, a sinner,
nor depart from me because of my incontinence.
Do not give the evil enemy room to overcome me by force of this mortal body.
Strengthen my weak and feeble hand, and set me on the way of salvation.
Yea, O Holy Angel of God, guardian and protector of my wretched soul and body,
forgive me everything by which I have offended you all the days of my life,
and even what I have done this past night;
protect me during this day,
and guard me from every temptation of the enemy,
that I may not anger God by any sin.
Pray to the Lord for me,
that He may confirm me in His fear and prove me a worthy servant of His goodness.

Prayer at Holy Communion

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Before Receiving Holy Communion:

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first.
I believe also that this is truly Thine own pure Body, and that this is truly Thine own precious Blood.
Therefore I pray Thee: have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, of knowledge and of ignorance.
And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting. Amen.

Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant;
for I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss;
but like the thief will I confess Thee: Remember me, O Lord in Thy Kingdom.

May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body. Amen.

After Receiving Holy Communion:

I thank Thee, O Lord my God, for Thou hast not rejected me, a sinner, but hast made me worthy to be a partaker of Thy Holy Things.
I thank Thee, for Thou hast permitted me, the unworthy, to commune of Thy most pure and Heavenly, Gifts.
But, O Master Who loves mankind, Who for our sakes didst die and rise again, and gives us these awesome and life-creating Mysteries for the good and sanctification of our souls and bodies;
let them be for the healing of our soul and body, the repelling of every adversary, the illumining of the eyes of my heart, the peace of my spiritual power, a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned, the fulfilling of wisdom, the observing of Thy commandments, the receiving of Thy divine grace, and the attaining of Thy Kingdom.
Preserved by them in Thy holiness, may I always remember Thy grace and live not for myself alone, but for Thee, our Master and Benefactor.
May I pass from this life in the hope of eternal life, and so attain to the everlasting rest, where the voice of those who feast is unceasing, and the gladness of those who behold the goodness of Thy countenance is unending.
For Thou art the true desire and the ineffable joy of those who love Thee, O Christ our God, and all creation sings Thy praise forever. Amen.


  • Troparia and Kontakia

    Short hymns sung after the small entrance at Divine Liturgy. For Sundays the subject is the Holy Resurrection; a different hymn for each of the Eight Tones. Every feast has its particular hymn describing the event or the virtues of the saint. Also there are hymns giving in an abbreviated form the substance of the day's feast.  Originally, this was a hymn composed of many stanza (18-24) whose lengthy text required the use of a scroll. What remains today are short preliminary stanzas that give a concise meaning to the feast being celebrated.  These hymns are also sung following the Sixth Ode in Matins, and during the Hours.

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  • Orthodox Psalter

    Daily Readings from the Orthodox Psalter

    The Psalter is divided into 20 kathismata of three stases. Each stasis contains between one and three psalms. Except Kathisma 17, it is entirely the long Psalm 118.

    Each of the divine services contain fixed portions of the Psalter that are read or chanted each time the service is celebrated. In addition, certain services of the Daily Cycle contain prescribed kathisma readings. These prescribed readings rotate daily so that the Psalter is read through once in its entirety in single week, and twice during Great Lent. (The Psalter is not read on Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, or during Bright Week.) 


    Day Psalter Readings  Except Lent During Lent 
    Holy Week
    St. Thomas Sun. to Sept. 21

    Dec. 20 to Jan. 14

    Sun. of Prodigal  to
    Sun. of Forgiveness
    Sept. 22 to Dec. 19

    Jan. 15 to Sat. before
    Sun. of Prodigal
     Except for Fifth Week  5th week
    If Annunciation does not fall on Thursday of week 5
    (the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
    is read on Thursday Matins)

     5th week
    If Annunciation falls on Thursday of week 5

    (the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
    is read on Tuesday Matins)

    Sunday Matins - Kathisma 2, 3, 17(or Polyeleos) Matins - Kathisma 2, 3, Polyeleos
    Monday Matins - Kathisma 4,5
    Vespers - Kathisma 6
     Matins - Kathisma 4,5,6
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 4,5,6
    Third Hour - Kathisma 7
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 8
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 9
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 4,5,6
    Third Hour - Kathisma 7
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 8
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 9
    Vespers - Kathisma 10
    Matins - Kathisma 4,5,6
    First  Hour - Kathisma 7
    Third Hour - Kathisma 8
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 9
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 10
    Vespers - Kathisma 11

    Matins - Kathisma 4, 5, 6
    Third Hour - Kathisma 7
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 8
    Vespers - Kathisma 18

    Tuesday Matins - Kathisma 7,8
    Vespers - Kathisma 9
    Matins - Kathisma 7,8,9
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 10,11,12
    First Hour - Kathisma 13
    Third Hour - Kathisma 14
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 15
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 16
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 11, 12, 13
    First  Hour - Kathisma 14
    Third Hour - Kathisma 15
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 16
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 18
    Vespers - Kathisma 19
    Matins - Kathisma 12
    Third Hour - Kathisma 13
    Sixth Hour
    - Kathisma 14
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 15
    Vespers - Kathisma 16
    Matins - Kathisma 9 10, 11
    Third Hour - Kathisma 12
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 13
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Wednesday Matins - Kathisma 10,11
    Vespers - Kathisma 12
     Matins - Kathisma 10,11,12
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 19,20,1
    First Hour - Kathisma 2
    Third Hour - Kathisma 3
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 4
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
     Matins - Kathisma 20, 1, 2
    First  Hour - Kathisma 3
    Third Hour - Kathisma 4
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 6
    Vespers - Kathisma 7
     Matins - Kathisma 19, 20, 1
    First  Hour - Kathisma 2
    Third Hour - Kathisma 3
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 4
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Matins - Kathisma 14, 15, 16
    Third Hour - Kathisma 19
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Thursday Matins - Kathisma 13,14
    Vespers - Kathisma 15
     Matins - Kathisma 13,14,15
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 6,7,8
    First Hour - Kathisma 9
    Third Hour - Kathisma 10
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 12
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
     Matins - Kathisma 8
    Third Hour - Kathisma 9
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 10
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Vespers - Kathisma 12
    Matins - Kathisma 6, 7, 8
    First  Hour - Kathisma 9
    Third Hour - Kathisma 10
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 12
    Friday Matins - Kathisma 19,20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 13,14,15
    Third Hour - Kathisma 19
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Saturday Matins - Kathisma 16,17
    Vespers - Kathisma 1
     Matins - Kathisma 17
     See Also: Psalms Chanted in the Services, Psalms in Antiphons, Psalms in Communion Hymns, Psalms in Prokeimenon and Alleluia Verses 
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  • Canticles (or Odes)

    There are nine Biblical Canticles that are chanted at Matins These form the basis of the Canon, a major component of Matins.

    The nine Canticles are as follows:

    • Canticle One - The (First) Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-19)
    • Canticle Two - The (Second) Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-43)
    • Canticle Three - The Prayer of Hannah (I Kings 2:1-10) KJV: 1+Samuel 2:1-10
    • Canticle Four - The Prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
    • Canticle Five - The Prayer of Isaiah (Isaiah 26:9-20)
    • Canticle Six - The Prayer of Jonah (Jonah 2:2-9)
    • Canticle Seven - The Prayer of the Three Holy Children (Daniel 3:26-56)
    • Canticle Eight - The Song of the Three Holy Children (Daniel 3:57-88)
    • Canticle Nine - The Song of the Theotokos (the Magnificat: Luke 1:46-55); the Song of Zacharias (the Benedictus Luke 1:68-79)

    Originally, these Canticles were chanted in their entirety every day, with a short refrain inserted between each verse. Eventually, short verses (troparia) were composed to replace these refrains, a process traditionally inaugurated by Saint Andrew of Crete. Gradually over the centuries, the verses of the Biblical Canticles were omitted (except for the Magnificat) and only the composed troparia were read, linked to the original canticles by an Irmos. During Great Lent however, the original Biblical Canticles are still read.

    Another Biblical Canticle, the The Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32), is either read or sung at Vespers.

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  • Text of Prayers

    In the Orthodox Church it is said that we pray what we believe and believe what we pray.  The text of our written prayers not only help with our communion with God through words of praise, thanksgiving, repentance, supplication, and intercession, but also brings to remembrance the Gospel message of Christ, the Apostolic teachings, and our faith.

    This part of our website gives the text of some of the prayers of the Orthodox Church.

    The publication of such prayers does not limit the free expression of the Christian soul to the Creator, the Most-holy Theotokos and the Saints. On the contrary, by reading these prayers one can learn how to pray. They become models for our own, personal prayers.  Often, we would like to pray but, distracted by the world around us, or troubled by fear or sorrow, we do not even know how to begin. We then begin with the a prayerbook and find that not only much of what we wanted to say is included in the prayers of the fathers, but that afterwards, we find words of our own to continue the outpouring of our soul.

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