Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

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Prayers of the Church

Prayers of the Church

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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To the Holy Spirit

O Heavenly King, the comforter,
the spirit of Truth,
Who art present everywhere and fillest all things;
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life;
come and abide in us and cleanse us from every stain,
and save our souls, O Gracious One.

Lord's Prayer

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Lord's Prayer

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 the evil one.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

O Lord my Savior and my Master, I, Thine unprofitable servant,
with fear and trembling give thanks unto Thy loving goodness for all Thy benefits
which Thou hast poured so abundantly upon me, Thy servant.

I fall down in adoration before Thee and offer Thee, O god, my praises;
with fervor I cry to Thee:

O God, deliver me henceforth from all adversities and mercifully fulfill in me such of my desires as may be expedient for me.

Hear me, I entreat Thee, and have mercy,
for Thou art the Hope of all the ends of the earth, and unto Thee,
with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed glory,
now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

I praise Thee, O God of our Fathers, I hymn Thee, I bless Thee,
I give thanks unto thee for Thy great and tender mercy.

To Thee I flee, O merciful and mighty God.

Shine into my heart with the True Sun of Thy righteousness.

Enlighten my mind and keep all my senses,
that henceforth I may walk uprightly and keep Thy commandments, and may finally attain unto eternal life, even to Thee,
Who art the source of life, and be admitted to the glorious fruition of Thy inaccessible Light.

For Thou art my God, and unto Thee, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be ascribed glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer for the Living

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For the Living

O Lord Jesus Christ, our God,
in Thy mercies and loving kindness Thou regardest the humble prayers of all who call upon Thee with their whole heart;
incline Thine ear and hear now my prayer, offered to Thee in humility:

Be Mindful, O Lord, of Thy Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church;
confirm and strengthen her,
increase her and keep her in peace,
and preserve her unconquerable forever.

Be mindful, O Lord, of our bishop, (your bishop's name),
and of every bishop of the Orthodox Church;
the priests and deacons, and all the clergy of the Church,
which Thou hast established to feed the flock of Thy word;
and by their prayers have mercy upon me and save me, a sinner.

Be mindful, O Lord, of all civil authorities, of our armed forces,
of this city in which we reside, and of every city and the countryside;
grant them peaceful times, that we, in their tranquility,
may lead a calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.

Be mindful, O Lord, of my parents, (their names),
of my brothers and sisters, (their names),
of relatives, (their names), and of my friends, (their names);
grant that they may have mercy, life, peace, health, salvation and visitation,
pardon and remission of their sins;
that they may ever praise and glorify Thy Holy Name.

Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel by land, by sea, and by air;
of the old and young, the sick, the suffering, the sorrowing,
the afflicted, the captives, the needy and the poor;
and upon them all send forth Thy mercies,
for Thou art the Giver of all good things.

Be mindful, O Lord, of me, Thy humble servant;
grant me Thy grace, that I may be diligent and faithful,
avoiding evil company and influence, resisting temptation;
that I may lead a godly and righteous life, blameless and peaceful, ever serving Thee;
that I may be accounted worthy of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen

Prayer for one's Parents

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For one's Parents

O merciful Lord God,
Thou hast commanded and enjoined me to honor my father and mother,
and Thou Thyself hast shown even until death humble obedience to Thy Father.

From the depth of my soul I fervently beseech Thee,
O gracious Jesus Christ, my God, hear my prayer and have mercy upon my parents,
who have given birth to me and are bringing me up in Thy grace and love.

Protect them from all evil, harm and sickness;
grant them health, and mercifully pour forth Thy bountiful blessings upon them.

Bless their efforts and deeds;
have mercy on them according to Thy great mercy, that faithfully serving Thee,
through them I also may be worthy to praise and serve Thee. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, bless my father and mother, my guardians,
and those who are in authority over me,
for their love and tender care for me,
and the benefits I receive at their hands.

Help me, I pray Thee,
to be respectful and obedient to them in all matters according to Thy will;

and give me Thy grace to perform all my duties carefully and faithfully,
to avoid undesirable company and influence, and resist all temptation that may come my way;
that I may live a sober, righteous and godly life, ever praising Thee and glorifying Thy Holy Name.

Amen.

Prayer for one's Enemies

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For one's Enemies

Lord Jesus Christ,
Who didst command us to love our enemies,
and those who defame and injure us,
and to pray for them and forgive them;

Who Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee:

grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and meekness,
that we may heartily forgive every injury and be reconciled with our enemies.

Grant us to overcome the malevolence and offences of people with Christian meekness and true love of our neighbor.

We further beseech Thee, O Lord,
to grant to our enemies true peace and forgiveness of sins;
and do not allow them to leave this life without true faith and sincere conversion.

And help us repay evil with goodness,
and to remain safe from the temptations of the devil and from all the perils which threaten us,
in the form of visible and invisible enemies. Amen.

Prayer for one's Children

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For one's Children

O God, our heavenly Father,
Who lovest mankind, and art most merciful and compassionate,
have mercy upon our children, Thy servants, (their names),
for whom I humbly pray Thee, and commend them to Thy gracious protection.

Be Thou, O God, their guide and guardian in all their endeavors;

lead them in the path of Thy truth, and draw them near to Thee,
that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Thy love and fear;
doing Thy will in all matters.

Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable.

Defend them against the assaults of the enemy,
and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life;
and direct them in the way of salvation, for the merits of Thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ,
and the intercessions of His Holy Mother, and Thy blessed saints.

Amen.

Subcategories

  • 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
    (none)
    Friday Matins - Kathisma 19,20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 13,14,15
    Third Hour - Kathisma 19
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    (none)
    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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