Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Prayers of the Church

Prayers of the Church

To Holy Apostles (hymns)

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To Holy Apostles

Troparion:

Holy Apostles,
Intercede with our merciful God,
That He may grant to our souls the forgiveness of our sins.

Kontakion:

Thou hast taken the firm and divinely inspired Preachers,
O Lord, the chiefest of Apostles,
For the enjoyment of Thy blessings and for repose.
For Thou hast accepted their labors and death as above every burnt offering,
O Thou Who alone knowest the secrets of our hearts.

To All Saints (hymns)

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To All Saints

Troparion:

Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets,
holy Hierarchs, Saints and Righteous,
having fought the good fight and kept the faith you have boldness towards the Savior.
Intercede for us with Him, for He is good,
we pray, that He may save our souls.

Kontakion:

The world offers to Thee, O Lord, as the Father of creation,
The God-bearing Martyrs as the first-fruits of nature.
By their prayers through the Theotokos keep Thy Church in deep peace,
O Most Merciful One.

Lenten Triodion (hymns)

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Lenten Triodion

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Kontakion, Tone 4:

Let us flee the bragging of the Pharisee,
And learn the humility of the Publican,
While crying out unto the Saviour with groanings:
Be gracious unto us, O Thou Who alone dost readily forgive.


Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory,
I squandered on vices the wealth which Thou gavest me.
Wherefore, I cry unto Thee with the voice of the Prodigal:
I have sinned before Thee, O compassionate Father.
Receive me as one repentant,
And make me as one of Thy hired servants.


Meat-Fare Sunday

Kontakion, Tone 1:

When Thou, O God, shalt come to earth with glory,
And all things tremble,
And the river of fire floweth before the Judgment Seat and the books are opened,
And the hidden things made public,
then deliver me from the unquenchable fire and deem me worthy to stand at Thy right hand,
O most righteous Judge.


Cheese-Fare Sunday

Kontakion, Tone 6:

O Thou guide unto wisdom,
Bestower of prudence, instructor of the foolish and defender of the poor:
Establish and grant understanding unto my heart, O Master.
Grant me speech, O Word of the Father; for behold,
I shall not keep my lips from crying unto Thee:
O Merciful One, have mercy on me who have fallen.


First Sunday of Lent

Troparion, Tone 2:

We worship Thine immaculate Icon, O Good One,
Asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ God;
For of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those Whom Thou hadst fashioned.
Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully:
Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour,
When Thou camest to save the world.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

The Uncircumscribable Word of the Father was circumscribed when He took flesh of thee, O Theotokos;
And when He had restored the defiled image to its ancient state,
He suffused it with divine beauty.
As for us, confessing our salvation,
We record it in deed and word.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4:

(Song of the Fathers)

 

Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is

Your name forever! (Song of the three Holy Children, v. 3)

v: For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

 

 

Alleluia verse, Tone 8:

v: Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps 99/100:6)

 

v: They called to the Lord and He answered them. (Ps 99/100:6)

 


Second Sunday of Lent,  St. Gregory Palamas

Troparion, Tone 8:

Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics,
Invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker,
Boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace,
Ever pray that our souls be saved.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

O sacred and divine organ of wisdom, clear trumpet of theology:
We praise thee with one accord, O Gregory of divine speech;
But as a mind standing before the Primordial Mind,
Direct our mind to Him, O father,
That we may cry: Rejoice, O herald of grace!

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone 4:

The season of the virtues hath now been revealed,
And judgment is at the doors; therefore let us arise and keep the Fast,
Offering tears of compunction together with our alms, and let us cry:
Our sins are more than the sands of the sea;
But do Thou pardon us, O Creator of all,
That we may receive incorruptible crowns.

Prokeimenon Tone 5:

 You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever. (Ps 11/12:7)

v: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly. (Ps 11/12:1)

 Prokeimenon (for St Gregory) Tone 1:

 My mouth shall speak wisdom, the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. (Ps 48/49:3)

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week)


 

Third Sunday of Lent (Cross)

Troparion, Tone 1:

Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance;
Grant Thou unto Orthodox Christians victory over enemies;
And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross,
Bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God;
Gladden with Thy power the Orthodox Christians,
Granting them victory over enemies;
May they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy.

Another Kontakion, Tone 7:

No longer doth the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden,
For a strange extinction hath come upon it,
Even the Tree of the Cross.
The sting hath been taken from death, and the victory from Hades.
And Thou, my Saviour, didst appear unto those in Hades, saying:
Enter ye again into Paradise.

Instead of Trisagion

Before Thy Cross,
we bow down in worship,
O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

 Prokeimenon Tone 6:

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance! (Ps 27/28:9))
v: To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps 27/28:1)

Alleluia verse, Tone 8:

v: Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old! (Ps 73/74:2)
v: God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth! (Ps 73/74:12)


Fourth Sunday, St. John of the Ladder

Troparion, Tone 3:

Having raised up a sacred ladder by thy words,
Thou wast shown forth unto all as a teacher of monastics, and thou dost lead us, O John,
From the purification that cometh through godly discipline, unto the light of divine vision.
O righteous Father, do thou entreat Christ God that we be granted great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 1:

Offering teachings from thy book as ever-blossoming fruits, O wise one,
Thou dost sweeten the heart of them that attend to them with vigilance, O blessed one;
For it is a ladder that, from earth unto the heavenly and abiding glory,
Doth lead the souls of those who with faith do honour thee.

Prokeimenon , (of the tone of the week) and:

Let the righteous exult in glory! Let them sing tor joy on their couches!

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week) and:

Those planted in the house of the Lord shall floursh in the courts of our God.


Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt

Troparion, Tone 5:

Enlightened by the grace of the Cross,
Thou wast shown forth as a radiant lamp of repentance,
Dispelling the darkness of the passions, O all-holy one.
Wherefore, thou didst appear as an angel in the flesh unto the sacred Zosimas in the wilderness.
O Mary, our righteous mother, do thou intercede with Christ for us.

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Thou who once of old wast filled with all manner of fornication,
Art now seen today to be a bride of Christ by thy repentance.
Thou didst love and emulate the life of the angels.
By the Cross, thou didst annihilate the hordes of demons;
For this cause thou art a bride now in the kingdom of the heavens,
O Mary, thou all-modest one.

Another Kontakion, Tone 4:

Having escaped the darkness of sin,
And having illumined thy heart with the light of repentance,
O glorious one, thou didst come to Christ and didst offer to Him His immaculate and holy Mother as a merciful intercessor.
Hence, thou hast found remission of thy transgressions, and thou ever rejoicest with the angels.

Prokeimenon , (of the tone of the week) and:

God is wonderful in His saints, the God of Israel. (Ps 67/68:35)

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week)


Palm Sunday

 

Troparion, Tone 1:

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion,
You did confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of death;
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!

Troparion, Tone 4:

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God,
So by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee,
We cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Kontakion, Tone 6:

Being borne upon a throne in heaven,
And upon a colt on the earth, O Christ God,
Thou didst accept the praise of the angels and the laudation of the children as they cry to Thee:
Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.

Prokeimenon Tone 4:

 

Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

v: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!

 

Alleluia verse, Tone 1:

v: O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!

v: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

To the Cross (hymns)

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To the Cross

Troparion:

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victory to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries;
And by virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation.

Kontakion:

As Thou wast voluntarily crucified for our sake,
Grant mercy to those who are called by Thy name;
Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Thy power,
Granting them the invincible trophy,
Thy weapon of peace.

Feasts of the Lord and the Theotokos (hymns)

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The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos

Troparion, Tone 4:

Thy nativity, O Theotokos Virgin, hath proclaimed Joy to all the world;
for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing,
abolishing death and granting us life eternal.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness
and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, by thy holy nativity O immaculate one.
which thy people, redeemed from the guilt of offences, celebrate by crying to thee:
The barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life.


The Elevation of the Cross

Troparion, Tone 1:

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victory to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries;
And by virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victory to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries;
And by virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation.


The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Troparion, Tone 4:

Today is the prelude of God's good will and the heralding of the salvation of mankind.
In the temple of God, the Virgin is presented openly,
and she proclaimeth Christ unto all.
To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud:
Rejoice, O thou fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

The most pure temple of the Saviour,
the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin,
the sacred treasury of the glory of God,
is on this day brought into the house of the Lord,
bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit.
And the angels of God chant praise unto her:
she is the heavenly tabernacle.


The Nativity Jesus Christ

Troparion, Tone 4:

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
hath shined upon the world the light of knowledge;
for thereby, they that worshipped the stars
were taught by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence;
and the earth offereth a cave to Him Who is unapproachable.
Angels with shepherds give glory; with a star the Magi do journey;
for our sake a young Child is born, Who is pre-eternal God.


The Theophany of Jesus Christ

Troparion, Tone 1:

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord,
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;
for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,
calling Thee His beloved Son.
And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word.
O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world,
and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us who with knowledge chant unto Thee:
Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared,
O Light Unapproachable.


The Meeting of the Lord

Troparion, Tone 1:

Rejoice thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos,
for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
enlightening those in darkness. Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder,
as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls,
Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.

Kontakion, Tone 1:

Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin's womb by Thy birth,
and didst bless Symeon's hands as was meet,
by anticipation didst even now save us, O Christ God.
But grant peace in the midst of wars unto Thy commonwealth,
and strengthen Orthodox Christians whom Thou hast loved,
O only Lover of mankind.


The Annunciation of the Holy Theotokos

Troparion, Tone 4:

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery which was from eternity.
The Son of God becometh the Virgin's Son,
and Gabriel proclaimeth the good tidings of grace; wherefore,
we also cry to the Theotokos with him:
Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

To thee the champion leader we, thy servants,
dedicate a feast of victory and of thanksgiving as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos;
but as thou art one with might which is invincible,
from all dangers that can be do thou deliver us,
that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


The Transfiguration of the Lord

Troparion, Tone 7:

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God,
showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure;
shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all,
Thy light ever-unending through the prayers of the Theotokos.
O Light-giver, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 7:

On the mount Thou was transfigured,
and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear,
beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God;
so that when they should see Thee crucified,
they would know Thy passion to be willing,
and would preach to the world that Thou, in truth,
art the Effulgence of the Father.


The Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

Troparion, Tone 1:

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity;
in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
Thou wast translated unto life, since thou art the Mother of Life;
and by thine intercessions dost thou deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion, Tone 2:

The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos,
who is sleepless in her intercessions and an unfailing hope in her mediations.
For as the Mother of Life she was translated unto life by Him Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.

Pentecostarion (hymns)

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Pentecostarion

Thomas Sunday

Troparion, Tone 7:

While the tomb was sealed,
Thou, O life, didst shine forth from the grave,
O Christ God. And while the doors were shut,
Thou didst come unto Thy disciples,
O Resurrection of all,
Renewing through them an upright Spirit in us according to Thy great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

With his searching right hand Thomas did probe Thy life-bestowing side, O Christ God;
For when Thou didst enter while the doors were shut,
He cried out unto Thee with the rest of the disciples:
Thou art my Lord and my God.

PROKEIMENON Tone 3:

(Psalm 147)

Great is our Loard and abundant in Power. His understanding is beyond measure.

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God!

ALLELUIA Tone 8:

(Psalm 95)

Come, let us rejoise in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior!


Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Troparion, Tone 2:

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal,
Then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.
And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths,
All the Hosts of the heavens cried out:
O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree,
and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It in a new tomb.
But on the third day Thou didst arise,
O Lord, granting to the world great mercy.

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the angel cry out as he stood by the tomb:
Myrrh is meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.
But cry out:
The Lord is risen, granting to the world great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 2:

When Thou didst cry,
Rejoice, unto the myrrh-bearers,
Thou didst make the lamentation of Eve the first mother to cease by Thy Resurrection,
O Christ God. And Thou didst bid Thine apostles to preach:
The Saviour is risen from the grave.

PROKEIMENON Tone 6:

(Psalm 27)

O Lord : save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance.
V: To You, O Lord, have I cried out ; O my God, be not silent to me.


Sunday of the Paralytic

Troparion, (of the tone of the week)

Kontakion, Tone 3:

As of old Thou didst raise the paralytic,
O Lord, by Thy Divine presence, raise my soul,
which is paralyzed grievously by all manner of sins and unseemly deeds,
that being saved I may cry out:
O compassionate Christ, glory be to Thy power.

PROKEIMENON Tone 1:

(Psalm 32)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, come upon us / as we have set our hope on Thee.
V: Exult in the Lord, O You righteous. Praise befits the just.

ALLELUIA Tone 5:

(Psalm 88)

V: Of Your mercies, O Lord, shall I sing forever ; from generation to generation I shall make known Your truth in my mouth.
V: You have said: “Mercy shall be built up forever,.” In the heavens, shall Your truth be prepared.


Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Troparion, (of the tone of the week)

Kontakion, Tone 8:

Having come to the well in faith,
The Samaritan woman saw Thee, the Water of Wisdom,
Whereof having drunk abundantly,
She, the renowned one,
Inherited the kingdom on high forever.

PROKEIMENON Tone 3:

(Psalm 46)

Sing praises to our God,Sing praises. / Sing praises to our King, Sing praises.
V: Clap your hands, all nation. With a voice of exultation, shout to the Lord.

ALLELUIA Tone4:

(Psalm 44)

V: Spread out, prosper, and reign, because of truth, meekness, and righteousness.
V: You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.


Sunday of the Blind Man

Troparion, (of the tone of the week)

Kontakion, Tone 4:

Blinded in the eyes of my soul,
I draw nigh unto Thee, O Christ,
Like the man blind from his birth,
And in repentance I cry to Thee:
Thou art the exceeding radiant Light of those in darkness.


The Ascension of the Lord

Troparion, Tone 4:

Thou hast ascended in glory,
O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit;
And they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world.

Kontakion, Tone 6:

When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sake, uniting things on earth with the heavens,
Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, departing not hence,
But remaining inseparable from us,
And crying unto them that love Thee:
I am with you, and no one shall be against you.


The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Troparion, Tone 8:

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God,
Who hast established our holy fathers as luminous stars upon the earth,
And through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.
O Most-merciful One, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

The preaching of the apostles and the doctrines of the fathers confirmed the one Faith of the Church.
And wearing the garment of truth, woven from the theology on high,
She rightly divideth and glorifieth the great mystery of piety.


Pentecost Sunday

Troparion, Tone 8:

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise,
By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them,
Didst draw the world into Thy net.
O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,
The Most High divided the nations;
And when He divided the tongues of fire,
He called all men into unity;
And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.


Sunday of All Saints

Troparion, Tone 4:

Adorned in the blood of Thy martyrs throughout all the world, as in purple and fine linen,
Thy Church, through them, doth cry unto Thee, O Christ God:
Send down Thy compassions upon Thy people;
Grant peace to Thy flock and to our souls great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

To Thee, the Planter of creation,
The world doth offer the God-bearing martyrs as the first-fruits of nature.
By their intercessions preserve Thy Church,
Thy commonwealth, in profound peace,
Through the Theotokos, O Greatly-merciful One.


Second Sunday after Pentecost

Troparion, Tone 8:

As a beautiful fruit of the sowing of Thy salvation,
The land of Russia doth offer to Thee, O Lord,
All the saints that have shone in her.
By their intercessions preserve the Church and our land in profound peace,
Through the Theotokos, O Greatly-merciful One.

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Today the choir of the saints who pleased God in the land of Russia
Stand before us in Church and invisibly doth pray for us to God.
With them the angels glorify Him,
And all the saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them;
And they all pray together for us to the Eternal God.

Sunday Troparia and Kontakia (hymns form the Octoechos)

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Sunday Troparia and Kontakia (FROM THE OCTOECHOS)

Tone 1

Troparion:

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body;
Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.
The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ!
Glory to Thy Kingdom! Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind.

Kontakion:

As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself,
Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished!
Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee:
Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 32)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, come upon us / as we have set our hope on Thee.
V: Exult in the Lord, O You righteous. Praise befits the just.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 17)

V: God will give me vengeance, who has subjected peoples under me.
V: He magnifies the salvation of His king, and shows mercy to His Christ, to
David, and to his seed, forever.


Tone 2

Troparion:

 

When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal,
Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead!
And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead,
all the powers of heaven cried out:
O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee!

Kontakion:

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,
seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose!
Creation with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! And the world,
O my Savior, praises Thee forever.

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 117)

The Lord is my strength and my song; / and He has become my salvation.
V: Instructing, the Lord has instructed me, yet he has not given me over to
death.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 19)

V: May the Lord listen to you on the day of affliction ; may the Name of the
God of Jacob protect you.
V: O Lord: save the king, and listen to us on the day we call upon You.


Tone 3

Troparion:

 

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm!
He has trampled down death by death! He has become the first-born of the dead!
He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted the world great mercy!

Kontakion:

On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One,
leading us from the gates of death.
On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;
with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power!

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 46)

Sing praises to our God,Sing praises. / Sing praises to our King, Sing praises.
V: Clap your hands, all nation. With a voice of exultation, shout to the Lord.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 30)

V: On You, O Lord, have I hope, that I may not be put to shame forever.
V: Be to me a protecting God, and a house of refuge to save me


Tone 4

Troparion:

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy resurrection;
they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles:
Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy.

Kontakion:

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth born from their chains.
He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master,
He has risen on the third day!

PROKEIMENON  (Psalm 10)3

How magnified have been your works, O Lord; / in wisdom have You made them all.
V: Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, You have been greatly magnified.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 44)

V: Spread out, prosper, and reign, because of truth, meekness, and righteousness.
V: You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.


Tone 5

Troparion:

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word,
co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin;
for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh,
to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Kontakion:

Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior,
shattering its gates as Almighty;
resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death.
Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man,
and we all cry to Thee: O Lord, save us!

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 11)

You, O Lord, shall guard us, and preserve us, / from this generation, and unto the age to come.
V: Save me, O Lord, for the holy one has been lacking.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 88)

V: Of Your mercies, O Lord, shall I sing forever ; from generation to generation I shall make known Your truth in my mouth.
V: You have said: “Mercy shall be built up forever,.” In the heavens, shall Your truth be prepared.


Tone 6

Troparion:

The angelic powers were at Thy tomb;
the guards became as dead men.
Mary stood by Thy grave, seeking Thy most pure Body.
Thou didst capture hell, not being tempted by it.
Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life.
O Lord who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!

Kontakion:

When Christ God, the Giver of Life,
raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand,
He bestowed resurrection on the human race.
He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 27)

O Lord : save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance.
V: To You, O Lord, have I cried out ; O my God, be not silent to me.

ALLELUIA Psalm 90

V: The one who dwells in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter f the God of heaven.
V: He shall say to the LORD : “You are my support and my refuge, O my od.” I shall put my hope in Him.


Tone 7

Troparion:

By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death!
To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise!
For the myrrh bearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy!
And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God,
to proclaim that Thou art risen, granting the world great mercy!

Kontakion:

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,
for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers!
Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry:
The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!

PROKEIMENON Psalm 28

The Lord shall give strength to his people. / The Lord shall bless His
people in peace.
V: Bring to the Lord, you sons of God, bring to the Lord the offspring of
rams.

ALLELUIA Psalm 91

V: It is good to confess the Lord, and chant to Your name, O Most High.
V: To announce Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth in the night.


Tone 8

Troparion:

Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One!
Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord,
our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!

Kontakion:

By rising from the tomb,
Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam.
Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, and the world celebrates Thy Rising from the dead,
O greatly Merciful One!

PROKEIMENON (Psalm 75)

Make your vows, and repay them, / to the Lord our God.
V: God is known in Judæa ; in Israel, great is His Name.

ALLELUIA (Psalm 94)

V: O come, let us exult in the LORD ; let us raise a shout of joy to God, our Saviour.
V: Let us go before His face and confess Him, and with psalms let us raise a shout of joy to Him.

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  • 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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