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Prayers of the Church

Prayers of the Church

Kathisma 14

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Kathisma 14

Read on Thursday (or Tuesday and Friday during Lent)

A Prayer of the Poor Man. When He Was Despondent, and Poured out His Supplication before the Lord, 101.

(Psalm 102 - Hebrew Numbering)

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee.
Turn not Thy face away from me; in the day when I am afflicted, incline Thine ear unto me.
In the day when I call upon Thee, quickly hearken unto me.
For my days are vanished like smoke, and my bones consumed like wood for the burning.
I am smitten like grass, and withered is my heart, for I forgot to eat my bread.
By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bone hath cleaved unto my flesh.
I am become like a pelican of the wilderness, I am like an owl in a ruined house.
I have watched, and am like a sparrow that sitteth alone upon the house-top.
The whole day long mine enemies reproached me, and they that praised me made an oath against me.
For before the face of Thy wrath and Thine anger I ate ashes like bread, and my drink I mingled with weeping; for after uplifting me, Thou hast dashed me down.
My days like a shadow have declined, and I like grass am withered.
But Thou, O Lord, for ever abidest, and Thy remembrance is unto generation and generation.
Thou shalt rise up and have pity upon Sion, for it is time to have compassion on her, yea, the time is come.
For Thy servants have taken pleasure in her stones, and they shall feel pity for her dust.
And the nations shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory.
For the Lord shall build up Sion, and He shall be seen in His glory.
He hath regarded the prayer of the humble, and hath not despised their supplication.
Let this be written for another generation, and the people that is being created shall praise the Lord.
For He hath looked out from His holy height, the Lord from heaven hath looked upon the earth, To hear the groaning of them that be in fetters, to loose the sons of the slain, To declare in Sion the name of the Lord, and His praise in Jerusalem, When the peoples are gathered together, and the kings to serve the Lord.
He answered Him in the way of his strength: The fewness of my days declare unto me.
Take me not away at the half of my days; in generations and generations are Thy years.
In the beginning, O Lord, Thou didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands.
They shall perish, but Thou abidest; and all like a garment shall grow old, And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them, and they shall be changed; but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.
The sons of Thy servants shall have their dwelling, and their seed for ever shall be guided aright.

David's, 102.

(Psalm 103 - Hebrew Numbering)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all that He hath done for thee, Who is gracious unto all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thine infirmities, Who redeemeth thy life from corruption, Who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion, Who fulfilleth thy desire with good things; thy youth shall be renewed as the eagle's.
The Lord performeth deeds of mercy, and executeth judgment for all them that are wronged.
He hath made His ways known unto Moses, unto the sons of Israel the things that He hath willed.
Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy; not unto the end will He be angered, neither unto eternity will He be wroth.
Not according to our iniquities hath He dealt with us, neither according to our sins hath He rewarded us.
For according to the height of heaven from the earth, the Lord hath made His mercy to prevail over them that fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our iniquities from us.
Like as a father hath compassion upon his sons, so hath the Lord had compassion upon them that fear Him; for He knoweth whereof we are made, He hath remembered that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as the grass; as a flower of the field, so shall he blossom forth.
For when the wind is passed over it, then it shall be gone, and no longer will it know the place thereof.
But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity, even unto eternity, upon them that fear Him.
And His righteousness is upon sons of sons, upon them that keep His testament and remember His commandments to do them.
The Lord in heaven hath prepared His throne, and His kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the Lord, all ye His angels, mighty in strength, that perform His word, to hear the voice of His words.
Bless the Lord, all ye His hosts, His ministers that do His will.
Bless the Lord, all ye His works, in every place of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

David's. Concerning the Formation of the World, 103.

(Psalm 104 - Hebrew Numbering)

Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.
Confession and majesty hast Thou put on, Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment, Who stretchest out the heaven as it were a curtain; Who supporteth His chambers in the waters, Who appointeth the clouds for His ascent, Who walketh upon the wings of the winds, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire, Who establisheth the earth in the sureness thereof; it shall not be turned back for ever and ever.
The abyss like a garment is His mantle; upon the mountains shall the waters stand.
At Thy rebuke they will flee, at the voice of Thy thunder shall they be afraid.
The mountains rise up and the plains sink down, unto the place where Thou hast established them.
Thou appointedst a bound that they shall not pass, neither return to cover the earth.
He sendeth forth springs in the valleys; between the mountains will the waters run.
They shall give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild asses will wait to quench their thirst.
Beside them will the birds of the heaven lodge, from the midst of the rocks will they give voice.
He watereth the mountains from His chambers; the earth shall be satisfied with the fruit of Thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and green herb for the service of men, To bring forth bread out of the earth; and wine maketh glad the heart of man.
To make his face cheerful with oil; and bread strengtheneth man's heart.
The trees of the plain shall be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon, which Thou hast planted.
There will the sparrows make their nests; the house of the heron is chief among them.
The high mountains are a refuge for the harts, and so is the rock for the hares.
He hath made the moon for seasons; the sun knoweth his going down.
Thou appointedst the darkness, and there was the night, wherein all the beasts of the forest will go abroad.
Young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their food from God.
The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together, and they lay them down in their dens.
But man shall go forth unto his work, and to his labor until the evening.
How magnified are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is filled with Thy creation.
So is this great and spacious sea, therein are things creeping innumerable, small living creatures with the great.
There go the ships; there this dragon, whom Thou hast made to play therein.
All things wait on Thee, to give them their food in due season; when Thou givest it them, they will gather it.
When Thou openest Thy hand, all things shall be filled with goodness; when Thou turnest away Thy face, they shall be troubled.
Thou wilt take their spirit, and they shall cease; and unto their dust shall they return.
Thou wilt send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let the glory of the Lord be unto the ages; the Lord will rejoice in His works.
Who looketh on the earth and maketh it tremble, Who toucheth the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing unto the Lord throughout my life, I will chant to my God for as long as I have my being.
May my words be sweet unto Him, and I will rejoice in the Lord.
O that sinners would cease from the earth, and they that work iniquity, that they should be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, 104.

(Psalm 105 - Hebrew Numbering)

O give thanks unto the Lord and call upon His name; declare among the nations His works.
Sing unto Him and chant unto Him; tell forth all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name; let the heart of them be glad that seek the Lord.
Seek ye the Lord, and be strengthened; seek ye His face at all times.
Remember His wonders which He wrought, His marvels, and the judgements of His mouth, Ye that are the seed of Abraham, His servants, ye sons of Jacob, His chosen.
He is the Lord our God, in all the earth are His judgements.
He hath remembered His covenant unto eternity, the word which He commanded unto a thousand generations, Which He made to Abraham, and His oath to Isaac.
And He established it to Jacob for an ordinance, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying: Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the portion of your inheritance.
When they were few in number, very few and sojourners therein, And they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people, He allowed no man to wrong them; and He reproved kings for their sake, Saying: Touch not Mine anointed ones, and to My prophets do no evil.
And He called a famine upon the land, He brake all the staff of bread.
He sent a man before them, Joseph was sold for a slave.
They humbled his feet with fetters, his life was spent in irons, until his word came to pass.
The oracle of the Lord proved him; the king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the people, and released him.
He made him lord of his house, and ruler over all his substance, To instruct his princes as himself, and to teach his elders wisdom.
And Israel went into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
And He increased His people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.
He turned their heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.
He sent forth Moses His servant, Aaron whom He had chosen for Himself.
He set in them the words of His signs and of His marvels in the land of Ham.
He sent forth darkness and made it dark, for they were embittered against His words.
He turned their waters into blood, and He slew their fish.
Their land teemed with frogs, even unto the secret chambers of their kings.
He spake, and the dog-fly came, and gnats in all their borders.
He gave them hail for rain, flaming fire in their land.
And He smote their vines and their fig trees, and brake every tree of their border.
He spake, and the locust came, and the caterpillar, and that without number.
And devoured all the grass in their land, and devoured all the fruit of their land.
And He smote every firstborn of their land, the firstlings of all their labor.
And He led them out with silver and gold, and there was not among their tribes one man that was feeble.
Egypt was glad when they departed, for fear of them had fallen upon them.
He spread out a cloud for a shelter to them, and a fire to give them light by night.
They made request and the quail came, and with the bread of heaven He filled them.
He clave the rock and the waters flowed, in waterless places rivers ran.
For He remembered His holy word which He spake unto Abraham His servant.
And He led forth His people with rejoicing, and His chosen ones with gladness.
And He gave unto them the lands of the heathen, and the labours of peoples they inherited, That they might keep His statutes and might seek after his law.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 15

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Kathisma 15

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Alleluia, 105.

(Psalm 106 - Hebrew Numbering)

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.
Who shall tell of the mighty acts of the Lord?
Who shall make all his praises to be heard?
Blessed are they that keep judgement and do righteousness at all times.
Remember us, O Lord, in Thy favour for Thy people; visit us with Thy salvation, That we may see it in the goodness of Thy chosen, that we may be glad in the gladness of Thy nation, that we may glory with Thine inheritance.
We have sinned with our fathers, we have done iniquity, we have done unrighteousness.
Our fathers in Egypt understood not Thy wonders, and they remembered not the multitude of Thy mercy.
And they embittered Thee as they went up by the Red Sea.
And He saved them for His name's sake, that He might make known His mighty power.
And He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up; and He led them into the deep as in a wilderness.
And He saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of enemies.
The waters covered their oppressors; not one of them was left.
And they believed His word, and they sang His praise.
They made haste, they forgot His works, they awaited not His counsel.
And they desired a desire in the wilderness, and made trial of God in the waterless place.
And He gave them their request, and sent forth fullness into their souls.
And they provoked Moses in the camp, and Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered over the congregation of Abiron.
And a fire was kindled in their congregation, a flame burned up the sinners.
And they made a calf in Horeb, and they worshipped the graven thing.
And they changed His glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass.
And they forgot God Who had saved them, Who had done great things in Egypt, wonders in the land of Ham, terrible things at the Red Sea.
And He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen stood in the breach before Him, to turn away His wrath, lest He should destroy them.
And they set at nought the desirable land; they believed not His word.
And they murmured in their tents; they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.
And He lifted up His hand against them, to cast them down in the wilderness, To cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.
And they were made initiates of Baal-phegor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
And they provoked Him with their inventions, and destruction was multiplied among them.
And Phineas stood up and made appeasement; and the plague was abated.
And it was counted unto him for righteousness, unto generation and generation for evermore.
And they provoked Him at the water of gainsaying, and Moses suffered hurt for their sakes; for they embittered his spirit, and he gave judgment with his lips.
They did not destroy the heathen, concerning which the Lord had spoken to them.
They mingled among the nations and learned their works; and they served their graven things, and it became for them a stumbling-block.
And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons.
And they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the graven things of Canaan.
And the land was befouled with the blood of murder, and it was defiled with their works; and they went a whoring with their own inventions.
And with anger was the Lord wroth against His people, and He abhorred His inheritance.
And He gave them into the hands of enemies, and they that hated them were lords over them.
And their enemies afflicted them; and they were humbled under their hands.
Many times He delivered them; but they embittered Him with their counsel, and they were humbled in their iniquities.
And the Lord saw when they were in affliction, when He hearkened unto their supplication.
And He remembered His covenant and repented according to the multitude of His mercy.
And He caused them to be pitied in the sight of all that had taken them captive.
Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, That we may confess Thy holy name, that we may glory in Thy praise.
Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting; and all the peoples shall say:
So be it.
So be it.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, 106.

(Psalm 107 - Hebrew Numbering)

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
So let them say that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
From the lands hath He gathered them, from the east, from the west, from the north, and from the sea.
They wandered in the wilderness, in a waterless land; they found not the path to a city of habitation.
Hungering and thirsting, their soul within them fainted.
And they cried unto the Lord in their affliction, and out of their distresses He delivered them.
And He guided them into the right way that they might go to a city for habitation.
Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies, and for His wondrous works for the sons of men.
For He satisfied the empty soul, and the hungry soul hath He filled with good things.
As for them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death, fettered with beggary and iron, Because they were embittered against the sayings of God and provoked the counsel of the Most High, Yea, with labours was their heart brought low; they waxed feeble, and there was none to help.
And they cried unto the Lord in their affliction, and out of their distresses He saved them.
And He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and their bonds He brake asunder.
Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies, and for His wondrous works for the sons of men.
For He shattered the gates of brass, and brake the bars of iron.
He helped them out of the way of their lawlessness; for on account of their iniquities had they been brought low.
All food did their soul abhor, and they drew nigh even unto the gates of death.
And they cried unto the Lord in their affliction, and out of their distresses He saved them.
He sent forth His Word and He healed them, and He delivered them from their corruption.
Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies, and for His wondrous works for the sons of men.
And let them sacrifice to Him a sacrifice of praise, and let them proclaim His works with rejoicing.
They that go down to the sea in ships, doing their work in many waters, These have seen the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
He spake, and a wind of tempest arose, and the waves thereof were lifted up.
They mount as high as the heavens, and they go down into the abysses; their soul was melted with evils.
They were troubled, and they reeled like one drunken, and all their wisdom was swallowed up.
And they cried unto the Lord in their affliction, and out of their distresses He brought them.
And He commanded the tempest, and it was calmed into a breeze, and the waves thereof fell silent.
And they were glad, because they were quiet, and He guided them to the haven of His will.
Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies, and for His wondrous works for the sons of men.
Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people, and in the seat of the elders let them praise Him.
He turned rivers into a wilderness, and the coursings of waters into a thirsting land, A fruitful land into saltiness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
He turned a wilderness into pools of waters, and a parched land into streams of water.
And He made the hungry to dwell therein, and they established cities for habitation.
And they sowed field and planted vineyards, and they made fruits of increase.
And He blessed them and they were multiplied greatly, and He diminished not the number of their cattle.
And again they became few and were brought low by affliction, evils, and sorrows.
Contempt was poured out upon their princes, and He caused them to wander in a land untrodden, where there is no way.
And He helped the poor man out of his poverty, and made his kindred like a flock.
The upright shall see it and shall be glad, and all iniquity shall stop its mouth.
Who is wise and will keep these things, and will understand the mercies of the Lord?

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

A Psalmic Ode of David, 107.

(Psalm 108 - Hebrew Numbering)

Ready is my heart, O God, ready is my heart; I will sing and chant in my glory.
Awake, O my glory; awake, O psaltery and harp; I myself will awake at dawn.
I will confess Thee among the peoples, O Lord, I will chant unto Thee among the nations.
For great above the heavens is Thy mercy, and even unto the clouds is Thy truth.
Be Thou exalted above the heavens, O God, and Thy glory above all the earth.
That Thy beloved ones may be delivered, save Thou with Thy right hand and hearken unto me.
God hath spoken in His sanctuary: I will be exalted, and I will divide Sikima, and the vale of tabernacles will I measure out.
Mine is Galaad, and Mine is Manasses, and Ephraim is the protection of My head.
Judah is My king, Moab is the cauldron of My hope.
Upon Idumea will I stretch out My shoe; the foreign tribes have been subjected unto Me.
Who will bring me into a fortified city? Or who will lead me into Idumea? Wilt Thou not, O God, Who hast spurned us? And wilt Thou not, O God, go forth with our forces? Give us help from affliction, for vain is the salvation of man.
In God we shall work mighty deeds, and He will bring to nought our enemies.

For the End: A Psalm of David, 108.

(Psalm 109 - Hebrew Numbering)

O God, my praise do not pass over in silence; for the mouth of the sinner and the mouth of the deceitful man are opened against me.
They have spoken against me with a deceitful tongue, and with words of hatred have they encompassed me, and they have warred against me without a cause.
In return for my love, they have falsely accused me; but as for me, I gave myself to prayer.
And they repaid me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Set Thou a sinner over him, and let the devil stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him go forth condemned, and let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few, and his bishopric let another take.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be vagabonds without a dwelling-place, and let them beg; let them be cast out from their ruined dwellings.
Let his creditor search out all his substance, and let strangers plunder all his labors.
Let there be for him no helper, nor anyone to pity his fatherless children.
Let his children be given over to utter destruction; in a single generation let his name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of them perish from off the earth, Because he remembered not to show mercy; and persecuted a man that was poor and a beggar, and one broken in heart, that he might slay him.
And he loved cursing, and it shall come upon him; and he delighted not in blessing, and it shall be far from him.
And he put on cursing like a garment, and it went in like water into his bowels, and like oil into his bones.
Let it be for him like a garment wherewith he is clothed, and like a girdle wherewith continually he is girded.
This is the dealing of the Lord with them that slander me, and with them that speak evil things against my soul.
But Thou, O Lord, O Lord, deal Thou with me for Thy name's sake; for Thy mercy is good.
Deliver me, for a poor man am I and a pauper, and my heart is troubled within me.
Like a shadow when it declineth am I taken away, I am shaken off as the locusts.
My knees are grown weak through fasting, and my flesh is changed for want of oil.
And I am become a reproach unto them; they saw me and wagged their heads.
Help me, O Lord my God, and save me according to Thy mercy.
And let them know that this is Thy hand and that Thou, O Lord, hast wrought it.
They will curse, and Thou wilt bless; let them that rise up against me be put to shame, but Thy servant shall be glad.
Let them that slander me be clothed with confusion, and let them be covered with shame as with a mantle.
I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth, and in the midst of many will I praise Him.
For He hath stood at the right hand of the poor, to save my soul from them that persecute me.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 18

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Kathisma 18

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An Ode of Ascents, 119.

(Psalm 120 - Hebrew Numbering)

Unto the Lord in mine affliction have I cried, and He heard me.
O Lord, deliver my soul from unrighteous lips and from a crafty tongue.
What shall be given unto thee and what shall be added unto thee for thy crafty tongue?
The arrows of the mighty one, sharpened with coals of the desert.
Woe is me, for my sojourning is prolonged; I have tented with the tentings of Kedar, my soul hath long been a sojourner.
With them that hate peace I was peaceable; when I spake unto them, they warred against me without a cause.

An Ode of Ascents, 120.

(Psalm 121 - Hebrew Numbering)

I have lifted up mine eyes to the mountains, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, Who hath made heaven and the earth.
Give not thy foot unto moving, and may He not slumber that keepeth thee.
Behold, He shall not slumber nor shall He sleep, He that keepeth Israel.
The Lord shall keep thee; the Lord is thy shelter at thy right hand.
The sun shall not burn thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall keep thee from all evil, the Lord shall guard thy soul.
The Lord shall keep thy coming in and thy going out, from henceforth and for evermore.

An Ode of Ascents, 121.

(Psalm 122 - Hebrew Numbering)

I was glad because of them that said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet have stood in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is builded as a city which its dwellers share in concord.
For there the tribes went up, the tribes of the Lord, as a testimony for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there are set thrones unto judgement, thrones over the house of David.
Ask now for the things which are for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the prosperity of them that love thee.
Let peace be now in thy strength, and prosperity in thy palaces.
For the sake of my brethren and my neighbours, I spake peace concerning thee.
Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for thee.

An Ode of Ascents, 122.

(Psalm 123 - Hebrew Numbering)

Unto Thee have I lifted up mine eyes, unto Thee that dwellest in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the handmaid look unto the hands of her mistress, so do our eyes look unto the Lord our God, until He take pity on us.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for greatly are we filled with abasement.
Greatly hath our soul been filled therewith; let reproach come upon them that prosper, and abasement on the proud.

An Ode of Ascents, 123.

(Psalm 124 - Hebrew Numbering)

Had it not been that the Lord was with us, let Israel now say, had it not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up against us, then had they swallowed us up alive.
When their wrath raged against us, then had the water overwhelmed us.
Our soul hath passed through a torrent; then had our soul passed through the water that is irresistible.
Blessed be the Lord Who hath not given us to be a prey to their teeth.
Our soul like a sparrow was delivered out of the snare of the hunters.
The snare is broken, and we are delivered.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who hath made heaven and the earth.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

An Ode of Ascents, 124.

(Psalm 125 - Hebrew Numbering)

They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion; he that dwelleth at Jerusalem, nevermore shall he be shaken.
Mountains are round about her, and the Lord is round about His people from henceforth and for evermore.
For the Lord will not permit the rod of sinners to be upon the lot of the righteous, lest the righteous stretch forth their hands unto iniquities.
Do good, O Lord, unto them that are good and unto the upright of heart.
But them that turn aside unto crooked ways shall the Lord lead away with the workers of iniquity; peace be upon Israel.

An Ode of Ascents, 125.

(Psalm 126 - Hebrew Numbering)

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we became as men that are comforted.
Then was our mouth filled with joy, and our tongue with rejoicing.
Then shall they say among the nations: The Lord hath done great things unto them.
The Lord hath done great things among us, and we are become glad.
Turn again, O Lord, our captivity, like streams in the south.
They that sow with tears shall reap with rejoicing.
In their going they went, and they wept as they cast their seeds.
But in their coming shall they come with rejoicing, bearing their sheaves.

An Ode of Ascents, 126.

(Psalm 127 - Hebrew Numbering)

Except the Lord build the house, in vain do they labor that build it.
Except the Lord guard the city, in vain doth he watch that guardeth her; it is vain for you to rise at dawn.
Ye that eat the bread of sorrow, rouse yourselves after resting, when He hath given sleep to His beloved.
Lo, sons are the heritage of the Lord, the reward of the fruit of the womb.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the sons of them that were outcasts.
Blessed is he that shall fulfill his desires with them; they shall not be put to shame when they speak to their enemies in the gates.

An Ode of Ascents, 127.

(Psalm 128 - Hebrew Numbering)

Blessed are all they that fear the Lord, that walk in His ways.
Thou shalt eat the fruit of thy labors; blessed art thou, and well shall it be with thee.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine on the sides of thy house, Thy sons like young olive trees round about thy table.
Behold, so shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
The Lord bless thee out of Sion, and mayest thou see the good things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
And mayest thou see thy children's children; peace be upon Israel.

An Ode of Ascents, 128.

(Psalm 129 - Hebrew Numbering)

Many a time have they warred against me from my youth, let Israel now say, Many a time have they warred against me from my youth, and yet they have not prevailed against me.
The sinners wrought upon my back, they lengthened out their iniquity.
The Lord is righteous; He hath cut asunder the necks of sinners.
Let them be put to shame and turned back, all they that hate Zion.
Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which before it is plucked up is withered away.
Wherefore the reaper filleth not his hand, nor he that gathereth sheaves his bosom.
Nor have they that passed by said: The blessing of the Lord come upon you; we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

An Ode of Ascents, 129.

(Psalm 130 - Hebrew Numbering)

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand?
For with Thee there is forgiveness.
For Thy name's sake have I patiently waited for Thee, O Lord; my soul hath waited patiently for Thy word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.

An Ode of Ascents, 130.

(Psalm 131 - Hebrew Numbering)

O Lord, my heart is not exalted, nor are mine eyes become lofty.
Nor have I walked in things too great or too marvelous for me.
If I were not humble-minded but exalted my soul, as one weaned from his mother, so wouldst Thou requite my soul.
Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth and for evermore.

An Ode of Ascents, 131.

(Psalm 132 - Hebrew Numbering)

Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.
How he made an oath unto the Lord, and vowed unto the God of Jacob: I shall not go into the dwelling of my house, I shall not ascend upon the bed of my couch, I shall not give sleep to mine eyes, nor slumber to mine eyelids, nor rest to my temples, Until I find a place for the Lord, a habitation for the God of Jacob.
Lo, we have heard of it in Ephratha, we have found it in the plains of the wood.
Let us go forth into His tabernacles, let us worship at the place where His feet have stood.
Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest, Thou and the ark of Thy holiness.
Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy righteous shall rejoice.
For the sake of David Thy servant, turn not Thy face away from Thine anointed one.
The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David, and He will not annul it: Of the fruit of thy loins will I set upon thy throne.
If thy sons keep My covenant and these testimonies which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit for ever on thy throne. For the Lord hath elected Sion, He hath chosen her to be a habitation for Himself.
This is My rest for ever and ever; here will I dwell, for I have chosen her.
Blessing, I will bless her pursuit; her beggars will I satisfy with bread.
Her priests will I clothe with salvation, and her saints with rejoicing shall rejoice.
There will I make to spring forth a horn for David, I have prepared a lamp for My Christ.
His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon Him shall My sanctification flourish.

An Ode of Ascents, 132.

(Psalm 133 - Hebrew Numbering)

Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity?
It is like the oil of myrrh upon the head, which runneth down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, which runneth down to the fringe of his raiment.
It is like the dew of Aermon, which cometh down upon the mountains of Sion.
For there the Lord commanded the blessing, life for evermore.

An Ode of Ascents, 133.

(Psalm 134 - Hebrew Numbering)

Behold now, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord.
Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, In the nights lift up your hands unto the holies, and bless the Lord.
The Lord bless thee out of Zion, He that made heaven and the earth.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 16

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Kathisma 16

Read on Saturday (Tuesday and Saturday during Lent)

A Psalm of David, 109.

(Psalm 110 - Hebrew Numbering)

The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of Sion; rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies.
With Thee is dominion in the day of Thy power, in the splendor of Thy saints.
From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.
The Lord hath sworn and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedek.
The Lord at Thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of His wrath.
He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill them with dead bodies, He shall crush the heads of many upon the earth.
He shall drink of the brook in the way; therefore shall He lift up His head.

Alleluia, 110.

(Psalm 111 - Hebrew Numbering)

I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, in the council of the upright and in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, sought out in all the things that He hath willed.
Confession and majesty are His work, and His righteousness abideth unto ages of ages.
He made a remembrance of His wondrous deeds; merciful and compassionate is the Lord; He hath given food to them that fear Him.
He will be mindful for ever of His covenant; the power of His works hath He declared unto His people, That He may give them the inheritance of the nations; the works of His hands are truth and judgment.
Faithful are all His commandments, confirmed unto ages of ages, made in truth and uprightness.
He hath sent redemption unto His people, He hath enjoined His covenant for ever; holy and terrible is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all they that foster this have a good understanding.
His praise abideth unto ages of ages.

Alleluia, 111.

(Psalm 112 - Hebrew Numbering)

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.
His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Glory and riches shall be in his house, and his righteousness abideth unto ages of ages.
There hath risen up in darkness a light for the upright; he is merciful and compassionate and righteous.
A good man is he that is compassionate and lendeth; he shall order his words with judgment, for he shall remain unshaken for ever.
In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.
His heart is ready to hope in the Lord; his heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he look down upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor, his righteousness abideth unto ages of ages; his horn shall be exalted with glory.
The sinner shall see and be angered, he shall gnash with his teeth and melt away; the desire of the sinner shall perish.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, 112.

(Psalm 113 - Hebrew Numbering)

Praise the Lord, O ye servants, praise ye the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from henceforth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
High above all the nations is the Lord, above the heavens is His glory.
Who is like unto the Lord our God? Who dwelleth on high and looketh down on things that are lowly, in heaven and on the earth, Who raiseth up the poor man from the earth, and from the dunghill lifteth up the pauper, That He may seat him with princes, with the princes of His people, Who maketh the barren woman to dwell in a house and be a mother rejoicing over children.

Alleluia, 113.

(Psalms 114 and 115 - Hebrew Numbering)

When Israel went out of Egypt, and the house of Jacob from among a barbarous people, Judea became His sanctuary, Israel His dominion.
The sea beheld and fled, Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like lambs of flocks.
What aileth thee, O sea, that thou fleddest?
And thou Jordan, that thou didst turn back?
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills like lambs of flocks?
At the presence of the Lord the earth was shaken, at the presence of the God of Jacob, Who turneth the rock into pools of waters, and the precipice into fountains of waters.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth, Lest haply the heathen say: Where is their God?
But our God is in heaven and on earth; all things soever He hath willed, He hath done.
The idols of the nations are of silver and gold, the works of the hands of men. They have a mouth, but shall not speak; eyes have they, and shall not see.
Ears have they, and shall not hear; noses have they, and shall not smell.
Hands they have, and shall not feel; feet have they, and shall not walk; they shall make no sound in their throat.
Let those that make them become like unto them, and all that put their trust in them.
The house of Israel hath hoped in the Lord; their helper and defender is He.
The house of Aaron hath hoped in the Lord; their helper and defender is He.
They that fear the Lord have hoped in the Lord; their helper and defender is He.
The Lord being mindful of us, hath blessed us.
He hath blessed the house of Israel, He hath blessed the house of Aaron.
He hath blessed them that fear the Lord, the little with the great.
The Lord grant you increase, to you and to your children.
Ye are blessed of the Lord, Who made heaven and the earth.
The heaven of heaven belongeth to the Lord, but the earth He gave unto the sons of men.
Not the dead shall praise Thee, O Lord, nor any that go down to hades.
But we the living will bless the Lord form henceforth and for evermore.

Alleluia, 114.

(Psalm 116:1-9 - Hebrew Numbering)

I am filled with love, for the Lord will hear the voice of my supplication.
For He hath inclined His ear unto me, and in my days will I call upon Him.
The pangs of death have encompassed me, the perils of hades have found me.
Tribulation and sorrow have I found, and I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, deliver my soul.
Merciful is the Lord and righteous, and our God hath mercy.
The Lord preserveth the infants; I was brought low and He saved me.
Return, O my soul, unto thy rest, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
For He hath delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from sliding.
I will be well-pleasing before the Lord in the land of the living.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, 115.

(Psalm 116:10-19 - Hebrew Numbering)

I believed wherefore I spake; I was humbled exceedingly.
As for me, I said in mine ecstasy: Every man is a liar.
What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?
I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.
My vows unto the Lord will I pay in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
O Lord, I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant and the son of Thy handmaid.
Thou hast broken my bonds asunder. I will sacrifice a sacrifice of praise unto Thee, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.
My vows unto the Lord will I pay in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.

Alleluia, 116.

(Psalm 117- Hebrew Numbering)

O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him, all ye peoples.
For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, and the truth of the Lord abideth for ever.

Alleluia, 117.

(Psalm 118 - Hebrew Numbering)

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Israel now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Let all that fear the Lord now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Out of mine affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard me and brought me into a broad place.
The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
The Lord is my helper, and I shall look down upon mine enemies.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man.
It is better to hope in the Lord than to hope in princes.
All the nations compassed me round about, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off.
Surrounding me they compassed me, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off.
They compassed me about like unto bees around a honeycomb, and they burst into flame like a fire among the thorns, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off.
I was pushed and overturned that I might fall, and the Lord was quick to help me.
The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.
The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me, the right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength.
I shall not die, but live, and I shall tell of the works of the Lord.
With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over unto death.
Open unto me the gates of righteousness; I will enter therein and give thanks unto the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall enter in thereat.
I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me and art become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.
This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.
O Lord, save now; O Lord, send now prosperity.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
We have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
God is the Lord, and hath appeared unto us.
Ordain a feast with thick boughs, even unto the horns of the altar.
Thou art my God, and I will confess Thee; Thou art my God, and I will exalt Thee.
I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me, and Thou art become my salvation.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 19

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Kathisma 19

Read on Friday (Wednesday and Friday during Lent)

Alleluia, 134.

(Psalm 135 - Hebrew Numbering)

Praise ye the name of the Lord; O ye servants, praise the Lord.
Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good; chant unto His name, for it is good.
For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, Israel for His own possession.
For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
All that the Lord hath willed He hath done, in heaven and on the earth, in the seas and in all the abysses.
Bringing clouds up from the uttermost parts of the earth, lightnings for the rain hath He made.
He bringeth winds out of His treasuries; He smote the firstborn of Egypt, from man unto beast. He sent forth signs and marvels in the midst of thee, O Egypt, on Pharaoh and on all his servants.
He smote many nations and slew mighty kings.
Seon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of the land of Basan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
And He gave their land for an inheritance, an inheritance for Israel His people.
O Lord, Thy name endureth for ever, and Thy memorial unto generation and generation.
For the Lord will judge His people, and because of His servants shall He be comforted.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men.
They have a mouth but shall not speak, eyes have they and shall not see.
Ears have they and shall not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouth.
Let those that make them become like unto them, and all they that put their trust in them.
O house of Israel, bless ye the Lord.
O house of Aaron, bless ye the Lord.
O house of Levi, bless ye the Lord.
He that fear the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
Blessed is the Lord out of Zion, Who dwelleth in Jerusalem.

Alleluia, 135.

(Psalm 136 - Hebrew Numbering)

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods; for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the Lord of lords; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him Who alone hath wrought great wonders; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that made the heavens with understanding; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that established the earth upon the waters; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him Who alone hath made great lights; for His mercy endureth for ever.
The sun for dominion of the day; for His mercy endureth for ever.
The moon and the stars for dominion of the night; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that smote Egypt with their firstborn; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And led forth Israel out of the midst of them; for His mercy endureth for ever.
With a strong hand and a lofty arm; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that divided the Red Sea into parts; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And led Israel through the midst thereof; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that led His people through the wilderness; for His mercy endureth for ever.
To Him that smote great kings; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And slew mighty kings; for His mercy endureth for ever.
Seon, king of the Amorites; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And Og, king of the land of Basan; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And gave their land for an inheritance; for His mercy endureth for ever.
An inheritance for Israel His servant; for His mercy endureth for ever.
For in our humiliation the Lord remembered us; for His mercy endureth for ever.
And redeemed us from our enemies; for His mercy endureth for ever.
He that giveth food to all flesh; for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven; for His mercy endureth for ever.

For David. By Jeremias, in the Captivity, 136.

(Psalm 137 - Hebrew Numbering)

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and we wept when we remembered Zion.
Upon the willows in the midst thereof did we hang our instruments.
For there, they that had taken us captive asked us for words of song. And they that had led us away asked us for a hymn, saying: Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
Let my tongue cleave to my throat, if I remember thee not, If I set not Jerusalem above all other, as at the head of my joy.
Remember, O Lord, the sons of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem, Who said: Lay waste, lay waste to her, even to the foundations thereof.
O daughter of Babylon, thou wretched one, blessed shall he be who shall reward thee wherewith thou hast rewarded us.
Blessed shall he be who shall seize and dash thine infants against the rock.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

David's. Of Aggeus and Zacharias, 137.

(Psalm 138 - Hebrew Numbering)

I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; and before angels will I chant unto Thee, for Thou hast heard all the words of my mouth.
I will worship towards Thy holy temple and confess Thy name, for Thy mercy and for Thy truth; for Thou hast magnified Thy holy name above all that is.
In whatsoever day I call upon Thee, quickly hearken unto me; Thou shalt abundantly endow my soul with Thy strength.
Let all the kings of the earth, O Lord, confess Thee, for they have heard all the words of Thy mouth.
And let them sing in the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For the Lord is exalted, yet on lowly things He looketh; and things haughty He knoweth from afar.
Though I should walk in the midst of affliction, Thou shalt quicken me; against the wrath of mine enemies hast Thou stretched forth Thy hands, and Thy right hand hath saved me.
The Lord shall give recompense in my behalf.
O Lord, Thy mercy endureth for ever; disdain not the work of Thy hands.

For the End. David's. A Psalm of Zacharias in the Dispersion, 138.

(Psalm 139 - Hebrew Numbering)

O Lord, Thou hast proved me and Thou knowest me; Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising.
Thou hast discerned my thoughts from afar; my path and my lot hast Thou traced out, And hast foreseen all my ways, for there is no guile in my tongue.
Behold, Lord, Thou knowest all things, the last and the first; Thou hast fashioned me and hast laid Thy hand upon me.
Thy knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is mighty, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? And from Thy presence whither shall I flee? If I go up into heaven, Thou art there; if I go down into hades, Thou art present there.
If I take up my wings toward the dawn, and make mine abode in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Thy hand guide me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
And I said: Surely darkness shall tread me down, and the night shall be turned into light in my delight.
For darkness will not be darkness with Thee, and night shall be bright as the day; as is the darkness thereof, even so shall the light thereof be.
For Thou hast possessed my reins; O Lord, Thou hast holpen me from my mother's womb.
I will confess Thee, for awesomely art Thou wondrous, marvelous are Thy works, and my soul knoweth it right well.
My bone is not hid from Thee, which Thou madest in secret; nor my substance in the nethermost parts of the earth.
My being while it was still unformed Thine eyes did see, and in Thy book shall all men be written; day by day they are formed, when as yet there be none of them.
But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord; their principalities are made exceeding strong.
I will count them, and they shall be multiplied more than the sand; I awoke and I am still with Thee. Surely Thou wilt slay the sinners, O God.
Ye men of blood, depart from me.
For Thou wilt say concerning their thoughts that in vain shall they take Thy cities. As for them that hate Thee, O Lord, have I not hated them? And because of Thine enemies have I not pined away? With perfect hatred have I hated them; they are reckoned enemies with me. Prove me, O God, and know my heart; examine me and know my paths. And see if the way of iniquity be in me, and guide me in the way everlasting.

For the End. A Psalm of David, 139.

(Psalm 140 - Hebrew Numbering)

Rescue me, O Lord, from the evil man; from the unjust man deliver me.
Who have devised injustice in their heart; all the day long have they arrayed themselves for wars.
They have whetted their tongue like that of a serpent; the venom of asps is under their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the sinner; rescue me from unjust men who have devised to undermine my steps.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and with cords have they spread a snare for my feet; stumbling-blocks near the paths have they set for me.
I said unto the Lord: Thou art my God; give ear, O Lord, unto the voice of my supplication.
Lord, O Lord, Thou strength of my salvation, Thou hast overshadowed my head in the day of battle.
Because of my desire, O Lord, give me not up unto the sinner.
They have taken counsel against me; forsake me not, lest they should be exalted.
As for the head of those that encircle me, the mischief of their lips shall cover them.
Coals shall fall upon them; in fire shalt Thou cast them down, and they shall not stand in afflictions.
A babbling man shall not prosper on the earth; evils shall hunt an unjust man to his destruction.
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the poor and the justice of the paupers.
Surely the righteous shall confess Thy name, and the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

A Psalm of David, 140.

(Psalm 141- Hebrew Numbering)

Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me; attend to the voice of my supplication when I cry unto Thee.
Let my prayer be set forth as incense before Thee, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Set, O Lord, a watch before my mouth, and a door of enclosure round about my lips.
Incline not my heart unto words of evil, to make excuse with excuses in sins, With men that work iniquity; and I will not join with their chosen.
The righteous man will chasten me with mercy and reprove me; as for the oil of the sinner, let it not anoint my head.
For yet more is my prayer in the presence of their pleasures; swallowed up near by the rock have their judges been.
They shall hear my words, for they be sweetened; as a clod of earth is broken upon the earth, so have their bones been scattered nigh unto hades.
For unto Thee, O Lord, O Lord, are mine eyes, in Thee have I hoped; take not my soul away.
Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and from the stumbling-blocks of them that work iniquity.
The sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone until I pass by.

Instruction by David. When He Was in the Cave Praying, 141.

(Psalm 142 - Hebrew Numbering)

With my voice unto the Lord have I cried, with my voice unto the Lord have I made supplication.
I will pour out before Him my supplication, mine affliction before Him will I declare.
When my spirit was fainting within me, then Thou knewest my paths.
In this way wherein I have walked they hid for me a snare.
I looked upon my right hand, and beheld, and there was none that did know me.
Flight hath failed me, and there is none that watcheth out for my soul.
I have cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said: Thou art my hope, my portion art Thou in the land of the living.
Attend unto my supplication, for I am brought very low.
Deliver me from them that persecute me, for they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison that I may confess Thy name.
The righteous shall wait patiently for me until Thou shalt reward me.

David's. When His Son Abessalom Pursued Him, 142.

(Psalm 143 - Hebrew Numbering)

O Lord, hear my prayer, give ear unto my supplication in Thy truth; hearken unto me in Thy righteousness.
And enter not into judgement with Thy servant, for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath humbled my life down to the earth.
He hath sat me in darkness as those that have been long dead, and my spirit within me is become despondent; within me my heart is troubled.
I remembered days of old, I meditated on all Thy works, I pondered on the creations of Thy hands.
I stretched forth my hands unto Thee; my soul thirsteth after Thee like a waterless land.
Quickly hear me, O Lord; my spirit hath fainted away.
Turn not Thy face away from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Thy mercy in the morning; for in Thee have I put my hope.
Cause me to know, O Lord, the way wherein I should walk; for unto Thee have I lifted up my soul.
Rescue me from mine enemies, O Lord; unto Thee have I fled for refuge.
Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.
Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness; for Thy name's sake, O Lord, shalt Thou quicken me.
In Thy righteousness shalt Thou bring my soul out of affliction, and in Thy mercy shalt Thou utterly destroy mine enemies.
And Thou shalt cut off all them that afflict my soul, for I am Thy servant.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 17

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Kathisma 17

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Alleluia, 118.

(Psalm 119 - Hebrew Numbering)

Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they that search out His testimonies; with their whole heart shall they seek after Him.
For they that work iniquity have not walked in His ways.
Thou hast enjoined Thy commandments, that we should keep them most diligently.
Would that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes.
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I look on all Thy commandments.
I will confess Thee with uprightness of heart, when I have learned the judgments of Thy righteousness.
I will keep thy statutes; do not utterly forsake me.
Wherewithal shall a young man correct his way? By keeping Thy words.
With my whole heart have I sought after Thee, cast me not away from Thy commandments.
In my heart have I hid Thy sayings that I might not sin against Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth.
In the way of Thy testimonies have I found delight, as much as in all riches.
On Thy commandments will I ponder, and I will understand Thy ways.
On Thy statutes will I meditate; I will not forget Thy words.
Give reward unto Thy servant, quicken me and I will keep Thy words.
O unveil mine eyes, and I shall perceive wondrous things out of Thy law.
I am a sojourner on the earth, hide not from me Thy commandments.
My soul hath longed to desire Thy judgments at all times.
Thou hast rebuked the proud; cursed are they that decline from Thy commandments.
Remove from me reproach and contempt, for after Thy testimonies have I sought.
For princes sat and they spake against me, but Thy servant pondered on Thy statutes.
For Thy testimonies are my meditation, and Thy statutes are my counselors.
My soul hath cleaved unto the earth; quicken me according to Thy word.
My ways have I declared, and Thou hast heard me; teach me Thy statutes.
Make me to understand the way of Thy statutes, and I will ponder on Thy wondrous works.
My soul hath slumbered from despondency, strengthen me with Thy words.
Remove from me the way of unrighteousness, and with Thy law have mercy on me.
I have chosen the way of truth, and Thy judgments have I not forgotten.
I have cleaved to Thy testimonies, O Lord; put me not to shame.
The way of Thy commandments have I run, when Thou didst enlarge my heart.
Set before me for a law, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I will seek after it continually.
Give me understanding, and I will search out Thy law, and I will keep it with my whole heart.
Guide me in the path of Thy commandments, for I have desired it.
Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies and not unto covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes that I may not see vanity, quicken Thou me in Thy way.
Establish for Thy servant Thine oracle unto fear of Thee.
Remove my reproach which I have feared, for Thy judgments are good.
Behold, I have longed after Thy commandments; in Thy righteousness quicken me.
Let Thy mercy come also upon me, O Lord, even Thy salvation according to Thy word.
So shall I give an answer to them that reproach me, for I have hoped in Thy words.
And take not utterly out of my mouth the word of truth, for in Thy judgements have I hoped.
So shall I keep Thy law continually, for ever, and unto the ages of ages.
And I walked in spaciousness, for after Thy commandments have I sought.
And I spake of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed.
And I meditated on Thy commandments which I have greatly loved.
And I lifted up my hands to Thy commandments which I have loved, and I pondered on Thy statutes.
Remember Thy words to Thy servant, wherein Thou hast made me to hope.
This hath comforted me in my humiliation, for Thine oracle hath quickened me.
The proud have transgressed exceedingly, but from Thy law have I not declined.
I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Lord, and was comforted.
Despondency took hold upon me because of the sinners who forsake Thy law. Thy statutes were my songs in the place of my sojourning.
I remembered Thy name in the night, O Lord, and I kept Thy law.
This hath happened unto me because I sought after Thy statutes.
Thou art my portion, O Lord; I said that I would keep Thy law.
I entreated Thy countenance with my whole heart: Have mercy on me according to Thy word.
I have thought on Thy ways, and I have turned my feet back to Thy testimonies.
I made ready, and I was not troubled, that I might keep Thy commandments. The cords of sinners have entangled me, but Thy law have I not forgotten.
At midnight I arose to give thanks unto Thee for the judgements of Thy righteousness.
I am a partaker with all them that fear Thee, and with them that keep Thy commandments.
The earth, O Lord, is full of Thy mercy; teach me Thy statutes.
Thou hast dealt graciously with Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word.
Goodness and discipline and knowledge teach Thou me, for in Thy commandments have I believed.
Before I was humbled, I transgressed; therefore Thy saying have I kept.
Thou art good, O Lord, and in Thy goodness teach me Thy statutes.
Multiplied against me hath been the unrighteousness of the proud; but as for me, with my whole heart will I search out Thy commandments.
Curdled like milk is their heart; but as for me, in Thy law have I meditated.
It is good for me that Thou hast humbled me, that I might learn Thy statutes.
The law of Thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding and I will learn Thy commandments.
They that fear Thee shall see me and be glad, for on Thy words have I set my hope.
I have known, O Lord, that Thy judgments are righteousness, and with truth hast Thou humbled me. Let now Thy mercy be my comfort, according to Thy saying unto Thy servant.
Let Thy compassions come upon me and I shall live, for Thy law is my meditation.
Let the proud be put to shame, for unjustly have they transgressed against me; but as for me, I will ponder on Thy commandments.
Let those that fear Thee return unto me, and those that know Thy testimonies.
Let my heart be blameless in Thy statutes, that I may not be put to shame.
My soul fainteth for Thy salvation; on Thy words have I set my hope.
Mine eyes are grown dim with waiting for Thine oracle; they say: When wilt Thou comfort me? For I am become like a wine-skin in the frost; yet Thy statutes have I not forgotten.
How many are the days of Thy servant? When wilt Thou execute judgment for me on them that persecute me? Transgressors have told me fables, but they are not like Thy law, O Lord.
All Thy commandments are truth.
Without a cause have men persecuted me; do Thou help me.
They well nigh made an end of me on the earth; but as for me, I forsook not Thy commandments.
According to Thy mercy quicken me, and I will keep the testimonies of Thy mouth.
For ever, O Lord, Thy word abideth in heaven.
Unto generation and generation is Thy truth; Thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
By Thine ordinance doth the day abide, for all things are Thy servants.
If Thy law had not been my meditation, then should I have perished in my humiliation.
I will never forget Thy statutes, for in them hast Thou quickened me.

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I am Thine, save me; for after Thy statutes have I sought.
Sinners have waited for me to destroy me; but Thy testimonies have I understood.
Of all perfection have I seen the outcome; exceeding spacious is Thy commandment.
O how I have loved Thy law, O Lord! the whole day long it is my meditation.
Above mine enemies hast Thou made me wise in Thy commandment, for it is mine for ever.
Above all that teach me have I gained understanding, for Thy testimonies are my meditation.
Above mine elders have I received understanding, for after Thy commandments have I sought.
From every way that is evil have I restrained my feet that I might keep Thy words.
From Thy judgements have I not declined, for Thou hast set a law for me.
How sweet to my palate are Thy sayings! more sweet than honey to my mouth.
From Thy commandments have I gained understanding; therefore have I hated every way of unrighteousness. Thy law is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my paths.
I have sworn and resolved that I will keep the judgements of Thy righteousness.
I was humbled exceedingly; O Lord, quicken me according to Thy word.
The free-will offerings of my mouth be Thou now pleased to receive, O Lord, and teach me Thy judgments.
My soul is in Thy hands continually, and Thy law have I not forgotten. Sinners have set a snare for me, yet from Thy commandment have I not strayed.
I have inherited Thy testimonies for ever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Thy statutes for ever for a recompense.
Transgressors have I hated, but Thy law have I loved.
My helper and my protector art Thou; on Thy words have I set my hope.
Depart from me, ye evil-doers, and I will search out the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to Thy saying and quicken me, and turn me not away in shame from mine expectation.
Help me, and I shall be saved; and I will meditate on Thy statutes continually. Thou hast set at nought all that depart from Thy statutes, for unrighteous is their inward thought.
I have reckoned as transgressors all the sinners of the earth, therefore have I loved Thy testimonies.
Nail down my flesh with the fear of Thee, for of Thy judgements am I afraid.
I have wrought judgement and righteousness; O give me not up to them that wrong me.
Receive Thy servant unto good, let not the proud falsely accuse me.
Mine eyes have failed with waiting for Thy salvation, and for the word of Thy righteousness.
Deal with Thy servant according to Thy mercy, and teach me Thy statutes.
I am Thy servant; give me understanding, and I shall know Thy testimonies.
It is time for the Lord to act; for they have dispersed Thy law.
Therefore have I loved Thy commandments more than gold and topaz.
Therefore I directed myself according to all Thy commandments; every way that is unrighteous have I hated.
Wonderful are Thy testimonies; therefore hath my soul searched them out.
The unfolding of Thy words will give light and understanding unto babes.
I opened my mouth and drew in my breath, for I longed for Thy commandments.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Look upon me and have mercy on me, according to the judgment of them that love Thy name.
My steps do Thou direct according to Thy saying, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Deliver me from the false accusation of men, and I will keep Thy commandments.
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant, and teach me Thy statutes.
Mine eyes have poured forth streams of waters, because I kept not Thy law.
Righteous art Thou, O Lord, and upright are Thy judgments.
Thou hast ordained as Thy testimonies exceeding righteousness and truth.
My zeal for Thee hath made me to pine away, because mine enemies have forgotten Thy words.
Thine oracle is tried with fire to the uttermost, and Thy servant hath loved it.
I am young and accounted as nothing, yet Thy statutes have I not forgotten.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is truth.
Tribulations and necessities have found me, Thy commandments are my meditation.
Thy testimonies are righteousness for ever; give me understanding and I shall live.
I have cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord, and I will seek after Thy statutes.
I have cried unto Thee; save me, and I will keep Thy testimonies.
I arose in the dead of night and I cried; on Thy words have I set my hope.
Mine eyes woke before the morning that I might meditate on Thy sayings.
Hear my voice, O Lord, according to Thy mercy; according to Thy judgment, quicken me.
They have drawn nigh that lawlessly persecute me, but from Thy law are they far removed.
Near art Thou, O Lord, and all Thy ways are truth.
From the beginning I have known from Thy testimonies that Thou hast founded them for ever.
Behold my humiliation and rescue me, for Thy law have I not forgotten.
Judge my cause and redeem me; for Thy word's sake quicken me.
Far from sinners is salvation, for they have not sought after Thy statutes.
Thy compassions are many, O Lord; according to Thy judgment quicken me.
Many are they that persecute me and afflict me; from Thy testimonies have I not declined.
I beheld men acting foolishly and I pined away, because they kept not Thy sayings.
Behold, how I have loved Thy commandments; O Lord, in Thy mercy, quicken me.
The beginning of Thy words is truth, and all the judgments of Thy righteousness endure for ever.
Princes have persecuted me without a cause, and because of Thy words my heart hath been afraid.
I will rejoice in Thy sayings as one that findeth great spoil.
Unrighteousness have I hated and abhorred, but Thy law have I loved.
Seven times a day have I praised Thee for the judgements of Thy righteousness.
Much peace have they that love Thy law, and for them there is no stumbling-block.
I awaited Thy salvation, O Lord, and Thy commandments have I loved.
My soul hath kept Thy testimonies and hath loved them exceedingly.
I have kept Thy commandments and Thy testimonies, for all my ways are before Thee, O Lord.
Let my supplication draw nigh before Thee, O Lord; according to Thine oracle give me understanding. Let my petition come before Thee, O Lord; according to Thine oracle deliver me.
My lips shall pour forth a hymn when Thou hast taught me Thy statutes.
My tongue shall speak of Thy sayings, for all Thy commandments are righteousness.
Let Thy hand be for saving me, for I have chosen Thy commandments.
I have longed for Thy salvation, O Lord, and Thy law is my meditation.
My soul shall live and shall praise Thee, and Thy judgments will help me.
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; O seek Thy servant, for I have not forgotten Thy commandments.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kathisma 20

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Kathisma 20

Read on Friday (Wednesday and Friday during Lent)

David's. Concerning Goliath, 143.

(Psalm 144 - Hebrew Numbering)

Blessed is the Lord my God, Who teacheth my hands for battle and my fingers for war.
My mercy and my refuge, my helper and my deliverer, My defender is He; and in Him have I hoped, Who subjected my people under me.
O Lord, what is man, that Thou art made known unto him? Or the son of man, that Thou takest account of him? Man is like unto vanity, his days like a shadow pass away.
O Lord, bow down the heavens and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Flash forth lightning, and Thou shalt scatter them; send forth Thine arrows, and Thou shalt trouble them.
Send forth Thy hand from on high; rescue and deliver me from many waters, from the hand of the sons of aliens, Whose mouth hath spoken vanity; and their right hand is the right hand of unrighteousness.
O God, a new song shall I sing unto Thee; with the psaltery of ten strings shall I chant unto Thee, Who givest salvation unto kings, Who redeemest David Thy servant from the evil sword.
Deliver me and rescue me from the hand of the sons of aliens whose mouth hath spoken vanity, and their right hand is the right hand of unrighteousness, Whose sons are like new plants, strongly planted in their youth, Their daughters prettified, and lavishly adorned like unto a temple.
Their garners are full, bursting forth with all manner of store.
Their sheep are abundant in young, multiplying in their gateways; their oxen are fat.
There is no breach of wall, nor any passage, nor any outcry in their streets.
They have called the people blessed which fareth thus; but blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

David's. A Psalm of Praise, 144.

(Psalm 145 - Hebrew Numbering)

I will exalt Thee, O my God, my king, and I will bless Thy name for ever, yea, for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy name for ever, yea, for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and exceedingly to be praised, and of His greatness there is no end.
Generation and generation shall praise Thy works, and Thy power shall they declare.
Of the majesty of the glory of Thy holiness shall they speak, and they shall tell of Thy wonders.
And the power of Thine awesome deeds shall they relate, and they shall tell of Thy majesty.
The memory of the multitude of Thy goodness shall they pour forth, and in Thy righteousness shall they rejoice.
Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy.
The Lord is good to all, and His compassions are over all His works.
Let all Thy works, O Lord, give praise to Thee, and let Thy righteous ones bless Thee.
Of the glory of Thy kingdom shall they speak, and shall tell of Thy dominion, To make Thy dominion known to the sons of men, and the glory of the majesty of Thy kingdom.
Thy kingdom is the kingdom of all the ages, and Thy sovereignty is in every generation and generation.
Faithful is the Lord in all His words, and holy in all His works.
The Lord upholdeth all that are falling, and setteth up all that are broken down.
The eyes of all look to Thee with hope, and Thou gavest them their food in due season.
Thou openest Thy hand and fillest every living thing with Thy favour.
Righteous is the Lord in all His ways, and holy in all His works.
The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon Him, to all that call on Him in truth.
The will of them that fear Him shall He do, and their supplication shall He hear, and He shall save them.
The Lord preserveth all that love Him, but all the sinners shall He utterly destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless His holy name, for ever, yea, for ever and ever.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia. Of Aggeus and Zacharias, 145.

(Psalm 146 - Hebrew Numbering)

Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I will praise the Lord in my life, I will chant unto my God for as long as I have my being.
Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return unto his earth.
In that day all his thoughts shall perish.
Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who hath made heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is therein, Who keepeth truth unto eternity, Who executeth judgment for the wronged, Who giveth food unto the hungry.
The Lord looseth the fettered; the Lord maketh wise the blind; the Lord setteth aright the fallen; the Lord loveth the righteous; the Lord preserveth the proselytes.
He shall adopt for His own the orphan and widow, and the way of sinners shall He destroy.
The Lord shall be king unto eternity; thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.

Alleluia. Of Aggeus and Zacharias, 146.

(Psalm 147:1-11 - Hebrew Numbering)

Praise ye the Lord, for a psalm is a good thing; let praise be sweet unto our God.
The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem, He shall gather together the dispersed of Israel.
He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth their fractures together.
He numbereth the multitude of the stars and calleth them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and great is His strength, and of His understanding there is no measure.
The Lord lifteth up the meek, but humbleth sinners to the earth.
Begin your song to the Lord with thanksgiving, chant unto God with the harp, To Him that covereth heaven with clouds, Who prepareth rain for the earth, Who maketh grass to grow on the mountains, and green herb for the service of man, Who giveth to the beasts their food, and to the younglings of the ravens which call upon Him.
He shall not delight in the strength of a horse, nor in the legs of man is He well pleased.
The Lord is well pleased in them that fear Him, and in them that hope in His mercy.

Alleluia. Of Aggeus and Zacharias, 147.

(Psalm 147:12-20 - Hebrew Numbering)

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion.
For He hath strengthened the bars of thy gates, He hath blessed thy sons within thee.
He bringeth peace upon thy borders, and with the fatness of the wheat He filleth thee.
He sendeth His saying unto the earth; right swiftly runneth His word.
He giveth His snow like wool; the mist He sprinkleth like ashes.
He hurleth His ice like morsels.
Who shall stand before His cold? He shall send forth His word and melt them; His wind shall blow and the waters shall flow.
He declareth His word unto Jacob, His statutes and judgments to Israel.
He hath not dealt so with every nation, nor hath He shown His judgments unto them.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Allelui. Of Aggeus and Zacharias, 148.

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest.
Praise Him, all ye His angels; praise Him, all ye His hosts.
Praise Him, O sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars and light.
Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and thou water that art above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He spake, and they came to be; He commanded, and they were created.
He established them for ever, yea, for ever and ever; He hath set an ordinance, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye abysses, Fire, hail, snow, ice, blast of tempest, which perform His word, The mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees, and all cedars, The beasts and all the cattle, creeping things and winged birds, Kings of the earth, and all peoples, princes and all the judges of the earth, Young men and virgins, elders with the younger; let them praise the name of the Lord, for exalted is the name of Him alone.
His praise is above the earth and heaven, and He shall exalt the horn of His people.
This is the hymn for all His saints, for the sons of Israel, and for the people that draw nigh unto Him.

Alleluia, 149.

Sing unto the Lord a new song; His praise is in the church of the saints.
Let Israel be glad in Him that made him, let the sons of Sion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name in the dance; with the timbrel and the psaltery let them chant unto Him.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people, and He shall exalt the meek with salvation.
The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds.
The high praise of God shall be in their throat, and two-edged swords shall be in their hands, To do vengeance among the heathen, punishments among the peoples, To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron, To do among them the judgement that is written.
This glory shall be to all His saints.

Alleluia, 150.

Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for His mighty acts, praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and flute.
Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation.
Let every breath praise the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Alleluia, alleluia alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

This Psalm Is One Written By David's Own Hand, Though It Is Not Numbered With The 150 Psalms. Composed When He Fought In Single Combat With Goliath.

I was the smallest among my brethren, and the youngest in the house of my father; I did shepherd the sheep of my father.
My hands made an instrument, and my fingers fashioned a psaltery.
And who shall tell my Lord? The Lord Himself, He Himself shall hearken.
He sent forth His angel and took me from the flocks of my father, and anointed me with the oil of His anointing.
My brethren were big and good, yet the Lord took not pleasure in them.
I went forth to meet the alien, and he cursed me by his idols.
But I drew his own sword and beheaded him, and took away the reproach from the sons of Israel.

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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.


    Article Count:
    37
  • 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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