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Prayers of the Church

Prayers of the Church

Prayer of St. Philaret of Moscow

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Morning Prayer of Philaret of Moscow

Sometimes referred to as the "Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders."

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace, help me in all things to rely upon your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray.
And you, yourself, pray in me.
Amen.

 

Thank You, O Lord!

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Father Alexander Schmemann celebrated the divine liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day. This was particularly appropriate since Father Alexander had devoted his whole life to teaching, writing and preaching about the Eucharist; for the word eucharist in Greek means thanksgiving. At the conclusion of the liturgy, Father Alexander took from his pocket a short written sermon, in the form of a prayer, which he proceeded to read. This was a strange occurrence since Father never wrote his liturgical homilies, but delivered them extemporaneously. These were his words, which proved to be the last ever spoken by him from the ambo in Church.

Thank You, O Lord!

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having united us to one another in serving You and Your Holy Church.

Thank You, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for the sufferings You bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed;” Your eternal Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to Worship You.

Thank You, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed.

Thank You, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise.

Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything.

Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.

Lord, it is good to be here! Amen.

Prayer in Time of Storms

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Prayer in Time of Storms

These prayers may be recited again and again throughout the period of the hurricane or other storms.

 O Lord Who does summon the waters of the sea and again by Thine almighty power art able to hold them back and illumine all that is under the heavens, in repentance we pray Thee, hearken and, out of love for mankind have mercy.

Lord have mercy (3x)

As the eyes of a servant look unto his master, so do our eyes look with faith unto Thee, O our God, until Thou hast compassion on us. Therefore, destroy us not with immeasurable rains and evil winds but mercifully look upon us with good weather, and compassionately have mercy.

Lord have mercy (3x)

Remember not our transgressions, O Master, for it Thou does consider the lawless, no one will be able to stand before Thee. But let Thy compassions quickly go before us, O Lord, for we have become exceedingly poor. Let not bad weather corrupt us, neither let it destroy our homes and towns, we pray Thee, quickly hear us and have mercy.

Lord have mercy (3x)

O Lord let no watery storms drown us, and let it not ravage the earth and destroy us. But as Thou art good, do Thou direct the rushing of the water, and as Thou art mighty, do Thou command that it become a moderate course with healthful air, as Thou art rich in mercies, with broken hearts we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

Lord have mercy (3x)

Dismissals

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Dismissals


Great Dismissal

An example of the great dismissal for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom served on a Sunday not during a festal season is as follows:

May he who rose again from the dead, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother; by the might of the precious and life-giving cross; by the protection of the honorable bodiless powers of heaven; at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-laudable apostles; of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople; of the holy, glorious and right-victorious martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing fathers; of (saint to whom the temple is dedicated); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; (saint(s) of the day) and of all the saints: have mercy on us, and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.


 

Festal Dismissals

Dismissals for Feasts of the Lord

Which are said at Vespers, At Matins, and at the Liturgy, When indicated.

On the Nativity of Christ:

May Christ our true God, Who was born in a cave, and lay in a manger for our salvation, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,) of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On the Circumcision:

May Christ our true God, Who on the eighth day deigned to be circumcised for our salvation, the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,)of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Theophan

May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,) of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On the Meeting of the Lord:

May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation deigned to be carried in the arms of the Righteous Symeon, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,) of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Transfiguration:

May Christ our true God, Who on Mount Tabor was transfigured in glory before His holy disciples and apostles, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today, of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Palm Sunday:

May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation didst deign to ride the colt of an ass, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today, of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On the same Sunday at Vespers:

May Christ our true God, the Lord Who for our salvation went to His voluntary Passion, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,  of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Great Thursday:

May Christ our true God, Who through His surpassing goodness did show the most excellent way of humility when He wash the feet of His disciples, and did condescend even unto the Cross and burial for us, the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today, of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

At the conclusion of the Holy Passion Gospels:

May Christ our true God, Who for the salvation of the world endured spitting, scourging, buffeting, the Cross, and death, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,  of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Holy and Great Friday:

May Christ our true God, Who for us men and for our salvation did deign to suffer the dread Passion and the life-creating Cross, and voluntary burial in the flesh, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today, of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On the Sunday of Pascha and during Bright Week:

May Christ our true God, Who rose from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowed life, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,  (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,) of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Ascension:

May Christ our true God, Who in glory did ascend from us into heaven and sit at the right hand of God the Father, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,)  of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Pentecost Sunday:

May Christ our true God, Who sent down from heaven the Most Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire upon His holy disciples and apostles, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, , (of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,) of our holy and God-bearing fathers and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On the Same Sunday at Vespers:

May Christ our true God, Who did empty Himself from the divine bosom of the Father, and come down from the heavens to the earth, and take upon Himself all our nature, and deify it; and afterwards did ascend again into the heavens and sit at the right hand of God the Father, and did send down upon His holy disciples and apostles the Divine and Holy Spirit, one in essence, one in power, one in glory, and co-everlasting, and through Him did enlighten them, and through them the whole world: through the intercessions of His most pure and most blameless Mother; of the Holy, glorious, most-praised preachers of God, the Spirit-bearing apostles; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.


 

Daily Dismissals

For all the week, according to The custom of the Holy Eastern Church.

On Saturday evening and Sunday Morning:

May Christ our True God, Who arose from the dead, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles, [of the saint(s) whose temple it is and whose day it is]; of the holy and righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

On Sunday evening and Monday Morning:

 

May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, the mediations of the honorable heavenly bodiless hosts, the intercessions of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,…

On Monday evening and Tuesday Morning:

May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,…

On Tuesday and Thursday evening and Wednesday and Friday Morning:

May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, through the power of the precious and life-creating Cross, the intercessions of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles,…

On Wednesday evening and Thursday Morning:

May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles; of our father among the saints, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia,…

On Friday evening and Saturday Morning:

May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious and all-praised apostles; of the holy, glorious, and right victorious martyrs; of our holy and God-bearing fathers; [of the saint(s) whose temple it is and whose day it is]; of the holy and righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.


At the holy Liturgy for all the week the dismissals are as indicated above, except that after the Apostles is inserted also the name of the saint whose Liturgy it is, thus:

(of our father among the saints ___, whose liturgy is served today,)

John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople.

or:

Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia.

or:

Gregory the Dialogist

At Compline, the Midnight Office, and the First hour for all the week, there is the Lesser Dismissal, thus:

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

Except on Sundays, at the Midnight Office and the Hours there is added at the beginning:

May Christ our True God, Who arose from the dead…

 Be it known also concerning this, that where there is a temple of Christ the Savior, of the Nativity or the Theophany, or the Ascension, etc., at the weekday dismissal the festal dismissals are not said, but only on the day of the feast and until the apodosis is the festal dismissal said; but during the whole year only May Christ our true God, etc., according to the day.


 

Lord Bless My Enemies

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Lord Bless My Enemies

A Prayer of St. Nikolai of Ochrid (Nazi prison camp survivor)


Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world.

Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.

They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.

They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.

They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.

Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.

Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thy garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins: arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

so that I may for once be freed from self deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.

Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand.

But a son blesses them, for he understands. For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Amen.

 


Saint Nikolai was consecrated as a bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church before World War II. He was arrested by the Nazis during their occupation of Yugoslavia, and spent the war as a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp. After the Communist takeover of his country, he was exiled and spent his last years at Saint Tikhon Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He fell asleep in the Lord in 1956.

 

Great Doxology

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The Great Doxology

Priest:

Glory to Thee, who hast shone us the light!

People:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory:

O Lord, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty;

O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest on the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For Thou alone art holy, Thou alone art Lord, Jesus Christ, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Every day will I bless Thee, and praise Thy name forever and ever.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our fathers,

and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever.  Amen.

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have set our hope in Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

Blessed art Thou, O Master, teach my Thy commandments.

Blessed art Thou, O Holy One, enlighten me with Thy precepts.

O Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.

I said:  Lord, have mercy on me!  Heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee!

O Lord, I flee unto Thee!  Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.

For with Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy light shall we see light.

Continue Thy mercy unto those who know Thee.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3x).

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

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.  

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Prayer for the People of Japan

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Prayer for the People of Japan

Almighty Lord, You Who are most merciful and compassionate, we beseech You to calm the earth and waters and bring peace and healing to all those who are suffering from the devastating earthquake in Japan.

Grant them Your strength to endure the hardships they are facing and the courage to rebuild their country.

We also ask, O Lord, that you grant eternal repose to all those who have lost their lives and receive them into Your Kingdom.

May You stretch forth Your mighty hand upon their families who are suffering not only at the loss of their loved ones, but for the loss of their homes and homeland.

You, O Lord, are the calm of every storm and You are the Hope for all those who call upon Your name, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your eternal Father, and Your All-Holy, Good, and Lifecreating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

Amen. 

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  • Troparia and Kontakia

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


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  • Orthodox Psalter

    Daily Readings from the Orthodox Psalter

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

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

     

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

    Dec. 20 to Jan. 14

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

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

     5th week
    If Annunciation falls on Thursday of week 5

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

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

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

    Tuesday Matins - Kathisma 7,8
    Vespers - Kathisma 9
    Matins - Kathisma 7,8,9
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 10,11,12
    First Hour - Kathisma 13
    Third Hour - Kathisma 14
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 15
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 16
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 11, 12, 13
    First  Hour - Kathisma 14
    Third Hour - Kathisma 15
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 16
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 18
    Vespers - Kathisma 19
    Matins - Kathisma 12
    Third Hour - Kathisma 13
    Sixth Hour
    - Kathisma 14
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 15
    Vespers - Kathisma 16
    Matins - Kathisma 9 10, 11
    Third Hour - Kathisma 12
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 13
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Wednesday Matins - Kathisma 10,11
    Vespers - Kathisma 12
     Matins - Kathisma 10,11,12
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 19,20,1
    First Hour - Kathisma 2
    Third Hour - Kathisma 3
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 4
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
     Matins - Kathisma 20, 1, 2
    First  Hour - Kathisma 3
    Third Hour - Kathisma 4
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 6
    Vespers - Kathisma 7
     Matins - Kathisma 19, 20, 1
    First  Hour - Kathisma 2
    Third Hour - Kathisma 3
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 4
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 5
    Matins - Kathisma 14, 15, 16
    Third Hour - Kathisma 19
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Thursday Matins - Kathisma 13,14
    Vespers - Kathisma 15
     Matins - Kathisma 13,14,15
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 6,7,8
    First Hour - Kathisma 9
    Third Hour - Kathisma 10
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 12
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
     Matins - Kathisma 8
    Third Hour - Kathisma 9
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 10
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Vespers - Kathisma 12
    Matins - Kathisma 6, 7, 8
    First  Hour - Kathisma 9
    Third Hour - Kathisma 10
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 11
    Ninth Hour - Kathisma 12
    (none)
    Friday Matins - Kathisma 19,20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    Matins - Kathisma 13,14,15
    Third Hour - Kathisma 19
    Sixth Hour - Kathisma 20
    Vespers - Kathisma 18
    (none)
    Saturday Matins - Kathisma 16,17
    Vespers - Kathisma 1
     Matins - Kathisma 17
     See Also: Psalms Chanted in the Services, Psalms in Antiphons, Psalms in Communion Hymns, Psalms in Prokeimenon and Alleluia Verses 
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  • Canticles (or Odes)

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

    The nine Canticles are as follows:

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

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

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

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  • Text of Prayers

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

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

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

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