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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
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Posted on 05/08/2006 9:05:47 AM PDT by Salvation

 

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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.

INVOCATIONS

Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
Hail Mary (three times).

Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
Roman Missal

Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.

FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Roman Missal

THE SALVE REGINA

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Roman Breviary

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
Saint Augustine

PETITION TO MARY

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
Cardinal Merry del Val

TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY

O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

TO OUR LADY

Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
Saint John Vianney

ACT OF REPARATION

O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954



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Please post your favorite prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as your favorite pictures of our Blessed Mother! Also any favorite hymns.

This is a devotional thread.

1 posted on 05/08/2006 9:05:50 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 05/08/2006 9:07:50 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 05/08/2006 9:10:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Rosary and Orthodoxy

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4 posted on 05/08/2006 9:12:39 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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**Please post your favorite prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as your favorite pictures of our Blessed Mother! Also any favorite hymns.**

Also any favorite Scripture passages!


5 posted on 05/08/2006 9:13:27 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Detail from Flight to Egypt by Caravaggio
6 posted on 05/08/2006 10:13:31 AM PDT by Carolina
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7 posted on 05/08/2006 10:13:57 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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Small Cowper Madonna by Raphael
8 posted on 05/08/2006 10:15:48 AM PDT by Carolina
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9 posted on 05/08/2006 10:15:48 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son."

Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I thirst."

10 posted on 05/08/2006 10:19:58 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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Madonna of the Magnificat by Boticelli
11 posted on 05/08/2006 10:21:41 AM PDT by Carolina
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Virgin Mary by Jan van Eyck
12 posted on 05/08/2006 10:29:26 AM PDT by Carolina
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Madonna of the Rosebush by Lochner
13 posted on 05/08/2006 10:30:28 AM PDT by Carolina
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The facial expressions in that painting speak a thousand words.


14 posted on 05/08/2006 10:33:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Beautiful.


15 posted on 05/08/2006 10:34:35 AM PDT by bonfire
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Holding the Baby Jesus and the Lamb brings tears to my eyes.


16 posted on 05/08/2006 10:35:04 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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There is so much emotion written on her face...so much love and concern...and the Baby is so peaceful, trusting.


17 posted on 05/08/2006 10:37:33 AM PDT by Carolina
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Although like other New Testament texts the Magnificat was originally written in Greek, in the Western Church is most often to be found in Latin or the vernacular. Its name comes from the first word of the Latin version (see incipit).

Latin (Vulgate):

Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillæ suæ: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius.
Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.
Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo, dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes,
Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiæ suæ,
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in sæcula.

English (Book of Common Prayer):

My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

A more modern version from the New Revised Standard Version:

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.

In liturgical use, it is generally followed by the Gloria Patri.

18 posted on 05/08/2006 10:40:23 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Thank you for those posts. Welcome back - we've missed you


19 posted on 05/08/2006 10:40:44 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm'd in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother's pain untold?

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn'd for me,
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory.

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee.

Amen.

20 posted on 05/08/2006 10:46:06 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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The Angelus

The Angelus

About the Angelus - History - Angelus Bells - Regina Caeli/Salve Regina

Angelus - Spanish Version - To order Angelus Prayer cards go to Catalog Page


V: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

R: And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

V: Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R: Holy Mary, Mother of God: Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V: Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.

R: Be it done unto me according to thy word.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: And the Word was made flesh

R: And dwelt among us.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V: Let us pray.

All: Pour forth, we beseech the, O Lord, thy grace unto our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Blessing before meals: Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

 

[Madonna and Child - Watercolor by Alice Mankowski]

 

About the Angelus

Angelus Domini -- Excerpts From Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Principles and Guidelines on the Vatican Website.

195. The Angelus Domini is the traditional form used by the faithful to commemorate the holy annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary. It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. It is a recollection of the salvific event in which the Word became flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, through the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the salvific plan of the Father.

The recitation of the Angelus is deeply rooted in the piety of the Christian faithful, and strengthened by the example of the Roman Pontiffs. In some places changed social conditions hinder its recitation, but in many other parts every effort should be made to maintain and promote this pious custom and at least the recitation of three Aves. The Angelus "over the centuries has conserved its value and freshness with its simple structure, biblical character [...] quasi liturgical rhythm by which the various time of the day are sanctified, and by its openness to the Paschal Mystery" (231).

It is therefore "desirable that on some occasions, especially in religious communities, in shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and at meetings or conventions, the Angelus be solemnly recited by singing the Ave Maria, proclaiming the Gospel of the Annunciation" (232) and by the ringing of bells.

History of the Angelus

The Angelus is a short devotion in honor of the Incarnation, repeated three times each day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of the bell. It consists essentially in the triple repetition of the "Hail Mary", to which in later times have been added three introductory versicles, and a concluding versicle and prayer.

During the Easter season, the Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) replaces the usual arrangement of the Angelus prayers. The Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen) is often recited as the concluding prayer.

The devotion derives its name from the first word of the three versicles, Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ (The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary).

The origins of the Angelus are somewhat obscure, but it seems clear they are rooted in monastic prayers of the hours, and even in its earliest form included the three "Hail Marys". Originally the Angelus prayers were said at Complin (night prayer), and over the years mid-day and morning hours were added. By the early seventeenth century the formula of prayers exactly as we know it today was complete.

 

The Angelus Bells

The triple "Hail Mary" was closely associated with the ringing of a bell, a practice apparently derived from the monastic tradition of Complin. The three interrupted peals of the Ave bell probably served as an introduction to the continuous tolling of the curfew that preceded Matins (morning prayer).

The manner of ringing the Angelus -- the triple stroke repeated three times, with a pause between each set of three (a total of nine strokes), which might be followed by a longer peal as at curfew -- seems to have been in place from the very beginning. In the fifteenth-century constitutions of Syon monastery, it is directed that the lay brother "shall toll the Ave bell nine strokes at three times, keeping the space of one Pater and Ave between each three tollings".

Bells dedicated to the Angelus can be found throughout Europe -- inscriptions include: Ave Maria and O Rex Gloriæ Veni Cum Pace (O King of Glory, Come with Peace). A number of European Angelus bells are dedicated to Saint Gabriel, with inscriptions including: Dulcis instar mellis campana vecor Gabrielis (I am sweet as honey, and am called Gabriel's bell) and Missus vero pie Gabriel fert læta Mariæ (Gabriel the messenger bears joyous tidings to holy Mary.)

A fifteenth-century bell at Erfert bears the words: Cum ter reboo, pie Christiferam ter aveto (When I ring thrice, thrice devoutly greet the Mother of Christ). Though the practice of saying the Angelus declined in the latter half of the twentieth century, many parishes continue the tradition of ringing the Angelus bells, traditionally at 6:00 a.m., noon and 6:00 p.m.


21 posted on 05/08/2006 10:46:31 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Thank you for that hymn!


22 posted on 05/08/2006 10:47:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Regina Cæli and Salve Regina

Regina Cæli

Regina cæli lætare, Alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia:
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Allelluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia
[Pope Gregory V, +998]


The Regina Cæli and Salve Regina

Throughout the Easter Season -- until Pentecost -- the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) is said as the mealtime Angelus prayer. The "Hail Holy Queen" (Salve Regina) often said at the end of the Rosary, may be added. Both prayers for the intercession of the Mother of God are here given in Latin, English and Spanish.

Queen of Heaven, Rejoice!

Queen of Heaven, rejoice! Alleluia!
For the Son thou wast privileged to bear, Alleluia!
Is risen as He said. Alleluia!
Pray for us to God. Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
For the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.

Let us pray:
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life: Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.+

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us,

and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy mother of God:

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit thou hast prepared the body and soul of Mary, glorious Virgin and Mother, to become the worthy habitation of Thy Son; Grant that by her gracious intercession, in whose commemoration we rejoice, we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. May divine assistance remain with us always.

R. Amen.

Regina Cæli

Regina cæli lætare, Alleluia;
Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia;
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Allelluia;
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia;
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia.

Oremus:
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum lætificare dignatus es: præsta, quæsumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.+

Salve Regina

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evæ.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et lesum benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

V. Ora pro nobis sancta Dei Genetrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus:
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
qui gloriosæ Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam,
ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur,
Spirito Sancto cooperante, præparasti:
da, ut cuius commemoratione lætamur,
eius pia intercessione,
ab instantibus malis et a morte perpetua liberermur.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

V. Divinum auxilium maneat semper nobiscum.

R. Amen.

Regina Cæli

(Durante el Tiempo Pascual)

Alégrante, Reina del cielo: Aleluya;
Porque el que mereciste llevar en tu seno; Aleluya;
Ha resucitado, según predijo; Aleluya.
Ruega por nosotros a Dios: Aleluya.
Gózate y alégrate, Virgen María, Aleluya;
Porque ha resucitado Dios verdaderamente: Aleluya.

Oración:
Oh Dios, que por la resurrección de tu Hijo, nuestro Señor Jesucristo, te has dignado dar la alegría al mundo, concedenos que por su Madre, la Virgen María, alcancemos el goce de la vida eterna. Por el mismo Cristo Nuestro Señor. Amen.+

Salve

Dios te salve, Reina y Madre de misericordia,
vida dulzura y esperanza nuestra; Dios te salve.
A Ti llamamos los desterrados hijos de Eva;
a Ti suspiramos, gimiendo y llorando, en esta valle de lágrimas.

Ea, pues, Señora, abogada nuestra,
vuelve a nosotros esos tus ojos misericordiosos;
y después de este destierro muéstranos a Jesús, fruto bendito de tu vientre.

¡Oh clementísima! ¡Oh piadosa! ¡Oh dulce siempre Virgen María!

V. Ruega por nosotros, Santa Madre de Dios.
R. Para que seamos dignos de alcanzar las promesas de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

Oración:
Omnipotente sempiterno Dios, que con la cooperación del Espíritu Santo, preparasteis el cuerpo y el alma de la gloriosa Virgen y Madre María, para que fuese merecedora de ser digna morada de vuestro Hijo; concédednos que, al celebrar con alegría su conmemoración, por su piadosa intercesión seamos liberados de los males presentes y de la muerte eterna. Por el mismo Cristo, Señor nuestro. Amen.

V. Que el auxilio divino permanezca para siempre.

R. Amen.



Excerpts From Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Principles and Guidelines
on the Vatican Website.

196. By disposition of Benedict XIV (2 April 1742), the Angelus is replaced with the antiphon Regina Coeli during paschaltide. This antiphon, probably dating from the tenth or eleventh century(233), happily conjoins the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word (quem meruisti portare) with the Paschal event (resurrexit sicut dixit). The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord's humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah (Ave, gratia plena).

As with the Angelus, the recitation of the Regina Coeli could sometimes take a solemn form by singing the antiphon and proclaiming the Gospel of the resurrection.


23 posted on 05/08/2006 10:52:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Litany Of Loretto

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

God our Father in heaven have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God have mercy on us

Holy Mary pray for us
Holy Mother of God pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins pray for us
Mother of Christ pray for us
Mother of the Church pray for us
Mother of divine grace pray for us
Mother most pure pray for us
Mother most chaste pray for us
Mother and virgin pray for us
Sinless Mother pray for us
Dearest of Mothers pray for us
Model of motherhood pray for us
Mother of good counsel pray for us
Mother of our Creator pray for us
Mother of our Savior pray for us
Virgin most wise pray for us
Virgin rightly praised pray for us
Virgin rightly renowned pray for us
Virgin most powerful pray for us
Virgin gentle in mercy pray for us
Faithful Virgin pray for us
Minor of justice pray for us
Throne of wisdom pray for us
Cause of our joy pray for us
Shrine of the Spirit pray for us
Glory of Israel pray for us
Vessel of selfless devotion pray for us
Mystical Rose pray for us
Tower of David pray for us
Tower of ivory pray for us
House of gold pray for us
Ark of the covenant pray for us
Gate of heaven pray for us
Morning star pray for us
Health of the sick pray for us
Refuge of sinners pray for us
Comfort of the troubled pray for us
Help of Christians pray for us
Queen of angels pray for us
Queen of patriarchs and prophets pray for us
Queen of apostles and martyrs pray for us
Queen of confessors and virgins pray for us
Queen of all saints pray for us
Queen conceived without sin pray for us
Queen assumed into heaven pray for us
Queen of the rosary pray for us
Queen of peace pray for us

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us O Lord.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


24 posted on 05/08/2006 11:06:48 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat

Thanks. We were making sure that our daughter was ready for her First Communion. The CCD workbook from Harcourt was pretty bad.

So we spent March and April with St. Joseph's First Communion and doses of Baltimore Catechism with My Catholic Faith. We didn't want her to think that it was just a "family meal" which the Harcourt stuff seemed to convey. (Anything with the word "Gather" as a section title is suspect in my eyes...LOL!)


25 posted on 05/08/2006 11:07:47 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: bornacatholic; Salvation

Alba Madonna by Raphael
26 posted on 05/08/2006 11:24:42 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Salvation
"Mary, you desire so much to see Jesus loved. You love us too so we ask you for a great personal love of Jesus.

"Your Son grants whatever you ask. Pray that we may never lose His grace, that we may grow in holiness from day to day.

"Through His sufferings and yours on Calvary, bring us to a happy death, that having loved Jesus and you, Our Mother, on earth, we may share your joy in loving God forever in heaven."

"Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!"

27 posted on 05/08/2006 11:29:47 AM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: Salvation
My favorite picture is Our Lady of Perpetual Help:



My favorite devotion? Shoot, I have quite a few. After the Rosary, I'd say my favorite is a three way tie between the Salve Regina, the Memorare of St. Bernard, and the Sub Tuum Praesidium. I will say that for this month, I am praying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin in the morning and evening (morning and evening prayer).
28 posted on 05/08/2006 11:39:28 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Illegals - taking the rights Americans don't have - tell them No Tu Puede)
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To: Salvation
Here's a song I taught my children:

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Virgin mother undefiled,
Sing of God's own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother,
God the Lord who came to earth,
Word made flesh, our very brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.

Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labour cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though he went forth from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.

Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain reechoes
Unto earth's remotest ends.

~Words by Roland Ford Palmer
Tune Raquel

29 posted on 05/08/2006 11:41:31 AM PDT by Carolina
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THE AKATHIST HYMN AND SMALL COMPLINE

Translated by
N. Michael Vaporis and Evie Zachariades‑Holmberg

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX PRESS

Brookline, Massachusetts 02146 @ Copyright 1992 by Themely Publications

Published by Holy Cross Orthodox Press
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, Massachusetts 02146

The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline are two services which are sung on the first five Fridays during Great Lent.

The Small Compline, which begins on page 1 and continues up to the canon on page 7, is sung on each of the five Fridays. This is also true of the prayers beginning with "Holy God" on page 29 and continuing to the end of the service with the exception that the Holy Gospel is read only on the First Friday.

On each of the first four Fridays the canon is sung beginning on page 7 through page 16. At the same time, one of the four stases is also chanted by the Priest on each successive Friday. See text for directions.

On the Fifth Friday, when the entire two services are sung, including all four stases, the order is as follows: The first 7 pages are sung followed by the first stasis (pages 16‑19). Then the first and third odes are chanted (pages 7‑9). This is followed by the second stasis (pages 19‑22). Then the fourth, fifth, and sixth odes are sung (pages 9‑15), followed by the third stasis (pages 22‑25). The seventh, eighth, and ninth odes are sung (pages 12‑15), followed by the fourth stasis (p. 25 ‑ ) and the remainder of the service to page 36.

Preface

Holy Cross Orthodox Press is pleased to offer a new revised bilingual edition of the Akathist Hymn and Small Compline to the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Church.

This edition is a successor to the one published by Holy Cross in 1990 and authored by myself and Hieromonk Serapheim (Dedes) of the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos. Due to personal reasons, Hieromonk Serapheim requested that his name be removed from that edition. This led naturally to a complete revision of that edition with the collaboration of my colleague Professor Evie‑Marie Zachariades Holmberg of the Greek Department of Hellenic College. Nonetheless, this edition continues to owe much to Hieromonk Serapheim.

We hope that this edition of the Akathist and the Small Compline will be received by the faithful and clergy with the same enthusiasm as the other liturgical publications of Holy Cross Orthodox Press.

Now it only remains to thank a number of individuals who contributed to this volume: Metropolitan Demetrios Trakatellis and Father Theodore Stylianopoulos for their valuable advice. Many thanks are also due to Fathers Alkiviadis Calivas and George Papademetriou for graciously reviewing portions of the Greek and English texts. I am also indebted to Maria Moschoni, Georgia Stathopoulou, and Stelyio Muksuris for the special care they took in typesetting this volume.

Finally, a special debt is owed to Bishop Methodios Tournas, President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, to whom this volume is dedicated, for his steadfast support of academic publications in general and liturgical works in particular.

N. Michael Vaporis

THE AKATHIST HYMN

AND

SMALL COMPLINE

Priest: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth who are present everywhere and fill all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us. Cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, gracious Lord.

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

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the‑glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

People: Lord,, have mercy (12).

Come, let us worship and bow down to God, our King.

Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ himself, our King and our God.

PSALM 50 (51)

Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and victorious when You are judged. For behold, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. For behold, You have loved truth; You have made known to me the secret and hidden things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; You shall wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the afflicted bones may rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, 0 God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and establish me with Your governing Spirit. I shall teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, 0God, the God of my salvation, my tongue shall joyfully declare Your righteousness. Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You had desired sacrifice, I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; God will not despise a broken and a humbled heart. Do good in Your good pleasure to Sion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole burnt offerings. Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

PSALM 69 (70)

0 God, be attentive to help me. Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life. Let them be turned back and be ashamed who desire evil against me. Let them be turned back because of their shame, who say to me, Well done! Well done! Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! But as for me, I am poor and needy; 0 God, help me! You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

PSALM 142 (143)

Lord, hear my prayer. In Your truth, give ear to my supplications; in Your righteousness, hear me. Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is justified in Your sight. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead, and my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed. I remembered the days of old; I meditated on all Your works; I pondered on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Lord, hear me quickly; my spirit fails. Turn not Your face away from me, lest I be

like those who go down into the pit. Let me hear Your mercy in the morning, for in You I have put my trust. Lord, teach me to know the way in which ‑1 should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies; to You have I fled for refuge. Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. Your good Spirit shall lead me on a level path; Lord, for your name's sake You shall preserve my life. In your righteousness, You shall bring my soul out of trouble, and in Your mercy, You shall utterly destroy my enemies. And You shall destroy all those who afflict my soul, for I am Your servant.

DOXOLOGY

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to all people. We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to you for Your great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father, almighty Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father who take away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us, You who take away the sins of the world. Receive our prayer, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy upon us. For You only are holy, only You are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Each evening we bless You, and we praise Your name forever and to the ages of ages. Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy upon me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You . Lord, to You have I fled; teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. For You are the source of life, and in Your light we shall see light. Continue Your mercy to those who know You. Lord, grant to keep us this night without sin. Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers. Your name is praised and glorified from all ages. Amen. Let Your mercy, Lord, lighten upon us, as our trust is in You. Blessed are You, Lord, teach me Your commandments. Blessed are You, Master, teach me Your commandments. Blessed are You, Holy One, enlighten me in Your commandments. Your mercy, Lord, endures forever; turn not away from the works of Your hands. To you belongs praise, to You belongs worship, to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

THE CREED

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried. On the third day He rose according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the ages to come. Amen.

It is truly worthy to bless you, the Theotokos, the ever blessed and most pure and mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, incorruptibly you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

Apolytikion. Eighth Tone

When the bodiless learned of the secret command, he came in haste to Joseph's house and said to her who knew not wedlock: He who bowed the heavens by coming down is contained wholly and unchanged in you. Seeing him take the form of a servant in your womb, I stand in awe and cry out to You: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

(On the 5th Friday the 1st Stasis is sung here; see pp. 16‑19).

CANON

ODE ONE. TONE FOUR. THE EIRMOS

I shall open my mouth and it shall be filled with the Spirit; and I shall pour out a word to the Mother and Queen; and I shall be seen cheerfully celebrating; and rejoicing I shall sing her miracles.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

0 animate book of Christ, sealed by the Spirit, 0 pure one, the great Archangel, beholding you, exclaimed: Rejoice, 0 vessel of joy through whom the first mother's curse shall be broken.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, Virgin Bride of God, the restoration of Adam, the mortification of Hades. Rejoice, completely unblemished 'One, the palace of the only King. Rejoice, fiery throne of the Sovereign of all.

Glory…

Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth‑giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded, the world's salvation.

Both now…

Rejoice, treasury of purity, through whom we have risen from our fall. Rejoice, 0 Lady, sweet‑smelling lilly that sends forth its fragrant scent to the faithful. Rejoice, aromatic incense and precious oil of myrrh.

ODE THREE. THE EIRMOS

0 Theotokos, living and abundant fountain, strengthen those united in spiritual fellowship who sing hymns of praise to you. And in your divine glory, deem them worthy of crowns of glory.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, untilled land which has sprouted the divine ear of wheat. Rejoice, living table which has held the bread of life. Rejoice, 0 Lady, never empty font of living water.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, 0 heifer that gave birth to the unblemished calf for the faithful. Rejoice, 0 ewe that conceived the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Rejoice, 0 warm mercy seat, our fervent intercessor. Glory

Rejoice, luminous morning that alone brings Christ the Sun. Rejoice, dwelling place of light, dispeller of darkness who has diminished utterly the darkened demons.

Both now…

Rejoice, only gate that only the Logos has gone through, for in your giving birth you shattered the bars and gates of Hades. Rejoice, all‑laudable, divine entrance of those who are being saved.

(On the 5th Friday the 2nd Stasis is sung here; see pp. 19‑21.)

ODE FOUR. THE EIRMOS.

He who sits in holy glory, on the throne of Divinity, on a swift cloud came Jesus the transcendent God, and by his undefiled hand has saved those who cry Out; Glory be to Your power, 0 Christ.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

In voices of song faithfully we rejoice all‑laudable One. Rejoice, rich mountain flowing with the milk of the Spirit. Rejoice, lamp and golden jar containing the manna which sweetens the senses of the devout.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, mercy‑seat of the world untainted Lady. Rejoice, raising all from earth by grace.

Rejoice bridge that truly conveys from death to life all those who sing your praises.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

More exalted than the heavens, rejoice, you who carded earth's foundation painlessly in your womb. Rejoice, 0 sea shell who dyed with your own virgin blood the divine purple robe worn by the King of angelic hosts. Glory

Lady, you truly gave birth to the divine Giver of the law who washes clean the lawlessness of all. 0 incomprehensible depth and ineffable height, Maiden unwedded, through whom we are deified.

Both now…

You have woven for the world a crown unwoven by human hands and we praise you saying: Rejoice, 0 Virgin, the fortress and citadel and protective wall and refuge of all.

ODE FIVE. THE EIRMOS

Amazed was the universe by your divine glory. For while never experiencing marriage, you held, 0 Virgin, the God of all in your womb, and gave birth to an eternal Son who grants salvation to all who chant hymns of praise to you.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, for you carried in your womb the Way of life. Rejoice, Bride of God, all‑blameless Maiden, who saved the world from the flood of sin. Rejoice, awe‑inspiring message and report, habitation of the One who is Lord of all creation.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The might and the fortress of the human race, 0 Undefiled. Rejoice, holy place of glory, slayer of Hades, and bridal chamber of light. Rejoice, delight of the angels. Rejoice, helper of those who pray to you faithfully.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Fiery chariot of God the Word and risen Son. Rejoice, Lady, living paradise, which in its center contains the tree of life, the Lord, whose sweetness gives life to those who participate with faith although subject to decay.

Glory…

Strengthened by your power, we faithfully cry out to you with faith: Rejoice, city of the Great King, about which glorious and remarkable things have been clearly declared. Rejoice, 0 unquarried mountain and unfathomable depth.

Both now…

Rejoice, 0 Undefiled dwelling of the Word, seashell that producesthe divine pearl. Rejoice, 0 Lady, exceedingly wonderful, ‑who reconciles with God all those who bless you, the Theotokos, each time.

ODE SIX. THE EIRMOS

0 godly‑minded people, as we perform this divine and all‑honorable feast in honor of the Mother of our God, let us clap our hands and give glory to God who was born of her.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us

The spotless chamber of the Word, for all the Cause of deification, rejoice, all‑undefiled the prophets' echoing prophecy. Rejoice, adornment of the Apostles.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

From you has dripped the refreshing dew that quenched the flame of idolatry. We therefore cry aloud to you: Rejoice, 0 Virgin, fleece cover with dew which Gideon foresaw.

Glory…

Behold, we cry out to you, rejoice. Become for us a harbor and haven, for we are tossed about on the sea of adversity, and of the many scandals of him who wars with us.

Both now…

0 cause for joy, endow our thoughts with grace that we may cry: Rejoice, 0 unconsumed bush and shining cloud that overshadows without ceasing the faithful.

(On the 5th Friday, the 3rd Stasis is sung here; see pp. 22‑24)

ODE SEVEN. THE EIRMOS

People: The godly‑minded did not adore creation but the Creator, and bravely trampling upon the threat of the fire they rejoiced chanting: Blessed are You 0 supremely praised, 0 Lord and God of our fathers.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

We sing hymns to you crying: Rejoice, 0 chariot Of the spiritual Sun. Rejoice, 0 true vine that cultured the ripened cluster dripping with wine, making glad the souls of all who faithfully glorify you.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, Bride of God, who carried in your womb the healer of the human race. Rejoice, 0 mystical rod that blossomed the flower that will never wilt. Rejoice, 0 Lady, through whom we are filled with joy and inherited eternal lifeMost‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The tongue practicing oratory is unable to extol you. For you were exalted above the Seraphim, having given birth to Christ the King. Beseech him, 0 Lady, to rescue now from every harm those ‑who bow in faith before you.

Glory…

The ends of the earth extol you, and cry out to you: Rejoice, scroll on which, 0 pure one, the Word was inscribed by the Father's finger. Intercede with him, 0 Theotokos, to enroll your servants in the book of life.

Both now…

We your servants beseech you and bend the knee of' our heart to you. 0 pure one, lend us your ear in afflictions. And your city preserve, 0 Theotokos, from any destruction by the enemies.

ODE EIGHT. THE EIRMOS

The pious youth within the furnace were rescued by the offspring of the Theotokos. He who was Prefigured then has been born on earth, and is gathering the entire universe to sing: Bless the Lord, all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

You received into your womb the Logos: you held in your arms the One who holds all things. With your milk You nourished him who with a nod nourishes the entire universe, 0 purest maiden, to whom we sing: Bless the Lord all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The great mystery of your childbirth did Moses perceive within the burning bush. The youth vividly prefigured this, standing in the midst of fire and remaining unconsumed, 0 undefiled and

holy Virgin. We praise you therefore in hymns to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

We who once by deceit were left naked have put on through your pregnancy the garments of incorruption, and we who sat in the darkness of our transgressions now have seen the light. We therefore praise you in hymns to the ages.

Glory…

The dead have been given life by your power, for you gave birth to the spiritual life. They who once were speechless now are eloquent. Lepers are cleansed and diseases are exterminated. The multitude of aerial spirits are defeated, 0 Virgin, man's salvation.

Both now…

Through you who did bear the world's salvation we were raised up from earth to heaven. Rejoice, all-blessed shelter, strength, wall, and fortification of all who sing: Bless the Lord, all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

ODE NINE. THE EIRMOS.

Let every mortal born on earth with festive lamps In hand, in spirit leap for joy; and you incorporeal angelic Powers in heaven celebrate, thus honoring the sacred feast of the Mother of God, and cry out: Rejoice, all-blessed one, ever‑virgin and pure Theotokos.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

So that we may cry rejoice to you through whom we faithful have become sharers of eternal joy, 0 Maiden, rescue us from temptation, from enemy invasions, and from every other scourge which is bound to follow because of the multitude of transgressions due to the sins of mortals.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

You were seen as our light and surety, we therefore shout to you: Rejoice, 0 unsetting star which leads the great Sun into the world. Rejoice, 0 pure one, for you opened Eden. Rejoice, fiery pillar ushering humankind to life on high.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Let us stand reverently within the temple of our God and cry out: Rejoice, Mistress of the world. Rejoice, 0 Mary, the Lady of us all. Rejoice, only blameless and fair one among women. Rejoice, vessel which accepted the divine inexhaustible ointment Poured upon you.

Glory…

Rejoice, 0 ever‑virgin, dove that brought forth the Lord of mercy. Rejoice, boast of every saint. Rejoice, Crown of laurel of the martyr‑athletes. Rejoice, divine adornment of all righteous, and salvation f or us the believers.

Both now…

Spare, 0 God, the sins of Your own inheritance by Overlooking all of, them now. Accept, 0 Christ, the fervent prayers of her who without seed conceived on earth and carried You who in Your great mercy will to take the form that was not Your own.

Kontakion

0 Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

(On the Fifth Friday, the 4th Stasis is sung here: see pp. 25‑28).

On the First Friday, we sing only the First Stasis, pp. 16‑19.

On the Second Friday, we sing only the Second Stasis, pp. 19‑22.

On the Third Friday, we sing only the Third Stasis, pp. 22‑25.

On the Fourth Friday, we sing only the Fourth Stasis, pp. 25‑28.

FIRST STASIS

Priest: An Angel of the first rank was sent from heaven to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3) And perceiving You, 0 Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe and with his bodiless voice cried aloud to her as follows:

Rejoice, through whom joy shall shine forth;

rejoice, through whom the curse shall vanish.

Rejoice, fallen Adam's restoration;

rejoice, redemption of Eve's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too difficult for human thought to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to perceive

Rejoice, for you are the throne of the King;

rejoice, for you hold him Who sustains everything.

Rejoice, star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, womb in which God became incarnate.

Rejoice, through whom creation is renewed;

rejoice, through whom the Creator becomes an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The holy one, beholding herself in innocence, says to Gabriel: The incredible tidings of your voice appear difficult for my soul to accept. For how do you speak of childbirth from a seedless conception, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Curious to know knowledge what is knowable to no one, the Virgin cried out to the ministering angel: How is it possible for a son to be born of pure loins? Tell me. To whom the angel answered in fear, crying out:

Rejoice, initiate of ineffable counsel;

rejoice, faith of silent beseechers.

Rejoice, introduction to Christ's miracles;

rejoice, consummation of his doctrinal articles.

Rejoice, heavenly ladder by which God came down;

rejoice, bridge leading those from earth to I heaven.

Rejoice, marvel greatly renowned among the Angels;

rejoice, wound bitterly lamented by demons.

Rejoice, for you gave birth to the light ineffably;

rejoice, for the "how" you taught to no one.

Rejoice, surpassing the knowledge of scholars;

rejoice, dawn that illumines the minds of believers.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The divine power of the Most High overshadowed the unwedded Maiden that she might conceive, and made her luxuriant womb appear as a luscious field for everyone who desires to reap salvation while chanting thusly: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: The Virgin, bearing God in her womb, hastened to visit Elizabeth, whose own babe at once knowing her greeting, rejoiced and leaping up as if in song, cried out to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, branch of an unwithered shoot;

rejoice, land of unblemished fruit.

Rejoice, you who cultivate the husband and who loves humankind;

rejoice, for you gave birth to the gardener of our life.

Rejoice, arable land yielding an abundance of compassion;

rejoice, table laden an abundance of grace.

Rejoice, for you make flourish the meadows of luxury;

rejoice, for you prepare a safe harbor for our souls.

Rejoice, intercession's acceptable incense;

rejoice, expiation for all the world.

Rejoice, goodwill of God to mortals;

rejoice, boldness of mortals before God.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Fraught within with confusion, brought about by doubtful thoughts, the wise Joseph was troubled as he looked upon you the unwedded, and suspected you, 0 Blameless one. But when he learned of your conception by the Holy Spirit, he said: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

This is the end of the FIRST Stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue from there on to the end of the service.

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SECOND STASIS

The shepherds heard the appearance of Christ in the flesh being glorified; and hastening as to a shepherd, they beheld him as a spotless lamb who had been pastured in the womb of Mary, to whom they sing praises saying:

Rejoice, mother of the Lamb and Shepherd;

rejoice, sheepfold of spiritual sheep.

Rejoice, defense against invisible enemies;

rejoice, key to the doors of Paradise.

Rejoice, for heavenly things are exulting with the earth;

rejoice, earthly things that are dancing with the heavenly ones.

Rejoice, never‑silent voice of the Apostles;

rejoice, unconquered courage of the Martyrs.

Rejoice, faith's unshakable foundation;

rejoice, shining revelation of grace.

Rejoice, through whom Hades is divested;

rejoice, through whom we have been vested in glory.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Beholding the star leading to God, the Magi followed its brightness; and holding it as a lantern, they searched for the powerful King, and reaching the Unreachable, they rejoiced and cried to him: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: The Chaldean children in the hands of the Virgin saw him who fashioned humankind. And perceiving him to be the Lord, even though he had taken the form of a slave, they hastened to pay tribute with gifts and to greet the blessed Lady:

Rejoice, mother of an unsetting star;

rejoice, dawn of the mystic day.

Rejoice, who extinguished the furnace of error;

rejoice, who enlighten initiates of the Trinity.

Rejoice, deposer of the inhuman tyrant from his rule;

rejoice, discloser of the Lord Christ who loves humankind.

Rejoice, redeemer from pagan religions;

rejoice, deliverer from the mire of sin.

Rejoice, for you have caused the worship of fire to cease;

rejoice, releaser from the flames of passions.

Rejoice, guide of the faithful to chastity;

rejoice, gladness of all generations.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The Magi went to Babylon having become the God‑bearing heralds. For they fulfilled Your prophecy and proclaimed You as the Christ to all, abandoning Herod as frivolous who did not know to sing: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Illumining in Egypt the light of truth, You dispelled the darkness of error; for her idols, 0 Savior, unable to endure your strength fell, while they who were delivered from them cried to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, the restoration of humankind;

rejoice, the downfall of demons.

Rejoice, crusher of the delusion of error;

rejoice, uncoverer of the deceit of idolatry.

Rejoice, sea that drowned the invisible Pharaoh;

rejoice, rock that refreshed those thirsty for life

Rejoice, pillar of fire that guides those in darkness;

rejoice, protection of the world wider than a cloud.

Rejoice, replacer of manna;

rejoice, minister of sacred joy.

Rejoice, land of promises;

rejoice, from whom flow milk and honey.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Master, You were presented as a babe to Symeon on the threshold of being transported out of this present beguiling age, but also perceived by him to be perfect God; for which cause he marveled at Your ineffable wisdom, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

End of the SECOND stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue to the end of the service.

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THIRD STASIS

Priest: The new creation revealed the Creator by showing himself to us whom he created, sprouting up from an unseeded womb, while preserving it just as it was, unspoiled, so that beholding the miracle we might extol her by saying:

Rejoice, flower of incorruption;

rejoice, crown of chastity.

Rejoice, illuminator of the impress. of the resurrection;

rejoice, for the angelical life you exemplified.

Rejoice, tree with luscious fruit, by which the faithful are sustained;

rejoice, foliaged tree of beautiful shade beneath which many are sheltered.

Rejoice, you who were pregnant with the guide for the wayward;

rejoice, you who gave birth to the redeemer of captives.

Rejoice, by whom the righteous Judge is pacified;

rejoice, forgiveness of many offenders.

Rejoice, robe of those without hope;

rejoice, tender love that defeats every longing;

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Seeing the strange childbirth, let us be estranged from the mundane, transporting our mind to heaven. For this purpose the most high God appeared on earth as a lowly man, wishing to attract to heaven those who cry to Him: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Present below completely but in no way absent from on high was the uncircumscribable Logos. For this was divine condescension and not a change of place. He was born of a God‑chosen virgin who heard this that follows:

Rejoice, uncontainable land of God;

rejoice, doorway of sacred mystery.

Rejoice, unbelievable myth for the unfaithful;

rejoice, unequivocal boast of the faithful.

Rejoice, all‑holy vehicle of Him who rides the Cherubim;

rejoice, exquisite domicile of Him who mounts the Seraphim.

Rejoice, bringer of opposites to harmony;

rejoice, joiner of virginity ‑and childbirth.

Rejoice, through whom sin was nullified;

rejoice, through whom Paradise was opened.

Rejoice, key of Christ's kingdom;

rejoice, the hope of eternal blessings.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: All Angels were quite amazed by the great deed of Your incarnation. For they beheld the once inaccessible God accessible to all as‑ a man living among us, while hearing from everyone: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Eloquent rhetors we see mute as fish before you 0 Theotokos. For they are at a loss to explain how you had the power to give birth and yet remained a virgin. But we the faithful marveling at the mystery cry out with faith:

Rejoice, vessel of God's wisdom;

rejoice, storehouse of God's providence.

Rejoice, revealer of philosophers as fools;

rejoice, exposer of the technologists as irrational.

Rejoice, for the fierce debaters are made foolish;

rejoice, for the creators of the myths have wilted.

Rejoice, breaker of the webs of the Athenians' logic;

rejoice, filler of the nets of the fishermen.

Rejoice, drawer of many from the abyss of ignorance;

rejoice, enlightener of many with knowledge.

Rejoice, ship for those wishing salvation;

rejoice, harbor for life's navigators.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Wishing to save the world, the creator of all came down to it of his own will. And while being the shepherd as God, for us he appeared like us, as a man; and having called his own, like by like, as God he hears: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

End of the THIRD stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue to the end of the service.

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FOURTH STASIS

Priest: Theotokos and Virgin, you are the fortress for virgins and for all who run to you for refuge. 0 immaculate Maiden, for the Creator of heaven and earth prepared you, inhabiting your womb and instructing all to address you thus;

Rejoice, pillar of virginity;

rejoice, the gate of salvation.

Rejoice, initiator of spiritual renewal;

rejoice, provider of godly benevolence.

Rejoice, for through you were born again those conceived in shame;

rejoice, for you have admonished those whose intellects had been captured.

Rejoice, for you abolished him who corrupts reason;

rejoice, for you have given birth to the saver of purity

Rejoice, bridal chamber of seedless marriage;

rejoice, you who join the faithful to the Lord.

Rejoice, beautiful nursemaid of virgins;

rejoice, bridesmaid of souls that are holy.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Unsuccessful is every hymn that attempts to pay homage to the multitude of Your mercies. For even if we offer You odes in number equal to the sands, 0 holy King, yet we do nothing worthy of what You have given us who cry to You: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: We see the holy Virgin, as a light‑bearing torch who brings light to those in darkness. For she lit the spiritual light, and thus leads everyone to divine knowledge, enlightening the mind with the light of dawn and is honored by such praises:

Rejoice, ray of the spiritual Sun;

rejoice, beam of the unsetting luster.

Rejoice, lightning completely illuminating souls;

rejoice, thunder that stuns the enemies.

Rejoice, for the glowing light you make rise upon the earth;

rejoice, for you spring forth the flowing river.

Rejoice, you who illustrate the image of the font;

rejoice, you who wash away the stain of sin.

Rejoice, water washing consciences clean;

rejoice, cup that mixes great joy.

Rejoice, sweet smelling fragrance of Christ;

rejoice, life of the mystical feasting.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Wishing to grant pardon for ancient debts, he who cancels the debts of all people came himself and dwelt among those who were estranged from his divine grace; and tearing apart the record of sin, he hears from everyone: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Extolling your birth-giving, we all praise you as a living temple, 0 Theotokos. For the Lord whose hand sustains the world, having dwelt in your womb, sanctified and glorified you, and instructed all people to cry to you:

Rejoice, tabernacle of God the Logos;

rejoice, holy one, holier than the holies.

Rejoice, ark that was gilt by the Spirit;

rejoice, inexhaustible treasure of life.

Rejoice, precious diadem of godly kings;

rejoice, honored pride of the pious priests.

Rejoice, the Church's unshakable tower;

rejoice, the kingdom's unassailable fortress.

Rejoice, through whom trophies of victory are raised;

rejoice, through whom enemies are defeated.

Rejoice, healing of my body;

rejoice, my soul's salvation.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: You, all‑laudable Mother who gave birth to the Logos, the holiest of all who are holy (3), while accepting this offering now, deliver everyone from all calamities, and deliver from future punishment those who cry out: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Kontakion

People: 0 Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

End of the FOURTH Stasis. We now say "'Holy God" on p. 29, and continue to the end of the service.

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Priest: An angel of the first rank was sent down from heaven to ‑say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3) And perceiving You, 0 Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe and with his bodiless voice, cried aloud to her as follows:

Rejoice, through whom joy shall shine forth;

rejoice, through whom the curse shall vanish.

Rejoice, fallen Adam's restoration;

rejoice, the redemption of Eve's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too difficult for human thought to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to perceive.

Rejoice, for you are the throne. of the King;

rejoice, for you hold him who sustains everything.

Rejoice, star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, womb in which God became incarnate.

Rejoice, through whom creation is renewed;

rejoice, through whom the Creator becomes an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The holy one, beholding himself in innocence, says to Gabriel: the incredible tidings of your voice appear difficult for my soul to accept. For how do you speak of childbirth from a seedless conception, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

People: 0Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

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

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

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

And the Apolytikion of the day.

People: Lord, have mercy (40).

At all times and in every hour, You are worshiped and glorified in heaven and on earth, Christ our God. Long in patience, great in mercy and compassion, You love the righteous and show mercy to sinners. You call all to salvation through the promise of good things to come. Lord, receive our prayers at the present time. Direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls. Purify our bodies. Set our minds aright. Cleanse our thoughts and deliver us from all sorrow, evil, and distress. Surround us with Your holy angels that, guarded and guided by them, we may arrive at the unity of faith and the understanding of Your ineffable glory. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

people: In the name of the Lord, Father bless.

Priest: May God have compassion on us and bless us, reveal the glory of his face upon us and have mercy on us.

Prayer to the Theotokos

People: Amen. Spotless, undefiled, immaculate, unstained, pure Virgin, Lady, and Bride of God, by your wondrous conception you united God the Word with human beings and joined the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things. You are the only, hope of the hopeless, and the help of those oppressed. You are the ready protection of those who flee to you and the refuge of all Christians. Do not spurn me an accused sinner, though I have made myself completely useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds and through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God who loves all people, mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and a prodigal and receive my prayer though it be offered to you by unclean lips. Entreat your Son and our Lord and Master, using your boldness as a mother, SO that he may open to me the loving mercy of his goodness, overlook my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, and make me an acceptable doer of his commandments. Always be near me, for

You are merciful, compassionate, and loving. Be my ardent help and protection in this present life, defending me from the assaults of adversaries, and lead me to salvation. At the hour of my death, care for my miserable soul and drive the dark faces of evil spirits far from it. On the awesome day of judgment, save me from eternal punishment and make me an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son, our God. May this be my lot, my Lady, all holy Theotokos, through your intercession and help, by the grace and love of your only begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior Jesus to whom belong all glory, honor, and worship with his eternal Father, and his all holy, righteous, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ

Grant us, Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for body and soul. Protect us from the gloom of sinful sleep and from all dark pleasures of the night. Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of evil which are treacherously cast against us. Check the turbulence of our flesh and lull all our earthly and mundane thoughts. Grant us, O God, a watchful mind, prudent reason, a vigilant heart, and tranquil sleep, free from all evil fantasies. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthen us in Your commandments, and keep unshaken within us the remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to glorify You all night long that we may praise and bless and glorify Your all honorable and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Most glorious, ever virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayers to your Son and our God, and plead with him, that through you he may save our souls.

My hope is the Father; my refuge, the Son; my protection, the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to You.

My every hope I place in you, Mother of God, keep me under your protection.

Priest: Let us beseech the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel. Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the holy Gospel.

Priest: Peace be to all.

People: And with your spirit.

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THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is read only on the First Friday. On the other Fridays, we proceed directly to the Dismissal.

 

Priest: The reading is from the holy Gospel according to John. Let us be attentive.

Chapter 15.1‑7

The Lord said: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

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THE DISMISSAL

Priest: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest: May Christ our true God, as a good, loving, and merciful God, have mercy upon ‑us and save us, through the intercessions of His most pure and most holy Mother; our holy God‑bearing Fathers; the holy and righteous ancestors Joachim and Anna, and all the saints.

Priest: Let us pray for the peace of the world.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For all devout Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our departed fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who hate us, and for those who love us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who show mercy toward us, and for those who serve us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who enjoin us in our unworthiness to pray for them.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the release of captives.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the safety of those at sea.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who are lying ill.

People: Lord, have mercy.

 Priest: Let us pray also for the abundance of the fruits of the earth.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: And for the soul of every Orthodox Christian.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us bless all those in public service.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Orthodox hierarchs.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: The founders of this holy church.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Our parents and teachers, and all our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers who have gone before us, those who peacefully lie here, and the Orthodox everywhere.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us say also for ourselves: Lord, have mercy (3).

Tone Three

People: At the beauty of your virginity, and the resplendency of your chastity, Gabriel stood amazed and cried to you, 0 Theotokos: What are the appropriate words of praise to present to you? What name shall I call you by? At a loss and perplexed am I. And so as I was ordered I cry to you: rejoice, 0 you Who are full of grace!

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Rejoice, my bodily health's restoration;

rejoice, my soul's everlasting salvation.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: You, all‑laudable Mother

who gave birth to the Logos

who is holiest of all who are holy (3),

while accepting this offering now,

from calamities all deliver everyone,

and redeem from the future torments of hell

those who cry out with zeal: Alleluia.

 

People: Alleluia.

Kontakion

People: 0 Champion General, I your city now inscribe to you triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, being rescued from the terrors, 0 Theotokos. But since you have the dominion unassailable, from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, I may cry aloud: rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

End of the FOURTH Stasis

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On the FIFTH Friday in Holy Lent,

when the Small Compline and

the Akathist Hymn are sung as written

in this book, the following verses from

the FIRST Stasis are sung just

before the last "0 Champion General."

Priest: An angel of the first rank

was sent down from the heavens

to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3)

And perceiving, 0 Lord, at the sound

of his bodiless voice You taking form bodily,

astounded did he stand and cry out

unto her such things as follow:

Rejoice, through whom is the joy to shine forth;

rejoice, through whom is the curse to vanish.

Rejoice, restoration of Adam the fallen one;

rejoice, the redemption of downfallen Eva's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too arduous for thoughts of humans to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to apprehend.

Rejoice, for you are the throne of the King;

rejoice, for you are holding Him who holds everything.

Rejoice, the star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, the womb wherein God becomes incarnate.

Rejoice, whence comes the creation's renewal;

rejoice, whence becomes the Creator an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: 0 Champion General, I your city now inscribe to you triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, being rescued from the terrors, 0 Theotokos. But since you have the dominion unassailable, from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, I may cry aloud: rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

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

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

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

And the Apolytikion of the day.

 

People: Lord, have mercy (40).

At all times and in every hour, You are worshiped and glorified in heaven and on earth, Christ our God. Long in patience, great in mercy and compassion, You love the righteous and show' mercy to sinners. You call all to salvation through the promise of good things to come. Lord, receive our prayers at the present time. Direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls. Purify our bodies. Set our minds aright. Cleanse our thoughts and deliver us from all sorrow, evil, and distress. Surround us with Your holy angels that, guarded and guided by them, we may arrive at the unity of faith and the understanding of Your ineffable glory. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

People: In the name of the Lord, Father bless.

Priest: May God have compassion on us and bless us, reveal the glory of his face upon us and have mercy on us.

People: Amen. Spotless, undefiled, immaculate, unstained, pure Virgin, Lady, and Bride of God, by your wondrous conception you united God the Word with human beings and joined the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things. You are the only hope of the hopeless, and the help of those oppressed. You are the ready protection of those who flee to you and the refuge of all Christians. Do not spurn me an accused sinner, though I have made myself completely useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds and through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God who loves all people, mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and a prodigal and receive my prayer though it be offered to you by unclean lips. Entreat your Son and our Lord and Master, using your boldness as a mother, so that he may open to me the loving mercy of his goodness, overlook my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, and make me an acceptable doer of his commandments. Always be near me, for you are merciful, compassionate, and loving. Be my ardent help and protection in this present life, defending me from the assaults of adversaries, and lead me to salvation. At the hour of my death, care for my miserable soul and drive the dark faces of evil spirits far from it. On the awesome day of judgment, save me from eternal punishment and make me an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son, our God. May this be my lot, my Lady, all holy Theotokos, through your intercession and help, by the grace and love of your only begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ; to whom belong all glory, honor, and worship, with his eternal Father, and his all holy, righteous, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ

Grant us, Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for body and soul. Protect us from the gloom of sinful sleep and from all dark pleasures of the night. Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of evil which are treacherously cast against us. Check the turbulence of our flesh and lull all our earthly and mundane thoughts. Grant us, 0 God, a watchful mind, prudent reason, a vigilant heart, and tranquil sleep, free from all evil fantasies. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthen us in Your commandments, and keep unshaken within us the remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to glorify You all night long that we may praise and bless and glorify Your all honorable and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Most glorious, ever virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayers to your Son and our God,

and plead with Him, that through you He may save our souls.

My hope is the Father; my refuge, the Son; my protection, the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to You.

My every hope I place in you, Mother of God, keep me under your protection.

Priest: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest: May Christ our true God, as a good, loving, and merciful God, have mercy upon us and save us, through the intercessions of His most pure and most holy Mother; our holy God‑bearing Fathers; the holy and righteous ancestors Joachim and Anna, and all the saints.

Priest: Let us pray for the peace of the world.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For all devout Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our departed fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who hate us, and for those who love us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who show mercy toward us, and for those who serve us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who enjoin us in our unworthiness to pray for them.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the release of captives.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the safety of those at sea.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who are lying ill.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us pray also for the abundance of the fruits of the earth.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: And for the soul of every Orthodox Christian.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us bless all devout rulers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Orthodox hierarchs.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: The founders of this holy church.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Our parents and teachers, and all our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers who have gone before us, those who peacefully lie here, and the Orthodox everywhere.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us say also for ourselves: Lord, have mercy (3).

Tone Three

People: At the beauty of

your virginity,

and the resplendency

of your chastity,

Gabriel stood amazed and cried

to you, 0 Theotokos:

What are the appropriate

words of praise to present to you?

What name shall I call you by?

At a loss and perplexed am I.

And so as I was ordered I cry to you:

rejoice, 0 you who are full of grace!

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

On Friday of the 1st Week of Holy Lent, after the 1st Stasis of the Salutations, the following Gospel is read.

Priest: Let us beseech the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel. Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the holy Gospel.

Priest: Peace be to all.

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: The reading is from the holy Gospel according to John. Let us be attentive.

Chapter 15.1 ‑7

The Lord said: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you . Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.



 

   
   
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THE AKATHIST HYMN AND SMALL COMPLINE

Translated by
N. Michael Vaporis and Evie Zachariades‑Holmberg

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX PRESS

Brookline, Massachusetts 02146 @ Copyright 1992 by Themely Publications

Published by Holy Cross Orthodox Press
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The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline are two services which are sung on the first five Fridays during Great Lent.

The Small Compline, which begins on page 1 and continues up to the canon on page 7, is sung on each of the five Fridays. This is also true of the prayers beginning with "Holy God" on page 29 and continuing to the end of the service with the exception that the Holy Gospel is read only on the First Friday.

On each of the first four Fridays the canon is sung beginning on page 7 through page 16. At the same time, one of the four stases is also chanted by the Priest on each successive Friday. See text for directions.

On the Fifth Friday, when the entire two services are sung, including all four stases, the order is as follows: The first 7 pages are sung followed by the first stasis (pages 16‑19). Then the first and third odes are chanted (pages 7‑9). This is followed by the second stasis (pages 19‑22). Then the fourth, fifth, and sixth odes are sung (pages 9‑15), followed by the third stasis (pages 22‑25). The seventh, eighth, and ninth odes are sung (pages 12‑15), followed by the fourth stasis (p. 25 ‑ ) and the remainder of the service to page 36.

Preface

Holy Cross Orthodox Press is pleased to offer a new revised bilingual edition of the Akathist Hymn and Small Compline to the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Church.

This edition is a successor to the one published by Holy Cross in 1990 and authored by myself and Hieromonk Serapheim (Dedes) of the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos. Due to personal reasons, Hieromonk Serapheim requested that his name be removed from that edition. This led naturally to a complete revision of that edition with the collaboration of my colleague Professor Evie‑Marie Zachariades Holmberg of the Greek Department of Hellenic College. Nonetheless, this edition continues to owe much to Hieromonk Serapheim.

We hope that this edition of the Akathist and the Small Compline will be received by the faithful and clergy with the same enthusiasm as the other liturgical publications of Holy Cross Orthodox Press.

Now it only remains to thank a number of individuals who contributed to this volume: Metropolitan Demetrios Trakatellis and Father Theodore Stylianopoulos for their valuable advice. Many thanks are also due to Fathers Alkiviadis Calivas and George Papademetriou for graciously reviewing portions of the Greek and English texts. I am also indebted to Maria Moschoni, Georgia Stathopoulou, and Stelyio Muksuris for the special care they took in typesetting this volume.

Finally, a special debt is owed to Bishop Methodios Tournas, President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, to whom this volume is dedicated, for his steadfast support of academic publications in general and liturgical works in particular.

N. Michael Vaporis

THE AKATHIST HYMN

AND

SMALL COMPLINE

Priest: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth who are present everywhere and fill all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us. Cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, gracious Lord.

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

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the‑glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

People: Lord,, have mercy (12).

Come, let us worship and bow down to God, our King.

Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ himself, our King and our God.

PSALM 50 (51)

Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and victorious when You are judged. For behold, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. For behold, You have loved truth; You have made known to me the secret and hidden things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; You shall wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the afflicted bones may rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, 0 God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and establish me with Your governing Spirit. I shall teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, 0God, the God of my salvation, my tongue shall joyfully declare Your righteousness. Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise. For if You had desired sacrifice, I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; God will not despise a broken and a humbled heart. Do good in Your good pleasure to Sion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole burnt offerings. Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

PSALM 69 (70)

0 God, be attentive to help me. Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life. Let them be turned back and be ashamed who desire evil against me. Let them be turned back because of their shame, who say to me, Well done! Well done! Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! But as for me, I am poor and needy; 0 God, help me! You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

PSALM 142 (143)

Lord, hear my prayer. In Your truth, give ear to my supplications; in Your righteousness, hear me. Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is justified in Your sight. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead, and my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed. I remembered the days of old; I meditated on all Your works; I pondered on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Lord, hear me quickly; my spirit fails. Turn not Your face away from me, lest I be

like those who go down into the pit. Let me hear Your mercy in the morning, for in You I have put my trust. Lord, teach me to know the way in which ‑1 should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies; to You have I fled for refuge. Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. Your good Spirit shall lead me on a level path; Lord, for your name's sake You shall preserve my life. In your righteousness, You shall bring my soul out of trouble, and in Your mercy, You shall utterly destroy my enemies. And You shall destroy all those who afflict my soul, for I am Your servant.

DOXOLOGY

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to all people. We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to you for Your great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father, almighty Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father who take away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us, You who take away the sins of the world. Receive our prayer, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy upon us. For You only are holy, only You are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Each evening we bless You, and we praise Your name forever and to the ages of ages. Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy upon me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You . Lord, to You have I fled; teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. For You are the source of life, and in Your light we shall see light. Continue Your mercy to those who know You. Lord, grant to keep us this night without sin. Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers. Your name is praised and glorified from all ages. Amen. Let Your mercy, Lord, lighten upon us, as our trust is in You. Blessed are You, Lord, teach me Your commandments. Blessed are You, Master, teach me Your commandments. Blessed are You, Holy One, enlighten me in Your commandments. Your mercy, Lord, endures forever; turn not away from the works of Your hands. To you belongs praise, to You belongs worship, to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

THE CREED

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried. On the third day He rose according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the ages to come. Amen.

It is truly worthy to bless you, the Theotokos, the ever blessed and most pure and mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, incorruptibly you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

Apolytikion. Eighth Tone

When the bodiless learned of the secret command, he came in haste to Joseph's house and said to her who knew not wedlock: He who bowed the heavens by coming down is contained wholly and unchanged in you. Seeing him take the form of a servant in your womb, I stand in awe and cry out to You: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

(On the 5th Friday the 1st Stasis is sung here; see pp. 16‑19).

CANON

ODE ONE. TONE FOUR. THE EIRMOS

I shall open my mouth and it shall be filled with the Spirit; and I shall pour out a word to the Mother and Queen; and I shall be seen cheerfully celebrating; and rejoicing I shall sing her miracles.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

0 animate book of Christ, sealed by the Spirit, 0 pure one, the great Archangel, beholding you, exclaimed: Rejoice, 0 vessel of joy through whom the first mother's curse shall be broken.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, Virgin Bride of God, the restoration of Adam, the mortification of Hades. Rejoice, completely unblemished 'One, the palace of the only King. Rejoice, fiery throne of the Sovereign of all.

Glory…

Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth‑giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded, the world's salvation.

Both now…

Rejoice, treasury of purity, through whom we have risen from our fall. Rejoice, 0 Lady, sweet‑smelling lilly that sends forth its fragrant scent to the faithful. Rejoice, aromatic incense and precious oil of myrrh.

ODE THREE. THE EIRMOS

0 Theotokos, living and abundant fountain, strengthen those united in spiritual fellowship who sing hymns of praise to you. And in your divine glory, deem them worthy of crowns of glory.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, untilled land which has sprouted the divine ear of wheat. Rejoice, living table which has held the bread of life. Rejoice, 0 Lady, never empty font of living water.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, 0 heifer that gave birth to the unblemished calf for the faithful. Rejoice, 0 ewe that conceived the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Rejoice, 0 warm mercy seat, our fervent intercessor. Glory

Rejoice, luminous morning that alone brings Christ the Sun. Rejoice, dwelling place of light, dispeller of darkness who has diminished utterly the darkened demons.

Both now…

Rejoice, only gate that only the Logos has gone through, for in your giving birth you shattered the bars and gates of Hades. Rejoice, all‑laudable, divine entrance of those who are being saved.

(On the 5th Friday the 2nd Stasis is sung here; see pp. 19‑21.)

ODE FOUR. THE EIRMOS.

He who sits in holy glory, on the throne of Divinity, on a swift cloud came Jesus the transcendent God, and by his undefiled hand has saved those who cry Out; Glory be to Your power, 0 Christ.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

In voices of song faithfully we rejoice all‑laudable One. Rejoice, rich mountain flowing with the milk of the Spirit. Rejoice, lamp and golden jar containing the manna which sweetens the senses of the devout.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, mercy‑seat of the world untainted Lady. Rejoice, raising all from earth by grace.

Rejoice bridge that truly conveys from death to life all those who sing your praises.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

More exalted than the heavens, rejoice, you who carded earth's foundation painlessly in your womb. Rejoice, 0 sea shell who dyed with your own virgin blood the divine purple robe worn by the King of angelic hosts. Glory

Lady, you truly gave birth to the divine Giver of the law who washes clean the lawlessness of all. 0 incomprehensible depth and ineffable height, Maiden unwedded, through whom we are deified.

Both now…

You have woven for the world a crown unwoven by human hands and we praise you saying: Rejoice, 0 Virgin, the fortress and citadel and protective wall and refuge of all.

ODE FIVE. THE EIRMOS

Amazed was the universe by your divine glory. For while never experiencing marriage, you held, 0 Virgin, the God of all in your womb, and gave birth to an eternal Son who grants salvation to all who chant hymns of praise to you.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, for you carried in your womb the Way of life. Rejoice, Bride of God, all‑blameless Maiden, who saved the world from the flood of sin. Rejoice, awe‑inspiring message and report, habitation of the One who is Lord of all creation.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The might and the fortress of the human race, 0 Undefiled. Rejoice, holy place of glory, slayer of Hades, and bridal chamber of light. Rejoice, delight of the angels. Rejoice, helper of those who pray to you faithfully.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Fiery chariot of God the Word and risen Son. Rejoice, Lady, living paradise, which in its center contains the tree of life, the Lord, whose sweetness gives life to those who participate with faith although subject to decay.

Glory…

Strengthened by your power, we faithfully cry out to you with faith: Rejoice, city of the Great King, about which glorious and remarkable things have been clearly declared. Rejoice, 0 unquarried mountain and unfathomable depth.

Both now…

Rejoice, 0 Undefiled dwelling of the Word, seashell that producesthe divine pearl. Rejoice, 0 Lady, exceedingly wonderful, ‑who reconciles with God all those who bless you, the Theotokos, each time.

ODE SIX. THE EIRMOS

0 godly‑minded people, as we perform this divine and all‑honorable feast in honor of the Mother of our God, let us clap our hands and give glory to God who was born of her.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us

The spotless chamber of the Word, for all the Cause of deification, rejoice, all‑undefiled the prophets' echoing prophecy. Rejoice, adornment of the Apostles.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

From you has dripped the refreshing dew that quenched the flame of idolatry. We therefore cry aloud to you: Rejoice, 0 Virgin, fleece cover with dew which Gideon foresaw.

Glory…

Behold, we cry out to you, rejoice. Become for us a harbor and haven, for we are tossed about on the sea of adversity, and of the many scandals of him who wars with us.

Both now…

0 cause for joy, endow our thoughts with grace that we may cry: Rejoice, 0 unconsumed bush and shining cloud that overshadows without ceasing the faithful.

(On the 5th Friday, the 3rd Stasis is sung here; see pp. 22‑24)

ODE SEVEN. THE EIRMOS

People: The godly‑minded did not adore creation but the Creator, and bravely trampling upon the threat of the fire they rejoiced chanting: Blessed are You 0 supremely praised, 0 Lord and God of our fathers.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

We sing hymns to you crying: Rejoice, 0 chariot Of the spiritual Sun. Rejoice, 0 true vine that cultured the ripened cluster dripping with wine, making glad the souls of all who faithfully glorify you.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, Bride of God, who carried in your womb the healer of the human race. Rejoice, 0 mystical rod that blossomed the flower that will never wilt. Rejoice, 0 Lady, through whom we are filled with joy and inherited eternal lifeMost‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The tongue practicing oratory is unable to extol you. For you were exalted above the Seraphim, having given birth to Christ the King. Beseech him, 0 Lady, to rescue now from every harm those ‑who bow in faith before you.

Glory…

The ends of the earth extol you, and cry out to you: Rejoice, scroll on which, 0 pure one, the Word was inscribed by the Father's finger. Intercede with him, 0 Theotokos, to enroll your servants in the book of life.

Both now…

We your servants beseech you and bend the knee of' our heart to you. 0 pure one, lend us your ear in afflictions. And your city preserve, 0 Theotokos, from any destruction by the enemies.

ODE EIGHT. THE EIRMOS

The pious youth within the furnace were rescued by the offspring of the Theotokos. He who was Prefigured then has been born on earth, and is gathering the entire universe to sing: Bless the Lord, all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

You received into your womb the Logos: you held in your arms the One who holds all things. With your milk You nourished him who with a nod nourishes the entire universe, 0 purest maiden, to whom we sing: Bless the Lord all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

The great mystery of your childbirth did Moses perceive within the burning bush. The youth vividly prefigured this, standing in the midst of fire and remaining unconsumed, 0 undefiled and

holy Virgin. We praise you therefore in hymns to the ages.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

We who once by deceit were left naked have put on through your pregnancy the garments of incorruption, and we who sat in the darkness of our transgressions now have seen the light. We therefore praise you in hymns to the ages.

Glory…

The dead have been given life by your power, for you gave birth to the spiritual life. They who once were speechless now are eloquent. Lepers are cleansed and diseases are exterminated. The multitude of aerial spirits are defeated, 0 Virgin, man's salvation.

Both now…

Through you who did bear the world's salvation we were raised up from earth to heaven. Rejoice, all-blessed shelter, strength, wall, and fortification of all who sing: Bless the Lord, all his works, and magnify him to the ages.

ODE NINE. THE EIRMOS.

Let every mortal born on earth with festive lamps In hand, in spirit leap for joy; and you incorporeal angelic Powers in heaven celebrate, thus honoring the sacred feast of the Mother of God, and cry out: Rejoice, all-blessed one, ever‑virgin and pure Theotokos.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

So that we may cry rejoice to you through whom we faithful have become sharers of eternal joy, 0 Maiden, rescue us from temptation, from enemy invasions, and from every other scourge which is bound to follow because of the multitude of transgressions due to the sins of mortals.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

You were seen as our light and surety, we therefore shout to you: Rejoice, 0 unsetting star which leads the great Sun into the world. Rejoice, 0 pure one, for you opened Eden. Rejoice, fiery pillar ushering humankind to life on high.

Most‑holy Theotokos, save us.

Let us stand reverently within the temple of our God and cry out: Rejoice, Mistress of the world. Rejoice, 0 Mary, the Lady of us all. Rejoice, only blameless and fair one among women. Rejoice, vessel which accepted the divine inexhaustible ointment Poured upon you.

Glory…

Rejoice, 0 ever‑virgin, dove that brought forth the Lord of mercy. Rejoice, boast of every saint. Rejoice, Crown of laurel of the martyr‑athletes. Rejoice, divine adornment of all righteous, and salvation f or us the believers.

Both now…

Spare, 0 God, the sins of Your own inheritance by Overlooking all of, them now. Accept, 0 Christ, the fervent prayers of her who without seed conceived on earth and carried You who in Your great mercy will to take the form that was not Your own.

Kontakion

0 Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

(On the Fifth Friday, the 4th Stasis is sung here: see pp. 25‑28).

On the First Friday, we sing only the First Stasis, pp. 16‑19.

On the Second Friday, we sing only the Second Stasis, pp. 19‑22.

On the Third Friday, we sing only the Third Stasis, pp. 22‑25.

On the Fourth Friday, we sing only the Fourth Stasis, pp. 25‑28.

FIRST STASIS

Priest: An Angel of the first rank was sent from heaven to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3) And perceiving You, 0 Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe and with his bodiless voice cried aloud to her as follows:

Rejoice, through whom joy shall shine forth;

rejoice, through whom the curse shall vanish.

Rejoice, fallen Adam's restoration;

rejoice, redemption of Eve's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too difficult for human thought to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to perceive

Rejoice, for you are the throne of the King;

rejoice, for you hold him Who sustains everything.

Rejoice, star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, womb in which God became incarnate.

Rejoice, through whom creation is renewed;

rejoice, through whom the Creator becomes an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The holy one, beholding herself in innocence, says to Gabriel: The incredible tidings of your voice appear difficult for my soul to accept. For how do you speak of childbirth from a seedless conception, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Curious to know knowledge what is knowable to no one, the Virgin cried out to the ministering angel: How is it possible for a son to be born of pure loins? Tell me. To whom the angel answered in fear, crying out:

Rejoice, initiate of ineffable counsel;

rejoice, faith of silent beseechers.

Rejoice, introduction to Christ's miracles;

rejoice, consummation of his doctrinal articles.

Rejoice, heavenly ladder by which God came down;

rejoice, bridge leading those from earth to I heaven.

Rejoice, marvel greatly renowned among the Angels;

rejoice, wound bitterly lamented by demons.

Rejoice, for you gave birth to the light ineffably;

rejoice, for the "how" you taught to no one.

Rejoice, surpassing the knowledge of scholars;

rejoice, dawn that illumines the minds of believers.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The divine power of the Most High overshadowed the unwedded Maiden that she might conceive, and made her luxuriant womb appear as a luscious field for everyone who desires to reap salvation while chanting thusly: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: The Virgin, bearing God in her womb, hastened to visit Elizabeth, whose own babe at once knowing her greeting, rejoiced and leaping up as if in song, cried out to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, branch of an unwithered shoot;

rejoice, land of unblemished fruit.

Rejoice, you who cultivate the husband and who loves humankind;

rejoice, for you gave birth to the gardener of our life.

Rejoice, arable land yielding an abundance of compassion;

rejoice, table laden an abundance of grace.

Rejoice, for you make flourish the meadows of luxury;

rejoice, for you prepare a safe harbor for our souls.

Rejoice, intercession's acceptable incense;

rejoice, expiation for all the world.

Rejoice, goodwill of God to mortals;

rejoice, boldness of mortals before God.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Fraught within with confusion, brought about by doubtful thoughts, the wise Joseph was troubled as he looked upon you the unwedded, and suspected you, 0 Blameless one. But when he learned of your conception by the Holy Spirit, he said: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

This is the end of the FIRST Stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue from there on to the end of the service.

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SECOND STASIS

The shepherds heard the appearance of Christ in the flesh being glorified; and hastening as to a shepherd, they beheld him as a spotless lamb who had been pastured in the womb of Mary, to whom they sing praises saying:

Rejoice, mother of the Lamb and Shepherd;

rejoice, sheepfold of spiritual sheep.

Rejoice, defense against invisible enemies;

rejoice, key to the doors of Paradise.

Rejoice, for heavenly things are exulting with the earth;

rejoice, earthly things that are dancing with the heavenly ones.

Rejoice, never‑silent voice of the Apostles;

rejoice, unconquered courage of the Martyrs.

Rejoice, faith's unshakable foundation;

rejoice, shining revelation of grace.

Rejoice, through whom Hades is divested;

rejoice, through whom we have been vested in glory.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Beholding the star leading to God, the Magi followed its brightness; and holding it as a lantern, they searched for the powerful King, and reaching the Unreachable, they rejoiced and cried to him: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: The Chaldean children in the hands of the Virgin saw him who fashioned humankind. And perceiving him to be the Lord, even though he had taken the form of a slave, they hastened to pay tribute with gifts and to greet the blessed Lady:

Rejoice, mother of an unsetting star;

rejoice, dawn of the mystic day.

Rejoice, who extinguished the furnace of error;

rejoice, who enlighten initiates of the Trinity.

Rejoice, deposer of the inhuman tyrant from his rule;

rejoice, discloser of the Lord Christ who loves humankind.

Rejoice, redeemer from pagan religions;

rejoice, deliverer from the mire of sin.

Rejoice, for you have caused the worship of fire to cease;

rejoice, releaser from the flames of passions.

Rejoice, guide of the faithful to chastity;

rejoice, gladness of all generations.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The Magi went to Babylon having become the God‑bearing heralds. For they fulfilled Your prophecy and proclaimed You as the Christ to all, abandoning Herod as frivolous who did not know to sing: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Illumining in Egypt the light of truth, You dispelled the darkness of error; for her idols, 0 Savior, unable to endure your strength fell, while they who were delivered from them cried to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, the restoration of humankind;

rejoice, the downfall of demons.

Rejoice, crusher of the delusion of error;

rejoice, uncoverer of the deceit of idolatry.

Rejoice, sea that drowned the invisible Pharaoh;

rejoice, rock that refreshed those thirsty for life

Rejoice, pillar of fire that guides those in darkness;

rejoice, protection of the world wider than a cloud.

Rejoice, replacer of manna;

rejoice, minister of sacred joy.

Rejoice, land of promises;

rejoice, from whom flow milk and honey.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Master, You were presented as a babe to Symeon on the threshold of being transported out of this present beguiling age, but also perceived by him to be perfect God; for which cause he marveled at Your ineffable wisdom, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

End of the SECOND stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue to the end of the service.

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THIRD STASIS

Priest: The new creation revealed the Creator by showing himself to us whom he created, sprouting up from an unseeded womb, while preserving it just as it was, unspoiled, so that beholding the miracle we might extol her by saying:

Rejoice, flower of incorruption;

rejoice, crown of chastity.

Rejoice, illuminator of the impress. of the resurrection;

rejoice, for the angelical life you exemplified.

Rejoice, tree with luscious fruit, by which the faithful are sustained;

rejoice, foliaged tree of beautiful shade beneath which many are sheltered.

Rejoice, you who were pregnant with the guide for the wayward;

rejoice, you who gave birth to the redeemer of captives.

Rejoice, by whom the righteous Judge is pacified;

rejoice, forgiveness of many offenders.

Rejoice, robe of those without hope;

rejoice, tender love that defeats every longing;

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Seeing the strange childbirth, let us be estranged from the mundane, transporting our mind to heaven. For this purpose the most high God appeared on earth as a lowly man, wishing to attract to heaven those who cry to Him: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Present below completely but in no way absent from on high was the uncircumscribable Logos. For this was divine condescension and not a change of place. He was born of a God‑chosen virgin who heard this that follows:

Rejoice, uncontainable land of God;

rejoice, doorway of sacred mystery.

Rejoice, unbelievable myth for the unfaithful;

rejoice, unequivocal boast of the faithful.

Rejoice, all‑holy vehicle of Him who rides the Cherubim;

rejoice, exquisite domicile of Him who mounts the Seraphim.

Rejoice, bringer of opposites to harmony;

rejoice, joiner of virginity ‑and childbirth.

Rejoice, through whom sin was nullified;

rejoice, through whom Paradise was opened.

Rejoice, key of Christ's kingdom;

rejoice, the hope of eternal blessings.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: All Angels were quite amazed by the great deed of Your incarnation. For they beheld the once inaccessible God accessible to all as‑ a man living among us, while hearing from everyone: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Eloquent rhetors we see mute as fish before you 0 Theotokos. For they are at a loss to explain how you had the power to give birth and yet remained a virgin. But we the faithful marveling at the mystery cry out with faith:

Rejoice, vessel of God's wisdom;

rejoice, storehouse of God's providence.

Rejoice, revealer of philosophers as fools;

rejoice, exposer of the technologists as irrational.

Rejoice, for the fierce debaters are made foolish;

rejoice, for the creators of the myths have wilted.

Rejoice, breaker of the webs of the Athenians' logic;

rejoice, filler of the nets of the fishermen.

Rejoice, drawer of many from the abyss of ignorance;

rejoice, enlightener of many with knowledge.

Rejoice, ship for those wishing salvation;

rejoice, harbor for life's navigators.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Wishing to save the world, the creator of all came down to it of his own will. And while being the shepherd as God, for us he appeared like us, as a man; and having called his own, like by like, as God he hears: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

End of the THIRD stasis. Now turn to p. 29 where we sing "0 Champion General" and continue to the end of the service.

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FOURTH STASIS

Priest: Theotokos and Virgin, you are the fortress for virgins and for all who run to you for refuge. 0 immaculate Maiden, for the Creator of heaven and earth prepared you, inhabiting your womb and instructing all to address you thus;

Rejoice, pillar of virginity;

rejoice, the gate of salvation.

Rejoice, initiator of spiritual renewal;

rejoice, provider of godly benevolence.

Rejoice, for through you were born again those conceived in shame;

rejoice, for you have admonished those whose intellects had been captured.

Rejoice, for you abolished him who corrupts reason;

rejoice, for you have given birth to the saver of purity

Rejoice, bridal chamber of seedless marriage;

rejoice, you who join the faithful to the Lord.

Rejoice, beautiful nursemaid of virgins;

rejoice, bridesmaid of souls that are holy.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Unsuccessful is every hymn that attempts to pay homage to the multitude of Your mercies. For even if we offer You odes in number equal to the sands, 0 holy King, yet we do nothing worthy of what You have given us who cry to You: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: We see the holy Virgin, as a light‑bearing torch who brings light to those in darkness. For she lit the spiritual light, and thus leads everyone to divine knowledge, enlightening the mind with the light of dawn and is honored by such praises:

Rejoice, ray of the spiritual Sun;

rejoice, beam of the unsetting luster.

Rejoice, lightning completely illuminating souls;

rejoice, thunder that stuns the enemies.

Rejoice, for the glowing light you make rise upon the earth;

rejoice, for you spring forth the flowing river.

Rejoice, you who illustrate the image of the font;

rejoice, you who wash away the stain of sin.

Rejoice, water washing consciences clean;

rejoice, cup that mixes great joy.

Rejoice, sweet smelling fragrance of Christ;

rejoice, life of the mystical feasting.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: Wishing to grant pardon for ancient debts, he who cancels the debts of all people came himself and dwelt among those who were estranged from his divine grace; and tearing apart the record of sin, he hears from everyone: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Priest: Extolling your birth-giving, we all praise you as a living temple, 0 Theotokos. For the Lord whose hand sustains the world, having dwelt in your womb, sanctified and glorified you, and instructed all people to cry to you:

Rejoice, tabernacle of God the Logos;

rejoice, holy one, holier than the holies.

Rejoice, ark that was gilt by the Spirit;

rejoice, inexhaustible treasure of life.

Rejoice, precious diadem of godly kings;

rejoice, honored pride of the pious priests.

Rejoice, the Church's unshakable tower;

rejoice, the kingdom's unassailable fortress.

Rejoice, through whom trophies of victory are raised;

rejoice, through whom enemies are defeated.

Rejoice, healing of my body;

rejoice, my soul's salvation.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: You, all‑laudable Mother who gave birth to the Logos, the holiest of all who are holy (3), while accepting this offering now, deliver everyone from all calamities, and deliver from future punishment those who cry out: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

Kontakion

People: 0 Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

End of the FOURTH Stasis. We now say "'Holy God" on p. 29, and continue to the end of the service.

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Priest: An angel of the first rank was sent down from heaven to ‑say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3) And perceiving You, 0 Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe and with his bodiless voice, cried aloud to her as follows:

Rejoice, through whom joy shall shine forth;

rejoice, through whom the curse shall vanish.

Rejoice, fallen Adam's restoration;

rejoice, the redemption of Eve's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too difficult for human thought to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to perceive.

Rejoice, for you are the throne. of the King;

rejoice, for you hold him who sustains everything.

Rejoice, star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, womb in which God became incarnate.

Rejoice, through whom creation is renewed;

rejoice, through whom the Creator becomes an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: The holy one, beholding himself in innocence, says to Gabriel: the incredible tidings of your voice appear difficult for my soul to accept. For how do you speak of childbirth from a seedless conception, crying: Alleluia.

People: Alleluia.

People: 0Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, 0 Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

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

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

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

And the Apolytikion of the day.

People: Lord, have mercy (40).

At all times and in every hour, You are worshiped and glorified in heaven and on earth, Christ our God. Long in patience, great in mercy and compassion, You love the righteous and show mercy to sinners. You call all to salvation through the promise of good things to come. Lord, receive our prayers at the present time. Direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls. Purify our bodies. Set our minds aright. Cleanse our thoughts and deliver us from all sorrow, evil, and distress. Surround us with Your holy angels that, guarded and guided by them, we may arrive at the unity of faith and the understanding of Your ineffable glory. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

people: In the name of the Lord, Father bless.

Priest: May God have compassion on us and bless us, reveal the glory of his face upon us and have mercy on us.

Prayer to the Theotokos

People: Amen. Spotless, undefiled, immaculate, unstained, pure Virgin, Lady, and Bride of God, by your wondrous conception you united God the Word with human beings and joined the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things. You are the only, hope of the hopeless, and the help of those oppressed. You are the ready protection of those who flee to you and the refuge of all Christians. Do not spurn me an accused sinner, though I have made myself completely useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds and through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God who loves all people, mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and a prodigal and receive my prayer though it be offered to you by unclean lips. Entreat your Son and our Lord and Master, using your boldness as a mother, SO that he may open to me the loving mercy of his goodness, overlook my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, and make me an acceptable doer of his commandments. Always be near me, for

You are merciful, compassionate, and loving. Be my ardent help and protection in this present life, defending me from the assaults of adversaries, and lead me to salvation. At the hour of my death, care for my miserable soul and drive the dark faces of evil spirits far from it. On the awesome day of judgment, save me from eternal punishment and make me an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son, our God. May this be my lot, my Lady, all holy Theotokos, through your intercession and help, by the grace and love of your only begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior Jesus to whom belong all glory, honor, and worship with his eternal Father, and his all holy, righteous, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ

Grant us, Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for body and soul. Protect us from the gloom of sinful sleep and from all dark pleasures of the night. Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of evil which are treacherously cast against us. Check the turbulence of our flesh and lull all our earthly and mundane thoughts. Grant us, O God, a watchful mind, prudent reason, a vigilant heart, and tranquil sleep, free from all evil fantasies. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthen us in Your commandments, and keep unshaken within us the remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to glorify You all night long that we may praise and bless and glorify Your all honorable and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Most glorious, ever virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayers to your Son and our God, and plead with him, that through you he may save our souls.

My hope is the Father; my refuge, the Son; my protection, the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to You.

My every hope I place in you, Mother of God, keep me under your protection.

Priest: Let us beseech the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel. Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the holy Gospel.

Priest: Peace be to all.

People: And with your spirit.

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THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is read only on the First Friday. On the other Fridays, we proceed directly to the Dismissal.

 

Priest: The reading is from the holy Gospel according to John. Let us be attentive.

Chapter 15.1‑7

The Lord said: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

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THE DISMISSAL

Priest: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest: May Christ our true God, as a good, loving, and merciful God, have mercy upon ‑us and save us, through the intercessions of His most pure and most holy Mother; our holy God‑bearing Fathers; the holy and righteous ancestors Joachim and Anna, and all the saints.

Priest: Let us pray for the peace of the world.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For all devout Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our departed fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who hate us, and for those who love us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who show mercy toward us, and for those who serve us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who enjoin us in our unworthiness to pray for them.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the release of captives.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the safety of those at sea.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who are lying ill.

People: Lord, have mercy.

 Priest: Let us pray also for the abundance of the fruits of the earth.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: And for the soul of every Orthodox Christian.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us bless all those in public service.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Orthodox hierarchs.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: The founders of this holy church.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Our parents and teachers, and all our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers who have gone before us, those who peacefully lie here, and the Orthodox everywhere.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us say also for ourselves: Lord, have mercy (3).

Tone Three

People: At the beauty of your virginity, and the resplendency of your chastity, Gabriel stood amazed and cried to you, 0 Theotokos: What are the appropriate words of praise to present to you? What name shall I call you by? At a loss and perplexed am I. And so as I was ordered I cry to you: rejoice, 0 you Who are full of grace!

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Rejoice, my bodily health's restoration;

rejoice, my soul's everlasting salvation.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

Priest: You, all‑laudable Mother

who gave birth to the Logos

who is holiest of all who are holy (3),

while accepting this offering now,

from calamities all deliver everyone,

and redeem from the future torments of hell

those who cry out with zeal: Alleluia.

 

People: Alleluia.

Kontakion

People: 0 Champion General, I your city now inscribe to you triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, being rescued from the terrors, 0 Theotokos. But since you have the dominion unassailable, from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, I may cry aloud: rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

End of the FOURTH Stasis

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On the FIFTH Friday in Holy Lent,

when the Small Compline and

the Akathist Hymn are sung as written

in this book, the following verses from

the FIRST Stasis are sung just

before the last "0 Champion General."

Priest: An angel of the first rank

was sent down from the heavens

to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! (3)

And perceiving, 0 Lord, at the sound

of his bodiless voice You taking form bodily,

astounded did he stand and cry out

unto her such things as follow:

Rejoice, through whom is the joy to shine forth;

rejoice, through whom is the curse to vanish.

Rejoice, restoration of Adam the fallen one;

rejoice, the redemption of downfallen Eva's tears.

Rejoice, height that is too arduous for thoughts of humans to ascend;

rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels' eyes to apprehend.

Rejoice, for you are the throne of the King;

rejoice, for you are holding Him who holds everything.

Rejoice, the star that shows forth the Sun;

rejoice, the womb wherein God becomes incarnate.

Rejoice, whence comes the creation's renewal;

rejoice, whence becomes the Creator an infant.

Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

People: 0 Champion General, I your city now inscribe to you triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, being rescued from the terrors, 0 Theotokos. But since you have the dominion unassailable, from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, I may cry aloud: rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded.

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

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

All‑holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Priest: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

And the Apolytikion of the day.

 

People: Lord, have mercy (40).

At all times and in every hour, You are worshiped and glorified in heaven and on earth, Christ our God. Long in patience, great in mercy and compassion, You love the righteous and show' mercy to sinners. You call all to salvation through the promise of good things to come. Lord, receive our prayers at the present time. Direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls. Purify our bodies. Set our minds aright. Cleanse our thoughts and deliver us from all sorrow, evil, and distress. Surround us with Your holy angels that, guarded and guided by them, we may arrive at the unity of faith and the understanding of Your ineffable glory. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.

People: In the name of the Lord, Father bless.

Priest: May God have compassion on us and bless us, reveal the glory of his face upon us and have mercy on us.

People: Amen. Spotless, undefiled, immaculate, unstained, pure Virgin, Lady, and Bride of God, by your wondrous conception you united God the Word with human beings and joined the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things. You are the only hope of the hopeless, and the help of those oppressed. You are the ready protection of those who flee to you and the refuge of all Christians. Do not spurn me an accused sinner, though I have made myself completely useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds and through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God who loves all people, mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and a prodigal and receive my prayer though it be offered to you by unclean lips. Entreat your Son and our Lord and Master, using your boldness as a mother, so that he may open to me the loving mercy of his goodness, overlook my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, and make me an acceptable doer of his commandments. Always be near me, for you are merciful, compassionate, and loving. Be my ardent help and protection in this present life, defending me from the assaults of adversaries, and lead me to salvation. At the hour of my death, care for my miserable soul and drive the dark faces of evil spirits far from it. On the awesome day of judgment, save me from eternal punishment and make me an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son, our God. May this be my lot, my Lady, all holy Theotokos, through your intercession and help, by the grace and love of your only begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ; to whom belong all glory, honor, and worship, with his eternal Father, and his all holy, righteous, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ

Grant us, Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for body and soul. Protect us from the gloom of sinful sleep and from all dark pleasures of the night. Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of evil which are treacherously cast against us. Check the turbulence of our flesh and lull all our earthly and mundane thoughts. Grant us, 0 God, a watchful mind, prudent reason, a vigilant heart, and tranquil sleep, free from all evil fantasies. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthen us in Your commandments, and keep unshaken within us the remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to glorify You all night long that we may praise and bless and glorify Your all honorable and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Most glorious, ever virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayers to your Son and our God,

and plead with Him, that through you He may save our souls.

My hope is the Father; my refuge, the Son; my protection, the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to You.

My every hope I place in you, Mother of God, keep me under your protection.

Priest: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest: May Christ our true God, as a good, loving, and merciful God, have mercy upon us and save us, through the intercessions of His most pure and most holy Mother; our holy God‑bearing Fathers; the holy and righteous ancestors Joachim and Anna, and all the saints.

Priest: Let us pray for the peace of the world.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For all devout Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our departed fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who hate us, and for those who love us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who show mercy toward us, and for those who serve us.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who enjoin us in our unworthiness to pray for them.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the release of captives.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the safety of those at sea.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who are lying ill.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us pray also for the abundance of the fruits of the earth.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: And for the soul of every Orthodox Christian.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us bless all devout rulers.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Orthodox hierarchs.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: The founders of this holy church.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Our parents and teachers, and all our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers who have gone before us, those who peacefully lie here, and the Orthodox everywhere.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Let us say also for ourselves: Lord, have mercy (3).

Tone Three

People: At the beauty of

your virginity,

and the resplendency

of your chastity,

Gabriel stood amazed and cried

to you, 0 Theotokos:

What are the appropriate

words of praise to present to you?

What name shall I call you by?

At a loss and perplexed am I.

And so as I was ordered I cry to you:

rejoice, 0 you who are full of grace!

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

On Friday of the 1st Week of Holy Lent, after the 1st Stasis of the Salutations, the following Gospel is read.

Priest: Let us beseech the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel. Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the holy Gospel.

Priest: Peace be to all.

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: The reading is from the holy Gospel according to John. Let us be attentive.

Chapter 15.1 ‑7

The Lord said: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you . Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.



 

   

30 posted on 05/08/2006 12:19:59 PM PDT by pravknight (Christos Regnat, Christos Imperat, Christos Vincit)
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To: Nihil Obstat

Thank you for posting the Litany of Loretto!


31 posted on 05/08/2006 5:19:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Carolina

It has a nice melody and is easy for kids to catch on to it!


32 posted on 05/08/2006 5:21:43 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: pravknight

Wow! Was that a double post? Or all one?


33 posted on 05/08/2006 5:24:32 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

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34 posted on 05/08/2006 7:29:29 PM PDT by pravknight (Christos Regnat, Christos Imperat, Christos Vincit)
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To: Salvation
MarySancta Maria,
ora pro nobis.

Holy Mary,
pray for us,
your children here upon the earth,
sinful, sorrowful,
so often lost and lone.
Come to us when our hearts are heavy,
when we most need our mother,
and lead us to the fruit of your womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen.




Sancta Dei Genetrix,
ora pro nobis.

Holy Mother of God,
who was graced to know Jesus
like no other human,
whose kind and gentle advice is
Do whatever he tells you,
pray for us
now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Mater dolorosa,
ora pro nobis.

Mother of sorrows,
You understand grief in that special way
that comes from offering up
the best and the brightest
gift of your heart,
without anger,
without curses.
Seeing your son in his sorrow and pain,
you suffered
like a woman in labor,
martyred alive
to become our mother.
Pray for us
now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Refugium peccatorum,
ora pro nobis.

Refuge of sinners,
Thank you, o sweet Mary,
You who come looking for us,
lost in the night,
like a worried mother
seeking her lost child
In this time where the twlight grows so dim,
and so much is so confusing,
we need our mother,
take us by the hand,
and bring us to the foot of the Cross,
to Jesus your son,
where we may find the true light.

Sancta Maria,
Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc,
et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.

35 posted on 05/08/2006 7:38:35 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Salvation

May the life of Blessed Mary be ever present to our awareness.

In her, as in a mirror, the form of virtue and beauty of chastity shrine forth.
She was virgin, not only in body, but in mind and spirit.
She never sullied the pure affection of her heart by unworthy feelings.
She was humble of heart.
She was serious in her conversations.
She was prudent in her counsels.
She was preferred to pray rather than to speak.
She united in her heart the prayers of the poor
And avoided the uncertainty of worldly riches.
She was ever faithful to hr daily duties,
Reserved in her conversations, and always accustomed to recognize God as the Witness of her thoughts.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Amen.


36 posted on 05/08/2006 7:42:53 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

From St. Gregory the Wonderworker:

Mary, you are the vessel and tabernacle containing all Mysteries. You know what the Patriarchs did not know; you experienced what was not revealed to the Angels; you heard what the Prophets did not hear. In short, everything that was hidden from preceding generations was made known to you; even more, most of these wonders depended on you.


37 posted on 05/08/2006 7:44:15 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

I love that image of the Immaculate Heart. Do you know the history of it?


38 posted on 05/08/2006 7:53:27 PM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat

This picture, somewhat mysterious in its origin, was discovered at the time of the 1918 armistice in the cellar of the boarding school where Berthe Petit, a humble Franciscan Tertiary, had been educated. After the troops had departed one of the Bernardine nuns in putting things in order found a piece of cardboard on which was pasted a pornographic picture and she tore it off to consign it to flames. To her astonishment she found that it covered this beautiful representation of the Blessed Virgin! It seems to combine the art of both the Eastern and the Western Rites. The facial features resemble those of the well known Pieta. Prayer before this picture has brought signal favors.

Confided by Our Lord to Berthe Petit: "Teach souls to love the Heart of My Mother pierced by the very sorrow which pierced Mine." [Dec. 25, 1909]

In Belgium of 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War a special baby girl was born, who was later to become a mystic. She was named Berthe Maria. Before she received any visions from Our Lord, she had received the invisible stigmata: in her humility she had begged that the marks not be made visible. The wounds were very painful for her, especially on Good Friday and other Fridays. She experienced the pains in her hands and feet and side. The worst pain of all was caused by the torment to her head which was like the pain of thorns pressing into her. This pain was so great and constant she slept but rarely.

It was not until she was 39 years old that the indication of her actual mission was made manifest: During Midnight Christmas Mass she saw the wounded Heart of Jesus and close by was the pierced Heart of His Mother. Then she heard these words:

"Cause My Mother's Heart, transfixed by sorrows that rent Mine, to be loved."

"The Heart of My Mother has the right to be called Sorrowful and I wish this title placed before that of Immaculate because she has won it herself. The Church has defined in the case of My Mother what I myself had ordained ---- Her Immaculate Conception. This right which My Mother has to a title of justice, is now, according to My express wish, to be known and universally accepted. She has earned it by her identification with My sorrows; by her sufferings; by her sacrifices and her immolation in Calvary endured in perfect correspondence with My grace for the salvation of mankind . . . " [Sept. 8, 1911]

"It is hearts that must be changed. This will be accomplished only by the Devotion proclaimed, explained, preached and recommended everywhere. Recourse to My Mother under this title I wish for her universally, is the last help I shall give before the end of time." [July 2, 1940]

By Ven. Martin von Cochem

There's a really big jpg of it at this site:

http://www.catholictradition.org/Two-Hearts/sorrowful-mother.htm

and some prayers:

PRAYER BEFORE A PICTURE OF OUR SORROWFUL MOTHER

O most loving Mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, thou who dost never reject nor despise anyone who turns to thee with a contrite heart nor refuse to console the afflicted, behold, poor and sinful, I draw near to thy holy image with deep devotion, and beseech thee to obtain for me the grace to honor and love thee with all my strength.

O merciful Heart of Mary, let me obtain mercy from thee as so many sinners already have obtained it; for what is thy Heart, O Mary, but a Heart of mercy? How is it possible, then, that grace could be refused to anyone who implores it from this seat of mercy?

Most tender and compassionate Mother, thou knowest how much an afflicted heart is in want of compassion, because the intensity of thy sufferings was so great that all mankind together would have been incapable of supporting it.

Oh, what unutterable bitterness filled thy soul when thou didst contemplate the disfigured form of thy beloved Son, when thou didst receive His mangled and lifeless Body into thy virginal arms, and pressing It tenderly to thy maternal heart, didst embrace It countless times, didst bedew It with a stream of burning tears, and finally didst rest thy agonizing heart on the wounded brow of thy Jesus!

I recall to thy mind this thy inexpressible anguish, and beseech thee to obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Mary, intercede for me with Jesus, whom thou didst bear in thy arms! O Jesus! O Mary! by your unutterable suffering, have pity on me, a miserable sinner. O dearest Jesus, show to Thy Heavenly Father all the wounds and anguish which Thou didst bear for me! O sweetest Virgin, show Him all the tears which thou didst shed for me! O Son! O Mother! show Him all the agony, all the anguish of heart which you endured for me.

O Mary , I beseech thee, through this most painful mystery of thy dolors, obtain mercy for me from God the Father, and taking the mangled and dead Body of thy beloved Son into thy maternal arms, offer Him to the Eternal Father in the same manner as thou didst once offer Him His pierced Side and thy own broken Heart, His bitter sufferings and thy painful compassion, His and thy burning tears, His and thy sighs, in a word, everything which Jesus and thou suffered upon earth, that, through these same sufferings, thou mayest obtain mercy and pardon for me. Amen.

(In case anybody wonders, I have a particularly strong devotion to the Sorrowful Mother, and collect tidbits, links, and other bits about Mary under that title, along with writing my own stuff on her sorrows.)


39 posted on 05/08/2006 8:08:15 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Mary, our Queen,
Holy Mother of God,
we beg you to hear our prayer.
Make our hearts overflow with divine grace
and resplendent with heavenly wisdom.
Render them strong with your might
and rich in virtue.
Pour down upon us the gift of mercy
so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Help us to live in such a way
as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven.
May this be granted us by your Son Jesus
who has exalted you above the angels,
has crowned you as Queen,
and has seated you with him
forever on his refulgent throne.
Amen.

St. Anthony of Padua


40 posted on 05/08/2006 8:15:59 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Salvation

That hymn is actually the Stabat Mater, which was a part of the Stations of the Cross. There are some GORGEOUS settings of it. It's one of many things that have been lost over the years with all the liturgical "modernizations" and movements toward "simplicity."


41 posted on 05/09/2006 5:11:19 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona
Flos Carmeli,
vitis florigera,
splendor caeli,
Virgo puerpera
singularis.

Mater mitis,
sed viri nescia,
Carmelitis,
esto propitia,
Stella maris.

Translation:

Flower of Carmel,
tall vine blossoming laden;
Splendour of heaven,
child-bearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.

Mother so tender,
who no man didst know,
on Carmel's children
thy favours bestow.
Star of the Sea.


42 posted on 05/09/2006 5:19:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

O Most Honored One
We are poor in divine gifts, O Mary,
but through you
we see the riches of kindness offered to us.
Therefore, we say with confidence:
the earth is full of the mercies of the Lord.
Rejected by God
because of the multitude of our sins,
through you we seek him out again,
rediscover him, and are saved.
Therefore, O Mother of God,
grant us your powerful help
so that we may attain salvation.
And obtain for us the aid of your Son,
the sole Mediator necessary with God.
For your magnificence is infinite,
your goodness in helping the needy is inexhaustible,
and the number of your benefits is limitless.
No one achieves salvation except through you,
O Most Immaculate One!
No one receives grace except through you,
O Most Chaste One!
And no one obtains mercy except through you,
O Most Honored One!
Who would then fail to call you blessed?
I will call you–
who were enriched by your Son and God–
glorious and blessed,
and I will praise you with all generations.
Amen.

St. Germanus


43 posted on 05/09/2006 5:21:50 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By St. Louis Mary De Montfort

Preface

St. Louis De Montfort, universally known for his True Devotion to Mary, embellished the Little Crown by adding to each Hail Mary a distinctive invocation in praise of the Blessed Virgin's excellence, power, and goodness, ending with the joyful strain, "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!"

St. De Montfort gave the Little Crown as a morning prayer to both his religious families, the Montfort Fathers and the Daughter of Wisdom. He heartily recommends it to all who embrace the holy and loving slavery to Jesus through Mary. Thus the world over, from the lips of Mary's favorite children the Little Crown rises like fragrant incense to our Blessed Mother's throne in Heaven and returns to earth in showers of Divine benediction. Since the Blessed Virgin is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, St. Louis prefaces the Little Crown with an invocation to the Holy Spirit.

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER
I. CROWN OF EXCELLENCE
II. CROWN OF POWER
III. CROWN OF GOODNESS
CONCLUDING PRAYER

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER


Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle
winthin them the fire of Thy love!

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit dost instruct the hearts of
the faithful, grant us by this same Spirit to relish what is right and
ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

I. CROWN OF EXCELLENCE

[To honor the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, her ineffable Virginity,
her purity without stain and her innumerable virtues.]

1. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the
Lord, the Creator of the world; thou didst give birth to Him Who
made thee, and remainest a Virgin forever.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

2. Hail Mary.
O holy and immaculate Virgin, I know not with what
praise to extol thee, since thou didst bear in thy womb the very
One Whom the Heavens cannot contain.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

3. Hail Mary.
Thou are all fair, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in thee.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

4. Hail Mary.
Thy virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars in number.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

Glory be to the Father.

II. CROWN OF POWER

[To honor the royalty of the Blessed Virgin, her magnificence, her
universal mediation and the strength of her rule.]

5. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O Empress of the world! Bring us with thee to the joys of Heaven.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

6. Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O treasure house of the Lord's graces! Grant us a share in thy riches.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

7. Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O Mediatrix between God and man!Through thee may the Almighty be favorable to us. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

8. Glory be to thee who destroyest heresies and crushest demons! Be thou our loving guide. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times! Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father.

III. CROWN OF GOODNESS

[To honor the mercy of the Blessed Virgin toward sinners, the poor,
the just and the dying.]

9. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O refuge of sinners! Intercede for us with God.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

10. Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O Mother of orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

11. Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee, O joy of the just! Lead us with thee to the joys of Heaven.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

12. Hail Mary.
Glory be to thee who are ever ready to assist us in lifeand death! Lead us with thee to the kingdom of Heaven! Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

Glory be to the Father.


CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let Us Pray.
<>Hail, Mary, Daughter of God the Father; Hail, Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail, Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost; Hail, Mary, Temple of the most Holy Trinity; Hail, Mary, my Mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my Mother, my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope ---- yea, my heart and my soul! I am all thine and all that I have is Thine, O Virgin blessed above all things! Let thy soul be in me to magnify the Lord; let thy spirit be in me to rejoice in God. Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children. Grant that for love of thee I may despise all earthly consolations and ever cling to those of Heaven until, through thee, His faithful spouse, Jesus Christ thy Son be formed in me for the glory of the Father. Amen.


44 posted on 05/09/2006 5:50:42 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

O Lady, by the love which you bear Jesus, help me to love him.

St. Bridget


45 posted on 05/09/2006 7:37:36 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Desdemona; Salvation; murphE
Stabat Mater dolorósa
Juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
Dum pendébat Filius.

Cujus ánimam geméntem,
Contristátam et doléntem,
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigéniti!

Quae maerébat, et dolébat,
Pia Mater, dum vidébat
Nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo, qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si vidéret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristári,
Christi Matrem contemplári
Doléntem cum Filio?

Pro peccátis suae gentis
Vidit Jesum in torméntis,
Et flagéllis súbditum.

Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriéndo desolátum,
Dum emisit spíritum.

Eja mater, fons amóris,
Me sentíre vim dolóris
Fac, ut tecum lúgeam.

Fac, ut árdeat cor meum
In amándo Christum Deum,
Ut sibi compláceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo válide.

Tui nati vulneráti,
Tam dignáti pro me pati,
Poenas mecum dívide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolére,
Donec ego víxero.

Juxta Crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociáre
In planctu desídero.

Virgo vírginum praeclára,
Mihi jam non sis amára:
Fac me tecum plángere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
Passiónis fac consórtem,
Et plagas recólere.

Fac me plagis vulnerári,
Fac me Cruce inebriári,
Et cruó re Fílii.

Flammis ne urar succénsus,
Per te, Virgo, sim defénsus
In die judícii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exíre
Da per Matrem me veníre
Ad palmam victóriae.

Quando corpus moriétur,
Fac, ut ánimae donétur
Paradísi glória. Amen. Allelúja.

46 posted on 05/09/2006 10:31:07 AM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: TotusTuus

47 posted on 05/09/2006 10:35:26 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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"Queen of my heart; and my country. Mother of His Majesty. Splendor of faith. Absolute love of mother love. I love of my heart. His Majesty, outstanding creation.."

48 posted on 05/09/2006 4:52:12 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (Et salutare tuum da nobis.!!!!)
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To: Salvation

BTTT on May 21, 2006!


49 posted on 05/21/2006 6:11:36 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Please post your favorite prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Lord God, Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. Father of my Redeemder, God of all comforts. Keep my heart from seductive spirits, which play upon my sinful lust for self-deception. Let me be content with One God only, and not diddle competitors on the side.

50 posted on 05/21/2006 6:15:30 AM PDT by TomSmedley (Calvinist, optimist, home schooling dad, exuberant husband, technical writer)
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