A Prayer for the Sick

O holy Father, heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies, who hast sent thine Only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to heal all our ailments and deliver us from death: do thou visit and heal thy servant N., grantinghim/her release from pain and restoration to health and vigor, that he/shemay give thanks unto thee and bless thy holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages

Thanksgiving After Recovery from Sickness

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Source of life and Fountain of all good things, I bless thy Holy Name, and offer to thee most hearty thanks for having delivered me from my sickness and restored me to health. Grant me thy continuing grace, I pray thee, that I may keep my good resolutions and correct the errors of my past life, and improve in virtue, and live a new life in dutiful fear of thee, doing thy will in all things, and devoting this new life which thou has given me to thy service: that thus living for thee, I may be found ready when it pleaseth thee to call me to thee, O heavenly Father, to whom with thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and thine all-holy and Life-giving Spirit, is due all honor, praise, glory, and thanksgiving: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer of a Sick Person

O Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Physician of souls and bodies, who didst become man and suffer death on the Cross for our salvation, and through thy tender love and compassion didst heal all manner of sickness and affliction; do thou O Lord, visit me in my suffering, and grant me grace and strength to bear this sickness with which I am afflicted, with Christian patience and submission to thy will, trusting in thy loving kindness and tender mercy. Bless, I pray thee, the means used for my recovery, and those who administer them. I know O Lord, that I justly deserve any punishment thou mayest inflict upon me for I have so often offended thee and sinned against thee, in thought, word and deed. Therefore, I humbly pray thee, look upon my weakness, and deal not with me after my sins, but according to the multitude of thy mercies. Have compassion on me, and let mercy and justice meet; and deliver me from this sickness and suffering I am undergoing. Grant that my sickness may be the means of my true repentance and amendment of my life according to thy will, that I may spend the rest of my days in thy love and fear: that my soul, being helped by thy grace and sanctified by thy Holy Mysteries, may be prepared for its passage to the Eternal Life, and there, in the company of thy blessed Saints, may praise and glorify thee with thy Eternal Father and Life-giving Spirit. Amen.

Thanksgiving After Deliverance From Trouble

Almighty and merciful God, I most humbly and heartily thank thy divine majesty for thy loving kindness and tender mercies, that thou hast heard my humble prayer, and graciously vouchsafed to deliver me from my trouble and misery. Grant me, I beseech thee, thy helping grace, that I may obediently walk in thy holy commandements, and lead a sober, righteous and godly life, ever remembering thy mercies, and the blessings thou hast undeservedly bestowed upon me, that I may continually offer to thee the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A Prayer in Time of Trouble

O God, our help and assistance, who art just and merciful, and who heareth the supplications of thy people; look down upon me, a miserable sinner, have mercy upon me, and deliver me from this trouble that besets me, for which, I know, I am deservedly suffering. I acknowledge and believe, O Lord, that all trials of this life are given by Thee for our chastisement, when we drift away from thee, and disobey thy commandments; deal not with me after my sins, but according to thy bountiful mercies, for I am the work of Thy hands, and thou knowest my weakness. Grant me, I beseech thee, thy divine helping grace, and endow me with patience and strength to endure my tribulations with complete submission to Thy Will. Thou knowest my misery and suffering and to Thee, my only hope and refuge, I flee for relief and comfort; trusting to thine infinite love and compassion that in due time, when thou knowest best, thou wilt deliver me from this trouble, and turn my distress into comfort, when I shall rejoice in thy mercy, and exalt and praise thy Holy Name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer Before a Journey

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the true and living way, be thou, O Master, my companion, guide and guardian during my journey; deliver and protect me from all danger, misfortune and temptation; that being so defended by Thy divine power, I may have a peaceful and successful journey and arrive safely at my destination. For in thee I put my trust and hope, and to thee, together with thy Eternal Father, and the All-holy Spirit, I ascribe all praise, honor and glory: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer of a Child

Our Father who art in heaven, bless my father and mother, my guardians, and those who are in authority over me, for their love and tender care for me, and the benefits I receive at their hands. Help me, I pray thee, to be respectful and obedient to them in all things accordingly to Thy will; and give me Thy grace to perform all my duties carefully and faithfully, to avoid undesirable company and influence, and resist all temptation that may come my way; that I may live a sober, righteous and godly life, ever praising thee, and glorifying thy Holy Name. Amen.

A Prayer of Parents for Their Children and for Relatives and Friends

O God, our heavenly Father, who lovest mankind, and art most merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon thy servants (Name those whom you wish to remember) for whom I humbly pray thee, and commend to thy gracious care and protection. Be thou, O God, their guide and guardian in all their endeavors, lead them in the path of thy truth, and draw them nearer to thee, that they may lead a godly and righteous life in thy love and fear; doing thy will in all things. Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life; and direct them in the way of salvation, through the merits of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, and the intercessions of his Holy Mother and thy blessed saints. Amen.

A Prayer Before Commencing Any Task

Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Fountain of wisdom and Tower of strength, who knowest that I can do nothing without thy guidance and help; assist me, I pray thee, and direct me to divine wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task, and whatever I may undertake to do, faithfully and diligently, according to thy will, so that it may be profitable to myself and others, and to the glory of thy Holy Name. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer of Repentance

O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended thee, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray thee, O Lord: of thy mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers After Confession

O almighty and merciful God, I truly thank thee for the forgiveness of my sins; bless me, O Lord, and help me always, that I may ever do that which is pleasing to thee, and sin no more. Amen.

O Lord God of my salvation, the Saviour and Benefactor of my soul, I am truly sorry for my every transgression and I firmly resolve never again to offend thee by my sins, and sincerely promise to amend my way of life. Implant in me the fear of thy blessed commandments, that I may trample down all carnal appetite and may lead a godly life, both thinking and doing always such things as are pleasing unto Thee. I pray thee, grant unto me the Grace of thy Holy Spirit, that thus strengthened, I may shun all evil deeds and works, and words and thoughts, and may avoid all snares of the Evil One. Shine in my heart with the true Sun of thy Righteousness; enlighten my mind and guard all my senses, that walking uprightly in the way of thy statutes, I may attain unto life eternal.  Amen.

O Sovereign Master, who lovest mankind, lead me in thy way, that I may walk in thy truth. Make glad my heart, that I may fear thy Holy Name. O Lord, mighty in mercy, gracious in strength, aid and comfort and save me, as I put my trust in thy holy Name. Rebuke me not, O Lord, in thy displeasure, neither punish me in thy wrath, but show unto me thy great mercy and compassion, O Physician and Healer of my soul. O Merciful Saviour, blot out all my transgressions, for I am heartily sorry for having offended thee. Grant me thy Grace that I may avoid my previous evil ways. Strengthen me, O Mighty One, to withstand those temptations before which I am weak, that I may avoid all future sin. Keep me under thy protection and in the shadow of thy wings, that I may serve thee, praise thee, and glorify thee all the days of my life. Amen.

Self Examination Before Confession

First Commandment

Have I believed in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Have I failed to trust in God and his mercy? Have I complained against God in adversity? Have I been thankful for God’s blessings? Have I doubted the Christian faith and the teachings of the Church? Have I tried to serve God and keep His Commandments? Have I given way to superstition? Have I frequented the religious meetings of heretics and schismatics? Have I neglected my duties to God through fear of ridicule or persecution? Have I failed to pray to God faithfully? Have I put myself before God?

Second Commandment

Have I made an idol of any person or thing? Have I given to anyone or anything the worship that is due to God alone? Have I set before myself the holy life of Jesus and tried to imitate Him? Have I read the Holy Scriptures regularly? Have I been irreverent during Church Services, let my attention wander, or been insincere? Have I neglected to receive Holy Communion regularly or without due preparation?

Third Commandment

Have I profaned the holy name of God in any way? Have I cursed anyone or anything, or sworn a false oath? Have I failed to give proper reverence to holy persons and things? Have I had due respect for the clergy of the Church, or hindered them in performing God’s work? Have I broken any solemn vow or promise? Have I entered into any unlawful contract or made an unlawful promise?

Fourth Commandment

Have I stayed away from Church on Sundays or prevented others from going? Have I done unnecessary work on Sundays? Have I spent the day in unwholesome fashion or profaned it by improper conduct? If I could not go to Church because of illness or other grave cause, have I prayed at home? Have I caused anyone else to profane the Lord’s Day? Have I kept the Fasts and Festivals prescribed by the Church?

Fifth Commandment

Have I respected my parents and been obedient to them? Have I been guilty of deception, or caused them pain by my words or actions? Have I neglected them or failed to help them? Have I done my duty towards my family? Have I been wanting in love or kindness towards my husband (or wife), or harmed him (or her) in any way? Have I set my children a good example and tried to bring them up properly? Have I corrected their faults with patience and not with anger? Have I over-indulged or spoiled them? Have I neglected my god-children and failed in my obligations towards them? Have I worked for my employers honestly and diligently? Have I treated fairly all those who have worked for me? Have I honored God as my Heavenly Father by treating others as my brothers, and have I honored the Church as my spiritual Mother by honoring and practicing my religion in accordance with her teachings?

Sixth Commandment

Have I caused the injury or death of any one, or wished that I were dead? Have I done anything to shorten my own life or that of someone else by injuring health, or through evil and intemperate living? Have I given way to anger, or harmed others with words or actions? Have I defamed others who needed help, or failed to stand up for those unjustly treated? Have I been cruel to anyone? Have I mistreated animals or destroyed any life unnecessarily? Have I failed to forgive anyone or harbored evil thoughts against them?

Seventh Commandment

Have I given way to impure thoughts, words, or deeds? Have I committed any unworthy actions alone or with others? Have I degraded myself in any way, or forgotten human dignity? Have I read immoral books or magazines, or delighted in obscenity of any kind? Have I associated with bad companions or frequented unsavory places? Have I eaten or drunk or smoked too much? Have I been lazy, idle, or wasted my time? Have I led others to commit sinful acts? Have I been unfaithful to any trust confided in me?

Eighth Commandment

Have I stolen anything or wished to do so? Have I kept anything that did not belong to me? Have I tried honestly to find owners of lost articles I have found? Have I paid my debts? Have I lived within my income, and not wastefully and extravagantly? Have I given to charitable causes in proportion to my means? Have I been honest and upright?

Ninth Commandement

Have I told lies, or added to or subtracted from the truth? Have I made careless statements or spoken evil of anyone? Have I told any secrets entrusted to me, or betrayed anyone? Have I gossiped about anyone or harmed their reputation? Have I concealed the truth, assisted in carrying out a lie, or pretended to commit a sin of which I was not guilty? Have I tried to see the good in others rather than their shortcomings?

Tenth Commandment

Have I envied anything good that has come to others? Have I been jealous of another’s good fortune? Have I wished for anything that was another’s? Have I damaged or destroyed the property of others? Have I wished for things God has not given me, or been discontented with my lot? Have I been stingy? Have I held back anything due another? Have I hoped for the downfall of anyone so that I might gain by it? Have I failed to be gracious and generous to anyone? Have I expected God to give me that which I would refuse one of my fellow men?

Morning Prayers 2

The Trisagion Prayers

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto 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.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Troparia to the Holy Trinity

Having arisen from sleep, we fall down before thee, O Blessed One, and sing to thee, O Mighty One, the Angelic Hymn: Holy, holy, holy art thou, O God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

From my bed and sleep Thou hast raised me: O Lord, enlighten my mind and my heart, and open my lips that I may praise thee, O Holy Trinity: Holy, holy, holy art thou, O God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Suddenly the Judge shall come, and the deeds of each shall be revealed: but with fear we cry out in the middle of the night: Holy, holy, holy art thou, O God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy. (12 times)

A Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Arising from sleep I thank thee, O holy Trinity, because of the abundance of thy goodness and long-suffering thou wast not wroth with me, slothful and sinful as I am; neither hast thou destroyed me in my transgressions: but in thy compassion raised me up, as I lay in despair; that at dawn I might sing the glories of thy Majesty. Do thou now enlighten the eyes of my understanding, open my mouth to receive thy words, teach me thy commandments, help me to do thy will, confessing thee from my heart, singing and praising thine All-holy Name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten,
Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God,
Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made:

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
And was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;

And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;

And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the quick and the dead,
Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets;

And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the Resurrection of the dead.
And the Life of the world to come.

Amen.

A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

We bless thee, O God most high and Lord of mercies, who ever workest great and mysterious deeds for us, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who providest us with sleep as a rest from our infirmities and as a repose for our bodies tired by labor. We thank thee that thou hast not destroyed us in our transgressions, but in thy love toward mankind thou hast raised us up, as we lay in despair, that we may glorify thy Majesty. We entreat thine infinite goodness, enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our minds from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouths and fill them with thy praise, that we may unceasingly sing and confess thee, who art God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, the Only-Begotten Son, and the all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

[Here may be added your own private devotions and intercessions, using your own words or the “Occasional Prayers”. When you have finished, conclude with this prayer:]

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us. Amen.

Evening Prayer 2

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

0 Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, 0 Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Thrice, each with the sign of the cross and a bow.

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

0 Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. 0 Lord, blot out our sins. 0 Master, pardon our iniquities. 0 Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for thy name’s sake.

Lord have mercy. Thrice.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto 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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

And the celebrant says the exclamation. If there is no priest a layman sayeth:

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us, amen.

Troparia – 6 th Tone

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord, have mercy on us; for at a loss for any defense, this prayer do we sinners offer Thee as Master; have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Lord have mercy on us, for we have hoped in Thee, be not angry with us greatly, neither remember our iniquities; but look upon us now as Thou art compassionate, and deliver us from our enemies, for Thou art our God, and we, Thy people; all are the works of Thy hands, and we call upon Thy name.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The door of compassion open unto us 0 blessed Theotokos, for hoping in thee, let us not perish; through thee may we be delivered from adversities, for thou art the salvation of the Christian race.

Lord have mercy. Twelve times.

Prayer I, of St. Macarius the Great

0 Eternal God and King of all creation, Who hast vouchsafed me to arrive at this hour, forgive me the sins that I have committed this day in deed, word, and thought; and cleanse, 0 Lord, my lowly soul of all impurity of flesh and spirit, and grant me, 0 Lord, to pass the sleep of this night in peace; that, rising from my lowly bed, I may praise Thy most holy name all the days of my life, and thwart the enemies, fleshly and bodiless, that war against me. And deliver me, 0 Lord, from vain thoughts and evil desires which defile me. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Amen

Prayer II, of St. Antiochus

0 Ruler of all, Word of the Father, 0 Jesus Christ, Thou Who are perfect: for the sake of the plenitude of Thy mercy, never depart from me, but always remain in me, Thy servant. 0 Jesus, Good Shepherd of Thy sheep, deliver me not over to the sedition of the serpent, and leave me not to the will of Satan, for the seed of corruption is in me. But do Thou, 0 Lord, Worshipful God, holy King, Jesus Christ, as I sleep, guard me by the Unwaning Light, Thy Holy Spirit, by Whom Thou didst sanctify Thy disciples. 0 Lord, grant me, Thine unworthy servant, Thy salvation upon my bed. Enlighten my mind with the light of understanding of Thy Holy Gospel; my soul with the love of Thy Cross; my heart with the purity of Thy word; my body, with Thy passionless Passion. Keep my thought in Thy humility, and raise me up at the proper time for Thy glorification. For most glorified art Thou, together with Thine unoriginate Father, and the Most Holy Spirit, unto the ages.

Amen.

Prayer III, to the Holy Spirit

0 Lord, Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, show compassion and have mercy on me Thy sinful servant, and loose me from mine unworthiness, and forgive all wherein I have sinned against Thee today as a man, and not only as a man, but even worse than a beast, my sins voluntary and involuntary, known and unknown, whether from youth, and from evil suggestion, or whether from brazenness and despondency. If I have sworn by Thy name, or blasphemed it in my thought; or grieved anyone, or have become angry about anything; or have lied, or slept needlessly, or if a beggar hath come to me and I disdained him; or if I have grieved my brother, or have quarreled, or have condemned anyone; or if I have been boastful, or prideful, or angry; if, as I stood at prayer, my mind hath been distracted by the wiles of this world, or by thoughts of depravity; or if I have over eaten, or have drunk excessively, or laughed frivolously; if I have thought evil, seen the beauty of an! other and been wounded thereby in my heart; if I have said improper things, or derided my brother’s sin when mine own sins are countless; if I have been neglectful of prayer, or have done some other wrong that I do not remember, for all of this and more than this have I done: have mercy, 0 Master my Creator, me Thy downcast and unworthy servant, and loose me, and remit, and forgive me, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, so that, lustful, sinful, and wretched as I am, I may lie down and sleep and rest in peace. And I shall worship, and hymn, and glorify Thy most honorable name, together with the Father and His Only-begotten Son, now and ever, and unto the ages.

Amen.

Prayer IV, of St. Macarius the Great

What shall I offer Thee, or what shall I give Thee, 0 greatly-gifted, immortal King, 0 compassionate Lord Who lovest mankind, for though I have been slothful in pleasing Thee, and have done nothing good, Thou has led me to the close of this day that is past, and established the conversion and salvation of my soul. Be merciful to me a sinner, bereft of every good deed, raise up my fallen soul which hath become defiled by countless sins, and take away from me every evil thought of this visible life. Forgive my sins, 0 Only Sinless One, in which I have sinned against Thee this day, known or unknown, in word, and deed, and thought, and in all my senses. Do Thou Thyself protect and guard me from every opposing circumstance, by Thy Divine Authority and power and inexpressible love for mankind. Blot out, 0 God, Blot out the multitude of my sins. Be pleased, 0 Lord, to deliver me from the net of the evil one, and save my passionate soul, and overshadow me with the lig! ht of Thy countenance when thou shalt come in glory; and cause me, uncondemned now, to sleep a dreamless sleep, and keep Thy servant untroubled by thoughts, and drive away from me all satanic deeds; and enlighten for me the eyes of my heart with understanding, lest I sleep unto death. And send me an angel of peace, a guardian and guide of my soul and body, the he may deliver me from mine enemies; that, rising from my bed, I may offer Thee prayers of thanksgiving. Yea, 0 Lord, hearken unto me, Thy sinful and wretched servant, in confession and conscience; grant me, when I arise, to be instructed by Thy sayings; and through Thine angels cause demonic despondency to be driven far from me: that I may bless Thy holy name, and glorify and extol the most pure Theotokos Mary, whom Thou hast given to us sinners as a protectress, and accept her who prayeth for us. For I know that she exemplifieth Thy love for mankind and prayeth for us without ceasing. Through her protection, and the si! gn of the precious cross, and for the sake of all Thy saints, preserve my wretched soul, 0 Jesus Christ our God: for holy art Thou, and most glorious forever.

Amen.

Prayer V

0 Lord our God, as Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, forgive me wherein I have sinned today in word, deed, and thought. Grant me peaceful and undisturbed sleep; send thy guardian angel to protect me from all evil. For Thou art the Guardian of our souls and bodies, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the + Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Amen.

Prayer VI

0 Lord our God, in Whom we believe, and Whose Name we invoke above every name, grant us, as we go to sleep, relaxation of soul and body, and keep us from all dreams, and dark pleasures; stop the onslaught of the passions and quench the burnings that arise in the flesh. Grant us to live chastely in deed and word, that we may obtain a virtuous life, and not fall away from thy promised blessings; for blessed art Thou forever.

Amen.

Prayer VII, of St. John Chrysostom

May be done in an Antiphonal manner

1. O Lord, deprive me not of Thy heavenly good things.

2. O Lord, deliver me from the eternal torments.

3. O Lord, if I have sinned in mind or deed, forgive me.

4. O Lord, deliver me from all ignorance, forgetfulness, faintheartedness, and stony insensibility.

5. O Lord, deliver me from every temptation.

6. O Lord, enlighten my heart which evil desire hath darkened.

7. O Lord, as a man I have sinned, but do Thou, as the compassionate God, have mercy on me, seeing the infirmity of my soul.

8. O Lord, send Thy grace to my help, that I may glorify Thy holy name.

9. O Lord Jesus Christ, write me Thy servant in the Book of Life, and grant me a good end.

10. O Lord my God, even though I have done nothing good in Thy sight, yet grant me by Thy grace a good beginning.

11. O Lord, sprinkle into my heart the dew of Thy grace.

12. O Lord of heaven earth, remember me Thy sinful servant, shameful and unclean, in Thy Kingdom, Amen.

13. O Lord, accept me in penitence.

14. O Lord, forsake me not.

15. O Lord, lead me not into temptation.

16. O Lord, grant me good thoughts.

17. O Lord, grant me tears, and remembrance of death, and compunction.

18. O Lord, grant me the thought of confessing my sins.

19. O Lord, grant me humility, chastity, and obedience.

20. O Lord, grant me patience, courage, and meekness.

21. O Lord, implant in me the root of good, Thy fear in my heart.

22. O Lord, vouchsafe me to love Thee with all my soul and thoughts, and in all things to do Thy will.

23. O Lord, protect me from evil men, and demons, and passions, and from every other unseemly thing.

24. O Lord, Thou knowest that Thou doest as Thou wilt: Thy will be done also in me a sinner; for blessed art Thou unto the ages.

Amen.

Prayer VIII, to our Lord Jesus Christ

0 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of Thy most honorable Mother, and Thy bodiless angels, Thy Prophet and Forerunner and Baptist, the God-Inspired apostles, the radiant and victorious martyrs, the holy and God-bearing fathers, and through the intercessions of all the saints, deliver me from the besetting presence of the demons. Yea, my Lord and Creator, Who desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live, grant conversion also to me, wretched and unworthy; rescue me from the mouth of the pernicious serpent who is yawning to devour me and take me down to hades alive. Yea, my Lord, my Comfort, Who for my miserable sake wast clothed in corruptible flesh, draw me out of misery, and grant comfort to my miserable soul. Implant in my heart to fulfill Thy commandments, and to forsake evil deeds, and to obtain Thy blessings; for in Thee, 0 Lord, have I hoped, save me.

Prayer IX, to the Most Holy Theotokos

0 good Mother of the Good King, most pure and blessed Theotokos Mary, do thou pour out the mercy of thy Son and our God upon my passionate soul, and by Thine intercessions guide me unto good works, that I may pass the remaining time of my life without blemish, and attain paradise through thee, 0 Virgin Theotokos, who alone art pure and blessed.

Prayer X, to the Holy Guardian Angel

0 Angel of Christ, my holy guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me all wherein I have sinned this day, and deliver me from all opposing evil of mine enemy lest I anger my God by any sin. Pray for me, a sinful and unworthy servant, It that thou mayest show me forth worthy of the kindness and mercy of the All-holy Trinity, and of the Mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, and of all the saints.

Amen.

Kontakion to the Theotokos

To thee the Champion Leader, we thy servants dedicate a feast of victory and thanksgiving, as ones rescued out of sufferings, 0 Theotokos; but as thou art one with might which is invincible, from all dangers that can be, do thou deliver us, that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded!

Most glorious Ever-Virgin, Mother of Christ God, present our prayer to thy Son and our God, that through thee our souls may be saved.

All my hope I place in thee, 0 Mother of God: keep me under thy protection.

0 Virgin Theotokos, disdain not me a sinner, needing thy help and thy protection, and have mercy on me, for my soul hath hoped in thee.

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit: 0 Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.

It is truly meet to bless thee, the Theotokos, ever-blessed and most blameless and M other of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

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

Lord have mercy. Thrice.

0 Lord, bless.

The dismissal:

0 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the intercessions of Thy most pure Mother, the God-bearing fathers and all the saints, have mercy on us.

But a layman sayeth:

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us.

Amen.

Vestments

The vestments are “for glory and for beauty” Ex 28:2. They are 7
pieces for the priest and 12 for the bishop.

1. The black robe: This denotes the sinful nature. It reminds us the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden, and the sinful nature of the people whom the priest represents. Black is a mark of sorrow and
penitence.

2. Surplice (Shrushusha Kuppayam)
The white robe of incorruption through the purification of the Holy Spirit. It symbolizes purity and holiness.
Mt 17:2 “His clothes were dazzling like the sun.” (At the time of transfiguration)
Mt 28:3 At the resurrection, “His appearance was like lightning,and his clothes were as white as snow.”
Act 1:10 Two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them.

3. Stole: This is a gird with strength in defeating the enemies. (Ps:18:39-40) It is also the breast plate of righteousness Ex 28:4

4. Girdle: This is the sword of triumphant (Ps 45:3) and the belt signifying the truth. Eph 6:14;
Jn 13:4 Jesus Christ wiped them with the towel where with he was girded.
Job 38:3 Gird up thy loins now like a man.
2 King1:8 Elijah was a hairy man girded with a girdle of leather
Mt 3:4 John the Baptist, camels hair and a leather girdle about his loins
Ex 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it, with your loins girded

5. Sleeves: Two sleeves to make the hands instruments ofrighteousness and good works (Ps: 18:34-35)

6. Chasuble: This is the robe of glory and righteousness (Ps 132:9-10); 1Pet 2:9

7. Shoes: They symbolize the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15) are to underfoot serpents, scorpions, all the powers of enemy and to cast down under the foot all false pride that is against God (2 Cor 10:5)
Read Ex 3:5. And He said, “Draw not nigh hither. Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where on thou standest is holy ground. Is it allowed to use the shoes in the Holy place

The context above mentioned is the time of the God’s call to Moses for the first time. This order is to make him realise that he is standing in the presence of God. After this incident we see Moses
going to God many a time where this order is not given.
Why the priest uses the shoe in the Holies? The answer is given in
the prayer itself

  • Here the priest dedicates himself for the service of God after stamping all the powers of Satan and the passions of the flesh under his feet.
  •  As his body do not touch the earth, his thoughts also should be above the earth.
  • This reminds the seraphim who covered his feet with two wings while he worshipped Is 6:2

The Sanctuary (Madbaha)

The Holy Eucharist or the sacrifice, of out Lord on the Calvary, is conducted on the Altar in the sanctuary – Here the entire life of our Lord is actually presented in a dramatic fashion. The sanctuary is then heaven with the presence of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit along with the angels (Eph: 2:1-16). This is like the Holy of Holies of Jerusalem temple (Heb: 9:4-5). This is Gogultha (Gen 14:18) where Melchizedek worshipped which was close to Adam’s sepulchre where the cross of our Lord for crucifixion was erected. As the mother and the disciples watched the crucifixion and hedding of blood from our Lord’s body here in the sanctuary, the worshippers watch His presence in the bread and wine on the Altar.

The sanctuary symbolizes Mt. Sinai (Ex 19:16-25) as well as Paradise (Rev2:7)

Symbols used in Holy Qurbana

1. Thronos – Table used in the sanctuary for celebrating Holy Qurbana
Thronos = Throne- seat of incarnate word
It is the throne of God. In English we call it Altar as the Body & Blood
of our Lord are offered as a sacrifice upon it.

2. Chithola -It is the covering sheet, The white linen represents the sheet
in which the body of our Lord was wrapped – it covers the front of the

3. Wooden Cross: adorned by Oorara (Red stole)
We use the wooden cross, without crucifix or any writing in it,
represents the resurrected and ascended Lord. (The Orthodox Churches
never use a crucifix because we give emphasis on resurrection
according to Bible). It is the symbol of Eternal life, which the
Resurrection gave. (Now, many people replace wooden cross with
silver or gold, which is meaningless). Cross is the symbol of salvation,
the top of the cross stands for love, the bottom for humility, the right
side for obedience and the left for patience – it is the weapon to fight
against evil.

4. Candles: shows the presence of God and His Saints. He says, “I am the
Light of the World” (Jn 1:9). Candlelight is a call to us to enlighten the
world through our love and self-sacrifice. How the candles got a place
in our worship? During the period of persecution in the 1 st century the
Qurbana and other acts of worships were conducted during nighttime,
in undergrounds and catacombs where their beloved departed were
buried. The candles, which they used on their way for light, were kept
on the tombs of their departed ones. While the Holy Worship were
going on the candles also burnt on the tombs. The Church continued
this practice even after the days of the persecution when they changed
into daytime.
When we see the candles, we remember those forefathers and the
persecution they faced. 12 candles represent the twelve apostles. The
candle wax when it melts is changed into another shape. This is like a
person when he accepts Christianity by Rebirth in Christ, becoming a
new creation in Jesus, the Lord.

5. Tabalaitha: It is a small rectangular wooden tablet or board
(15”x8”x1/2”) consecrated by a bishop, (during consecration of the
church) with Holy Mooron and placed upon the thronos. The paten and
chalice are placed upon thabalaitha. On one side, it is consecrated with
Mooron and on the other side the name of the Bishop and the date of the consecration is written crosswise. The holy vessels are placed only
on the side where Holy Mooron is anointed. Tableetha can be used as a
portable altar where the consecrated Churches are not available. The
portable altar is the sacred cross when we celebrate. Without this,
Qurbana cannot be celebrated.

6. Virikootam or the coverings of the portable altar: It is the cloth, which
is spread over the Tableetha. 3 pieces of cloths with different colours
are stitched together to make this spread. The bottom part is of red
colour, which symbolises fiery Universe, and the centre part with green
that indicates the verdant earth and the top portion, which is white in
colour, symbolises the Holy Church. Our Lord gave His Body and
Blood to the Church and so the Holy vessels containing the Body &
Blood of Christ is placed on the white part of the sheet.

7. Dergo: The step, ½” broad ½” high in front of the throne is known as
Dergo (the step), which symbolizes the Seraphim (angels) who carry
the heavenly throne. Only the Bishops, priests and the Full Deacon are
allowed to climb over this Dergo. No one is allowed to sit on it.
(Above it stood “the Seraphim each one had 6 wings – one cried unto
one another and said Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts) (Is 6:2).

8. Kasa and Peelasa: Paten and Chalice are the Holy vessels, which carry
the Bread and wine; in early days this was made by wood only. Now,
the metals like gold, silver are used to make the Holy vessels.

9. Kablono: two pieces of decorated cloths, which covers the Paten and
chalice

10. Kaukubo: means Star. It symbolises the star, which appeared and
stopped over the manger of Infant Jesus on the first Christmas day. It is
kept on the chalice so that the Blessed Body is not touched by the
Kablonos.

11. Tharvodo: It is the spoon, which carries the live coal – the Holy
Qurbana. This symbolises the tongs, which took the live coal by the
seraphims as we read in Is 6:6. “Then flew one of the seraphims
unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the
tongs from the Altar. And he laid it upon my mouth.”

12. G’murtho: Tongs. This is the small cushion, which is used for cleaning
hands after touching the Holy Bread.

13. Espoogo: Sponge, a piece of clothe or towel is used to clean the Holy
vessels, Tharvodo (spoon) and the Kaukubo (Star).

14. Msamsoneeso: is the pet name given to the small vessel that carries
water in the altar.

15. Sosappa: is the white cloth, covering the paten and chalice together (3”
sq) decorated one. This symbolizes:
a. The fire stone which produce 12 rivers for the 12 tribes of Israelites
b. The stone which covered the tomb of Jesus Christ

16. Thaksa: The liturgical books. We have 80 liturgical versions written
by different Holy Fathers, out of which, only 20 are used by us and that
too, very few are translated into Malayalam. The earliest liturgical
version is codified by St. James himself not in an elaborate present
form or written only by 3 rd century. The oral form of St. James version
was taken a written form. During 4 th century almost the present form
was accepted.

17. Bread: We make the leavened wheat bread daily, the tradition which
only the Eastern and Oriental Churches follow now, Leaven which we
use is considered to be the continuation of the same bread which our
Lord had given to St. John during the “Last Supper”. This is a tradition
taken from the Church of Persia. We prepare the bread with wheat
flour, leaven, salt and water mixed proportionately (wheat stands for
dust, leaven stands for air, water, and salt for fire). Our Lord had taken
the materials wheat and wine from the nature as well as from our daily
livelihood and it is very meaningful.
Why leavened bread only? Our Lord used the regular leavened bread
i.e, Lahemo or Artos (Greek) and not Pathiro or ‘Azeme’ at the last
supper on the eve of Passover. All the churches followed the practice
for the first 10 centuries. Our church still follows the same tradition
also to assure that the Lord is the life giving leaven of the Universe.

18. Wine: We use the grape wine mix the water in the cup. This reminds
us that the divinity and humanity are united in the person our Lord
Jesus Christ, that our Lord mixed wine with water at the last supper,
and also that blood and water came out, when pierced at His side on
the cross, to wash away the sins of all creation.
People’s offering: In the Old Testament times, lambs, calves, doves
and pigeons were offered for sacrifice. In the New Testament, instead,
only wheat flour and grape wine have been used. People used to bring
the bread and wine to offer. For practical purposes, this custom has
been changed by making bread at the Church and arranging wine,
therefore which certain amount is being paid to the priest for offering
the sacrifice.

19. Censor: is the vessel suspended on chains giving sweet smelling
smoke as frankincense is out in the glowing coal set in it. In O T times,
perfume was made out of sweet spices (EX 30: 34-48) sweet incense
was burnt every morning at that time (Ex 30:7, Num 16:6) Incense was
an inevitable item in the temple (Heb 9:4). The general assumption is
that as the smoke goes up, prayer also goes up with it to heaven (Psalm 141:2). It reminds us of our Lord’s sacrifice, which is a “fragrant
offering and sacrifice to God (Eph 5:2). The bottom part of the censor
is interpreted as the world, and the upper part as heaven. The first
chain stands for Father, second and third for the divine-human son and
the fourth for the Holy Spirit. The 4 chains together form the
Trinitarian Unity. The 72 links, 18 on each chain show the 72
evangelists, and the 12 bells stand for the 12 Apostles. The charcoal
stands for the sinful people and the fire stands for God. By the
presence of God, the sinner is changed into fire. Another interpretation
is that the censor is the Blessed Virgin Mother and the fire inside is the
blessed divine child. The censor, with the incense placed there in, is
also symbolical of the gifts offered by the wise men to the infant Jesus
– gold, frankincense and myrrh. We have the record of using the
incense in the churches during the 4 th Century. Read Eph 5:2, Ps.
141:2, Rev 8:4

20. Lectern: Pulpit: The book of the Gospels is placed upon a small
lectern and the gospel represents the spoken word of our Lord. We
honour the Altar, first where the incarnate word dwells and the second
place of honour is given to the pulpit, which carries the spoken word.
We give the incense according to this order of honour.

21 Veil: Veil separating the Holy Place, indicates the hidden ness of
Heaven. As the heaven is hidden from the earth, the sanctuary is
divided from the main body of the Church by this veil. The
congregation outside the sanctuary, and the representatives of our
Lord, and the heavenly angels inside the sanctuary stand and worship.
As Christ ascended into heaven and intercedes the priest stands inside
the sanctuary, on the other side of the veil, and intercedes for the
congregation. This curtain is drawn when the priest and the
congregation worship God together, thus ‘Heaven and Earth’ are
joined together in worshipping and praying.

22 Bells: Bells are rung before the service begins. Bells were used in the
past for solemn and joyous feast days and also for calling attention to
emergency situations or for special announcements for all to hear.
Bells are rung in the church to summon the faithful to worship. They
are also rung at certain occasions in the service, in order that the
faithful who are not paying careful attention to the service, when
present, or for any reason, are not in the Church, may unite their
prayers with those worshippers at the most solemn occasions. Ancient
times, wooden pieces, were used instead of bells. Bell sounds recall the
faithful, the death of our Lord on the wooden cross and remind us to
sign the cross. The bell calls Christians to assemble for receiving the
Body and Blood of our Lord, the most valuable gift.

Liturgy

Liturgy means service. It is the service rendered by the servants to their
masters. In all that we say and do in our worship, we are honouring and
pleasing God. And this leads us to a practical life of service. (Ref: 1Cor
10:31)
Some words which we often hear in Qurbana
Amen = So be it
Barek mor = Bless me Lord; (‘morth’ = female gender, mor = saint, Lord)
Kurielaison (Gk) = Lord have mercy
Subho labolabra valrooho kadiso = Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
Men olam vadamo la olam olmin = now and always and for ever and ever
Hoso vabkoolsuban olmin = now and always and forever and ever
Morio Rahemelain adarain = Lord have mercy upon us and help us
Halelujaih = Praise God, Praise to God
Hoosoyo = Absolution
Hoosoyo = Absolution

Qurbana

This Syriac word derived from the verb “Kareb” means gifts,
offerings, present. We also call it the Divine Liturgy. The Catholics use the
word ‘Mass’; Protestants say ‘Service or Fellowship’,
All emphasis each aspect of the divine service of the Lords Supper. Lord’s
supper (1Cor 11:20) Lords Table (1Cor 11:21) breaking of the Bread (Acts
2: 42; 20:7) Communion (1Cor 10:16) Mystery (Orthodox Teaching)

Holy Qurbana

( By Rembachen Lazarus – Notes on Holy Qurbana shared with the St. Mary’s Orthodox
congregation, Calgary. )

We call it as the “Queen of Sacraments” and the completion of all the
prophecies, because it is the central action of our worship and it is the central
action of our worship and it is the dynamic centre for Christian life. In this
service we call to memory and participate in the redemptive dispensation of
our Lord who lived on earth. As we do this we receive His strength to serve
Him in a life of commitment. So we should know the full implications in
this worship.
Let us pray “Open our eyes, O Lord!, that we may behold the wondrous
things out of your sacrament.” (As Elijah, the prophet prayed). Let our
participation in the Holy Qurbana, make our lives a living sacrifice (Rom 12:
1-2)

Evening Prayer

Prayer of Ninth Hour

 
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one true God.
People: Glory be to Him; and may His grace and mercy be upon us forever. Amen
Leader: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory, the heaven and the earth are, filled; Hosanna in the highest
People: Blessed is He who has come, and is to come in the name of the Lord; glory be to Him in the highest.
QUAMO
Leader: Holy art Thou, O God,
People: Holy art Thou Almighty;
Holy art Thou, Immortal,
+Crucified for us, have mercy on us;
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us,
People: Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our prayers and worship and have mercy on us.
Leader: Glory be to Thee, O God,
People: Glory be to Thee, O creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ, the King who does pity sinners, Thy servants. Barek-more
LORDS PRAYER (St. Matt. 6:9-13)
Leader: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
People: 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.
Let us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace,
People: Our Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
O Virgin Saint Mary, O Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at all times, and at the hour of our death. Amen
QOLO
Praise be to You O God, who gives life to the dead.
Praise be to You O God, who grants resurrection to the entombed.
We praise You and glorify Your Father who did send you and the Holy Spirit.
Barekhmore.
O Lord, one of Trinity, who by Your own will stayed in the tomb for three days,
give resurrection to our departed ones, for they were saved by Your precious blood.
Moriyo rahee melain noo-adarain
BOVOOSO
O! Merciful Lord, renew Your creation on the day of resurrection.
O! Lord, grant rest and comfort to our beloved departed ones who have lived and died with hope in You.
O! Lord grant rest to our faithful departed in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
May the souls and bodies together cry aloud and say:
glory be to the one who has come and is to come to resurrect the departed. Amen.
 
QUAMO
Leader: Holy art Thou, O God,
People: Holy art Thou Almighty;
Holy art Thou, Immortal,
+Crucified for us, have mercy on us;
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us,
People: Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our prayers and worship and have mercy on us.
Leader: Glory be to Thee, O God,
People: Glory be to Thee, O creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ, the King who does pity sinners, Thy servants. Barek-more
(Psalms 141,142,119:1O5-112, 117)
I call upon you, Lord; hear me! Give heed to my words-and answer me.
Let my prayer be like incense in your sight, my uplifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.
Lord, set a guard at my mouth, a sentry at the door of my lips, that my heart may not turn to evil matter and indulge in the deeds of wickedness.
Let me not sit at the table of the wicked.
Let the righteous man teach me, let him reprove me, but the oil of the wicked shall not anoint my head, my prayer is against their evil deeds.
When their judges are thrown down in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
Their bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave like the plow that breaks the earth.
I lift up my eyes to you, Lord. I put my trust in you, do not leave, my soul destitute.
Keep me away from the hands of the proud who have laid snares for me.
Let the wicked fall into their own traps, while I go unharmed.
While my soul was in agony, I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with all my voice I made supplication.
I poured out my affliction before Him, I told Him all my troubles.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You know my path.
They have hidden snares for me in the way I have to walk.
I looked to the right, but there was no one who knew me; no one cared for my soul.
I cried unto You, O Lord! I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my supplication; for I am in distress.
Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than me.
Lead me forth from prison that I may praise your name.
The righteous shall wait for me because You will answer me.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
I have sworn and have determined to keep your holy decrees.
I am made to be low, Lord.
Give me life according to Your word.
Lord, be pleased with the words of my lips and teach me Your decrees.
My life is always in Your hands; I do not forget Your laws.
The wicked have set traps for me, but I have not strayed from your commands.
I treasure up Your testimonies.
Truly they are the joy of my heart.
Incline my heart to keep Your commands, in truth, forever.
Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise Him, all you people.
Great is His goodness for us.
Truly, the Lord’s goodness is forever.
To you belongs the praise, O God. Barekhmore.
INTRODUCTORY PRAYER
O Lord, listen to our prayers with mercy and answer them with compassion.
God accept, and be pleased in, our worships and prayers and be gracious to us Sthoumen kalos, Kurielaison
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERING OF INCENSE
Lord, let our prayers be like pleasing incense before you.
Let it rise to the highest like an offering of fragrance.
As you are pleased in the offer of incense accept our worships, prayers, supplications and praises without counting our unworthiness, and grant our petition.
Barekmore.

FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST. MARY
O Virgin Mother! Shield us from all menace that confront us and forbid from us the whirls and tides of this world.
O Mother! since you have acceptance in the presence of God, pray that your intercession grant us forgiveness and mercy, heal the sick, bring relief to the afflicted and the return of those who are away to us peacefully
 
FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINTS
Martyrs! As in the time of deluge, when the righteous Noah protected the beasts that entered with him in the ark, let your intercession protect us from the tides and whirls that encircle this world.

FOR THE INTERCESSION OF PATRON SAINT
(St. Thomas!) your grace has astonished the heavenly beings.
Your glorious name is praised on earth among us.
Your good deeds have been counted worthy by your Lord Jesus Christ, and He has revered and upheld your memory.
May your prayers be a refuge to us.
PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
O God, the lover of those who are unblemished and upright, grant us perfection in our hearts.
Remove from us all evil and malicious thoughts.
O Lord, open to us Your merciful door, as you did to the thief.
Accept our repentance as you had accepted the penance of the tax collector and the sinful woman.
O Lord, You are merciful and pleased with those who turn to You in repentance as You graciously pardoned Peter who came to you after he had denied you.
Lord cleanse us from our sins and follies.
O Lord! we, the sinful, are sad about your dispassionate last judgment.
When the great books of account are opened and our sins are read, let your grace strengthen us and let your mercy help us.
Let our sins be pardoned. O Lord! we acknowledge our sins, have mercy on us.

FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Lord! Grant good remembrance to the faithful departed who have received Your atoning body and blood.
Lord Jesus Christ, when You come gloriously with the company of angels, let our departed ones stand before you with praises.
Moriyo rahae melain noo-adarain
Lord Jesus Christ, do not close the door of Your mercy on our faces.
Lord, we confess that we are sinners, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, Your love made you descend from Your place to us that by Your death, our death was abolished; have mercy upon us.

 
QUAMO
Leader: Holy art Thou, O God,
People: Holy art Thou Almighty;
Holy art Thou, Immortal,
+Crucified for us, have mercy on us;
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us,
People: Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our prayers and worship and have mercy on us.
Leader: Glory be to Thee, O God,
People: Glory be to Thee, O creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ, the King who does pity sinners, Thy servants. Barek-more

LORDS PRAYER (St. Matt. 6:9-13)
Leader: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
People: 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.
Let us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the glory forever and ever. Amen

Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace,
People: Our Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
O Virgin Saint Mary, O Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at all times, and at the hour of our death. Amen

BED TIME PRAYER
O Lord! teach us all Your commandments.

By Your grace help us to live according to them.
O God set guards to the open doors of our senses that the treasury of Your grace may not be detained from us.
Barekmore.
O Holy God, Your Holiness is adored by all saints.
O Lord, cleanse our thoughts and make us worthy to glorify Your name like the seraphim who proclaim and glorify Your holiness.
Moriyo rahae melain nooadarain.
SUPPLICATION
O Lord, accept our worship and have mercy upon us
Grant us compassion, mercy and forgiveness from your holy treasury.
O Lord, our deeds make You angry; but you never desire to be angry.
You are Merciful and Your tranquility is never disturbed.
Though our sins are abundant, they are like a drop of mud in Your ocean of mercy.
A drop of mud cannot soil the ocean.
O God who listens to prayers and grants supplications, be pleased in, our prayers and grant our petitions in Your mercy.
THE HYMN OF MOR EPHRAEM THE SYRIAN
Lord have mercy upon us
Kindly accept our prayers
Grant us mercy, redemption
From Thy treasury above.

Let me Lord before Thee stand,
Wakeful my watch I’d keep,
Should I fall to slumber’s hand,
Guard me from my sinful sleep.

If I do wrong while awake
Mercif’ly absolve me;
If I err in my sleep
In mercy, grant redemption.

By Thy cross of submission
Grant me, Lord, a restful sleep,
Forbid vain and evil dreams
O my Lord., from Thy servant.

Through the night conduct me, Lord,
Peaceful sleep give Thou to me,
Wroth and foul-thoughts O Lord
May not govern me at all.

O Lord, Thy servant I am
Guard my body while I sleep
Keep Thy bright angel’s guard

O my Lord, by my side.

Christ Thy life-abiding
Holy body that I ate
Keep away from my heart
Evil desires that destroy.

While I sleep in this night
May Thy holy blood guard me
Be Thou always-redeemer
For I am Th-ine image.

Thy hand shaped me, O Lord
Shadow me with Thy right hand
Let Thy mercy be a fortress
Shielding me- all around.

While my body silent lies,
May Thy power keep vigil;
Let my sleep in Thy presence
Be- like the rising incense.

Thy mother who did bear Thee
By her prayers for me Lord
Let not evil touch my bed,
While I slumber in this night.

By Thy pleasing sacrifice
That absolved me from my distress
Forbid from me the wicked one
That keeps tro-ubling me.
By Thy kindness O my Lord
Thy promise in me fulfilled
By Thy holy cross, O Lord
Protect my li-fe perfect.

O Thou who-pleased in me
Feeble and sinful servant I am
May I praise Thy mercy,

When I wake up from my sleep.
May Thy servant know Thy will
In Thy true-loving kindness
Grant me O Lord Thy mercy
So that I may walk with thee.

Jesus Christ, O my Lord
Grant to us Thy servants
An evening filled with peace
And a night of graceful sleep.

True light Thou art O Lord
Praise we thy bright glory
We children of Thy light
Praise Thee for evermore.

O savior of mankind
Thy servants praise Thy mercy
As we do in this world
May it be in heav’n above.

Praise to Thee, O my Lord
Praise to Thee, O my savior
Praise a thousand thousand fold
Praise we Thou O Jesus Christ.

Thou who does receive our prayers
Thou who grants supplications
Heed Thy servants’ prayers
Kindly grant our petitions.
Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison

PSALMS 91, 121
Barekhmore, Those who dwell in the secret place of the most high, whoever abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
Barekhmore, I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in Him will I trust.
For He shall deliver you from the snare of stumbling, and from idle talk.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will be safe:
His truth shall be your armor.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night;
nor of the arrow that flies by the day;
nor for the plague that travels in the darkness;
nor for the destruction of the wind in the noon.
A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand.
But they shall not come near you; only with your eyes you shall behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because You are my Lord, my refuge, who has made His habitation in the most high.
No evil shall come near you; no plague shall come near your dwelling.
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
For they shall bear you up in their bands so that your foot shall not dash against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and adder; and you shall trample the young lion and the dragon.
Because he has sought Me, I will deliver him and strengthen him;
he shall call upon me because he has known My name.
I will answer him and I will be with him in trouble.
I will strengthen him and honor him.
I will satisfy him with long life and show him my salvation.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where comes my helper?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth
He will not let your foot to tremble; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord shall overshadow you with His right hand.

The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; he shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going and coming from henceforth and forever more.

To you belongs the praise, O God. Barekhmore.

PRAYER OF MOR SEVARIUS (AD 460-538)
Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Men’olam vadhamol olam ol meenamen
O Lord, who sits in the shadow of the most high protect us under the wings of your mercy, and have compassion upon us.
O Lord who hearkens to all by Your grace listen to the supplication of Your servants.
O glorious King, our savior give us peaceful evenings and sinless nights
We set our eyes unto you; forgive our debts and sins and be merciful to us in this world and in the world to come.
O Lord, may Your loving kindness shelter us and let your mercy guard us.

May your cross protect us from the evil one and his legion.
Let Your right hand unveil us all through the days of our lives.
Let Your peace reign among us. Grant hope and salvation to all the souls who make supplication unto you.
By the prayers of St. Mary, who gave birth to you, and of all your saints;
O God, forgive our debts and have mercy upon us.

PRAISE OF THE CHERUBIM (Ezekiel 3:12)
Leader: + Blessed be the glory of the Lord, from His Place forever.
People: Holy and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us. (3 Times)
Leader: You are Holy and glorious forever.
People: You are Holy and glorious forever. You are Holy and your name is blessed forever.
Leader: Glory to You, our Lord
People: Glory to You, our Lord. Glory to You, our hope forever.
Barekhmore.
Leader: Our Father who art in heaven
People: 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.
Let us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
THE NICENE CREED (325 AD)
Leader: We believe in one true God
The Father Almighty; maker 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 worlds;
Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of the same substance with the Father; and by whom all things were made:

+ WHO FOR US MEN, AND FOR OUR SALVATION, CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN
+ AND WAS INCARNATE OF THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, BY THE HOLY GHOST, AND BECAME MAN;
+ AND WAS CRUCIFIED FOR US IN THE DAYS OF PONTIUS PILATE, AND SUFFERED, AND DIED, AND WAS BURIED:

And the third day rose according to His will;
and ascended into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of His Father;
and shall come again in His great glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
whose Kingdom shall have no end:
And in the one living Holy Spirit, the life-giving Lord of all, who proceeds from the Father;
and who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke through the Prophets and Apostles:
And in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church;
and we confess one Baptism for the remission of sins;
and look for the resurrection of the dead, and the new life in the world to come Amen, Barekhmore.

Sthoumenkalos: Kurielison, Kurielison Kurielison
Lord have mercy upon us,

Lord be kind and have mercy,
Lord answer us and have mercy upon us.
Glory be to You,
Our Lord Glory be to You, Our Lord;
Glory to You, our hope forever. Barekhmore
Leader: Our Father who art in heaven….
Leader: Hail Mary…

Noon Prayers

Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one true God.
People: Glory be to Him; and may His grace and mercy be upon us forever. Amen
Leader: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory, the heaven and the earth are, filled; Hosanna in the highest
People: Blessed is He who has come, and is to come in the name of the Lord; glory be to Him in the highest.

QUAMO
Leader: Holy art Thou, O God,
People: Holy art Thou Almighty;
Holy art Thou, Immortal,
+Crucified for us, have mercy on us;
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us,
People: Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our prayers and worship and have mercy on us.
Leader: Glory be to Thee, O God,
People: Glory be to Thee, O creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ, the King who does pity sinners, Thy servants. Barek-more
LORDS PRAYER (St. Matt. 6:9-13)
Leader: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
People: 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.
Let us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the glory forever and ever. Amen

Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace,
People: Our Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
O Virgin Saint Mary, O Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at all times, and at the hour of our death. Amen
Qolo
O! holy Mother, do not discontinue your supplication for us.
Intercede for us that your only begotten son may have compassion on us. Barekhmor.
O God, the Lord of all, by the prayers and supplications of the prophets who loved You and Your disciples who preached Your gospel, may peace reign among the four quarters of the earth.
Men olam…
Lord, both worlds are at Your command.
Protect the living by Your cross.
By Your grace pardon the sins of all those who have passed away with hope in You.
Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn.
Bo`ootho
Lord, by the prayers of Your Mother and all saints, sanctify us and our departed ones.
Let Virgin Mary’s memory be a blessing for us. May her prayers be a fortress for our souls.
Apostles, martyrs, disciples and saints! Pray for us that He may grant us mercy.
Lord, sprinkle the dew of joy on the face of our departed fathers and brothers who have passed away with hope in You.
Lord, by the prayers of Your mother and saints sanctify us and our departed
Man`ito (of Mor Severius, Patriarch of Antioch, AD 460-538)
By the prayers of Your Mother who brought forth you and that of all saints;
I will adore You O King, my Lord, the only begotten son, the word of the heavenly father, who are immortal, who by Your grace came for the life and salvation of all mankind, and did become incarnate of the holy and glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, who did become man, being God without change, and who was Crucified for us.
O Christ, our Lord, who by Your death did trample our death and destroy it, who is one among the Holy Trinity and are worshipped and glorified in the unity of Your Father and Your living Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us.
THE NICENE CREED (325 AD)
Leader: We believe in one true God
The Father Almighty; maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the onlybegotten Son of God; begotten of the Father before all worlds;
Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of the same substance with the Father; and by whom all things were made:
+ WHO FOR US MEN, AND FOR OUR SALVATION, CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN
+ AND WAS INCARNATE OF THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, BY THE HOLY GHOST, AND BECAME MAN;
+ AND WAS CRUCIFIED FOR US IN THE DAYS OF PONTIUS PILATE, AND SUFFERED, AND DIED, AND WAS BURIED:
And the third day rose according to His will;
and ascended into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of His Father;
and shall come again in His great glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
whose Kingdom shall have no end:
And in the one living Holy Spirit, the life-giving Lord of all,
who proceeds from the Father;
and who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke through the Prophets and Apostles:

And in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church;

and we confess one Baptism for the remission of sins;
and look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the new life in the world to come Amen, Barekhmore.
Sthoumenkalos: Kurielison, Kurielison Kurielison

Morning Prayers

Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one true God.
People: Glory be to Him; and may His grace and mercy be upon us forever. Amen
Leader: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory, theheaven and the earth are, filled;
Hosanna in the highest
People: Blessed is He who has come, and is to come in the name of the Lord; glory be to Him in the highest.

QUAMO
Leader: Holy art Thou, O God,
People: Holy art Thou Almighty;
Holy art Thou, Immortal, +Crucified for us, have mercy on us;
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us,
People: Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our prayers and worship and have mercy on us.
Leader: Glory be to Thee, O God,
People: Glory be to Thee, O creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ, the King who does pity sinners, Thy servants. Barek-more
LORDS PRAYER (St. Matt. 6:9-13)
Leader: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
People: 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.
Let us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace,
People: Our Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
O Virgin Saint Mary, O Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at all times, and at the hour of our death. Amen

Psalms 63
O God, You are my God and I will wait for You.
Like a dry and thirsty land longing for water, my spirit thirsts for You and my body longs for You.
I truly looked up to You, to behold Your power and glory.
Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Thus I will praise You while I am alive and I will raise my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fat and my mouth shall sing Your glory with joyful lips.
I remember You as I lie on my bed.
All night long, I think of You and meditate.
Because You have been my help, I will be protected under the shadow of Your wings.
My soul follows You and Your right hand keeps me safe.
Those that seek to destroy my soul shall go into the depths of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword and their bodies eaten by wolves.
But the king shall rejoice in God.
Everyone that swears by him shall be glorified. But the mouth of the liars shall be shut.

To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.
Enyono
O heavenly King, in the morning I come in Your presence and bow before Your throne.
Pardon all the sins that I committed against you.
Gracious and compassionate Lord, I plead and long for your mercy.
Pardon all the sins that I committed against you.
The one who is light and lives in light, make me worthy of Your light that does not succumb to darkness. Barekhmor.
I praise the Lord whose name is being glorified in the heaven above by the heavenly beings and by the people on the earth. Amen.
Psalms 113
Praise the Lord, the creator of light. Praise Him, you servants of the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord.
May the name of the Lord be blessed from the beginning and for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting great is the name of the Lord.
The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord, our God? He dwells in the heights above and yet He looks upon the depths.
He raises up the poor from the dust and make them sit with princes.
He makes the barren women to be a joyful mother of children and he grants her a home.
To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.
From Psalms 148, 149, 150
Praise Him all His angels. Praise Him all His heavenly armies.
By His word everything was made, for He commanded and they were created.
He set them in their places for ever and gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord, all mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars, all bees and cattle, all creeping things and birds that fly.
For His name alone is exalted, His glory is on earth and in heaven.
He also exalts the horn of His people, all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people of His own.
Let them praise His name with tambourines and drums, and sing to Him with their harps.
The Lord is delighted in His people.
He gives salvation to the poor.
His saints have the honor, with a two-edged sword in their hands, to execute vengeance upon the heathen and bring punishments upon the people, to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron and to execute upon them the written judgment.
Praise Him for His powerful deeds.
Praise Him for His infinite greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of horn.
Praise Him with the sound of the flute and harp.
Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise Him all you peoples.
For great is His goodness toward us.
Truly, He is the Lord for ever.
To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.
Eqbo
God help us.
The whirls and waves of sins that we committed are encircling us.
You be the port of peace for us that we may not sink in the sea of sins.
We are waiting to repent.
As You extended Your hand to Peter, extend Your hand to us and help us. Stomen …
Qolo
O Christ, our Lord, You offered Yourself as a pleasing incense before God the Father.
Because of You, we may be a pleasing incense before God.
Though our prayers and offerings are abominable and foul smelling, touch and purify us with Your holy hand which cleansed the lepers to make our prayers and offerings sweet smelling fragrances. Barekhmor.
For the Intercession of Mother of God
God our Lord, by Your presence You jolted Mount Zion.
While You were bearing the heights and the depths, You willed that Virgin Mary conceive You without marriage and bring You forth beyond description.
May Your mother’s name be glorified and help us by her prayers.
For the Intercession of Saints
Martyrs! pray for us that He may have mercy on us by His grace and save us from the punishment of the last day.
Pray for us that we may be made worthy to see you when you receive the victorious crowns.
For the Intercession of the Patron Saint
St. (Name), those who are in distress seek your help.
May your prayer be a fortress and refuge for us.
By your prayers, may our petitions be granted, sick people be healed and those who are being tempted by satan be liberated.
For Repentance
O God, You do not deny Your mercy to the sinners who call upon You.
By Your compassion spare us from punishments and the rods of wrath.
To praise You for Your mercy, grant us joyful months and prosperous years.
By glorious sign of Your cross guard us from the evil.
Lord, may we not be silent from praising you and withdrawn from glorifying You.
Lord, do not judge us according to Your righteousness.
We confess that we are sinners.
If You judge us according to our sins; we cannot hope eternal life and cannot plead before You and shall inherit fiery-hell.
Therefore, according to Your mercy pardon and forgive our sins.
Lord, when You judge us, let our sins not conceal us.
When the righteous garb in glory, may we not be naked at the judgment.
We confess that we have fallen in sin, extend Your hand unto us that we may stand again.
O compassionate One, who opens the door to all those who repent, have mercy on us as You forgave the thief on Cross at Your side.
For the Departed
Lord, grant peace and good memory to our departed fathers and brothers.
Include them in the company of saints and in their ranks.
When you sit at the throne for judgment and to separate the righteous from the evil, may they receive Your compassion.
When You appear in Your grace, may they stand on Your right side.
Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn.
Concluding Prayer
Lord, it is good to give thanks to You and to sing praise to Your exalted name, to proclaim Your goodness in the morning and Your faithfulness in the night.
Lord, hear my voice in the morning.
May I be seen ready before You in the morning.
Lord, have compassion on Your people.
Lord, pardon and forgive all our sins.
Holy One, let Your right hand overshadow us and Your name heal our weaknesses.

Aye Malik Tere Bande Hum

ae maalik tere bande hum
aise ho humare karam
nekee par chale, aur badee se taley,
takey huste huey nikley dum
ye andheraa ghanaa chhaa rahaa,
tera insaan ghabara rahaa
ho rahaa bekhabar, kuch na aata najar,
sukh ka sooraj chupa ja rahaa
hai teri roshni mein jo dum
to amawas ko kar de poonam
nekee par chale, aur badee se taley,
takey huste huey nikley dum
bada kamjor hain aadmi,
abhi laakhon hain is mein kamee
par tu jo khadaa, hai dayalu bada,
teri kirpa se dharti thami
diya tune humey jab janam
too hee zelegaa hum sab ke ghum
jab julmon ka ho saamnaa,
tab tu hi humey thaamnaa
voh burai karey, hum bhalai bharey,
nahi badley ki ho kaamnaa
badh uthey pyaar ka har kadam
aur mitey bair ka ye bharam
nekee par chale, aur badee se taley,
takey huste huey nikley dum