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Selections From Vespers

Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-creating, and undivided Trinity always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen

Come, let us worship God our King.  

 Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God. 

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ himself, our King and our God

Verses from Psalm 103:

(Sung at All-night Vigil)

BLESS the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art become exceeding great; with confession and with majesty art thou clothed. Who dost robe thyself with light as with a garment; who spreadest out the heaven like a curtain. Who covereth with waters its upper rooms; who doth fix the clouds for his chariot; who walketh upon the wings of the wind. Who maketh his angels spirits, and his servers a flaming fire. Who foundeth the earth upon its firmness; it shall not be bowed down for ever and ever. The abyss, like a garment, is its robe; upon the mountains shall stand the waters. At thy rebuke they shall flee; at the voice of thy thunder, they shall be afraid. The mountains go up, and the plains go down to the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound which they shall not pass, neither return to cover the earth. Who sendeth forth fountains into the valleys; among the mountains shall the waters run. They shall give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild asses shall await in their thirst. Over them shall the birds of the heavens have their habitation; from the midst of the rocks shall they give forth their voices. Thou waterest the mountains from thine upper rooms; with the fruit of thy works is the earth sated, making grass to grow for the cattle, and green herb for the service of men, that thou mayest bring forth bread out of the earth, and wine that gladdeneth the heart of man; to make his face cheerful with oil; and bread that strengtheneth man's heart. The trees of the plain shall be sated, the cedars of Lebanon, which He hath planted. There the sparrows shall make their nest. The dwelling of the heron precedeth them. The high mountains are for the hart; the rocks a refuge for the conies. He made the moon for seasons; the sun hath known its setting. Thou didst set the darkness, and it became night; in it shall run all the beasts of the forest, the young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking of God their meat. The sun hath arisen and they have gathered together, and in their dens shall they lay them down. Man shall go forth to his work and to his labor until the evening. How great are thy works become, O Lord; in wisdom hast thou made them all. The earth is full of thy creation. This is the sea, great and wide; there are creeping things without number, animals both small and great. There the ships go across; and that serpent which thou hast formed to play in it. All wait upon thee, to give them their food in due season. When thou givest it them, they shall gather it; when thou openest thy hand, all things shall be filled with goodness. When thou turnest away thy face, they shall be troubled; thou takest away their spirit, they shall vanish and to their dust shall they return. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, and they shall be created; and thou shalt renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the Lord be for ever; the Lord shall be glad in his works. Who looketh down upon the earth, and maketh it to tremble; who touchest the mountains and they smoke. I will sing unto the Lord in my life; I will sing psalms unto my God as long as I shall be. Let my conversation please him; and I shall be glad in the Lord. Let sinners vanish from the earth, and transgressors, so that they shall be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.

Verses from the First Kathisma:

Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the impious.

Alleluia, thrice.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the way of the impious shall perish.

                Alleluia, thrice

Serve ye the Lord with fear, and rejoice unto Him with trembling.

                Alleluia, thrice.

Blessed are all that have put their trust in Him.

                Alleluia, thrice.

Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God.

                Alleluia, thrice.

Salvation is of the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.

                Alleluia, 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.          Alleluia, thrice.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.

Lord, I have cried:

Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hear me. Hear me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hear me; attend to the voice of my prayer, when I cry unto Thee. Hear me, O Lord.

Let my prayer be directed as incense before Thee, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord.

SET a watch, O Lord, upon my mouth, and a gate of enclosure about my lips. Incline not my heart to words of evil, to contrive excuses for sins with men that work iniquity, and I shall not join with their elect. The righteous man shall correct me in mercy and reproach me, but the oil of the sinner shall not anoint my head. For my prayer is still against their pleasure; their judges are swallowed up among the stones. They shall hear my words that have prevailed; as clods of earth are broken upon the earth, so our bones are scattered on the brink of hell. To thee, O Lord, Lord, I turn mine eyes; in thee I hope, take not away my soul. Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and from the pitfalls of the workers of iniquity. Let sinners fall into their own net, whilst I alone shall pass.

With my voice have I cried to the Lord, with my voice have I prayed to the Lord. I pour forth my prayer before him, and before him I declare my sorrow. When my spirit departed from me, thou knewest all my paths. In this way where I was walking, they have hid a snare for me. I looked to the right and I saw, and there is none that knew me. A way of escape faileth me, and there is none that seeketh my soul. I have cried unto thee, O Lord, and said, Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living. Attend to my prayer, for I am exceeding humbled. Deliver me from my persecutors, fo.r they are become stronger than I. Lead forth my soul from prison, that I may confess thy name; the righteous await me, till thou shalt reward me. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let thine ears give heed to the voice of my prayer.

Verse. O Christ, triumphant over hell, thou hast ascended upon the cross, to raise up with thyself those dwelling in the darkness of death. Free among the dead, thou pourest forth life from thine own light: O almighty Saviour, have mercy on us.

If thou observest transgressions, Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? For with thee is propitiation.

Verse: Christ, having trampled down death today, according to his word, rose up bestowi.ng joy upon the world that all of us shouting this hymn might say: O Fount of Life, O Light that no man can approach, O almighty Saviour, have mercy on us.

For thy name's sake, I have waited upon thee, O Lord; my soul hath waited upon thy word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.

Verse. Whither shall we sinners fly from thee, O Lord, .who art everywhere in the creation? Into heaven? Thy abode is there. Into hell? Thou hast trampled down death. Into the uttermost parts of the sea? Thy hand reaches thither, O Master. We run to thee and falling before thee we pray: O thou, risen from the dead, have mercy on us.

From the morning watch even to the night, let Israel hop.e in the Lord.

Verse: Thy Cross do we worship, O Christ, and thy holy Resurrection we hymn and glorify, for thou art our God; we know no other than thee.

For with the Lord there is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption, and He shall redeem Israel from all his transgressio.n.

Verse: Ever blessing the Lord, let us hymn his Resurrection. By enduring the Cross for us, by death hath He abolished death.

O praise the Lord, all ye nations, praise him, all ye people.

Verse: Glory be unto thy might, O Lord, for thou hast destroyed the power of death; and thou hast renewed us through thy Cross, bestowing upon us life and incorruption.

For his mercy hath been confirmed upon us, and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.

Verse: Thy burial, O Christ, burst the bonds of hell asunder; thy resurrection from the dead gave light unto the world. Unto thee, O Lord, be glory.

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

Dogmatikon: Who doth not call thee blessed, O all-holy Virgin? Who doth not sing the praises of thy giving birth which was not according to the laws of nature. For the only-begotten Son himself who timelessly shone out of the Father came forth from thee, who art pure, and being ineffabl.y made flesh, He, who by nature is God, became also for our sakes by nature man; not in two divided persons but in two unconfused natures is He known. O thou, honored and highly blessed, beseech him to have mercy on our souls.

Gladsome Light:

O Gladsome Light of the holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly, holy, blessed, O Jesus Christ. 

Having Come to sunset and beholding the evening light, we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: God. 

Meet it is at all times that thou be hymned with fitting voices, O Son of God, thou Giver of Life; wherefore the world doth glorify thee.

Prayer at the Coming of Evening:

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin. Blessed art Thou O Lord, God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name forever. Amen.   Let Thy mercy be upon us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes. Blessed art Thou, O Master, make  me to understand Thy statutes. Blessed art Thou, O Holy One, enlighten me by Thy statutes.

Thy mercy, O Lord, is forever; dispise not the work of Thy hands. To Thee belongeth praise, to Thee belongeth a hymn, to Thee belongeth glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The Prayer of Saint Symeon:

Now dost Thou dismiss Thy servant, O Master, according to Thy word, in peace; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to be revealed to the nations, and the glory of Thy people Israel.

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 transgressions.  Holy One, look upon 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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.

O Theotokos, Virgin, rejoice;  O Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, for thou has borne the Savior of our souls. (thrice)

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