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Welcome, we remain:

"The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church"

additional official website

(a.k.a)

Christ Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe

of the Americas and Europe



Continuing to Stand up for the true Orthodox Catholic Faith of the Ages

We are one of the few Traditional Orthodox Catholic Church jurisdictions left in the USA.

We have been in the USA since 1920, and autocephalous in government since 1937.



The Holy Orthodox Synod

of

Christ Catholic Church



We are continuing to follow in the traditions of Bishops Zielonka, Zhurawetsky, and Pruter

We promote traditional morality



The Church has been unaffected by recent fads in theology and continues to maintain the historic Catholic faith and order.



We are the Orthodox Alternative in the so-called Independent Movement



Historic Ethnic Orthodox Jurisdiction

Polish/Ukrainian/Byelo-russian





We are a Traditional Orthodox Catholic Church



Patriarch Jozef Zielonka

1st Patriarch







Patriarch & Catholicos Peter Andrew Zhurawetsky

2nd Patriarch



Archbishop Karl Pruter (d.2007)

(served as 3rd & 5th & 7th Archbishop)

(granted autonomy by Patriarch in 1968)





Donald Mullan

(6th Archbishop)

(as Christ Catholic Church International)







Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ



"...sending Thy Holy Spirit, the witness of the sufferings of the Lord Jesus to this sacrifice, that He may change this bread into the body of thy Christ and this cup into the blood of thy Christ"



- from the Third Century Liturgy of St.Clement











This Site Newly Updated: Feb. 2017



We remain the Original Holy Synod of Christ Catholic Church



Photo of the Rear Exterior of Prince of Peace Pro-Cathedral after storm damage in the spring of 2010. The Pro-Cathedral Parish occupied this building until September of 2010, when the facility was sold by its owners and the Parish was forced to move to temporary quarters.



Prince of Peace Pro-Cathedral Parish is the Archdiocesan Cathedral Parish



for



The



Archdiocese of Saint Willibrord



of



Christ Old Catholic Church



In this age of ever-changing interpretations of what is absolute and what is moral. We stand for the absolute and for the moral. A number of Church organizations, both in America and in Europe have abandoned their traditional stances on both morality and the Sacraments, to the denigration of their faith, and to the loss of validity of their Holy Orders. We have done neither. We remain one of the few truly Orthodox of the Old Catholic groups in America. We are not great, wealthy, or large. We own no great cathedral edifices. Yet the treasure which we carry is the Holy Faith of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, who allows us to be participants in the Kingdom of God, and Whom we glady, gratefully, and lovingly serve.





En Locum Tenens

The Reverend Fr David Ellis





Welcome in the Wonderful Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.





We are a "Western Rite" Orthodox ministry, actually a Canonical Ethnic jurisdiction, usually counted within the framework of the so-called Independent Movement. We are affiliated with the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States. Our legislative governing body is the Holy Orthodox Synod of Christ Catholic Church. We have been in the United States actively since 1920; and have been "Autocephalous" (or self-governing) since 1937, when we became independent of the See of Utrecht, Holland. Originally called the Polish Old Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe; the name was changed later to Christ Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe. After the death of Archbishop Karl Pruter of the Boston Diocese; the Church was rescued from near demise by the actions of what was left of the Holy Synod (after many members, and even a whole diocese had left the Church for other organizations). The Holy Synod continued and reconstituted the constitution of the Church, through its establishment of the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States within the structure of the body of the Church, for the renewing of the purposes of the Gospel Ministry and the fulfilling of the Great Commission of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to be a beacon of light and hope in a dark world, holding up the banner of Orthodox Catholic Truth. Our name was amended to also be known as Christ OLD Catholic Church, in 2014, to better reflect exactly who we are, and what we are doing, and to distinguish us from the various off-shoots which do exist, who, in leaving the Free Catholic Church and Christ's Catholic Church (with an APOSTROPHE S) having changed their name and are now using the name associated with the late Bishop Pruter (but who stand for various left wing agendas). We adhere faithfully to Biblical Morality, Traditional practices, Western-Rite Piety, and we are adamantly Pro-Life, and Pro-Traditional Marriage as being only between a MAN and a WOMAN. We ordain only men into the Sacred Holy Orders, and we will not knowingly ever ordain homosexual practitioners, or persons of any other type of immoral practices into Holy Orders. Unlike many of the jurisdictions today in the so-called independent movement, we are not a platform for current trends and fads of those who leap out of the Roman or Eastern Churches to have a voice for their pet peeve. We are instead; a platform for traditional faith and values, and the perpetuation of the Historic Orthodox Faith.

About Us

We praise the Lord Jesus for you coming to this site. This is the Reverend David Ellis. I have been in the so-called Independent Movement since early 1988. I was received into Orthodoxy at the Monastery of St. Anthony in Excelsior Springs Mo. in early 1988, by then Abbot, (now Bishop David L. Jones) while that church was still part of the Western Orthodox Church in America, led by the late C. David Luther, Bishop in Altoona PA. I was ordained to the diaconate in the fall of that year by Bishop Patrick M. Cronin. I was ordained to the priesthood on ov. 12, 1989 at Kansas City Missouri by the Late Bishop Patrick M. Cronin, of Schnectady New York, at a mass in which Raymond Loosmore II was also ordained to the priesthood. In attendance, among others, was Bishop David L. Jones of the United American Orthodox Catholic Church. I founded the Holy Orthodox Church of the Theotokos in Branson Missouri in 1989. And then established mission works in and around Shelbyville Illinois. After the death of Bishop Cronin, I was incardinated into the jurisdiction of Bishop Karl Pruter, who I lived about 15 miles south of; at that time. I began Prince of Peace Church in 1994, under the ecclesiastical approbation of (then) Archbishop Donald W. Mullan of Christ catholic Church International. At the time of the split between the Canadian Church and the Pruter American Church, I remained within the American Church under Bishop Karl Pruter. Bishop Karl passed away in 2007. Before his death, he granted consecration sub-conditione to Bishop O'Block of the Southern Episcopal Church, with right of succession to the See of the Presiding Bishop of Christ Catholic Church. The SECUSA merged that portion of Christ Catholic Church into a "Diocese" OF the SEC. I have not ever been connected with that group, or approached by them. I at that time continued with that group of priests and ministries which have remained within the original body of Christ Catholic Church but not with the liberal group known variously as Free Catholic Communion, Christ's Catholic Church, and now they are using the term Christ Catholic Church again, The name Christ Catholic Church was a name that always provided much confusion to our particular identity anyway....So.. . For mattters of clarification, we have begun using the legal name "The Holy Orthodox Synod of Christ Catholic Church. Christ Orthodox Church of the Aericas and Europe (term used by Patriarch Zhurawetsky)" This delineates from those groups of a much more liberal bent which currently exist using variations of the Christ Catholic name, with whom we have no afffiliation. And we wish to avoid any confusion with these groups. Our Church is truly miniscule, but is Blessed by Our Lord Jesus through the Unction of the Holy Spirit as we continue our ministry for and with the Lord. Today we use the term to accurately describe WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE ARE DOING. We are proclaiming the truth of the Historic Eastern Orthodox Faith in a setting familiar to American and English people. + David

WE STAND FOR BIBLICAL MORALITY



Exaltation of the Holy Cross. [Sep. 14.J At Mass. Office. But we ought to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection ; through whom we have been saved and freed.^ Ps. God be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.3 Kyrie \eleyson\ light, source of the highest etc.* with its verses. Collect. O God, who hast deigned to redeem mankind with the precious blood of thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ ; mercifully grant that they who approach to adore the life-giving cross, may be freed from the bonds of their sins. Through etc. Memory of the martyrs Cornelius and Cyprian. Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that as thy Christian people rejoice here on earth in the feast of thy 1 See p. 493. 2 Partly from Gal. vi. 14. 3 Ps. Ixvii. I. 4 No. 6, Part II., p. 241. EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS. 497 holy priests Cornelius and Cyprian, so they may rejoice In life eternal ; and may reap the fruit of their piety, and of their vows and celebrations here. Through etc. Memory of the Nativity of blessed Mary. O merciful God, hear etc' Epistle. Gal. v. 10—12; vi. 12—14. I have confidence . . . unto the world. Gradual. Christ became obedient unto death for us, even the death of the cross.^ y. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.3 Alleluya. U. Sweet the wood, sweet the nails, sweet the burden thou art bearing, which alone wast found worthy to sustain the king and lord of heaven. 4 Sequence. Let us extol the cross's praise, and in its special glory raise exultingly our voice ; Let dulcet sound to heaven resound, o'er the sweet wood of holy rood 'Tis fit we should rejoice. Let life and words concordant be : when life at one with words we see, the symphony is sweet. The cross let all its servants praise, by which new life and healthful days upon them are bestowed ; Let each and all together cry. Hail, cross, the world's recovery, salvation-bearing rood ! 'Seep. 491. ^ Phil. ii. 8. 3/3.9. 4 Phrases from the hymn Pange lingua ghriost. Part I., p. 259. [Pt. n.] -^ ^ 498 SARUM MISSAL. O how blessed, how renowned is this saving altar' found on which the Lamb was slain — Spotless Lamb, by whom mankind full deliverance doth find from sin's primeval stain. The ladder this to sinners given, by means of which Christ, king of heaven, drew to him all our race ; This doth the form thereof display, the arms outstretching every way the world's four parts embrace. These are not novel mysteries, not newly doth the cross uprise its mighty power to show ; This sweetened erst the bitter well ; Moses did from the rock compel water by this to flow. No safety in the house abides till by the cross who there resides his threshold doth secure : No danger from the murderous foe, no sad bereavement doth he know, who thus doth help procure. The widow, lacking fire and food, who at Sarepta gathered wood, the hope of safety gained : Without two sticks for faith to use, barrel of oil and scanty cruse had increase ne'er obtained. EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS. 499 In ancient writ the cross lay hid, yet types did show what now we know ; to us 'tis brought to light. Kings credence give, foes cease to strive ; by this alone, Christ leading, one doth thousands put to flight. The cross doth make its servants brave, and ever victory to have ; heals weakness and diseases grave ; before it devils cower. This to the captive freedom gives, regenerates our vicious lives, all ancient dignity revives beneath the cross's power. O holy cross, triumphant tree, the world's true health, all hail to thee ! amidst the trees none such can be in leaf, or flower, or bud. Medicine of the Christian soul, heal thou the sick, preserve the whole ; things which no mortal can control thy power cannot elude. Thou, who the cross didst hallow, hear us who that holy cross revere : the servants of thy cross convey unto the realms of changeless day, when this life's toils are o'er. Those whom by pain thou makest pure strengthen the anguish to endure ; and when the day of wrath shall come, of thy vast mercy fetch us home to joys for evermore. Gospel. St. John xii. 31 —36. Now is the judgment . . . children of light. 2 K 2 500 SARUM MISSAL. Creed. Offertory. Protect thy people, O Lord, through the sign of the holy cross, from the lying-in-wait of all their enemies ; that we may present a service well-pleasing unto thee, and that our sacrifice may be acceptable in thy sight. Secret. Let thy merciful aid, O Lord, prevent our humble and devout prayers and offerings on this festival ; and let faith in the tree open again the door of salvation to us, which the presumptuous touching of the tree by Eve in paradise had shut against us. Through etc. Secret (ii) of the Martyrs [Cornelius and Cyprian']. Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that our humble oblation may both be well-pleasing unto thee for the honour of thy saints, and may purify us alike in body and soul. Through etc. Preface. Who hast established the salvation etc' C,ommumon. By the tree we were enslaved ; by the holy cross we have been made free ; the fruit of the tree beguiled us ; the Son of God re~ deemed us, alleluya. Postcomniunion. Having been fed with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the banner of the cross was sanctified, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that as we have been found worthy to adore it, so we may have our portion in its everlasting glory and saving power. Through, etc. ' Preface Nc. [9], Part I., p. 39. OCTAVE OF T



The Reverend David Ellis at the original Cathedral of the Prince of Peace, Highlandville Missouri, in the late 1980's





Above: Patriarch Peter A Zhurawetsky performing consecration of Zeiger



To announce to Catholic Christians a doctrine other than that which they have received was never permitted, is nowhere permitted, and never will be permitted. It was ever necessary, is everywhere necessary, and ever will be necessary that those who announce a doctrine other than that which was received once and for all be anathema. If this be so, is there anyone alive so bold or so foolish as to accept doctrines besides those accepted by the Church? Crying aloud, crying aloud again and again and again, crying aloud to everyone, always and everywhere throughout his writings, is he, this vessel of election, this doctor of the Gentiles, this trumpet among the Apostles, this herald of the earth, this heaven-conscious man; he is crying aloud that whoever announces a new doctrine is anathema.”



(St. Vincent of Lerins, Commonitories, ch. 9)



—



“May God console you!… What saddens you… is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the True Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The True Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way…



You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.



Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, they more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the True Church of Jesus Christ.”



(St. Athanasius, Father of Orthodoxy, Defender of the Faith; Letter to his Flock)



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 ages; Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; being of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made;



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



And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried;



And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures;



And ascended into the Heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;



And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end;



And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the 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;



In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.



I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.



I look for the resurrection fo the dead,



And the life of the age to come. Amen.



Divine Liturgy



Priest:



Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.



O Heavenly King the Comforter the Spirit of Truth who art everywhere and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of life, come and abide in us and cleanse us from every stain of sin, for thou art good and lovest mankind, and unto thee belong all glory, unto the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen.



The Great Ektenia



Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For the peace from above, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For the peace of the whole world; for the good estate of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all men, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For this holy House, and for those who with faith, reverence, and fear of God enter therein, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For our Archbishop (of Bishop, or Metropolitain) N., for the venerable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For the President of the (...) and all civil authorities, and for our Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: That he will aid them and grant them victory over every enemy and adversary, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For this city, and for every city and land, and for the faithful who dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For healthful seasons, for abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For travellers by sea, by land, and by air; for the sick and the suffering; for captives and their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For our deliverance from all tribulation, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us; save us; have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by thy grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Calling to remembrance our allholy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.



Choir: To Thee O Lord.



(The Priest says quietly



The Prayer of the First Antiphon :)



Priest: O Lord our God, whose might is beyond compare, whose glory is incomprehensible, whose mercy is infinite, and whose love toward mankind is ineffable: do thou thyself, O Master, in thy tender compassion look down upon us and upon this holy house, and grant us and those who pray with us thy rich mercies and compassions.



Priest: (Aloud) For unto thee are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



THE REFRAINS OF THE FIRST ANTIPHON

Choir: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.



Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.



Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages, Amen. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.



THE LITTLE EKTENIA

Priest: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us; save us; have mercy on us; and keep us, O God, by thy grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Calling to remembrance our allholy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.



Choir: To thee, O Lord.



(The Priest says quietly



The Prayer the Second Antiphon :)



Priest: O Lord our God, save thy people and bless thine inherritance: preserve the fulness of thy Church; sanctify those who love the beauty of thy house: do thou glorify them in recompense by the divine power, and forsake not us who put our trust in thee.



Priest: (Aloud) For thine is the majesty, and thine is the kingdom, 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.



Choir: Amen.



THE REFRAINS OF THE SECOND ANTIPHON

Choir: O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us who sing unto thee: Alleluia. (Twice).



Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us who sing unto thee: Alleluia.



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



O Only begotten Son and Word of God, who art immortal, yet didst deign for our salvation to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, and without change wast made man; and wast crucified also, O Christ our God, and by thy didst Death subdue; who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.



THE LITTLE EKTENIA

Priest: Again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and keep us, O God by Your grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Calling to remembrance our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves, one each other, and all our life, to Christ our God.



Choir: To Thee, O Lord.



(The Priest says quetly



The Prayer of the Third Antiphon)



Priest: O thou who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy name thou wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world the knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to came, life everlasting.



Priest:(Aloud) For thou art a good God and lovest mankind, and unto thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto the ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



The Refrains of the Third Antiphon

( The Choir sing the Troparion of the Tone of the Day, which is used as the Refrain of the Third Antiphon)



The Little Entrance

The Priest makes the Little Entrance with the Holy Gospel. Standing before the Holy Doors, facing the Altar, he says :



The Prayer of the Little Entrance

Priest: (quietly) O Master, Lord our God, who hast appointed in heaven orders and hosts of Angels and Archangels for the service of thy glory: cause that with our entrance there may be an entrance of holy Angels serving with us and glorifying thy goodness : for unto thee are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, unto ages of ages. Amen.



( Then the Priest blesses the Entrance, saying quietly : )



Priest: Blessed is the Entrance of thy Saints: always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



( When the Choir has finishing the Troparion, the Priest kisses the Gospel Book and lifts it up with both hands, saying in a loud voice: )



Priest: Wisdom ! Attend !



( The Priest enters the Sanctuary through the Holy Doors and places the Gospel Book on the Altar. Meanwhile the Choir sings the Entraance Hymn.)



The Entrance Hymn

Choir: Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ. O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us who sing unto thee: Alleluia.



( Then the Choir sings the Troparia and the Kontakion of the day.)



Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For holy art thou, O our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



The Trisagion Hymn

Choir: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (Thrice)



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



Holy Immortal: have mercy on us.



Dinamis!



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



(Meanwhile the Priest reads quietly



The Prayer of the Trisagion)



The Prayer of the Trisagion

Priest: O holy God, who restest in thy Holy Place; who art hymned by the Seraphim with thrice-holy cry, and glorified by the Cherubim, and worshipped by every heavenly Power; Who out of nothing hast brought all things into being; who hast created man after thine own image and likeness and has; adorned him with thine every gift; who givest to him that askest wisdom and understanding; who despisest not the sinner, but hast appointed repentance unto salvation; who hast vouchsafed unto us, thy humble and unworthy servants, even in this hour to stand before the glory of thy holy Altar and to offer the worship and praise which are due unto thee: Thyself, O Master, accept even from the mouth of us sinners the Hymn of the Trrisagion, and visit us in thy goodness. Forgive us every transgression both voluntary and involuntary; sanctify our souls and bodies; and grant us to serve thee in holiness all the days of our life: through the intercession of the holy Theotokos and of all the Saints who from the beginning of the world have been well-pleasing unto thee.



For holy art thou, O our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



(The Priest also says the Trisagion; then he goes towards the throne behind the Altar, quietly saying as he goes:)



Priest: (Quietly) Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.



( Then staning before the throne he says, quietly:)



Priest :Blessed art thou on the throne of the glory of thy kingdom, who sittest upon the Cherubim: always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The Apostle

Priest: Let us attend!



(The Reader recites the Prokeimenon of the Epistle)



Priest: Wisdom !



(The Reader announces the title of the Epistle)



Priest: Let us attend!



(The Reader sings the Epistle for the day. When he has finished the Priest says to the Reader:)



Priest: Peace be to thee that readest.



Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



(During the reading of the Epistle, the Priest censes the Altar, the ikons, and the people, and reads quietly the Prayer before the Gospel.)



The Prayer before the Gospel

Priest: Illumine our hearts, O Master who lovest mankind, with the pure light of thy divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of thy Gospel teachings; implant in us also the fear of thy blessed commandments, that tramlping down all carnal desires we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing unto thee: for thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory, together with thy Father who is from everlasting, and thine all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The Gospel

Priest: Wisdom! Attend! Let us hear the holy Gospel. Peace be to all.



Choir: And to thy spirit.



Priest: The Rading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint N.



Choir: Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.



( The Priest sings the appointed passage from the holy Gospel; when he has finished, the Choir sings:)



Choir: Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.



The Ektenia of Fervent Supplication

Priest: Let us say with all our soul and with all our mind, let us say:



O, Lord almighty, the God of our fathers, we pray thee, hearken and have mercy.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



Priest: Have mercy upon us, O God, according to thy great goodness, we pray thee, hearken and have mercy.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



Priest: Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians; for our Archbishop (or Bishop, or Metropolitan) N; for Priests, Deacons, and all other clergy; and for all our brethren in Christ.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



Priest: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servants of God N. (NN.), and for the pardon and remission of their sins.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



Priest: Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy temple; And for all our fathers and brethren the Orthodox departed this life before us, who here and in all the world lie asleep in the Lord; and for the orthodox servant (s) of God departed this life N. (NN.) and for the pardon and remission of their sins.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



Priest: Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this Holy and all-venerable Temple: for those who serve and those who sing; and for all the people here present, who await thy great and rich mercy.



Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)



(Meanwhile the Priest makes the sign of the Cross over the Antimins with the Gospel Book, and places it upright before the Altar tabernacle; he unfolds the Antimins, makes the sign of the Cross above it with the sponge, and quietly says the following prayer:)



The Prayer of the Ektenia of Fervent Supplication

Priest: (quietly)



O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication of thy servants, and have mercy upon us according to the multitude of the mercy; and send down thy compassions upon us and upon all thy people, who await the rich mercy that cometh from thee. From thou art a merciful God and lovest mankind, and to thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



(NOTE: The Priest says the following three prayers quietly, up to the ending of the Second Prayer of the Faithful, which is said aloud).



The Prayer for the Catechumens

Priest: O Lord our God, who dwellest on high and regardest the humble of heart; who hast sent forth as the salvation of the race of meen thine only-begotten Son and God, our Lord Jesus Christ: Look down upon thy servants the Catechumens, who have bowed their necks befor thee; make them worthy in due season of the laver of regeneration, the remission of sins, and the robe of incorruption. Unite them to the thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and number them with thy chosen flock: that with us they may glorify thine all-honorable and majestic name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen



The First Prayer of the Faithful

Priest: We give thanks unto thee, O Lord God of the Powers, who hast accounted us worthy to stand even now before thy holy Altar, and to fall down before thy compassions for our sins and the errors of the people. Accept our supplicatios. O God; make us worthy to offer unto thee prayerss and supplications, and unblody sacrifices for all thy Holy Spirit, blamelessly and without offense, in the pure witness of our conscience, to call upon thee at all times and in every place: that hearihg us thou mayest show mercy upon us according to the plenitude of thy goodness: for unto thee are due all glory, honor and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The Second Prayer of the Faithful

Priest: Again and oftentimes we fall down before thee and beseech thee, O Good Lord who lovest mankind, that looking down upon our petition thou wilt cleanse our souls and bodies from all defilement of flesh or spirit; and grant us to stand blameless and without condemnation before thy holy Altar. Grant also, O God, to those who pray with us growth in life and faith and spiritual understanding, Grant them always blamelessly to serve thee with fear and love, and to partake without condemnation of thy Holy Mysteries, and to be accounted worthy of thy heavenly Kingdom:



Priest: (aloud)



Help us; Save us, have mercy on us; and keep us, O God, by thy grace. Wisdom:



That guarded always by thy might we may ascribe glory unto thee: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



Choir: Amen.





(The Choir how sings the Cherubinic Hymn as far as the words "the Kihg of all"; meanwhile, the Priest reads the Prayer of the Cherubimic Hymn, and prepares to make the Great Entrance.)



The Cherubimic Hymn

Choir: We who mystically represent the Cherubim, and sing to the life-giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn, let us now lay aside all earthly care: that we may receive the King of all, who comes invisibly upborne by the Angelic Hosts. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



The Prayer of the Cherubimic Hymn

Priest: (quietly) No one who is bound with the desires and pleasures of the flesh is worthy to approach or draw nigh or to serve thee, O King of Glory: for to serve thee is a great and terrible thing even to the Heavenly Powers. Nevertheless, through thine unspeakable and boundless love toward mankind thou didst become man, yet without change or alteration, and as Lord of all didst take the name of our High Priest, and deliver unto us the ministry of this liturgic and unbloody sacrifice. For thou alone, O Lord our God, rulest over those in heaven and on earth; who art born on the Seraphim and King of Israel, who alone art holy and restest in thy Holy Place.



Wherefore I implore thee who alone art good and art ready to listen: Look down upon me, a sinner, and thine unprofittable servant, and cleanse my soul and my heart from an evil conscience; and by the power of thy Holy spirit enable me, who am endued with the grace of the priesthood, to stand before this thy Holy Table, and perform the sacred Mystery of thy holy and immaculate Body and precious Blood. For I draw near unto thee: not thy face from me, neither cast me out from among thy children; but vouchsafe that these gifts may be offfered unto thee by me, thy sinful and unworthy servant: for thou thyself are he that offered, that accepts and is distributed, O Christ our God: and unto thee we ascribe glory, together with thy Father who is from everlasting, and thine all-holy, and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



(The Priest now says the Cherubimic Hymn, censes the Altar, the ikons, and the people , saying Psalm 50 as he goes. He makes three low bows before the Altar, kisses the Antimins and the Altar, turns and bows to the people, and goes to the Prothesis Table; he censes the holy Gifts, bows, and says:)



Priest: (quietly)



O God, be gracious unto me a sinner, and have mercy upon me. (Then he takes up the Aer and places it upon his shoulders saying)



Priest: (quietly)



Lift up your hands to the holy Places, and bless ye the Lord. (The Priest takes up the Diskarion in his left hand, and the holy Chalice in his right hand, and preceded by the Cross and the taper and censer-bearers proceeds around the Temple, saying aloud: )



Priest: The Lord God remember us all in his kingdom, always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



(In many Churches, the Priest also stands at the foot of the Altar steps and makes remembrances in the following fashion:)



Priest: (aloud)



Our Most Reverend Arch-bishop(or Bishop, or Metropolitan) N.: the Lord God remember him in his Kingdom always; now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: The President of ______ and all civil authorities, and our Armed Forces everywhere: The Lord God Remember them in his Kingdom, always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: The Orthodox servant (s) of God N., (NN.): that they may have mercy, life, peace, health, salvation and pardon and remission of sins: the Lord God remember them in his Kingdom always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: The Orthodox servant (s) of God departed this life N., (NN.): the Lord God remember them in his Kingdom always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: The Lord God remember you all in his Kingdom always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



(Then the Priest enters the Sanctuary while the Choir sings the remainder of the Cherubinic Hymn; he places the holy Gifts on the Altar, saying quietly:)



Priest: The noble Joseph, when he had taken down thy spotless body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen and spices, and sorrowing placed it in a new tomb.



In the Grave with the body, but in Hades with the soul, as God; in Paradise with the Thief, and on the Throne with the Father and the Spirit wast thou, O Christ, filling all things, thyself uncircumscribed.



As giving life, as more splendid than Paradise, and more radiant than any royal chamber, O Christ, is shown forth thy tomb, the fountain of our resurrection.



(The Priest censes the holy Gifts thrice, saying quietly the last part of Psalm 50:)



Priest: Then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar. (Thrice)



The Ektenia of the Prothesis

Priest: Let us complete our prayer unto the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For the precious Gifts now offered, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For this holy House, and for those who with faith, reverence, and fear of God enter therein, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For our deliverance from all tribulation wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us; save us; have mercy on us; and keep us, O God, by thy grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: An angel of peace, a fainthful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: Pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: All things good and profitable for our souls and peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peacefull; and a good defense before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: Calling to remembrance our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.



Choir: To thee, O Lord.



The Prayer of the Prothesis

Priest: (quietly)O Lord God Almighty, who alone art holy: who dost accept the sacrifice of praise from those who call upon thee with their whole heart: Accept also the prayer of us sinners, and bear it to thy holy Altar, and enable us to offer unto thee gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the errors of the people; And make us worthy to find grace in thy sight, that our sacrifice may be acceptable unto thee; and that the good spirit of thy grace may dwell upon us and upon these gifts here offered, and upon these gifts here offered, and upon all thy people:



Priest: (aloud) Through the compassions of thine Only-Begotten Son, with whom thou art blessed, together with thine all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: Peace be to all.



Choir: And to thy spirit.



Priest: Lel us love one another, that with one accord we may confess:



Choir: Father, Son , and Holy Spirit : the Trinity, one in Essence and undivided.



(The Priest make three low bows before the Altar, kisses the veil covering the holy Gifts, and says quietly thrice:)



Priest: I will love thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firm foundation, my refuge, and my deliverer.



Priest: (aloud) The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom let us attend.



The Creed

People: 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 words, 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 by 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.



The Anaphora

Priest: Let us stand aright; let us stand with fear; let us attend, that we may offer the Holy Oblation in peace.



Choir: A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise.



Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.



Choir: And with thy spirit.



Priest: Let us lift up our hearts.



Choir: We lift them up unto the Lord.



Priest: Let us give thanks unto the Lord.



Choir: It is meet and right to worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit: the Trinity, one in Essence, and undivided.



(The Priest turns toward the Altar and prays quietly:)



Priest: It is meet and right to hymn thee, to bless thee, to praise thee, to give thanks unto thee, and to worship thee in every place of thy dominion: for thou art God ineftable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, ever existing and eternally the same, thou and thine Only-begotten Son and thy Holy Spirit. Thou it was who didst bring us from non-existence into being, and when we had fallen away didst raise us up again, and didst not cease to do all things until thou hadst brought us back to heaven, and hadst endowed us with thy kingdom which is to come. For all these things we give thanks unto thee, and to thine. Only-begotten Son, and thy Holy Spirit; for all things of which we know, and of which we know not, and for all the benefits bestowed upon us, both manifest and unseen.And we given thanks unto thee also for this ministry which thou dost vouchsafe to receive at our hands, even though there stand beside thee thousands of Archangels and ten thousands of Angels, the Cherubim and the Seraphim, six-winged, many eyed, soaring aloft, borne on their pinions,



Priest: (aloud) Singing theTriumphal Hymn, shouting, proclaiming and saying :



Choir: Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of thy glory; Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.



Priest: (quietly) With these blessed Powers we also, O Master who lovest mankind, cry aloud and say: Holy art thou and all-holy, thou and thine Only-begotten Son, and thy Holy Spirit: holy art thou and all-holy, and magnificicent is thy glory: Who hast so loved thy world as to given thine Only-begotten Son, that all who believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life; Who when he had come and had fulfilled all the dispensation for us, in the night in which he was betrayed,- or rather, gave himself up for the life of the world, - took bread in his holy and pure and blameless hands; and when he had given thanks and blessed it, and hallowed it and broken it, he gave it to his holy Disciples and Apostles, saying:



Priest: (Aloud) Take, eat: this is my Body which is broken for you, for the remission of sins.



Choir: Arnen.



Priest: (quietly) Likewise, after supper, he took the cup, saying:



Priest: (Aloud) Drink ye all of this: this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: (quietly) Having in remembrance, therefore, this saving commandment and all those things which have come to pass for us: the Cross, the Grave, the Resurrection on the third day, the Ascension into heaven, the Session at the right hand, and the second and glorious Advent:



(The Priest takes up the Diskarion and the Chalice and elevates them over the Antimins; he makes the sign of the Cross with them over the Antimins as he lowers them, saying:)



Priest: (Aloud) Thine own of thine own we offer unto thee, in behalf of all, and for all.



Choir: We praise thee, we bless thee, we give thanks unto thee, O Lord, and we pray unto thee, O our God.



(The Priest makes a low bow befor the Altar, and continues with the Prayer of Consecration)



Priest: (quietly) Again we offer unto thee this reasonable and unbloody service, and beseech thee and pray thee and supplicate thee: send down thy Holy Spirit upon us and upon these Gifts here spread forth:



(The Priest signs the Holy Bread with the sign of the cross, saying quietly:)



And make this bread the precious Body of thy Christ;



(The Priest makes the sign of the Cross over the Chalice, saying quietly:)



And that which is in this cup, the precious Blood of thy Christ.



(The Priest makes the sign of the Cross over both the holy Gifts, saying quietly:)



Priest: Changing them by thy Holy Spirit; Amen, Amen, Amen.



(The Priest makes a low bow befor the Altar and continues the prayer quietly:)



That to those who shall partake thereof they may be unto cleansing of soul, unto the remission of sins, unto the communion of thy Holy Spirit, unto the fulfilment of the kingdom of Heaven, unto boldness toward thee, and not unto judgment or unto condemnation.



And again we offer unto thee this reasonable service for all those who in faith have gone before us to their rest: Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Preachers, Evangelists, Martyrs, Confessors, Ascetics, and every righteous spirit made perfect in faith:



Priest: (Aloud) Especially our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary:



Choir: It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, who art ever blessed and all-blameless, and the mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, thou who without stain barest God the Word, and art truly Theotokos: we magnify thee.



(Meanwhile the Priest continues the prayer quietly)



Priest: (quietly) And for the holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John; Saint (s) N (NN.), whose memory we celebrate; and all thy Saints, at whose supplications look down upon us, O God. And be mindful of all those who have fallen asleep before us in the hope of Resurrection unto life eternal; (especially N, NN), and grant them rest, O our God, where the light of thy countenance shine upon them.



And again we beseech thee: be mindful, O Lord, of every Bishop of the Orthodox, who rightly divide the word of thy truth; of all the priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ, and of every hieratic and minastic order.



And again we offer unto thee this resonable service, for the whole world, for the holy catholic and apostolic Church, for those who live in chastity and holiness of life, for all civil Authorities, and our Armed Forces every-where; grant them, O Lord, peaceful times, that we, in their tranquility, may lead a calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.



Priest: (Aloud) Among the first be mindful, O Lord, of our Archbishop N., whom do thou grant unto thy holy churches in peace, safety, honor, health and length of days, and rightly dividing the word of thy truth.



Choir: And of all mankind.



Priest: (quietly) Be mindful, O Lord, of this city in which we dwell, and of every city and countryside, and of those who in faith dwell therein. Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel, by land, and by air; of the sick, the suffering, captives, and their salvation. Be mindful, O Lord, of those who bear fruit and do good works in thy holy churches, and who remember the poor; and upon us all send forth thy mercies:



Priest: (aloud)And grant us with one mouth and one to glorify and praise thine all-honorable and majestic name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



(The Priest, turning towards the people, blesses them, saying:)



Priest: And the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.





Choir: And with thy spirit.



The Ektenia before the Lord's Prayer

Priest: Calling to remembrance all the Saints, again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For the precious Gifts which have been offered and sanctified, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: That our God, who loveth mankind, receiving them upon his holy, heavenly, and ideal Altar for an odor of spiritual fragrance, will send down upon us in return his divine grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: For our deliverance from all tribulation, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us; save us; have mercy on us; and keep us, O God, by thy grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless , let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: Pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: All things good and profitable for our souls, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful; and a good defense before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.



Choir: Grant this, O Lord.



Priest: Asking for the unity of the Faith, and for the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.



Choir: To thee, O Lord.



Priest: (quietly)Unto thee we commend our whole life and our hope, O Master who lovest mankind; and we beseech thee, and pray thee, and supplicate thee: make us worthy to partake of thee heavenly and terrible Mysteries of this sacre and spiritual table, with a pure conscience: unto remission of sins, unto forgiveness of transgressions, unto communion of the Holy Spirit, unto inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven, unto boldness towards thee, and not unto judgment nor unto condemnation.



Priest: (aloud) And vouchsafe, O Lord, that with boldness and without condemnation wee may dare to call upon thee, the heavenly God, as Father, and to say:



The Lord's Prayer

People: 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: (aloud) 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.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: Peace be to all.



Choir: And to thy spirit.



Priest: Let us bow our heads unto the Lord.



Choir: To thee, O Lord.



Priest: (quietly) We give thanks unto thee, O King invisible, who by thy measureless power hast made all things, and in the multitude of thy mercy hast brought all things from nothing into being. Do thou thyself, O Master, look down from heaven upon those who have bowed their heads unto thee; for they have not bower down unto flesh and blood, but to thee, the terrible God. Therefore, O Master, do thou thyself distribute these Gifts here spread forth, unto all of us for good, according to the individual need of each: voyage with those who sail by sea and air; journey with those who travel by land; heal the sick, thou who art the physician of our souls and bodies:



Priest: (aloud) Through the grace and compassion and love toward man of thine Only-begotten Son, with whom thou art blessed, together with thine all-holy, and good, and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



The Elevation

Priest: (quietly) Look down, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, from thy holy dwellingplace, and from the throne of the glory of thy kingdom; and come to sanctify us, O thou who sittest on high with the Father, and art here invisibly present with us; and vouchsafe by thy mighty hand to impart unto us thine immaculate Body and precious Blood, and through us unto all the people.



(The Priest makes three low bows before the Altar, saying quietly:)



Priest: O God, be gracious unto me, a sinner, and have mercy upon me.



(Then the Priest takes up the holy Bread in both hands and elevates it above the Diskarion, saying aloud:)



Priest: Let us be attend! Holy Things are for the holy.



As the Priest lowers the holy Bread,he makes with it the sign of the Crosss thrice, above the Diskarion. Meanwhile the Choir sings the following Hymn; the people sit.



Choir: One is Holy, one is Lord: Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.



(The Choir sings the Communion Hymn of the day; on Sunday, the following Hymn:)



The Communion Hymn

Choir: Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise Him in the highest. Alleluia.



The Communion

The Priest breaks the holy Bread into four parts with great reverence and care, saying quietly:



Priest: Divided and distributed is the Lamb of God, who is divided, yet not disunited; who is ever eaten, yet never consumed, but sanctifies those who partake thereof.



The Priest arranges the pieces on the rim of the Diskarion in the form of a cross. Then he takes the portion I C and makes with it the sign of the cross over the Chalice, and drops it in, saying quietly:



Priest: The fulness of the Cup of the Faith, of the Holy Spirit.



Then the Priest takes the warm water from the Acolyte and blesses it, saying quietly:



Priest: Blessed is the fervor of thy Saints, always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The Priest pours a sufficient quantity of the warm water into the Chalice crosswise, saying quietly:



Priest: The fervor of faith, full of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Then the Priest says quietly the following prayers of preparation for the Holy Communion:



Priest: I believe, O Lord, and I confess that thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. And I believe that this is truly thine own immaculate Body, and that this is truly thine own precious Blood. Wherefore I pray thee, have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, of knowledge and of ignorance; and make me worthy to partake without condemnation of thine immaculate Mysteries, unto remission of my sins and unto life everlasting. Amen. Of thy Mystic Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant: for I will not speak of thy Mystery to thine enemies, neither will I give thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief will I confess thee: Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom. Not unto judgment nor unto con lemnation be my partaking of thy Holy Mysteries, O Lord, but unto the healing of soul and body.



Then the Priest makes a low bow before the Altar and says quietly:



Priest: Lo, I draw near unto Christ, our immortal King and our God. The Priest partakes of the particle of the holy Bread X C, saying quietly:



Priest: The precious and all-holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ is imparted unto me, the unworthy Priest N., unto remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.



Then the Priest takes up the Chalice with its veil, and drinks from it once, saying quietly:



Priest: The precious and all-holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ is imparted unto me, the unworthy Priest N., unto remission of my sins and unto life everlasting.



The Priest wipes his lips and the Chalice with the veil, kisses the Chalice and says quietly:



Priest: Lo, this hath touched my lips, and shall take away mine iniquities, and purge away my sins.



Then the Priest divides the particles NI and KA of the holy Bread and places them in the Chalice for the Communion of the People.



The Priest turns and elevates the Chalice before the people, saying aloud:



Priest: With fear of God, and faith and love, draw near.



Choir: Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord; The Lord is God and hath revealed himself unto us.



Then the people who wish to communicate draw near; meanwhile the Priest says aloud the prayer I believe, O Lord, and I confess. Then he communicates those who have come forward, saying to each person:



Priest: The servant of God N. partakes of the precious and all-holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, unto the remission of sins and unto life everlasting.



Meanwhile the Choir sings the Hymn:



Choir: Of thy Mystic Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant: for I will not speak of thy Mystery to thine enemies, neither will I give thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief will I confess thee: Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom.



When all have communicated, the Priest covers the Chalice with the veil and blesses the people with it, saying aloud:



Priest: O God, save thy people and bless thine inheritance.



Choir: We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith, worshopping the undivided Trinity: for He hath saved.



Meanwhile the Priest wipes the remaining particles on the Discarion into the Chalice, saying quietly:



Priest: Wash away, O Lord, the sins of all those here commemorated, by thy precious Blood: through the prayer of thy Saints.



Then the Priest covers the Chalice and censes it thrice, saying quietly:



Priest: Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth. Blessed is our God.



The Priest takes the Chalice in his hand and the Discarion in his left and turns toward the people; he raises both slowly, with the Chalice above the Discarion, saying aloud:



Priest: Always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.



Choir: Amen. Let our mouths be filled with thy praise, O Lord, that we may sing of thy glory: for thou hast permitted us to partake of thy holy, divine, immortal and life-giving Mysteries. Establish us in thy Sanctification, that all the day long we may meditate upon thy righteousness. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



Meanwhile the Priest places the Chalice and Discarion upon the Prothesis Table, and returns to the Altar. He folds up the Antimins and makes the sign of the Cross above it with the Gospel Book, saying aloud.



The Ektenia of Thanksgiving

Priest: Attend! Having partaken of the divine, holy, immaculate, immortal, heavenly, life-giving, and terrible Mysteries of Christ, let us worthily give thanks unto the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Help us; save us; have mercy upon us; and keep us, God, by thy grace.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



Priest: Asking that the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us commiend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God,



Choir: To thee, O Lord.



The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Priest: (quietly) We give thanks unto thee, O Lord who lovest mankind, benefactor of our souls and bodies, for that thou hast vouchsafed this day to feed us with thy heavenly and immortal Mysteries. Make straight our path; establish us all in thy fear; guard our life; make firm our steps: through the prayers and intercessions of the glorious Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary and all thy Saints:



Priest: (Aloud) For thou art our sanctification, and unto thee we ascribe glory: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



Priest: Let us go forth in peace.



Choir: In the name of the Lord.



Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



The Priest comes out the Holy Doors and stands before the Ikon of Christ, and says aloud the following prayer:



The Prayer behind the Ambon

Priest: O Lord, who blessest those who bless thee, and sanctifiest those who put their trust in thee: save thy people and bless thine inheritance; preserve the fulness of thy Church; sanctify those who love the beauty of thy House; glorify them in recompense by thy divine power, and forsake us not who hope on thee. Give peace to thy world, to thy Churches, to the priests, to all civil authorities, to our Armed Forces, and to all thy people: for every good and perfect gift is from above, cometh down from thee, the Father of Lights; and unto thee we ascribe glory, thanksgiving, and worship: to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.Blessed is the name of the Lord, both now and to the ages. (Thrice).



The Priest goes into the sanctuary through the Holy Doors and goes to the Prothesis Table, and there queitly says the following prayer:



Priest: O Christ our God, who art thyself the fulfilment of the law and the Prophets, who didst fulfil all the dispensation of the Father: fill our hearts with joy and gladness, always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The Priest returns to the Altar and says aloud:



Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.



Choir: Lord, have mercy.



The people rise for the Blessing, and the Dismissal which follows.



Priest: The blessing of the Lord and his mercy come upon you through his grace and love towards man, always : now and ever and unto the ages of ages.



Choir: Amen.



The Dismissal

Priest: Glory to thee, O Christ our God and our hope, glory to thee.



Choir: Glory to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Master, bless.



Priest: He who rose again from the dead, Christ our true God, - through the intercessions of his all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, (by the might of the precious and life-giving Cross; by the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of heaven; at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Fore-runner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostles; of the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna;) of Saint (s) N (NN), whose memory we celebrate, and all the saints, have mercy upon us and us, forasmuch as he is good and loveth mankind.



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



Choir and People: Amen.



The Priest stands of the lowest step of the stairs before the Holy Doors with the hand Cross in his left hand, and gives the people the Antidoron with his right, saying meanwhile:



Priest: The blessing of the Lord and his mercy come upon you; always: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.



The people reverence the Cross, receive the Antidoron and leave the church quetly and with due reverence.



Thanksgiving after the Holy Communion

This Thanksgiving is to be said at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy by those who have partaken of the holy Communion. First, read the six Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion, then the following:



Prayer of St.Simeon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.



Then say the Trisagion Prayers and the following hymns:



Apolitikion of St.John Chrysostom

The grace of thy mouth, shining forth like a beacon-fire, hath enlightened the civilized world, and bestowed upon all the world treasures of liberality, and shown us the heights of humility. But while thou dost teach us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede also with Christ our, the Word, for the salvation of our souls.



Kontakion of St.John Chrysostom

From heaven thou didst receive grace divine, and with thy lips thou dost teach all to worship the one God in Trinity, O all-blessed and holy John Chrysostom. Worthily do we praise thee, for thou art indeed a Teacher, who dost reveal the things divine.



Then:



Lord, have mercy (twelve times).



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



And the Dismissal:



Glory to thee, O our God, glory to thee.



May Christ, our true God, through the intercession of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother; of our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and lovest mankind.





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





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