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An Akathist in Praise of God's Creation

Kontakion 1 Incorruptible Lord, your right hand controls the whole course of human life, according to the decrees of your Providence for our salvation. We give you thanks for all your blessings, known and unknown: for our earthly life and for the heavenly joys of your kingdom which is to come. Hence... Read More

Commemoration of the Restoration of the Holy Icons

Procession The Apolytikion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy is chanted by all as the procession begins: We worship Your pure image, O Good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for of Your own will You were well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that You might deliver from slavery... Read More

Communion of the Sick

A small table shall be placed near the bed of the sick one it shall be covered with a clean white linen cloth, and on it shall be placed an Ikon of the Lord Jesus Christ, a lighted candle, a glass of water, a spoon, and a napkin. The Priest shall take a particle of the Reserved Holy Mystery, put it ... Read More

Communion of the Sick in a Hospital

This is the service of communion of the sick when the infirm is unable to respond to petitions, or say the prayers, etc. This will most likely be when communing someone who is in the hospital. The entire service is to be read by the priest. Blessed is our God always, both now and ever, and to the ag... Read More

Daily Orthros (Matins)

Readers’ Daily Matins In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to You, our God. Glory to You. O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth: You are everywhere filling all things; Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life: come and abide in us, and cleanse us ... Read More

Funeral Service

Priest: Blessed is our Lord God, always; both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Choir: Amen. The First Stasis, in Tone 6 Ah, the blameless in the way. Alleluia. Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. Alleluia. My soul is worn with endless longing for Your judgments at all times. Allel... Read More

Funeral Service During Renewal Week

If any of the brethren dies during the holy week, if Renewal, we do not sing the customary Funeral Service but that of the Resurrection. This same service is also sung on the Apodosis of Easter. Meanwhile, during the period between the end of Renewal Week and the Apodosis, the regular service is sun... Read More

Funeral Service for Infants

The Trisagion for the Dead Priest: Blessed is our God always, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Reader: Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3) Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. All-Holy Tr... Read More

Great Compline - Part 1

The Great Compline is chanted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening of the Great Lent in the following order: Priest: Blessed is our God always, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Glory to you, O God, our hope, glory to you. O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, ... Read More

Great Compline - Part 2

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and past compare more glorious than the Seraphim, you who without corruption has borne God the Word, the truly Theotokos, you do we magnify. In the name of the Lord, Father, give the blessing. Priest: Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our ... Read More

Guidelines and Order When a Priest Falls Asleep in the Lord

A. Notification of local presiding Hierarch Upon the falling asleep in the Lord of a priest the family should immediately inform the local Metropolitan. In addition the family should inform the office of the Archbishop in the event the priest was not from the Direct Archdiocesan District. The family... Read More

Memorial Service

People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your commandments. The choir of Saints has found the fountain of life and the door of Paradise. May I also find the way through repentance. I am the lost sheep: O Savior, call me back and save me. People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your commandments. ... Read More

Service of the Adoption of a Child

Priest: Blessed is our God always, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. Choir: Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3) Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lo... Read More

Service of the Consecration of a Church

What is salvation for an Orthodox Christian? For an Orthodox Christian salvation is union with Christ. This union with Christ is called the "Life in Christ". The center of this "Life in Christ" is the Holy Altar, as well as the services which are related to it, i.e. the Seven Sacraments. Because the... Read More

Sunday Orthros - Part 1

The Service Of The Sunday Orthros Priest: Blessed is our God always, now and forever and to the ages of ages. People: Amen. Holy God. Holy Mighty. Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3). Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. All‑holy Trinity... Read More

Sunday Orthros - Part 2

Katavasiai First Ode. Fourth Tone I shall open my mouth and it shall be filled with the Spirit; and I shall pour out a word to the Queen and Mother; and I shall be seen cheerfully celebrating; and rejoicing, I shall sing of her miracles. Third Ode O Theotokos, living and abundant fountain, strengthe... Read More

Sunday Orthros - Part 3

Praise him upon melodious cymbals; praise him with loud cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. The holy women lamenting hastened to your sepulcher. They found the tomb open and learned from the angel the new and strange miracle. They announced to the apostles that the Lord had rise... Read More

Sunday Vespers - Part 1

The Service Of The Sunday Vespers Priest: Blessed is our God always, now and for­ever and to the ages of ages. People: Amen. Reader: Come, let us worship and bow down before our King and God. Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ our King and God. Come, let us worship and bow down before C... Read More

Sunday Vespers - Part 2

Priest: For a Christian end to our lives, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good account of ourselves before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, let us ask the Lord. People: Grant this, O Lord. Priest: Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and eve... Read More

The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline - Part 1

Introduction The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline are two services which are sung on the first five Fridays during Great Lent. The Small Compline, and the canon, is sung on each of the five Fridays. This is also true of the prayers beginning with "Holy God" and continuing to the end of the service w... Read More

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