THE VIGIL SERVICE COMMON TO THE HOLY ANGELS AND OTHER BODILESS ONES.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   O ye Angels, supreme leaders of the bodiless powers, * most illustrious servants of the thrice-illuminating Divinity, * whom along with the powers above, * you joyfully praise saying: * Holy art Thou, O Father, * Holy art Thou, O Unoriginate Word, * Holy art Thou also, O Holy Spirit, * one glory, one kingdom and nature, one Divinity and power.

   O Michael and Gabriel, fiery is your appearance, * as is your virtue wondrous, * you are the first among the Angels, * for in your unearthly nature you traverse the ends of the universe, * executing the commands of the Creator of all, * acknowledged as powerful in strength, * making temples dedicated to you and venerated on account of your holy calling * Sources of healing for all.

   As hath been written O Lord, * 'Thou makest, Thine Angels spirits and Thy ministers flames of fire', * so hast Thou shown to be pre-eminent among the angelic orders * Thine Archangel Michael together with Thy Supreme Commander Gabriel, * who at any sign given by Thee, obey Thee O Word, * and chant the trisagion hymn, with fear, exclaiming Thy Glory ...,

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   Rejoice with us, all ye angelic orders, * for today your Leaders and our intercessors, * the great commanders, * gloriously appear in their honorable temple blessing us. * Wherefore dutifully hymning them we cry aloud: * Shelter us within the shadow of your wings, * O ye Supreme Leaders of the bodiless hosts.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, and not a Resurrection Service, sing the following Dogmatic of In Tone VI [If the service is a Resurrection service sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone for that service ]:

   Who will not call thee blessed, * O all-holy Virgin? * Who will not hymn thy child-birth without labor? * For the only-begotten Son, who shone forth from the Father before time, * came forth ineffably incarnate from thee, O pure Maiden. * By nature he is God, by nature for our sakes, he hath become man * not divided in a duality of persons, * but known without confusion in a duality of natures. * O all-honored and all-blessed one, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion:   Rejoice with us, all ye choirs of virgins, * for our intercessor and mediatrix, our shelter and great refuge, * doth today in her honorable and divine temple * comfort the afflicted; * wherefore, dutifully hymning her, let us cry: * ‘Shelter us within thy divine intercessions, * O most pure Theotokos, Sovereign Lady’.

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings

The Reading from Joshua the son of Nun [5, 13-15].

   It came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand; and Joshua went up to him and said unto him: Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, As Commander of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and said unto Him: What saith my Lord unto His servant? And the Commander of the Lord's host said unto Joshua: Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

The Reading from the Book of Judges [6, 2. 7. 11-24].

   It came to pass in those days that the hand of Midian prevailed against the children of Israel, and they cried unto the Lord God. And there came an Angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite ; and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the wine-press to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him: The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor. And Gideon said unto him: O, my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us ? and where be all the miracles which our Fathers told us of, saying: Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord looked upon him and said: Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, and, behold, I have sent thee. And Gideon said unto Him: O my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least of my Father's house. And the Lord said unto him: Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. And Gideon said unto Him: If now I have found grace in Thy sight, then shew me a sign that Thou talkest with me. Depart not hence, until I come unto Thee, and bring forth my present and set it before Thee. And the Angel of the Lord said unto him: It is I and I will tarry until thou come again. And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flor: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto Him under the oak and worshipped Him. And the Angel of the Lord said unto him: Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes and lay them upon this rock and pour out the broth. And he did so. Then the Angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. And when Gideon perceived that He was an Angel of the Lord, Gideon said: Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an Angel of the Lord face to face. And the Lord said unto him: Peace be unto thee, fear not; thou shalt not die. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord and called it Jehovah-shalom even unto this day.

The Reading from the Prophet Isaiah [14, 7-20].

   Thus saith the Lord: Let the whole earth break forth into singing; yea, let the fir trees rejoice at thee, and let the cedars of Lebanon say: Since thou art laid down, no fitter has come up against us. Hell beneath is vexed at meeting thee, at thy coming; it stirreth up all the giants against thee, even the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their Thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee: Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and all thy noise; the worm is spread under thee and the worms cover thee. Thou art fallen from heaven, O Aurora, shining in the morning. Thou art broken down against the ground, thou which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven, I will sit also upon the high mount in the midst of mountains that are in the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the foundations of the earth. They that see thee shall wonder and say of thee: This is the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms, that made the universe a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that loosed not his prisoners into their houses. All the kings of the nations lie in glory, yea every one in his own house, but thou shalt be cast out of thy grave like an abomination of the dead, with those dead that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the pit. As the raiment steeped in blood cannot be clean, so also thou wiltst not be clean, for thou hast destroyed My laws and slain My people, and thou shalt never be renowned.

At the Aposticha, these Stichera: In Tone I:

   O ye commanders of the spiritual hosts, * ever standing before the throne of the Most High, * entreat the Lord to grant peace unto the world * and unto our souls great mercy.

Stichos: He maketh His Angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire:

   The Leader of the powers on high, * Michael, first among the divine orders, * ever accompanying us and preserving us from every attack of the devil, * hath called us today unto this feast. * Wherefore let us come, O you lovers of feasts and you lovers of Christ, * taking with us the flowers of virtues, * and with pure thoughts and an ever-clear conscience, * let us reverence the assembly of Archangels, * for standing continually before God and singing the trisagion hymn, they pray that our souls may be saved.

Stichos: Praise ye Him, all His Angels, praise ye Him, all His hosts.

   O commanders of the spiritual hosts, * you that stand before the Immaterial Being * and with the splendors of the thrice-illuminating glory * illumine the universe, * with unceasing voices you sing the trisagion hymn; * wherefore pray that our souls may be saved.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   As the defenders and commanders of the Angels, * O Supreme Leaders, * deliver from every want and every tribulation, * from wickedness and from mortal sins * those who hymn you and implore you, O glorious ones, * since, as bodiless Ones, you behold the Immaterial One * and are illumined with the unapproachable light of the glory of the Most High; * for out of love for mankind and for our sake He hath taken flesh from the Virgin, * in His desire to save the race of mankind.

The Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Supreme Leaders of the Heavenly Hosts, * we implore you that by your prayers you will encircle us, * unworthy as we are, * with the protection of the wings of your immaterial glory * and guard us who fall down before you and fervently cry: * deliver us from dangers, * for you are the commanders of the powers above.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion, In Tone IV:

   The mystery hidden from all ages * and unknown to the ranks of Angels, * hath been revealed to those on earth through thee, O Theotokos: * God being made flesh in a union without confusion, * and willingly accepting the Cross for us * hath through it raised the first-formed man, * and thus saved our souls from death.

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At "God is the Lord ...", the same Troparion [Twice] Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   The angelic hosts standing before Thy throne, O Christ, * ever pray for the race of mankind; * do Thou therefore grant peace unto all through their intercessions, * and by their prayers subdue the insolence of our enemies. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O Theotokos, with the salutation of the archangel * thou didst conceive in thy womb, * the Word, Co-unoriginate with the Father and the Holy Spirit, * thou hast therefore appeared higher than the Cherubim, * and the Seraphim, * and the Thrones.

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   Ever rejoicing around the throne of the King of all, * O ye orders of Angels, * preserve us who in faith invoke your intercessions, * and deliver us from sufferings. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O Ever-Virgin Rejoice! * for thou art the door which opened unto God, * Who unspeakably entered therein, * and ensued forth from thee.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O Archangels and Angels and all the heavenly hosts, Cherubim and Seraphim, who glorify the Lord.

Another: We magnify you, O Archangels, Angels, Principalities, Authorities, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Cherubim and fearful Seraphim who glorify the Lord.

Stichos: I will confess unto Thee, O Lord, with all my heart, I will chant unto thee as long as I have my being

After the Polyeleos the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   O ye, shining Angels of God * standing before the divine throne of grace, * and obtaining true humility and irrefutable illumination from the divine light, * with all the heavenly lovers of mankind, * you look down upon us who suffer from the terrible persecution of the prince of this world * and thus sleep in darkness. * Come then, O Archangels, to our assistance * and deliver us from the snares of our enemy, the origin of evil, * for unto your shelter, O most praised ones, we all make recourse. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O tender Mother of God * thou art the hope, the shelter and the refuge of those who put their trust in thee, * intercessor for the world, * do thou, together with the bodiless ones, * ever entreat the man-befriending God Whom thou hast brought forth, * O all-blessed one, * that He may deliver our souls from all that threatens us.

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

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

   In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

Prokeimenon, In Tone IV:

The Prokeimenon: Who maketh His Angels spirits * and His ministers flames of fire.

Stichos: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou art become exceedingly exalted.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

[Lk. 10, 16-21]

   The Lord spake unto his Disciples saying: He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Archangels…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: For One Angel, In Tone VI:

   As the chief defender and leader of Angels, * do thou, O Supreme Commander [name], * deliver from every want and every tribulation, * from wickedness and from mortal sins * those that hymn thee and implore thee, O glorious one, * since, as One bodiless, thou beholdest the Immaterial One * and art therefore illumined with the unapproachable light of the glory of the Most High; * for out of love for mankind and for our sake He hath taken flesh from the Virgin, * in His desire to save the race of mankind.

Or for many, In Tone VI:

   Thine Angels, O Christ, * stand in fear before the throne of thy majesty * and with the outpouring of Thy light * are ever illumined, * The heavenly cantors and ministers of Thy commands * who are ever sent by Thee, * enlightening our souls.

The Canon, In Tone VIII:

ODE I

Irmos: Let us, O people, send up a melody * unto our most marvelous God * Who hath liberated Israel from bondage, * singing unto Him an ode of victory and exclaiming: * We sing unto Thee, our only Lord.

   Refrain: Holy Angels and Archangels pray to God for us

   Refrain [for one]: Holy Archangel [name] pray to God for us

   Let us, O ye faithful, hymn the uncreated Trinity that ruleth over all the immaterial orders of the heavenly choirs, who worship Him exclaiming: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God Almighty.

   At the beginning of creation, Thou, the Creator of Angels, established the bodiless essences which surround Thy most precious throne, to exclaim unto Thee: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God Almighty.

   Rejoice, O Gabriel, witness of the mystery of God's incarnation, and thou O Michael, foremost among the orders of the immaterial ones, who cry unceasingly: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God Almighty.

Theotokion: I tremble before the mystery of Thy condescension, O Christ, for being God by nature, Thou wast pleased to be born of a Virgin as man, that Thou mayest save the world from enslavement to the enemy.

ODE III

Irmos: Thy fear, O Lord, do Thou plant * in the hearts of Thy servants * and be the strength of those * who in truth invoke Thee.

   In strength hast Thou, O Immortal One, established the mighty ones who perform Thy most holy will, and who above, ever stand before Thee.

   Do Thou, O Christ, ever harken unto the supplications of the Supreme Leaders of the Angels, the initiates of Thine incarnation and august awakening, who ever intercede for us.

   As One truly Compassionate Thou hast established the Angels as guardians of men and hast shown them to be, O Christ, ministers of salvation unto Thy holy ones.

Theotokion: Ineffably hast thou, O Bride of God, conceived the Lord and Savior Who delivers us that invoke thee in truth from all dangers.

The Sedalion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: What was commanded.

   O ye ministers of the Most High, * Leaders of the heavenly beings * standing first before the highest and dreadful throne of the divine glory, * Michael and Gabriel, * Supreme Leaders of the Angels, * together with all the bodiless ones. * We beseech you who unceasingly pray for the world, * that by your intercessions, * we may obtain the remission of our sins, * and thus empowered with mercy and grace, * meet you in the day of judgment. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

Lamentably falling into the slough of despondency * through the multitude of my wicked and lawless deeds, * I have foolishly fallen into a state of confusion * that grips me in the throngs of despair. * But do thou O Theotokos , Sovereign-Lady, save me and help me, * for thou art the salvation, cleansing and purification of sinners.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing, O pure one, * He who took flesh from thy pure blood * and who past all understanding was born from thee, * hanging upon the tree in the midst of malefactors, * thy heart sickened and with motherly lamentations thou didst cry: * 'Woe unto me, O my child!' * Yet I hymn Thy compassion, * for how ineffable is Thy divine condescension * whereby Thou hast granted rebirth and life unto Thy creation!.

ODE IV

Irmos: Like unto One that mounts a steed, * Thou O Lord, hast taken in Thy hands * the reins of thy Angels * and thus commanding them, hast become * the salvation of those who sing in faith: * 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

   Like unto One that mounts a steed, Thou O Lord, hast taken in Thy hands the reins of thy Angels and thus commanding them, hast become the salvation of those who sing in faith: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

   Thy virtue, O Lover of mankind, overshadows the Angels and fills the ends of the world with Thy glorious and divine praise, and with them we cry unto Thee, O Unoriginate One: Glory to Thy power O Lord.

   Thou, O compassionate One, didst come forth for the salvation of Thy people, O Christ, and by Thy power dost Thou call them friends, wherefore Thy appearance brings great joy unto those who cry unto Thee in faith saying: Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Theotokion: As Virgin and Mother thou, O most pure one, dost appear above nature, since as both God and man thou hast brought forth Christ, to Whom the angelic orders cry out with fear: Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

ODE V

Irmos: Thou hast enlightened * with the knowledge of God * the ends of the universe * that lay in the night of ignorance, * do Thou also, O Lord, illumine me * with the dawning of Thy love for mankind.

   Carried by an eternal unchangeable angelic desire to serve Thee in the highest, O Christ, the summit of all desire, the angelic hosts unceasingly glorify Thee.

   O Christ, Thou hast made the singers of Thy majesty spiritual by nature and incorruptible by Thy grace, fashioning Thine Angels after the divine image, O Incomprehensible One.

   O Christ, Thou hast preserved Thy servants from inclination to evil by keeping them close to Thee. For being the Source of true goodness, Thou dost embellish with goodness those who worthily serve Thee.

Theotokion: Do Thou, O all-spotless one who brought forth the Preserver of life, revive my soul deadened with vile passions and set me upon the path to eternal and blessed life.

ODE VI

Irmos: Thou O Lord, didst place Jonah alone in the whale; * and Then didst save him, * do Thou also save me who am burdened by the snares of the enemy, * from the corruption of my passions.

   In a Divine manner hast Thou O Lord, by Thy word, brought out of nothing into being the heavenly immortal hosts, making them luminous.

   You have become, O bodiless ones, Honorable initiates of the praise of God, and dwellers of the heavenly and truly Divine tabernacle, worthily serving the Creator.

   Thee, O truly Unoriginate Son of God, do the spiritual orders of the bodiless Ones unceasingly praise and glorify as Creator and Architect of all things.

Theotokion: Thou O all purest one, wast made worthy to hold in thine arms Him Who from eternity sits on the right hand of the Father. Do thou therefore incline Him to vouchsafe unto thy servants, O pure one, mercy.

The Kontakion, In Tone II:

   Supreme Leaders of God's armies and ministers of the divine glory, * princes of the bodiless Angels and guides of men, * ask what is good for us and great mercy, * as Supreme Leaders of the Bodiless Hosts.

The Ikos: In Thy writings, O Lover of mankind, Thou hast said there is great joy among the Angels in heaven over the repentance of a sinner, O Immortal One. Wherefore we that are snared in sins always boldly implore Thee, the only Sinless One and Searcher of hearts, as One abounding in mercy, to show compassion and send down upon us, the unworthy Ones, Thy compunction, granting unto us pardon, and to hearken unto the intercession of the Commanders of the bodiless ones who without ceasing, O Master, make intercession for us all before Thee.

ODE VII

Irmos: The Hebrew youths did boldly tread * upon the flame in the furnace * and seeing the fire changed into dew, * cried out: 'Blessed art Thou, * O Lord God, unto the ages'

   O Compassionate One, Thou hast revealed the immaterial nature of Thine Angels to be luminous, and ever imbued with the ineffable Divine light, as they cry unto Thee: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

   Ever before Thee stand a myriad of Angels serving Thee, unable to endure the sight of Thy countenance they unceasingly cry unto Thee: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

Trinitarion: By Thy Hypostatic Word Thou hast created the many ranks of Angels and having sanctified them with the Divine Spirit, Thou hast taught them to cry, O God we bless the Trinity unto the ages.

Trinitarion: Meditating on the three Hypostases, we glorify the unbounded nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

ODE VIII

Irmos: The mystery of the Ever-Virgin birth * was shown unto Moses on the holy mount * in the form of a flame that burnt not the bush. * Unto the Lord who was thus glorified, * let us sing and exalt unto all the ages.

   Let us emulate the life of the Angels and directing our thoughts on high, let us, together with the Angels, sing in contemplation, hymning the Lord and exalting Him unto all the ages.

   Ever surrounding the throne of Glory, in ceaseless motion before God as participants of the joy of Heaven, the Angels hymn and exalt Him unto all the ages.

Trinitarion: Let us bow down and magnify unto all the ages the Trinity that maketh a flame of immaterial fire those who, without ceasing serve on high, and the Angels whom He hath made spirits.

Theotokion: Thou wast made worthy O Theotokos to carry in thine arms Him before Whom stand trembling a myriad of Angels and Archangels in heaven; do thou therefore entreat Him that those who magnify Him unto all the ages may be saved.

ODE IX

Irmos: Thou hast passed the limits of nature, * having conceived the Creator and the Lord, * and wast unto the world * the door of salvation; * wherefore we unceasingly magnify thee, O Theotokos.

   O Thou, Who ineffably united the things of earth with the those in Heaven, and through Angels and mankind perfected one Church, Thee, O Christ, do we unceasingly magnify.

   O ye Angels and Archangels, Thrones, Authorities and Dominions, Principalities and Powers, and ye Cherubim and Seraphim, together with the Theotokos, we beseech you to ceaselessly intercede for the world.

   Showing yourselves as the protectors of all, O Michael and Gabriel, we beseech you to visit those who lovingly honor your all-festive memory, and to deliver from every calamity those who in faith sing your praises.

Theotokion: Rejoice, O holy Bride of God! Rejoice thou who brought forth unto the faithful the Light of the world; Rejoice! the wall and shelter of us all! We beseech thee as our Benefactor to unceasingly intercede for us unto God.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: With the spirit in the sanctuary.

   Thou O Michael, Supreme Commander of the fiery ministers, * hast obtained from the Father the foremost place among the heavenly lights; * wherefore thou dost also possess the brightness of His glory, * standing, as the first of the immaterial orders, around His most pure throne.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   The orders of the bodiless hosts honor thy birth, * for thou alone hast filled those born on earth with joy; * wherefore we the faithful glorify thee, * the all-spotless one, * magnifying in hymns thee * who hast kindled for those in darkness * the never-setting light of the morning-star.

With Lauds, the Stichera, In Tone II:

   O spiritual beings, * divine and incorporeal! * surrounding the immaterial throne, * with flaming lips you sing the trisagion hymn * unto God the Ruler: * Holy God, the Father Unoriginate, * Holy Mighty the Son Co-unoriginate, * Holy Immortal-Spirit of the same essence, * glorified together with the Father and the Son. [Twice]

   With immaterial lips and spiritual mouths * the orders of the Angels offer unceasing praise * unto Thine unapproachable Divinity, O Lord; * and the pure minds and ministers of Thy glory laud Thee, O Lord; * with whom Michael the bodiless one and Gabriel the greatly resplendent one, * foremost commanders of the angelic powers on high, * are our instructors, * enjoining us to sing the song of songs unto Thine unapproachable glory, O Lover of mankind; * before which they also unceasingly entreat on behalf of our souls.

In Tone IV:

   O Christ God, with lips of fire doth the Cherubim hymn Thee, * and with immaterial mouths the choir of Archangels unceasingly magnify Thee, * and Michael, the Supreme Leader of the powers on high, * unceasingly offers victorious hymns unto Thy Glory ..., * He it is who enlightens us this day * so that we with our perishable lips on the occasion of this bright festival, * we may worthily chant the trisagion praise. * Everything is filled with Thy praise * for Thou grantest unto the world Thy great mercy!

Glory ..., In Tone V:

   O Archangel, wherever thy grace overshadoweth, * the power of the devil is driven away, * for the fallen morning star cannot bear to see thy light. * Wherefore we entreat thee to extinguish with thine intercessions * the fire-bearing arrows which he directs against us, * delivering us from his temptations, * O worthily praised Supreme Commander [name].

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   We the faithful ever bless thee, O Virgin Theotokos, * and dutifully glorify thee, * the impregnable city, * the unshakable wall, * the firm intercession and refuge of our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion: Like a Ewe who seeing her lamb led out to be slaughtered, * followeth intently, * thou didst follow thy Son calling out after Him: * Whither goest Thou, O Jesus my sweetest Child? * Why dost Thou O Long-suffering One so swiftly make haste? * O Jesus, most desired Lord, * sinless, and plenteous in grace, * Give me, Thy servant, a word of reply; * O my most beloved Son, * do not despise with Thy silence O most Compassionate One, * the one who hath so strangely given birth unto Thee, * O all-compassionate God, granting unto the world Thy great mercy.

   The Great Doxology:

   After the Great Doxology the following verses are sung:

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Supreme Leaders of the Heavenly Hosts, * we implore you that by your prayers you will encircle us, * unworthy as we are, * with the protection of the wings of your immaterial glory * and guard us who fall down before you and fervently cry: * deliver us from dangers, * for you are the commanders of the powers above.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O Sovereign lady Theotokos, * the glory of all the Orthodox, * put an end to the machinations of the heretics * and put their countenances to shame, * since they neither adore, nor honor * thy honorable image, O all-pure one.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing Christ, the Lover of mankind, * crucified and with a lance pierced in His side, * thou O all-pure One lamented, crying out: * 'What is this, O my Son ? * What did the ungrateful people render unto Thee * in return for all the good things Thou hast rendered unto them ?' * And yet so lovingly dost Thou show thy care for me * that I may endure my childlessness. * I stand in awe, O Compassionate One, at Thy voluntary crucifixion.

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. In strength hast Thou, O Immortal One, established the mighty ones who perform Thy most holy will, and who above, ever stand before Thee.

   2. Do Thou, O Christ, ever harken unto the supplications of the Supreme Leaders of the Angels, the initiates of Thine incarnation and august awakening, who ever intercede for us.

   3. As One truly Compassionate, Thou hast established the Angels as guardians of men and hast shown them to be, O Christ, ministers of salvation unto Thy holy ones

   4. In a Divine manner Thou, O Lord, hast brought out of nothing into being by Thy word, the heavenly immortal hosts, making them luminous.

   5. You have become, O bodiless ones, Honorable initiates of the praise of God, and dwellers of the heavenly and truly Divine tabernacle, worthily serving the Creator

   6. Thee, O Son of God, truly Unoriginate, do the spiritual orders of the bodiless Ones unceasingly praise and glorify as Creator and Architect of all things.

   7. Thou O Christ, Who ineffably united the things of earth with the those in Heaven, and through Angels and men perfected one Church, do we unceasingly magnify.

   8. O ye Angels and Archangels, Thrones, Authorities and Dominions, Principalities and Powers, and ye Cherubim and Seraphim, together with the Theotokos, we beseech you to ever intercede for the world.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon, but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Supreme Leaders of the Heavenly Hosts, * we implore you that by your prayers you will encircle us, * unworthy as we are, * with the protection of the wings of your immaterial glory * and guard us who fall down before you and fervently cry: * deliver us from dangers, * for you are the commanders of the powers above.

Kontakion, In Tone II:

   Supreme Leaders of God's armies and ministers of the divine glory, * princes of the bodiless Angels and guides of men, * ask what is good for us and great mercy, * as Supreme Leaders of the Bodiless Hosts.

Prokeimenon, In Tone IV, [Psalm 103:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Who maketh His Angels spirits * and His ministers a flame of fire.

Stichos: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians

[Ephesians 2: 2-10]

   Brethren: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, [by grace ye are saved;] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

Alleluia, In Tone V, [Psalm 148:2, 5] Praise Him, all ye His angels; praise Him all ye His hosts.

Stichos: For He spoke and they came to be; He commanded, and they were created.

The Holy Gospel according to Mathew

[Math. 13:24-30, 36-43]

   The Lord spake the following parable saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Communion Verse: [Psalm 103:4] Who maketh His Angels spirits * and His ministers flames of fire.