Vespers 8 December ORIC Conference

DECEMBER 9

The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Vespers

Priest: + Blessed is our God, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.

                                                 The Trisagion Prayers

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

O most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us!
O Lord, cleanse us from our sins!
O Master, pardon our iniquities!
O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your name’s sake!

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

Our Father, Who are in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your 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 the evil one.

Priest: For Yours’ 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.

Reader: Amen.

Lord have mercy. (12x)

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

O come, let us worship God our King.

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

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great,
You are clothed with praise and majesty,

wrapping Yourself in light for a garment,
stretching out the sky like a skin;

Who covers His upper rooms with water,
Who makes clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,

Who makes spirits his angels
and His servant a flame of fire,

Who poises the earth on its axis;
it will not be moved throughout the ages.

The deep like a garment is its clothing.
On the mountains the waters stand.

At Your rebuke they run,
At the crack of Your thunder they are afraid.

Mountains rise up and plains sink down
to the place which You have appointed for them.

You have set a bound the waters will not pass,
so they will never return to cover the earth.

You send torrents in the ravines,
the waters run between the mountains.

They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
wild donkeys wait to quench their thirst.

The birds of the sky perch on them;
from among the rocks they pipe their calls.

You water the mountains from above.
The earth is filled with the fruit of Your works.

You make grass spring up for the cattle
and vegetation for the service of men,

for them to produce food from the earth
and wine which cheers man’s heart,
that his face may be bright with oil
and that bread may strengthen man’s heart.

The trees of the plain will be drenched,
the cedars of Lebanon which You planted.

There the sparrows build their nests,
the house of the heron at the top of them.

The high mountains are for the deer,
a rock is a refuge for hares.

You made the moon to mark the months,
the sun knows his going down.

You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
in which all the wild beasts of the forest prowl:

young lions roaring to seize their prey
and seeking their food from God.

The sun rises and they gather together
and lie down in their dens.

Man goes out to his work
and to his business until the evening.

How great are Your works, O Lord!
You have made all things in wisdom,
the earth is filled with Your creation.

This is the great and wide sea:
there live reptiles without number,
living creatures small and great;

There ships go to and fro;
there, too, is that sea serpent
which You have made to play in it.

All look expectantly to You
to give them their food in due season.

When You give it to them, they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
all things are filled with goodness.

But when You turn away Your face they are troubled.
You will take their spirit and they will die
and they will return to their dust.

You will send Your Spirit and they will be created,
and You will renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord be forever;
the Lord delights in His works.

He looks upon the earth and makes it tremble,
He touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord all my life,
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

May my conversation be pleasing to Him,
and I will rejoice in the Lord.

May sinners vanish from the earth,
and the lawless so as to be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

You made the moon to mark the months,
the sun knows his going down.

How great are Your works, O Lord!
You have made all things in wisdom.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to Thee, O God. (3x)

The Great Litany

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For [his Beatitude] Metropolitan ______; for [his Grace] our Bishop ______; for the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the President and all civil authorities of this country, and for those serving in its Armed Forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this city, [if a monastery: For this holy habitation,] for every city and countryside, and for the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

The Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For to You belong 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.

People: Amen. 

“Lord I Call…”    Tone 4

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hear me, O Lord!

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hear me, O Lord!

V. (6) If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

Tone 4         (Called from on high)

The barren Anna leaped for joy

when she conceived Mary the Virgin,

who in turn will conceive in the flesh God the Word.

From the fullness of her joy, she cried out:

“Rejoice with me, all you tribes of Israel,

for I have conceived according to the will of God my Savior.

He has answered my prayer and ended my shame,

in fulfillment of His promise, He will heal the pains of my heart,//

through the pains of child-bearing.”

V. (5) For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord. My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

(Repeat: “The barren Anna leaped…”)

V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

He Who made waters gush forth from the rock,

permitted your womb to carry the Ever-Virgin Mary

through whom our salvation will come.

By this, you were delivered from shame;

no longer will you dwell on earth as barren, 

for you will bear the earth bringing forth the Tree of Life.

According to His will, He has delivered the human race from all shame,

by taking on our human form and becoming man,//

for He is rich in mercy.

V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

(Repeat: “He Who made waters gush forth… “)

V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

Behold, the promises of the Prophets are fulfilled.

The holy mountain is planted in the womb.

The divine ladder is set up, the great throne of the King is ready.

The place for the Lord’s passage is prepared.

The dry bush, which the fire could not consume, is blossoming.

The treasury of grace is an abundant flow of blessing

which heals the barrenness of Anna,//

whom we glorify with faith.

V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

(Repeat: “Behold, the promises of the Prophets… “)

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

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

Tone 2         (by Germanus)       

Today the great mystery announced from all eternity

whose depths angels and men cannot perceive,

appears in the barren womb of Anna.

Mary, the Maiden of God, is prepared to be the dwelling of the eternal King,

Who will renew our human nature.

Let us entreat her with a pure heart and say:

“Intercede for us with your Son and our God//

that our souls may be saved!”

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend!

Gladsome Light

People: O gladsome Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, Holy, blessed Father: O Jesus Christ: Now that we have come to the setting of the sun, And behold the light of evening, We praise God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For it is right, at all times, To worship You in voices of praise, O Son of God and Giver of life. Therefore all the world glorifies You.

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

Deacon: Wisdom!

VESPERS PROKEIMENA

Wednesday Evening

Deacon: Prokeimenon in the fifth tone:

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.

Verse: Hear my prayer, O God, listen to the words of my mouth.

Deacon: Save me, O God, by Your name…

People: …and vindicate me by Your strength.

Vouchsafe, O Lord

Reader:   Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin. 

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name unto the ages.  Amen.

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You. 

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. 

Blessed art You, O Master, give me understanding of Your statutes. 

Blessed art You, O Holy One, enlighten me by Your statutes.

O Lord, Your mercy endures forever; disdain not the work of Your  hands. 

To You belongs worship, to You belongs praise, to You belongs glory; to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Priest: Let us complete our prayer to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and protect us, O God by your grace.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For a perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless day, let us ask the Lord.

People: Grant this, O Lord.

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

People: Grant this, O Lord.

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

People: Grant this, O Lord.

Priest: For all that is good and beneficial to our souls, and for peace in the world, let us ask the Lord.

People: Grant this, O Lord.

Priest: For the completion of our lives in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

People: Grant this, O Lord.

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 ever‑ virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To you, O Lord.

Priest: For you are a good and loving God, and to you we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Priest: + Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

People: To You, O Lord.

The Prayer with Heads Bowed

Priest: O Lord our God, Who bowed the heavens and came down for the salvation of the human race; look upon Your servants and Your inheritance; for to You, the awesome Judge, Who yet love mankind, have Your servants bowed their heads and submissively bent their necks, not waiting for help from men, but asking for Your mercy and looking confidently for Your salvation. Guard them at all times, both during this present evening and in the approaching night, from every foe, from all adverse powers of the Devil, from vain thoughts, and from evil imaginations. Blessed and glorified be the majesty of Your kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

The Aposticha

Aposticha

Tone 5         (Rejoice)      

Anna, named for divine grace,                                        

cried out in her prayer,                                             

beseeching the Creator and God of all:                               

“O Master, You perceive the shame of barrenness;                    

heal the pain of my heart!                                           

Open my womb to make it fruitful,                                    

that we may offer You the child as a gift,                          

and give glory and praise with hymns and songs//                     

to Your love through which the world receives great mercy!”            

V. The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which He will not turn back!

(Ps. 131:11a)

Anna besought the Lord in fervent prayer for a child.                

The voice of the angel proclaimed to her:                            

“God has granted you the desire of your prayer.                       

Do not weep, for you shall be a fruitful olive tree,                 

bearing the wondrous branch of the Virgin,                           

who will bring forth in the flesh the blossom Christ//               

Who grants the world great mercy!”                                    

V. The fruit of your body I will set upon your throne! (Ps. 131:11b)

The honorable parents, Joachim and Anna,                               

have given birth to the lamb                                         

who will give birth in a manner past understanding                               

to the Lamb of God Who is to be sacrificed for all mankind.          

They offer to God unceasing and humble praise.                       

Therefore let us rejoice and give them fervent glory                 

for the birth of the one born from them in a marvelous way,//       

the Theotokos, through whom the world receives great mercy!          

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

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

Tone 2 

Today a royal cloak of purple and fine linen                         

is woven from the loins of David,                                    

and the mystical flower of Jesse is blossoming://                    

from it will come forth Christ our God, the Savior of our souls.     

The Canticle of Simeon

People: Master, now let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people: a light for revelation to the gentiles and for the glory of Your people Israel.

The Trisagion Prayers

Reader: Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

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

O most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us!
O Lord, cleanse us from our sins!
O Master, pardon our iniquities!
O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your name’s sake!

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

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

All: Our Father, Who are in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your 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 the evil one.

Priest: For Yours’ 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.

Reader: Amen.

 The Troparia

Tone 4         Troparion

Today the bonds of barrenness are broken:

God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna.

He has promised them beyond all their hopes to bear the Maiden of God,

by whom the Uncircumscribed One was born as a mortal Man;

He commanded an angel to cry to her:

“Rejoice, you who are full of grace,//

the Lord is with you!”

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

Theotokos Hymn Tone 7

WE SING THE PRAISES OF THE ONLY WOMAN TO REMAIN VIRGIN AFTER

GIVING BIRTH,

FOR SHE IS THE MOTHER OF GOD,//

AND WE CRY OUT: GLORY TO YOU.

The Dismissal

Priest: The blessing of the Lord be upon you, through His grace and love for mankind, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Deacon: Wisdom.

People: Father, bless.

Priest: + Christ our God, The Existing One, is blessed, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Confirm, O God, the holy Orthodox faith and Orthodox Christians unto ages of ages.

Priest: Most holy Theotokos, save us.

People: More honorable than the cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God, the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.

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

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

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Father, bless.

Priest: May [He Who rose from the dead,] Christ our true God, through the prayers of His most pure Mother; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of St. (of the temple…..; of (of the day) , whom we commemorate today; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind.

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