The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

THE DIVINE LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED

    During the Holy Great 40-dayFast, when the priest is to celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctifiedon Wednesday and Friday, or other prescribed week days, at the Proskomedeon the preceding Sunday, he does everything as usual, but after he cutsthe first bread, sacrifices it, and pierces it, he cuts a sufficient numberof additional breads, saying as he cuts each one: In remembrance... As a sheep He was led ... In His humility. .. And who shall declare... For His life is taken away ... Sacrificed . . . andOne of the soldiers ... He then places them onthe diskos beside the first bread.
    Then he pours wine andwater into the holy chalice, saying the customary words, and he coversthe diskos and the chalice, and he censes them, saying the Prayer of Oblation.Then he begins the Divine Liturgy and celebrates as usual.
    When he signs the breadsat the invocation of the Holy Spirit, he says: And make thisbread . . ., in the singular, as Christ is one;he does not say these breads in theplural. When he elevates, he elevates them all together, and he breaksthe first one offered, and lays the part IC in the holy chalice and poursin warm water as usual.
    Then taking the holy spoonin his right hand, he dips it into the holy Blood; with his left hand hetakes one of the other Breads, touches it with the holy spoon, which hasbeen moistened with the holy Blood, in the form of a cross on the sideon which the cross is traced, under the soft part, and places it in theartophorion (or other suitable container). Then he takes the others anddoes the same with each, and puts them all away in the artophorion. Thenthe priest prays as usual, communicates as usual, and completes the DivineLiturgy as usual.
    On the day of the celebrationof the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts:

    At the reading of the Hours,the priest, wearing the epitrachelion, stands before the holy doors andbegins: Blessed is our God . . ., the reader: Amen. After OurFather . . ., the priest says the exclamationand goes into the sanctuary.

    And then Third, Sixth, andNinth Hours, and finally the Typical Psalms are read.

    At Third Hour, after thepsalms, Alleluia and Lord,have mercy, the priest standing before the holydoors, says:

    O Lord, who at the third hour didst send down thineall-holy Spirit upon thine Apostles, take not the same from us, O GoodOne, but renew Him in us who pray unto thee.
The choir repeats the same.
    Priest, verse A:A clean heart create in me, O God, and a right spirit renew in my inmostparts.
    Choir: O Lord,who at the third hour . . .
    Priest, verse B:Cast me not away from thy face, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
    Choir: O Lord,who at the third hour . . .
    Priest: Gloryto the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
    Choir: Bothnow and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

    At Sixth Hour, the priestsays alternately with the choir, as in Third Hour:

    O thou who, on the sixth day and hour, didst nailto the cross the sin which Adam, through presumption, committed in Paradise,tear asunder also the handwriting of our iniquities, 0 Christ God, andsave us.

    Verse A: Giveheed to my prayer, O God, and disregard not my supplication.
    Verse B: I havecalled unto God, and the Lord hath heartened unto me.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHoly Spirit

    At Ninth Hour, the priest says alternately with thechoir, as in Third Hour:

    O thou who, at the ninth hour, for our sake, didsttaste of death in the flesh, mortify the presumption of our flesh, O ChristGod, and save us.

    Verse A: Letmy prayer come nigh before thee, 0 Lord, give me understanding, accordingto thy word.
    Verse B: Letmy petition come before thee, 0 Lord; according to thy word, deliver me.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHoly Spirit

At each hour, after More honorablethan the Cherubim . . ., the priest, before theholy doors, exclaims:

    O God, be compassionate unto us, and bless us, andmake thy face to shine upon us, and have mercy on us.
    Reader: Amen.

    Then the priest says thePrayer of St. Ephraim of Syria:

    O Lord and Master of my life, the spirit of idleness,of meddling (faintheartedness ordespondency in Slavonic), of love ofpower, and of idle words, grant me not. greatreverence
    But the spirit of continence, of humility, of patienceand of love, do thou grant unto me thy servant. greatreverence
    Yea, 0 Lord and King, grant me to perceive mineown offenses, and not to judge my brother; for blessed art thou unto agesof ages. Amen. great reverence

Then twelve little references, sayingat each:

O God, cleanse thou me a sinner.

    And again the whole prayerwithout division to the end and then one great reverence.

    At Third and Sixth Hours,and then at the Typica, the prayer, O Lord and Master of mylife, is read with sixteen references, as describedabove, but at Ninth Hour the prayer is read through only once with thecorresponding three great references.

    When there are Propheciesat the Hours, the priest says: Let us attend. ThenWisdom, and Let us attend.

    Toward the end of the Typica,the priest enters the sanctuary, and vests in his priestly vestments, signingthem and kissing them only, saying nothing except, Let us prayto the Lord, over each vestment.
    The reader reads the Trisagion,Our Father. . .,  then Lord, havemercy, twelve times, All-holy Trinity.. .,  after which the holy doors are opened.The priest says: Wisdom, the choir:Meet is it in truth . . ., the priest:Most holy Theotokos, save us; the choir:More honorable than the Cherubim ... ; the priest:Glory to thee, O Christ God, our Hope, glory to thee; choir:Glory ... Now and .. . Lord, have mercy. thrice,and Bless, and the priest gives thedismissal.

    In the dismissal, the priestremembers the saint of the temple, and of the day. Then the holy doorsare closed.
 

THE DIVINE LITURGY

OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS

    The priest and the deacon makethree reverences before the holy table, saying only: O God,cleanse thou me a sinner and have mercy on me. Andthey kiss the holy Gospels, the holy table, and the cross on the holy table.And the deacon, taking the priest's leave, goes out and stands in his customaryplace, and exclaims:

Bless, Master.

    The priest, standing beforethe holy table inside the sanctuary, exclaims:

    BLESSED is the kingdom of the Father, and of theSon, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

    And then the reader:Come, let us worship. . . thrice, and he readsthe Introductory Psalm. The priest, standing before the holy doors, withhead uncovered, says the Prayers of Light, that is, of Vespers, beginningwith the fourth prayer, the first three being said after the litanies.

Fourth Prayer

    O thou to whom the holy Powers sing with unendinghymns and unceasing doxologies, fill our mouths with thy praise, that wemay magnify thy holy name. And grant unto us part and inheritance withall those that fear thee in truth and keep thy commandments, through theintercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all thy Saints.
    For to thee belong all glory, honor, and worship,to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, andunto ages of ages. Amen.

Fifth Prayer

    O Lord, Lord, who upholdest all things in the mostpure hollow of thy hand, who art long-suffering toward us all, and repentestthee at our wickedness, remember thy compassion and thy mercy. Look uponus with thy goodness; grant unto us also by thy grace, through the remainderof the present day, to avoid the divers subtle snares of the Evil One,and keep our lives unassailed, through the grace of thine all-holy Spirit.
    Through the mercy and love of man of thine onlybegottenSon, with whom thou art blessed, together with thine all-holy, and good,and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Sixth Prayer

    O God, great and wonderful, who with goodness indescribableand rich providence orderest all things, and grantest unto us earthly goods,who hast given us a pledge of the promised kingdom through the good thingsalready granted unto us, and hast made us to shun all harm during thatpart of the present day which is past, grant that we may also fulfill theremainder of this day blamelessly before thy holy glory, and hymn thee,our God, who alone art good and lovest man.
    For thou art our God, and unto thee do we send upglory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever,and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Seventh Prayer

    O great and most high God, who alone hast immortality,and dwellest in light unapproachable, who hast fashioned all creation inwisdom, who hast divided the light from the darkness, and hast set thesun to rule the day and the moon and stars to rule the night, who hastalso vouchsafed unto us sinners at this present hour to come before thypresence with confession and to present unto thee our evening doxology,do thou thyself, 0 Lord, Lover of man, direct our prayer as incense beforethee, and accept it for an odor of sweet fragrance, and grant that ourpresent evening and coming night be peaceful. Clothe us with the armorof light. Deliver us from the fear of night, and from everything that walkethin darkness, and grant that the sleep that thou hast given for the reposeof our infirmity may be free from every fantasy of the Devil. Yea, O Masterof all, Leader of the good, may we, being moved to compunction upon ourbeds, remember thy name in the night. And, enlightened by the exerciseof thy commandments, may we rise up in joyfulness of soul to the glorificationof thy goodness, and offer supplications and prayers unto thy tendernessof heart, for our own sins and those of all thy people, whom do thou lookupon in mercy, through the intercessions of the holy Theotokos.
    For thou art a good God who lovest man, and untothee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the HolySpirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

    At the conclusion of theIntroductory Psalm, the deacon says the litany:

    In peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the peace from above and for the salvation ofour souls, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the peace of the whole world, for the good estateof the holy churches of God, and for the union of all men, let us prayto the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    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.

    For our [lord, the Most Blessed] Metropolitan N.,for our [lord, the Most Reverend] Archbishop N., (and/or [the Right Reverend]Bishop N.,) for the honorable presbytery, the diaconate in Christ, andfor all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the President of (or title of the highest civilauthority), for all civil authorities, and for the armed forces, let uspray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    (That He may aid them and subdue under their feetevery enemy and adversary, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.)

    For this city (or this village), for every city andcountry, and for those who in faith dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For favorable weather, for abundance of the fruitsof the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For travelers by sea, by land, and by air, for thesick and the suffering, for captives, and for their salvation, let us prayto the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

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

    Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us,0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Remembering 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 ourGod.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

The Prayer of the First Antiphon

    O Lord, compassionate and merciful, long-sufferingand of great mercy, give heed to our prayer, and attend to the voice ofour supplication. Work upon us a sign for good. Guide us in thy way, thatwe may walk in thy truth. Gladden our hearts that we may fear thy holyname. For thou art great and workest wonders. Thou alone art God, and amongthe gods there is none like unto thee, 0 Lord, powerful in mercy, and goodin might, to help and to comfort and to save all those who hope in thyholy name.

Exclamation:

    For to thee belong all glory, honor and worship,to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, andunto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

    And after the exclamation,the 18th kathisma is read: Unto the Lord did I cry when I wasafflicted... and reverences are made at Alleluia.At each antiphon, there is a little litany bythe deacon with an exclamation by the priest.

    At the beginning of thekathisma, the priest comes to the prothesis and takes the presanctifiedBread from the artophorion, and places it with great reverence on the holydiskos. He then pours wine and water into the holy cup as usual, but hesays nothing. Taking the censer, he censes the star-cover and veils, andcovers them, saying nothing at all except, Through the prayersof our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. TheGif ts are presanctified, and the sacrificed is accomplished.

    If the Presanctified Lamb iskept on the holy table, its transferal to the prothesis table is usuallydone as follows:

    The priest takes the PresanctifiedLamb from the artophorion, and lays it with great reverence on the holydiskos. And, having censed the star-cover and the first veil, he coversthe holy Bread, saying nothing. (This is done during the singing of thefirst antiphon,)

    After this, preceded bythe deacon with a lighted candle, the priest censes the holy table in cross-formthrice. (This is done during the singing of the second antiphon.) And,having made a profound reverence before the holy Gifts, the priest placesthe holy diskos on his head, and preceded by the deacon with a candle andthe censer, bears them to the prothesis table. (This is done during thesinging of the third antiphon.)

    Then he pours wine togetherwith water into the holy cup as usual. saying nothing. And taking the censer,he censes the veils, and he covers the diskos and the cup saying nothing,not even the prayer of oblation, but only: Through the prayersof our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

Deacon:

    Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us,0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Remembering 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 ourGod.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

Prayer of the Second Antiphon

    O Lord, in thy displeasure rebuke us not, neitherchasten us in thy wrath, but deal with us according to thy tenderness,O Physician and Healer of our souls. Guide us unto the haven of thy will.Enlighten the eyes of our hearts unto the knowledge of thy truth, and grantunto us that the remainder of the present day and the whole time of ourlife may be peaceful and sinless, through the intercessions of the holyTheotokos and of all the Saints.

Exclamation:

    For thine is the strength, and thine are the kingdom,and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of theHoly Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Deacon:

    Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us,0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Remembering 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 ourGod.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

Prayer of the Third Antiphon

    O Lord our God, remember us thy sinful and unprofitableservants when we call upon thy holy (, venerable) name, and put us notto shame in our expectation of thy mercy, but grant us, OLord, all ourpetitions which are unto salvation, and make us worthy to love and fearthee with all our hearts, and to do thy will in all things.

Exclamation:

    For thou art a good God who lovest man, and to theedo we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Deacon:

    Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us,0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Remembering 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 ourGod.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

The priest exclaims:

    For thou art our God, the God who hath mercy andsaveth, and to thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son,and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

    After the kathisma, theLord, I have called is sung, and the deacon censesin the usual order. When the singers begin Glory... Now and. . ., the holy doors are opened. The entranceis made with the censer. When the Gospel is to be read, on the feast ofthe temple, or of a saint, or in Passion Week, then the entrance is madewith the Gospel Book. The deacon says quietly to the priest:Let us pray to the Lord. And the priest readsthe prayer of the entrance.

Prayer of the Entrance:

    In the evening, and in the morning, and at noonday,we praise thee, we bless thee, we give thanks unto thee, and we pray thee,O Master of all, O Lord who lovest man, direct thou our prayer before theeas incense, and incline not our hearts to words or thoughts of evil, butdeliver us from all that seek after our souls. For upon thee, Lord, O Lord,are our eyes, and in thee have we put our hope. Put us not to shame, Oour God.
    For to thee belong all glory, honor and worship,to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, andunto ages of ages. Amen.

    After the conclusion ofthe stichera, the deacon or the priest exclaims, saying:

    Wisdom. Attend. And thechoir sings, O Joyful Light . . .

    Deacon: Let usattend. Priest: Peace be to all.Deacon: Wisdom. And the reader readsthe prokeimenon.
    Deacon: Wisdom.Reader: The reading from the book ofGenesis. And the deacon: Let us attend.Then the reader reads the selection from Genesis(or Exodus).
    The deacon:Wisdom. And then the reader reads the second prokeimenon.

Then the deacon exclaims:

Command.

    After this has been done,the priest, taking the candlestick with its candle and the censer in bothhands, facing the east, says in a loud voice:

Wisdom. Attend.

    Then, turning toward thewest, to the people, he says:

    The light of Christ enlighteneth all men.

    Reader: The readingfrom the book of Proverbs (or Job)

    Deacon: Let usattend.

    And the reader reads theprophecies. If it is on a day on which there is to be a vigil or polyeleon,the prophecies of the feast or of the saint are read.
    After their completion,the priest says:

Peace be to thee.

Deacon: Wisdom.

The reader sings:

    Let my prayer be directed as incense before thee,the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

    And after the reader sings,the choir sings the same.

Then the reader, verse A:

    Lord, I have called unto thee, hear me; attend tothe voice of my prayer, when I call unto thee.
    Choir: Let myprayer be directed . . .

Reader: verse B:

    Set a watch, O Lord, upon my mouth, and a door ofenclosure about my lips.
    Choir: Let myprayer be directed

The reader, verse C:

    Incline not my heart to words of evil, to contriveexcuses for sins.
    Choir: Let myprayer be directed ...

And again the reader sings:

    Let my prayer be directed as incense before thee.

And the choir sings:

    The lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

    It should be noted thatwhen the reader sings Let my prayer be directed as incense beforethee, all the people in the temple and in thesanctuary remain on their knees in prayer. When he begins Thelifting up of my hands. . . they stand. At thesinging of Let my prayer be directed . . . afterthe other verses, all those on the same side as the choir singing, stand,while the other choir and the people on the corresponding side kneel. Thepriest, standing before the holy table in the sanctuary, takes the censerand censes. When they sing Incline not my heart. . .,he goes to the prothesis and censes the Presanctif ied Gifts. At the lastLet my prayer be directed, he gives up the censer and he himself kneelspraying.

    At the completion of the above,we make three reverences, saying customarily:

    O Lord and Master of my life, the spirit of idleness,of meddling (faintheartedness or despondency in Slavonic), of love of power,and of idle words, grant me not. great reverence

    But the spirit of continence, of humility, of patience,and of love, do thou grant unto me thy servant.great reverence

    Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to perceive mine ownoffenses, and not to judge my brother; for blessed are thou unto ages ofages. Amen. great reverence

    If it be the feast of asaint, or if the feast of the temple occurs on a fasting day, then thedeacon or the priest says: Let us attend, andthe reader reads the prokeimenon of the epistle. And he reads the epistle,and Alleluia is sung. Then the Gospel is read.

    The holy doors are closed,and the deacon says the litany:

    Let us all say with all our soul and with all ourmind, let us say:
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    O Lord Almighty, the God of our fathers, we praythee, hearken and have mercy.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Have mercy on us, 0 God, according to thy great mercy,we pray thee, hearken and have mercy.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice

    (Again we pray for pious Orthodox Christians.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice)

    Again we pray for our [lord, the Most Blessed] MetropolitanN., for our [lord, the Most Reverend] Archbishop N., (and/or for our [lord,the Right Reverend] Bishop N.), and for all our brethren in Christ.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice

Prayer of Fervent Supplication

    O Lord our God, accept this fervent supplication ofthy servants, and have mercy on us according to the multitude of thy mercies,and send down thy compassions upon us and upon all thy people, who awaitof thee a rich mercy.

    Again we pray for the President of the United States,and for all civil authorites, and for the armed forces.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice

    Again we pray for our brethren, the priests, thehieromonks, the hierodeacons, and for all our brotherhood in Christ.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice

    Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorablemost holy Orthodox Patriarchs, the founders of this holy church (or Monastery),and for all our fathers and brethren, the Orthodox departed before, wholie here and everywhere.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy. thrice

    Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do goodworks in this holy and revered temple, for those who labor and those whosing, and for the people present who await of thee a great and rich mercy.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

Exclamation

    For thou art a merciful God who lovest man, and untothee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the HolySpirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Then the deacon says this litany:

    Pray ye unto the Lord, ye catechumens.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Ye faithful, pray for the catechumens.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That the Lord may have mercy on them.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may instruct them in. the word of truth.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may reveal unto them the Gospel of righteousness.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may unite them unto His holy Catholic andApostolic Church.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Save them, have mercy on them, help them, and keepthem, 0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Bow your heads unto the Lord, ye catechumens.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

Prayer for the Catechumens

    O God our God, the Creator and Maker of all things,who wiliest that all men should be saved, and should come to the knowledgeof the truth, look upon thy servants the catechumens and deliver them fromtheir former delusion and from the wiles of the adversary. And call themunto life eternal, enlightening their souls and bodies and numbering themwith thy rational flock, which is called by thy holy name.

Exclamation:

    That with us they also may glorify thine all-honorableand magnificent name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

And the priest spreads out the antimension.

Deacon:

    As many as are catechumens, depart. Catechumens,depart. As many as are catechumens, depart. Let no catechumen remain. Asmany as are of the faithful, again and again in peace, let us pray to theLord.

    The above dismissal is saidonly until Wednesday of the fourth week of the Fast. Beginning with Wednesdayof Mid-fast, after the priest says That with us they also mayglorify . . ., the following petitions are saidby the deacon:

    As many as are catechumens, depart. Catechumens,depart. As many as are preparing for illumination, draw near. Pray, yewho are preparing for illumination.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Ye faithful, for the brethren who are making readyfor holy illumination and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That the Lord our God may establish and strengthenthem.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may enlighten them with the light of knowledgeand piety.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may vouchsafe unto them in due time the laverof regeneration, the forgiveness of sins, and the robe of incorruptibility.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may beget them with water and the Spirit.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may bestow upon them the perfection of thefaith.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That He may number them with His holy and elect flock.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    Save them, have mercy on them, help them, and keepthem, 0 God, by thy grace.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    As many as are preparing for illumination, bow yourheads unto the Lord.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

Prayer for Those who are Making Readyfor Holy Illumination

    Reveal, 0 Master, thy countenance to those who arepreparing for holy illumination and who long to put away the pollutionof sin. Enlighten their minds. Secure them in the faith. Establish themin hope. Perfect them in love. Show them to be honorable members of thyChrist, who gave himself as a deliverance for our souls.

Exclamation:

    For thou art our Illumination, and to thee do wesend up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, nowand ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Deacon:

    As many as are preparing for illumination, depart;ye who are preparing for illumination, depart; as many as are catechumens,depart. Let no catechumen remain. As many as are of the faithful, againand again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

First Prayer of the Faithful

    O God, great and praiseworthy, who by the lifecreatingdeath of thy Christ, hast translated us from corruption to incorruption,do thou free all our senses from deadly passions, set over them as a goodguide the understanding that is within us. And let our eyes abstain fromevery evil sight, our hearing be inaccessible to idle words, and our tonguesbe purged of unseemly speech. Make clean our I ips which praise thee, 0Lord; make our hands refrain from base deeds, and to work only that whichis wellpleasing to thee, fortifying our members and minds by thy grace.

Deacon:

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

Deacon: Wisdom.

The priest exclaims:

    For to thee belong all glory, honor and worship,to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, andunto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Deacon:

    Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the peace from above and for the salvation ofour souls, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the peace of the whole world, for the good estateof the holy churches of God, and for the union of all men, let us prayto the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    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.

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

Second Prayer of the Faithful

    O Master, holy and exceeding good, we implore thee,who art rich in mercy, be gracious to us sinners, and make us worthy ofthe reception of thine only-begotten Son and our God, the King of glory.For, behold, his immaculate Body and life-creating Blood, entering at thispresent hour, are about to be set forth on this mystical table, by multitudesof heavenly hosts invisibly escorted. Grant us to partake of them withoutcondemnation, that through them our mental sight may be illumined and wemay become children of the light and of the day.

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

The priest exclaims:

    Through the gift of thy Christ, with whom thou artblessed, together with thine all-holy, and good, and lifecreating Spirit,now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.And they sing:

    Now the Powers of heaven with us invisibly do worship.For, behold, the King of glory doth enter. Behold, the mystical sacrificeall accomplished is escorted in. Let us with faith and longing draw nearthat we may become partakers of life eternal. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    While this is being sung,the deacon enters the sanctuary on the north side, opens the holy doors,and censes the holy table, the holy prothesis, and the priest. And standingtogether, they say Now the Powers of heaven . . .thrice

    And having made three prostrations,they go to the prothesis, and the priest takes the aer, and lays it onthe shoulder of the deacon; then he takes the holy diskos with the DivineMysteries in his right hand, and holds it on his own head; he takes thechalice containing the wine in his left hand.

    The deacon, with the censeronly, goes ahead, censing frequently. As they go, they say nothing. And,having entered, the priest places the Mysteries as usual on the holy table,and he takes the veils from the holy Gifts and covers them with the aer,saying nothing over them. He only censes them.

    Then according to current practice,we again say:

    O Lord and Master of my life, the spirit of idleness,of meddling (faintheartedness ordespondency in Slavonic), of love ofpower, and of idle words, grant me not. reverence
    But the spirit of continence, of humility, of patience,and of love, do thou grant unto me thy servant. greatreverence
    Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to perceive mineown offenses, and not to judge my brother; for blessed art thou unto agesof ages. Amen. great reverence

    Then the holy doors are closed,and the curtain is drawn usually halfway.

    Then the deacon, takingthe priest's leave, goes out to the usual place and says these petitions:

    Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    For the precious Gifts which have been set forthand presanctified, let us pray to the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

    That our God, who loveth man, receiving them uponHis holy, most 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 HolySpirit, let us pray.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

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

The priest prays:

    O God of unutterable and unseen Mysteries, with whomare the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, who hast revealed theservice of this liturgy to us, who hast set us sinners, through thy greatlove of man, to offer to thee gifts and sacrifices for our sins and forthe ignorance of the people, do thou thyself, 0 invisible King, who doestthings great and inscrutable, glorious and marvelous, which cannot be numbered,look upon us, thine unworthy servants, who stand at, this holy altar asat thy Cherubimic throne, upon which resteth thine only-begotten Son andour God, in the dread Mysteries that are set forth, and having freed usall and all thy faithful people from uncleanness, sanctify all our soulsand bodies with the sanctification which cannot be taken away, that partakingwith a clean conscience, with faces unashamed, with heart illumined, ofthese divine, sanctified Things, and by them being given life, we may beunited to thy Christ Himself, our true God, who hath said, Whoso eatethmy flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him, that thy Word,0 Lord, dwelling within us and sojourning among us, we may become a templeof thine all-holy and adorable Spirit, redeemed from every diabolical wile,wrought either by deed, or word, or thought, and may obtain the good thingspromised to us, with all thy Saints, who always have been well-pleasingto thee.

Deacon:

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

    That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful,and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    An angel of peace, a faithful guide and guardianof our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    Pardon and forgiveness of our sins and offenses,let us ask of the Lord.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    All things good and useful for our souls and peacefor the world, let us ask of the Lord.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    That we may end the remaining time of our life inpeace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    A Christian ending to our life, painless, unashamed,peaceful, and a good defense before the fearful judgment seat of Christ,let us ask.
    Choir: Grantthis, 0 Lord.

    Asking for the unity of the faith and the communionof the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and each other and all ourlife unto Christ our God.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

    And vouchsafe, 0 Master, that with boldness and withoutcondemnation we may dare to call upon thee, the heavenly God and Father,and to say:

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 usthis day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors;and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

The priest exclaims:

    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, andunto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Priest:

Peace be to all.

Choir: And to thy spirit.

Deacon:

Let us bow our heads unto the Lord.

The priest, bowing his head, prays:

    O God, who alone art good and tenderhearted, whodwellest on high, who lookest upon the humble, look with the eye of thytenderheartedness upon all thy people and keep them. Make us all worthywithout condemnation to partake of these thy life-creating Mysteries, forunto thee have we bowed our heads, awaiting from thee thy rich mercy.

Exclamation:

    Through the grace and compassion and love of manof thine only-begotten Son, with whom thou art blessed, together with thineall-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto agesof ages.
    Choir: Amen.

The priest prays:

    Attend, 0 Lord Jesus Christ our God, from thy holydwelling place and from the glorious throne of thy kingdom, and come tosanctify us, 0 thou who sittest together with the Father above, and whoart invisibly present here with us. And vouchsafe, by thy strong hand,to impart to us thine immaculate Body and thy precious Blood, and throughus, to all thy people.

    After the prayer, the priestand the deacon make three references saying:

O God, cleanse thou me a sinner.

    The priest, the Divine Gifts being covered, putshis hand under the aer and touches the life-creating Bread with great reverenceand fear.

And the deacon says:

Let us attend.

The priest exclaims:

The Presanctified Holy Things are for the holy.

Choir:

    One is holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the gloryof God the Father. Amen.

    The curtain is drawn. Thenthe priest lays aside the holy aer. The deacon enters the sanctuary, and,standing close to the priest, says:

Break, Master, the holy Bread.

    The priest breaks it, withgreat heed, into four parts, saying:

    Broken and divided is the Lamb of God, which is brokenand not disunited, which is ever eaten and never consumed, but sanctifieththose who partake thereof.

    And he puts a portion intothe chalice, saying nothing. Then the deacon pours warm water into thechalice, saying nothing, and stands a little apart.

And the choir sings the koinonikon:

    O taste and see how good the Lord is. Alleluia. Alleluia.Alleluia.

    If readings from the Apostleand Gospel for a saint or for the temple are prescribed, then also theother koinonikon is sung.

The priest says:

Deacon, draw near.

    And the deacon approaches,making a devout reverence and asking forgiveness, and he says:

    Lo, I draw near to our immortal King and God.
    And: Impartunto me, Master, the precious and holy Body and Blood of our Lord and Godand Savior Jesus Christ.

    The priest, taking a portionof the holy Mysteries, gives it to the deacon, saying:

    To thee, the deacon, Name,is imparted the precious and holy and immaculate Body and Blood of ourLord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, unto forgiveness of thy sins andunto life eternal.

    And the deacon, having kissedhis hand, withdraws and stands behind the holy table, and bowing his head,he prays, like the priest, saying, I believe, O Lord... andthe rest. Similarly, the priest, taking a portion of the holy Mysteries,says:

    The precious and all-holy Body and Blood of our Lordand God and Savior Jesus Christ is imparted unto me, the priest, Name,unto forgiveness of my sins and unto life eternal. Amen.

And bowing his head, he prays, saying:

    I believe, 0 Lord, and I confess, that thou art trulythe Christ, the Son of the living God, who didst come into the world tosave sinners, of whom I am first. And I believe that this is thine ownimmaculate Body, and that this is thine own precious Blood. Wherefore,I pray thee, have mercy on me, and pardon my trespasses, voluntary andinvoluntary, in word, or in deed, in knowledge and in ignorance, and makeme worthy without condemnation to partake of thine immaculate Mysteriesunto forgiveness of sins and unto life eternal.

Then:

    Of thy mystical Supper, 0 Son of God, accept me todayas 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 Iconfess thee, remember me, 0 Lord, in thy kingdom.
    Not unto judgment nor unto condemnation be my partakingof thy holy Mysteries, 0 Lord, but unto healing of soul and body.

    And thus they partake ofthe holy Mysteries with fear and all wariness.

    Then the priest, takingthe sponge, wipes his hand, saying: Glory to thee, O God. thrice.And having kissed the sponge, he lays it in its place. Then taking theholy chalice with the veil in both hands, he drinks from it, saying nothing.Then he wipes his mouth and the holy chalice with the veil, which is inhis hands, and sets the holy chalice on the holy table. And having takenthe antidoron, he washes his hands and lips. And the deacon does not drinkfrom the cup at this time, but after the Prayer behind the Ambo, and afterconsuming the remaining particles of the holy Mysteries.

    If a priest serves alonewithout a deacon, then, after having partaken of the holy Mysteries, hedoes not drink from the cup, nor does he take the antidoron, but only afterthe completion of the Liturgy and after consuming the holy Mysteries.

    The deacon, then, takingthe holy diskos, brings it up over the holy chalice and puts the Holy Thingsinto it, and, having made three reverences, he opens the holy doors, andtaking the holy chalice, says:

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

The choir sings:

    I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise willbe continually in my mouth. [O taste the Breadof heaven and the Cup of life and see how good the Lord is. Alleluia.Alleluia.Alleluia.]

    Then there is the communionof the faithful as at the Liturgy of John Chrysostom.

Then the priest says:

    Save, 0 God, thy people, and bless thine inheritance.

    And the priest, having censedthe Holy Things, gives the censer to the deacon, and, having taken theholy diskos, he sets it on the deacon's head, and the deacon, taking itwith reverence, shall look out the doors saying nothing, and go forth tothe prothesis and shall set it down.
    The priest, having madea reverence, takes the holy chalice, and, turning toward the doors, lookstoward the people, saying secretly:

Blessed is our God,

And exclaiming:

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

And he takes the Holy Things to the prothesis.

Choir: Amen.

    Let our mouths be filled with thy praise, O Lord,that we may hymn thy glory, for thou hast made us worthy to partake ofthy holy, immortal and life-creating (immaculatein Greek) Mysteries. Preserve us inthy holiness, that all the day long we may meditate on thy righteousness.Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

The deacon says:

    Attend! Having received the divine, holy, immaculate,immortal, heavenly, and life-creating dread Mysteries of Christ, let usworthily give thanks unto the Lord.
    Choir: Lord,have mercy.

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

    Having asked that the whole evening be perfect, holy,peaceful, and sinless, let us commend ourselves and each other and allour life unto Christ our God.
    Choir: To thee,0 Lord.

The priest prays secretly:

    We give thanks unto thee, 0 Savior, God of all, forall the good things thou hast granted unto us, and for the communion ofthe holy Body and Blood of thy Christ, and we pray thee, 0 Master, wholovest man, keep us under the shelter of thy wings. And grant that evenunto our last breath we may worthily partake of thy holy Things, unto illuminationof soul and body, unto inheritance of the kingdom of heaven.

Exclamation:

    For thou art our sanctification, and unto thee dowe send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

Priest: Let us depart in peace.
Choir: In the name of the Lord.
Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.
Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Prayer behind the Ambo, said aloud:

    O Almighty Master, who in wisdom hast fashioned allcreation, who through thine ineffable providence and great goodness hastled us to these all-revered days for purification of souls and bodies,for restraint of passions, and for hope of the resurrection, who duringthe forty days didst put into the hands of thy servitor Moses the tablesin letters divinely inscribed, grant unto us also, 0 Good One, to fightthe good fight, to complete the course of the fast, to preserve the faithundivided, to crush the heads of invisible serpents, to be shown to beconquerors of sins, and, without condemnation also to attain unto and toworship the holy resurrection. For blessed and glorified is thine allhonorableand magnificent name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
    Choir: Amen.

    Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore. thrice Glory... Now and. .. andPsalm 33: 1 will bless the Lord at all times ...

    Prayer said when the HolyThings are Consumed:

    O Lord our God, who hast led us to these most solemndays, and hast made us communicants of thy dread Mysteries, join us tothy reasonable flock, and show us to be heirs of thy kingdom, now and ever,and unto ages of ages. Amen.

    And the priest comes out,and standing in the usual place, distributes the antidoron.

And then he says:

    The blessing of the Lord and His mercy be upon youthrough His grace and love of man always, now and ever, and unto ages ofages.
    Choir: Amen.

Priest:

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

    Choir: Glory...Now and... Lord, have mercy. thrice Bless.

Priest:

    May Christ our true God, through the intercessionsof his all-immaculate Mother, and of our father among the Saints, GregoryDialogus, (and the rest according to the day ofthe week, and also the saint of the temple and of the day) andof all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, forasmuch as He is goodand loveth man.

    This dismissal is givenup to Passion Week, during which the proper dismissal is said. After thedismissal, the prayers of thanksgiving are said.

    Then: Lord, nowlettest thou... the Trisagion, and after Our Father ...

    Priest: For thineis the kingdom .

The troparion, tone 4:

    A canon of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacherof abstinence hath the truth of thy deeds shown thee to be to thy flock.Thus didst thou by humility obtain exaltation, by thy poverty riches. 0Father Gregory, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

Glory... Now and . . . , the Theotokion:

    O Protection of Christians that is not put to shame,unchanging Mediation before the Creator, despise not the voice of the sinners'prayer, but in that thou art good, come quickly to help us who call uponthee in faith, make speed to intercede and make haste to supplicate, 0Theotokos, who dost ever protect those that honor thee.

    End of the Divine Liturgyof the Presanctified Gifts

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