Horologion	The Order of Great Compline 



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Priest: Blessed is our God-

Reader: Amen.  Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee. 

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present
and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come
and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O
Good One. 

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

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O
Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our
infirmities for Thy name's sake. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice.

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 art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Priest:  For Thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory: of the
Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto
the ages of ages.

Reader: Amen. Lord have mercy. 12 times.

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. 



If it be the first week of Great Lent, we begin with Psalm 69:

PSALM 69

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let
them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be
turned back and brought to shame that desire evils against me. Let them
be turned back straightway in shame that say unto me: Well done! Well
done! Let them be glad and rejoice in Thee all that seek after Thee, O
God, and let them that love Thy salvation say continually: The Lord be
magnified. But as for me, I am poor and needy; O God, come unto mine
aid. My helper and my deliverer art Thou, O Lord; make no long tarrying.


And having completed this, we chant the Great Canon. 

But if it is not the first week of Great Lent, after ?O Come Let us
worship- we begin with: 

PSALM 4

When I called upon Thee, O God of my righteousness, Thou didst hearken
unto me; in mine affliction Thou hast enlarged me. Have compassion on me
and hear my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye be slow of heart?
Why do ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Know also that the Lord
hath made wondrous His holy one; the Lord will hearken unto me when I
cry unto Him. Be angry, and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for
what ye say in your hearts. Sacrifice a sacrifice of righteousness, and
hope in the Lord. Many say: Who will show unto us good things? The light
of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us; Thou hast given
gladness to my heart. From the fruit of their wheat, wine, and oil are
they multiplied. In peace in the same place I shall lay me down and
sleep. For Thou, O Lord, alone hast made me to dwell in hope.

PSALM 6

O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, nor chasten me in Thy wrath. Have
mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are
troubled, and my soul is troubled greatly; but Thou, O Lord, how long?
Turn to me again, O Lord, deliver my soul; save me for Thy mercy's sake.
For in death there is none that is mindful of Thee, and in hades who
will confess Thee? I toiled in my groaning; every night I will wash my
bed, with tears will I water my couch. Through wrath is mine eye become
troubled, I have grown old among all mine enemies. Depart from me all ye
that work vanity, for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The
Lord hath heard my supplication, the Lord hath received my prayer. Let
all mine enemies be greatly put to shame and be troubled, let them be
turned back, and speedily be greatly put to shame.

PSALM 12

How long, O Lord, wilt Thou utterly forget me? How long wilt Thou turn
Thy face away from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul with
grievings in my heart by day and by night? How long shall mine enemy be
exalted over me? Look upon me, hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten mine
eyes, lest at any time I sleep unto death. Lest at any time mine enemy
say: I have prevailed against him. They that afflict me will rejoice if
I am shaken; but as for me, I have hoped in Thy mercy. My heart will
rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, Who is my
benefactor, and I will chant unto the name of the Lord Most High.

Look upon me, hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten mine eyes, lest at any
time I sleep unto death. Lest at any time mine enemy say: I have
prevailed against him. 

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. Thrice. 

Lord, have mercy. Thrice. 

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

PSALM 24

Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. O my God, in Thee have I
trusted; let me never be put to shame, nor let mine enemies laugh me to
scorn. Yea, let none that wait on Thee be put to shame; let them be
ashamed which are lawless without a cause. Make Thy ways, O Lord, known
unto me and teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for
Thou art God my Saviour; for on Thee have I waited all the day long.
Remember Thy compassions; O Lord, and Thy mercies, for they are from
everlasting. The sins of my youth and mine ignorances remember not;
according to Thy mercy remember Thou me, for the sake of Thy goodness, O
Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He set a law for them
that sin in the way. He will guide the meek in judgement, He will teach
the meek His ways. All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto
them that seek after His covenant and His testimonies. For the sake of
Thy name, O Lord, be gracious unto my sin; for it is great. Who is the
man that feareth the Lord? He will set him a law in the way which He
hath chosen. His soul shall dwell among good things, and his seed shall
inherit the earth. The Lord is the strength of them that fear Him, and
His covenant shall be manifested unto them. Mine eyes are ever toward
the Lord, for He it is that will draw my feet out of the snare. Look
upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am one only-begotten and poor. The
afflictions of my heart are multiplied; bring me out from my
necessities. Behold my lowliness and my toil, and forgive all my sins.
Look upon my enemies, for they are multiplied, and with an unjust hatred
they have hated me. Keep my soul and rescue me; let me not be put to
shame, for I have hoped in Thee. The innocent and the upright have
cleaved unto me, for I waited on Thee, O Lord. Redeem Israel, O God, out
of all his afflictions. 

PSALM 30

In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me not be put to shame in the age to
come; in Thy righteousness deliver me, and rescue me. Bow down Thine ear
unto me, make haste to rescue me, be Thou unto me a God to defend me and
a house of refuge to save me. For my strength and my refuge art Thou,
and for Thy name's sake wilt Thou guide me and nourish me. Thou wilt
bring me out of this snare which they have hid for me, for Thou art my
defender, O Lord. Into Thy hands I will commit my spirit; Thou hast
redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. Thou hast hated them that cling to
empty vanities; but I have hoped in the Lord. I will rejoice and be glad
in Thy mercy, for Thou hast regarded my lowliness; Thou hast saved my
soul out of necessities, And hast not shut me up in the hands of
enemies; Thou hast set my feet in a spacious place. Have mercy on me, O
Lord, for I am afflicted; mine eye is troubled with anger, as also my
soul and my belly. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with
groanings; my strength hath grown weak in poverty, and my bones are
troubled. I am become a reproach among all mine enemies, and greatly for
my neighbors also, and a fear to mine acquaintances. They that saw me
without fled from me. I am forgotten by the heart like a dead man. I am
become like a broken vessel. For I have heard the reproach of many that
dwell round about; when they assembled together against me, they devised
to take away my life. But as for me, I have hoped in Thee, O Lord; I
said: Thou art my God; in Thy hands are my lots. Deliver me from the
hands of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make Thy face to
shine upon Thy servant, save me in Thy mercy. O Lord, let me not be put
to shame, for I have called upon Thee; let the ungodly be put to shame
and let them be brought down into hades. Speechless be the deceitful
lips which speak iniquity against the righteous man with arrogance and
contempt. How great is the multitude of Thy goodness, O Lord, which Thou
hast hid for them that fear Thee, which Thou hast wrought for them that
hope in Thee before the sons of men. Thou shalt hide them in the secrecy
of Thy presence from the disturbance of men; Thou shalt shelter them in
the tabernacle from contradiction of tongues. Blessed is the Lord, for
He hath made His mercy wondrous in a fortified city. But as for me, I
said in mine ecstasy: I am cast away from the presence of Thine eyes.
Therefore hast Thou heard the voice of my supplication when I cried unto
Thee. O love ye the Lord, all ye His saints, for the Lord requireth
truth; and unto them that act with exceeding pride, He rendereth them
their due. Be ye manful, and let your heart be strengthened, all ye that
hope in the Lord. 

 PSALM 90

He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter
of the God of heaven. He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and
my refuge. He is my God, and I will hope in Him. For He shall deliver
thee from the snare of the hunters and from every troubling word. With
His shoulders will He overshadow thee, and under His wings shalt thou
have hope. With a shield will His truth encompass thee; thou shalt not
be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day,
Nor for the thing that walketh in darkness, nor for the mishap and demon
of noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy
right hand, but unto thee shall it not come nigh. Only with thine eyes
shalt thou behold, and thou shalt see the reward of sinners. For Thou, O
Lord, art my hope. Thou madest the Most High thy refuge; No evils shall
come nigh thee, and no scourge shall draw nigh unto thy dwelling. For He
shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. On
their hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone. Upon the asp and basilisk shalt thou tread, and thou
shalt trample upon the lion and dragon. For he hath set his hope on Me,
and I will deliver him; I will shelter him because he hath known My
name. He shall cry unto Me, and I will hearken unto him. I am with him
in affliction, and I will rescue him and glorify him. With length of
days will I satisfy him, and I will show him My salvation. 

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. Thrice. 

Lord, have mercy. Thrice. 

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

Then we chant these verse with sweet melody, not rapidly, but slowly,
and with loud voice (On Friday evening this is read, and everything from
here to ?I BELIEVE- is read, not chanted):

Choir: God is with us, understand, O ye nations, and submit yourselves:
for God is with us. (Twice, if there are two choirs)

Reader: Hearken ye unto the ends of the earth. Refrain: For God is with
us.

O ye powerful, submit yourselves. Refrain.

For if ye again strengthen yourselves, ye shall again be vanquished.
Refrain.

And whatsoever counsel ye shall take, the Lord shall bring it to nought.
Refrain.

And the word, whatsoever ye speak, shall not remain with you. Refrain.

And of your fear we shall be neither afraid nor in dread. Refrain.

But the Lord our God, Him will we hallow, and he shall be fear unto us.
Refrain.

And if I be trusting in Him, He shall be unto me sanctification.
Refrain.

And I will be hoping in Him, and shall be saved by Him. Refrain.

Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Refrain.

The people that walk in darkness have seen a great light. Refrain.

Ye that dwell in the region and shadow of death, a light shall shine
upon you. R.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Refrain.

Whose government is upon His shoulder. Refrain.

And of His peace there is no end. Refrain.

And His name shall be called Angel of Great Counsel. Refrain.

Wonderful Counselor. Refrain.

Mighty God, Ruler, Prince of Peace. Refrain.

Father of the age to come. Refrain.

Choir: God is with us, understand, O ye nations, and submit yourselves:
for God is with us. (Twice, if there are two choirs)

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir: God is with us.

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

Choir: God is with us. For God is with us!

And immediately these troparia: 

The day being past, I give Thee thanks, O Lord; * the evening, I pray,
together with the night without sin grant me, O Savior, and save me.

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

The day being past, I glorify Thee, O Master; * the evening, I pray,
together with the night without temptation grant me, O Savior, and save
me.

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

The day being past, I hymn Thee, O Holy One; * the evening, I pray,
together with the night without peril grant me, O Savior, and save me. 

The bodiless nature of the Cherubim * with unceasing hymns glorify Thee.
* The six-winged beings, the Seraphim, * with never-ceasing voices
supremely exalt Thee. * And all the ranks of the Angels * praise Thee
with thrice-holy hymns. * For before all art Thou the existing Father, *
and Thou hast Thy co-unoriginate Son; * and bearing the co-honorable
Spirit of life, * Thou dost manifest the Indivisible Trinity. * O Most
holy Virgin Mother of God, * and ye eyewitnesses of the Word and
servants, * all the choirs both of Prophets and Martyrs, * as those that
have attained unto life immortal, * supplicate earnestly for us all, *
for we all are in distress; * that, being delivered from the delusion of
the evil one, * we may cry out the angelic hymn: * Holy, Holy, Holy,
Thrice-holy Lord, * have mercy and save us. Amen.

And immediately, in a lower voice, the reader:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and the earth
and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all
ages; Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one
essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men
and for our salvation came down from the heavens, and was incarnate of
the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified
for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And arose
again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into
the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come
again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom
shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life;
Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. In One, Holy,
Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission
of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the
age to come. Amen. 

And immediately, ?O most holy Lady-; all are said twice except the
first verse, ?O most holy Lady-, which is said Thrice. The verses are
alternated by each choir. And with each one we make a prostration,
except on Friday evenings, when this is read instead of being chanted,
we make a bow:

O most holy Lady Theotokos, intercede for us sinners. Thrice.

O all ye Heavenly Host of the holy Angels and Archangels, intercede for
us sinners. Twice.

O holy John, Prophet and Forerunner and Baptist of our Lord Jesus
Christ, intercede for us sinners. Twice.

O holy glorious Apostles, Prophets, and Martyrs, and all the Saints,
intercede for us sinners. Twice.

O our holy and God-bearing fathers, pastors, and ecumenical teachers,
intercede for us sinners. Twice.

O holy hierarch father Nicholas, intercede for us sinners. Twice.

O Invincible and incomprehensible and divine power of the precious and
life-giving Cross, forsake not us sinners. Twice.

O God, cleanse us sinners. Twice.

O God, cleanse us sinners, and have mercy on us.

Then the reader: 

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

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O
Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our
infirmities for Thy name's sake. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice. 

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 art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Priest: For Thine...

Reader: Amen. 

Then the following Troparia, except on Nativity, Theophany, and
Annunciation, when we sing the troparion of the feast:

On Monday and Wednesday evenings, in the Second Tone:

Enlighten mine eyes, O Christ God, lest at any time I sleep unto death,
lest at any time mine enemy say: I have prevailed against him.

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

Be my soul-s helper, O God, for I pass through the midst of many snares;
deliver me out of them, and save me, O Good One, for Thou art the Lover
of Mankind.

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

Seeing that we have no boldness on account of our many sins, do thou
beseech Him that was born of thee, O Virgin Theotokos for the
supplication of a mother availeth much to win the Master's favor.
Disdain not the prayers of sinners, O all-pure one, for merciful and
mighty to save is He Who deigned also to suffer for our sake.

 On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, these troparia, in the Eighth Tone:

O Lord, Thou knowest the unsleeping vigilance of mine invisible enemies,
and the weakness of my miserable flesh knowest Thou Who hast fashioned
me: Into Thy hands, therefore, I will commit my spirit; shelter me with
the wings of Thy goodness, lest at any time I sleep unto death, and
enlighten the eyes of my mind to the enjoyment of Thy divine words, and
raise me up in a seasonable time unto Thy glorification, for Thou alone
art good and the Lover of mankind.

Stichos: Look upon me and hear me, O Lord my God.

How terrible is Thy judgment, O Lord, with the angels standing round
about, the men being led in, the books opened, the deeds examined, the
thoughts weighed. What judgment shall be awarded unto me who was
conceived in sins? Who shall quench the flame for me, who shall
enlighten the darkness for me, if not Thou, O Lord Who hast mercy on me,
as the Lover of mankind.

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

Grant me tears, O God, as Thou didst once give to the sinning woman, and
vouchsafe me to moisten Thy feet which have freed me from the path of
delusion, and to offer to Thee as fragrant myrrh a pure life, fashioned
in me by repentance, that I may hear Thy desired voice: Thy faith hath
saved thee, go in peace.

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

Having in thee, O Theotokos, a hope that cannot be put to shame, I shall
be saved; having obtained thy mediation, O most pure one, I shall not
fear. I shall pursue enemies and triumph over them, having covered
myself, as in a breastplate, only with thy protection; and imploring
thine all-powerful aid, I cry unto thee: O Sovereign Lady, save me
through thine intercessions, and raise me up from somber sleep to thy
glorification, by the might of the Son of God who was incarnate of thee.

On Friday evenings, the troparion of the Saturday commemoration.

Reader: Lord have mercy. Forty times. 

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than
the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the
very Theotokos, thee do we magnify. 

In the name of the Lord, father, bless.

Priest: Through the prayers-

Reader: Amen. 

And this prayer of Basil the Great:

O Lord, O Lord, Who hast delivered us from every arrow that flieth by
day, deliver us from everything that walketh in darkness. Receive as an
evening sacrifice the lifting up of our hands. Vouchsafe us also to pass
through the course of the night without blemish, untempted by evil. And
deliver us from every anxiety and fear that come to us from the devil.
Grant unto our souls compunction, and unto our thoughts solicitude
concerning the trial at Thy dread and righteous judgment. Nail down our
flesh with the fear of Thee, and mortify our earthly members, that in
quietness of sleep we may be enlightened by the vision of Thy judgments.
Take from us every unseemly dream and pernicious carnal desire. Raise us
up at the hour of prayer, fortified in faith and advancing in Thy
commandments; through the benevolence and goodness of Thine
Only-begotten Son, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy
most-holy and good and life creating Spirit, 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 50 

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to
the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression. Wash me
thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know
mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee only have I
sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified
in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged. For behold, I was
conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold,
Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast
Thou made manifest unto me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I
shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than
snow. Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be
humbled, they shall rejoice. Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot
out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a
right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not
Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and
with Thy governing Spirit establish me. I shall teach transgressors Thy
ways, and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee. Deliver me from
blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall
rejoice in Thy righteousness. O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my
mouth shall declare Thy praise. For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I
had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased. A
sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and
humbled God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto
Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded. Then shalt Thou be
pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt
offerings. Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

PSALM 101

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee. Turn not Thy face
away from me; in the day when I am afflicted, incline Thine ear unto me.
In the day when I call upon Thee, quickly hearken unto me. For my days
are vanished like smoke, and my bones consumed like wood for the
burning. I am smitten like grass, and withered is my heart, for I forgot
to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bone hath
cleaved unto my flesh. I am become like a pelican of the wilderness, I
am like an owl in a ruined house. I have watched, and am like a sparrow
that sitteth alone upon the house-top. The whole day long mine enemies
reproached me, and they that praised me made an oath against me. For
before the face of Thy wrath and Thine anger I ate ashes like bread, and
my drink I mingled with weeping; for after uplifting me, Thou hast
dashed me down. My days like a shadow have declined, and I like grass am
withered. But Thou, O Lord, for ever abidest, and Thy remembrance is
unto generation and generation. Thou shalt rise up and have pity upon
Sion, for it is time to have compassion on her, yea, the time is come.
For Thy servants have taken pleasure in her stones, and they shall feel
pity for her dust. And the nations shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all
the kings of the earth Thy glory. For the Lord shall build up Sion, and
He shall be seen in His glory. He hath regarded the prayer of the
humble, and hath not despised their supplication. Let this be written
for another generation, and the people that is being created shall
praise the Lord. For He hath looked out from His holy height, the Lord
from heaven hath looked upon the earth, To hear the groaning of them
that be in fetters, to loose the sons of the slain, To declare in Sion
the name of the Lord, and His praise in Jerusalem, When the peoples are
gathered together, and the kings to serve the Lord. He answered Him in
the way of his strength: The fewness of my days declare unto me. Take me
not away at the half of my days; in generations and generations are Thy
years. In the beginning, O Lord, Thou didst lay the foundation of the
earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands. They shall perish,
but Thou abidest; and all like a garment shall grow old, And as a
vesture shalt Thou fold them, and they shall be changed; but Thou art
the same, and Thy years shall not fail. The sons of Thy servants shall
have their dwelling, and their seed for ever shall be guided aright.

The Prayer of Manasses, King of Judea: 

O Lord Almighty, the God of our fathers, of Abraham, and Isaac, and
Jacob, and of their righteous seed; Who hast made heaven and the earth
with all their majesty; Who hast bound the sea by the word of Thy
commandment; Who hast closed the abyss, and sealed it by Thy terrible
and glorious name; of Whom all things are afraid, and tremble from the
presence of Thy might; for no one can endure the majesty of Thy glory,
and unbearable is the wrath of Thy threatening toward sinners, but
immeasurable and unsearchable is the mercifulness of Thy promise; for
Thou art the Lord most High, compassionate, long-suffering, and
plenteous in mercy, and repentest of the evils of men: Thou, O Lord,
according to the multitude of Thy goodness, hast promised penitence and
forgiveness to them that have sinned against Thee, and in the multitude
of Thy compassions hast decreed repentance for the salvation of sinners.
Thou, therefore, O Lord God of hosts, hast not appointed repentance for
the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who have not sinned
against Thee, but hast laid repentance upon me a sinner, for I have
sinned more than the number of the sands of the sea. Mine iniquities are
multiplied, and I am not worthy to look upon and to see the height of
heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. For I am bowed down with
many iron bands so that I cannot lift up my head, and there is no
release for me, because I have provoked Thine anger, and done evil
before Thee, neither having done Thy will, nor having kept Thy
commandments; and now I bow the knees of my heart, beseeching of Thee
clemency. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know mine
iniquities; but imploring I pray Thee: Loose me, O Lord, loose me, and
destroy me not with mine iniquities. Neither in enmity forever keep mine
evils, neither condemn me to the nethermost parts of the earth. For
Thou, O God, art the God of them that repent, and upon me Thou wilt show
all Thy goodness; for Thou shalt save me who am unworthy, according to
the plenitude of Thy mercy, and I will praise Thee continually
throughout the days of my life: for all the heavenly hosts hymn Thee,
and Thine is the glory unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O
Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our
infirmities for Thy name's sake. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice. 

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 art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Priest: For Thine...

Reader: Amen. 

And these troparia in the Sixth Tone, except on Nativity, Theophany, and
Annunciation, when we sing the kontakion of the feast.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us; * for at loss for any
defense, * this prayer do we sinners offer unto thee as Master: have
mercy on us.

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

Lord, have mercy on us; * for we have hoped in Thee, be not angry with
us greatly, * neither remember our iniquities; * but look upon us now as
Thou art compassionate, * and deliver us from our enemies, * for Thou
art our God, and we, Thy people; * all are the works of Thy hands, and
we call upon Thy name.

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

The door of compassion open unto us, * O blessed Theotokos, * for hoping
in thee, let us not perish; * through thee may we be delivered from
adversities, * for thou art the salvation of the Christian race.

Reader: Lord have mercy. Forty times. 

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than
the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the
very Theotokos, thee do we magnify. 

In the name of the Lord, father (master) bless.

Priest: Through the prayers-

Reader: Amen. 

O Sovereign God, the Father Almighty, O Lord, the Only-begotten Son,
Jesus Christ, and O Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power: Have mercy on
me a sinner, and by the judgments which Thou knowest, save me, Thine
unworthy servant; for blessed art Thou 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. 

In the first week of Great Lent, Psalm 69 is omitted at this point,
because it was read before the Great Canon.

PSALM 69 

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let
them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be
turned back and brought to shame that desire evils against me. Let them
be turned back straightway in shame that say unto me: Well done! Well
done! Let them be glad and rejoice in Thee all that seek after Thee, O
God, and let them that love Thy salvation say continually: The Lord be
magnified. But as for me, I am poor and needy; O God, come unto mine
aid. My helper and my deliverer art Thou, O Lord; make no long tarrying.

PSALM 142 

O Lord, hear my prayer, give ear unto my supplication in Thy truth;
hearken unto me in Thy righteousness. And enter not into judgement with
Thy servant, for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the
enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath humbled my life down to the
earth. He hath sat me in darkness as those that have been long dead, and
my spirit within me is become despondent; within me my heart is
troubled. I remembered days of old, I meditated on all Thy works, I
pondered on the creations of Thy hands. I stretched forth my hands unto
Thee; my soul thirsteth after Thee like a waterless land. Quickly hear
me, O Lord; my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not Thy face away from me,
lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Thy
mercy in the morning; for in Thee have I put my hope. Cause me to know,
O Lord, the way wherein I should walk; for unto Thee have I lifted up my
soul. Rescue me from mine enemies, O Lord; unto Thee have I fled for
refuge. Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. Thy good Spirit
shall lead me in the land of uprightness; for Thy name's sake, O Lord,
shalt Thou quicken me. In Thy righteousness shalt Thou bring my soul out
of affliction, and in Thy mercy shalt Thou utterly destroy mine enemies.
And Thou shalt cut off all them that afflict my soul, for I am Thy
servant. 

THE SMALL DOXOLOGY

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will among
men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we
give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory. O Lord, heavenly King, God the
Father Almighty; O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and O Holy
Spirit. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the
sin of the world; have mercy on us; Thou that takest away the sins of
the world, receive our prayer; Thou that sittest at the right hand of
the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the
Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every night
will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and
forever. Lord, thou hast been our refuge in generation and generation. I
said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against
Thee. O Lord, unto Thee have I fled for refuge, teach me to do Thy will,
for Thou art my God. For in Thee is the fountain of life, in Thy light
shall we see light. O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin. Blessed art Thou,
O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name
unto the ages of ages. Amen. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
according as we have hoped in Thee. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me
Thy statutes. Blessed art Thou, O Master, give me understanding of Thy
statutes. Blessed art Thou, O Holy One, enlighten me by Thy statutes. O
Lord, Thy mercy endureth forever; disdain not the works of Thy hands. To
Thee is due praise, to Thee is due a song, to Thee glory is due, to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto
the ages of ages. Amen. 

If it is Nativity, Theophany, or Annunciation, we end Great Compline
here, immediately singing the Litya stichera and continuing with the
Vigil service as usual.

If it is the first week of Lent, we proceed immediately to ?Holy God-
below. 

Otherwise, we say a canon to a saint of the commemorative cycle (from
the Menaion), or to the Theotokos (from the Octoechos). And after the
completion of the canon and stichera, we chant: 

Choir: It is truly meet to bless thee, the Theotokos, ever blessed and
most blameless, and Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without
corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we
magnify. Prostration.

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

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O
Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our
infirmities for Thy name's sake. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice. 

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 art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Priest: For Thine... 

Reader: Amen. 

Then we chant in a loud voice, and slowly, in the Sixth Tone (except on
Friday evenings we omit this entirely and say the Kontakion of the
Saturday commemoration): 

Choir: O Lord of hosts, be with us, * for beside Thee, * we have no
other helper in adversity; * O Lord of hosts, have mercy on us. (If
there be two choirs, the second choir repeateth)

Stichos 1: Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of
His power. Refrain: O Lord of hosts -

Stichos 2: Praise Him for His mighty acts, praise Him according to the
multitude of His greatness. Refrain.

Stichos 3: Praise Him with the sound of Trumpet, praise Him with the
psaltery and harp. Refrain.

Stichos 4: Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise Him with strings
and flute. Refrain.

Stichos 5: Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of
jubilation. Let every breath praise the Lord. Refrain.

Stichos 6 (both choirs, if there are two): Praise ye God in His saints,
praise Him in the firmament of His power. Refrain.

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

O Lord, if we had not had Thy saints as intercessors, * and Thy goodness
being merciful to us, * how should we have dared, O Savior, to hymn
Thee, * Whom angels do unceasingly glorify? * O Thou that knowest the
hearts, spare our souls.

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

Greatly multiplied, O Theotokos, are my sins, * and unto thee have I
fled, O pure one, * imploring salvation. * Do thou visit mine enfeebled
soul, * and pray to thy Son and our God * that He grant me forgiveness
for the evil I have done, O thou only blessed one.

O all-holy Theotokos, * throughout my lifetime forsake me not, * to
human protection entrust me not, * but do thou thyself defend me and
have mercy on me.

All my hope I place in thee, * O Mother of God, * keep me under thy
protection. 

Reader: Lord, have mercy. Forty times. And the prayer of the hours:

Thou Who at all times and every hour, in heaven and on earth, art
worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering,
plenteous in mercy, most compassionate, Who loveth the righteous and
hast mercy on sinners, Who callest all to salvation through the promise
of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and
guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste
our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us
from every sorrow, evil and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels,
that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of
the faith and the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory; for blessed
art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice. 

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than
the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the
very Theotokos, thee do we magnify. 

In the name of the Lord, father (master) bless. 

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our
God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen. 

And then the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian (on Friday evenings, the
prayer of St. Ephraim is not said):

Priest: O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency,
ambition, and idle talking give me not. Prostration

Priest: But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience,
and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Prostration 

Priest: Yea, O Lord King, grant me to see my own failings and not
condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prostration. 

Then twelve reverences. With each one we say:  O God, cleanse me a
sinner.

Then, the entire prayer without a break: O Lord and Master of my life, a
spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not.
But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love
bestow upon me Thy servant. Yea, O Lord King, grant me to see my own
failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages
of ages. Amen. Prostration

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

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O
Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our
infirmities for Thy name's sake. 

Lord have mercy. Thrice. 

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 art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Priest: For Thine...

Reader: Amen. Lord, have mercy. Twelve times.

And the Supplicatory Prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, of Paul the monk
of the Monastery of Evergetides (Of the Benefactress)

O undefiled, untainted, uncorrupted, most pure, chaste Virgin, thou
Bride of God and Sovereign Lady, who didst unite the Word of God to
mankind through thy most glorious birth giving, and hast linked the
apostate nature of our race with the heavenly; who art the only hope of
the hopeless, and the helper of the struggling, the ever-ready
protection of them that hasten unto thee, and the refuge of all
Christians: Do not shrink with loathing from me a sinner, defiled, who
with polluted thoughts, words, and deeds have made myself utterly
unprofitable, and through slothfulness of mind have become a slave to
the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God Who loveth mankind, show
thy love for mankind and mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and
prodigal, and accept my supplication, which is offered to thee out of my
defiled mouth; and making use of thy motherly boldness, entreat thy Son
and our Master and Lord that He may be pleased to open for me the bowels
of His loving kindness and graciousness to mankind, and, disregarding my
numberless offenses, will turn me back to repentance, and show me to be
a tried worker of His precepts. And be thou ever present unto me as
merciful, compassionate and well disposed; in the present life be thou a
fervent intercessor and helper, repelling the assaults of adversaries
and guiding me to salvation, and at the time of my departure taking care
of my miserable soul, and driving far away from it the dark countenances
of the evil demons; lastly, at the dreadful day of judgment delivering
me from torment eternal and showing me to be an heir of the ineffable
glory of thy Son and our God; all of which may I attain, O my Sovereign
Lady, most holy Theotokos, in virtue of thine intercession and
protection, through the grace and love to mankind of thine only begotten
Son, our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to Whom is due all
glory, honor and worship, together with His unoriginate Father, and His
Most Holy and good and life creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages
of ages. Amen. 

Another Prayer, to our Lord Jesus Christ, by Antiochus the monk 

And grant unto us, O Master, in the coming sleep, rest for body and
soul, and preserve us from the gloomy slumber of sin, and from every
dark and nocturnal sensuality. Subdue the impulses of passions,
extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one that are cunningly hurled
against us, assuage the rebellions of our flesh, and every earthly and
fleshly subtlety of ours lull to sleep. And grant unto us, O God, a
watchful mind, chaste thought, a sober heart, a sleep gentle and free
from every satanic illusion. Raise us up at the time of prayer firmly
grounded in Thy judgments. All the night long grant us a doxology, that
we may hymn and bless and glorify Thy most honorable and majestic name:
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and
unto the ages of ages. Amen. 

Most glorious Ever-Virgin, Mother of Christ God, present our prayer to
thy Son and our God, that through thee our souls may be saved

Then the prayer of St. Joannicius: 

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy
Spirit: O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.

Priest: Glory to Thee... 

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

The priest saith aloud, while we prostrate ourselves to the earth
(except on Fridays, when the lesser dismissal is used):

Priest: O Master plenteous in mercy-

Choir: Amen.

Then, making a prostration, the priest saith to the people: Bless, (holy
master and) holy fathers (mothers) and brethren, and forgive me a
sinner, all wherein I have sinned this day in deed, word, and through
all my senses. 

And the congregation reply: May God forgive and have mercy on thee, holy
father. 

And they make a prostration, asking this forgiveness: Bless me, holy
father, and forgive all wherein I have sinned this day in deed, word,
and thought, and in all my senses, and pray for me a sinner. 

Priest: Through His grace may God forgive and have mercy on us all. 

And he saith this Ectenia: 

Priest: Let us pray for the Orthodox episcopate of the Russian Church;
for our lord the Very Most Reverend Metropolitan N., First Hierarch of
the Russian Church Abroad; for our lord the Most Reverend (Archbishop or
Bishop N., whose diocese it is) and all our brethren in Christ. 

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Quietly, slowly, and repeatedly, until the
petitions are finished )

And the priest sayeth the rest of the petitions while the choir sings,
until the final petition: 

Let us say also for ourselves. 

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Thrice. 

Priest: For the sake of the intercessions-

Choir: Amen.

And we venerate the holy icons and receive a blessing from the priest.