Horologion 					                  Matins (not at a Vigil)



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...

Reader: Amen. Lord have mercy. Twelve 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. 

Psalm 19 

The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of
Jacob defend thee. Let Him send forth unto thee help from His sanctuary,
and out of Zion let Him help thee. Let Him remember every sacrifice of
thine, and thy whole-burnt offering let Him fatten. The Lord grant thee
according to thy heart, and fulfill all thy purposes. We will rejoice in
Thy salvation, and in the name of the Lord our God shall we be
magnified. The Lord fulfill all thy requests. Now have I known that the
Lord hath saved His anointed one; He will hearken unto him out of His
holy heaven; in mighty deeds is the salvation of His right hand. Some
trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will call upon the name of
the Lord our God. They have been fettered and have fallen, but we are
risen and are set upright. O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in
the day when we call upon Thee. 

Psalm 20 

O Lord, in Thy strength the king shall be glad, and in Thy salvation
shall he rejoice exceedingly. The desire of his heart hast Thou granted
unto him, and hast not denied him the requests of his lips. Thou wentest
before him with the blessings of goodness, Thou hast set upon his head a
crown of precious stone. He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest him
length of days unto ages of ages. Great is his glory in Thy salvation;
glory and majesty shalt Thou lay upon him. For Thou shalt give him
blessing for ever and ever, Thou shalt gladden him in joy with Thy
countenance. For the king hopeth in the Lord, and through the mercy of
the Most High shall he not be shaken. Let Thy hand be found on all Thine
enemies; let Thy right hand find all that hate Thee. For Thou wilt make
them as an oven of fire in the time of Thy presence; the Lord in His
wrath will trouble them sorely and fire shall devour them. Their fruit
wilt Thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from the sons of men.
For they have intended evil against Thee, they have devised counsels
which they shall not be able to establish. For Thou shalt make them turn
their backs; among those that are Thy remnant, Thou shalt make ready
their countenance. Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will
sing and chant of Thy mighty acts. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and
ever, and 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 is...

Reader: Amen. O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant
victory unto Orthodox Christians over their adversaries, and by the
power of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation. 

Glory- O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly upon the Cross, bestow Thy
compassions upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God;
gladden with Thy power the Orthodox Christians, granting them victory
over enemies; may they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the
invincible trophy.

Both now-. O Awesome intercession that cannot be put to shame, O good
one, disdain not our prayer; O all-hymned Theotokos, establish the
commonwealth of the Orthodox, save the Orthodox Christians, and grant
unto them victory from heaven, for thou didst bring forth God, O thou
only blessed one. 

And the small augmented litany, concluding with:

Choir: Amen. In the name of the Lord, Father, Bless!

Priest: Glory to the Holy-

Choir: Amen. 

And the reader stands in the center of the church, and with reverence
and fear of God says the six psalms.

Then the Litany of Peace, followed by ?God is the Lord-:

Priest: In the __ Tone: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Stichos 1: O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy
endureth forever. 

Choir: [in the tone of the first troparion] God is the Lord and hath
appeared unto us. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
This is sung after each stichos. 

Stichos 2: Surrounding me they compassed me, and by the name of the Lord
I warded them off. 

Stichos 3: I shall not die, but live, and I shall tell of the works of
the Lord. 

Stichos 4: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the
head of the corner. This is the Lord-s doing, and it is marvelous in our
eyes. 

And the troparia, followed by the readings from the Psalter. Each
reading begins as follows:

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Thrice. Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit. 

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

Each reading ends as follows: 

Reader: 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. 

Then small litany (or at a simple service, ?Lord, have mercy, thrice),
and the sessional hymns.

After the last kathisma:

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Thrice. Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit. 

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

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
Zion, 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. 

Then the canon. After the third ode, there is a small litany, followed
by the appointed hymns. After the sixth ode, there is a small litany,
followed by the appointed kontakion and ikos. After the 8th Ode of the
canon, we sing: 

Choir: We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely
exalting Him unto all ages. And then the appointed katavasia. 

Priest: The Theotokos and Mother of the Light let us magnify in song!

And we sing the Song of the Most Holy Theotokos (the Magnificat): 

Choir: My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Savior. 

And after each verse, the refrain: 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. 

For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; * for behold,
from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Refrain. 

For the Mighty One hath done great things to me, * and holy is His name;
* and His mercy is on them that fear Him * unto generation and
generation. Refrain. 

He hath showed strength with His arm, * and He hath scattered the proud
in the imagination of their heart. Refrain. 

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and exalted them of low
degree; * He hath filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich He
hath sent empty away. Refrain. 

He hath holpen His servant Israel * in remembrance of His mercy, * as He
spake to our fathers, * to Abraham and his seed forever. Refrain. 

After the 9th ode: 

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. 

Then a small litany, followed by the appointed exapostilaria or hymns of
light.

If it is a doxology or polyeleos rank service, we complete the service
from this point on according to the festal order, as at a Vigil.
Otherwise, we continue by reading the praises:

The Lauds (the Praises)

Reader: Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. To
Thee is due praise, O God. 

Praise Him, all ye His angels; praise Him, all ye His hosts. To Thee is
due praise, O God. 

Praise Him, O sun and moon; praise Him all ye stars and light. 

Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and thou water that art above the
heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He spake, and they
came to be; He commanded, and they were created. 

He established them for ever, yea, for ever and ever; He hath set an
ordinance, and it shall not pass away. 

Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye abysses. 

Fire, hail, snow, ice, blast of tempest, which perform His word. 

The mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees, and all cedars. 

The beasts and all the cattle, creeping things and winged birds. 

Kings of the earth, and all peoples, princes and all the judges of the
earth. 

Young men and virgins, elders with the younger; let them praise the name
of the Lord, for exalted is the name of Him alone. 

His praise is above the earth and heaven, and He shall exalt the horn of
His people. 

This is the hymn for all His saints, for the sons of Israel, and for the
people that draw nigh unto Him. 

Sing unto the Lord a new song; His praise is in the church of the
saints. 

Let Israel be glad in Him that made him, let the sons of Zion rejoice in
their King. 

Let them praise His name in the dance; with the timbrel and the psaltery
let them chant unto Him. 

For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people, and He shall exalt the meek
with salvation. 

The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds.


The high praise of God shall be in their throat, and two-edged swords
shall be in their hands. 

To do vengeance among the heathen, punishments among the peoples. 

To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of
iron. 

To do among them the judgment that is written. This glory shall be to
all His saints. 

Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power. 

If there are stichera appointed, beginning with the next verse the
reader reads only the first half of the versse (until the *), and then
the choir sings the remainder of the verse, followed by the sticheron.

Praise Him for His mighty acts, * praise Him according to the multitude
of His greatness. 

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, * praise Him with the psaltery and
harp. 

Praise Him with timbrel and dance, * praise him with strings and flute. 

Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation.
* Let every breath praise the Lord. 

If stichera were sung, the choir then sings Glory- and the doxasticon;
Both now- and the theotokion. 

Priest: To Thee glory is due-

Reader: Amen.

Priest: Glory to Thee Who hast shown us the light!

Reader: 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 Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every
day 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 day without sin.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and
glorified is Thy name unto the 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. 

Then the Litany of Supplication, followed by the aposticha. Between the
aposticha stichera, the reader reades the first part (up to the *) of
each of the following verses. The choir then completes the verse, and
sings the next sticheron. (In some cases, special verses are provided,
in which case we do not use the verses below.)

First Verse: We were filled in the morning with Thy mercy, O Lord, and
we rejoiced and were glad. In all our days, let us be glad for the days
wherein Thou didst humble us, for the years wherein we saw evils. And
look upon Thy servants, and upon Thy works, * and do Thou guide their
sons. 

Second Verse: And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, and
the works of our hand do Thou guide aright upon us, * yea, the works of
our hands do Thou guide aright. 

After the choir sings the sticheron on ?Both now-, we complete Matins
as follows.

If it is a Lenten service, use the order on the next page. But if it is
outside of Lent (and also on Saturdays and some festal days within
Lent), use the following order.

Reader: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant unto Thy
name, O Most High, to proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth
by night. 

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...

Reader: Amen. Then we sing the appointed dismissal Troparia. 

Then the Augmented Litany.

Priest: Wisdom!

Choir: Father, Bless!

Priest: He that is, is blessed-

Choir: Amen. Establish, O God, the holy Orthodox Faith of Orthodox
Christians, unto ages of ages.

And the reader immediately begins the first hour.

Lenten Order

Reader: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant unto Thy
name, O Most High, to proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth
by night. Twice.

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...

Reader: Amen. Standing in the temple of Thy glory, we seem to stand in
heaven; O Theotokos, gate of heaven, open unto us the door of thy mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 40 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: He that is is blessed, Christ our God, always, now and ever ,
and unto the ages of ages.

Reader: Amen. O Heavenly King, strengthen Orthodox Christians, establish
the Faith, subdue the nations, give peace to the world, keep well this
city (or this holy habitation, or this town); settle our departed
fathers and brethren in the tabernacles of the righteous, and receive us
(coming) in penitence and confession, for Thou art good and the lover of
mankind.

And we read the prayer of St. Ephraim, twice, with 4 prostrations and 12
bows, followed immediately by the first hour.