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from the Sluzhebnik of Metropolitan Peter Moghila

Note that there are two possible forms:

 1.	as texts added at the Divine Liturgy, and 

 2.	as a Moleben. In the latter case it follows the same format as the
Molebens for the Sick, for Travelers, for the New Year, and so on.

1. As texts inserted in the Divine Liturgy

At the Proskomede, when the priest commemorates the Metropolitan or
ruling hierarch, he adds this Prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, accept this sacrifice unto the remission of
sins of Thy servants (here he commemorates all the bishops of the
Sobor): and all the clergy gathered at this Sobor and in Thy name, and
send down upon them the grace of Thy Holy Spirit, for good and
profitable counsel unto the benefit of all, and unto the confirmation of
the Orthodox Catholic faith and piety, the good order of the Church, and
all that works for the well-being of souls, that the wonderful glory of
Thy most holy name may be increased and multiplied.




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At the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, at the Great Litany, after the
Petition "For travelers by sea.", the following Petitions are added:

For the consecration of the souls and bodies of all of us [or: those]
who have come together in the name of the Lord at this holy Sobor, and
those present in this holy and all-honorable temple, and those who
desire to be granted the Grace of the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the

That we may be cleansed from all our sins and be found worthy to be a
temple and a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.

That we may, without corruption, keep the Orthodox faith, and unfeigned
love [charity], and unshaken hope by the grace of the Holy Spirit, let
us pray to the Lord.

That the grace and gift of the Most Holy Spirit may come upon us, and
enlighten our hearts and minds with the light of His true, Divine
understanding, unto the confirmation of the Orthodox faith and piety,
let us pray to the Lord.

That the Spirit of wisdom and reason and of all good counsel may be
given by grace to those who have rule of the Church, unto the
confirmation of the Orthodox faith and piety, and unto good order in the
Church, let us pray to the Lord.

That in harmony and one accord, without any fraternal dissonance and
division, all that is unto the strengthening of His holy Church may be
counseled and taught, by the power, and action, and Grace of the
All-holy Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.

That they may be given the word at their lips, and the power in the
word, strength and boldness, for the uprooting of every heresy,
blasphemy and deceit, wickedness and every disturbance of good order,
unto the implanting of the right Faith and devotion and of all good
Church order and of good morals, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, let us
pray to the Lord.

That He may hearken unto this fervent prayer of us sinners, and
mercifully fulfill it, let us pray to the Lord.

Here the Litany continues as usual with the Petition, "That we may be
delivered from all tribulation."

After the Entrance with the Gospel, the Tropar and Kontakion of
Pentecost are sung, and the Theotokion "O Protection of Christians."

The Prokeimenon of the Day [if it is to be sung], and the following:

Prokeimenon T. 4:

Thy good Spirit* Shall lead us in the land of uprightness.

Verse: Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit
within us.

The reading of the Epistle for the Day, followed by I Corinthians

BRETHREN: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the
body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where
were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again
the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those
members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And
those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon
these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more
abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath
tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that
part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but
that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And
whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member
be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now ye are the body of
Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the
church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after
that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities
of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are
all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak
with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:
and yet show I unto you a more excellent way. 13:1  Though I speak with
the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I
have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity,
I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth
me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all
things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge,
it shall vanish away.

Alleluia, [of the day, and then:] 

Verse: Cast us not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit
from us.

Gospel: Matthew (Zachalo 75): 18:10-22.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto
you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father
which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was
lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them
be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into
the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be
that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep,
than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not
the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little
ones should perish. 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against
thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall
hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear
thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or
three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall
neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear
the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 18
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in
heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth
as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of
my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 21 Then came Peter
to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I
forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto
thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

After the Gospel, at the Litany say this Petition:

Again we pray for (here the hierarchy and Bishops who have gathered are
mentioned by name),

and for all the clerics who have gathered at this holy Sobor in the name
of the Lord, that the Lord our God will send down upon them the grace
and gift of the All-Holy Spirit, and enlighten their mind with the light
of His Divine understanding and truth, and make clear their lips and
tongue, that they may counsel, proclaim and order all things unto the
greater glory of His holy name, unto the confirmation of the Orthodox
faith, the edification of the faithful people, and the furtherance of
good Church order and good morals, and the uprooting and extermination
of every heresy, disorder and wickedness, and do all things perfectly by
the power and action and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The choir sings "Lord have mercy" thrice with the greatest

The rest of the Divine Liturgy follows as usual, and after the Communion
Verse of the day, the following is sung in T. 8:

Take not Thy Holy Spirit from us, we pray Thee, O Lover of Mankind.


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B. As a Moleben:

After the full beginning, Ps. 142, "O Lord hear my prayer".

Great Litany with special Petitions as above.

Before the Troparia, insert "God is the Lord", T. 8.

After the Litany of Fervent Supplication with the special Petition as
above, read the Prayer from the Proscomide, substituting "this Prayer"
for "this Sacrifice", and with the concluding Doxology, "For Thine it

Dismissal, and Many Years.

Translated by Rev. John R. Shaw