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Paraklesis to the Mother of God Pantanassa the Healer of cancer

August 13th, 2011 by Fr. Vasile

The holy and miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary was brought to the Vatopedi monastery by the blessed elder Joseph from Nea Skete. The Monastery of Vatopedi is one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula (Greece) and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula. It operates as a coenobitic monastery(a communal monastic community). As of 1999 it is inhabited by 80 monks and is second in hierarchical rank among the monasteries of the mountain.

The first record of the icons miraculous powers is from the witness of Elder Joseph. One day a young man from Cyprus went to visit and entered into the church. At that point the elder witnessed a glowing light radiating from the face of the Theotokos and an invisible power pushed the young man down to the ground. When the young man had recovered from his fall he began to repent and weep and confessed that he did not believe and was a participant in the black arts. He changed his life and became an Orthodox Christian.

This icon is also known for working many miracles especially healing people with cancer. There are many recent records of people who have been healed from cancer after participating in the Supplicatory Canon to the Pantanassa at the monastery.

Text from http://russian-crafts.com/russian-saints-icons/pantanassa.html

The following text was translated and set to meter by Fr. Vasile Tudora. Some of the text (especially the heirmoi of each ode) is  based on the translation of the Small Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos from http://goarch.org/chapel/liturgical_texts/paraklesis. This has been done to ensure consistency with the current chanting practice in the Greek Orthodox Churches in America.

Pantanassa Paraklesis Booklet for parish usage

The Paraklesis to the Theotokos Pantanassa

Making of Joseph Vatopedinos.

Priest: Blessed is our God always now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

Psalm 142

O Lord hear my prayer give ear to my supplications in Your truth; hear me in Your righteousness. Do not enter into judgment with Your servant for in Your sight no one living is justified. For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness like those who have long been dead and my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed. I remembered the days of old; I meditated on all Your works: I pondered on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Hear me quickly O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not turn Your face away from me lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your mercy in the morning for in You I have put my trust. Cause me to know O Lord the way in which I should walk for I lift up my soul to You. Rescue me lord from my enemies; to You have I fled for refuge. Teach me to do Your will for You are my God. Your good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness. For Your name’s sake O Lord You shall quicken me. In Your righteousness You shall bring my soul out of trouble and in Your mercy You shall utterly destroy my enemies. And you shall destroy all those who afflict my soul; for I am Your servant.

Tone 4

God is the Lord; and has revealed Himself to us blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Vs. 1. Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

God is the Lord; and has revealed Himself to us blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Vs. 2. All the nations have surrounded me but in the name of the Lord I have overcome them.

God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Vs. 3 This has been done by the Lord and it is wonderful in our eyes.

God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

 

Tone 4

To the Theotokos let us run now most fervently

As sinners and lowly ones

Let us fall down in repentance

Crying from the depths of our soul:

Lady come and help us

Have compassion upon us;

Hasten now for we are lost

In the host of our errors;

Do not turn your servants away

For you alone are a hope to us.

 

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

 

Apolytikion ot the Pantanassa Icon

Tone 4

“Be quick to anticipate…”

O venerable icon of our Queen bestowing grace * on those who fervently seek your mercy with hope * Save them O Pure Virgin now. * Lift the hurdles of those who fall down to you for aid * In all the perils guard your faithful flock * Who seeks your help * until the end of times.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

O Theotokos we shall never be silent.

Of your mighty acts all we the unworthy;

Had you not stood to intercede for us

Who would have delivered us

From the numerous perils?

Who would have preserved us all

Until now with our freedom?

O Lady we shall not depart from you;

For you always save your servants

From all tribulation.

 

Then we read: Psalm 50

 

Have mercy on me O God according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassion blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my iniquity and my sin is ever before me. Against You You only have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight that You May be found just when You speak and blameless when You judge. For behold I was conceived in iniquity and in sin my mother bore me.

For behold You have loved truth: You have made known to me the secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be made clean: You shall wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness that bones which You have broken May rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation: And establish me with Your governing Spirit.

I shall teach transgressors Your ways and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness O God the God of my salvation my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord open my lips and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For if You had desired sacrifice I would give it: You do not delight in burnt offering. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit God will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Sion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness. with oblation and whole burnt offerings. Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

 

Ode 1. The Heirmos. Plagal of the 4th Tone

 

Crossing the waters as on dry land

In that way escaping

From the evils of Egypts land

The Israelites cried out exclaiming:

To our Redeemer and God now let us sing.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

With many temptations surrounding me

Searching for salvation

I have hastened unto you;

O Mother of the Word and the life giver

With your prayers deliver us Pantanassa

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Assaults of the passions and demon’s traps

Have your flock surrounded

Mother hasten to our help

As one who is above all the creation

With your prayers deliver us Pantanassa

 

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

 

To God and the Savior youve given birth;

Truly you are Mother

Of the Maker of all the world

Restore the health of those who call you

With your prayers deliver them Pantanassa

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

 

Diseased is the body and the soul;

Deem us truly worthy

Of recovery in your care;

For you alone are Gods Mother

With your prayers deliver us Pantanassa

 

Ode 3. The Heirmos.

 

The apse of the heavens

Are you O Lord Fashioner

And the Holy Churchs great Founder

Likewise establish me

In constant love for You

For Youre the height of our longing;

Support of the faithful

The only Friend of all.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

A protection and shelter

You showed yourself to the flock

With unceasing care O pure Virgin

from distresses deliver us.

For we are in great need

O Mother of Our Lord

With your dominion you save us

Only Pantanassa

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

We entreat you O Virgin

Your humble servants in need

Receive our calling in prayer

For we have no one else

To intercede for us

Except for your supplications

To your Son and O pure Mother

Only Pantanassa.

 

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

 

Having brought forth unto us

The Word of God in the flesh

And a fountain pure of salvation

You showed yourself to all

Bestow your mercy now

On all those who need you

And save us from perils

Only Pantanassa.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

 

A treasury of giftings

From Holy Spirit you are

O Theotokos and Virgin

Therefore we pray to you

To intercede for us

In all of our tribulations

And to save us from passions

Only Pantanassa

 

Deliver us

All of your servants from danger O Theotokos;

After God we all flee to you

For shelter and covering

As an unshakable wall and our protection.

 

Turn to me

In your good favor all praise-worthy Theotokos;

Look upon my grave illnesses

Which painfully sting my flesh

and heal the cause of my souls pain and suffering.

 

(The priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung.)

 

Priest: Have mercy on us O God according to Your great love we pray You hearken and have mercy.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for our Archbishop (name) our Bishop (name) and all the clergy and the laity in Christ.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for mercy life peace health salvation visitation forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God all pious and Orthodox Christians those who reside and visit in this city the members council members contributors and benefactors of this holy church.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for the servants of God. . . (At this time the Priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung.)

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

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

 

People: Amen.

 

(After the petitions we chant the following Kathisma:)

 

Tone 2.

 

Your protection is always upon us all

From illness and trials to save our souls

As we cry unto you:

Pantanassa our Lady

Hasten now

Your healing well pour unto us

The only physician who speeds to us.

 

Ode 4. The Heirmos.

 

O Lord I have heard of

the wondrous mystery of Your salvation;

I have contemplated all Your works

And I have glorified Your great divinity.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Hear us Pantanassa

As we ask for your mercy for all in need

You have carried the Compassionate One

The Savior of those praising you.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

The hand of the hateful

Make it stop with their evil plans

You are the only help for salvation

Give us peace O Pantanassa.

 

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

 

You hasten the cure of

All the sickness of your servants now

As they sing to you a hymn of praise

Knowing you as the Pantanassa!

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

As a hope and foundation

And a wall unshaken of our salvation;

Having you as treasure Pantanassa

From afflictions do you rescue us.

 

Ode 5. The Heirmos.

 

Lord enlighten us

With Your precepts that can guide our lives

And with Your arm most powerful

Grant to us Your peace

O You Who are the Friend of all.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Clouds of trials now

Have surrounded me and I’m afraid

O most Praised hasten to my aid

You who carried Him

Who is our salvation cause and hope.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Deliver O Pure One

From the dangers all your servants now

The Birthgiver of the Savior Christ

And the One who grants

Our salvation as we praise your name.

 

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

 

Extinguish the great flame

Of our passions with your prayer’s dew

Pantanassa we ask of you.

You who are the Mother of the Light

Of one essence with the Father from above.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Heal O Virgin Pure

All your faithful sickness and distress

Merciful and ever praying One

And grant to us good health

Through your intercessions and your prayers

 

Ode 6. The Heirmos.

 

My petition I pour out to the Lord

And to Him I will confess all my sorrows;

For many woes

Fill my soul to its limits

And unto Hades my whole life has now approached

Like Jonah I pray to You

From corruption O God now raise me

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

From death and from perils save us all

Who faithfully seek you O Pure Virgin

And in great haste

Curb the strikes of the enemies

And drive them out from your flock we ask of you

O Pantanassa cause you can

As the Mother of Him Who created all.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

I know you as the protection of my life

A steadfast shelter and refuge O Virgin;

Disperse the clouds

Of my many temptations

And relief from our debts you grant to us

Pantanassa Mother of God

The help of the hopeless you are sure.

 

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

 

I lie now in great pain and in sorrow

And there is no healing at all for my body

Except for you

Who alone gave birth for us

To the Word the great price for creation all

Of your goodness Pantanassa

From my sadness and sicknesses raise me.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

As a refuge and cause of salvation

And a treasure for all those who hymn you

With great longing

We fall to you Mother

And in your care we achieve liberation

Pantanassa we ask of you

From corruption and dangers deliver us.

 

Deliver us

All of your servants from dangers O Theotokos;

After God we all flee to you

For shelter and covering

As an unshakable wall and our protection.

 

Spotless one

Who by a word did bring to us the Word eternal

In the last days ineffably;

Do you now plead with him

As the one with the motherly favor.

 

The priest commemorates as before.

 

Kondakion. Tone 2.

 

A protection of Christians unshamable

Intercessor to our Holy Maker unwavering

Please reject not

The prayerful cries of those who are in sin.

Instead come to us for you are good;

Your loving help bring unto us

Who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercede

And speed now to supplicate

As a protection for all time

Theotokos for those who honor you.

 

(Then the 1st Antiphon of the Anavathmoi of the 4th Tone.)

 

From the years of my youth many passions combat me; but You Who are my Savior assist me and save me. (2)

 

You haters of Zion shall be put to shame by the Lord Almighty for as grass in the fire you shall all be withered. (2)

 

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

 

By the Holy Spirit every soul is made living is exalted and made shining through purification by the Threefold Oneness in a hidden manner.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

By the Holy Spirit the streams of grace are flowing watering all of the creation granting life upon

 

I shall remember your Holy Name from generation to generation. (2)

 

Verse: Listen O Daughter and see and incline your ear and forget your people and your fathers house and the King will desire your beauty.

 

I remember Your Holy Name from generation to generation.

 

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord our God that we May be deemed worthy to hear the Holy Gospel

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Wisdom Arise Let us hear the Holy Gospel. Peace be with all.

 

People: And with your spirit.

 

Priest: The reading of the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Let us be attentive.

 

People: Glory to You O Lord glory to You.

 

Priest: At that time Jesus entered a village; and a woman called Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lords feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me. But the Lord answered her Martha Martha you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion which shall not be taken away from her. As he said this a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that you sucked! But he said Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!

 

People: Glory to You O Lord glory to You.

 

Tone 2.

 

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

 

Father Word and Spirit Trinity in oneness wash away my many personal offenses.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos merciful One wash away my many personal offenses.

 

Verse: Have mercy upon me O God according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my transgressions.

 

Prosomion. Plagal of the 2nd Tone

“? ?…”

 

Give the servants in your care

Your mercy great and abundant

And from perils save us all

O Pure Virgin for you brought us the God and Lord

From death you freed us all

Therefore we keep praying

Heal your servants suffering in pain

Forgive our trespasses

With your boldness Mother of the Lord

Save us all who pray to you

The comforter of all who cry aloud

Rejoice O virgin pure

For the Lord is with you.

 

Priest: O God save Your People and bless Your inheritance; look upon Your world with mercy and compassion; raise the Orthodox Christians to glory and shower us with your abundant mercies through the intercessions of our all-pure Lady the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary through the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the protection of the honorable heavenly bodiless powers; of the honorable glorious prophet the Forerunner John the Baptist; of the holy glorious and all-praised Apostles; of our holy fathers the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers Basil the Great Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom; Athanasios and Cyril John the Merciful patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas of Myra Spyridon bishop of Trimythous the wonder-workers; of -the holy glorious great martyrs George the triumphant Demetrios the myrrhflowing Theodore of Tyros and Theodore the Commander; of the holy-martyrs Charalambos and Eleutherios; of the holy glorious triumphant Martyrs; of our pious and God-bearing Fathers; of (the Saint of the Church); of the holy and righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; of Saint (Name) whose memory we celebrate today; and of all Your Saints we beseech You Lord Who alone are all merciful; hear the prayers of us sinners and have mercy upon us.

 

People: Lord have mercy (1).

 

Priest: By the mercy and compassion and love of Your only begotten Son with whom You are blessed together with Your all-holy and life giving Spirit now and forever and to the ages of ages.

 

People: Amen.

 

Ode 7. The Heirmos

 

Coming out of Judea

Once the young men did go to the land of Babylon;

The flame of the furnace

They trampled down while chanting

With their faith in the Trinity:

O the God of our Fathers Blessed are You our God.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Of our God the Birth Giver

From your icon you shine to your servants now

The radiance of the sun

And with your carrying kindness

You save your flock O Most Blessed One

O Virgin Pure and the Mother of the Savior Lord.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

Those who praise you true Mother

They receive their salvation O Virgin Pure

From mistakes they are sheltered

And healed from all the sickness

As we cry out most faithfully:

O the God of our fathers

Blessed are You our God.

 

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

 

A treasure and a guardian

And a cover for all O Pantanassa

We venerate your icon

The well of many healings

And we praise you O Virgin Pure

With your Son you are blessed until the end of time.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

 

For the body and soul you

Give the healing we need One Pantanassa

To those who fall down to you

With guiding care and boldness

As the Mother of Him Who has saved us all

You gave Birth to the Savior Christ our Lord and God.

 

Ode 8. The Heirmos

 

The King of heaven Who is praised

And is hymned by the host of the angels;

Praise Him and exalt Him

Throughout the many ages.

 

Most holy Theotokos save us.

 

The Mother and Queen who prays to You

Receive O Christ God for your servants

So that we can praise you

As the King of all.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

O Virgin you pour a wealth of healing

On those who faithfully hymn you

And those who exalt your

Childbearing wonder.

 

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

 

Godly Myrrh is your Son O Pure Virgin

And of well full of myrrh He has shown us

From your icon flowing

Myrrh of many wonders

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

 

You drive away the assaults of the enemies

And the storm of the passions O Virgin

Therefore save the people

Calling you with hope.

 

Ode 9. The Heirmos.

 

Saved through you O pure Virgin

Hence we do confess you

To be most truly the birthgiver of our Lord;

With choirs of bodiless Angels

You do we magnify.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

As a cause of salvation

We sinners sing you praises

And hymn your name into all the world

Of our Savior Birthgiver

O Virgin Chaste.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

The streams of my many tears

Reject not Holy Virgin;

Who by your birth trampled down the sting of death

The only one deemed as worthy

Of the gifts of Grace.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

A vessel with joy bursting

You’re worthy to be given

As the Mother of Him Who has all the joy

And from our sadness you save us

With your prayers now.

 

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

 

A haven are your prayers

For all the people calling

You save and shelter O Virgin please intercede

For Christ our God and our Savior

You have shown to the world.

 

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

 

The darkness of my passions

Illumine with your radiance

Of your pure face Virgin chaste we ask of you

For in our faith we all call you

The Mother of the Light.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

 

The pain and all the sorrow

And all the shameful weakness

To all that suffer you heal as we pray to you

For all who seek O Pure Virgin

Your shelter and your care.

 

Truly you are worthy to be blessed

Mother of our God the Theotokos

You the ever blessed one and all blameless one

And the Mother of our God.

You are honored more than the Cherubim

And you have more glory when compared to the Seraphim;

You without corruption

Did bear God the Logos;

You are the Theotokos;

You do we magnify.

 

(The priest censes the altar and the people or the place where the Paraklesis is held while we chant the following megalynaria.)

 

Higher than the heavens above are you

And you are much purer

Than the heavens and all above;

When you carried the Lord

You became a flaming chariot

O Virgin of all people

You who gave birth to God.

 

You have given birth

To the heaven’s King

And you have ascended

Over all the created beings

We are calling your name

Pantanassa and Virgin

You do we magnify

 

See Most Holy Virgin

My weakness now

Acknowledge all my sorrow

O most gracious Pantanassa

Cure my heart that’s aching

And with love for mankind

Leave all my sins aside.

 

Enlighten my dark thinking

Mother of Light

When I pray unto you

Just before my whole life is spent

And at my deathly hour

O Most Virgin Pantanassa

Place me into the light

 

With the hosts of Angels Gods messengers

With the Lords Forerunner

And Apostles the chosen twelve

With the saints most holy

And with you the Theotokos

We seek your intercession

For our salvation.

 

People: Holy God Holy Mighty Holy Immortal have mercy upon us (3).

 

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Most holy Trinity have mercy upon us; Lord pardon our sins; Master forgive our transgressions; Holy One visit and heal our infirmities for Your names sake.

 

Lord have mercy (3).

 

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

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 us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

 

Priest: For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

(Then we chant the following troparia;)

 

Plagal of the 2nd Tone.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord have mercy on us

For we are empty of all defense

As sinners we offer this supplication to You;

O Master have mercy on us.

 

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

 

Lord have mercy on us

For in You we have put our trust;

Be not exceedingly angry with us

Nor remember our many iniquities;

But look upon us now as the Compassionate

And deliver us from our enemies;

For You are our God and we Your people

We are all the work of Your hands

And upon Your Name we have now called.

 

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

The Theotokion

 

The doors of caring do now open unto us

O most blessed Theotokos

So that hoping in you we shall not fail;

Through you we May be delivered from adversities

For you are the salvation of the Christian faith.

 

(During the period from the 1st to the 14th of August instead of the above Troparia the Apolytikion of the day and the Theotokion of the tone are chanted.)

 

Priest: Have mercy on us O God according to your great love we pray to you hear us and have mercy.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for our Archbishop (name) and our Bishop (name) and all the clergy and the laity in Christ.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for mercy life peace health salvation visitation forgiveness and remission of the sins of the servants of God all pious and Orthodox Christians those who reside and visit in this city the members council members contributors and benefactors of this holy church.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for the servants of God … (at this time the Priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung.)

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray for the safekeeping of this holy church and this city and of all cities and towns from pestilence famine earthquake flood fire and the sword from invasion of enemies civil war and unforeseen death; for His mercy that He will be kind to entreat as our good God Who loves all people and that He May turn away and scatter all wrath and disease that moves against us and deliver us from His impending justified chastisement and have mercy on us.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Again we pray that the Lord God will hear the voices of the petitions of us sinners and have mercy on us.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

Priest: Hear us O God our Savior the hope of all the ends of the earth and of those who are far off upon the sea; and show compassion on us O Master on our many sins and have mercy upon us.

 

People: Lord have mercy (3).

 

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

 

People: Amen.

 

Priest: Glory to You O God our hope glory to You. May Christ our true God through the intercessions of Your all-pure and blameless holy Mother; of the holy glorious and praise-worthy Apostles; of the holy glorious and triumphant martyrs; of (the Saint of the Church); of the holy righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; of Saint (name) whose memory we celebrate today; and of all the Saints have mercy and save us as a good and loving God.

 

The Christian faithful reverence the icon of the Theotokos while the following troparia are chanted.

 

Tone 2.

 

All those

Do you shelter O Good One

Those who in their faith flee unto you

With your strong hand you protect;

We who sin have no one else

Who intercedes for us

Before God praying endlessly

In ills and all dangers

For us who are laiden with

Our many sins and mistakes;

Mother of our God in the Highest

Therefore we fall down to you humbly;

From all the misfortunes keep your servants safe.

The same

 

For those

I n great sorrow you are joy

And for the oppressed a protection

And for the hungry their food

Comfort unto those estranged;

You are a staff to the blind

Visitation of all those sick

And to those held by pain

Shelter and a comforting

And to the orphaned an aid;

Mother of our God in the highest

You who are the Spotless One hasten

Save your servants from their sin we ask of you.

 

Plagal of the 4th Tone

 

Lady do you receive

From your servants their many prayers;

And deliver all of us

From all sadness and necessity.

 

Tone 2

 

My numerous hopes are placed

Before you most holy One;

Mother of our God

Guard me with care within your sheltered arms.

 

During the period from the 1st to the 15th of August instead of chanting the previous Theotokion we chant the following Exsapostilaria:

 

Tone 3.

 

O You Apostles from far off

Being gathered together

in the village of Gethsemane

Lay my body in burial

And You my Son and my God

Receive now my spirit from me.

 

You are the sweetness of Angels

The gladness of the afflicted ones

A protection of all Christians

O Virgin Mother of our Lord;

Grant me now help and save me

From the eternal torments.

 

I have you as Mediator

Before God who loves mankind;

May He not question my action

Before the hosts of the Angels

I ask of you O Virgin

Hasten now quickly to my aid.

 

You are a tower adorned with gold

A city surrounded by twelve walls

A shining throne touched by the sun

A royal seat for the King

O unexplainable wonder

How do you nurse the Master?

 

Priest: Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy and save us.

 

© 2011 Saint John the Baptist

Greek Orthodox Church

Euless TX

 

 

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