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(As the Blessed Sacrament is carried to the Altar)
Priest: I will go unto the altar of God
Response: Even the God of my joy and gladness
Psalm 43
Priest: Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the deceitful and
wicked man.
Response: For thou art the God of my strength, why hast thou put me from thee: and
why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me.
Priest: O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me: and bring me unto thy holy
hill, and to thy dwelling.
Response: And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and
gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, my God.
Priest: Why art thou so heavy, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
Response: O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of
my countenance, and my God.
Priest: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
Response: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end.
Priest: I will go unto the altar of God.
Response: Even the God of my joy and gladness.
Priest: Let us pray.
Extended silence is kept
At 18.50
Reader: Wisdom! Attend! Hear the Holy Gospel according to Saint John!
Response: Glory to thee, O Lord!
Reader: Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of
the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is
meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he
that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven:
not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for
Reader: This is the gospel of the Lord!
Response: Praise to thee, O Christ!
Priest: Let us pray.
Extended silence is kept
At 19.10
Prayer of St Basil the Great, ad orientem
Reader: Lord Christ our God, King of the ages and Creator of all, I thank Thee for all the
blessings Thou hast granted me and for the communion of Thy pure and life-giving
Mysteries. I pray Thee, therefore, good Lord and Lover of men, guard me under Thy
protection and within the shadow of Thy wings; and grant me with a clear conscience till my
last breath worthily to partake of Thy holy Things for forgiveness of sins and for life eternal.
For Thou art the Bread of Life, the Source of Holiness, the Giver of all that is good, and to
Thee we send up the glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the
ages of ages.
Response: Amen.
Prayers of St John Chrysostom (ad orientem)
O Lord, of Thy heavenly bounties, deprive me not.
O Lord, deliver me from the eternal torments.
O Lord, forgive me if I have sinned in my mind or my thought, whether in word or in deed.
O Lord, free me from all ignorance and forgetfulness, from despondency and stony
O Lord, deliver me from every temptation.
O lord, enlighten my heart which evil desires have darkened.
O Lord, as a man have I sinned, have Thou mercy on me, as the God full of compassion,
seeing the feebleness of my soul.
O Lord, send down Thy grace to help me, that I may glorify Thy name.
O Lord Jesus Christ, write me down in the book of life and grant unto me a good end.
O Lord my God, even if I had not done anything good before Thee, do Thou help me, in Thy
grace, to make a good beginning.
O Lord, sprinkle into my heart the dew of Thy grace.
O Lord of heaven and earth, remember me, Thy sinful servant, full of shame and impurity, in
Thy kingdom.
Priest: Let us pray.
Extended silence is kept
At 19:30
Prayers of St John Chrysostom (continued, ad orientem)
O Lord, receive me in penitence.
O Lord, forsake me not.
O Lord, lead me not into misfortune.
O Lord, quicken in me a good thought.
O Lord, give me tears and remembrance of death, and contrition.
O Lord, make me solicitous of confessing my sins.
O Lord, give me humility, chastity, and obedience.
O Lord, give me patience, magnanimity, and meekness.
O Lord, implant in me the root of all good--Thy fear in my heart.
O Lord, vouchsafe that I may love thee from all my soul and mind and in everything do Thy
O Lord, shelter me from certain men, from demons and passions, and from any other
unbecoming thing.
O Lord, Thou knowest that Thou dost as Thou wilt, let then Thy will be done in me, a sinner,
for blessed art Thou unto the ages.
Reader: O God of all spirits and of every flesh, Who did trod down death and overcome the
devil, bestowing life on this Your world, to the soul of these Your servants departed this life,
do You Yourself, O Lord, give rest in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place
of refreshment, from where pain and sorrow and mourning have fled away. Every sin by
them committed in thought, word, or deed, do You as our Good and Loving God forgive;
seeing that there is no man who shall live and sin not, for You alone are without sin. Your
righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is truth; for You are the
Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Your servants, departed this life, O Christ our God;
and to You do we send up glory, with Your Eternal Father and Your All-Holy, Good and
Life-creating Spirit; both now and ever, and to the ages of ages.
Response: Amen.
Priest: Let us pray.
Extended silence is kept.
At 19:45
Prayers of St John of Damascus
Reader: Alas! What an agony the soul endures when from the body it is parting; how many
are her tears for weeping, but there is none that will show compassion: unto the angels she
turns with downcast eyes; useless are her supplications; and unto men she extends her
imploring hands, but finds none to bring her rescue. Thus, my beloved brethren, let us all
ponder well how brief is the span of our life; and peaceful rest for they that now are gone, let
us ask of Christ, and also His abundant mercy for our souls.
Vanity are all the works and quests of man, and they have no being after death has come;
our wealth is with us no longer. How can our glory go with us? For when death has come all
these things are vanished clean away. Wherefore to Christ the Immortal King let us cry, "To
they that have departed grant repose where a home is prepared for all those whose hearts
You have filled with gladness.”
Response: Amen
Extended silence is kept
At 20:00
(ad orientem, then versus populum for the gospel)
Reader: Illumine our hearts, O Master who lovest mankind, with the pure light of thy divine
knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of thy Gospel teachings;
implant in us also the fear of thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal
desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living both thinking and doing such things
as are well pleasing unto thee: for thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ
our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory, together with thy Father who is from everlasting,
and thine all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Response: Amen.
Reader: Wisdom! Attend! Hear the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Response: Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.
Reader: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Reader: This is the gospel of the Lord!
Response: Praise to thee, O Lord!
Priest: Let us bless the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
Priest: May the souls of all the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Response: Amen.