The Divine Liturgy

 

CHOIR: (& Congregation)”HYMN OF VESTING”.

O MYSTERY DEEP, inscrutable, without beginning.

Thou hast decked thy supernatural realm as a chamber unto the light unapproachable and hast adorned with splendid glory the ranks of thy fiery spirits.

 

 CHOIR: (& Congregation)”HYMN OF VESTING”.

O MYSTERY DEEP, inscrutable, without beginning.

Thou hast decked thy supernatural realm as a chamber unto the light unapproachable and hast adorned with splendid glory the ranks of thy fiery spirits.

 

PRIEST: Blessed be the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

CHOIR: (INTROIT) ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON and word of God and being immortal who didst deign to become incarnate through the Holy Mother-of-God and the ever virgin. Thou, unchangeable as thou art, didst trample down death by death. O Christ our God, who art one of the Holy Trinity, in glory equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

DEACON: Again in peace let us beseech the Lord. Receive, save and have mercy. Bless, Lord.

PRIEST: Blessing and glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow down to God.

CHOIR: Before thee, O Lord.

 

PRIEST: O Lord our God, whose power is unsearchable and the glory inscrutable, whose mercy is immeasurable and the compassion inexhaustible, do Thou, according to Thy abundant love of man, look down upon this thy people and this holy temple and make abundant Thy mercy and with Thy pity unto us and unto them that pray with us. For unto thee is fitting glory, dominion, and honour, now and forever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

PRIEST: For thine is the might and power and glory, unto the ages. Amen.

DEACON: Let us attend.

CHOIR: Holy God, Holy Almighty, Holy Immortal, (who didst rise from the dead).  Have mercy upon us.

DEACON: Again in peace, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: For the peace of the whole world and the stability of the Holy Church, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: For all the Holy and Orthodox Bishops, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: For the Life of our Patriarch Karekin II, and for the salvation of His soul, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

CHOIR: Remember Lord, and have mercy.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

CHOIR: Let us, O Lord, be committed unto Thee.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy. (3 times)

PRIEST: For thou art, being God, merciful and man-loving, and unto thee is fitting glory, dominion and honour, now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, God arose, and all His enemies scattered. DEACON: Let us rise. CHOIR: And also with thy spirit. DEACON: Hearken ye in reverence.

PRIEST (or deacon): The Holy gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

CHOIR: Glory be to thee, O Lord our God.

DEACON: Let us attend

CHOIR: God doth speak.

DEACON: (reads the Holy Gospel)

CHOIR: Glory to Thee, O Lord our God.

ALL: (recite the Nicene Creed in full). We believe in One God, the Father Almighty,Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, only begotten, that is, of the substance of the Father. God of God, light of light, very God of very God, begotten and not made; Himself of the nature of the Father, by whom all things came into being in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate, was made man, was born perfectly of the Holy Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. By whom he took body, soul and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance. He suffered and was crucified, and was buried and rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven with the same body and sat at the right hand of the Father. He is to come with the same body, and with the glory of the Father to judge the quick and the dead, of Whose kingdom there is no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the uncreated and the perfect, who spoke in the law and the prophets and the Gospel, Who came down upon the Jordan, preached to the Apostles and dwelt in the saints. We believe also in only one, catholic, and apostolic, Holy Church, in one baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; in the resurrection of the dead, and in the everlasting judgement of souls and bodies, in the kingdom of heaven and in the life eternal.

DEACON: Again in peace, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: Again in faith, let us beseech and ask of our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at this hour of service and prayers, that He may make them worthy of acceptance; may the Lord hearken to the voice of our supplication; may he receive the requests of our hearts; may he forgive our trespasses and have mercy upon us; May our prayers and requests at all times enter into the presence of His great majesty and may he grant us to labour in good works with one accord, in one faith and in righteousness, that he may send down upon us the gifts of His mercy. May the Lord almighty save us and have mercy.

CHOIR: Save, O Lord.

DEACON: That we may pass this hour of Holy sacrifice and the day now before us in peace and in faith, let us ask of the Lord.

CHOIR: Grant, O Lord.

DEACON: The angel of peace guard our souls, let us ask of the Lord.

CHOIR: Grant, O Lord.

DEACON: The forgiveness and remission of our transgressions, let us ask of the Lord.

CHOIR: Grant, O Lord.

DEACON: The great and mighty power of the Holy Cross to help our souls.

CHOIR: Grant, O Lord.

DEACON: Again with one accord for our true and holy faith, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

CHOIR: Let us, O Lord, be committed unto Thee

CHOIR: Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

PRIEST: That we may be made worthy to give thee thanks and to glorify thee with the Father and with the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow down to God.

CHOIR: Before thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: With thy peace, of Christ our Saviour, which passeth all understanding and speech, defend us and keep us fearless from all evil; make us equal to thy true worshipers, who worship thee is spirit and in truth; for unto the most Holy Trinity is witting glory, dominion and honour, now and forever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Blessed be our Lord, Jesus Christ.

DEACON: Bless the Lord.

PRIEST: May the Lord bless you all.

CHOIR: Amen. (Deacon removes the celebrant’s crown)

DEACON: Let none of the catechumens, none of little faith and none of the penitents nor of the unclean draw near unto the divine mystery.

CHOIR: THE BODY OF THE LORD and the blood of the Saviour are laid up for us. The heavenly hosts invisible sing and say with unceasing voice: Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Hosts.

DEACON: Sing Psalms unto the Lord God, ye clerks, sing spiritual songs with a sweet voice. KNEEL or STAND (The Hagiody according to the proper of the day is sung) WITH ANGELIC ORDER, thou hast filled, O God, thine Holy Church. (While the Priest prays and the Hagiody is sung, the Bearer carries around the sacred bread and the cup of immortality to the Holy Table, and coming to the steps of the Altar, the bearer turns.? In the absence of a bearer or another Priest, the following parts are said inaudibly.)

CHOIR: Thousands, thousands of archangels stand before thee, and myriads of angels minister to thee, O Lord; yet Thou art well pleased to accept praises from men in the mystical song, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Hosts.

CONGREGATION RISES DEACON: Again, in peace let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: Again in faith and purity, let us stand in awe and pray before the Holy Altar of God; not with evil conscience and offence, not with guile and cunning, not with deceit and wiles, not with doubt and not with little faith; but with a right conduct, a pure mind, a single heart, with perfect faith, being filled with love, full and abounding in all good works. Let us stand in prayer before the Holy Altar of God that we may find grace and mercy in the day of appearing and the second coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. May He save and have mercy.

CHOIR: Save, O Lord, and have mercy.

PRIEST: By the grace and everlasting kindness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with whom unto thee, O Father, and also to the Holy Spirit is fitting Glory, dominion and honour, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with The spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow down unto God.

DEACON: Greet thee one another with a holy kiss. And ye that are not able to partake of this divine mystery have gone without the doors and pray. (The kiss of peace is passed throughout the congregation)

CHOIR: (Kiss of Peace hymn) Christ is in our midst, hath been revealed. He who is God is here seated. The voice of peace hath resounded. Holy greeting hath been enjoined. Here the Church is become one soul. This kiss is given for a bond of fullness. The enmity hath been removed. And love is spread over us all. Now ministers, raising your voice, give ye blessings with one accord to the consubstantial Godhead, to whom Seraphim give praises.

DEACON: Let us stand in awe, let us stand in reverence, let us stand right and attend with good heed.

CHOIR: To Thee, O God.

DEACON: Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, is offered in sacrifice of praise.

PRIEST: The grace, the love and the divine sanctifying power of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

CHOIR: Amen, and with Thy spirit. DEACON: The doors, the doors. With all wisdom and good heed. Lift up your minds in reverence of God. CHOIR: We lift them up unto Thee, O Lord Almighty.

DEACON: And give thanks unto God, the Lord, with the whole heart.

CHOIR: It is meet and right.

(Doors are closed, and no movement in the Church. Late-comers must wait in vestibule.)

PRIEST: And, singing the song of the Holy, to make melodies in concord with the Seraphim and the Cherubim, and, boldly crying out, to shout with them and to say,

CHOIR: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Blessing in the highest. Blessed art Thou that didst come in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

PRIEST: Take, eat, this is my body which is distributed for you and for many for propitiation and for the remission of sins.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Drink ye all of this. This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for propitiation and for the remission of sins.

CHOIR: Amen. (Hymn to the Father) Heavenly Father, who didst give Thy son unto death for us, debtor for our debts, by the shedding of His blood, we beseech Thee, have mercy upon Thy reasonable flock.

PRIEST: And Thine of Thine unto Thee we offer from all and for all.

CHOIR: (Hymn of blessing). In all things, blessed art Thou, O Lord. We bless Thee, we praise Thee, we give thanks to Thee, we pray unto Thee, O Lord our God.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow down unto God.

CHOIR: Before Thee, O Lord. Son of God, Who art sacrificed to the Father for reconciliation, bread of life, distributed among us, by the shedding of Thy Holy Blood, we beseech Thee, have mercy on Thy flock, saved by Thy Blood.

PRIEST: So that this may be to us all, who draw near thereunto, for acquittal, for propitiation and for remission of sins.

CHOIR: Spirit of God who descending from heaven dost perform through us the mystery of Him that is glorified with Thee, by the shedding of His Blood, we beseech Thee, grant rest to the souls of us that are fallen asleep.

(Later-comers waiting outside may now come in)

PRIEST: With whom visit us also, beneficent God, we beseech Thee.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

PRIEST: Of the Mother-of-God, the Holy Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, of proto-martyr Stephen and of all the saints, to be mindful in His Holy sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CONGREGATION SITS

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

DEACON: Of the Holy Apostles, the prophets, doctors, martyrs and of all Holy patriarchs, apostolic bishops, presbyters, orthodox deacons and of all the saints to be mindful in this Holy Sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

DEACON: The blessed, praised, glorified, marvellous and divine resurrection of Christ we worship.

CHOIR: Glory to Thy resurrection, O Lord.

DEACON: Of our leaders and first enlighteners, the Holy Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew, and of Gregory the Enlightener, of Aristakes, Verthanes, Yoosik, Gregoris, Nerses, Sahak, Daniel and Khad, of Mesrob the doctor, and of Gregory of Narek, Nerses of Kla, John of Orotni, Gregory and Moses of Tatevand of the Gregorians and the Nersesians and of all the pastors and chief-pastors of Armenia, to be mindful in this Holy sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

DEACON: Of the Holy anchorites, the virtuous and God-instructed monks Paul, Anthony, Paulus, Macarius, Onophrius, the abbot Mark, Seraphion, Nilus, Arsenius, Evagrius, Barsumas, of the Johannesians, and of the Simeonians, and of the Oskians and of the Suckiasians and of all the holy fathers and of their disciples throughout the world, be mindful in this holy sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

DEACON: Of the Christian kings, the saints Abgarius, Constantianus, Tiridates and of Theodosius and of all holy and pious kings and God-fearing princes, be mindful in this holy sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

DEACON: Of all the faithful everywhere, of men and women, old and young and of every age, who in faith and holiness have fallen asleep in Christ, be mindful in this holy sacrifice, we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Be mindful, Lord, and have mercy.

CONGREGATION RISES

PRIEST: And especially grant us to have our chief bishop and venerable Patriarch of all Armenians, Karekin, and Vatche Srpazan, Primate of California, for length of days in orthodox doctrine.

CONGREGATION SITS

DEACON: Thanksgiving and glory we offer unto thee, O Lord, our God, for this Holy and Immortal sacrifice which is on this Holy table, that thou wilt vouchsafe it to be of holiness of life unto us. Through this, grant love, stability and the desirable peace to the whole world, to the Holy Church and to all Orthodox Bishops and to our chief bishop and venerable Patriarch of all Armenians, Lord KAREKIN CATHOLICOS, and our Primate, VATCHE SRPAZAN, who offereth this sacrifice.

Let us pray for the armies and for the victory of Christian Kings and pious princes. Let us also beseech and entreat the Lord for the souls of that that are at rest, and moreover for our prelates that are at rest and for the founders of the Holy Church and for them that are at rest under the shadow thereof.

Let us ask deliverance for those of our brethren that are captive, and grace upon the congregation here present, and rest for them that have died in Christ with faith and holiness. Of those to be mindful in this Holy sacrifice we beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: From all and for all.

PRIEST: And the mercy of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you all.

CHOIR: (Soloist) Amen, and with Thy spirit.

DEACON: Amen. Again in peace let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: By all the saints whom we have commemorated, again lest us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: By the Holy, Divine and Immortal Sacrifice that hath been offered on this Holy Altar, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: That the Lord our God, who hath accepted it in His Holy, Heavenly and intelligible Altar, may in return send down upon us grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: Receive, save and have mercy and keep us, O Lord, by Thy grace.

CHOIR: Save, O Lord, and have mercy

DEACON: Making mention of the all-Holy-Mother-of-God and ever-virgin Mary together with all the saints, let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Remember, O Lord, and Have mercy. Lord have mercy. Be mindful Lord and have mercy. (3 times).

CONGREGATION STANDS

PRIEST: And grant us to open our mouths with cry of bold voice, to call upon Thee O Heavenly Father, to sing and say…

CHOIR: Our Father, which 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRIEST: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and glory, unto the ages. Amen. + Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with Thy Spirit.

DEACON: Let us bow down unto God.

CHOIR: Before Thee, O Lord.

PRIEST: Through Christ Jesus, our Lord, with whom unto Thee, O Holy Spirit, and unto the Father Almighty are fitting glory, dominion and honour, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON: Let us attend.

PRIEST: Unto holiness to the Holy.

CONGREGATION KNEELS

PRIEST: Blessed art Thou, Holy Father, very God.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Blessed art Thou, Holy Son, very God.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Blessed art Thou, Holy Spirit, very God.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Blessing and glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

CHOIR: (HYMN OF DOXOLOGY) THE FATHER HOLY, the Son Holy, the Spirit Holy. Blessing to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

PRIEST: In Holiness let us taste of the holy, holy and precious body and blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Who, having come down from heaven, is distributed among us. This is life, hope of resurrection, propitiation and remission of sins. Sing psalms unto the Lord our God, sing psalms unto our Heavenly King, the Immortal, who rideth in cherubic chariots.

(The curtain is drawn and the kneeling choir and deacons sing LORD HAVE MERCY alternately).

CHOIR: Lord have mercy (4 times).

CHOIR: Help, we beseech, unto ourselves. Unto this world, O grant thou peace.

CHOIR: Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Jesus, our Saviour, have mercy.

CHOIR: Remember, Lord, and have mercy.

CONGREGATION STANDS

(Those who are ready for Communion come from their seats towards the Altar.)

DEACON: Let us all sing Psalms to our Lord, with a sweet spirit, for He is worthy to be praised in song and psalms. Let all the world sing and proclaim the Lord.

CHOIR: Blessed is the Lord, Christ is sacrifices and shared among us, Alleluia. His body He gives us for food and he bedews us with His Holy Blood, Alleluia. Draw near to the Lord and take ye the light, Alleluia. O taste ye and see how sweet is the Lord, Alleluia. Praise the Lord in the heavens, Alleluia.

(the Curtain opens and Communicants come forward to the foot of the Altar to receive HOLY COMMUNION)

DEACON: With fear and with faith draw near and communicate in holiness.

CHOIR: Our God and our Lord hath appeared unto us; blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

PRIEST: Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance; feed them and lift them up henceforth forevermore.

CHOIR: (HYMN OF GLORY) We are filled with Thy good things, Lord, by tasting of Thy body and blood. Glory in the highest to Thee that hast fed us. Thou who continually dost feed us, send down upon us Thy spiritual blessing. Glory in the highest to Thee that hast fed us.

DEACON: Again in peace let us beseech the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

DEACON: Having received in faith of the Divine, Holy, heavenly, immortal, pure and undefiled Mystery, again give thanks unto the Lord.

CHOIR: (HYMN OF THANKSGIVING) We give thanks to Thee, O Lord, who hast fed us at Thy table of immortality, distributing Thy body and blood for the salvation of the world, and for life unto our souls.

CONGREGATION SITS

The curtain is opened and the offering Plates are passed, after which the Celebrant delivers the SERMON.
CONGREGATION RISES

PRIEST: O Lord, who blesses them that bless Thee and hallows them that put their trust in Thee.

CHOIR: Blessed is God.

PRIEST: Save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Guard the fullness of Thy Church.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Sanctify that they have greeted in love the beauty of Thine house. Do Thou glorify us with Thy divine power and forsake not them that set their trust in Thee.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Grant peace to the whole world, to churches, priests, Christian Kings and their men under arms, and to all Thy people.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: For every good gift and every perfect bounty cometh down from above from Thee, who art the Father of Light and to Thee is fitting glory, dominion and honour, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

CHOIR: Blessed be the Lord’s name from this time forth and evermore. (3 times)

PRIEST: Thou art the fullness of the law and of the prophets, O Christ, God, our Saviour, who didst fulfil all the economies willed of Thy Father; fill us also with thine Holy Spirit.

(If requiem services are performed, HOKOHANKIST, at this time)

(THE LAST GOSPEL)

DEACON: Arise.

PRIEST: Peace unto all.

CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

DEACON: Hearken ye in fear.

PRIEST: To the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John.

CHOIR: Glory to Thee, O Lord our God.

DEACON: Let us attend.

CHOIR: God speaks. (The Priest reads the Gospel of John.)

DEACON: Glory to Thee, O Lord, our God. By the Holy Cross let us beseech the Lord, that He may thereby deliver us from our sins and may save us by the grace of His mercy. Almighty Lord our God, save and have mercy.

PRIEST: Guard us, O Christ our God, under the shadow of Thy Holy and Precious Cross in peace. Deliver us from enemies visible and invisible. Make us worthy to give thanks to Thee and to glorify Thee with the Father and with the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. (The Lord’s Prayer.)