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THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS BASIL THE GREAT ‐‐‐‐‐‐
Ruthenian Recension A Study Text
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It might be useful to update these to the either the RSV‐2CE or the new Revised Grail Psalms (Conception Abby) (which the Roman Catholics will be using in their corrected liturgical texts).   Please note that this edition is a DRAFT and is being made available for public review and comment. When the hardbound edition is prepared there will be a separate review for layout. Please help us find our mistakes!  The requested review is one of content. A separate review of the texts adapted from the Psalter is still to come. Basil the Great. Reproduction of this text may be freely made. but we ask that you check with us before duplicating as the text is expected to be updated regularly until formal publication in book form. and then to publish this as a hardbound and online study text. For ease and economy in printing the document has been designed for duplication on standard 8‐1/2” x 11” paper. We invite any suggestions that would help us make this work more accurate. and that will be attended to when the document is readied for publication. updated to the Septuagint. or have any suggestions to improve the text or rubrics to make them more faithful to the Slavonic original please send them to John Vernoski (jvernoski@byzcath. iii . since there is not yet a common LXX Psalter in use by all Byzantines (Catholic and Orthodox) as recommended in the Liturgical Instruction (#29).] The text for the psalm quotes remains mostly that which was given in the 1964 edition of the Liturgicon (most of which were an adaptation from the Douay‐ Rheims translation. so that you are duplicating the most current version. If you find any mistakes. according to the size selected for the hardcover book. [There are currently some prayers with awkward page breaks.org). where necessary). Our plan is to provide time for those who wish to review and comment to do so.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 5/21/2012 Foreword to the Draft This is a public draft of a study edition of the Ruthenian Liturgicon of the Divine Liturgy of St.

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. Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. ____________ “On the contemporary mania for "liturgical creativity" Ι can only repeat what Ι wrote years ago: [T]he first spontaneity and creativity of Christian worship is that of hearts and minds freely raised to God in love and song and prayer... The Communion. then inasmuch as it reflects older texts. section 18. Pontificio Instituto Orientale (Rome. N. 281. Thanksgiving.. is that of rediscovering full fidelity to its own liturgical traditions. and Concluding Rites. but God. John the Baptist said of Jesus (Jn 3:30). Ι must let the liturgy speak for itself instead of trying to make it speak for me. because the Ruthenian books had not been corrected (as the vulgate books were) on the basis of the Greek Editions printed at the beginning of the seventeenth century. John Chrysostom. not to reshape our liturgy every time we read a new article. not even self‐fulfillment. Ι must decrease’. Although a delicate task that must be executed with care so as not to disturb souls. A History of the Liturgy of St. v . Orientalia Christiana Analecta.: 1219/28. This Recension is older than the rescension commonly called the vulgate. benefiting from its riches and eliminating that which has altered its authenticity. but just to take what we have and use it very well. and that is an excellent principle for liturgical ministers. Volume VI.. September 10.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 “In the first place. Prot. instead of exploiting it as medium of self‐ expression.J.. … The object of worship is not self‐expression. as is also the case for liturgical reform in the West.” Eugene Cardinal Tisserant Congregation for the Eastern Churches. [Most people can] be drawn to participate in a common heritage far nobler and richer than the creation of anyone of us individually. ____________ “The first requirement of every Eastern liturgical renewal. S. What we need is not further to reinvent the wheel. ‘He must increase. 1941 (from the 1996 translation).” Congregation for the Eastern Churches. Such heedfulness is not subordinate to but precedes so‐called updating. The Ruthenian Recension. deserves to be preferred. Circular of the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church to Ruthenian Ordinaries.” Father Robert Taft. it must be coherently and constantly pursued if the Eastern Catholic Churches want to remain faithful to the mandate received. the existence of a distinct Ruthenian Recension has been established. 2008) page 785. 6 January 1996.

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The text of the rubrics been enhanced for study purposes by integrating into it the supplemental rubrics provided in the “Ordo Celebrationis Vesperarum. only the Ordo rubrics for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy with one deacon have been integrated. The Chrysostom rubrics were also used in those places where the Basil text simply referenced the Chrysostom rubrics. 1944). Thirty‐five years have passed. especially for Scriptural references (which tend towards the RSV/RSV‐2CE where possible)) while also being elegant. but some history on this is in order. and printed by the Basilian Abbey of St. and it is reasonable to conduct a review of this translation to see if it can be improved to make it more literally accurate to the official and normative Slavonic texts. For simplicity. In 1976 a very good English translation of the text and rubrics was prepared by the Inter‐Eparchial Liturgical Commissions of the Byzantine‐Ruthenian Metropolitan Province and approved by the Hierarchy of that Province. Most of these additional rubrics were simply directives for when the priest celebrates without the assistance of a deacon. for the most part. the translation of the rubrics from the 1964 Chrysostom edition. “Liturgiam Authenticam” (issued in 2001 by the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments). It was prepared to be in full conformance with the directives given in the “Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches” (issued in 1996 by the Congregation for the Eastern Churches). 1942.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Foreword The normative and official text of the “Divine Liturgy of Our Father Among the Saints. published by the authority of the Holy Apostolic See of Rome. The text of the Divine Liturgy is as given in the 1942 Služebnik. It seemed sensible to offer them in this study edition (the rubrics from the 1942 Služebnik are in red while the additions from the Ordo are in dark red). The approach to this update to the 1964/1976 English translation of the Liturgicons has been “As literal as possible to the normative Slavonic text (looking at the Greek text behind it. and that they very likely would have been included in the 1942 Služebnik had they been available when it was published. Mary of Grottaferrata. The 1976 edition used. although the Služebnik does include some rubrics for when two deacons celebrate. The text of rubrics is also from the 1942 Služebnik. with the Ordo rubrics for two deacons and no deacon having been placed in an appendix (since the celebration with one deacon would be the hoped for norm in every parish). and respecting what the lay faithful have memorized as much as possible”. A careful study of the Ordo suggests that many of the supplemental directives it contains greatly enhance the Služebnik rubrics. and other similar instructions. In several places the rubric was the same as that given in Chrysostom but worded differently or placed in a slightly different location. This study edition includes corrections and changes (mostly affecting the clergy texts). using the 1976/1964 translations as a starting point. Matutini et Divinae Liturgiae Iuxta Recensionem Ruthenorum” (Rome. vii . to which they added additional rubrics from the Basil Liturgy. Basil the Great” for the Ruthenian Recension is given in the typical Church Slavonic edition “Čin Svjaščennyja i Božestvennyja Liturgii” (commonly called the Služebnik).

Stuart Koehl and Sally Green for their reviews of the text and their many suggestions. If you find any mistakes. project editor (jvernoski@byzcath. viii . Greta Koehl (Slavonic) and Father Ihar Labacevich (Slavonic and Greek) for their review and research on a number of questions.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Special thanks to translators Father Deacon Anthony Kotlar (Slavonic and Greek). Please note that this edition is a DRAFT and is being made available for public review and comment.org). to Anthony Esolen. to Archimandrite Serge Keleher for his 2006 book on the Ruthenian Liturgy (see “For Further Study”). Professor of English Literature and Western Civilization at Providence College and senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity for his grammar and style review of the English text. to Hieromonk Elias. or have any suggestions to improve the text or rubrics to make them more faithful to the Slavonic original please sent them to John Vernoski. O. Carm (O’Brien). and to all others who participated in any way.

........................................................................................................................................... 8 PROTHESIS .................................................. 21 THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS BASIL THE GREAT ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 115 FOR FURTHER STUDY .................................................... 9 CENSING ........... 19 ENARXIS ........................................................................................................ 117 ix ........ 111 CONSIDERATIONS ......................................................... 1 PRAYERS BEFORE THE HOLY DOORS ........................................................................................................Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Table of Contents THE ENTRANCE PRAYERS AND VESTING .................. 1 ENTRANCE INTO THE ALTAR .................................................. 104 WITH THE MINISTRY OF TWO DEACONS ........................................................................................................................................................................... 4 VESTING OF THE DEACON ......................................................................................................... 23 DISMISSALS AT DIVINE LITURGY ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 VESTING OF THE PRIEST .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6 WASHING OF THE HANDS ................................................................................................................................................................ 105 WITHOUT THE MINISTRY OF A DEACON ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 THE ORDER OF THE DIVINE LITURGY ..............................................................................................................................

on the Vigil of the Nativity of Christ and of Theophany (when the eve does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday). but only on certain days: the Sundays of the Great Fast (excepting the Sunday of Palms). on Holy and Great Thursday and Holy and Great Saturday. x . The order and rubrics of this holy celebration is the same as that of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. and on the Feast of Saint Basil.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 5/21/2012 Know that this Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great is not sung always.

O Good One. and begin: Deacon: Master.5 Holy God. At the appointed time. come and dwell within us. now and ever. with everyone. Ephesians 3:21.4 Who are everywhere present and fill all things. first of all. and save our souls. 5 Third Apostichon from Vespers of Pentecost. Holy Mighty. they bow before the Holy Doors three times. bless. 6 2 Kings (2 Samuel) 22:31‐33. and together with the deacon.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 5/21/2012 THE RITE OF THE SACRED AND DIVINE LITURGY The Entrance Prayers and Vesting Prayers Before the Holy Doors The priest who intends to celebrate the Divine Mystery must be reconciled.7 have mercy on us. he must keep his heart free from evil thoughts. Comforter. 1 . To the best of his ability. (Three times) 1 Isaiah 26:4.2 Amen. glory to You. 4 John 14:17. The deacon continues: Glory to You. he enters the temple.3 Spirit of Truth. He must abstain from the evening before until his priestly service. Priest: Deacon: Blessed is our God. Revelation 18:8b (Literally: “Holy Strong”). cleanse us of all stain. O Heavenly King. 1 Timothy 1:17.1 and to the ages of ages. 15:26. 2 Isaiah 45:17. 1 John 4:6. our God. Romans 11:36. 7 Romans 1:23. 16:13. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life.6 Holy Immortal. always. 3 John 14:16‐17. and have no animosity toward anyone. facing East.

and Holy Spirit. and the glory. O Lord. and to the Son. and the power. Amen. Who art in heaven. 78(79):9. have mercy. Luke 11:2‐4. but deliver us from evil. now and ever. Give us this day our daily bread.] 2 . Father. cleanse us of our sins. Son. and to the ages of ages. 9 Matthew 6:9‐13. have mercy on us: since we have no defense. 1 Timothy 1:17. O Holy One. forgive our transgressions. now and ever. [The Služebnik includes the “Amen” as part of the doxology prayed by the priest. visit us and heal our infirmities for Your Name's sake. and to the Holy Spirit. 50:4(51:2). And forgive us our trespasses. Lord. 8 Psalm 24(25:11). and to the ages of ages. but since other liturgicons assign this “Amen” to the deacon and it is normal for him to do so. O Most Holy Trinity.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Glory to the Father.50:11(51:9). have mercy on us. (Three times) Glory to the Father. now and ever. and to the Holy Spirit. hallowed be Thy Name.10 The priest and deacon then say: Have mercy on us.9 Priest: Deacon: For Thine is the kingdom. and to the ages of ages. O Lord.8 O Master. as we forgive those who trespass against us. 10 Matthew 6:13 textus receptus. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 18. Amen. Thy kingdom come. and to the Son. Our Father. Amen. it is assumed that this is a typographical error. And lead us not into temptation.

and to the Son. and to the Holy Spirit. 12 Isaiah 64:8. Tone 6. Be not exceedingly angry with us nor mindful of our transgressions. who place our hope in you. may not perish. have mercy on us. Glory to the Father. as Master. and to the ages of ages. deigned to ascend the Cross in the flesh to deliver those whom You have created from the slavery of the enemy. for in You we place our hope. Lord. but look upon us even now with mercy and deliver us from our enemies. and beg forgiveness for our offenses. that we.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 we sinners offer this supplication to You. 14 Exodus 6:6.14 Therefore. You have filled all things with joy. Open to us the doors of mercy.13 Now and ever. O Good One. have mercy on us. for You. 13 This text is the Sessional for the Second Kathisma at Matins of Monday. for you are the salvation of all Christians.11 for You are our God and we are Your people: we all are the work of Your hands. but that through you we may be delivered from misfortune. Romans 7:14. 3 . Amen. They then approach the icon of Christ. O Christ God. O Savior. and. O blessed Mother of God. they say: We bow before Your most pure image. kissing it.15 11 Psalm 135(136):24. Hebrews 2:15. Octoëchos. of Your own will.12 and we call upon Your Name. we gratefully cry out to You: by Your coming to save the world.

Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 They then kiss the icon of the Mother of God. 20 Psalm 143(144):7. for. as always. Tone 2. and the Sessional at the Second Kathisma of Matins. saying this troparion: O Mother of God.16 we cry out to you. O Lord. Octoëchos. deem us worthy of compassion. stretch forth Your hand from Your holy place on high. I will bow towards Your holy temple in fear of You. that. show your power.18 the commander of bodiless Hosts. Friday. fount of mercy. 22 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §101. For Yours is the power and the glory to the ages of ages. 18 Luke 1:19. 17 Luke 1:28. Lead me. 15 This is the Troparion (Apolytikion) for the Sunday of Orthodoxy. 16 Psalm 32(33):22. standing uncondemned before Your fearsome Altar. Tone 2. Look upon a sinful people. because of my enemies direct my way in Your sight. Amen. Your appointed service. saying:22 I will come into Your house. in Your righteousness. “Rejoice!”17 as did once Gabriel. 19 The priest then bows his head and says this prayer: Priest: O Lord.20 and strengthen me for this. 21 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. placing our hope in you. 26. Entrance into the Altar21 The priest and deacon then bow to the choirs on either side and then go into the Altar. 19 This Theotokion is used on Sunday evening and Monday morning in the Octoëchos. the priest by the southern door and the deacon by the northern door. I may celebrate the unbloody sacrifice. 4 .

26 Luke 18:13.23 Having entered the Altar they make three small bows before the Holy Table. for they provoked You. and let them fall by their own counsels.24 Each then takes his sticharion into his right hand and bows three times towards the East. and You will dwell in them. O God. and to the ages of ages. be merciful to me a sinner. always. The Služebnik does not reference the epimanikia (cuffs) here but they are referenced in the Ordo Celebrationis. 23 Psalm 5:8b‐13(7b‐12). § 103. Judge them. 24 Literally.26 Vesting of the Deacon27 Then the deacon. they dealt deceitfully with their tongues. and. “On‐the‐throne‐Cross ”. For You will bless the righteous. bless the sticharion and the orarion. saying: Priest: Blessed is our God. approaches the priest.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 For in their mouths there is no truth. the deacon kisses the Holy Table. bowing his head to him. each time saying quietly:25 Priest and Deacon: O God. 27 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. O Lord: You have crowned us with a shield of Your good will. 28 5 . they both kiss the Hand‐Cross. and. says: Deacon: Master. And let all them be glad that hope in You. holding the sticharion with the orarion28 in his right hand. now and ever. according to the multitude of their wickedness cast them out. their throat is an open sepulchre. their heart is vain. The priest kisses the holy Gospel Book. they shall rejoice forever. and all they that love Your Name shall glory in You. And the priest blesses them. 25 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §102. according to custom. O Lord.

and the other vessels with them (spear [lance]. praying thus: Deacon: My soul shall rejoice in the Lord. glorious in power. and formed me. saying:35 29 The Ordo assigns the “Amen” (which is missing from the Služebnik) to the deacon. covered me with the robe of joy. 34 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation. 30 Isaiah 61:10 LXX. as mentioned above. give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments. He takes his sticharion into his left hand and bows three times towards the East. he puts it on his left shoulder. 33 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §104. O Lord. then he makes the sign of the Cross over his sticharion. O Lord.32 He then goes to the Table of Preparation and arranges the sacred vessels. He unfolds the eiliton. 31 Exodus 15:6‐7a. Customarily the deacon kisses the priest’s hand.31 For the left hand he says: Deacon: Your hands have created me. [More literally: “You grind down Your adversaries”] 32 Psalm 118(119):73. In the greatness of Your glory You shatter Your adversaries. crushes the enemy.33 Vesting of the Priest34 The priest vests in the right of the Altar (or in the sacristy) in the following manner.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Amen. 6 . and covers). asterisk. and the large Cross on the diaconal sticharion. saying for the right hand: Deacon: Your right hand. places the holy discos on the left side and the holy chalice on the right side. and adorned me with beauty as a bride.29 The deacon then goes to one side of the Altar and puts on his sticharion. veils. Then he puts the cuffs (epimanikia) on his hands. He has set a crown upon me as on a bridegroom. 35 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §105. Your right hand.30 Kissing the orarion.

38 Psalm 132(133):2. and made my way blameless. but this omission appears to be a typographical error so it is supplied here. 37 Isaiah 61:10 LXX.40 For the left hand he says: 36 The “Amen” is not in the Slavonic liturgicon. O Lord. and setting me upon high places. he says for the right hand: Your right hand.39 Putting the cuffs (epimanikia) on his hands. crushes the enemy. Amen.36 He then puts on the sticharion. for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation. 40 Exodus 15:6‐7a. saying: My soul shall rejoice in the Lord. 39 Psalm 17:33‐34(18:32‐33). saying: Blessed is God Who pours out His grace upon His priests. now and ever. and adorned me with beauty as a bride. In the greatness of Your glory You shatter Your adversaries. always. glorious in power. covered me with the robe of joy. O Lord. he puts it on. [More literally: “You grind down Your adversaries”] 7 . like a precious ointment on the head. He has set a crown upon me as on a bridegroom. making my feet like the feet of a deer. which runs down upon the beard. Your right hand.37 Then taking the epitrachelion and making the sign of the Cross over it.38 Then taking the cincture (zone or belt) and girding himself with it. the beard of Aaron.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: Blessed is our God. running down to the hem of his garment. he says: Blessed is God Who girds me with strength. and to the ages of ages.

42 Psalm 44:4‐5(45:3‐4). O Lord. The following prayer (adapted from the Bishop's prayer) is used in some places: "If any man would come after me. and blessing and kissing it. in many places it has become the custom for priests to make use of the Pectoral Cross. for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness. and to the ages of ages. 8 .41 He takes the epigonation. saying:43 Your priests.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Your hands have created me. now and ever. I have loved the beauty of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. and I will go around Your altar. 44 Psalm 131(132):9. O Mighty One. Amen.42 always. Taking the phelonion and blessing it. in Your glory and majesty. shall be clothed with righteousness. [in your beauty and goodness] and ride forth victoriously and reign. Washing of the Hands45 The priest and deacon go to the Table of Preparation and wash their hands. 41 Psalm 118(119):73. Amen. take up his Cross. and says: Gird Your sword upon Your thigh. and recount all Your wonderful works. and Your right hand will guide You wondrously. and follow Me. give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments. that I may hear the voice of Your praise. saying: Priest and Deacon: I will wash my hands among the innocent. 45 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. now and ever. if he has one. and to the ages of ages. O Lord. let him deny himself. putting it on after putting on the phelonion." (Luke 9:23) It is provided here only as a possibility. and formed me. he kisses it. O Lord. and Your saints shall rejoice with gladness44 always. 43 While not referenced in the Ruthenian Služebnik.

9 . their right hand is full of bribes. Amen. I walked in my innocence. table where this is done). saying: Priest and Deacon: O God. Hebrews 9:2. the place.46 Prothesis47 They each make three bows before the Preparation Table.48 Priest and Deacon: You have redeemed us from the curse of the Law49 by Your precious Blood. Deacon: And the priest begins: Priest: Deacon: Blessed is our God. O Lord. You poured forth immortality to all mankind. Matthew 12:4. now and ever. bless.] 48 Luke 18:13. and to the ages of ages. 46 Psalm 25(26): 6‐12. by association. O Lord. in whose hands are iniquities. But as for me. etc. glory to You. in liturgical use the laying out of the gifts of bread and wine (and.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Destroy not my soul together with the ungodly. and pierced with a spear.50 Master. always. 1 Kings 21:6 (7) (1 Samuel). 47 An offering. O our Savior. Cf: Exodus 40:23. 49 Galatians 3:13. 2 Chronicles 29:18. My foot stood on an even place. nor my life with men of blood. in the congregations I will bless You. be merciful to me a sinner. redeem me. [The title “Prothesis” is not in the Služebnik. nailed to the Cross. and have mercy on me. 50 Troparion at the Passion Matins (the “Twelve Gospels”) of Holy and Great Friday.

52 Isaiah 53:7a LXX. Acts 8:33. saying: Priest: For His life is taken away from the earth. so He opened not His mouth. 10 . and says at each incision: Let us pray to the Lord. Acts 8:32. 54 Isaiah 53:8 LXX. And the priest inserts the holy spear obliquely into the right side of the prosphora and lifts out the Holy Bread.54 Then into the lower side: Who shall declare His generation?55 The deacon holds the orarion in his right hand and looks with piety upon this mystery. Hebrews 9:14. 53 Isaiah 53:7b LXX. Acts 8:32.57 He then places it. that before its shearer is dumb. 1 Peter 1:19.52 Then into the left side: And like a lamb without blemish.53 Then into the upper side of the seal: In His humiliation judgment of Him was taken away. saying: Priest: In remembrance of our Lord. 57 Isaiah 53:8 LXX. on the holy discos. God.) are not in the Služebnik but are offered here for clarity. After which he says:56 Deacon: Master. Exodus 12:5. 56 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §108. (Three times) He then thrusts the spear into the right side of the seal and says while cutting: Like a sheep led to the slaughter. Acts 8:33. With the spear he makes the sign of the Cross three times over the seal of the prosphora. lift up. Jesus Christ. and Savior. seal downwards. 55 Isaiah 53:8 LXX. and the deacon says: 51 The titles “First Prosphora” (and etc.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 FIRST PROSPHORA51 The priest then takes a prosphora in his left hand and the spear in his right hand. Acts 8:33.

in the form of a Cross. And the priest sacrifices it. where the letters “IC” are imprinted). 11 . bless this holy union. And the priest pierces it with the spear on the right side (in the upper right corner. John 1:29 and 6:51.58 is sacrificed for the life and salvation of the world. 60 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §108. saying:60 Priest: One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear. 58 Cf. 61 John 19:34‐35 (RSV‐2CE). and at once there came out blood and water. 59 Hebrews 10:12‐14. 12:24. pierce.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Master. and saying: Priest: The Lamb of God. and says to the priest: Deacon: Master.61 Then the deacon takes wine and water.59 He turns it over so that the seal is upwards. Who takes away the sin of the world. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true. The deacon says: Deacon: Master. sacrifice.

62 SECOND PROSPHORA The priest then takes a second prosphora in his hand. if there is no deacon) pours wine together with a little water into the holy chalice.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 And having obtained the blessing over them. Cutting off the second particle. And cutting off a particle. Peter and Paul. glorious and all‐praised Apostles. he places it properly below the first particle. 62 The 1950 Roman edition of the Greek text (and other recensions) gives this for the priest: “Blessed is the union of Your Holy Things. and all the holy Prophets. and says: The honorable. Cutting off the first particle. O Lord. 12 . John. Then he says: The honorable and glorious Prophet. the deacon (or priest. 63 Psalm 44:10 LXX. he places it to the left of the Holy Bread. thus starting the first column with it. saying: The Queen stood at your right hand. Forerunner and Baptist.63 THIRD PROSPHORA Then he takes a third prosphora. Amen. and all the other holy Apostles. always. Then he says: The holy. accept this sacrifice upon Your most heavenly Altar. close to the middle. adorned in many colors. now and ever. vested in robes woven with gold. he places it to the right of the Holy Bread. heavenly and bodiless Hosts.” This prayer is not in the Služebnik or the Ordo Celebrationis (see Ordo § 109). and to the ages of ages. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary: through whose prayers. saying: Priest: In honor and memory of our most blessed Lady.

Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Cutting off the third particle. In 2009 his feast day was reassigned to October 31 at the reqest of the Church of Uzhorod. he places it below the first particle of the second column. George. Then he says: Our venerable and God‐bearing Fathers: Anthony. and all the holy Martyrs. Athanasius and Cyril. First‐Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen. the holy Bishop‐Martyr Theodore of Mukachevo64 and all holy Hierarchs. Then he says: The holy Apostle. Cutting off the fourth particle. Gregory the Theologian. thus completing the first column. Blessed Theodore Romzha was beatified as a Martyr for the Faith by Pope John Paul II in 2001. in this way beginning the second column. and John Chrysostom. the Hierarchs: Basil the Great. Sabbas. thus completing the second column. Theodore the Recruit. Onuphrius. Then he says: 64 The official Ruthenian Recension text includes the holy Bishop‐Martyr Josaphat of Polotsk here. he places it below the second. Cyril and Methodius. the teachers of the Slavs. Euthymius. other more recently beatified martyrs of the Communist yoke are sometimes added at the preference of the priest. 13 . Cutting off the fifth particle. he places it near the first particle. the holy Great‐Martyrs: Demetrius. Nicholas of Myra. Then he says: Our holy Fathers among the Saints. On the other hand. but this seems to have fallen into disuse in the Pittsburgh Metropolitanate. and all venerable men and women. he places it below the second particle of the second column. Cutting off the sixth particle.

67 This is an odd usage. the Unmercenaries: Cosmas and Damian. the Orthodox theologian.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The holy Wonder‐Workers. Pope of Rome. the 'New Rome'" (in the Image and Likeness of God. (the Saint of the temple). In the Septuagint archiereus. O God.” is the term for “anointed priest”. 65 Titus 3:4. Cutting off the ninth particle he places it in order below the second particle of the third column. and says: Remember. 66 “Ecumenical” = “Universal”. O Master. through whose prayers. Cutting off the eighth particle. Rome and later Constantinople. In the NT it. FOURTH PROSPHORA Then he takes a fourth prosphora. In some places this is rendered as simply “metropolitan” (omitting the term “archbishop”). Lossky. Then he says: And in memory of Saint N. Pantaleimon and Hermolaus.. p 174‐5 in the 2001 edition). Cyrus and John. 14 . V. (the Saint of the day). of Saint N. The term “ecumenical” is also used in the Old Rite in a general remembrance of the “ecumenical patriarchs”. our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan67 N. he places it at the top. Joachim and Anna. Cutting off the seventh particle. “Pontiff” = “Highpriest”. Lover of Mankind.65 our holy ecumenical pontiff66 N. he places it in order below the first particle of the third column. and all the Saints. beginning a third column. watch over us. Then he says: The holy and righteous Ancestors of God. states that the term "was given as an honorific title to the bishops of the two imperial capitals.. Cf: Leviticus 4:3. is used extensively for the (Jewish) Highpriest. and all the holy Unmercenaries. thus completing the third column. translated here as “pontiff. archiereus.

the soul of Your servant. who has fallen asleep. and the entire episcopate of the Orthodox.) [our concelebrating brother priests. Cutting a particle.. the honorable priesthood. and says: For the blessed memory and the forgiveness of the sins of the blessed founders of this holy temple (if a monastery: of this holy monastery). 69 At this point the priest remembers by name (Christian or monastic) those among those who have fallen asleep for whom he has been asked to pray. he places it below the Holy Bread.] and all our brethren whom You. Then he places each particle below the Holy Bread. the diaconate in Christ. N.68 and for each name he cuts off a particle. by name. in Your compassion. or our hegumen. Then he remembers the bishop who ordained him (if he be among those who have fallen asleep) and any others among those who have fallen asleep. saying: Remember..Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 our God‐loving Bishop N. (If in a monastery: our archimandrite. and all others in priestly orders. O all‐good Master. N. Then he places each particle below the Holy Bread. have called to communion with You. beginning the first horizontal row. 15 .. N. FIFTH PROSPHORA Then he takes the fifth prosphora. saying: Remember. O Lord.. N. N. 68 At this point the priest remembers by name (Christian or monastic) those among the living for whom he has been asked to pray. O Lord. beginning the second horizontal row under the Holy Bread. N. Then he mentions by name those of the living whom he wishes. filling the first horizontal row.. and deacons.69 At the mention of each name he cuts off a particle.

16 . and communion with You. as a pleasing fragrance73 that.71 And taking the sponge72 he gathers the particles together below the Holy Bread on the discos so that they be secure and none fall off. You may send down upon us in return the grace of Your most Holy Spirit. Lover of Mankind. in conclusion he says: And of all our Orthodox fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection. says to the priest: Deacon: Master. having received it on Your most heavenly Altar.70 He then cuts off a particle. according to Your great mercy. eternal life. And immediately he adds: Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 71 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §113. of suitable size. and reserved for this exclusive purpose. He cuts off a particle and places the particle at the end of the row of the living. 73 Ephesians 5:2. It should be noted that additional particles may be added for the living and the dead at any time up until the Great Entrance. my unworthiness. forgive me my every transgression. O Lord. 70 Titus 3:4. And the priest says the Prayer of Incense: Priest: We offer incense to You. THE BLESSING OF INCENSE AND VEILING OF THE GIFTS The deacon then takes the censer and. O Christ. O Lord. bless the incense. our God. putting incense into it. 72 This is a natural sponge. After that he says: Remember also. and. voluntary and involuntary.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Finally.

has covered the heavens. unto length of days. saying: Priest: Deacon: And the star came and stood over the place where the child was. The rivers have lifted up. wonderful is the Lord on high. Your throne is prepared from of old. Master. Your testimonies are a sure pledge. cover. O Lord. And the priest incenses the veil. holiness is becoming to Your house. O Christ. saying: Priest: Deacon: The Lord has reigned. cover. 76 Habbakuk 3:4 (LXX). saying: 74 Matthew 2:9. and covers both the chalice and the discos. You are from everlasting. He is clothed with majesty. the rivers will lift their waves at the voices of many waters. Wonderful are the surges of the sea.74 Let us pray to the Lord. Master. which shall not be moved. The priest incenses the first veil and then covers the Holy Bread and the discos with it. The priest incenses the asterisk (star) and then places it over the Holy Bread. and has girded Himself. O Lord. For He has established the world.75 Let us pray to the Lord. 17 . the Lord is clothed with strength.76 Let us pray to the Lord. the rivers have lifted up their voices.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. saying: Priest: Deacon: Your glory. the aer. 75 Psalm 92(93). The priest incenses the second veil and with it covers the holy chalice. that is. and the earth is filled with Your praise.

79 Isaiah 42:21.77 drive away from us every enemy and foe. for You are good and the Lover of Mankind. have mercy on us and on Your world. to bless and sanctify us: bless these Gifts here set forth before You and accept them on Your most heavenly Altar. 18 . Who was thus well‐pleased. O Lord.78 The priest. the Savior and Redeemer82 and Benefactor. And the priest takes the censer and says the Prayer of Offering: Priest: O God. 77 Psalm 16(17):8b. and keep us without condemnation in the holy celebration of Your divine Mysteries. As You are good and the Lover of Mankind. 82 Isaiah 60:16.80 as food for all the world81 our Lord and God.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: Shelter us under the shadow of Your wings. Jesus Christ. 81 Psalm 135(136):25. 78 Titus 3:4. let us pray to the Lord.79 Always. incenses the prepared Gifts. Who sent forth the heavenly Bread. Make our life peaceful.83 remember those who have brought the offerings and those for whom they are being offered. 80 John 6:32. taking the censer. And they both bow reverently. and save our souls. our God. now and ever. saying: Priest: Deacon: Blessed is our God. and to the ages of ages. The deacon then says: Deacon: For the precious Gifts here set forth. 83 Titus 3:4. Amen.

and to the Holy Spirit.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 For sanctified and glorified is Your most honorable and majestic Name. and to the ages of ages.87 Then he departs and censes the Holy Table all around. our God. 87 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §117. The deacon censes the prepared Gifts in strokes of three. (if it is a Sunday: risen from the dead) through the prayers of His most pure Mother. Father. The priest then begins the dismissal. of our Father among the Saints. Basil the Great. The priest says the dismissal: Priest: May Christ our true God. Son. 19 . and to the Son. saying: Priest: Deacon: Glory to You. Give the blessing. and of all the Saints. Censing86 Deacon: After the dismissal. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Amen. our hope.84 glory to You. as God with the soul in Hades. Glory to the Father. 84 1 Timothy 1:1. the priest proceeds to the Holy Table. Lord. and to the ages of ages. 86 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. saying quietly: Deacon: Bodily in the tomb. and Holy Spirit. in the form of a Cross. have mercy. O Christ. now and ever. Amen. have mercy. with the thief in paradise.85 Amen. Lord. Lord. have mercy on us and save us. for He is good and loves mankind. 85 Titus 3:4. have mercy. now and ever.

and then censes the priest. As the deacon prays Psalm 50 he incenses the apsidal icon and other icons.92 Who are everywhere present and fill all things. He censes the people from the soleas.93 Glory to God in the highest. he again censes the Holy Table in strokes of three. with the Father and the Spirit. good will among men. come and dwell within us. 89 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. but together. Then Psalm 50.88 Prayers Before the Liturgy89 Standing together before the Holy Table.94 (Twice) 88 Ordo §117 & §118. 15:26. he censes the icons on the southern part of the iconostasis.91 Spirit of Truth. beginning with the icon of the Savior. He then leaves the Altar through the northern door and approaches the Holy Doors. the priest and deacon make three bows. and filling all things. Returning the censer to the server. then the left and right choirs.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 and on the throne You are Christ. and on earth peace. uncircumscribed. beginning with the icon of the Mother of God. and save our souls. O Good One. each praying quietly90 and saying: Priest and Deacon: O Heavenly King. but only from the front. cleanse us of all stain. 90 In common practice the priest and deacon pray these quietly. the whole temple through to the narthex. 1 John 4:6. Comforter. After bowing before them. 92 John 14:17. then the icons on the northern part. the deacon stands to the right of the priest. or if it is customary. Returning into the Altar through the southern door. 91 John 14:16. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life. 93 Third Apostichon from Vespers of Pentecost 20 .

Enarxis98 The deacon bows and leaves the Altar through the northern door (since the Holy Doors are kept closed until the Entrance). and holding the orarion with three fingers of his right hand he says: Deacon: It is time for the Lord to act:96 Master. blessing him. 99 Psalm 50:17(51:15). now and ever.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 O Lord. the deacon the Holy Table. always. You shall open my lips. now and ever. May the Lord direct your steps. Master. and my mouth will declare Your praise. 21 . Amen. says: Priest: Deacon: Priest: Deacon: Priest: Deacon: Blessed is our God. Standing in his customary place before the Holy Doors.97 Holy Master. You shall open my lips. pray for me. remember me. [Alternate translation: “It is time to act for the Lord. bless. always. 96 Psalm 118(119):126a.99 94 Luke 2:14. The priest.95 The priest then kisses the holy Gospel Book. 95 Psalm 50:17(51:15). May the Lord God remember you in His kingdom. and to the ages of ages.”] 97 Proverbs 16:9. saying quietly: Deacon: O Lord. 98 This title is not given in the Služebnik but is offered here for clarity. and my mouth will declare Your praise. After which the deacon bows his head to the priest. he bows reverently three times. and to the ages of ages. Amen.

only one of them shall perform the Rite of Preparation. just as the deacon would. saying nothing. etc. 101 Ordo §19g. then he places particles in honor of the Mother of God and all the Saints.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The deacon then intones: Deacon: Master. “It is time for the Lord to act. nor those in the Liturgy before the Gospel. nor those in answer to him. “Master.” are not said. (see page 23) And the priest begins: It should be noted that whenever the priest serves the Liturgy without a deacon.. Blessed is the kingdom. one of the priests begins the Rite of Preparation as usual. 22 ..101 100 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §166. “Master bless... The Curtain (Veil) to the Holy Doors is opened. after which he covers the holy discos and the holy chalice with the aer. but only the ektenies and the Rite of Preparation as prescribed. bless. He incenses. At a Hierarchical Liturgy. he is not to say those words proper to the deacon at the Rite of Preparation.” and.100 Whenever priests concelebrate. during the singing of the Cherubic Hymn. pierce. The bishop himself completes the Rite of Preparation before the Great Entrance. the other concelebrants do not recite the Rite of Preparation separately.” and.

The priest.31. and for the salvation of our souls. 2 Peter 3:14. 106 Psalm 50:3(51:1). People: Lord. 103 Mark 11:10. now and ever. Luke 22:29‐30. let us pray to the Lord.103 People: Amen. and to the ages of ages. and of the Holy Spirit. have mercy. standing in the center before the Holy Table and making the sign of the Cross over the Holy Table with the holy Gospel Book. bless. begins in a raised voice: Priest: Blessed is the kingdom102 of the Father. have mercy. 105 People: Lord. Matthew 17:15. and for the union of all. 106 Deacon: For peace from on high. Luke 18:1. 102 Revelation 1:6. Ephesians 1:3.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS BASIL THE GREAT Deacon: Master. 104 Revelation 7:2.7. 122(123):3. let us pray to the Lord. 107 1 Timothy 2:1. 23 . Colossians 3:15. 107 for the well‐being of the holy Churches of God. This could be rendered “kingship”. Matthew 28:19. 105 Philippians 4:6. Deacon: For peace in the whole world. have mercy.104 Deacon: In peace. 20:30. and of the Son. let us pray to the Lord. People: Lord.

. 110 Jeremiah 29:7. reverence. and the fear of God. The term “ecumenical” is also used in the Old Rite in a general remembrance of the “ecumenical patriarchs”. V. for our God‐loving Bishop N. People: Lord. Deacon: For our holy ecumenical pontiff108 N. “Pontiff” = “Highpriest”. let us pray to the Lord.. and for the faithful living therein. for every city. have mercy. Rome and later Constantinople. archiereus. In the Septuagint archiereus. let us pray to the Lord. Deacon: For our civil authorities109 and all our armed forces.. have mercy. People: Lord. countryside. People: Lord. Deacon: For this city (or: for this village. the diaconate in Christ. Or: For our divinely ‐ protected Emperor N. Cf: Leviticus 4:3. In the NT it. translated here as “pontiff. have mercy. and all the clergy and the people. have mercy. let us pray to the Lord. Pope of Rome.” is the term for “anointed priest”. People: Lord. let us pray to the Lord. 108 “Ecumenical” = “Universal”. the 'New Rome'" (in the Image and Likeness of God.. states that the term "was given as an honorific title to the bishops of the two imperial capitals. Lossky. let us pray to the Lord. the Orthodox theologian.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: For this holy temple and for all who enter it with faith.110 let us pray to the Lord. p 174‐5 in the 2001 edition). Deacon: For our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N. for the venerable priesthood. and all our armed forces.. or King N. 109 1 Timothy 2:2. is used extensively for the (Jewish) Highpriest. or: for this holy monastery). 24 .

for the sick. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. The priest quietly says the prayer of the First Antiphon: Priest: O Lord our God. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. have mercy. and our whole life. People: Lord. most blessed and glorious Lady. Deacon: Remembering our most holy. and for their safety and salvation. have mercy. have mercy. O Lord. Deacon: Help us. People: To You. 111 Acts of the Apostles 14:17. have mercy on us. let us pray to the Lord. People: Lord. save us. 112 Acts of the Apostles 20:23.111 let us pray to the Lord. Job 5:8. and protect us. and land. O God. with all the Saints. let us pray to the Lord. and for peaceful times. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). air. People: Lord. have mercy. for an abundance of the fruits of the earth. let us commend ourselves112 and one another. 25 . the suffering. Psalm 9:35 (10:14). Deacon: For those who travel by sea. and need. People: Lord. Deacon: For favorable weather. the captive. by Your grace. have mercy. Whose might is incomparable.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 People: Lord. most pure. to Christ God. wrath. Deacon: That we be delivered from all affliction.

and to the ages of ages.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Whose glory is incomprehensible. who heals all your diseases. Bless the Lord. Bestow upon us114 and upon those who pray with us the abundance of Your tender mercy and Your compassion. leaves his place. 117 Psalm 102(103):1‐4. sung as the First Antiphon on Sundays and most feast days (Psalm 102):117 People: Bless the Lord. The singers then chant the First Antiphon. now and ever. O my soul. goes and stands before the icon of Christ. 26 . and forget not all His benefits. and Holy Spirit. Psalm 68:17 (69:16). Who crowns you with 113 Ephesians 2:4.1. O Master. 116 The Služebnik does not give the specific texts for the antiphons. Those given here are from the Apostol (the Sunday and daily antiphons). O my soul. Samuel 24:14. blessed are You.8. 1 Chronicles 21:13. First Typical Psalm The abbreviated first Psalm of the Typica. Psalm 118(119):156. and upon this holy temple. Aloud: For to You belongs all glory and honor115 and worship. 114 Psalm 24(25):16. holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand. Father. The excerpts from Psalms 142 and 145 are as abbreviated in many parishes. Who forgives all your iniquity. Who redeems your life from corruption. People: Amen. Son. Whose mercy is immeasurable. and all that is within me. O my soul. O Lord.116 The deacon meanwhile makes a bow. bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord.113 and Whose love for man ineffable: from the tenderness of Your heart look down upon us. 115 1 Timothy 1:17.

122 You. 118 Psalm 65(66):1. and your faithfulness that Your enemies cringe before throughout the night. and all that is within me. and to the Son. all the It is good to give thanks to the earth. Glory to the Father. and For the Lord our God is upright. save us. of God. save us. O Savior. 122 Psalm 91:3 (92:2). Bless the Lord. O Most high.2. of God.119 Through the prayers of the Mother Through the prayers of the Mother of God. O Savior. save us. Let all the earth worship You. 27 . of God. O Lord. save us. 120 Psalm 65(66):4. and to sing praises to Your to Him glorious praise. Glory to the Father. save us. O Savior.123 praises to Your Name. and to the Son. O Savior. Say to God: How awesome are To proclaim Your mercy in the Your deeds! So great is Your power morning. O most High. O Savior.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 steadfast love and mercy. 121 Through the prayers of the Mother Through the prayers of the Mother of God. The following antiphons are also commonly used: First Sunday Antiphon First Weekday Antiphon Shout joyfully to the Lord.118 Name. 121 Psalm 91:2(92:1). let it sing there is no wrong in Him. O Savior. sing praise to His Name. The Lord is compassionate and merciful. 123 Psalm 91:16 (92:15). bless His holy Name! Blessed are You.120 Through the prayers of the Mother Through the prayers of the Mother of God. slow to anger and abounding in mercy. and sing praises to You. 119 Psalm 65(66):3. O my soul. save us. give Lord.

now and and to the Holy Spirit. People: Lord. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. 129 John 1:16. let us pray to the Lord. have mercy. 125 in peace. by Your grace. most blessed and glorious Lady. The priest quietly says the prayer of the Second Antiphon:127 Priest: O Lord. save us. 28 . let us commend ourselves126 and one another. Amen. People: Lord. ever. save us. O God. O Savior. 130 Psalm 25(26):8. save Your people and bless Your inheritance. and our whole life. most pure.130 124 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §120. he says:124 Deacon: Again and again. Deacon: Help us.128 preserve the fullness of Your Church. Through the prayers of the Mother Through the prayers of the Mother of God. 127 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §120. to Christ God.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 and to the Holy Spirit. 126 Acts of the Apostles 20:23. O Lord. save us. our God. and to the ages of ages. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. Deacon: Remembering our most holy. 125 1 Thessalonians 5:17. having made a bow. Amen. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). 128 Psalm 27(28):9. O Savior. have mercy. People: To You. and to the ages of ages. Job 5:8. have mercy on us. At the conclusion of the antiphon the deacon returns and stands in his customary place before the Holy Doors and. Psalm 9:35 (10:14). and protect us. of God. now and ever. with all the Saints. 129 sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house.

and to the ages of ages. People: Amen. but now stands before the icon of the Mother of God. The Služebnik does not give the specific texts for the antiphons. 131 John 17:22. 132 Psalm 26(27):9. O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live. Put not your trust in princes. 135 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §120. 133 Psalm 16(17):7. and all that is in them. on that very day his plans perish.133 Aloud: For Yours is the might. and Yours is the kingdom and the power. Those given here are from the Apostol (the Sunday and daily antiphons). in whom there is no salvation. 134 Matthew 6:13a (textus receptus).135 Second Typical Psalm The second Psalm of the Typica. The excerpts from Psalms 142 and 145 are as abbreviated in many parishes. Son. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. and Holy Spirit.131 and do not forsake us132 who hope in You. the sea.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 glorify them in return by Your divine power. When his breath departs he returns to the earth. and the deacon does the same thing as he did during the first prayer. sung as the Second Antiphon on Sundays and most feast days (Psalm 145):136 People: Praise the Lord.134 Father. The Second Antiphon is then chanted in the same manner by the singers. whose hope is in the Lord his God. and the glory. 29 . in the sons of men. I will sing praises to my God while I have being. 136 Psalm 145(146):1‐10. now and ever. Who made heaven and earth.

The Lord sets the prisoners free. O God. The Lord will reign forever. for length of days.137 O Son of God.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Who keeps faith forever. O God. Through the prayers of Your Saints. The Lord watches over the sojourners. O let all the peoples praise You. Alleluia.139 Lord. holiness befits Your house. and majesty. 139 Psalm 66:4 (67:3). 141 Psalm 92(93):2. Alleluia. and bless The Lord reigns. robed is the Lord and girt about with strength.142 O Son of God. risen from the dead. to all generations. save us. earth. Through the prayers of Your Saints. the Lord loves the righteous. O Savior. Who executes justice for the oppressed. Let the peoples praise You. He is clothed in us. That Your way may be known upon For He has made the world firm. save us. who gives food to the hungry. Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed. O Zion.141 salvation. save us who sing to You. Alleluia. risen from the dead. save us. save us who sing to You.138 O Son of God. risen from the dead. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. 137 Psalm 66:2 (67:1). but the way of the wicked He will bring to ruin. 30 . 140 Psalm 92(93):1. save us who sing to You.140 have mercy on us. Through the prayers of Your Saints. among all nations Your which shall not be moved. 138 Psalm 66:3 (67:2). the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. He upholds the widow and the fatherless. 142 Psalm 92(93):7. O Savior. your God. let Your face shine upon us. The following antiphons are also commonly used: Second Sunday Antiphon Second Weekday Antiphon Be gracious to us. O Savior.

have mercy on us. save us. and our whole life. most blessed and glorious Lady. People: Lord. 144 Ordo §121. People: The priest quietly says the prayer of the Third Antiphon:146 143 The Služebnik does not give the specific text for the Hymn of the Incarnation. Job 5:8. in peace. 146 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §121. Deacon: Help us. and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 31 . O only‐begotten Son and Word of God. and became man without change. let us pray to the Lord. Deacon: Remembering our most holy. O God. To You. though immortal. have mercy. People: Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Glory to the Father. 145 Acts of the Apostles 20:23. Amen. have mercy. now and ever. glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit. deigned for our salvation to become incarnate of the holy Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. by Your grace. O Christ God. let us commend145 ourselves and one another. prays the litany:144 Deacon: Again and again. You were crucified. and to the ages of ages. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. save us. standing in his customary place. and by death have trampled Death: being One of the Holy Trinity. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). most pure. O Lord. Who.143 The deacon. to Christ God. Psalm 9:35 (10:14). but it was included in the 1964 edition. with all the Saints. and protect us.

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Priest:

You, Who promised to grant the petitions of two or three united together in Your Name,147 and have given us the grace to offer these prayers with a single and united voice,148 hear also now the petitions of Your servants that will be for their benefit, granting us in this present age the knowledge of Your truth,149 and in the age to come eternal life.150
Aloud:

For You are good, O God, and the Lover of Mankind,151 and to You we send up glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. People: Amen.
The deacon returns to the Altar through the southern door.152 At this time the Holy Doors are opened for the Little Entrance. The singers chant the third antiphon, or if it be Sunday, the Beatitudes; when they begin to sing the “Glory...”153 the priest and the deacon, who are standing before the Holy Table, make three bows; then the priest takes the holy Gospel Book and gives it to the deacon and, preceded by candle‐bearers, they go to the right and pass behind the Holy Table and leave the Altar through the northern door, thus making the Little Entrance. When they come before the Holy Doors, the candlebearers, one near the icon of the Savior and the other near the icon of the Mother of God, stand facing one another. The priest stands in the center and the deacon slightly in front of him and to his right.154

147 Matthew 18:19‐20. 148 Romans 15:16. 149 1 Timothy 2:4; Hebrews 10:26. 150 Cf. Luke 18:30. 151 Titus 3:4. 152 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §121. 153 The reference to the “Glory” assumes that the changeable troparia (which are not given in the Služebnik)

are interwoven into the Beatitudes. When they are omitted there is no “Glory…now and ever…” to the Beatitudes. When the daily or festal Third Antiphon is sung, the “Glory… now and ever” comes after the Little Entrance (during the troparia) in such a way that the connection with the Third Antiphon is not readily apparent. 154 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §122.

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The Beatitudes
The Beatitudes, sung as the Third Antiphon on Sundays and most feast days (Matthew 5:3‐12a):

People:

In Your Kingdom, remember us, O Lord, (when You come into Your kingdom).155 Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

The following antiphons are also commonly used:

Third Sunday Antiphon

Third Weekday Antiphon

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us shout with joy to God Lord; let us shout with joy to God

155 Luke 23:42.

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our Savior. 156

our Savior. 159

O Son of God, risen from the O Son of God, wondrous in Your dead, save us who sing to You: Saints, 160 save us who sing to Alleluia! You: Alleluia! Let us come into His presence Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving, and let us with thanksgiving, and let us joyfully sing psalms to Him. 157 joyfully sing psalms to Him. 161 O Son of God, risen from the O Son of God, wondrous in Your dead, save us who sing to You: Saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Alleluia! For God is a great Lord, and a For God is a great Lord, and a great King over all the earth. 158 great King over all the earth. 162 O Son of God, risen from the O Son of God, wondrous in Your dead, save us who sing to You: Saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Alleluia!
The priest and deacon both bow their heads.

Deacon:

Let us pray to the Lord. PRAYER OF THE ENTRANCE

The priest quietly recites the prayer of the Entrance.

Priest:

O Master, Lord our God, You established in the heavens orders and armies of angels and archangels to serve Your glory.

156 Psalm 94(95):1. 157 Psalm 94(95):2. 158 Psalm 94(95):3. 159 Psalm 94(95):1. 160 Exodus 15:11. 161 Psalm 94(95):2. 162 Psalm 94:3.

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meanwhile the singers chant the entrance hymn. raises the holy Gospel Book a little. The priest. The deacon then replaces the holy Gospel Book upon the Holy Table. 165 Hebrews 10:19. and with us glorifying Your goodness. honor163 and worship. 168 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §122. make a reverence and return to their places. Son. blessing towards the East. bless the holy entrance.168 People: Come. save us who sing to Your Saints. The candlebearers. and Holy Spirit. serving together with us. 167 1 Esdras 9:46. For to You belongs all glory. says:164 Priest: Blessed is the entrance into Your Holy Place. 165 always. holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand and pointing to the East. let us worship and bow 169 before Christ: Sundays: Weekdays: O Son of God. risen from the O Son of God. who kisses it. 35 . and the priest follows him. says to the priest: Deacon: Master. coming together before the Holy Doors. 164 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §122. When the last troparion166 is concluded. now and ever. 170 save us who You: Alleluia! sing to You: Alleluia! 163 I Timothy 1:17. now and ever. and standing in front of the priest.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Make with our entrance an entrance of holy angels. saying: Deacon: Wisdom! Stand aright! 167 The deacon then makes a bow and enters the Altar. Amen. 166 The troparia referenced are those interwoven with the Beatitudes or the final verse of antiphon. 170 Exodus 15:11. and to the ages of ages. and to the ages of ages. The deacon then presents the holy Gospel Book to the priest. Father. the deacon goes to the center. 169 Psalm 94(95):6. When the prayer is concluded the deacon. wondrous in dead.

173 Wisdom 1:14.174 adorning him with Your every good gift. 177 2 Corinthians 7:10. meanwhile the priest says this prayer: PRAYER OF THE THRICE HOLY Priest: O Holy God. Out of nothingness You have brought all things into being. 176 Isaiah 54:8‐9. cf. 174 Genesis 1:26‐27.176 You have appointed repentance for his salvation. 171 are praised by the Thrice‐Holy cry of the Seraphim. both voluntary and involuntary. and giving to him who asks wisdom and understanding.180 O Master. Sanctify our souls and bodies. 171 Isaiah 57:15 LXX.178 to stand before the glory of Your Holy Altar.177 Even at this hour You have permitted us. You rest in Your Holy Place. Your lowly and unworthy servants. Forgive our every transgression. accept the Thrice‐Holy hymn from the mouths of us sinners and visit us in Your goodness. 172 Isaiah 6:1‐5. 180 Psalm 64(65):1.173 creating man after Your own image and likeness. 36 .172 are glorified by the Cherubim. 175 2 Paralipomenon (Chronicles) 1:10. and worshipped by every heavenly Power. 2 Maccabees 7:28.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The appointed troparia are chanted.179 offering the worship and praise that is Your due. 178 Luke 17:10. 179 Jude 24.175 Not despising the sinner.

and to the ages of ages. on certain days of the year the trisagion is replaced with other hymns. Holy Immortal. People: Amen. our God. the deacon. 182 If there no deacon the priest takes this. 183 Literally: “Holy Strong”. it is also recited by the priest and deacon who at the same time make three bows before the Holy Table. have mercy on us. from the ages. While the Trisagion is being sung. and to the Holy Spirit. and to You we send up glory. Son. Holy Mighty. Father. now and ever. and Holy Spirit. The singers continue: People: Holy God. 184 The text of the Trisagion is not in the Služebnik. The priest blesses him and intones: Priest: For You are holy. bless this occasion for the thrice‐holy hymn. intones with a raised voice:182 Deacon: And to the ages of ages. The deacon approaches the Holy Doors and. 184 (Three times) Glory to the Father. bowing his head and with three fingers holding his orarion in his hand. have been well‐pleasing to You. Also. have mercy on us. pointing to those standing outside the Altar. now and ever. 37 . Holy God.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Enable us to serve You in holiness all the days of our lives.181 through the prayers of the holy Mother of God and all the Saints who. have mercy on us. Amen. 183 Holy Immortal. When the singers come to the last troparion. Holy Mighty. The deacon says to the priest: 181 Luke 1:74‐75. Holy Immortal. and to the Son. says to the priest: Deacon: Master.

Isaiah 6:1. the priest saying as he goes: Priest: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.187 always. 186 Matthew 19:28.185 Deacon: Master. the deacon comes before the Holy Doors and says: Deacon: Priest: Let us be attentive!188 Peace be to all. 98[99]:1. Psalm 79:2b (80:1b). And they go to the high place behind the Holy Table.]190 Deacon: Wisdom! Let us be attentive! The singers chant the Prokimenon and its verse. Mark 11:9b. 38 . 187 2 Kings 19:15 LXX. Note that the priest does not ascend the high place nor does he sit on it. When the thrice‐holy hymn is ended. This response is not in either the Služebnik or the Ordo. Or: A reading from the epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle 185 Psalm 117(118):26a. Matthew 21:9b.186 seated upon the Cherubim. Luke 13:35b. but he sits on the south side of the high throne. Deacon: Wisdom! The Reader. announces the title of the Epistle:191 Reader: A reading from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. 191 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §125. Or: A reading from the catholic epistle of Saint James. usually taken from the psalms of David. As it is commonly used it is offered here. But since it is given in almost every other liturgicon (including the 1629 Mohyla and the Old Rite) it might be an unintended omission. Or: A reading from the epistle of Saint Peter. 25:31. bless the chair on high. 189 John 20:19. command. standing before the soleas in the center of the temple. 188 Proverbs 4:20. 189 [Reader: And to your spirit. 190 2 Timothy 4:22. now and ever. Priest: Blessed are You on the throne of the glory of Your kingdom. and to the ages of ages.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Master.

Lover of Mankind. and to the ages of ages. This response is not in either the Služebnik or the Ordo. the priest stands before the Holy Table and says the following prayer. Or: to the Corinthians. the icons of the iconostasis.198 192 The listing in the Služebnik is incomplete. Priest: Blessed is our God. THE PRAYER BEFORE THE GOSPEL Priest: O Master. the entire Altar and the priest. 195 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §126. 39 .]193 Deacon: Wisdom! Let us be attentive! People: Alleluia! (with verses) During the singing of the Alleluia the deacon takes the censer. [Reader: And to your spirit. and the people. puts incense into it.]194 Having received blessing from him. 197 2 Corinthians 4:6. As it is commonly used it is offered here. 194 This blessing is not in the Služebnik but is in the Ordo §129. always now and ever.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 to the Romans. But since it is given in almost every other liturgicon (including the 1629 Mohyla and the Old Rite) it might be an unintended omission. 195 Meanwhile. Or: to the Galatians. 193 2 Timothy 4:22. Amen. quietly. [Reader]. 196 Titus 3:4. and goes to the priest: [Deacon: Master.197 Open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel.196 shine forth within our hearts the pure light of Your divine knowledge. bless the incense. both choirs.192 Deacon: Let us be attentive! When the Epistle has been read the priest says: Priest: Peace be to you. the deacon censes the Holy Table round about.

together with Your Father. the deacon holds his orarion with the tips of his fingers and pointing to the holy Gospel Book.202 and to You we send up glory.200 we may lead a spiritual life. and life‐creating Spirit. and to the ages of ages. 204 John 6:63. The priest hands him the Gospel Book. bless the proclaimer of the Gospel of the holy Apostle and Evangelist N. 201 1 John 3:22. our Lord Jesus Christ. Deacon: Amen. The priest. 199 Psalm 90(91):13. grant that you proclaim the Word with great power. are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies. so that. both thinking and doing those things which are pleasing to You. blessing him. for the fulfillment of the Gospel of His beloved Son. 202 John 1:9.204 now and ever. having trampled199 all carnal passions.203 and with Your all‐holy.201 For You. glorious and all‐praised Apostle and Evangelist N. says: Priest: May God. O Christ God. Bowing his head to the priest. The deacon returns the censer to its proper place and comes to the priest. Who is without beginning. Amen. 198 Ephesians 1:18.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments. 203 Isaiah 9:6. through the prayers of the holy. 40 . . 200 1 Peter 2:11. good. saying: Deacon: Master.

turns toward the west and intones (if there be a second deacon. or he sets it on the right side of the Holy Table. glory to You.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The deacon bows to the holy Gospel Book and takes it. LITANY OF FERVANT SUPPLICATION208 The deacon stands at his usual place. who kisses it and places it in the center of the Holy Table in front of the artophorion. 206 2 Timothy 4:22. there joined by the candle‐bearers (who have left the Altar through the side doors). People: Glory to You. (but if there be a second deacon he intones instead of the priest): Priest: Let us be attentive! When the Gospel has been read. he intones instead of the priest): Priest: Wisdom! Stand aright and listen to the Holy Gospel. glory to You. The deacon goes to the Holy Doors and hands the closed Gospel Book to the priest. The priest intones the following. The priest stands before the Holy Table. Glory to You. the priest says: Priest: People: Peace be with you who have proclaimed the Holy Gospel. 208 This title is not in the Služebnik. he continues to the ambo or to the place from which the Gospel lesson is to be proclaimed.206 Deacon: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to N. and begins as follows: 205 John 20:19. 207 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §126. 41 . He proceeds through the Holy Doors and. O Lord. Peace be to all.207 The Holy Doors are closed. O Lord. 205 People: And to your spirit.

. 102(103):8.213 Deacon: [In parish churches:] Again we pray for our holy ecumenical pontiff N. have mercy. Deacon: O Lord Almighty. have mercy. have mercy. 212 Psalm 50:3(51:1). 42 . and with our whole mind. and for our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N. 210 Exodus 3:13 – and dozens of other places in the Holy Scriptures.210 we pray You. hear and have mercy.. 213 Psalm 85(86):5. hear and have mercy. 211 Psalm 50:3(51:1). Matthew 23:37. accept this fervent supplication from Your servants and have mercy on us according to the greatness of Your mercy. (Three times) THE PRAYER OF SUPPLICATION The priest quietly prays: Priest: O Lord our God. People: Lord. Have mercy on us. O God. People: Deacon: Lord. God of our fathers. 102(103):8. according to Your great mercy. 209 Deuteronomy 6:5 LXX. for our God‐loving Bishop N.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Let us all say with our whole soul. Pope of Rome. for those who serve and have served in this holy temple..211 we pray You.209 let us say. 212 Send down Your compassions upon us and upon all Your people who await the abundant mercy that comes from You. People: Lord.

People: Lord. and for all our brethren in Christ. and hegumen N. have mercy. Or: For our divinely ‐ protected Emperor N.. People: Lord... have mercy. (Three times)] Deacon: Again we pray for our civil authorities214 and all our armed forces. People: Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 for our spiritual fathers. and for our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N. (Three times) 214 1 Timothy 2:2. or King N. for his health and salvation... have mercy.. for our spiritual fathers. have mercy. archimandrite N. proto‐hegumen N. and for all Orthodox Christians. 43 . for our most venerable hieromonks: proto‐archimandrite N.. for our God‐loving Bishop N. People: Lord. for those who have given us alms..215 Again we pray for the people here present216 who await Your great and abundant mercy. 215 This ektene has many variations.. and for all our brethren in Christ. (Three times) [Deacon: In monasteries: Again we pray for our holy ecumenical pontiff N. for those who serve and have served in this holy monastery. 216 Literally: “Standing here”. and for all our armed forces. (Three times) Deacon: Petitions for special intentions can be added at this time. Pope of Rome.

have mercy on them.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: For You are a merciful God and the Lover of Mankind. have mercy. bow your heads to the Lord.217 and to You we send up glory. and apostolic Church. have mercy. catholic. by Your grace. People: Lord. and to the ages of ages. have mercy. Deacon: Catechumens. Deacon: Faithful. Deacon: Make them one with Your holy. Father. and protect them. People: Amen. Deacon: Reveal to them the Gospel of righteousness. now and ever. pray to the Lord. have mercy. Deacon: Teach them the word of Truth. People: Lord. let us pray for the catechumens: O Lord. Deacon: Save them. help them. People: Lord. 44 . People: Lord. O Lord. LITANY FOR THE CATECHUMENS The deacon continues: Deacon: Catechumens. People: To You. and Holy Spirit. People: Lord. have mercy. have mercy. Son. have mercy on them. People: Lord. O God. 217 Titus 3:4.

223 Matthew 26:28. You that dwell in the heavens219 yet look down upon all Your works.222 the forgiveness of sins. look down upon Your servants. and Holy Spirit. The deacon says: Deacon: All catechumens. the catechumens. 220 Literally: necks. now and ever. depart! The first deacon again says: 218 Ordo §127.221 Make them honorable members of Your holy Church. 45 . Son. our true God. People: The priest now unfolds the eiliton.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 PRAYER FOR THE CATECHUMENS The priest prays quietly:218 Priest: O Lord our God. and to the ages of ages.224 Aloud: Priest: That with us they also may glorify Your most honorable and majestic Name. 224 John 17:3. Deem them worthy of the waters of regeneration. so that they may come to know You.223 and the robe of incorruption. who have bowed their heads before You. Father. 221 Matthew 11:30. Amen. 219 Psalm 122[123]:1. the first deacon says): Deacon: Catechumens. 222 Titus 3:5.220 and bestow upon them an easy yoke. he now says (but if not. depart! If there be a second deacon.

230 so that. 226 1 Timothy 3:16.228 to be ministers229 at Your holy Altar: through the power of Your Holy Spirit enable us for this service. 1 Peter 2:5.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: All catechumens. 236 Hebrews 9:7. save us. 232 Hebrews 13:15. You that have revealed to us this great Mystery of salvation226 and have appointed us. 228 Luke 17:10. in peace. and protect us.235 both for our sins and for the ignorances of the people. 230 2 Corinthians 4:1. FIRST PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL The priest prays quietly:225 Priest: O Lord. Daniel 3:31. 46 . by Your grace. 227 1 Timothy 1:12. have mercy on us. all the faithful. 225 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §128. 233 1 Corinthians 12:6. You that work all things in all. depart! Let none of the catechumens remain. again and again. People: Lord. 235 Romans 15:16.236 Deacon: People: Help us. 234 1 Peter 2:5.232 O Lord. Lord. 231 Jude 24.227 Your lowly and unworthy servants. let us pray to the Lord. O God. 229 2 Corinthians 3:6. standing without condemnation before Your holy glory.231 we may offer to You the sacrifice of praise.233 grant that our sacrifice may be acceptable234 and well‐pleasing in Your presence. have mercy. have mercy. ESV: “Unintentional sins”.

People: Lord. save us. 47 . have mercy. in peace. and protect us. v. honor. 242 1 Timothy 1:12. now and ever. sinful. 241 Romans 15:13. SECOND PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL The priest prays quietly:238 Priest: O God.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Wisdom! The priest says aloud: Priest: For to You belongs all glory. 240 Jude. 243 Ephesians 6:19.241 strengthen us for this service242 and give us the words at the opening of our mouth243 whereby we may call down the grace of Your Holy Spirit upon the Gifts we are about to set forth. and Holy Spirit. 237 1 Timothy 1:17. Lord.240 Through the power of the Holy Spirit. in Your mercy and compassion239 You have visited our lowliness. Your lowly. Amen. to serve at Your holy Altar in the presence of Your holy glory. Deacon: People: Help us. You have appointed us. Son. let us pray to the Lord. 239 Psalm 102[103]:4. have mercy on us. 238 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §128. O God. by Your grace. 24.237 and worship. Daniel 3:31. have mercy. and to the ages of ages. and unworthy servants.. People: Deacon: Again and again. Father.

Son. 8. the King of Glory. and to the ages of ages. and approaches the priest. and to the ages of ages. the iconostasis. 245 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §129. may we send up glory to You. The Holy Doors are now opened. now and ever. 48 . to draw near to You. Blessed is our God. People: Amen. On his return into the Altar the deacon censes the priest. 10. even for the heavenly Powers themselves. For this incensation the deacon leaves the Altar through the northern door and returns through the southern door. Yet because of Your ineffable and immeasurable love for mankind248 244 Ordo Celebrationis. Amen. and the people. [At the beginning of the Cherubic Hymn the deacon takes the censer. § 129. Father. saying: Deacon: Priest: Master. Titus 3:3.]244 The deacon quietly recites Psalm 50 while censing around the Holy Table and the entire Altar. 246 1 Peter 2:11.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Wisdom! The deacon enters the Altar by the northern door. sets incense into it. bless the incense. the choirs. 248 Titus 3:4.245 Meanwhile the priest says the following prayer quietly: Priest: No one bound by carnal passions and pleasures246 is worthy to come before You. The priest says aloud: Priest: Ever guarded by Your might. 247 Psalm 23(24):7. 9.247 for to serve You is great and fearful. and Holy Spirit. now and ever. or to serve You. always.

251 1 Paralipomenon (1 Chronicles) 29:11.255 Your sinful and unprofitable servant. I beseech You. 254 Isaiah 57:15 LXX. Romans 15:13. 49 .259 clothed with the grace of the priesthood.256 and cleanse my heart and soul from an evil conscience. unbloody sacrifice. 260 Romans 15:16. Romans 15:16. Your Holy Table. 142(143):7 262 Wisdom 9:4. rule over all things in heaven and on earth.257 and by the power of the Holy Spirit258 enable me.250 gave into our keeping the sacred ministry of this liturgical. 252 Ezekiel 10:1 253 John 1:49.262 249 Hebrews 5:5. as the Master of All. Luke 13:25 (some translations use “servants”). 17:10. and offer the sacred Mystery of Your holy and most pure Body and precious Blood. 259 2 Corinthians 3:6. to stand before this. 255 Psalm 24(25):16. Who alone are good and ready to hear me: look with favor upon me. O Lord our God. 256 Matthew 25:26. 261 Psalm 68:18 (69:17).251 are borne aloft on the throne of the Cherubim.260 With my head bowed low. I come to You and I pray to You: turn not your face away from me.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 without change and without alteration You became man and were appointed our High Priest249 and.261 nor shut me out from among your children. [Literally: slave] 257 Hebrews 10:22 258 Luke 4:14. Luke 19:22.254 Therefore. 250 Job 5:8 LXX.252 and are the Lord of the Seraphim and the King of Israel. For You alone.253 Who alone are holy and rest in Your Holy Place.

O Christ our God. small bow after each recitation. who mystically represent the Cherubim. Who receive and are distributed. and with Your all‐holy. to offer these Gifts to you. now set aside all earthly cares.263 now and ever.265 Priest and Deacon: Let us. Alleluia!” 50 . 266 That we may receive the King of all. your sinful and unworthy servant.267 Alleluia. O Lord. in Your kingdom. with hands elevated on high. be a partaker of Your mystical supper. Alleluia! (Three times) On Great Thursday the following is chanted instead of the above: Let me this day.268 263 John 6:63. invisibly escorted by angelic Hosts.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 but allow me. for it is You. Who offer and are offered. 267 More literally: “That we may raise on high the King of all. and sing the thrice‐holy hymn to the life‐creating Trinity. and to the ages of ages. Alleluia. and to You we send up glory. invisibly borne in triumph by angelic hosts. good. and life‐creating Spirit. with Your Father.264 together say the following hymn three times. 264 By custom the priest elevates both his hands. and make a single. Amen. Upon completing the censing. 266 Luke 8:14. the deacon raises only his right hand (holding the orarion). for I will not reveal Your Mysteries to Your enemies. nor will I betray You with a kiss as did Judas. the deacon takes his place at the priest’s right and holds the censer with the ring finger of his left hand. Who is without beginning. 265 Ordo §129. Both deacon and priest. O Son of God. but like the repentant thief I openly profess You: Remember me.

Lift up your hands to the holy place. 270 Ezekiel 1:18. The candlebearers. the deacon. The priest himself takes into his hands the chalice. 271 Isaiah 6:2. Powers and Principalities. Holding the end of the orarion in his left hand. The candlebearers proceed to the Holy Doors where they stand facing one another. saying: The priest. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords269 comes to be sacrificed and to be given as food to the faithful. 273 Luke 18:13. The deacon leads the priest to the preparation table and there the priest takes the censer and censes the Holy Gifts in strokes of three while praying quietly: 272 Priest: O God. if they so desire. and let it stand with fear and trembling. 274 The deacon says to the priest: Deacon: Priest: Master. and the priest all depart in order through the northern door. lift up. 269 1 Timothy 6:15.273 The priest returns the censer to the deacon. the many‐eyed Cherubim270 and the six‐winged Seraphim. with full attention and reverence.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 On Great Saturday the following is chanted instead of the above: Let all mortal flesh keep silence.276 268 Luke 23:42. 51 . the priest and deacon kiss the Holy Table and. be merciful to me a sinner. having no earthly thought.275 The priest takes the aer and places it on the deacon's left shoulder. who holds it with one of the fingers of his right hand. 275 Psalm 133(134):2. 274 Ordo §129. 276 Ordo §129. takes the discos covered with its veil. and places it on the head of the deacon. the hand Cross. and holds it before his breast. the deacon holds the discos to his forehead with both hands. 272 Ordo §129. covered with a small veil. and bless the Lord. Before Him go the choirs of Angels.271 They cover their faces while they chant: “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!” Where it is customary.

280 277 Ordo §129. the priest turns to the people at the conclusion “and all you Orthodox Christians…. The singers complete the hymn.. or King N. 280 Ordo §19g and §130.. standing on the right.. Coming before the Holy Doors. Pope of Rome. archimandrite N. and to the ages of ages. our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N. always. and monastic order.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom all you Orthodox Christians. The candlebearers bow together before the Holy Doors and return to their places. 278 Ordo §129. now and ever.. 279 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §130. The deacon proceeds through the Holy Doors into the Altar where. the priest sets the holy chalice upon the Holy Table.). he awaits the priest. he also sets it upon the Holy Table to the left of the chalice. and our God‐loving Bishop N.. 277 The priest intones: Priest: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom..279 The Holy Doors and the Curtain (Veil) are now closed. the noble and ever‐memorable founders and benefactors of this holy temple (holy monastery).” 278 People: Amen.. always. and to the ages of ages. and taking the holy discos from the deacon's head. our proto‐hegumen N. and all you Orthodox Christians. our holy ecumenical pontiff N. 52 . and all our armed forces.) and the entire priestly. now and ever. Entering the Altar through the Holy Doors. (our very reverend father proto‐archimandrite N.. our hegumen N. diaconal. our civil authorities (Or: our divinely ‐ protected Emperor N.

holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand. Then You shall accept the sacrifice of justice. The deacon replies: Deacon: May the Lord God remember your priesthood in His kingdom.284 May the Spirit Himself serve together with us all the days of our lives. Mark 15:45‐46. with fragrant spices. then shall they lay calves upon Your altar. John 19:38‐42). he censes the Holy Gifts three times.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The priest removes the veils from the holy discos and the holy chalice and places them to one side of the Holy Table.285 281 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §130. The deacon also bows his head and. Taking the aer from the deacon's shoulder and censing it above the censer. that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up. my fellow‐celebrant. and the power of the Most High overshadow you. 285 Romans 8:26. Luke 23:50‐56. and. O Lord. 53 . says to the priest: Deacon: Priest: May the Holy Spirit come upon you. 283 Psalm 50:20‐21(51:18‐20). saying: Priest: Deal favorably. saying:281 Priest: The noble Joseph took down from the Tree Your most pure Body. placed it in a new tomb. 282 Holy and Great Saturday. in Your good will with Sion.283 Then he gives back the censer and bows his head and says to the deacon: Priest: Remember me. he covers the Holy Gifts with it. oblations and whole burnt offerings. Troparion (Apolytikion) (Cf: Matthew 27:57‐60. He wrapped it in pure linen. brother and fellow‐celebrant. 284 Luke 1:35. 282 Taking the censer from the deacon's hand. The priest says to the deacon: Priest: Pray for me.

287 and need. he says: Deacon: Let us complete our prayer to the Lord. 288 Psalm 9:33 (10:12). 33:10 (34:9). have mercy. always.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The deacon says to the priest: Deacon: Priest: Deacon: Remember me. Amen. Deacon: For this holy temple and for all who enter it with faith. 286 wrath. have mercy. have mercy. Standing in his customary place. leaves through the northern door. now and ever. The priest quietly says the Prayer of the Offertory (Prothesis) after the Holy Gifts have 286 Psalm 33:7 (34:6). People: Lord. holy Master. People: Lord. Deacon: For the precious Gifts here set forth. let us pray to the Lord. reverence. LITANY OF SUPPLICATION The deacon bows to the priest. have mercy. and to the ages of ages. and the fear of God. let us pray to the Lord. Deacon: That we may be delivered from all affliction. May the Lord God remember you in His kingdom. 287 Psalm 77(78):38. 54 . People: Lord. People: Lord. 288 let us pray to the Lord.

294 Receive it as a pleasing fragrance295 upon Your holy. 298 Genesis 8:20.301 289 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §132. According to the abundance of Your tender mercy receive us. 299 Genesis 22:13. look down upon us and consider this our service.300 and the peace offerings of Samuel. 296 Ephesians 4:10. which is akin to “rational” or “intellectual”.297 the sacrifices of Noah. 300 Leviticus 9:7. 1 Peter 2:5. You created us and brought us into this life showing us the way to salvation290 and bestowing upon us the revelation of the heavenly Mysteries. 290 Acts 16:17. 10:19. heavenly and mystical Altar. O God. O Lord.299 the priestly offices of Moses and Aaron. 293 Romans 12:1. 301 1 Samuel 10:8. 292 2 Corinthians 3:6. who draw near to Your holy Altar. 295 Ephesians 5:2. Accept it as once You accepted the gifts of Abel. 297 Genesis 4:4. be pleased to make us ministers of Your New Covenant292 and servants of Your holy Mysteries. so that we may be worthy to offer to You this rational and unbloody sacrifice293 for our sins and for the ignorances of the people. as You Yourself have appointed us to this service291 by the power of Your Holy Spirit. the grace of Your Holy Spirit. 291 1 Timothy 1:12.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 been set on the Holy Table:289 Priest: O Lord our God.296 sending down upon us. ESV: “Unintentional sins”. in return. 55 . 294 Hebrews 9:7. 1 Chronicles 6:49.298 the first fruit‐offerings of Abraham. “Mystical” is used but this is literally “noetic”.

304 let us beseech the Lord. O Lord. 305 Psalm 50:3 (51:1). have mercy. 56 . People: Grant this. by Your grace. and protect us. 304 Exodus 23:20. O God. let us beseech the Lord. peaceful. O Lord. grant that on the fearsome day of Your righteous retribution we may receive the reward of the faithful and wise stewards. O Lord. Deacon: For an angel of peace. People: Grant this.302 Deacon: Help us. Deacon: That this whole day may be perfect. as You accepted this true worship from the holy Apostles. O Lord. and without sin.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 O Lord. Having counted us worthy to serve blamelessly at Your holy Altar.303 holy. People: Grant this. People: Lord. People: Grant this. Deacon: For the pardon and forgiveness of our sins and offenses. Deacon: For what is good and beneficial to our souls and for the peace of the world. save us. in Your goodness now accept these Gifts from the hands of us sinners. let us beseech the Lord. 303 Matthew 5:48.305 let us beseech the Lord. 302 Luke 12:42. a guardian of our souls and bodies. a faithful guide. have mercy on us.

307 Acts of the Apostles 20:32. 2 Corinthians 5:10. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. the priest blesses:310 Priest: Peace be to all. O Lord. unashamed. 310 Ordo §132. 308 Psalm 17:47(18:46). peaceful end of our life. People: Grant this. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). let us commend307 ourselves and one another. Facing the people. 306 Romans 6:22. let us beseech the Lord. 27(28):6. 309 John 6:63. with all the Saints. The priest says aloud: Priest: Through the mercies of Your only‐begotten Son. most pure.306 let us beseech.308 together with Your all‐holy. People: Grant this. O Lord. Psalm 9:35 (10:14). painless. and life‐creating Spirit. Job 5:8. O Lord. and to the ages of ages. with Whom You are blessed. 57 . most blessed and glorious Lady. etc. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. People: To You.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: That we may spend the rest of our life in peace and repentance. People: Amen. to Christ God. Deacon: Remembering our most holy. and our whole life. and for a good defense before the fearsome judgment‐seat of Christ.309 now and ever. Deacon: For a Christian. good.

314 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §132. shaking it lightly.318 The Curtain (Veil) is now opened.312 so that with one mind we may confess:313 The Father. The deacons also. 319 Ordo §19g. if there are two of them. and the Holy Spirit. and the edge of the Holy Table before him. my strength.319 The deacon likewise bows. 312 1 John 4:7. 317 By custom a senior priest greets a junior priest. If there are two or more priests.316 and then each other on the shoulders. kiss the Cross upon their oraria and each other on the shoulders. If there be other concelebrating priests. saying quietly with each bow:314 Priest: I will love You. the Father Almighty. The priest bows three times. 315 Psalm 17:1.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 People: And to your spirit.317 The one kissed replies: He is and shall be. the Lord is my fortress and my refuge.311 Deacon: People: Let us love one another. and kisses his orarion where the Cross is and then intones: Deacon: The doors. in wisdom let us be attentive! The priest lifts the aer and holds it over the Holy Gifts. one in essence and undivided. along with the people. and each saying to himself the Symbol of Faith. then they also lift the aer and hold it over the Holy Gifts. The celebrant says: Christ is among us.2) LXX. 311 2 Timothy 4:22. 318 By custom a senior deacon greets a junior deacon. 58 . 313 1 Peter 3:8.315 (Three times) He kisses the Holy Gifts. covered as they are. saying the same as the priests. People: I believe in one God. O Lord. and the Son. standing where he is. first over the holy discos. the Trinity. then over the holy chalice.3(18:1. 316 Ezekiel 22:26. they also kiss all the holy things. the doors.

324 And in one. Light of Light. to judge the living and the dead. 323 John 15:26. came down from heaven. 59 . and the life of the age to come. and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. the Only‐Begotten Son of God. and apostolic Church.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 creator of heaven and earth. 320 Colossians 1:16. not made. and was buried. born of the Father before all ages. begotten.320 And in one Lord Jesus Christ.321 and Creator of Life. I look forward to the resurrection of the dead. of one essence with the Father. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And He ascended into heaven.323 Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified. 322 2 Corinthians 3:6. holy. true God of true God. And in the Holy Spirit. Who has spoken through the prophets. of all things visible and invisible. Amen. 321 2 Corinthains 3:17. And He rose on the third day. and of His kingdom there will be no end. catholic. and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 324 2 Peter 1:21. and suffered. and became man. Who for us men and for our salvation. The Služebnik also includes the filioque in brackets. through Whom all things were made. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate. the Lord.322 Who proceeds from the Father. according to the Scriptures. And He will come again with glory.

1 Kings 19:29. and the communion of the Holy Spirit.328 The priest.326 People: The mercy of peace.333 The priest turns to the East and elevating his hands. Matthew 12:7. let us stand with fear. kissing the aer. and lays it to one side on the Holy Table. 36).Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 At the words “and was incarnate” the priest. 336 Hebrews 10:22. 335 Lamentations 3:41. 337 Ordo §133.336 Then. He takes the ripidion and waves it over the Holy Things. 333 2 Timothy 4:22. the priest says:337 325 Ordo §132.327 the sacrifice of praise. Osee 6:7 LXXX (Hosea 6:7). 332 2 Corinthians 13:14. 328 Psalm 115:8(116:17).325 Deacon: Let us stand well. 329 Ezekiel 22:26.329 If there is no ripidion. having taken the aer off the Holy Gifts. Jeremiah 16:5.330 The priest intones and blesses the people:331 Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:15. he does the same with one of the small folded veils. enters the Altar through the southern door. that we may offer the holy oblation in peace. 331 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §133.332 People: And with your spirit. The deacon makes a small bow. 326 Leviticus 3:1 (Cf: 3 Kings 18:29 LXX. be with all of you. 60 . and the love of God the Father. and takes his place at the right of the priest. 330 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §133. Cross on the aer is uppermost. kisses it and sets it to one side. According to custom. says:334 Priest: People: Let us lift up our hearts!335 We lift them up to the Lord. crossing his hands upon his breast and bowing before the Holy Table. 334 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §133. let us be attentive. Isaiah 54:10. folds it. 327 Psalm 84:11 (85:10). saying: The grace of our Lord ….

our rational service. 348 Psalm 104[105]:2.338 It is proper339 and just to worship the Father. and the Son. RSV. to worship You. 340 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §133. 344 Romans 12:1. 347 or tell of all Your wonders in every age? 348 O Master of All. Judith 8:25. 349 Lord of heaven and earth. Judith 8:25. 41. and the Holy Spirit. The priest says quietly:340 Priest: O You‐Who‐Are.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: People: Let us give thanks to the Lord.344 with a contrite heart and a humbled spirit. and Adorable! It is truly proper and just342 and befitting the majesty of Your holiness to praise You. 31. Acts 4:24. to sing to You. 345 Daniel 3:16. 349 Luke 2:29. NASB. 1 Corinthians 15:57. 350 Matthew 11:25. 343 John 5:44. Lord.346 Who can proclaim Your mighty deeds. 347 Psalm 105(106):2.). 339 2 Thessalonians 1:3. Psalm 7:18(17). declare all Your praises. one in essence and undivided. 338 61 . 2:1. to bless You. 1 Chronicles 16:18. and to glorify You ‐ the only truly existing God343 ‐ and to offer to You this. 346 Hebrews 10:26. 341 Exodus 3:14. to give thanks to You. Isaiah 12:4 (and etc. 9:2(10. the Trinity.341 Master. Revelation 11:17. Rev. God. Father Almighty. KJV & D‐R have “reasonable service”. 2 Thessalonians 2:13.350 and of all creation both visible and invisible. 56:10(57:9). 6:10. 342 2 Thessalonians 1:3. 2 Pet. 2 Chronicles 20:21. ESV have “spiritual worship”.).345 for You are the One who has bestowed upon us the knowledge of Your truth. 137(138):1 (and etc.1).

352 You are without beginning. 360 John 14:17.354 the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. unchangeable.365 351 Matthew 19:28.359 and the True Light through Whom the Holy Spirit was made manifest. Power. 62 .353 invisible. for all things are Your servants.363 the Life‐Creating Power.357 He is the image of Your goodness. Sanctification. 358 Wisdom of Solomon7:26. 355 Titus 2:13.362 the First‐Fruits of eternal goodness. true God. He is the Spirit of Truth. 1 Corinthians 1:30. 352 Daniel 3:32. the great God and Savior. in Himself He reveals You. Hebrews 1:3. pre‐eternal Wisdom. 364 Nehemiah 10:28. 365 Psalm 118[119]:91. the Living Word.361 the Pledge of our future inheritance.358 the seal equal to Your likeness. Life. the Fountain of Sanctification through Whom every creature possessing knowledge and understanding364 is enabled to worship You and send up a ceaseless hymn of praise. ineffable. 362 Ephesians 1:14. 361 Galatians 4:5. 23. 357 John 14:9.356 O Father. 356 1 Timothy 1:1.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 You are seated on the throne of glory351 and yet behold the depths.360 the Gift whereby we are adopted as sons. 353 Psalm 89[90]:2. 359 1 Corinthians 1:24.355 Who is our hope. 354 Hebrews 6:18. uncircumscribed. Colossians 1:15. John 14:6. 363 1 Corinthians 15:20.

Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord. 63 . Principalities. holy is the Lord of Hosts. shouting. we sinners also cry out and say: 366 Colossians 1:16. then the left and the right. 368 Isaiah 6:2. Dominations. then the lower. Powers. 370 Revelation 4:8. Thrones.373 the deacon waves it gently over the Holy Gifts with attention and reverence. lest any flies or the like settle upon them. Archangels. 372 Psalm 117(118):26. Then he kisses the asterisk and lays it aside.370 heaven and earth are full of Your glory. he strikes the upper part of the holy discos. if there is no ripidion. each with six wings. holy. and saying the triumphal hymn: Holy. 369 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §133.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 You are praised by the Angels.371 hosanna in the highest. hosanna in the highest. taking the asterisk with his right hand.369 The priest does not bless himself with the asterisk. Taking the ripidion in his hands (or. O Master.368 and they call one to another with unceasing and incessant hymns of praise — The deacon comes to the left side of the priest and. and with two they fly. 373 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §134. He intones: Priest: People: Singing. Lover of Mankind.366 and the many‐eyed Cherubim. The priest prays quietly:374 Priest: With these blessed Powers.367 You are surrounded by the Seraphim. two their feet. he lays it on top of the folded aer.372 The deacon then approaches the priest and stands to his right. 371 Isaiah 6:3. the small folded veil). two wings cover their face. 374 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §134. Matthew 21:9. making the sign of the Cross over it. 367 Ezekiel 1:18. Authorities. crying out. Mark 11:9‐10. By custom.

376 You formed man and honored him with Your own image. But man disobeyed You. 379 Genesis 3.378 promising him immortal life and the joy of everlasting good if he would but keep Your commandments. 381 And yet. O God. You sent prophets and performed mighty works through Your Saints. 380 Genesis 3:23‐24. O Good One. 378 Genesis 3:23. 382 Psalm 137[138]:8. taking dust from the earth. who in every generation were well‐pleasing to You. 64 . Psalm 144[145]:17.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Holy are You. 375 Daniel 9:14. 376 Genesis 2:7. 381 Titus 3:5. 377 Genesis 1:27. You are righteous in all Your works. You did not utterly turn from Your creation.377 You placed him in a delightful Paradise.382 but You visited him in various ways through the tender compassion of Your mercy.379 and by his own transgression was made subject to death. nor forget the work of Your hands. truly all‐holy! Immeasurable is the majesty of Your holiness. his true God and Creator. You expelled him from Paradise into this world and returned him to the earth from whence he had been taken.380 providing for him the salvation of regeneration which is in Your Christ Himself. In your righteous judgment. O God.375 for in righteousness and true judgment You have brought all things to pass for us. He was led astray by the deceit of the Serpent.

394 383 Luke 1:70. the prophets. 391 Philippians 3:21.386 did not count equality with You.389 emptied Himself.384 You spoke to us through Your Son Himself. the God and Father. 386 Hebrews 1:3. and death through sin. DR. something to be grasped. HSCB and NIV2010 have: “to be used for His own advantage”. 387 Philippians 2:6.391 For since through man sin entered the world. 385 In Greek and Slavonic: “hypostasis”.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Speaking to us through the mouth of Your servants. 389 Luke 1:31. 388 Baruch 3:37. taking the form of a servant. through Whom You also had created the ages. The Slavonic is more literally “theft” or “robbery”. that He might make us conformable to the image of His glory.383 You foretold the salvation which was to come. 384 Galatians 4:4. 392 Romans 5:12.392 so it pleased Your only‐begotten Son. NASB and NAB have: “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”. Acts 3:18. 65 . Romans 8:29. 390 Philippians 2:7. RSV.388 He became incarnate of the holy Virgin. the radiance of Your glory and the exact image of Your person. RSV‐2CE. Hebrews 1:1. 393 John 1:18. ESV.387 Though He was God from before all ages. And when the fullness of time had come. He. KJV and YLT have “thought it not robbery to be equal with God”. He appeared on earth and lived among men.385 upholding all things by the word of His power.390 conformed to the lowliness of our body. You gave the Law as a help and You appointed angels as guardians. Who is in Your bosom ‐ the God and Father393 ‐ to be born of a woman.

402 Ephesians 4:10. 66 .Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 the holy Mother of God and ever‐virgin Mary. giving us precepts of salvation.399 He gave Himself as a ransom to the Death that held us captive. He was born under the law that He might condemn sin in His flesh. a royal priesthood. 404 Hebrews 12:2. 405 1 Corinthians 15:4. 396 1 Corinthians 15:22. Titus 2:14. Thus.398 Having cleansed us with water and sanctified us with the Holy Spirit. 403 Acts 2:24. and freeing us from the deceit of idolatry. and a holy nation. the true God and Father.397 He acquired us for Himself as a chosen people. so He rose on the third day.406 394 Galatians 4:4. 400 Romans 7:6. He became the first‐fruits of those who had fallen asleep. 395 Romans 8:3. He brought us to the knowledge of You. John 6:51.403 It was impossible that the Author of Life404 should be the victim of corruption. ?? Acts 3:15. 401 Romans 7:14.400 for we had been sold into slavery under sin.401 Descending through the Cross into Hades – that He might fulfill all things through Himself402 ‐ He loosed the pains of Death. 398 1 Peter 2:9. 397 John 1:18. 17:3. 399 Romans 5:16.395 so that all who died in Adam might be brought to life in Your Christ Himself.405 preparing the way for the resurrection of all flesh from the dead.396 Living in this world.

the God and Father. 410 Romans 2:6. 67 . on the night when He gave Himself for the life of the world. when he was about to go to His voluntary and ever‐memorable and life‐creating death. saying: Take. when the priest says: “Drink of this all of you. Aloud: He gave it to His holy Disciples and Apostles. For. 412 Matthew 26:26. 408 Acts of the Apostles 1:9. He blessed it. that He Himself might be first in all things. 407 Colossians 1:18.411 He took bread into His holy and most pure hands. He gave thanks. 411 John 6:51‐52..410 He has left us these memorials of His saving Passion. holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand. which we have set forth according to His command. and He broke it. While this is being said. points out the discos to the priest.. Making the sign of the Cross upon themselves. 413 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §134. 409 Hebrews 1:3.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 the first‐born of the dead.412 which is broken for you for the forgiveness of sins. the priest and deacon together make a profound bow.413 People: Amen. eat. this is My Body. (and he blesses it) He sanctified it. the deacon. these.409 He shall also come to reward each man according to his works.” the deacon points to the holy chalice. and having showed it to You.407 He ascended into heaven408 and is seated at the right hand of Your Majesty on high. Mark 14:22. The priest says quietly: 406 1 Corinthians 15:20. In like manner.

He blessed it. saying: Drink of this. which is poured out for you and for many.419 and His glorious and fearsome Second Coming. Aloud: He gave it to His holy Disciples and Apostles. 415 Matthew 26:27‐28.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: Likewise. as well as His being seated at Your right hand.416 People: Amen. Luke 22:20. He also took the chalice of the fruit of the vine. 414 and when He had mingled it and had given thanks. Therefore. O Master. 418 1 Corinthians 11:23‐24. for as often as you eat this Bread and drink of this Chalice you proclaim my death418 and profess my Resurrection. we also remember His saving Passion. Matthew 26:26 (John 6:51). His life‐creating Cross. He intones: 414 Matthew 26:29. 68 . 419 Mark 16:19. His Resurrection from the dead. 416 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §134. Mark 14:24. all of you. the priest and deacon together make a profound bow. for the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 3:1.415 And again making the sign of the Cross upon themselves. His three‐day‐burial. 417 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §135. this is My Blood of the New Covenant. God and Father. and He sanctified it. The priest prays quietly:417 Priest: Do this in remembrance of Me. His Ascension into heaven.

O Lord. to sanctify them. While offering You the exact symbols425 of the holy Body and Blood of Your Christ. we call upon You and beseech You. we thank You. 425 Hebrews 9:24 (Greek: “antitypes”). takes the holy discos in his right hand and the holy chalice in his left. The priest and deacon then again make a profound bow. from Your own. 426 2 Thessalonians 1:11. They both bow three times before the Holy Table. 69 . that. 420 1 Paralipomenon (1 Chronicles) 29:14b. And the priest prays quietly:422 Priest: Therefore.421 People: We praise You. Your own.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Offering You. O All‐Holy Master. and we pray to You. and elevates them slightly.420 in behalf of all and for all. Titus 3:5. the deacon. since You have enabled us sinners and unworthy servants to serve at Your holy Altar – not because of our righteousness423 (for we have done nothing good upon the earth) but because of the mercy and compassion which You have so richly poured out upon us424 – we have the courage to draw near to Your holy Altar. we bless You. 424 Daniel 9:18. our God. 422 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §135. 423 Chronicles 29:14. and to show: The deacon lays the ripidion (or the veil) aside and comes close to the priest. in Your goodness.426 Your Holy Spirit may come upon us and upon the Gifts here set forth to bless them. 421 Ordo §135. with his forearms crossed. O Holy of Holies. making the sign of the Cross over the eiliton. While the above is being said.

he fans the Holy Gifts as he did before. Amen. 70 . Amen. 1 John 1:7. The deacon bows his head to the priest and then goes to the place where he previously stood.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The deacon then bows his head and pointing with his orarion to the Holy Bread says in a low voice: Deacon: Master. Revelation 1:5. The priest blessing it. says: Deacon: Master. And the deacon again: Deacon: Master. Taking the ripidion. The priest blessing both Holy Gifts. saying: Priest: Poured out + for the life of the world. Mark 14:24. 428 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §135.429 427 Matthew 26:28. The priest quietly continues the following prayer:428 Priest: Unite all of us who partake of the one Bread and Chalice in the communion of the one Holy Spirit. bless both. Amen. say‐ ing: Priest: This Bread + to be the precious Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. Deacon: Amen. The deacon again. The priest bends over the Gifts and makes the sign of the Cross over the Holy Bread. 429 Ephesians 4:4. Luke 22:20. Hebrews 9:22. bless the Holy Bread.427 Deacon: Amen. saying: Priest: Deacon: And this Chalice + to be the precious Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. bless the holy chalice. pointing to both Holy Gifts.

432 Taking the censer. Glory to you! Or. Then he covers the chalice with the small veil or lention. And he censes the Holy Gifts three times before the Holy Table. glory of Virgins. O Woman Full of Grace. who. Evangelists. the Ninth Irmos of the feast is sung with its verse. most pure. the deacon censes the Holy Table roundabout. our God who is from before the ages. the Mother of God and ever‐Virgin Mary. Prophets. and he remembers whom he wishes among those who have fallen asleep. O Sanctified Temple and Rational Paradise. intones: Priest: [May we receive mercy and find grace] especially with our most holy. from whom God took flesh and became a child. Fathers. O Woman Full of grace. Confessors. 432 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §136. most blessed and glorious Lady. He made your womb a throne more spacious than the heavens. People: In you. 71 .Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 so that none us may partake of the holy Body and Blood of Your Christ for judgment or condemnation. Grant instead that we may receive mercy and find grace430 together with all the Saints. all creation rejoices. taking the censer. 433 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §136. 431 Hebrews 12:23. Patriarchs. Preachers. Martyrs. through the ages. Teachers. and with every righteous spirit made perfect in faith. in place of the above. In you. The priest prays quietly:433 430 Hebrews 4:16. have been well‐pleasing to You: the Forefathers. Apostles. all creation ‐ the Angels in their ranks and all mankind ‐ rejoices.431 And the priest.

Psalm 88:16[89:15]. through whose prayers. 7:23. 442 Philippians 1:27.437 give her peace438 whom You have purchased439 with the precious Blood of Your Christ. [with St. glorious. 441 Matthew 28:20. [Your servant(s) NN.435 a place where the light of Your face shines. and those that remember the poor. and all‐praised Apostles. 440 Acts 20:28.. Your holy. 434 Hebrews 4:16. Forerunner. and by whom. O God.. 436 Psalm 4:7[6]. those who bear fruit and do good works442 in your holy Churches.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: [May we receive mercy and find grace together434] with the holy Prophet. 1 Peter 1:19. 438 Isaiah 66:12. Remember. 437 Psalm 71[72]:8. 72 . and on behalf of whom they have been offered. with the holy. visit us. and for whom. Remember. 51:11. O Lord. 439 1 Corinthians 6:20.] and with all Your Saints. remember. O Lord. Grant them forgiveness and repose in a place of light from whence all sorrow and sighing has fled away. and Baptist.441 Remember. catholic. and] all those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection to eternal life. John. [the saint of the day] whose memory we celebrate. 435 Isaiah 35:10. Ο God. those who have offered these Gifts to You. O Lord. Ν. and apostolic Church that reaches from one end of the inhabited world to the other.440 make firm this holy temple (Or: monastery) until the end of the age.436 Again we pray.

Grant him profound and enduring peace. sharing in his tranquility. O Lord. whom You have appointed to reign upon the earth with the sword of truth. eternal gifts in place of temporal. that.). 446 Hebrews 11:38. and in dens and caves of the earth. 449 1 Timothy 2:2. Exalt his right hand. O Lord.445 Remember. we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity. Cast under his feet the barbarous people who delight in war.448 [Or: Remember. Bless his head on the day of battle. 447 1 Peter 3:2. O Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Reward them with Your rich and heavenly gifts: bestow upon them heavenly gifts443 in place of earthly. and grant them profound and enduring peace. Instill into his heart the desire to do good things for Your Church and for all Your people. (or King N.446 Remember. Defend his kingdom.447 Remember. Strengthen his might. that. in asceticism and in purity of life. sharing in their tranquility. O Lord.449 ] 443 John 3:12. 448 1 Timothy 2:2. in godliness. 445 1 Corinthians 9:25. we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity. 444 2 Corinthians 4:18. our civil authorities. Instill into their hearts the desire to do good things for Your Church and for all Your people. those who dwell in deserts and mountains. those who live in virginity. Crown him with the weapon of Your good will. 73 . our divinely‐protected Emperor N.444 incorruptible gifts in place of corruptible.

in Your goodness. 450 Titus 3:1. 455 Acts of the Apostles 7:21. 451 The Slavonic and Greek follow this with “in the palace”.455 instruct the young. all those who lead and who bear authority450 our brethren who serve. 74 . 456 1 Thessalonians 5:14. Remember. and apostolic Church. support the aged. 459 Luke 6:18. free the captives. strengthen the faint‐hearted. protect the orphans. 454 Job 22:18.456 collect the scattered. O Lord. the people here present and those who are absent for reasonable causes. travel with those who travel. 458 Matthew 18:13.451 and all the armed forces. Have mercy on them and on us. Free those who are troubled with unclean spirits. Preserve the good in goodness.459 sail with those who sail.453 Fill their houses with all that is good.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Remember. 457 John 11:52. 453 Nehemiah 13:22. and. according to the greatness of Your mercy.454 preserve their marriages in peace and harmony. catholic. nourish the infants. O Lord.457 lead back those who have gone astray458 and make them one with Your holy. defend the widows. and heal the sick.452 make those who are evil good. 452 Titus 3:4.

462 the Savior of the storm‐tossed.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Remember. O Lord. earthquake. foreign invasion. Remember. granting their every petition which leads to salvation. You know each man even from his mother's womb. O God. You. to pray for them. those who hate us. all Your people and pour forth upon them Your rich mercy. in prison. Yourself. the Hope of the hopeless. 463 1 Corinthians 9:22. but the context of this was those prisoners sentenced to work in the mines. unworthy though we are. and those who have asked us. O Lord our God. and from civil war. plague. Ο Lord.463 for You know each one and his petition. the Physician for the sick. Ο God. each house and its needs. Remember.460 as well as all those who suffer any affliction. Ο Lord. because. 460 The Slavonic and Greek also have “in mines”. Deliver. those who are on trial. remember those whom we have not remembered whether through ignorance or forgetfulness or multitude of names. the Harbor for voyagers. in exile. 75 . 462 Judith 9:11. fire. flood. this city and every city and country from famine. are the Help of the helpless. those in need of Your great tenderness of heart. 461 Jeremiah 1:5. need or distress. You know the name and age of each. those who love us. Be all things to all men. and condemned to hard labor.461 For You. sword.

my unworthiness.467 Remember also. 465 Literally: “And remember all the hims and all the hers”. voluntary and involuntary. because of my sins. honor. O Lord.. Pope of Rome. N.. 468 Psalm 50:3(51:1). our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N. 466 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §136. the priest intones: Priest: Among the first. 76 . (the ordinary of the place). O Lord. N. as they rightly divide the word of Your truth.. Give them to Your holy Churches. the servant(s) of God. in peace. and the forgiveness of his (her‐their) sins. Remember.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 After the singing of the hymn. safety. and our God‐loving Bishop N. O Lord.464 The deacon mentions the living. the entire episcopate of the Orthodox who rightly teach the word of Your truth. Taft recommends “And for each and all”. and grant salvation. The 1964 had: “Also all men and all women”. remember our holy ecumenical pontiff N. visitation. withhold any grace of Your Holy Spirit from these Gifts here set forth.465 The priest prayers quietly:466 Priest: The priest mentions by name the living whom he wishes. 464 2 Timothy 2:15.. According to Your great mercy468 forgive my every transgression. health. People: And remember all Your people. The priest quietly continues praying: Remember. Do not. 467 2 Timothy 2:15. and length of days. O Lord.

474 1 Thessalonians 5:5 (Or: “sons of light and sons of the day”).469 O Lord.472 By the power of Your Holy Spirit. 469 Psalm 25[26]:6. 472 Psalm 64:12[65:11] LXX.471 and bless the cycle of the seasons with Your goodness.476 may glorify477 and praise Your most honorable and majestic Name.474 O Lord our God. 473 Psalm 2:1. People: Amen. end schism in the Church. 476 Acts 4:32. Bestow upon us a healthful and agreeable climate and gentle showers upon the earth. 477 Romans 15:6. O Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Remember. 77 .470 and reveal Yourself to us through Your rich compassion. grant us Your peace and love. Receive us all into Your kingdom. and let none of us who surround Your holy Altar be put to shame. making us children of light and children of the day. Who have given all things to us. and to the ages of ages. 471 Leviticus 26:4. now and ever. visit us with Your kindness. 470 Acts 24:4. Father. that it may be fruitful. restrain the raging of nations. with one voice475 and one heart. Son. Then the priest says aloud: Priest: And grant that we. those that he wishes of the living. the diaconate in Christ.473 and quickly destroy the insurrections of heresy. 475 Literally: “mouth”. and Holy Spirit. and every priestly order. He mentions by name. the priesthood.

have mercy. let us pray to the Lord. 479 Titus 2:13.480 The deacon. makes a small bow.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The priest turns towards the doors (but does not withdraw from the center of the Holy Table) and blessing. 484 Ephesians 5:2. 485 let us pray. in peace. 482 Titus 3:4. he says:481 Deacon: Now that we have remembered all the Saints. 483 Ephesians 4:10. 486 Psalm 33:7(34:6). 486 wrath.484 will send down upon us in return the divine grace and gift of the Holy Spirit. People: Deacon: 478 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §136. have mercy. That we may be delivered from all affliction.482 having received them on His holy and heavenly and mystical Altar483 as a pleasing fragrance. says:478 Priest: And may the mercies of our great God and Savior. “Mystical” is used but this is literally “noetic”. 485 Acts 2:38. People: Lord. 487 and need. 33:10(34:9). Jesus Christ. taking leave of the priest. the Lover of Mankind. 480 2 Timothy 4:22. have mercy. People: And with your spirit.488 let us pray to the Lord. 481 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137. Standing in his usual place. Deacon: People: Deacon: For the precious Gifts here set forth and consecrated. goes around the Holy Table and leaves through the northern door. Lord. That our God. which is akin to “rational” or “intellectual”. 487 Psalm 77(78):38.479 be with all of you. again and again. let us pray to the Lord. Lord. 488 Psalm 9:33(10:12). 78 .

495 1 Corinthians 3:16. may we have Christ dwelling in our hearts. 492 2 Corinthians 7:1b.30. by unworthily partaking of Your fearsome and heavenly Mysteries. 498 2 Corinthians 5:10. 494 Ephesians 3:17.498 489 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137. the God of salvation. O our God.492 so that. let none of us become guilty. cleanse us from every defilement of flesh and spirit. 493 2 Corinthians 1:12.491 Teach us to grow perfect in holiness through fear of You.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 People: Lord.494 and may we become temples of Your Holy Spirit. Having received them worthily. or sick in soul and body. The priest prays quietly:489 Priest: O our God.497 and an acceptable defense before the fearsome judgment seat of Your Christ. 79 . 497 Genesis 42:25. 496 1 Corinthians 11:27.495 O our God. 491 2 Corinthians 7:1a. with a pure testimony of our conscience493 we may receive a portion of Your holy Gifts and may be united to the holy Body and Blood of Your Christ. 496 But. grant that until our last breath we may worthily receive a portion of your holy Gifts. as a provision for the journey to eternal life. have mercy. teach us to thank You worthily for the benefits which You have bestowed and continue to bestow upon us. 490 Psalm 67:20[68:19].490 In accepting these Gifts. 6:19.

O Lord. Deacon: That we may spend the rest of our life in peace and repentance. O Lord. let us beseech the Lord. holy. People: Grant this. let us beseech the Lord.499 together with the Saints who. have mercy. O Lord. 499 1 Corinthians 2:9. Deacon: For an angel of peace. 80 . peaceful. and for peace for the world.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 O Lord. Deacon: That this whole day may be perfect. Deacon: Help us. People: Grant this. a faithful guide. People: Grant this. People: Grant this. Deacon: For what is good and beneficial to our souls. through the ages. have mercy on us. People: Grant this. and without sin. People: Lord. O Lord. let us beseech the Lord. have been well‐pleasing to You. and protect us. save us. may we become partakers of the eternal blessings You have prepared for those who love You. 500 Exodus 23:20. let us beseech the Lord. a guardian of our souls and bodies. O God. by Your grace. Deacon: For the pardon and forgiveness of our sins and offenses. O Lord.500 let us beseech the Lord.

507 I Peter 1:17. Deacon: Having asked for unity in the faith. and our whole life to Christ God. 10:19. 502 and for communion in the Holy Spirit. that with boldness505 and without condemnation 506 we may dare to call upon You. Philippians 2:1. as we forgive those who trespass against us. but deliver us from evil. 503 2 Corinthians 13:14. People: To You. 5:14. Psalm 9:35 (10:14). 502 Ephesians 4:13. Hebrews 4:16. People: Grant this. painless. unashamed. the heavenly God. Job 5:8. 508 People: 501 Romans 14:10. hallowed be Thy Name. 1 John 3:21. and for a good defense before the fearsome judgment‐seat of Christ. O Master. And forgive us our trespasses. Give us this day our daily bread. And lead us not into temptation. O Lord. O Lord.501 let us beseech. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. The priest intones: Priest: And make us worthy.” 507 and to say: Our Father. peaceful end of our life. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 505 Ephesians 3:12.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: For a Christian. 504 Acts of the Apostles 20:23. as “Father. Thy kingdom come. 506 Romans 5:15‐16. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). 81 .503 let us commend504 ourselves and one another. 2 Corinthians 5:10. Who art in heaven.

Father of mercies.515 Strengthen them in every good work516 and grant that they may without condemnation partake of Your most pure and life‐creating Mysteries. guard. God of all comfort:514 bless. and Holy Spirit. 513 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137. 509 Matthew 6:13a textus receptus. 518 Aloud: Priest: Through the grace. Son. O Lord. 517 Matthew 26:28. 82 . confirm and strengthen all those who have bowed their heads to You. and to the ages of ages. Lord. now and ever. sanctify. Without departing from the center of the Holy Table. 515 2 Timothy 4:18. 511 2 Timothy 4:22. and the glory. and the power. 518 2 Corinthians 13:14. 1 Chronicles 29:11. 516 2 Thessalonians 2:17. People: Amen. The priest prays quietly:513 Priest: O Master.511 Bow your heads to the Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: For Thine is the kingdom.509 Father. the mercies and the love for mankind519 508 Matthew 6:9‐13. for the forgiveness of sins. And to your spirit. Deliver them from every evil deed. 512 Exodus 4:31. 514 2 Corinthians 1:3.512 To You. the priest turns towards the west and blesses:510 Priest: People: Deacon: People: Peace be to all.517 and for the communion of the Holy Spirit. 510 Ordo §137.

Psalm 88:14 (89:13).525 and Who yet abide here invisibly among us. 83 . After the priest concludes this prayer the deacon. 528 The Curtain (Veil) is closed.529 The priest uncovers the chalice. 3 Kings (1 Kings) 8:39.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 of Your only‐begotten Son. 527 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137. 528 Luke 18:13. and. he intones: 519 Titus 3:4.527 The priest and the deacon (standing at his place) bow and say quietly three times: Priest and Deacon: O God.526 deign to give us Your most pure Body and precious Blood. 33 (RSV. good. a sinner. 521 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137.522 from the throne of the glory in Your kingdom. 529 Ordo §19g.530 When the deacon sees the priest extend his hands and touch the Holy Bread. girds himself with the orarion in the form of a Cross (if he had not already done so during the Lord’s Prayer). 524 1 Thessalonians 5:23.524 You Who are seated on high with the Father.520 now and ever. 523 Daniel 3:31. RSV‐2CE). With Your mighty hand. and to the ages of ages.523 and come to sanctify us. 1 Peter 5:6. in order to make the holy elevation. 525 Hebrews 8:1. The priest prays quietly:521 Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ. 530 Ordo §137. our God. to all the people. 2 Paralipomenon (2 Chronicles) 30:27. and life‐creating Spirit. standing in front of the Holy Doors. with Whom You are blessed. together with Your all‐holy. Isaiah 62:8. 520 John 6:63. through us. hear us from Your holy dwelling‐place. 522 Baruch 2:16. be merciful to me. 526 Deuteronomy 9:26. People: Amen.

and the particle NI toward the left edge which is toward the north). 538 Ordo §138. 247). Revelation 15:4. putting the particles down on the discos in the form of a Cross. and places this Part on the discos. 535 1 Corinthians 8:6. 262. and Apostolic Constitutions VII.533 One is Lord.535 to the glory of God the Father. or of the saint. reverently and attentively breaking it into four parts. He first divides the Holy Lamb vertically into two Parts. but sanctifying those who partake thereof. ever eaten yet never consumed. The Ordo rubric is used here instead of the Služebnik rubric as it is much more detailed. After making a small bow. Rahlfs II:918 lower text). 536 Philippians 2:11. the sacrificed side (i. when it was sacrificed. as before. p. and places the particle IC towards the upper edge of the discos (which is toward the East). 534 Ephesians 4:5. The Part which he holds in his left hand he then divides vertically between IC and NI. Rahlfs II:918 upper text). 353 (with thanks to Archimandrite Robert Taft. Orientalia Christiana Analecta. in his right hand he holds the Part bearing the inscription XC KA. The priest. Then once again he takes the other Part of the Holy Lamb and divides this Part vertically between the letters XC and KA and places the Particle XC towards the lower side of the discos (which is toward the west) and the Particle KA towards the right edge (which is toward the south). Daniel 8:13 (cf. says: Priest: Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God.534 Jesus Christ. break the Holy Bread. thus forming the sign of the Cross on the discos (see illustration below):538 531 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §137. 533 84 . Taking his place at the right of the priest he again makes a small bow and says:537 Deacon: Master.e. The singers now chant the communion verse of the day. that side imprinted with the seal) upward. The priest breaks the Holy Lamb. 537 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §138. the priest exclaims:531 Priest: People: Holy Things 532 for the holy! One is holy. broken yet not divided. Daniel 8:13 (cf.536 Amen.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: Let us be attentive! Elevating the Holy Bread slightly for a short time. the deacon enters the Altar through the southern door. 532 Ezekiel 22:26.

the particle XC is broken for the priest and the deacon. The deacon. The priest blesses it.540 The deacon then takes the hot water. says: Deacon: Master. Amen. Deacon: Amen. put it into the holy chalice. fill the holy chalice. The priest takes the Particle IC from the upper edge of the discos and makes the sign of the Cross with It over the holy chalice. And he places it into the chalice. saying: 539 The priest normally uses the sponge which is kept in the antimension. And the deacon pours a little in the form of a Cross into the holy chalice. saying: Priest: Blessed be the fervor of Your Saints. 540 Ordo §138. The priest purifies539 his fingers over the discos. saying to the priest: Deacon: Master. always. and to the ages of ages.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Having taken the particle IC. now and ever. saying: Priest: The fullness of the Holy Spirit. pointing out the holy chalice with his orarion. bless the hot water. 85 . The other two particles: NI and KA break into as many small particles as you foresee will be necessary for those who will receive.

palm uppermost. give me the precious and holy Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. and. The deacon extends his hands. I believe and confess. and says: Priest: The precious and most holy Body of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.. washes the palm of his right hand. saying:542 Deacon: Master. and in the similar prayers which follow (one prayer each for the reception of the Body by the deacon and priest. for the forgiveness of his sins and for life everlasting.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Deacon: The fervor of the faith. an additional prayer for the reception of the Blood by the priest and deacon. kissing the hand which gives him the Holy Bread. And putting aside the hot water. takes the other part of the Particle XC with the first two fingers of his right hand. approach. Approaching.. asking forgiveness.543 The deacon withdraws behind the Holy Table and. 543 There is an inconsistency in the usage of the “Amen” ending this prayer in the various liturgicons. is given to me. forming a Cross. having bowed his head. and then the one prayer for the reception of the Eucharist by the laity). Amen. with the right hand. 86 . Then he goes around the Holy Table and.. superimposed on his left hand. 541 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §140. saying: O Lord. the deacon stands a little to the side... full of the Holy Spirit. The priest breaks the Particle XC of the holy Lamb and gives a portion to the deacon. the priest N. The 1629 Mohyla text has the deacon responding “Amen” (which might explain its absence here) but the Greek and Russian recensions and the Old Rite do not appear to have the word “Amen” at all. 542 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §140.541 The priest then says: Priest: Deacon. takes It. if need be. the deacon comes to the left of the priest and bows reverently. In like manner the priest makes a small bow. The priest says: Priest: The precious and holy and most pure Body of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ is given to the pious deacon N. prays as the priest.

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for the forgiveness of my sins544 and for life everlasting. Amen.
And bowing their heads, the deacon and priest pray, saying:

Priest and Deacon:

O Lord, I believe and confess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God,545 Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first.546 Accept me today as a partaker of Your Mystical Supper, O Son of God; for I will not reveal Your Mystery to Your enemies, nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas,547 but like the thief I confess to You: Remember me, O Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom.548 Remember me, O Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom. Remember me, O Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom. May the partaking of Your holy Mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation,549 but for the healing of soul and body. O Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious Body, and Your life‐giving Blood,

544 Matthew 26:28. 545 Matthew 16:16. 546 1 Timothy 1:15. 547 Matthew 26:49, Mark 14:45. 548 Luke 23:42. 549 1 Corinthians 11:34.

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which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the forgiveness of all my sins550 and for life everlasting. Amen.551 O God, be merciful to me a sinner.552 O God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me.553 O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number.554
And thus with fear and reverence they partake of what they hold in their hands. Then the priest takes the holy chalice into both his hands and partakes of it, saying:555 556

Priest:

I, a servant of God, the priest N., partake of the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of my sins557 and for life everlasting. Amen.

And wiping both his lips and the edge of the holy chalice with the cloth he holds in his hands, the priest says:

Priest:

Behold, this has touched my lips, and shall take away my iniquities, and shall cleanse my sins.558

Then he calls the deacon, saying:

Priest:

Deacon, approach.

And the deacon approaches and, bowing once, says:

550 Matthew 26:28. 551 This paragraph is not in the Služebnik. But a very close version is in other liturgicons (Russian, Greek), though located earlier in the prayer. 552 Luke 18:13. 553 Psalm 24(25):11, 18, 50:4(51:2),50:11(51:9), 78(79):9. 554 Prayer of Manasses, 9. 555 The liturgicon directs that the priest “bends over” while the Ordo directs “standing erect”. 556 By custom, the priest partakes of the chalice three times, but this is not documented. 557 Matthew 26:28. 558 Isaiah 6:7.

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Deacon:

Behold, I approach the immortal King and our God. Master, give me the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.

With his right hand the priest takes the cloth and also holds the chalice by the node (he holds the base of the chalice with his left hand). The deacon holds the end of the cloth under his chin with both of his hands.559 And the priest says:

Priest:

The servant of God, the deacon N., partakes of the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of his sins 560 and for life everlasting.

After the deacon has received the priest says:

Priest:

Behold, this has touched your lips, and shall take away your iniquities, and shall cleanse your sins.561

Note that if there any who wish to partake of the holy Mysteries,562 the priest breaks the two Particles, NI and KA, into smaller particles and the deacon with a sponge puts these and the other particles563 together with the consecrated lamb into the holy chalice. [Holding the discos over the chalice, the deacon carefully wipes the Portions off into the chalice with the sponge, so that not even the smallest Particle remains on the discos.]564 The deacon also places the spoon into the chalice.565 He then covers the holy chalice with the veil and places the asterisk and the veils on the holy discos. The Curtain (Veil) and the Holy Doors are opened.566 The deacon, bowing once, reverently receives the chalice from the priest. He approaches the Holy Doors and, lifting up the holy chalice, he extends it towards the people saying:

559 Ordo §141. 560 Matthew 26:28. 561 Isaiah 6:7. 562 If Communion is not to be given to the faithful, the deacon covers the chalice with the lention and the small

veil, and also places the folded asterisk and folded veils upon the discos.
563 Neither the Služebnik nor the Ordo addresses the commemorative particles. The older custom was to

consecrate everything on the holy discos. The newer custom among most Byzantines is to not consecrate the commemorative particles and to delay placing them into the chalice until after the communion of the faithful (just before “Save Your people”). If the rubrics are followed as given it would be difficult to discern between the particles broken from the NI and KA particles (from which the communion of the faithful is given) and the commemorative particles if they are both placed in the chalice prior to the communion of the faithful. 564 Ordo §141. 565 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §142. 566 Ordo §19g, §172.

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O God. places it upon the deacon’s head. 576 Psalm 56:5(57:4).576 We have seen the true light. 578 Vespers of Pentecost. Holding the discos reverently to his forehead and looking out beyond the doors the deacon. 107:6(108:5). now and ever. taking the discos. and to the ages of ages. 580 After placing the sacred vessels on the Prothesis table. After making a small bow the priest takes the holy chalice. so that we may sing of Your glory.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Priest: Save Your people. for You have deemed us worthy to partake 575 Psalm 27(28):9. 4th Sticheron at Psalm 140. 91 . and we worship the undivided Trinity. and bless Your inheritance. 581 Psalm 70(71):8. the priest takes the censer from the acolyte and censes the sacred vessels three times. and let Your glory be over all the earth. And he goes to the Table of Preparation and places there the Holy Things. 579 Ordo §143. He turns towards the Holy Doors and looks towards the people while saying quietly:579 Priest: Blessed is our God. saying to himself: Priest: People: Be exalted above the heavens. 577 John 1:9. And then aloud: Always. People: Amen. for the Trinity has saved us. He then returns the censer to the acolyte.581 O Lord. May our mouths be filled with Your praise. saying nothing. proceeds between the Holy Table and the Holy Doors to the Table of Preparation.580 He then makes a small bow and returns to the Holy Table.575 While the people sing “We have seen the true light” the priest returns into the Altar and places the Holy Gifts upon the Holy Table. O God. He takes the censer and censes three times.578 The priest returns the censer to the deacon and. we have found the true faith. Then he takes his place and awaits the priest.577 we have received the heavenly Spirit. and places it there.

584 Philippians 4:8 585 Acts of the Apostles 20:23. have mercy. says: Deacon: Stand aright. O God. Proverbs 16:3 RSV‐2CE. peaceful. by Your grace. Alleluia. have mercy. divine. heavenly and life‐creating. and protect us. 586 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §144. so that all the day long583 we may meditate on Your righteousness. Keep582 us in Your holiness. immortal and life‐creating Mysteries. he makes the sign of the cross over the folded eiliton and lays the Book upon it. People: Lord. Holding the Gospel Book vertically. People: To You. have mercy on us. let us worthily give thanks to the Lord. O Lord. O Lord our God. 587 582 Psalm 39:12(40:11). and our whole life to Christ God. and without sin. 587 Revelation 11:17. 92 . immortal. save us. Isaiah 42:6. Alleluia! And the deacon. leaves through the northern door and standing at his customary place. let us commend585 ourselves and one another.584 Alleluia. 583 Psalm 70(71:8). Psalm 9:35 (10:14). loosening his orarion. holy. holy. Psalm 36(37):5 (37:7). Deacon: Help us. Having received the divine. People: Lord. THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING The priest folds the eiliton while quietly says the prayer of thanksgiving. Deacon: Asking that the whole day be perfect. most pure.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 of Your holy. Job 5:8. fearsome Mysteries of Christ.586 Priest: We give thanks to You.

594 Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. most pure. have mercy. 593 People: In the Name of the Lord.588 a love that does not pretend. 589 Romans 12:9. immortal. the defeat of every adversary. and an acceptable defense before the fearsome judgment seat of Your Christ. 594 Deuteronomy 17:12 and many other references. 590 James 3:17. and to the ages of ages. Walking through the Holy Doors the priest says: Priest: Let us go forth in peace. Son. 588 2 Thessalonians 1:11. and heavenly Mysteries.590 a healing of soul and body.589 a wisdom that is complete. People: Amen. 93 . 593 Cf. Jeremias 50:12 (Rahlfs LXX) and Isaiah 55:12 (Masoretic). Father. now and ever. and Holy Spirit. 592 I Corinthians 1:30.592 and to You we send up glory. O Master of all. grant that the communion of the holy Body and Blood of Your Christ may work in us a faith that cannot be confounded. People: Lord.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 for allowing us to partake of Your holy. which You have given us for the benefit. the full observance of Your commandments. and healing of our souls and bodies. 591 2 Corinthians 5:10. sanctification.591 Aloud: For You are our sanctification.

595 Genesis 12:3. to Your Churches. and to the ages of ages.600 and we send up glory. thanksgiving. My soul shall be praised in the Lord. coming down from You. now and ever. Father. now and forever. the Father of lights. 601 Psalm 71(72):17. and He heard me. and let us exalt His Name together! I sought the Lord.601 (Three times) [and Psalm 33: I will bless the Lord at all times. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. and do not forsake598 us who hope in You. 94 . to our civil authorities (or: to our Emperor. and Holy Spirit. to the priests. People: Amen.596 preserve the fullness of Your Church. 596 Psalm 27(28):9. let the meek hear and be glad. and worship to You. sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 597 Psalm 25(26):8 LXX.595 and sanctifying those who trust in You. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. save Your people and bless Your inheritance. O magnify the Lord with me.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 PRAYER BEHIND THE AMBO The priest stands in the Nave between the two choirs and intones the prayer behind the ambo: Priest: O Lord. or: to our King) and to all Your people. blessing those who bless You. 598 Psalm 26(27):12. Numbers 24:9. 112(113):2.597 glorify them in return by Your divine power. 599 Psalm 16(17):7. Son. 600 James 1:17.599 Grant peace to Your world. and delivered me from all my tribulations.

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Come to Him, and be enlightened; so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his tribulations. The angel of the Lord will encamp around those who fear Him, and will deliver them. O taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! O fear the Lord, all you His Saints, for those who fear him want for nothing! Rich men have turned poor and gone hungry; but those who seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good thing. ]602 While the prayer is being said the deacon stands at the right side before the icon of Christ the Lord. Holding his orarion, he bows his head until the prayer is concluded.603 When the prayer is completed the priest enters through the Holy Doors and goes604 to the Prothesis table and he says the following prayer when the Holy Gifts are being consumed.

Priest:

The Mystery of Your plan, O Christ our God, has been accomplished and perfected as far as it was in our power. We have kept the remembrance of Your death and we have seen the figure of Your resurrection. We have been filled with Your never‐ending life and we have enjoyed Your inexhaustible delights.605 May You also be pleased to grant these to us all in the age to come, through the grace of Your Father, Who is without beginning, and of Your holy, good, and life‐creating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The deacon enters through the northern door606 and then consumes the Holy Things

602 Psalm 33[34]1‐10. The text of Psalm 33 is referenced in the Služebnik but not actually provided. 603 The Ordo also directs that the deacon also extend his orarion toward the icon of Christ the Lord until the

Ambon Prayer is completed.
604 In practice most priests stand before the Holy Table and face the Prothesis Table during this prayer. 605 The Slavonic has пища (food). The Greek has τρυφης (truphēs/delicacy). It is thought that maybe the

translators into Slavonic thought that τρυφης was τρoφης (trophēs / food).
606 In some places the deacon enters the Altar through the southern door and receives a blessing from the

priest as the priest concludes the prayer “You, O Christ our God”. Only then does the deacon consume the Holy Things.

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with fear and all care. The priest leaves the Altar through the Holy Doors and gives the antidoron to the people.607
At the conclusion of the psalm and after the distribution of the antidoron the priest

stands in the center before the Holy Doors and blesses the people, saying:608

Priest:

The blessing of the Lord be upon you,609 through His grace and love for mankind,610 always, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.
Facing East, the priest says:

Priest: People:

Glory to You, O Christ, our God, our hope;611 glory to You. Glory to the Father, and to the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing.

Facing west (towards the people) the priest says:

Priest:

May Christ, our true God, ( if it is Sunday: risen from the dead) through the prayers of His most pure Mother, and of the holy, glorious, and all‐praised Apostles; and of our holy father, Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, of Saint (whose temple it is), of Saint(s) (whose day it is) and of all the Saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind. 612

People: Amen.

607 In many places the antidoron is customarily done after the dismissal. 608 Služebnik as enhanced by Ordo §145. 609 Psalm 128(129):8. 610 Titus 3:4. 611 1 Timothy 1:1. 612 Titus 3:4.

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PRAYER FOR LONG LIFE AND SALVATION
On more festive liturgical occasions, the priest, facing the people, intones the chant for long life:

Priest:

To our holy ecumenical pontiff, N., Pope of Rome, grant, O Lord, many years.
Alternate Format:

Grant, O Lord, to Your servant(s), N.N., peace, health, and length of days, for many and blessed years.613
The people sing the appropriate following response to each of the petitions:

People:

God grant you (him – her – them) many years. God grant you (him – her – them) many years. God grant you (him – her – them) many blessed years. 614 To our civil authorities (Or: our divinely‐protected Emperor N., Or: King N.,) grant, O Lord, many years. To our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan, N., grant, O Lord, many years. To our God‐loving Bishop N., grant, O Lord, many years. To all priestly and religious orders, to all our fathers and brothers, and to all Orthodox Christians, grant, O Lord, many years.

Priest: Priest: Priest: Priest:

Additional petitions may also be intoned. And finally:

People:

In health and salvation, in health and salvation, God grant you (him – her – them) many blessed years.

613 This version is not in the Služebnik. It is included here because it is commonly used. 614 The liturgicon simple gives “Many years!” for each response but the longer version is given here since it is

the most commonly used. Also, if the person(s) being commemorated is present one sings “God grant you many years….”

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617 Luke 2:29‐32. O Lord. 50:4(51:2).618 Holy Immortal. and the glory of Your people Israel. but is so very commonly prayed at this time that it is included here. The priest says the unvesting prayers either in the Altar or in the sacristy and wash their hands in the usual place. grant. 619 Romans 1:23. O Most Holy Trinity. (and N.50:11(51:9). Eternal memory. Eternal memory. 18.). visit us and heal our infirmities for Your Name's sake. 620 Psalm 24(25:11). and to the Holy Spirit. a light to enlighten the Gentiles.620 O Master. Holy Mighty.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP615 If those who have fallen asleep are being remembered. Eternal memory. the priest intones: Priest: People: In blessed repose. O Lord. because my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples. 616 Ordo §145. O Master. Blessed repose. 618 2 Kings (2 Samuel) 22:31‐33. Revelation 18:8b (Literally: “Holy Strong”). and to the Son. and may his (her‐their) memory be eternal. eternal rest to Your servant(s). Dismissal Prayers The priest and deacon. 78(79):9. have mercy on us. 98 . come in the Altar and the Holy Doors are closed and the Curtain (Veil) drawn. cleanse us of our sins. 1 Timothy 1:17. forgive our transgressions. O Holy One.616 Priest: Now you shall dismiss Your servant. in peace. (Three times) Glory to the Father. N. according to Your word.619 have mercy on us. and to the ages of ages. now and ever. Amen.617 Holy God. 615 The “Eternal Memory” is not in the Služebnik.

and to the Holy Spirit. and the power. and lead us not into temptation. (Three times) Glory to the Father. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. now and ever. Son. Who art in heaven. and to the Son. He continues: The Dismissal Troparion – Tone 1 Your proclamation has gone out to all the earth. and to the ages of ages. intercede with Christ God to save our souls. Thy kingdom come. and to the ages of ages. hallowed be Thy Name. now and ever. By your royal priesthood. as we forgive those who trespass against us. 622 Matthew 6:13 textus receptus. and to the Holy Spirit. and to the Son. and the glory. Kontakion ‐ Tone 4 621 Matthew 6:9‐13.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Lord. Glory to the Father. but deliver us from evil. Father. have mercy. You made clear the nature of creation and gave a rule of life for men. Luke 11:2‐4.621 Priest: Deacon: For Thine is the kingdom. Ο venerable Father Basil. which has been divinely taught by hearing your voice. Amen. and forgive us our trespasses. and Holy Spirit. Give us this day our daily bread. Our Father. 1 Timothy 1:17. 99 .622 Amen.

” The troparion of the day may also be recited. truly the Mother of God. you. who. Bohordicen – Tone 6 O steadfast623 Protectress of Christians. Amen. we magnify. and to the Holy Spirit. and to the ages of ages. and to the Son. Lord. of Saint(s) (whose day it is) and of all the Saints. glorious. you were revealed as the sure foundation of the Church. 100 . Now and ever. Amen. of Saint (whose temple it is). gave birth to God the Word. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. our true God. but. come quickly to help those who cry out to you in faith: “Hasten. Glory to the Father. ( if it is Sunday: risen from the dead) through the prayers of His most pure Mother. (12) More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim. now and ever. O Mother of God. and all‐praised Apostles. constant intercessor before the Creator: do not despise the prayerful voices of sinners. and sealing it with your teachings. Basil the Great. and of our holy father. and of the holy. and to the ages of ages. granting all men a lordship which cannot be taken away. a virgin. 623 Literally: “unashamed” (2 Timothy 2:15). for you always protect those who honor you. have mercy.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 O venerable and heavenly inspired Basil. to pray for us and to intercede for us. Priest: May Christ. if desired. in your goodness.

O Master.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 have mercy on us and save us. 624 Deacon: Amen. Then both the priest and deacon bow together and say the dismissal. He washes his hands in the usual place and removes his vestments. saying: "Now you may dismiss Your servant. for He is good and loves mankind. he places the holy vessels together in the customary place. Giving thanks to God for all things. 101 . After the deacon consumes the Holy Gifts so that not even the smallest particles of the broken bread remain or fall. THE END OF THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR HOLY FATHER BASIL THE GREAT 624 Titus 3:4." and the other prayers as prescribed above for the priest. they leave the Altar. and after pouring water and wine into the holy chalice and having wiped it dry.

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and of all the Saints. John Chrysostom is celebrated on the Eve. have mercy on us and save us. John Chrysostom is celebrated on the Eve. through the prayers of His most Holy Mother.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 DISMISSALS AT DIVINE LITURGY December 24 VIGIL OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST The Divine Liturgy of St. of the holy. of our holy father Basil the Great. 103 . and of all the Saints. Who. was born in a cave in Bethlehem of Judea and lay in a manger. Basil the Great is celebrated on Christmas Eve when this days falls on a Monday through Friday. __________ January 1 FEAST OF THE CIRCUMCISION May Christ our true God. Who. Basil the Great is celebrated on Christmas Eve when this days falls on a Monday through Friday. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappodocia. If the Vigil falls on a Saturday or Sunday the Divine Liturgy of St. of the holy. submitted to circumcision on the eighth day according to the Law. for our salvation. and all‐praised Apostles. for He is good and loves mankind. __________ January 5 VIGIL OF THE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST The Divine Liturgy of St. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. of our holy father Basil the Great. glorious. have mercy on us and save us. for our salvation. If the Vigil falls on a Saturday or Sunday the Divine Liturgy of St. for He is good and loves mankind. December 25 THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST May Christ our true God. through the prayers of His most holy Mother. and all‐praised Apostles. glorious.

for He is good and loves mankind. glorious. 104 . Who. through the prayers of His most holy Mother. and of all the Saints. and all‐praised Apostles. Who. through the prayers of His most holy Mother. but was provided in the 1976 edition: May Christ our true God. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. __________ HOLY AND GREAT SATURDAY The following prayer is not in the Služebnik. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. and all‐praised Apostles. of the holy.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 January 6 THE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST May Christ our true God. and all‐praised Apostles. for He is good and loves mankind. and of all the Saints. have mercy on us and save us. of our holy father Basil the Great. Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. showed us the most excellent way of humility when He washed the feet of His disciples. for our salvation. have mercy on us and save us. __________ HOLY AND GREAT THURSDAY May Christ our true God. and of all the Saints. deigned to be baptized in the Jordan by John through the prayers of His most holy Mother. glorious. of our holy father Basil the Great. for He is good and loves mankind. of the holy. of the holy. have mercy on us and save us. Who. of our holy father Basil the Great. because of His surpassing goodness. for our salvation was placed in the tomb and descended into the realm of Death. glorious. and condescended even unto the Cross and burial.

and the second deacon the left choir. it was decided to provide those rubrics from the Ordo (sections §147‐174) in an appendix. After the prayer: O Lord. They come before the Holy Doors and cense the images on the iconostasis. Rome. bless. and they enter the Altar thus: the priest and first deacon through the southern door. the first deacon through the southern door. Then the first deacon censes the right choir. the priest and the deacons bow toward the right and left choirs. they make three small bows before the Holy Table. and the second deacon through the northern door. then the apsidal icon and the other icons in the Altar. Then. they come before the Holy Table saying privately: Bodily in the tomb… and the other phrases. This also serves to keep the text of the Divine Liturgy less cluttered. then the first deacon the right side. It was determined that for a study text of the Ruthenian Divine Liturgy it would be useful to integrate the rubrics provided by the Služebnik with those provided by the Ordo. Further.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The Order of the Divine Liturgy The rubrics given in the Ruthenian Liturgicon (Služebnik. however. the first deacon beginning from the icon of the Savior... and again. together with the priest. Then they leave the Altar. Both cense the Holy Table together from the front. 1942) provide the Order of the Divine Liturgy. 1944) add greatly to this. 148. if it is customary. With the Ministry of Two Deacons 147. When the time approaches. Matutini et Divinae Liturgiae Iuxta Recensionem Ruthenorum (Rome. the second deacon the left. then. send forth Your hand. The directives given in the Ordo Celebrationis Vesperarum. the first deacon the Cross and the second deacon the icon of the Mother of God. The first deacon alone says: Master. and the other phrases.. After entering the Altar. Two deacons assist the celebrating priest or concelebrating priests only on more solemn feast days.. the deacons cense the Prothesis with three strokes. the deacons wash their hands and prepare everything for the Prothesis. After vesting. if these are found behind the Holy Table. the priest enters the temple together with the two deacons. all of them kiss the hand Cross which lies on the Holy Table. saying: I will come into Your house. 149. both together from the East. both deacons respond to the priest. and the second deacon through the northern door. Following the Dismissal of the Proskomede.. since the typical celebration of the Divine Liturgy would hopefully include the ministry of one deacon. and the second deacon from the icon of the Mother of God. the priest kisses the holy Gospel Book. Then they do everything as in the Liturgy with the ministry of one deacon. the Proskomede is done as usual. and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy with two deacons or without the ministry of a deacon would be less common. They cense the people from the 105 . They stand before the Holy Doors facing East and all make three small bows simultaneously. and the deacons kiss the Holy Table.

151.. the second on the left. Upon completion of the antiphon. O only‐ begotten Son…. the priest and the first deacon go around the Holy Table starting from the right side. The first deacon says: Let us pray to the Lord. the first deacon begins to sing: Master. the second through the northern. one from the right and the other from the left. and they stand to the priest's right and left.. The priest says nothing privately. When the cantors. he repeats the actions prescribed for the first deacon during the first antiphon and stands before the icon of the Mother of God. while the second deacon takes the censer. Following the second antiphon. respectively. bless the holy entrance. one near the icon of the Mother of God and the other near the icon of our Savior. After the prayer is completed. the second deacon through the northern. saying privately with each bow: O Lord. Then. The priest blesses.. Following this. Then they enter the Altar. and neither he nor the deacons make a bow at: and became incarnate…. Then the priest gives the holy Gospel Book to the first deacon and freely unfolds his phelonion. 150. or. the first deacon holds the orarion with his right hand extending it toward the East. if it is customary. The first deacon stands on the right.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 soleas. both deacons approach the priest and do everything as it is done in the Liturgy with the ministry of one deacon. 152. stands before the icon of Christ as usual. the second deacon goes forth and standing in the usual place.. and then the priest.. The priest stands in the center and behind them. Then the first deacon returns to his usual place and says: Again and again... When they come to the Holy Doors. After the synapte is completed. and says to the priest: Master. all leave through the northern door: first the second deacon censing. singing the third antiphon or the Beatitudes. now and ever. after which the first deacon proffers the holy Gospel Book to him for 106 . The first deacon says the Great Synapte. When the second antiphon or typica are sung by the cantors. says: Again and again. come to: Glory. The first deacon departs through the southern door. both return to the Altar: the first through the southern door. or the last verse of the Beatitudes.. the candlebearers stand facing one another... and the priest quietly recites the Prayer of the Entrance. and the second through the northern door: taking their places before the Holy Doors. they make three small bows. the priest and the deacons make three small bows. the singers continue: Glory. but only from the front. bless. by proceeding down the aisle of the temple to the narthex. and finally the priest. When the first antiphon or typica are sung by the cantors.. departs from his place and. then the first deacon carrying the Gospel. Again. holding the orarion with three fingers of his right hand. the first deacon through the southern door. having returned the censers to the servers. they cense the Holy Table (in strokes of three).. Preceded by the candlebearers. you will open my lips. he makes a small bow...

. the priest says: Peace be with you. the priest and the deacons also recite it. The priest: For You are holy. the first deacon says: Master. From the Altar. Then the deacons depart. the deacons take the censers. The first deacon passes through the Holy Doors and stands at the appointed place.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 kissing. The priest: May God. 153. and again both together from the East. then the apsidal icon and the other icons in the Altar. 156. there he places the holy Gospel Book. First deacon: All catechumens. While the Alleluia is sung.. bless the incense... the priest says to the first deacon: Peace be with you who have proclaimed the holy Gospel. then the first deacon the right side. 154. Following the reading of the Epistle... The second deacon returns the censer. proceeding to the apsidal throne with the deacons. the second deacon proceeds to the center: the first deacon stands behind him and says: Wisdom! Stand Aright! Then all enter the Altar. the first deacon: Wisdom! The lector sings the title of the Epistle. and approach the priest saying: Master... After the Trisagion hymn is completed.. When the singers come to the last troparion. After the last verse of the antiphon or the Beatitudes is sung. they both cense the Holy Table together. and both cense the rest. the deacons return before the Holy Table with the priest. The first deacon: Wisdom! Be attentive! 155. at first from the front. which he will read facing the people. The first deacon says: And to the ages of ages. While the Trisagion is sung. The second deacon: Let us be attentive! After the Gospel is read. bless the chair on high. upon the analogion.. and stand in their customary place. depart! Second deacon: Catechumens. the priest says: Blessed is he who comes . Then the deacons return the censers to the usual place and approach the priest. The priest: Peace be with all. After proceeding to the Holy Doors. the first deacon says: Let us be attentive! The priest: Peace be with all! The second deacon: Wisdom! Be attentive! After the Prokeimenon. bless the proclaimer of the Gospel . The first deacon: Master. the first deacon begins: Let us all say . Then the second deacon: Catechumens. Then. through the prayers . bless the time for the thrice‐holy hymn. 107 . pray to the Lord. the second deacon the left. either on the ambo or a little before the Holy Doors. each through his own door. The first deacon places the holy Gospel Book upon the Holy Table. Having received the blessing. the first deacon returns the holy Gospel Book to the priest. after which the second deacon says: Let us be attentive! Shortly before the end of the Epistle reading. and gives him the holy Gospel Book. in a raised voice the first deacon says: Master. the deacons come near the Holy Doors. Then the second deacon censes the Prothesis. place incense into them. as is the custom. The Holy Doors are closed. The first deacon: A reading from the holy Gospel according to N.. the second deacon exclaims: Wisdom! Let us stand aright and listen to the holy Gospel.

Wisdom! The second deacon: Again and again. the priest enters the Altar and with the deacons proceeds to place the holy chalice on the Holy Table. There the priest takes the censer from the first deacon and censes the Holy Gifts. have mercy . The deacons show reverence to the priest and depart. save us. Following him. while simultaneously holding the end of the orarion in his left hand. Help us. The priest takes the large veil and.. let us pray.. the deacons 108 . the deacons take their respective places. giving it to the second deacon who holds the censer with the ring finger of his right hand. Then. censes it (by fumigation in the smoke from the censer). exclaims: May the Lord God remember all you Orthodox Christians. The first deacon: Protect us. Wisdom! Then both enter the Altar through their respective doors. The second deacon: Let us love one another…. save us. have mercy .. where the custom exists. The priest himself takes the chalice.. Then. holding the censers on the ring finger of their left hands and elevating their hands on high with the priest. While the Cherubic Hymn is sung. After saying: . each through his own door.. they say the Cherubic Hymn together three times and make a small bow after each recitation. Upon completion of the censing. He takes the large veil from the second deacon. and with the deacons preceding... one on each side of the priest. The singers: Lord. says: Lift up your hands. the first deacon repeats the same. The deacons enter the Altar and stand just inside the Holy Doors. they begin to recite the 50th Psalm and cense the Holy Table. the priest places it on the head of the first deacon. the deacons take the censers and place incense into them.. The first deacon says to the priest: Lift up. From where they stand. master..Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 depart! And again the first deacon: All catechumens. and then the usual dialogue between the priest and both deacons follows. Preceded by the candlebearers... after receiving the blessing. have mercy. the Altar and the rest as stated above (see § 149).. Then the priest exclaims: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom.. Taking the holy discos from the first deacon. The second deacon.. and all you . The Holy Doors are opened. Meanwhile the Holy Doors are closed. taking the discos... and covers the Holy Gifts. they face one another: the second on the left and the first on the right. who departs first. they go directly to the Prothesis table... 157. all depart through the northern door. depart! Let none of the catechumens . he places it on the Holy Table to the left of the chalice... who holds it to his forehead with both hands. they stand in their usual place and the first deacon says: Let us complete our prayer…. 158. the priest kisses the Holy Table and the hand Cross as the deacons kiss the edge of the Holy Table..

of both the Holy Bread and holy chalice. the first deacon takes the ripidion or the folded small veil and reverently fans the Holy Gifts. At the Triumphant Hymn: Singing. They all make three small bows before the Holy Table. The deacons kiss one another on the left shoulder. Then the priest quietly says the prayer: Moreover. the deacons: Amen. the deacons say: Amen. While the chanters are singing It is truly proper. making the sign of the Cross. 109 . If there is need. the first deacon says: Master. Meanwhile. if there is need. The first deacon exclaims: Let us stand aright. therefore. After the prayer has been completed. amen. if there is need. bless the holy chalice. so that the right hand of the first deacon lies over the right hand of the second deacon. the first deacon fans the Holy Gifts. the first deacon takes the holy discos in his right hand and the second deacon the holy chalice in his right hand. Pointing his orarion to both Holy Gifts. Your own. and kissing the asterisk. both deacons return to where they previously stood. the priest and deacons make a small bow. 160. After the Institution Narrative. Then they raise the Holy Gifts slightly for a short time..… The deacons make a small bow. each one from his side. the deacons join the priest by pointing their oraria towards the holy discos and then the holy chalice.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 make three small bows just as the priest does. enter the Altar through their respective doors and stand at either side of the priest. The deacons respond to the blessing: Amen. Pointing his orarion towards the holy chalice. After the priest has quietly said the prayer: Remembering. amen. Then pointing his orarion towards the Holy Bread.. 159. and both deacons come nearer the priest. and the priest exclaims: Offering You. the first deacon fans the Holy Gifts just as before. After the discos and chalice are set down. making the sign of the Cross over the eilition. taking the ripidion. During the Institution Narrative. After the blessing. bless both. from Your own…. he places it upon the Holy Table. the first deacon says: Master. the first deacon says: Master. bless the Holy Bread. the first deacon puts aside the ripidion or veil. the deacons and the priest bow profoundly. the deacons cense the Holy Table from the sides and from the East. shouting… the second deacon takes the asterisk into his right hand and touches the holy discos as described above. we offer to You…. And having bowed their heads to the priest. Following the blessing. and they mention by name those of the dead whom they wish to remember.

While the priest quietly says the prayer: We give You thanks. 110 . and pouring a little water he continues: The fervor of the faith. Holding these to his forehead and looking back towards the doors. After the fraction of the Holy Bread. the deacons make a small bow.. standing before the Holy Doors. bless the hot water. the priest and deacons do exactly as stated above (see § 142). After making a small bow and taking the holy chalice. The first deacon says: Master. as prescribed. The second deacon exclaims: Bow your heads to the Lord... saying: Deacons. they follow the first procedure described above except that the priest gives the veil and the lention to the second deacon before Communion. there he awaits the priest.. if they had not already done so during the Lord's Prayer. After uncovering the chalice.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 And after: Among the first. O King. standing at the sides of the priest. they stand in their customary place.625 After the Communion of the priest and the deacons. saying nothing... Following the commixture the same deacon says (where the infusion of hot water is practiced): Master. if Communion is not to be given to the faithful. and depart through their respective doors. the priest. 162. the priest departs. to the Prothesis table. approach! And Communion is given to the deacons according to the rule (see § 140 and 141).. 161. fill the holy chalice. take leave of the priest. the singers: And with your spirit. The second deacon says: Now that we have remembered all the Saints. The priest invites the deacons to receive Holy Communion. the first deacon carefully absterges the holy discos over the holy chalice. After the ekphonesis: And may the mercies. they make a small bow. Following the incensation.. while the second deacon censes the Holy Gifts and the priest. the first deacon says: Master. If Communion is to be given out. O Lord . After the priest has said: Peace be with all. make three small bows. proceeds between the Holy Table and the Holy Doors directly to the Prothesis table upon which he places the discos.. be merciful to me a sinner. the deacons make a commemoration of the living. the second deacon. The first deacon exclaims: Let us be attentive! The deacons enter the Altar through their respective doors and. the priest returns the censer to the second deacon and places the holy discos with the folded asterisk and the folded veils upon the second deacon's head. saying quietly: O God. the deacons. Following 625 Ordo §140 and 141 are integrated into the text of the Liturgy. and the deacons (who remain in their places)... bind their oraria about themselves in the form of a Cross. break the Holy Bread.

After the singers complete the Trisagion Hymn. O Christ.. he censes the iconostasis. bearing in mind the procedures set forth below (§ 165‐174). He omits the invitations: Master. have mercy. with awe and full caution. bless the incense: etc.. Bowing his head before the Holy Doors. which he says before the prayer behind the Ambo. Our God. The priest celebrating without the assistance of a deacon performs or recites all those parts which are proper to the deacon.. the priest says: Let us go forth in peace! The singers: In the Name of the Lord. after which he blesses the Entrance with his right hand. Following the prayer. the second deacon. 165. the first deacon stands at the right.. At the Small Entrance. After saying the Trisagion. Finally. the priest exclaims: Let us be attentive! and the blessing: Peace be with all. Let us pray to the Lord. extending his orarion toward the icon of the Savior.. he enters the Altar through the southern door. says: [Stand aright!] Having received the divine.. He concludes the Trisagion Prayer with the ekphonesis: For You are holy. he says the Entrance Prayer: O Lord. Master. The first deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. . bless.. the respective ekphoneses. then he unbinds his orarion. Having loosed his orarion. 163. 169.. and does not turn around to face the people. holy. the priest censes just as the deacon would. Without the Ministry of a Deacon 164. During the prayer behind the ambo. except for the invocation: Let us pray to the Lord. 168. 166. goes around the Holy Table and comes out through the northern door. from the soleas. after which all unvest. starting from the right side.. he proceeds behind the Holy Table saying the formula of blessing and sits to the south of the apsidal throne. the choirs and the people. 167. the first deacon leaves through the northern door and. the Dismissal is said according to custom. consumes the Holy Gifts which remain after Communion. Following the Dismissal of the Proskomede.. standing in his usual place..Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 the priest's recital of the prayer: You. our God. Wisdom! Be attentive! The singers sing 111 . the priest takes the holy Gospel Book and. The priest recites the prayers which conclude the great and small synaptes before.. The singers: Lord. After the ekphonesis: For You are our sanctification. as is the custom. our Master and God. not after. he kisses the Gospel Book and raises it exclaiming: Wisdom! Stand Aright! Then he enters the Altar through the Holy Doors.

he touches the holy discos with the asterisk in the same manner as the deacon would. Lover of Manknd.. Saying: The noble Joseph.. therefore. After the reading. The priest: Let us be attentive! Following the Epistle reading.. saying: Lift up your hands . the priest censes the large veil by holding it over the censer which the server extends toward the priest.. saying: Deal favorably... then he kisses the asterisk and places it upon the Holy Table. exclaiming: May the Lord God remember in his kingdom . Then taking the Book of Gospels. Then the priest blesses the incense and. After the ekphonesis: Especially for our most holy. the Prothesis. he places the Holy Gifts upon the Holy Table as usual.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 the Prokeimenon. and crossing his forearms. Taking the large veil. he says to the lector: Peace be to you and immediately thereafter: Wisdom! Be attentive! The singers: Alleluia! with the verses. Having said the prayer: Remembering. He quietly recites the prayer before the Gospel: O Master. he exclaims: Wisdom! Let us stand aright and listen to the holy Gospel. He then takes the censer from the hands of the server and censes the Holy Gifts... he kisses the closed book and places it in the center or on the right side of the Holy Table. and after passing through the Holy Doors.. taking the censer.. At the ekphonesis: Singing. and from the soleas he censes the iconostasis. O Lord. 171.. from the soleas. 112 . be merciful to me a sinner. or after it... 170.. he censes the iconostasis. The singers: And with your spirit. he takes the holy Discos with his right hand and the holy chalice with his left. then he raises the sacred vessels slightly for a short time and distinctly makes the sign of the Cross over the eiliton while exclaiming: Offering to You Your own from Your own….. then taking the discos in his left hand and the chalice in his right. shouting. both choirs and the people. as prescribed. shine forth in our hearts . he departs through the northern door.. the priest places it on his left shoulder. either during the incensation. he censes the Holy Table only from the front. The priest: Wisdom! The lector reads the title of the Epistle. After saying the Prayer of the Cherubic Hymn. according to the custom... most pure. After returning the censer. he recites the Cherubic Hymn three times. he says: Holy Things to the holy! and pours the hot water into the chalice himself. keeping the censer on the ring finger of his left hand and raising his hands on high. in strokes of three... The priest: A reading from the holy Gospel.. He returns to the Holy Table where. the priest blesses the incense. censes about the Holy Table and the entire Altar. he places it on the analogion just outside the Holy Doors and reads the Gospel facing the people. During the Symbol of Faith. without going around it. then he censes around the Holy Table. this saving command.... and blessing the people: Peace be with all. Before elevating the Lamb.. he says the aitisis: Let us complete our prayer. Then he proceeds to the Prothesis. both choirs and the people. there he censes the Holy Gifts in strokes of three while praying privately: O God. When the Alleluia and verses are completed. he raises the large veil and holds it above the Holy Gifts. the apsidal icon..

he places the folded asterisk.. saying: Save Your people. saying: Be exalted.. he proceeds to distribute Communion to the faithful. he returns to the Holy Table. The priest washes his hands and. the prayer and ekphonesis: For You are our sanctification. now and ever.. Then he returns to the Holy Table..... raising the chalice.. then in a raised voice: Always.. or else he places it in the chalice... After the prayer is completed he uncovers the chalice and distributes Communion with the spoon.. or with both. the small veil and the aer upon the discos. he leaves the spoon in the chalice and returns to the Holy Table upon which he places the discos and chalice. consumes the Holy Gifts. which is covered with the lention and small veil. After making a small bow. The Curtain (Veil) of the iconostasis is drawn aside and the Holy Doors are opened.. now and ever. saying: Be exalted above the heavens. then he takes the chalice with his left hand and holds the discos between the middle and ring fingers of the same hand.. He makes a small bow.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 172.. turning towards the people. [Following the choral response]. saying: Approach with fear of God. Taking the spoon with his right hand. After making a small bow..... he departs for the Proskomede table upon which he places the sacred vessels. Saying the small Synapte of Thanksgiving: Having received the divine. blesses them with it. he returns to the Altar and closes the Holy Doors. turning toward the people. proceeds to the Holy Doors and. When the Communion of the faithful has been completed. O God. Following the Communion. he turns towards the doors and looks at the people... takes the chalice and extends it toward the people.. The priest places the spoon on top of the chalice. After making a small bow. Following this. the priest immediately continues: O Lord. then he proceeds to the Prothesis table and. After the priest has put all the Particles from the discos into the chalice.. Then he covers the latter with the small veil.. Following the Dismissal. then he covers the chalice with either the small veil or the lention. After making a small bow and taking the chalice. he covers the chalice with either the lention or the small veil or with both. 173. saying first in a subdued voice: Blessed is our God. 174. Having returned to the Holy Table. the priest folds the eiliton as is customary. the priest absterges the Particles off the discos while holding the discos over the chalice. with awe and every caution. After placing the chalice on the Holy Table.. he takes the holy chalice with his right hand and the holy discos with his left. where he places the sacred vessels. I believe and profess…. again takes the chalice and. he also places the folded asterisk. and exclaims: Approach with fear of God. departs. 113 . he sets the chalice down and removes the small veil from it. he censes it in strokes of three. the priest takes the discos from the Holy Table with his left hand and proceeds to the Prothesis table.. Then he places the lention under the small veil with which the chalice is covered. the second small folded veil and the aer upon the discos. It is also permissible to follow this procedure: after communicating himself. he takes the chalice. the spoon is left in the chalice. places the chalice on it. O God. the priest says: Save Your people.. giving thanks to God for all things. He then makes a small bow and returns to the Holy Table. then exclaims: Always... saying quietly: Blessed is our God. and censes in strokes of three. blessing the people.

1996). available in translation from Eastern Christian Publications. Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church. 1944 (Imprimatur from Eugene Cardinal Tisserant. Used with permission. Rome.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 The above rubrics are taken from “Ordo Celebrationis Vesperarum. 114 . Matutini et Divinae Liturgiae Iuxta Recensionem Ruthenorum”.

with several petitions separating such prayers from the ecphonesis. I believe and confess…”) it would make more sense as the prayer would start off with all the statements about what the Eucharist is and then continue with the statements about partaking of the Eucharist. the agents of our security and freedom. singling out the head of state for particular mention. ‐Neither the Služebnik nor the Ordo specifically addresses the commemorative particles. is to be more specific than that. Currently it reads as if two separate prayers were conjoined. should all members using the recension (Catholic and Orthodox) agree: ‐The term “Archbishop and Metropolitan” in the various prayers is a rather odd usage as a metropolitan would generally be commemorated only by his highest rank. which I am about to receive. but rather a change in the layout of the document. however. 115 . I believe and profess that this. and Your life‐giving Blood..” ‐Many of the priestly prayers are located in the middle of a litany. the Congress.. that they may serve our country with honor. This would be not be a liturgical change.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 Considerations In its normative and official form the Ruthenian Divine Liturgy is a wonderful example of good Liturgy. let us pray to the Lord. the Supreme Court and all our civil authorities. These prayers could be moved to the end of the litany to re‐join it with the ecphonesis. one might also enhance the reference to the armed forces based upon Vatican II’s “The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” (79). In those other liturgicons it is found earlier in the text. but it is in other liturgicons. If the rubrics are followed as given it would be difficult to discern between the particles broken from the NI and KA particles (from which the communion of the faithful is given) and the commemorative particles if they are both placed in the chalice prior to the communion of the faithful. The older custom was to consecrate everything on the holy discos. ‐The use of the term “civil authorities” is reasonable as it (in the plural) refers to persons (in the singular it refers to institutions). per say. ‐In the Communion Prayer the paragraph beginning with “O Lord. and that they may make a genuine contribution to the establishment of peace. and for our armed forces. Doing both of these might render the petition: “For the President of these United States. The newer custom among most Byzantines is to not consecrate the commemorative particles and to delay placing them into the chalice until after the communion of the faithful (just before “Save Your people”). The tradition. It might be updated to read “Metropolitan (Archbishop)” to allow for usage of the liturgicon anywhere. Further. The scholarship in preparing the official Slavonic liturgical books of the Ruthenian recension remains excellent.” is not in the official Služebnik. If it were moved to an earlier point in the text (right after the first paragraph “O Lord. There are only a few updates that one might consider. is truly Your most precious Body.

“rightly teaching the word of Your truth” “rightly divide the word of Your truth” More literal. Some Bibles have “rightly handling” and others have “rightly dividing” or “rightly teaching” The 1964 translation had “faithfully dispensing”. Other: Typos and minor layout edits have been corrected but are not identified here.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 1. Page 32 ‐ 2. 116 . Page 76 Changes from the 2011‐03‐08 Draft From: To: Reason: From: To: Reason: “and without change became man” “and became man without change” Return to original wording. The Slavonic “prajvaščich” comes from the Greek “ὀρθοτομέω” (“orthotomeō”) which is literally “to make a straight cut”.

(ISBN 88‐7210‐099‐4. Volume IV: The Diptychs. Rome.I.. Orientalia Christiana Analecta Series #191). La célébration de la parole dans la liturgie byzantine. The Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father Saint Basil the Great. Huculak. Serge Keleher. Thanksgiving. (ISBN 88‐7210‐090‐9. Pittsburgh. available in translation from Eastern Christian Publications. Orientalia Christiana Analecta Series #261). 1942. Grotta‐Ferrata Press. 2000 (ISBN 88‐7210‐326‐ 6.Basil Study Text – DRAFT 05/21/2012 For Further Study   The Holy and Divine Liturgy (Čin Svjaščennyja i Božestvennyja Liturgii”).J. John Chrysostom. Volume V: The Precommunion Rites. The following volumes are currently published: Volume I: J. Volume III is forthcoming. Rome.       For a survey of sources and the manuscript tradition and a bibliography. Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Title in English is: The History of the celebration of the Word in the Byzantine Liturgy]. 1996. 1965. Matutini et Divinae Liturgiae Iuxta Recensionem Ruthenorum”. The Congregation for the Eastern Churches. The Draft Translation: A Response to the Proposed Recasting of the Byzantine‐Ruthenian Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. A History of the Transfer of Gifts and Preanaphoral Rites of the Liturgy of St. see: L.I. The Divine Liturgy of Our Father Saint John Chrysostom. S. [In French. (Volumes II‐VI): A History of the Liturgy of St. Studies on the Byzantine Liturgy. 1944 (Imprimatur from Eugene Cardinal Tisserant. (ISBN 978‐88‐7210‐361‐4. 1996). 2004. Byzantine Seminary Press. 1976. 2006. Pittsburgh. Mateos S. 1991 (ISBN 88‐ 7210‐285. The Divine Liturgy of St. Pontificio Instituto Orientale. John Chrysostom. 117 . Étude historique. Volume II: The Great Entrance. (Volume I) and Father Robert Taft. Rome. Orientalia Christiana Analecta Series #200). Rome. Byzantine Seminary Press. Ordo Celebrationis Vesperarum.. Pontificio Instituto Orientale. Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church. Volume VI: The Communion. 384‐408.. Pontificio Instituto Orientale. J. Pontificio Instituto Orientale. Stauropegion Press. 1971. 2008. Mateos S. Pontificium Institutum Studiorum Orientalium. Orientalia Christiana Analecta. 1990. in the Kievan Metropolitan Province during the period of union with Rome (1596‐1839). Pontificio Instituto Orientale. Orientalia Christiana Analecta Series #281). and Concluding Rites. Pittsburgh. Orientalia Christiana Analecta Series #238). John Chrysostom.

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