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THE GREAT CANON

OF SAINT ANDREW OF CRETE

ON MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT DURING THE GRAND COMPLINE, WE BEGIN THE FIRST SECTION
OF THE GREAT CANON AFTER THE READING OF PSALM 69 (70). THE REFRAINS ARE SUNG AFTER EACH TROPARION. AT
EACH REFRAIN WE MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND A FULL PROSTRATION.

ODE 1
TONE 6
Irmos: A helper and a protector, He has become my salvation. This is my God, I
will glorify Him, my father’s God will I exalt, for gloriously has He been
glorified.

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

TROPARIA
Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? How shall I
begin, O Christ, to relieve my present tears? But as Thou art deeply
compassionate, grant me forgiveness of sins.
Come, O wretched soul, and together with thy body confess to the Creator
of all so that henceforth, thou shalt abstain from thy past foolishness and offer
tears of repentance to God.
Having rivaled the first-formed Adam by my transgressions, I have found
myself stripped naked of God, of the everlasting kingdom and all of its delights,
because of my sins.
Woe is me, O wretched soul, for thou art become like the first Eve! For
thou hast looked in wickedness and wast bitterly wounded; for thou hast
touched the tree and rashly tasted the forbidden fruit.
In the place of the physical Eve, the temptation of Eve hath taken flesh in
my mind, showing me what seems to be sweet; but making me taste and
swallow bitterness.
Adam was rightly banished from Eden, O Savior, because he disobeyed
one of Thy commandments. What then shall I suffer, for constantly rejecting Thy
words of life?
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
To the Trinity: O Trinity, Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity, take
from me the heavy yoke of sin, and in Thy compassion grant me tears of
compunction.

Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Theotokion: O Theotokos, the hope and protection of those who praise thee,
take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady, accept
me in repentance.

ODE 2

Irmos: Attend, O heaven and I will speak, I will sing of Christ, Who from the
Virgin took flesh to dwell with us.

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

TROPARIA
Attend, O heaven and I will speak; give ear, O earth to the voice of one
who repents before God and sings His praises.
Look upon me, O God my Savior, with Thy merciful eye, and accept my
fervent confession.
I have sinned above all men, I alone have sinned against Thee; but as God
take pity on Thy creature, O Savior.
My lustful desires have formed in me the deformity of my passions and
have disfigured the beauty of my mind.
A storm of passions surrounds me, O compassionate Lord. But stretch out
Thine hand to me, as once Thou didst to Peter.
I have stained the garment of my flesh and have defiled that which was
made in Thine image and likeness, O Savior.
I have darkened the beauty of my soul with passionate pleasures and have
turned my whole mind entirely to dust.
I have torn the garment that the Creator first wove for me in the
beginning, and therefore I lie naked.
I have clothed myself in the torn robe that the serpent hath spitefully
stitched for me by his counsel, and now I am ashamed.
I offer to Thee, O merciful One, the tears of a harlot. Cleanse me, O Savior,
in Thy compassion.
I looked upon the beauty of the forbidden tree and my mind was
deceived; and now I lie naked and ashamed.
The demons of passion have ploughed long furrows on my back,
prolonging their wickedness upon me.

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Monday

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
To the Trinity: I sing praises to the One in Three Persons, God of all, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Theotokion: O Most-pure Theotokos and All-laudable Virgin, fervently
intercede for our salvation.

ODE 3
Irmos: Establish Thy Church, O Christ, on the unshakable rock of Thy
commandments.

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

TROPARIA
The Lord once rained fire from heaven and consumed the land of Sodom.
Seek salvation on the mountain as did Lot, O my soul, and find thy refuge
in Zoar.
Flee from the flames, O my soul, flee from the burning heat of Sodom, flee
the destruction of the divine fire.
I alone have sinned against Thee, I have sinned above all men; reject me
not, O Christ my Savior.
Thou art the Good Shepherd: seek me, the lamb that has gone astray and
do not forsake me.
Thou art my sweet Jesus, Thou art my Creator, and in Thee shall I be
justified, O Savior.
I confess that I have sinned, I have sinned against Thee, O Savior. But in
Thy compassion absolve me and forgive me.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
To the Trinity: O God, the Trinity, One in Unity, save us from delusion and
temptation and distress.

Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Rejoice, O Womb that bore Divinity! Rejoice, O Throne of the Lord!
Rejoice, O Mother of our Life!

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The ladder seen of old by the great Patriarch Jacob is an example. be thou made new. Yet Thou. shepherding. Bearing the burning heat by day and the frost by night because of his privation. ODE 4 Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming. I have sinned as no one has ever before. O Savior. no deed. for she endured great toil. and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men. as the Lord of all. for she had many children. Now pour out the drops of thy tears and boldly confess to Christ of thy deeds and thoughts. in purpose. deed and thought. and set them up before thine eyes. wretch that I am. hast the power to remit all sins. Thy servant. For without labor. Arise. word and intent. O Lord. ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid. Jacob endured making daily gains. with understanding and contemplation. For this I am condemned and for this. in mind. O my soul and consider all the deeds which thou hast done. The end draws near. O my soul. O my soul. O Lover of mankind. have mercy on me. TROPARIA Despise not Thy works. deliver me and save me. struggling and slaving in order to win two wives. as if they were a dream. O God. more severe than all else in the world. understand that one is action and the other is spiritual understanding in contemplation. and so be thou justified. In life’s course. If. both of ascent through action and of ascent through spiritual understanding. neither action nor contemplation will succeed. Leah represents action. Who knowest my heart. no wicked thing. as if they were a flower. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. The days of our lives pass quickly. Refrain: Have mercy on me. therefore. there has been no sin. neither dost thou care. that I did not commit. O my Judge and Redeemer. yet thou dost not prepare. it is thy desire to live by thy works. O Righteous Judge. The time grows short. and he said. O Lord. spare me. By the two wives. 4 . I am convicted by mine own conscience.’ Glory to Thy power. O why do we trouble ourselves in vain? Arise. O my soul. for the Judge is at the very doors. and forsake not Thy creation though I alone have sinned more than any other man. and Rachel spiritual understanding. the end draws near.

the order of nature is overruled. Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin. and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. TROPARIA The whole of my life has passed by in the night. hast sold thyself entirely to thy sins. O my soul. But make me a son of the day. O my miserable and wretched soul. I confess to Thee. I have sinned like the brothers of Joseph of old. ODE 5 Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee. Imitating Rueben. imitate the righteous and chaste mind of Joseph. for the darkness of sin has covered me like a thick fog in the middle of the night. When Joseph was cast down into the pit. co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee. O Savior. 5 . O Lord and Master. I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high. and unto ages of ages. One Triune Divinity. Now and ever. But what offering such as this shall I ever make to Thee? Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O Christ my King. who sold the fruit of purity and chastity. I have devised a wicked and lawless act against God Most High. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O God. His righteous and gentle soul was bound by his kinsmen and he was sold into slavery as a foretelling of the Lord. for He does whatsoever He wills. He Who is born renews the laws of nature. and the womb gives birth without travail. O Lover of man. and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Savior. Amen. unconfused in Persons. enlighten me I pray. having defiled my bed as he defiled the bed of his father. that I have sinned. Monday To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence. have mercy on me. it was to prefigure Thy Burial and Resurrection. to do Thy will. When God so wills. But thou. and do not defile thyself by continuing to indulge thy wanton and irrational desires.

but cry out from the lowest depths of hell: ‘Spare me’. have mercy on me. 6 . and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. simple and undivided. O my soul. that God can cleanse and make again as white as snow a leprous life. O Theotokos. but rather. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all. have mercy on me. I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. ODE 6 Irmos: With my whole heart. O God. Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us. Amen. To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity. which cries: I have sinned against Thee. Holy. Son and Holy Spirit. that we may be justified through thine intercessions. Thou hast turned thyself away from thy Lord. fashioned in our image. Now and ever. become vested in my human flesh. Father. Now and ever. has God the Creator of the ages. TROPARIA I offer to Thee in purity the tears of mine eyes and the sighs from the depth of my heart. O my soul. Holy. Theotokion: From thee. and I am the Unity. uniting to Himself the nature of man. that the earth may not open up and swallow thee. though thou thyself art leprous. Let the hand of Moses assure us. yet divided in Three Persons. O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother. O my soul. as did Dathan and Abiram. and unto ages of ages. Do not be like Ephraim stung to madness like a stampeding calf. So do not despair. united by Nature’.To the Trinity: We glorify Thee. as One God! Holy. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O God. says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit. Amen. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. save thy life like a gazelle fleeing from the snare on the wings of action. resolve and contemplation. simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever. and unto ages of ages. O Trinity. art Thou.

cleanse me!’ Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. all the evils he had done. and consider now my condemnation. simple and undivided. Refrain: Have mercy on me. crying. O God. O my Judge. David once composed a hymn. hast done worse things than he. Once. for worse than any acts are the urgings of thy will. for in sins have I progressed and have added sores to my wounds. the forefather of God. Amen. ‘Have mercy on me. But do not give us up utterly. O God of our fathers. But in Thy compassion have mercy on me. O God of our fathers. being pierced with the arrow of adultery and struck with the spear of murder’s remorse. ODE 7 Irmos: We have sinned. Monday Kontakion (TONE 6): My soul. But thou. yet thou hast not repented before God. and I have rejected Thy command- ments. God the Trinity! Sing. We praise Thee. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. O God of all. O my soul. and glorify the Life of Lives. David once joined sin to sin when he mixed adultery with murder. Now and ever. I have transgressed. David. O my soul. consubstantial and of One Nature. setting forth. One Holy and Three Holies. and unto ages of ages. 7 . O God of our fathers. But thou. yet then he showed at once a twofold repentance. that thou mayest be spared by Christ God. art more gravely ill than he. my soul. my soul arise! Why art thou sleeping? The end is drawing near and thou wilt be confounded. Awake then and be watchful. the God of all. O my soul. once sinned doubly. Light and Lights. I have confessed to Thee the secrets of my heart. have mercy on me. TROPARIA I have sinned. and he condemned them. transgressed. Be watchful. done wrong before Thee. my soul. lest while searching for thine animal desires thou shouldst overlook the Kingdom of Christ. for against Thee only have I sinned. To the Trinity: O Trinity. See my humility and behold my affliction. But in Thy compassion have mercy on me. when Saul went searching for his father’s lost herds he found himself proclaimed as king. as in an icon. Who is everywhere and fillest all things.

Elijah once ascended above all earthly things in the chariot of his virtues as if to Heaven. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. accept my repentance and take pity on me as I cry: Against Thee only have I sinned and have done evil in Thy sight. turning away from thine evil ways. Elisha made the streams of the Jordan stand still on either side. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. have mercy on me. rid thyself of his greed and flee from the fires of hell. Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter. Awaken my mind to conversion. O Trinity. O God. Amen. But thou. on this ascent. TROPARIA I have sinned. Therefore shalt thou be cast out weeping from the bridal chamber. we bless thee. But thou. With the mantle of Elijah. hast welcomed neither stranger nor traveler into thy house. O my wretched soul. Meditate. O Savior. have mercy on me! Now and ever. Refrain: Have mercy on me. then O my soul. but thou. In all ways hast thou imitated the unclean thoughts of Gehazi. Elisha once took up the mantle of Elijah and received a double portion of grace from the Lord. have mercy on me. O my soul. Word of the Eternal Father. ODE 8 Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. O my soul. One of the undivided Trinity. have mercy on me. we venerate thee. hast no share in this grace because of thine uncontrolled desires. and Living and Creating Spirit. the Spirit of Righteousness. 8 . Father of the Divine Word. hast no share in this grace because of thine uncontrolled desires. One in Unity. and unto ages of ages. let every breath and creature praise. The Shunammite woman graciously gave shelter to the righteous man. bless and magnify throughout all ages. To the Trinity: O Eternal Father. and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth. in thine old age. At least now. Theotokion: We praise thee. O my soul. O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God.

Christ saved the Magi. Moses’ account of the creation of the world. Therefore we honor thee as truly Theotokos. I will now show thee. the Prophets fail and the words of the righteous are useless. Thy wounds. Refrain: Have mercy on me. have multiplied. O Most-pure Virgin. ODE 9 Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. TROPARIA My mind is wounded. my life is ebbing. have mercy on me. my body is feeble. when the Judge comes to examine thy deeds? I have reviewed for thee. a mother remaining pure. and there is no physician to heal thee. O my soul. O my soul. The Law is grown weak. Follow the example of the righteous and avoid following the ways of the sinners and strive to regain the grace of Christ through prayer and fasting. Repent then. transformed a host of infants into Martyrs and glorified the Elders and the aged Widows. O my soul. to lead thee to repentance. O God. He set before thee. Christ became man by assuming my flesh and He willingly experienced all that belongs to our nature apart from our sin. an example and image of His own condescension. examples from the New Testament. O my soul! For the doors of the Kingdom are already opened and the Publicans and penitent Pharisees and adulterers pass through before thee. hast followed the ways of the wicked and hast sinned against God. Thus. O my soul. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. my speech has lost its power. and the end is at the door. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. and then all of the canonical Scripture that tells the story of both the righteous and the wicked. But thou. calling thieves and harlots to repentance. called the Shepherds. whose lives and deeds thou hast chosen to ignore. Monday Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk. the Gospel unpracticed. O soul. What shalt thou do. But woe unto thee when the time of thy Judgement comes! 9 . my spirit is sick. O miserable soul. and the whole of Scripture is ignored by thee. my soul. Christ became man. purity and reverence.

For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. from corruption and sin. the Trinity undivided. O Most-pure Mother of God. Do not be dismayed. that we may be delivered from every danger and affliction. Irmos 9: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. Katavasia. He became hungry thus showing us His human nature. pray to God for us. NOW THE READER CONTINUES WITH PSALM 4 AND THE REST OF THE GRAND COMPLINE FOLLOWS. for through thee she reigns in faith. who honor thy memory with faith. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Venerable Father Andrew. despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants. cease not to offer thy prayers for us who sing thy praises. thy habitation. Theotokion: Protect this. let us exalt the Son and with faith let us worship the Divine and Holy Spirit. O my soul. When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness. and unto ages of ages. drive him away through prayer and fasting. and when the enemy attacks thee. To the Trinity: Let us glorify the Father. Unity in Essence. Life and Lives. Amen. Light of Lights. by thee she is made strong. the shepherd of Crete. by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation. 10 . To Saint Andrew: O Venerable and Thrice-blessèd Father Andrew. a mother remaining pure. Now and ever. giving light and life to the ends of the earth.

THE REFRAINS ARE SUNG AFTER EACH TROPARION. Now and ever. WE BEGIN THE SECOND SECTION OF THE GREAT CANON AFTER THE READING OF PSALM 69 (70). we are condemned. Like Cain. O God. Though I have sinned. Refrain: Have mercy on me. like the Father toward his Prodigal Son.ON TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT DURING THE GRAND COMPLINE. O Savior. for gloriously has He been glorified. This is my God. O my Maker and Redeemer and my Judge. all the sins I have committed and the wounds of my soul and body. yet I know that Thou art the Lover of mankind. for we have offered to the Creator of all only our defiled actions. Thou dost chastise with mercy and art fervent in compassion. Thou dost see my tears and Thou dost run to meet me. Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity. I have refused to imitate Abel’s righteousness. I confess to Thee. a polluted sacrifice and a useless life. AT EACH REFRAIN WE MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND A FULL PROSTRATION. like thieves. have mercy on me. and unto ages of ages. O Jesus: never have I offered Thee any acceptable gift or godly work. and in Thy compassion grant me tears of compunction. for I have murdered my own conscience by cultivating my flesh and making war upon my soul’s awareness by my wicked actions. Amen. 11 . As a potter molds his clay. Now accept me in repentance. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O Savior. which my murderous thoughts. have inflicted upon me. I will glorify Him. He has become my salvation. O wretched soul. take from me the heavy yoke of sin. ODE 1 TONE 6 Irmos: A helper and a protector. giving me breath and life. Thou hast fashioned my flesh and my bones. my father’s God will I exalt. To the Trinity: O Trinity. TROPARIA Of mine own free will have I incurred Cain’s guilt of murder. neither a pure sacrifice nor a blameless life.

for no child of Adam has ever sinned as I against Thee. O Savior. I have buried the beauty of my original image with my passions. Who from the Virgin took flesh to dwell with us. To the Trinity: I sing praises to the One in Three Persons. TROPARIA My sins have stripped me of the garment that God had woven for me. accept me in repentance. but seek me. Amen. and ever since. ODE 2 Irmos: Attend. O heaven and I will speak. O Savior. I have adorned the idol of my flesh with the diverse clothing of my shameful thoughts and now I am condemned. Now I am clad in a coat of disgrace that is shamefully bloodstained by the flow of my passions and my pleasure-loving life. take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady.Theotokion: O Theotokos. be merciful unto me. and have neglected the inner temple made in the image of God. Son and Holy Spirit. Like the Publican I cry to Thee: Be merciful. have mercy on me. Like the Harlot I cry to Thee: I have sinned. Refrain: Have mercy on me. 12 . Father. Having preferred a life of pleasure and material things to a life free of possessions. Now and ever. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. have been oppressed by the enemy. I have been harnessed with a heavy burden. accept my tears as a sweet ointment. and unto ages of ages. the hope and protection of those who praise thee. I have fallen under the burden of my passions and the corruption of my body. God of all. as once Thou hast sought the lost coin. Oh. O Savior. O Savior. I have been concerned only with outward adornment. O God. I will sing of Christ. Now I am clothed with a raiment of shame as if with fig leaves in reproof of my self-willed desires. and find me. and have stitched for me robes of skin. I alone have sinned against Thee.

O uncreated Nature without beginning. and unto ages of ages. I have imitated the example of those. be gracious unto me and cleanse me. To the Trinity: O simple Unity praised in a Trinity of Persons. I have sinned. O my soul. ODE 3 Irmos: Establish. Amen. O Lord. have mercy on me. from the burning of sin. save us who in faith worship Thy power. who mocked his father. have mercy on me. I cry out from my heart: I have sinned. flee from Sodom and Gomorrah. and like them I am condemned to drown in the Flood. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Thou hast followed the example of Ham. cleanse me and save me. flee from the flames of wanton desire. for there is no one who surpasses me in my offenses. O Conqueror of Death. O strange wonder! Thou givest Him milk while still remaining Virgin! 13 . O Lord. and before the end. thou hast given birth within time to the timeless Son of the Father. Tuesday Theotokion: O Most-pure Theotokos and All-laudable Virgin. for thou hast not covered the disgrace of thy neighbor keeping thy face turned away. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. have mercy on me. TROPARIA In Thee I have found the Fountain of Life. when Thou comest with Thine Angels to reward each according to his deeds. O Lord. fervently intercede for our salvation. Flee like Lot. Now and ever. for Thou only art Holy and the Lord. Have mercy. O my soul. O God. who lived in wantonness in the days of Noah. I have sinned against Thee. O Savior. Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos. O Lord. my unstable heart on the rock of Thy command- ments.

the order of nature is overruled. O Lord. Thou hast heard of Job. Repent now. for burning always with desires and stained with sensual pleasures. O my soul. TROPARIA Watch.’ Glory to Thy power. co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee. He that had many children and was once admired by all is suddenly bereft of children and is left without a home. Twice then. ODE 4 Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming. To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence. yet for him the dung heap is a palace. yet thou hast not imitated his courage nor hast thou shown any firmness of will in the face of thy trials and temptations but hast proved cowardly and weak. and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men. he was named ‘Edom’ which means the red-hot heat of a sin-loving soul. He Who is born renews the laws of nature. for He does whatsoever He wills. and obtain a great treasure as thy reward. I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high. and unto ages of ages. and the womb gives birth without travail. and his sores a chain of pearls. Esau was known as Edom because of his raging love for women. wisely setting his sons as the steps at each level of ascent. the Great Patriarch Jacob established a mystical ladder of active ascent for thee. Amen. and he said. 14 . When God so wills. He that once sat upon a throne now lies naked on a dung heap. O my soul. ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and take courage like the Great Patriarch Jacob of old. Thou hast rivaled the hated Esau. O Lord. that thou mayest acquire action with spiritual understanding. for thou hast given up the birthright of thy first beauty to the deceiver thus forsaking thy father’s blessing. O my soul. By fathering the twelve Patriarchs. once in action and once in understanding. O my soul. unconfused in Persons. covered with his sores. and so shalt thou penetrate the impassable darkness through contemplation. Refrain: Have mercy on me. One Triune Divinity. thou wretched soul. hast thou fallen. Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin. Now and ever. and be named Israel. have mercy on me. O God. and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. ‘the mind that sees God’. who was justified on a dung heap.

the vision of God in the bush not consumed by the fire. O Lover of man. as did Moses. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen. How then. Thou. Holy. O Trinity. as didst thou. O my soul. of the midwives who were ordered to put to death in infancy the fruit of manly chastity. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Come then. Thou hast heard. have mercy on me. to do Thy will. of the basket of Moses and how he was carried on the waves of the river as if in an ark. a strange sacrifice and a polluted life. O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother. which divided the sea and dried up the abyss as an image of the Divine and Holy Cross. the rod of Moses. and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Savior. uniting to Himself the nature of man. Imagine. O my soul. Hophni and Phineas brought to Him. shalt thou dwell in that desert where all passions are slain through repentance? Moses the great went to dwell in the desert. and unto ages of ages. Be then like Moses who survived. 15 . simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever. Son and Holy Spirit. enlighten me I pray. O wretched soul. TROPARIA Thou hast heard. Through the Cross thou canst also accomplish great things. Father. as One God! Holy. Holy. Tuesday ODE 5 Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee. and so he avoided the execution of Pharaoh’s bitter decree. Theotokion: From thee. To the Trinity: We glorify Thee. become vested in my human flesh. O God. O my soul. hast not struck and killed the lustful mind of the Egyptian. art Thou. and ponder wisdom. O wretched soul. While Aaron offered to God a fire that was pure and undefiled. O my soul. Now and ever. has God the Creator of the ages. and emulate his life that thou mayest also behold through contemplation.

Like the Israelites in the desert. O my soul. Now and ever. the wells of delusion to the cleft Rock from which. Kontakion (TONE 6): My soul. have returned and have suddenly over- whelmed me. as did the ungrateful people of old in the wilderness. says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit. and unto ages of ages. and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. flow rivers of divine theology. that we may be justified through thine intercessions. Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us. 16 . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O my soul. Thou hast preferred. the meat of swine and the tempting food of Egypt to the food of Heaven. O Theotokos. O Savior. Be like Joshua. and I am the Unity. my soul arise! Why art thou sleeping? The end is drawing near and thou wilt be confounded. When Thy servant Moses struck the rock with his staff. thou hast made a foolish decision. Amen. Awake then and be watchful. the son of Nun. for thou hast preferred the pleasures of gluttony and passions to the refreshment of divine manna. TROPARIA The waves of my sins. ODE 6 Irmos: With my whole heart. united by Nature’. have mercy on me. O Savior. fashioned in our image. Thou hast preferred. as the waters of the Red Sea engulfed the Egyptians of old and their charioteers. that thou mayest be spared by Christ God. simple and undivided. and explore the Promised Land. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all. O God. Who is everywhere and fillest all things. he mystically foreshadowed Thy Life-creating Body from which we all draw the water of life. and take up thine abode in it through obedience to the Law. O my soul. yet divided in Three Persons. I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity. O my soul. as from a chalice.

O my soul. yet thou hast followed him in his passionate and sensual desires. of Rehoboam who would not listen to his father’s counselors. Thou hast heard of Absalom. thou knowest of his wicked deeds and how he defiled his father David’s bed. Refrain: Have mercy on me. the God of all. and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth. Flee from his presumption. We praise Thee. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. Thy free dignity hast thou enslaved to thy body. transgressed. have followed him. and how he rebelled against nature. and of Jeroboam. TROPARIA When the Ark of the Covenant was being carried in a cart and one of the oxen stumbled. committed evil in the sight of Heaven and turned away from God. we bless thee. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. One Holy and Three Holies. Light and Lights. O my soul. he defiled himself. for thou hast found in the enemy another Ahithophel and hast become an accomplice to his designs. yet he too. God the Trinity! Sing. Theotokion: We praise thee. my wretched soul. Solomon the wonderful was full of grace and wisdom. But Christ Himself has shattered his bonds so that thou mayest be saved. And thou. have mercy on me. done wrong before Thee. Amen. and respect with reverence the things of God. O God. To the Trinity: O Trinity. Alas! Solomon the lover of wisdom became a lover of harlots and estranged himself from God. O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God. But do not give us up utterly. my soul hath imitated him through thy shameful desires. Tuesday ODE 7 Irmos: We have sinned. simple and undivided. we venerate thee. Thou hast taken the example. Uzzah only touched it. 17 . consubstantial and of One Nature. But flee from their example and cry aloud: I have sinned. that evil and apostate servant. and glorify the Life of Lives. and thou. O my soul. take pity on me. O my soul. O God of our fathers. by thine accursèd life. and yet he experienced the wrath of God. One of the undivided Trinity. Carried away by his sensual passions. O God. and unto ages of ages. Now and ever.

bless and magnify throughout all ages. Imitate his life of lamentation. Jonah fled to Tarshish foreseeing the conversion of the Ninevites. have mercy on me. and unto ages of ages. and hasten to repentance. Father of the Divine Word. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. impure. have mercy on me! Now and ever. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. Word of the Eternal Father. and be saved. Thou hast heard. ODE 8 Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. who repented before God wearing sackcloth and ashes. To the Trinity: O Eternal Father. Amen. Thou hast heard of the Ninevites. O Most-pure Virgin. O my soul. TROPARIA Having imitated Uzziah. Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter. the Spirit of Righteousness. how Daniel stopped the mouths of the lions in the pit. One in Unity. and how the Three Youths quenched the fiery flames of the furnace through faith. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Thou hast heard. O Trinity. 18 . and flee from the sins of the wicked. for as a Prophet he knew of God’s compassion and was anxious that his prophecy be fulfilled. O my soul. O my soul. I have set before thee the names of people from the Old Testament to serve as examples. Imitate the God-pleasing deeds of the Righteous. therefore. how Jeremiah in the muddy pit cried out with lamentations and sought tears for the city of Sion. O my soul. yet thou hast not imitated them and hast become worse than all who have ever sinned both before and after the Law. and Living and Creating Spirit. O God. O my soul. Leave these all behind. let every breath and creature praise. Therefore we honor thee as truly Theotokos. thou hast contracted a double leprosy: for thy deeds are wicked and thy thoughts. Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk.

Be careful. how to worship in the spirit. By the touch of the hem of His garment the Lord healed the woman with the issue of blood. and he led Him up into a mountain to see in an instant. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. He appeared to the Samaritan woman and taught thee. He raised from the dead the widow’s son and the Centurion’s servant. the Dove of the desert. gave sight to the blind and made the lame to walk. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. so that thou. But thou. Christ cured the paralytic who then took up his bed. To the Trinity: Let us glorify the Father. and all of Judea and Samaria ran to hear him. O my soul. Light of Lights. a mother remaining pure. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O my soul. hast not imitated them. Amen. the Trinity undivided. giving light and life to the ends of the earth. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. 19 . He cleansed the lepers. they confessed all their sins and eagerly they were baptized. but rather. being tempted by the devil. was heard preaching repentance while Herod was lying in sin with Herodias. the Lamp of Christ. O my soul. might be transformed. when thou art tempted. Tuesday ODE 9 Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. He did this. with His word He cured the deaf and the dumb and the woman who was bent to the ground. O my soul. and the marriage bed is undefiled. The Forerunner of God. that thou art not trapped in the snares of the wicked. Life and Lives. the voice of one crying in the wilderness. all the kingdoms of the world. Be careful. Now and ever. who showed Him stones that they might be made into bread. The Forerunner of Grace went to dwell in the wilderness. be watchful and pray every hour to Christ our God. Marriage is an honorable estate. for Christ blessed both: by eating at the wedding feast in Cana and by turning the water into wine thus revealing His first miracle. have mercy on me. O God. O my soul. let us exalt the Son and with faith let us worship the Divine and Holy Spirit. embrace repentance. and unto ages of ages. O my wretched soul. so that thou might be saved. Unity in Essence. TROPARIA Christ suffered temptation.

thy habitation. Irmos 9: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. Katavasia. who honor thy memory with faith. that we may be delivered from every danger and affliction. NOW THE READER CONTINUES WITH PSALM 4 AND THE REST OF THE GRAND COMPLINE FOLLOWS. pray to God for us. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. Venerable Father Andrew. To Saint Andrew: O Venerable and Thrice-blessèd Father Andrew.Theotokion: Protect this. by thee she is made strong. 20 . O Most-pure Mother of God. the shepherd of Crete. cease not to offer thy prayers for us who sing thy praises. by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. a mother remaining pure. for through thee she reigns in faith. from corruption and sin. despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants.

Amen. pray to God for us. grant me remission of sins. O Jesus. beaten and bruised because of my thoughts. come to me and take pity on me. But do Thou. To the Trinity: O Trinity. O Savior. ODE 1 TONE 6 Irmos: A helper and a protector. and heal me. even now at the end: Save me! I lay prostrate now before Thy gates. run quickly out to meet me and take pity on me. O Christ. I have passed my entire life in indolence and sloth. Being entirely ruled by my passions. O Mother Mary. Refrain: Have mercy on me. have mercy on me. and I am left barren of virtue and piety. O Savior. But come to me. THE REFRAINS ARE SUNG AFTER EACH TROPARION. I am the man who fell in among robbers who now lies wounded in body. TROPARIA From my youth. Now and ever. This is my God.ON WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT DURING THE GRAND COMPLINE. To St Mary of Egypt: Grant me that illuminating Grace which was given thee by Providence on High. I have squandered all my riches in riotous living. O my Savior. The Priest first saw me and passed me by. cast me not into hell in my old age. but before the end comes. 21 . I will glorify Him. Like the Prodigal. AT EACH REFRAIN WE MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND A FULL PROSTRATION. He has become my salvation. WE BEGIN THE THIRD SECTION OF THE GREAT CANON AFTER THE READING OF PSALM 69 (70). then the Levite looked on me in my distress but despised my nakedness. Venerable Mother Mary. Son of Mary. but in my hunger I cry: O Bountiful Father. I have rejected Thy commandments. Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity. O God. for gloriously has He been glorified. take from me the heavy yoke of sin. as Thou art the Lover of mankind. my father’s God will I exalt. Therefore I cry to Thee. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O Christ my Savior. that I may escape the darkness of my passions and praise the glorious feats of thy life. and in Thy compassion grant me tears of compunction. Oh. and unto ages of ages.

nor repentance. O God. as thy Judge and God. I will sing of Christ. O Savior. Give ear to the groaning of my soul. O God. O my Savior. and by My strength alone. Who sent manna. Most Holy Theotokos. I have neither any tears. but open it to me. but wash me clean with my tears. I have lost my original beauty and splendor and now I lie naked and ashamed. take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady. I have fallen into lust and am covered in filth. O my Savior. see that I am God’: Listen. fervently intercede for our salvation. to the Lord as He cries to thee. 22 . by My right hand. neither have I any compunction. O my soul. Refrain: Have mercy on me. accept me in my repentance. Another Irmos: See.Theotokion: O Theotokos. O Lover of mankind. but as God do Thou grant them to me. O heaven and I will speak. Who made water to spring from the rock in ancient times for My people in the wilderness. ODE 2 Irmos: Attend. have mercy on me. Lord. call me back and in Thy goodness. Who from the Virgin took flesh to dwell with us. see that I am God. for I repent before Thee. and save me. accept me in repentance. forsake thy former sin and fear Him as a Just Lord. have mercy on me. save us Theotokion: O Most-pure Theotokos and All-laudable Virgin. and accept the drops of my tears. do not shut Thy door against me in that last day. the hope and protection of those who praise thee. Who desirest that all shall be saved. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O Lord. TROPARIA Like David. TROPARIA ‘See.

Wednesday Whom dost thou resemble. have mercy on me. for I am Thy creation. To St Mary of Egypt: Turning from the path of sin thou didst run with all eagerness to Christ. Despise me not. Mother of God. but spare me and deliver me from the fire of condemnation. O God. who was translated to Heaven. O Venerable Mother Mary. or Noah. O my soul. finding nourishment in the trackless wilderness and fulfilling in purity the commandments of God. nor has thou followed after Enos or Enoch. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O my soul. the hope of those who run to thee and haven of the storm-tossed and oppressed. for thou hast stoned thy body with thine evil deeds and murdered thy mind with irrational desires. Venerable Mother Mary. pray to God for us. Now and ever. nor hast thou received. pray to the merciful God. O my wretched soul. O my soul. my unstable heart on the rock of Thy command- ments. thy Creator and thy Son. and come to the land that Abraham inherited. To the Trinity: O Trinity unoriginate and uncreated. but hast shown thyself destitute and without a share in the life of the Righteous. Theotokion: O Most-pure Lady. like Japheth. 23 . Depart from sin and from the land of Haran. and hast flooded. thou hast not patterned thyself after Seth. Thou alone hast released the torrents of the wrath of God. O Lord. which flows with incorruption and eternal life. thine inheritance in the land of forgiveness. a sinner. thou hast remained outside the Ark of salvation. as the earth. Of all those who have lived before the law. that He will have mercy on me through thine intercessions. ODE 3 Irmos: Establish. O Unity undivided: accept me in repentance and save me. all thy flesh and works and life. and unto ages of ages. Amen. Therefore. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. for Thou only art Holy and the Lord. O most sinful soul? Surely thou art like Cain and that wicked Lamech. TROPARIA Thou hast not inherited the blessing of Shem.

but do thou rescue me and lead me to the safe haven of divine repentance. and he said. and I am all covered with sores. O uncreated Nature without beginning. but as Physician. Thou hast heard how Abraham in days of old left the land of his fathers and became a wanderer. O Christ. and through thine intercessions open unto me the door that leads to God. ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid. and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men. save us who in faith worship Thy power. O my wretched soul. Venerable Mother Mary. To St Mary of Egypt: I am overcome by the tempest and the billows of sin. TROPARIA My body is corrupt. O my soul. Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos. Imitate his strength and resolution. and he inherited in his old age the reward of the promise. and unto ages of ages. have mercy on me. O my soul. how Isaac was mystically offered as a new sacrifice and whole-burnt offering to the Lord. heal both my body and my spirit through my 24 . Imitate his strength and resolution. pray to God for us. Now and ever. Venerable Mother Mary. pray to God for us. O Lord. To St Mary of Egypt: Offer thy fervent supplications to the compassionate Mother of God. Amen. thou hast given birth within time to the timeless Son of the Father. O Mother Mary. Thou hast heard how Ishmael was driven out as the son of a slave. Beware. O strange wonder! Thou givest Him milk while still remaining Virgin! ODE 4 Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming. The Patriarch entertained the Angels at the Oak of Mamre. my spirit is defiled. O Venerable Mary. Thou knowest. O God. To the Trinity: O simple Unity praised in a Trinity of Persons. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O Lord. lest the same should happen to thee because of thy sin. Refrain: Have mercy on me.’ Glory to Thy power. O my soul.

Thou hast offered Thy Body and Thy Blood for the sake of us all. Thy Blood to cleanse me. and the supper has been eaten. O Word. Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin. have mercy on me. O Christ. O my Savior. both the Old and the New. I am bound both hand and foot and now I am cast out. I am deprived of the bridal chamber and of the wedding feast because my lamp has gone out for want of oil. O Crucified Word: Thy Body to renew me. O Compassionate Lord. and Thou hast given up Thy Spirit. the chamber was closed while I was asleep. having as chrism and drink. and unto ages of ages. ODE 5 Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee. Wednesday repentance. and make me whiter than snow. O Savior. Thou hast worked Salvation in the midst of the earth. O God. representing the two Covenants. When God so wills. both the things above and the things below. May I be cleansed by both. purify me and cleanse me. co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee. Thy Life-giving side. and the womb gives birth without travail. One Triune Divinity. 25 . has been granted to the Church as a chalice from which flows a two-fold stream of forgiveness and spiritual understanding. Wash me. Now and ever. To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence. unconfused in Persons. O Lover of man. He Who is born renews the laws of nature. to bring me to Thy Father. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Refrain: Have mercy on me. for He does whatsoever He wills. and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. Thou wast voluntarily crucified upon the Tree. to do Thy will. I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high. and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Savior. Thy words of Life. and Eden has been opened once again. and may the Water that flows with it be a drink of forgiveness. May the Blood that flows from Thy side be a cleansing font for me. Amen. so that we might be saved. anointed and refreshed. All creation. enlighten me I pray. and all the nations have been saved and they praise and worship Thee. the order of nature is overruled.

I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. I see that I have surpassed all men in sin for. O Savior. As Thou art God. When I examine my deeds. have mercy on me. the magicians of cruel Pharaoh. Holy. Holy. O Master. 26 . O Venerable Mother Mary. healing the lepers and the paralytics. Refrain: Have mercy on me. ODE 6 Irmos: With my whole heart. Deliver us from them also. uniting to Himself the nature of man. and none save Thee is free from defilement. Now and ever. I have soiled my mind with filth. in the waters of my tears and make the garment of my flesh as white as snow. O Lord. I have sinned not in ignorance. To St Mary of Egypt: Having crossed the stream of the Jordan. thou didst find peace by escaping the temptations of the flesh. has God the Creator of the ages. Thou didst take on my form for my sake. as One God! Holy. To the Trinity: We glorify Thee. O Savior. O Trinity. I pray Thee. and didst accomplish miracles. become vested in my human flesh. and stopping the issue of blood when the woman touched the hem of Thy garment. simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever. through thine intercessions. for my will is heavy and my mind is drowned beneath the waters: but do Thou come and help me. for Thou alone art pure by Nature. I have sinned. Wretch that I am. pray to God for us. O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother. and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. O spare the work of Thine hands. Father. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O Savior. and unto ages of ages. art Thou. Spare. Amen. Son and Holy Spirit. and with understanding. forgive me. Theotokion: From thee. Venerable Mother Mary. I have become like Jannes and Jambres. but consciously. TROPARIA In both soul and body. O God. but cleanse me.

my soul arise! Why art thou sleeping? The end is drawing near and thou wilt be confounded. and unto ages of ages. and make war against the passions of the flesh as Joshua did against Amalek. that we may be justified through thine intercessions. by setting up thy passions as idols and multiplying abominations. O God. says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit. O Lord and Master Christ: come quickly. O God of our fathers. Who is everywhere and fillest all things. and like the Ark of old. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Now and ever. O my soul. simple and undivided. and I am the Unity. ‘Save me’. I know Thee as the calm haven. that thou mayest be spared by Christ God. Amen. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and raise me from the depths of sin. Pass through the flowing waters of time. and be truly sorry for thy sins. thine evil thoughts. Kontakion (TONE 6): My soul. To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity. come quickly and save me from the beast before it is too late. TROPARIA Of thine own free will hast thou deliberately amassed the sins of Manasseh. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all. fashioned in our image. transgressed. Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us. have mercy on me. yet divided in Three Persons. But fervently emulate his repentance now. But do not give us up utterly. Stretch out Thine hand. 27 . done wrong before Thee. ever gaining the victory over the Gibeonites. O Theotokos. O my Savior. ODE 7 Irmos: We have sinned. Awake then and be watchful. O my soul. As Thou hast saved Peter when he cried. and deliver me from the lowest abyss of sin and despair. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. Wednesday TROPARIA Arise. united by Nature’. take possession of the Promised Land as God hath commanded.

my soul. But sigh from the depths of thy heart. and alas. let every breath and creature praise. God the Trinity! Sing. ‘Forgive me’. Theotokion: We praise thee. and like Peter I weep. we bless thee. and provide for the Prophet’s soul. Like the thief I cry. We praise Thee. flee their example. Thou hast rivaled Ahab in his defilements. and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth. O grant me Thy forgiveness before the end. O my soul. Amen. To the Trinity: O Trinity. O my soul. O Savior. simple and undivided. through my practice of the virtues and through my repentance. my lamentation. bless and magnify throughout all ages. ODE 8 Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. Like the Publican I cry ‘Have mercy on me’. One of the undivided Trinity. have mercy on me and deliver me from the fire and from the punishment that I deserve to suffer at the Judgement. have mercy on me. But be thou like the widow of Zarephath. and unto ages of ages. thou hast become a palace of pollution and a shameful vessel of the passions. TROPARIA O righteous Judge and Savior. as once Thou didst accept those of the woman of Canaan. and be thou made strong. the God of all. O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God. Accept these. One Holy and Three Holies. and a famine from God has seized thee. Heaven is closed to thee. and confess all thy sins to God. for thou hast been as disobedient as Ahab to the words of Elijah the Tishbite. we venerate thee. and glorify the Life of Lives. Elijah once destroyed by fire one hundred of Jezebel’s servants when he destroyed her shameful prophets as a reproof against Ahab. ‘Remember me’. O God. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. Light and Lights. consubstantial and of One Nature. Oh. and like the Harlot I weep bitterly. 28 . Refrain: Have mercy on me. O my soul. Now and ever.

have mercy on me’. the Spirit of Righteousness. a mother remaining pure. while the Harlot received remission and release from Him Who has the power to forgive all sins. Christ the Word preached the Gospel to the poor. have mercy on me! Now and ever. I cry to Thee. and other words of madness. Like the woman of Canaan. ate with publicans. Therefore we honor thee as truly Theotokos. for the first cried out. ‘Lord. O my soul. and unto ages of ages. but the Pharisee with his boasting was condemned. and I weep as Martha and Mary wept for Lazarus. To the Trinity: O Eternal Father. Word of the Eternal Father. compunction and tears. have mercy on me. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. ‘I thank Thee. O Most-pure Virgin. But the third said in his vanity. apply the healing salve and oil and wine — the works of repentance. Make haste then. Amen. Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter.’ Like the woman with the issue of blood. ODE 9 Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. cured the crippled. Father of the Divine Word. O God. and with the touch of His hand. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. O God. and Living and Creating Spirit. ‘Have mercy on me. that I am not like them’. O Trinity. ‘Be merciful unto me’. Zacchaeus was a publican yet he was saved. and as the One Physician. 29 . O Son of David. Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk. I touch the hem of Thy garment. to follow her example. and conversed with the sinners. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Wednesday Heal. He brought back the departed soul of Jairus’ daughter. and the second. the corruption of my humbled soul. TROPARIA Healing sickness. but Simon the Pharisee went astray. The Publican was saved and the Harlot turned to chastity. O Savior. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. One in Unity.

so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. as she once cried to Christ. for through thee she reigns in faith. by thee she is made strong. despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants. Unity in Essence. and unto ages of ages. To Saint Andrew: O Venerable and Thrice-blessèd Father Andrew. let us exalt the Son and with faith let us worship the Divine and Holy Spirit. giving light and life to the ends of the earth. NOW THE READER CONTINUES WITH PSALM 4 AND THE REST OF THE GRAND COMPLINE FOLLOWS. He tore up the handwriting of her sins. who honor thy memory with faith. the shepherd of Crete. O my soul. Irmos 9: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation. cease not to offer thy prayers for us who sing thy praises. Cry out like her from the depth of thy heart. save me’. Now and ever. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. ‘O Son of David. Light of Lights. and how her daughter was healed by the Word of God. Amen. who took the alabaster jar of myrrh and with tears anointed the feet of the Savior and wiped them with her hair. for thou hast heard of the faith of the woman of Canaan. pray to God for us. thy habitation. for the Master likened them to Sodom and condemned them all to hell. Thou knowest. To the Trinity: Let us glorify the Father. Theotokion: Protect this. from corruption and sin. a mother remaining pure. Life and Lives. O my soul. how the cities to which Christ offered the Gospel were cursed. Fear their example and their punishment. For this. that we may be delivered from every danger and affliction. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. the Trinity undivided. Thou hast not imitated the Harlot. Venerable Father Andrew. O Most-pure Mother of God. 30 . O my wretched soul. Katavasia. Do not be overcome with despair.

ODE 1 TONE 6 Irmos: A helper and a protector. demanding an account of all my words or by examining my motives and desires. 31 . TROPARIA O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of all. I fall down before Thee. pray to God for us. and by forsaking thy unbridled longings for pleasure. and in my hunger. Enter not into judgement with me by recalling all my deeds. O my Creator. for I have sinned against Thee. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity. take from me the heavy yoke of sin. take from the heavy burden of sin. This is my God. grant me tears of repentance. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. disregard my terrible past and save me. But in Thy compassion. AT EACH REFRAIN WE MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND A FULL PROSTRATION. and in Thy compassion. and unto ages of ages. Having squandered the substance of my soul in sin. The time for repentance has come and I draw near to Thee. grant me tears of repentance. Be merciful to me. have mercy on me. O Jesus. Amen. O Almighty One. He has become my salvation. To St Mary of Egypt: By submitting to Christ’s divine laws. grant me tears of repentance. WE BEGIN THE FOURTH AND LAST SECTION OF THE GREAT CANON AFTER THE READING OF PSALM 69 (70). To the Trinity: O Trinity. and in Thy compassion. like the Prodigal I cry: O compassionate Father. my father’s God will I exalt. for gloriously has He been glorified. thou hast gained as one. I am bereft of every holy virtue.ON THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT DURING THE GRAND COMPLINE. I will glorify Him. O God. Venerable Mother Mary. have mercy on me and save me. O Mother Mary. thou hast drawn near to Him. THE REFRAINS ARE SUNG AFTER EACH TROPARION. and in Thy compassion. all of the godly virtues. and in Thy compassion grant me tears of compunction. Now and ever. Take from me the heavy burden of sin. take away from me the heavy burden of sin.

O see. towards the merciful God. O Mary. but thou. ODE 2 Irmos: See. lamenting: ‘I have killed a man and wounded myself. the open sores and the mutilations. and to fortify it with thy passions. and the arrows of the enemy have pierced my body and my soul. in His loving-kindness He stretched out His hand to thee in help. Who sent manna. and by My strength alone. thou didst raise thy hands. and a young man unto my pain’. but take pity on me and deliver me from the fire of condemnation. Angered by their transgressions. See the wounds. Who made water to spring from the rock in ancient times for My people in the wilderness. O despise me not. but the Creator hast confounded thy designs and has dashed all thy devices to the ground. Venerable Mother Mary. as to Peter. TROPARIA Lamech cried aloud. hast kindled the fires of Gehenna. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady. I am wounded. the hope and protection of those who praise thee. the Lord once rained down fire from Heaven and burnt up the men of Sodom. for I am Thy creation. have mercy on me. in which thou shalt surely burn. I am smitten. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O Unity undivided. pray to God for us. accept me in repentance. which betray the blows of my self-inflicted passions. O my soul. And. and my body as did Cain murdering his brother. 32 .Theotokion: O Theotokos. ever seeking thy conversion. To the Trinity: O Trinity uncreated and without beginning. for I have sinned. with my sensual passions. O God. slaying my soul as if it were the man. dost not even tremble while defiling thy flesh and polluting thy mind. the murderer of old. O my soul. accept me in repentance and save me. But thou. O my soul. by My right hand. see that I am God. how much I have become like Lamech. To St Mary of Egypt: Plunged into the depths of sin. Skillfully hast thou planned to build a tower. my mind as if it were the youth.

pray to the merciful God. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O God. Theotokion: O Most-pure Lady. and so become a pillar of salt. that He will have mercy on me through thine intercessions. Thou knowest of the ladder that was shown to Jacob. Amen. who was the image of Christ among men in the world. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. but take pity on us and grant forgiveness to those who call on Thee with faith. hast thou not set foot upon the firm step of piety? Imitate Melchizedek. O my soul. TROPARIA Thou hast become like Hagar the Egyptian. O my wretched soul. Do not look back. thy Creator and thy Son. O my soul. before the Lord shuts the door of the bridal chamber. O Master. O Lord. for Thou only art Holy and the Lord. Mother of God. and unto ages of ages. Reject not the prayer of those who praise Thee. and lament. as to another Ishmael. save us who in faith worship Thy power. for of thine own free will hast thou become enslaved and given birth to contempt. and unto ages of ages. and take refuge on the mountain of Zoar. O my soul. reaching up from earth to Heaven. Thursday Now and ever. fear the example of Sodom. 33 . before the festival of life comes to an end. Now and ever. ODE 3 Irmos: Establish. Why then. the hope of those who run to thee and haven of the storm-tossed and oppressed. the Priest of God and solitary king. To the Trinity: O simple Unity praised in a Trinity of Persons. O uncreated Nature without beginning. Turn back. my unstable heart on the rock of Thy command- ments. have mercy on me. Amen. O Lover of mankind. but rather.

But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. and take pity on me. what wilt thou do. O Savior. full of wickedness and pain. having defiled the vessel of my flesh. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. with an abundance of riches and cattle. O Giver of the Law. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. grant me the humility of the Publican and number me with him. and take pity on me. when some sudden misfortune befalls thee? Although I am boastful and vain. Job.’ Glory to Thy power. and reduced to the state of a beggar. O strange wonder! Thou givest Him milk while still remaining Virgin! ODE 4 Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming. pray to God for us. and take pity on me. O Savior. I have become mine own idol and have defaced my soul through my passions. O compassionate One. Venerable Mother Mary.Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos. O only merciful One. was clothed in royal dignity. TROPARIA The time of life is short. O Lord. O compassionate Lord. O righteous Judge. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. O Lord. have mercy on me. O Savior. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. 34 . in crown and purple robe. ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid. the righteous man of great possessions. condemn me not with the Pharisee. that I have sinned. I have disobeyed Thy Scripture and not listened to Thy voice. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. If he who was righteous and blameless above all men could not escape the snares and assaults of the deceiver. O God. O wretched and sinful soul. O Savior. Refrain: Have mercy on me. I know. and he said. He was suddenly deprived of his wealth and kingship and glory. and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men. hard-hearted and arrogant in speech. thou hast given birth within time to the timeless Son of the Father. and take pity on me. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. But rather.

and thou wast counted worthy of thy desire. that like the woman of Samaria. Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin. O Mother Mary. but through thy steadfast intent. and with my mind I may behold Thee. O my Master and my Lord. Amen. As Thou art a deep well. and the womb gives birth without travail. 35 . the pre- eternal Light. O Most-blessèd Saint. and unto ages of ages. Make me also worthy to obtain that glory from on high. When God so wills. to do Thy will. may my tears be like the Pool of Siloam that I may wash the eyes of my heart. the order of nature is overruled. co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee. Thursday To St Mary of Egypt: Though brought down into the abyss of great iniquity. unconfused in Persons. that He strengthen thy back to walk upright in the steps of the Lord. and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Savior. O Master. Refrain: Have mercy on me. for He does whatsoever He wills. thou didst yearn to venerate the Tree of Life. O my soul. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. have mercy on me. TROPARIA Imitate the woman who was bowed to the ground. thou hast ascended to the heights of virtue. To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence. O Lover of man. astonishing even the Angels. I may drink of Thy streams of life and thirst no more. enlighten me I pray. and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. pour out the streams from Thine immaculate Wound. Now and ever. I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high. He Who is born renews the laws of nature. One Triune Divinity. To St Mary of Egypt: With incomparable love. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and fall at the feet of Jesus. O God. pray to God for us. Venerable Mother Mary. ODE 5 Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee. thou didst not remain there.

TROPARIA I am the coin marked with the royal image which was lost of old. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. but seek me by the light of Thy candle and Forerunner. says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit. thou hast shed copious streams of tears that quenched the burning of thy passions. as One God! Holy. Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. and make war against the passions of the flesh as Joshua did against Amalek. yet divided in Three Persons. thy servant. O grant them also unto me. To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity.To the Trinity: We glorify Thee. Holy. ODE 6 Irmos: With my whole heart. 36 . through thine intercessions. thou hast acquired heavenly freedom from thy passions. O my Savior. art Thou. Holy. and I am the Unity. Venerable Mother Mary. O Mary. thine evil thoughts. simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever. Now and ever. To St Mary of Egypt: Through the perfection of thine earthly life. and find again Thine Image. Amen. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Theotokion: From thee. ever gaining the victory over the Gibeonites. simple and undivided. and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. O God. and unto ages of ages. these tears of grace. become vested in my human flesh. Arise. O Venerable Mother. has God the Creator of the ages. Venerable Mother Mary. I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. To St Mary of Egypt: With thy soul afire. Father. O my soul. united by Nature’. have mercy on me. pray to God for us. O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother. and unto ages of ages. uniting to Himself the nature of man. Now and ever. O Trinity. Pray that we who sing thy praises may also be delivered from our passions. pray to God for us.

But grant thy help to me. ‘according to Thy mercy’. But do Thou as David sings. in this. pray to God for us. Thursday Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us. and as tears I offer Thee my words: I have sinned like the Harlot. that thou mayest be spared by Christ God. All my beauty is destroyed and my lamp is gone out because of all my sins. O God of our fathers. ODE 7 Irmos: We have sinned. O 37 . Kontakion (TONE 6): My soul. like Hezekiah. TROPARIA My days have vanished like a dream of one awaking. Awake then and be watchful. fashioned in our image. I have buried Thine image and have broken Thy commandment. O soul. thou hast driven back the fury of the passions that had violently assailed thee. Venerable Mother Mary. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. and uncover all that thou hast hidden. Turn back. have mercy on me. my time of trouble. Venerable Mother Mary. Come and say unto God. that we may be justified through thine intercessions. ‘take pity on me. except the God of all? I fall down before Thee. But what Isaiah will come to me. ‘have mercy on me’. done wrong before Thee. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all. Therefore. But do not give us up utterly. Refrain: Have mercy on me. I weep while lying on my bed. my soul arise! Why art thou sleeping? The end is drawing near and thou wilt be confounded. To St Mary of Egypt: By raising thy cry to the Most-pure Theotokos. pray to Him Whom thou hast desired. thy servant. and call me back to Thee. O Master. as David sings. and restore me to Thy joy’. but take pity on me Thy creature. To St Mary of Egypt: Pray to Him Whom thou hast loved. O God. pray to God for us. repent. Who is everywhere and fillest all things. putting to shame the enemy that tempted thee. O Theotokos. and transgressed as no one else on earth. and for Whose sake thou hast exhausted thy flesh. O Savior. O Savior. that years may be added to my life. transgressed. to Whom all things are known: Thou alone knowest all my secrets.

To the Trinity: O Trinity. Light and Lights. Theotokion: We praise thee. we bless thee. seek the lost sheep that has gone astray. for I repent with fear and I cry out with love: against Thee only have I sinned. and glorify the Life of Lives. One of the undivided Trinity. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. I empty on Thine head the alabaster jar of my tears. ODE 8 Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. When Thou sittest upon Thy throne. simple and undivided. O Most merciful One. O Savior. yet accept even me. the God of all. O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God. One Holy and Three Holies. and all shall tremble before the majesty of Thy Judgement seat. O Savior. have mercy on me. consubstantial and of One Nature. O what fear there will be then. and grant peace to those who worship Him. have mercy on me. and like the Harlot I cry beseeching Thy mercy: I offer Thee my supplications and I beg for Thy forgiveness. Spare the work of Thine hands. O com- passionate Savior. O Christ! Venerable Mother Mary. pray to Christ for us. Refrain: Have mercy on me. No one has sinned against Thee as I have. and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth. O my soul. and unto ages of ages. God the Trinity! Sing.Venerable Mary. let every breath and creature praise. and as the Shepherd. and revealest Thy dread glory. We praise Thee. 38 . TROPARIA As precious myrrh. bless and magnify throughout all ages. O merciful Judge. thy servants. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. we venerate thee. Now and ever. Snatch me away from the wolf and make me as a lamb. Amen. safe among the sheep of Thy pasture. O God. pray to God for us. when the furnace shall burn. that He may show mercy on us all.

TROPARIA Take pity on me. a mother remaining pure. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk. when I shall come in My glory. Thursday To St Mary of Egypt: The Mother of the eternal Light hath illumined thee and freed thee from the darkness of the passions. One in Unity. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. Venerable Mother Mary. save me and have mercy on me. So open even unto me. and Living and Creating Spirit. 39 . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. praising Christ unto all ages. Therefore. and was filled with great astonishment. O Most-compassionate One. the holy Zosimas was truly amazed. Amen. who acknowledged Thee as God. O Trinity. for he saw an Angel in the flesh. have mercy on me. O Mary. thou shalt be with me in Paradise. Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. ODE 9 Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. Who didst heal the man possessed by demons with Thy Word. the door of Thy glorious Kingdom. as unto Thy believing Thief. and unto ages of ages. O God. O Venerable Mother. Word of the Eternal Father. To St Mary of Egypt: Beholding in thee a new wonder. pray to God for us. I say unto thee. have mercy on me! Now and ever. O Son of David.’ One thief reviled Thee and the other thief confessed Thy Divinity while each was hanging on his cross. the Spirit of Righteousness. and let me hear Thy compassionate voice speak to me as to the Thief: ‘Truly. Therefore we honor thee as truly Theotokos. having received the Grace of the Spirit. enlighten even us who praise thee now in faith. To the Trinity: O Eternal Father. O Most-pure Virgin. Father of the Divine Word.

and unto ages of ages. Amen. and the light grew dark in the middle of day. despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants. the Trinity undivided. To St Mary of Egypt: Intercede with the Creator for us who sing thy praises. O my Judge Who knowest me. Venerable Mother Mary. O Mother Mary. grant me an ever-contrite heart and a poor and simple spirit. Venerable Mother Mary. who honor thy memory with faith. Life and Lives. The mountains and rocks fell asunder from fear. from corruption and sin. O Most-pure Mother of God. To St Mary of Egypt: Thou didst astonish both the ranks of Angels and the assemblies of men by thy wondrous life. that we may be set free from the sufferings and afflictions that assail us from every side. that I may offer them to Thee as a pleasing sacrifice. for my strength has failed within me. for by living in the spirit thou hast surpassed all nature. that we may be delivered from every danger and affliction. cease not to offer thy prayers for us who sing thy praises. thou didst cross the River Jordan as if with immaterial feet. seeing Thee crucified. the shepherd of Crete. and that being delivered from misfortunes we may unceasingly magnify the Lord Who has glorified thee. Do not require of me worthy fruits of repentance. pray to God for us. giving light and life to the ends of the earth. look upon me with Thy merciful eye when Thou comest again with the Angels to judge the whole world. take pity on me. Light of Lights. nailed to the Cross. seeing Thee. O Jesus. Unity in Essence. Now and ever. and like a bodiless Angel. by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation. hell was laid bare. All of creation was in anguish. O Venerable Mother Mary. To the Trinity: Let us glorify the Father. Venerable Father Andrew. Theotokion: Protect this. for through thee she reigns in faith. for I have sinned more than any other. O only Savior. by thee she is made strong. O Jesus. let us exalt the Son and with faith let us worship the Divine and Holy Spirit. Rather. To Saint Andrew: O Venerable and Thrice-blessèd Father Andrew. the earth did quake. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and spare me. pray to God for us. thy habitation. pray to God for us. 40 .

Katavasia, Irmos 9: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception; a
mother remaining pure. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth; so in all ages
we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God.

NOW THE READER CONTINUES WITH PSALM 4 AND THE REST OF THE GRAND COMPLINE FOLLOWS.

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THE GREAT CANON
OF SAINT ANDREW OF CRETE

ON THURSDAY (i.e., WEDNESDAY EVENING) OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT, MATINS BEGINS AS USUAL. AFTER THE 8TH
KATHISMA AND THE APPROPRIATE SEDALEN FOR THURSDAY (IN THE TONE OF THE WEEK) THE FIRST HALF OF THE LIFE OF ST MARY
OF EGYPT IS READ. THEN, AFTER PSALM 50 (51), WE BEGIN THE GREAT CANON. THE REFRAINS ARE SUNG AFTER EACH
TROPARION. AT EACH REFRAIN WE MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND A FULL PROSTRATION.

ODE 1
TONE 6
Irmos: A helper and a protector, He has become my salvation. This is my God, I
will glorify Him, my father’s God will I exalt, for gloriously has He been
glorified.

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

TROPARIA
1. Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? How
shall I begin, O Christ, to relieve my present tears? But as Thou art deeply
compassionate, grant me forgiveness of sins.
2. Come, O wretched soul, and together with thy body confess to the
Creator of all so that henceforth, thou shalt abstain from thy past foolishness and
offer tears of repentance to God.
3. Having rivaled the first-formed Adam by my transgressions, I have
found myself stripped naked of God, of the everlasting kingdom and all of its
delights, because of my sins.
4. Woe is me, O wretched soul, for thou art become like the first Eve!
For thou hast looked in wickedness and wast bitterly wounded; for thou hast
touched the tree and rashly tasted the forbidden fruit.
5. In the place of the physical Eve, the temptation of Eve hath taken
flesh in my mind, showing me what seems to be sweet; but making me taste and
swallow bitterness.
6. Adam was rightly banished from Eden, O Savior, because he
disobeyed one of Thy commandments. What then shall I suffer, for constantly
rejecting Thy words of life?
7. Of mine own free will have I incurred Cain’s guilt of murder; for I
have murdered my own conscience by cultivating my flesh and making war
upon my soul’s awareness by my wicked actions.

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8. I have refused to imitate Abel’s righteousness, O Jesus: never have I
offered Thee any acceptable gift or godly work; neither a pure sacrifice nor a
blameless life.
9. Like Cain, we are condemned, O wretched soul, for we have
offered to the Creator of all only our defiled actions, a polluted sacrifice and a
useless life.
10. As a potter molds his clay, Thou hast fashioned my flesh and my
bones, giving me breath and life. Now accept me in repentance, O my Maker and
Redeemer and my Judge.
11. I confess to Thee, O Savior, all the sins I have committed and the
wounds of my soul and body, which my murderous thoughts, like thieves, have
inflicted upon me.
12. Though I have sinned, O Savior, yet I know that Thou art the Lover
of mankind. Thou dost chastise with mercy and art fervent in compassion. Thou
dost see my tears and Thou dost run to meet me, like the Father toward his
Prodigal Son.
13. I lay prostrate now before Thy gates, O Savior. Oh, cast me not into
hell in my old age, but before the end comes, grant me remission of sins, as Thou
art the Lover of mankind.
14. I am the man who fell in among robbers who now lies wounded in
body, beaten and bruised because of my thoughts. But come to me, O Christ my
Savior, and heal me.
15. The Priest first saw me and passed me by, then the Levite looked
on me in my distress but despised my nakedness. But do Thou, O Jesus, Son of
Mary, come to me and take pity on me.
16. O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of all, take from the heavy
burden of sin, and in Thy compassion, grant me tears of repentance.
17. The time for repentance has come and I draw near to Thee, O my
Creator. Take from me the heavy burden of sin, and in Thy compassion, grant
me tears of repentance.
18. Reject me not, O my Savior, neither cast me away from Thy
presence. Take from me the heavy yoke of sin, and in Thy compassion grant me
remission of sins.
19. Forgive, O Savior, all my transgressions, both voluntary and
involuntary, known and unknown, whether done in knowledge or in ignorance,
and as God, have mercy on me and save me.
20. From my youth, O Christ, I have rejected Thy commandments.
Being entirely ruled by my passions, I have passed my entire life in indolence
and sloth. Therefore I cry to Thee, O Savior, even now at the end: Save me!

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To St Mary of Egypt: Grant me that illuminating Grace which was given thee by Providence on High. Like the Prodigal. To the Trinity: O Trinity. disregard my terrible past and save me. O my Savior. demanding an account of all my words or by examining my motives and desires. and I am left barren of virtue and piety. make us now partakers of the Kingdom of Christ. for with faith and love we sing thy praises. and. TO SAINT MARY OF EGYPT (SAME TONE AND IRMOS) Venerable Mother Mary. we pray thee. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen. 22. 23. and in Thy compassion. ANOTHER CANON. Venerable Father Andrew. Now and ever. through thine intercessions. But in Thy compassion. and unto ages of ages. O Mother Mary. grant me tears of repentance. pray to God for us. thou hast drawn near to Him. take away from me the heavy burden of sin. O Almighty One. O Mother Mary. and by forsaking thy unbridled longings for pleasure. 44 . O Andrew. take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady. To St Mary of Egypt: By submitting to Christ’s divine laws. pray to God for us. 21. pray to God for us. the hope and protection of those who praise thee. but in my hunger I cry: O Bountiful Father. Theotokion: O Theotokos. that I may escape the darkness of my passions and praise the glorious feats of thy life. O Jesus. accept me in repentance. Venerable Mother Mary. for I have sinned against Thee. all of the godly virtues. run quickly out to meet me and take pity on me. take from me the heavy yoke of sin. Be merciful to me. I fall down before Thee. Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity. thou hast gained as one. Enter not into judgement with me by recalling all my deeds. To Saint Andrew: Deliver us from our shameful passions. I have squandered all my riches in riotous living. and in Thy compassion grant me tears of compunction.

O earth to the voice of one who repents before God and sings His praises. Cleanse me. I offer to Thee. 11. and now I lie naked and ashamed. A storm of passions surrounds me. with Thy merciful eye. Now I am clad in a coat of disgrace that is shamefully bloodstained by the flow of my passions and my pleasure-loving life. Look upon me. O Savior. and accept my fervent confession. as once Thou didst to Peter. But stretch out Thine hand to me. O heaven and I will speak. I alone have sinned against Thee. I have lost my original beauty and splendor and now I lie naked and ashamed. 45 . Now I am clothed with a raiment of shame as if with fig leaves in reproof of my self-willed desires. I will sing of Christ. My sins have stripped me of the garment that God had woven for me. 12. The demons of passion have ploughed long furrows on my back. I have torn the garment that the Creator first wove for me in the beginning. O heaven and I will speak. 14. 9. Refrain: Have mercy on me. the tears of a harlot. and have stitched for me robes of skin. give ear. O merciful One. 3. 10. I have sinned above all men. O Savior. I have clothed myself in the torn robe that the serpent hath spitefully stitched for me by his counsel. prolonging their wickedness upon me. O God. Attend. 8. 13. I looked upon the beauty of the forbidden tree and my mind was deceived. 5. O God my Savior. and now I am ashamed. 4. ODE 2 Irmos: Attend. but as God take pity on Thy creature. 6. have mercy on me. and therefore I lie naked. 2. in Thy compassion. 7. O compassionate Lord. I have darkened the beauty of my soul with passionate pleasures and have turned my whole mind entirely to dust. TROPARIA 1. Who from the Virgin took flesh to dwell with us.

15. Like the Publican I cry to Thee: Be merciful. have mercy on me. accept me in my repentance. Having preferred a life of pleasure and material things to a life free of possessions. see that I am God. and have neglected the inner temple made in the image of God. for no child of Adam has ever sinned as I against Thee. I have adorned the idol of my flesh with the diverse clothing of my shameful thoughts and now I am condemned. I have been harnessed with a heavy burden. 18. as once Thou hast sought the lost coin. 16. 19. Refrain: Have mercy on me. O Savior. be merciful unto me. I have stained the garment of my flesh and have defiled that which was made in Thine image and likeness. Who made water to spring from the rock in ancient times for My people in the wilderness. I have fallen into lust and am covered in filth. O Savior. neither have I any compunction. O God. 28. Give ear to the groaning of my soul. O Lord. Who sent manna. 23. and accept the drops of my tears. Like the Harlot I cry to Thee: I have sinned. Like David. by My right hand. O Lover of mankind. My lustful desires have formed in me the deformity of my passions and have disfigured the beauty of my mind. I have been concerned only with outward adornment. for I repent before Thee. and find me. Oh. I have neither any tears. but seek me. and by My strength alone. save us Theotokion: O Most-pure Theotokos and All-laudable Virgin. O Savior. I alone have sinned against Thee. O my Savior. but wash me clean with my tears. 17. call me back and in Thy goodness. 21. O Savior. but open it to me. 25. Most Holy Theotokos. 24. 22. fervently intercede for our salvation. and save me. accept my tears as a sweet ointment. Second Irmos: See. I have buried the beauty of my original image with my passions. 46 . O Savior. have been oppressed by the enemy. 20. Who desirest that all shall be saved. and ever since. I have fallen under the burden of my passions and the corruption of my body. O my Savior. 27. 26. but as God do Thou grant them to me. Lord. do not shut Thy door against me in that last day. nor repentance. O Savior.

but thou. and I sit in judgment defending the orphaned and the humble and the poor. Lamech cried aloud. as the earth. see that I am God’: Listen. O my soul. 38. as to Peter. the open sores and the mutilations. Therefore. in which thou shalt surely burn. O my soul. the Lord once rained down fire from Heaven and burnt up the men of Sodom. 34. ‘See and understand that I am God: I search men’s hearts. thou didst raise thy hands. dost not even tremble while defiling thy flesh and polluting thy mind. all thy flesh and works and life. I am smitten. ever seeking thy conversion. pray to God for us. Skillfully hast thou planned to build a tower. Thou alone hast released the torrents of the wrath of God. to the Lord as He cries to thee. pray to God for us. 37. nor has thou followed after Enos or Enoch. 35. and hast flooded. who was translated to Heaven. how much I have become like Lamech. 30. I am wounded. forsake thy former sin and fear Him as a Just Lord. Of all those who have lived before the law. or Noah. 47 . the murderer of old. O most sinful soul? Surely thou art like Cain and that wicked Lamech. ‘See. 32. O my soul. hast kindled the fires of Gehenna. and to fortify it with thy passions. Whom dost thou resemble. 36. but the Creator hast confounded thy designs and has dashed all thy devices to the ground. which betray the blows of my self-inflicted passions. Venerable Mother Mary. in His loving-kindness He stretched out His hand to thee in help. I chasten their thoughts. O my soul. for thou hast stoned thy body with thine evil deeds and murdered thy mind with irrational desires.’ Venerable Mother Mary. O see. TROPARIA 29. O Mary. but hast shown thyself destitute and without a share in the life of the Righteous. But thou. And. I reprove their actions and I burn their sins. O my soul. To St Mary of Egypt: Plunged into the depths of sin. and the arrows of the enemy have pierced my body and my soul. O my soul. with my sensual passions. Angered by their transgressions. 31. See the wounds. my mind as if it were the youth. as thy Judge and God. thou hast remained outside the Ark of salvation. 33. and a young man unto my pain’. towards the merciful God. and my body as did Cain murdering his brother. thou hast not patterned thyself after Seth. lamenting: ‘I have killed a man and wounded myself. slaying my soul as if it were the man.

To Saint Andrew: We see. and unto ages of ages. but spare me and deliver me from the fire of condemnation. crying: through the prayers of Saint Andrew. O Savior. I confess that I have sinned. flee the destruction of the divine fire.To St Mary of Egypt: Turning from the path of sin thou didst run with all eagerness to Christ. I have sinned above all men. I have sinned against Thee. the hope of those who run to thee and haven of the storm-tossed and oppressed. a sinner. Theotokion: O Most-pure Lady. O Unity undivided: accept me in repentance and save me. for I am Thy creation. ODE 3 Irmos: Establish Thy Church. 2. that He will have mercy on me through thine intercessions. pray to the merciful God. To the Trinity: O Trinity unoriginate and uncreated. The Lord once rained fire from heaven and consumed the land of Sodom. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. O my soul. reject me not. O my soul. thy Creator and thy Son. on the unshakable rock of Thy commandments. have mercy on us. let us fall down with tears before Him. Now and ever. O God. 4. and before the end comes. have mercy on me. I alone have sinned against Thee. and find thy refuge in Zoar. Venerable Father Andrew. Amen. finding nourishment in the trackless wilderness and fulfilling in purity the commandments of God. 5. Flee from the flames. Despise me not. Seek salvation on the mountain as did Lot. 3. O Christ my Savior. flee from the burning heat of Sodom. Mother of God. O Venerable Mother Mary. O Christ. 48 . TROPARIA 1. O my soul. O Savior. pray to God for us. we see the Love of our God and Master for mankind. But in Thy compassion absolve me and forgive me. Refrain: Have mercy on me.

Most Holy Theotokos. O Lord. O Lord. O God. O my soul. O Savior. 6. which flows with incorruption and eternal life. One in Unity. thine inheritance in the land of forgiveness. save us. 7. O Mother of our Life! Second Irmos: Establish. Thou hast heard how Abraham in days of old left the land of his fathers and became a wanderer. O Lord. 9. who mocked his father. The Patriarch entertained the Angels at the Oak of Mamre. Most Holy Trinity. and in Thee shall I be justified. Refrain: Have mercy on me. be gracious unto me and cleanse me. Depart from sin and from the land of Haran. 49 . 14. and before the end. and he inherited in his old age the reward of the promise. nor hast thou received. for thou hast not covered the disgrace of thy neighbor keeping thy face turned away. have mercy on us. I cry out from my heart: I have sinned. In Thee I have found the Fountain of Life. cleanse me and save me. who lived in wantonness in the days of Noah. Thou art my Creator. Thou hast not inherited the blessing of Shem. 12. have mercy on me. O my wretched soul. the Trinity. O Savior. 15. and come to the land that Abraham inherited. I have imitated the example of those. our God. O my soul. To the Trinity: O God. 10. my unstable heart on the rock of Thy commandments. Thou hast followed the example of Ham. Imitate his strength and resolution. for Thou only art Holy and the Lord. and like them I am condemned to drown in the Flood. O my soul. O Throne of the Lord! Rejoice. for there is no one who surpasses me in my offenses. Theotokion: Rejoice. O Womb that bore Divinity! Rejoice. Thou art the Good Shepherd: seek me. 13. TROPARIA 8. like Japheth. Thou art my sweet Jesus. save us from delusion and temptation and distress. 11. the lamb that has gone astray and do not forsake me. I have sinned against Thee. I have sinned. O Conqueror of Death.

O my soul. O my soul. Thou hast become like Hagar the Egyptian. Thou knowest of the ladder that was shown to Jacob. when Thou comest with Thine Angels to reward each according to his deeds. and through thine intercessions open unto me the door that leads to God. before the Lord shuts the door of the bridal chamber. have mercy on me. 21. how Isaac was mystically offered as a new sacrifice and whole-burnt offering to the Lord. To St Mary of Egypt: I am overcome by the tempest and the billows of sin. Reject not the prayer of those who praise Thee. reaching up from earth to Heaven. Turn back. lest the same should happen to thee because of thy sin. O my soul. from the burning of sin. O Master. Thou hast heard how Ishmael was driven out as the son of a slave. but take pity on us and grant forgiveness to those who call on Thee with faith. 17. the Priest of God and solitary king. O my wretched soul. O Mother Mary. 22. flee from Sodom and Gomorrah. pray to God for us. pray to God for us. fear the example of Sodom. 18. Why then. for of thine own free will hast thou become enslaved and given birth to contempt. Have mercy. O my soul. Venerable Mother Mary. To St Mary of Egypt: Offer thy fervent supplications to the compassionate Mother of God. Imitate his strength and resolution. have mercy on me. Flee like Lot. and so become a pillar of salt. hast thou not set foot upon the firm step of piety? 20. but do thou rescue me and lead me to the safe haven of divine repentance. Venerable Father Andrew. Beware. 16. before the festival of life comes to an end. O my wretched soul. 23. Venerable Mother Mary. pray to God for us. O Venerable Mary. O Lord. but rather. O my soul. Thou knowest. To Saint Andrew: Through thy prayers. for thou art the most excellent guide to the mysteries of repentance. Imitate Melchizedek. flee from the flames of wanton desire. grant for me also the remission of my sins. 50 . O Andrew. O my soul. who was the image of Christ among men in the world. O Lover of mankind. 25. as to another Ishmael. Do not look back. and lament. Bishop of Crete. 19. and take refuge on the mountain of Zoar. 24.

/ Illuminate us in the dárkness of this life / That we may now walk hónestly as in the day. Amen.. O Theotókos. save us who in faith worship Thy power. O Lord. for Thou only art Holy and the Lord. / To the incomprehensible Son and Word of God / Who was born from thee in ways past speech and understánding. / 51 . thou hast given birth within time to the timeless Son of the Father. Little Litany and the Exclamation: For Thou art our God… SESSIONAL (SEDALEN) HYMNS BY JOSEPH TONE 8 Divínely-shining lights. /// That we may behold with joy the splendor of the Pássion of Christ. Second Irmos 3: Establish.. O uncreated Nature without beginning.. chósen by God. To the Trinity: O simple Unity praised in a Trinity of Persons. Now and ever. / And so may we attain to see the glorious Resurrection of Christ our God /// Bringing to Him glóry and praise.. my unstable heart on the rock of Thy commandments. and unto ages of ages.. Glory. eyewitnesses of the Sávior. BY THEODORE SAME TONE O cómpany of the Twelve Apostles. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. / Offer now to Christ your supplicátion / That we may all compléte the course of the fast / Saying our prayers with compunction and practicing the virtues with an eáger heart. Now and ever. Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos. O strange wonder! Thou givest Him milk while still remaining Virgin! Katavasia. / Driving out the passions of the night with the torch of ábstinence. Amen. THEOTOKION SAME TONE Pray with the Apostles.

Refrain: Apostles of Christ. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY THE THREE-ODE CANON (The Troparia and Refrains are chanted by the Reader . in your intercessions to the Maker of all. /// Counting thy servants worthy of the heavenly Kingdom in His boundless mércy. for thou hast borne the Lord Who has exalted our humbled nature. Refrain: Apostles of Christ. save us. As a twelve-stringed instrument. I have considered Thy works and glorify Thy Godhead. Most Holy Theotokos. pray to God for us. confounding the music of the evil one. TROPARIA O Most-honored choir of the Apostles. MARY OF EGYPT IS READ. Driving away the drought of polytheism with the waters of the Spirit. you have nourished the earth. O Lord. TROPARIA Enlightened by God. ask that He have mercy on us who sing your praises. (SECOND CANON) TONE 8 Irmos: I have heard the report of Thee. O Lord. 52 . O Master. Theotokion: I have passed my life in arrogance: make me humble and save me. and was afraid. NOW THE SECOND HALF OF THE LIFE OF ST. O All-blessèd Apostles. pray to God for us. That He may bestów true peace upón the earth / And grant us the forgiveness of our sins befóre the end. the Apostles of Christ lived in abstinence. the divine choir of the Disciples sang a hymn of salvation.TONE 8 Irmos: I have heard the mystery of Thy dispensation.without bows or prostrations): THREE-ODE CANON BY JOSEPH (FIRST CANON) ODE 4 . I have considered Thy works and glorify Thy power. O All-pure Lady. and by their divine mediation they help us in this season of the fast.

no deed. Tabernacle and Holy of Holies! NOW WE CONTINUE WITH ODE 4 OF THE GREAT CANON: ODE 4 Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming. and at all times you bring to Him the fruit of your labors. O Mountain of sanctification. Son and Holy Spirit: O God. O my soul and consider all the deeds which thou hast done. O Savior. hast the power to remit all sins. The days of our lives pass quickly. deed and thought. O Lover of mankind. O Apostles. To the Trinity: Trinity. Arise. O Ark of life. and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men. you tilled the whole earth with the word of God. word and intent. Light of Life. that I did not commit. 53 . in mind. O fiery Throne! Rejoice. for from you the wine of the Spirit gushed forth into the world. In life’s course. Father. The time grows short. without beginning and supreme in power. O Righteous Judge. and so be thou justified. neither dost thou care. as if they were a flower. in purpose. ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid. O God. O Lord. O Apostles. O candlestick that bears the Light! Rejoice. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and unto ages of ages. for Christ the Most-belovèd. As the husbandmen of Christ. yet thou dost not prepare. no wicked thing. have mercy on me. Yet Thou.’ Glory to Thy power. Arise. guard Thy flock. Now and ever. O my soul. The end draws near. Amen. and he said. as the Lord of all. for the Judge is at the very doors. the end draws near. Theotokion: Rejoice. One in essence. O Lord. 2. 4. Refrain: Have mercy on me. TROPARIA 1. I have sinned as no one has ever before. Now pour out the drops of thy tears and boldly confess to Christ of thy deeds and thoughts. Despise not Thy works. You became a vineyard. and set them up before thine eyes. there has been no sin. O why do we trouble ourselves in vain? 3. as if they were a dream. and forsake not Thy creation though I alone have sinned more than any other man.

and his sores a chain of pearls. Esau was known as Edom because of his raging love for women. hast thou fallen. O my soul. neither action nor contemplation will succeed. yet thou hast not imitated his courage nor hast thou shown any firmness of will in the face of thy trials and temptations but hast proved cowardly and weak. with an abundance of riches and cattle. 7. O my soul. 10. wisely setting his sons as the steps at each level of ascent. He was 54 . who was justified on a dung heap. for she endured great toil. O my soul. For this I am condemned and for this. Repent now. For without labor. and Rachel spiritual understanding. 6. 12. deliver me and save me. Thou hast rivaled the hated Esau. wretch that I am. was clothed in royal dignity. and take courage like the Great Patriarch Jacob of old. with understanding and contemplation. for thou hast given up the birthright of thy first beauty to the deceiver thus forsaking thy father’s blessing. Who knowest my heart. Leah represents action. Job. 9. it is thy desire to live by thy works. covered with his sores. Watch. once in action and once in understanding. yet for him the dung heap is a palace. the Great Patriarch Jacob established a mystical ladder of active ascent for thee. 8. and so shalt thou penetrate the impassable darkness through contemplation. 13. 14. for burning always with desires and stained with sensual pleasures. The ladder seen of old by the great Patriarch Jacob is an example. O my soul. he was named ‘Edom’ which means the red-hot heat of a sin-loving soul. Twice then. and obtain a great treasure as thy reward. thou wretched soul. understand that one is action and the other is spiritual understanding in contemplation. O my soul. ‘the mind that sees God’. I am convicted by mine own conscience. for she had many children. He that once sat upon a throne now lies naked on a dung heap. He that had many children and was once admired by all is suddenly bereft of children and is left without a home. 11. spare me. struggling and slaving in order to win two wives. Bearing the burning heat by day and the frost by night because of his privation. and be named Israel. O my soul. therefore. the righteous man of great possessions. 5. that thou mayest acquire action with spiritual understanding. Jacob endured making daily gains. By the two wives. If. both of ascent through action and of ascent through spiritual understanding. O my Judge and Redeemer. 15. in crown and purple robe. By fathering the twelve Patriarchs. Thou hast heard of Job. more severe than all else in the world. be thou made new. shepherding. Thy servant.

what wilt thou do. and all the nations have been saved and they praise and worship Thee. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. Thy words of Life. O wretched and sinful soul. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness.suddenly deprived of his wealth and kingship and glory. I am bound both hand and foot and now I am cast out. to bring me to Thy Father. the chamber was closed while I was asleep. If he who was righteous and blameless above all men could not escape the snares and assaults of the deceiver. and Thou hast given up Thy Spirit. 23. representing the two Covenants. O my Savior. grant me the humility of the Publican and number me with him. O Word. Thy Blood to cleanse me. 16. O compassionate Lord. 18. so that we might be saved. O Crucified Word: Thy Body to renew me. my spirit is defiled. O Savior. Wash me. and take pity on me. May I be cleansed by both. both the Old and the New. 19. and may the Water that flows with it be a drink of forgiveness. Thy Life-giving side. and take pity on me. O righteous Judge. and I am all covered with sores. Thou hast worked Salvation in the midst of the earth. O Compassionate Lord. But rather. O only merciful One. heal both my body and my spirit through my repentance. All creation. 25. 24. full of wickedness and pain. Thou hast offered Thy Body and Thy Blood for the sake of us all. having defiled the vessel of my flesh. and make me whiter than snow. My body is corrupt. 20. Thou wast voluntarily crucified upon the Tree. 21. and the supper has been eaten. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. Although I am boastful and vain. both the things above and the things below. O Savior. when some sudden misfortune befalls thee? 17. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. I know. 55 . purify me and cleanse me. and reduced to the state of a beggar. O Christ. O Savior. having as chrism and drink. 22. anointed and refreshed. that I have sinned. May the Blood that flows from Thy side be a cleansing font for me. has been granted to the Church as a chalice from which flows a two-fold stream of forgiveness and spiritual understanding. The time of life is short. and Eden has been opened once again. condemn me not with the Pharisee. but as Physician. I am deprived of the bridal chamber and of the wedding feast because my lamp has gone out for want of oil. hard-hearted and arrogant in speech. O Christ.

O Savior. O Savior. O Venerable Mary. astonishing even the Angels. Now and ever. O compassionate One. Amen. pray to God for us. and unto ages of ages. 56 . and take pity on me. thou didst not remain there. and take pity on me. deliver us from every attack of the evil one. O Giver of the Law. Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin. To St Mary of Egypt: Though brought down into the abyss of great iniquity. Venerable Mother Mary. who call upon thee with love as our advocate in heaven. Venerable Father Andrew. Venerable Mother Mary. in thy prayers do not forget to ask that we may be delivered from every trial and torment. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. and the womb gives birth without travail. the praise of the fathers and the glory of Crete. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. Therefore. When God so wills. To St Mary of Egypt: Having lived a bodiless life in the body. as thou dost stand before the Supreme and Holy Trinity. we entreat thee. for He does whatsoever He wills. I have become mine own idol and have defaced my soul through my passions. and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence. I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high. 27. pray to God for us. thou didst receive great grace from God. I have disobeyed Thy Scripture and not listened to Thy voice. the order of nature is overruled. pray to God for us. 26. One Triune Divinity. thou hast ascended to the heights of virtue. O Mother Mary. unconfused in Persons. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. He Who is born renews the laws of nature. that I may not fall as prey and become the possession of the enemy. But accept me in repentance and call me back to spiritual awareness. but through thy steadfast intent. protect us who honor thee with faith and through thy prayers. co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee. To Saint Andrew: O Andrew.

But make me a son of the day. 3. and so he avoided the execution of Pharaoh’s bitter decree. 8. I confess to Thee. 2. O Lover of man. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Thou. who sold the fruit of purity and chastity. shalt thou dwell in that desert where all passions are slain through repentance? 10. O wretched soul. His righteous and gentle soul was bound by his kinsmen and he was sold into slavery as a foretelling of the Lord. and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Savior. the vision of God in the bush not consumed by the fire. hast sold thyself entirely to thy sins. enlighten me I pray. The whole of my life has passed by in the night. ODE 5 Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee. How then. 57 . I have sinned like the brothers of Joseph of old. it was to prefigure Thy Burial and Resurrection. O Lord and Master. O my miserable and wretched soul. and do not defile thyself by continuing to indulge thy wanton and irrational desires. O my soul. have mercy on me. When Joseph was cast down into the pit. for the darkness of sin has covered me like a thick fog in the middle of the night. to do Thy will. 4. O Christ my King. O my soul. of the basket of Moses and how he was carried on the waves of the river as if in an ark. 6. 9. Come then. hast not struck and killed the lustful mind of the Egyptian. that I have sinned. But thou. Thou hast heard. O God. O wretched soul. Moses the great went to dwell in the desert. and ponder wisdom. TROPARIA 1. O Savior. Imitating Rueben. as did Moses. imitate the righteous and chaste mind of Joseph. O my soul. 5. But what offering such as this shall I ever make to Thee? 7. and emulate his life that thou mayest also behold through contemplation. Be then like Moses who survived. having defiled my bed as he defiled the bed of his father. Thou hast heard. of the midwives who were ordered to put to death in infancy the fruit of manly chastity. I have devised a wicked and lawless act against God Most High.

may my tears be like the Pool of Siloam that I may wash the eyes of my heart. and fall at the feet of Jesus. the magicians of cruel Pharaoh. and stopping the issue of blood when the woman touched the hem of Thy garment. thou didst yearn to venerate the Tree of Life. I have sinned. O wretched soul. Make me also worthy to obtain that glory from on high. When I examine my deeds. I pray Thee. O my soul. that He strengthen thy back to walk upright in the steps of the Lord. Wretch that I am. Imitate the woman who was bowed to the ground. While Aaron offered to God a fire that was pure and undefiled. Imagine. Spare.’ 19. for my will is heavy and my mind is drowned beneath the waters: but do Thou come and help me. 12. 20. O Most-blessèd Saint. but consciously. that like the woman of Samaria. I have become like Jannes and Jambres. ‘Thy faith has saved thee. I have soiled my mind with filth. forgive me. pour out the streams from Thine immaculate Wound. in the waters of my tears and make the garment of my flesh as white as snow. as didst thou. and thou wast counted worthy of thy desire. and didst accomplish miracles. Thou didst take on my form for my sake. O Savior. 16. O Master. I see that I have surpassed all men in sin for. O Savior. As Thou art God. Venerable Mother Mary. for Thou alone art pure by Nature. As Thou art a deep well. O my soul. and none save Thee is free from defilement. 21. which divided the sea and dried up the abyss as an image of the Divine and Holy Cross. healing the lepers and the paralytics. O my Master and my Lord. O Savior. 11. the woman with the issue of blood: run quickly to Christ and grasp the hem of His garment so that thou mayest be delivered from all thine afflictions and hear Him say. but cleanse me. 15. and with understanding. the pre-eternal Light. Hophni and Phineas brought to Him. Imitate. O spare the work of Thine hands. pray to God for us. 58 . O Master. Through the Cross thou canst also accomplish great things. O Lord. a strange sacrifice and a polluted life. and with my mind I may behold Thee. 17. 14. I may drink of Thy streams of life and thirst no more. 13. To St Mary of Egypt: With incomparable love. 18. In both soul and body. the rod of Moses. I have sinned not in ignorance. O my soul.

has God the Creator of the ages. Holy. I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. and unto ages of ages. TROPARIA 1. 3. Deliver us from them also. Refrain: Have mercy on me. 2. Son and Holy Spirit. 59 . O God. O my soul. but rather. and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. Father. as One God! Holy. O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother. O God. become vested in my human flesh. with great love and fear I implore thee. I offer to Thee in purity the tears of mine eyes and the sighs from the depth of my heart. ODE 6 Irmos: With my whole heart. Do not be like Ephraim stung to madness like a stampeding calf. save thy life like a gazelle fleeing from the snare on the wings of action. thou didst find peace by escaping the temptations of the flesh. Holy. have mercy on me. Thou hast turned thyself away from thy Lord. O Venerable Mother Mary. pray to God for us. To St Mary of Egypt: Having crossed the stream of the Jordan. have mercy on me. resolve and contemplation. Now and ever. To Saint Andrew: As pre-eminent among pastors. O my soul. uniting to Himself the nature of man. Venerable Mother Mary. Amen. which cries: I have sinned against Thee. pray to God for us. O Trinity. simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever. Venerable Father Andrew. as did Dathan and Abiram. but cry out from the lowest depths of hell: ‘Spare me’. art Thou. O wise Andrew. through thine intercessions. To the Trinity: We glorify Thee. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. that through thine intercessions I may attain salvation and eternal life. Theotokion: From thee. that the earth may not open up and swallow thee.

though thou thyself art leprous. O my soul. O Savior. take possession of the Promised Land as God hath commanded. and explore the Promised Land. ‘Save me’. come quickly and save me from the beast before it is too late. these tears of grace. the wells of delusion to the cleft Rock from which. Arise. ever gaining the victory over the Gibeonites. for thou hast preferred the pleasures of gluttony and passions to the refreshment of divine manna. O my soul. 6. thine evil thoughts. Thou hast preferred. 4. but seek me by the light of Thy candle and Forerunner. 10. thy servant. O my Savior. pray to God for us. O my Savior. Thou hast preferred. O my soul. the son of Nun. flow rivers of divine theology. and like the Ark of old. 9. and find again Thine Image. O Lord and Master Christ: come quickly. I know Thee as the calm haven. O my soul. 8. Venerable Mother Mary. have returned and have suddenly overwhelmed me. and raise me from the depths of sin. as did the ungrateful people of old in the wilderness. When Thy servant Moses struck the rock with his staff. as the waters of the Red Sea engulfed the Egyptians of old and their charioteers. Like the Israelites in the desert. O Mary. I am the coin marked with the royal image which was lost of old. O my soul. 60 . Pass through the flowing waters of time. 14. that God can cleanse and make again as white as snow a leprous life. and make war against the passions of the flesh as Joshua did against Amalek. 11. he mystically foreshadowed Thy Life-creating Body from which we all draw the water of life. So do not despair. The waves of my sins. thou hast shed copious streams of tears that quenched the burning of thy passions. 15. O my soul. 13. Stretch out Thine hand. and deliver me from the lowest abyss of sin and despair. O my soul. As Thou hast saved Peter when he cried. Venerable Mother Mary. as from a chalice. O Savior. and take up thine abode in it through obedience to the Law. 5. thou hast made a foolish decision. O grant them also unto me. Let the hand of Moses assure us. 7. To St Mary of Egypt: With thy soul afire. pray to God for us. 12. Be like Joshua. the meat of swine and the tempting food of Egypt to the food of Heaven.

thou hast acquired heavenly freedom from thy passions. / And health flowing down upon it from Adam / 61 . Irmos 6: With my whole heart. simple and undivided. Kontakion (TONE 6): My soul. that we may be justified through thine intercessions. Venerable Father Andrew. and unto ages of ages. O Theotokos. O Andrew.’ Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. fashioned in our image. Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us. To Saint Andrew: Seeing thee as the Shepherd and Bishop of Crete and as an intercessor for the universe. pray to God for us. yet divided in Three Persons.To St Mary of Egypt: Through the perfection of thine earthly life. and I am the Unity. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all. O Father. I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me. through thine intercessions. / Awake then and be watchful / That thou mayest be spared by Christ God /// Who is everywhere present and fillest all things. To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity. says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit. Ikos (SAME TONE): Seeing Christ’s house of healing opened. united by Nature’. my soul arise / Why art thou sleeping? / The end is drawing near / And thou wilt be confounded. Amen. Katavasia. and unto ages of ages. and to Thee do we ascribe glory. and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption. and I cry: ‘Deliver me. Amen. Little Litany and the Exclamation: For Thou art the King of Peace and the Savior of our souls. now and ever. O Venerable Mother. Pray that we who sing thy praises may also be delivered from our passions. Now and ever. from the abyss of sin. I run to thee. to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

THEN THE FOLLOWING WITH THE VERSES: Grant. we realize that we are rapidly approaching the end of the great and holy forty days of the Fast. we once again sing the Great Canon in its entirety. SYNAXARION FIRST FROM THE MINEA. Andrew Archbishop of Crete. He left many beneficial and salvific works. Undeniably the greatest of all canons. The devil suffered and was wounded / Then he wailed as if in mortal danger / And to his friends he raised a bitter howl: / ‘What shall I do to the Son of Mary? / I am slain by the Man from Bethlehem /// Who is everywhere present and fillest all things. As a great teacher. with tears and confession. having embarked on this day to sing and to read both of these works. O Christ. Andrew uses the stories in the Great Canon both to extol the virtuous works of men and to condemn their evil actions. By so doing he shows us the truth of the words: those who labor with valor and 62 . it was skillfully composed and written down by our Father among the Saints. the image of humility To us who sing the Great Canon to Thee! On this day according to ancient tradition. including many courageously triumphant and instructional homilies and canons to God’s Holy Church. he left Damascus for Jerusalem there to receive his education in Letters and to embarked on the monastic path upon which he lived a venerable and God-loving life of silence and peace. had earlier recorded the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt which also contains countless examples of humility that give great comfort to repentant sinners who wish to leave behind their evil ways. Saint Sophronius the Patriarch of Jerusalem. All are beautifully and sweetly woven together. and through these blessèd words. Not least among these compositions is this Great Canon of Repentance from which flow ceaseless examples of humility taken from the entire Old and New Covenants. because at the age of fourteen. from Adam all the way through the Holy Ascension of Christ and the words of the Holy Apostles. Now. also called Andrew of Jerusalem. every soul is instructed to strive after and to emulate their example. which are all pleasing to God. for if this Canon is sung with true humility and piety it is able to soften even the hardest of hearts through its glory and sweetness. Being filled with the same humility and piety. We are taught by the words of this Canon to flee from every evil and to earnestly turn to God in repentance. and we see that both the negligent and the zealous in their spiritual efforts are all come together.

2. For the example of the Egyptian woman shows the greatness of God’s love for mankind and the power of His mercy that allowed even her to be so profoundly converted away from her prior sinful life. who was sent as an assistant by Patriarch Theodore of Jerusalem to attend the Sixth Ecumenical Council. Blessèd are the meek. Let us then. O God. Emulating Samson’s idleness. There. is now imprisoned by passionate desires: but flee from his example. Both the Great Canon and the Life of the Venerable Mary of Egypt were first brought to the city of Constantinople by the same Andrew. O my soul. unworthy though I am.courage shall achieve victory. for they shall inherit the earth. But this one. O Lord. For this reason is the reading of the Great Canon included in the order of services for Great Lent. Blessèd are those who mourn.’ Grant that I may be worthy of his repentance. Through his prayers. and then received from his barren wife the fruit of God’s promise. he strove against the Monothelites and took the monastic vows and was numbered among the clergy of Constantinople as a deacon in charge of an orphanage. who had written over thirty such canons and many more troparia. 63 . Blessèd are the poor in spirit. Thou hast heard. 4. where he departed unto the Lord having wisely governed his flock. O Christ. how Manoah of old beheld the Lord in a vision. Eventually. ‘Remember me. He who once overthrew the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. O my soul. Thou didst make the Thief a citizen of paradise when he cried to Thee upon the Cross. emulate his piety. thou hast been shorn of the glory of thy deeds. through his inspirational and wise words calls everyone to do good works for the glory of God and never to lose hope nor fall into despair. THE BEATITUDES WITH TROPARIA FOLLOW (with prostrations): Tone 6: In Thy Kingdom remember us. have mercy on us. 3. for they shall be comforted. As we read the Great Canon and ponder the images it contains. flee from his actions and his weakness. thou hast surrendered thy chaste and blessèd life to the Philistines. 1. The blessèd Sophronius. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. however. O my soul. we cannot help but wonder how prolific and fruitful its author was. no matter how grievous their sins may be. he became Archbishop of Crete and later served in Mytilene. when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. NOW. This Canon is truly ‘Great’ and beautiful for great is the humility that it inspires. and through thy love of pleasure. surpasses them all in its indescribable beauty and sweetness.

Thou knowest of the courage of Jael. and drink of the Letters of the Law that are wrung out for thee like water. and judge first thine own works before judging the actions of others. Blessèd are you when men shall revile you and persecute you. for great is your reward in Heaven. offer thine actions as an oblation purer than the daughter of Jepthah. for thoughtlessly hast thou allowed thy passions to act sinfully within thee. were chosen as judges of Israel. for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. together with Deborah who had a man’s courage. In the Book of Judges. the Levite divided his wife limb from limb and sent the parts to the twelve tribes of Israel so that he might reveal the lawless abominations of Benjamin. and receive the dew from heaven. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. 8. as he permitted his children to commit transgressions. for thus the image of the Cross is prefigured for thee. who impaled Sisera with a sharpened stake thereby bringing salvation to Israel. Hear ye this. 6. for they shall be filled. Blessèd are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. bend down thy neck. 64 . 10. Thou hast incurred the condemnation of Eli the priest. for they shall see God. O Lord. Blessèd are the peacemakers. 12. Offer a sacrifice worthy of praise. yet she who was barren bore a son worthy of her prayer. Emulate him. and strengthen thyself with courage. when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. The chaste and honorable Hannah moved her lips in prayer to God though her voice was not heard. 7. O my soul. O my soul. Blessèd are the pure in heart. Blessèd are the merciful. O my soul. Remember us. Consider the fleece of Gideon.Blessèd are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Learn from their valor. for they shall be called the sons of God. O my soul. 5. 11. Samuel the Great. 9. for they shall obtain mercy. O soul. The captains Barak and Jepthah. was brought up in the house of the Lord and was numbered among the judges of Israel. O my soul. O my soul. the son of Hannah was born in Arimathea. O my soul. and slay then the passions of thy flesh as an offering to the Lord.

transgressed. O God of our fathers. But do not give us up utterly. when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. Thy creature. ODE 7 Irmos: We have sinned. I have sinned. O my soul. being pierced with the arrow of adultery and struck with the spear of murder’s 65 . Refrain: Have mercy on me. Theotokion: We venerate thine ineffable childbearing. the forefather of God. take pity on the work of Thine hands. done wrong before Thee. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. yet we do not divide the natural glory of Thy Son. Amen. once sinned doubly. Once. have mercy on me. and I have rejected Thy commandments. 4. TROPARIA 1. David was chosen to be King and was anointed to his royal office with the horn of divine myrrh. O Master. Be watchful. O God of our fathers. I have confessed to Thee the secrets of my heart. I have transgressed. when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. O God. spare all those who have ever sinned. O my soul. but confess Him to be One in Person and Two in Nature. To the Trinity: Without beginning are the birth of the Son and the procession of the Spirit. O Theotokos. O my Judge. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. lest while searching for thine animal desires thou shouldst overlook the Kingdom of Christ. when Saul went searching for his father’s lost herds he found himself proclaimed as king. Now and ever. and consider now my condemnation. 13. 3. Have mercy on me. But in Thy compassion have mercy on me. 14. and unto ages of ages. But in Thy compassion have mercy on me. and I sing praises to the Holy Spirit Who shines forth with the Father and the Son.Remember us. O my soul. I worship the Unoriginate Father. and spare even me who above all others have despised Thy commandments. Remember us. O Holy One. anoint thyself with the myrrh of thy tears. See my humility and behold my affliction. and I glorify His begotten Son. for in sins have I progressed and have added sores to my wounds. David. 2. O God of our fathers. O merciful Lord. and if thou desirest to attain the Kingdom on high.

and provide for the Prophet’s soul. all the evils he had done. by thine accursèd life. art more gravely ill than he. Flee from his presumption. O God of all. And thou. David once composed a hymn. that evil and apostate servant. Solomon the wonderful was full of grace and wisdom. But Christ Himself has shattered his bonds so that thou mayest be saved. thou hast become a palace of pollution and a shameful vessel of the passions. of Rehoboam who would not listen to his father’s counselors. my soul. for worse than any acts are the urgings of thy will. 10. and confess all thy sins to God. O my soul. for against Thee only have I sinned. and how he rebelled against nature. and respect with reverence the things of God. Elijah once destroyed by fire one hundred of Jezebel’s servants when he destroyed her shameful prophets as a reproof against Ahab. thou knowest of his wicked deeds and how he defiled his father David’s bed. have followed him. my wretched soul. yet then he showed at once a twofold repentance. But thou. and be thou made strong. 6. as in an icon. But flee from their example and cry aloud: I have sinned. 8. crying. Thy free dignity hast thou enslaved to thy body. yet thou hast followed him in his passionate and sensual desires. yet thou hast not repented before God. 66 . 12. and he condemned them. O my soul. 11. and yet he experienced the wrath of God. my soul hath imitated him through thy shameful desires. 9. yet he too. and thou. O my soul. take pity on me. 15. committed evil in the sight of Heaven and turned away from God. and alas. 14. 13. O God. But sigh from the depths of thy heart. Thou hast heard of Absalom. for thou hast been as disobedient as Ahab to the words of Elijah the Tishbite. Alas! Solomon the lover of wisdom became a lover of harlots and estranged himself from God. for thou hast found in the enemy another Ahithophel and hast become an accomplice to his designs. O my soul. setting forth. my soul. But thou. cleanse me!’ 7. Thou hast rivaled Ahab in his defilements. and of Jeroboam. O my soul. Thou hast taken the example. my soul. Uzzah only touched it. Carried away by his sensual passions. Oh.remorse. and a famine from God has seized thee. David once joined sin to sin when he mixed adultery with murder. But be thou like the widow of Zarephath. Heaven is closed to thee. flee their example. he defiled himself. 5. ‘Have mercy on me. When the Ark of the Covenant was being carried in a cart and one of the oxen stumbled. hast done worse things than he.

To St Mary of Egypt: By raising thy cry to the Most-pure Theotokos. O Venerable Mary. I weep while lying on my bed. thou hast driven back the fury of the passions that had violently assailed thee. Amen. thy servants. to Whom all things are known: Thou alone knowest all my secrets. O my soul. I have buried Thine image and have broken Thy commandment. and restore me to Thy joy’. and transgressed as no one else on earth. but take pity on me Thy creature. by setting up thy passions as idols and multiplying abominations. O Venerable Father. Light and Lights. Turn back. I fall down before Thee. 19. But grant thy help to me. pray to God for us. as David sings. pray to God for us. We praise Thee. putting to shame the enemy that tempted thee. Now and ever. I implore thee. like Hezekiah. 16. Venerable Father Andrew. in this. O Savior. ‘take pity on me. 67 . ‘according to Thy mercy’. All my beauty is destroyed and my lamp is gone out because of all my sins. and uncover all that thou hast hidden. Venerable Mother Mary. and unto ages of ages. O Master. that He may show mercy on us all. O Andrew. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. pray to God for us. and as tears I offer Thee my words: I have sinned like the Harlot. God the Trinity! Sing. O Savior. Of thine own free will hast thou deliberately amassed the sins of Manasseh. But do Thou as David sings. 17. ‘have mercy on me’. My days have vanished like a dream of one awaking. To St Mary of Egypt: Pray to Him Whom thou hast loved. consubstantial and of One Nature. and grant me repentance now. and grant peace to those who worship Him. and glorify the Life of Lives. thy servant. Come and say unto God. To the Trinity: O Trinity. To Saint Andrew: Firmly establish me on the rock of faith through thine intercessions. simple and undivided. But fervently emulate his repentance now. fortify me with fear Divine. and deliver me from the snares of the enemies that seek after my life. that years may be added to my life. pray to Him Whom thou hast desired. But what Isaiah will come to me. O soul. and for Whose sake thou hast exhausted thy flesh. except the God of all? Venerable Mother Mary. 20. repent. my time of trouble. pray to Christ for us. the God of all. Therefore. and be truly sorry for thy sins. and call me back to Thee. 18. One Holy and Three Holies.

TONE 8 Irmos: The eternal King of Glory before whom the powers of heaven tremble. we bless thee. O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God. and the ranks of Angels stand in fear. and the ranks of Angels stand in fear. we venerate thee. the Apostles of the Lord. Let us honor the well-tuned trumpets of the Word. thou hast contained Him Who by nature cannot be contained. Break the passionate idols of my soul. and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth. Refrain: Apostles of Christ. and have firmly established the ramparts of the knowledge of God. O Apostles. thou hast held Him who upholds all things. save us. 68 . (SECOND CANON) TONE 8 Repeat Irmos: The eternal King of Glory before whom the powers of heaven tremble. NOW. pray to God for us. O ye Priests praise and ye people exalt above all throughout all ages. TROPARIA As coals of immaterial fire. which have caused the ill-founded walls of the enemy to tumble down. O ye Priests praise and ye people exalt above all throughout all ages. Refrain: Apostles of Christ. Theotokion: O Pure Virgin. thou didst suckle Him Who sustains creation — Christ the Giver of Life. pray to God for us. burn up my material passions and kindle within me now a longing for divine love. One of the undivided Trinity.Theotokion: We praise thee. as you broke into pieces the temple and pillars of the enemy. THE THREE-ODE CANON CONTINUES (The Troparia and Refrains are chanted by the Reader — without bows or prostrations): THREE-ODE CANON BY JOSEPH (FIRST CANON) ODE 8 . Most Holy Theotokos. O ye consecrated temples.

with the Spirit as Architect you have built the whole Church. Sounding the trumpets of the dogmas. I have sinned. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. for after childbirth she alone is both Mother and Virgin. All-radiant Sovereignty of God. the Apostles have overthrown all the error of idolatry. have mercy on me. 2. 69 . O noble company of the Apostles. as a throne Most-honored and Most-high. O God. then O my soul. One enthroned: Father. Theotokion: Let us praise in ceaseless song the Mother of God. hast no share in this grace because of thine uncontrolled desires. TROPARIA 1. have mercy on me. let every breath and creature praise. on this ascent. Elijah once ascended above all earthly things in the chariot of his virtues as if to Heaven. O Savior. O Nature— One in glory. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. have mercy on me. But thou. O my soul. TROPARIA O Apostles of Christ. and within it you bless Christ throughout all ages. NOW WE CONTINUE WITH ODE 8 OF THE GREAT CANON: ODE 8 Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. To the Trinity: O Three-fold Sun. deliver from danger those who ever sing your praises. O ye people. Awaken my mind to conversion. Refrain: Have mercy on me. accept my repentance and take pity on me as I cry: Against Thee only have I sinned and have done evil in Thy sight. and unto ages of ages. Elisha once took up the mantle of Elijah and received a double portion of grace from the Lord. Now and ever. guardians of the world and citizens of heaven. Meditate. exalting Christ throughout all ages. 3. Amen. Son and Spirit of God. bless and magnify throughout all ages. I sing of Thee forever. All-creating.

hast no share in this grace because of thine uncontrolled desires. and be saved. 15. O my wretched soul. in thine old age. 6. Like the thief I cry. how Jeremiah in the muddy pit cried out with lamentations and sought tears for the city of Sion. Imitate the God-pleasing deeds of the Righteous. 10. O Savior. The Shunammite woman graciously gave shelter to the righteous man. thou hast contracted a double leprosy: for thy deeds are wicked and thy thoughts. Thou hast heard of the Ninevites. In all ways hast thou imitated the unclean thoughts of Gehazi. 70 . apply the healing salve and oil and wine — the works of repentance. O my soul. and hasten to repentance. and like the Harlot I weep bitterly. and how the Three Youths quenched the fiery flames of the furnace through faith. O my soul. 5. compunction and tears. the corruption of my humbled soul. Imitate his life of lamentation. through my practice of the virtues and through my repentance. O my soul. 9. O righteous Judge and Savior. rid thyself of his greed and flee from the fires of hell. Thou hast heard. have mercy on me and deliver me from the fire and from the punishment that I deserve to suffer at the Judgement. my lamentation. 12. O Savior. how Daniel stopped the mouths of the lions in the pit. Leave these all behind. therefore. Elisha made the streams of the Jordan stand still on either side. 7. Heal. ‘Remember me’. and as the One Physician. I have set before thee the names of people from the Old Testament to serve as examples. Having imitated Uzziah. 4. and like Peter I weep. impure. Therefore shalt thou be cast out weeping from the bridal chamber. 8. Like the Publican I cry ‘Have mercy on me’. O my soul. At least now. but thou. O grant me Thy forgiveness before the end. turning away from thine evil ways. 14. Accept these. Thou hast heard. 11. ‘Forgive me’. O my soul. and flee from the sins of the wicked. O my soul. 13. yet thou hast not imitated them and hast become worse than all who have ever sinned both before and after the Law. for as a Prophet he knew of God’s compassion and was anxious that his prophecy be fulfilled. But thou. Jonah fled to Tarshish foreseeing the conversion of the Ninevites. as once Thou didst accept those of the woman of Canaan. who repented before God wearing sackcloth and ashes. O my soul. With the mantle of Elijah. hast welcomed neither stranger nor traveler into thy house.

O Trinity. enlighten even us who praise thee now in faith. safe among the sheep of Thy pasture. No one has sinned against Thee as I have. and Living and Creating Spirit. Therefore. One in Unity. 16. and all shall tremble before the majesty of Thy Judgement seat. O compassionate Savior. O Andrew of Crete. having received the Grace of the Spirit. When Thou sittest upon Thy throne. the holy Zosimas was truly amazed. and I weep as Martha and Mary wept for Lazarus. seek the lost sheep that has gone astray. O merciful Judge. Venerable Father Andrew. and was filled with great astonishment. Snatch me away from the wolf and make me as a lamb. intercede I implore thee. I empty on Thine head the alabaster jar of my tears. O Savior. pray to God for us. 18. Father of the Divine Word. for he saw an Angel in the flesh. We bless the Lord. I touch the hem of Thy garment. have mercy on me. 17. Amen. Son and Holy Spirit. have mercy on me! Now and ever. Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter. that through thy prayers I may be delivered from the bonds of iniquity. O Savior. and like the Harlot I cry beseeching Thy mercy: I offer Thee my supplications and I beg for Thy forgiveness. To St Mary of Egypt: Beholding in thee a new wonder. and revealest Thy dread glory. O Mary. Father. O Christ! Venerable Mother Mary. Venerable Mother Mary.’ Like the woman with the issue of blood. for I repent with fear and I cry out with love: against Thee only have I sinned. praising Christ unto all ages. pray to God for us. 20. pray to God for us. I cry to Thee. As precious myrrh. for thou art the instructor of repentance and the glory of the Saints. worthy of all praise. O what fear there will be then. O Venerable Mother. To Saint Andrew: As thou hast boldness before the Lord. 19. the Spirit of Righteousness. O Son of David. and unto ages of ages. 71 . when the furnace shall burn. Like the woman of Canaan. O Most merciful One. and as the Shepherd. Word of the Eternal Father. To the Trinity: O Eternal Father. Spare the work of Thine hands. yet accept even me. To St Mary of Egypt: The Mother of the eternal Light hath illumined thee and freed thee from the darkness of the passions. ‘Have mercy on me.

For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. 5. and the rich He has sent empty away. Katavasia. He has put down the mighty from their thrones. and Holy is His Name. to Abraham and his seed forever. And His mercy is on those who fear Him. Irmos 8 from the verse: We praise bless and worship the Lord singing and exalting Him throughout all ages. He has helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy. The eternal King of Glory… 72 . Ref. Refrain: More honorable than the Cherubim. let every breath and creature praise. we magnify thee. whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread. 6. from generation to generation. My soul magnifies the Lord. 3. for behold. ∗ MAGNIFICAT 1. Ref. 2. Ref. 7. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim: without defilement thou gavest birth to God the Word: true Theotokos. O Most-pure Virgin. 4. Ref. ∗ In the Slavic Tradition. He has shown strength with His arm. Ref. For He Who is mighty has done great things for me. henceforth all generations shall call me blessèd. the Irmos of the Three-Ode Canon is prescribed as the Katavasia.Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk. Therefore we honor thee as truly Theotokos. as He spoke to our fathers. and has exalted those of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things. Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify. Ref. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. bless and magnify throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos. pray to God for us. O Pure Virgin we confess thee to be truly Theotokos. THE THREE-ODE CANON CONTINUES (The Troparia and Refrains are chanted by the Reader — without bows or prostrations): THREE-ODE CANON BY JOSEPH (FIRST CANON) ODE 9 . O glorious company of the Apostles: for you have been revealed as the shining lights of the inhabited earth that cast out error and delusion. 73 . O Apostles.TONE 8 Irmos: Saved through thee. the fullness of the Godhead came to dwell bodily. In your prayers to God remember us. Mediatrix between heaven and earth: for in thee.NOW. as fountains of the water of salvation: bring refreshment to my soul that faints from the thirst of sin. Theotokion: O Lady. O Virgin. Refrain: Apostles of Christ. bring them always as an offering to Christ. who lovingly sing your praises. (SECOND CANON) TONE 8 Irmos: With all generations we magnify thee. pray to God for us. thou hast brought forth our Joy: grant me the spirit of mourning that in the coming Day of Judgement I may be comforted by God. save us. and with the choirs of Angels we magnify thee. catching rational men like fish with the net of the Gospel. that we may be delivered from all temptation. You are the salt that gives savor to the teachings of salvation: dry the rottenness of my mind and dispel the darkness of my ignorance. Refrain: Apostles of Christ. O Apostles. O Blessèd Apostles. O Lord. save me as Thou hast saved Peter. I am drowning as I flounder in the deluge of sin: with Thy right hand. TROPARIA You were revealed. TROPARIA We magnify you in our hymns.

the Prophets fail and the words of the righteous are useless. I have reviewed for thee. NOW WE CONTINUE WITH ODE 9 OF THE GREAT CANON: ODE 9 Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. a mother remaining pure. Christ became man. hast followed the ways of the wicked and hast sinned against God. 5. But thou. my body is feeble. and unto ages of ages. calling thieves and harlots to repentance. O my soul! For the doors of the Kingdom are already opened and the Publicans and penitent Pharisees and adulterers pass through before thee. 74 . 3. purity and reverence. Thy wounds. O miserable soul. Father. 4. and the whole of Scripture is ignored by thee. my speech has lost its power. My mind is wounded. O Mother and Virgin: for through thee we are delivered from the curse. Son and Spirit. examples from the New Testament. One God. Refrain: Have mercy on me. Consubstantial Trinity. have multiplied. The Law is grown weak. Now and ever. Repent then. Amen. O God. equal in power and without beginning. TROPARIA 1. and the end is at the door. O Unity in Three Persons. for thou hast borne the Lord our Joy . Follow the example of the righteous and avoid following the ways of the sinners and strive to regain the grace of Christ through prayer and fasting. and there is no physician to heal thee. What shalt thou do. O my soul. Theotokion: With all generations we call thee blessèd. my soul. when the Judge comes to examine thy deeds? 2. O soul. and then all of the canonical Scripture that tells the story of both the righteous and the wicked. the Gospel unpracticed. I will now show thee. O my soul. have mercy on me. to lead thee to repentance. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. my spirit is sick. Moses’ account of the creation of the world. To the Trinity: I sing Thy praises. my life is ebbing.

By the touch of the hem of His garment the Lord healed the woman with the issue of blood. but the Pharisee with his boasting was condemned. Thus He set before thee. for the first cried out. But woe unto thee when the time of thy Judgement comes! 8. Be careful. The Forerunner of Grace went to dwell in the wilderness. O my soul. and the second. The Forerunner of God. O my soul. gave sight to the blind and made the lame to walk. how to worship in the spirit. hast not imitated them. be watchful and pray every hour to Christ our God. when thou art tempted. He cleansed the lepers. called the Shepherds. embrace repentance. 13. O my soul. and he led Him up into a mountain to see in an instant. Christ saved the Magi. O my soul. cured the crippled. drive him away through prayer and fasting. O my soul. transformed a host of infants into Martyrs and glorified the Elders and the aged Widows. all the kingdoms of the world. 11. 6. ate with publicans. He raised from the dead the widow’s son and the Centurion’s servant. the Dove of the desert. 15. The Publican was saved and the Harlot turned to chastity. was heard preaching repentance while Herod was lying in sin with Herodias. Christ became man by assuming my flesh and He willingly experienced all that belongs to our nature apart from our sin. the Lamp of Christ. He appeared to the Samaritan woman and taught thee. Healing sickness. being tempted by the devil. they confessed all their sins and eagerly they were baptized. O my wretched soul. Christ suffered temptation. Be careful. and conversed with the sinners. and when the enemy attacks thee. O my soul. and with the touch of His hand. But thou. an example and image of His own condescension. and the marriage bed is undefiled. 14. who showed Him stones that they might be made into bread. with His word He cured the deaf and the dumb and the woman who was bent to the ground. Christ the Word preached the Gospel to the poor. Do not be dismayed. When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness He became hungry thus showing us His human nature. O my soul. ‘Lord. But the third said in his 75 . that thou art not trapped in the snares of the wicked. O my soul. have mercy on me’. whose lives and deeds thou hast chosen to ignore. for Christ blessed both: by eating at the wedding feast in Cana and by turning the water into wine thus revealing His first miracle. and all of Judea and Samaria ran to hear him. He did this. so that thou might be saved. ‘Be merciful unto me’. so that thou. 16. but rather. 7. Christ cured the paralytic who then took up his bed. might be transformed. He brought back the departed soul of Jairus’ daughter. 9. 10. Marriage is an honorable estate. 12. the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

Thou knowest. O only Savior. to follow her example. that I am not like them’. thou didst cross the River Jordan as if with immaterial feet. and like a bodiless Angel. 76 . 21. while the Harlot received remission and release from Him Who has the power to forgive all sins. Zacchaeus was a publican yet he was saved. O Most- compassionate One. 17. and other words of madness. Take pity on me. for by living in the spirit thou hast surpassed all nature. Do not require of me worthy fruits of repentance.’ 22. ‘I thank Thee. look upon me with Thy merciful eye when Thou comest again with the Angels to judge the whole world. 20. as unto Thy believing Thief. the earth did quake. O my soul. 19. O my Judge Who knowest me. 24. hell was laid bare. but Simon the Pharisee went astray. 18. O Son of David. and how her daughter was healed by the Word of God. All of creation was in anguish. take pity on me. Cry out like her from the depth of thy heart. Fear their example and their punishment. One thief reviled Thee and the other thief confessed Thy Divinity while each was hanging on his cross. He tore up the handwriting of her sins. how the cities to which Christ offered the Gospel were cursed. and let me hear Thy compassionate voice speak to me as to the Thief: ‘Truly. when I shall come in My glory. save me and have mercy on me. pray to God for us. To St Mary of Egypt: Thou didst astonish both the ranks of Angels and the assemblies of men by thy wondrous life. O God. Thou hast not imitated the Harlot. Make haste then. nailed to the Cross. O Jesus. Venerable Mother Mary. who acknowledged Thee as God. O my wretched soul. who took the alabaster jar of myrrh and with tears anointed the feet of the Savior and wiped them with her hair. ‘O Son of David. 23. as she once cried to Christ. save me’. thou shalt be with me in Paradise. So open even unto me. for thou hast heard of the faith of the woman of Canaan. seeing Thee. For this. O Mother Mary. seeing Thee crucified. grant me an ever-contrite heart and a poor and simple spirit.vanity. for the Master likened them to Sodom and condemned them all to hell. O Jesus. for my strength has failed within me. O my soul. 25. Do not be overcome with despair. for I have sinned more than any other. that I may offer them to Thee as a pleasing sacrifice. Who didst heal the man possessed by demons with Thy Word. O my soul. the door of Thy glorious Kingdom. I say unto thee. and the light grew dark in the middle of day. Rather. and spare me. The mountains and rocks fell asunder from fear.

O Most-pure Mother of God. by thee she is made strong. To Saint Andrew: O Venerable and Thrice-blessèd Father Andrew. Venerable Father Andrew. and unto ages of ages. the shepherd of Crete. Little Litany and the Exclamation: For all the Powers of heaven praise Thee and to Thee do we send up glory. now and ever. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth. despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants. who honor thy memory with faith. O Venerable Mother Mary. O Trinity. One in Essence and Unity in Three Persons: we glorify the Father. 77 . Amen. Kingdom without end. AND WE CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF MATINS. To the Trinity: We sing Thy praises. thy habitation. that we may be delivered from every danger and affliction. we magnify the Son and we worship the Spirit — One in Nature truly God. Venerable Mother Mary. Katavasia. Theotokion: Protect this. and that being delivered from misfortunes we may unceasingly magnify the Lord Who has glorified thee. pray to God for us. for through thee she reigns in faith. NOW THE EXAPOSTILARION (Svetilen) IN THE TONE OF THE WEEK. to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. that we may be set free from the sufferings and afflictions that assail us from every side. To St Mary of Egypt: Intercede with the Creator for us who sing thy praises. AS USUAL ON A WEEKDAY IN GREAT LENT. a mother remaining pure. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. from corruption and sin. cease not to offer thy prayers for us who sing thy praises. by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation. Life and Lives. Now and ever. Amen. and unto ages of ages. pray to God for us. so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God. Irmos 9: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception.