The Service of the Great Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

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The Great Supplicatory Canon is chanted during the first fourteen days of August during the Fast of the Theotokos (Mother of God), alternately with the Small Paraklesis. It is also be chanted in every tribulation and in sorrow of the soul.


The priest: Blessed is our God always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages.
If there is no priest, then: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

The reader: Amen.

The priest or reader: Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, Who is everywhere present and fills all things, O Treasury of every good and Bestower of life: come and dwell in us, and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, be gracious unto our sins. Master pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

The priest: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
If there is no priest, then: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

The reader: Amen.

Lord, have mercy (12).
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit now and forever and the ages of ages. Amen.

O come, let us worship and fall down before our King and God.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Him, Christ the King and our God.

PSALM 142 (141)

Lord, I cry out to You; make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. Let my prayer be set before You as incense, and The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
 
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth: keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.
 
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it.
 
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked. Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, and they hear my words, for they are sweet. Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, as when one ploughs and breaks up the earth.
 
But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, and from the traps of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely.

Fourth ToneGod is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His holy Name.

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

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

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

This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.Troparia (Fourth Tone)
O You Who was lifted up

To the Theotokos, let us run now most earnestly, we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance, calling from the depths of our souls: Lady, come and help us. Have compassion upon us; hasten, for we are lost in a throng of transgressions; do not turn your servants away with empty hands, for you alone are our only hope.

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

To the Theotokos, let us run now most earnestly, we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance, calling from the depths of our souls: Lady, come and help us. Have compassion upon us; hasten, for we are lost in a throng of transgressions; do not turn your servants away with empty hands, for you alone are our only hope.

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

O Theotokos, we shall not cease from speaking of all your mighty acts, all we the unworthy ones; for if you had not stood to intercede for us, who would have delivered us from such numerous dangers? Who would have preserved us all until now in true freedom? O Lady, we shall not turn away from you; for you always save your servants from all manner of grief.

PSALM 50 (51)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
 
For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight- That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
 
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquities, and in sins did my mother conceive me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
 
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
 
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.
 
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God. The God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart- these, O God, You will not despise.
 
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offerings; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

ODE ONE
Heirmos

The charioteer of Pharaoh was sunk in olden times by Moses’ rod, which worked a mighty wonder when, in the Cross’s form, it struck the sea, dividing it in two; and it led into safety sojourning Israel that fled by foot, chanting to the Lord God a song of praise.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

My humble soul is troubled by the rising storms of afflictions and woes; and clouds of misfortunes overcome me, bringing darkness to my heart, O Bride of God. But since you are the Mother of the Divine and Eternal Light, shine your gladsome light and illumine me.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

From countless trials and afflictions, grievous woes, and from misfortunes of life have I been delivered by your mighty strength, O spotless and pure Maid. I extol and I magnify your immeasurable sympathy, and the loving care that you have for me.

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

Having my hope now in your mighty help, O Maid, I flee for refuge to you. Unto your shelter have I run wholeheartedly, O Lady, and I bow my knee; and I mourn and cry weeping: Do not disdain me, the wretched one, for you are the refuge of Christian folk.

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

I shall not cease from making known most manifestly your great deeds, Maid of God; for if you were not present to intercede in my behalf and importune your Son and God, who would free and deliver me from such storms and turbulence, and surmount the perils that trouble me?

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us for refuge flee unto you; a firm rampart you are and you are our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

ODE THREE
Heirmos

The vault of the heavens is You, O Lord, Fashioner; and the Holy Church’s great founder; likewise establish me in unfeigned love for You, for You are the height of things sought for, the staff of the faithful and the only Friend of all.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

At a loss and despairing, I cry with pain to you: Hasten, O fervent protection; grant your help to me, your lowly slave and wretched servant, O Maiden; for with heartfelt fervour I come seeking for your aid.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

You, O Lady, have truly been shown to be wondrous now in your benefactions and mercies granted to me, O Maid; hence do I glorify and acclaim you, whilst praising your great loving care and your boundless solicitude.

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

Mighty storms of misfortunes, O Lady, pass over me; and the swelling waves of afflictions plunge me into the depths. But be quick to come; lend me your helping hand, Maiden, for you are my fervent protectress and sure support.

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

I profess you, O Lady, as the true Mother of God: you, who has both banished and triumphed over the might of death; for as the source of Life, you have freed me from Hades’ bonds, raising me to life, though to earth was I fallen down.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us for refuge flee unto you; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

The priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung:

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

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for our Bishop (Name), and for all our brotherhood in Christ.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, pardon and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious and Orthodox Christians who dwell and sojourn in this city, the parishioners and benefactors of this holy temple, and all that serve, chant, labour and gather herein; and for the servants of God (Names), and for the forgiveness of their every transgression, both voluntary and involuntary.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

For a merciful and man-befriending God You are, and unto You do we send up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

The choir: Amen.

After these petitions, we chant the following Sessional Hymn:Second Tone.
Seeking things on high

O fervent advocate, invincible battlement, fountain of mercy, and sheltering retreat for the world, earnestly we cry to you: Lady Theotokos quickly save us from all imperilment; for you alone art our speedy protectress.

ODE FOUR
Heirmos

You are my strength; You are my power and might, O Lord; You are my God; You Who is not absent from Thy Father’s arms, You, Lord, are my joy. You have deigned to visit our lowliness and our poverty. To You, therefore, I cry out with Habbakoum the Prophet: Glory be to Your power, O Friend of man.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Where else shall I find me another to be my help? To what refuge shall I hasten to be saved? Whose fervent aid shall I have in need? Alas, life’s affliction and turbulence shake me. In you alone, O Maiden, do I hope, trust, and glory; and I run to your shelter; save me.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

I magnify and I proclaim, you all-pure one, the sweet river of your tender mercy and loving care; for with many gifts has it greatly refreshed my tormented and truly lowly soul, afire in a furnace of misfortunes and sorrows; and I run to you shelter; save me.

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

You, O pure Maid, all-holy Virgin and spotless one, are my only steadfast shelter and retreat, and mighty wall that cannot be breached, my weapon of salvation. Do not disdain me, the prodigal, O hope of the despairing and ally of the ailing, you are the gladness and help of afflicted ones.

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

How shall I praise you, how shall I worthily sing the praise of your boundless mercies and compassions which have ever cooled and refreshed my soul, aflame and tormented, O Lady, and wounded grievously? Indeed your benefactions and providence, Maiden, are bestowed upon me most abundantly.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us for refuge flee to you; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

ODE FIVE
Heirmos

You have deprived me, and cast me, the unfortunate one, far from Your countenance; and the outer darkness has enshrouded and casts its gloom over me. Yet, now I beseech You: convert and direct me to the light of Your precepts, O Lord my God.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

As one grateful I cry out: Rejoice, O Virgin Mother; rejoice, O Bride of God; rejoice, O holy shelter; rejoice, O weapon and rampart invincible; rejoice, you are the protection and the assistance and salvation of all them that run to you, O Maid of God.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

They that hate me without cause have made ready a dart and a sword and pit for me. My unfortunate body do they seek to destroy and to tear apart; and they seek to bring me into the depths of earth, O pure one; but be quick and come save me from them, O Maid.

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

You deliver me from all need, affliction and from all disease and harm; and by your power, you preserve me unwounded in your shelter, Maid; and from every peril and foes that hate and war against me hasten to save me, O all-hymned one.

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

What gift of thanksgiving shall I offer in gratefulness to you, O Maid, for your boundless goodness and the favours and gifts that I have from you? Hence, indeed I praise you, and glorify and magnify your inexpressible sympathy shown to me.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us for refuge flee to you; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

ODE SIX
Heirmos

My petition, I pour out to the Lord, and to Him do I proclaim all my sorrows, for many woes fill my heart to its limits, and unto Hades my whole life has now approached; like Jonas I pray to You: Raise me up from corruption, O Lord my God.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

The storm clouds of grievous sorrows and distress shroud my unfortunate heart and soul in affliction, and with their gloom have they filled me, O Virgin. Yet, since you brought forth the Light Unapproachable, be quick to drive them far from me with the breeze of your holy entreaties, Maid.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

A comfort you are to me in my distress, and I have you as a healer of all illness; you are the most perfect destruction of death; you are an unfailing fountain flowing with life, and speedy help and quick support of all them that are found in misfortunes, Maid.

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

I shall not conceal the ever-flowing spring of the sympathy that you have for me, O Lady, nor the abyss of your infinite mercy, nor yet the fountain of your boundless miracles; but ceaselessly do I cry out and confess and declare and proclaim them, Maid.

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

The turmoils of this life encircle me like unto bees about a honeycomb, O Virgin, and they have seized and now hold my heart captive, and I am pierced with the stings of afflictions, Maid; yet be, O all-holy one, my defender and helper and rescuer.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us for refuge flee to you; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

The priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung:

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

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for our Bishop (Name), and for all our brotherhood in Christ.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, pardon and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious and Orthodox Christians who dwell and sojourn in this city, the parishioners and benefactors of this holy temple, and all that serve, chant, labour and gather herein; and for the servants of God (Names), and for the forgiveness of their every transgression, both voluntary and involuntary.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

For You are a merciful and man-befriending God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

The choir: Amen.

Kontakion (Second Tone):

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, you are the most constant mediation to the Creator. O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come to our aid, who in faith cry to you: Hasten to intercession, and speed to make supplication, you who always protects, O Theotokos, them that honour you.

Then we chant the First Antiphon of the Hymns of Ascent of Fourth Tone:

From my youth do many passions war against me; but You, Who are my Saviour, assist and save me. (2)

The Lord shall shame you haters of Zion; for, like grass, the fire shall wither you. (2)

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

In the Holy Spirit every soul is quickened, and through cleansing is exalted and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

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

By the Holy Spirit, the streams of grace gush forth, watering all creation for the begetting of life.

I shall commemorate your name in every generation and generation. (2)

Listen, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear; and forget your own people, and your father’s house; and the King shall greatly desire your beauty.

I shall commemorate your name in every generation and generation. (2).

The priest: And that we may be deemed worthy to hear the holy Gospel, let us beseech the Lord our God.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

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

The choir: And to your spirit.

The priest: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.

The choir: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.

The priest: Let us attend.

(Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28)

At that time, Jesus entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word. But Martha was distracted about much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me”. And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things; but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”. And it came to pass, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said unto Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The choir: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Second Tone).

O Father, Word, and Spirit, the Trinity in Unity: blot out the multitude of my offences.

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

By the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my offences.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassions blot out my transgression.

By the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my offences.

Plagal of Second Tone.

Having placed their every hope

O entrust me not, I pray, to any human protection, O our Lady, holy one, but accept the prayer of your supplicant. Sorrow has overpowered me, and I am unable to endure and bear the demons’ darts; a shelter have I not, neither a place to run, I, the wretched one; embattled from all sides am I, and you are my only consolation. Mistress of creation, protection and hope of faithful ones: Turn not away when I pray to you; do that which will profit me.

Theotokia

No one is turned away from you, ashamed and empty, who flee to you for refuge, O pure Virgin Theotokos; but he asks the favour and receives the gift from you, to the advantage of his own request.

In truth, you are the transformation of the afflicted and the relief of those in sickness, O Virgin Theotokos; save your people and your flock, you who are the peace of the embattled and the calm of the storm-driven, the only protectress of those who believe.

Prayer of the priest:

Save, O God, Your people, and bless Your inheritance; visit Your world with mercy and compassion; exalt the Orthodox Christians to glory, and send down upon us Your abundant mercies, through the intercessions of our all-pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, through the power of the honoured and life-giving Cross; through the protection of the venerable, heavenly bodiless powers; through the supplications of the venerable and glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious, and all-famed Apostles; of our Fathers among the Saints, the great Hierarchs and universal Teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Athanasius, Cyril, and John the Almsgiver, Patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra, and Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythun, the wonderworkers; of the holy, glorious Great Martyrs, George the Trophy-bearer, Demetrius the myrrh -streaming, Theodore the Tyro, Theodore the Commander, and Menas the wonderworker; of the Sacred Martyrs Haralampos and Eleutherius; of the holy, glorious, and triumphantly victorious Martyrs; of our righteous and God-bearing Fathers; of (the Saint to whom the church is dedicated); of the holy, righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; of (the Saints of the day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all Thy Saints: We beseech You, Who alone are all merciful; hear the prayers of us sinners and have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

The priest: By the mercy and compassions and love for man of Your Only-begotten Son, with Whom You art blessed, together with Your All-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

The choir: Amen.ODE SEVEN
Heirmos

The three Hebrew Children in the furnace trampled on the flames with courage and great boldness; they turned fire to dew, and cried out with a great voice: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, unto ages of ages.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Illumine my way, for I am darkened by the night of many sins, O Theotokos; for you brought forth the Light, and are in truth the blameless and undefiled vessel of light; hence with love do I praise you.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Be my shelter and protection and my help and boast, O Virgin Theotokos; of all manner of help have I now been stripped naked, O strength of those bereft of help, and you are the hope of those without hope.

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

I praise you with my whole soul and understanding and with all my heart and with my lips, having truly enjoyed your many benefactions; yet boundless are your miracles, and your goodness is unending.

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

Look upon me with graciousness, and dispel the evil plight that besets me; and from grievous distress, harm, temptations, and perils do rescue me by your infinite mercy.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us flee to you for refuge; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

ODE EIGHT
Heirmos

Let us ever applaud and praise the Lord God Who was seen of old on the holy mount in glory, Who by the fiery bush revealed the great mystery of the Ever-virgin and undefiled Maiden unto the Prophet Moses.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Be moved to compassion, O Virgin, and disdain me not, for life’s storms overwhelm me. But be quick, O modest one, and lend me your helping hand, O Maiden, for I perish drowning engulfed by life’s misfortunes.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

Times of sorrows, necessity, and trouble, and misfortunes in life have found me, O pure Maiden; and from all sides temptations have encircled me; but be my ally, and protect me in your almighty shelter.

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

In distress I have you, Maid, as my haven, and in sorrows and grief you are my joy and gladness; and in all illness, you have been my quick help, and rescuer in perils, and in all temptations my guardian and protectress.

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

Rejoice, fiery throne of the Lord God; rejoice, the sacred vessel that is filled with manna; rejoice, the golden lampstand and unquenchable lamp; rejoice, O glory of virgins and the boast and adornment of mothers.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God do all of us flee to you for refuge; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

ODE NINE
Heirmos

The heavens were astonished and stood in awe, and the ends of the earth, Maid, were sore amazed, for God appeared bodily to mankind as very man. And behold, your womb has proved to be vaster and more spacious than heaven’s heights. For this, O Theotokos, the choirs and assemblies of men and angels magnify your name.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

To whom else shall I flee, O Maid most pure, and to whom shall I run for help and be saved? Where shall I go, and where shall I find a safe retreat? Whose warm protection shall I have? Who shall be a helper in my distress? In you alone I hope, Maid; in you alone I glory; and trusting in you, I have fled to you.

Most Holy Theotokos save us.

To number your great deeds and your mighty acts is not possible for man, O Bride of God, nor yet can one tell of the unfathomable abyss of your unending miracles that surpass all knowledge, and which are granted to those that venerate and honour you, with longing, as the true Mother of our Lord and God.

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

With anthems of thanksgiving I glorify and chant praise to your infinite mercy, and your boundless might I confess unceasingly unto all. With my soul and heart and mind and my lips I magnify and proclaim the many benefactions that you have poured upon me in your compassion, O Bride of God.

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

Accept my appeal and my poor prayer, and disdain not my weeping and sighs, O Maid, nor my lament, but be quick to help me since you are good. Fulfil my every plea; you can do since you brought forth our mighty God and Master, if you but look upon me and bow down to mine utter lowliness.

Preserve and save, O Theotokos, your servants from every danger; after God, we flee to you for refuge; you are a firm rampart and our protection.

With good will, look on me, O all-hymned Theotokos; behold my body’s grievous infirmity, and heal the cause of my soul’s sorrow.

It is truly fitting to call you blessed, the Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-pure Theotokos. More honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, you who without corruption gave birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, you do we magnify.

The priest censes the Holy Table and the people, or the house where the Paraklesis is being chanted; and we chant the following Megalynaria:

You are higher than the heavens above, and you are much purer than the radiance of the sun; for you have redeemed us out of the curse that held us, O Mistress of creation, with hymns we honour you.

From the great abundance of all my sins, ill am I in body, ailing also am I in soul. I have you as refuge; help me, therefore, O hope of all the hopeless, for you are full of grace.

O Lady and Mother of Christ our God Who saves, receive supplication from us wretches who beg for your entreaty to the One born from you; O Mistress of creation, intercede for us.

Now we chant with eagerness to you with this ode most joyful, O all-hymned Theotokos; together with the Baptist and all the saintly choirs, beseech, O Theotokos, that we find clemency.

Speechless be the lips of the impious who refuse to reverence your revered icon which is known by the name Directress, and which has been depicted for us by the Apostle Luke the Evangelist.

The Megalynarion of the Saint to whom the church is dedicated. Then:

O all arrays of Angelic Hosts, with the holy Baptist, the Apostles’ twelve-numbered band, all the Saints together, as well as God’s Birthgiver, we seek your intercession for our deliverance.

The reader:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, be gracious unto our sins. Master pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

The priest: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

The reader: Amen.

The priest or reader: Through the prayers of our holy

Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Then we chant the following Troparia:
Plagal of Second Tone

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us; for lacking as we are in all defence, this supplication do we sinners offer You, as our Master: Have mercy on us.

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

Lord, have mercy on us, for we have placed all our trust in You. Do not be greatly angry with us, nor remember our iniquities; but look upon us even now, since You are compassionate, and You redeem us from our enemies. For You are our God, and we Your people; all are the works of Your hands, and upon Your Name have we called.

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

Open the portal of compassion to us, O most blessed Theotokos; for hoping in you, let us not fail, we pray; through you may we be delivered from adversities, for you are the salvation of the Christian race.

The priest commemorates those for whom the Paraklesis is sung:

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

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for our Bishop (Name), and for all our brotherhood in Christ.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, pardon and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious and Orthodox Christians who dwell and sojourn in this city, the parishioners and benefactors of this holy temple, and all that serve, chant, labour and gather herein; and for the servants of God (Names), and for the forgiveness of their every transgression, both voluntary and involuntary.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

You are a merciful and man-befriending God, and to You we send up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

The choir: Amen.

The Dismissal:After this, as the faithful kiss the icon of the Theotokos, the following Exapostilaria are chanted with prostrations:

O you Apostles from afar, being now gathered together here in the village of Gethsemane, lay my body in burial; and You, my Son and my God, receive my spirit.

You are the sweetness of Angels, the gladness of afflicted ones, and the protectress of Christians, O Virgin Mother of our Lord; be my helper, and save me from out of eternal torments.

I have you as Mediatress with the manbefriending God; may He not censure my actions before the hosts of the Angels. I supplicate you, O Virgin, come to my aid most quickly.

You are a gold-entwined tower and a twelvewall encircled city, a shining throne touched by the sun, a royal chair of the King, O unexplainable wonder! You that milk-feed the Master.

The priest: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

The choir: Amen.