(This service is read after the evening meal and before sleep)
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and the ages of ages. Amen.
Glory to you, our God, glory to you.
Heavenly king, Comforter, the Spirit of truth who are present everywhere filling all things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us. Cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, gracious Lord.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3). Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
All holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for your name’s sake. Lord have mercy (3). Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Psalm 50 (51).
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your great mercy, and according to the multitude of your compassion, blot out my transgression.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done evil in your sight, that you may be found just when you speak, and victorious when you are judged.
For behold, I was conceived in iniquity, and in sin my mother bore me.
For behold, you have loved truth, you have made known to me the secret and hidden things of your wisdom.
You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean, you shall wash me, and I shall whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the afflicted bones may rejoice.
Turn 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.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and establish me with your governing Spirit.
I shall teach transgressors your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to you.
Deliver me from bloodguitiness, o God, the God of my salvation, my tongue shall joyfully declare your righteousness.
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.
For if you had desired sacrifice, I would give it, you do not delight in burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, God will not despise a broken and a humble heart.
Do good in your good pleasure to Zion, and let not Jerusalem be built.
Then you shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole burnt offerings. Then they shall offer bulls on your altar.
Psalm 69 (70)
God, be attentive to help me. Lord, make haste to help me.
Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life.
Let them be turn back and be ashamed who desire evil against me.
Let them be turn back because of their shame, who say to me, Well done! Well done!
Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you, and let those who love your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! But as for me, I am poor and needy, O god, help me!
You are my help and my deliverer,
Lord, do not delay.
Psalm 142 (143)
Lord hear my prayer. In your truth, give ear to my supplications, in your righteousness, hear me. Enter not into judgement with your servant, for no one living is justified in your sight.
For the enemy has pursued my soul, he has crushed my life to the ground, he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead, and my spirit is overwhelmed within me, my heart within is distressed.
I remembered the days of old, I meditated on the works, I pondered on the works of your hands.
I spread out my hands to you, my soul longs for you like a thirsty land. Lord, hear me quickly, my spirit fails. Turn not your face away from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Let me hear your mercy in the morning, for in you I have put my trust. Lord, teach me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies, to you have I fled for refuge.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
Your good Spirit shall lead me on a level path, Lord, for your name’s sake you shall preserve my life. In your righteousness, you shall bring my soul out of trouble, and in your mercy, you shall utterly destroy my enemies. And you shall destroy all those who afflict my soul, for I am your servant.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to all people. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, and we give thanks to you for your great glory. Lord god, heavenly King, god the Father, almighty Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Lord, god, Lamb of God, Son of the Father who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us, you who take away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us, you who take away the sins of the world.
Recieve our prayer, you who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy upon us.
For you only are holy, only you are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Each evening we bless you, and we praise your name forever and to the ages of ages. Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy upon me: heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.
Lord, to you have I fled, teach me to do your will, for you are my God. For you are the source of life, and in your light we shall see light.
Continue your mercy to those whom know you.
Lord, grant to keep us this night without sin.
Blessed are you, Lord, god of our fathers.
Your name is praised and glorified from all ages. Amen. Let your mercy, Lord, lighten upon us, as our trust is in you. Blessed are you, Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are you, master, teach me your commandments.
Blessed are you, Holy One, enlighten me in your commandments. Your mercy, Lord endures forever, turn not away from the works of your own hands.
To you belongs praise, to you belongs worship, and to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
The Symbol of Faith
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through whom all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and he suffered and was buried. On the third day he rose according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.
In one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the ages to come. Amen.
It is truly right to bless you, the Theotokos, ever blessed and most pure and mother of our God.
More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, incorruptibly you gave birth to God the Word.
We magnify you, the true Theotokos.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3). Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. All holy Trinity, have mercy on us, Lord, forgive our sins, Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name’s sake. Lord have mercy (3). Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to 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 evil.
Through the prayers of the holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
God of our Fathers, you always treat us with leniency. Do not withdraw your mercy from us, but by the intercessions of our fathers, guide our life in peace.
With the blood of your martyrs throughout the world, as if with purple and fine linen having been adorned, your Church through them cries out to you, Christ our God. Send down your mercies upon your people. Grant peace to your commonwealth, and to our souls your great compassion.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
With your saints, O Christ, give rest to the souls of your servants where there is no pain nor sorrow, nor suffering, but life everlasting.
Through the intercessions of all your saints and the Theotokos, O Lord, grant us your peace and have mercy upon us, only merciful One.
Lord, have mercy (40).
At all times and in every hour, you are worshiped and glorified in heaven and on earth, Christ our God. Long in patience, great in mercy to sinners, You call to salvation through the promise of good things to come. Lord, receive our prayers at the present time. Direct our lives according to your commandments. Sanctify our souls. Purify our bodies. Set our minds aright. Cleanse our thoughts and deliver us from all sorrow, evil, and distress. Surround us with your holy angels that, guarded and guided by them, we may arrive at the unity of faith and the understanding of your ineffable glory. For you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord have mercy (3).
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
More honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy and save us. Amen. Lord have mercy (3).
And save us and help us, All-holy Virgin.
Prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God.
Prayer by monk Paul of the monastery of the Benefactress.
Spotless, undefiled, immaculate, unstained, pure Virgin, Lady, Bride of God, by your wondrous conceiving you united God the Word with human beings and joined the fallen nature of our race to heavenly things. You are the only hope of the hopeless, and the help of those oppressed.
You are the ready protection of those who flee to you and the refuge of all Christians. Do not spurn me an accused sinner, though I have made myself completely useless by my shameful thoughts, words, and deeds and through indolence have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God who loves all people, mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and a prodigal and receive my prayer though it be offered to you by unclean lips. Entreat your Son and our Lord and Master, using your boldness as a mother, so that he may open to me the loving mercy of his goodness, overlook my numberless transgressions, turn me to repentance, and make me an acceptable abider of his commandments. Always be near to me, for you are merciful, compassionate, and loving. Be my ardent help and protection in this present life, defending me from the assaults of adversaries, and lead me to salvation. At the hour of my death, care for my miserable soul and drive the dark visions of the evil spirits far from it. On the awesome day of judgement, save me from eternal punishment and make me an inheritor of the ineffable glory of your Son, our God.
May this be my lot, my Lady, all holy Theotokos, through your intercession and help, by the grace and love of your only begotten Son, our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom belong all glory, honour, and worship, with his eternal Father, and his all holy, righteous, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer by Antiochos, a monk of Pandectis.
Grant us, Master, as we depart for sleep, rest for body and soul. Protect us from the gloom of sinful sleep and from all dark pleasures of the night. Calm the impulses of passion, and quench the fiery darts of evil which are treacherously cast against us. Check the turbulence of our flesh and lull all our earthly and mundane thoughts. Grant us, O God, a watchful mind, prudent reason, a vigilant heart, and tranquail sleep, free from all evil dreams. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, strengthen us in your commandments, and keep unshaken within us the remembrance of your judgements. Grant us to glorify you all night long that we may praise and bless and glorify your all-honorable and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Most glorious, ever virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayers to your Son and our God, and plead with him, that through you he may save our souls.
My hope is the Father, my refuge, the Son, my protection, the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to you.
My every hope I place in you, Mother of God, keep me under your protection.
Because of you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices, the ranks of the Angels and the human race. Hallowed Temple and spiritual Paradise, pride of Virgins, from you God became flesh and he, who is our God before the ages, became a little child.
For he made your womb a throne and caused it to become wider than the heavens. Because of you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices, glory to you.
Holy angel, attendant of my wretched soul and miserable life, do not abandon me a sinner, neither desert me because of my incontinency.
Give no place to the evil demon to subdue me with the oppression of this mortal body, but take me by my wretched and outstretched hand, and lead me in the way of salvation. Yes, Holy Angel of God, the guardian and protector of my hapless soul and body, forgive me all things whatsoever wherewith I have troubled you, all the days of my life, and if I have sinned in anything this day. Shelter me in this present night, and keep me from every abuse of the adversary, that I may not anger God by any sin, and intercede with the Lord in my behalf, that he might strengthen me in the fear of Him, and make me a worthy servant of His goodness. Amen.
To you, my champion and commander, I your city, saved from disasters, dedicate, O Mother of God, hymns of victory and thanksgiving, but as you have unassailable might, deliver me from every kind of danger, that I may cry to you:
Hail, Bride without bridegroom!
Most Holy Mother of God, save us.
Virgin, Mother of God,
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you gave birth to the Saviour of our souls. (Repeat three times).
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.