The Clementine Liturgy    

Copyright 2000 by Roman Orthodox Church

The Clementine Liturgy was arranged by Archbishop Denis Garrison, Th.D., O.S.B.
Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur: DENIS, Archbishop of York, 2000 Anno Domini.
Published by the Roman Orthodox Church.

The Clementine Liturgy is a reconstruction of a most ancient rite of the One Undivided Church. Our present day ritual is based on the ancient Apostolic Constitutions, book VIII, chapter XV.

CELEBRANT The Bishop is the ordinary celebrant of the Divine Liturgy, assisted by his Priests, Deacons, Subdeacons, Readers and other ministers. When a Priest is the celebrant, he takes the part of the Bishop; and, if there is no concelebrant and no Deacon, the Priest celebrant also takes the part of the Deacon.

STANDING All who are able must stand, at least, for the reading of the Holy Gospel and throughout the Anaphora (the Eucharistic Prayer); otherwise, it is permissible to be seated. Of course, it is good and permissible to stand throughout the entire Divine Liturgy. A Sanctuary bell may be rung to announce the Entrance of the clergy. < ALL STAND >

ENTRANCE The Bishop, carrying the Holy Bible or Book of Gospels and preceded by Altar servers and other ministers, goes to the Ambo. Each person makes a reverence (profound, if the Holy Eucharist is reserved) and then goes to the Altar. The Bishop kisses the Book and then blesses the Altar (making the Sign of the Cross with the Book over it); he places the Book on the Altar and kisses the Altar table (altarstone or antimins).

INCENSE The use of Incense is never required, but is optional at the Entrance, Gospel, and Offertory in all Liturgies.

PRAYERS AT THE AMBO The Bishop faces the people for the Sign of the Cross, Penitential Rite, the Hymns, the Ministry of the Word, the Sermon, the Creed, the Prayers of the Faithful, and the Kiss of Peace. He stands on the Ambo.

BISHOP: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ALL: Amen.

THE PENITENTIAL RITE

This rite is not a part of the Liturgy itself but should not be omitted. (See The Didache, 14:1-3.) All who desire absolution should examine their consciences, silently confess their sins to God, and make firm intentions to repent and sin no more. The confession and absolution of our sins is the proper preparation before we approach the Holy Mysteries of the Altar, and the absolution is completed when we receive our Lord Jesus Christ in the Mystery of Holy Communion. The people may be invited to examine their consciences and repent in words like: "Dearly beloved, let us call to mind our sins and transgressions, and ask Almighty God to forgive us, so that we may enter with pure hearts into the Holy of Holies" or something similar. After a brief time for examination of consciences, repentance, and reflection, the Bishop pronounces the Absolution.

BISHOP: May God have mercy on me. May God have mercy on you. May He grant us absolution and remission of our sins. Amen. Our Lord Jesus Christ has absolved you and, by His authority, I, His unworthy Priest, absolve you from all your sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ALL: Amen. < All may be seated. >

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

BISHOP: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with thy spirit.

The Old Testament readings, if any, are selected at the Bishop's discretion, and a Reader shall read them. The Reader then reads the Apostle from the Epistles or Acts for the day or feast. Each Old Testament reading and New Testament reading may be followed by a Psalm, antiphon, anthem, or other verse. At the end of every reading, the Reader ends with: "This is the Word of the Lord." ALL: Thanks be to God!

All Confirmations, appointments of ministers, and Ordinations are done at the Bishop's chair immediately before the reading of the Holy Gospel.

The DEACON announces the Gospel. < ALL STAND for the Gospel. > ALL: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

The DEACON reads the Gospel, and ends: This is the Gospel of the Lord. ALL: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, Epistles and Acts, and the Gospel, let the Bishop salute the Church, saying:

BISHOP: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, \ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. ALL: And with thy spirit. < All may be seated. >

And after these words let the Bishop speak to the people the words of exhortation (sermon).

The Dismissals

When the Bishop has ended his word of doctrine (sermon), all standing up, let the Deacon ascend upon some high seat, and proclaim:

DEACON: Let none of the hearers, let none of the unbelievers stay.

In fact, no one should leave. The ancient practice of dismissing all but the baptized members of the Church in good standing is no longer in force. The following Dismissals of the ancient Liturgy are not said in most Liturgies today. However, where appropriate, they may be prayed, e.g., for a class of catechumens (I), for an exorcism service (II), or for those preparing for Baptism (III). The Dismissal of the Penitents (IV), however, may be said in any Liturgy as an adjunct to the Penitential Rite done before. < When a Dismissal is said, STAND for the Dismissal Prayers. >

I. Dismissal of the Catechumens

And silence being made, let the Deacon say: DEACON: You catechumens, pray.

And let all the faithful pray for them in their mind, saying: ALL: Lord, have mercy upon them.

And let the Deacon bid prayers for them, saving:

DEACON: Let us all pray unto God for the catechumens, that He that is good, He that is the lover of mankind, will mercifully hear their prayers and their supplications, and so accept their petitions as to assist them and give them those desires of their hearts which are for their advantage, and reveal to them the Gospel of His Christ; give them illumination and understanding, instruct them in the knowledge of God, teach them His commands and His ordinances, implant in them His pure and saving fear, open the ears of their hearts, that they may exercise themselves in His law day and night; strengthen them in piety, unite them to and number them with His holy flock; vouchsafe them the laver of regeneration, and the garment of incorruption, which is the true life; and deliver them from all ungodliness, and give no place to the adversary against them; and cleanse them from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and dwell in them, and walk in them, by His Christ; bless their goings out and their comings in, and order their affairs for their good. Let us still earnestly put up our supplications for them, that they may obtain the forgiveness of their transgressions by their admission, and so may be thought worthy of the holy mysteries, and of constant communion with the saints. Rise up, ye catechumens, beg for yourselves the peace of God through His Christ, a peaceable day, and free from sin, and the like for the whole time of your life and your Christian end of it; a compassionate and merciful God; and the forgiveness of your transgressions. Dedicate yourselves to the only unbegotten God, through His Christ. Bow down your heads, and receive the blessing.

At the naming of each one by the Deacon, let the people say (letting the children say it first): ALL: Lord, have mercy upon him.

And as they have bowed down their heads, let the Bishop bless them with this blessing:

BISHOP: O God Almighty, unbegotten and inaccessible, Who only art the true God, the God and Father of Thy Christ, Thine only begotten Son; the God of the Comforter, and Lord of the whole world; Who by Christ didst appoint Thy disciples to be teachers for the teaching of piety; do Thou now also look down upon Thy servants, who are receiving instruction in the Gospel of Thy Christ, and give them a new heart, and renew a right spirit in their inward parts, that they may both know and do Thy will with full purpose of heart, and with a willing soul. Vouchsafe them an holy admission, and unite them to Thine holy Church, and make them partakers of Thy divine mysteries, through Christ, Who is our hope, and Who died for them; by Whom glory and worship be given to Thee in the Holy Spirit for ever. Amen.

And after this, let the Deacon say: DEACON: Go out, you catechumens, in peace.

II. Dismissal of the Energumens (those afflicted with demons.)

And after they are gone out, let him say: DEACON: You energumens, afflicted with unclean spirits, pray.

And let us all earnestly pray for them that God, the lover of mankind, will by Christ rebuke the unclean and wicked spirits, and deliver His supplicants from the dominion of the adversary. May He that rebuked the legion of demons, and the devil, the prince of wickedness, even now rebuke those apostates from piety, and deliver His own workmanship from the devil's power, and cleanse those creatures which He has made with great wisdom. Let us still pray earnestly for them. Save them, O God, and raise them up by Thy power. Bow down your heads, you energumens, and receive the blessings.

And let the Bishop add this prayer, and say:

BISHOP: O Christ, Thou, Who hast bound the strong man, and spoiled all that was in his house, Who hast given us power over serpents and scorpions to tread upon them, and upon all the power of the enemy; Who hast delivered the serpent, that murderer of men, bound to us, like a sparrow to children, Whom all things dread, and tremble before the face of Thy power; Who hast cast the devil down as lightning from heaven to earth, not with a fall from a place, but from honor to dishonor, on account of his voluntary evil disposition; Whose look dries up the abyss, and Whose threatening melts the mountains, and Whose truth remains for ever; Whom the infants praise and nursing babies bless; Whom the angels sing hymns to, and adore; Who looks upon the earth, and makes it tremble; Who touches the mountains, and they smoke; Who threatens the sea, and dries it up, and makes all its rivers as desert, and the clouds are the dust of Thy feet; Who walks upon the sea as upon the firm ground; Thou only begotten God, the Son of the great Father, rebuke these wicked spirits, and deliver the works of Thy hands from the power of the adverse spirit. For to Thee is due glory, honor, and worship, and by Thee to Thy Father, in the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen.

DEACON: Go out, you energumens.

III. Dismissal of the Candidates for Baptism (the Competents)

And after them, let him cry aloud: DEACON: You that are to be illuminated, pray.

Let all us, the faithful, earnestly pray for them, that the Lord will vouchsafe that, being initiated into the death of Christ, they may rise with Him, and become partakers of His kingdom, and may be admitted to the communion of His mysteries; unite them to, number them among, those that are saved in His holy Church. Save them, and raise them up by Thy grace.

And being sealed to God through His Christ, let them bow down their heads, and receive this blessing from the Bishop:

BISHOP: Thou who hast formerly said by Thy holy prophets to those that be initiated, "Wash ye, become clean," and hast appointed spiritual regeneration by Christ, do Thou now also look down upon these that are baptized, and bless them, and sanctify them, and prepare them that they may become worthy of Thy spiritual gift, and of the true adoption of Thy spiritual mysteries, of being gathered together with those that are saved through Christ our Savior; by Whom glory, honour, and worship be to Thee, in the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen.

DEACON: Go out, you that are preparing for illumination.

IV. Dismissal of the Penitents (may be included in all Liturgies)

DEACON: You penitents, pray.

Let us all earnestly pray for our brethren in the state of penitence, that God, the lover of compassion, will show them the way of repentance, and accept their return and their confession, and bruise Satan under their feet suddenly, and redeem them from the snare of the devil, and the ill-usage of the demons, and free them from every unlawful word, and every absurd practice and wicked thought; forgive them all their offenses, both voluntary and involuntary, and blot out that handwriting which is against them, and write them in the book of life; cleanse them from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and restore and unite them to His holy flock. For He knows our frame. For who can glory that he has a clean heart? And who can boldly say, that he is pure from sin? For we are all among the blameworthy. Let us still pray for them more earnestly, for there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, that, being converted from every evil work, they may be joined to all good practice; that God, the lover of mankind, will suddenly accept their petitions, will restore to them the joy of His salvation, and strengthen them with His free Spirit; that they may not be any more shaken, but be admitted to the communion of His most holy things, and become partakers of His divine mysteries, that appearing worthy of His adoption, they may obtain eternal life. Let us all still earnestly say on their account: Lord, have mercy upon them. Save them, O God, and raise them up by Thy mercy. Rise up, and bow your heads to God through His Christ, and receive the blessings.

Imposition of Hands

BISHOP: Almighty, eternal God, Lord of the whole world, the Creator and Governor of all things, Who hast exhibited man as the ornament of the world through Christ, and didst give him a law both naturally implanted and written, that he might live according to law, as a rational creature; and when he had sinned, Thou gavest him Thy goodness as a pledge to his repentance: Look down upon these persons who have bended the neck of their soul and body to Thee; for Thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but his repentance, that he turn from his wicked way, and live. Thou Who didst accept the repentance of the Ninevites, Who willest that all men be saved, and come to the acknowledgment of the truth; Who didst accept of that son who had consumed his substance in riotous living, with the compassion of a father, on account of his repentance; do Thou now accept of the repentance of Thy supplicants: for there is no man that will not sin; for "if Thou, O Lord, markest iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? For with Thee there is propitiation." And do Thou restore them to Thine holy Church, into their former dignity and honor, through Christ our God and Savior, by whom glory and adoration be to Thee, in the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen. ALL: Amen.

DEACON: Depart, you penitents.

The Symbol of Faith, the Apostles' Creed, may be prayed on Great Feasts and other major occasions; but the Creed is not a part of the Liturgy itself and always may be omitted. Omit the Creed in all Requiems. < ALL STAND >

BISHOP: I believe in God, ALL: the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit. The holy catholic Church, the communion of saints. The forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

Liturgy of the Faithful < ALL STAND >

DEACON: Let no one draw near who ought not to come. All we of the faithful, [let us bend our knee]: let us all entreat God through His Christ; let us earnestly beseech God through His Christ.

The Prayer of the Faithful

DEACON: Let us pray for the peace and happy settlement of the world, and of the holy Churches; that the God of the whole world may afford us His everlasting peace such as may not be taken away from us; that He may preserve us in the fullness of such virtue as is according to godliness. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church which is spread from one end of the earth to the other; that God would preserve and keep it unshaken, and free from the waves of this life, until the end of the world, as founded upon a rock; and for the holy parish in this place, that the Lord of the whole world may vouchsafe us, without failure, to follow after His heavenly hope, and, without ceasing, to pay Him the debt of our prayer. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for every episcopacy which is under the whole heaven, of those that rightly divide the word of Thy truth. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: And let us pray for our bishop , and his parishes; let us pray for our bishop , and his parishes; let us pray for our bishop , and his parishes; let us pray for our bishop , and his parishes; ..... : that the compassionate God may grant them to continue in His holy churches in health, honour, and long life, and afford them an honourable old age in godliness and righteousness. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: And let us pray for our presbyters, that the Lord may deliver them from every unreasonable and wicked action, and afford them a presbyterate in health and honor. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for all the deacons and ministers in Christ, that the Lord may grant them an unblameable ministration. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for the readers, singers, virgins, widows, and orphans. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are in marriage and in child-bearing, that the Lord may have mercy upon them all. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for the celibates who walk in holiness. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those in a state of continence and piety. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that bear fruit in the holy Church, and give alms to the needy. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: And let us pray for those who offer sacrifices and oblations to the Lord our God, that God, the fountain of all goodness, may recompense them with His heavenly gifts, and "give them in this world an hundredfold, and in the world to come life everlasting;" and bestow upon them for their temporal things, those that are eternal; for earthly things, those that are heavenly. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for our newly enlightened brethren, that the Lord may strengthen and confirm them. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for our brethren exercised with sickness [especially for N..., N... and all those whose names are written in our diptychs], that the Lord may deliver them from every evil sickness and every disease, and restore them sound into His holy Church. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that travel by water or by air or by land. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are in the mines, in banishments, in prisons, and in bonds, for the Name of the Lord. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are afflicted with bitter servitude. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for our enemies, and those that hate us. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that persecute us for the Name of the Lord, that the Lord may pacify their anger, and scatter their wrath against us. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are without His holy Church, and are wandered out of the way, that the Lord may convert them. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us be mindful of the infants of the Church, that the Lord may perfect them in His fear, and bring them to a complete age. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray one for another and for all the living whose names are written in our Diptychs, that the Lord may keep us and preserve us by His grace to the end, and deliver us from the evil one, and from all the scandals of those that work iniquity, and preserve us unto His heavenly kingdom. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for the faithful departed, [for N...,] and for all those whose names are written in our Diptychs, that they may have eternal rest and joy in the presence of the Lord our God. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for every Christian soul. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Save us, and raise us up, O God, by Thy mercy. ALL: Let us rise up, and let us pray earnestly, and dedicate ourselves and one another to the living God, through His Christ.

Prayer for the Faithful

BISHOP: O Lord Almighty, the Most High, Who dwells on high, the Holy One, Who rests among the saints, without beginning, the Only Potentate, Who has given to us by Christ the preaching of knowledge, to the acknowledgment of Thy glory and of Thy name, which He has made known to us, for our comprehension, do Thou now also look down through Him upon this Thy flock, and deliver it from all ignorance and wicked practice, and grant that we may fear Thee in earnest, and love Thee with affection, and have a due reverence of Thy glory. Be gracious and merciful to them, and hearken to them when they pray unto Thee; and keep them, that they may be unmoveable, unblameable, and unreprovable, that they may be holy in body and spirit, having no spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing; but that they may be complete, and that none of them may be defective or imperfect. O, our support, our powerful God, Who dost not respect persons, be Thou the assister of this Thy people, which Thou hast redeemed with the precious blood of Thy Christ; be Thou their protector, aider, provider, and guardian, their strong wall of defense, their bulwark and security. For none can snatch out of Thy hand: for there is no other God like Thee; for our reliance is upon Thee. Sanctify them by Thy Truth: for Thy Word is Truth. Thou Who dost nothing for favor, Thou Whom none can deceive, deliver them from every sickness, and every disease, and every offense, every injury and deceit, from fear of the enemy, from the dart that flies in the day, from the mischief that walks about in darkness; and vouchsafe them that everlasting life which is in Christ, Thine only begotten Son, our God and Savior, through Whom glory and worship be to Thee, in the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON: Let us attend.

BISHOP: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast said to Thine Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you." [John 14:27] The peace of the Lord be always with you.

ALL: And with thy spirit.

DEACON: Salute one another with the holy kiss.

The people may exchange signs of peace amongst themselves. < All may be seated. >

THE OFFERING OF THE SACRIFICE

The Bishop goes to the Credence. Let one of the Subdeacons bring water to wash the hands of the Priests, which is a symbol of the purity of those souls that are devoted to God. The Deacon shall immediately say:

DEACON: Let none of the catechumens, let none of the hearers, let none of the unbelievers, let none of the heterodox, stay here. You who have prayed the foregoing prayer, depart. Let the mothers receive their children; let no one have anything against any one; let no one come in hypocrisy; let us stand upright before the Lord with fear and trembling, to offer sacrifice.

Again, in fact, no one (except a disruptive person) should actually leave, but all should most solemnly come to order. When this is done, let the Deacons bring the Holy Gifts (bread on a Paten and wine mingled with water in a Chalice) to the Bishop at the Altar; and let the Presbyters stand on his right hand, and on his left, as disciples stand before their Master. But let two of the Deacons, on each side of the altar, hold a fan, made up of thin membranes, or of the feathers of the peacock, or of fine cloth, and let them silently drive away the small insects that may fly about, that they may not come near to the cups.

Offertory Secret Prayers -- The Bishop and his Priests spread their hands over the Holy Gifts, and the Bishop blesses the Gifts, praying silently. A hymn may be sung during the Secret Prayers.

BISHOP: We give Thee thanks, O God our Father, for the life and knowledge which Thou didst make known unto us, through Thy Son Jesus; Thine is the glory for ever and ever. As this broken bread was scattered upon the mountains and, being gathered together, became one, so may Thy Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Thy Kingdom; for Thine is the power and the glory through Jesus Christ, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Receive, O holy Father, Almighty eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer to Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present, as also for all faithful Christians, living and dead; that it may be available for me and them to life everlasting. Amen.

We give Thee thanks, O God our Father, for this wine, the fruit of the Holy Vine of David, Thy child, which Thou didst make known unto us, through Thy Son Jesus; Thine is the glory for ever and ever. We offer to Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency: that it may ascend with an odor of sweetness in the sight of Thy Divine Majesty, for our salvation and that of the whole world. Amen.

May we be received by Thee, O Lord, in the spirit of humility, and in a contrite state of mind; and so may our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. Come, Thou Sanctifier, Almighty and Eternal God, and bless this sacrifice prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name.

THE ANAPHORA < All STAND for the Anaphora. >

Let the high Priest (the Bishop), together with the Priests, pray by himself (i.e., silently); and let him put on his shining (eucharistic) garment, and stand at the altar. The Bishop and other celebrants mark the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads. The Bishop, his hands extended, prays.

BISHOP: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with thy spirit.

BISHOP: Lift up your hearts. ALL: We have lifted them up to the Lord.

BISHOP: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ALL: It is meet and just.

A N A P H O R A

BISHOP: It is very meet and fit before all things to sing an hymn to Thee, Who art the true God, Who art before all beings, "from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named; " Who only art unbegotten, and without beginning, and without a ruler, and without a master; Who standest in need of nothing; Who art the bestower of everything that is good; Who art beyond all cause and generation; Who art always and immutably the same; from Whom all things came into being, as from their proper original. For Thou art eternal knowledge, everlasting sight, unbegotten hearing, untaught wisdom, the first by nature, and the measure of being, and beyond all number; Who didst bring all things out of nothing into being by Thine only begotten Son, but didst beget Him before all ages by Thy will, Thy power, and Thy goodness, without any instrument, the only begotten Son, God the Word, the living Wisdom, "the First-born of every creature, the angel of Thy Great Counsel," and Thy High Priest, but the King and Lord of every intellectual and sensible nature, Who was before all things, by Whom were all things made. For Thou, O eternal God, didst make all things by Him, and through Him it is that Thou vouchsafest Thy suitable providence over the whole world; for by the very same that Thou didst bestow being, didst Thou also bestow well-being: the God and Father of Thine only begotten Son, Who by Him didst make before all things the Cherubim and the Seraphim, the Aeons and Hosts, the Powers and Authorities, the Principalities and Thrones, the Archangels and Angels; and after all these, didst by Him make this visible world, and all things that are therein. For Thou art He Who didst frame the heaven as an arch, and "stretch it out like the covering of a tent," and didst found the earth upon nothing but Thy mere will; Who didst fix the firmament, and prepare the night and the day; Who didst bring the light out of Thy treasures, and on its departure didst bring on darkness, for the rest of the living creatures that move up and down in the world; Who didst appoint the sun in heaven to rule over the day, and the moon to rule over the night, and didst inscribe in heaven the choir of stars to praise Thy glorious majesty; Who didst make the water for drink and for cleansing, the air in which we live for respiration and the affording of sounds, by the means of the tongue, which strikes the air, and the hearing which co-operates therewith, so as to perceive speech when it is received by it, and falls upon it; Who madest fire for our consolation in darkness, for the supply of our want, and that we might be warmed and enlightened by it; Who didst separate the great sea from the land, and didst render the former navigable and the latter fit for walking, and didst replenish the former with small and great living creatures, and filled the latter with the same, both tame and wild; didst furnish it with various plants, and crown it with herbs, and beautify it with flowers, and enrich it with seeds; Who didst ordain the great deep, and on every side made a mighty cavity for it, which contains seas of salt waters heaped together, yet didst Thou every way bound them with barriers of the smallest sand; Who sometimes dost raise it to the height of mountains by the winds, and sometimes dost smooth it into a plain; sometimes dost enrage it with a tempest, and sometimes dost still it with a calm, that it may be easy to seafaring men in their voyages; Who didst encompass this world, which was made by Thee through Christ, with rivers, and water it with currents, and moisten it with springs that never fail, and didst bind it round with mountains for the immoveable and secure consistence of the earth: for Thou hast replenished Thy world, and adorned it with sweet-smelling and with healing herbs, with many and various living creatures, strong and weak, for food and for labor, tame and wild; with the noises of creeping things, the sounds of various sorts of flying creatures; with the circuits of the years, the numbers of months and days, the order of the seasons, the courses of the rainy clouds, for the production of the fruits and the support of living creatures. Thou hast also appointed the station of the winds, which blow when commanded by Thee, and the multitude of the plants and herbs. And Thou hast not only created the world itself, but hast also made man for a citizen of the world, exhibiting him as the ornament of the world; for Thou didst say to Thy Wisdom: "Let Us make man according to Our image, and according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the heaven." Wherefore also Thou hast made him of an immortal soul and of a body liable to dissolution - the former out of nothing, the latter out of the four elements - and hast given him as to his soul rational knowledge, the discerning of piety and impiety, and the observation of right and wrong; and as to his body, Thou hast granted him five senses and progressive motion: for Thou, O God Almighty, didst by Thy Christ plant a paradise in Eden, in the east, adorned with all plants fit for food, and didst introduce him into it, as into a rich banquet. And when Thou madest him, Thou gavest him a law implanted within him, that so he might have at home and within himself the seeds of divine knowledge; and when Thou hadst brought him into the paradise of pleasure, Thou didst allow him the privilege of enjoying all things, only forbidding the tasting of one tree, in hopes of greater blessings; that in case he would keep that command, he might receive the reward of it, which was immortality. But when he neglected that command, and tasted of the forbidden fruit, by the seduction of the serpent and the counsel of his wife, Thou didst justly cast him out of paradise. Yet of Thy goodness Thou didst not overlook him, nor suffer him to perish utterly, for he was Thy creature; but Thou didst subject the whole creation to him, and didst grant him liberty to procure himself food by his own sweat and labors, whilst Thou didst cause all the fruits of the earth to spring up, to grow, and to ripen. But when Thou hadst laid him asleep for a while, Thou didst with an oath call him to a restoration again, didst loose the bond of death, and promise him life after the resurrection. And not this only; but when Thou hadst increased his posterity to an innumerable multitude, those that continued with Thee Thou didst glorify, and those who did apostatize from Thee Thou didst punish. And while Thou didst accept of the sacrifice of Abel as of an holy person, Thou didst reject the gift of Cain, the murderer of his brother, as of an abhorred wretch. And besides these, Thou didst accept of Seth and Enos, and didst translate Enoch: for Thou art the Creator of men, and the giver of life, and the supplier of want, and the giver of laws, and the rewarder of those that observe them, and the avenger of those that transgress them; Who didst bring the great flood upon the world by reason of the multitude of the ungodly, and didst deliver righteous Noah from that flood by an ark, with eight souls, the end of the foregoing generations, and the beginning of those that were to come; Who didst kindle a fearful fire against the five cities of Sodom, and "didst turn a fruitful land into a salt lake for the wickedness of them that dwelt therein," but didst snatch holy Lot out of the conflagration. Thou art He Who didst deliver Abraham from the impiety of his fore-fathers, and didst appoint him to be the heir of the world, and didst discover to him Thy Christ; Who didst aforehand ordain Melchisedec an high priest for Thy worship; Who didst render Thy patient servant Job the conqueror of that serpent who is the patron of wickedness; Who madest Isaac the son of the promise, and Jacob the father of twelve sons, and didst increase his posterity to a multitude, and bring him into Egypt with seventy-five souls. Thou, O Lord, didst not overlook Joseph, but granted him, as a reward of his chastity for Thy sake, the government over the Egyptians. Thou, O Lord, didst not overlook the Hebrews when they were afflicted by the Egyptians, on account of the promises made unto their fathers; but Thou didst deliver them and punish the Egyptians. And when men had corrupted the law of nature, and had sometimes esteemed the creation the effect of chance, and sometimes honored it more than they ought, and equaled it to the God of the universe, Thou didst not, however, suffer them to go astray, but didst raise up Thine holy servant Moses, and by him didst give the written law for the assistance of the law of nature, and didst show that the creation was Thy work, and didst banish away the error of polytheism. Thou didst adorn Aaron and his posterity with the priesthood, and didst punish the Hebrews when they sinned, and receive them again when they returned to Thee. Thou didst punish the Egyptians with a judgment of ten plagues, and didst divide the sea, and bring the Israelites through it, and drown and destroy the Egyptians who pursued after them. Thou didst sweeten the bitter water with wood; Thou didst bring water out of the rock of stone; Thou didst rain manna from heaven, and quails, as meat out of the air; Thou didst afford them a pillar of fire by night to give them light, and a pillar of a cloud by day to overshadow them from the heat; Thou didst declare Joshua to be the general of the army, and didst overthrow the seven nations of Canaan by him; Thou didst divide Jordan, and dry up the rivers of Etham; Thou didst overthrow walls without instruments or the hand of man. For all these things, glory be to Thee, O Lord Almighty. The countless hosts of angels, archangels, thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities, powers, and hosts, Thine everlasting armies, worship and adore Thee; the Cherubim and the six-winged Seraphim, with two wings covering their feet, two covering their heads, and two flying, together with a thousand thousands of archangels, and ten thousand times ten thousand angels, saying incessantly with constant and unsilenced shouts of praise:

ALL: Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

BISHOP: For Thou art truly holy, and most holy, the highest and most highly exalted for ever. Holy also is Thine only begotten Son our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, Who in all things ministered to His God and Father, both in Thy various creation and Thy suitable providence, and has not overlooked lost mankind. But after the law of nature, after the exhortations in the positive law, after the prophetical reproofs and the government of the angels, when men had perverted both the positive law and that of nature, and had cast out of their mind the memory of the flood, the burning of Sodom, the plagues of the Egyptians, and the slaughters of the inhabitants of Palestine, and being just ready to perish universally after an unparalleled manner, He was pleased by Thy good will to become man, Who was man's Creator; to be under the laws, Who was the Legislator; to be a sacrifice, Who was an High Priest; to be a sheep, Who was the Shepherd. And He appeased Thee, His God and Father, and reconciled Thee to the world, and freed all men from the wrath to come, and was made of a virgin, and was in flesh, being God the Word, the beloved Son, the first-born of the whole creation, and was, according to the prophecies which were foretold concerning Him by Himself, of the seed of David and Abraham, of the tribe of Judah. And He was made in the womb of a virgin, Who formed all mankind that are born into the world; He took flesh, Who was without flesh; He Who was begotten before time, was born in time; He lived holily, and taught according to the law; He drove away every sickness and every disease from men, and wrought signs and wonders among the people; and He was partaker of meat, and drink, and sleep, Who nourishes all that stand in need of food, and "fills every living creature with His goodness;" "He manifested His Name to those that knew it not;" He drove away ignorance; He revived piety, and fulfilled Thy will; He finished the work which Thou gavest Him to do; and when He had set all these things right, He was seized by the hands of the ungodly, of the high priests and priests, falsely so called, and of the disobedient people, by the betraying of him who was possessed of wickedness as with a confirmed disease; He suffered many things from them, and endured all sorts of ignominy by Thy permission; He was delivered to Pilate the governor, and He that was the Judge was judged, and He that was the Savior was condemned; He that was impassible was nailed to the cross, and He Who was by nature immortal died, and He that is the giver of life was buried, that He might loose those for whose sake He came from suffering and death, and might break the bonds of the devil, and deliver mankind from his deceit. He arose from the dead the third day; and when He had continued with His disciples forty days, He was taken up into the heavens, and is sat down on the right hand of Thee, Who art His God and Father.

Being mindful, therefore, of those things that He endured for our sakes, we give Thee thanks, O God Almighty, not in such a manner as we ought, but as we are able, and fulfil His constitution: For in the same night that He was betrayed, He took bread in His holy and undefiled hands, and, looking up to Thee, His God and Father, He blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: THIS IS THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW COVENANT: TAKE OF IT, AND EAT. THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH IS BROKEN FOR MANY, FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. In like manner also He took the cup, and mixed it of wine and water, and blessed it, and gave it to them, saying: DRINK YE ALL OF THIS; FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD WHICH IS SHED FOR MANY, FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS: DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME. FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND DRINK THIS CUP, YOU SHOW FORTH MY DEATH UNTIL I COME.

Being mindful, therefore, of His passion, and death, and resurrection from the dead, and return into the heavens, and His future second appearing, wherein He is to come with glory and power to judge the quick and the dead, and to recompense to every one according to his works, we offer to Thee, our King and our God, according to His constitution, this bread and this cup, giving Thee thanks, through Him, that Thou hast thought us worthy to stand before Thee, and to sacrifice to Thee; and we beseech Thee that Thou wilt mercifully look down upon these gifts which are here set before Thee, O Thou God, Who stands in need of none of our offerings. AND DO THOU ACCEPT THEM, TO THE HONOR OF THY CHRIST, AND SEND DOWN UPON THIS SACRIFICE THINE HOLY SPIRIT, THE WITNESS OF THE LORD JESUS' SUFFERINGS, THAT HE MAY SHOW THIS BREAD TO BE THE BODY OF THY CHRIST, AND THE CUP TO BE THE BLOOD OF THY CHRIST, THAT THOSE WHO ARE PARTAKERS THEREOF MAY BE STRENGTHENED FOR PIETY, MAY OBTAIN THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS, MAY BE DELIVERED FROM THE DEVIL AND HIS DECEIT, MAY BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, MAY BE MADE WORTHY OF THY CHRIST, AND MAY OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE UPON THY RECONCILIATION TO THEM, O LORD ALMIGHTY.

We further pray unto Thee, O Lord, for Thine holy Church spread from one end of the world to another, which Thou hast purchased with the precious blood of Thy Christ, that Thou wilt preserve it unshaken and free from disturbance until the end of the world; for every episcopate who rightly divides the word of truth. We further pray to Thee for me, who am nothing, who offer to Thee, for the whole presbytery, for the deacons and all the clergy, that Thou wilt make them wise, and replenish them with the Holy Spirit. We further pray to Thee, O Lord, "for the king and all in authority," for the whole army, that they may be peaceable towards us, that so, leading the whole time of our life in quietness and unanimity, we may glorify Thee through Jesus Christ, Who is our hope. We further offer to Thee also for all those holy persons who have pleased Thee from the beginning of the world - patriarchs, prophets, righteous men, apostles, martyrs, confessors, bishops, presbyters, deacons, subdeacons, readers, singers, virgins, widows, and lay persons, with all whose names Thou knowest. We further offer to Thee for this people, that Thou wilt render them, to the praise of Thy Christ, "a royal priesthood and an holy nation;" for those that are in virginity and purity; for the widows of the Church; for those in honorable marriage and child-bearing; for the infants of Thy people, that Thou wilt not permit any of us to "become castaways." We further beseech Thee also for this city and its inhabitants; for those that are sick; for those in bitter servitude; for those in banishments; for those in prison; for those that travel by water or by land; that Thou, the helper and assister of all men, wilt be their supporter. We further also beseech Thee for those that hate us and persecute us for Thy Name's sake; for those that are without, and wander out of the way; that Thou wilt convert them to goodness, and pacify their anger. We further also beseech Thee for the catechumens of the Church, and for those that are vexed by the adversary, and for our brethren the penitents, that Thou wilt perfect the first in the faith, that Thou wilt deliver the second from the energy of the evil one, and that Thou wilt accept the repentance of the last, and forgive both them and us our offences. We further offer to Thee also for the good temperature of the air, and the fertility of the fruits, that so, partaking perpetually of the good things derived from Thee, we may praise Thee without ceasing, "Who gavest food to all flesh." We further beseech Thee also for those who are absent on a just cause, that Thou wilt keep us all in piety, and gather us together in the kingdom of Thy Christ, the God of all sensible and intelligent nature, our King, that Thou wouldst keep us immoveable, unblameable, and unreprovable: for to Thee belongs all glory and worship, and thanksgiving, honor and adoration, the Father, with the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and always, and for everlasting, and endless ages for ever.

The people loudly acclaim: ALL: Amen!!!

BISHOP: The peace of God be with you all. ALL: And with thy spirit. < The end of the Anaphora. >

The Prayer for the Faithful after the Divine Oblation.

< Remain Standing >

DEACON: Let us still further beseech God through His Christ, and let us beseech Him on account of the gift which is offered to the Lord God, that the good God will accept it, through the mediation of His Christ, upon His heavenly altar, for a sweet-smelling savour. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for this church and people. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for every episcopate, every presbytery, all the deacons and ministers in Christ, for the whole congregation, that the Lord will keep and preserve them all. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for kings and officials, and all those in authority, that they may be peaceable toward us, so that we may have and lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us be mindful of the holy martyrs, that we may be thought worthy to be partakers of their trial. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are departed in the faith. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for the good temperature of the air, and the perfect maturity of the fruits. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Let us pray for those that are newly enlightened, that they may be strengthened in the faith, and all may be mutually comforted by one another. ALL: Lord, have mercy!

DEACON: Raise us up, O God, by Thy grace. Let us stand up, and dedicate ourselves to God, through His Christ.

BISHOP: O God, Who art great, and Whose name is great, Who art great in counsel and mighty in works, the God and Father of Thy holy Child Jesus, our Savior; look down upon us, and upon this Thy flock, which Thou hast chosen by Him to the glory of Thy Name; and sanctify our body and soul, and grant us the favor to be made pure from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and may obtain the good things laid up for us, and do not account any of us unworthy; but be Thou our comforter, helper, and protector, through Thy Christ, with Whom glory, honor, praise, worship, and thanksgiving be to Thee and to the Holy Spirit for ever. Amen. ALL: Amen.

THE ORDER OF HOLY COMMUNION

Fraction & Commixture -- The Bishop bows, then breaks the Host (Amnos). He makes the Sign of the Cross over the Chalice with a Particle of the Host, places the Particle in the Chalice and bows profoundly:

BISHOP: And again we beseech Thee, Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant us to receive with blessing this holy mystery: and that He may not condemn any of us, but cause worthiness in all them who take the reception of the holy mystery, the Body and Blood of Christ, Almighty Lord, our God.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

DEACON: Let us pray. ALL: 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. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

BISHOP: Deliver us, O Lord, from all evil and from all danger, and keep us in every good work, in perfect truth and in true liberty, O God, Who livest and reignest, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

BISHOP: God Almighty, grant to us the reception of Thy holy mystery as our strengthening; do not condemn any amongst us, but bless all through Christ; through Whom to Thee with Him and with the Holy Spirit be glory and might, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS

DEACON: As you stand, bow down your heads.

BISHOP: Eternal God, Who knowest of that which is secret and that which is open, to Thee Thy people have bowed down their heads, and to Thee they have bent the hardness of heart and flesh; look down from Thy worthy dwelling place, bless them, both men and women, incline Thine ear to them and hear their prayer, and strengthen them with the might of Thy right hand, and protect them from evil sickness, be their guardian for both body and soul, increase to them and to us also Thy faith and Thy fear, through Thine only Son, through Whom to Thee, with Him and with the Holy Spirit, be the power and the glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON: Let us attend.

SANCTA SANCTIS

The Bishop takes the Holy Gifts and turns to face the people; he elevates the Holy Gifts and blesses the people, crosswise, with them, saying:

BISHOP: Holy things for the holy ones. ALL: There is One that is holy; there is one Lord, one Jesus Christ, blessed for ever, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to men of good will. Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord, being the Lord God Who appeared to us. Hosanna in the highest!

BISHOP: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with thy spirit. < All may be seated. >

PRAYERS BEFORE COMMUNION

The following private prayers are included for our Eastern Orthodox brethren who worship with us. Still, these prayers may be said silently by any and all before they receive Holy Communion.

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that this is truly Thine own pure Body, and that this is truly Thine own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray Thee: have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed knowingly or unknowingly, of knowledge and of ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting. Amen.

Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss; but like the thief will I confess Thee: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom. May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgement, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.

Lord, I know that I am unworthy to receive Thy holy Body and Thy precious Blood; I know that I am guilty, and that I eat and drink condemnation to myself, not discerning the Body and Blood of Christ my God. But trusting in Thy loving-kindness, I come to Thee Who said: He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood shall dwell in Me and I in him. Therefore, Lord, have compassion on me and do not make an example of me, Thy sinful servant. But do to me according to Thy great mercy, and grant that these Holy Gifts may be to me for healing, purification, enlightenment, protection, salvation and sanctification of my soul and body, and to the expulsion of every evil imagination, sinful deed or work of the Devil. May they move me to reliance on Thee and to love Thee always, to amend and keep firm my life; and be ever in me to the increase of virtue, to the keeping of Thy commandments, to the communion of the Holy Spirit, and as a good defense before Thy dread judgment seat, and for life eternal. Amen.

Let the Bishop partake, then the Presbyters, and Deacons, and Subdeacons, and the Readers, and the singers. After the celebrant partakes, any concelebrants communicate in the same manner. Then, Deacons, clerics, etc., are communicated by a Priest. The Bishop distributes Holy Communion to the people at the Ambo -- the Ascetics, men and women, the Deaconesses, the virgins, and the widows; then the children; and then all the people in order, with reverence and godly fear, without tumult. The people, standing, may receive the Host in their hands or on their tongues. The Bishop gives the oblation, saying: BISHOP: The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven. And let him that receives say: Amen.

And let the Deacon take the cup; and when he gives it, say: DEACON: The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation. And let him that drinks say: Amen.

Hymns are always optional; they are not a part of the Liturgy itself and always may be omitted. Hymns may be sung during Communion until Ablutions are done. For example:

The Tricanum [Psalm 33 [34]:3,8]

O, magnify the Lord with me! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! O, taste and see that the Lord is good! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Blessed is the man that trusts in Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

ABLUTIONS When all, both men and women, have partaken, let the Deacons carry what remains into the vestry. The sacred vessels are taken to the Credence and cleansed. POST-COMMUNION -- After the Ablutions, the Bishop goes to the Altar. When the singer has done, let the Deacon say:

DEACON: Now we have received the precious Body and the precious Blood of Christ, let us give thanks to Him Who has thought us worthy to partake of these His holy mysteries; and let us beseech Him that it may not be to us for condemnation, but for salvation, to the advantage of soul and body, to the preservation of piety, to the remission of sins, and to the life of the world to come. Let us arise, and by the grace of Christ let us dedicate ourselves to God, to the only unbegotten God, and to His Christ and the Holy Spirit in Holy Church.

< ALL STAND > And let the Bishop give thanks:

BISHOP: O Lord God Almighty, Father of Thy Christ Thy blessed Son, Who art ready to hear them that with uprightness call upon Thee, and Who knowest the petitions of them that are silent; we yield Thee thanks for that Thou hast vouchsafed unto us to partake of Thy Holy Mysteries, which Thou hast given unto us, for the fulfilment of good resolutions, for the preservation of piety, and for the remission of transgressions; because the Name of Thy Christ hath been called over us, and we have been enrolled in Thy family. Thou Who hast separated us from fellowship with the ungodly, unite us with those who have been sanctified to Thee; establish us in the truth by the descent of the Holy Spirit; that which we do not know do Thou reveal; that which is wanting do Thou supply; in that which is known to us do Thou strengthen us; preserve Thy priests blameless in Thy service; maintain kings in peace, and rulers in righteousness; preserve the atmosphere in a good temperature, the fruits of the earth in fertility, the world in Thy all-powerful providence. Soften the nations that delight in war, turn back that which has gone astray; hallow Thy people; guard the virgins; keep married people faithful; strengthen the continent; bring infants to riper years; confirm the newly baptized; instruct the catechumens; cause them to become worthy of initiation; and lead us all into the Kingdom of Heaven, through Thine only Son, through Whom to Thee, with Him and with the Holy Spirit, be the power and the glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. ALL: Amen.

BISHOP: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with thy spirit.

PRAYERS AT THE AMBO

DEACON: Bow down to God through His Christ, and receive the blessing.

BENEDICTION The Bishop faces the people, praying one of the two following Benediction prayers, with his right hand outstretched, with which hand he also blesses the people.

BISHOP: Eternal God Almighty, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bless Thy servants and Thy handmaids; protect, help, and prosper them by the power of Thine Archangel. Keep and confirm in them Thy fear by Thy greatness; provide that they shall both think what is Thine, and believe what is Thine, and will what is Thine; grant to them peace without sin and anger, through Thine only Son, through Whom to Thee, with Him and with the Holy Spirit, be the power and the glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. ALL: Amen. { or }

BISHOP: O God Almighty, the true God, to Whom nothing can be compared, Who art everywhere, and present in all things, and art in nothing as one of the things themselves; Who art not bounded by place, nor grown old by time; Who art not terminated by ages, nor deceived by words; Who art not subject to generation, and wants no guardian; Who art above all corruption, free from all change, and invariable by nature; Who inhabits inaccessible light; Who art by nature invisible, and yet art known to all reasonable natures who seek Thee with a good mind, and art comprehended by those that seek after Thee with a good mind; the God of Israel, Thy people which truly see, and which have believed in Christ: Be favorable and hear me for Thy Name's sake, and bless those who have bowed their heads unto Thee, and grant them their hearts' desires so far as may be expedient for them, and suffer none of them to be cast away out of Thy Kingdom, but sanctify them, guard them, shelter them, assist them, rescue them from the Adversary and from every enemy, protect their houses; keep them in their coming in and in their going out. For to Thee belongs the glory, praise, majesty, worship, and adoration, and to Thy Son Jesus, Thy Christ, our Lord and God and King, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. ALL: Amen.

DISMISSAL -- The Bishop, with his hands extended, says:

BISHOP: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with thy spirit.

DEACON Go forth in peace.

A Sanctuary bell may be rung to announce the exit of the clergy.

RECESSION & COLLECTION - If Eulogia is NOT distributed, the Liturgy ends here. The Bishop and ministers recess from the Sanctuary. The collection is taken up.

A Sanctuary bell may be rung to announce the exit of the clergy.

RECESSION & COLLECTION -- The Bishop and other ministers recess from the Sanctuary. The collection is taken up.

The End of The Divine Liturgy

"These Constitutions concerning this mystical worship,
we, the Apostles, do ordain for you, the Bishops, Presbyters, and Deacons."
Apostolic Constitutions, book VIII, chapter XV.

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