A Study Text for the

The Order of Great Vespers


 

When the time of Vespers is come, the priest and the deacon at his right come together before the holy doors, both vested in exorassa. They bow three times towards the East, saying each time:

O God be propitious to me a sinner and have mercy on me (three times).

Then they go into the sanctuary, the priest entering through the north door and the deacon through the south door, saying in a low voice:

I shall enter in your dwelling place; before your holy temple I shall bow in fear of You.

They again make three metanies before the holy table. The priest kisses the holy Gospel book and the holy table, while the deacon kisses the holy table only. The priest, taking the epitrachelion, blesses and kisses the cross and puts it on saying:

Priest: Blessed is God + who pours out grace upon his priests: as the oil of myrrh upon the head, which ran down unto the beard, the beard of Aaron, ran down even to the hem of his garment, at all times, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The deacon, holding his sticharion and orarion on the palm of his right hand, bows his head before the priest and says:

Deacon: A blessing, Father, upon the sticharion and orarion.

And the priest blesses them saying:

Priest: Blessed is our God + at all times, now and always and forever and ever.

Deacon: Amen.

The deacon kisses the priest's right hand, goes to his place and puts on his vestments. The priest then begins:

Priest: Blessed is our God at all times, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Priest: Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

And raising his hands, he continues:

Priest: Heavenly King, Consoler, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the Treasury of blessings and the Giver of Life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of all stain and save our souls, O Good One!

Reader: Holy God! Holy Mighty One! Holy Immortal One! Have mercy on us (three times).

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

All Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive us our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, look upon us and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy (three times).

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. 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.

Priest: For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Reader: Lord, have mercy (twelve times).

All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

Ecclesiarch: Come, let us worship God, our King, and bow down before Him (metany).

Come let us worship Christ God, our King, and bow down before Him (metany).

Come let us worship Christ, our King and our God, and bow down before Him (metany).

Psalm 103

And the ecclesiarch says Psalm 103. The priest, standing before the holy doors near the icon of Christ, says the Lamp-lighting Prayers which follow the psalm.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great, O Lord my God!

Clothed in pomp and brilliance, arrayed with light as with a cloak.

Stretching out the sky as a tent-cloth, covering your lofty walls with water.

You make the clouds your conveyance, You surge upon the wings of the wind.

You make spirits your messengers and flaming fires your attendants.

You settle the earth on its firm foundation: it shall stand unmoved from age to age.

The abyss covers it like a garment; waters stand over the mountains.

At your rebuke, they will take to flight, at the peal of your thunder they will fear.

They hurdle the hills and run down the dales to the place you have chosen for them.

You have set up a boundary not to be passed: they shall never return to cover the earth.

Down in the gullies You make springs to rise: waters shall go down between the mountains.

They shall give drink to the beasts of the field: wild asses will seek them to quench their thirst.

The birds of the sky will abide by them: from among the rocks they will raise their song.

From your lofty halls You refresh the mountains; the earth shall be fed with the fruit of your works.

You make green pastures for the cattle and food-plants for the service of man,

So that bread may be brought forth from the earth and wine that gladdens the heart of man.

So that oil may put a gleam upon his face and that bread may strengthen the heart of man.

The trees of the plain will be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.

The sparrows will build their nests in them and the herons will call them their home.

To the deer belong high mountains, to rodents the shelter of the rocks.

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows the time of its setting.

You establish darkness and it is night wherein the forest creatures prowl around.

Young lions roar for their prey and call out to God for their meat.

As the sun rises they will come together and lay themselves down in their dens.

Man will go out to his labor and work until eventide.

How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom You have wrought them all: the earth is filled with your creatures.

Even the wide and open sea itself: within it there are countless creeping things, living beings small and large.

Upon it there are ships a-sailing and that great beast You made to have fun.

All of them look up to You to give them their food in due time.

You provide and they gather up; you open your hand and they are full.

You hide your face and they cringe, you suspend their breath and they die and return to their dust.

You send forth your breath and they live: You renew the face of the earth!

May the Lord's glory endure forever, may the Lord rejoice in his works.

He looks upon the earth and makes it quake, He touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God as long as I last.

Would that my thoughts be pleasing to Him and I will rejoice in the Lord.

May the sinners vanish from the earth and may the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The sun knows the time of its setting: You establish darkness and it is night.

How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom You have wrought them all.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

Allilouia, Allilouia, Allilouia, glory to You, O God! (metany)

Allilouia, Allilouia, Allilouia, glory to You, O God! (metany)

Allilouia, Allilouia, Allilouia, glory to You, O God, O our hope, glory to You! (metany)

The priest prays the first lamp lighting prayer:

O Lord, compassionate and loving, long-suffering and greatly merciful, listen to our prayer and give heed to the voice of our supplication. Make with us a favorable covenant, guide us along your ways that we may live in your truth, gladden our hearts that we may fear your holy name: for You are great and You perform wondrous deeds. You are the only God and none among the gods is like You, O Lord. You are greatly merciful and able in your power to assist, support and save all those who place their hope in your holy name. For all glory, honor and adoration, are your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The second prayer:

O Lord, in your indignation rebuke us not, chastise us not in your wrath, but deal with us according to your loving kindness, O Physician and Healer of our souls! Guide us to the harbor of your will, enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we may know your truth, and grant that the remainder of this day and all the time of our life may be peaceful and without sin, through the prayers of the holy Mother of God and of all the saints. For yours is the might, and yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The third prayer:

O Lord our God, be mindful of us sinners and your unprofitable servants, as we call upon your holy name, and put us not to shame for having placed our hope in your mercy, but graciously grant us, O Lord, all the means of salvation; make us worthy to love and fear You with all our heart, and to accomplish your will in all things. For You are the Gracious One and the Lover of Mankind, and we send up glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The fourth prayer:

O Lord who are celebrated by the holy Powers in never silenced hymns and unceasing doxologies: fill our mouths with your praise, that we may exalt your holy name; give us part and lot with all those who fear You in truth and who keep your commandments--through the intercession of the holy Mother of God and of all your saints. For all glory, honor and adoration are your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The fifth prayer:

O Lord, Lord, who hold all things together in your spotless hands, who are long-suffering towards us all, and who grieve at our wickedness: be mindful of your compassion and mercy and look down upon us in your bounty. Grant us to escape for the remainder of this day from the manifold deceits of the evil one and keep our life free from all assaults through the grace of your All-Holy Spirit. Through the mercies and love for mankind of your only begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The sixth prayer:

O great and wonderful God who pursue all things with ineffable love and universal providence, who govern all things, who provided us with the bounties of this world and assured us through your kindness of obtaining: the promised kingdom; O Lord who through all the blessings already received this day have kept us away from evil: grant that we may spend its remaining hours without blame before your holy glory, and that we may sing your praise, O You the only Gracious One and the Lover of mankind. For You are our God. and we send up glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The seventh prayer:

O great God, O God most high who alone are the source of immortality, who dwell in light beyond reach and who created all things-in wisdom, dividing light from darkness, setting up the sun to govern the day, the moon and stars to rule the night; who have deemed us poor sinners worthy to reach this hour and to come into your presence with our thanks and to offer you our evening praise, O Lord and Lover of Mankind: let our prayers go up to You like incense and accept them as a sweet fragrance; grant that this evening and the coming night may be spent in peace; clothe us with an armor of light; save us from nightly fear and from all things that lurk in darkness, and grant that the sleep You have given us to refresh us from our wickedness may be free from all satanic dreams and imaginings. Yes, verily, O Lord, Giver of all good things, may we remember your name throughout the night, and, enlightened by the practice of your commandments, may we rise in gladness of soul and supplications for our sins and those of your people. Look down upon them with mercy through the intercession of the Mother of God. For You are the Gracious One and the Lover of Mankind, and we send up glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

And the priest enters the sanctuary through the south door and stands before the holy table.

The deacon obtains the priest's blessing, kisses his hand and goes out through the north door. He takes his place before the holy doors and makes a metany. Holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand, he intones the litany:

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For peace from on high and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For peace in the whole world, the well being of the holy Churches of God and the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy place and for those who enter it with faith, reverence and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our Bishop N., the priests, the deacons in Christ, and for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our civil authorities and the armed forces, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this city, for every city and country place and the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For favorable weather, an abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the travelers by sea, air and land, for the sick, the suffering, for the captives, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and need, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by your grace.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Remembering our all holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady the Theotokos and ever virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ God.

All: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For all glory, honor and worship are your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The first Kathisma comprising Psalms 1 to 8 is recited on Saturday evening unless the following Sunday coincides with a Feast of Our Lord and this feast supersedes the Office of the Resurrection. On the other days of the week only the first three psalms of the first stasis are recited. On feast days of the Mother of God (except February 2 and March 25) and on the feast days of major saints (except the feast of the Archangels on November 8) this first Kathisma is omitted whenever such feasts fall on a Monday or a Saturday. Its recitation is omitted on Sunday and Friday evenings as well as on days that have no major feast.

The choir sings in the prescribed tone the Lamp-Lighting psalms called Kurie ekekraxa.

Psalm 140

O Lord, to You I call, hasten to me. Hasten to me, O Lord.

O Lord, to You I call, hasten to me; hearken to the voice of my prayer when I call upon You.

Hasten to me, O Lord.

Let my prayer come like incense before You, the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

Hasten to me, O Lord.

The deacon performs the Great Incensation. Walking around the holy table, he incenses its four corners, then goes out through the north door and incenses the choirs, the icons and the people, as is the custom. Returning to the holy doors, he incenses once again the choirs and all those in the sanctuary. Finally, he returns the censer to the server and stands to the south of the holy table.

Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth and a portal around my lips.

Incline my heart away from evil dealings, from finding excuses for sinful deeds.

In company with men who work iniquity let me not partake of what they choose.

May a just man chasten me with justice and reprove me; may the oil of the wicked never touch my head.

Yet even then shall I pray for their welfare. Their rulers were swallowed near the rock.

My words will be heard for they were sweet. As a lump of clay broken on the ground, so their bones were strewn near the grave.

To You, Lord, O Lord, my eyes are lifted up; in You have I hoped: let not my soul be lost.

Keep me from the snare that was set up for me and from the stumbling-blocks of wicked men.

The wicked shall fall into their own nets while I remain alone until I can escape.

Psalm 141

With my voice I cried out to the Lord, with my voice I implored the Lord.

Before Him I pour out my supplication, before Him I declare my distress.

When my breath was escaping me, then you knew my paths.

On the road upon which I was walking they set up snares for me.

I looked to my right and observed: there was no one friendly to me.

Even flight was denied me; there was no one to take care of my life.

I cried out to You, O Lord, and said, "You are my hope, my share in the land of the living."

Listen to my supplication for I am laid very low.

Deliver me from my oppressors, for they have overwhelmed me.

The tenth stichon is said after this verse:

Release my soul from its prison that I may praise your name.

The ninth stichon is said after this verse:

The just shall gather around me until You give me my reward.

Psalm 129

The eighth stichon is said after this verse:

Out of the depths I cried out to You, Lord: O Lord, listen to my voice.

The seventh stichon is said after this verse:

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

The sixth stichon is said after this verse:

If you retain sins, O Lord, O Lord, who will be left? With You there is forgiveness.

The fifth stichon is said after this verse:

For your name's sake, O Lord, I have waited for You; my soul has waited for your word, my soul has hoped in the Lord.

The fourth stichon is said after this verse:

From the watch of dawn until the night, from the watch of dawn let Israel long for the Lord.

The third stichon is said after this verse:

For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him abundant redemption.

And it is He who will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 116

The second stichon is said after this verse:

Praise the Lord, all you nations, exalt Him, all you peoples.

The first stichon is said after this verse:

For mighty is his love for us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

With the singing of the "Glory be . . . " the priest puts on the phelonion and both he and the deacon make three metanies before the holy table. The holy doors are opened. If there is to be a reading of the holy Gospel, the priest gives the holy Gospel book to the deacon who holds it with reverence and piety. The server puts incense into the censer and passes it to the deacon. The priest lets down the phelonion. Both priest and deacon walk around the holy table and go out through the north door where the cross-bearer, candle-bearers and fan-bearers are waiting to march before them in procession. When they come before the holy doors, the deacon stands to the right of the priest and bows slightly to him, saying in a low voice:

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

And the priest recites the Entrance Prayer in a low voice.

Priest: At nightfall, dawn and noon, we sing to You, we bless You, we give thanks to You and we beseech You, O Master of All, O Lord and Lover of Mankind: guide our prayers aright as an offering of incense before You; let not our hearts be led to words or thoughts of wickedness, but save us from all those who pursue our souls. For all glory, honor and worship are your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

If the deacon is carrying the holy Gospel book, he presents it to the priest, who kisses it. Then the deacon, holding the orarion with three fingers of the right hand and pointing to the East, says to the priest in a low voice:

Deacon: Bless the holy entering, Father.

And the priest gives the blessing in a low voice.

Priest: Blessed is the entering + into your holy places, at all times, now and always and forever and ever.

Deacon: Amen.

When the singing of the Theotokion has been completed, the deacon says aloud:

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us stand.

And the priest or the ecclesiarch intones the first words of the Hymn of Athenogenes the Martyr, which is continued by all:

O Joyful Light of the holy glory of the Father immortal: heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ! Since we have come to the setting of the sun and have seen the evening light, we praise God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is proper for You to be praised at all times by fitting melodies. O Son of God, Giver of Life, therefore the world glorifies You!

While this hymn is being sung, the deacon incenses the priest, the icons and the whole congregation. After the singing of the hymn, the deacon goes to the holy doors, turns to the congregation, and announces:

Deacon: The Prokimenon of Vespers.

And the reader sings the Prokimenon of the day or feast. On the eve of the major feasts of our Lord and on Cheese Fare Sunday, in the evening of every day of Easter Week and of the two Saturdays of the Dead, the Great Prokimena are sung. All answer in the customary manner.

If there are readings from the Old Testament after the singing of the Prokimenon, the deacon says:

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: A reading from the book (or prophecy) of . . .

Deacon: Let us be attentive!

And the reader turns to the congregation and reads the proper text. The deacon announces each of the readings in the above manner.

If there are readings from the New Testament, the deacon says for each of the readings:

Deacon: Let us be attentive!

Deacon: Wisdom!

Deacon: Let us be attentive!

The deacon goes out through the north door, takes his customary place before the holy doors and says aloud:

Deacon: Let us say with our soul and our whole mind, let us all say.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Lord Almighty, God of our Fathers, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, in your great mercy; we pray to You, hear us and have mercy!

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: Again we pray for our Bishop N., and for his reverend clergy.

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: Again we pray for our brothers the priests, the deacons, the monks and for all the brethren in Christ.

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness and remission of sins for the servants of God who live in this city.

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: Again we pray for the blessed and ever to be remembered founders of this holy church, and for our Orthodox fathers and brethren who have gone before us and who have been laid to pious rest.

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: Again we pray for those who bear offerings, those who do good works in this holy and most venerable church, those who toil, those who sing and all the people here present who await from You great and abundant mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy (three times).

Deacon: For You are merciful, O God, and You love mankind, and we render glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

And the priest or ecclesiarch says aloud:

Deign, O Lord, to keep us this evening without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our Fathers! Praised and glorified is your name forever and ever. Amen.

O Lord, let your mercy rest upon us, for we have placed our trust in You.

Blessed are You + O Lord: teach me your statutes.

Blessed are You + O Master: grant that I may understand your statutes.

Blessed are You + O Holy One: enlighten me with your statutes.

Everlasting is your love, O Lord; do not turn away from the work of your hands!

Indeed, praise, adoration and glory are your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

And the deacon continues aloud:

Deacon: Let us complete our evening prayer to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by your grace.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That this whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us ask the Lord.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: For an angel of peace, a faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: For the forgiveness and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask the Lord.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: For what is good and profitable to our souls and for peace in the world, let us ask the Lord.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: That the rest of our life may be spent in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: That the end of our life may be Christian, painless, unashamed and peaceful, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, let us ask.

All: Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon: Remembering our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ God.

All: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For You are merciful, O God, and You love mankind, and to You we render glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Priest: Peace + to all.

All: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

All: To You, O Lord.

And the priest prays in a low voice:

Priest: O Lord our God, who bowed the heavens and came down for the salvation of the human race, look down upon your servants and on your inheritance: for your servants have bowed down their heads and bent their necks to You, the Judge both awesome and loving. They do not await the help that is from man, but look for your mercy and are ready to receive your salvation. Guard them at all times, this evening and tonight, against all enemies, against the devil's assaults, against vain thoughts and evil dreams. (Aloud) May the might of your kingdom be blessed and exalted, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

If there is a Lete, it takes place here.

On weekdays, the following Stichera are sung and their Aposticha:

1. To You I have lifted up my eyes, to You who live in heaven. Behold the eyes of the servants are turned to the hands of their masters, and the hands of the maid-servants to the hands of their mistresses: thus do our eyes watch the Lord our God until He takes pity on us.

2. Have mercy on us O Lord, have mercy on us, for we have been filled with shame: our soul has been filled to overflowing. May scorn befall detractors, and humiliation come to the proud.

3. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

On Saturday:

1. The Lord has reigned and He is clothed in splendor. The Lord is robed; he is girt about with might.

2. For he has settled the earth: it shall remain unmoved.

3. Righteousness is fitting for your house, O Lord, throughout eternity.

And immediately after the doxology of the Apostikon and its Theotokion, the eccclesiarch or priest says aloud:

Ecclesiarch: Now You shall dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your word in peace: because my eyes have seen your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light of revelation for the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.

And the reader recites the Thrice Holy Hymn:

Reader: Holy God! Holy Mighty One! Holy Immortal One! Have mercy on us (three times).

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

All Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive us our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, look upon us and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy (three times).

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. 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.

Priest: For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

All: Amen.

And the troparia of day are sung as prescribed in the Typikon. If there is to be the Artoklasia, it takes place here.

After the singing is completed, the deacon turns to the people and sings:

Deacon: Wisdom!

And turning to the priest, the deacon says:

Deacon: A blessing!

The priest turns towards the icon of the Lord, and making the sign of the cross, says:

Priest: The Existing One, Christ our God, is blessed at all times, now and always and forever and ever.

And the ecclesiarch or the highest in rank answers:

Ecclesiarch: Amen. Make firm, O Christ God, the holy Orthodox faith in the holy church forever and ever. Amen.

The priest turns towards the icon of the Mother of God and, making the sign of the cross, he says:

Priest: Most holy Theotokos, save us.

And the second in rank answers:

Second in Rank: O you, higher in honor than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, you gave birth to God the Word in virginity. You are truly Theotokos: you do we exalt.

And the priest, turning towards the East, says:

Priest: Glory to You, O Christ God, our hope, glory to You!

Reader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing, Master, in the name of the Lord.

And the priest, turning again towards the congregation, gives the Apolysis.

If it is Sunday:

Priest: May Christ our true God who is risen from the dead,

Otherwise:

Priest: May Christ our true God, through the prayers of his all-spotless and all-pure Mother,

On Monday he adds:

through the supplications of the venerable and bodiless powers of heaven,

On Tuesday he adds:

through the supplications of the venerable and glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist,

On Wednesday he adds:

through the power of the divine and life-giving Cross,

On Thursday he adds:

of the holy apostles worthy of all praise, of our holy father and wonder-worker Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia,

On Friday he adds:

through the power of the divine and life-giving Cross,

And he continues:

of His holy and glorious Apostles who are worthy of all praise, of Saint N. whose memory we celebrate today, of the holy and just ancestors of Christ Joachim and Ann, of Saint N., patron of this church, and of all the saints, [may this same Lord Jesus-Christ] have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

The priest concludes:

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.