THE VIGIL SERVICE COMMON TO THE FESTIVALS OF THE HOLY VIRGIN.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera in Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast given a token.

   In a Divine manner dost Thou preserve and shelter * from all attacks of the enemy * those who lovingly celebrate Thine all-glorious [name of the event] / and who cry unto Thee: * Thou art our strength and our confirmation * and Thy Son our God is our most comely joy, * Whom adoring we cry aloud saying: * O Jesus, Thou all-powerful One, save our souls for Thou alone art Compassionate!

   Having divinely gathered together today, * we praise thee O Theotokos ! * O most holy Virgin, * many are thy splendors and without end are thy wonders, * for thou also art the holy protection, and the praise, * the glory and the source of all healing * unto us that celebrate thy holy [name of the event]; / wherefore praying thus we cry aloud saying: * O Jesus, Thou all powerful One, save our souls for Thou alone art Compassionate!

   As thou art One who is feared by our enemies * and cannot be subdued, * do thou, O most holy one, * with thy honorable supplications both shelter and preserve us, * and do thou grant also unto those that make festival * and celebrate thy [name of the event], * to call upon thy Son and say: * O Jesus, Thou all-powerful One, save our souls for Thou alone art Compassionate!

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

   O most holy Theotokos, * today the Church of God hath been surrounded with a most luminous periphery, * celebrating thy [name of the event], * and shining forth with joy, * exulting mystically she crieth aloud unto thee: * Rejoice O Sovereign-Lady, * precious diadem and crown of God's glory; * Rejoice thou only fulfillment of the divine splendor and eternal joy; * Rejoice the haven of those who flee unto thee, * the mediatrix and salvation of our souls.

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings

The Reading from the Book of Genesis [28, 10-17].

   Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and, behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and, behold, the Angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said: I am the Lord God of Abraham thy Father and the God of Isaac; be not afraid: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep and he said: Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said: How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

The Reading from the prophecy of Ezekiel [43, 27. and 44, 1-4].

   Thus saith the Lord: upon the eighth day and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings, and I will accept you, saith the Lord God. Then He brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the Lord unto me: This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. As for the Prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by the way of the pourch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same. Then brought He me the way of the north gate before the house, and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

The Reading from the Proverbs [9, 1-11].

   Wisdom hath builded her house, and hath fixed the seven pillars thereof. She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens. She crieth upon the highest places of the city: whoso is single, let him turn in hither; as for them that want understanding, she saith unto them: come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake foolishness, and ye shall live, and go in search of understanding that ye may live, and improve understanding in knowledge. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame; and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot, for rebukes unto the wicked are as wounds to him. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For understanding of the law proceedeth from a good thought, for in this wise thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

At the Aposticha, these stichera: In Tone III:

   Come, all ye from the ends of the earth, * and let us glorify the honorable [name of the event] of the Mother of our God, * for lifting up her hands unto her Son she doth pray. * Therefore with psalms, hymns and spiritual odes, let us joyfully celebrate with all the saints, * for with her holy [name of the event] * the restoration of life hath been granted unto all the world.

Stichos: The Virgins that follow after her shall be brought unto the King, those near her shall be brought unto Thee.

   Greatly hath God adorned thee with beauty * since in the midst of mankind He placed the true Light in thine arms. * We beseech thee, the hope of Christians, * the help of those afflicted with needs and sorrows, * thou who art a haven for those laboring in the deep, * and who art ever in His light, * entreat Him that those who lovingly hymn thy all-honored [name of the event] * be delivered from all afflictions.

Stichos: Hearken, O daughter, and see and incline thine ear unto the praise of Thine all-honored [name of the event],

   O all-holy and pure Virgin, * the Mother of Christ God the Creator of all, * thou who art glorified both by Angels in the heavens * and by the race of mankind here on earth. * We beseech thee to unceasingly entreat Him on our behalf; * for next to God, we have placed our trust in thee, * O Theotokos, thou most highly exalted One who knew not wedlock.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., In Tone II:

   Having purified our thoughts and minds, * and beginning with the hymn of David saying: * Arise, O Lord, in Thy repose, * Thou and the ark of Thy sanctuary; * we together with the Angels, joyfully celebrate the Virgin, * the Bride of Christ our God, * the King of all. * For, like unto a beautiful chamber * Thou hast adorned her, O Master, * to rear and to shelter from hostile powers, * by the mighty power of her supplications, * those who are numbered among the inhabitants of Thy city.

   The Troparion of the Festival from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Let us, sinful and humbled, * now earnestly run and in penitence fall down before the Theotokos * crying from the depth of our souls: * O Sovereign Lady, help us, * and have compassion on us, * Make haste for we are perishing * from the multitude of our sins; * Turn not thy servants empty away, * for we have thee as our only hope.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion, In Tone IV:

   We shall never cease, although unworthy, * to proclaim thy powers, O Theotokos; * for if thou didst not intercede with thy supplications, * who would have delivered us from so many dangers? * and who would have preserved us in freedom until now? * we shall never turn away from thee, * for thy servants dost thou always deliver from all manner of evils.

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At the Matins, for God is the Lord, the same Troparion [twice]. Glory ..., Troparion. Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   Like unto an evening dawning * hath the world-wide joy of thy [name of the event] shone forth, * O Virgin Mother Mary. * Do thou enlighten the thoughts * of those who lovingly hymn thee here on earth.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The same.

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Amazed.

   Like a bright cloud hath the Virgin Mary, * the true Theotokos, shone forth unto us all; * Adam is no longer condemned and Eve is released from bonds; * wherefore we also cry out with boldness unto the only pure one, exclaiming: * O most holy Virgin, * entreat thy Son to grant us the remission of our sins.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The same.

After Praise ye the name of the Lord. The Megalynarion:

The Nativity of the Theotokos:

   We magnify thee, O all-holy Virgin, and we honor thy holy Parents, and we glorify thy most glorious Nativity.

Stichos: Remember David, O Lord, and all his affliction.

The Protection of the All-holy Theotokos:

   We magnify thee, O all-holy Virgin, and we honor thy honorable protection, thee whom Saint Andrew beheld in the air praying to Christ for us.

Stichos: Remember David, O Lord, and all his affliction.

The Annunciation of the All-holy Theotokos:

   The Archangel's cry we sing to thee, O Pure One, Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Stichos: Remember David, O Lord, and all his affliction.

The Dormition of the All-holy Theotokos:

   We magnify thee, O all-immaculate Mother of Christ our God, and we glorify thy most glorious failing-asleep.

Stichos: Remember David, O Lord, and all his affliction.

The General Megalynarion to the All-holy Theotokos:

   It is meet to magnify thee, O Theotokos, more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim.

Stichos: Remember David, O Lord, and all his affliction.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: The angelic hosts were upon Thy tomb-stone.

   The fruit of thy virginal womb hath proved to be beautiful * for thou didst give birth to the Life of the world; * wherefore O most pure one the heavenly powers cry unto thee * praising thy esteemed festival O Theotokos singing: * Glory to thy [name of the event]; * glory to thy virginity, * O Mother, who knew not a man.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The same.

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

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

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

The Prokeimenon, In Tone IV:

The Prokeimenon: I shall commemorate thy name * in every generation and generation

Stichos: My heart hath poured forth a good word. I will speak of my works unto the King.

Let Every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke [LK. 1, 39-48; 1, 56]

   At that time: Mary arose and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory ..., Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   Today the grace of gladness hath its beginning, * Today doth the gates of heaven open * and the divine doors open wide, * showing forth unto the world * the [name of the event] of the Mother of our God, * through whom earthly things unite with the heavenly, * unto the salvation of our souls.

The Canon of the All-holy Theotokos , In Tone VIII: The Irmoi to be sung twice; the Troparia 12 times.

ODE I

Irmos: Having passed through the water as upon dry land, * and having escaped the malice of the Egyptians, * the Israelites cried aloud: * Unto our God and Deliverer let us now sing.

   Refrain: Most Holy Theotokos save us

   Do thou graciously strengthen me with God's power to joyfully sing of thy [name of the event], O most pure one. For thou O all-holy one, art the protection of thy city, and unto all thy flock an invincible dominion and strength.

   By thy supplications we secure Benevolence and mercy, for thou hast brought forth God, the Mighty One, Who saveth all the devout through thine intercessions, O most spotless one; for His sake we all glorify thee, O Sovereign-Lady.

   We celebrate Thy divine [name of the event], since through thee O most pure Theotokos, we have been granted incorruptible salvation, and indestructible joy and hope, for thou art unto us a shelter and dominion, and a refuge for our souls.

   We thy people flee for refuge Under thy shelter, O Sovereign-Lady. O most spotless one, be thou a help unto us, thy servants, and ever make supplications for the salvation of those who lovingly hymn thee.

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth * and the Spirit will inspire it, * and I shall utter the words of my song unto the Queen and Mother: * I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast * and joyfully praising her wonders. 

ODE III

Irmos: O Lord, Creator of the vault of Heaven * and the Builder of the Church, * strengthen me in Thy love, O Summit of desire, * O Support of the faithful, O only Lover of mankind.

   Let us with faith renew our hearts with the memory of [name of the event] of the holy Theotokos. Do thou, O most pure one, vouchsafe unto all that in faith pray for deliverance, protection from enemies, visible and invisible.

   Thou dost act most graciously by sanctifying those who in faith flee to thy temple and with love fall down before thy [name of the event]. Do thou therefore incline thy Son and our God to be gracious unto us, to deliver us from all dangers and to grant victory over adversaries to all Orthodox Christians.

   In fulfillment of His Holy aspiration, God the Word become incarnate of thee, thereby making a house for Himself in thy holy womb, and granting us to see the day of thy [name of the event]; which we lovingly celebrate, making supplication unto thee.

   With gladsome souls and joyful hearts we have directed our mind unto the contemplation of Thy honored and divine [name of the event], wherefore O Theotokos, we the faithful pray unto thee, since thou hast suckled with thy milk Him who feedeth us with His mercy, thy most pure Son.

Katavasia: O Mother of God, * Thou living and plentiful fount, * give strength to those united in spiritual fellowship, * who sing hymns of praise to thee: * and in thy divine glory, vouchsafe unto them crowns of Glory ...,

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

   Thy Church solemnly celebrates thy glorious [name of the event], * and in hymning thee, * we the faithful diligently supplicate thee O pure Virgin * to strengthen us against the power of the enemy * and to utterly destroy the counsels of the wicked, * and to direct our lives so that we may fulfill the divine will of thy Son.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The same.

ODE IV

Irmos: I have heard, O Lord, the mystery of Thy plan, * and I contemplate Thy works * and glorify Thy divine nature.

   O pure Virgin, since thou hast passed over into the never-setting Light, remember us who celebrate thy honored [name of the event] and make supplication unto thy Son and our God, that He grant unto us the remission of our sins.

   As in crossing the horizon the resplendent sun doth radiate forth, so also doth thy divine festival radiate forth illuminating rays, and drives away from us the darkness of the passions, bestowing cleansing upon our souls and deliverance from all perils.

   Now is the darkness of evil dispersed and like sunlight illuminating our souls, the festival of thy honored [name of event], shines forth O all-spotless Mother of our God, wherefore we devoutly celebrate thy feast.

   O most pure and most spotless Mother, our celebrated refuge and adulation, hymned by all, the ark of holiness of the mind and the inexhaustible Source of cures for those who venerate thy honored [name of the event].

Katavasia: He Who sitteth in glory * upon the throne of the Divinity, * Jesus the true God is come in a swift cloud. * And with His sinless hands He hath saved those who cry: * Glory to Thy power, O Christ.

ODE V

Irmos: A strange darkness hath overcome me, * I the wretched one, and I ask: * Why dost Thou drive me away from Thy presence * O neversetting Light? * I implore Thee however, do thou steer me * and set me on the path of the light of Thy commandments.

   Unto those that flee to thee for refuge everything becometh full of holiness, and we the faithful, obtaining pardon, celebrate thy honored [name of the event], whereupon we entreat thee to grant us grace and mercy in the day of judgment.

   Adorned with the purity of virginity wast thou who hast given birth to the Fair One, thy Son and our God; do thou also adorn with gladness the Hierarchical orders and all those who observe the festival of thy honored [name of the event]; and from all enemies and dangers that can be do thou deliver the Orthodox.

   Thy honored festival appeareth like another paradise possessing in its midst a sweet smelling flower, issuing forth a fragrance that granteth fullness of heart to the faithful who lovingly venerate thee, O most spotless Sovereign-Lady.

   O Virgin, thou dost appear like a divine cloud sprinkling down upon fallen creation a gentle rain, the water of salvation with which the parched earth dried from sin is nurtured, O most spotless Sovereign-Lady, bringing forth the fruit of virtue; wherefore we glorify thee.

Katavasia: The whole world was amazed at thy divine glory: * for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock, * hast held in thy womb the God of all, * and hast given birth to an eternal Son, * who rewards with salvation all who sing thy praises.

ODE VI

Irmos: Cleanse me, O Savior, * for my iniquities are many; * and bring me up, I beg Thee, from the depths of evils * for unto Thee have I cried * harken unto me, O God of my salvation.

   Thou hast brought forth as a babe Him that existed before all ages, and thus rejuvenated our hearts, which were decayed through many sins; accept our praises which we offer for the sake of Thy festival, as an oblation of mending, O all-holy Theotokos.

   Holy is thy temple and truly wonderful is thy most honored [name of the event] which we celebrate therein; granting unto all that glorify thee, O most pure one, cures for their hearts, do thou also preserve thy servants from all dangers.

   O Virgin Mother of God, coming together in thy temple every soul rejoiceth, celebrating thy festival and singing the praises of thy honored [name of the event] which, resplendent as a sun, shineth with the light of God's grace. Do thou also illumine us and enlighten our hearts, O Virgin-Mother, Sovereign-Lady.

   We hymn thy most honored [name of the event] and reverence thy spotless conception and birth, O Bride of God and Maiden; the angelic orders and the choirs of all saints together with us glorify thee.

Katavasia: As we celebrate this sacred and solemn feast of the Theotokos , * let us come, clapping our hands, * O people of the Lord, * and give glory to God who was born of her.

   The Kontakion of the Festival from the Typicon. But if there be none, sing the following:

Kontakion, In Tone I:

   O Thou who, above all description and understanding, * became the honored dwelling of the ineffable divine nature, * entreat thy Son that we may obtain mercy in the day of judgment. * For thou art the Mother of the King of all, * the surety of sinners, * and the disburser of divine grace and spiritual healing.

Another Kontakion, In Tone VI:

   We have no other help, we have no other hope but thee, * O pure Mother of God; * help us! for in thee do we hope, * and of thee do we boast; * for we are thy servants, * let us not then be put to shame.

The Ikos: Let us lovingly cry unto the Theotokos: Rejoice, mother of the never-setting Star! Rejoice, dawn of the mystic Day! Rejoice, thou who didst extinguish the furnace of error! Rejoice, thou who didst enlighten the initiates Trinitarion!Rejoice, thou who didst banish from power the inhuman tyrant! Rejoice, thou who hast shown us Christ as the Lord and Lover of mankind! Rejoice, thou who redeemest from pagan worship! Rejoice, thou who dost drag from the mire of works! Rejoice, thou who hast stopped the worship of fire! Rejoice, thou who hast quenched the flame of the passions! Rejoice, guide of the faithful to chastity! Rejoice, joy of all generations! Do thou entreat, O most pure one, thy Son and our God that we may obtain mercy in the day of judgment.

ODE VII

Irmos: Through God's descent the fire in Babylon became bedewed; * And so the Youths in the furnace, * dancing with joyful steps as in a meadow, * sang, ‘Blessed art Thou the God of our Fathers!’

   Showing thyself to all as the Queen of all, thou hast established for our sake thy divine festival of [name of the event] as a heavenly shelter, through which we obtain deliverance from the attacks of the invisible enemies. Therefore we cry unto thy Son saying: 'Blessed is the God of our Fathers'.

   O Sovereign Theotokos and Virgin, the yearly liturgical cycle is crowned with thy nativity, and with all thy festivals. Do thou now also adorn the day of thy honored [name of the event] with an outpouring of grace, for which we the faithful flock unto thy holy temple.

   All the heavenly powers praise her that bare the Lord and all the races of mankind glorify her that hath shown unto us the day of her honored [name of the event]: For she is our refuge, hope and protection, and a shelter from all incursions of the enemy.

   O gracious cloud, do thou sprinkle from above with the dew of thy grace and mercy, us who venerate the day of thy glorious festival [name of the event], which every soul gladly hymneth and glorifieth exclaiming: 'Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb'.

Katavasia: The Holy Children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire, * refusing to worship created things in place of the Creator, * and they sang in Joy: * 'Blessed art Thou and praised above all, O Lord God of our Fathers.'

ODE VIII

Irmos: The Unoriginate King of glory, * before Whom tremble all the heavenly hosts, * ye priests sing and ye peoples * exalt unto all the ages.

   Thou art the only Queen of all before God, O most pure parent of God, both the holy throne and the palace of Christ God. Do thou entreat Him that those who venerate thy honored [name of the event] be granted the remission of their sins.

   O all-glorious One, In thy holy arms hast thou truly carried on earth the Lord Who became incarnate of thee, and having ascended above into the heavens thou hast left unto mankind the celebration of the most joyous day of thy honored [name of the event], wherefore we glorify thee, singing: Sing unto the Lord and exalt Him unto all ages.

   Rejoice, O ye divine Prophets, venerating the honored [name of the event] of the Virgin Theotokos, for she has fulfilled the sayings of you all, bringing forth Christ the King of all, Whom we exalt unto the ages.

   Thou art the uplifting of the fallen, the gladness of the despondent, the instructress of the wandering, the visitation and cure of the sick and unto all Christians salvation. O Sovereign-Lady, preserve us who entreat thee and venerate thy [name of the event] and deliver us from all attacks of the aliens.

Katavasia: The offspring of the Theotokos * saved the Holy Children in the furnace. * He who was then prefigured hath since been born on earth, * and He gathers together all the creation to sing: * O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever.

ODE IX

Irmos: Heaven stood amazed and the ends of the earth astounded: * for God hath appeared to mankind in bodily form, * and thy womb hath become far wider than the heavens. * Wherefore, O Theotokos, * the ranks of Angels and of humans magnify thee.

   O city of God, glorious exaltations have been made to thee, for He Who ever reigneth over heaven and earth was born from thee and raised thee from earth to heaven. Unceasingly entreat Him on behalf of those who venerate thy honored [name of the event], by which we magnify thee.

   The incorporeal orders, the assembly of the patriarchs and of the Apostles, the choir of the Prophets, the army of the Martyrs, the companies of Hierarchs and of devout Fathers, and all ye saints Rejoice with us celebrating the [name of the event] of the Theotokos and magnifying her.

   O most pure Virgin, thou hast sanctified everything with thy childbearing and shown thyself the cause of an even greater illumination, the all honorable day of thy [name of the event], which celebrating, we magnify thee.

   O most pure Mother of God; exalt the horn of right believing Orthodox Christians and subdue the raging of the adversaries. Keep free from wars thy cities and preserve all Orthodox Christian lands wherein, O pure Sovereign-Lady, thy great and most-exalted name is magnified and faithfully glorified by all.

Katavasia: Let every mortal born on earth, * radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy, * and let the order of the angelic powers celebrate and honor the holy feast of the Theotokos , * and let them cry aloud: * Rejoice! Pure and blessed Ever-Virgin, who gavest birth to God.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: Hearken ye women.

   Rejoice O Eve! and be renewed O Adam, * all ye Prophets together with the Apostles and Martyrs, * all ye ascetics and Hierarchs, rejoice and be glad; * for the [name of the event] of the most pure Theotokos Mary * hath been revealed as a Source of joy and gladness * both unto the Angels and unto mankind. [Thrice]

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone I:

   O Theotokos, since thou art the source of the Source of light * and the stream of inexhaustible tranquility * do thou, entreat Him to deliver from the darkness of ignorance * and from the passions of soul and body * those who offer unto thee the festive celebration of [name of the event], * that in the world to come * we may be saved from the endless torments. [Twice]

   O Theotokos, He that was born of thee * in the flesh hath shown thee, * in the festival of [name of the event], * to be the Source of benevolent wisdom, * a depth of understanding and grace, * and the fathomless Source of the Hypostatical knowledge of God. * For His sake grant unto me * a droplet of thy wisdom and understanding, * and teach me the ways of a God-pleasing life.

   Having beheld the solemn nativity, * chief among the mysterious wonders of Christ, * we honor and adore the venerable festival of [name of the event] of thee * O Sovereign-Lady the venerated Icon of divine wonders; * do thou O Theotokos , * visit us in times of sickness and sorrows * and deliver us from the torments to come.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   Let us all sing unto the Theotokos Mary: * Rejoice O Mother of God; * Rejoice, ladder exulted and judicious; * Rejoice, bush that remained unconsumed by fire; * Rejoice, O all-holy receptacle; * Rejoice, flower of the faith; * Rejoice, rod that sprouted forth; * Rejoice, O golden censer; * Rejoice O Virgin, the overshadowed mountain of God; * Rejoice, freeing of the first Eve; * Rejoice, O throne of God; * Rejoice, multi-merciful beauty; * Rejoice, O Sovereign-Lady.

   The Great Doxology, after which the Troparion for the feast is sung, if there is no Typicon sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Let us, sinful and humbled, * now earnestly run and in penitence fall down before the Theotokos * crying from the depth of our souls: * O Sovereign Lady, help us, * and have compassion on us, * Make haste for we are perishing * from the multitude of our sins; * Turn not thy servants empty away, * for we have thee as our only hope.

   The Dismissal:

 

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Let us with faith renew our hearts with the memory of [name of the event] of the holy Theotokos . Do thou, O most pure one, vouchsafe unto all that in faith pray for deliverance, protection from enemies, visible and invisible.

   2. Thou dost act most graciously by sanctifying those that in faith flee to thy temple and with love fall down before thy [name of the event]. Do thou therefore incline thy Son and our God to be gracious unto us, to deliver us from all dangers and to grant victory over adversaries to all Orthodox Christians.

   3. In fulfillment of His Holy aspiration God the Word become incarnate of thee, thereby making a house for Himself in thy holy womb, granting unto us to see the day of thy [name of the event]; which we lovingly celebrate, making supplication unto thee.

   4. With gladsome souls and joyful hearts we have directed our mind unto the contemplation of Thy honored and divine [name of the event], wherefore O Theotokos , we the faithful, pray unto thee, since thou hast suckled with thy milk Him who feedeth us with His mercy, thy most pure Son.

   5. Thou hast brought forth as a babe Him that existed before all ages, and thus rejuvenated our hearts which were decayed through many sins; accept also our praises which are offered unto Thy festival as an oblation of mending, O all-holy Theotokos

   6. Holy is thy temple and truly wonderful is thy most honored [name of the event] which we celebrate therein; granting unto all that glorify thee, O most pure one, cures for their hearts, do thou also preserve thy servants from all dangers.

   7. O Virgin Theotokos , coming together in thy temple every soul rejoiceth, celebrating thy festival and singing the praises of thy honored [name of the event] which, resplendent as a sun, shineth with the light of God's grace. Do thou also illumine us and enlighten our hearts, O Virgin-Mother, Sovereign-Lady.

   8. We hymn thy most honored [name of the event] and reverence thy spotless conception and birth, O Bride of God and Maiden; the angelic orders and the choirs of all saints together with us glorify thee.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Let us, sinful and humbled, * now earnestly run and in penitence fall down before the Theotokos * crying from the depth of our souls: * O Sovereign Lady, help us, * and have compassion on us, * Make haste for we are perishing * from the multitude of our sins; * Turn not thy servants empty away, * for we have thee as our only hope.

Kontakion, In Tone I:

   O Thou who, above all description and understanding, * became the honored dwelling of the ineffable divine nature, * entreat thy Son that we may obtain mercy in the day of judgment. * For thou art the Mother of the King of all, * the surety of sinners, * and the disburser of divine grace and spiritual healing.

Another Kontakion, In Tone VI:

   We have no other help, we have no other hope but thee, * O pure Mother of God; * help us! for in thee do we hope, * and of thee do we boast; * for we are thy servants, * let us not then be put to shame.

Prokeimenon In Tone III: [LK 1:46-47] My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Stichos: For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews [Heb. 9: 1-7]

   Brethren: verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

Alleluia, In Tone VIII, [Psalm 44:10, 12] Hearken, O daughter, and see and incline thine ear.

Stichos: Even the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

[Luke. 10:38-42, 11:27-28]

   Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Communion Verse: [Psalm 115:4] I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.