Orthodoxy

The Standard of Faith

As decreed by the Ecumenical Councils of Nicaea (325) and Constantinople (381)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, /
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. /

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, /
the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all worlds; /
Light of Light, very God of very God; /
begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; /
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, /
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; /
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, /
and suffered and was buried; /
And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; /
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; /
And He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; /
Whose kingdom shall have no end. /

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; Who proceedeth from the Father; /
Who with the Father and the Son [†] together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. /

I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. /
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. /
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Usual Beginning (laity)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, [†] have mercy on us, and save us.

Amen. Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord.

Trisagion Prayers

[†] Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, [bow] have mercy on us! [3x]
[†] Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake.
[†] Lord, have mercy! [3x]
[†] Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, [†] have mercy on us, and save us.

Amen. Lord, have mercy! [12x]

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

[†] Come let us [slight bow] worship God our King.
[†] Come let us [bow] worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.
[†] Come let us [deep bow] worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God. [†] Come let us [deep bow] worship and fall down before Him.

Prayer of St Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. [prostration] But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. [prostration] Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen [prostration]

Troparion of the Temple

We bow down before thine all-pure image, O Good One, / asking forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God; / for of Thine own good will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / that Thou mightest deliver us from bondage to the enemy. / Wherefore, we cry out to Thee in thanksgiving: / Thou hast filled all things with joy, O our Savior, // by coming to save the world.

Kontakion of the Temple

Tone 2: O uncircumscribable Word of the Father, / knowing the victorious image, / uninscribed and divinely wrought, / of Thine ineffable and divine dispensation towards man, / of Thy true incarnations, // we honor it with veneration.

Kontakion to the Theotokos

Tone 6: A protection of Christians all venerable, / Intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, / Reject not / The prayerful cries of those who art in sin. / Instead, come to us, for thou art good; / Thy loving help bring unto us, / Who are crying in faith to thee: / Hasten to intercede / And speed now to supplicate, / As a protection for all time, // O Theotokos, for those who honor thee.

Troparia of the Resurrection

Tone 1: While the stone was sealed by the Jews, / and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body, / Thou dist arise on the third day, O Saviour, / granting life to the world; / for which cause the heavenly pow’rs cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; / glory to Thy Kingdom; // glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the Lover of mankind.

Tone 2: When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou Deathless and Immortal One, / then Thou didst destroy Hades with Thy Godly pow’r; / and when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, / all the pow’rs of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: // O Christ Thou Giver of Life, glory to Thee!

Tone 3: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; / for the Lord has done a mighty act with His own arm. / He has trampled down death / and become the First-born from the dead. / He has delivered us from the depth of hades, // granting the world the Great Mercy.

Tone 4: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, / the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, / and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: / Death has been spoiled. / Christ God is risen, // granting the world Great Mercy.

Tone 5: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, / coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born of the Virgin for our salvation; / for He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, / to suffer death, // and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 6: When Mary stood at Thy grave looking for Thy sacred Body, / angelic pow’rs shone above Thy revered tomb, / and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. / Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby; / Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give Life to the world; // O Thou Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Tone 7: Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; / Thou didst open Paradise to the Thief; / Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment bearing women into joy, / and didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning that Thou hast risen, O Christ, // granting to the world the great mercy.

Tone 8: From the heights; Thou didst descend O Compassionate One, / and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, / that Thou might deliver us from passion. / Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, // O Lord, glory to Thee.

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