THE SERVICE OF OUR DAILY MORNING PRAYER

                                        The Service of the Midnight Office

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

Glory to You, O God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us of every impurity; and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us.  Lord, cleanse us of our sins.  Master, pardon our iniquities.  Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

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

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, 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.  (12)

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

Come, let us worship and fall down before, our King and God.

Come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God

Psalm 50 (51)

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, these, O God, You will not despise.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

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

And the Symbol of the Faith:

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

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;

And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

He ascended into the heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.  Amen.

And the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us.  Lord, cleanse us of our sins.  Master, pardon our iniquities.  Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

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

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, 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.

Then the following Troparia:

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight; and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, but unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless.  Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death, and be shut out from the Kingdom.  But rouse yourself and cry: "Holy, Holy, Holy are You O God; through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Meditating on that fearful day, O my soul, watch, keep your lamp alight and filled with oil; for you do not know when the voice shall come to you saying: "Behold the Bridegroom."  Beware, therefore, my soul, lest You fall into slumber and be left outside, knocking, as were the five virgins; but wakefully watch, that You may come to meet Christ with good oil, and He shall bestow upon you the divine chamber of His glory.

   Now and ever, and to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Virgin Theotokos, the unassailable wall and confirmation of salvation, we supplicate you: destroy the counsels of the enemies, change the sorrows of your people into joy, protect your city, be the ally of rulers, encourage all who are yours, strengthen your faithful ones, and pray for the peace of the world; for you, O Theotokos, are our hope.

Lord, have mercy.  (40)

You Who at all times and at every hour are worshipped and glorified both in heaven and on earth, O Christ God; Who are long suffering and generous in mercy and compassion; Who love the just and show mercy to those hardened in sin; Who call all people to salvation through the promise of good things to come: receive, O Lord, our supplications at this time, and direct our lives according to Your commandments.  Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set our minds aright; cleanse our thoughts; and deliver us from all calamity, wrath and distress.  Surround us with Your holy Angels, so that guided and guarded by them we may attain the unity of the faith, and the comprehension of Your ineffable glory; for You are blessed to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

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

More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; without defilement you gave birth to God the Word, truly Theotokos, we magnify you.

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

Prayer of Saint Ephrem

During the period of the Great Fast (Great Lent) read the Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian making the customary prostrations as indicated.

Lord and Master of my life, deliver me from the spirit of laziness, meddling, the lust for power, or gossip.  (Prostration)

Rather, bestow upon me Your servant the spirit of self control and humility, the spirit of patience and love.  (Prostration)

Yes, Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not judge my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages.  Amen.  (Prostration)

God cleanse me the sinner, and have mercy on me.  (12)

Lord and Master of my life, deliver me from the spirit of laziness, meddling, the lust for power, or gossip.  Rather, bestow upon me Your servant the spirit of self control and humility, the spirit of patience and love.  Yes, Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not judge my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Prayer of Saint Mardarios

Sovereign God, the Father almighty; Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power: have mercy upon me the sinner; and, according to Your judgments, save me, Your unworthy servant; for blessed are You to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Come, let us worship and fall down before our King and God.

Come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, the King and our God.

Psalm 120 (121)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 133 (134)

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord!

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!

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

And the Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us.  Lord, cleanse us of our sins.  Master, pardon our iniquities.  Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

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

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, 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.

And the following Troparia:

Remember Your servants, O Lord, in Your goodness, and forgive the sins they commit in this life: for there is no one sinless except You the powerful One, Who gives rest to those whom You have forgiven.

In the depth of wisdom, O You Who love mankind, You have ordered the universe, and You have bestowed on us that which is good, O unique Creator; grant rest, Lord, to the souls of Your servants: for they have truly placed their hope in You, the Maker and Fashioner and our God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Among Your saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Your servants, in a place where there is no pain, or sorrow, or grieving, but only life everlasting.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages.  Amen.

All generations call you blessed, Virgin Theotokos; for in you the indivisible Christ, our God, assumed flesh.  Blessed are you and blessed are we who have you as our protection: praying day and night for us; and through your petitions the doors of the Kingdom are opened.  Thus we sing to you: Rejoice full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Lord have mercy.  (12)

Prayer for Those Fallen Asleep

Remember, Lord, those who hope in the resurrection to eternal life, our fathers and brothers who have fallen asleep, and all those who have ended this life in piety and faith; and forgive their every transgression whether committed knowingly or in ignorance, in word, in deed, or in thought.  Grant them rest in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, or suffering, where the radiance of Your countenance shines upon Your saints unto the ages.  Grant to them, and to us, a place in Your Kingdom, bestowing on us Your immeasurable and bounteous goodness as well as Your blessed and eternal life.  For You are the life, the resurrection, and the repose of Your servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and to You we send up glory, with Your eternal Father, and Your all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Most-glorious, ever-virgin, blessed Theotokos, present our prayer to your Son and our God, and plead with Him, that through you He may save our souls.

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit.  Holy Trinity, glory to You.

All my hope I place in you, O Mother of God: guard me under your protection.

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

 

 

 

 

 


Translated by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver used with permission.