THE DIVINE LITURGY
OF OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

(Secret Prayer of Preparation)
Heavenly King, Advocate, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings, Bestower of Life, come, dwell within us; cleanse us of all that defiles us, and O Good One, save our souls. 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will! (Twice)
O Lord, You will open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise. 
(The priest then kisses the book of the holy Gospels.)

The Divine Liturgy

(Congregation stands)

Priest: Blessed be the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

(Congregation is seated)

Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For peace throughout the world, for the well-being of God's holy Churches and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this holy church and for all who enter it with faith, reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our Most Holy Universal Pontiff, n., Pope of Rome, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our Most Blessed Major Archbishop n.; our Most Reverend Metropolitan, n., our God-loving bishop, n. the reverend priesthood, diaconate in Christ; and all the clergy and the people; let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our nation under God, for our government, and for all the military; let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this city , for every city and country and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For all seafarers and travelers, for the sick and the suffering, and for those held captive, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and misfortune, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by your grace. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Remembering our most holy and immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary together with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God. 

People: To you, O Lord.

The priest says in a low voice the Prayer of the First Antiphon:
Lord, our God, whose power is beyond comparison, whose glory is beyond comprehension, whose mercy is beyond measure, and whose love for mankind is beyond expression, in the kindness of Your heart, O Master, look upon us and upon this holy church, and bestow on us and upon those praying with us the riches of Your mercy and compassion.

And then exclaims:
Priest: For all glory, honour, and worship befit You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Typica The First Antiphon.
Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and let all that is within me bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
He forgives all your iniquities, He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from corruption, He crowns you with mercy and compassion.
Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, long-suffering and abounding in mercy.

(Congregation rises)  
    
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Only-begotten Son and Word of God, You are immortal, and You willed for our salvation to be made flesh of the holy Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, and without change You became man. You were crucified, 0 Christ our God, and trampled death by death. You are one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

Priest: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Your grace. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Remembering our most holy and immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady, The Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, together with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God. 

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest prays silently the Prayer of the third antiphon:
You have given us the grace to pray together in harmony and have promised to grant the requests of two of three who join their voices in Your name. Fulfill now for us, Your servants, these petitions for our benefit. Grant us in this present life the knowledge of Your truth, and in the age to come, bestow eternal life. 

Priest: For You are a good and loving God, and in return we give glory to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

The people chant the third antiphon or the Beatitudes.

The Beatitudes
Remember us, 0 Lord, in Your kingdom.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil word against you falsely because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.

Priest silently prays the Prayer of the Entrance
Lord God our Master, who established in heaven the ranks and armies of angels and archangels for the service of Your glory, grant that as we make our entrance, the holy angels may enter too, serving with us and joining in the praise of Your goodness. For all glory, honour and worship befit You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

The priest blesses the entrance:
Blessed be the entrance into Your holies, always, now, and for ever and ever. 

Priest: Wisdom! Stand aright. 

People: Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ. Son of God, wonderful in the saints, save us who sing psalms to You: Alleluia.

(The proper tropars are now sung).
After the entrance, Troparion To the Mother of God let us now have recourse with fervor, and let us lowly sinners fall down in repentance crying from the depths of our souls: "O Lady, help and have mercy upon us! Make haste! We perish under our many sins! Turn not your servants away empty, for in you we possess our only patroness!"

Kontakion (Tone 6):We have no other help, we have no other hope, apart from you, 0 immaculate Virgin. Give us your help! In you we hope, and in you we glory, for we are your servants. May we not be put to shame.

The priest silently says the prayer of the thrice-holy hymn:
Holy God, You dwell in the holies. With threefold cries of holy, the seraphim acclaim You, the cherubim glorify You, and all the heavenly powers worship You. From nothingness You brought all things into being. You created man in Your own image and likeness and adorned him with all Your graces. You give wisdom and understanding to all who ask. You do not turn Your face from the sinner but offer repentance as a way for salvation. You made us, Your humble and undeserving servants, worthy to stand before the glory of Your holy altar at this very time, and bring You due worship and praise. Accept from the lips of us sinners the Thrice-Holy Hymn and visit us in your kindness, O Master. Forgive us all our offenses, voluntary and involuntary. Sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant that we, in holiness, may serve You all the days of our lives, through the inter cession of the holy Mother of God and of all the saints, who throughout the ages have found favour with You.

Priest: For You, our God, are holy, and we give glory to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Hymn of the Thrice-holy
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

Priest (silently): Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed are You on the throne of glory of Your kingdom, Who sit upon the cherubim, always, now, and for ever and ever.

 The priest says aloud:
Priest: Let us be attentive. Peace be with all Wisdom! Let us be attentive! 

The prokimen, a psalm of David.(Tone 3):
Refrain: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Verse: Because He has regarded the humility of His handmaid; for, behold, all generations shall call me blessed. (Lk. 1:46-48)
Refrain:...

Priest: Wisdom! 

The reader announces the title of the Epistle:

Priest: Let us be attentive! 

(Congregation is seated)    

Reading of the Epistle.

The Epistle having been read, the priest says:
Priest: Peace be with you. Wisdom. Let us be attentive.

(Congregation stands)   

  People: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 
(Tone 8): Hear, 0 daughter, and see, and incline your ear. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Verse: The rich among the people shall entreat your countenance.(Ps.45:11, 13) Alleluia. (Thrice)

The priest, standing before the altar, silently says this prayer before the Gospel:
Make the pure light of Your Divine knowledge shine in our hearts, O loving Master. Open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your gospel. Instill in us the fear of Your blessed commandments that we may subdue all carnal desires and follow a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all that pleases You. For You, O Christ our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, and in return we give glory to You, together with Your Eternal Father and Your most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

The priest, turning to face the congregation, says aloud:
Priest: Wisdom! Stand aright! Let us listen to the holy Gospel. Peace be with all. 

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint n.

People: Glory be to You, O Lord, glory be to You.

Priest: Let us be attentive! 

Reading of the Gospel

People (after reading of the Gospel):Glory be to You, O Lord, glory be to You.

(Congregation is seated)  

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Have mercy on us, O God, in the greatness of Your compassion, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy. 

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice) 

The Prayer of Fervent Supplication:
Lord, our God, accept this fervent supplication from Your servants. Have mercy on us in the greatness of Your compassion. Let Your loving kindness descend upon us and upon all Your people who await Your abundant mercy.

Priest: Again we pray for our Most Holy Universal Pontiff, n., Pope of Rome; for our Most blessed Major Archbishop n.; our Most Reverend Metropolitan n. our God-loving bishop, n., for those who serve and have served in this holy church, for our spiritual fathers, and for all our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice) 

Priest: Again we pray for our nation under God, for our government, and for all the military. 

People: Lord, have mercy.  (Thrice)

Special petitions may be inserted at this point in the ektene.

Priest: Again we pray for the people here who await Your great and bountiful mercies, for those who have been kind to us, and for all orthodox Christians. 

People: Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)

Exclamation: 
Priest: For You are a merciful and loving God, and we give glory to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Priest:  Again and again let all of us the faithful pray in peace to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest silently prays the First Prayer of the Faithful
We thank You, O Lord God of hosts, that You have deemed us worthy to stand now at Your holy altar, falling upon Your mercies for our sins and for the offenses of the people. Accept our prayers, O God, and make us worthy to offer You petitions, supplications and unbloody sacrifices for all Your people. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, enable us whom You appointed for Your ministry to call upon You always and everywhere, without condemnation and without stumbling, in the pure testimony of our conscience, so that, hearing us, You may be propitious to us in the abundance of Your goodness.

Priest silently prays the Second Prayer of the Faithful:
Once again and many times we fall before You, and ask You, O good and loving Lord, that, having looked upon our petition, You might cleanse our souls and bodies of every defilement of flesh and spirit, and might permit us to stand guiltless and uncondemned before Your holy altar. Grant also, O God, to those praying with us growth in life, in faith, and in spiritual understanding. Grant that they who serve You in fear and love, may always partake of Your Holy Mysteries without blame or condemnation and be made worthy of Your heavenly kingdom.

Priest:  Help, save, have mercy and preserve us O God, by Your grace. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Wisdom! So that always protected by Your might, we may give glory to You: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

(Congregation stands)   

People: Amen.
Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the Thrice-holy Hymn to the life-giving Trinity, now lay aside all cares of life.

The priest says the following prayer in a low voice:
No one who is bound by carnal desires and pleasures is worthy to approach You or to draw near to You, or to minister to You, O King of Glory. For to serve You is great and awesome, even for the heavenly powers. And yet, because of your love for mankind - a love which cannot be expressed or measured - you became man, unchanged and unchanging. You were appointed our High Priest, and as Master of all, handed down to us the priestly ministry of the liturgical and unbloody sacrifice. You alone, O Lord our God, have dominion over heaven and earth; You are borne on the throne of the cherubim; You are Lord of the seraphim and King of Israel; You alone are holy and rest in the holies. I implore You, therefore, Who alone are good and ready to listen: look upon me, your sinful and useless servant. Cleanse my heart and soul of the evil that lies on my conscience. By the power of Your Holy Spirit enable me, who am clothed with the grace of the priesthood, to stand before this, Your holy table, and offer the sacrifice of Your holy and immaculate Body and precious Blood. Bending my neck, I approach and petition You: turn not Your face from me nor reject me from among Your children, but allow these gifts to be offered to You by me, Your sinful and unworthy servant. For it is You who offer and You who are offered; it is You who receive and You who are given, O Christ our God, and we give glory to You, together with Your eternal Father, and Your most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

After completing this prayer, the priest stands in front of the holy table and recite the Cherubicon three times together with the deacon, bowing once at each conclusion.

Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the Thrice-holy Hymn to the life-giving Trinity, now lay aside all cares of life. That we may receive the King of all, escorted invisibly by ranks of angels. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Then the priest goes to the prothesis.: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Lift up your hands to the holies and bless the Lord.

The priest says aloud:
Priest: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom our Most Holy Universal Pontiff, n., Pope of Rome; our Most Blessed Major Archbishop and Metropolitan, n; our Most Reverend Metropolitan, n.; our God-loving bishop, n,  all the priestly, diaconal and religious orders, our nation under God; our government, and all the military; the noble and ever to be remembered founders and benefactors of this holy church; (all our suffering brothers and sisters;) and all you orthodox Christians always, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen. That we may receive the King of all, escorted invisibly by ranks of angels. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Entering through the holy doors, the priest sets the holy chalice on the holy table. From the forehead of the deacon he takes the holy diskos and also sets it upon the holy table. Then he takes the veils from the holy diskos and the holy chalice and lays them on one side of the holy table. Taking the aer from the deacon's shoulder, he incenses it, cover the holy gifts with it, saying silently:

Noble Joseph took down Your immaculate body from the tree. He wrapped it with clean linen and, with aromatic spices buried, it in a new tomb. Bless, O Lord, Sion in Your good pleasure, and may the walls of Jerusalem be built up. Then shall You be pleased with sacrifices of justice, offerings and holocausts; then shall they offer up bullocks on Your altar.

Priest: Let us complete our petition to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the precious gifts that have been presented, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this holy church and for all who enter it with faith, reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and misfortune, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Silent prayer of presentation, after placing the Holy Gifts on the Holy Table:
Lord, God almighty, Who alone are holy, You accept the sacrifice of praise from those who call upon You with all their hearts. Accept also the petitions of us sinners and bring them to Your holy altar. Enable us to offer You gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the sins of ignorance of the people. Make us worthy to find favor with You so that our sacrifice may be acceptable to You and so that the good Spirit of Your grace may rest upon us, upon these gifts present before us, and upon all Your people.

Priest: Through the mercies of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom you are blessed, together with Your most holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Priest: Peace be with all. 

People: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us love one another so that we may be of one mind in confessing: 

People: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity, one in Being and undivided.

The priest bows three times, saying in a low voice:
I will love You, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stronghold and my refuge. (Thrice)
He kisses the holy gifts.

Priest: The doors, the doors! In wisdom let us be attentive. 

The priest raises the aer and holds it over the holy gifts. If there are other concelebrating priests, they likewise raise the holy aer aloft and hold it over the holy gifts, moving it gently as, together with the people, they recite to themselves the Symbol of Faith.

People:  I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures: he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Priest: Let us stand well, let us stand with fear; let us be attentive to offer the holy oblation in peace. 

People: The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise.

The priest removes the aer from the holy gifts, kisses it, sets it to one side and turns to the congregation, saying:
Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

People:  And with your spirit.

Turning to the altar,
Priest: Let us lift up our hearts 

People: We have lifted them to the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord. 

People: It is right and just to worship the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, one in Being and undivided.

(Congregation kneels)      

The priest silently prays:
It is right and just to sing of You, to bless You, to praise you, to thank You, to worship You everywhere in Your domain; for You are God - ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, always existing and ever the same - You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. You brought us from nothingness into being and after we fell, You raised us again. You did not cease from doing everything until You led us up to heaven and granted us Your future kingdom. For all this we give thanks to You, to Your only-begotten Son, and to Your Holy Spirit: for all things which we know and do not know, the benefits bestowed upon us, both manifest and hidden. We thank You also for this liturgy which You have deigned to accept from our hands, even though there stand before You thousands of archangels, and tens of thousands of angels, the cherubim and seraphim, six-winged and many-eyed, aloft on wing. 

The priest picks up the holy asterisk from the holy diskos, makes a sign of the cross over it, and kissing it, sets it aside.

Exclamation:
Priest:  Singing, crying, exclaiming, and saying the triumphal hymn: 

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of Your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

The Priest prays: With these blessed powers, O Master, Who love mankind, we too cry out and say: Holy are You, truly all holy,  You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. Holy are You, truly all holy,  and magnificent is Your glory. You so loved Your world that You gave Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. After He had come and fulfilled the whole divine plan for our sake, on the night He was given over, or rather, gave Himself over for the life of the world He took bread into His holy, most pure and immaculate hands, gave thanks, blessed, sanctified and broke it. He gave it to His holy disciples and apostles, saying: 

Aloud:
Priest: TAKE, EAT: THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest makes a deep bow.

People: Amen.

The priest in a low voice:
In like manner the cup after the supper, saying:

Aloud:
Priest: DRINK OF IT, ALL OF YOU. THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT, WHICH IS POURED OUR FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

And again the priest, makes a deep bow.

People: Amen.

The priest silently prays:
Remembering, therefore, this salutary commandment, and all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into heaven, the sitting at the right hand and the second and glorious coming.

Priest: We offer to You, Yours of Your own, in behalf of all and for all. 

While this is being said, the priest, having crossed his hands, elevates the holy Diskos and the holy Chalice. He then makes a reverent bow.

People: We sing Your praises, we bless You, we thank You, O Lord, and we petition You, our God.

The priest prays:
Further, we offer to You this rational and unbloody worship; and we ask, we pray, and we entreat You: send down Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these Gifts here present.

The priest, having bowed, blesses the holy Bread, saying:

And make this Bread the precious Body of Your Christ;
Amen.

The priest, blessing the Holy Chalice, says:
And that which is in this Chalice the precious Blood of Your Christ;
Amen.

The priest, blessing both holy Gifts, says:
Having changed Them by Your Holy Spirit.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
So that They may bring about in the communicants sobriety of soul, forgiveness of sins, fellowship in Your Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of the kingdom of heaven, confidence before You and not judgement or condemnation. Further, we offer You this reasonable worship for those who have gone to their rest in faith: forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, and for every righteous soul that finished this life in faith.

The priest takes the censer and exclaims:
Priest: Especially, for our most holy and immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary. 

(Congregation rises)   
 

People: It is right indeed to bless you, O Mother of God, O ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of our God. More honourable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word; O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

The priest silently prays:
For St. John, the prophet, forerunner and baptist; for the holy, glorious, all-praiseworthy apostles; for Saint/s n./n. whose memory we celebrate; and for all Your saints. Through their supplications, visit us, O God. And remember all who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising to eternal life,
(He mentions by name the deceased whom he wishes to commemorate).
and grant them rest in a place visited by the light of Your countenance. Further, we invoke You: remember, O Lord, the entire orthodox episcopate, rightly imparting the word of Your truth, the entire priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, and every sacred order. Further, we offer You this rational worship for the whole world for the holy, catholic and apostolic Church, for those who live chaste and holy lives, for our nation under God, for our government and for all in the military. Grant them, O Lord, a peaceful governance so that in their tranquility we may be able to lead calm and quiet lives in all piety and virtue.

After the singing of the hymn, the priest exclaims:
Priest: Among the first, remember, O Lord, our Most Holy Universal Pontiff, n., Pope of Rome; our Most Blessed Major Archbishop, our Most Reverend Metropolitan, n.; our God-loving bishop, n., (whose territory it is). For the sake of Your holy churches grant that they may live in peace, safety, honour and health for many years, and rightly minister the word of Your truth. 

People: And remember all men and all women.

The priest silemtly prays:
Remember, O Lord, this city in which we live (or this village in which we live) (or this monastery in which we live) and every city and country and the faithful who live in them. Remember, O Lord, the seafarers and travelers, the sick and the suffering, and those held captive and their salvation. Remember, O Lord, those who bear fruit doing good works in Your holy churches, and remembering the poor. Send down Your mercy upon all of us. (He commemorates by name those of the living whom he wishes.)

Priest: And grant that with one voice and one heart we may glorify and sing the praises of Your most honoured and magnificent name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

 The priest, turning to the congregation and blessing, says:
Priest: And may the mercies of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, be with all of you. 

People: And with your spirit.

(Congregation is seated)     

Priest: Having remembered all the saints, again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the precious Gifts which have been presented and consecrated, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That our loving God, Who has received Them as a spiritual fragrance upon His holy, heavenly and mystical altar, may send down on us in return His divine grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray (to the Lord). 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That we may be delivered from all tribulation wrath, and misfortune, let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

The priest silently prays:
We place before You our whole life and hope, O loving Master; and we ask, we pray, and we entreat You: make us worthy to partake with a pure conscience of Your awesome and heavenly Mysteries at this sacred and spiritual table, for forgiveness of sins, for the pardon of offenses, for fellowship of the Holy Spirit, for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, for confidence before You, and not for judgment or condemnation.

Priest: Help, save, have mercy and preserve us O God, by Your grace. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord. 

People: Grant this, O Lord.

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

People: Grant this, O Lord.

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

People: Grant this, O Lord.

Priest: For all that is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord. 

People: Grant this, O Lord.

Priest: That we may spend the rest of our lives in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord. 

People: Grant this, O Lord

Priest: For a Christian end to our lives, that is painless, unashamed, and peaceful; and for a good defense at the awesome tribunal of Christ, let us ask the Lord. 

People: Grant this, O Lord

Priest: We have asked for unity of the faith and for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; let us now commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God. 

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest:  Make us worthy, O Master, with confidence and without condemnation, to dare call You, the heavenly God, Father, and say: 

(Congregation rises)     

People: 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 the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Priest: Peace be with all. 

People: And with Your spirit.

Priest: Bow your heads to the Lord. 

People: To You, O Lord.

The priest silently  prays
We give You thanks, O invisible King, for by Your infinite power You created all things and in Your great mercy, brought all things from nothingness into being. Look down from heaven, O Master, upon those who have bowed their heads to You: for they have not bowed them down to flesh and blood, but to You, the awesome God. Therefore, O Master, make smooth the ways that lie before us all for our good and in accord with each one's personal need: sail with seafarers, travel with travelers, heal the sick, O Physician of our souls and bodies. 

Priest: Through the grace, mercies and the loving-kindness of Your only-begotten Son with Whom You are blessed together with Your most holy, and good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

(Congregation kneels)     

The priest silently prays:
Attend, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, from Your holy dwelling and from the throne of glory in Your kingdom and come to sanctify us, You Who are seated on high with the Father and are invisibly present here with us. Deign to give to us with Your mighty hand Your immaculate Body and precious Blood, and through us, to all the people.

Then the priest bows three times and says three times in a low voice:
God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

The priest, elevating the holy Bread, exclaims:
Priest: Let us be attentive! The holy Things for the holy! 

People: One is holy, one is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The people say the communion verse of the day or of the feast.
Communion Verse: I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the name of the Lord. (Ps. 116:13)
Alleluia. (Thrice) 

The priest carefully and reverently breaks It into four parts, saying:
Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God - broken and not divided; always eaten and never consumed; - but He sanctifies those who partake.

The priest, taking the particle IC which lies above, makes a cross over the holy Chalice with It saying:
Fullness of the Holy Spirit. 

and he puts It into the holy Chalice.
Amen.

Prayer before Holy Communion:

People:  I believe, O Lord, and confess that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. Accept me this day, O Son of God, as a partaker of Your Mystical Supper. I will not tell the Mystery to Your enemies, nor shall I give You a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief, I confess to You: 
Remember me, O Lord, when You come into Your kingdom. 
Remember me, O Master, when You come into Your kingdom. 
Remember me, O holy One, when you come into your kingdom. 
May the partaking of Your holy Mysteries, O Lord, be unto me not for judgment or condemnation but for the healing of soul and body. 
God, be merciful to me, a sinner. 
God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me. 
I have sinned without number; forgive me, O Lord.

The priest, taking one particle of the holy Bread, says:
The precious and most holy Body of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, is given to me, n., a priest, for the forgiveness of my sins and for life everlasting. Amen. 

He then bows his head and prays, saying:
I believe, O Lord, and confess ...(see above) 

And then he partakes with reverence and every care of That which they hold in their hands. Then the priest bows, takes the holy Chalice together with a purificator in both hands and partakes of It, saying:

I, the servant of God, n., a priest, partake of the precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ; for the forgiveness of my sins and for life everlasting. Amen.

He wipes his lips and the rim of the holy Chalice with the purificator he is holding in his hand and says:

This has touched my lips and shall take away my iniquities and shall cleanse my sins.

He covers the holy Chalice with a small veil and places the asterisk and veils on the holy diskos, turns to the congregation, saying:

Priest: Approach with the fear of God and with faith. 

People: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. God is Lord and has appeared to us.
 
The faithful who wish to receive Holy Communion now approach with all humility and reverence, their hands crossed upon their breast. In the Byzantine Rite, Holy Communion is given under both species. It will be helpful to the priest to tilt your head slightly backwards, open your mouth widely, but DO NOT EXTEND YOUR TONGUE. The priest will use a small gold spoon to place Communion into your mouth. Do not close your lips upon the spoon. 

In distributing Communion, the priest says:
The servant of God, n., partakes of the precious and most holy and immaculate Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of his/her sins and life everlasting. Amen.

After Communion the priest enters the holy sanctuary and places the holy Gifts on the holy altar.The priest blesses the people with the holy Chalice with the sign of the cross, exclaiming:

Priest: Save Your people, O God, and bless Your inheritance. 

People: We have seen the true light. We have received the heavenly Spirit. We have found the true faith. We worship the undivided Trinity for having saved us.

Turning to the holy table, the priest incenses the holy Gifts three times and says in a low voice:
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory be above all the earth.

The priest takes the chalice and veils, saying secretly: Blessed be our God, and aloud:

Priest: Always, now and for ever and ever. 

He goes to the holy prothesis and places the holy Gifts there.

(Congregation rises)         

People: Amen. May our lips be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that we may sing of Your glory. For You made us worthy to partake of Your holy, divine, immortal and life-giving Mysteries. Preserve us in Your holiness that we may meditate all the day upon Your justice. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Priest: Stand aright! Having received the divine, holy, immaculate, immortal, heavenly, and life-giving, awesome Mysteries of Christ, let us rightly give thanks to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Help, save, have mercy and preserve us, O God, by Your grace. 

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Having asked that this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God. 

People: To You, O Lord.

Silent prayer of thanksgiving:
Priest: We thank You, O Master, lover of mankind, and benefactor of our souls, that on this present day You have made us worthy of Your heavenly and immortal Mysteries. Make straight our path. Make us all firm in fear of You. Protect our lives and secure our steps, through the prayers and supplications of the glorious Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary and all Your saints. 

He folds the corporal, and holding the holy Gospel before himself, makes the sign of the cross over the corporal.

Exclamation:
Priest: For You are our sanctification and we give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

Priest: Let us go forth in peace. 

People: In the name of the Lord.

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord. 

People: Lord, have mercy

Prayer behind the ambo, aloud:
Priest: You bless those who bless You, O Lord, and sanctify those who trust in You. Save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Protect the fullness of Your Church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house and glorify them by Your divine power. Do not forsake us who hope in You. Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to the priests, to our nation under God, to our government, and to all Your people. For all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of Lights. And we give glory, thanks and worship to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.
Blessed be the name of the Lord now and for ever. [thrice] and Psalm 33/34:
As this prayer is being said, the deacon stands on the right side before the icon of Christ the Master, holding his orar and bowing his head until the end of the prayer. After it is completed, the priest enters through the holy doors and having turned to the prothesis, says the following prayer:

Silent prayer at the consumption of the Holy Gifts:
Being the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, O Christ our God, Who fully achieved the whole of the Father's plan of salvation, fill our hearts with joy and gladness, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Priest: The blessing of the Lord be upon you through His grace and love for mankind always, now and for ever and ever. 

People: Amen.

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

People: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.  Give the blessing.

Priest: Christ is our true God, through the intercession of His immaculate Mother, of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople; of saint (patron of church) and of saint (whom we commemorate today) and all the saints, will have mercy on us and save us for He is good and loves mankind. 

People: Amen.

The end of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom