Thanksgiving Moleben

PRIEST: Glory to Holy, Consubstantial and undivided Trinity, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages

READER: 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 Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.

Lord have mercy. (Thrice)

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

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed by 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

PRIEST: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory; of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

READER : Amen.

Lord have mercy. (12 times)

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

O come, let us worship God our King.

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

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

PSALM 117

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good for His mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Israel now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. Let all that fear the Lord now say that He is good His mercy endureth for ever. Out of mine affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard me and brought me into a broad place. The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. The Lord is my helper, and I shall look down upon mine enemies. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to hope in the Lord than to hope in princes. All the nations compassed me round about, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off. Surrounding me they compassed me, and by name of the Lord I warded them off. They compassed me about like unto bees around a honeycomb, and they burst into flame like a fire among the thorns, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off. The Lord is my strength and my song, and He hath become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me, the right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength. I shall not die, but live, and I shall tell of the works of the Lord. With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over unto death. Open unto me the gates of righteousness; I will enter therein and give thanks unto the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall enter thereat. I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein. O Lord, save now; O Lord, send now prosperity. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. We have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, and hath appeared unto us. Ordain a feast with thick boughs, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will confess Thee; Thou art my God, and I will exalt Thee. I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me, and Thou art become my salvation. O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, His mercy endureth for ever.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Glory to Thee, O God (thrice)

Then the Deacon reciteth the litany:

DEACON: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have Mercy (after each petition)

For the peace from above, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace of the whole world, for the good estate of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

For this holy temple, and for those who with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord.

For the Orthodox Episcopate of the Russian Church; for our Lord, the Very Most Reverend Metropolitan (N), First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; for our Lord, the Most Reverend (Archbishop (N) or Bishop(N)); for the venerable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ; for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

For this land, it's authorities and armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

For the suffering Russian land and it's Orthodox people both in the homeland and n the diaspora, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

That the Lord will deliver His people from enemies both visible and invisible, and confirm in us oneness of mind, brotherly love and piety, let us pray to the Lord.

For this city, for every city and country, and the faithful that dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.

For seasonable weather, for abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

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

Here the special petitions are included:

That He will graciously accept this present thanksgiving and supplication of us unworthy sinners on His most heavenly altar, and in His compassion have mercy upon us, let us pray to the Lord.

That He will not despise the thanksgiving of us his unprofitable servants, which we offer with humble hearts for the benefits that we have received from Him; but that it may acceptable unto Him as sweet smelling incense, and a whole burnt offering, let us pray to the Lord.

That he will hearken now unto the voice of petition of us, His unworthy servants, and will always fulfill the good intention and desire of His faithful, as may be most expedient for them; and, in that He is bountiful, may always bestow his benefits upon us, and grant unto His holy Church and unto every faithful servant of His their petitions, let us pray to the Lord.

That he will deliver His holy Church (and His servant(s) (N)) and us all from every affliction, wrath, danger, and necessity, and from all enemies, both visible and invisible; and that He will always hedge about his faithful people with health, long life, and peace, and the host of his holy Angels, let us pray to the Lord.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by thy grace.

Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.

Exclamation:

PRIEST: For unto Thee is due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and the ages of ages.

Then:

DEACON: In the _ Tone: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Stichos (before the choir chants the first time): O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.

Stichos: Surrounding me they compassed me, and by the name of the Lord I warded them off.

CHOIR: God is the Lord ...

Stichos: I shall not but live, and I shall tell of the works of the Lord.

CHOIR: God is the Lord ...

Stichos: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner. this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

CHOIR: God is the Lord ...

And the following Troparia:

FOURTH TONE

We, thine unworthy servants, O Lord, grateful for thy great benefits which Thou hast showed upon us, glorifying Thee do praise, bless, give thanks, sing, and magnify Thy loving-kindness, and with love do cry aloud unto Thee in humble submissiveness: 0 our Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee.

THIRD TONE

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

O Master Who hast freely vouchsafed Thy benefits and gifts unto Thine unprofitable servants, zealously resorting unto Thee, we offer unto Thee thanksgiving according to our strength, and glorifying Thee as our Benefactor and Creator, we cry aloud: Glory to thee, O God most bountiful.

Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O Theotokos, the helper of Christians, having acquired thy protection, we thy servants gratefully do cry aloud unto thee: Rejoice, most pure virgin Theotokos! And from calamities deliver thou us always by thy prayers, O thou who alone art a speedy helper in trouble.

DEACON: Let us attend .

PRIEST: Peace be unto all!

READER: And to thy spirit.

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The Prokeimenon in the Fourth Tone. I will sing praises unto the Lord, because He hath dealt so lovingly with me, yea I will praise the name of the Lord Most High.

Verse. My Heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.

Then the Epistle is read:

(Eph 5:8-21) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

PRIEST: Peace be unto thee that readest.

READER: And to thy spirit

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The alleluia of the Gospel in the Fourth Tone:

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

DEACON: Wisdom, Aright! Let us hear the Holy gospel!

PRIEST: Peace be unto all.

CHOIR: And to thy spirit.

PRIEST: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

CHOIR: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

DEACON: Let us attend.

St. Luke 17:12-19: 12 And as (Jesus) entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

CHOIR: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

And immediately, the Deacon reciteth the following Litany:

DEACON: Have mercy upon us, 0 God, according to thy great mercy, we beseech Thee: hearken. and have mercy.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy (Thrice, after each petition)

Returning thanks with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants unto Thy loving-kindness, 0 Lord, our Savior and our Master, for Thy benefits which thou hast poured out abundantly upon thy servants, we fall down in worship, and offer unto thee praise as God, and fervor we do cry aloud unto thee: Deliver thou thy servants from all calamities, and in that thou art merciful fulfill thou always the desires of us all, as may be expedient for us, we diligently entreat Thee, hearken, and have mercy.

In that thou now hast mercifully hearkened unto the supplications of thy servants, 0 Lord, and hast manifested upon us the tender compassion of thy love for mankind, so also, in time to

come, despising us not, do thou fulfill, unto thy glory, all good desires of thy faithful people, and reveal unto us all Thy rich mercy, disregarding our iniquities, we beseech thee: hearken, and have mercy.

And may this our thanksgiving be as sweet-smelling incense, as a fat whole burnt offering before the majesty of thy glory, 0 all·gracious Master, and send thou down always upon thy servants, in that Thou art beneficent, Thy rich mercies and bounties; and deliver from all assaults of enemies, both visible and invisible, thy holy Church, and this city, and grant unto all thy people length of days, sinless and healthful, and increase in all virtue, we beseech thee, 0 all bountiful King: mercifully hearken, and speedily show mercy.

Exclamation:

PRIEST: Hear us, 0 God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of those who are far off upon the sea; and show mercy, show mercy, 0 Master, upon us sinners, and be merciful unto us sinners, and be merciful unto us. For Thou art a merciful God who lovest mankind, and unto thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

CHOIR: Amen.

DEACON: Let us pray to the Lord!

And the priest, with all heed and devoutness, readeth the following prayer, aloud:

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the God of all mercies and bounties Whose mercy is immeasurable, and whose love for mankind is an unfathomable deep: falling down in adoration before Thy majesty, with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants, and now humbly rendering thanks unto Thy loving-kindness for Thy benefits bestowed upon Thy Servant(s) (N), we glorify Thee, we praise Thee, we sing Thee and we magnify thee as our Lord, and Master, and Benefactor; and again falling down before Thee, we humbly thank Thee, supplicating Thy boundless and inexpressible mercy. And in that Thou hast graciously vouchsafed to accept the petitions of Thy servants and to fulfill them, so also grant that henceforth thy Holy Church and this city may be delivered from every hostile assault, and may be vouchsafed peace and tranquillity, and that increasing in true love of Thee, and in all virtues, all Thy faithful people may receive Thy benefits; and that we may ever offer thanksgiving unto Thee, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all holy, and good, and life giving Spirit, God glorified in one person; and that we may say exceeding good things and sing:

and Immediately, he exclaimeth in a loud voice:

Glory to Thee, O God our Benefactor, unto the ages of ages.

CHOIR: Amen.

And immediately is sung the great Doxology, or the Hymn of St. Ambrose:

GREAT DOXOLOGY

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will among men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory. O Lord, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty; O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and O Holy Spirit. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and forever.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages of ages. Amen. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes. Thrice.

Lord, thou hast been our refuge in generation and generation. I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. O Lord, unto Thee have I fled for refuge, teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. For in Thee is the fountain of life, in Thy light shall we see light. O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee.

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

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

Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

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

And when it is finished:

DEACON: Wisdom!

CHOIR: More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

PRIEST: Glory to Thee, O God, our hope, glory to Thee.

CHANTERS : Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. (thrice) Father (master), bless.

PRIEST: May Christ our God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, (the patron saint of the temple) , and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.

CHANTERS : Amen.

The end of the Service of Thanksgiving





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