Entrance Psalm or Hymn
As the ministers go in procession to the entrance of the sanctuary, the congregation stands and sings either the following Psalm (A) or Hymn (B):
(A) Psalm 36:6-11
Lord, your love reaches to heaven;
your fidelity, to the clouds.
Your justice is like the highest mountains;
your judgments, like the mighty deep;
all living creatures you sustain, Lord.
How precious is your love, O God!
We take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
We feast on the rich food of your house;
from your delightful stream you give us drink.
For with you is the fountain of life,
and in your light we see light.
Continue your kindness toward your friends,
your just defense of the honest of heart.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Cel: I have entered your house, O Lord, and have worshiped before your throne. O King of heaven, forgive all my sins.
Cong: O King of heaven, forgive all our sins.
Cel: Pray to the Lord for me.
Cong: May the Lord accept your offering and have mercy on us through your prayer.
Cel: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Cel: O Lord, on the morning of your coming, when you will set up the throne of your majesty, the righteous and just will come to meet you. Dressed in their wedding garments and carrying their gifts, their faces will shine and their lips will sung your praise. Make us worthy, O Lord, to join with them, to enter your glorious kingdom is their company, and to glorify you in their midst, O Christ, with your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Cel: Peace be with the Church and her children
Hymn of the Angels
Cong: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth and good will to all.
PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS (HOOSOYO)
Cel: To the praise and glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
Cel: May we offer glory, praise, and honor to the King of power and glory. He protects the just and shelters his beloved in the palm of his hand; the exalted One who is faithful to his promise and extols those who worship him and abide by his word. To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor, on this day and all the days of our lives, now and for ever.
Cel: O Lord our God, you are the immortal Light, who enlightens the whole universe. In heaven and on earth you glorify those who glorified you on earth; when you come in glory, you give joy to those who have hoped and waited for you. We remember particularly the just, the prophets, apostles, martyrs, and confessors who strengthened you holy Church. Like firm columns the Church was built upon them in true faith; like sweet springs of water they irrigated the world with he water of life; like refreshing streams they brought joy to the holy Church, the city of God; like towering cedars, they became the truly chosen ones, upon whom faith was established; like strong plowers, they tilled the whole earth with the truth of the gospel.
Now we implore you, O Lord; though their prayers, grant us the pardon of our faults; make us worthy to dwell with your just; fill us with the joy of the vision of y our beloved; make us worthy of your heavenly Church; enlighten us with your true and holy light, in company with our ancestors, leaders, brothers and sisters, our departed relatives, and all the faithful departed. Then we shall all glorify and thank you, O Christ, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
The Congregation sits and the hymn is then sung.
Cong: You Church throughout the universe sings your praise, O Lord, for you exalted her and clothed her with the robe of glory. In her midst, all nations adore you, for you redeemed them with your blood and saved them by your cross.
May the righteous and just never fail to be in our midst, O Lord, until the end of time. May they implore you for us and intercede on our behalf. Because of them, hear us, O Lord, in our affliction.
Because of Abraham you promised to spare Sodom if you could find ten just living in its midst. Through the prayers of your just, the prophets, apostles, and teachers, show your kindness to your people, O Lord, the sheep of your flock.
Cel: O Lord Jesus, you honor the death of those who are just in your sight. Blessed are you saints who, since their childhood, kept their bodies and souls innocent for your sake. They became like sweet incense before you, and their memory ascends like a pleasant aroma in the midst of your Church. They are a living example for all the faithful. Grant that we may have a share with them in your kingdom, and we will glorify and thank you, O Christ, now and for ever.
The congregation stands and the Trisagion is then sung three times.
Cel: Holy are you, O God. Holy are you, O Strong One. Holy are you, O Immortal One.
Cong: Have mercy on us.
Cel: O holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we praise you with pure hearts and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory, for ever.
SERVICE OF THE WORD
Psalm of the Readings
All sit for the psalm of the readings.
Cong: On the memorial day of the confessors, the Church exalts and rejoices, and the glorious assemblies of her beloved sing praise to the Lord.
Cel: More than a king rejoices in this crown or a ruler in his might the Church, the bribe of Christ, delights in the memory of her saints.
Cong: You accepted the offerings made by the righteous before us, Lord. Now accept our offering, comfort us, and be attentive to our prayers.
Reader: A reading from the ...
The reader then asks for the celebrant’s blessing:
Reader: Father, give your blessing.
The celebrant blesses the reader. The reader then continues:
Reader: Brothers and sisters ...
The reader concludes the reading by singing or saying:
Reader: Praise be to God always!
Meanwhile, the congregation stands and sings:
Cong: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Cantor: “The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.” (Psalm 92:13)
Deacon: Before the good news of our Savior, announcing life to us all, let us offer this incense. O Lord, we ask for your mercy.
The celebrant burns incense while two subdeacons (servers) hold lighted candles on each side of the Book of Gospels.
Cel: Peace be with you.
Cong: And also with you.
Cel: Let us be attentive to the gospel of life and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded by the (evangelist Mark/Luke) (apostle Matthew/John).
The celebrant incenses the Book of Gospels three times. Meanwhile, the deacon proclaims:
Deacon: Remain silent, O Listeners, for the holy gospel is about to be announced to you. Listen and give glory and thanks to the living Word of God.
The celebrant begins the gospel using one of the following:
A. When the words of the Lord begin the reading: The Lord Jesus said...
B. When the gospel is from Mark or Luke: The Evangelist said...
C. When the gospel is from Matthew or John: The Apostles said...
At the conclusion of the gospel, he sings or says:
Cel: This is the truth. Peace be with you.
Cong: Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ for his living word to us.
The congregation sits. The celebrant then gives a homily based on the readings and the liturgy of the day.
At the conclusion of the homily, the congregation stands and sings or says the Creed.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, 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 ware 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.
We 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.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
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