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) Song of Songs 4:8, 3:6, 8:5, 2:1, 10, 8:13-14
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
come with me from Lebanon.
From the dens of lions,
from the mountains of leopards,
come with me from Lebanon.
Who is that coming up form the wilderness,
like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense?
Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
leaning upon her beloved?
I am a rose of Sharon,
a rose of the valleys.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
O your who dwells in the gardens,
my companions are listening,
let us hear your voice.
Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag
upon the mountain of spices!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
O Mother who gave life to us,
petition on our behalf
the Son who appeared from you:
may he remove form us the blows of punishment,
and keep away divisions and disputes.
May he lead us in the path of life
in which we journey at all times.
On your memorial day,
we sing praise to your only Son.
Blessed are you, O Mary,
for God, who feeds all creatures,
was nourished by you and rested on your breast.
The Son of God was nourished
by a human creature!
He assumed what is ours
and gave us what is his.
On his mother’s memorial let us proclaim:
Glory to you, O Lord.
As dew was falling gently
over the city of Ephesus,
Saint John wrote to its people.
He instructed them to celebrate
the memory of the Blessed Mary,
three times each year:
In January, during the time of planting of the seeds;
in May, during the time of harvest;
and in August, during the time of the grapes.
For the mysteries of life are prefigured in these months.
On your memorial day, O Blessed Mary,
angels and mortals are overwhelmed with joy.
The dead rejoice in their tombs
because of the glory in creation.
God will bless those who celebrate your memory with faith
and pour his mercy upon them.
Who is to see a new ship
sustaining the One who is mighty;
the One who sustains and rules all creation.
Mary bore him, yet he bears all creation.
He nourishes all living creatures,
yet she nourished him with her milk.
He is the Maker of all infants,
yet he dwelt, like an infant, in her womb.
The fiery beings in the heights
sing hymns of praise to him!
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 Christ our God, make us worthy to join the ranks of the fiery hosts and your blessed apostles. Let us sing hymns of praise, exalting the memory of your Mother’s assumption. Enable us, through her prayers, to stand at your right hand, and to find happiness at your second coming. We offer continuous glory to you, O Christ, 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 be worthy to praise, glorify and honor the Sun of Justice who, in his kindness, has dawned for us from Mary, our great East and has shown on the whole world his divine light; the hidden Child, who honored the day of his Mother’s assumption and exalted her blessed memory in heaven and on earth. To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor, on this feast and all the days of our lives now and for ever.
Cel: Almighty Lord God, you are beyond ll knowledge. In your lvoe for all people, you left your heavenly heights and came to dwell in the holy Virgin Mary. You have showered your mother with all graces and filled us with spiritual praises to honor her glorious assumption. On her feast, we sing the noblest hymns to her, saying:
Hail, pure Mother of God;
Hail, fountain of blessings and ship bearing holy treasures;
Hail, leaven of life, concealing the divine grain;
Hail, blessed censer, Mother of the fiery ember;
Hail Mary, full of grace;
Hail, Mother of God the Word;
Hail, bridal chamber of the heavenly King;
Hail, fragrant rose;
Hail, temple of the Holy Spirit.
On this day the apostles left their distant places to escort you, and fiery beings sang their hymns of joy.
On this day of your assumption, we petition you, O Mary, to beseech the Lord Jesus, who appeared from you. Through you, may he grant pardon for our sins, tranquility to churches, peace to monasteries, support for the ages, energy to the young, good upbringing to the children, and forgiveness to our faithful departed. As we enter the kingdom, we offer you glory and thanks with you and with the assemblies of the saints to the Holy Trinity, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
The congregation sits and the hymn is then sung.
Cong: Today the daughter of David, full of grace, departed with wonder toward the heavenly dwellings, above all grief. Before her, spiritual beings sing praise to their Lord, who was born in the flesh from he, and extol the assumption of the Mother of their Lord. In her pure womb she concealed the One who is concealed from all. For this reason, he exalts her and extols the day of her assumption from one end of the earth to the other.
By divine command, reaching the four corners of the universe, the apostles left their distant places. They came to gather around and to hear the last words of the Virgin Mar, departing from this passing life. Simon came from Rome, John from Ephesus and the just Thomas joined them from India. They assembled together to honor the holy body of the Virgin, Mother of the Eternal Light.
Your Holy and pure body, O blessed Virgin, daughter of David, has borne the One who sustains creation and its borders. Today we have seen this body as it tasted death and departed from this world. In company with the choirs of fire and spirit, the awesome seraphim and angels, it journeyed to the new age. They all exult in your memory and they offer you hymns of praise and glory.
Cel: O Lord accept the fragrance of our incense, which we offer you on the feast of your Mother’s assumption. Make us worthy to honor the day of her departure from this world with the heavenly hosts and to extol her glorious memory along with with the blessed apostles. Thought is, grant pardon to your flock, which is saved by your victorious cross. We 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: The apostles carried the body of Mary from the Upper Room. With praises and hymns, they escorted it to Gethsemane.
Cel: The fearsome cherubim and seraphim left the heavens with the angels. With great honor they escorted Mary to the dwellings of light.
Cong: Today the words of kind David have been fulfilled: open the eternal gates and let the Mother of the King enter.
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 King’s daughter stands in glory, the queen stands at your right hand.” (Psalm 45:9)
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.