The following liturgy begins the first weekday cycle of lent. It is celebrated on all the weekdays of the first three weeks of Great Lent, from Ash Monday through Saturday after the Hemorrhaging Woman.
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 51:3-4, 10-13
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt;
from my sin cleanse me.
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins;
blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God;
renews in me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your presence,
nor take from me your holy spirit.
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: Make us worthy, O Lord, throughout this holy season of Lent, to welcome your cross as a means of protection for us. Send your blessing upon us. Cleanse our consciences and purify our hearts. Let us walk with blameless lives toward Easter and your resurrection. We glorify and praise 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 praise, glorify, and honor the compassionate One, who awaits the return of sinners and welcomes the contrite of heart; the merciful One, who rejoices at the homecoming of the lost sheep; the loving father who reaches to the repentant son and embraces him. To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor, this blessed Lent and in all the days of our lives, now and for ever.
Cel: O merciful God, you have given your Church this blessed season of Lent, as a swift weapon and a healing remedy.
O Christ, lover of all people, by your own fasting and self denial you taught us to fast, and the purpose of life and its essence, the meaning of the world and its existence, and the greatness of your love and goodness. Pour forth your mercy upon all peoples, your children, that they may repent. Soften their hearts that they may return to your with tears of penance and humility of heart, and come to know and love you.
Grant, O Lord, that we may meditate on Lent and its benefits. For fasting and prayer make the soul pure and the body chaste; fasting and prayer radiate the great light of Christ on those who fast and pray; fasting and prayer raise the spirit, restrain the passions, and mercy pours fourth from on high, and the Holy Spirit dwells in the soul created to be the temple of God.
And now, O God, make us worthy to praise you with holy lips and with angelic hymns that come from innocent hearts. Let us meditate upon your fasting, follow your path that we may come close to you, and praise you, O Christ, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
The congregation sits and the hymn is then sung.
Cong: By your fasting, O Son of God, you redeemed your Church from error. Heed our cry and accept our fasting and our prayers.
O Peace who brought peace to those in heaven and on earth, grant peace to your Church and protect her children by holy fasting.
O Christ, you accepted the fasting of Moses and our ancestors of old, accept our fasting and our prayers, and have mercy on us.
Exalt, O Lord, the memory of your Mother and of your saints. Through their prayers, watch over the living and forgive those who have died.
Cong: Alleluia! Pleasing in the Lord’s eyes are fasting and prayer. And yet more pleasing in the eyes of God is pure love. The one who accomplishes these three attains the crown of glory and receives the inheritance.
Alleluia! How sweet is the taste of fasting! How beautiful it is! How satisfying is the taste of the Lord in our hearts! Fasting achieved approval for the saints, and they gained the heart of the merciful One.
Alleluia! O people of faith, fast in sincerity as in the ages past. Fasting made Moses victorious, and he spoke to God on the top of a mountain. His face gleamed with the light he saw there.
Cel: O Lord, be pleased with our incense and our petition; sanctify our fasting and our prayer. Bestow your blessing and pardon upon us that we may carry your mission of good news and truly witness to your among the nations. We glorify you, O Christ, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, 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: Fasting opens the gates of paradise. Those who fast enter to inherit the kingdom.
Cel: The feast and kingdom guard those who fast in truth and sincerity.
Cong: May our fasting, O Lord, be pleasing to you. May our prayers be an acceptable offering.
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 wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them; the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and they will fast.” (Mark 1:19-20)
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.
The liturgy continues with the Pre-Anaphora
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