Troparion For The Mother of God, Searcher For The Lost

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Within the temple, O Temple of Life, 
you found Him whom the universe could not contain,
silencing the teachers by the word of God,
Which is above the wisdom of the wise.

O all-pure Mother of God,
cease not seeking your children who are lost,
that we may treasure Christ in our hearts,
and find eternally our Father’s house. 

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24 Petitions of St. John Chrysostom

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This series of petitions of St. John Chrysostom can be found with slightly varying wording, but the essentials remain the same. It can be prayed in entirety, or one petition per hour of the day / evening (which, of course would be an excellent way to help one adhere to St. Paul’s admonition to “pray without ceasing” [1 Thessalonians 5:17]).

1. O Lord, deprive me not of Thy heavenly blessings.
2. O Lord, deliver me from eternal torments.
3. O Lord, if I have sinned by mind, thought, word, or deed, forgive me.
4. O Lord, deliver me from every type of ignorance, apathy, and faint-heartedness. 
5. O Lord, deliver me from every temptation.
6. O Lord, enlighten my heart darkened by sinful desires.
7. O Lord, I, a human being, have sinned; Thou art a gracious God, and Thou knowest the weakness of my soul; have mercy on me.
8. O Lord, send down Thy grace to help me, that I may glorify Thy holy Name.
9. O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me in the Book of Life, and grant me a blessed end.
10. O Lord my God, even though I have done nothing good in Thy sight, grant me, according to Thy grace, that I may lay down a worthy beginning.
11. O Lord, sprinkle in my heart the dew of Thy grace.
12. O Lord of heaven and earth, remember me, Thy sinful servant, cold of heart and impure, in Thy Kingdom.
13. O Lord, receive me in repentance.
14. O Lord, do not forsake me. 
15. O Lord, save me from misfortune.
16. O Lord, grant me pure thoughts.
17. O Lord, grant me tears of repentance and remembrance of death.
18. O Lord, grant me the thought to confess my sins.
19. O Lord, grant me humility, charity, and obedience.
20. O Lord, grant me tolerance, generosity, and meekness.
21. O Lord, implant in my heart the root of all blessings: the fear of Thee.
22. O Lord, enable me to love Thee with all my heart and soul, and to obey Your will in all things.
23. O Lord, shield me from evil persons, demons and passions, and from every other evil.
24. O Lord, Who knowest Thy creation and that which Thou hast willed for it; may Thy will also be fulfilled in me, a sinner, for Thou art blessed forevermore. Amen.

Communion Prayers

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Two Communion Prayers of St. Basil the Great

 

(Before Communion)

O Lord, I know that if I partake unworthily
of Your most pure body and precious blood,
I will be guilty:
I will be eating and drinking my own condemnation
by not giving proper reverence to Your body and blood.
But, trusting in Your mercy,
I dare to come to You, for You have said:
“whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
abides in me, and I, in him.”
Be merciful to me, a sinner, O Lord,
and do not reject me,
but deal with me according to Your mercy.
Grant this holy mystery be for the healing of my soul and body,
for the enlightenment of my mind,
and for the protection of my life.
Let it be for the amendment of my conduct,
for perseverance, for the increase of virtue,
and for protection in the communion of Your Holy Spirit.
Give me your body and blood, O Lord,
as a provision for the journey to eternal life,
and for an acceptable answer at Your judgement seat.
Do not let it be for my judgement or condemnation,
Amen.

 

(After Communion)

O Master, Christ our God, King of ages, and Maker of all things!
I thank You for all the favors You have granted me,
and for having given to me
Your pure and life-giving, precious mysteries.
I pray You, O gracious God who loves mankind,
Keep me under your protection
and under the shadow of Your wings.
Grant that until my last breath,
I may worthily receive Your holy mysteries
with a clear conscience for the remission of my sins
and for life everlasting.
For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness,
and the Provider of Graces,
and we glorify You- together with Your Father,
and Your Holy Spirit, 
now and ever, and unto the ages of ages,
Amen. 

 

The Stichera of the Resurrection

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Your cross, O Lord, is life and resurrection to Your people,
And we place our hope in it.
Therefore, we sing to You:
O, our risen God, have mercy on us!

Your burial, O Master, opened paradise to the human race.
Delivered from death,
We now sing to You:
O, our risen God, have mercy on us!

With the Father and the Spirit,
Let us glorify Christ, risen from the dead.
Let us cry out to Him with a full voice:
You are our life and resurrection:
have mercy on us!

You arose from the tomb on the third day,
as it was written, O Christ,
And raised our ancestors with You.
Therefore, the human race glorifies You
And praises Your holy resurrection. 

Hymn to the Resurrection…

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Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ,
let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One.
We worship Thy Cross, O Christ,
and thy holy Resurrection we hymn and glorify;
for Thou art our God,
and we know none other beside Thee,
We call upon Thy name.
O come, all you faithful,
let us worship Christ’s holy Resurrection,
for behold, through the Cross
joy hath come to all the world.
Ever blessing the Lord,
we hymn His Resurrection;
for having endured crucifixion,
He hath destroyed death by death.  

 

Prayer for Forgiveness

(To be said at the close of the day)

O Lord our God, 
if during this day I have sinned,
whether in word or deed or thought,
forgive me all,
for You are good and love mankind.
Grant me peaceful and undisturbed sleep,
and deliver me from all influence
and temptation of the evil one.
Raise me up again in proper time
that I may glorify You;
for You are blessed 
with Your only-begotten Son
and Your all-holy Spirit,
now and ever, and forever,
Amen 

(alternatively, one can end:  “…..now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, amen.”)

O God, Save Me By Your Name…

(Psalm 53, as typically prayed during the sixth (noon) hour of the Office of Daily Prayer)

O God, save me by Your name;
by Your power uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words of my mouth.

For the proud have risen against me,
ruthless foes seek my life.
They have no regard for God.

But I have God for my help.
The Lord upholds my life.
Let the evil recoil upon my foes;
You who are faithful, destroy them.

I will sacrifice to You with willing heart
and praise Your name for it is good;
for You have rescued me from all distress
and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes. 

An Evening Prayer to the Guardian Angel

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O Guardian Angel, protector of my soul and body,
to your care I have been entrusted by Christ.
Obtain for me the forgiveness of the sins
   committed by me this day.
Protect me from the snares of my enemy
that I may never more offend God by my sin.
Pray for me, your sinful and unworthy servant,
that through your help I may become worthy
of the grace and mercy of the most Holy Trinity,
and of the Mother of our Lord God, Jesus Christ,
and of all the saints. 
Amen.