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Service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

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This service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, which  takes place after the Prayer at the Amvon in the Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday of Great Lent, is here presented in one common form, as practiced in the Russian Orthodox Church. The service of the anathemas is normally practiced only at a hierarchical celebration.

Commemorations will vary according to local custom, as will the extent of the service performed in parish settings.

Opening Prayers

Deacon: Bless, Master.

Priest: Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and for ages of ages.

Choir (or Reader): Amen.  O Heavenly King..., etc.

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

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

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, wash away our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. 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, now and ever, and for ages of ages.  Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, 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 ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.  Lord, have mercy. (12 times)

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

The follows Psalm 74 (LXX):

1 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

2 “When I choose the proper time,
I will judge uprightly.
3 The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved;
I set up its pillars firmly.  Selah  

4 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’
And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn.
5 Do not lift up your horn on high;
Do not speak with a stiff neck.’”

6 For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.
7 But God is the Judge:
He puts down one,
And exalts another.
8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup,
And the wine is red;
It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;
Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth
Drain and drink down.

9 But I will declare forever,
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. (Thrice)

Great Litany

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

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (and so after every petition)

Deacon: 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 stability of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

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

For His Holiness our Patriarch N., for His Grace, our Bishop N., for the honorable order of presbyters, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

For the [our Sovereign Lady, the Queen, for the royal family, her government and | the president of this land, its government and] all those in civil authority, and for the armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

For this city, for every city, town and village, and for the faithful who dwell in them, let us pray to the Lord.

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

That the Lord God will look upon His holy Church with a merciful eye, and preserve her unharmed and unconquered by heresies and superstitions, and protect her with His peace, let us pray to the Lord.

That He will heal her dissentions and return all that have fallen away to the knowledge of the Truth by the power of the Holy Spirit, and join them to His chosen flock, let us pray to the Lord.

That with the light of divine understanding He will enlighten minds obscured by unbelief, and that His faithful flock will be strengthened and kept steadfast in the true faith, let us pray to the Lord.

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

For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and constraint, let us pray to the Lord.

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

Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us entrust ourselves and one other and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For to Thee are due all glory, honor, and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and for ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

Scripture Readings

Deacon: In the Fourth tone:  God is the Lord, and has appeared to us! Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord!

Deacon: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.

Choir: God is the Lord, and has appeared to us!  Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord! (and so after each verse.)

Deacon: My enemies completely surrounded me, but in the Name of the Lord I withstood them. Refrain.

I shall not die, but live; and declare the works of the Lord! Refrain.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.  This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes! Refrain.

The choir then sings the troparion of the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, from the Triodion.

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest: Peace be unto all.

Reader: And to thy spirit.

Deacon: Wisdom!  Let us attend!

Reader: The prokeimenon in the Fourth tone: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord / shall flourish in the courts of our God.  ({bible}Psalm 92.13{/bible})

Choir: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord / shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Reader: Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him. ({bible}Psalm 64.10{/bible})

Choir: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord / shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Reader: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord:

Choir: Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from the epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans. ({bible}Romans 16.17-21{/bible})

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader:

17Brethren,  I beseech you, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

19For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

21Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

Priest: Peace be to thee who have read.

Reader: And to thy spirit.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Reader: God is with us! Understand, all nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy Gospel!

Priest: Peace be to all!

Choir: And to thy spirit.

Deacon: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. ({bible}Matthew 18.10-18{/bible})

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

Deacon: Let us attend.

Priest:

10The Lord said: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

12How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

18Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

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

Litany and Prayers Before the Creed

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, we pray The, hear and have mercy.

Choir: Lord, have mercy (thrice) (and so after every petition)

Deacon: Again we pray for His Holiness our Patriarch N., for His Grace, our Bishop N., the honorable order of presbyters, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people.

Again we pray for [our Sovereign Lady, the Queen, for the royal family, her government and | the president of this land, its government and] all those in civil authority, and for the armed forces.

O Thou who desirest not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn to Thee and live, return all those who have fallen away to Thy holy Church; we ask Thee, compassionate Lord, hear us and have mercy.

Thou who ordered this world for Thy glory, convert all those opposed to Thy word, so that together with all the faithful, they may glorify Thee, our God, with true faith and piety, O omnipotent Creator, hear us and have mercy.

Thou who gavest us the great commandment to love Thee, the Lord our God, and our neighbor as ourselves, grant that hatred, enmity, strife, revenge, lying, and all other evil things may come to an end, and that true love will reign in our hearts; we ask Thee, our Savior, to hear us and graciously have mercy.

Priest: Hear us, O 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, O Master, upon us sinners, and be merciful to us: for Thou art the merciful God and the lover of mankind, and to Thee we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and for ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O most high God, the Master and fashioner of all that is, Who fillest all creation with Thy majesty and upholdeth it with Thy power: to Thee, our most generous Lord, we who are unworthy offer thanks, since Thou dost not turn away from us because of our sins, but givest even us the fullness of Thy bounties. Thou didst sent Thine only-begotten Son for our deliverance and showed Thine immeasurable pity for the human race, since Thou dost strongly desire that we should turn to Thee and be saved. Knowing the weakness of our nature, Thou strengthenest us with the effective grace of Thy Holy Spirit; Thou comfortest us with Thy saving faith and the perfect hope of eternal goodness, and, guiding thy people to the Zion on high, Thou dost cherish us as the apple of Thine eye. We confess Thine incomparable love for mankind and we give thanks for Thy compassion.

But seeing our many stumblings, we earnestly ask Thee, all-gracious Lord: look upon Thy Church and see that, although we have joyfully received the Gospel of salvation, yet the thorns of vanity and passion make it bear little fruit in some places, and to be wholly fruitless in others; and following the increase of iniquity, some by heresy, others by schism, oppose the truth of Thy Gospel, abandon Thine heritage, reject Thy grace, and subject themselves to the judgement of Thine all-holy Word.

O Lord, most compassionate and all-mighty, be not angry with us forever: Thy church prays Thee to have mercy, have mercy on us, offering Jesus Christ, as the author and complete of our salvation as our only advocate and mediator before Thee; establish us in the right faith by Thy power; illumine the eyes of the wandering with Thy divine Light, that they may understand Thy truth; soften their bitterness and open their ears, that they may hear Thy voice and turn to Thee, our Savior; correct, O Lord, the perverseness and lives of those not in accord with Christian piety; grant that we all may live holy and blameless lives, so that the saving Faith shall root in us and remain fruitful in our hearts.

Do not turn Thy face from us, O Lord, show us the joy of Thy salvation; grant to the shepherds of Thy Church both a holy zeal and solicitude for the salvation and conversion of the wandering with the spirit of the Gospel; that being guided by Thee, we shall arrive where perfect Faith, fulfillment of hope, and true love abound; and that, there with the choirs of the most pure heavenly hosts, we may glorify Thee, our Lord, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit for ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

Deacon (intoned): Who is so great a God as our God?  Thou art the God Who doest wonders! (Thrice)

Deacon (proclaimed): Let us Orthodox people, now celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy, glorify our good God above all else, Who is blessed forever.

This is our God, Who took thought for and established His beloved inheritance, the holy Church, setting her foundation in Paradise, comforting with His true word our forefathers who fell through disobedience. This is our God, Who, directing us to His promise of salvation, left Himself not without witness, but foretold the coming salvation, first through the forefathers and prophets, and by many images gave a lively description of it. This is our God, Who by the prophets of old often spoke to the Fathers, and in these latter days spoke to us by His Son, by Whom time was created; Who declared the goodwill of the Father towards us, disclosed the mysteries of heaven, confirmed the truth of the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit, sent His apostles through the whole world to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, and confirmed it by various powers and miracles.

Following this saving revelation, and standing before the holy Gospel, we proclaim:{footnote}In some customs, the Creed which follows is said together by all the people; more commonly it is proclaimed by the deacon. This is the only time in the Church's year when the first-person plural is used ('We believe...' rather than the Creed's normal form, 'I believe...').{/footnote}

We believe, in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And we believe in one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The anathemas{footnote}The anathemas are only proclaimed at a hierarchical service (celebrated by a bishop).{/footnote}

Deacon: This is the faith of the apostles! This is the faith of the fathers! This is the Orthodox faith! This faith has established the universe!

Furthermore, we accept and confirm the councils of the holy fathers, and their traditions and writings which are agreeable to divine revelation.

And though the enemies of Orthodoxy oppose this providence and the saving revelation of the Lord, yet the Lord has considered the reproaches of His servants, for He mocks those who blaspheme His Glory, and has challenged the enemies of Orthodoxy and put them to flight.

As we therefore bless and praise those who have obeyed the divine revelation and have fought for it; so we reject and anathematize those who oppose this truth, if while waiting for their return and repentance, they refuse to turn again to the Lord; and in this we follow the sacred tradition of the ancient Church, holding fast to her traditions.

To those who deny the existence of God, and assert that the world is self-existing, and that all things in it occur by chance, and not by the providence of God, Anathema!

All: Anathema! (and so after each exclamation)

Deacon: To those who say that God is not spirit, but flesh; or that He is not just, merciful, wise and all-knowing, and utter similar blasphemies, Anathema!

To those who dare to say that the Son of God and also the Holy Spirit are not one in essence and of equal honor with the Father, and confess that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not one God, Anathema!

To those who foolishly say that the coming of the Son of God into the world in the flesh, and His voluntary passion, death, and resurrection were not necessary for our salvation and the cleansing of sins, Anathema!

To those who reject the grace of redemption preached by the Gospel as the only means of our justification before God, Anathema!

To those who dare to say that the all-pure Virgin Mary was not virgin before giving birth, during birthgiving, and after her child-birth, Anathema!

To those who do not believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles, and by them taught us the true way to eternal salvation, and confirmed this by miracles, and now dwells in the hearts of all true and faithful Christians, and teaches them in all truth, Anathema!

To those who reject the immortality of the soul, the end of time, the future judgement, and eternal reward for virtue and condemnation for sin, Anathema!

To those who reject all the holy mysteries held by the Church of Christ, Anathema!

To those who reject the Councils of the holy fathers and their traditions, which are agreeable to divine revelation and kept piously by the Orthodox Church, Anathema!

To those who mock and profane the holy images and relics which the holy Church receives as revelations of God's work and of those pleasing to Him, to inspire their beholders with piety, and to arouse them to follow these examples; and to those who say that they are idols, Anathema!

To those who dare to say and teach that our Lord Jesus Christ did not descend to earth, but only seemed to; or that He did not descend to the earth and become incarnate only once, but many times, and who likewise deny that the true Wisdom of the Father is His only-begotten Son, Anathema!

To the followers of the occult, spiritualists, wizards, and all who do not believe in the one God, but honor the demons; or who do not humbly give their lives over to God, but strive to learn the future through sorcery, Anathema!

Eternal Memory and Many Years{footnote}The petitions of the following section will vary according to the custom of commemorations in local Church's.{/footnote}

Deacon (proclaimed): But to all who have fought for Orthodoxy, by their words, by their writings, by their teaching, by their sufferings and religious life, as its defenders and allies, the Church of Christ annually commemorates and proclaims:

Deacon (intoned): To the holy fathers, great hierarchs and teachers of the Church, Athanasius and Cyril, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom, Methodius and Cyril, and all the other pastors of the Church, Memory Eternal!

All: Memory Eternal! (and so after each exclamation)

Deacon: To the most holy emperor Constantine, Equal-to-the-Apostles, to his mother Helena; to the Orthodox emperors Theodosius the Great, Theodosius the Younger, Justinian; to the most pious Grand Duke Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, to the Grand Duchess Olga, and all other Orthodox emperors and empresses, princes and princesses, Memory Eternal!

To the most holy patriarchs of Constantinople the New Rome, Alexandria and All Africa, Antioch and the East, Jerusalem and All Palestine, Moscow and All Russia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, the Catholikos Patriarch of Georgia, the Archbishops of New Justiniana and All Cyprus, Athens and All Greece, Tirana and All Albania, and All America and Canada, Sinai and Raithu, Karelia and All Finland, and the Metropolitans of Warsaw and All Poland, Tokyo and All Japan, Kiev and of All Ukraine, and Prague and All the Czech lands and Slovakia, and All America and Canada; and to all Orthodox metropolitans, archbishops, and bishops, Memory Eternal!

To all who have suffered and fallen in battle in defense of the Orthodox faith, and of their country; and to all Orthodox Christians deceased in the true faith and piety, and in hope of the Resurrection, Memory Eternal!

Deacon (proclaimed): The Orthodox Church of Christ thus triumphantly commemorates those who have in times past contended in piety, to teach all her Christian children to follow their examples, but also has the duty to extol those who now labor for Orthodoxy and by saving faith and virtue prepare themselves for eternal beatitude.

Deacon (intoned): To the most holy patriarchs of Constantinople the New Rome, Alexandria and All Africa, Antioch and the East, Jerusalem and All Palestine, Moscow and All Russia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, the Catholiki and Patriarch of Georgia, the Archbishops of New Justiniana and AllCyprus, Athens and All Greece, Tirana and All Albania, and All America and Canada, Sinai and Raithu, Karelia and All Finland, and the Metropolitans of Warsaw and All Poland, Tokyo and All Japan, Kiev and of All Ukraine, and Prague and All the Czech lands and Slovakia, keep them, O Lord, for many years!

All: Many Years! (thrice) (and so after each proclamation)

Deacon: To his Holiness our Patriarch N., and to his Grace, N., (arch)bishop of [this diocese], keep them, O Lord, for many years!

To all the most reverend Orthodox metropolitans, archbishops and bishops, and to all the clergy, Many Years!

To all those in civil authority, grant, O Lord, Many Years!

To all Orthodox Christians rightly holding the saving faith, and living in obedience to the Church of Christ, grant, O Lord, peace, quiet, prosperity, and abundance of the fruit of the earth, and keep them for Many Years!

Priest: Glorify all these, O Holy Trinity, and confirm them in the right faith even to the end; and convert the enemies and those ignorant of the Orthodox faith and Christ's Church, that they may come to know Thine eternal Truth, through the intercessions of our most holy Lady, the Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, and of all the saints.

All: Amen.

 

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