The Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great

St Basil the great
Priest: Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.
People: Amen.
THE GREAT LITANY AND THE ANTIPHONS
Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For the peace of God an
d the salvation of our souls,
let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For peace in the whole worl
d, for the stability of the holy churches of God,
and for the unity of all, let us pray to t
he Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For this holy house and for those
who enter it with faith, reverence, and the
fear of God, let us
pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For our Archbishop (Name)
, the honorable presbyters, the deacons in the
service of Christ, and all the clergy and laity
, let
us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For our country, the presid
ent, and all those in public serv
ice, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For this parish and city, for ever
y city and town, and for th
e faithful who live in them,
let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For favorable weather, an abundance of the fruits of
the earth, and temperate seasons, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For travelers by land, s
ea, and air, for the sick, the su
ffering, the captives, and for their salvation, let us pray to
the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath,
danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy upon
us, and protect us, O
God, by Your grace.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: Remembering our most holy, pure, ble
ssed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and
ever virgin Mary, with all the saints, l
et
us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.
People: To You, O Lord.
Priest (in a low voice): Lord, our God, whose power is beyond compare, and glory is beyond understanding; whose mercy is bound-
less, and love for us is ineffable; look upon us and upon this holy house in Your compassion. Grant to us and to those who pray
with
us Your abundant mercy.
Priest: For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to t
he
ages of ages.
People: Amen.
THE FIRST ANTIPHON
(The designated verses from the Ps
alms are sung with the hymn:)
People: By the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us (3)
Deacon: In peace let us again pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: Help us, save us, ha
ve mercy upon us, and protect
us, O God, by Your grace.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: Remembering our most holy, pure, ble
ssed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and
ever virgin Mary, with all the saints, l
et
us commit ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
People: To You, O Lord.
Priest (in a low voice): Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance; protect the whole body of Your Church; sanc
tify
those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in return by Your divine power; and do not forsake us who hope in You.
Priest: For Yours is the dominion, the kingdom, the power, and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and
for-
ever and to the ages of ages.
People: Amen.
THE SECOND ANTIPHON
(The designated verses from the Ps
alms are sung with the hymn:)
People: Save us, O Son of God, (Who rose from the dead), to You we sing: Alleluia (3). On weekdays we sing (“Who are wondrous
among Your saints”).
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Only-begotten Son and Word of God, although immortal
You humbled Yourself for our salvation, taking flesh
from the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary and, without change, becoming man. Christ, our God, You were
crucified but conquered death by death. You are one of th
e Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy
Spirit; save us.
Deacon: In peace let us again pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: Help us, save us, ha
ve mercy upon us, and protect
us, O God, by Your grace.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Deacon: Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed, and gl
orious Lady, the Theotokos an
d ever virgin Mary, with
all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one a
nother, and our whole life to Christ our God.
People: To You, O Lord.
Priest (in a low voice): Lord, You have given us grace to offer these common prayers with one heart. You have
promised to grant the requests of two or three gathered in Your name. Fulfill now the petitions of Your servants for
our benefit, giving us the knowledge of Your truth in this
world, and granting us eternal life in the world to come.
Priest: For You are a good and loving God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.
People: Amen.
THE THIRD ANTIPHON
(The designated verses of the Psal
ms are sung with the Apolytikion.)
THE SMALL ENTRANCE
(While the Apolytikion is sung, the Priest carrying the holy Gospel Book comes in procession before the Beautiful
Gate and prays in a low voice:)
Master and Lord our God, You have established in heaven the orders and hosts of angels and archangels to minis-
ter to Your glory. Grant that the holy angels may enter w
ith us that together we may serve and glorify Your good-
ness. For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and for-
ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
(The Priest blesses the entrance saying in a low voice.)
Blessed is the entrance of Your saints always, now and
forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
(The Deacon raises the holy Gospel Book and says:)
Deacon: Wisdom. Let us be attentive.
People: Come, let us worship and bow before Christ. Save us, O Son of God who rose from the dead,1 to You we
sing: Alleluia.
1 On weekdays we sing: “who are wondrous among Your saints. ” Feasts of the Lord have their own Entrance
Hymns
(The Priest enters the sanctuary. The Apolytikion is repeated and the Troparion of the church and the Kontakion of
the day are sung.)
THE TRISAGION HYMN
Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest (in a low voice): Holy God, You dwell among Your saints. You are praised by the Seraphim with the thrice
holy hymn and glorified by the Cherubim and worshiped by all the heavenly powers. You have brought all things
out of nothing into being. You have created man and woman in Your image and likeness and adorned them with all
the gifts of Your grace. You give wis
dom and understanding to the supplican
t and do not overlook the sinner, but
have established repentance as the way of salvation. You have enabled us, Your lowly and unworthy servants, to
stand at this hour before the glory of
Your holy altar and to offer to You
due worship and praise. Master, accept the
thrice; holy hymn also from the lips of us sinners and visit us in Your goodness. Forgive our voluntary and invol-
untary transgressions, sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant that we may worship and serve You in holiness all
the days of our lives, by the intercessions of the holy
Theotokos and of all the saints who have pleased You
throughout the ages.
Priest: For You are holy, our God, and to You we give gl
ory, to the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit, now
and forever . . .

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