The Third Hour

Note: The translation used is primarily that of Fr. Lawrence of Jordanville. The order of service is based primarily on the Reader Service Typikon by Bishop Daniel (the Old Rite Bishop of the ROCA) and translated by Fr. George Lardas. All the psalms are from The Psalter According to the Seventy, Copyright Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA, used by permission. Some other material, such as prayers and hymns, are also Copyright HTM, used by permission. All rights reserved. These works may not be further reproduced, beyond printing out a single copy for personal non-commercial use, without the prior written authorization of Holy Transfiguration Monastery.

 

Senior Reader: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

 

Reader: Amen. Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

 

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

 

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

 

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

 

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O 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, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Senior Reader: O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

 

Reader: Amen.

 

Lord have mercy. (12 times)

 

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

 

O come, let us worship God our King.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.

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

Psalm 16

Hearken, O Lord, unto my righteousness, attend unto the voice of my supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which cometh not from deceitful lips.  From before Thy face let my judgment come forth, let mine eyes behold uprightness. Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast visited it in the night, Thou hast tried me by fire, and unrighteousness was not found in me.  That my mouth may not speak of the works of men, for the sake of the words of Thy lips have I kept the ways that are hard.  Set my footsteps in Thy paths, that my steps may not be shaken.  I have cried for Thou hast hearkened unto me, O God. Incline Thine ear unto me, and hearken unto my words.  Let Thy mercies be made wonderful, O Thou that savest them that hope in Thee.  From them that have resisted Thy right hand, keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye.  In the shelter of Thy wings wilt Thou shelter me, from the face of the ungodly which have oppressed me.   Mine enemies have surrounded my soul, they have enclosed themselves with their own fat, their mouth hath spoken pride.  They that have cast me out have now encircled me, they have set their eyes to look askance on the earth.  They have taken me as might a lion ready for his prey, and as might a lion's whelp that dwelleth in hiding.   Arise, O Lord, overtake them and trip their heels; deliver my soul from ungodly men, Thy sword from the enemies of Thy hand.  O Lord, from Thy few do Thou separate them from the earth in their life; yea, with Thy hidden treasures hath their belly been filled.  They have satisfied themselves with swine and have left the remnants to their babes.  But as for me, in righteousness shall I appear before Thy face; I shall be filled when Thy glory is made manifest to me.

Psalm 24

Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul.  O my God, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be put to shame, nor let mine enemies laugh me to scorn.  Yea, let none that wait on Thee be put to shame; let them be ashamed which are lawless without a cause.  Make Thy ways, O Lord, known unto me and teach me Thy paths.  Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art God my Savior; for on Thee have I waited all the day long.  Remember Thy compassions, O Lord, and Thy mercies, for they are from everlasting.  The sins of my youth and mine ignorances remember not; according to Thy mercy remember Thou me, for the sake of Thy goodness, O Lord.  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He set a law for them that sin in the way. He will guide the meek in judgment, He will teach the meek His ways.  All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto them that seek after His covenant and His testimonies.  For the sake of Thy name, O Lord, be gracious unto my sin; for it is great.  Who is the man that feareth the Lord? He will set him a law in the way which he hath chosen.  His soul shall dwell among good things, and his seed shall inherit the earth.  The Lord is the strength of them that fear Him, and His covenant shall be manifested unto them.  Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He it is that will draw my feet out of the snare.  Look upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am one only-begotten and poor.  The afflictions of my heart are multiplied; bring me out from my necessities. Behold my lowliness and my toil, and forgive all my sins.  Look upon mine enemies, for they are multiplied, and with an unjust hatred have they hated me.  Keep my soul and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I have hoped in Thee.  The innocent and the upright have cleaved unto me, for I waited on Thee, O Lord.  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his afflictions. 

 

Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.  Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged.  For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou made manifest unto me.   Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.  Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be humbled, they shall rejoice.  Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit establish me.  I shall teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee.  Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness.  O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.  For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased.  A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not despise.  Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded.   Then shalt Thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings.  Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.

Lord, have mercy. Thrice.

If there be two troparia, we say the first one here. If not, we continue:

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And we say the second troparion, if any, or the only troparion. Then:

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: O Theotokos; thou art the true vine that hath blossomed forth for us the Fruit of Life. Thee do we supplicate:  Intercede, O Lady, together with the holy apostles, that our souls find mercy.

Blessed is the Lord God, blessed is the Lord day by day; the God of our salvation shall prosper us along the way; our God is the God of salvation.

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

 

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

 

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O 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, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Senior Reader: O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

 

Reader: Amen. And we read the appointed Kontakion. If there be two kontakia, we read the one that was chanted after the 6th Ode of the canons at Matins. Then:

Lord, have mercy. Forty times. And the Prayer of the Hours:

Thou Who at all times and at every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate, Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners; Who callest all men to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil, and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory: For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Thrice.

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

More honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Senior Reader: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen. Then the Prayer of St. Mardarius:

O Master God, the Father Almighty, O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and O Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power: Have mercy on me a sinner, and by the judgments which Thou knowest, save me, Thine unworthy servant; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

The Sixth Hour

O come, let us worship God our King.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.

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

Psalm 53

O God, in Thy name save me, and in Thy strength do Thou judge me.   O God, hearken unto my prayer, give ear unto the words of my mouth.  For strangers are risen up against me, and mighty men have sought after my soul and have not set God before themselves.  For behold, God helpeth me, and the Lord is the protector of my soul.  He will bring evils upon mine enemies. Utterly destroy them by Thy truth.  Willingly shall I sacrifice unto Thee; I will confess Thy name, O Lord, for it is good.  For out of every affliction hast Thou delivered me, and mine eye hath looked down upon mine enemies.

Psalm 54

Give ear, O God, unto my prayer, and disdain not my supplication; attend unto me, and hear me.  I was grieved in my meditation, and I was troubled at the voice of the enemy and at the oppression of the sinner; Because they have turned iniquity upon me; and with wrath were they angry against me.  My heart is troubled within me, and the terror of death is fallen upon me.  Fear and trembling are come upon me, and darkness hath covered me.  And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove? And I will fly, and be at rest.  Lo, I have fled afar off and have dwelt in the wilderness.  I waited for God that saveth me from faint-heartedness and from tempest.  Plunge them into the depths, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen iniquity and gainsaying in the city.  Day and night they go round about her upon her walls; iniquity and toil and  unrighteousness are in the midst of her.  And usury and deceit have not departed from her streets.  For if mine enemy had reviled me, I might have endured it.  And if he that hateth me had spoken boastful words against me, I might have hid myself from him.  But thou it was, O man of like soul with me, my guide and my familiar friend,  Thou who together with me didst sweeten my repasts; in the house of God I walked with thee in oneness of mind.  Let death come upon such ones, and let them go down alive into hades.  For wickedness is in their dwellings, and in the midst of them.  As for me, unto God have I cried, and the Lord, hearkened unto me.  Evening, morning and noonday will I tell of it and will declare it, and He will hear my voice.  He will redeem my soul in peace from them that draw nigh unto me, for they among many were with me.  God will hear, and He will humble them, He that is before the ages.  For to them there is no requital, because they have not feared God; He hath stretched forth His hand in retribution.  They have defiled His covenant; they were scattered by the wrath of His countenance, and their hearts have convened.  Their words were smoother than oil, and yet they are darts.   Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He will nourish thee; He will never permit the righteous to be shaken.  But Thou, O God, shall bring those men down into the pit of destruction.  Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but as for me, O Lord, I will hope in Thee.

Psalm 90

He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven.  He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and my refuge. He is my God, and I will hope in Him.  For He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunters and from every troubling word.  With His shoulders shall He overshadow thee, and under His wings shalt thou have hope.  With a shield will His truth encompass thee; thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day.  Nor for the thing that walketh in darkness, nor for the mishap and demon of noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousands at thy right hand, but unto thee shall it not come nigh.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and thou shalt see the reward of sinners.  For Thou, O Lord, art my hope. Thou madest the Most High thy refuge;  No evils shall come nigh unto thee, and no scourge shall draw nigh unto thy dwelling.  For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  On their hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Upon the asp and basilisk shalt thou tread, and thou shalt trample upon the lion and dragon.  For he hath set his hope on Me, and I will deliver him; I will shelter him because he hath known my name.   He shall cry unto me, and I will hearken unto him. I am with him in affliction, and I will rescue him and glorify him.  With length of days will I satisfy him, and I will show him My salvation.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. Thrice.

Lord, have mercy. Thrice.

If there be two troparia, we say the first one here. If not, we continue:

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And we say the second troparion, if any, or the only troparion. Then:

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Seeing that we have no boldness on account of our many sins, do thou beseech Him that was born of thee, O Virgin Theotokos for the supplication of a mother availeth much to win the Master's favor. Disdain not the prayers of sinners, O all-pure one, for merciful and mighty to save is He Who deigned also to suffer for our sake.

Let Thy compassions quickly go before us, O Lord, for we are become exceedingly poor. Help us, O God our Savior, for the sake of the glory of Thy name. O Lord, deliver us and be gracious unto our sins for Thy name's sake.

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

 

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

 

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O 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, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Senior Reader: O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

 

Reader: Amen. And we read the appointed Kontakion. If there be two kontakia, we read the one that was chanted after the 3rd Ode of the canons at Matins. Then:

Lord, have mercy. Forty times. And the Prayer of the Hours:

Thou Who at all times and at every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ God, Who art long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate, Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners; Who callest all men to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour, and guide our life toward Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, make chaste our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our intentions, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil, and pain. Compass us about with Thy holy angels, that, guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory: For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Thrice.

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

More honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify..

Senior Reader: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

Reader: Amen. Then the Prayer of St. Basil the Great:

O God and Lord of Hosts, and Maker of all Creation, Who by the tender compassion of Thy mercy which transcendeth comprehension, didst send down Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our race, and by His precious Cross didst tear asunder the handwriting of our sins, and thereby didst triumph over the principalities and powers of darkness: Do Thou Thyself, O Master, Lover of mankind, accept also from us sinners these prayers of thanksgiving and entreaty, and deliver us from every destructive and dark transgression, and from all enemies, both visible and invisible, that seek to do us evil. Nail down our flesh with the fear of Thee, and incline not our hearts unto words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls with longing for Thee, so that ever looking to Thee, and being guided by Thy Light as we behold Thee, the unapproachable and everlasting Light, we may send up unceasing praise and thanksgiving unto Thee, the Unoriginate Father, with Thine Only-begotten Son, and Thine All-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

THE END OF THE SIXTH HOUR

 

 

 

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