Saturday Vespers

For use by the Laity at home

On Saturday evenings we invite you all to join us in praying this service.

Saturday 6th June 2020
Sunday of Holy Pentecost

The whole service may be prayed by an individual.
If more than one person is present, one of them is designated ‘Reader’ and says or chants the text in normal type. The others respond with the text in
bold.
Or the rôle of Reader could be shared.

The mark + indicates that the Sign of the Cross is made here.

All stand
+ Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us, and save us. Amen.

Come, let us worship and fall down before our King and our God. (metania)
Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.
(metania)
Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ himself, our King and our God.
(metania)

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord my God, you are greatly magnified.
You have clothed yourself with thanksgiving and majesty, wrapping yourself in light as in a cloak,
He who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, roofing his upper chambers with waters,
Placing clouds for his ascent, walking on the wings of the wind,
Making spirits his Angels, and a flame of fire his Ministers,
Establishing the earth on its sure base: it will not be moved to the ages of ages.
The deep, like a cloak, is its mantle; waters will stand upon the mountains.
At your rebuke they will flee; they will quail at the voice of your thunder.
The mountains will rise and the plains descend to the place which you established for them.
You fixed a limit which they will not pass, nor will they return to cover the earth.
You send out springs into the valleys; waters will run between the mountains.
They will give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild asses will look for them to quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the air will make their dwelling, and sing among the rocks.
He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth will be filled from the fruit of your works.
He makes grass spring up for the cattle, and greenery in the service of the people;
Bringing food out of the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart;
Making the face cheerful with oil, and bread to strengthen the human heart.
The trees of the plain will be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that you planted.
There the sparrows will build their nests; the heron’s dwelling is above them.
The high mountains are for the deer; rocks a refuge for hares.
He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun to know when to set.
You appoint darkness and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest will prowl;
Young lions roaring after their prey and seeking their food from God.
The sun rises and they gather together, and will lie down in their dens.
People will go out to their work; and will labour until evening.
How your works are magnified, Lord.
With wisdom you made them all, and the earth is filled with your creation.
See, this great and wide sea where there are things which crawl without number, living creatures small and great.
There ships go to and fro; and the dragon which you fashioned to play in it.
All look to you to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they will gather it. When you open your hand, everything will be filled with goodness.
But when you turn away your face they will be dismayed. You will take away their spirit, and they will perish and return to their dust.
You will send out your spirit and they will be created; and you will renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord endure to the ages. The Lord will rejoice in his works.
He looks upon the earth and makes it tremble. He touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord while I live; I will praise my God while I exist.
May my words be pleasing to him. As for me, I shall rejoice in the Lord.
O that sinners might perish from the earth, and the wicked, so that they are no more.
Bless the Lord, my soul!

The sun knows when to set; you make darkness, and it is night.
How your works are magnified, Lord. With wisdom you have made them all!

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

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory to you, O God. (x3)

Lord, have mercy. (40x)

+ Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Lord, I have cried
Lord, I have cried to you; hear me.
Hear me, Lord.
Lord, I have cried to
you; hear me.
Give heed to the voice of my supplication
when I cry to you.
Hear me, Lord.
Let my prayer be set forth before
you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Hear me, Lord.
Set a guard, Lord, on my mouth, and a strong door about my lips.
Do not incline my heart to evil words; to make excuses for my sins.
With those who work iniquity, let me not unite with their elect.
The just will chastise me with mercy and reprove me; but let not the oil of sinners anoint my head.
For yet my prayer shall be in their pleasures; their judges have been swallowed up near the rock.
They will hear my words for they are sweet. As a clod of earth is crushed upon the ground, their bones have been scattered at the mouth of Hell.
For my eyes look to you, Lord, my Lord. I have hoped in you, do not take away my soul.
Keep me from the snare that they have hidden for me, and from the traps of evil-doers.
The sinners will fall into their own net. I am alone until I pass by.
With my voice I cried to the Lord. With my voice I entreated the Lord.
I will pour out my entreaty before him, and tell him all my trouble.
When my spirit was faint, you knew my path.
In the way where I walked they had hidden a snare for me.
I looked to my right hand and saw, but there was none who knew me.
Escape is gone from me, and there is none who seeks for my soul.
I cried to you, Lord, I said, ‘You are my hope; my portion in the land of the living.’
Give heed to my supplication, for I am brought very low.
Deliver me from those who persecute me, for they are too strong for me.

Ten stichera – 3 for the Resurrection, 3 for the Ascension and 4 for the Fathers
In Tone 6
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may confess your name.
Winning the victory over Hell, O Christ, you ascended the Cross, that you might raise with yourself those sitting in the darkness of death, you who are free among the dead. All-powerful Saviour, who pour life from your own light, glory to you!
The just will await me, until you reward me.
Today Christ, having trampled down death, has risen as he said, and given joy to the whole world, that we might all cry aloud the hymn and say: All-powerful Saviour, Source of life, unapproachable Light, glory to you!
Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord. Lord hear my voice.
Where shall we sinners flee from you, Lord, who are present in all creation? In heaven? You dwell there. In Hell? You have trampled on death. To the depths of the sea? Your hand is there, Master. To you we flee; falling down we implore you: O risen from the dead, have mercy upon us!
Let your ears be attentive, to the voice of my supplication.
The Lord has been taken up into heaven, that he may send the Paraclete to the world. The heavens have prepared his throne; clouds his ascent. Angels marvel to see a human high above them. The Father receives the One he holds eternally in his bosom. The Holy Spirit orders all his angels: ‘Lift up our gates, you rulers.’ All you nations, clap your hands: for Christ has gone up to where he was before.
If you, Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who will stand? But there is forgiveness with you.
The Cherubim, Lord, were amazed by your Assumption, as they watched you, the God who is enthroned upon them, ascending on the clouds; and we glorify you, for your mercy is kind. Glory to you!
For your name’s sake I have waited for you, Lord. My soul has waited on your word. My soul has hoped in the Lord.
As we watch your exaltation on the holy mountains, O Christ, splendour of the Father's glory, we hymn the appearance, formed of light, of your countenance; we worship your sufferings, we honour your Resurrection, as we glorify your glorious Assumption. Have mercy on us.
From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch let Israel trust in the Lord.
You were born from the womb before the morning star, without a mother from the Father before the ages, though Arius dares to call you a creature, and does not glorify you as God, insanely joining you, the Creator, with the creatures, and laying up for himself as treasure the fuel of the eternal fire. But the Council in Nicea loudly proclaimed you, Lord, to be Son of God, equal in rank with the Father and the Spirit.
For with the Lord there is mercy and with him is abundant redemption, and he will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.
Who divided your garment, O Saviour? ‘Arius,’ you said, who cuts into divisions the Authority equal in honour of the Trinity. He it was who denied that you were one of the Trinity. He it was who taught Nestorios not to say ‘Mother of God’. But the Council in Nicea loudly proclaimed you, Lord, to be Son of God, equal in rank with the Father and the Spirit.
Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him all you peoples.
Arius fell into the precipice of sin, having shut his eyes so as not to see the light, and he was ripped asunder by a divine hook so that with his entrails he forcibly emptied out all his essence and his soul, and was named another Judas, both for his ideas and the manner of his death. But the Council in Nicea loudly proclaimed you, Lord, to be Son of God, equal in rank with the Father and the Spirit.
For his mercy has been mighty towards us, and the truth of the Lord endures to the ages.
Arius the insane cut the Monarchy of the All-holy Trinity into three dissimilar and unrelated Essences; therefore the Godbearing Fathers eagerly came together, burning with zeal, like Elias the Thesbite, and cut off with the sword of the Spirit the blasphemer with his teachings of shame, as the Spirit decreed.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit...

Doxastikon
In Tone 5
Let us praise today the mystical trumpets of the Spirit, the Godbearing Fathers, who sang a harmonious melody of theology in the midst of the Church: one Trinity, unchanging Essence and Godhead; the overthrowers of Arius, the champions of the Orthodox, who ever intercede with the Lord that he have mercy on our souls.

...both now and ever and to the ages of ages.

Theotokion
In Tone 5
Who will not call you blessed, all-holy Virgin? Who will not sing the praise of your child-birth without pain? For the only-begotten Son, who shone from the Father beyond time, came forth from you, pure Maiden, ineffably incarnate. By nature he is God; by nature he became man for our sakes; not divided in a duality of persons; but known without confusion in a duality of natures. O honoured and all-blessed, intercede with him to have mercy on our souls.

Gladsome Light
Joyful Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father, Jesus Christ. Now that we have come to the setting of the sun and see the evening light, we sing the praise of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is right at all times to hymn you with holy voices, Son of God, Giver of Life. Therefore the world glorifies you.

The Saturday Prokeimenon
The Lord is King; he has clothed himself with glory.
The Lord is King; he has clothed himself with glory.
The Lord has clothed and girded himself with power.
The Lord is King; he has clothed himself with glory.
He has established the world which will not be shaken.
The Lord is King; he has clothed himself with glory.

Lord, have mercy. (40x)

+ Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us, and save us. Amen.

The Evening Prayer
Grant, Lord, to keep us this evening without sin. Blessed are you, Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is your name to the ages. Amen.

Let your mercy, Lord be upon us, as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, Lord: teach me your statutes. Blessed are you, Master: make me understand your statutes. Blessed are you, Holy One: enlighten me with your statutes.

Lord, your mercy is for ever; do not scorn the work of your hands. To you praise is due, to you song is due, to you glory is due, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (40x)

+ Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us, and save us. Amen.

The Readings

The Reading is from the Book of Numbers [11:16-17, 24-29]
The Lord said to Moses: Gather to me seventy men of the elders of the people, whom you know to be elders of the people, and their scribes; and you shall bring to the Tent of Witness, and they shall stand there with you. And I shall come down and speak with you there, and I shall take of the Spirit which is upon you and place it upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear them alone. And Moses gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and stood them around the Tent. And the Lord came down in a cloud and spoke to Moses, and he took of the Spirit which was upon him and placed it upon the seventy men, the elders. But as the Spirit rested upon them, they too prophesied in the camp, and then did so no longer. And two men had been left behind in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the second was Modad, and the Spirit rested upon them; and they were of those who had been listed, but they had not come to the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp. And the youth ran and told Moses, and said to him: Eldad and Modad are prophesying in the camp. And Jesus, son of Navi, who was Moses’ assistant, his chosen one, said: My Lord Moses, stop them. And Moses said to him: Why, are you jealous for me? And who would not give that all the Lord’s people were prophets, whenever the Lord should put his Spirit upon them?

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Joel [2:23-32]
Thus says the Lord: Children of Sion rejoice, and be glad in the Lord your God, because he has given you food for justice; and he will send the early and the latter rain for you, as before; and the threshing floors will be full of corn, and the presses overflowing with wine and oil. And I shall repay you for the years that the locust has devoured, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, the chewing locust and my great power which I sent against you. And eating you shall eat and be filled, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has done wondrous things with you, and my people shall no longer be ashamed for ever. And you shall know that I the Lord your God am in the midst of Israel, and there is none beside me, and my people shall no longer be ashamed for ever. And it shall be after these things that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your elders will dream dreams and your youths see visions. And upon my servants and my maid servants I shall pour out of my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy; and I shall show wonders in the heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood and fire and the vapour of smoke; the sun will be transformed to darkness and the moon to blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord comes; and it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Ezekiel [36:24-28]
Thus says the Lord: I shall take you from among the nations and gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land; and I shall sprinkle pure water upon you, and you will be purified from all your impurities and from all your idols, and I shall purify you; and I shall give you a new heart and I shall give you a new spirit; and I shall take away the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh; and I shall put my spirit in you and make you walk in my statutes and you shall keep my judgements and do them; and you shall dwell on the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I shall be your God.

Aposticha
For Pentecost – in Tone 8
The nations, Lord, not knowing the power of the all-holy Spirit which had come to the Apostles, thought the change of tongues was drunkenness; but we, established by them, unceasingly say: Do not take your Holy Spirit from us, we implore, O Lover of mankind.
Create a clean heart in me, O God; and renew a right Spirit within me.
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present everywhere, filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life; come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every stain, and, O Good One, save our souls.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Once tongues were confused through the presumption of building the tower; but now tongues have been made wise through the glory of the knowledge of God. There God condemned the impious for their offence; here Christ has enlightened the fishermen with the Spirit. Then discord was wrought for punishment; now concord is renewed for the salvation of our souls.

Song of Simeon the God-Receiver
Now, Master, you let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your Salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a Light to bring revelation to the nations, and the Glory of your people Israel.

The Trisagion
+ Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (x3)

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

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your names sake.

Lord have mercy. (x3)

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

+ Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today 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.

Apolytikia
For Pentecost in Tone 8
Blessed are you, Christ our God, who revealed the fishermen to be most wise by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, and so through them catching the whole world in a net: Lover of mankind, glory to you! (x3)

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever. Amen.

+ More honourable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim; you who without corruption gave birth to God the Word, very Mother of God, we magnify you.

+ Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.(3x)

The Dismissal
+ Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us, and save us. Amen.