Wednesday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone VI

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos:  A helper and a protector * hath become unto me salvation. * My God, whom I will glorify, * the God of my fathers, * and I will exalt Him * for gloriously hath He been glorified.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

How can I, who am wholly sunk in the passions, wretch that I am, and am clothed in impurities, approach thee, О pure one? Yet, taking pity, save mine accursed soul, О most pureО Birthgiver of God.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Arising out of the depths of shame, О my lowly soul, cry aloud with fervor to her who alone is pure: Have mercy upon me, О most immaculate and pure Maiden, and deliver me from the passions!

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

I have been engulfed by a storm of perils and sins; but extend now thy helping hand unto me, О pure one, and deliver me from the indignity of the passions, that I may ever glorify thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Deliver me from the cruel tempest of sin, whereby I have been wholly defiled, О Birthgiver of God. As I flee unto thee, lighten now the burden of my transgressions.

Ode III, Irmos: O Lord, upon the rock * of Thy commandments * make firm my
heart, * for Thou alone art Holy and Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

О most immaculate one, make me young who have aged through the shameful passions of sin, easing the bonds of my transgressions.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Cleanse me of the mire and filth of sin, О Theotokos, and make a divine temple of me who flee to thee who art pure.

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

Awake thou from the sleep of despondency, О my wretched soul, and lift up thine eyes to the divine Bride and Maiden who alone saveth thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

In desperation and contrition, I hasten and fly to thy fervent supplication, О Lady: Save me, thy servant, О pure one!

Ode IV, Irmos: The prophet heard * of Thy coming, O Lord, * and he was afraid. * How wast Thou to be born of a virgin * and appear unto mankind? * and he said * “I have heard report of Thee and I am afraid”; * glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

I shall rightly be judged by thy Son for my words and deeds, О most immaculate Birthgiver of God. May I find thee at that hour to be a refuge and most mighty ally, saving me from all torments.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

My life is vile, my character is rendered impure through sins, and I am wholly sunk in the passions. О pure one, cleanse me of the defilement of my transgressions, and make me as white as snow by thy mediation before our tender-hearted God.

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

I am bound all over by the bonds of mine offences, and am unable to move toward the paths of repentance. Stretch forth thy hand, О most immaculate one, and direct me to the path which leadeth me to the way of salvation.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

By thy prayers free me from cruel torments, from the outermost darkness and Gehenna, О Virgin; for thou hast the will and power so to do, О thou who hast given birth to the Lord Who alone is supremely good.

Ode V, Irmos: Out of the night I seek Thee early, * enlighten me I pray Thee, O Lover of mankind, * and guide me in Thy commandments, * and teach me, O Saviour, * to do Thy will.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

On the day of judgment reveal thyself, О Lady, and stand as an advocate for me, freeing me from torments and fire, that, saved, I may hymn thine invincible grace.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Seeing that I have wandered away from thy protection, О Lady, the enemy hath cast my soul into the depths of transgressions, and beholding me he laughs me to scorn; but do thou help me.

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

Make mine accursed and passion-plagued soul to arise, I beseech thee, О pure and most immaculate one, and remove from it the weight of its many sins.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I offer thee entreaty from my defiled and impure lips, О most immaculate one: Take pity on me by thy prayers, I beseech thee.

Ode VI, Irmos: With my whole heart, I cried * unto the tenderly compassionate God, * and he heard me * from the lowest depths of Hades; * and raised up my life from corruption.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Accept me who am prodigal and most accursed, О Master Christ, and free me from torments through the prayers of her who gave birth to Thee, and deliver me from standing on Thy left side.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The dark fear of hell embraces me, О pure one, and the lot of the goats doth terrify me. Deliver me from such things, О most pure Theotokos, I pray thee.

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

Mortifying the passions of my flesh, О pure Lady Theotokos, impart life to my most wretched soul, and guide me to the straight path.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Though I am a fool, yet I offer thee the supplication of a servant, and I flee to thy compassionate loving-kindness. Turn me not away ashamed, О pure one.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone VI: I offer thee groaning from my heart and the depths of my being, О most immaculate one, asking thy right conciliatory aid. Have mercy upon my passionate soul, and move the greatly merciful God to pity, that He may deliver me from damnation and the lake of fire, О thou who alone art blessed.

Ode VII, Irmos: We have sinned, we have transgressed, * and we have done evil before Thee. * We have not kept nor followed * Thy commandments, but reject us not utterly, * O God of our fathers.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Knowing thee, to be the merciful and right loving Virgin Mother, and wholly pure, I flee to thee, wretch that I am. Turn me not away from thee ashamed, О all-immaculate one.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Awaken, О passion-plagued soul! Arise, О wretched one! Beat thou thy breast, and from thine innermost depths send forth fountains of tears, that the Mother of Christ God may have mercy upon thee who art accursed.

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

Of old I became a temple of God through divine baptism, but I have wholly defiled myself, wretch that I am, and am grievously brought low through terrible falls. Yet do thou raise me up, О most immaculate one, thou hope of the despairing.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

A dense cloud hath covered my heart, and darkness and gloom hath come upon my passion-plagued soul. О Bride of God, illumine me with rays of repentance, that I may glorify thee.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify, * and before whom tremble the Cherubim and Seraphim, * let every breath and all creation * praise, bless, and supremely exalt, * throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

The river of fire terrifies me, and thick darkness causes me to quake; the worm and the gnashing of teeth fill me with horror. Virgin, at that hour may I find thee to be a mighty ally.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Let me not become fuel for the fire, О Lord, neither let me hear Thy voice pronounce sentence, for I have Thy pure Mother beseeching Thee. I cry to Thee: By her prayers have mercy upon me.

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

Make me to hear the divine voice, and show me to share a place with the elect, О Christ; let me not occupy a place of lamentation, for I have the Theotokos beseeching Thee for this.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Send streams of tears now down upon me, and cause groaning to erupt within me from the depth of my soul, О pure one, that I may ever fall down before thy protection and receive the remission of my sins through thy prayer.

Ode IX, Irmos:  Ineffable is the birth-giving * of a seedless conception, * from a mother who knew not a man; * an undefiled childbearing. * For the birth of God hath renewed nature, * wherefore all generations rightly worship and magnify thee * as the Bride and Mother of God.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

The day of judgment terrifies me, О Virgin; the gnashing of teeth fills my heart with dread, and the place where the goats stand horrifies me; but let me find thee, the Theotokos, to be my help amid evils when I shall be judged.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us. 

Trembling doth now seize me, and the horror of Gehenna terrifies me. What shall I do? I know not, accursed and condemned as I am. Therefore, I flee unto thee and cry out with fervent compunction: Disdain me not, О most pure one!

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

Beholding the judgment-seat, I think upon thy judgment, О my Christ, whereat I, who am condemned, shall be rightly judged for my deeds. Yet may I have as an advocate in that hour – Thy Mother, the divine Bride – entreating Thy great compassions.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen

Noetically touching thy feet, О all-immaculate one, I beseech thee: Accept my lamentation, hearken to my hymnody, and grant me remission of transgressions through thy supplications, I pray thee, that I may magnify thee with love.

Tuesday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone VI

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In every way I lament my vile life and the multitude of mine abominable sins. How shall I confess to thee, О pure one? I am at a loss and filled with fear. Yet help me, О Lady.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

How shall I begin to speak of my wicked and grievous falls, plagued as I am by the passions? Woe is me! What shall I do? Yet before the end take pity on me, О Lady.

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

I ever contemplate the hour of death and the dread tribunal, О most pure one, yet

am I grievously led astray by my most wicked habits. But do thou help me.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The corrupter of the good, seeing me now stripped naked of godly virtues, fallen far away from God and become a stranger to Him, striveth to devour me. But do thou prevent him, О Lady.

Ode III, Irmos: There is none as holy as Thou, * O Lord my God, * who hast exalted the horn of Thy faithful O good One, * and strengthened us upon the rock * of Thy confession.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have vilely besmirched my soul with mine evil and abominable deeds, plagued as I am by the passions, О Lady Theotokos. Where then shall I go, who am wholly stuck fast in despondency?

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Though created in the image of God, I have sullied my prodigal self by mine haughty will, О pure one, and through my likeness, in works, in word and thought, I have committed unseemly deeds.

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

There is no other man who hath committed such unseemly acts, nor any other born into the world as darkened in mind as I, О good one; for I have defiled my divine baptism.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I have reached the end of mine evils, О most holy Virgin. Quickly help me, for heaven and earth cry out bitterly because of my vile and wicked deeds.

Ode IV, Irmos: Christ is my power, * my God and my Lord, * the holy Church divinely singeth, * crying with a pure mind, * keeping festival in the Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The ranks of angels and the armies of the hosts of heaven are in awe of the might of thy Son, О pure one. But I am in despair, stuck fast in my lack of fear.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

All the earth hath been amazed and astonished, beholding me committing evil, wicked and vile acts, and it marvelleth at the great loving-kindness of thy Son.

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

I have wickedly defiled the temple of my body, and the temple of the Lord which we enter with trembling; for although I am a prodigal, I enter it without shame. Woe is me!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О Lady, show me not, О show me not to have wandered away from the tabernacle of thy Son, though I am in every way unworthy, but wash me. clean of the defilement of my transgressions.

Ode V, Irmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, * the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, * that they may know Thee, O Word of God, * as the true God, * Who recalleth us from the darkness of sin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

With thy divine effulgence, О good one, cure my soul of the passions which the corrupter hath sown therein, and deliver me from his bitter captivity, for he laughs me to scorn, beholding my helpless state.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Adam broke the only commandment of thy Son, О Virgin, and was driven into exile. How shall I lament the abyss of my transgressions, for I am a criminal and have fallen away from Him?

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

Shown of old to be a murderer of his brother, Cain was cursed by God. What shall I do, who am most arrogant? I have now brought death upon my soul, and am not ashamed.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I have wholly emulated the cruel Esau in gluttony and eating to satiety, and have defiled my soul by drunkenness and my life with intemperance. Who will not weep for me, who am plagued by the passions? Woe is me!

Ode VI, Irmos: Beholding the sea of life surging with the tempest of temptations, * I run to Thy calm haven, and cry to Thee: * Raise up my life from corruption, * O greatly Merciful One.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

My life is prodigal, my soul defiled, my way of living wholly accursed. I have grievously dishonoured my whole body with evils. Wherefore, hasten thou to help me, О Virgin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Mine end lieth before me, and I cannot bear it, О good one. My conscience denounces me, for all my wicked deeds and my prodigal life confront me, and I fear the judgment of thy Son, О pure one.

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

The burning of my flesh, the dreadful river of fire which cannot be quenched, and the insatiable worm await me; but dispel them By thy prayers, О most pure one.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I am held fast now by trembling, О good one, and I fear the pursuit of the evil one; for before the end the corrupter desires to slay me, holding me wholly captive, stripped naked of the virtues.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone VI: Thou art the hope, bulwark and refuge of thy people, О Virgin, from whom the Saviour of all was born without pain, and thou hast saved those who set their hope on thee; for thou didst weep for thy Son at the foot of the Cross. Him do thou now beseech, that He deliver from corruption all who hymn thee.

Ode VII, Irmos: An Angel made the furnace bedew the holy Children. * But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans * and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: * O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Seven times seven hath the evil one fanned a flame for me with the passions, ever striving to slay my heart with thoughts of fornication; wherefore, with the streams of my tears extinguish it, О Mother of God, and save me.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Despise me not who am dishonoured with the mire of my transgressions, О good Lady, for, seeing me in despair, the most evil enemy mocketh me; but do thou thyself raise me up with thy mighty hand.

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

Awesome is the tribunal, О my numb soul which is art rife with passions, and endless and terrible are the torments; yet fall down now before the Mother of thy Judge and God, and be not downcast.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

A slave of the passions, I have been mired in a multitude of boundless evils and have defiled my soul, body and mind; wherefore, О most pure one, with the light of thy radiance quickly lead me to the sweetness of dispassion.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Thou didst make flame bedew the holy children, * and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. * For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou willest, * Thee do we supremely exalt throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Virgin Mother, who hast given birth to God Who is One of the Trinity and didst bear Him in thine arms, quench thou the fiery furnace of the passions, and bathe my soul in streams of tears.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I fear the arrival of death, О most pure one, and am now wholly afraid of the judgment thereof, for I have committed evils and am in nowise ashamed. In thy prayers take pity on me before the end, О Virgin.

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

О Lady, grant me unceasing groans and give me showers of tears to wash away my many transgressions and cleanse mine incurable sores, that I may inherit everlasting life.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I confess to thee the multitude of mine evils, О Lady, for no one else in the world hath so angered thy God, Son and Lord; wherefore, quickly move Him to mercy toward me, О Virgin.

Ode IX, Irmos: It is impossible for mankind to see God * upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze; * but through thee, O all-pure one, * did the Word Incarnate become a man * and with the Heavenly Hosts * Him we magnify and thee we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Knowing the might of thy great supplication, О most pure one, lo! I approach thee with great fear and love; for thy maternal pleas to thy Son are truly able to accomplish much, for through His loving-kindness is He inclined to mercy.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Take the choirs of the archangels and the multitude of the heavenly armies of my Creator, the assemblies of apostles and prophets, the martyrs, the venerable and the hieromartyrs, О pure one, and pray for us to God.

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

Let me obtain thine aid now and at that hour when my spirit shall depart, О pure one, and, rescuing me quickly, deliver me from the tyranny of the demons, and leave me not in their clutches, О good and most immaculate one.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen

I await the compassionate Judge, thy Son Who is the Lover of mankind, О pure one. Disdain me not, but render Him well-disposed towards me, that at His most pure tribunal He may set me on His right hand, О all-immaculate one, for I have set my hope on thee.

Monday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone VI

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Bent low by a multitude of temptations and grievous acts, I bow before thee the neck of my soul and body, О pure one, and cry out to thee with fervour: Do thou set me aright!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О all-immaculate Maiden, mighty help of the faithful and hope of Christians: Free me from the carnal lusts and passions which war against me!

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

О most pure one, thou luminous guide of those in darkness, having given birth to the noetic Light, illumine my soul and sanctify my mind, dissolving the gloom of passions and transgressions.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

With the light of the holy commandments of Him Who became incarnate from thee, О Lady Theotokos, dispel the darkness of my soul, which hath been cast into darkness by the onslaughts of unseemly thoughts.

Ode III, Irmos: There is none as holy as Thou, * O Lord my God, * who hast exalted the horn of Thy faithful O good One, * and strengthened us upon the rock * of Thy confession.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In thee have I placed my trust, О pure and most pure one. Let not my hope in thee be disappointed. In that thou art the merciful Mother of God and the Lover of mankind, deliver me from the snares of the enemy.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О most pure Mary Mother of God, portal of salvation through which the Creator of all alone passed, open now unto me the divine gates of repentance.

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

О pure one, be thou a refuge and haven for me who am ever tempest-tossed by the threefold waves of the passions on the sea of life, О only Ever-virgin.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О Mary Mother of God, illumine my soul, which hath been grievously darkened by many sins, wounded by the darts of the evil one, and fallen

Ode IV, Irmos: Christ is my power, * my God and my Lord, * the holy Church divinely singeth, * crying with a pure mind, * keeping festival in the Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

As thou art my strength, refuge, unassailable rampart and advocate before God, О most pure one, free me from everlasting flame and Gehenna.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О all-pure Mary, dispel thou the tumult of the passions of my mind and the storm of temptations, in that thou hast given birth to the Source of dispassion, О Ever-virgin Mother.

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

О pure and all-immaculate one, as thou wast the receptacle of purity which accommodated the habitation of God, do away with the defilement and impurity of my soul.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О Maiden, I pray thee, who alone art pure, who alone art undefiled: By thy prayers cleanse thou my soul, which hath been defiled and sullied by lustful passions.

Ode V, Irmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, * the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, * that they may know Thee, O Word of God, * as the true God, * Who recalleth us from the darkness of sin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Defiled in mind and sullied by many falls, О Mother of God, I entreat thee, who alone art undefiled: Have pity and save me by thy mediation.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

With thy divine effulgence, О good one, illumine my soul, which hath been darkened by pleasures, and guide it to the path of salvation, О thou who alone hast given birth to Christ the Saviour.

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

Loose thou the bonds of my sins by thy mediation and aid, О Virgin, and fill my wretched soul with divine tranquility, and deliver it from darkness.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Having now acquired thee alone as my divine refuge, О good one, I cry to thee, falling down with faith: Thou art my help! Be thou also my shelter of salvation, О Sovereign Lady of the world, and save me.

Ode VI, Irmos: Beholding the sea of life surging with the tempest of temptations, * I run to Thy calm haven, and cry to Thee: * Raise up my life from corruption, * O greatly Merciful One.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Guilty of sin, wretch that I am, I have been grievously wounded. To thee who art merciful, О Mother of God, do I flee, praying: Set at naught my falls into transgressions.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О portal of grace who hast opened unto the faithful the gates of heaven, open unto me the radiant door of repentance, and deliver me from the gates of death.

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

О Mother of God who hast given birth to the Source of dispassion, render me steadfast, who am brought low by the passions and the assaults of the adversary; for unto thee have I fled, for thou art the comforter of my wretched soul.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Look down upon me, the lowly one, О Lady, and beyond expectation save me; for thou art my hope and protection, the life and light of my heart, and my confirmation, О Theotokos.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone VI: О most holy Virgin Mother, thou art truly the strength of the helpless; wherefore, we, the lowly, are exalted by thee, and in thee are we borne aloft. Thou art the protection of all and their mediatress before God.

Ode VII, Irmos: An Angel made the furnace bedew the holy Children. * But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans * and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: * O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

We ever have thee as our cleansing before God, О most immaculate one; wherefore, ask thou that all who confess thee to truly be the Theotokos be delivered from dread torments to come.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Raise me up, who am stuck fast in slothfulness, to the doing of godly works, О most pure one, strengthening me against the enemy who ever wages cruel war against me, and against those who would lead me astray with adverse thoughts.

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

Leave me not to perish, О Virgin, neither allow me to fall prey to the evil serpent who ever thirsteth for my destruction; but grant me thy rich mercy.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Fail not in thy supplications before of our God and the Lover of mankind, О all-immaculate and pure one, that we may receive complete forgiveness, and obtain the good things of heaven prepared for the just, and the joy which cannot be taken away.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Thou didst make flame bedew the holy children, * and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. * For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou willest, * Thee do we supremely exalt throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Show forth my barren heart to be laden with the fruit of good works, О all- pure one, entreating God by thy birth-giving.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Pray unto God, О Virgin full of the grace of God, that He save our souls and deliver us from being accepting of the passions and from the evil temptations of the demons.

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

I flee to thy protection, О all-immaculate one, and set thee forth as the intercessor for my life. Deliver me, О Maiden, from dread condemnation, from trial and ever lasting fire.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Make steadfast my soul, which hath been shaken by the evil of the foe, О pure Virgin, and rescue me from the fiery torment and the painful lot of the goats.

Ode IX, Irmos: It is impossible for mankind to see God * upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze; * but through thee, O all-pure one, * did the Word Incarnate become a man * and with the Heavenly Hosts * Him we magnify and thee we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The turbulence of the passions doth trouble and engulf me in pleasures, О most immaculate Virgin who hast given birth to Christ the Helmsman. Extend to me thy helping hand, and save me, О thou who alone art the salvation of those who with faith call thee blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О bridal-chamber and throne of Him Who reigneth, mountain of God, chosen city, garden of paradise, most radiant cloud of the Sun: illumine my soul, driving away the cloud of my many sins, О thou who art full of the grace of God.

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

О pure and divine chosen Virgin, portal of the Light: open thou the gates of my soul, locking the door of sin, that the hand of the deceiver not seize me, and drag me cruelly into the dread torment of perdition.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen

Arise, О my soul, and be thou watchful in prayer and in care for that which is most good, driving away the sleep of despondency, ever having the pure and most compassionate Mother of God as thy vigilant ally.

Saturday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone VI

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos


Ode I, Irmos:
 When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In that thou art possessed of abundant divine grace, О Mother unwedded, disdain not those who have recourse unto thee, ever saving them from misfortunes and tribulations.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Lo! the time of despair hath arrived for me. Arise, О most pure Lady, and extend unto me thy helping hand; for thou hast filled the world with divine gladness.

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

As thou art our ally, О Theotokos, quickly grant thy mighty protection unto me w

Ode I, Irmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In that thou art possessed of abundant divine grace, О Mother unwedded, disdain not those who have recourse unto thee, ever saving them from misfortunes and tribulations.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Lo! the time of despair hath arrived for me. Arise, О most pure Lady, and extend unto me thy helping hand; for thou hast filled the world with divine gladness.

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

As thou art our ally, О Theotokos, quickly grant thy mighty protection unto me who am beset by perils, and preserve me unharmed by them.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Death rusheth headlong upon my soul, and the temptations of those who hate me have surrounded me like adders, to destroy me; but do thou save me, О Theotokos.

Ode III, Irmos: My mouth hath been enlarged against mine enemies, * for in the Lord * hath my heart been established.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In that thou hast given birth to Life, О Theotokos, enliven my soul, which hath been slain by transgressions.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

From every temptation preserve those who have recourse unto thee, О Theotokos, our hope.

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

Save me from those perils which rise up bitterly against me, О most immaculate Mother of my Lord.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О thou who by thy divine birth-giving dost grant salvation to the world, deliver me from misfortunes.

Ode IV, Irmos: The prophet heard * of Thy coming, O Lord, * and he was afraid. * How wast Thou to be born of a virgin * and appear unto mankind? * and he said * “I have heard report of Thee and I am afraid”; * glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The strength of my soul hath grown weak through poverty, О Theotokos, and the cruel darkness which ariseth from transgressions hath fallen upon me; but as thou art the light-bearing cloud of God, look down and illumine me, I pray.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

As thou art a calm haven, О all-immaculate one, transform the storms of mine evil deeds and the tumult of my transgressions into the tranquility of salvation, for, roaring like lions, they seek to slay me. Deliver me from destruction by them, I pray.

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

As thou art steadfast salvation and invincible protection day and night, on land and at sea, and in every place, О Theotokos, save me; for after God it is in thee that we Christians truly place our trust.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

From great and divers transgressions and dangers thou dost ever save me; wherefore, I entreat thee who hast given birth to the Lord, and I hasten to thee, the invincible aid of the sorrowful; By thy prayers lead me up from misfortunes!

Ode V, Irmos: О Christ Who shineth Thy light upon the world, * illumine my heart * for I cry out to Thee in the night, * and save me.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Unafraid of the assaults of men, we glorify thee, the shelter of salvation, О all- immaculate Mother of the Word.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having thee as an unassailable rampart, О most pure one, we are delivered from the uprisings of temptations and grief.

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

Rescue me from the tongue of evil men, О pure one, for they have sharpened it like a razor, to wreak bitter destruction upon my soul.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Earnestly do I fall down before thee, praying: As thou art the Mother of my Creator, free me from the misfortunes which encompass me.

Ode VI, Irmos: Slain by the sea-monster of sin, * I cry unto Thee, О Christ: * Free me from corruption, * as Thou didst the prophet.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Tasting bitterness, I have become a stranger to divine sweetness, О most pure one; wherefore, I cry unto thee: Grant me thy help.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The darkness of the passions hath made me the slave of corruption; wherefore, free me, О Lady who hast given birth to the Light.

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

With harmonious faith I confess thee, О most pure one, and, delivered from sorrow by thee, I offer thee sacrifice.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The mouths of the unjust have been opened against me, О Lady; wherefore, as thou art my helper, free me quickly from them.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone VI: О unashamed intercession for Christians, sure mediation before the Creator: Disdain not the cries of entreaty of Christians, but, in that thou art good, come thou to the aid of us who cry out to thee with faith: Haste thou to supplication and speed thou to entreaty, О Theotokos, ever interceding for those who honour thee.

Ode VII, Irmos: An Angel made the furnace bedew the holy Children. * But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans * and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: * O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

O most holy Virgin, do thou thyself free my soul from the temptations which have now surrounded it like fat bulls.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Earnestly defending those in misfortune and grief, О Theotokos, ever grant them joy.

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

As thou art an indestructible shelter for all, О Virgin, protect me who am wholly overcome by grief and despair for my deeds.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

By thine intercession are we delivered from misfortunes and sorrows, and we find great riches which are inexhaustible.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Thou didst make flame bedew the holy children, * and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. * For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou willest, * Thee do we supremely exalt throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Consumed am I by the afflictions of men, О Theotokos, and I pray: Deliver me from their vain counsel.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have been vanquished in grief by my temptations, О Lady, and I pray: Preserve me unharmed by them.

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

О pure one, save me from the lying man, from his tongue, mouth and tyranny, and from all want.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Led astray is my character, and, as I have no response, I cry to the Theotokos: Deliver me from all evils.

Ode IX, Irmos: О Virgin who received the angel’s salutation * and hast given birth to thine own Creator, * save those who magnify thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Be thou merciful unto me amid the griefs of life, О Theotokos, and save me from misfortunes who now flee unto thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Truly thou, alone upon the earth and the sea, hast been shown to be an indestructible shelter for those who flee to thee with unwavering soul.

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

By thine supplications, О all-hymned one, do thou grant freedom unto me who have mindlessly become a slave through all manner of evil falls.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Having acquired thee as my hope and steadfast help, О pure one, I bring this hymn to an end with faith, magnifying thee as the Theotokos.

Friday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos: Christ, who with an upraised arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel hath He saved * as they chanted a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

All the generations of mankind praise thee, О Virgin, as thou didst foretell in prophecy of old; wherefore, accept me who hymn thee, О Lady, and enlighten and make me wise.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou hast broken the sting of death and the sin of the world, О Virgin Lady, having given birth to true Life. Quickly break also the sharp arrows of my passions.

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

Having been revealed to be the only one arrayed in virgin’s vesture, thou didst rend asunder the fig-leaves which Adam wore; wherefore, clothe me in the garments of chastity by thy prayers.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Many daughters of Adam before thee acquired riches and divine glory, but thou hast surpassed them all beyond compare, О Lady; wherefore, enrich me now with heavenly and divine grace.

Ode III, Irmos: By Thy command Thou didst establish the earth upon nothing * and suspended it unsupported; * do Thou establish Thy Church on the unshakeable rock of Thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good * and the Lover of mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The depths and heights of the unapproachable wisdom of God, Who was born from thy womb, have been recognised in thee, whereby deliver my heart from the depths of the serpent’s reasoning.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Christ, Who of old fashioned out of water the winged creatures and serpents, which before had not existed: Thou didst straightway fashion the strange vesture of Thy divine incarnation out of the blood of the pure Virgin.

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

Thou alone, О most pure one, art clearly the cleansing of our nature, for in thee the divine Fire made His abode without consuming thee, that He might purify it; wherefore, cleanse me of the defilement of the offences of my passions, and illumine me by thy prayers.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Knowing thee to be the cup of the Offshoot of the new vine, manifestly giving drink to the faithful for the remission offences, О most pure one, I pray: Give drink to my heart with an outpouring of divine water.

Ode IV, Irmos: Habbakuk, prophetically apprehending * Thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to Thee with trembling: * Thou hast come for the salvation of Thy people; * to save Thine anointed Ones.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou hast been revealed to be the unploughed furrow which produced the unsown divine Grain, whereby I, who hunger, am fed with divine gifts and grace.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Giving drink with the water of thy prayers to me who am truly sick unto death and am stuck fast in the fire of the passions of my soul, raise me up quickly.

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

As thou art the animate city of God, gladdened by the flow of noetic rivers, make steadfast the house of my soul with the pillars of thy prayers.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Knowing thee to be the cloud raining down true righteousness, О most pure Lady, I pray that thou speedily deliver me thy servant from all who oppress me.

Ode V, Irmos: O Thou Who hast clothed Thyself in light as with a garment, * I rise early unto Thee and cry out to Thee: * Enlighten my darkened soul, O Christ, * in that Thou alone art compassionate!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Utterly suppress the turbulence and billows of sin and my passions, О Virgin Lady, having given birth to the Cause of dispassion.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Shown from on high to be Christ’s cloth of the divine vesture of majesty, О pure one, with the raiment of the virtues clothe my naked soul.

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

Grant me cleansing offences by thy supplications, О pure Virgin who hast given birth for us to Christ the Lord, our divine Purification.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

By thy prayers, О Virgin, do away with the sores, wounds and stripes of my sins, and grant power to thy servant.

Ode VI, Irmos: Calm the raging sea of the passions, * O Master Christ, * with its soul-destroying tempest, * and lead me up from corruption * in that Thou art compassionate.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О thou who hast given birth to the Light Who created the luminaries of the sky, illumine now my soul and deliver me from the darkness of the passions, О all-radiant one.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Entreat thy Son, Who of old sweetened the waters of Mara, О Theotokos, that He quickly deliver me from grievous suffering and bitterness.

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

The torrents of the passions disturb my soul, О most pure one; yet dry them up by thy prayers, and destroy my wicked thoughts.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Delivering mankind, Christ hath issued forth out of Sion, from thy womb, О most immaculate Lady; and hath thereby delivered me from perils and tribulations.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone V: Wherefore, growing despondent, hast thou forgotten thy God, Who hath mercy upon thee, О my passion-plagued soul? Despising His precepts, thou hast come in wickedness and prodigality to the end of thy life. But shun evil, crying out to the Theotokos: Have mercy on mine accursed soul!

Ode VII, Irmos: Irmos: The supremely exalted Lord of our fathers * quenched the flame, * and bedewed the Youths * as they chanted in harmony: * O God, blessed art Thou!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The hordes of the demons fear and tremble before the invocation of thy name, О most pure one. Deliver me from them, save and preserve me, protecting me from all harm.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Inexpressible is thy glory, О Virgin; for thou hast given birth to the Lord of glory. Wherefore, grant unto me the glory of thy Son and my God, by thy prayers.

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

Incline thine ear to the supplications of thy servant, О Lady, and speedily deliver me from tribulations and misfortunes, from all temptations, visible and invisible.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

With purity wash me who am wholly shameful and have sullied and defiled myself with the passions, and make me radiant through the sprinkling of thy prayers, О Virgin.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Unto Thee the Fashioner of all, * the children in the furnace chanted a hymn: * All ye works of the Lord, * supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The passion-plagued water of barrenness hath rendered the womb of my soul fruitless and dried it up. Rain down the divine Dew upon me, О light cloud, that I may bring forth fruits of repentance.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

By thy prayers, О most pure one, calm, thou the water and storm of passionate thoughts, and guide me to the stream of dispassion, that I may glorify thee fervently throughout all ages.

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

О noetic portal, closed gate, which God alone hath passed through: Close and lock the gates of my passions, and open unto me the portals of hope.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Remove from me the burden of transgressions, О Virgin Mother, who alone ineffably hast given birth to the Lamb and Word of God, Who taketh away all the sin of the world.

Ode IX, Irmos: O Isaiah, rejoice and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived in her womb, * and hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is His name; * Him we magnify, and the Virgin we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having as a man defiled my soul with many transgressions and sullied it with carnal passions, I now earnestly beseech thee and pray to thee: From all evil cleanse me, О pure one, by thy prayers.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou hast given birth to Him Who willeth mercy, the God of compassions and the Lover of mankind, Who alone is Good, Long-suffering and full of loving- kindness. By thy supplications, О pure one, show Him to be well-disposed toward me, and grant me release from offences.

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

By thy ceaseless maternal supplications, О Lady, to the virtues of good works do thou rouse thy servant, who am stuck fast in the slumber of despondency and asleep now in pleasures.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Blessing, I bless thee, О most pure one, and I magnify thee fervently. Wherefore, bless me who hymn thee; deliver me from all violence and grief, and by thy hands preserve me invincible.

Thursday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos: Christ, who with an upraised arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel hath He saved * as they chanted a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

We know thee to be another, noetic garden of paradise, О Virgin Bride of God, beyond compare surpassing the Garden of Eden, О Mother of God; for thou hast budded forth incorruption for mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In paradise Adam was hindered from touching the tree of life, having partaken of the fruit of knowledge; but the Fruit received from thee hath given him immortality.

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

Adam was the first man created from earth by the most pure hands of the Almighty; but thou, О Virgin Theotokos, hast given birth without seed to the new Adam, the Creator of mankind.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The uttermost abyss of boundless transgressions hath engulfed me, and led me down into the depths of grievous despondency. О thou who hast given birth to the Abyss of loving-kindness, hasten thou and save me!

Ode III, Irmos: By Thy command Thou didst establish the earth upon nothing * and suspended it unsupported; * do Thou establish Thy Church on the unshakeable rock of Thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good * and the Lover of mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О immutable Word of God, Who didst make the earth the mother of living plants which did not exist on it in the beginning: Thou hast straightway come forth, seedlessly incarnate, from the woman who knew not a man, as from the earth.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou art the hope and help, the joy, protection and refuge of mortals, О Lady and Mother of life; wherefore, we pray: Send down thine aid upon all who hymn thee.

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

Afflicted and stuck fast by grievous perils, О compassionate Accomplisher of all, Who art the God of all, we all set Thy thrice-holy tabernacle to pray before Thee, and we cry unto Thee: Loose Thou the bonds of Thy servants!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The billows of sin cruelly batter me and drag me down into the abyss of transgressions; and the tempests of adverse thoughts batter my soul. О thou who hast given birth to the Helmsman, hasten thou to rescue thy servant.

Ode IV, Irmos: Habbakuk, prophetically apprehending * Thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to Thee with trembling: * Thou hast come for the salvation of Thy people; * to save Thine anointed Ones.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In submitting to the serpent, Eve begat grief for women; but having believed the tidings of God, О Virgin, thou didst cause Joy to blossom forth for the whole world.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Eve was first formed from the rib of Adam of old; and now God is begotten of the Mother and Bride of God: He is born, incarnate without a father, from the Virgin.

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

Eve rejoiceth, for the Maiden who incorruptly conceived the Judge and gave birth to the Compassionate One, hath shown her first mother to be free from the ancient curse.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

My life hath been filled with transgressions, my mind is plagued with passions, and my soul is condemned; wherefore, in thy compassion, have mercy and save me, О Lady.

Ode V, Irmos: O Thou Who hast clothed Thyself in light as with a garment, * I rise early unto Thee and cry out to Thee: * Enlighten my darkened soul, O Christ, * in that Thou alone art compassionate!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having found thee to be a pillar and cloud of light, О Virgin Mother of the Bestower of light, we who walk in the wilderness of deception escape evils.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, О thou who hast given birth in the flesh to God Who before the ages was incorporeally begotten of the Father, and hath been well-pleased to appear to us openly.

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

The sun hath been surpassed by thy radiance, О Mary; for thou hast held in thine arms Him Who adorned the sky with luminaries, and didst feed Him at thy breast.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Condemn me not to the unquenchable fire, О Christ my Saviour, by the supplications of the pure one who gave birth to Thee.

Ode VI, Irmos: Calm the raging sea of the passions, * O Master Christ, * with its soul-destroying tempest, * and lead me up from corruption * in that Thou art compassionate.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О pure Ever-virgin, without sustaining harm thou didst bear in thy womb the wondrous God Who of old saved the Prophet Jonah in the sea monster.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Bearing the Lord God of hosts Who restraineth the storms of the sea, О most pure Virgin, thou didst still the briny billows of delusion.

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

Having given birth to Christ, the Peace of all, О most pure one, by thy prayers to Him tame the raging storms of the passions which assail me.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

On the day of grief, when the bonds holding soul and body together will be severed, intercede for me, and rescue me from the surrounding demons.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone V: Beholding Thee willingly hanging upon the Cross between two thieves, О Christ, Thy Mother, her maternal womb rent with pain, exclaimed: “O my sinless Son, how have they unjustly crucified Thee on the Cross as a malefactor, Thee Who desireth to bring life to the race of mankind, in that Thou art supremely good?”

Ode VII, Irmos: Irmos: The supremely exalted Lord of our fathers * quenched the flame, * and bedewed the Youths * as they chanted in harmony: * O God, blessed art Thou!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

God Who made a journey to meet with Abraham the forefather became thy Son, О blessed one; and He made his seed a blessing for the nations.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou art the ladder of Jacob, О undefiled one; for God depicted thee as the one Mother, for whose sake God gathered together his children.

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

The incarnate Son, Who is supremely exalted with the Father and the Spirit, having chosen thee, О pure one, loved thee exceedingly, that thou mightest become a dwelling-place for Him.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Do thou ever entreat the God to Whom thou hast given birth, that He save me, wretch though I am, and accept me, the simple one who cries out with faith: Blessed art Thou, О God!

Ode VIII, Irmos: Unto Thee the Fashioner of all, * the children in the furnace chanted a hymn: * All ye works of the Lord, * supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thy birth-giving eludes examination, О Virgin, and is revealed to those who cry out with faith: All ye works of the Lord, hymn ye the Lord, and supremely exalt Him throughout the ages!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In nowise having fallen from the glory of virginity, thou hast been enriched also with the honour of motherhood, О thou who knewest not wedlock. He Who worketh wonders hath made this clearly known, and we supremely exalt Him throughout the ages.

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

Behold the affliction of my lowly soul, О most pure one, and quickly deliver me from pain, that I may glorify thee throughout the ages.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Mercifully accept Thy Mother, who prayeth that Thou save Thy people, whom Thou hast acquired by Thy precious Blood, О good Word, that we may call Thee blessed throughout all ages.

Ode IX, Irmos: O Isaiah, rejoice and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived in her womb, * and hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is His name; * Him we magnify, and the Virgin we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Lady Theotokos, entreat the adored Trinity, to Whom alone thou hast given birth for us without suffering in the flesh, that He grant peace to those on earth, and that remission of sins be granted to those who hymn thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Even though Emmanuel is understood to be a single Person, yet He hath two natures; for, lo! we proclaim two wills and activities in Him, and we confess thee, His Mother, to be the Theotokos.

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

I utter lamentation for myself, pondering the multitude of my sins, the uprisings of my passions, the despondency of my soul and the inconstancy of my mind. Grant salvation to me, wretch that I am,

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Assailing me like brigands, and stripping me of my radiant and luminous vesture, mine enemies have inflicted many wounds upon me. О Lord, raise me up who am barely alive.

Wednesday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos

Ode I, Irmos: Unto God the Saviour * Who made His people pass dry-shod through the sea, * but drowned Pharaoh with all his host, * unto Him alone let us sing: * For He hath been glorified.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О radiant tabernacle of Christ the King, illumine my mind, which hath been darkened by the deceit of the enemy and blinded by the darkness of my transgressions.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Theotokos, free my humbled soul from wicked thoughts, and make it a dwelling-place for God, that I may ever glorify thee as is meet.

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

When I must needs depart from this transitory life at the command of God, О most pure one, show me to elude the hands of the demons, providing me angels as companions.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Why hast thou wasted all thy life in great despondency, О my soul? Wherefore, hasten thou and cry out to the Mother of the Lord: Cleanse thou and save me, О Theotokos!

Ode III, Irmos: By the power of Thy Cross, O Christ, * do Thou make steadfast mine understanding, * that I may hymn and glorify Thine arising on the third day.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Out of the pit of torments and sufferings do thou lead me up who hymn thee constantly, О all-blessed Theotokos.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Rend asunder the rags of my boundless transgressions, and gird me about with the gladness of the virtues, О thou who art full of the grace of God.

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

Grant me tear-drops, О pure one, that I may dispel the perplexity of my heart and may hymn thee earnestly.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Cast down the arrogance of the incorporeal foe, О most immaculate one, and quickly free me from their tyranny.

Ode IV, Irmos: I have heard report of the mighty deed * of Thy Cross, O Lord, * how Paradise was opened thereby, and I cried: * Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Why hast thou likened thyself to the barren fig-tree, О my soul, in nowise afraid of being cut down and cast into everlasting flames? Hasten thou, therefore, and rouse thyself before it is too late.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

What tongue can describe the boundless sea of the evils I have committed and the abyss of my transgressions? Save me, who am in despair, О most immaculate Virgin!

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

I weep for myself when I bring to mind my manifold transgressions and the fire which will never be quenched, and I entreat thee: Grant me time for repentance, О pure one.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Let not the enemy seize my wretched soul like a savage lion, but by thy power break his soul-destroying fangs, О good one.       

Ode V, Irmos:  Waking at dawn, * we cry unto Thee, O Lord: * Save us, for Thou art our God; * we know none other besides Thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Look down and hearken to my voice, О Lady; and deliver me from everlasting condemnation, I pray.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have been wounded by the arrows of sin, and I cry to thee: Heal the wounds of my heart, О most pure one!

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

Have mercy on me, О only Compassionate One Who lovest mankind, through the supplications of her who gave birth to Thee; for Thou art my God and Lord.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I entreat thy goodness, be compassionate to me О thou who alone art all-hymned; and grant me mercy.

Ode VI, Irmos: The abyss hath encompassed me, * the sea monster hath become my grave; * but I cried unto Thee, * the Lover of mankind, * and Thy right hand saved me, O Lord.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Like a lion, the deceitful one seeketh after me to devour me, wickedly showing forth his gaping jaws, but from such do thou rescue me.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Do Thou cleanse me O Lover of mankind, and by the pure prayers of her who gave birth to thee, deliver Thy world from every manner of suffering, and grant me everlasting glory.

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

A multitude of transgressions hath encompassed me, and I have fallen into the depths of despair. I pray thee O pure one, lead me up from the deepest depths of Hades, that I may glorify thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

My life hath been filled with transgressions and all manner of slothfulness; wherefore, before mine end, О pure one, turn me back to repentance and save me, О all-hymned one.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone V: Rejoice, О firm rampart of divine victory! Rejoice, most militant felling of barbarians! Rejoice, О Theotokos, thou triumph of faithful Orthodox Christians, who truly set their hope on thee, delivering us from all misfortunes and ungodly enemies by thy supplications

Ode VII, Irmos: The children were saved * in the burning furnace, * chanting: Blessed art Thou * O God of our fathers.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

By thy goodness, О Lady, grant me forgiveness of evils, voluntary or involuntary.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

My mind is weakened by the assaults of wicked thoughts of ungodliness. Help me, О good one.

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

О Theotokos, with the remedy of thine entreaties heal now the wounds of the passions of my soul. Grant me a contrite soul and humble mind, О good one, that I may glorify thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Grant me a contrite soul and humble mind, О good one, that I may glorify thee.

Ode VIII, Irmos: The Son of God who before all ages * wast born of the Father * hath in these last times * become incarnate of the Virgin-Mother, * O ye priests hymn, * and ye peoples supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having lived my life in slothfulness, wretch that I am, and drawn nigh to the end of my life, I cry out to thee O Theotokos: Preserve my lowly soul from the snares of the adversary.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Grant unto me healing of bodily ailments, spiritual wounds, and deliverance from besetting passions by thy divine power, since thou alone art compassionate.

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

Engulfed by the tempest of life, and covered over by the waves of demonic temptations, do thou save me O pure Maiden, leading me to a God- pleasing life of godly struggles.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Like a herald entering a bridal chamber, Gabriel cried out, saying: Rejoice, О Virgin, thou most glorious palace of Christ, the King of all, wherein dwelling He hath deified all mortals!

Ode IX, Irmos: Thee the true Mother of God, * who above all understanding * and beyond all description, * ineffably brought forth in time * the Eternal One, * with one mind do we the faithful magnify.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thee, who hast ineffably given birth to God, have we acquired as an ally, an immovable rampart, the salvation of our souls, and a wellspring of miracles.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

On the day of judgment be Thou merciful to me, О Word of the true God, by the supplications of her who gave birth to Thee, and number me with those who are on Thy right hand.

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

Deliver me from everlasting fire, from the worm which sleepeth not and from all manner of torment, for I have placed my hope in thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

When my soul shall be separated from my wretched body, О Bride of God, deliver me from the tyranny of the invisible foe.

Monday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos 

Ode I, Irmos: Christ, who with an upraised arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel hath He saved * as they chanted a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О good and most immaculate one, grant me contrition of soul, humility of heart, purity of mind, correction of life, remission of transgressions and fountains of tears.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Behold my tribulation and compunction, heal thou the stripes of mine ancient transgressions, and grant me time to repent and confess my sins.

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

Pondering the abyss of mine evils, О all-immaculate one, I weep for myself befo

re my departure; wherefore, I beseech thee: Entreat thy Son, that He deliver me from torment.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

As thou hast time for repentance, О my soul, depart from all evil and cry out with tears to thy Creator: О my God, save me by the supplications of
her who gave birth to Thee!

Ode III, Irmos: By Thy command Thou didst establish the earth upon nothing * and suspended it unsupported; * do Thou establish Thy Church on the unshakeable rock of Thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good * and the Lover of mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The foremost of my passions have seized me, О most pure one, and have filled me with shame who have been created according to the image and likeness of God; yet deliver me from the harm thereof, for I hymn thee in compunction.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The enemy wickedly seeks to hunt me down, desiring to show me utterly consumed in everlasting flame, О most pure one; yet set at naught his wiles and counsels, that, rejoicing, I may glorify thee.

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

The enemies of the righteous have deceitfully set me in the uttermost pit of many offences, yet as one now helpless and wholly wounded, I call upon thy supplication: О most immaculate Lady, save me!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I have wasted my life in slothfulness, wretch that I am, and have now arrived at the gates of death; and, terrified of the assault of the enemy, I cry unto thee: deliver me from their temptations, that saved, I may glorify thee.

Ode IV, Irmos: Habbakuk, prophetically apprehending * Thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to Thee with trembling: * Thou hast come for the salvation of Thy people; * to save Thine anointed Ones.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have been wounded by the darts of sin, and wounds now cover mine entire body; wherefore, I cry out to thee, О most pure one: by thy speedy prayers heal the wounds of my soul.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Have mercy upon thy servants, О pure one; for we have acquired thee as our mediatress before God, and we pray that we be delivered from all want and everlasting torment.

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

О good one, thou art my hope, shield and confirmation, my deliverance from evils, the enlightenment of my soul, my boast, bulwark and might.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Prodigally have I wasted the riches of good works which Christ gave me, in that He is good. Yet disdain me not, О most pure Maiden, for I am perishing of hunger.

Ode V, Irmos: O Thou Who hast clothed Thyself in light as with a garment, * I rise early unto Thee and cry out to Thee: * Enlighten my darkened soul, O Christ, * in that Thou alone art compassionate!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Behold the weakness of my lowly soul, О Lady, the infirmity of my flesh and the captivity of my mind, and save me who am bereft of hope.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

God to Whom thou hast given birth do thou ever entreat, that He save all of us who confess thee to be the Theotokos, and glorify thy birth-giving, О most pure one.

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

Who doth not call thee blessed, О all-immaculate one? For thou didst ineffably give birth to the one Master, the Saviour of the whole world.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О most pure one, send down upon me streams of tears, that, having purified myself of the defilements and blemishes of my sins, I may hymn the magnitude of thy goodness.

Ode VI, Irmos: Calm the raging sea of the passions, * O Master Christ, * with its soul-destroying tempest, * and lead me up from corruption * in that Thou art compassionate.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have been cast into the abyss of transgressions and iniquities, О all-immaculate one; yet stretch forth thy hand, and lead me up from the despair of Hades.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I know the multitude of the offences and thoughts which vex me; wherefore, hasten thou and deliver me, О most pure one.

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

Take pity on thy servant, О Christ Master, by the supplications of her who in purity gave birth to Thee, when Thou shalt come to judge the world which Thou hast fashioned.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О pure Lady, my soul hath been dragged down into the abyss of transgressions, to become food for the demons; wherefore, save me who am beyond hope.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, Tone V, Spec. Mel. “The co-unoriginate Word…”: The greatly painful passions of my soul and the infirmities of my flesh do thou quickly heal; still the wandering of my mind, О most immaculate Theotokos, and grant that in serenity of thought I may offer pure prayers unto the King, and beg remission of offences.

Ode VII, Irmos: The supremely exalted Lord of our fathers * quenched the flame, * and bedewed the youths * as they chanted in harmony: * O God, blessed art Thou!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

When I bring to mind the multitude of mine unseemly deeds and transgressions, О all-immaculate one, I am afraid and horrified. О Virgin, by thy prayers free me from them.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The sleepless word and the unquenchable fire ever erode and devour my soul. Let me not become food for them, О most holy Theotokos.

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

О all-immaculate Virgin, from the outmost darkness and dread torment deliver thy servants who cry out to thy Son: О God, blessed art Thou!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

I have defiled my flesh with shameful passions, and have darkened by mind with vile thoughts; yet take pity, О pure one, and save me, Thy useless servant.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Unto Thee the Fashioner of all, * the children in the furnace chanted a hymn: * All ye works of the Lord, * supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Unto thee, the Theotokos, do I bring the weakness of my lowly soul, the infirmity of my heart and the delusion of my mind; and I cry aloud, asking thine aid, О Virgin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Be Thou merciful to Thy servants, О Word, through the supplications of her who gave birth to Thee, and save those who chant: О all ye works of the Lord, hymn the Lord and supremely exalt Him throughout the ages!

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

О thou who hast given birth to Him Who hath willed mercy, have mercy upon all who chant with faith: О all ye works of the Lord, hymn the Lord and supremely exalt Him throughout the ages!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Deliver me from the outermost darkness and the worm which sleepeth not, О good Virgin, in that thou hast given birth to the Creator of the world; for all things whatsoever He desireth, He can accomplish by thy prayers.

Ode IX, Irmos: O Isaiah, rejoice and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived in her womb, * and hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is His name; * Him we magnify, and the Virgin we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

God to Whom thou hast ineffably given birth, О pure Lady, do thou earnestly beseech, that He deliver us from misfortunes and sorrows, and from the dread judgment which is to come; and that He grant unto us the splendours of His saints.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I have sinned more than all others, disobeying Thy life-creating commandments, О Christ, making myself like the irrational beasts; yet by the prayers of Thy Mother, О Word, may I not be taken unrepentant from this life.

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

In that thou hast given birth to the Word of God, the Abyss of mercy, О good one, have mercy upon the souls of all who flee beneath thy protection; for thee have we all acquired as an unashamed intercessor before God.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Ask now for our purification and remission, deliverance from all needs, and correction of life which is pure and radiant, О Mother of God, that we may glorify thy great beneficence.

Sunday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos 

Ode I, Irmos: Christ, who with an upraised arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel hath He saved * as they chanted a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

A truly awesome miracle was wrought within thee, О Virgin, for thou didst bear in thy womb Him Who is in nowise circumscribed, and hast ineffably given birth to Him, remaining a virgin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Rain down remission of sins upon me, О Lady who didst ineffably contain the Rain of heaven which came upon thee.

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

О only blessed and divinely joyous one who hast given birth to ineffable Joy for al mankind: take the grief away from my soul, I pray, and gladden my heart.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

He Who shone forth from thee in His surpassing goodness is all the desire and sweetness of life, О most immaculate one. Him do thou beseech, that He save me who now unceasingly glorifies thee.

Ode III, Irmos: By Thy command Thou didst establish the earth upon nothing * and suspended it unsupported; * do Thou establish Thy Church on the unshakeable rock of Thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good * and the Lover of mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The works of the law have passed by as though they were a shadow; for Thou, О most pure one, hast given birth unto Christ Who in place of the law hath appointed for us the grace of purification and enlightenment, and hath lifted the curse, О all-immaculate Virgin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

God was born in the flesh from thee, О pure one; He Who before was invisible became visible. Wherefore, earnestly entreat Him, О Maiden, that He deliver me who glorifies thee with splendour, from enemies visible and invisible.

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

Cruel waves of the passions assail me, the abyss of evil spirits besets me, and the tempest of sin troubles my heart. О Theotokos, make me steadfast, for I hymn thee with splendour.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Having the divine Gabriel as our commander, with faith we cry out reverently together to the Theotokos and Mother who knewest not wedlock. By her we have been delivered from tribulations, sorrows and infirmities.

Ode IV, Irmos: Habbakuk, prophetically apprehending * Thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to Thee with trembling: * Thou hast come for the salvation of Thy people; * to save Thine anointed Ones.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Virgin who within thyself wove a robe of incorruption with thy virginal blood for Him Who clothes the sky with clouds, clothe me who before was stripped naked through deception.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thy womb, О Virgin, became a holy and ineffable palace for God the King, in which He made His abode; whereby He hath made us temples.

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

As thou art compassionate, have compassion on my most wretched soul, О all-immaculate Theotokos, for it hath been cruelly darkened and fettered by the passions and sin.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Thou didst shine forth the Sceptre of the kingdom of incorruption from the root of Jesse, О pure one, and without knowing a man thou hast given birth to a Babe, the God of David, the Creator and Lord.

Ode V, Irmos: O Thou Who hast clothed Thyself in light as with a garment, * I rise early unto Thee and cry out to Thee: * Enlighten my darkened soul, O Christ, * in that Thou alone art compassionate!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Even after giving birth thou hast remained an incorrupt virgin, О most immaculate one; leading all the corrupt toward Life, and illumining them with incorruption.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

To the Pre-eternal One, Who shone forth timelessly from the Father, thou hast given birth as a newborn Babe, О most pure one. Him do thou entreat on behalf of the world, О Bride of God.

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

О let me find thee, О Virgin, to be my helper, rescuing me from the sentence of the Judge at the hour of judgment, when I shall stand before the tribunal of Him Who was born from thee.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О Virgin Bride of God, my beloved from out of Lebanon, wholly beautiful and immaculate art thou. By the Holy Spirit the incarnation of the Son of God was made known in thee.

Ode VI, Irmos: Calm the raging sea of the passions, * O Master Christ, * with its soul-destroying tempest, * and lead me up from corruption * in that Thou art compassionate.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Without knowing a man, thou hast given birth to Emmanuel, Who hath taken pity on our lowliness, О Theotokos; wherefore, we ever glorify thee as is meet.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

O most holy one, in a manner transcending understanding and past all telling, thou hast given birth to the Timeless One, the Creator Who delivereth from all corruption those who hymn thee, the Theotokos.

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

Having given birth to the Benefactor and Creator, О most holy and right-beloved Lady, bless thou mine afflicted soul.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О all-pure one, we offer thee praise both new and old; for we have naught better for thy praise than “Rejoice!”, which we sing to thee with Gabriel.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, Tone V: I lament for myself before the judgment, pondering mine evil and grievous deeds, and the abyss of transgressions which hath surrounded me from my youth and which drown my mind; yet by thy prayers, О pure one, grant me remission, and vouchsafe that I may receive salvation.

Ode VII, Irmos: The supremely exalted Lord of our fathers * quenched the flame, * and bedewed the Youths * as they chanted in harmony: * O God, blessed art Thou!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Deliver me from evil despondency, from the darkness of the passions and everlasting condemnation, О most pure one, that I may glorify thee with faith.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Mortify my passions, О thou who hast given birth to Life, and lift me up who lie in the grave of senselessness, О Bride of God, that I may glorify thee with love.

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

О most immaculate one, thou hast given birth to the incorporeal God clad in the flesh, Who doth deliver us who chant with fear: Blessed art Thou, О God!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Finding thy pure supplication to be priceless healing, О Virgin, chanting, we ask of thee goodly transformation of soul and health of body.

Ode VIII, Irmos: Unto Thee the Fashioner of all, * the children in the furnace chanted a hymn: * All ye works of the Lord, * supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О portal of the Light, open unto me the radiant gates of repentance, showing forth each straight path of righteousness leading into the entries of God’s will.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Virgin Mother, thou hast given birth on earth to a newborn Child, the Son Who is co-unoriginate with the Father, Who in His ineffable loving-kindness became like unto us who have become corrupt through sin.

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

О most glorious Ever-Virgin whom God hath loved and chosen, thou hast been revealed to be wholly elect, wholly all-adorned; wherefore, we hymn thee throughout the ages, О pure one.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

“Thou art wholly pure, full of divine glory, my dear one!” the Spirit of God said, proclaiming thee, О most pure one, whom we praise with hymns, chanting: Thou must needs rejoice, having given birth unto the God-man!

Ode IX, Irmos: O Isaiah, rejoice and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived in her womb, * and hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is His name; * Him we magnify, and the Virgin we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Disdain not the sighs of those who now hasten unto thee, О all-pure one, but look upon us who are in sorrows, and transform our lamentation into joy, and our compunction into gladness, for we praise thee in hymns.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou art an immovable foundation, О pure one, having given birth to the Saviour Who founded the earth upon the waters by His divine commands. Pray thou that He splendidly establishes thereon those who call thee blessed.

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

Thy birth-giving transcends understanding О Theotokos, for conception and a virginal birth took place within thee without the aid of a man; for it was God Who was born, and magnifying Him, we bless thee who gave birth to Him.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Awesome art Thou, О Lord. Who then can withstand Thy threat, О Christ, only King, when Thou shalt render judgment? Wherefore, have pity and save me, О Saviour, through the right acceptable supplications of her who gave birth to Thee.

Saturday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone V

A Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos 

Ode I, Irmos: Christ, who with an upraised arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel hath He saved * as they chanted a song of victory.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

We are all at a loss how to offer thee fitting hymnody, О Lady; for thy glory surpasseth all. Yet, О Bride of God, disdain not the entreaty offered to thee with fear and love.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

We all have recourse to the water of thine inexhaustible wellspring, О Virgin Theotokos, crying out: О most pure one, thou sole joy of our race, ask peace for thy Churches.

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

God Who was well-pleased to receive flesh from thee hath appointed thee as a haven for all amid misfortunes, О pure one; wherefore, falling down before thee, we cry aloud: Grant thine aid unto thy servants!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Let thy prayer, О most pure Virgin, be for thy servants the dispelling of the passions, the eradication of sins and the washing away of all manner of pain, О Theotokos.

Ode III, Irmos: By Thy command Thou didst establish the earth upon nothing * and suspended it unsupported; * do Thou establish Thy Church on the unshakeable rock of Thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good * and the Lover of mankind.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou art the hope of mortals, their help and joy, protection and refuge, О Lady, Mother of Life; wherefore, we pray thee: Send down thy help upon all who hymn thee, О most pure one.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О compassionate Author, God and Saviour of all, we who are infirm and are beset by grievous perils set Thy Mother before Thee as a most pure tabernacle, to supplicate Thee. Loose Thou the bonds of our transgressions.

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

О Bride of God, who alone hast given birth to the Creator, Fashioner and Lord of all while remaining a virgin, grant salvation from on high to thy servants who glorify thee as truly the Mother of God.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Fill me with life-creating waters, О Lady who hast poured forth the divine Water upon the world; and with thy divine tranquility.

Ode IV, Irmos: Habbakuk, prophetically apprehending * Thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to Thee with trembling: * Thou hast come for the salvation of Thy people; * to save Thine anointed Ones.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

In that thou art more exalted than all creation, О all-hymned Theotokos, God hath given thee to those on earth as a source of mediation before Him.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Knowing thee to be the temple of God, О Virgin Mother, we who honor thee earnestly pray: Shut not the portals of thy mercy against thy servants, О Theotokos!

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

Knowing thee to be the true raiment of God all-adorned, О Mother who knewest not wedlock, we who honor thee all pray: Array us in the vesture of remission!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The whole world was filled with joy at thy nativity, О most pure one; wherefore, the great Gabriel announced to thee: Rejoice, О Virgin Mother Mary!

Ode V, Irmos: O Thou Who hast clothed Thyself in light as with a garment, * I rise early unto Thee and cry out to Thee: * Enlighten my darkened soul, O Christ, * in that Thou alone art compassionate!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Truly we are not chastened according to the measure of our offences! О most pure Virgin Mother, turn away from us all the wrath of thy Son!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О pure one who hast given birth, without knowing wedlock, to God Who alone brought forth light out of darkness, earnestly beseech Him, that He send down divine light upon thy servants.

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

With the incense of thy prayers, О pure Mother of the Creator, whom Solomon foretold as the divine bride out of Lebanon, spread fragrance upon thy servants.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Having given birth without seed to Christ, our justification and deliverance, О Theotokos, thou hast rendered the nature of our first parents free of the curse.

Ode VI, Irmos: Calm the raging sea of the passions, * O Master Christ, * with its soul-destroying tempest, * and lead me up from corruption * in that Thou art compassionate.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Lady Theotokos who hast given birth to the Creator, ask remission for thy servants, and raise us up in might, that we may hymn thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Be thou a help to us thy servants who entreat thee with faith, О pure Lady, in that thou art merciful, and raise us up in might, that we may hymn thee.

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

As thou hast the power to do what thou desirest, as is meet, О pure Lady, look upon thy servants with a merciful eye, and raise us up from corruption.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Unceasingly pouring forth streams of compassion upon those who ask, О most immaculate and good one, rain down upon me also the light of
thy Son’s commandments.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

Sessional Hymn, in Tone V: О all-holy Virgin, have mercy upon us who have recourse to thy tender compassion with faith, and who ask thy fervent aid; for thou art able to save us all, in that thou art the good Mother of God Most High, ever embracing Him with thy maternal supplications, О divinely joyous Virgin.

Ode VII, Irmos: The supremely exalted Lord of our fathers * quenched the flame, * and bedewed the Youths * as they chanted in harmony: * O God, blessed art Thou!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Christ, Thou unfathomable Wisdom of God, have pity upon Thy servants, for the sake of her who gave birth to Thee, for we unceasingly chant: Blessed art Thou, О God!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Lord, we entreat Thy goodness: heal Thou our wounds, for the sake of her who gave birth to Thee, for we chant with fear: Blessed art Thou, О God!

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

With thy merciful eye, О Mother of God, look down and deliver thy servants from every evil circumstance, for we chant with faith: Blessed art Thou, О God!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Committing evil deeds, we have fallen away from thee, О Lady; yet have we straightway found thy help, О most pure one, when we have cried: Blessed art Thou, О God!

Ode VIII, Irmos: The Son of God who before all ages * wast born of the Father * hath in these last times * become incarnate of the Virgin-Mother, * O ye priests hymn, * and ye peoples supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О our Lady, bestower of good things: grant the healing of the passions unto thy servants, О Virgin, that we may unceasingly hymn and supremely exalt thee throughout the ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О pure one who hast given birth indescribably to the Redeemer, thou didst ineffably give suck to Him while remaining a virgin. Him do thou entreat on behalf of those who hymn and glorify thee throughout all ages.

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

Forming ourselves into a most beautiful choir, we sing to thee, the radiant lamp of the Redeemer: О all ye works of the Lord, unceasingly hymn the Virgin Mary, and supremely exalt her throughout the ages!

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О pure ewe-lamb, Virgin Maiden and Mother, cleanse me of the carnal passions, that I may be delivered from the snares of the deceiver, chanting hymns to thee, О divinely joyous one.

Ode IX, Irmos: O Isaiah, rejoice and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived in her womb, * and hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is His name; * Him we magnify, and the Virgin we call blessed.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Our hymnody is completed, О Christ Master, but our hope in Thee, our Creator, like Thy grace, knoweth no limitation. Wherefore, grant mighty power to Thy servants, both monastic and the laity, through the supplications of her who gave birth to Thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

As thou art the true Mother of Life, О pure one, thou art the strength of the sick and infirm; wherefore, fleeing unto thee, О Lady, we have found the remission of all sorrows and have been saved by thy protection.

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

Beholding thy divine countenance in thine images, О Lady, we perceive thee clearly therein, in all ways hating the mindlessness of heretics on earth. And falling down before the icons, we receive healing.

Now & ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

О pure one, we sinners know thee to be an abyss of healings and a sea of grace; wherefore, we beseech thee: О most pure one, from all want rescue us who have recourse to thy protection.