Tuesday Evening Compline: Supplicatory Canon in Tone IV

Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos: Tuesday Tone IV

Ode I, Irmos: I shall open my mouth, * and be filled with the Spirit, * and I shall utter discourse to the Queen and Mother; * and be seen radiantly keeping festival, * joyfully praising her wonders.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having seedlessly given birth in the flesh to Christ, the immeasurable Wisdom and Power of God, О most immaculate Theotokos, through thy birth-giving thou hast acquired the might of strength and divine majesty.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О thy birth-giving which passeth understanding, О most pure one, whereby the multitude of mortals have been enriched with incorruption and, as is meet, now call thee, the blessed Mediatress of restoration!

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

By thine overshadowing heal thy servant, who am sick in soul and body, О Virgin; for I have recognised thee as the Intercessor for all who find themselves amid grief, in that thou hast given birth to our salvation.

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

Extending unto me a hand of salvation, О Lady, from the abyss of evils lead me up who am cruelly engulfed in the depths of sorrows and beset by the storms of boundless evil circumstances.

Ode III, Irmos: O Theotokos, thou living and plentiful fount, * establish in spiritual fellowship those who sing hymns to thee, * and in thy divine glory * grant them crowns of glory..

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Everywhere thou pourest forth streams of healing upon the sick, О Virgin; for the Lord of mercy, Who was born from thee in a manner transcending understanding, hath shown thee to be a wellspring of loving-kindness, О Lady.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Virgin Mother, thou didst become the beautiful chamber of the divine Word and a divine bridal-chamber in a manner transcending nature; wherefore, open unto me the mercies of thy compassions, and lead me up to salvation.

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

All my strength hath drained from me due to the multitude of my boundless evils, and I have drawn nigh to despair because of my many sorrows. Help me, О Sovereign Lady who hast given birth to Life, thou consolation of those who weep!

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

Have mercy, О only Mother of God, have mercy! Take pity on mine accursed soul, which is beset by wicked demons and passions as by a flood, and before the hour of my death deign to purify it.

Ode IV, Irmos: Perceiving the profound counsel of God, * that the incarnation of Thee the Most High, * will be from a Virgin, * the Prophet Habbakuk cried aloud: * Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The King of all, desiring thee as a royal root and womb, О Theotokos, made thee more exalted than the cherubim and seraphim, dwelling wholly within thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Incarnate for the sake of human birth, the Creator was born from thee and hath shown thee to be a true intercessor for Christians; wherefore, I flee to thy protection, О pure one.

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

Be thou my protection, help and refuge, for I am thy servant, О most pure Virgin, and cure me of my boundless evils, that I may chant to thee: Glory to thine ineffable birth-giving!

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

I am at a loss, I weep and groan because of my passion-plagued thoughts, and I beseech thee, in that thou art a wellspring of mercy, deliver me from my pain, and lead me to divine compunction.

Ode V, Irmos: All creation stands in awe of thy divine glory; * for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock, * didst contain within thy womb the God of all, * and gave birth to the timeless Son, * bestowing peace, upon all who hymn thee.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Thou ever pourest forth the waters of healing upon all the infirm, О Virgin, in that thou art the animate cloud of Christ the King; wherefore, send down the dew of healing upon me who am sick.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О Virgin Bride of God, cease thou never to entreat as Saviour and Master Him Whom thou didst bear, that He grant me remission of sorrows and pangs, and lead me up to incorruptible joy, having forgiven me my transgressions.

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

Thou art my hope and boast of salvation, О most pure one; wherefore, I flee to thy protection. Disdain me not who am now devoured by many and grievous pangs; but go thou before me, and save me.

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

“How hangest Thou upon the Tree like a ripe cluster of grapes? О Sun of glory, how hast Thou been lifted up, at Whose suffering the light of the sun grew dim?”, the ewe-lamb who gave Thee birth, О Saviour, exclaimed maternally, crying out to thee.

Ode VI, Irmos: I have reached the depths of the sea * and the tempest of my many sins hath engulfed me; * but do Thou raise up my life from the abyss * O Greatly-merciful One.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Our God, the King of all, assumed human form from thee, О Virgin, and hath shown thee to be, as the Theotokos, more exalted than the cherubim and the awesome seraphim.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

О thou who alone hast given birth to the divine Life Who granteth salvation unto all, grant salvation unto me who am in despair, and cut through the uprisings of my passions.

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

Grant me thine aid and deliver me from tribulations and sorrows, freeing me from perils and my transgressions, О thou who hast given birth to the Deliverance of all.

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

In thee do we boast, О Virgin, and through thee are we delivered from evils. Let not us who trust in thee fear the assault of ungodly barbarians, for we hymn thee.

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 IV: O most immaculate Virgin Mother of God, a sword passed through thy most holy soul when thou didst behold thy Son and God crucified of His own will. Cease not to beseech Him, O blessed one, that He grant us forgiveness of our transgressions.

Ode VII, Irmos: Refusing to worship created things * in place of the Creator, * the divinely wise youths bravely trampled down the threatening fire * and rejoicing they sang aloud: * O supremely hymned Lord and God of our Fathers, Blessed art Thou.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

All my strength hath been desiccated by the passions like clay, and lo! I have drawn nigh unto Hades. Deliver me from most pernicious bonds, О Mother of God, and with the hand of thy mercy rescue me from the griefs which assail me.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

All that is within me hath been rent apart by multifarious evils, and I am cut off from life by the multitude of my transgressions and infirmities; yet deliver me from them all, О most pure one, who for us hast given birth unto Life.

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

In that thou art good, О most pure Virgin, grant that the kingdom of the all-compassionate Christ may be opened unto me, and that, by thy supplications, О blessed one, I may be delivered from soul-destroying pangs and assaults.

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

Painful wounds have been inflicted upon me by my boundless transgressions and lead me to death of soul and body; yet rescue me from all sorrows and infirmities, О Lady, in that thou art mighty.

Ode VIII, Irmos:  The Offspring of the Theotokos * saved the holy children in the furnace. * He who was then prefigured hath now been born on earth, * and He gathereth all creation to hymn thee: * all ye works praise ye the Lord * and supremely exalt Him throughout all ages.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Having fallen into a thicket of thorny passions, I am pierced by their sting; wherefore, I have fallen into despair, weighed down by bonds and temptations, О most pure Mother of Christ God. Delivering me from them, grant forgiveness of transgressions unto all by thy supplications.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

As thou art the candle-stand of the light of the threefold Sun, dispel the darkness of my transgressions by the radiance of thy compassion, О Theotokos, granting deliverance from oppressive pangs unto me who hymn and supremely exalt thy most pure Offspring with faith.

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

Having made His abode wholly within thy womb, О Ever-virgin, the transcendent God ineffably became incarnate, making thee the helper and universal aid of the world. Wherefore, I beseech thee, that I may be delivered from my grievous sufferings and the bonds of my transgressions.

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

At the hour of my death, О Virgin Mother of God, rescue me from the hands of the demons, from condemnation, sentencing, dread trial, the bitter toll-stations, the cruel prince, and everlasting fire.

Ode IX, Irmos: Let every mortal born on earth, * radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy; * and let the host of the angelic powers * celebrate and honour the holy feast of the Mother of God, * and let them cry aloud: * Rejoice! O all-blessed Theotokos, * thou pure Ever-Virgin.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

The mortal race hath been exalted by thy birth-giving, receiving adoption through union with God; and the heavenly multitude joins chorus with those on earth, hymning thee as is meet, О pure one, as the Mother of our God, the refuge of the whole world.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Bound withal by my sins, countless wounds and pangs, I call upon thine aid and assistance, О Lady, that thou grant me deliverance from every cruel misfortune and sorrow.

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

With love I offer hymnody and song, and well-woven praise from my pain-wracked soul unto thee who hast given birth in essence unto Christ God. Rendering Him easily reconciled, and fulfilling all my petitions, О Theotokos, preserve me by thy supplications.

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

О pure Theotokos, enlighten the eyes of my soul, that the heavy darkness of sin may not overtake me, and that the abyss of despair may not swallow me; but do thou thyself save and pilot me, О thou unashamed intercessor of the faithful.

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