The Trisagion

Holy God,
Holy Mighty,
Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/liturgy/liturgy.html

The word Trisagion is Greek for “three-holy.” The prayer expands the “Holy, holy, holy” of Isaiah 6:13 and Revelation 4:8.

In original Greek:

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Hagios ho Theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos, eleison imas.

Living by the Grace of Christ

O Lord,
grant that we may live our life here
without trouble and in security,
and enjoy eternal life
by the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory and might
together with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: St. John Chrysostom

Source of this version: Modified from The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom.

 

 

Radiance of the Father’s Splendor

The radiance of the Father’s splendor,
the Father’s visible image,
Jesus Christ our God,
peerless among counselors,
Prince of Peace,
for our sake became like a slave:
in the womb of Mary the virgin,
without assistance from any man,
he took flesh.…

Enable us, Lord,
to reach the end of this luminous feast in peace,
forsaking all idle words,
acting virtuously,
shunning our passions,
and raising ourselves above the things of this world.

Bless your church,
which you brought into being long ago
and attached to yourself
through your own life-giving blood.
Help all orthodox pastors, heads of churches, and teachers.

Bless your servants, whose trust is all in you;
bless all Christian souls,
the sick, those tormented by evil spirits,
and those who have asked us to pray for them.

Show yourself as merciful as you are rich in grace;
save and preserve us;
enable us to obtain those good things to come which will never know an end.

May we celebrate your glorious birth,
and the Father who sent you to redeem us,
and your Spirit, the Giver of life,
now and forever, age after age.
Amen.

Source: A Syriac Christmas liturgy

Source of this version: http://www.faithandworship.com/early_Christian_prayers.htm#ixzz4DB92AvUk
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After “Prince of Peace” the original has the lines: “Father of the world to come, /
the model after which Adam was formed,”

Glorified by Angels and Saints

O most glorious and exalted Lord,
you are glorified in the heights above
by servants of fire and spirit in most holy fashion,
yet in your love you wished to be glorified
by humanity on earth as well,
so that you might exalt our mortal race
and make us like supernal beings
and brothers in your dominion.
Free us, Lord, in your compassion
from whatever cares hinder the worship of you,
and teach us to seek the kingdom and its righteousness
in accordance with your holy commandments that bring freedom;
and bring us at last to your heavenly kingdom
along with all the saints in your glory,
where we will sing your praises.

Source:  Maronite Shehimto, Syrian Orthodox Daily Office Book

Also found here: Modified from  http://ccnh.org/pages/worship/Readings/Surrender/O%20most%20glorious%20and%20exalt.doc

Original reads:

“…in accordance with your holy commandments that bring life; and may we become worthy of that kingdom along with all the saints who have done your will, and may we sing your praises.”

Alteration was made to be in line with Galatians 3:21James 1:25 and Revelation 7:14

“Servants of fire and spirit” is a reference to Psalm 104:4

Turn Our Eyes from Vain Things

O Lord our God,
make our hearts obedient to your will;
turn our eyes away from vain things,
that, free from the world’s attraction,
they may always look on your glorious beauty.
For you are our God,
the God of compassion and salvation,
and we glorify you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever,
to the ages and ages.
Amen.

Source: Eastern Orthodox Church

Source of this version: http://www.thisischurch.com/christian_teaching/lectionary_bible_notes/lectionarybiblenotesyeara/ordinary9yeara.htm

Also found here (attributed as “Ancient Christian Prayer”): http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/transformgarden/transformation-garden-september-23-2013.html

“Turn our eyes” is a reference to Psalm 119:37

Comforter, Abide in Us

Heavenly King, Comforter,
the Spirit of truth,
present in all places and filling all things,
treasury of goodness and giver of life:
come and abide in us.
Cleanse us from every stain of sin
and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Source: Romanian Orthodox Church, Book of Hours, 1865

Source of this version: http://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Introductory%20Prayers.html

Also found here: http://oca.org/orthodoxy/prayers/trisagion

Also found here:  Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 144 #2

All Creation Praises

The hosts of heaven give him glory;
before him tremble cherubim and seraphim;
let everything that has breath and all creation
praise him, bless him, and exalt him above all for ever.

You cover your high places with the waters,
you set the sand as a boundary to the sea and uphold all things:
the sun sings your praises,
the moon gives you glory,
all creatures offer a hymn to you,
their author and creator, forever.

Let all the trees of the forest dance and sing. . . .

Let the mountains and all the hills
break forth into great rejoicing at the mercy of God,
and let the trees of the forest clap their hands.

Source: Eastern Orthodox Church, (The Great Canon, Canticle Eight, irmos; Compline for Holy Thursday; Matins for the Sunday of the Cross; Matins for Palm Sunday.)

Also found here: http://www.stjohn.fl.goarch.org/the-true-nature-of-fasting/

Shelter Us under Your Divine Wings

O Holy Father, guard us by your sacred name,
O Son of God, our Savior, protect us with your victorious cross.
O Holy Spirit, make us worthy temples of your holy habitation.
O Lord, our God forever shelter us under your divine wings, at all times, forever. Amen.

Source: Syrian Orthodox Church

Source of this version: http://hstoc.org/Resources/SS/2016/2016%20Prayer%20Recitation%20Materials.pdf

Also found here: https://quizlet.com/33374563/centralized-prayers-flash-cards/

This prayer is called Shudhamulla Bava and is used as a closing prayer and blessing in the evening prayer service.

“Guard us by your sacred name” may be a reference to Psalm 54:1

“Temples of your holy habitation” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 6:19

“Shelter us under your divine wings” is a reference to Psalm 17:8

Morning Prayer

After the night our spirits awaken to you, O God,
for your Word is a light to us.
Teach us, O God, your righteousness,
your commandments, and your judgments.
Enlighten the eyes of our minds,
so that we do not sleep in the death of sin.
Drive away all darkness from our hearts.
Give us your Sun of Righteousness.
Guard our lives from all blame by the seal of your Holy Spirit.
Guide our steps into the way of peace.
Let us see the dawn and the day with joy,
that we may offer our prayers to you in the evening.

Source: Daybreak Office of the Eastern Church

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 5 #1

 

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Keep Us in Peace

Keep us in peace, O Christ our God,
under the protection of your holy cross;
save us from our enemies, visible and invisible,
that we may glorify + you with thanksgiving,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Source: Dismissal from the Armenian Orthodox liturgy

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/ccp/16p&p.html

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992