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Liturgy of St. Tikhon (text)

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[[Eucharist|THE MASS]]
On Sundays, the service may begin with [[Asperges]].<br><br> '''HOLY SACRIFICE'''<br><br></center> ==LITURGY OF THE CATECHUMENS==
==The Liturgy==
<center>HOLY SACRIFICE<br>
Liturgy of the Catechumens</center>
''<font color=red>The appointed psalm verse is said or sung. (At Solemn Mass, incense is set, after which the Altar and Priest are censed.) The Priest stands at the Altar and says the opening devotions. </font>''
''<font color=red>Then shall be said or sung, </font>''<br>
===The Kyrie===
Lord, have mercy upon us. (Kyrie, eleison) <br>
<font color=red>P. </font> Let us pray.
''<font color=red>Then the priest shall read the appropriate Collects for the day, at the end of which is said</font>'' …world without end.
<font color=red>R.</font> Amen.
===THE EPISTLEEpistle...===
<font color=red>R. </font> Thanks be to God.
===THE GRADUALGradual...===
''<font color=red>The priest prays to worthily proclaim the Gospel, incense is set, and the Gospel censed after the salutation. </font>''
<font color=red>R. </font> Glory be to thee, O Lord.
===HOLY GOSPELHoly Gospel...===
<font color=red>R. </font> Praise be to thee, O Christ.
''<font color=red>The sermon may be given here or at any other place, at the discretion of the priest. </font>''
===NICENE CREEDNicene Creed===
<font color=red>P. </font> I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD
''<font color=red>NOTE: The Creed is said on all Sundays and Greater feasts, but is omitted at Nuptial and Requiem Masses. </font>''
===THE OFFERTORYOffertory===
<font color=red>P. </font> The Lord be with you<br>
<font color=red>R. </font> May the Lord receive this sacrifice at thy hands, to the praise and glory of his name, both to our benefit, and that of all his holy Church.
<font color=red>P. </font> Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church.
<font color=red>''Here may be said the following communion devotions. But note, that they may be omitted, or said immediately before communion, at the discretion of the priest.''</font>
===THE COMMUNION DEVOTIONSCommunion Devotions===
<font color=red>P. </font> Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.
Hear also what St. John saith. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. I St. John ii. 1, 2.
===THE SURSUM CORDASursum Corda===
<font color=red>P. </font> The Lord be with you.<br>
<font color=red>P. </font> It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.
===THE PROPER PREFACEProper Preface...===
''<font color=red> (Here shall follow the proper preface, if there be one.) </font>''
Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying,<br>
===THE SANCTUSSanctus===
''<font color=red>Priest and People: </font>''
===The Consecration===
All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who (by his own oblation of himself once offered) made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again:
''<font color=red>The bell rings thrice for the offering of the Cup. </font>''
===The Oblation===
Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.
===The Epiclesis===
And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to send down thy Holy Ghost upon these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine, that they may be changed into the Body and Blood of thy most dearly beloved Son. Grant that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him. Be mindful also, O Lord, of thy servants who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and who rest in the sleep of peace, especially N. and N. ''<font color=red>(Here, the names of the departed are remembered.) </font>'' To them, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ grant we pray thee a place of refreshment, light and peace. To us sinners also, thy servants, confiding in the multitude of thy mercies, grant some lot and partnership with thy holy Apostles and martyrs (John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicitas, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucia, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all thy Saints) into whose company we pray thee of thy mercy to admit us. And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
<font color=red>P. </font> Let us pray. And now as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,
===LORDLord'S PRAYERs Prayer===
<font color=red>R. </font> Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.) Amen.
''<font color=red>Then is said or sung: </font>''
===THE AGNUS DEIAgnus Dei===
<font color=red>R. </font> O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: <br>
''<font color=red>Then is said: </font>''
===PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESSPrayer of Humble Access===
<font color=red>R. </font> We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. we are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
<font color=red>R. </font> but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.
===HOLY COMMUNIONHoly Communion===
''<font color=red>NOTE: In accordance with Orthodox canon law and practice, ONLY ORTHODOX CATHOLICS may receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion in Orthodox Churches. The priest communicates the people with the following words: </font>''
''<font color=red>After communion, the priest performs the Ablutions, cleansing the sacred vessels. (If the Propers are being chanted, the Communion Verse for the day is sung at this point. If not sung, it is read following the prayer of thanksgiving.) </font>''
===PRAYER OF THANKSGIVINGPrayer of Thanksgiving===
<font color=red>P. </font> Let us pray.
''<font color=red>Then are said, or sung, the Post-Communion Collects that are appointed for the day, ending with</font>'' …world without end. Amen.
<font color=red>P. </font> The Lord be with you.<br>
<font color=red>R. </font> Amen.
<font color=red>P. </font> The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

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