PROTECT, O Lord, those who cry to thee for help.

Uphold us in our weakness, and cleanse us from our earthliness:

and, whilst we walk in this dying life amidst the shadows of death,

do thou ever quicken us with thy light.

Vouchsafe in thy mercy too deliver us from all evil,

so  that we may come to the perfection of all good at last.

 

–St Leo the Great

 

WE offer to thee this reasonable and unbloody worship, and beg, pray, beseech thee to send down thine Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts lying before thee.

Make this bread the precious body of thy Christ and what is in this cup, the precious blood of thy Christ, changing them by thy Holy Spirit, so that it may be to those who partake of it for sobriety, the remission of sins, the communication of the Holy Ghost, the fullness of the kingdom of heaven; for confidence in thee and not for judgment or condemnation.

We offer, moreover, this reasonable worship for those who are departed from us in faith, our forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, chaste persons, and every spirit perfected in faith, especially the most holy, immaculate, blessed above all, most glorious lady, the mother of God, and ever-virgin Mary.

Saint John the prophet, the forerunner of our Saviour and the Baptist; the holy and renowned apostles, whom we commemorate, and all other thy saints: for the sake of whose prayers, 0 God, look upon us; and be mindful of those who rest in hope of a resurrection to eternal life.

For the rest and forgiveness of the soul of thy servant:

Give it rest, 0 God, in a pleasant place where there is no sorrow or mourning but where it may rejoice in the light of thy countenance. We beseech thee likewise, 0 Lord, to remember all orthodox bishops and those who rightly

divide the Word of Truth, the presbyters and deacons in Christ, and all others of the ministerial order. We offer likewise this reasonable worship for the whole world; for the holy catholic and apostolic Church; for all who lead their lives in chastity and holiness; for our emperors who live in the faith and love of Christ, for their court and camp. Give them, 0 Lord, a peaceable reign, that in their peace we also may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Remember, 0 Lord, our most sacred Metropolitan.

Remember, 0 Lord, this city wherein we dwell, and every other city and country, and all the faithful who dwell in them. Remember, 0 Lord, all that travel by land or by water, all that labor under sickness or salvery; remember them for health and safety. Remember, 0 Lord, those in thy holy Church who bring forth good works, and forget not the poor. Grant unto us all thy mercy and loving kindness.

And grant that we may with one mouth, and one heart, praise and glorify thy great and glorious name, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, now, henceforth, and forever.

LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

 

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