All-Night Vigil, Op. 37, “Vespers”

Blessed is the Man

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel
of the wicked. Alleluia.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous
but the way of the wicked will perish. Alleluia.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in him with trembling. Alleluia.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! Alleluia.
Salvation is of the Lord; and thy blessing is upon thy people. Alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia. Glory to thee, O God.
                    Psalm 1


Gladsome Light

Gladsome light of the holy glory of the Immortal One,
the Heavenly Father, holy and blessed, O Jesus Christ.
Now that we have come to the setting of the sun
and behold the light of evening, we praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God.
Thou art worthy at every moment to be praised in hymns by reverent voices.
O Son of God, thou art the giver of life; therefore all the world glorifies thee.
                    Phos Hilaron


Lord, Now Lettest Thou

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy Word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.
A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people, Israel.
                    Luke 2:29-32


The Great Doxology

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.
O Lord, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty,
O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For thou alone art holy, thou alone art the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.

Every day I will bless thee and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is thy name forever.

Let thy mercy O Lord, be upon us, as we have set our hope on thee.
Blessed art thou, O Lord, teach me thy statutes.
Lord, thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.
I said: ‘Lord have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
Lord I flee to thee, teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God,
for with thee is the fountain of life and in thy light we shall see light.
Continue thy mercy on those who know thee.
Holy God, Holy Might, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
                    Liturgies of Matins and Compline


Today Salvation Has Come

Today salvation has come to the world.
Let us sing to him who rose from the dead, the author of our life.
Having destroyed death by death he has given us the victory and great mercy.


Thou Didst Rise from the Tomb

Thou didst rise from the tomb and burst the bonds of Hades.
Thou didst destroy the condemnation of death, O Lord,
releasing all mankind from the snares of the enemy.
Thou didst show thyself to thine apostles,|
and didst send them forth to proclaim thee;
and through them thou hast granted thy peace to the world,
O thou who art plenteous in mercy.


To Thee, the Victorious Leader

To Thee, the victorious leader of triumphant hosts,
we thy servants, delivered from evil, offer hymns of thanksgiving, O Theotokos.
Since thou dost possess invincible might, set us free from all calamities,
so that we may cry to thee: ‘Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!’
                    Liturgy of Prime