The Paschal Hours

The following is also sung during the entire Bright Week in place of Compline, Midnight Prayer Service and the Morning and Evening Prayers.

Priest: Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages

(Laymen say instead: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.)

Amen. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life. (Thrice)

Having beheld the Resurrection of  Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless One. We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Thy holy Resurrection; for Thou art our God, and we know no other than Thee; we call on Thy Name. Come all ye faithful, let us worship Christ’s holy Resurrection. For behold, through the Cross joy has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the Lord, praising His Resurrection, for by enduring the Cross for us He has destroyed death by death. (Thrice)

Hypakoe: Before the dawn, the women with Mary came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb, and heard from the Angel: Why seek among the dead, as if He were a man, the One Who lives in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Run and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and has slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saves mankind.

Kontakion: Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hades, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrbearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.

Troparia: In the grave bodily, in hades with the soul as God, in Paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou Who fillest all things, O Christ the Infinite.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

How life-giving, how much more beautiful than Paradise, and truly more resplendent than any royal palace, proved Thy Tomb, O Christ, the Source of our resurrection.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Rejoice, O sacred and divine abode of the Most High. For through thee, O Mother of God, joy is given to those who cry: Blessed art thou among women, O spotless Lady.

Lord, have mercy. (40 times)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim; who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word; the very Theotokos: thee do we magnify.

In the Name of the Lord, father, bless. (Lord, bless)

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

Choir: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead… (Thrice)

Glory… Now…

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)

Father, bless. (Lord, bless)

Priest: May He Who rose from the dead, Christ our true God, through the prayers of His immaculate Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, and of all the Saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of men.

(Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.)

Choir: Amen.

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