St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, A Pan-Orthodox Christian Mission Parish, Murphy, North Carolina

A Molieben of Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A Molieben of Thanksgiving

Priest: Blessed is our God, + always, now and ever and forever
People: Amen.
Priest: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy on us.
People: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy on us.
Priest: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy on us.
People: +Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Now and ever, and forever. Amen.
People: O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, cleanse us from our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.
Priest: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)
People: +Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Now and ever, and forever. Amen.
People: 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.
Priest: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.
People: Amen.
Priest: Lord, have mercy (6 times)
People: Lord, have mercy (6 times)
Priest: +Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
(+bow) Come, let us worship God, our King.
(+bow) Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God. (+bow) Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.
PSALM 117
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures for ever! Let the house of Israel say that He is good, for His mercy endures for ever. Let the house of Aaron say that He is good, for His mercy endures for ever. Let all of them that fear the Lord now say that He is good, for His mercy endures for ever.
Out of mine affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard me and brought unto a broad place. The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. The Lord is my helper, and I shall look down upon mine enemies. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to hope in the Lord than to hope in princes.
All nations compassed about me; but by the name of the Lord I withstood them. Surrounding me, they compassed me about, but in the name of the Lord I withstood them! They compassed me round about like bees around a honeycomb, and burned like a fire among the thorns, but the name of the Lord I withstood them! Being pushed I was overturned that I might fall, but the Lord upheld me. The Lord is my strength and my song; and has become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous. The right hand of the Lord has wrought power, the right hand of the Lord has exalted me, the right hand of the Lord has wrought power. I shall not die, but I shall live, and shall declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death. Open unto to me the gates of righteousness, I will enter therein and give thanks unto the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter therein.
I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me and hast become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner; this is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us, we beseech thee. O Lord, we beseech thee, give us success!
Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself unto us. Appoint a feast with a multitude of sacrifices, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will give praise unto Thee; Thou art my God, and I will exalt Thee. I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast heard me, and hast become my salvation. O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures for ever!
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Glory to You, O God (three times)
Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For the peace that comes from heaven above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy

Priest: For peace throughout the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for the union of them all, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For this holy church and for those who enter it with faith, devoutness, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For our Ecumenical Patriarch (name), the Archbishop of Constantinople, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For our God-loving Bishop (name), for the venerable priesthood, for the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For the honorable government of our country and all civil authorities and for our armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For this city and for every city, village and country and for those who with faith dwell in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For healthful seasons, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: For those who travel by land, by sea, by air, for the sick, the suffering, for those who are held in captivity, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Here the special petitions are included:

Priest: That the Lord God mercifully accept upon His spiritual altar this thanksgiving and supplication of His unworthy servants, and in His compassion, have mercy upon us, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: That the Lord God deem worthy this thanksgiving of His servants, which is offered with a contrite heart for the benefits received from Him; and that it may be acceptable to Him as the sweet aroma of incense, and as a rich offering, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: That he will hear the supplication of us, His servants, and always fulfill the good intentions and desires of His faithful people, when they are for their benefit; and that the merciful Lord, always grant to His holy Church and to each of us the petitions we make, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: That He will grant us all the grace to see ourselves and all of creation as gifts of which we are only stewards in this life, giving most hearty thanks for the opportunity to use these gifts for His glory and for the benefit of all people through His Holy Orthodox Church, let us pray to the Lord,

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: That he will deliver His holy Church (and His servant(s) (N)) and us all from every affliction, wrath, danger, and necessity, and from all enemies, both visible and invisible; and that He will always hedge about his faithful people with health, long life, and peace, and the host of his holy Angels, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

People: Lord have mercy.

Priest: Commemorating our ever holy, ever pure, ever blessed and glorious Lady, the Birth-giver of God and ever virgin Mary, together with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord!

Priest: For to You are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the + Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

Priest: God is the Lord and hath revealed Himself to us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

O give praise to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.

People: (after each) God is the Lord and hath revealed Himself to us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Priest: Surrounding me, they compassed me about, but in the name of the Lord I stood against them.

I shall not die, but live; and I shall declare the works of the Lord.

The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner; this is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

(Tone 4) We, Your thankful and unworthy servants, * praise and glorify You, O Lord, * for the many blessings we have received from You. * We bless You, we thank You, we sing to You * and we rejoice in Your great mercy. * In humility and love, we praise you: * O Benefactor and Savior, glory to You.
(Tone 3) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
We, although unworthy, have received Your blessings and gifts. * As unprofitable servants, we dare to come to You, O Master * bringing You thanks, as much as we can. *We glorify and sing to You our Benefactor and Creator: * glory to You, O most bountiful God.
* Now and ever, and forever. Amen.
(Same tone) O Theotokos, help of Christians, we, thy servants, having acquired Thy protection, cry out unto thee with thanksgiving. Rejoice, O most pure Virgin Theotokos, and always deliver us by thy prayers from every misfortune, as thou only art quick to protect us.
Priest: Be attentive! Peace be + with all!

Reader: And with thy spirit!

Priest: Wisdom! Be attentive!

Reader: (Tone 4) I will sing unto the Lord Who has dealt bountifully with me, and I will sing psalms unto the name of the Lord most high.

v. My heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.

I will sing unto the Lord Who has dealt bountifully with me, and I will sing psalms unto the name of the Lord most high.

Priest: Wisdom

Reader: A reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians.

Priest: Be attentive!

Reader: (Eph 5:8-21) Brethren, for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Priest: Peace be unto you, Reader.

Reader: And with Thy spirit.

Priest: Wisdom!

People: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: v. I will praise the Name of God in song, and I will glorify Him with thanksgiving.

People: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: v. For the Lord hears the poor; and He does not spurn those who are in bonds.

People: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Priest: Wisdom, Let us stand and listen to the Holy gospel! Peace be unto all.

People: And to your spirit.

Priest: The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You.

Priest: Be attentive! (Luke 17:12-19): At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks, and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? How is it that none are found that return and give glory to God except this stranger?” And He said to him, “Rise and go thy way. Thy faith has saved thee.”

People: Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You

Priest: Let us say with our whole soul and with all our mind, let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord, Almighty, God of our fathers, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Furthermore we pray for our Ecumenical Patriarch (name), the Archbishop of Constantinople, for our God-loving Bishop (name), for our spiritual fathers and for all our brethren in Christ; for their welfare, peace, health, salvation, and for the remission of their sins and that the Lord, our God, may prompt and help them in all things.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Furthermore we pray for those who give offerings and do good works in this holy and venerable church, for those who labor in its service, for those who sing, and for all the people here present who await Your great and abundant mercy, for those who have shown us kindness and for all Orthodox Christians.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O Lord, our Savior and Master, with fear and trembling, we Your servants, give thanks for Your loving-kindness and for the benefits which You have showered upon us in abundance. We pray You hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Returning thanks with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants unto Thy loving-kindness, O Lord, our Savior and our Master, for Thy benefits which thou hast poured out abundantly upon thy servants, we fall down in worship, and offer unto thee praise as God, and fervor we do cry aloud unto thee: Deliver thou thy servants from all calamities, and in that thou art merciful fulfill thou always the desires of us all, as may be expedient for us, we diligently entreat Thee, hearken, and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: As Thou, in Thy mercy, hast now hearkened unto the prayers of Thy servants, O Lord, and hast manifested unto us the deep compassion of Thy love for mankind; so also not despising us in the time to come, fulfill unto Thy glory all the good desires of Thy faithful, and make manifest unto all of us thy rich mercy, disregarding all our transgressions, we pray Thee hearken and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: May this, our thanksgiving, as fragrant incense and a whole burnt offering of fat, be well pleasing before the majesty of Thy glory, O All-good Master, and, as Thou art compassionate, do Thou always send down the riches of Thy mercies and compassions unto Thy servants. And deliver Thy Holy Church from every assault of enemies, both visible and invisible. And grant unto all Thy people a sinless and healthy lengthy of days and success in every virtue, we pray Thee, O all compassionate King, mercifully hearken and quickly have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: We offer before You, O Lord Most High, the first-fruits of our labor as a token of the thanks we owe to You for Your gracious goodness toward us. As stewards of all the good things You have bestowed on us, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Make us ever mindful of Your bountiful goodness, and of our stewardship of that goodness, that we may use those things of which we are stewards to Your glory, the upbuilding of Your Holy Church, and the benefit of those who are in need of the necessities of life. We pray to You hear us and have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Priest: For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and we give glory to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.
People: Amen.

Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the God of all mercies and bounties Whose mercy is immeasurable, and whose love for mankind is an unfathomable deep: falling down in adoration before Your majesty, with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants, and now humbly rendering thanks unto Your loving-kindness for Your benefits bestowed upon Your Servants, we glorify You, we praise You, we sing You and we magnify You as our Lord, and Master, and Benefactor; and again falling down before You, we humbly thank You, supplicating Your boundless and inexpressible mercy. And in that Thou hast graciously accepted the petitions of Your servants and to fulfill them, so also grant that henceforth Your Holy Church and this city may be delivered from every hostile assault, and may live in peace and tranquility, and that increasing in true love of You, and in all virtues, all Your faithful people may receive Your benefits; and that we may ever offer thanksgiving unto You, together with Your Father, Who is from everlasting, and Your all holy, and good, and life-giving Spirit, God glorified in one person; and that we may say exceeding good things and sing: Glory to You, O God our Benefactor, forever.

People: Amen.

And immediately is sung the great Doxology, or the Hymn of St. Ambrose:
GREAT DOXOLOGY
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will among 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 O Holy Spirit. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and forever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages of ages. Amen. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes. Thrice.
Lord, thou hast been our refuge in generation and generation. I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. O Lord, unto Thee have I fled for refuge, teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. For in Thee is the fountain of life, in Thy light shall we see light. O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Thrice.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Holy Immortal have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Priest: Wisdom!

People: More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who as a Virgin gave birth to God the Word, true Birth-giver of God, we magnify you.

Priest: Glory to You, O Christ our God and our Hope, glory to You.

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