Come, O Lord, and show us Thy face, Thou that sittest upon the Cherubim: and we shall be saved. (Psalm) Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Glory be to the Father. Come…
O God, Who seest that we are afflicted because of our iniquity, mercifully grant that we may be comforted by Thy visitation: Who livest and reignest.
Lesson – Isaias 19:20-22
In those days they shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressor, and He shall send them a Saviour and a defender to deliver them.
And the Lord shall be known by Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall worship Him with sacrifices and offerings: and they shall make vows to the Lord, and perform them. And the Lord shall strike Egypt with a scourge, and shall heal it: and they shall return to the Lord, and He shall be pacified towards them, and the Lord our God shall heal them.
His going out is from the end of heaven: and His circuit even to the end thereof. The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who are bowed down by our old bondage under the yoke of sin, may be freed by the new birth of Thine only begotten Son, for which we look: Who with Thee livest and reignest.
Lesson – Isaias 35:1-7
Thus saith the Lord: The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and shall flourish like the lily. It shall bud forth and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it: the beauty of Carmel, and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God. Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees. Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God Himself will come and will save you. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness. And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: saith the Lord almighty.
He hath set His tabernacle in the sun: and He is as a bridegroom coming out of His bride chamber. His going out is from the end of heaven: and His circuit even to the end thereof.
By the coming of Thine only-begotten Son, we beseech Thee, O Lord, gladden us Thine unworthy servants, stricken sorrowful by the guilt of our misdeeds: Who with Thee livest and reignest.
Lesson – Isaias 40:9-11
Thus saith the Lord: Get thee up upon a high mountain, thou that bringest good tidings to Sion: lift up thy voice with strength, thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem: lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Juda: Behold your God: behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and His arm shall rule: behold His reward is with Him and His work is before Him.
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather together the lambs with His arm, and shall take them up in His bosom, the Lord our God.
Lord God of hosts, convert us: and show Thy face, and we shall be saved. Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come to save us.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the coming solemnity of Thy Son, may both bestow upon us healing in this present life and grant us rewards in the life to come. Through the same our Lord.
Lesson – Isaias 45:1-8
Thus saith the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue nations before his face, and to turn the backs of kings, and to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and will humble the great ones of the earth: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and will burst the bars of iron. And I will give thee hidden treasures, and the concealed riches of secret places: that thou mayest know that I am the Lord who call thee by thy name, the God of Israel. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have made a likeness of thee, and thou hast not known me. I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God, besides me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me:
that they may know who are from the rising of the sun, and they who are from the west, that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is none else: I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord that do all these things. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud forth a Saviour: and let justice spring up together: I the Lord have created Him.
Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come to save us. Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep: Thou that sitteset upon the Cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses.
Mercifully hear, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the prayers of Thy people: that we who are justly afflicted for our sins may be comforted by the visitation of Thy loving kindness. Who livest and reignest.
Lesson – Daniel 3:49-51
In those days the Angel of the Lord went down with Azarias and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, and made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew. And the flame mounted up above the furnace nine and forty cubits: and it broke forth, and burnt such of the Chaldeans as it found near the furnace, the king servants that heated it. And the fire touched them not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm.
Then these three as with one mouth praised, and glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying:
Hymn – Daniel 3:52-56
Blessed art Thou, O Lord the God of our fathers: and worthy to be praised, and glorified for ever
And blessed is the holy name of Thy glory: and worthy to be praised and glorified forever.
Blessed art Thou in the holy temple of Thy glory: and worthy to be praised and glorified forever.
Blessed art Thou on the throne of thy kingdom: and worthy to be praised and glorified forever.
Blessed art Thou upon the scepter of Thy divinity: and worthy to be praised and glorified forever.
Blessed art Thou that sittest upon the Cherubims, beholding the depths: and worthy to be praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art Thou that walkest upon the wings of the wind, and on the waves of the sea: and worthy to be praised and glorified for ever.
Let all Thine Angels and Saints bless Thee: and praise Thee and glorify Thee for ever.
Let the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, bless Thee: and praise Thee and glorify Thee for ever.
Glory be to the Father… Who is worthy to be praised and glorified for ever.
As it was in the beginning… And worthy to be praised and glorified for ever.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord the God of our fathers: and worthy to be praised and glorified for ever.
O God, Who didst deaden the flames of fire for the three young men: mercifully grant that the flame of vice may not consume us Thy servants. Through our Lord.
Epistle – 2 Thessanolians 2:1-8
Brethren, We beseech you by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto Him: that you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God. Remember you not that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Thou that sittest upon the Cherubims, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come and save us.
Gospel – Luke 3:1-6
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina; Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert. And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins; As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King will come to thee, the Holy and Savior.
O Lord, we beseech Thee, look down favorably upon these present Sacrifices: that they may profit us unto both devotion and salvation. Through our Lord.
He hath rejoiced as a giant to run the way: His going out is from the end of heaven, and His circuit even to the end thereof.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that the most holy mysteries, which Thou hast given us for a safeguard of our renewal, may become our remedy both now and for the time to come. Through our Lord.