The Seventh Day


O LORD, be gracious unto us,
we have waited for Thee;
be Thou our arm every morning,
our salvation also in the time of trouble.
Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
who restedst on the seventh day
from all Thy works,
and blessedst and sanctifiedst it:
[concerning the Sabbath,
concerning the Christian rest instead of it,
concerning the funeral rites of CHRIST,
and the resting from sin,
concerning those who are already gone to rest.]

(1) Confession.

I am ashamed, and blush, O my GOD,
to lift up my face to Thee,
for mine iniquities are increased
over my head,
and my trespass is grown up unto the heavens;
since the days of youth
have I been in a great trespass
unto this day;
I cannot stand before Thee because of this.
My sins are more in number than the sand of the sea,
my iniquities are multiplied,
and I not worthy to look up
and see the height of heaven,
from the number of my unrighteousnesses; {71}
and I have no relief,
because I have provoked Thine anger,
and done evil in Thy sight;
not doing Thy will,
not keeping Thy commandments.
And now my heart kneels to Thee,
beseeching Thy goodness.
I have sinned, O LORD, I have sinned,
and I know mine iniquities;
and I ask and beseech,
remit to me, O LORD, remit to me,
and destroy me not in mine iniquities;
nor be Thou angry for ever,
nor reserve evil for me;
nor condemn me
in the lowest parts of the earth.
Because Thou art GOD, the GOD of penitents,
and Thou shalt show in me all Thy loving-kindness;
for Thou shalt save me unworthy,
according to Thy much pity,
and I will praise Thee alway.
LORD, if Thou wilt, Thou canst cleanse me;
LORD, only say the word, and I shall be healed.
LORD, save me;
Carest Thou not that we perish?
Say to me, Be of good cheer, thy sins are remitted to thee.
JESU, Master, have mercy on me;
Thou Son of David, JESU, have mercy on me;
JESU, Son of David, Son of David.
LORD, say to me, Ephphatha.
LORD, I have no man [Note];
LORD, say to me, be loosed from thine infirmity.
Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Say unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee.
LORD, how long wilt Thou be angry?
shall Thy jealousy burn like fire for ever? {72}
O, remember not our old sins;
but have mercy on us and that soon,
for we are come to great misery;
Help us, O GOD of our salvation;
for the glory of Thy Name.
O deliver us and be merciful unto our sins,
for Thy Name's sake.

(2) Prayer for grace.

[O LORD, remit]
all my failings, shortcomings, falls,
offences, trespasses, scandals,
transgressions, debts, sins,
faults, ignorances, iniquities,
impieties, unrighteousnesses, pollutions.
The guilt of them,

              be gracious unto,
              be propitious unto,
              impute not,
charge not, remember not.

The stain,

                pass by,
                blot out,
pass over;
wash away;

The hurt,

    take off,
away with;
disperse, annihilate;

that they be not found, that they exist not.

                to faith,
                to virtue,
                to knowledge,
                to continence,
                to patience,
                to godliness,
                to brotherly love,
brotherly love;
charity. {73}

That I forget not my cleansing from my former sins,
but give diligence to make my calling and election sure
through good works.

(3) Profession.

I believe in Thee the FATHER;
Behold then, if Thou a Father and we sons,
as a father pitieth sons,
be Thou of tender mercy towards us, O LORD.
I believe in Thee, the LORD;
behold Then, if Thou art LORD and we servants,
our eyes are upon Thee our LORD,
until Thou have mercy upon us.
I believe, that though we be neither sons nor servants,
but dogs only,
yet we have leave to eat of the crumbs
that fall from Thy Table.
I believe that CHRIST is the Lamb of GOD;
O Lamb of GOD that takest away the sins of the world,
take Thou away mine.
I believe that JESUS CHRIST came into the world
to save sinners;
Thou who earnest to save sinners
save Thou me, of sinners
chief and greatest.
I believe that CHRIST came to save what was lost;
Thou who earnest to save the lost,
never suffer, O LORD, that to be lost which Thou hast saved.
I believe that the SPIRIT is the Lord and Giver of life;
Thou who gavest me a living soul,
give me that I receive not my soul in vain.
I believe that the SPIRIT gives grace
in His sacred things;
give me that I receive not His grace in vain,
nor hope of His sacred things.
I believe that the SPIRIT intercedes for us
with plaints unutterable;
grant me of His intercession and those plaints
to partake, O LORD. {74}
Our fathers hoped in Thee,
they trusted in Thee, and Thou didst deliver them.
They called upon Thee and were holpen,
they put their trust in Thee, and were not confounded.
As Thou didst our fathers
in the generations of old,
so also deliver us, O LORD,
who trust in Thee.

(4) Intercession.

O Heavenly KING,
confirm our faithful kings,
stablish the faith,
soften the nations,
pacify the world,
guard well this holy retreat,
and receive us in orthodox faith and repentance,
as a kind and loving Lord.
The power of the FATHER guide me,
the wisdom of the SON enlighten me,
the working of the SPIRIT quicken me.
Guard Thou my soul,
stablish my body,
elevate my senses,
direct my converse,
form my habits,
bless my actions,
fulfil my prayers,
inspire holy thoughts,
pardon the past,
correct the present,
prevent the future.

(5) Praise.

Now unto Him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us. {75}
to Him be glory
in the Church in CHRIST
unto all generations
world without end. Amen.
Blessed, and praised, and celebrated,
and magnified, and exalted, and glorified, and hallowed,
be Thy Name, O LORD,
its record, and its memory,
and every memorial of it;
for the all-honourable senate of the Patriarchs,
the ever-venerable band of the Prophets,
the all-glorious college of the Apostles,
the Evangelists,
the all-illustrious army of the Martyrs,
the Confessors,
the assembly of Doctors,
the Ascetics,
the beauty of Virgins,
for Infants the delight of the world,—

                    for their faith,
                    their labours,
                    their blood,
                    their diligence,
                    their purity,
        their hope,
        their truth,
        their zeal,
        their tears,
        their beauty.

Glory to Thee, O LORD, glory to Thee,
glory to Thee who didst glorify them,
among whom we too glorify Thee.
Great and marvellous are Thy works,
just and true are Thy ways,
O King of Saints.
Who shall not fear Thee, O LORD,
and glorify Thy Name?
for Thou only art holy.
for all the nations shall come and worship before Thee,
for Thy judgments are made manifest. {76}
Praise our GOD, all ye His servants,
and ye that fear Him,
both small and great.
for the LORD GOD Omnipotent reigneth;
let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him.
Behold the tabernacle of GOD is with men,
and He will dwell with them;
and they shall be His people,
and GOD Himself shall be with them,
and shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
And there shall be no more death;
neither crying, neither pain any more,
for the former things are passed away.

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