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Includes all of the rubrics according to the usage of many Orthodox jurisdictions in the U.S..


The life of St. John of Damascus is a study in what makes a person truly "rich." He was born in Syria in 675 A.D., the son of a wealthy and prominent man. At the time, Syria was an occupied land, and the role of Christianity was tenuous. Because his father was a close friend of the ruling Caliph, John received a good education, excelling in music and the classics. Soon he became a prime minister in the Damascus Court, where his diplomatic skills won him wide acclaim. Unfortunately, John was not without his enemies and detractors. While he was in Constantinople for an extended period of time, those who were jealous of his talents and abilities were able to convince the Caliph that John was plotting to overthrow him. Upon his return to Damascus, the Caliph had John arrested and ordered his right hand to be cut off. Miraculously, his severed hand was restored after John prayed before an icon of the Theotokos. The repentant Caliph wanted John to return to his position in his court, but he refused, choosing instead to become a part of the monastic community at the Monastery of St. Savvas in Palestine. It was here that John's creative gifts reached their full potential. While at the monastery, John distinguished himself as one of the Church's greatest hymnographer. Many of his works -- the "Eight Tones," the Resurrection Canon and most of our funeral hymns -- are still sung in the divine services of the Orthodox Church today. He fell asleep in the Lord in 749 A.D. In life, John of Damascus gave up much. In death, he inherited something far greater: the Kingdom of Heaven. (Source: The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin, Vestal, Cliftwood, NJ)

First Part

The Office of Vespers
 
  The Order of Little Vespers 
The Order of Great Vespers
The Order of Daily Vespers

Vespers in the Great Fast
Vespers - Cheese-Fare Week (Tues. & Thurs.)
Vespers - Cheese-Fare Week (Mon., Wed. & Fri.)
Vespers - Cheese-Fare Sun. and Other Days of Great Fast
Vespers on Great Friday
Paschal Vespers and Vespers on the Other Days of Bright Week

Compline and Midnight Office

The Office of Matins
 
  Matins on Sundays and Feast Days
The Order of Daily Matins
The Order of Matins in the Great Fast
The Order of Matins from the Octoechos and the Triodion for Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
Matins on the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha

In the Great Fast - Compline, Midnight Office and the Hours

The Dismissals
 
  The Daily Dismissals
The Festal Dismissals

The Megalynaria for the Festivals of the Lord, the Theotokos, and the Saints

The Prokeimena, Alleluia, Communion and Entrance Verses From Meat-Fare Saturday until the Sunday of All Saints
 
  From the Triodion
From the Pentecostarion
The Sunday Prokeimena and Alleluia Verses for Matins and the Liturgy in the Eight Tones
The Daily Prokeimena and Alleluia Verses
Prokeimena and Alleluia and Communion Verses for the Common Services of the Saints

Second Part

The Divine Liturgy
 
  Proskomede
The Divine Liturgy of our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom
The Prayers of Thanksgiving
The Divine Liturgy of our Father Among the Saints Basil the Great
The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

( End Service Book)


Various Services and Articles

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About Reverences - By Bishop Tikhon. From Holy Trinity Cathedral (OCA), San Francisco, CA.

Akathist Hymn to the Spiritual Ladder, the Precious Cross

Akathists and Canons - Courtesy of Fr. John Whiteford (ROCOR).

Akathist to Our Sweetest Lord Jesus Christ
The Akathist: Glory to God for All Things
The Akathist to the Theotokos
The Service of the Akathist Hymn for Lent -
Arranged for use with a priest or as a reader service.
Akathist to the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas -
Last Tsar of Russia, canonized by ROCOR.
Akathist to St. John of Shangai -
St. John is also known as St. John the Wonderworker, canonized by ROCOR.
Canon to Our Lord Jesus Christ
Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos
Canon to the Guardian Angel
Canon of Repentance
Canon of Preparation for Holy Communion
Service and Canon of Pascha

How to Read Canons and Akathists When Praying Alone

An Aid to Prayer: Some Thoughts on the Use of a Prayer Book - From the Pages of Orthodox America. © 1998 by Nikodemos Orthodox Publication Society.

Baptism and Chrismation - From the web site of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Los Angeles, CA.

Beginning of the Church year (Indiction), Commemorated September 1 - An extensive explanation of the church year that begins on September 1 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

The Rite of Betrothal and Crowning of the Eastern Orthodox Church - The Orthodox Church's wedding, or marriage, sacrament.

Coptic Orthodox Liturgy of St.Basil - Made available on the web through St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA.

Death, Funeral, Requiem—Orthodox Christian Traditions, Customs, and Practice - Orthodox Christian Traditions, Customs and Practice By Rev. Victor Sokolov. Some practical information about Orthodox rites and funeral planning from Holy Trinity Cathedral (OCA), San Francisco, CA. This is an article, not a liturgical service.

Euchologion - Included: Marriage Rites, Anointing of the Sick, Funeral Service, Consecration of a Church, and the Liturgy of Saint James. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

Fast and Liturgy - Notes in Liturgical Theology by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.

General Menaion - Includes Office for a Prophet, Office for an Apostle,  Office for Two or More Apostles, Office for a Bishop, Office for a Hieromartyr, Office for a Martyr, Office for Two or More Martyrs, Office for an Ascetic, Office for a Woman Martyr, Office for Two or More Women Martyrs, and Office for a Woman Ascetic. This site is part of Anastasis, the home page of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

Great Compline as a Reader’s Service - The order of service is based primarily on the Reader Service Typikon by Bishop Daniel (the Old Rite Bishop of the ROCOR) and translated by Fr. George Lardas. From the web site of Fr. John Whiteford.

A Form of the Rite of General Confession - As used by a parish of the Orthodox Church in America.

Little Paraklesis - Service of the Little Canon of Supplication to the Most Holy Mother of God. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

The Liturgy of St. James - Used in the Orthodox Church, with ecclesiastical approval, on the Feast of St. James. Most often celebrated by hierarchs rather than priests. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England. Another location - From the web site of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - As used in the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of Johnstown, PA, Church of Constantinople (Ecumenical Patriarchate).

The Divine Liturgy of St.Chrysostomos - As used by the Greek Orthodox Church. From the Orthodox Christian Foundation web site.

 

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - As used by Eastern Rite Roman Catholic churches. From the Ukrainian Greek Catholic web site. NOT authorized for Orthodox churches. Presented for comparison purposes only.

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy - Notes for Deacons. From the web site of Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, CA, Orthodox Church in America.

A Letter of Instruction (III) on the Topic: Evening Divine Liturgies - By Bishop Tikhon to the Very Reverend and Reverend Rectors, Parish Clergy and Councils, Diocese of the West. From the web site of Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, CA, Orthodox Church in America.

The Katavasiae for the Seasons of the Year - From the web site of Father John Whiteford (ROCOR).

Liturgical Math - From the web site of Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, CA, Orthodox Church in America.

Matins for Sundays and Feasts - From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

The Midnight Office for Weekdays and Saturday - From Orthodox.Net (ROCOR).

On Bells - The proper use of bells, from Holy Trinity Cathedral (OCA), San Francisco, CA.

Order of the Blessing of New Ecclesiastical Vestments - The sticharion, epitrochelion, belt, cuffs, and phelonion. Translated by Archpriest Eugene Tarris from the Trebnik published by St. Job of Pochaev Monastery in Slovenia, May 12, 1944.

Orthodox America - The July 1998 issue of this online magazine is dedicated to an appreciation of Orthodox Church music. From the web site of the Holy Synod of ROCOR.

Paraklitiki - All eight tones are presented. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

Pentecostarion - Included: Pascha Midnight, Pascha All, Sunday of Thomas, Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, Sunday of The Paralysed Man, Midpentecost, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Sunday of the Blind Man, Assumption, Fathers of Nicea, Pentecost, and All Saints. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

The Reader Service Horologion - Contains the services of Typika, the Hours, Vespers, the All-Night Vigil, Small Compline, Great Compline, The Midnight Office, the Moleben, and instructions on how to do Reader Services. From the web site of Father John Whiteford (ROCOR).

Service Of Supplication for the Conversion of Those Who Have Departed Into Error - From the web site of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (ROCOR), Washington, DC. This service is to be sung on the Sunday of Orthodoxy and on other needful occasions.

Russian Observations Upon the American Prayer Book - Translated by Wilfrid J. Barnes and edited with notes by Walter Howard Frere (Alcuin Club Tracts XII) [A. R. Mowbray and Co. Ltd. London; Milwaukee, U.S.A.: The Young Churchman Co., 1917]

Sacrament of Confession - From the web site of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Los Angeles, CA.

 

A Brief Confession

Sacrament of Marriage - Includes notes and commentary. From the web site of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Los Angeles, CA.

The Service of Pentecost - The birthday of The Church. Includes notes and commentary. From the web site of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Los Angeles, CA.

The Service of the Sunday of Orthodoxy - Appointed to be celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent.

Small Compline With Prayers Before Sleep - From Orthodox.Net (ROCOR).

Songs of the Fathers - Includes Canons and Kontakia. This web page contains translations of some of the hymns of Eastern Orthodox tradition, hymns which are one of the principal sources of Orthodox theology. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

The Triodion - Translations from the Triodion into contemporary English. From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

The Twelve Passion Gospels - The Twelve Gospels read in church on Great Thursday evening. From the web site of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Los Angeles, CA.

The Typika - A brief service used in churches, mainly of Russian ethnicity, when a priest is not present to celebrate the Divine liturgy. This service is presented by Father James Whiteford, St. Jonah of Manchuria Mission (ROCOR), Spring, TX.

Thanksgiving Moleiban - From Orthodox.Net (ROCOR).

Vespers for Sundays and Feasts - From the web site of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England.

What is Liturgical Prayer? - By Fr. Deacon John-Mark Titterington

Worship and Prayer - From Orthodox Web, British Antiochian Orthodox Deanery, Vicariate of Western Europe, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch.


Other Liturgies, Mostly Ancient, NOT Authorized for Canonical Eastern Orthodox Use
 
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The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles From the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark - From the Christian Classics Ethereal Library web site. Site 2 - From the “Fathers of the Church” web site of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Liturgy and Diverse Services from the Lorrha ("Stowe") Missal - Used by Churches of Ireland, Scotland, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, and northern Italy.

The Liturgy of St. Dionysius, Bishop of the Athenians - Based on the Areopagite mystical writings; used by the Syrian Jacobite Church. Parker translation, 1896. [A nonChalcedonian liturgical text, but based on writings accepted by all Orthodox.] From the web site of the St. Pachomius Orthodox Library.

The Divine Liturgy According to Saint Germain of Paris - The Divine Liturgy--Mass, According to Saint Germain of Paris, from a Website of the Orthodox Catholic Church of France, a contemporary reconstruction  

The Sarum Rite Divine Liturgy - The Liturgy of St. Peter the Apostle, also called the Liturgy of St. Gregory the Great, as Preserved in Old England, i.e., the Sarum Mass--with simplified rubrics--English translation by Fr. Hieromonk Aidan (Keller) (c) 1998 St. Hilarion Press.


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