The Service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
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The Church celebrates The Service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy on the first Sunday of Great Lent. Although this service is usually marked for serving by a bishop and a protodeacon, the copy presented here is marked for a priest and deacon for use in individual parishes. The anathemas may be eliminated when the service is done by a priest with or without a deacon. It is intended to be served at the end of the Divine Liturgy, or at the end of the reading of the Hours before the Divine Liturgy. However, the service is often celebrated in mid afternoon.



 
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Opening Prayers  |  Great Litany  |  Scripture Readings
Litany and Prayers Before the Creed  |  The Nicene Creed
The Anathemas  |  Memory Eternal and Many Years

Opening
Prayers

 
 
 
 

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. Deacon: Bless, Master!

Priest: Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and for ages of ages. 

Choir: Amen.  O Heavenly King, etc.

Reader: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (Thrice)

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, wash away our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Your Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)

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

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by 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 unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.  Lord, have mercy. (12 times)

Come, let us worship God our King. Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ, our King and God. Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.

(Psalm 74, NIV)

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, for Your name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.

You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn. Do not lift up your horn against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.’”

No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.

As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. I will cut off the horn of all the wicked, but the horn of the righteous will be lifted up.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to You, O God. (Thrice)



Great Litany
 
 
 
 

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. Deacon: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (...and after every petition)

Deacon: For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

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

For this holy house and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

For His Beatitude, our Metropolitan _______, for His Grace, our Bishop ________, for the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and all the people, let us pray to the Lord.

For the President of our country, for all those in civil authority, and for the armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

For this city, for every city and country, and for the faithful dwelling in them, let us pray to the Lord.

For seasonable weather, for abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

That the Lord God will look upon His holy Church with a merciful eye, and preserve her unharmed and unconquered by heresies and superstitions, and protect it with His peace, let us pray to the Lord.

That He will heal her dissentions, and return all that have fallen away to the knowledge of the Truth by the power of the Holy Spirit, and join them to His chosen flock, let us pray to the Lord.

That with the light of Divine understanding He will enlighten minds obscured by unbelief, and that His faithful flock will be strengthened and kept steadfast in the true faith, let us pray to the Lord.

For travelers by land, by sea, and by air; for the sick and the suffering; for captives and their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our life to Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, 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 for ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.



Scripture
Readings

 
 
 
 

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. Deacon: In the Fourth tone:  God is the Lord, and has appeared to us! Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord! 

Choir: God is the Lord, and has appeared to us!  Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord! (...and after each verse.)

Deacon: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.

My enemies completely surrounded me, but in the Name of the Lord I repulsed them.

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

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.  This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!

Choir: (Troparion of the first Sunday of Great Lent.)

Deacon: Let us attend!

Priest: Peace be to all!

Reader: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Wisdom!  Let us attend!

Reader: The prokeimenon in the Fourth tone: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God!  (Ps. 92: 13)

Choir: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God!

Reader: Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him. (Psalm 64: 10)

Choir: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God!

Reader: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord:

Choir: Shall flourish in the courts of our God!

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans. (Romans 16: 17-21)

Deacon: Let us attend!

Reader: Brothers and sisters, I urge you to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  Amen.

Priest: Peace be to you who have read.

Reader: And to your spirit.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Reader: God is with us! Understand, all nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Deacon: Wisdom! Let us attend! Let us listen to the Holy Gospel!

Priest: Peace be to all!

Choir: And to your spirit.

Deacon: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. (Matthew 18: 10-18.)

Choir: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!

Deacon: Let us attend!

Priest: The Lord said, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.  The Son of Man came to save what was lost.

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ (Deut. 19:15) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Choir: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!



Litany and
Prayers Before
the Creed

 
 
 
 

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

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. (...and after every petition.)

Deacon: Again we pray for His Beatitude, our Metropolitan _______, for His Grace, our Bishop _______, the honorable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and all the people, 

Again we pray for the President of our country, for all those in civil authority, and for the armed forces.

You who desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn to You and live, return all those who have fallen away to Your holy church; we ask You, compassionate Lord, hear us and have mercy.

You who ordered this world for Your glory, convert all those opposed to Your word, so that together with all the faithful, they may glorify You, our God, with true faith and piety, O omnipotent Creator, hear us and have mercy.

You who gave us the great commandment to love You, the Lord our God, and our neighbor as ourselves, grant that hatred, enmity, strife, revenge, lying, and all other bad things may end, and that true love will reign in our hearts, we ask You, our Savior, to hear us and graciously have mercy.

Priest: Hear us, O God our savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of those who are far off upon the sea and in the air; and show mercy, show mercy, O Master, upon us sinners, and be merciful to us: for You are the merciful God and the lover of mankind, and to You we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and for ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O most high God, the Master and fashioner of all that is, Who fills all creation with Your majesty and upholds it with Your power: to You, our most generous Lord, we who are unworthy offer thanks, since You do not turn away from us because of our sins, but give even us the fullness of Your bounties. You sent Your only-begotten Son for our deliverance and showed Your immeasurable pity for the human race, since You strongly desire that we should turn to You and be saved. Knowing the weakness of our nature, You strengthen us with the effective grace of Your Holy Spirit; You comfort us with Your saving faith and the perfect hope of eternal goodness, and, guiding Your people to the Zion on high, You cherish us as the apple of Your eye. We confess Your incomparable love for mankind and we give thanks for Your compassion.

But seeing our many stumblings, we earnestly ask You, all-gracious Lord: look upon Your church and see that, although we have joyfully received the Gospel of salvation, yet the thorns of vanity and passion make it bear little fruit in some places, and to be fruitless in others; and following the increase of iniquity, some by heresy, others by schism, oppose the truth of Your Gospel, abandon Your heritage, reject Your grace, and subject themselves to the judgement of Your all-holy Word.

O Lord, most compassionate and all-mighty, do not be angry with us forever: Your church prays You to have mercy, have mercy on us, offering Jesus Christ, as the author and complete of our salvation as our only advocate and mediator before You; establish us in the right faith by Your power; illumine the eyes of the wandering with Your divine Light, that they may understand Your truth; soften their bitterness and open their ears, that they may hear Your voice and turn to You, our Savior; correct, O Lord, the perverseness and lives of those not in accord with Christian piety; grant that we all may live holy and blameless lives, so that the saving Faith shall root in us and remain fruitful in our hearts.

Do not turn Your face from us, O Lord, show us the joy of Your salvation; grant to the shepherds of Your church both a holy zeal and solicitude for the salvation and conversion of the wandering with the spirit of the Gospel; that being guided by You, we shall arrive where perfect Faith, fulfillment of hope, and true love abound; and that, there with the choirs of the most pure heavenly hosts, we may glorify You, our Lord, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit for ages of ages!

Choir: Amen.

Deacon: Who is so great a God as our God?  You are the God Who does wonders! (Thrice.)

Let us Orthodox people, now celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy, glorify our good God above all else, Who is blessed forever.

This is our God, Who took thought for and established His beloved inheritance, the holy Church, setting her foundation in Paradise, comforting with His true word our forefathers who fell through disobedience. This is our God, Who, directing us to His promise of salvation, left Himself not without witness, but foretold the coming salvation, first through the forefathers and prophets, and by many images gave a lively description of it. This is our God, Who by the prophets of old often spoke to the fathers, and in these latter days spoke to us by His Son, by Whom time was created; Who declared the goodwill of the Father towards us, disclosed the mysteries of heaven, confirmed the truth of the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit, sent His apostles through the whole world to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, and confirmed it by various powers and miracles.

Following this saving revelation, and holding the Gospel(s)...



The
Nicene Creed

(Said by all.)
 
 

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. ...I believe, in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



The
Anathemas

 
 
 
 

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. Deacon: This is the faith of the apostles! This is the faith of the fathers! This is the Orthodox faith! This faith has established the universe!

Furthermore, we accept and confirm the councils of the holy fathers, and their traditions and writings which are agreeable to divine revelation.

And though the enemies of Orthodoxy oppose this providence and the saving revelation of the Lord, yet the Lord has considered the reproaches of His servants, for He mocks those who blaspheme His Glory, and has challenged the enemies of Orthodoxy and put them to flight!

As we therefore bless and praise those who have obeyed the divine revelation and have fought for it; so we reject and anathematize those who oppose this truth, if while waiting for their return and repentance, they refuse to turn again to the Lord; and in this we follow the sacred tradition of the ancient Church, holding fast to her traditions.

To those who deny the existence of God, and assert that the world is self-existing, and that all things in it occur by chance, and not by the providence of God, Anathema!

All: Anathema! (...and after each exclamation.)

Deacon: To those who say that God is not spirit, but flesh; or that He is not just, merciful, wise and all-knowing, and utter similar blasphemies, Anathema!

To those who dare to say that the Son of God and also the Holy Spirit are not one in essence and of equal honor with the Father, and confess that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not one God, Anathema!

To those who foolishly say that the coming of the Son of God into the world in the flesh, and His voluntary passion, death, and resurrection were not necessary for our salvation and the cleansing of sins, Anathema!

To those who reject the grace of redemption preached by the Gospel as the only means of our justification before God, Anathema!

To those who dare to say that the all-pure Virgin Mary was not virgin before giving birth, during birthgiving, and after her child-birth, Anathema!

To those who do not believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles, and by them taught us the true way to eternal salvation, and confirmed this by miracles, and now dwells in the hearts of all true and faithful Christians, and teaches them in all truth, Anathema!

To those who reject the immortality of the soul, the end of time, the future judgment, and eternal reward for virtue and condemnation for sin, Anathema!

To those who reject all the holy mysteries held by the Church of Christ, Anathema!

To those who reject the Councils of the holy fathers and their traditions, which are agreeable to divine revelation and kept piously by the Orthodox Catholic Church, Anathema!

To those who mock and profane the holy images and relics which the holy Church receives as revelations of God's work and of those pleasing to Him, to inspire their beholders with piety, and to arouse them to follow these examples; and to those who say that they are idols, Anathema!

To those who dare to say and teach that our Lord Jesus Christ did not descend to earth, but only seemed to; or that He did not descend to the earth and become incarnate only once, but many times, and who likewise deny that the true Wisdom of the Father is His only-begotten Son, Anathema!

To the followers of the occult, spiritualists, wizards, and all who do not believe in the one God, but honor the demons; or who do not humbly give their lives over to God, but strive to learn the future through sorcery, Anathema!



Memory 
Eternal
and
Many Years

Note: The list of Patriarchs, Metropolitans and Archbishops commemorated here are according to the Orthodox Church in America’s list of canonical autocephalous and autonomous Orthodox jurisdictions. The list of those commemorated will vary between canonical and noncanonical jurisdictions.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  Deacon: But to all who have fought for Orthodoxy, by their words, by their writings, by their teaching, by their sufferings and religious life, as its defenders and allies, the Church of Christ annually commemorates and proclaims:

To the holy fathers, great hierarchs and teachers of the Church, Athanasius and Cyril, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom, Methodius and Cyril, and all the other pastors of the Church, Memory Eternal!

All: Memory Eternal! (...and after each exclamation.)

Deacon: To the most holy emperor Constantine, Equal-to-the-Apostles, to his mother Helena; to the Orthodox emperors Theodosius the Great, Theodosius the Younger, Justinian; to the most pious Grand Duke Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, to the Grand Duchess Olga, and all other Orthodox emperors and empresses, princes and princesses, Memory Eternal!

To the most holy patriarchs of Constantinople the New Rome, Alexandria and All Africa, Antioch and the East, Jerusalem and All Palestine, Moscow and All Russia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, the Catholiki and Patriarch of Georgia, the Archbishops of New Justiniana and All Cyprus, Athens and All Greece, Tirana and All Albania, and All America and Canada, Sinai and Raithu, Karelia and All Finland, and the Metropolitans of Warsaw and All Poland, Tokyo and All Japan, Kiev and of All Ukraine, and Prague and All the Czech lands and Slovakia, and All America and Canada; and to all Orthodox metropolitans, archbishops, and bishops, Memory Eternal!

To all who have suffered and fallen in battle in defense of the Orthodox faith, and of their country; and to all Orthodox Christians deceased in the true faith and piety, and in hope of the Resurrection, Memory Eternal!

The Orthodox Church of Christ thus triumphantly commemorates those who have in times past contended in piety, to teach all her Christian children to follow their examples, but also has the duty to extol those who now labor for Orthodoxy and by saving faith and virtue prepare themselves for eternal beatitude.

To the most holy patriarchs of Constantinople the New Rome, Alexandria and All Africa, Antioch and the East, Jerusalem and All Palestine, Moscow and All Russia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, the Catholiki and Patriarch of Georgia, the Archbishops of New Justiniana and AllCyprus, Athens and All Greece, Tirana and All Albania, and All America and Canada, Sinai and Raithu, Karelia and All Finland, and the Metropolitans of Warsaw and All Poland, Tokyo and All Japan, Kiev and of All Ukraine, and Prague and All the Czech lands and Slovakia, keep them, O Lord, for many years!

All: Many Years! (...and after each exclamation.)

Deacon: To his Beatitude, Theodosius, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and to his Grace, _______, (arch)bishop of ______, keep them, O Lord, for many years!

To all the most reverend Orthodox metropolitans, archbishops and bishops, and to all the clergy, Many Years!

To all those in civil authority, grant, O Lord, Many Years!

To all Orthodox Christians rightly holding the saving faith, and living in obedience to the Church of Christ, grant, O Lord, peace, quiet, prosperity, and abundance of the fruit of the earth, and keep them for Many Years!

Glorify all these, O Holy Trinity, and confirm them in the right faith even to the end; and convert the enemies and those ignorant of the Orthodox faith and Christ's Church, that they may come to know Your eternal Truth, through the intercessions of our most holy Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, and of all the saints.

All: Amen.

(Here may follow the Hymn of St. Ambrose of Milan, and the dismissal.)


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