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Fifteenth Kathisma

The Psalter of David

Fifteenth Kathisma

Psalm 105

Alleluia.

Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times. Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation. That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance. We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up to the sea, even the Red Sea. And he saved them for his own name’s sake: that he might make his power known. And he rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left. And they believed his words: and they sang his praises. They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited not for his counsel. And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water. And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls. And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiron. And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked. They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing. And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass. They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red Sea. And he said that he would destroy them: had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach: To turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them. And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not his word, and they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord. And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert; and to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries. They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices of the dead. And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them. Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased. And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore. They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes: because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips. They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them. And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works: and served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them. And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils. And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the land was polluted with blood, and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions. And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance. And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them. And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands: many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities. And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer. And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives. Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among the nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. 3., with bows.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

Psalm 106

Alleluia.

Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let them say so that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy: and gathered out of the countries. From the rising and from the setting of the sun, from the north and from the sea. They wandered in a wilderness, in a place without water: they found not the way of a city for their habitation. They were hungry and thirsty: their soul fainted in them. And they cried to the Lord in their tribulation: and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them into the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his wonderful works to the children of men. For he hath satisfied the empty soul, and hath filled the hungry soul with good things. Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in want and in iron. Because they had exasperated the words of God: and provoked the counsel of the most High: and their heart was humbled with labours: they were weakened, and there was none to help them. Then they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death; and broke their bonds in sunder. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his wonderful works to the children of men. Because he hath broken gates of brass, and burst iron bars. He took them out of the way of their iniquity: for they were brought low for their injustices. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they drew nigh even to the gates of death. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he delivered them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them: and delivered them from their destructions. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his wonderful works to the children of men. And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare his works with joy. They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the great waters: these have seen the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. He said the word, and there arose a storm of wind: and the waves thereof were lifted up. They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths: their soul pined away with evils. They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man; and all their wisdom was swallowed up. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he brought them out of their distresses. And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were still. And they rejoiced because they were still: and he brought them to the haven which they wished for. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his wonderful works to the children of men. And let them exalt him in the church of the people: and praise him in the chair of the ancients. He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of waters into dry ground: a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He hath turned a wilderness into pools of waters, and a dry land into water springs. And hath placed there the hungry; and they made a city for their habitation. And they sowed fields, and planted vineyards: and they yielded fruit of birth. And he blessed them, and they were multiplied exceedingly: and their cattle he suffered not to decrease. Then they were brought to be few: and they were afflicted through the trouble of evils and sorrow. Contempt was poured forth upon their princes: and he caused them to wander where there was no passing, and out of the way. And he helped the poor out of poverty: and made him families like a flock of sheep. The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Who is wise, and will keep these things; and will understand the mercies of the Lord?

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. 3., with bows.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

Psalm 107

A Canticle of Psalm, to David Himself.

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing, and will give praise, with my glory. Arise, my glory; arise, psaltery and harp: I will arise in the morning early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth even unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory over all the earth: that thy beloved may be delivered. Save with thy right hand and hear me. God hath spoken in his holiness. I will rejoice, and I will divide Sichem and I will mete out the vale of tabernacles. Galaad is mine: and Manasses is mine and Ephraim the protection of my head. Juda is my king: Moab the pot of my hope. Over Edom I will stretch out my shoe: the aliens are become my friends. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off ? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our armies? O grant us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do mightily: and he will bring our enemies to nothing.

Psalm 108

Unto the End, a Psalm of David.

O God, be not thou silent in my praise: for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful man is opened against me. They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues; and they have compassed me about with words of hatred; and have fought against me without cause. Instead of making me a return of love, they detracted me: but I gave myself to prayer. And they repaid me evil for good: and hatred for my love. Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his right hand. When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer be turned to sin. May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take. May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be carried about vagabonds, and beg; and let them be cast out of their dwellings. May the usurer search all his substance: and let strangers plunder his labours. May there be none to help him: nor none to pity his fatherless offspring. May his posterity be cut off; in one generation may his name be blotted out. May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered in the sight of the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. May they be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of them perish from the earth: because he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor man and the beggar; and the broken in heart, to put him to death. And he loved cursing, and it shall come unto him: and he would not have blessing, and it shall be far from him. And he put on cursing, like a garment: and it went in like water into his entrails, and like oil in his bones. May it be unto him like a garment which covereth him; and like a girdle with which he is girded continually. This is the work of them who detract me before the Lord; and who speak evils against my soul. But thou, O Lord, do with me for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is sweet. Do thou deliver me, for I am poor and needy, and my heart is troubled within me. I am taken away like the shadow when it declineth: and I am shaken off as locusts. My knees are weakened through fasting: and my flesh is changed for oil. And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked their heads. Help me, O Lord my God; save me; according to thy mercy. And let them know that this is thy hand: and that thou, O Lord, hast done it. They will curse and thou wilt bless: let them that rise up against me be confounded: but thy servant shall rejoice. Let them that detract me be clothed with shame: and let them be covered with their confusion as with a double cloak. I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth: and in the midst of many I will praise him. Because he hath stood at the right hand of the poor, to save my soul from persecutors.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. 3., with bows.

Trisagion

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. 3., with bows.

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

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, cleanse us from our sins. O Master, forgive our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Penitential Troparia

My life cometh to its end, being readied is the dread tribunal. The river of fire floweth past me, threatening me with unquenchable punishment and flames. Send unto me a torrent of tears to stem their force, O most merciful Lord, Who desirest that all men be saved.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All of life and law have I defiled with sin. Before Thee do I fall down and cry: Create within me a pure heart, O God. Before mine end show me mercy and convert me.

Now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

Mother of God most pure, defensive wall of Christians, do thou save thy people who appeal to thee that they might resist the enemy and proud thoughts, that we may all address thee: Hail, full of grace!

Lord, have mercy. 40.

To Thee, Who alone art good, O Lord, Who dost never recall past evils, I confess my sins. In mine unworthiness do I fall down before Thee and cry out: I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned. I am not worthy even to raise mine eyes to have because of my many injustices. But, my Lord, O Lord Who alone art good and merciful, grant me tears of compunction that with them I may implore Thee to purify me from all my sins before the end. For after leaving my body I must pass through a most fearsome and terrible place where many dark and inhuman demons will confront me, and there will be none to accompany me or save me.

So I fall down before Thy goodness. Deliver me not to my detractors that mine enemies might gloat, O Lord, and say: Thou art in our hands. Thou hast been surrendered to us.

Forget not, O Lord, thy mercies and pay me not according to my lawlessness. Turn not thy face away from me. Discipline me, rather, with mercy and with kindness, O Lord.

May mine enemy not rejoice over me. Lessen his threats against me and make futile all his actions against me. Provide me with a faultless pathway unto Thee, O good Lord, for though I have sinned, I did not run to another physician or lift mine hands to a strange God.

Spurn not my plea, but in thy mercy hear me; brace mine heart with fear of Thee. Let thy grace like fire descend upon me, Lord, and consume the impure thoughts in me. For Thou, O Lord, are the light surpassing all light, joy that surpasses all joy, repose that surpasses all repose, the life and abiding salvation unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Come let us worship God our King. Bow.
Come let us worship Christ, our King and our God. Bow.
Come let us worship and fall down before the very Lord Jesus Christ, our King and our God. Bow.

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