The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete – Wednesday of the First Week of Great Lent

The Great Canon
of Saint Andrew of Crete

On Wednesday of the first week of Great Lent during Great Compline, we begin the third section of the Great Canon after the reading of Psalm 69. The refrains are sung after each Troparion. At each refrain we make the Sign of the Cross and a full prostration.

ODE 1
TONE 6

Irmos: A helper and a protector, He has become my salvation. This is my God, I will glorify Him, my father’s God will I exalt, for gloriously has He been glorified.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
From my youth, O Christ, I have rejected Thy commandments. Being
entirely ruled by my passions, I have passed my entire life in indolence and sloth. Therefore I cry to Thee, O Saviour, even now at the end: Save me!

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

I lay prostrate now before Thy gates, O Saviour. Oh, cast me not into hell in my old age, but before the end comes, grant me remission of sins, as Thou art the Lover of mankind.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like the Prodigal, I have squandered all my riches in riotous living, O my Saviour, and I am left barren of virtue and piety; but in my hunger I cry: O Bountiful Father, run quickly out to meet me and take pity on me.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

I am the man who fell in among robbers who now lies wounded in body,
beaten and bruised because of my thoughts. But come to me, O Christ my Saviour, and heal me.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

The Priest first saw me and passed me by, then the Levite looked on me in my distress but despised my nakedness. But do Thou, O Jesus, Son of Mary, come to me and take pity on me.

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

To the Trinity: O Trinity, Who surpasses all creation and is adored in Unity, take from me the heavy yoke of sin, and in Thy compassion grant me tears of compunction.

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

Theotokion: O Theotokos, the hope and protection of those who praise thee, take from me the heavy yoke of sin and as thou art our Most-pure Lady, accept me in repentance.

ODE 2

Irmos: Attend, O heaven and I will speak, I will sing of Christ, Who from the Virgin took flesh to dwell with us.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
I have buried the beauty of my original image with my passions, O Saviour; but seek me, as once Thou hast sought the lost coin, and find me.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like the Harlot I cry to Thee: I have sinned, I alone have sinned against
Thee. Oh, accept my tears as a sweet ointment, O Saviour.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like David, I have fallen into lust and am covered in filth; but wash me
clean with my tears, O my Saviour.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like the Publican I cry to Thee: Be merciful, O Saviour, be merciful unto
me; for no child of Adam has ever sinned as I against Thee.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

I have neither any tears, nor repentance, neither have I any compunction; but as God do Thou grant them to me, O my Saviour.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Lord, O Lord, do not shut Thy door against me in that last day, but open it to me, for I repent before Thee.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Lover of mankind, Who desirest that all shall be saved, call me back and in Thy goodness, accept me in my repentance.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Give ear to the sighs and groans of my soul, and accept the drops of my eyes, O Savior, and save me.

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

To the Trinity: I sing praises to the One in Three Persons, God of all, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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

Theotokion: O Most-pure Theotokos and All-laudable Virgin, fervently
intercede for our salvation.

ODE 3

Irmos: Establish, O Lord, my unstable heart on the rock of Thy commandments, for Thou only art Holy and the Lord.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
Thou hast not inherited the blessing of Shem, O my wretched soul, nor
hast thou received, like Japheth, thine inheritance in the land of forgiveness.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Depart from sin and from the land of Haran, O my soul, and come to the
land that Abraham inherited, which flows with incorruption and eternal life.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast heard how Abraham in days of old left the land of his fathers
and became a wanderer. Imitate his strength and resolution, O my soul.
The Patriarch entertained the Angels at the Oak of Mamre, and he
inherited in his old age the reward of the promise.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou knowest, O my wretched soul, how Isaac was mystically offered as a new sacrifice and whole-burnt offering to the Lord. Imitate his strength and resolution, O my soul.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast heard how Ishmael was driven out as the son of a slave;
Beware, O my soul, lest the same should happen to thee because of thy sin.

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

To the Trinity: O simple Unity praised in a Trinity of Persons; O uncreated Nature without beginning, save us who in faith worship Thy power.

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

Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos, thou hast given birth within time to the timeless Son of the Father. O strange wonder! Thou givest Him milk while still remaining Virgin!

ODE 4

Irmos: The prophet heard of Thy coming, O Lord, and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men, and he said, ‘I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid.’ Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
My body is corrupt, my spirit is defiled, and I am all covered with sores;
but as Physician, O Christ, heal both my body and my spirit through my
repentance. Wash me, purify me and cleanse me, O Saviour, and make me whiter than snow.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast offered Thy Body and Thy Blood for the sake of us all, O
Crucified Word: Thy Body to renew me, Thy Blood to cleanse me, and Thou hast given up Thy Spirit, O Christ, to bring me to Thy Father.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast worked Salvation in the midst of the earth, O Compassionate
Lord, so that we might be saved. Thou wast voluntarily crucified upon the Tree; and Eden has been opened once again. All creation, both the things above and the things below, and all the nations have been saved and they praise and worship Thee.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

May the Blood that flows from Thy side be a cleansing font for me, and
may the Water that flows with it be a drink of forgiveness. May I be cleansed by both, O Word, anointed and refreshed, having as chrism and drink, Thy words of Life.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thy Life-giving side, O my Saviour, has been granted to the Church as a
chalice from which flows a two-fold stream of forgiveness and spiritual
understanding, representing the two Covenants, both the Old and the New.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

I am deprived of the bridal chamber and of the wedding feast because my lamp has gone out for want of oil; the chamber was closed while I was asleep, and the supper has been eaten; I am bound both hand and foot and now I am cast out.

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

To the Trinity: I confess Thee as undivided in Essence, unconfused in Persons, One Triune Divinity, co-reigning and co-enthroned! And to Thee, I raise the great Thrice-holy hymn that is sung on high.

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

Theotokion: Thou givest birth and art a virgin, and in both thou remainest a virgin by nature. He Who is born renews the laws of nature, and the womb gives birth without travail. When God so wills, the order of nature is overruled, for He does whatsoever He wills.

ODE 5

Irmos: Out of the night watching early for Thee, enlighten me I pray, O Lover of man, and guide me in Thy commandments and teach me O Saviour, to do Thy will.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
In both soul and body, O Lord, I have become like Jannes and Jambres, the magicians of cruel Pharaoh, for my will is heavy and my mind is drowned beneath the waters: but do Thou come and help me.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Wretch that I am, I have soiled my mind with filth; but cleanse me, O
Master, I pray Thee, in the waters of my tears and make the garment of my flesh as white as snow.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

When I examine my deeds, O Saviour, I see that I have surpassed all men in sin for; I have sinned not in ignorance, but consciously, and with understanding.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Spare, O spare the work of Thine hands, O Saviour. I have sinned, forgive me; for Thou alone art pure by Nature, and none save Thee is free from defilement.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

As Thou art God, Thou didst take on my form for my sake, O Saviour, and didst accomplish miracles; healing the lepers and the paralytics, and stopping the issue of blood when the woman touched the hem of Thy garment.

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

To the Trinity: We glorify Thee, O Trinity, as One God! Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; simple Essence and Unity worshipped for ever.

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

Theotokion: From thee, O Virgin undefiled and maiden Mother, has God the Creator of the ages, become vested in my human flesh, uniting to Himself the nature of man.

ODE 6

Irmos: With my whole heart, I cried unto the compassionate God: and He heard me, and He lifted up my soul from the depths of hell and from corruption.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
Arise, O my soul, and make war against the passions of the flesh as Joshua did against Amalek, ever gaining the victory over the Gibeonites, thine evil thoughts.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Pass through the flowing waters of time, O my soul, and like the Ark of
old, take possession of the Promised Land as God hath commanded.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

As Thou hast saved Peter when he cried, ‘Save me’, come quickly and
save me from the beast before it is too late. Stretch out Thine hand, O my Saviour, and raise me from the depths of sin.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

I know Thee as the calm haven, O Lord and Master Christ: come quickly, and deliver me from the lowest abyss of sin and despair.

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

To the Trinity: ‘I am the Trinity, simple and undivided, yet divided in Three Persons; and I am the Unity, united by Nature’, says the Father and the Son and the Divine Spirit.

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

Theotokion: Thy womb bore God for us, fashioned in our image. Implore thou Him as the Creator of all, O Theotokos, that we may be justified through thine intercessions.

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.

Sedalion (Tone 6): I think of the awful day and weep over my evil deeds. How shall I answer the Immortal King? How shall I, a prodigal, dare to look at the Judge? O gracious Father, Only-Begotten Son, and Holy Spirit, have mercy on me.

ODE 7

Irmos: We have sinned, transgressed, done wrong before Thee. We have not watched or done as Thou hast commanded us. But do not give us up utterly, O God of our fathers.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
Of thine own free will hast thou deliberately amassed the sins of
Manasseh, by setting up thy passions as idols and multiplying abominations. But fervently emulate his repentance now, and be truly sorry for thy sins.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast rivaled Ahab in his defilements, O my soul, and alas, thou hast become a palace of pollution and a shameful vessel of the passions. But sigh from the depths of thy heart, and confess all thy sins to God.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Heaven is closed to thee, O my soul, and a famine from God has seized
thee; for thou hast been as disobedient as Ahab to the words of Elias the
Tishbite. But be thou like the widow of Zarephath, and provide for the Prophet’s soul.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Elias once destroyed by fire one hundred of Jezebel’s servants when he
destroyed her shameful prophets as a reproof against Ahab. Oh, flee their example, my soul, and be thou made strong.

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

To the Trinity: O Trinity, simple and undivided, consubstantial and of One Nature. We praise Thee, Light and Lights, One Holy and Three Holies, God the Trinity! Sing, O my soul, and glorify the Life of Lives, the God of all.

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

Theotokion: We praise thee, we bless thee, we venerate thee, O Mother of God: for thou hast given birth to Christ God, One of the undivided Trinity, and hast opened the Heavens to us on earth.

ODE 8

Irmos: Him whom the hosts of heaven glorify, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim dread, let every breath and creature praise, bless and magnify throughout all ages.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
O righteous Judge and Saviour, have mercy on me and deliver me from the fire and from the punishment that I deserve to suffer at the Judgement. O grant me Thy forgiveness before the end, through my practice of the virtues and through my repentance.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like the thief I cry, ‘Remember me’, and like Peter I weep, ‘Forgive me’;
Like the Publican I cry ‘Have mercy on me’, and like the Harlot I weep bitterly, O Saviour. Accept these, my lamentation, as once Thou didst accept those of the woman of Canaan.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Heal, O Saviour, the corruption of my humbled soul; and as the One
Physician, apply the healing salve and oil and wine — the works of repentance, compunction and tears.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Like the woman of Canaan, I cry to Thee, ‘Have mercy on me, O Son of
David.’ Like the woman with the issue of blood, I touch the hem of Thy
garment; and I weep as Martha and Mary wept for Lazarus.

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

To the Trinity: O Eternal Father, Co-eternal Son and Gracious Comforter, the Spirit of Righteousness, Father of the Divine Word, Word of the Eternal Father, and Living and Creating Spirit. O Trinity, One in Unity, have mercy on me!

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

Theotokion: The spiritual purple of Emmanuel was woven inside thy womb as if from scarlet silk, O Most-pure Virgin. Therefore we honour thee as truly Theotokos.

ODE 9

Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception; a mother remaining pure. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth; so in all ages we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Troparia.
Healing sickness, Christ the Word preached the Gospel to the poor, cured the crippled, ate with publicans, and conversed with the sinners; and with the touch of His hand, He brought back the departed soul of Jairus’ daughter.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

The Publican was saved and the Harlot turned to chastity, but the
Pharisee with his boasting was condemned; for the first cried out, ‘Be merciful unto me’, and the second, ‘Lord, have mercy on me’. But the third said in his vanity, ‘I thank Thee, O God, that I am not like them’, and other words of madness.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Zacchaeus was a publican yet he was saved, but Simon the Pharisee went astray, while the Harlot received remission and release from Him Who has the power to forgive all sins. Make haste then, O my soul, to follow her example.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou hast not imitated the Harlot, O my wretched soul, who took the
alabaster jar of myrrh and with tears anointed the feet of the Saviour and wiped them with her hair. For this, He tore up the handwriting of her sins.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Thou knowest, O my soul, how the cities to which Christ offered the
Gospel were cursed. Fear their example and their punishment, for the Master likened them to Sodom and condemned them all to hell.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Do not be overcome with despair, O my soul, for thou hast heard of the
faith of the woman of Canaan, and how her daughter was healed by the Word of God. Cry out like her from the depth of thy heart, ‘O Son of David, save me’, as she once cried to Christ.

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

To the Trinity: Let us glorify the Father, let us exalt the Son and with faith let us worship the Divine and Holy Spirit, the Trinity undivided, Unity in Essence; Light of Lights, Life and Lives, giving light and life to the ends of the earth.

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

Theotokion: Protect this, thy habitation, O Most-pure Mother of God, for through thee she reigns in faith, by thee she is made strong, by thee she is made victorious defeating every trial and temptation, despoiling every enemy and ruling over her obedient servants.

Irmos: Ineffable is the childbearing of a seedless conception; a mother remaining pure. For the birth of God renews nature’s birth; so in all ages
we magnify thee in an Orthodox manner as the Mother and Bride of God.

Now the Reader continues with Psalm 4, and the rest of Great Compline follows.