The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

PRIEST: Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, unto the ages of ages.

READER: Amen.
Come, let us worship God our King and bow down before Him.
Come, let us worship Christ God our King and bow down before Him.
Come, let us worship Christ, our King and our God, and bow down before Him.
PSALM 103/104
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, you are great indeed! Clothed in pomp and brilliance, arrayed with light as with a cloak, stretching out the sky as a tent-cloth, establishing your lofty halls on water. You make the clouds your conveyance, you surge on the wings of the wind. You make the winds your messengers, and flaming fires your attendants.
You settled the earth on its foundation: it shall stand unmoved from age to age. The abyss covered it like a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke, they take to flight, at the peal of your thunder, they flee. They hurdle the hills and run down the dales to the place you have chosen for them. You have set up a boundary not to be passed: they shall never return to cover the earth.
Down in the gullies, you make springs to rise; waters shall flow between the mountains. They shall give drink to the beasts of the field; wild asses will seek them to quench their thirst. The birds of the sky shall abide by them; from among the rocks, they will raise their song. From your lofty halls you refresh the hills; the earth shall be fed with the fruit of your works.

You make green pastures for the cattle and food-plants for the service of man, so that bread may be drawn from the earth, and wine that gladdens the heart of man; so that oil may put a gleam on his face, and that bread may strengthen the heart of man. The trees of the plain shall be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. Sparrows shall build their nests in them, herons shall call them their home. To the deer belong the high mountains; to rodents, the shelter of the rock.

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows the time of its setting. You establish darkness, and it is night, wherein the forest creatures prowl. Young lions roar for their prey, and call out to God for their meat. As the sun rises, they will come together, and lay themselves down in their dens. Man will go out to his labor, and work until eventide.
How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all. The earth is filled with your creatures, even the wide and open sea. Within it are countless creeping things, living beings small and large. Upon it there are ships a-sailing, and the great beast you made to have fun. All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. You provide and they gather up; you open your hands, and they are full. You hide your face, and they cringe; you suspend their breath, and they die and return to their dust. You send forth your breath, and they live; you renew the face of the earth.
May the Lord’s glory endure forever, may the Lord rejoice in his works. He looks upon the earth, and makes it quake; he touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God as long as I last. Would that my thoughts be pleasing to him, and I will rejoice in the Lord. May the sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
The sun knows the time of its setting. You establish darkness and it is night.
How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to you, O God. (2) Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to you, O God. O Lord our hope, glory to you.
THE GREAT LITANY OF PEACE
DEACON: In peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For heavenly peace and the salvation of our souls let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For peace in the whole world, the stability of God’s Holy Churches and for the oneness of all, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For this holy house, and all who enter it with faith, reverence and godly fear, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For our Archbishop (N.), our Bishop (N.), the worthy priesthood, the deacons in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For our country, the President, and all in public service, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For this city and this Parish, for every city and land, and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For temperate weather, abundance of the goods of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: For those who travel, by land, sea and air, for those who are sick or suffering or in captivity, and for their safekeeping, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: That we may be spared all affliction, violence, danger and want, let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
CANTOR: To You, O Lord.
THE PRAYER OF THE FIRST ANTIPHON
PRIEST (inaudibly): Gracious and merciful Lord, forbearing and generous in mercy, hear our prayer and heed the voice of our entreaty. Give us a sign of Your favor. Lead us in Your way, that we may walk in Your truth; gladden our hearts, that we may be in awe of Your holy name, for You are great in the wonders You perform. You alone are God, and among all deities none is Your like, O Lord: mighty in mercy and benevolent in might, helping and comforting and saving all who trust in Your holy name.
PRIEST: For all glory, honor and worship are Your due, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
CANTOR: Amen.
After which the gates of the Royal doors are closed and the Reader reads the eighteenth division of the Psalter.
While the first stasis of the Kathisma is being read, the Priest, making three deep prostrations, opens the Tabernacle (Artophorion) and censing the gifts, he places the paten (diskarion) on the open antimension on the Holy Altar. With great reverence he places a “Lamb ” upon it. Then, covering it with the veil, and led by the censer, he proceeds to the Prothesis.
There he pours wine and water into the chalice in the usual way, covers it with the second veil, then both vessels with the aer. These actions are accompanied simply by the “Through the prayers of the Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us. ” When the Presanctified Gifts have been covered, he proceeds to the Little Synapte, or short petition.
THE FIRST SETTING
PSALM 119/120
In my distress, I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me. O Lord, save me from lying lips, and from a treacherous tongue. What shall be given you and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? The sharpened arrows of a warrior with firebrands made of the broom tree. Woe is me that my exile has been so long; that I have set up tent in the camp of Kedar. Too long have I stayed among those who hate peace. I was peaceable, but when I spoke to them, they warred against me without cause.
PSALM 120/121
I lifted up my eyes to the hills whence help shall come to me. My help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not suffer your foot to stumble; nor  shall the Guardian fall asleep. Behold, he will neither sleep nor slumber, the Watcher over Israel. The Lord will keep watch over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not scorch you by day, nor shall the moon fail you by night. The Lord will preserve you from every evil, the Lord will safeguard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and your going henceforth and for evermore.
PSALM 121/122
I was happy when they said to me: “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Our feet stood within your courts, Jerusalem, Jerusalem built as a city whose people are as one. For there did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord as it was decreed to Israel to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there have been placed thrones for judgment, thrones for the house of David. Pray, then, for the peace of Jerusalem, and may prosperity be with those who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity upon your towers. For the sake of my brethren and my friends, I have indeed asked peace for you; for the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I have earnestly sought your good.
PSALM 122/123
I have lifted up my eyes to you who dwell in heaven. As the eyes of the servants are on the hands of their masters, as the eyes of a maid are on the hands of her mistress, so our eyes are on the Lord our God until he has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us; for we have had more than our fill of contempt: yes, our soul has been more than glutted. May disgrace fall on the prosperous, and contempt on the proud.
PSALM 123/124
Had not the Lord been with us, let Israel now say, had not the Lord been with us at the time men rose against us, truly, they would have swallowed us alive when their fury was inflamed against us; truly, the water would have drowned us, the torrent would have swept over us. Truly, the raging waters would have overwhelmed us. Blessed be the Lord who has not abandoned us as prey to their teeth. Like a bird of passage we were rescued from the fowler’s net. The snare was torn asunder, and we escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to You, O God. (3)
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
DEACON: Again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
CANTOR: To You, O Lord.
THE PRAYER OF THE SECOND ANTIPHON
PRIEST (inaudibly): O Lord, do not rebuke us in Your anger; do not chastise us in Your wrath; but deal with us according to Your loving kindness, as Healer and Physician of our souls. Guide us to the harbor of Your will; enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we may know Your truth; and grant that the rest of this day may be peaceful and without sin, as may our whole life, through the prayers of the Theotokos and of all tile saints.
PRIEST: For Yours is the dominion, and Yours the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
CANTOR: Amen.
THE SECOND SETTING OF THE PSALTER
PSALM 124/125
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Sion which cannot be moved, which shall stand forever. Mountains are all around Jerusalem, as the Lord is around his people, now and forever. For the Lord will not let the scepter of the wicked rule over the land of the just, lest the just themselves apply their hands to iniquities. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those whose heart is upright. But those who stray into crooked ways, the Lord will expel with evildoers. Peace upon Israel!
PSALM 125/126
When the Lord returned the captives of Sion, we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing. Then it was said among the Gentiles, “The Lord has done great things for them. ” The Lord has done great things for us: we have been made to rejoice. O Lord, return our captives as streams return to the south. Those who weep as they sow shall rejoice as they reap. Though they went forth shedding tears as they scattered their seeds, they shall return rejoicing, bearing with them their sheaves.
 
PSALM 126/127
Unless the Lord build the house, in vain do the builders toil; unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the watchman keep watch. In vain do you rise early: you get up after rest only to eat the bread of grief, for he provides for his beloved while they sleep. Behold, the Lord’s inheritance is his children, and his reward, the fruit of the womb. As arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of the exiles. Blessed the man who will be able to fill his quiver with them: they shall never be put to shame when they meet their foes at the gates.
 
PSALM 127/128
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You shall eat of your hand’s labor: blessed are you, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your house: your children like olive shoots around your table. Behold, in this way shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Sion, and may you see the wealth of Jerusalem all the days of your life. And may you see your children’s children. Peace upon Israel!
PSALM 128/129
Often have they assailed me since my youth: let Israel say it! Often have they assailed me since my youth, but they have not prevailed over me. The wicked plowed my back: they increased their iniquity. But the righteous Lord has cut asunder the neck of the sinners. Let them all be confounded and turned back, those who hate Sion: let them become like grass on the house-tops which withers before it can sprout; with which the reaper fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his arms, while those who pass by do not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!” We have blessed you in the name of the Lord.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to You, O God. (3)
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
DEACON: Again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
CANTOR: To You, O Lord.
PRAYER OF THE THIRD ANTIPHON
PRIEST (inaudibly): Lord our God, be mindful of us sinners and Your unfit servants, even as we call upon Your holy name; and do not put us to shame for having placed our hope in Your mercy; but grant, O Lord, all that we ask for our salvation; and make us worthy to love and fear You with all our heart, and in all things to do Your wilt.
PRIEST: For You are a good and loving God, and to You we offer the glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
CANTOR: Amen.
THE THIRD SETTING OF THE PSALTER
 
PSALM 129/130
Out of the depths I have cried out to you: Lord, Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my plea. If you retain sins, Lord, O Lord, who can stand? With you there is forgiveness. For your name’s sake, O Lord, I have waited for you. My soul has waited for your promise, my soul has hoped in the Lord. My soul has trusted in the Lord, from the morning watch till night. Let Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love and in him is full redemption, and he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
PSALM 130/131
O Lord, my heart is not uplifted, nor are my eyes upraised. I have not busied myself with lofty pursuits, nor with wonders too great for me. If I have failed to remain humble, but instead have exalted my soul, as a weaned child is treated by its mother, so will you deal with my soul. Let Israel hope in the Lord, henceforth and forever.
PSALM 131/132
O Lord, remember David and all his forbearance, how he swore to the Lord, and made a vow to the God of Jacob: “I will not enter the tent, my abode, nor get up on the couch of my repose; I will give no sleep to my eyes, nor to my eyelids any slumber, nor to my temples any rest, until I find a place for the Lord, a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. ” Behold, I have heard of it in Ephrata: we found it in the forest clearings. Let us enter into his tabernacles, let us worship where his feet once stood. Arise, O Lord, and go to your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.
May your priests be clothed in righteousness, and your faithful ones rejoice. For the sake of David your servant, turn not away the face of your anointed one. The Lord swore to David a promise which he will not retract: “One of your own flesh I will place on your throne. If your sons will keep my covenant and the revelations I will offer them, their sons also shall be seated upon your throne for evermore. ” For the Lord has elected Sion, he has chosen it for his dwelling:
“This is my home for ever and ever; here I will dwell because I have chosen it. I will bless abundantly her provisions; I will feed her poor with bread; I will clothe her priests with salvation, and the faithful shall exult with joy. There will I raise the pride of David; I have readied a lamp for my anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but on him my crown shall shine.
PSALM 132/133
Behold how good and pleasant it for brothers to dwell in unity. It is as ointment upon the head, which runs down over the beard, the beard of Aaron, runs down to the hem of his garment. It is like the dew of Hermon which falls on the mountains of Sion, for there the Lord has ordained the blessing: life for evermore.
PSALM 133/134
Behold now, bless the Lord all you servants of the Lord who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. By night, lift up your hands to the holy places and bless the Lord. May the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Sion.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to You, O God. (2)
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to You, O God. Lord our hope, glory to You.
DEACON: Again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
CANTOR: To You, O Lord.
THE PRAYER OF THE FOURTH ANTIPHON
 
PRIEST (inaudibly): Praised by the heavenly powers with hymns that are never silent and doxologies that never cease, fill our lips with praise of You, that we may fitly magnify Your holy name. And grant us a portion and share with all who truly fear You and keep Your commandments; at the intercession of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints.
PRIEST: For You are our God, a God who shows mercy and saves, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
CANTOR: Amen.
He then sings the opening verses of Psalm 140/141 in the appointed tone:
PSALM 140/141
O Lord, I have cried out to you: hear me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried out to you, hear me; hearken to the voice of my prayer as I cry out to you, hear me , O Lord.
As the second verse begins, the Priest invokes a blessing on the incense and the Deacon censes in the usual manner.
Let my prayer rise as incense before you; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth, and a gate to contain my lips. Let not my heart incline to evil deeds, to finding excuses for sinful doings. In the company of men who work iniquity, and I will not partake of their delicacies. Let the just man chasten me with kindness and chide me. But the oil of the wicked shall never touch my head, yet even then would I pray for their good will. Their judges were dashed against the rock: they shall hear my words, how sweet they are. As a lump of clay broken on the ground, so shall their bones be strewn near the grave. On you, Lord, O Lord, my eyes are fixed; in you have I trusted: take not my life. Keep me from the snare which they have set for me, and from the
traps of wicked men. The wicked shall fall into their own nets, while I alone escape.
PSALM 141/142
With my voice, I cried out to the Lord, with my voice, I implored the Lord. Before him, I will pour out my prayer; in his presence, I will tell of my distress. When my spirit was fainting within me, you knew my paths. On that very road I was walking, they set a trap for me. I looked to my right and observed: no one was aware of me. I had no means of escape: no one would take care of my life. I cried out to you, O Lord, and said, “You are my hope, my share in the land of the living. Attend to my supplication, for I am laid very low. “Deliver me from my oppressors, for they are too strong for me. Release me from prison, that I may give thanks to your name. “
~ The Hymnology and Old Testament Readings for each Presanctified Liturgy will be found in Appendices A & B ~
PRIEST: Peace be to you.
DEACON: Wisdom.
(When the reading is concluded, the priest censes the Holy Altar, pausing at each side, singing antiphonally with the Cantor the “Katefthynthito”, “Let my prayer rise as incense before You…introducing each reprise with a verse from Psalm 140/141:)
PRIEST: Let my prayer rise as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
The priest then moves to the south of the Holy Table and censes, chanting aloud.
PRIEST: O Lord, I have cried out to You: hear me; hearken to the voice of my prayer as I cry out to You.
CANTOR: Let my prayer rise as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
(The priest then moves to the rear of the Holy Table and censes, chanting aloud;)
PRIEST: Verse: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth, and a gate to contain my lips.
CANTOR: Let my prayer rise as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
The priest then moves to the north of the Holy Table and censes, chanting aloud.
PRIEST: Verse: Let not my heart incline to evil deeds, to finding excuses for sinful doings, in the company of men who work iniquity, and I will not partake of their delicacies.
CANTOR: Let my prayer rise as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
The priest then moves in front of the Holy Table and censes, chanting aloud.
PRIEST: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
CANTOR: Let my prayer rise as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
 
(The priest standing before the Holy Table repeats;)
PRIEST: Let my prayer rise
(Coming through the Royal Gates and censing the icon of Christ the Lord he chants;)
as incense before You.
He the censes the remaining icons and the faithful as the Cantor chants.
CANTOR: the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
(If the Feast of a Saint is being commemorated the appropriate Epistle and Gospel is now read.)
(The Deacon exits from the north door (or the Priest standing before the Holy table) and chants the Fervent Supplication.)
THE FERVENT SUPPLICATION
DEACON: Let us say with our whole heart and our whole mind, let us say.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy. (3)
DEACON: Lord Almighty, God of our fathers, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy. (3)
DEACON: Have mercy on us, O God, in Your great goodness; we pray You, hear us and have mercy.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy. (3)
DEACON: Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy. (3)
DEACON: Again we pray for our Archbishop (N.), and our Bishop (N.).
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy. (3)
(According to the practice of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Litany ends here.)
Prayer of the Fervent Supplication
PRIEST (inaudibly): Lord our God, accept this fervent prayer by Your servants, and have mercy on us, and in the abundance of Your compassion have pity on us and on all Your people, who await Your plenteous mercy.
PRIEST: For You are a merciful and loving God, and to You we give glory: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
CANTOR: Amen.
(Here the Priest makes the sign of the Cross over the Antimension with the Book of Gospels.)
THE LITANY FOR THE CATECHUMENS
DEACON: You who are Catechumens, pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: You faithful, let us pray for the Catechumens.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: That the Lord will show them mercy.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: That He will instruct them in the word of His truth.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: That He will reveal to them the Gospel of righteousness.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: That He will unite them to His Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Save them, have mercy on them, help them and keep them, O God, in Your grace.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: You who are Catechumens, bow your heads to the Lord.
 
Prayer for the Catechumens
PRIEST (inaudibly): O God, our God, Author and Creator of all things, it is Your will that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Look upon Your servants the Catechumens, and free them of ancient error and from the wiles of the enemy. Call them to eternal life, illuminating their souls and bodies, and numbering them among Your reasoning flock, on which Your holy name is invoked.
PRIEST: That with us they too may glorify Your most noble and majestic name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forevermore.
CANTOR: Amen.
Here the Priest unfolds the Antimension as in the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
DEACON: All Catechumens, depart. The Catechumens, depart. All who are admitted for Illumination, depart. Pray, all you who preparing for Illumination. Let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Catechumens, depart. Let none of the Catechumens remain.
DEACON: All we faithful once again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Wisdom!
 
The First Prayer of the Faithful
PRIEST (inaudibly): O God, great and praised, through the life giving death of Your Christ, You have borne us from corruption to immortality. Liberate all our senses from killing passion, setting over them as a benevolent sovereign our inner reason. Let the eye be averted from every evil sight, and the ear be deaf to idle talk.
May the tongue be purged of unseemly speech. Purify these lips that praise You, Lord. Make our hands abstain from wicked deeds, doing only such things as are pleasing to You, thus sealing with Your grace all our members, and our mind.
PRIEST: For all glory, honor and worship are Your due: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forevermore.
CANTOR: Amen.
DEACON: Again in peace let us pray to the Lord.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, in Your grace.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy.
DEACON: Wisdom!
 
The Second Prayer of the Faithful
PRIEST (inaudibly): Holy Master, infinitely good, we entreat You, rich in mercy, to be gracious to us sinners, and to make us worthy to receive Your only Son and our God, the King of Glory. For behold, His spotless body and life giving blood are about to make their entrance at this hour, to be laid on this mystical table, invisibly attended by a multitude of the heavenly host. Grant that we may receive them in blameless communion, so that as the eyes of our understanding see the light, we may become children of light and of day.
PRIEST: