Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church

Saint Nicholas

The Order of Matins

For the Western Rite


THE ORDER OF MATINS

  • All standing, the officiant begins the order of prayer:

V ----- O Lord, open Thou our lips.
R ----- And our mouth shall show forth Thy praise.
V ----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R ----- As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. ----- Amen.
V ----- Praise ye the Lord.
R ----- The Lord's Name be praised.

  • Then shall be said or sung, in unison, the following Canticle:


Venite (Psalm 95)

    ----- O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
    ----- Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; * and show ourselves glad in Him with
    ----- psalms.
    ----- For the Lord is a great God; * and a great King above all gods.
    ----- In His hand are all the corners of the earth; * and the strength of the hills is His also.
    ----- The sea is His, and He made it; * and His hands prepared the dry land.
    ----- O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
    ----- For He is the Lord our God; * and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

    ----- Note: ----- During Penitential Season's, the following verses are said.

    ----- To-day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts * as in the provocation, and as
    ----- in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
    ----- When your fathers tempted Me, * proved Me, and saw My works.
    ----- Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, * It is a people that do err
    ----- in their hearts, for they have not known My ways:
    ----- Unto whom I sware in My wrath, * that they should not enter into My rest.

    ----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
    ----- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

    ----- Note: ----- During non-penitential seasons, the following verses are substituted for
    ----- those above:

    ----- O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of Him.
    ----- For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth; * and with righteousness to judge the
    ----- world, and the peoples with His truth.

    ----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
    ----- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

Psalter

  • Then follows the portion of the psalter appointed for the day. After each psalm shall be said:

----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
----- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

See The 30 Day Cycle of the Psalter for daily readings


THE FIRST LESSON

    After the Psalter shall be the first lesson appointed for the day The lector announces the
    reading, saying: Here beginneth the Number verse of the Number chapter of the book Name.

    Note: ----- Should the reading begin with the first verse of a chapter, the words "the first verse"
    may be omitted when introducing the reading. Should the reading begin with the beginning,
    of a book, the words "the first chapter of" may be similarly omitted.


    At the conclusion of the lesson the lector says: "Here endeth the first lesson."

    See The Monthly Ordo for daily scriptural readings
    • Then shall be said or sung, in unison, the following Canticle:


    Te Deum Laudamus

      ----- WE praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
      ----- All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.
      ----- To Thee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
      ----- To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,
      ----- Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth:
      ----- Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
      ----- The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee.
      ----- The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise Thee.
      ----- The noble army of Martyrs praise Thee.
      ----- The holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee;
      ----- The Father, of an infinite Majesty;
      ----- Thine adorable, true, and only Son;
      ----- Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

      ----- THOU art the King of Glory, O Christ.
      ----- Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
      ----- When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man, Thou didst humble Thyself
      ----- ----- to be born of a Virgin.
      ----- When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, Thou didst open
      ----- ----- the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
      ----- Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
      ----- We believe that Thou shalt come to be our judge.
      ----- We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed
      ----- ----- with Thy precious Blood.
      ----- Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints, in glory everlasting.

      ----- O LORD save Thy people, and bless Thine heritage.
      ----- Govern them, and lift them up forever.
      ----- Day by day we magnify Thee;
      ----- And we worship Thy Name ever, world without end.
      ----- Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
      ----- O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
      ----- O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
      ----- O Lord, in The have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

      Note: ----- In the Penitential Season of Advent and Lent the following may be said in place
      of the "Te Deum Laudamus" above.



      Benedictus es, Domine

        ----- BLESSED art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers: * praised and exalted
        ----- ----- above all for ever.
        ----- Blessed art Thou for the Name of Thy Majesty: * praised and exalted
        ----- ----- above all for ever.
        ----- Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy holiness: * praised and exalted
        ----- ----- above all for ever.
        ----- Blessed art Thou that beholdest the depths, and dwellest between the
        ----- ----- Cherubim: * praised and exalted above all for ever.
        ----- Blessed art Thou on the glorious throne of Thy Kingdom: * praised and
        ----- ----- exalted above all for ever.
        ----- Blessed art Thou in the firmament of heaven: * praised and exalted above
        ----- ----- all for ever.

        Note: ----- After the "Benedictus es, Domine" shall be said:

        ----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
        ----- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.


        THE SECOND LESSON

        Note: ----- The New Testament lesson is then read, the lector introducing the reading in a
        fashion similar to that of the first lesson saying, "Here beginneth the Number verse
        of the Number chapter of the Epistle of Name to Name or the Gospel according to Name.


        At the conclusion of the reading he says: "Here endeth the second lesson."

        • Then shall be said or sung, in unison, the following:


        Benedictus

          BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel; * for He hath visited and redeemed His people;
          And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, * in the house of His servant David;
          As He spake by the mouth of His holy Prophets, * which have been since the world began;
          That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us.
          To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember His holy covenant;
          To perform the oath which He sware to our forefather Abraham, * that He would give us;
          That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, * might serve Him without fear;
          In holiness and righteousness before Him, * all the days of our life.
          And thou child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: * for thou shalt go before the
          ----- face of the Lord to prepare His ways;
          To give knowledge of salvation unto His people * for the remission of their sins,
          Through the tender mercy of our God; * whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
          To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our
          ----- feet in the way of peace.

          Note: ----- After the "Benedictus" shall be said:

          Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
          As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.


          The NICENE CREED

            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 only begotten Son of
            God: Begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God; Light of Light; Very God
            of very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father; by whom
            all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven
            (kneel), and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
            (rise) And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried;
            and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven
            and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge
            both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the
            Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father; who, with the
            Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets;
            And I believe One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for
            the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, (+) and the Life of
            the world to come. ----- Amen.

            Then the officiant begins:

            Lord, have mercy upon us.
            Christ, have mercy upon us.
            Lord, have mercy upon us.

            Then all say together:


            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. ----- Amen.

              Note: ----- Then shall be said in responsory fashion:

              V ----- The Lord be with you.
              R ----- And with thy spirit.
              V ----- Let us pray.

              O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom
              standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom, defend us Thy humble
              servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in Thy defense,
              may not fear the power of any adversaries through the might of Jesus Christ our
              Lord.

              Amen.

              O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely
              brought us to the beginning of this day, defend us in the same with Thy mighty
              power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of
              danger; that all our doings, being ordered by Thy governance, may be righteous
              in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

              Amen.

              Note: ----- Other prayers may be added at this point.

              V ----- The Lord be with you.
              R ----- And with thy spirit.
              V ----- Let us bless the Lord.
              R ----- Thanks be to God.

              V ----- May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
              R ----- Amen.

              Note: ----- The service of Matins now concludes with the Benediction.

              V ----- THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship
              of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore.

              R ----- Amen.

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