Typika Service for Sunday, March 29, 2020

This service can be read by families and individuals, on Sundays when they cannot attend Divine Liturgy. One "Reader" is assigned before the service begins. Others present can join in the parts labeled "People." (The italicized labels and subtitles are not to be read aloud.)

Reader:    Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord, Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us. Amen.

People:    Lord, have mercy. (thrice)

The First Antiphon—Psalm 102 (103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Blessed art Thou, O Lord!

Bless the Lord, O my soul! And all that is within me, bless His holy Name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul! And forget not all His benefits!

Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases!

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and of great goodness.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Blessed art Thou, O Lord!

Reader:    Lord, have mercy. (thrice)

The Second Antiphon—Psalm 145 (146)

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

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

Put not your trust in princes, in sons of men in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs he returns to his earth, on that very day his plans perish.

The Lord will reign forever; Thy God, O Zion, to all generations.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Only-begotten Son and Immortal Word of God, Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary; Who without change didst become man and was crucified, O Christ our God, trampling down death by death; who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit:  Save us!

Reader:    Lord have mercy. (thrice)

The Third Antiphon—The Beatitudes

People:    In Thy Kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy Kingdom.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the sons of God.

Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven!

The Entrance Hymn

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who didst rise from the dead, O Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

 The Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8)

The People Sing (or the Reader says): From the heights thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our life and our resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

The Trisagion

People (sing or say):   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 unto ages of ages. Amen.

Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us!


Reader:  The Lord will give strength to his people. Bring to the Lord, O sons of God; bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews. (6:13–20)

Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by one greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

To proclaim your mercy in the morning and your truth by night.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.


The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Mark. (9:17-31)

People:   Glory to Thee, O Lord. Glory to Thee.

Reader:  At that time, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down and saying unto him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And Jesus answered him, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when Jesus had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And Jesus said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went out from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus would not have anyone know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and after he is killed, he will rise on the third day."

People:   Glory to Thee, O Lord. Glory to Thee.

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

Remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom(all bow)

Remember us, O Master, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. (all bow)

Remember us, O Holy One, when Thou into Thy Kingdom. (all bow) 

The heavenly choir sings to Thee, and cries: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Come unto Him and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be ashamed.

The heavenly choir sings to Thee, and cries: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

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

The choir of holy Angels and Archangels, with all the Powers of heaven, sing Thy praises and do cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

People:    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.

[And I believe] 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 Prayer of Forgiveness

Reader:    O God, remit, pardon and forgive our sins, whether voluntary or involuntary, whether by words or deeds, whether in knowledge or ignorance, whether by day or night, whether in mind or thought; forgive us all these, for Thou art good and lovest mankind.

The Lord's Prayer

People:    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 the evil one. Amen.

The Kontakion of the Annunciation (Tone 8)

The People (sing or say):   To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.

The Kontakion of the Theotokos

People (say):    Steadfast Protectress of Christians constant advocate before the Creator: Despise not the entreating cries of us sinners
but in your goodness come speedily to those who call on you in faith.
 Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos,
for you always protect those who honor you.

Reader:    Lord, have mercy. (12x)

All-holy Trinity, Mighty one in essence, Kingdom undivided, origin of all good things, be graciously inclined also to me, a sinner. Establish me; give understanding to my heart, and purge away all my vileness. Enlighten my mind, that I may glorify, sing praises, and adore Thee, and say:

People:    One is Holy, One is the Lord, Jesus Christ, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord, henceforth and  forevermore. (thrice)

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

Psalm 33

 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me. Look to Him, and be radiant; so your faces shall not be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no want. The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is there who desires life, and covets many days, that he may enjoy good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He kept all his bones; not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Hymn to the Theotokos

People:    It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos,
ever blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the Cherubim,
and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim:
without defilement you gave birth to God the Word:
true Theotokos, we magnify you.

The Dismissal

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

Reader:    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, through the prayers of Thy most pure mother; by the power of the honorable and life-giving Cross; and by the holy bodiless powers of heaven; of our Holy, Venerable and Godbearing Fathers; and of all Thy saints, have mercy on us.

People:    Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (thrice)


The general text of the service is taken from http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/about/scobaresources/military/readers-service .



HOLY ASCENSION ORTHODOX CHURCH  •  3350 12th Ave. NE  •  Norman, OK  73071

A parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.