The Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost

Deacon: Again and again, on bended knees, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Priest: O Lord, Who art immaculate, spotless, without beginning, invisible, incomprehensible, inscrutable, unchanging, unsurpassable, immeasurable, forbearing, Who alone hast immortality, Who dwellest in light unapproachable, Who hast made heaven and earth and the sea, and all created things therein, Who grantest unto all men their petitions before they ask, we pray Thee and beseech Thee, O Master, Who lovest man, the Father of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and of Mary the Ever-virgin and most glorious Theotokos, Who first did teach in words and afterwards did show by deeds, when He endured His saving Passion, Who did give us, Thy humble, and sinful, and unworthy servants, an example, whereby we should offer unto Thee prayers with the bending of the neck and the knees, both for our own sins and for the ignorance of the people; do Thou Thyself, Who art great in mercy and lovest man, hear us in that day when we shall call upon Thee, and especially on this day of Pentecost, on which, after our Lord Jesus Christ had ascended into the heavens, and had sat down at the right hand of Thee, the God and Father, He did send down the Holy Spirit upon His holy disciples and apostles, Which did also sit upon each of them, and they were all filled with His inexhaustible grace, and they spake with other tongues of Thy greatness, and they prophesied. Hearken, therefore, to us now who pray to Thee, and remember us, humble and condemned as we are, and turn again the captivity of our souls, Thou Who hast Thine own compassion as intercessor for us. Receive us who fall down before Thee and cry: “We have sinned.” We have cleaved unto Thee from our birth, even from our mother’s womb. Thou art our God, but since our days have passed in vanity, we have been stripped of Thine help, we have been deprived of every defense. But emboldened by Thy compassion, we call out, Remember not the sins of our youth and our ignorance and cleanse Thou us of our secret sins, cast us not away in time of old age; when our strength fails, forsake us not. Before we return to the earth, make us worthy to turn again unto Thee, and attend to us in favor and grace. Measure our transgressions according to Thy compassion, set the depth of Thy compassion against the multitude of our offenses. Look down from Thy holy heights, O Lord, upon Thy people here present who await of Thee rich mercy. Visit us in Thy goodness. Deliver us from the power of the Devil. Make firm our lives with Thy holy and sacred laws. Entrust Thy people to a faithful guardian Angel. Gather us all into Thy kingdom. Grant pardon to those that hope in Thee. Forgive them and us our sins. Purify us by the operation of Thy Holy Spirit. Destroy the snares set for us by the enemy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, raise us up, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thine it is to have mercy on us and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen. 
Deacon: Again and again, on bended knees, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who hast given Thy peace to men, and, being present still in this life, dost ever grant the gift of the Holy Spirit to the faithful, as an inheritance that cannot be taken away, Thou didst send down today in manner most clear, this grace upon Thy holy disciples and apostles, and didst open their lips with tongues of fire. Through them every race of man has received, through the hearing of the ear, the knowledge of God in our own languages. We have been enlightened by the light of the Spirit, and we have been freed from delusion as from darkness, and through the distribution of the perceptible tongues of fire, and the wondrous operation of the same, we have been taught the faith that is in Thee, and we have been illumined so as to confess Thee, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in one Godhead, and power, and authority. For Thou art the brightness of the Father, the express image, inalterable and immovable, of His essence and nature, the fountain of wisdom and of grace. Open Thou the lips of me a sinner and teach me how I ought and for what I must pray. For Thou knowest the multitude of my sins, but Thy tenderness shall overcome the enormity thereof. For lo, in fear I stand before Thee; into the sea of Thy mercy have I cast the desperation of my soul. Order my life, Thou Who orderest all creation with Thy word, and with the unutterable power of Thy wisdom, O tranquil haven of the storm-tossed, and make known to me the way wherein I should walk. Grant to my reasoning the Spirit of Thy wisdom, and give the Spirit of understanding to my foolishness. Overshadow my deeds with the Spirit of Thy fear, and renew a right Spirit in my inmost parts. And with Thy guiding Spirit, establish my faltering mind that being guided every day by Thy good Spirit toward what is useful, I may be vouchsafed to keep Thy commandments and always to remember Thy glorious coming again, which shall search out our deeds. Despise me not, lest I be deceived by the corrupting pleasures of this world, but enable me to yearn for the enjoyment of the treasures of that to come. For Thou hast said, O Master, that whatsoever may be asked in Thy Name, shall be freely received of Thy coeternal God and Father. I, a sinner, therefore, at the descent of Thy Holy Spirit, do supplicate Thy goodness, do Thou render unto me whatsoever I have asked unto salvation. Yea, O Lord, the good and abundant Giver of every benefit, for Thou art He Who grants most abundantly that which we ask. Thou art He Who sinlessly became the compassionate, merciful partaker of our flesh; and to those that bend their knees before Thee, dost Thou graciously bend down and become the propitiation for our sins. Grant then, Lord, Thy compassion to Thy people. Hearken to us from Thy holy heaven. Sanctify them by the power of Thy saving right hand. Shelter them with the shelter of Thy wings. Despise not the work of Thy hands. Against Thee alone do we sin, but Thee alone do we also adore. We know not how to worship a strange god, nor how to stretch forth our hands to any other god, O Master. Forgive us our offenses, and accept our prayers with the bending of our knees; extend to us all the hand of Thine aid, and receive the prayer of all as an acceptable incense, rising before Thy blessed kingdom.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, raise us up, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord.

Priest: Through the favor and grace of Thine only-begotten Son, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thine all holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Choir: Amen. Reader: Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever. Amen. Let Thy mercy be upon us O Lord, as we have set our hope on Thee. Blessed art Thou, O Lord; teach me Thy statutes! Blessed art Thou, O Master; make me to understand Thy commandments! Blessed art Thou, O Holy One; enlighten me with Thy precepts! Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever. Do not despise the works of Thy hands. To Thee belongeth worship, to Thee belongeth praise, to Thee belongeth glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: Again and again, on bended knees, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Priest: O everflowing Fountain of life and light, creative power coeternal with the Father, Who hast most excellently fulfilled the whole dispensation of the salvation of mankind, Christ our God, Who didst burst the indestructible bonds of death and the bolts of Hell, and hast trampled down the multitude of evil spirits; Who didst offer Thyself as a blameless victim, giving Thine immaculate body as a sacrifice, unblemished and inviolate of all sin, and through that dread and indescribable act of sacrifice, bestowed eternal life upon us; Who didst descend into Hell and break down its eternal bars, showing forth the way up to those who sat in the lower world; Who with allurements of divine wisdom, didst entice the author of evil, the dragon of the abyss, and with cords of gloom didst bind him in Hell and in unquenchable fire, and Thou didst confine him in outer darkness by Thine infinite might, Thou Who art the greatly glorified wisdom of the Father, didst manifest Thyself as a great Helper to the oppressed, and didst enlighten those that sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Thou Lord of eternal glory and beloved Son of the Father most high, Light everlasting of Light everlasting, Sun of righteousness: Hearken to us who pray unto Thee, and give rest to the souls of Thy servants, our fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters, who have fallen asleep before us, and our other kinsmen after the flesh, and all Thine own who are in the faith, of whom we now make memorial, for in Thee is the power over all, and in Thine hand Thou holdest all the ends of the earth. Almighty Master, God of the fathers and Lord of mercies, Maker of the race of mortals and immortals, and of every nature of man, of that which is brought together and again put asunder, of life and of the end of life, of sojourning here and of translation there, Who dost measure the years of life and set the times of death, Who bringest down to Hell and raisest up, binding in infirmity and releasing unto power, dispensing present things according to need, and ordering those to come as in expedient, quickening with the hope of resurrection those that are smitten with the sting of death. Thyself, O Master of all, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of those that are far off upon the sea, Who on this last and great and saving day of Pentecost, didst show forth to us the mystery of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial and coeternal, undivided and unmingled, and didst pour out the descent and presence of Thy holy and life-creating Spirit in the form of tongues of fire, upon Thy holy Apostles, appointing them to be the Evangelists of our pious faith, and showing them to be confessors and preachers of the true theology; Who also on this all perfect and saving feast, dost deign to receive oblations and supplications for those bound in Hell, and grantest unto us the great hope that respite and comfort will be sent down from Thee to the departed from the grief that binds them. Hearken to us, Thy humble and piteous ones who pray, and give rest to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep before us, in a place of light, in a place of refreshment, in a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow, and sighing are fled away; and do Thou place their souls in the tabernacle of the righteous, and make them worthy of peace and repose. For the dead praise Thee not, neither do those in Hell dare to offer Thee confession, but we, the living, bless Thee, and supplicate Thee, and offer them propitiatory prayers and sacrifices for their souls.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, raise us up, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. Deacon: Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thou art the repose of our souls and bodies, and to Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

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  1. i didn’t know there was kneeling in the orthodox church…

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