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Mystical Supper

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ. It is the mystery of cosmic remembrance. It is, indeed, a restoration of love as the very life of the world. Remembrance is an act of love. God remembers us, and his remembrance, his love, is the foundation of the world. In Christ, we remember. The Сhurch, and its separation from this world, on its journey to heaven, remembers the world, remembers all men, remembers the whole creation, and takes it, in love, to God. We remember his life, his death, his resurrection, one movement of sacrifice, of love, of dedication to his father, and to men. This is the inexhaustible content of our remembrance.

01. Great Litany /pdf/ >>

01. Great Litany /midi/ >>

Deacon: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace from above, and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace of the whole world, the good estate of the holy churches of God, and the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy temple, and for them that with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill; for our lord the Most Reverend Metropolitan Pavel, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus; for the venerable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this land, its authorities and armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For this holy monastery, for every city and country, and the faithful that dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For seasonable weather, abundance of the fruits of the earth, and peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For travellers by sea, land and air; for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

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

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Calling to remembrance our most holy, most pure, most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord.

The Eucharist is the beginning, and things that were impossible are again revealed to us as possible. The time of the world has become the time of the Church, the time of salvation and redemption.

02. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Antiphon 1) /pdf/ >>

02. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Antiphon 1) /midi/ >>

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thy diseases. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction, Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Blessed art Thou, O Lord.

The Eucharist is a manifestation of the Word of God. God will speak to us. His eternal Word will be given to us, and we will receive it.

03. Glory: Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Antiphon 2) /pdf/ >>

03. Glory: Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Antiphon 2) /midi/ >>

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the sons of man, in whom there is no salvation. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.

The Eucharist is Christ, himself. The Eucharist is his Eucharist, and he is the Eucharist. It is he who offers, and it is he who is offered. Christ is the perfect man, who stands before God. Christ, alone, is the perfect Eucharistic being. He is the Eucharist of the world. In and through this Eucharist, the whole creation becomes what always was to be, and yet, failed to be

04. Both now: Only Begotten Son, tone 3 /pdf/ >>

04. Both now: Only Begotten Son, tone 3 /midi/ >>

Both 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.

The Eucharist is the mystery of unity and the moment of truth, the very expression and edification of the Church. Here, we see the world in Christ, as it really is, and not from our particular, and therefore, limited, and partial, points of view.

05. In Thy Kingdom /pdf/ >>

05. In Thy Kingdom /midi/ >>

In Thy kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.

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

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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

Blessed are they that 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 peacemakers, 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 revile you and persecute you and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Eucharist is a joyful gathering of those who are to meet the risen Lord, and they enter with him into the bridal chamber.

06. Come, Let Us Worship /pdf/ >>

06. Come, Let Us Worship /midi/ >>

Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.

Save us, O Son of God who rose from the dead, to You we sing:

Alleluia.

The Eucharist is communion with the whole Church. It is the supreme revelation of the communion of the saints, of the unity and interdependence of all the members of the Body of Christ.

07. Troparion to St. Elisabeth, tone 5 /pdf/ >>

07. Troparion to St. Elisabeth, tone 5 /midi/ >>

Emulating the Lord's self-abasement on the earth,

and filled with compassion for the suffering,

thou didst forsake royal mansions to serve the poor and disdained.

Taking up a martyr's cross, in meekness thou didst perfect the Saviour's image within thee.

Therefore didst thou entreat Him to save us all,

New Martyr Elisabeth.

08. Kontakion to St. Elisabeth, tone 3 /pdf/ >>

08. Kontakion to St. Elisabeth, tone 3 /midi/ >>

In the midst of worldliness, thou hast dwelt in heaven;

amidst libel and godlessness, thy valiant soul was not troubled;

thou didst long to be with Christ, and He found thee worthy of martyrdom.

Saint Elisabeth, pray for us unto Christ our God.

The Eucharist is a sacrifice, but it the most natural act of man, the very essence of his life. Man is a sacrificial being. Because he finds his life in love, and love is sacrificial, it puts the value, the very meaning of life, in the other, and gives life to the other, and in this giving, in this sacrifice, finds the meaning and joy of life. It is, indeed, a sacrifice offered on behalf of all, and for all.

09. Trisagion /pdf/ >>

09. Trisagion /midi/ >>

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

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

The Eucharist is an offering. It is our offering to him of ourselves, of our life, and of our whole world, “to take into our hands the whole world, as if it were an apple,” said a Russian poet.

10. Litany of Fervent Supplication /pdf/ >>

10. Litany of Fervent Supplication /midi/ >>

Deacon: Let us say with our whole soul and with our whole mind, let us say:

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: O Lord Almighty, the God of our Fathers, we pray Thee, hearken and have mercy.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, we pray Thee, hearken and have mercy:

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray for our great lord and father, his holiness patriarch Kirill; for our lord the most reverend metropolitan Pavel and for all our brethren in Christ.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray to the Lord our God that He may deliver His people from enemies both visible and invisible, and confirm in us oneness of mind, brotherly love and piety.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray for this country, its authorities, and all who in faith and piety dwell therein and in every country.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray for our brethren, priests, monks, nuns, and all our brotherhood in Christ. Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable holy orthodox patriarchs, and for the pious kings and faithful queens, and for the founders of this holy monastery, and for all our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters gone to their rest before us and for all the Orthodox here and everywhere laid to rest.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon: Furthermore we pray for them that bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable temple; for them that labor and them that sing, and for all the people here present that await Thy great and abundant mercy. Choir: Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Priest: For Thou art a merciful God and lovest mankind, and unto Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.

The Eucharist is a real separation from the world. We always want to make Christianity understandable and acceptable to the mythical modern man on the street, and we forget that the Christ of whom we speak is not of this world, and that after his resurrection, he was not recognised, even by his own disciples. We do not realise that we never get anywhere because we never leave any place behind us.

11. Cherubic Hymn /pdf/ >>

11. Cherubic Hymn /midi/ >>

Let us, who mystically represent the Cherubim,

And chant the thrice-holy hymn unto the Life-Creating Trinity,

Now lay aside all earthly care. Amen.

That we may receive the King of all,

Who comes invisibly upborne by the Angelic Hosts. Alleluia.

The Eucharist is an action by which a group of people become something corporately, which they had not been as a mere collection of individuals. It is the essential attitude, and the essential act of the Church, which is the new humanity, restored by Christ, one transforming act, and one ascending movement. The Eucharist is a procession of the Church following the ascension of Christ. The Eucharist is a journey of the Church into the dimension of the Kingdom.

12. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit /pdf/ >>

12. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit /midi/ >>

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

Trinity One in essence and Undivided.

The Eucharist is the breaking of the bread, the one source of life that brings all to it, and redeems the unity of all men under one head, Christ, the mystery of forgiveness, the mystery of reconciliation achieved by Christ, and eternally granted to those who believe in him. It is the essential food of the Christian, strengthening his spiritual life, healing his diseases, affirming his faith, making him capable of leading a truly Christian life in this world, the gift of eternal life, an anticipation of the joy, peace and fullness of the Kingdom, a foretaste of its light. It is both partaking of Christ’s suffering, the expression of our readiness to accept his way of life, and sharing in his victory and triumph—a sacrificial meal, and a joyful banquet. His body is broken, and his blood is shed, and partaking of them, we accept the cross. Yet, by the cross, joy has entered the world, and this joy is ours when we are at the Lord’s table. It is given to me, personally, in order to transform me into a member of Christ, to unite me with all those who receive him, to reveal the Church as a fellowship of love.

13. The Symbol of Faith /pdf/ >>

13. The Symbol of Faith /midi/ >>

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 the heavens, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the 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. In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come. Amen.

The Eucharist is the lifting up of our offering, and of ourselves. The Eucharist is the ascension of the Church to heaven. We have entered the Eschaton, and we are now standing beyond time and space. It is because all this has first happened to us, that something will happen to bread and wine. It is our ascension in Christ.

14. Mercy of Peace /pdf/ >>

14. Mercy of Peace /midi/ >>

Deacon: Let us stand well. Let us stand with fear. Let us attend, that we may offer the holy oblation in peace.

Choir: A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise.

Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Choir: And with thy spirit.

Priest: Let us lift up our hearts.

Choir: We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks unto the Lord.

Choir: It is meet and right to worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity one in essence and undivided.

The Eucharist is our secret joy and certitude, the source of inspiration and growth, the victory that overcomes evil, the presence that makes our whole life, life in Christ.

15. It Is Truly Meet /pdf/ >>

15. It Is Truly Meet /midi/ >>

It is truly meet to bless thee, the Theotokos,

ever-blessed and most-blameless, and Mother of our God.

More honorable than the Cherubim,

and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,

who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word,

the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

16. All Creation Rejoices in Thee /pdf/ >>

16. All Creation Rejoices in Thee /midi/ >>

All creation rejoices in Thee, Virgin full of grace, the hosts of Angels and all mankind.

O sanctified Temple and spiritual paradise!

The glory of virgins, from Whom God was incarnate and became a child, our God before the ages.

He made His Throne within Thy womb more spacious than the heavens.

All creation rejoices in Thee, Virgin full of grace. Glory to Thee!

17. The Lord's Prayer /pdf/ >>

17. The Lord's Prayer /midi/ >>

The Eucharist is the end of the movement. We are at the Paschal table of the Kingdom, the end of the journey, the end of time. It is the arrival at a vantage point from which we can see more deeply into the reality of the world.

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.

The Eucharist is an entrance of the Church into the joy of its Lord, and to enter into that joy to be a witness to it in the world, is the very calling of the Church, its essential ministry, the mystery by which it becomes what it is. It is an entrance into the risen life of Christ, the very movement of the Church, as passage from the old into the new, from this world into the world to come. It is the mystery of the Kingdom, the fullness and manifestation of the Church as the age to come.

18. One is Holy /pdf/ >>

18. One is Holy /midi/ >>

One is Holy, one is Lord, Jesus Christ,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Eucharist is a movement, the movement that Adam failed to perform, and that, in Christ, has become the very life of man—a movement of adoration and praise, in which all joy and suffering, all beauty and all frustration, all hunger and all satisfaction, are referred to their ultimate end, and become finally, meaningful. It is real life, a movement of love and adoration toward God, the movement in which, alone, the meaning and value of all that exists can be revealed and fulfilled.

19. Praise the Lord from the Heavens /pdf/ >>

19. Praise the Lord from the Heavens /midi/ >>

Praise the Lord, Lord from the heavens;

praise Him in the highest.

Alleluia.

The Eucharist is the breakthrough that brings us to the table in the Kingdom, raises us to heaven, and makes us partakers of the divine food.

20. Receive Ye the Body of Christ /pdf/ >>

20. Receive Ye the Body of Christ /midi/ >>

Receive ye the Body of Christ, taste the fountain of immortality. Alleluia.

The Eucharist is the state of perfect man. When man stands before the throne of God, when he has fulfilled all that God has given him to fulfill, when all sins are forgiven, all joy restored, then there is nothing else for him to do, but to give thanks. When a man stands before God, face to face, when he has been accepted into his presence, when his sins are forgiven, and he has recovered his pristine beauty, the Eucharist, thanksgiving, adoration, worship, is truly the ultimate and the total expression of his whole being. It is the divine element, the image of God in us, the life of paradise, the one essential relationship with God, the only full and real response of man to God’s creation, redemption, and gift of heaven. It is a new style of life, the only real life, of creation with God, and in God, the only true relationship between God and the world. In sin, man has lost that pure Eucharist. He has directed his life, his love, his care, toward other objects. He has become incapable of Eucharist, thanksgiving, which is the state of man in paradise.

21. We Have Seen the True Light. Let Our Mouths Be Filled. Tone 2 /pdf/ >>

21. We Have Seen the True Light. Let Our Mouths Be Filled. Tone 2 /midi/ >>

We have seen the true Light, we have received the Heavenly Spirit, we have found the True Faith. We worship the undivided Trinity: for He hath saved us.

Let our mouth be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that we may sing of Your glory. You have made us worthy to partake of Your holy Mysteries. Keep us in Your holiness, that all the day long we may meditate upon Your righteousness.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Eucharist is a mystery, the very mystery of joy, the mystery of all mysteries, the mystery of the Church.

22. Of Thy Mystical Supper /pdf/ >>

22. Of Thy Mystical Supper /midi/ >>

Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Lord,

May I today partake.

For I will not speak to Thine enemies

of Thy divine mystery.

Neither will I give Thee a kiss

as did deceitful Judas.

But like the thief I acknowledge Thee:

Remember me in Thy Kingdom.

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