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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All Africa

Archdiocese of Good Hope

Festal Vespers Hymns


By the Grace of God T O BE U SE D TOGETHE R WITH THE V E SPERS S E RV ICE B OOK

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MARGUERITE PAIZIS
28 January
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Fetal Vespers Hymns – St Ephraim the Syrian
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HYMN OF THE EVENING INCENSE


THE CONGREGATION MUST STAND
PSALM 140/141 – TONE 2
Kyrie ekekraxa pros Se, isakouson mou. Lord, I cry out to Thee: hear me,
Isakouson mou, Kyrie. Kyrie, O Lord! O Lord, when I cry
ekekraxa pros Se, isakouson mou, out to Thee, hear me! Hear
proshes ti foni tis deiseos mou, en to my voice, when I cry out to
kekragene me pros Se, isakouson Thee! Hear me, O Lord!
mou Kyrie.
Katevthinthito i prosevhi mou os Let my Prayer rise before Thee
St Paisios of Mount Athos
thimiama enopion Sou. Eparsis ton like incense - the lifting up of
hiron mou Thisia Esperini. Isakouson my hands as the Evening Sacrifice. Shallow people with secular education
mou Kyrie! Hear me, O Lord!
MENAION - FESTAL STIHERA- ST EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN – TONE 1 are full of themselves, arrogant and proud.

Ean anomias paratirisis, Kyrie, Kyrie, If Thou, O Lord, should mark They are like the satellites up in the air
tis ipostisete? Oti para Si O ilasmos transgression, O Lord, who would that give the impression that they are stars,
estin. stand? For there is Forgiveness
with Thee. whereas, in Reality,
Tou Paradisou ta kalli katoptrisamenos, When Thou had beheld Paradise’s if we pay careful attention to them,
ke dapsilos trifisas, akiratous Beauty reflected in Thee and had
we will notice their slip-ups
limonas, exinthisas to kosmo, gnosin richly delighted in its unspoilt
Theou. Is metehontes Osie, meadows, Thou Blossomed for the and will realise that
pnevmatiki diathesi ti ton psihon, world the Knowledge of God. As we
anathallomen en Pnevmati. now partake of it, O Saint, our soul it is all human falsehood and deception
grows in Spirituality by the Holy
Spirit.
Eneken tou Onomatos Sou ipemina Se, Because of Thy Law, O Lord, I waited
Kyrie, ipeien i psihi ou is ton Logon for Thee; my soul waited for Thy
Sou. Ilpisen i psihi moue pi ton Word. My soul Hopes in the Lord.
Kyrion.
Tou Paradisou ta kalli katoptrisamenos, When Thou had beheld Paradise’s
ke dapsilos trifisas, akiratous Beauty reflected in Thee and had
limonas, exinthisas to kosmo, gnosin richly delighted in its unspoilt
Theou. Is metehontes Osie, meadows, Thou Blossomed for the
pnevmatiki diathesi ti ton psihon, world the Knowledge of God. As we
anathallomen en Pnevmati. now partake of it, O Saint, our soul
grows in Spirituality by the Holy
Spirit.
Apo filakis proias mehri niktos. Apo From the Morning Watch until night;
filakis proias elposato Israil epi ton from the Morning Watch until
Kyrion. night, let Israel Hope in the Lord.
Tin tou Kritou Parousian istorisamenos, Thou hast depicted the Reappearance
tis ton dakrion rithris, ton psihon tas of Christ – the Judge of all – and

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were counted worthy to become the lampadas, anaptin ekdidaskis, pasi thus Thou teach all people that they
DISMISSAL BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS  Mother of God! voon, tou Nymphiou tin elefsin. ought, by the shedding of tears, to
Perivalometha pantes stolyn light the lamp of their soul, and
lampran, ipantise to Nymphio Hristo. Thou proclaim that the Bridegroom
will surely come: So let us all now
put on a Splendid Bright Robe, so
taht we can meet the Bridegroom,
Christ!”
Oti para to Kyrio to Eleos ke polli par’ For with the Lord there is Mercy, and
afto litrosis. Ke aftos litrosete ton with Him is abundant Redemption.
Israil ek pason ton anomion Aftou. And He will Redeem Israel from all
his transgressions.
Tin tou Kritou Parousian istorisamenos, Thou hast depicted the Reappearance
tis ton dakrion rithris, ton psihon tas of Christ – the Judge of all – and
lampadas, anaptin ekdidaskis, pasi thus Thou teach all people that they

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voon, tou Nymphiou tin elefsin. ought, by the shedding of tears, to
Perivalometha pantes stolyn light the lamp of their soul, and
lampran, ipantise to Nymphio Hristo. Thou proclaim that the Bridegroom
will surely come: So let us all now
We must never hold grievances against others – put on a Splendid Bright Robe, so
taht we can meet the Bridegroom,
even if they are wicked. Christ!”
Otherwise our Prayers will not be heard by God. Enite ton Kyrion, panta ta Ethni, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
epenesate afton, pantes i lai. Praise Him, all your people!
We must defeat evil with good.
Ti egkratia to soma perifraxamenos, tas Thou put restraints on Thy body
We must remain like Sheep ton pathon kinisis, anevekrosas Pater, through Self-control, O Saint, and
evhes ke agripnies. Othen en Si, i mortified the movements of the
and then, by the Power of Christ, Tou Pnevmatos dinamis, episkiasasa passions, O Father, by many Prayers
edixe notion, Se Fostira ke and Vigils. Wherefore the Might of
we will overcome the Wolves! pagkosmion. the Spirit came over Thee, and
exhibited Thee, O Ephraim, as a
Noetic Star for all the world.
Oti ekrateothi to Eleos Aftou ef imas, For His Mercy rules over us; and the
ke i Alithia tou Kyriou meni is ton Truth of the Lord endures forever.
eona.
Ti egkratia to soma perifraxamenos, tas Thou put restraints on Thy body
ton pathon kinisis, anevekrosas Pater, through Self-control, O Saint, and
evhes ke agripnies. Othen en Si, i mortified the movements of the
Tou Pnevmatos dinamis, episkiasasa passions, O Father, by many Prayers
edixe notion, Se Fostira ke and Vigils. Wherefore the Might of
pagkosmion. the Spirit came over Thee, and
exhibited Thee, O Ephraim, as a
Noetic Star for all the world.
✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit
MENAION - FESTAL STIHERA- ST EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN – TONE (6) PLAGAL 2
Emfronos ton ohliron tou viou Prudently rising above life’s troubles, O
epanastas, Efraim aidime, filisihia tin Revered Ephraim, with Love of Quiet,
erimon katelaves. Ke di’ aftis pros Thou grasped the desert, and led by
Theon praktikos anagomenos, to it in Truth to God, Thou shone upon
kosmo elampsas Fostir, ke rimata the world as a Beacon, and became a
Zois tis anthropos epigasas. Dio mi Source of Words of Life for mankind.

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pafsi en tes evhes Sou stirizon imas, Wherefore, do not cease to support Eleison ke Soson imas. Citizens of the Angels. By their
ek vlavis tou allotriou, risthine tas us by Thy Prayers for the intercessions, O Lord, have Mercy on
psihas imon, Osie Pater. Deliverance of our soul, O Holy us and Save us.
Father. ✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of and to the Holy Spirit
eonon. ages. MENAION – FESTAL APOSTIHA – ST EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN – TONE 4
Amin Amen Profitikos katavrehon tin stromnin tis With the Prophet Thou watered Thy
THEOTOKION – TONE (6) PLAGAL 2 darisi, ke meletin viou pioumenos tin couch with tears and made
Theon ek Sou Sarkothenta Egnomen, O Virgin Theotokos, we know God – Metanian, tis kriseos ton fovon ergis Repentance the concern of Thy Life,
imin, ke dia logon ipedexas. Dio tin showing us by actions and through
Theotoke Parthene, afton iketeve, Incarnate of Thee, the Only Pure and
Sin timomen apantes, sinelthontes words the Fear of Judgement.
sothine tas psihas imon. Only Blessed. Therefore we
Pammakar mnimin, paradoxon Wherefore, as we come together, O
unceasingly Praise and Magnify Thee.
THE ENTRANCE – “FOS ILARON ...” 
pragmaton avtourge, Efraim Aidime. All Blessed and Honoured Ephraim,
Ken nin disopoumen Se. Presveve Worker of Wondrous Deeds, we
PROKEIMENON - SUNDAY EVENING - PSALM 133 – TONE (8) PLAGAL 4
Hristo to Theo, iper ton psihon imon. honour Thy Memory, and now, we
Idou di Evlogite ton Kyrion, pantes i Behold now, Bless the Lord, all you beseech Thee – Intercede with Christ
douli Kyriou servants of the Lord. our God on behalf of our soul.
STIHOS I estatos en Iko Kyriou, en avles VERSE:You who stand in the House of the Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of
Ikou Theou imon. Lord, in the Courts of the House of eonon. ages.
our God. Amin Amen
Idou di Evlogite ton Kyrion, pantes i Behold now, Bless the Lord, all you THEOTOKION – TONE 4
douli Kyriou servants of the Lord
Katakriseos Rise me, Panagia Thenimfe. From Condemnation Deliver me, O All
LITANY OF FERVENT SUPPLICATION  Ke dinon ptesmaton, tin tapinin mou Holy Bride of God, and free my
APOSTICHA –REPENTANCE - TONE 2 psihin, ke tou Thanatou apallaxon, wretched soul from dread offences
efhes Sou ke dories, Dikeoseos tihin, and from Death by Thy Prayers and
Imarton is Se Sotir, os O Asotos iios, dexe Like the Prodigal Son, I have sinned en imera etaseos, is epetihon, ton grant that on the Day of Trial I may
me Paer, Metanoounta, ke eleison me against Thee, O Saviour. Accept me Agion i dimi Metania, katharthenta obtain the Justification that the
O Theos. in repentance, O Father, and have me pro telous, ke ton dakrion tes Companies of Saints gained by
Mercy on me, O God. hisesin. Repentance, when I Cleansed myself
Pros Se ira tous ofthalmous mou ton I lift up mine eyes to Thee, Who Dwells with floods of tears.
“NIN APOLIIS TON DOULON SOU...” –
katikounta en to Ourano. Idou os in Heaven. Behold, as the eyes of
TRISAGION PRAYERS 
ofthalmi doulon is Hiras ton Kyrion servants look to the hands of their
afton, os ofthalmi pediskis is hiras tis masters, as the eyes ot the FESTAL APOLYTIKION – ST EPHRAIM OF SYRIA – TONE (8) PLAGAL 4
Kyrias aftis, outos i ofthalmi imon maidservant look to the hands of her Tes ton dakrion Sou roes, tis erimou to With rivers of tears Thou made the
pros Kyrion ton Theon imon, eos ou mistress, so do our eye look to the agonon egeorgisas, ke tis ek vathou barren desert bloom, and with Thy
iktirise imas. Lord our God until He shalt have stengamis, is ekaton tou nponous sighs from deep within, Thou made
Compassion upon us. ekarpoforisas, ke gegonas Fostir ti Thy Labours bear Fruit a
Krazo Si Hriste, Sotir, tou Telonou tin With the Publican I cry unto Thee, O Ikoumeni, lampoon tis Thavmasin, hundredfold, and became a Star,
fonin. Ilasthiti mi, osper ekino, ke Christ my Saviour. Unto me be Efraim Patir imon Osie, Presveve Illuminating the world by Thy
eleison me O Theos. Gracous as Thou were unto him, and Hristo to Theo, Sothine tas psihas Miracles, O Ephraim, our Holy
have Mercy on me, O God. imon. Father: Intercede with Christ our
God for the Salvation of our soul.
Eleison imas, Kyrie, eleison imas, oti epi Have Mercy on us, O Lord, Have Mercy
pli eplisthimen exoudenoseos, epi on us, for we are greatly filled with ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
plion eplisthi i psihi imon. To onidos it. We are a disgrace to those who ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
tis evthinousi, ke i exoudenosis tis prosper, and a contempt to the eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
iperifanis. arrogant. Amin Amen
APOSTICHA –HOLY MARTYRS – TONE 2 THEOTOKION – TONE (8) PLAGAL 4
I tin epigion apolafsin, mi pothisantes The Prize-winning Martyrs, who loved Here, i di’ Angelou, tin Haran tou Hail, O Thou who through an Angel
Athlofori, Ournion Agathon no earthly enjoyments, were kosmou dexameni! Here, i tekousa, received the Joy of the world! Hail,
ixiothisan, ke Angelon simpolite accounted worthy of the bounties of ton piitin Sou ke Kyrion! Here, i O Virgin, who gave Birth to our
gegonasi, Kyrie, Presvies afton, Heaven. They have become fellow Axiothisa, genesthe Mitir Theou! Creator and Lord! Hail, for Thou

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