Save O God Thy People
a prayer during Litya and matins
This prayer is said by the Deacon (or priest) after the Gospel reading in matins, and as the first prayer of the Litya service (blessing of the Five loaves)

The deacon saith:

Save, O God, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; visit Thy world with mercy and compassions; exalt the horn of Orthodox Christians, and send down upon us Thine abundant mercies: through the intercessions of our immaculate Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary; through the power of the life-creating Cross; through the mediations of the honorable, heavenly Bodiless hosts; of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-praised Apostles; [ if there be commemorated one of the Twelve Apostles or Evangelists, of the holy Apostle and Evangelist N. and the Other holy, glorious, and all-praised apostles];

of our fathers among the saints and great ecumenical teachers and hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; our father among the saints Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker; the holy Equals-of-the-Apostles Methodius and Cyril, Teachers of the Slavs;

of the holy right believing and Equals-of-the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, and the blessed Princess of Russia, Olga;

of our fathers among the saints, the Wonderworkers of All Russia: Michael, Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Philip, Hermogenes, Macarius, Demetrius, Metrophanes, Tikhon, Theodosius, Joasaph, Pitirim, Hermogenes, Innocent and John; the holy Hieromartyrs and confessors: Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, Vladimir of Kiev, Benjamin and Joseph of Petrograd, Peter of Krutitsa, Cyril of Kazan, Agathangel of Yaroslavl, Andronicus of Perm, Hermogenes of Tobolsk, the priests John, John, Peter, and Philosoph, and all the New-Hieromartyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church;

the holy, glorious and victorious martyrs: the holy, glorious Great Martyr, Trophy-bearer, and Wonderworker George; the holy Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon; the holy Great Martyr Barbara; and the holy right-believing Russian Princes and Passion-bearers Boris, Gleb and Igor; and the holy right believing Passion-bearers: Tsar-Martyr Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia ; and the holy new martyrs: Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara and all the New Martyrs of Russia;

our holy and God-bearing fathers Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves Monastery, Sergius the Abbot of Radonezh, Seraphim of Sarov, Job, Abbot and Wonderworker of Pochaev, of the holy righteous John of Kronstadt, of holy Blessed Xenia of Petersburg, of our holy and God-bearing fathers: Herman of Alaska, Paisius Velichkovsky, Leo, Macarius, Ambrose, and the other Elders of Optina, the Hierarchs Innocent of Moscow, Nicholas of Japan, John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Nectarius of Pentapolis, Jonah of Manchuria ... of Saint(s) N.(N.) , patron(s) and protector(s) of this temple, and Saint(s) N.(N.) , who we remember this day, of the holy and righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints;

we pray Thee, O Lord plenteous in mercy, hearken unto us sinners that pray unto Thee, and have mercy on us.





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