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The Rule of the Theotokos 
5th-Aug-2018 05:24 pm
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The Rule of the Theotokos

of St Seraphim of Sarov


(downloaded from www.1260.org and updated using language from the 2006 “Divine Liturgies of Our Holy Fathers John Chrysostom and Basil”, known as “The Green Book”)


In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.


Glory to You, O Lord, glory to you.


Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O Gracious One.



Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (Three times.)


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us;
O Lord, cleanse us of our sins;
O Master, forgive our transgressions;
O Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for Your Name's sake.


Lord, have mercy. (Three times.)


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


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.


Lord, have mercy. (Three times.)


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


Come let us worship our King and God. Come, let us worship Christ, our King and God. Come, let us worship and bow before the only Lord Jesus Christ the King and our God.


I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten, born of the Father before all ages; Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He is coming again in glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father. Together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, He spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I profess one baptism for the remission of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.


First decade:
Let us remember the birth of the Theotokos. Let us pray for mothers, fathers, and children.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. For you gave birth to Christ the Savior and Redeemer of our souls. (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, save and preserve your servants (names of parents, relatives, friends), increase their faith and repentance, and when they die give them rest with the saints in your eternal glory.


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.


Open unto us the door of thy loving-kindness, O most blessed Theotokos. As we set our hope in thee, let us not be confounded, but through thee may we be delivered from all adversities. For thou art the salvation of the Christian people.  


Second decade:
Let us remember the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin and Theotokos. Let us pray for those who have lost their way and fallen away from the church.  


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . .(Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, save and preserve and unite or re-unite to the Holy Orthodox Church your servants who have lost their path and fallen away (names).


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Third decade:
Let us remember the Annunciation of the Blessed Theotokos. Let us pray for the soothing of sorrows and the consolation of those who grieve.;


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . .(Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, soothe our sorrows and send consolation to your servants who are grieving and ill (names).


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Fourth decade:
Let us remember the meeting of the Blessed Virgin with the righteous Elizabeth. Let us pray for the reunion of the separated, for those whose dear ones or children are living away from them or missing.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . .(Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, unite your servants who are separated.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Fifth decade:
Let us remember the Birth of Christ. Let us pray for the rebirth of souls, for new life in Christ.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . .(Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, grant unto me, who has been baptized in Christ, to be clothed in Christ.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Sixth decade:
Let us remember the Feast of the Purification of the Lord, and the words uttered by St. Simeon: Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also. Let us pray that the Mother of God will meet our souls at the hour of our death, and will contrive that we receive the Holy Sacrament with our last breath, and will lead our souls through the terrible torments.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, let me receive the Holy Sacrament with my last breath, and lead my soul yourself through the terrible torments.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Seventh decade:
Let us remember the flight of the Theotokos with the God-Child into Egypt. Let us pray that the Holy Theotokos will help us avoid temptation in this life and deliver us from misfortunes.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, help me avoid temptation in this life and deliver me from misfortunes.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Eighth decade:
Let us remember the disappearance of the twelve-year old boy Jesus in Jerusalem and the sorrow of the Mother of God on this account. Let us pray, begging the Holy Theotokos for the constant repetition of the Jesus Prayer.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, grant to me the unceasing Jesus Prayer.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Ninth decade:
Let us remember-the miracle performed in Cana of Galilee, when the Lord turned water into wine at the words of the Holy Theotokos: They have no wine. Let us ask the Mother of God for help in our affairs and deliverance from need.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, help me in all my affairs and deliver me from every need and sorrow./p>

Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Tenth decade:
Let us remember the Holy Theotokos standing at the Cross of the Lord, when grief pierced through her heart like a sword. Let us pray to the Theotokos for the strengthening of our souls and the banishment of despondency.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, strengthen my soul and banish my despair.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Eleventh decade:
Let us remember the Resurrection of Christ and ask the Holy Theotokos in prayer to resurrect our souls and give us new courage for spiritual feats.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, resurrect my soul and give me constant readiness for spiritual feats.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Twelfth decade:
Let us remember the Ascension of Christ, at which the Holy Theotokos was present. Let us pray and ask the Queen of Heaven to raise up our souls from earthly and worldly amusements and direct them to striving for higher things.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, deliver me from worldly thoughts and give me a mind and heart striving towards the salvation of my soul.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Thirteenth decade:
Let us remember the Upper Room and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the Theotokos. Let us pray: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me (Psalm 51).


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, make me a clean temple in whichGod's Holy Spirit will ever dwell.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Fourteenth decade:
Let us remember the Dormition of the Blessed Theotokos, and ask for a peaceful and serene end.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, grant me a peaceful and serene end.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


Fifteenth decade:
Let us remember the glory of the Holy Theotokos, with which the Lord crowned her after her removal from earth to heaven. Let us pray to the Queen of Heaven not to abandon the faithful who are on earth but to defend them from every evil, covering them with her honorable and protecting veil.


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos . . . . (Ten times)


After:
Our Lady, Blessed Theotokos, preserve me from every evil and cover me with your honorable protecting veil.


Our Father . . . .


Open unto us . . . .


It is truly proper to glorify you, O Theotokos, the ever-blessed, immaculate, and the mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who, a virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you, truly the Theotokos, we magnify.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.


Lord, have mercy. (Three times.)


O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother, our holy and God-bearing fathers, and of all your saints, have mercy on us. Amen.


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