From the customary beginningup to the entrance, the order is according to the rule for daily vesperswithout reverences and without kathisma. The entrance is made with theGospel Book, and immediately thereafter, the priest, with the deacon, ifthere is one: Let us attend. Peace be to all. Wisdom. Attend.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4, Psalm 21:19, 1

    They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesturedid they cast lots.
    Verse: O God,my God, attend to me; why hast thou forsaken me?

    And the first reading from Exodus is read.

And again, Let us attend.


Prokeimenon, Tone 4, Psalm 34: 1, 2

    Judge thou, O Lord, them that wrong me. War againstthem that war against me.
    Verse: Takeup armor and shield, and rise up to help me.

    And two readings, one fromJob and the other from Isaiah.

And again, Let us attend.

Prokeimenon, Tone 6, Psalm 86:7, 1

    They have laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places,and in the shadow of death.
    Verse: O LordGod of my salvation, I have called in the day and in the night before thee.

    Epistle: to the Corinthians,Sel. 125

    Alleluia, with censing,Tone 1, Psalm 68:1, 21, 24

    Save me, O God, for the waters have come in, evenunto my soul.
    Verse: My soulhath waited for reproach and misery.
    Verse: Let theireyes be darkened, that they see not.

    ThenWisdom. Attend. and the Gospel, from Matthew,Selection 101. The litany, Let us allsay... and the rest. The Aposticha, and at Glory .. . Now and . . . Thee that coverest thyself . . . ,the priest censes round about the altar, upon which lies the Winding-sheet,thrice.

    Lord, now lettest thou . . . ,the Trisagion, and Our Father; then the priest, Forthine is the kingdom . . ., the troparia, The noble Joseph . . .Glory ... Now and . . . Before the Myrrh-bearing women . . . Duringthe singing of the troparia, the Winding-sheet is brought from the altarand placed on a bier in the center of the church.

    Then, the dismissal andthe kissing of the Windingsheet.

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