Service Book of the Holy Orthodox Apostolic Church


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O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art in all places and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of Life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.


Foreward by Metropolitan Philip

This book contains the more frequently used prayers and Services of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in America. The liturgical use here set forth conforms to current Antiochian practice in this country; no attempt has been made to present the various Services in an archaeologically complete form. The English text of the prayers and services has been compared with the Greek and Arabic originals.

This Service Book is hereby approved and authorized for the use of all the faithful Orthodox Christians of our Archdiocese.

This book has rubrics, as evident in the scans. It contains no music.

Table of Contents

Morning Prayers
Evening Prayers
Prayers at the Table
Prayers for Various Occasions
Prayer of a Sick Person
Thanksgiving after Recovery
Prayers for the Dead
On Entering & Leaving a Church

The Divine Liturgy

The Kairon
The Vesting
The Prothesis
The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great


Other Mysteries

Holy Baptism and Chrismation
Holy Matrimony
Trisagion for the Dead
The Funeral Service
Trisagion Prayers
The Order for Confession
Prayers Before Communion
Prayers After Communion
Visitation of the Sick
Prayer for a Women Before Childbirth
Prayer for a Woman After Childbirth
Naming of a Child
Churching of Mother and Child
The Blessing of Any Object
Blessing of Bread and Wine
Blessing of Palms
Blessing of Grapes
Prayer of First Fruits
Prayer for a Child When He Begins School
Prayer at the Founding of a House
Prayer for Those About to Journey
Blessing the Cornerstone
Consecration of a Church


O Christ our God, Who at all times and in every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified; Who art long-suffering, merciful and compassionate; Who loves the just and showest mercy upon sinners; who callest all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come; O Lord, in this hour, receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to Thy commandments.
Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds; deliver us from all tribulations, evil and distress.
Encompass us with Thy holy Angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the Faith and to the knowledge of Thine approachable glory, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.