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The Trisagion Prayers
The Trisagion Prayers : Basic prayers suitable for any time of the day.

A Prayer to the Holy Ghost

HEAVENLY King, the Comforter,
the Spirit of Truth,
which art everywhere present,
and fillest all things,
the Treasury of blessings
and Giver of life:
Come and make thy dwelling in us,
and cleanse us from every stain;
And, O Good One, save our souls!

The Trisagion (Thrice-Holy) Prayer*

HOLY God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal,
have mercy upon us!

Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal,
have mercy upon us!

Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal,
have mercy upon us!

* According to tradition, this hymn was revealed to the people of Constantinople during an earthquake in 447, in the time of the Emperor Theodosius II (408-450). The event is commemorated on September 25th each year.

A Prayer to the Holy Trinity

ALL-HOLY Trinity have mercy upon us.
Lord, be merciful to our sins.
Master, forgive our iniquities.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities,
for thy name’s sake.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

The Little Doxology

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.*

* ‘Now and forever and to the ages of ages’ is a translation of the original Greek. In England, following the Latin more closely, it runs: ‘As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.’

The Lord’s Prayer*

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

* An ancient compilation from Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. The use of ‘trespasses’ instead of ‘debts’ (see Matthew 9:15) is peculiar to the English tradition. ‘Deliver us from evil’ perhaps should be ‘Deliver us from the Evil One’.

Picture: From Wikimedia Commons. Licence: Public domain. View original
A Russian icon of the Hospitality of Abraham, a story from the Old Testament. According to Genesis 18, three strangers came to the house of Abraham at Mamre, and were invited to dine. The story is told in a curious way, such that the three men and God seem to be the the same. In Orthodox Christian tradition, which rejects images of the invisible God himself as tending to idolatry, this scene is treasured as one of the few permissible representations of the Holy Trinity.

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Selected Stories
Based on an account by Saint Bede of Jarrow
The respected Abbess oversaw the English Church’s historic commitment to adopt Byzantine traditions.
The saintly Bishop helped the captain of a merchant ship to cut through the red tape, and save his town from starvation.
Five young women cared enough about a man’s wedding-day to make the smallest of sacrifices, and received the best of rewards.
One of England’s most precious artefacts, the Lindisfarne Gospels, was nearly lost at sea.