NABOZHENSTVO
Supplication to Our Lord Jesus Christ & the Saints
To be taken in times of trial and tribulation


Following the Moleben or at another convenient time, it would be especially appropriate to celebrate the "Nabozhenstvo" or the "Supplication" to Our Lord and the Saints." The petitions during this service are meant to be taken during times of trial and tribulation and are an excellent form of pious devotion and fervent supplication to God in our present time of need. It can also be sung at any time, with or without liturgical solemnity, by the clergy and faithful or by the faithful themselves at home.

The priest may place the Gospel Book on the right side of altar and open the antimension. He then takes the Holy Mysteries from the tabernacle (kivot), placing them on the unfolded antimension. Kneeling, he incenses the Divine Mysteries three times (with three strokes of three) and then begins:

Priest:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us. (once)

People:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us. (twice)

Priest:
From pestilence, famine, fire and war, deliver us, O Lord.

People:
From pestilence, famine, fire and war, deliver us, O Lord.

Priest:
From sudden and unexpected death, preserve us, O Lord.

People:
From sudden and unexpected death, preserve us, O Lord.

Priest:
We sinners beseech you, O God, have mercy on us.

People:
We sinners beseech you, O God, have mercy on us.

Priest:
O Jesus, O Jesus, O Jesus, Son of God on high, be merciful to us.

People:
O Jesus, O Jesus, O Jesus, Son of God on high, be merciful to us.

Priest:
O Mary, O Mary, O Mary, Virgin and Mother of God, intercede for us sinners.

People:
O Mary, O Mary, O Mary, Virgin and Mother of God, intercede for us sinners.

Priest:
O Holy Father Nicholas, patron of our holy church, pray to God for us sinners.

People:
O Holy Father Nicholas, patron of our holy church, pray to God for us sinners.

Priest:
O Holy Martyrs, Boris and Hlib, patrons of our cathedral church, pray to God for us sinners.

People:
O Holy Martyrs, Boris and Hlib, patrons of our cathedral church, pray to God for us sinners.

Priest:
O all blessed Ukrainian martyrs, pray to God for us sinners.

People:
O all blessed Ukrainian martyrs, pray to God for us sinners.

The celebrant incenses the Holy Mysteries as described above. He then takes up the ciborium (or artophorion) in his hands, turns to the people and intones:

Priest:
O Lord, save your people.

People:
O Lord, save your people.

(The priest raises the Holy Mysteries somewhat and chants in a slightly higher tone:)

Priest:
O Lord, save your people.

People:
O Lord, save your people.

(The priest once again raises the Holy Mysteries somewhat and chanting in a slightly higher tone, blesses the people with the Divine Mysteries:)

Priest:
O Lord, save your people and + bless your inheritance.

(While the people sing the hymn below, the celebrant again kneels before the holy table and incenses the Blessed Sacrament three times. He then places the Holy Mysteries back into the tabernacle, folds the antimension and returns the Gospel Book to its customary place.)

People:
And reform and exalt them forever. Every day we bless you and praise your name forever and ever. O Lord, keep us this evening, without sin, Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. O Lord, have mercy on us, in you have we hoped, let us not be disappointed forever. Amen.


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