3rd Week after Holy Cross

Saturday Safro



Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory forever. Amen


Lord God,
be for us a perpetual Morning,
a light that never dims,
and a day without sunset.
Then we shall be illumined by the light of your holy commandments, in our feelings, thoughts and desires.
Our Lord and God, to you be glory forever.


Peace be with the Church and her children.


Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Praise the Lord all you nations,
glorify him all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever,
and peace on earth and good will to all.


Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
O Divine Watcher,
whom heavenly angels glorify and earthly beings praise,
in whom the dead place their hope,
for the glory of your name and the sake of your majesty
awaken the souls of those who have departed from us in the faith.
Forgive all the sins and faults they have committed
and grant them repose in your dwelling of light.
To you we shall give glory,
now and forever.
Cast your care upon the Lord,
and he will support you.

Psalm 55: 2-9, 18-19, 23
Hearken, O God, to my prayer;
turn not away from my pleading;
give heed to me, and answer me.

I rock with grief, and am troubled
at the voice of the enemy and the clamor of the wicked.

For they bring down evil upon me,
and with fury they persecute me.

My heart quakes within me;
the terror of death has fallen upon me.

Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me,

And I say, “Had I but wings like a dove,
I would fly away and be at rest.

Far away I would flee;
I would lodge in the wilderness.

I would hasten to find shelter
from the violent storm and the tempest.”

In the evening, and at dawn, and at noon,
I will grieve and moan, and he will hear my voice.

He will give me freedom and peace
from those who war against me,
for many there are who oppose me.

Cast your care upon the Lord,
and he will support you;
never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.

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

Cast your care upon the Lord,
and he will support you.


Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
in your mercy and grace gather the souls of all the dead
into the dwelling place of your majesty.
Place them forever within the realm of your glory
and let the brightness of your splendor shine upon them.
Grant them to rejoice at your right hand with all the saints, and in joy and exultation they will give you glory
and thanksgiving forever.


The Light of the just and joy of the upright is Christ Jesus our Lord.
Begotten of the Father, he manifested himself to us.
He came to rescue us from darkness and to fill us with the radiance of his light.

Day is dawning upon us; the power of darkness is fading away, From the true Light there arises for us the Light which illumines our darkened eyes.

His glory shines upon the world and enlightens the very depths of the abyss.
Death is annihilated, night has vanished, and the gates of Sheol are broken.
Creatures lying in darkness from ancient times are clothed in light.
The dead arise from the dust and sing because they have a Savior.

He brings salvation and grants us life.
He ascends to his Father on high.
He will return in glorious splendor and shed his light
on those gazing upon him.

Our King comes in majestic glory.
Let us light our lamps and go forth to meet him.
Let us find our joy in him, for he has found joy in us.
He will indeed rejoice us with his marvelous light.

Let us glorify the majesty of the Son and give thanks to the
almighty Father, who,
in an outpouring of love, sent him to us, to fill us with hope and salvation.

When he manifests himself, the saints awaiting him in
weariness and sorrow,
will go forth to meet him with lighted lamps.

The angels and guardians of heaven will rejoice in the glory of the just and upright people of earth;
together, crowned with victory, they will sing hymns and psalms.

Stand up then and be ready!
Give thanks to our King and Savior, who will come in great glory to gladden us with his marvelous light in his kingdom.

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


Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
in your mercy and grace,
gather the souls of all the departed,
the children of your holy Church,
and grant them to dwell in the heaven of joy,
where festive hymns resound.
Then they will unceasingly give you glory and thanksgiving,
now and forever.


Psalm 148

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights;

Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created;

He established them forever and ever;
he gave them a duty which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all depths;

Fire and hail, snow and mist,
storm winds that fulfill his word;

You mountains and all you hills,
you fruit trees and all you cedars;

You wild beasts and all tame animals,
you creeping things and you winged fowl.

Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth,

Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys,

Praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;

His majesty is above earth and heaven,
and he has lifted up the horn of his people.

Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.


Psalm 149:1-6

Sing to the Lord a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing joy upon their couches;

Let the high praises of God
be in their throats.


Psalm 150


Praise the Lord in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.

Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp.

Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.

Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord!


Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.



Praise, glory and honor to the wise Cultivator and faithful Renewer,
who raises to incorruptibility those awaiting in the corruption of the tomb;
who transforms in glory those buried in shame;
who adorns with strength those who are ill,
and gives to natural bodies the power to become spiritual.
To him, the Lord of goodness, is due glory and honor this
and all the days of our lives,
now and forever.


we implore you for the faithful departed who rest here
and in all places.
Save them from the sea of fire with the evildoers who have
angered your justice.
Lord God almighty,
through the intercession of Christ, grant us on the awesome
day of judgment
to stand at your right hand and be numbered among your
We shall give you glory and thanksgiving, forever.


In the morning the Church offers the fragrance of incense (prayer): O heavenly King, may it be for the forgiveness of our sins and for the pardon of the sheep of your flock.
In memory of the Virgin, your creatures rejoice and sing praise to the Son;
through her he became incarnate and exalts her memory
throughout the earth.
Prophets, apostles and martyrs, friends of Christ, intercede for the Church and her children;
in the strength of your prayers, may all dissension cease within her.
Through the fragrance of this incense (prayer), grant forgiveness of sins to all the departed who ate your body and drank your blood.


in your immense love for your people
accept the incense (prayer) we now offer to you in remembrance of those who died in the faith,
children of your holy Church,
who rest in your hope and are marked with your divine seal.
Grant us all the forgiveness of sins and the pardon of faults.
Our Lord and God, to you be glory forever.


The Son of God will manifest himself among those who have died,
and they will hear his voice. They will come out
singing the glory of the mysterious power that raises them from the tomb.

His voice resounds, the rocks split open, and the dead arise,
singing of the glory and the mysterious power that raises them from the tomb.

Depart from us, evil world, full of snares for sinners.
Here at hand is the other world,
filled with mercy and pardon for contrite hearts.
A Reading from the Letter to the Romans
Romans 14: 1-23
Welcome anyone who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions. One person believes that one may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats must not despise the one who abstains, and the one who abstains must not pass judgment on the one who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on someone else’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. For one person considers one day more important than another, while another person considers all days alike. Let everyone be fully persuaded in his own mind. Whoever observes the day, observes it for the Lord. Also whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while whoever abstains, abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God. None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then each of us shall give an account of himself [to God]. Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather resolve never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; still, it is unclean for someone who thinks it unclean. If your brother is being hurt by what you eat, your conduct is no longer in accord with love. Do not because of your food destroy him for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be reviled. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by others.
Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another. For the sake of food, do not destroy the work of God. Every thing is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to become a stumbling block by eating; it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. Keep the faith that you have to yourself in the presence of God; blessed is the one who does not condemn himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because this is not from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and joy-filled hope to all.
We praise you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord and Creator, King of heaven, God the Father almighty,
Lord God, only Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son and Word of the Father,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sin of the world, hear us and receive our prayer.
You are seated in glory at the right hand of your Father,
for give us and have mercy on us;
For you alone are holy,
you alone are the Lord, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

At all times, and all the days of our lives, we worship
you and praise your holy and blessed name,
which is and has been from age to age.

Blessed are you, Lord almighty, God of our fathers.
May your name be glorified, praised and exalted forever.

To you be glory, praise and exaltation, God of all,
Father of truth, with the only Son
and the living and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.


O God,
you are before all ages and exist from age to age;
you are resplendent and glorified in unsearchable light;
through your word, you bring forth light and give us a new day.
O radiant Day and source of light,
we glorify you, adore you and offer you praise night and day; accept our praise and answer our prayer.
Send us your abundant blessings, through the mercy of your
To him, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be glory, honor and power,
now and forever.