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Anaphora of the Armenian Apostolic Church

St. Athanasius

 

  • Let us stand in awe, let us stand in reverence, let us stand properly, let us be attentive— -To you, O God.
  • Christ, the innocent Lamb of God, offers himself in sacrifice. -Mercy and peace and a sacrifice of praise.
  • The grace, the love and the divine sanctifying power of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
  • Amen. And with your spirit. -The doors, the doors. With all wisdom and attention lift up your minds in reverence to God.
  • We lift them up to you, almighty Lord. -And give thanks to the Lord with all your heart.
  • It is proper and right.

It is truly proper and right always to worship and glorify you eagerly, almighty Father, who removed the obstruction of the curse by your invisible Word, who is Creator together with you. Taking the Church to be a people of his own, he made his own all those who believe in you. By the economy of the Virgin, he dwelt among us in a visible nature, transforming this earth into heaven as a divine architect building a new work.

Although the choirs of vigilant angels could not bear to stand before him because they were frightened by the brilliant and unapproachable light of his divinity, nevertheless, he became man for our salvation, and granted us to join the heavenly angels in their spiritual choirs—

And to sing holy songs and melodies with the seraphim and the cherubim, and boldly crying out, to shout with them and to say—

Holy, holy, holy Lord of hosts; heaven and earth are filled with your glory. Blessing in the highest. Blessed are you who came and will come again in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy, holy, holy are you truly and all-holy. Who would dare attempt to describe fully the outpouring of your infinite love for us? From the very beginning you cared for those who had fallen into sin, consoling them in various ways: by the prophets, by giving them the law, and by the prefigurative ritual of animal sacrifice.



But at the end of those days, tearing up the sentence of condemnation for all our debts, you gave us your only-begotten Son who is both debtor and debt, victim of the sacrifice and anointed one, lamb and bread from heaven, high priest and sacrifice; for he himself distributes and is himself always distributed among us in infinite abundance. For having become man truly and not merely in appearance, he received body from the Mother of God, the holy virgin Mary, through a union without confusion. He journeyed through all the experiences of our human life without sinning and willingly came to the world-saving cross, the moment of our salvation.

Taking the bread into his holy, divine, immortal, pure and creative hands, he blessed it, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to his chosen, holy, and seated disciples, saying—

Take, eat; this is my body, which is distributed for you and for many, for the expiation and forgiveness of sins. Likewise, taking the cup, he blessed it, gave thanks, drank and gave it to his chosen, holy and seated disciples, saying—

Drink of this all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the expiation and forgiveness of sins.

Your only-begotten, beneficent Son commanded us always to do this in remembrance of him.

He descended into the lower regions of death in that very body which he shares with us, being our blood relative. And mightily destroying the locked gates of hell, he revealed to us that you are the only true God, the God of the living and of the dead.

And now, O Lord, obedient to this commandment and offering this saving mystery of the body and blood of your Only-begotten, we recall his redemptive suffering for us, his life giving crucifixion, his burial for three days, his blessed resurrection, his divine ascension, and his enthronement at your right hand, Father. We also confess and praise his wondrous and glorious second coming.

And we offer to you yours of your own on behalf of all and for the good of all.

We do indeed praise you and give thanks to you always, O Lord our God, for you have disregarded our unworthiness, and have made us celebrants of this mystery, so wondrous beyond words.

This is not by our own doing, because our beneficence is altogether lacking, our good works ever so scarce. Rather, forever trusting in your great willingness to forgive, we boldly dare to approach the celebration of the body and blood of your Only-begotten, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is worthy of glory, dominion and honor, now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

We bow down, we pray you and we ask you, O beneficent God, send down your coeternal and consubstantial Holy Spirit, upon us and upon these gifts we have presented. Whereby blessing this bread, make it truly the body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And blessing this cup, make it truly the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whereby blessing this bread and this wine, make them truly the body and the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, changing them by your Holy Spirit.

So that for all of us who approach it, this might bring freedom from condemnation, expiation and forgiveness of sins.

Through this grant love, stability and the peace that we all desire to the whole world, to the holy Church and to all orthodox bishops, to priests, to deacons, to kings, to civil authorities, to peoples, to travelers, to seafarers, to prisoners, to those who are in danger, to the weary and to those who are at war.

Through this grant also seasonable weather, fertile fields and a quick recovery to the sick. Through this grant rest to all who long ago have fallen asleep in Christ: to our forefathers, the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the martyrs, the bishops, the presbyters, the deacons and the whole company of your holy Church and to all the laity, men and women, who have ended their life in faith. And be with us also, beneficent God, we pray you.

The Mother of God and holy virgin Mary, John the Baptist, Stephen the first martyr and all the saints; that they be commemorated during this holy sacrifice, we pray. Remember, Lord, bless and have mercy on your holy, catholic and apostolic Church, which you saved by the precious blood of your Only-begotten and liberated by his holy cross. Grant her stability and peace.

Remember, Lord, bless and have mercy on all the orthodox bishops who teach us the word of truth in orthodox doctrine. And especially grant that our chief bishop, the venerable patriarch of all Armenians (...) will lead us many years in the orthodox faith. Remember, Lord, bless and have mercy on these your people standing before you, as well as those who have offered these sacrifices, and grant them whatever is necessary and profitable.

Remember, Lord, bless and have mercy on those who have made vows and those who have brought gifts to your holy church and those who mercifully care for the poor. Reward them from your inherent abundance, a hundred-fold here and in the world to come. Remember, Lord, bless and have mercy and compassion on the souls of those who are at rest. Grant them rest and enlighten them. Let them be with your saints in the kingdom of heaven and let them be worthy of your mercy.

Remember also, Lord, the soul of your servant (...) and have mercy on (him/her) by your abundant mercy; be with (him/her) and let (him/her) rest in the light of your presence. (If he/she is living)

Protect him/her against all spiritual and physical dangers.

Remember, Lord, also all who have asked us to remember in our prayers the living and the dead. Steer their desires and ours along the straight path that leads to salvation, and reward them all with your abiding and blessed goodness.

And having purified our thoughts, make us temples worthy to receive the body and blood of your Only-begotten, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He and you, O Father almighty, together with the life-giving and liberating Holy Spirit are worthy of glory, dominion and honor, now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

 
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