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Blessing of the people with the Candles during Divine Liturgy

Pontifical Divine Liturgy

When an Archbishop / Sayedna or a Bishop / Sayedna says the Divine Liturgy, the Divine Liturgy is called a "Pontifical Divine Liturgy".
During the singing of the Trisagion Hymn, the Archbishop / Bishop / Sayedna , holding two candlesticks blesses the assembled Church (the people), asking God to "look down from heaven and see: bless this vineyard which your right hand has planted" or "nurture this vineyard" which He has planted by His own hand".
One candlestick is called the "trikerion" (symbolizing the Trinity). This candlestick has three candles.
One candlestick is called the "dikerion" (symbolizing the two natures of Christ - divine and human). This candlestick has two candles.

The Service of the Blessing with the Candles

This Service is from St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Download: name of Service in the Table of Contents Menu

Deacon: Bless, Master, the Thrice-holy Hymn.

Archbishop: For You are Holy, O our God, and we render glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always

Deacon: and forever and ever.

People: Amen
1. Holy God! Holy Mighty One! Holy Immortal One have mercy on us.
2. Agios o Theos, Agios Iskhiros, Agios Athanatos, Eleison Imas.
3. Quddooson Illah, Quddooson Ilqawee, Quddooson Illathee, laa yamootu-rhamna.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Immortal One have mercy on us.

Solo, in a solemn, long melody : Agios o Theos (Holy God)

The Archbishop gives the first blessing in English:
Lord, Lord, look down from heaven and see: bless this vineyard which your right hand has planted.

Solo: Iss pol-la -ti, Dhes-po-ta. Agios Iskhiros (Holy Mighty One)

The Archbishop gives the 2nd blessing in Greek:
Kyrie, Kyrie, epivlepson ex ouranou ke idhe, ke episkepse tin ambelon tavtin ke katartise avtin, in efitevsen I dhexia sou.

Solo: Iss pol-la -ti, Dhes-po-ta!
Agios athanatos! (Holy Immortal One)

The Archbishop gives the 3rd blessing in Arabic:
Solo: Eleison imas

The Archbishop hands the Dikiri-Trikirion to the Deacons and gives the blessing to the reader of the Epistle, who is supposed to have proceeded on time towards the Archbishop to kiss his hand and takes his blessing.

First Deacon: Give the order, Master.

The Archbishop: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.

Second Deacon: Bless this Cathedra, Master.

The Archbishop: Blessed are You on the Throne of Glory of your Kingdom, seated upon the Cherubim, at all times, now and always and forever and ever.

First Deacon holding the Trikirion and facing the people from the Holy Doors proclaims:
Ky-ri-e so-son tous ev-se-vis
Lord, save the faithful!

It is repeated first by the Celebrants, then by the Choir.

Second Deacon holding the Dikirion and facing the people from the Holy Doors proclaims:
Ke e-pa-ku-son i-mon.
And hear us!
It is also repeated by the Celebrants, then by the Choir.

First Deacon proclaims the Pheme of the Archbishop:
Cyril, our most revered Shepherd, Father and Master, Eparch of Newton and all the United States of America, God grant him many years!

The Choir chants the Polychronion of the new Eparch
( Phonetic Transliteration of the Greek Text)
Po-li-khro-nion pi-yis-s, Ki-ri-yos O Th-os, tom-ba-ni-y-ro-ta-ton k s-vaz-mi-yo-ta-ton i-mon Av-then-din k Dhes-po-tin, ton Ar-chi-y-r-a New-to-nos k pas-sis A-m-ri-kis, Ki-ri-y fi-lat-t av-ton: Is pol-la -ti, is pol-la -ti, is pol-la -ti.

During the singing of the Polichronion, the Celebrants and the People are standing, but the Archbishop remains seated. When Iss pol-la -ti is chanted, he stands and gives the blessing to the People by the Dikiri-Trikirion from the Cathedra.

Second Deacon: Dhynamis !
(Again, with a mightier voice!)

The Choir (allegro melody): Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

First Deacon: Let us be attentive
Prokimenon of the Epistle etc


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