St. Maximus Eastern Catholic Fellowship

The St. Maximus the Confessor Eastern Catholic Fellowship is located in Monroe, Louisiana. It is a community for Eastern Catholics, and others who are interested in Eastern Christian spirituality, for the purpose of prayer and fellowship. If you are interested in establishing an Eastern Catholic mission in Northeast Louisiana and/or praying according to the Eastern Christian tradition, please contact Michael Lofton at louisianaeasterncatholics@gmail.com

Where: Monroe, Louisiana

When: Twice per month.

Reader’s Typika: 11/14/2021 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM CST.

Deacon’s Typika and Distribution of Holy Communion (with Fr. Dcn. Gregory Haddad): 11/26/2021 (date and time to be confirmed).

What: Vespers and Typika (See an order of the Typika service below). After prayer, food will be provided.

Contact: Michael Lofton at louisianaeasterncatholics@gmail.com


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St. Maximus the Confessor Eastern Catholic Fellowship

Typika Reader Service

(if there is no Priest for Services on Sunday, the laity should come together and pray this Service)

Reader: + Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

All: Amen.

Reader: Glory to You, our God, glory to You!

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (3x)

+ Glory be to the Father and to the Son & to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the Treasury of Blessings and the Giver of Life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us of all stain and save our souls, O Good One! Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

+ Glory be to the Father and to the Son & to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

+ Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Reader: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

All: Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (12x)

+ Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

+ Come, let us bow in worship before our King and God.

+ Come, let us bow in worship before Christ our King & God.

+ Come, let us bow in worship and fall down before the very Lord Jesus Christ, our King and God.

Psalm 103

All: Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live[a]
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.

As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
obedient to his spoken word.
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers that do his will.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

+ Glory be to the Father & to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 145

All: I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
to make known to all people your[a] mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your[b] kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.[c]
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

+ Glory be to the Father & to the Son & to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

The Monogenes

All: Only-begotten Son and Word of God, You are immortal, and You willed for our salvation to be made flesh of the holy Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, and without change You became man. You were crucified, O Christ our God, and trampled death by death. You are one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

The Beatitudes

All: Remember us, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil word against you falsely because of Me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

The Entry Hymn:

All: + Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ, Son of God, risen from the dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Trisagion Hymn:

All: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3x)

Glory be to the Father & to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3x)

The Prokimen:

(The Faithful sing the Prokimen Psalm verses)

The Apostle Reading:

(The Reader chants the Apostle Reading as is usually done)

The Gospel Reading:

(The Reader introduces the Gospel reading with “A reading from the holy gospel according to _________.”)

All: Glory be to You, O Lord, glory be to You.

(The Reader, using an ordinary Bible stands in the center of the Sanctuary, facing “East”, reads the Gospel passage in an ordinary speaking voice)

All: Glory be to You, O Lord, glory be to You.

(if a Deacon, a sermon may be given)

All: Remember us, O Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom. / Remember us, O Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom. / Remember us, O Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom. / The heavenly choir praises You and says: Holy, holy, holy Lord of Sabaoth, // heaven and earth are full of Your glory!

Reader: Come unto Him, and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be ashamed.

All: The heavenly choir praises You and says: Holy, holy, holy Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of Your glory!

Reader: + Glory be the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All: The choir of holy angels and archangels, with all the heavenly host, praises You and says: Holy, holy, holy Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of Your glory!

Reader: Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

The Symbol of Faith:

All: I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father. Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen.

Reader: Remit, pardon, forgive, O God, our offences, both voluntary and involuntary, in deed and word, in knowledge and ignorance, by day and by night, in mind and thought; forgive us all things, for You are good and the Lover of mankind.

The Lord’s Prayer:

All: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Reader: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

All: Amen.

The Kondak Hymn(s):

All: Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Reader: O all- holy Trinity, Might One in essence, Kingdom undivided, Origin of all good things, be graciously inclined also to me the sinner. Establish me; give understanding to my heart, and purge away all my vileness. Enlighten my mind, that I my glorify, sing praises and adore You and say: You alone are holy, You alone are the Lord, O Jesus Christ, in the glory of the Father. Amen.

All: One is holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen!

Reader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

Psalm 33:

All: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear and be glad. Magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my distress. Come to him and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be ashamed. This poor man This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his distress. The angel of the Lord shall encamp around those who fear Him, and will deliver them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man that trusts in Him. Fear the Lord, all you His saints, for nothing is lacking to those who fear Hi. The rich grow poor and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing! I will bless the Lord at all times – His praise shall continually be on my lips.

The DISMISSAL:

The Megalynarion:

All: It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearing One, as the ever-blessed and immaculate and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim and by far more glorious than the Seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

+ Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord Bless!

Reader: May Christ our true God. (risen from the dead), through the prayers of His immaculate Mother, by the power of His Life-Bearing Cross, by the prayers of the illustrious Apostles, of the holy and righteous ancestors Joachim and Anna, and of Saint N. (whose day it is), and all the saints, have mercy and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

All: Amen.