Feastday Vespers

by Calvin Peters

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St Sabbas the Sanctified Orthodox Monastery is located just on the edge of Detroit, in Harper Woods, Michigan. You can visit their website at: www.stsabbas.org, and you can also visit the website of the restaurant located on the monastery grounds at: www.theroyaleagle.org.

The Vespers service is sung every evening at St Sabbas Monastery. This Vespers service (excerpts) commemorates the patron and protector of this monastery, St Sabbas (pronounced “Sava”) and is commemorated on December 5/18.

All proceeds from this CD go to St Sabbas monastery.

The Vespers service in the Orthodox church is entirely sung and/or chanted, most often there is not even one spoken word during any of the services. This Vespers uses the prescribed Russian Tones (Obikhod and Kievan) for tracks 4, 6, 7 (Prokeimenon only), 8 (Aposticha only), and 9, and the traditional Russian melody for the Magnification is used for track 10.

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released 08 December 2013
Cover: Photograph of interior of St Sabbas Monastery church in Harper Woods, Michigan. All music recorded by Archimandrite Pachomy and Calvin Peters and written by Calvin Peters except where prescribed Tones are used as well as the traditional “Magnification” melody. Texts used with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION.

Thanks to the St. John of Kronstadt Press and Reader Isaac E. Lambertsen for the English translation of texts. Further duplication by any means is prohibited without prior permission (email: info@sjkp.org; web: www.sjkp.org).

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Calvin Peters Michigan

Calvin Peters started playing violin at age six and piano at age eight. He earned a music degree from Michigan State University and retired from the military after a 20-year career. He played viola in four symphonies over the past 25 years, played piano and has sung in several restaurants and coffee houses in Colorado since 2002, and has chanted in the Orthodox Church for over 25 years. ... more

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Track Name: Beginning and Psalm 103
O come, let us worship God our King.
O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.
O come, let us worship and fall down before the very Christ Himself, our King and our God.

Psalm 103:

Bless the Lord, O my soul. Blessed art Thou, O Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God Thou has been magnified exceedingly.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord.

Confession and majesty hast Thou put on.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord.

Upon the mountains shall the waters stand.

Refrain: Wondrous are Thy works, O Lord.

Between the mountains will the waters run.

Refrain: Wondrous are Thy works, O Lord.

In wisdom hast Thou made them all, hast made them all.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. (thrice)
Track Name: Blessed is the man
Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungody. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the way of the ungodly shall perish. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Serve ye the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Blessed are all that have put their trust in Him. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Arise, O Lord, save me, O my god. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Salvation is of the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God (thrice)
Track Name: Lord I have cried
Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me, hearken unto me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me; attend to the voice of my supplication, when I cry unto Thee: Hearken unto me, O Lord. Let my prayer be set forth as incense before Thee, the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Hearken unto me, O Lord.

Set, O Lord, a watch before my mouth, and a door of enclosure round about my lips. Incline not my heart unto words of evil, to make excuse with excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity; and I will not join with their chosen. The righteous man will chasten me with mercy and reprove me; as for the oil of the sinner, let it not anoint my head. For yet more is my prayer in the presence of their pleasures; swallowed up near by the rock have their judges been. They shall hear my words, for they be sweetened; as a clod of earth is broken upon the earth, so have their bones been scattered nigh unto hades. For unto Thee, O Lord, O Lord are mine eyes, in Thee have I hoped; take not my soul away. Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and from the stumbling blocks of them that work iniquity. The sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone until I pass by. With my voice unto the Lord have I cried, with my voice unto the Lord have I made supplication. I will pour out before Him my supplication, mine affliction before Him will I declare. When my spirit was fainting within me Thou knewest my paths. In this way wherein I have walked they hid for me a snare. I looked upon my right hand, and beheld, and there was none that did know me. Flight hath failed me, and there is none that watcheth out for my soul. I have cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said: Thou art my hope, my portion art Thou in the land of the living. Attend unto my supplication, for I am brought very low. Deliver me from them that persecute me, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison: that I may confess Thy name. The righteous shall wait patiently for me until Thou shalt reward me. Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? For with Thee there is forgiveness.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, who standest together with the angels, who abidest as one with the venerable, conversor with the prophets, co-heir to the kingdom with the martyrs and apostles, who now dost dwell in unwaning Light, shining with His rays divine and with extreme desire, thou dost stand before Him with boldness, enlightened unceasingly, delighting in His beauties. Entreating Christ, O venerable father, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

For Thy name’s sake have I patiently waited for Thee, O Lord; my soul hath waited patiently for Thy word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, who standest together with the angels, who abidest as one with the venerable, conversor with the prophets, co-heir to the kingdom with the martyrs and apostles, who now dost dwell in unwaning Light, shining with His rays divine and with extreme desire, thou dost stand before Him with boldness, enlightened unceasingly, delighting in His beauties. Entreating Christ, O venerable father, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch let Israel hope in the Lord.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, inextinguishable lamp of abstinence, most radiant beacon for monastics, illumined with rays of love, immovable pillar of patience, confirmation and strength of them that honor thee with faith, treasury of healings, thou art a desert-dweller in truth, having shown it to be a divine paradise which beareth the divine fruit of the saved. O venerable one, entreating Christ, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, inextinguishable lamp of abstinence, most radiant beacon for monastics, illumined with rays of love, immovable pillar of patience, confirmation and strength of them that honor thee with faith, treasury of healings, thou art a desert-dweller in truth, having shown it to be a divine paradise which beareth the divine fruit of the saved. O venerable one, entreating Christ, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him, all ye peoples.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, fiery pillar of the virtues, beacon guiding men from the sea of life to the harbor divine, who has set at naught deceptions of the spirit, pure abode of the Holy Spirit, instructor of monastics, sure measure of abstinence, radiant summit of humility, wellspring which poureth forth an abyss of healings, O venerable one: entreating Christ, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.

St Sabbas stichera: O divinely wise Sabbas, fiery pillar of the virtues, beacon guiding men from the sea of life to the harbor divine, who has set at naught deceptions of the spirit, pure abode of the Holy Spirit, instructor of monastics, sure measure of abstinence, radiant summit of humility, wellspring which poureth forth an abyss of healings, O venerable one: entreating Christ, beseech Him to grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

St Sabbas stichera: Having kept intact that which was created according to the image of God, and made thy mind master over the pernicious passions through fasting, thou didst ascend, as one mighty, unto that which is according to the likeness of God. For doing violence manfully to thy nature, thou didst strive to subject that which is lower to that which is higher, and to enslave the flesh to the spirit. Wherefore, thou hast been shown to be the summit of monastics, a desert-dweller, a trainer of those who run the good race, a most excellent rule of virture. And now, in the heavens, reflections having been abolished, O Sabbas our father, thou gazest in purity upon the Holy Trinity, praying unceasingly for those who honor thee with faith and love.

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

Stichera: O Christ, through the prayers of her that gaveth Thee birth, of Thy martyrs and apostles, the prophets and holy hierarchs, the venerable, the righteous and all the saints, grant rest to Thy departed servants.
Track Name: O Gentle Light
O Gentle Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father, O Jesus Christ: Having come to the setting of the sun, having beheld the evening light, we praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: God. Meet it is for Thee at all times to be hymned with reverent voices, O Son of God, Giver of life. Wherefore, the world doth glorify Thee.
Track Name: Prokeimenon and Litany of Supplication
O God, my helper art Thou, and Thy mercy shall go before me.
O God, my helper art Thou, and Thy mercy shall go before me.
Verse: Deliver me from my enemies, O God, and protect me from those who rise against me.
O God, my helper art Thou, and Thy mercy shall go before me.
Track Name: Litia
St Sabbas stichera: O venerable Sabbas, having trained upon earth in the school fasting, thou didst blunt all the assaults of the passions with the flowing of thy tears. O divine and honored ladder which leadest to heaven, thy God-pleasing life hath been made known unto all, for having shown forth the fruits of piety, therein thou dost heal thereby the weaknesses of the passions, of them that faithfully cry out to thee: Rejoice O most golden star of the East, radiant lamp of monastics, our pastor. Rejoice O ever-lauded one. Thou exceeding good nourishment of the desert, and unshaken confirmation of the church. Rejoice O great guide of them that stray. Rejoice O our boast thou radiant joy of the whole world.

St Sabbas stichera: Let us honor Sabbas an angel on earth, a man of God in the heavens. The good adornment of the world, the delight of the good. The boast of the virtues of fasting. For planted in the house of God, he flourished righteously like a cedar in the desert. And he increased Christ’s flock of rational sheep, in holiness and righteousness.

God, Who alone resteth in His saints, acquiring thy sanctified soul as a pure dwelling place, made His abode there-in and filled it with graces divine. Whereby thou dost lead to the Light them that hymn thee, O blessed and sanctified Sabbas.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

St Sabbas stichera: Receiving a desire for good things which passeth understanding, thou didst disdain all the beautiful things in the world, O thou that art pleasing unto God. For thus thou wast not entrapped by the fruit of Adam, and having repulsed the serpent by abstinence, thou didst live an angelic life and now dost dwell in the heavens. Nurtured by the Tree of Life, entreating God in behalf of us that faithfully celebrate thy memory, O sanctified Sabbas.

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

Stichera: O new wonder, greater than all the wonders of the past, for who hath ever known a mother to give birth without having known a man, and to bear on her arm Him Who sustaineth all creation. Yet it was the will of God to be born, O all-pure one who bore Him in thine arms as an infant, and hast maternal boldness before Him, cease not to pray in behalf of those who honor thee, that He have compassion and save our souls.
Track Name: Aposticha and Song of St Symeon
St Sabbas stichera: Rejoice, truly fragrant vessel of the struggles of fasting; for having taken thy cross upon they shoulder and offered thyself to Christ the Master. O most blessed one, thou didst trample down the base understanding of the flesh, and dist illumine the soul with the virtues, and dist take flight to divine desire. Wherefore, surrounding thy most holy shrine, O all-praised Sabbas, we ask that, by thy prayers, we receive God’s love for mankind, and that the world be granted great mercy.

Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints.

St Sabbas stichera: O God-bearing Sabbas, having drawn nigh unto the fire of the Spirit, thou has shown thyself forth in the world as a divinely radiant ember enlightening the souls of them that faithfully have recourse to thee, O thou of godly wisdom, leading them to the unwaning Light, O venerable one. And, bedewed from on high with grace divine, thou didst quench the burning coal of the desert. Wherefore, Christ, the Helmsman of divine righteousness, hath manifestly bestowed upon thee a crown of victory, O blessed one. Him do thou entreat, that He grant our souls great mercy.

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

St Sabbas stichera: Thy life was clearly a ladder spanning the gulf between earth and the heavens, O divinely wise one, whereby thou didst ascend to the heights and wast vouchsafed to converse with Christ the Master, O most blessed one. Having enlightened thy mind with the radiance there, with the rays thereof thou didst receive splendor equal to that of the angels. Standing now before Him, pray thou, O venerable one, that we that celebrate thy divine and most sanctified memory may stand with thee, and that He grant the world great mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

St Sabbas stichera: We honor thee as the instructor of a multitude of monks, O Sabbas, our father; for by thy steps have we truly learned to walk aright. Blessed art thou who, having labored for Christ, hast denounced the power of the enemy, O converser with the angels, companion of the venerable and the righteous. With them do thou entreat the Lord, that our souls find mercy.

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

Stichera: O unwedded virgin, who ineffably conceived God in the flesh, mother of God Most High: Accept the entreaties of thy servants, O most immaculate one, granting unto all cleansing of transgressions. And, accepting now our supplications, pray thou that we all be saved.

Song of St Symeon:

Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; a light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
Track Name: Troparion, Theotokion and Dismissal
With streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate a barren desert. And with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst make it to bear fruit a hundredfold. Thou was a beacon to the whole world radiating miracles. O Sabbas our father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

With streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate a barren desert. And with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst make it to bear fruit a hundredfold. Thou was a beacon to the whole world radiating miracles. O Sabbas our father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

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

O Theotokos, virgin rejoice! O Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb; for thou hast born the Savior of our souls.
Track Name: Magnification
We bless thee, we bless thee, O our venerable Father Sabbas. And we honor thy holy memory. Instructor of monastics and converser with the angels.

Verse: With patience I waited for the Lord and He was attentive unto me and He hearkened unto my supplication.

We bless thee, we bless thee, O our venerable Father Sabbas. And we honor thy holy memory. Instructor of monastics and converser with the angels.

Verse: He set my feet upon the rock and He ordered my steps aright.

We bless thee, we bless thee, O our venerable Father Sabbas. And we honor thy holy memory. Instructor of monastics and converser with the angels.

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

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God (thrice)

We bless thee, we bless thee, O our venerable Father Sabbas. And we honor thy holy memory. Instructor of monastics and converser with the angels.