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The Prayer of the Second Antiphon
Priest: O Lord our God, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, preserve the fullness of thy Church, sanctify them that love the beauty of Thy house; do Thou glorify Them by Thy divine power, and forsake not us that hope in Thee.
The Second Antiphon
And the Second antiphon is sung by the chanters; and the deacon doeth in like manner as during the first prayer.
People: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
Praise the Lord, O my soul./
I will praise the Lord in my life,/
I will chant unto my God for as long as I have my being./
Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men,/
in whom there is no salvation,/
His spirit shall go forth,/
and he shall return unto his earth./
In that day all his thoughts shall perish./
Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help,/
whose hope is in the Lord his God./
Who hath made heaven and the earth,/
the sea and all that is therein./
Who keepeth truth unto eternity,/
Who executeth judgment for the wronged,/
Who giveth food unto the hungry./
The Lord looseth the fettered;/
the Lord maketh wise the blind;/
the Lord setteth aright the fallen;/
the Lord loveth the righteous;/
The Lord preserveth the proselytes./
He shall adopt for His own the orphan and widow,/
and the way of sinners shall He destroy./
The Lord shall be king unto eternity;/
thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.
Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Prayer of the Third Antiphon
Priest: O Thou who hast bestowed upon us these common and concordant prayers, and Who hast promised that when two or three are agreed in Thy name, Thou wouldst grant their requests: Do Thou Thyself now fulfill the requests of Thy servants to their profit, granting us in this present age the knowledge of Thy truth, and in that to come, life everlasting.
The Small Entrance
Here the doors are opened for the Small Entry.
Then the Third Antiphon is chanted by the singers; or the beatitudes, if it be Sunday.
When they come to the Glory, the priest and the deacon, standing before the Holy Table, make three reverences.
The priest, taking the Holy Gospel, giveth it to the deacon, and they go by way of the right side, behind the Holy Table.
And thus coming out by the North side, with candles going before them, they make the Small Entry; and standing in the usual place, both of them bow their heads, and the deacon having said: 'Let us pray to the Lord', the priest saith the Prayer of Entry secretly.
Prayer of the Entry
Priest: O Master, Lord our God, who hast appointed in the heavens ranks and hosts of angels and archangels unto the service of Thy glory: With our entry do Thou cause the entry of the holy angels, serving and glorifying Thy goodness with us. For unto Thee is due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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