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Dismissals

Great Dismissal

May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, by the might of the precious and life-giving Cross; by the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of heaven; at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; of the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Little Dismissals

Sunday Evening/Monday Morning
May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, by the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of heaven; at the supplication of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Monday Evening/Tuesday Morning
May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Tuesday Evening/Wednesday Morning & Thursday Evening/Friday Morning
May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, by the might of the precious and life-giving Cross; at the supplication of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Wednesday Evening/Thursday Morning
May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostles; at the supplication of our father among the saints, Nicholas the Wonder-worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia; of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Friday Evening/Saturday Morning
May Christ our true God (insert appropriate characteristic phrase) through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, at the supplication of the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of (Name of Patron Saint of the Church) the patron and the protector of this Holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and of (Name(s) of Saint(s) of the Day) whose memory we celebrate, and of all the Saints, have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Characteristic Phrases

Note: If a Sunday service takes place during a festal season, but not on the actual day of the feast, both the feast and the Resurrection are commemorated as follows: May Christ our true God, Who was born in a cave and lay in a manger and Who rose from the dead for our salvation, ...

Weekdays (which do not fall within any of the dates listed below)
No characteristic phrase

Sundays (except when a feast of the Lord falls on a Sunday)
May Christ our true God, Who rose from the dead for our salvation, ...

The Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8-12)
... through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, whose Nativity we celebrate  …

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross (September 14-21)
May Christ our true God, Who rose from the dead for our salvation, ... by the might of the precious and life-giving Cross, whose universal exaltation we celebrate …

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (November 21-25)
... through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, whose entrance into the Holy of Holies we celebrate  …

The Nativity of Christ (December 25-31)
May Christ our true God, Who was born in a cave and lay in a manger for our salvation, ...

The Circumcision of Christ (January 1)
May Christ our true God, Who on the eighth day deigned to be circumcised in the flesh for our salvation, ...

The Theophany (January 6-14)
May Christ our true God, Who deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan for our salvation, ...

The Meeting of the Lord (February 2-9)
May Christ our true God, Who deigned to be carried in the arms of Simeon the Righteous for our salvation, ...

Annunciation to the Theotokos (March 25-26)
May Christ our true God, Who condescended to become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary for us men and for our salvation, through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, whose Annunciation we now celebrate; ...

The Saturday of Righteous Lazarus
May Christ our true God, Who by raising Lazarus from the dead didst confirm the Universal Resurrection for our salvation, ...

Palm Sunday
May Christ our true God, Who accepted to make the foal of a donkey His throne for our salvation, ...

At Vespers on Palm Sunday evening through the services of Great and Holy Wednesday
May Christ our true God, Who is going to His voluntary passion for our salvation, ...

At the Services of Great and Holy Thursday
May Christ our true God, Who showed us the most excellent way of humility when He washed His disciples' feet and condescended even unto the Cross and burial because of His exceeding goodness for our salvation, ...

At Orthros of Great and Holy Friday (Passion Gospels)
May Christ our true God, Who endured spittings and scourgings, the Cross and death, for the salvation of the world, ...

At the other services of Great and Holy Friday (including the Lamentations)
May Christ our true God, Who endured fearful sufferings, the life-giving Cross, and voluntary burial in the flesh, on behalf of us men and for our salvation, ...

At the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday
No characteristic phrase

Pascha through Bright Saturday and the day before Ascension
May Christ our true God, Who rose from the dead for our salvation, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life...

Thomas Sunday through the Tuesday before Ascension
May Christ our true God, Who rose from the dead for our salvation, ...

Ascension through the Friday before Pentecost
May Christ our true God, Who in glory ascended from us into Heaven and sat at the right hand of God the Father for our salvation, ...

Pentecost through the following Saturday
May Christ our true God, Who poured out the grace of the all-holy Spirit from Heaven upon His holy disciples and apostles, in the form of fiery tongues for our salvation, ...

The Transfiguration (August 6-13)
May Christ our true God, Who transfigured in glory before His holy disciples and apostles on Mount Tabor for our salvation, ...

The Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15-23)
... through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, whose Dormition and translation into the Heavens we celebrate  …

The Patron of the Church and the Saints of the Day

NOTE: If the Patron of the Church is previously commemorated in the dismissal, that Saint is NOT commemorated again as "the patron and protector of this holy community."

For a Prophet
... of the glorious Prophet (NAME); ...

For a Righteous or Forefather
... of the holy and righteous (NAME); ...

For an Apostle
... of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostle (NAME); ...

For an Evangelist
... of the holy, glorious, and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist (Name); ...

For a Male Martyr
... of the holy, glorious, and right-victorious Martyr (or Great-martyr or Venerable-martyr or Confessor or New-martyr, etc.) (NAME); ...

For a Female Martyr
... of the holy and glorious Martyr (or Great-martyr or Virgin-martyr, etc.) (NAME); ...

For a Hierarch
... of our father among the saints (NAME); ...

For a Male Monastic
... of our venerable and God-bearing Father (NAME); ...

For a Female Monastic
... of our venerable Mother (NAME); ...

Following the name of the saint, add the appropriate title or designation, if needed:
... the Wonder-worker, the Great, the Myrrh-streaming, the Trophy-bearer, etc.

Feast Days

For the Theotokos
... through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother, whose Dormition (or Entrance, or Nativity, etc.) we celebrate, ...

For the Cross
... by the might of the precious and life-giving Cross, the Elevation (or Appearance, or Procession, etc.) of which we celebrate, ...

For the Forerunner
... at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, whose Nativity (or Beheading, etc.) we celebrate, ...

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