Hey everyone, I recently purchased the book 'An Orthodox Prayerbook' which is compiled by Fr. Michael Monos, I don't know how popular the book is? Regardless, it contains, among other prayers, the daily prayers, as in, morning prayers, the hours, so on... The layout however confuses me! It does not seem to separate prayer-by-prayer, but says 'Morning Prayers' and I am uncertain when one payer ends and the next begins. I will type out the Morning Prayers section, and perhaps, if it would not be too much trouble and you would be kind, being that I do not know the prayers myself, you could tell me how to recognise when they stop and when they begin? I do not want to assume that they stop simply at 'Amen', but... Well, I'm babbling - thankyou. Here's the text:
n the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to you, our God, glory to you!
Holy King, comforter, Spirit of truth, who are present everywhere filling all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us, Cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, Gracious lord.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holly Immortal, have mercy on us! (x3)
Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for the glory of Your name.
Lord, have mercy. (x3)
Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Now and forever and to 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 the evil one.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us. Amen.H
aving risen from sleep, we fall down before you, O good One, and sing to you, mighty One, the angelic hymn: Holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us.
Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy spiritH
aving aroused me from sleep and bed, O Lord, enlighten my mind and open my heart and lips that I may sing to you, Holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.S
uddenly the judge will come and everyone's deeds will be revealed. But with fear we cry out in the middle of the night: Holy, holy, holy are you, O God, through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy. (x12)
To highlight my confusion, there seems to me to be several ways of separating the prayers used! It says Amen many times, first. And so I had thought perhaps after each Amen it was a separate prayer, or else one very long prayer. But, then later, the first letters of some paragraphs appear oversized (which I have indicated in bold), as in the beginning of the prayers - so I thought, surely, then the first is a long prayer, and the others separate prayers? But the last three are really all the same prayer, describing a rising in the morning and ending with the trisagion. But I am confused, basically.
Thankyou so much for your help!