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The Order For Reading Canons And Akathists When Alone

Before beginning any rule of prayer, and at its completion, the following reverences are made (prostrations of bows),
which is called

The Seven-Bow Beginning

1. O God, be merciful to me a sinner. Bow.
2. O God, cleanse me a sinner and have mercy on me. Bow.
3. Thou has created me, O Lord, have mercy on me. Bow.
4. Countless times have I sinned O Lord, forgive me. Bow.
5. My most holy lady Theotokos, save me a sinner. Bow.
6. O Angel, my holy Guardian, protect me from all evil. Bow.
7. Holy Apostle (or Martyr, or Holy Father N pray to God for me. Bow.

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

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comfortor, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest
all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse
us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God. Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.(thrice);

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

Our Father, Who art in the heavens, hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive
our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, blot out our sins. O Master; pardon our iniquities.
O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.

Lord, have mercy (twelve);

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

O, come let us worship God our King.

O, come let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and God.

O, come let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and God.

Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to
Your great mercy;
And according to the abundance of
Your compassion, blot out my
Wash me thoroughly from my
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my lawlessness,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You only have I sinned
And done evil in Your sight;
That Thou mightest be justified in Your words,
And overcome when You are judged.
For behold, I was conceived in
And in sins my mother bore me.
For behold, You love truth;
You showed me the unknown and
secret things of Your wisdom.
You shall sprinkle me with hyssop,
and I will be cleansed;
You shall wash me, and I will be made
whiter than snow.
You will

 make me to hear joy and
My bones that were humbled shall
greatly rejoice.
Turn Your face away from my sins,
And blot out all my sins,
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from
Restore to me the joy of Your
And uphold me with Your guiding

 I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And the ungodly shall turn back to
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness,
O God, the God of my salvation;
And my tongue shall greatly rejoice in
Your righteousness.
O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your
For if You desired sacrifice, I would
give it;
You will not be pleased with whole
burnt offerings.
A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit,
A broken and humbled heart God will
not despise.
Do good, O Lord, in Your good
pleasure to Zion,
And let the walls of Jerusalem be
Then You will be pleased with a
sacrifice of righteousness,
With offerings and whole burnt
Then shall they offer young bulls
on Your altar. Amen.

Scripture quoted from the Orthodox Study Bible, published and copyright 2008 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

The Symbol of the Orthodox Faith:

I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; light of light, true God of true God; begotten, not made of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from the heavens, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life; Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come.

And then the reading of the canons and akathists.

Akathist to Our Sweetest Lord Jesus Christ
Akathist Hymn to the Cross
Akathist to Our Most Holy Mother of God
Akathist to Our Most Holy Mother of God
Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos in Honor of Her Dormition
Akathist to The Theotokos Healer of Cancer
Excerpt from Akathist to Archangel Michael
Excerpt from Akathist to Saint George
Excerpt from Akathist to Saint John The Baptist
Excerpt from Akathist to Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco