INSTRUCTIONS
on how to read the Psalter (as a Prayer Rule)

The "Usual" Beginning: If there is a priest, he says: Blessed is our God, always; now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

If not, say with compunction: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy upon us. Amen.

O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life: Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One. Bow.

From Pascha until the Feast of the Ascension, instead of the prayer, O heavenly King, the troparion for Holy Pascha, Christ is risen, is said, thrice. And from Ascension Day until Pentecost, begin with the Trisagion.

The Trisagion

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Thrice, with bows.

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

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, wash away our sins. O Master, pardon our transgressions. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. Thrice.

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

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, Who art in heaven, 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.

If there is a priest, he says: For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

If not, say: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us. Amen.

And these troparia, in Tone 6:

Have mercy on us, O God, have mercy on us; for at a loss for any defense, this prayer do we sinners offer unto Thee, as Master: have mercy on us!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

The Church hath shown forth the honored feast of Thy prophet, O Lord, to be as heaven, [for thereon] the angels join chorus with men. Through his prayers, O Christ God, guide our life in peace, that we may sing unto Thee: Alleluia!

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

Unto thee have I fled, O pure Theotokos, in need of salvation from the many multitudes of my transgressions. Visit thou my afflicted soul, and entreat thy Son and our God, that He grant me remission of the evil things I have done, O thou who alone art blessed.