The Refrains at the Canons

From The Order of Divine Services According to the Usage of the Russian Orthodox Church, by Peter Fekula and Matthew Williams, St. John of Kronstadt Press, Liberty, TN, 1997 [ISBN 0-912927-90-9], p. 236.

Canons to the Savior: Glory to Thee Our God, glory to Thee.

The Resurrection (from the Octoechos): Glory to Thy holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The Cross and the Resurrection (from the Octoechos): Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.

Penitential canons and troparia: Have mercy upon me, O God, have mercy upon me.

The Cross: Glory to Thy precious Cross, O Lord.

The Trinity: Most holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee.

The Theotokos: Most holy Theotokos, save us.

The Forerunner: Holy great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray for us.

Angels and Archangels: Holy Archangels and Angels, pray for us.

St. Michael the Archangel: Holy angelic Commander of God Michael, pray to God for us.

Apostles: Holy apostle of Christ, N., pray to God for us.

Evangelists: Holy apostle and evangelist of Christ, N., pray to God for us

Prophets: Holy prophet of God, N., pray to God for us.

Bishops: Holy hierarch, father N., pray to God for us.

Martyrs: Holy (great-) martyr N., pray to God for us.

Martyred bishops and priests: Holy hieromartyr N., pray to God for us.

Monks: Venerable father N., pray to God for us.

Nuns: Venerable mother N., pray to God for us.

Lay men and women: Holy righteous N., pray to God for us.

Fools for Christ’s sake: Holy blessed N., pray to God for us.

Princes: Holy right-believing prince N., pray to God for us.

Princesses: Holy right-believing princess N., pray to God for us.

Equals of the Apostles: Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles, N., pray to God for us.

Anointed Sovereigns: Holy God-crowned Emperor (or King), N., pray to God for us.

Prophet Elijah: Holy glorious prophet of God Elijah, pray to God for us.

Unmercenary healers: Holy unmercenary and wonderworker, N., pray to God for us.

Before the penultimate troparion: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Before the final troparion: Now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

In place of the “Glory…” at the 9th Canticle: Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord.


The Canon Refrains According to the Greek Tradition

(Compiled by Fr. Patrick B. O’Grady)

The more usual verses of the canons are the following:

Before each of the resurrectional troparia: Glory to Thy holy resurrection, O Lord.

Before each of the troparia for feasts of the Master, as well as the compunctionate troparia and those of the Cross found in the Parakletike (Octoechos): Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee. (But note that in the Russian tradition, on Feasts of the Lord: Glory, O Lord, to Thy holy [Nativity, Transfiguration, etc.].)

Before each of the troparia for the feast of the precious Cross: O Cross of Christ, save us by Thy power.

Before theotokia and stavrotheotokia: Most holy Theotokos, save us.

Before troparia of saints: O Saint(s) of God, intercede for us.

Before each of the martyrika of the funeral canons: By the intercessions of Thy martyrs, O Christ God, grant rest to the souls of Thy servants.

Before each nekrosima (troparia for canons of the dead): Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and taken unto Thyself, O Lord. Or: Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Before each of the troparia of the Great Canon (of St Andrew): Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

In the 8th ode, instead of Glory to the Father…, the verse of the biblical 8th ode is said: We bless Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Lord.