Third Hour

(nine o'clock in the morning)

 

At this hour, the believer thanks the heavenly Father for the very rich gift He gave to the Church when at the third hour the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Come let us worship!

Psalm 25

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust, let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Let none that wait for You be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long. Be mindful of Your mercy, O Lord, and of Your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to Your steadfast love, remember me for Your goodness sake, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your name's sake, o Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him will He instruct in the way that he should choose. he himself shall abide in prosperity and his children shall possess the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him and He makes known to them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me our of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble and forgive all my sins. consider how many are my foes and with what violent hatred they hate me. Guard my life and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. may integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You. Redeem Israel, o God, out of all his troubles.

Prayer

O Lord, you sent down your Most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the Third Hour. Take Him not from us, O Good One, but renew Him in us who pray to You.

Prayer of St. Basil the Great

O Lord our God, You have given Your peace to men and sent down the gift of Your all-holy Spirit to Your disciples and apostles, opening their lips with fiery tongues by Your power: Open also my lips and teach me, sinner that I am, how and for what I ought to pray. Guide my life, O calm haven of the storm tossed, and reveal the way in which I should walk. Renew in me a right spirit and make my mind steady with a governing spirit, so that guided and guarded each day by Your good Spirit, I may be enabled to practice your commandments, always remembering your glorious presence which looks upon the deeds men do. Do not let me be deceived by the corrupting delights of this world, but rather strengthen in me the desire to attain the treasures of the world to come. For You are blessed and praised in all Your saints, unto ages of ages. Amen. Through the prayers of our holy fathers, may the Lord have mercy on us. Amen.