THE THIRD ODE
A prayer of Anna, the mother of Samuel the Prophet.
1 Kings 2: 1-10
The barren one wonderfully beareth a son and praiseth God,
Holy art Thou, O Lord, and my spirit praiseth Thee.
My heart is established in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in
my God, my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; I rejoice in Thy
For there is none holy as the Lord, for there is none that is
righteous as our God, and there is none holy beside Thee.
Boast not, and utter not proud things, let not arrogance come
out of Thy mouth.
For the Lord is a God of knowledge, and a God that prepareth
His own ways.
The bow of the mighty hath waxed feeble, and the weak have
girded themselves with strength.
They that were full of bread have sunk to lowliness, and the
hungry have rested in the land; for the barren hath borne seven,
and she that had many children is waxed feeble.
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to hell,
and bringeth up.
The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; He bringeth low,
and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the earth, and lifteth up the
beggar from the dunghill, to seat him with the mighty of the
people; and He maketh him inherit the throne of glory.
He granteth his petition unto him that prayeth, and hath
blessed the years of the righteous.
For the mighty man shall not be strong in his own strength;
the Lord shall weaken his adversary; the Lord is holy.
Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor the mighty
man in his strength; let not the rich man boast in his riches.
But him that boasteth, let him make his boast in this: that he
hath understanding, and knoweth the Lord; and that He worketh
judgment and righteousness in the midst of the earth.
The Lord hath gone up into the heavens, and hath
thundered; he shall judge the ends of the earth, for He is
And He shall give strength unto our kings, and exalt the horn
of His anointed.
Glory. Both now.
Canticle of Judith
Jud. 16, 15-21
LET us sing a hymn to the Lord, let us sing a new hymn to our God.
O Adonai, Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power, and no one can overcome thee.
Let all thy creatures serve thee: because thou hast spoken, and they were made:
Thou didst send forth thy spirit, and they were created, and there is no one that can resist thy voice.
The mountains shall be moved from the foundations with the waters: the rocks shall melt as wax before thy face.
But they that fear thee, shall be great with thee in all things.
Woe be to the nation that riseth up against my people: for the Lord almighty will take revenge on them, in the day of judgment he will visit them.
For he will give fire, and worms into their flesh, that they may burn, and may feel for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Ant. O Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power.