O Faithful, let us praise and adore the Word eternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He chose to ascend the cross in the flesh and to suffer death and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection. (sung here)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever Amen
O Saviour, you descended into Hades. You crushed its gates as the Almighty, you raised the dead and destroyed the sting of Death as the Creator. You delivered Adam from the curse. O Lover of us all, therefore all cry out to you O Lord, save us. (sung here)
In these are beautiful summaries of our Faith...In our tradition, we sing the Troparia of the day when we do major blessings. For example, when a priest comes to bless the house, the troparia of Epiphany is sung. There's this intimate connection between the personal prayer and the Divine Liturgy. Or if one prefers the connection between private and public prayer. It's a beautiful tradition which I hope more can be brought out of this. I'll be reflecting more upon this connection in a while. But for now, I think this is a place where we can start.