Sixth Hour on Friday
Blessed are you, Mary, whom God chose from your childhood, and magnified your memory; in the midst of his house you
were nourished at his table by the bread of the offerings; the priests honored you and the angel gave you the greeting of
peace and God descended and dwelt in you.
Glory be to the Father...
Company by company the martyrs entered before the judges and they did not deny Christ; the sword came and slew them
and their blood flowed over those who killed them, and their Lord saw their endurance and crowned them; may their prayers be
a stronghold for us.
The above selected prayers are taken from the Book of Common of the Syrian Church, otherwise known as
the Shimo Namaskaram as translated by Bede Griffiths from Syriac to English. A full copy of the rich
prayers of our tradition can be purchased directly from the publishers at Gorgias Press.