Lilio on Monday

Kauma

Awaken us, Lord, from our sleep in the sloth of sin that we may praise your watchfulness, you who watch and do not sleep; give life to our death in the sleep of death and corruption, that we may adore your compassion, you who live and do not die; grant us in the glorious company of the angels who praise you in heaven, to praise you and bless you in holiness, because you are praised and blessed in heaven and on earth, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always for ever, Amen.

Midnight Psalms

Eniono

Awaken and raise me up from the sleep of forgetfulness to the praise of your majesty, O Lord God.

I have remembered that the Watchers never sleep and like them I have risen; I will praise you, O lover of men.

I have remembered by night your worshipful and holy name, and I have risen to give thanks to you and praise you, O lover of men.

You who hear and do not disregard, who answer and save and deliver, let your mercy be moved towards me, and pardon me all that I have sinned against you.

As you pardoned the offences of the sinful woman in the house of Simon, pardon me my offences, Lord God.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

Glory to you, Lord, whom the Watchers cannot look upon and behold the earthly Adam carries you in his hands.

Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison

FIRST KAUMO

Eqbo

My bones shall cry from the grave that a virgin has brought forth God, and if I doubt may I be cast out from truth; and if there is doubt in my mind, with Judas may I be cast into hell.

Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison. Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our hope for ever. Barekmor

Qolo

A young maiden of the House of David, whose name was Mary, was the chariot which carried the Savior of the world. It seems to me that she was much greater that the chariot which Ezekiel saw; this had faces and wheels which spoke, but Mary had a mouth to sing praise to you, O Lord, halleluiah, may her prayer assist us.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

Let everyone who has mouth and tongue and word call Mary blessed, who is worthy of blessings; blessed is she who was the blessed field in which the ear of corn grew, the source of joy; blessed is she who was the chariot and her knees were the wheels, and in her womb of flesh she bore the Savior of the world, halleluiah, may her prayer assist us.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein May your prayer be with us, blessed one, may your prayer be with us; may the Lord hear your prayers and have pity on us.

The holy virgin called me today that I should speak of her; let us purge our hearing that her fait story may not be dishonored. Second heaven, in whose bosom rested the Lord of the heights and came forth to drive away the darkness from the face of the earth.

Daughter of the poor, who were the mother of the Son of God, and gave wealth to the world in need that it might live from it; ship, who carried the blessings and treasures of the house of the Father, and came and poured out your wealth on our barren earth.

By the prayer of her who carried your for nine months, Son of God, remove from us the scourge of wrath.

Praise of the Cherubim

SECOND KAUMO

Eqbo

You are the heroes who conquered the kings of the earth; not by pointed arrows or by sharpened swords, but by the power of the cross you overthrew the error of the demons.

Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison. Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our hope for ever. Barekmor

Qolo

We remember Moses the fountainhead of prophecy and Simon, head of the apostles, and Paul the master builder, who wrote to us in a letter to the Romans, that we should take part in the remembrance of the just, who loved God with all their heart; by their prayer and their petition may mercy be shown to us, halleluia, may their prayer assist us.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

John, the preacher of truth, Stephen and the noble Theodore, and George the martyr, Serguis and Bacchus, the noble warriors, and Mar Kuriakose, and his mother Julitta, Shamouni the blessed mother with her seven children, and the forty holy martyrs and Mar (X), the elect of God, halleluia, may your prayer assist us.

B'outho of Mar Ephrem

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein Lord have mercy on us by the prayer of your servants.

May the apostles who spoke of you by the Spirit, the apostles who announced your revelation, and the martyrs who died for your love, intercede with you for us; have mercy upon us.

Pray for us, holy ones, to him whose will you did, that he may withdraw and remove from us the scourge and rod of wrath.

Lord have mercy on us by the prayers of your servants.

Praise of the Cherubim

THIRD KAUMO

Eqbo

At the outer door Simon stood up and wept; Rabi, open your door, because I am your disciple; heaven and earth will weep for me, because I have lost the keys of the kingdom.

Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison. Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our hope for ever. Barekmor

Qolo

Your servants shall give thanks to you, Lord halleluia.

By night let us rise and give thanks to the Son of God; for by night there will be a cry, the Lord is coming; the just and righteous, prophets, apostles and holy martyrs will go forth to meet him, and enter with him the marriage-chamber, full of joy; they will inherit life and the kingdom and sin praise, halleluia, to the Lord of glory.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

In the middle of the night David arose to give praise for the wonders of the godhead and the judgments of the most High; he looked on the heaven and saw the firmament, the stars and the beauty of their courses; he saw the peace and calm of the creation and his soul was filled with wonder, and he gave thanks to you, Lord, halleluia, because he saw its marvels.

B'outho of Mar Balai

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein You who have compassion on sinners have compassion on us on the day of your judgment

At your door, compassionate one, those who are afflicted knock; answer their requests in yoru mercy.

Our Father in heaven, we beseech you, receive our service and have mercy upon us.

Lord of those above and hope of those below, receive our service and have mercy upon us.

Halleluia, Magnificat, Psalms of Lilio, Commemoration of Saints

Qolo

God called me to the festival of Mar John; if I go, I have great fear; if I stay away, I am afraid. If I go, I remember my sins; if I stay, I will become a stranger. By the blood which flowed from the side of the Son of God, may my offenses be pardoned and I will cry to you, glory to you, o Lord, halleluia, may his prayer assist us.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

The Church calls you blessed, John the elect, because the blessing which our Lord gave us was communicated to you. Blessed are you who hated this passing world; blessed are you who desired the love of Christ; blessed are you, when you shall hear the voice of your Lord, when he says to you: come enter into the inheritance of the kingdom and the life which does not pass away, halleluia, may your prayer assist us.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

God called me to the festival of Mar John; if I go, I have great fear; if I stay away, I am afraid. If I go, I remember my sins; if I stay, I will become a stranger. By the blood which flowed from the side of the Son of God, may my offenses be pardoned and I will cry to you, glory to you, o Lord, halleluia, may his prayer assist us.

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein We call upon you, Lord our Lord, come to our help, hear our petition and have mercy on our souls.

In the middle of the night David awoke to give praise, and he might rise and give thanks for the wonders of the Godhead. Do you also now in the middle of the night rise up wisely and with the psalms of David chant praise spiritually.

By you, Lord, may I be enlightened, for you are as the day for one who loves you. You are the light, Lord, enlighten my eyes that I may see your compassion. The way of the world is a net full of all snares; he who walks by you does not stumble, because you are the day.

Hymn of the Angels

Closing Prayer of Lilio

Kauma

 


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.