Lilio on Wednesday

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

You who wake and do not sleep, awaken me to repentance.

Holy Virgin, may your prayer be a stronghold to us.

Prophets and apostles, may your prayer be a stronghold to us.

May the right hand of the Lord, which divided the sea before the host, open the door of mercy to our prayers and our petitions.

Fathers and doctors, may your prayer be a stronghold to us.

Have compassion on me, Son of the Good, by the abundant mercy on your grace.

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

Praise and thanksgiving let us offer to the Trinity.

Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison.

FIRST KAUMO

Eqbo

The Father wrote a letter by a Watcher and sent it to Nazareth, to the virgin Mary, whom he chose and took pleasure in her, that she should become the mother of his only Son, when he should descend to redeem the world.

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

The virgin has brought forth a wonder; come, let us go and contemplate the ancient of ages wrapped in swaddling clothes; the virgin has brought forth an elder, the ancient of days; the mighty one who hung the mountains is carried by a young maiden; he who gives bread to the hungry sucks milk like an infant; the Son who had no beginning willed to have a beginning and came to birth and he is without end.

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

The just of old gave fair and lovely names to Mary, the daughter of David, the holy virgin; Ezekiel, the exile, called her the closed door; Solomon, the garden enclosed and the sealed fountain; David named her a city and Christ is the blade which shot up within it without seed; he has become the food of the nations and he has exalted her memory in heaven and on earth.

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

A Watched descended when Mary was standing at prayer, and gave her he greeting of peace which had been sent to her by God: peace be with you, said the fiery one to her: you shall conceive and bear a son in your virginity

The Watcher said: do not be troubled, full of beauty, the Lord is pleased that you should become the mother of his only Son; behold from now you shall receive a conception full of wonder, and shall bring forth a child whose kingdom shall have no end.

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

Praise of the Cherubim

SECOND KAUMO

Eqbo

Blessed is he who made you healing springs which flow over the world, and made his power to dwell in the sanctuary of your bones; elect and holy martyrs pray for us to your Lord.

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

You righteous, who loved the truth, and you just, who died for the Love of the Son of God, your memory is a blessing; you are harbors of relief for sinner who repent; pray with us to Christ, who rests in your bones, that he may show compassion and mercy to us on the day of the manifestation of his majesty, and may grant us an open face before the throne of his godhead, and we will sing praise to him by night and by day.

Glory be to the Father...

Fair and lovely was the word our Lord spoke in his Gospel, when he declared blessed the zealous who have loved him: blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall inherit the kingdom; blessed again are those that mourn for they shall be comforted; blessed again are the persecuted and the martyrs slain in his hope; for the sufferings which they bore, and the afflictions which they endured they shall inherit the kingdom and life which does not pass away.

B'outho of Mar Ephrem

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

May the prophets who spoke of you by the Spirit, the apostles who announced your revelation, the martyrs who died for your love, intercede with you; have mercy on 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

Give rest, Lord, to our departed in your glorious abodes; give rest, Lord, to them and on us have mercy, while you forgive and pass over the faults of us and of them.

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

Give rest to them, Lord.

Our fathers and our brothers have fallen asleep and have departed from this temporal life, until the day of resurrection comes for those who sleep; give rest, Lord, to their souls in abodes of light, and may their bones in the grave be quickened on the day of their memory; and when your command raises up the children of the earthly Adam, may they be clothed with glory and honor, and enter with you the bridal chamber, and offer praise to you who are their resurrection.

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

Blessed is he for whom the living make offerings here below; his memory is written above in heaven. If Moses wrote the names of the tribes on tables of stone, that they might enter before the Lord for an eternal memorial, on the host full of life write the names of your departed, that they may be remembered here in the Church; they will be written above in heaven, and when he comes in glory they will take their pleasure with him.

B'outho of Mar Balai

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein Renew, full of mercy, your creatures by the resurrection

Give rest and pardon to the dead, Lord, who have slept in your hope, and await your coming

In the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob make them rest, Lord, your servants who have slept in your hope.

Their bodies and their souls shall cry together: blessed is he who has come and will come and raise the dead.

Halleluia, Magnificat, Psalms of Lilio, Commemoration of Saints

Qolo

Behold, in heaven and on earth your memory is glorious, Mar (X); the angels rejoice in heaven and the sons of men on earth. Your Lord rejoices in your conflict and beholds your heroism; and he calls to you: good servant, come, enter inherit the kingdom, which does not pass away or come to an end.

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

The Watchers rose and descended from the heights for the crowning of Mar (X), and surrounded the just one and said to him: blessed are you who have finished your contest; the Watchers in the heights rejoice in you and await the sight of you; the Father and the Son receive you and the Holy Spirit weaves a crown and places it on your sacred head.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

>Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein Lord, have mercy upon us; by the prayer of your mother and of your saints.

May the angel, who brought peace and announced to the Virgin Mary, come and announce to us that God is reconciled with us.

May the angel, who sprinkled dew on Hananiah and the young men with him, sprinkle the dew of mercy on the bones of the departed.

Lord, have mercy upon us by the prayer of your mother and of your saints.

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.