Soutoro on Friday
We know, Lord, that we have sinned against you and by our faults we have greatly angered you; if justice should
unsheathe the sword, may your compassion, Lord, stand up for us; and when, Lord, the end of time shall come, may our end
be found in your mercy.
Glory be to the Father...
If a servant has offended his Lord, he will go and take refuge in the friend of his Lord, and because of his prayer
and supplication the Lord will forgive the offence of his servant; and we, Lord, take refuge in your cross; may your mercy
come quickly to us.
B'outho of Mar Jacob
Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein. We call upon you, Lord our Lord, come to our help; hear our petition and have mercy on
Adam instructed his children clearly what reason called him to go forth from Paradise; he told them of his former
authority and of his fall and his exile when he was put to shame.
It is not fitting for the foot that ran to the tree to tread the place of the sanctuary, when it is not clean; and it
is not right for the hand that plucked the fruit in Eden to wave over the offering of the Godhead.
Christ, who came and walked on earth and uprooted its thorns, by you exiled Adam was restored to Paradise.
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.