Soutoro on Saturday
Teach me, Lord, the way of your commandments, and I will keep them, and I will live in your grace; place guards over
the doors of my limbs that lie open, lest the treasure of your gifts be stolen.
Glory be to the Father...
Behold, the acceptable time, behold the days of decision, when our enemy, the evil one, is vanquished; let us be
diligent, my brothers, in watching and fasting and prayer for the sake of the life which is promised forever.
B'outho of Mar Jacob
Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein. We call upon you, Lord our Lord, come to our help, hear our petitions and have mercy
on our souls.
Woe to the earth, when the last day shall come upon it, when it shall be corrupted by sin and impiety and defilement;
the earth will cry out like a mother, who bows down and brings forth, and when wars and calamities increase, she will totter
to her fall.
The world shall cease from service and sacrifice, and avarice and the love of money shall prevail on the earth; in the
last days nation shall rise against nation and towns shall be devastated and trembling shall fall upon cities.
Have a care, Lord, for the churches and the monasteries, for, behold, the day is at hand, when your praise shall
cease within them.
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.