Third Hour on Friday



At the third hour and at all times we worship the living cross, and we sign ourselves with it on our foreheads; it is our hope and our protection, it delivers us from the evil one and his powers by day and by night.

Glory be to the Father...

Moses with his staff divided the sea before the host and Israel passed over; our Lord Jesus by the cross of light opened Sheol and raised the dead; blessed is Christ, who trod for us the way of life from grave to Paradise.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein. Son, who by your cross delvered the Church from error, grant her your peace and keep her children by the cross of light

O cross, which revealed wondrous powers to the sons of men; by you may the horn of the Church be exalted now and always; the cross is light and it clothes its worshippers in light; grant light to the eyes of my mind that I may see your light.

Great Savior, who saved your Church from error, save me in my weakness on the day when the just judgment is given; on this festival we are assembled before your cross; on that eternal festival may I see your compassion and praise your name.

By the mercy, which showed compassion to the thief on the right hand, have compassion on us, Son of God, and have mercy upon 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.