Third Hour on Monday



Our Father in heaven, answer us when we call upon you, because we have no other father who can help us. For when we did not exist, you were pleased to create us, and now that we have come to be, let not your anger destroy us. Teach us, Lord, your commandments, that we may keep them and by deeds of justice let us please you, Lord, halleluia, in your mercy have pity on us.

Glory be to the Father...

It grieves me that I am yours in name only and by my deeds and faults I am far from you. The desire is with me that I should be repentant, but my obstinate will, will not let me; I teach but I do not learn; I give others to drink but I am thirsty; halleluia, that I may drink and be satisfied.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

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

I beseech you, my Lord, that I may not be separated from your company; where iniquity has driven me out, let your sweet love make me enter. Sin lay in wait for me and crushed me hard without mercy; you who are skilled, bind up the bruises with which I am wound.

The wicked one has hunted me and, behold, he strangles me in his net; break his net and I shall escape from his attack. Good Shepherd, go out in search of the sheep that has strayed, and do not leave it in the hands of the wicked one, who seeks its life.

Answer Lord, answer Lord, have mercy upon us and turn the hearts of the sons of men to repentance.



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.