Third Hour on Tuesday



In parable spoke our Savior and in allegories and in dark saying, and he said: the kingdom of heaven is like those virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom and the bride; and they slumbered and slept together. And there was a great cry: behold the bridegroom comes. The wise entered with him and the foolish remained at the door in great sorrow and with unutterable sighs.

Glory be to the Father...

The only begotten Word of the Father composed parables for our help, and he said: There was a rich man who lived luxuriously in pleasure and a poor man Lazarus desired to be satisfied with food; and when he died the angels carried him to the bosom of our father Abraham. And the rich man also died and went to torment and inherited woe forever in Gehenna, because he had not compassion on his own flesh.

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.

The sick soul says in her pain: who will give me that beauty with which I have clothed before I sinned? If God who is merciful will not accept me, whom shall I find to restore me to the beauty which I have lost?

Come, my soul, image of the king, you have lost your beauty: behold in the hands of your Lord your beauty is kepty for you; the moment that you come he will give it you as he promised; he has kept it carefully and it is preserved for you that it may be restored to you.

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.