Ramsho on Friday


Evening Psalms


You created me and placed your hands upon me.
On Friday in the beginning God created Adam from the dust and breathed on him the spirit and gave him speech that he might sing praise to him, halleluiah, and give thanks to his creator.

Of the Mother of God

Blessed are you, daughter of the just, mother of God, because mercy was shown to you and you found favor and you bore God; and he has magnified your memory, halleluiah and halleluiah, in heaven and on earth.

Of the Saints

Blessed are the prophets, blessed are the apostles, blessed are the martyrs, and blessed are they who are without stain in the way of the Lord, halleluiah and halleluiah, and who keep his commandments.

Of a Saint

Joshua, the son of Nun, stopped the sun in the firmament and the moon did not move; keep, Lord from your Church all scourges by the prayer of Mar (X), halleluiah and halleluiah, and of the apostles who are his fellows.

Of the Friday

On Friday the Lord of creation stretched out his hands on the cross and instead of the fruit, which Adam ate, tasted death of his own will, halleluiah and halleluiah, and restored him to his inheritance.

Of Repentance

From day to day I promise, Lord, that tomorrow I will repent; my days have passed and gone and my sins remain; may your mercy be poured out upon me, halleluiah and halleluiah, and I will live by your grace.

Of the Departed

Those who died in the Son, who kept his commandments and confessed and believed in him, at his second coming shall inherit the kingdom and life which does not pass away, halleluiah and halleluiah, and there they shall take their pleasure.


For your sake we are slain every day, halleluiah and halleluiah, we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. Do not turn your face from us, halleluiah and halleluiah, do not forget our humiliation and our affliction.


O holy martyrs, who endured torments and afflictions from impious judges, behold, your reward is kept for you in the marriage-chamber of light, which does not pass away; may your prayer be a high wall and a house of refuge for us. Stomen Kalos, Kurielaison.


Martyrs of the only Son, you are the beloved of the first born of the most High, who for his sake were slain and for his love endured sufferings and for him were offered in sacrifice; blessed is he who has magnified your memory.

Glory be to the Father...

There are four quarters in the world and in all four of them we have helpers; in the east is Thomas the apostle, and in the west Simeon the Stylite, in the north the forty holy martyrs and in the south Mar John.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein Make us share, Lord, in the remembrance of your mother and your saints; by their prayers have pity on us, Lord, and on our departed.

How fair and lovely is the day of the remembrance of the blessed virgin Mary, who became the mother of the Son of God; by her prayers may the Lord remove the rod of wrath from every place which keeps her festival in faith.

How fair and lovely is the good hope, which our Lord gave to the dead in Sheol, when he lay down like them beside them; behold, death is slain, rise and come forth, you dead, from within the grave, and sing praise to him who has raise you up from destruction.

Above in heaven and here in the Church on earth may there be a remembrance of the blessed one and of he saints of all the faithful departed.

Concluding Prayer



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.