Ramsho on Wednesday


Evening Psalms


May a good memory be made in the four quarters of the earth in the churches and the monasteries of the virgin Mary, who was pure and holy in her virginity and was pleasing to the king of kings, who descended and dwelt in her womb; her memory is in heaven and on earth, may her prayer be a stronghold for us; give us a share, Lord, in the memory.

Of the Saints

Apostles, make intercession to Him who chose you, that schism and disputes cease in the Church and among her children; behold disputants surround her on every side to hide the faith which you preached to her; may Your truth, Lord, be a crucible which may try her words like gold, and may her priests cry in triumph: blessed is He who has magnified His Church.

Of a Saint

You are a wise physician, O Mar (X), to whom our Lord gave authority to heal the afflicted. Behold, our assembly takes refuge in the sanctuary of your bones; by your prayers may all our petitions be granted; health to the sick, refreshment to the weary; return to those who are far away and to us forgiveness of offences.

Of Repentance

To you, Lord we call, come to our aid; for, behold, the evil one by his craft troubles the world; he has stirred up war among kings and disturbed judges, and if it were possible, he would cause to err even the elect, as it is written; in what, Lord, shall we take refuge, if not in your mercy? Drive away the evil one from us by the sign of your cross.

Of the Departed

You who died in Christ, do not be grieved; for behold the resurrection has come and the day of retribution; you shall rise from your graves without corruption and go forth with speed to meet the Son of the King; you shall be clothed in a garment of glory and shall praise before Him; you who raise up the sons of Adam, have pity and mercy upon us.


The daughter of the king stood in glory, halleluiah and halleluiah, and the queen at your right hand. Forget your people and your father's house, halleluiah and halleluiah, for the king shall desire your beauty.


He has looked with mercy on the affliction of his handmaid; he who magnifies his mother, he who is the holy God. Stomen Kalos, Kurielaison.


You strengthened me and I carried you, said Mary; and when, I bore you in the cave, you showed me your glory. Flames surround the little crib and the Seraphim with six wings fly above it. Command them to raise their wings that I may enter, Lord, and kneel and worship you; and I will give you pure milk which shall be pleasing to your will.

Glory be to the Father...

In the law and in prophecy Moses, the head of the prophets represented the figure of the blessed mother, by the ark of the law and the pot of manna, and by the staff of Aaron which budded within the holy of holies, and by the dew and the fleece of Gideon and by the new jar of Elisha and by the light cloud of the glorious Isaiah.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

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

O daughter of David, you have great freedom with that king who disposes of all kings; we beseech you, pearl without flaw, to intercede for us with that fruit which came forth from you.

O you departed, who dwell in the grave, take courage; there is good news for you: behold, the resurrection has drawn near to its coming; the word which formed you in the womb of woman will call you and will raise up your bodies without corruption.

Above in heaven and here on earth in the Church may there be a memory of the blessed virgin and the saints and 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.