Sapro on Thursday


Morning Psalms


I come before you and I pray and beseech you to forgive my fault; you are a merciful God, have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Because I sink in the multitude of sins as in a sea, Lord of all, draw me from them by your grace; have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Because I am like that fig-tree, which did not give fruit in its season, and you ordered it to be cut down; fruit, who came forth from Mary, have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Because David sang in the fifty-first psalm, have mercy on me, O God, wash me more abundantly from iniquity; have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Because Adam transgressed the command of his creator, death reigned over him and his children; Good One, who were moved to mercy and descended and redeemed him, have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Because the dead within the grave wait for you, that you may come and raise up their bodies, call them by your voice and make them rise from the grave to Paradise.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

Because the powers of heaven sing praise to you, and we upon earth offer praise with them to Your godhead, have compassion on my sin and have pity on me.

Psalm 113


O God, save me, for the storms and tempests of the sins, which I have committed, surround me; be to me a harbor of peace, Lord, that I may not be drowned in the sea of sin; I seek to repent, stretch out Your hand, Lord, as You did to Peter, and have pity on me. Stomen Kalos, Kurieleison


Our Lord Jesus Christ

In the morning the disciples saw the Lord of the seas on the sea and in the morning the Watcher, who never sleeps, slept in the boat, and in the morning He shall call the just: come and receive the reward of your labors.

Of the Mother of God

He who makes the rain pour from the clouds and sprinkles the earth with showers, drank drops of milk from the breast of the virgin Mary, and wonder filled His mother, when she bore and carried Him.

Of the Saints

Peace be with the prophets, peace be with the apostles, peace be with the martyrs, who loved the Lord of peace, and peace be with the holy Church, in which dwell the sons of peace.

Of a Saint

You acquired pinions and swift wings, our father, Mar (X); with the pinions you will receive your reward and with the wings you will fly to the heights, and you shall go forth to meet Your Lord in the perfection of your way of life.

Of the Morning

In the morning the faithful Shamouni offered prayer to God; God, give judgement for me before the king Antiochus, who slays my sons like sheep and rushes upon me like a lion.

Of Repentance

Our God, have mercy upon us, as your grace is wont, and drive the enemy from us who at every hour lays snares for us; may Your cross be our guard and by it may we be protected from him.

Of the Departed

On the altars in the four quarters of the earth make memory, our Savior, of all who ate Your flesh and blood and confessed Your passion; keep the living by Your cross and pardon the dead in Your mercy.


To You, Lord, I have lifted up my soul, halleluia and halleluia, O God, in You I have trusted, do not let me be put to shame.

Let the wicked be put to shame in their vanity, halleluia and halleluia, show me, Lord, Your ways.

Glory be to the Father... Now and forever...


The light, Lord, worships you, the companies of heaven praise you; and all creation worships you in the morning, when your light appears. Stomen Kalos, Kurieleison


In the morning Jacob, the just, was awakened from his sleep and marveled at the ladder, which was set upon the earth and its head reached to heaven, and the angels and the Watchers of the heights ascend upon it and are carried up on high.

Glory be to the Father...

In the morning Simon Peter cried: bid me, Lord, come to you; and our Lord answered and said to him: walk upon the waves and do not be afraid, for everyone who believes in me has no fear on sea or on land.

B'outho of Mar Jacob

Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein Open to us, Lord your great door, full of mercy; hear our prayer and have mercy on our souls.

The Lord loves prayer in secret in the inner chamber; it is not by loud cries that the just won their victories; the prayer of Moses and his humility divided the sea and the people passed over, and Pharaoh was drowned because he was proud.

God heard the prayer of David and had mercy on him and passed over his transgression and gave back to him the gift of prophecy; Hananiah and his companions called upon God in the furnace and he delivered them from the burning of the flames.

There are three things, Lord, which make me tremble and terrify me, the hour of death, the dread judgment-seat and Gehenna.

Closing Prayer of Sapro



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.