Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

الْمَجْدُ للهِ! Praise be to God always!ܬܶܫܒܽܘܚܬܳܐ ܠܰܐܠܳܗܳܐ!

Entrance Hymn

Lord, in Your Kingdom

Syriac: b‘edoneh dsafro 1 (Departed)

Lord, in your kingdom
at that joyful feast of light, be merciful
to departed souls.
They passed from this world
with true faith and hope, that they may find their rest
and abide in you.
In your compassion,
sprinkle mercy’s dew upon the tombs of those
who have gone from us.
Baptized in you, Lord,
sealed with chrism, they have eaten of your flesh
and now sleep in hope.
Receive the faithful
in your Church on high, the new Jerusalem.
Lord, remember them.
They sleep in your hope,
and await your living voice to waken them,
raising them to life.

Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ our Lord make us worthy to remember the faithful departed who professed their faith in you and received your Body and Blood as nourishment and blessings. Grant them rest, and may they share in your eternal banquet and your everlasting joy. Count them among your chosen ones, and may they raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the One who raises the dead and awakens those who sleep in the dust; to the Judge of the living and the dead; to the God of spiritual and earthly beings, who is professed, worshipped, and glorified: the one God, in three Persons. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this day of their blessed commemoration, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, when you reward those at your right hand and judge those at your left, may the faithful departed, who were clothed in you at baptism and received your Body and Blood as blessed food on the path to eternity, be worthy to meet you with radiant faces. May they rest in your heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the saints, in the dwellings of light and joy.
Now, O Lord, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, and with alms, prayers, and sacrifices offered on their behalf, to exalt them on your spiritual altar. Be pleased with what we have offered, and prepare us to share in the dwellings of joy to which we have been invited, through the abundance of your mercy, and because of our perfect faith in you. We glorify you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Lord, Listen to Our Voices

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (ta‘attaf ya rabb)

Lord, listen to our voices, hear the prayers we raise,
and open wide your gates above, we ask of you.
Grant rest to our departed ones who died in hope,
our parents, loved ones, and the teachers of true faith.
Blot out their sins and failings from your books, O Lord,
and bring them safely to your paradise on high.
For those who asked us to remember them in prayer,
forgive their sins and faults committed in your sight.
The dead who have departed from this world in faith
were nourished by your living Body and your Blood.
We pray that they may stand with those at your right hand,
with your apostles Peter and Beloved John.
And when all nations stand before your mighty throne,
we ask you not to judge us on our sins and faults.
We raise our voices to adore the Trinity:
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one true God.


O Lord, the Giver of life, in your loving kindness and tender mercy, you descended to the realm of the dead, bringing it life and resurrection. We ask you to accept the fragrance of our incense and our prayers. Place at your right hand the departed who believed in you, and grant them rest in your glorious dwellings, that with the living they may worship you, glorify your divinity, and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto. EtraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One. Have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ، إِرْحَمْنا

Holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we may praise you with purity and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory forever. Amen.

Psalm of the Readings

Syriac: ramremain 2 (Departed)

From my youth I trusted you
as my saving Lord and God.
Now I sleep in hope and faith;
grant me rest among the saints.
Your cross brings light to the dead
in the shadows of the grave.
Save me from all pain and fear.
Make me worthy of your feast.
Kindly grant eternal rest
to the souls who hoped in you.
Place them, Lord, at your right hand,
with the righteous and the just.


A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians. Your blessing, Father.

Glory to the Lord of Paul and the apostles! May the mercy of God descend upon the reader and the listeners and upon this parish and her children forever. Amen.

Brothers and Sisters:
Concerning the times and the seasons, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.’”
(Revelation 14:13)

Before the proclamation of the Gospel of our Savior, announcing life for our souls, we offer this incense and ask for your mercy, O Lord.

Peace be with you.

And with your spirit.

From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke, who proclaimed life to the world.
Let us listen to the proclalation of life and salvation for our souls.

Remain silent, O listeners, for the Holy Gospel is about to be proclaimed to you.
Listen and give glory and thanks to the Word of the living God.

Jesus said:
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house — for I have five brothers — that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
(Luke 16:19-31)

This is the truth! Peace be with you!

Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, for giving us his words of life.