Second Sunday of Great Lent
The Healing of the Leper

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

Entrance Hymn

In His Great Love

Syriac: toobaik ‘eedto

In his great love,
Jesus made the leper clean,
healing him of his disease.
He who was cast out by all
saw Christ Jesus from afar,
and in faith cried out to him:
“Son of David, pity me!"
Christ healed him and made him clean.
Now we too in faith cry out:
“Come, Lord Jesus, heal our souls!"
Jesus, our Lord,
touched the man with leprosy,
and he spoke these words to him:
“I choose that you be made clean
and be purified this day.
Show yourself now to the priests.
Make the sacrifice prescribed,
that you may be purified
from the stain of leprosy.
Your great faith has made you well."
O Christ, our Lord,
you have come to dwell on earth
from the Father’s loving heart.
Great Physician, hear our prayer:
heal our bodies and our souls,
cleanse us from the stain of sin
with the balm of your great love.
Jesus, Savior of the world,
set us on the rock of faith.
Pardon us and grant us peace.

Opening Prayers

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

Jesus Christ our God, in your plan of salvation for us, you healed the leper. Cleanse our bodies and souls from every sin, in thought and in deed, and sanctify our spirits with your Holy Spirit. May we glorify you with purity and holiness, and give thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Eternal Word, who took flesh and became like us in all things but sin; to the Creator of all, who appeared in the world as a physician and healed the sick in body and soul. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this blessed Sunday, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, Physician of souls and bodies, in your plan of salvation, you had pity on the leper, who was outcast, and healed him by your word. We lift up our eyes and hearts to you at all times, and we implore you never to keep your mercy and grace from us but to look upon us with compassion as you did with the leper. Cleanse us and make us holy.
Now, O Lord, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to stretch forth your hand and have compassion on us, for you have said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." With unfailing hope, we implore you to forgive our sins in your love and heal us in your grace.
Accept those who repent and bring back those who have gone astray. Console the grieving and strengthen the weak. Satisfy the hungry and provide for those in need. Bless those who are generous and enrich them with good deeds. Remember the departed who have gone to their rest hoping in you. We raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

The Leper’s Faith

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (Lent)

The leper’s faith touched so deeply
the Savior’s heart.
He pleaded in faith for mercy
and he was cured.
Like drops of rain, Christ’s compassion
poured down on him
and filled his soul and his body
with healing grace.
Christ took away, by his passion
and saving death,
the burdens imposed on us by
Mosaic law.
All you who are weary, come, find
your rest in Christ,
for truly his yoke is easy,
his burden light.
The Father we praise, who wills life
for all the world.
The Son we adore, who heals and
makes lepers clean.
The Spirit we thank, who gives light
to those who stray,
that they return humbly to him.
Let God be praised!


Heavenly Physician, after you healed the leper, you told him to go and show himself to the priest and make an offering. Now, with the fragrance of this incense, we offer ourselves to you as an offering pleasing to you. In your mercy, accept it from us and protect us. We glorify 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

A poor leper begged Jesus:
“If you choose, Lord, make me clean,"
and his prayer touched our Lord’s heart.
He then told him: “Be made clean."
Christ our Lord, our Physician,
you have made the leper clean.
Now we beg you to heal us;
by your word forgive our sins.
Lord our God, you accepted
what the just had offered you;
now accept, in your mercy,
our pure sacrifice and prayers.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans. 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:
Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:12-23)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean."
(Luke 5:12)

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 Mark, 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.

The Evangelist wrote:
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you." He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come." So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee. A leper came to him (and kneeling down) begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean." The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
(Mark 1:35-43)

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.