Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
The Healing of the Paralytic

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

Entrance Hymn

The Poor Man Who Was Paralyzed

Syriac: ehnono noohro shareero

The poor man who was paralyzed
begged for mercy from our Lord.
“Son, your sins are forgiven you”
were the words that Jesus spoke.
But the scribes said in their hearts:
“He blasphemes in saying this.”
Since our Lord knew well their thoughts,
he turned to the man and said:
“Stand up, take your mat, and walk!”
Glory be to the King Most High,
who from heaven came to earth,
taking flesh from the Virgin’s womb,
to redeem humanity.
For our sake, he suffered pain
and delivered us from sin.
He brought healing to the sick
and gave help to those in need.
Praise our great and loving Lord.

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, you carry the sins of the world, and you forgave the sins of the paralytic. You cured him and had him carry his mat in front of the crowd. Make us worthy to meditate on your amazing miracles, and strengthen us with the power of your forgiveness. May we share in the grace of your redemption, to glorify and thank you, your Father, and your living Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Father, who wanted us to share in the mystery of his love; and to the Son, who came into the world to heal suffering humanity with the balm of his grace; and to the Holy Spirit, who dropped down the dew of his consolation upon broken hearts. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this blessed Sunday, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ, the only-begotten Son and Word of the Father, you came down to us in your mercy and compassion. You chose to show the extent of your affection and love, by telling the paralytic to take up his mat and to walk in the sight of the crowd, that all might believe in your divinity.
You restored joy to the suffering paralytic and forgave his sins. We thank and praise you for the great gift that you have given to your Church: in your name, she absolves sins and forgives those who repent.
Now, O Christ our God, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to extend your mighty hand upon us. Come to us with the power of your forgiveness, confirm our faith in you, and implant in us the memory of your divine miracles and teachings. We glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

O Merciful Physician

Syriac: soogheeto (leelyo)

or soogheeto (Lent)

O merciful Physician sent
from God the Father to save us,
you came to earth, O Son of God,
to heal our pain and forgive us.
Though hidden from the ranks on high,
you walked on earth to be with us.
Though angels fear to gaze on you,
you have revealed your might to us.
You form all infants in the womb.
Now form your mercy within us
and call us to repentance, Lord;
from sin’s paralysis heal us.


Jesus Christ our Lord, you are the Promise of true life, the heavenly Physician, and the Harbor of rest and salvation. Accept our incense, and fill us with your divine knowledge. Extend your mighty hand to cure the sick and suffering among us, and heal us with the balm of your forgiveness. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

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

The sweet voice of Christ Jesus
made the paralyzed man walk:
“All your sins are forgiven.
Take your mat and go in peace.”
In the Church dwells the Spirit,
flowing from the heart of Christ.
Now we ask you, O Savior,
pardon us and grant us peace.
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 First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy. 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:
Some people's sins are public, preceding them to judgment; but other people are followed by their sins. Similarly, good works are also public; and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. Those who are under the yoke of slavery must regard their masters as worthy of full respect, so that the name of God and our teaching may not suffer abuse. Those whose masters are believers must not take advantage of them because they are brothers but must give better service because those who will profit from their work are believers and are beloved. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain.
(1 Timothy 5:24-6:5)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Your sins are forgiven. Stand up, and take your mat and walk.”
(Mark 2:9)

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:
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"-- he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home." He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
(Mark 2:1-12)

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.