Sixth Sunday of Great Lent
The Healing of the Blind Man

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

Entrance Hymn

By the Road, As Christ Walked Along

Syriac: ehnono noohro shareero

By the road, as Christ walked along,
sat a man who could not see.
Bartimaeus began to shout:
“Son of David, pity me!
I believe you are the Lord,
who can give light to my eyes.
Since you let me hear your voice,
let me also see your face.
Give me light that I may see."
Christ the Light, you are glorified,
O Eternal Light from Light.
You enlightened a darkened world
with the brightness of your face.
Light came to those who were blind
when you came to live on earth.
You brought healing to the sick
who cried out to you in faith.
To your Father we give praise.

Opening Prayers

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

O Light from Light, true God from true God, on this day, make us worthy to meditate on the miracle when you opened the eyes of the blind man on the road to Jericho. In your compassion, open our eyes, so that we may know you and follow you. With the children of light we praise and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Holy Trinity, the one true God: the Father of the Eternal Light, the Son who is Light from Light, and the Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son; one power, one authority, and one exalted God. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this blessed Sunday, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


Only-begotten Word of God, born in time of the Virgin Mary, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You chose to open the eyes of the blind to teach us that you are the source and the giver of light. By your miracles, you proved that you are the awaited Messiah of whom Isaiah spoke: “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy."
O Lord, who has given us light, accept our witness, and our profession of faith that you are truly the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Now, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to let the light of your knowledge shine in our hearts. May we see your face and rejoice, as did Bartimaeus on the road to Jericho, and may your light shine throughout the world, so that all may see your face and rejoice in you. We raise glory to you, to the Father who sent you, and to the Spirit, the source of holiness, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Christ the Light Has Dawned

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (moryo moran)

Christ the Light has dawned from heaven
and walked on earth.
He has freed the world from darkness
with his bright light.
He worked great signs,
and the people came to believe
that he truly is the Lord God,
the Light from Light.
Lord, the blind have seen your true light
shine here on earth.
As they see your works, they praise you
and give you thanks.
Christ, the Light of all the world,
enlighten our minds.
May our faith in you be fruitful.
We give you praise.


O Christ, you are the true Light who guides all people. You shine the splendor of your radiant light on the eyes of the blind. Through your grace, open our minds and consciences to the light of your Gospel. Accept the fragrance of our incense and our repentance, that we may raise glory and thanks to you, 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

“Lord, my God, show your mercy,"
cried the blind man to our Lord.
“You allowed me to hear you.
Let me now behold your face."
Hear, O peoples and nations,
what the blind man said to Christ;
all on earth, be attentive:
“Let me now behold your face."
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 Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. 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:
Now I myself, Paul, urge you through the gentleness and clemency of Christ, I who am humble when face to face with you, but brave toward you when absent, I beg you that, when present, I may not have to be brave with that confidence with which I intend to act boldly against some who consider us as acting according to the flesh. For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ, and we are ready to punish every disobedience, once your obedience is complete. Look at what confronts you. Whoever is confident of belonging to Christ should consider that as he belongs to Christ, so do we.
(2 Corinthians 10:1-7)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see may see."
(John 9:39)

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:
They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. This is the Truth.
(Mark 10:46-52)

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.