Friday of The Temptation of Jesus
in the Wilderness
The Fortieth Day of Lent

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

Entrance Hymn

Like a Treasure, This Great Fast

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (Lent)

Alleluia! All praise be to God!
Like a treasure, this great fast
makes justice abound and holiness thrive.
Let us not just fast from food
but fast from all sin
and keep our hearts pure,
Alleluia, a dwelling for God.
Alleluia! All praise be to God!
Fasting gives light to the mind
and brings purity to body and soul.
Fasting helps protect our hearts
from sinful desires.
We give thanks to God,
Alleluia, who blesses our lives.
Alleluia! All praise be to God!
Jesus, Son of God, your fast
imparted to us such great mysteries.
Teach your truth throughout the world.
It leads us to you,
to heaven above,
Alleluia, and all that is good.

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 take up your cross as a shield of protection,
and send your blessings upon us throughout this holy season of Lent.
Purify our consciences and our hearts,
so that we may have a good journey leading us to Easter and your resurrection.
We raise glory and thanks to you,
to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, for ever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the loving Father, the merciful One, who awaits the return of sinners and the contrite of heart, and who shows compassion to the repentant son and embraces him. To the Good One be glory and honor, during this blessed Lent, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ, Lover of all people, you gave the Church the holy season of Lent as a shield of protection and a healing remedy. Your fasting and sacrifices taught us to fast, and to understand the purpose and essence of life, the meaning of the world and its existence, and the greatness of your love and compassion. Shower your mercy on all people that they may repent and soften their hearts that they may return to you, know you, and love you.
During these forty days of Lent, may we meditate on the benefits of fasting and prayer. Through fasting and prayer, souls are made pure, bodies are made chaste, spirits are uplifted, passions are restrained, mercy abounds, and the Holy Spirit dwells in the soul that was created to be the temple of God.
Now, O Lord, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to make us worthy to glorify you with pure lips and angelic hymns that come from sincere hearts. Guided by your example, we fast as you did, so that we may stand in your presence to praise you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

O Son of God, by Your Fasting

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (Lent)

O Son of God, by your fasting
you saved your Church.
Accept our prayers and our fasting,
we ask of you.
O Lord of Peace, heaven and earth
you reconciled.
Grant us your peace and protection
throughout this fast.
The fathers, like Moses, fasted
and pleased you, Lord.
Accept our fast, grant us mercy,
and hear our prayers.
Exalt the name of your Mother
and all the saints,
and, through their prayers, pardon us
and those who have died.


Jesus Christ our Lord, accept our incense and answer our petitions; sanctify our fasting and our prayers. Be pleased with us, and grant us your forgiveness. May we spread your Gospel and be your witnesses to all people. We glorify 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: shoobho lhaow ro’yo

Lord, may we enter
into your kingdom;
its gates are opened
through prayer and fasting.
The faithful enter
the feast and kingdom,
through prayer and fasting,
and with sincere hearts.
O Lord, we ask you,
accept our fasting,
be pleased, and answer
the prayers we offer.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the . 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:
Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, and that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.
(2 Thessalonians 3:6-17)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Can the wedding guests fast while the groom is with them?
The days will come when the groom is taken away, and then they will fast."
(Mark 2:19-21)

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 , 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:
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’" Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’" Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’" Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
(Luke 4:1-13)

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.