Hosanna Sunday

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

Entrance Hymn

Who Is This Great King Who Comes

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

Who is this great King who comes,
spoken of in prophecy?
As he rides a donkey’s colt,
crowds spread cloaks along his way.
With palms children go to meet their Lord and King,
and they shout with joy.
They cry out to David’s Son
with “Hosanna" as their praise.
For blest is the One who was sent from God on high.
With the children let us praise and worship him.
Sing “Hosanna" to our King!
On this day the prophets sing
as they honor Jesus Christ.
Though his glory is not seen,
they bear witness to their Lord:
“This is the Most Holy One, who comes to us,
the High Priest and King."
David’s city, filled with joy,
overflows with hymns of praise,
for Christ has appeared, and salvation is at hand.
Shouts of children can be heard among the crowds
as they sing, “Hosanna, Lord!"
Praise to you, O Lord our God,
for your mercy shown to us.
Seated on the cherubim,
you now choose to ride a colt.
On high, hosts of seraphim cry out to you:
“O Most Holy One!"
Children’s songs resound below,
filling all Jerusalem.
O Christ you are blest,
mighty King who crowns all kings!
You have lifted up your Church throughout the world,
and she sings, “Hosanna, Lord!"

Opening Prayers

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

O Christ our God,
make us worthy on this Hosanna Sunday to go out to meet you at your glorious second coming,
just as the crowds went out to meet you at your first coming.
They carried palms and olive branches, while shouting:
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
to save us and renew us."
To you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit,
be glory, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the only-begotten Son, the eternal, holy, and blessed Word, whose holiness is boundless; to the Good Master, who willingly humbled himself although he is the power and wisdom of God; and to the One, who is glorified by spiritual powers and who was pleased with the praises of infants and children. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this feast, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, in the heavens you are carried on a chariot of light, yet on earth you ride on a donkey’s colt. You are hidden from the spiritual powers, yet you are praised by your holy disciples in the streets of Jerusalem. O Holy One, you are seated on the throne of your glory, yet you are honored by the crowds, the old and the young, infants and children, who spread their cloaks and branches before you. In your grace you have planned all this for our salvation.
Now, O Lord, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to make us worthy to celebrate this feast with joy and gladness, and with reverence for your profound humility.
Prepare us to go out to meet you at your second coming, with purity, wearing robes of glory, shouting with those who celebrate: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" In that eternal feast, may we and our departed raise glory to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Rise, Zechariah!

Syriac: bo’ooto dmor ya’qoob (Zechariah)

Rise, Zechariah! Rise, sing your praises!
Your words are fulfilled;
on a colt your Lord God rides.
Prophets, apostles, children, and infants,
all sing praise to him,
and “Hosanna" they proclaim.
Both the Church and Zion go forth to meet God’s Son.
While the Church sings praises of joy, Zion mocks him.
While the children, called by the Church, sing his praises,
Zion calls her elders to come and insult him.
When the Church cries: A shepherd comes for all people,
Zion answers: Moses alone is our shepherd.
When the Church cries: A light has dawned on creation,
Zion answers: We need no light to light our paths.
Praise and glory let us lift up without ceasing
to the Father and to the Son and the Spirit,
God most Holy, Trinity blest, who made all things.
With our minds discerning the truth, we exalt him.


O Christ, you are pleasing to the Father who sent you, and you are the pure incense who has made creation fragrant, bringing joy to the world. You fulfilled what was said by the prophets, and you were delighted by the praise of the children. May we rejoice in the sweetness of your love. Make our souls and senses fragrant with the purity of your holiness, so that we may praise 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

Raise your voices, be joyful,
O Jerusalem, give praise,
for your King humbly enters.
Listen and accept the Truth.
Zion, sing hymns of glory.
O Jerusalem, give praise,
for your gates have been strengthened.
Listen and accept the Truth.
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 . 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:
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that my imprisonment is for Christ.
(Philippians 1:1-13)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“From the mouths of infants and children
you have fashioned praise."
(Psalm 8:3)

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 Apostle wrote:
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!" Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!" His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!" Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
(John 12:12-22)

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.