Monday of Passion Week

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

Entrance Hymn

Zion’s Daughter Strayed from Me

Syriac: fsheeto (qooqoyo)

tesh-booh-tol mor-yo (To God be glory!)
"Zion’s Daughter strayed from me,"
our Lord lamented.
“She betrayed our covenant and went her own way.
I wept for her.
She had always been my love and joy,
and I cared for her.
In my kindness, she received wine made from water.
But she gave me bitter wine before my last breath."
tesh-booh-tol mor-yo (To God be glory!)
Christ our Savior, you were slain
as it was written.
You became as one large wound, soaked in your own blood.
O tell me, Lord,
are there hearts so cruel to do such things,
that you bleed this way?
“My own people did this deed," our Lord responded.
“Yet my pierced heart heals the wounds of those who draw near."
tesh-booh-tol mor-yo (To God be glory!)
The beloved, only Son of God the Father,
firstborn Son of Mary’s womb, has come to save us.
There is no love
greater than the love of him who died,
having shed his blood.
He was crucified for us; our mouths now praise him.
The Redeemer of the world has brought us new life.

Opening Prayers

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

Innocent and spotless Lamb,
you were led to the cross in silence carrying the sins of the world.
Make us worthy to share in your life-giving passion,
as we exchange our sacrifice for your sacrifice
and our love for your love.
May your glorious resurrection fill us with joy,
and we raise glory to you to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit,
forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Living and Immortal One who became flesh, suffered, and died. By his passion he atoned for our sins, by his death he opened the door of salvation, and by his resurrection he reconciled heaven and earth. To the Good One be glory and honor, at this time, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


Exalted and awesome Lord, you lived among us, became our brother, and showed us the way to salvation. You drank the bitter cup of suffering for our redemption. With enlightened consciences and pure hearts, we cry out, proclaiming: Blessed be your holy, life-giving Passion that has freed us from the slavery of sin and the power of evil.
Blessed be your holy, life-giving Passion that has shown us the way to salvation.
Blessed be your holy, life-giving Passion that has transformed our weakness into strength and our lowliness into glory.
Now, O suffering Lord Jesus who overflows with love for us, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to adorn us with your passion rather than with a royal purple robe, and with your nakedness rather than with a crown, and with your cross rather than with a scepter. Make our souls purer than snow, that we may be dressed in clothes appropriate for your heavenly feast, where we will glorify and thank you with a glory and thanks worthy of your majesty and perfection, together with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

How Blest, O Lord, Is Your Passion

Syriac: boteh dhasho

How blest, O Lord, is your passion and humble state.
You have suffered,
O Christ our God;
your faithful Church now shares your pain.
Make her joyful when you are raised;
let her sing praise.
We glorify God: the Father, who sent his Son
to redeem us,
the Son, who came
and suffered death upon the cross,
and the Spirit, who gives us life;
one and true God.


Lord Jesus, accept and be pleased with the fragrance of this incense from your Church, your flock, whom you have redeemed by your passion and have purchased with your precious blood. Hear the prayers of your Church, your Bride, who embraces and kisses your wounds. Bless her and keep away everything that might distance her from you, that she may share in the sufferings of your passion, rejoice in your resurrection, and raise glory and thanks to you, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ.
ܡܫܺܝܚܳܐ ܕܶܐܨܠܶܒܬ ܚܠܳܦܰܝܢ.ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto.
MsheeHo deSlebt Hlofayn. EtraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One.
O Christ who was crucified for us, have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ،
يا مَسِيح الَّذِي صُلِبَ مِنْ أَجْلِنا، 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: ‘onokh yeshoo‘

Our Lord Jesus entered Zion
for the great feast.
He was ready to endure pain
that would save us.
Out of envy leaders made plans
to kill God’s Son,
who had entered holy Zion
for the great feast.
We now suffer with you, Jesus,
in your passion.
Make us joyful, O Redeemer,
when you shall rise.


A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews. 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, let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And we will do this, if God permits. For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt. Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned over. Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation.
(Hebrews 6:1-9)

Praise be to God always!


hem oo-hem
For food they gave me gall;
in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
(Psalm 69:22)
hem oo-hem

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 Matthew, 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:
He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?" Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive." When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus, “We do not know." And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
(Matthew 21:17-27)

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.