Wednesday of the Disciples (Wednesday of Easter Week)

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

Entrance Hymn

Come, O Faithful Church, Rejoice

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

Come, O faithful Church, rejoice!
Shout for joy and sing with praise
to the only Son of God, who has suffered for your sake.
He died and proclaimed good news among the dead,
bringing them new life.

In great splendor Christ arose

from the darkness of the tomb.
He brought Adam joy, conquering the realm of death.
Having freed those held by death, he guided them
to the Paradise of light.
O Redeemer, Christ our Lord,
you have risen from the dead,
granting everlasting life to those who have been baptized.
O Lord, clothe them once again in righteousness
at the end of time

They professed the Trinity
with great faith and hope and love.
May they dwell in light with the saints in paradise.
We shall give you thanks and glorify your name
and forever sing your praise.

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 are victorious over suffering and death. During this season of your glorious resurrection, make us worthy to live with a joyful spirit and a pure heart, so that we may sing to you: “The Lord reigns clothed in majesty!" We raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Eternal Son who came down to us from his Father. He chose to taste death to save the dead. He triumphed over death and brought the good news of life to those who had gone to their rest. He rose in glory and gave joy to those in heaven and on earth. He is seated at the right hand of his Father and has sanctified us with his Holy Spirit. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this day, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, you came down to us and fulfilled your plan of salvation. You bore the weight of our sins when you suffered on the cross, and you fulfilled all the prophecies by your death and resurrection. The apostles proclaim the good news of your resurrection to all people, and the prophets rejoice because their prophecies have been fulfilled in you.
Now, O Lord, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to exalt your faithful Church. Adorn her shepherds with wisdom, her priests with virtue, and her deacons with purity. Keep her children strong in faith, firm in hope, and united in love. Forgive sinners, sanctify those who repent, and bring back those who have gone astray.
Grant rest in your kingdom to those who have died hoping in you, and make us worthy to praise you as we remember your death and profess your resurrection. We raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Women Were Greeted

Syriac: dahto lo nehte 2

Women were greeted by the Lord’s angel,
and then he told them news of great wonder:
“Women, so mournful, why are you crying?
Jesus is risen, clothed in great glory!"
Jonah spent three days in the whale’s belly
and told a city: “Come to repentance."
Jesus spent three days inside a dark tomb
and told the whole world: “I bring redemption."
Blest on this morning are the departed,
for the Redeemer went down to meet them.
When he had made known his resurrection,
they raised their heads high, singing his praises.


O Christ our God, you are the sweet and fragrant incense. By your glorious resurrection you saved us and broke down the wall of division and hostility between God and humanity. Accept our incense and our prayers, and fill us with the grace of your resurrection, so that we may constantly praise you, your Father and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ.
ܡܫܺܚܳܐ ܕܩܳܡ ܡܶܢ ܒܶܝܬ ܡܺܝ̈ܬܶܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto.
MsheeHo deqom men beyt mite, etraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One.
O Christ, risen from the dead, have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ
يا مَسِيح الَذِي قَامَ مِنْ بَيْنَ الأَمْوَات، 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

Peace and hope have been given
to all people far and near.
From the tomb Christ has risen,
gathering his flock as one.
Now the Church is rejoicing
for her shepherd truly rose.
Christ, who died for his people,
conquered death to give new life.
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 Colossians. 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:
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
(Colossians 3:1-11)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad."
(Psalm 118:24)

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 John, 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.

Jesus said:
“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. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
(John 12:15-25)

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.