Thursday of the Disciples (Thursday of Easter Week)

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

Entrance Hymn

The Faithful Church

Syriac: toobaik ‘eedto

The faithful Church
sings with joy and celebrates,
for her Groom rose from the dead.
He ascended to the heights,
in great glory and in might,
and sits at his Father’s right.
Christ has granted Adam life
and restored him to the place
that he lost when he had sinned.
Let us praise our Risen Lord.
I was amazed
at the feast that Christ prepared
for the blessèd Church, his bride.
As I entered, I saw there:
prophets, martyrs, and the just,
the apostles with the priests;
then Baptism and the cross;
on the altar there was placed
Christ’s own Body and his Blood
for the pardon of all sins.

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, the Firstborn from the dead, by your resurrection, you planted the seeds of your divine life into our human life as a pledge of your eternal glory. May we care for these seeds with faith, hope, and love, until we meet you in your kingdom on the day of resurrection, that we may praise you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the living God, who in his love has given us life. By his death he preserved us from corruption, and by his resurrection he renewed our image and granted us eternal life in his kingdom. 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, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge abide in you. By your resurrection you became our shining light and our guiding wisdom. You taught us that life on earth is a passage to eternal life with you; that its value depends upon good works done in faith, hope, and love; and that its goal is found in you, for living without you is death, and dying with you is eternal life.
Now we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to grant us wisdom and knowledge, that we may discover the meaning of life in the light of your glorious resurrection. May we accept all that life gives us, its blessings and graces, and its temptations and difficulties, trusting that carrying the cross will lead us to the glory of the resurrection. With your mother, the Virgin Mary, and all the saints, we glorify and thank you, and your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

In the Sacred Book of Psalms

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

In the sacred book of Psalms,
David, son of Jesse, wrote:
God, the Savior, reigns as king,
clothed in majesty and might!
And now all the nations sing and shout for joy:
Jesus has been raised!
He has strengthened all the world;
lest it shake he made it firm.
He woke up from sleep,
from the darkness of the tomb.
So his foes were saddened
but his friends were glad.
Mourning has been turned to joy.
All creation is set free
by the rising of God’s Son.
Death and Satan have been crushed;
Adam is their slave no more.
Although the disciples fled because of fear,
they now shout for joy.
Women go to spread the news;
angels venerate his tomb.
The whole world proclaims:
Christ is risen from the dead!
He, whom Zion crucified, arose in might
and he sits at God’s right hand.


With this incense, O Christ, we raise our pure hands, clean hearts, and fervent prayers to you, asking you to accept our petitions and requests in your compassion. May we serve you in a spirit of joy, and glorify and thank you, now and 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

On a Sunday most holy,
Christ our Savior truly rose.
Death and Satan he conquered,
giving Adam’s children life.
Let your servants, Lord, praise you,
for from death you truly rose.
Let your saints glorify you,
for you gave your children 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 Ephesians. 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:
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
(Ephesians 2:1-10)

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 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.

Jesus said to them,
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
(Mark 16:15-18)

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.