Friday of the Disciples (Friday of Easter Week)

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

Entrance Hymn

Christ, the Son of Mary, Died

Syriac: fyosto

Christ, the Son of Mary, died;
he tasted death on the cross.
He brought Adam back to life
when he went down to the dead.
Seeing him, Death was afraid
and lost its crown in the fight.
In glory Christ rose from death,
and he lifted us on high.
To the women, angels said
that Jesus rose from the dead.
Then the women, going forth,
announced the news that he lives.
Through the rising of the Lord,
who took on flesh for our sake,
the sin that grieved Adam's race
has become a cause for joy.

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, by your birth you took on our nature, by your baptism you purified us, by your cross you saved us, and by your resurrection you gave us life. Make us worthy to celebrate your feast on which the sun never sets. Open our eyes to the light of your glory, that we may see the splendor of your face, and praise and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Messiah, who by his incarnation anointed us with righteousness and holiness. By his death he redeemed us, and by his resurrection he raised us up. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this day, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


Lord Jesus, how great are the works that you accomplished in strength and wisdom! You created man and woman in your image and likeness on Friday, the sixth day of creation, and embraced them with your love and blessings. Also on a Friday you were crucified for us and redeemed us. Today on this Friday the holy Church celebrates your resurrection, reminding us of creation, redemption, and victory.
Glory to you, O Lord, for all that you have done for us: when you created the world, you gave us life in paradise, and then by your death and resurrection when creation was renewed, you gave us new life.
Now, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to give us the joy of your redemption and of your victory. May we carry your name and your salvation to all people, so that earth and heaven become a new earth and a new heaven. We glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Come, Isaiah, and Explain

Syriac: lmaryam yoldat aloho

Come, Isaiah, and explain your words to us;
tell us whom you saw all dressed in blood-stained clothes,
like someone who treads the press while making wine.
He is Christ, the Risen One, the Son of God!
Dance for joy, be glad this day, O Holy Church,
for the firstborn Son, who died, rose from the tomb.
Take his Body and his Blood; remember him,
as Saint Peter and Saint John instructed you.
Earth and heaven sing with joy on this great day.
Christ, the only Son of God, the Father’s Word,
who was clothed with human flesh from Mary’s womb,
conquered death and granted life to Adam’s race.


O Christ, accept the incense offered by your Church which was born on the cross from the wound of your side. The Church glorifies your name, for at your name every knee should bend in heaven and on earth, and she professes your resurrection, giving thanks to you, to your Father, and to 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

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 Romans. 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:
For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them." But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’" that is, to bring Christ down, “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’" that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart," that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
(Romans 10:4-12)

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 Luke, 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:
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
(Luke 24:36-45)

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.