Second Sunday of the Season of Resurrection
New Sunday

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

Entrance Hymn

On the Eighth Day, Full of Joy

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

On the eighth day, full of joy, gathered in the Upper Room,
the apostles all proclaimed: “Christ has risen from the dead!"
But when Thomas heard this news, doubt filled his mind;
he did not believe.
Jesus stood before their eyes; “Thomas, see my hands and side,
and come touch my wounds. Do not doubt, but now believe.
Blest are those who have not seen and do believe.
I have risen from the dead."
Thomas, you have now become an example, strong in faith.
You have turned doubt into light that dispels the dark and fear.
O Church, sing your hymns to God with all your heart,
filled with faith and love.
Strengthen those who do believe, and like your apostles, Lord,
confirm them in faith. Sanctify your Church on earth,
and encourage her that she may always be
your true witness in the world.

Opening Prayers

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

Lord Jesus, make us worthy to celebrate with spiritual hymns your appearance to Thomas and your apostles. You desired to strengthen the faith of your holy Church by inviting Thomas to put his hand in your pure side. Strengthen our faith, like his, in the mystery of your glorious resurrection. Fill us with your hope and love, so that we may raise glory to you, to your Father, and to your living Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to God the Father, who sent his only-begotten Son for the salvation of the world; and to the Son, who filled the universe with a new light by his glorious resurrection; and to the Holy Spirit, who embraced the hearts of the apostles with joy and peace. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this blessed Sunday, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, by your glorious resurrection you gave joy to those in heaven and on earth, uniting them spiritually as one. Eight days later, you visited your holy apostles and entered the Upper Room, where they were gathered with the doors shut. You invited Thomas to see and put his hand in your side pierced by the lance and to touch your hands wounded by the nails. He proclaimed his faith, crying out: “My Lord and my God!" And you made him a witness to your glorious resurrection.
Therefore we, who have been saved by your victorious cross, implore your grace and ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to grant us the blessing that you promised to those who have not seen you and yet believe. Make us worthy to celebrate this New Sunday with joy and gladness, and prepare us and our departed for that joyful and eternal feast, that we may raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your living Holy Spirit, forever.

Hymn (Qolo)

I Am like a Grain of Wheat


I am like a grain of wheat,
and I died so I might live.
True love poured out from my side,
when my blood and water flowed,
satisfying those who thirst.
Our Lord said: Why are you sad?
Dear disciples, do not grieve;
the Spirit will come to you.
He will strengthen you in faith,
for you truly love your God.
In truth, I am Light from Light.
From a sea of brilliant light
my day dawns majestically.
Let my triumph and great might
be a sign from age to age.


O Christ our God, accept our incense as we commemorate your appearance to your apostle Saint Thomas. As you were pleased by his faith and profession of your divinity, accept our prayers and petitions, and favorably remember all the faithful departed who have died hoping in you, and grant them eternal rest. We raise glory and thanks to you, 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

“Lord, my God, show your mercy,"
the apostle Thomas said.
“I have longed to behold you!
I will go and preach your word."
“‘Lord’ and ‘God’ I have called you,"
the apostle Thomas said.
“I have sinned; grant forgiveness.
I will go and preach your word."
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 Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. 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, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we are clearly apparent to God, and I hope we are also apparent to your consciousness. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you an opportunity to boast of us, so that you may have something to say to those who boast of external appearance rather than of the heart. For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are rational, it is for you. For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
(2 Corinthians 5:11-21)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“You have believed because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
(John 20:29)

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.

The Apostle wrote:
Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may (come to) believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
(John 20:26-31)

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.