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The Order of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord according to the rite of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Hymns b ased on the original prose translation from Syriac by Fr. Dr. Baby Varghese 2013 2 This book contains the entire s ervice for the Feast of the Nativity which includes: Evening (Ramsho), Compline (Sutoro), Night (Lilio), Morning (Safro), 3 rd Hour, 6 th Hour, Nativity Service at the fire pit, Exaltation of the Cross, & special hymns for the Holy Qurbana. The work is adap ted from prose translations from the original Syriac by Rev. Fr. Baby Varghese and Bede Griffiths found in The Order of the Prayers of the Major Feasts (Malankara Orthodox Church Publications, 2013) and The Book of Common Prayer of the Syrian Church (Gorgi as Press, 2005), respectively. The Eniyono Emo d’Kitho of Ramsho was adapted from a prose translation from Malayalam by Ms. Ceena Varghese. Special thanks to: Fr. Dr. Baby Varghese who translated the service from Syriac into English prose, without wh ich, this work would not be possible. Dn. Pradeep Hatcher (St. Gregorios Mission Parish, Spokane, WA) for versifying the prose into hymns and formatting/compiling this book. Alan Alex (Dallas, TX) for editing the online recordings. This has been ap Diocese of South - West America. If desiring to use in another Diocese, please receive the consent of the presiding Diocesan the Diocesan w ebsite (www.ds - wa.org) to assist in learning the tunes. We pray that this may help our English - speaking faithful to participate and understand the meaningful liturgical hymns composed by our Church Fathers about the Nativity of our Lord. 3 RAMSHO/ EVENING P RAYER † In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God . Glory be to Him, and may His grace a nd mercy be upon us forever. Ami n . Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory , the heaven and earth are filled, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is He who has come, and is to come, in the name of the Lord; Glory be to Him in the Highest. The Qaumo ( T risagion) Holy art T hou, O God! Holy art T hou, Almighty, Holy art T hou, Immortal, † Crucified for us, Have mercy on us. (Re peat Thrice) Lord, have mercy upon us, Lord , be kind and have mercy, Lord , accept our office And our entreaties, h ave mercy up on us. Glory be to Thee , O God! Glory be to Thee , O Creator, Glory be to Thee , O Christ the King, Who pities His sinful servants …Barekmor 4 THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father wh o art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts and sins, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil on e. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amin. *[ The optional “Hail Mary” can also be said, if desired ] Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with the e; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord Jesus Christ. O Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at all times, and at the hour of our death. Amin Celebrant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. People: May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sinful servants, in both worlds forever, Ami n. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER Priest : O Lord God, make us worthy to sanctify you with the holy seraphim without reservation; to bless y ou with the blessed cherubim without hesitation; to exalt you with the heavenly hosts above without blame; to sing praise to you unceasingly with the innocent shepherds; to worship you with Mary w ho bore you, now and forever. People : Ami n 5 Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, O God, in Your loving kindness; in the abundance of Your mercy blot out my sin. Wash me thoroughly from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my fault and my sins ar e before me always. Against Y ou only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight, that You may be justified in Y our words and vindicated in Y our judgment. For I was born in guilt and in sin s my mother conceive d me. But You take pleasure in truth and You h ave made known to me You r wisdom. Sprinkle me with You r hyssop , and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Give me the comfort of You r joy and gladness, and the bones which have been humbled shall rejoice. Turn away You r face from my sins and blot out all my faults. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew You r steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from You r presence and take not You r Holy Spirit from me. But restore to me You r joy and You Yo u r glorious spirit sustain me; that I may teach the wicked You r way and sinners You . Deliver me from blood, O God, God of my salvation, and my shall sing You r praise. For You do not take pleasure in sacrifices; by burnt offerings You are not appeased. The sacrifice of God is a humble spirit, a heart that is contrite God will not despise. 6 Do good in You r good pleasure to Zion and build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then shall You be satisfied with sacrifices of truth and with whole burnt - off erings; then shall they offer bullocks upon You r altar. And to You belongs the praise O God… Barekmor Shub’ho…/Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit Men’olam…/ From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO (Emo d’Kitho /Kanyakayam ) The One W ho was born of the Virgin Without breaking – the bless’d Vir gin’s seal O God, have mercy on us The One W hom the Magi from the east Honored with gifts – and the she pherds praised O God, have mercy on us The One W ho crawled as a little child In Bethlehem – was born by His will O God, have mercy on us The One Who was wrapped in swaddling clothes In Bethlehem – was born by His will O God, have mercy on us The One Who was born from the Father And from Mary – in the ful lness of time O God, have mercy on us 7 The One Who drew wise men from the east To worship Your – honor and glo ry O God, have mercy on us The One Who gladdened those in heaven And on the earth, – the Lord of Glo ry O God, have mercy on us… Barekmor Shub’ ho… Men olam… Let us bow , worsh ip and exalt Him Who by His birth – saved us from er ror O God, have mercy on us Psalm 141 Kurieleison Lord, I have called upon You, answer me: hear and receive my words. hands like the ev mouth, a guard before my lips that my heart may not turn to evil words , and I may not do deeds of wickedness. of the impious anoint my head; because my prayer was against their evil - doing: their judges have been restrained by the side of the rock; and they have heard how gentle are my words. As when a plough cleaves the earth , their bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol. I have lifted up my eyes to You, Lord, and in You have I put my trust, do not cast away my soul. Keep me from the hand of the proud who have laid snares for me; 8 Psalm 142 With my voice I cried to the Lord; with my voice I besought the Lord , and poured out my prayer before him; I showed him my affliction when my spirit was troubled, but You know my path. In the way of my walking they have laid a snare for me; I look to my righ t and see none that knows me: the way of escape has gone from me , and there is none who care for my soul. I cried to You, Lord, and said: You are my hope and my portion in the land of the living. e from my persecutors because they are too strong for me. Lead me forth from prison that I may give thanks to Your name: Your just ones shall have hope when You shall reward me. Psalm 119: 105 - 112 I have sworn and am resolved to keep the judgments of Your justice. I am greatly brought low, Lord, give me life according to Your word; be pleased with the words of my mouth, Lord, and teach me Your judgments. My soul is ever in my hands, and I have not forgotten Your law; sinners have laid snares for me , and I have not strayed from Your commands. I shall inherit Your testimony for ever because it is dear to my heart. I have turned my heart to do Your commands forever in truth. Psalm 117 Praise th e Lord all y ou nations; praise him all y ou peoples; for H is grace is strong over us, truly the Lord is forever. And t o You belongs the praise, O God… Barekmor Shub’ho… Men’olam… 9 QOLO (Mshiho Ethiled/Mashiha Jaatham Chei) The Messiah was born in Be thlehem And the Magi came from the east to honor him The wise men in quired , “where was born this King Whom we are see king ? Let us bow and worship him!” The luminous star announced to those men: In_ Bethle hem dwells the King who has been born Behold this i nfant , He is the True Light And He is the Lord , The Lord and God Almighty They reached Bethle hem and found in the cave The King who was born with Mary, the God - bearer The hosts of a ngels were crying aloud: “Holy, holy, ho - ly is the Lord who is born.” He lay in the cave wrapped in swaddling clothes The Lord of the worlds is fed with his mother’s milk The Ancient of Days is held as a child O, come all gen tiles let us bow and worship Him O, how beaut i ful was the hymn sung there By angels and men in the cave at Bethlehem Mary marveled and Joseph was in awe The Son was glori fied Let us bow and worship Him On this great feast of the Nativity Of the Son of God , a hymn of wonder was sung The angels cried out : “Glory be to God And peace and good hope to the sons of men on earth!” …Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… 10 Watchers and angels along with shepherds Sang praise to the Son who has been born in the cave Let us give thanks on His Nativity Let us worship Him who set us free from error Staumen Kalos Kurielaison PR OMEON Priest: compassion People: O merciful Lord, have mercy upon us and help us. Priest: Glory and thanksgiving, praise and adoration, and unceasing exaltation truly at all times and all hours, m ay we ascribe unto you, O Lord. Glory to the Holy One Who is sanctified with His Father and His Holy Spirit, Who sanctified the pure womb of the virgin and came down to dwell in it and was born from it to Him, to that Rich One, Who by His nature wrapped himself with swaddling clothes and by His compassion laid down in a manger made for animals in a small cave; Who, being the sustainer of creation, nursed milk from the young maiden as an infant; Who, bein g the Invisible and Exalted One, guided the Magi from their country for His worship and to honor Him with gifts and offerings on the day of his Nativity. To Him belongs glory, honor, and worship at this time of Evening and at all times, seasons, hours, an d all the days of our life. People: Amin 11 (Incense is placed) SEDRO Priest: Glory to You, the Self - Existent Child, the Only Begotten of the Father, Who manifested from the holy and virgin womb while remaining with Your Father and Your Holy Spirit as thr ee undivided persons (hypostasese/qnume) in one essence. The righteous ones of old prefigured You with their mysteries, O Exalted Child Who descended to Your creation on this day. spoke of Your invisible nature and with their voices, all the preachers revealed Your existence and with the eyes of the Spirit saw Your human birth from the holy virgin. Abraham, the father of innumerable generations prefigured You by the tree that bore the ram. Jacob, the chief among th e fathers prefigured You, saying: “The gentiles will look, seeing the day of His nativity.” Job, the just and upright spoke of this wondrous Child, saying, “I know that my Savior is living and he will be seen on earth at the end.” Moses saw this glorious Child in the fire that dwelt in the bush without burning it, which is the fire of divinity that dwelt in the womb of the holy virgin while preserving her. manifested from the holy virgin and Whose a uthority does not pass away, and Whose Lordship is everlasting. with four faces and preached that He would appear to the and cried out: ‘B ehold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and He will be called the Wonderful,” for He is God and man. David sang of this Child of wonder, saying that He shall descend like rain upon the fleece which is the holy virgin, and again when he sang, “You are my Son, today I have begotten You.” Jeremiah represented this beloved Child, saying, ‘The Lord shall raise a ray from David.” Daniel saw this compassionate Child and called Him the stone hewn without hands. The Archangel 12 Gabriel announced this True Child to the virgin, the daughter of David, saying: ‘Peace be to you, O full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and the Lord of creation shall manifest from You.” The watchers glorified this mighty child in tual songs, hymns, and shouts and cried out, “Glory to God in the highest and peace to those below, for the Savior is born in the city of David.” The shepherds saw this Child of wonder and glorified and confessed and worshipped Him with offerings. The st ar announced this Child in all regions and quarters of the earth and attracted the Magi to Him for His worship and they offered Him gold, myrrh, and incense. depart from this life, saying, “Let Your servant now depart in peace, for my eyes have seen Your salvation.” Today, all things indicated in the Law and spoken by the kindled the fire at the burning bush manifested from the virgin. Today, the One Who represented His mystery by the rain on the fleece has revealed Himself. Today, the One who was prophesied to come from the south has appeared. Today was born the One Whom David called the Son that sits at the right hand. Today descended the rain of consolation, which sprouted the green herb in the cave. Today appeared the scepter and the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Today, a Child is born to us and a Son has been given to us. Today, the virgin have birth to Almighty God, and His name was call ed the Wonderful. Today, God manifested on earth and enlightened the world for all time. Judea. Today was seen the closed door and the Lord who entered through it. Today, the mystery was fulfilled. Hands held Him Whom the heavenly minds cannot comprehend. Fingers touched him, whom the senses of 13 angels cannot perceive. Knees bore the One whom the Cherbubim bear upon the fiery chariot. Therefore, we worship You as John did from his mother h’s womb, and as David did before the Ark, we worship before the manger in which You lay. We, weak and sinful servants, who are made worthy to celebrate the day of Your glorious Nativity in the flesh, beseech You: Make us worthy with the righteous to glor ify You; with with the Apostles to rejoice in you; and with the heavenly and spiritual ranks to shout in praise before You. May we be held worthy on the day of Your second revelation for the absoluti on of all our hateful deeds, and for the forgiveness and the purification of all our impurities and the cleansing of all our stains. Deal with us according to Your mercy. Do not reward us according to our guilt. By Your compassion, give rest and make go od remembrance upon Your exalted altar above in Heaven of all the faithful departed who have fallen asleep in Your hope and await Your second coming. We and they will offer up glory and thanksgiving to You and to Your Father and to Your Holy Spirit, now a nd always and forever. People: Amin 14 Qolo (Mshiho Natareh l’Eedthokh – Tone 1) Bless’d is He who manifested himself as an infant When He came to save Adam, He lived and walked among men He crawled as a little child He who di rects all of creation He rem ained still and silent, the One who taught men the Word Praise to His humility, for He had so lowered His greatness That He left the Cherubim and their prais es and laid in swaddling clothes Barekmor … Shub’ho… Joseph held and cherished You. Mary, who bore you, rejoiced The heavenly hosts came down and approached the earthly ones They saw Your honor on earth, You, whom an gels had ne ver beheld They glorified an d praised your honor and they worshipped you For they had seen you, their Lord, as an in fant laid in a manger And they praised Adam’s children who were made wor thy to see Your greatness Men olam… Why did the martyrs taste death but for the re surrection? Why did the just ones labor, if there was no other world? If resurrection was false Christ did not rise from among the dead O you departed, look at the Son, for true is His hope When the living voice of God calls to the dead, the tombs will o pen And the departed will rise and will go to when He comes Moriyo Rahem… 15 (Incense is placed) Priest: exalted knowledge of the magnificent mind of God the Father. From Blesse d Mary, that dry earth, you sprouted in creation in order to gladden us by Your holy fragrance, we who were corrupted by sin. Receive, O Lord, from our sinful hands this incense that we offer to your compassionate magnificence. May we attain the spiritua l and luminous vision that is the steady, unwavering gaze at the fragrant and invisible beauty of Your exalted majesty, our Lord and our God forever. People: Amin Qolo (Tubayk ‘Idto – Tone 1) O, who can speak of the wonder that occurred The Magi saw an d were struck: A child has been wrapped in cloth And is laid in a manger He is beheld as a man But before him, angels tremble He is indeed the Son of God Who did become incarnate… Barekmor Shub ’ ho… 16 The good news of Christ w And it drew the Magi there It tread the way before them They took their gifts in their hands And they took faith in their hearts The Magi entered the cave And worshipped Christ, who forgives; Whose light dawned in creation From on e end to the other Men olam… May the dew of life that was sent by the Father And sprinkled on the three youths In the furnace of Babylon Rain upon the departed In the dwellings of Sheol. May it absolve and blot out All the faults of his servants Who, in His hope, fell asleep May it grant them the Kingdom 17 GOSPEL (Incense is placed) People: Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son On this day I have begotten You ’ 1 Halleluiah Deacon: With calmness and rever ence and with sober minds, let us attend and listen to the Proclama tion of the living words of God in the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that is read to us. Priest: † Peace be unto you all. People: May the Lord God make us worthy, With Thy Spiri t. Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the life - giving proclamation from St. John the Apostle, who announces life and salvation to the world. People: Blessed is He who has come and is to come. Glory be to Him, w ho sent Him for our sa lvation, and His mercy be upon us all forever. Priest: Now in the time of the incarnation of our Lord and our God and our Savior Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, Who was incarnate of the Holy Virgin Mary, these things did come to pass in this manner. † People: We believe and confess. (Priest reads John 1: 1 - 17) Priest: † Peace be to you all 1 Psalm 2:7 18 Quqlion (Tone 1) As a father shows mercy to his children, Halleluiah So the Lord shows mercy to those - who fear him As for man his days are like grass , Halleluiah Like the flower of the field – so he blooms… Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… Eqbo May Your living voice awake From the graves to paradise Your servants who slept in hope and trusted in your mercy Stoumen kalos, Kurielaison Qolo (l’Maryam Yo ldath Aloho) O Savior, raise up the dead who ate Your Flesh And drank your Blood, the Chalice of Salvation Raise them up from the grave without corruption And clothe them in glory, those who wait for you ... Barekmor Shub ’ ho… The Son of the King who g ives life to the dead will be carried above the clouds of beauty Moriyo Rahem… 19 B o ’ ut h o of St. Jacob Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah As th Behold, He who sits on the throne of the heavens Is carried at the side of the blessed virgin; The One before whom Gabr’iel and the angels bow And Joseph and his family extol in their arms (Shuhlofo) Glory to Him who fills hea ven with His greatness Earth rejoi ces with peace on His Nativity; Glory to Him who glad dened the earth by His birth And to the Fath er who sent Him and to the Spirit (End of Shuhlofo) Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah A 20 QAUMO (Tone 1) Holy art Thou, O God Holy art Thou, Almighty, Holy art Thou, Immortal, † Crucified for us Have mercy upon us. (Repeat Thrice) Lord, have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mer cy, Lord, accept our offices and entreaties Have mercy upon us. Glory to Thee, O God! Glory to Thee, Creator, Glory to Thee, Christ the King Who pities His sinful servants Barekmor Our Father, who art in heaven… 21 SUTORO (Prayers for Night Protection/Compline) Qaumo Qolo ( Morahimin – Tone 1) Afraid am I for my sins lest they should be - a wall which keeps me from that - Garden of delights which is - kept for all the saints Rescue me, O Lord, from hell, and where You will, - the … Barekmor Shub’ ho… Men olam… Glory to You Christ our King Who opens doors - to those who repent I am – a sinner who begs of You, – Giver of Good things, Gl adden my heart by Your grace that I may sing - as a harp to You Mo r i yo … B o ’ ut h o of St. Balai (Tone 1) Lord, who has mercy even on sinners Have mercy on us on y our Judgement Day! At your door O Lord, the afflicted knock Answer their requests in y our compassion 22 Fathe r in heaven, we do beseech y ou! Accept our servic e - have mercy on us. Lord of those above! Hope of those below! Accept this service; have mer cy on us Kurielai son, Kurielaison, Kurielaison Psalm 91 Barekmor You that sit in the shelter of the Most High and abide in glory; in the shadow of God. Say t o the Lord; ‘My trust and my refuge; the God in whom I confide’. For He shall deliver you from the snare of stumbling, and from idle talk. He shall keep you under His feathers, and by His wings, you shall be covered; and His truth shall encompass you li ke an armor. You shall not fear from the terror by night, and from the arrow that flies by the day. And from the Voice that travels in the darkness, and from the devastating wind in the noon. Thousands shall fall at your side and ten thousands at your r ight side. They shall not come near to you but with your eyes you shall see only; You shall see the revenge of the wicked Since You have said ‘Thou art the Lord, my trust. Who has placed thy abode in the heights’. 23 There shall not evil come near to you; neither shall any plague draw near to your dwelling place. For He shall give His angels command concerning you, who shall protect you in all your ways. And they shall bear you up in their hands, lest your foot stumble. You shall tread upon the adder and the basilisk; and you shall trample down the lion and the dragon. For the Lord has said: ‘Since he has sought me, I will deliver him and strengthen him’. ‘Since he has known my name he shall call upon me and I will answer him, and be with him in afflict ion’. I will strengthen him and honor him. With long life, will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. Psalm 121 I will lift up eyes to the mountain, from whence comes my helper. My help is from the Lord who has made the heaven and the earth. He wil l not suffer your foot to tremble; Your keeper shall not slumber. For neither slumbers, nor sleeps the keeper of Israel; The Lord is your keeper. The Lord shall overshadow you with his right hand. The sun shall not smite you by day nor the moon by nig ht; The Lord shall take care of you from all evil; the Lord shall take care of your life. 24 He shall watch over your exit and your entrance, henceforth forever. And to You belongs the praise, O God. Barekmor Celebrant: Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost People: Halleluiah – Halleluiah – Halleluiah Unto to the ages of ages and forever more PRAYER OF ST. SEVERIOS beneath the shadow of the wings of thy me rcy, and have compassion upon us. Thou, who hearest all things, in Thy loving kindness, hearken to the supplication of thy servants. Grant us O Messiah; our Savior! A peaceful evening and a sinless night, for Thou art the King of Glory , and unto Thee, ar e our eyes lifted up. Forgive our debts and our sins; have mercy upon us, both in this world and in that to come. May thy loving kindness shelter us, O Lord , and Thy grace be upon our faces. Ma y Thy cross protect us from the evil one and his hosts. Thy right hand overshadow us all the days of our lives and Thy peace reign among us. Do Thou give hope and salvation to the souls that pray to Thee. By the prayers of St. Mary, Thy Mother, and of all Thy Saints, O God, forgive us our debts, and have mercy upon us. Ami n 25 PRAISE OF THE CHERUBIM (Ezekiel 3:12) † Blessed is the glory of the Lord, from His Place forever; † Blessed is the glory of the Lord, from His Place forever; † Blessed is the glory of the Lord, from His Place forever and ever Holy and gl orious Trinity, have mercy upon us; Holy and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us; Holy and glorious Trinity, have compassion and mercy upon us. Thou art Holy and glorious for ever Thou art Holy and glorious for ever Thou art Holy and blessed is thy name, forever and ever. Glory be to Thee, O Lord. Glory be to Thee, O Lord; Glory be to Thee, our hope forever . Barekmor Our Father who art in Heaven… We believe in One True God … Amen, Barekmor, Stoumen kalos, Kurielaison. 26 Quq lion I. SERVICE TO THE MOTHER OF GOD The K ing’s daughter stands in glory, Halleluiah And the Queen at - Your right hand. Leave your p eople and your father’s house, Halleluiah For the King will desi - re your beauty … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) O Pride of the faithful o nes Offer prayers on our behalf To the Only Begotten That he have mercy on us Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison QOLO (Qabeloy Moran /Mannamakalkkayishlomo ) Gabriel brought peace to the Daughter of David and said, “The Lord is with you and shall come forth fr om you …Barekmor Shub’ho… Like a ship, Mary carried, Adored , and honored The Captain, Who is the Lord Of all creation Moriyo… 27 BO’UTHO (Mor Ephrem) By Your Cross, our Lord Jesus And the prayer of Your Mother Keep from us all afflictions, Punishmen ts, and rods of wrath. II. SERVICE TO THE SAINTS The righteous sh all flourish like a palm tree, Halleluiah Like a cedar of Lebanon – he shall grow. They shall flo urish and be great in old age, Halleluiah They shall be fruitful – and fragrant … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) Your mem’ry O St. (Thomas ) be kept here and in Heaven Those who honor your mem’ry Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison QOLO (d’al Etro d’Besme) and the Apostles. And the Martyrs at The Resurrection …Barekmor Shub’ho… 28 Martyrs who desired To behold the Christ Earned wings, by the sword, And flew to the heights Moriyo… BO’UTHO (Mor Ephrem) Pray for us, O Holy Saints to Him Whose will you fulfilled, Keep from us all afflictions, Punishments, and rods of wrath. III. SERVICE FOR THE DEPARTED CLERGY Your priests shall be clothed in righteousness and Your saints in glory Halleluiah For Your servant, David’s sake, /turn not away the face of Your anointed The Lord swore to David,/“in truth I will not turn away from you Halleluiah - your throne” … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) May the feet which stood in the Holy place in purity tread the gates of Paradise And ab ide with the angels Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison 29 QOLO (Mor Ephrem) Lead to Your Kingdom, O Lord with the angels of heaven, those priests who have ministered Your mystr’ies at the altar. Shub’ho… Those priests who have served Thee well Lord, Grant them unveiled faces on the day of Your coming. Moriyo… BO’UTHO (Mor Ephrem) Crowns are plaited and arranged Upon the holy altar who has served in purity Kurielaison, Kurielaison, Kurielaison L ord have mercy upon us Lord be kind, and have mercy Answer Lord, and have mercy Glory be to Thee, O Lord. Glory be to Thee, O Lord; Glory be to Thee, our hope forever Barekmor 30 PRAYER (Shudhamulla Bava....) O Holy Father, guard us by Thy Sacred Name, O Son of God, our Savior, protect us with Thy victorious Cross †. O Holy Spirit, make us worthy temples of Thy Holy habitation. O Lord, our God for ever shelter us under Thy divine wings, at all times, for ever. – Amin 31 LILIO ( Midnight Prayers ) Qa umo INTRODUCTORY PRAYER Awaken us Lord, from our sleep in the sloth of sin that we may praise Your watchfulness, You who watch and do not sleep; give life to our death in the sleep of death and corruption, that we may adore Your compassion, You who live a nd do not die; grant us in, the glorious company of the angels who praise You in heaven, to praise You and bless You in holiness, because You are praised and blessed in heaven and on earth, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever. Amin. P salm 134 Barekmor. Bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord. Barekmor. You who stand by night in the house of the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth. Psalm 119, 169 - 176 me life by Your word. My tongue shall pour forth Your word, because all Your commands are just. My lips shall speak Your praise when You have taught me Your because I have taken pleasure in Your commands. 32 My soul has longed for Your salvation and I have meditated on shall help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek for Your servant, because I have not forgotten all Your commands. Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations, praise Him, all you peoples; because His grace is strong over us, the Lord is truly forever. And t o You belongs the praise, O God … Barekmor Shub’ho…/ Glory be t o the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit Men’olam…/ From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO ( Am Krube Nbarkokh ) O Lo ver of man Along with the cherubim we will bless You With Seraphim – and with the angels – we praise Your name O Creator, glory to You Wise men from the east Carried and brought gifts for the Son, the First - Born They entered and – worshipped Him in fear – and they proclaimed O Creator, glory to You O Lo ver of man The Magi brought gifts for your di vi nity The Church honors – this feast day of your – Nativity O Creator, glory to You 33 O Lord , we praise You The Light from the Light, the Son of the Father For by your love – you were pleased, O Lord – to become man O Creator, glory to You Those men from Persia Offered their gifts to you, O Lo v er of man In Jer usalem – The Magi cried out – and they proclaimed O Creator, glory to You… Barekmor Shub’ ho… Men olam… In Zi on above And in the Church on the earth, Lord make mem’ry Of your servants – who fell asleep while – trusting Your name O Cre ator, glory to You Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison 34 1 st QAUMO Eqbo ) Glo ry to you, Lord from e very mouth This day of Your Nativity Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison Lord have mercy upon us Lord be kind and have mercy Answer Lord, and have mercy Glory be to thee, O Lord Glory be to thee, O Lord Glory be to thee, our hope forever. Barekmor Qolo ( Quqoyo – Tone 1 ) Mary said, “The pains of labor are upon me” “I have no bed – I have no dwelling For on the earth – I am without wealth In the cave I gave birth to the Ancient of Days I placed the Savior of the world in a manger” Halleluiah w’Halleluiah …Barekmor Shub’ho… Men’olam… 35 By every parable and type, the Father spoke To the g And now, again – at the end of days He has spoken – through his belov’d Son Whom He has appointed as the heir of all things, And through whom the worlds were made - this same little child Halleluiah w’Halleluiah Another Qolo ( Thar Gabriel – Tone 1 ) I am not able to speak about you, O Lord For You are beyond my words But regarding – Your Nativity, I am in awe, Creator O, You, maker of Adam – who have been born in the flesh While the angels – do shrink at your flam e, O Lord God A womb of flesh contained You – and was not burned by your rays Barekmor… Shub’ho… Men’olam… My mouth can not narrate Your magnificence O, You, Living Lamb of God Heaven and earth – are filled by You, Lord, yet Mary’s womb carried You She nu rsed You as an infant – You, who sustain creation O Lord, by your – meditation you reconciled Those above with those below – and they offer praise to You 36 Madrosho ( ) Glo ry to you, Lord from e very mouth This day of Your Nativity Who is a ble to tell the story Of the life - giving Lord of all? He left the heights of His ma jesty And to the feeble ones He came O, you who magnifies all - by this holy day of your birth Magnify my feeble mind - to speak about your na tiv ity Blessed is th e Lord who being hidden Revealed Himself through history The wonder of the Son is so great He dwelt in it and it con tained him The Lord who is the Infinite He willed to dwell in the flesh - ess As he dwelt in the body, - he remained in divinity On this feast day of na tiv ity Blessed is the Infinite One Glory to Him who lo wered Himself, Though exalted by His nature By His love He became her first - born, Being the First - Born of the Father By name, He was Joseph’s son, - being the Son of the Divine One By His will he became man, – existing as God by nature Worshipped and exalted is Your will Blessed be Your nativity 37 Glory to You from the be ginning Father, Son, and Holy Spirit As I hav e begun in You, O Lord Grant me the strength to reach the end When my words come to an end - in the grave that destroys all things, By Your grace, O Lord our God – have pity and mercy on me The we may be deliv ered by You From the fi - res of Gehenna Qolo ( Manu Bar Manu ) Behold the Bless’d Virgin, Mary the daughter of David Standing among the crowds Holding the First - Born in her arms One questions Him – and one doubts Him. One confesses that He is God Behold the Bless’d Virgin, Mary the daughter of David, In her innocent love Has called us today to this feast – and say with her That the fruit which she bore is God Who is she among us Who gave birth in virginity And who has ever seen A virgin nursing her own Son? See this wonder – and miracle 38 Behold, the Holy Church Glorifies Your revelation She is proud of Your name For You are God with Your Father Grant her Your peace – Grant her Your love Bless’d is the Father who sent You The glor ’ious Isaiah Called Christ ‘warrior’ and a ‘wonder’ Because of the wonder Of the birth of Him in the flesh Truly He is – the Wonderful The Word entered through the ear And dwelt in the young virgin’s womb The Lord manifested Bodi ly from the Virgin’s womb He is ancient – Who will not be moved as He speaks? Whose Son is this infant The One who is born from Mary? He is God from true God And He is the Light from the Light He is true God – and is true man Curs - ed be those who would doubt Him Moriyo Rahem… 39 Bou’tho of Mor Jacob of Sarug (Tone 1) Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah The young virgin was giving milk to Him as an Infant, He who sends rain a nd dew upon the earth If you have a soul full of faith, observe with your Mind and behold that He is above and below O speak and speak, O you, who speak the Word of Life Even if they do not listen, be not silent Peace to you, O ship who carried the trea sure of The Father and from whom the Son manifested Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah 40 PRAISE OF THE CHERUBIM † Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His Place forever; † Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His Place forever; † Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His Place forever and ever . Holy and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us; Holy and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us; Holy and glorious Trinity, have compassion and merc y upon us. Thou art h oly and glorious forever Thou art holy and glorious forever Thou art holy and blessed is T hy name, forever and ever. Glory be to Thee, O Lord. Glory be to Thee, O Lord; Glory be to Thee, our hope forever… Barekmor Our Father who art in Heaven… 41 2 nd QAUMO Eqbo ( Abo Kthab Wo – Tone 1 ) Blessed is Mary who bore Christ the Savior of the world Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison Lord have mercy upon us … Glory be to Thee, O Lord… Qolo ( Sohdau Atun – Tone 1 ) Mary carried Him While He was seated at the right – of God the Father He dwelt in the womb While He was seated in Glory – upon the chariot O, what wonder That God became man in order to redeem A dam’s race …Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… The Virgin bore Him, The One who bears all cr eation – and she spoke to Him: “I am blessed for I have been made worthy to be – the Mother of God Who, by His will Lowered Himself and took on our flesh to give life to us 42 Another Qolo (Ba’rubto Brishith – Tone 1 ) The watchers from above And the choirs of angels Came down with shouts of praise They came to see their Lord Wrapped up in swaddling clothes And they honored His birth Halleluiah w’ Halleluiah – for He lowered Himself… Barekmor Shub’ho… Men’olam… The angel had announced Great joy to the shep herds: “Depart for Bethlehem Behold the Messiah Who, from David’s daughter, Manifested Himself Halleluiah w’Halleluiah – to save all creation” Madrosho ( Abo Kthab Wo – Tone 1 ) Blessed is Mary who bore Christ the Savior of the world The Son in His ra diance – descended to creation He manifested – Himself in the flesh Without dazzling the seers – that he might walk among them The great image of glory – was seen in mankind’s likeness In order to be – with us in glory He is the image of God – the image of man 43 The Son of the Almighty – was sent from above to us To make those on earth – ascend to the heights And to bring humanity – into communion with God Seraphim cover themselves – from the brightness of His light With a holy voice – His mo ther whispered Mary, daughter of the poor – cherished Him with lullabies The Lord carries the heavens – They are held by His gesture He controls seasons – and the course of time – which His birth has enlightened Qolo ( Hdaw Am me ) O come, you, all peoples and all nations And sing praise for the Son’s Nativity Exalt Him! Exalt Him on this great feast And sing praise for the Son’s Nativity The watchers flew down from the heights above And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity The heaven of heavens glorified Him And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity The gentiles turned back from error and death And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity The Good News was announced to the shepherds They sang praise for the Son’s Nativity Those above and below cried out to Him And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity 44 Upon the day of His Nativity They sang in Bethlehem: “Behold the joy” Behold all creation is saved by Christ And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity The watchers from above came down in choirs And sang praise for the Son’s Nativity The Magi, with their gifts, and the shepherds Sang praises for the Son’s Nativity The faithful children of the Holy Church Sang praises for the Son’s Nativity Wonderful Child, have mercy upon us, Who praise the day of Your Nativity May glory and praise be to the glorious And adorable Trinity always Moriyo Rahem… Bou’tho of Mor Ephrem (Tone 1) Son Who freed us by Your birth, H ave mercy upon us all Christ who saved us by Your birth, Have mercy upon our so uls By His grace, God descended And dwelt in the virgin’s womb Her womb endured the power Which makes the mountains tremble 45 What wonder, that the manger Endured the Creator’s pow’r And the lion’s cub dwelt there, And the virgin bore the Lord Son Who fr eed us by Your birth, H ave mercy upon us all Christ who saved us by Your birth, Have mercy upon our souls † Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His Place forever…(x3) Holy and Glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us… Thou art Holy and glorious forever… Glo ry be to Thee, O Lord… Our Father, Who art in Heaven… 46 3 rd QAUMO Eqbo (Abo k’thab wo – Tone 1) Give rest to our departed – in your glor ious dwellings Lord, give rest to them – and mercy to us While you forgive and blot out – the faults of us and of them Qolo (Bkhul Medem – Tone 1) O Lord, give rest unto them Our fathers and our brethren – have departed from this life ‘til resurrection comes for those who sleep Give rest, O Lord, to their souls in abodes of light May their bon es quicken on the day of their mem’ry When your command raises up All the children of Adam May they be clothed with glory, - enter the bridal chamber And offe r praises to you, their Savior… Barekmor Shub’ho… 47 Blessed is he for whom the – living here make off erings His memory is written in heaven If Moses wrote the tribe’s names on tables of stone That they might have eternal mem’ry before God Lord, on the host full of life Record the names of your dea d That they may be remembered – in the Church and in heaven And when the Lord comes they rejoice with him Men’olam… O Christ, who promised new life – to the children of Adam And told your faithful in your great gospel: “Everyone who e ats my flesh and drinks of my blood Dwells in me and I in him and I will raise him O Lord, give life by your grace To all your faithful servants And when you come in glory – with the glor - ious angels the brid al - chamber Moriyo… Bou’tho of Mor Balai (Tone 1) Renew your creatures by the res’rrection, Your worshippers who have slept in your hope. Give rest and pardon to the dead, O Lord, Who sleep in hope and await your coming. Give rest to those in the grave, heav’nly King And multiply forgiveness for the dead 48 Lord, with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Make your servants rest, those who sleep in hope. Glory to Christ, who calls the dead to life; They rise without corruption and sing praise. Their bodi “Bless’d is he who will come and raise the dead.” *The Order of the Feast of the Nativity is begun at the conclusion of the Third Qaumo of the midnight office. (Pg. 85) † † Halleluiah, halleluiah, halleluiah, glory to Y ou, O God ( x3 ) 2 Be compassionate towards us in Your mercy, O God of compassion ; in our sacrifices and our prayers we make memory of our fathers who taught us, while they were alive, to be children of God; Son of God, raise them up in the heavenly kingdom with the just and the righteous in the world which does not pass away. Moriyo… Song of Mary (The Magnificat - Lk 1: 46 - 55) Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my s pirit rejoices in God, my Savio r; Because He has looked upon the lowliness of Hi s handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 2 At the exclamation of ‘Halleluiah,’ a candle should be lit on the altar and the curtain drawn aside 49 Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has won victory with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away. He has given help to Israel His serv ant, mindful of His mercy. Even as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and His seed forever. Barekmor Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit From ages unto ages and forevermore Mawrbo ( Tone 1 - “Ha nin bhagyam Daveedin”) Blessed – are you, Mar y, daughter of David Who were counted worthy to bear our God And he – took flesh from you to save Adam’s race Blessed – are you Mother of God on whose feast The Church with all her children rej oic es And sings – praise to the Lord who mag nif ied you. 50 Pro – holy apostles, blessed martyrs Just men, priests, and all you saints, pray to Christ That he - may have mercy on all by your prayers O Christ – King of Glory, give rest by your grace and make memory of the de part ed who took – your flesh and blood and slept in your hope – praise the Father and worship the Son And offer thanks to the Holy Spirit One God – to Him belongs glory now and forever Psalm with Response Ps 133 : How good and fair it is. En i yono : she help us by her prayers. prayers. Like the oil which descends upon the head and upon the beard. a stronghold to us. Even the beard of Aaron, and descends to the hem of his robe. Make us worthy, Lord, of the harbor of Your martyrs and of the dwellings of your friends. Like the dew of Hermon which descends on the mountain of Zion. Compassionate and full of mercy, on the day of Your judgment, have mercy on us. 51 Because there the Lord promised a blessing life forevermore. Blessed is He who does not keep His mercy from the sinner who calls upon Him. Barekmor Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy S pirit Make a good memory, Lord, of the children of the faithful Church. From ages unto ages and forevermore majesty appears. Another En i yono At all times and at all seasons, virgin Mother of Go d may Your prayer be a stronghold for us. By the prayers of Your saints keep from us the evil one who at all times lays snares for us. Jesus, our Lord, and our God, may Your cross be a stronghold for us and may we be protected beneath it. Jesus, Word of God, guard the living by Your cross and pardon the dead in Your mercy. Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Our God, full of mercy, on the great day when You come, raise us up at Your r ight hand. You who have made us worthy to sing praise to You at this time make us worthy to inherit Your kingdom. 52 May Your mercy be upon us, Lord, Lord of our death and of our life, have mercy on our souls. Lord have mercy upon us and help us. Awake, yo u that sleep, and rise and sing praise. Psalm 148 Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights. Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all his hosts. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of light; praise Him, heaven of heavens praise the name of the Lord. For He spoke and they were made, He commanded and they were created; He established them forever and ever, He gave them a law which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the ea rth, sea - monsters and all depths; fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy winds that fulfil His word. Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars; wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and birds that fly. Kings of the earth and all peoples, pr inces and all judges of the earth: name of the Lord. For His name alone is exalted; His praise is on earth and in heaven, and He has lifted up the horn of His people; praise for all the just , the children of Israel, the people who draw near to Him. Psalm 149 King. 53 sing to Him with the harp: for the Lord takes pleasure in His people, and gives salvation to the poor. high praises of God be in their throats, and two - edged swords in their hands. To execute vengeance on the nations, and to rebuke the peoples; to execute on them the judgement which is written: that is the glory of the just. Psalm 150 Praise the Lord in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His strength. Praise Him for His mighty deeds, praise Him for His abounding with lyre and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and the drum, praise Him with the soft strings, praise Him with the loud cymbals; praise Him with the sound of the voice; let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him, all you peoples. For His grace is s trong over us, truly the Lord is forever. And to you belongs the praise, O God … Barekmor Glory be to the Father … From ages unt o ages… Praise to the Holy Trinity, praise to the Holy Trinity, we praise the ou belongs the praise , O God, at all times. 54 Quqalya (Tone 1) SERVICE TO THE MOTHER OF GOD The K ing’s daughter stands in glory, Halleluiah And the Queen at - Your right hand. Leave your p eople and your father’s house, Halleluiah For the King will desi - re your beauty … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) O Pride of the faithful ones Offer prayers on our behalf To the Only Begotten That he have mercy on us Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison QOLO (l’Maryam Yoldath Aloho) May mem’ry be made of th e Mother of God And the Children of the Church upon the earth May good mem’ry be made now and forever Shub’ho… 55 Glory to the Son of God Who willed to come From the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary And sa ved th e people from error, by His Birth, exalting her mem’ry; may her prayers help us Moriyo… BO’UTHO (Mor Ephrem) By Your Cross, our Lord Jesus And the prayer of Your Mother Keep from us all afflictions, Punishments, and rods of wrath. SERVICE TO THE S AINTS The righteous sh all flourish like a palm tree, Halleluiah Like a cedar of Lebanon – he shall grow. They shall flo urish and be great in old age, Halleluiah They shall be fruitful – and fragrant … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) Your mem’ry O St. (Thomas ) be kept here and in Heaven Those who honor your mem’ry Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison 56 QOLO (l’Maryam Yoldath Aloho) Behold, the time of prayer, (O St. Gregorios ) Stand and intercede at the head of you r flock Who hearken to the sound of your gentle voice Shub’ho… Praise to the Father Who chose you, St. ( Ephrem) And to the Son Who honors your mem - or y Worshipped is the Holy Spirit Who crowns you By your prayers, may mercy be on us always Moriyo… BO’UTHO (Mor Ephrem) Pray for us, O Holy Saints to Him Whose will you fulfilled, Keep from us all afflictions, Punishments, and rods of wrath. SERVICE FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED As a fathe r shows me rcy to his children, Halleluiah So the Lord shows mercy to those – who fear him As for man, his days are like grass, Halleluiah Like the flower of the field – so he blooms … Barekmor Shub’ho…Men’olam… 57 EQ BO ( Mor Ephrem ) May Your Living voice awake Y our servants who slept in hope And trusted in Your mercy From the graves to Paradise Stoumenkalos, Kurielaison QOLO (l’Maryam Yoldath Aloho) O Savior, raise up the dead who ate Your Flesh And drank Your Blood, the Chalice of Salvation Raise them up from the grave without corruption And clothe them in glory, those who wait for You Shub’ho… The Son of the King who gives life to the dead will be carried above the clouds of beauty will be clothed in glori Moriyo… 58 Bou’tho of Mor Ephrem Lord have mercy by the prayers Of your mother and the saints By their prayers, Lord, have pity On us and upon our dead May the angel who brought peace And announced to the Virgin Come and say to us that God Is reconciled with us all May the angels who strengthened The martyrs in the battle Come and strengthen us against The evil one and his pow’rs May the angel who sprinkled Dew on the three holy youths Sprinkle the dew of mercy On the bones of all the dead Come, brethren, and offer praise To the Holy Trinity In memory of Mary, The saints, and the departed Lord have mercy by the prayers Of your mother and the saints By their prayers, Lord, have pity On us and upon our dead 59 Hymn of the An gels As the angels and archangels on high in heaven sing praise, so we poor children of earth sing praise and say: At all times and at all seasons, Glory to God in the heights and on earth, peace and tranquility and good hope for the sons of men. We prai se You, we bless You, we worship You, we raise up a hymn of praise to You. We give thanks to You because of Your great glory, Lord our creator, king of heaven, God the Father almighty. Lord God, only Son, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, Lord God, La mb of God, Son and Word of the Father, who take away, or rather have taken away, the sin of the world have mercy upon us. You who take away, or rather have taken away, the sin of the world, incline Your ear to us and receive our prayers; You who sit in gl ory at the right hand of the Father, have compassion on us. Because You only are holy, You only Lord Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Am i n. At all times and all the days of my life, I will bless and praise Your name, wh ich is holy and blessed forever, and which remains forever and ever. Blessed are You, Lord A lmighty, God of our fathers, and Your name is blessed and glorified in praise forever. To You belongs glory, to You belongs praise, to You belongs honor, God of a ll, Father of truth, with the only Son and living Holy Spirit, now and always forever. Am i n. 60 Our Lord Jesus Christ, do not shut the door of mercy in our faces, Lord; we confess that we are sinners, have mercy upon us. Your love made You descend from Your place to us, Lord, by whose death our death was ended; have mercy upon us. Qaumo 61 SAFRO (Morning Prayer) † In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God. Glory be to Him, and may His grace and mercy be upon us forever . Amin . Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory, the heaven and earth are filled, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is He who has come, and is to come, in the name of the Lord; Glory be to Him in the Highest. The Qaumo (Trisagion) Holy art Th ou, O God! Holy art Thou, Almighty, Holy art Thou, Immortal, † Crucified for us, Have mercy on us. (Repeat Thrice) Lord, have mercy upon us, Lord, be kind and have mercy, Lord, accept our office And our entreaties, have mercy upon us. Glory be to Thee, O God! Glory be to Thee, O Creator, Glory be to Thee, O Christ the King, Who pities His sinful servants …Barekmor 62 THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Giv e u s this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts and sins, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil on e. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amin. *[ The optional “Hail Mary” can also be said, if desired] Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our Lord Jesus Christ. O Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and a t all times, and at the hour of our death. Amin Celebrant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. People: May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sinful servants, in both worlds forever, Amin. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER Priest : O King of Glory, who dwelt like a simple man in the Virgin’s womb and truly took flesh from the young maiden; who was born as a poor man in the cave in order to save all peoples; make us worthy, O my Lord, that with the Virgin in whom You dwelt amazingly; and with the earth that embraced You with gladness at your birth; and with the shepherds who longed for You with joy; and with the Magi who worshipped You with rejoicing; and with the heaven that praised You gloriously; we may offer glory and praise to Yo u and to Your Father and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever. People : Amin 63 Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, O God, in Your loving kindness; in the abundance of Your mercy blot out my sin. Wash me thoroughly from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin . For I acknowledge my fault and my sins are before me always. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight, that You may be justified in Your words and vindicated in Your judgment. For I was born in guilt and in sins my mother conceived me. But You take pleasure in truth and You have made known to me shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Give me the comfort of Your joy and gladness, and the bones which have been humbled shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins and blot out all my faults. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew Your steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. But restore t spirit sustain me; that I may teach the wicked Your way and sinners Deliver me from blood, O God, God of my salvation, and my tongue shall praise Your justice. Lord, open my lips an d my mouth shall sing Your praise. For You do not take pleasure in sacrifices; by burnt offerings You are not appeased. The sacrifice of God is a humble spirit, a heart that is contrite God will not despise. 64 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion and bui ld up the walls of Jerusalem. Then shall You be satisfied with sacrifices of truth and with whole burnt - offerings; then shall they offer bullocks upon Your altar. And to You belongs the praise O God… Barekmor Shub’ho…/Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit Men’olam…/From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO (Malache d’Nuhro Wadrwozo /Dyuthi Santhoshamayan Malakha ) The angel of light and joy Came and appeared to the shepherds To announce to them the good news: “In the town of Bethlehem, The Savior of all is born.” This day of Nativi ty The watchers from above announced Good tidings of peace and concord: “Glory to God in the heights And on earth good hope to man” The shepherds came to the cave When they entered it they saw The infant, Mary, and Joseph. The shepherds offered their gifts And departed re joi cing … Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… 65 The hosts of angels shou ted , Praised, and glorified the infant Who by His birth did reconcile Those above with those below Praise to Him and His Fathe r Kurielaison Psalm 63 My God, you are my God, I will seek you. My soul thirsts for you and my flesh seeks for you like the thirsty earth which is parched and crying for water. So have I looked to you in truth, that I may see your power and your glory. Because your loving - kindness is better than life and my lips shall praise you. So I will bless you while I live and will lift up my hands in your name. My soul shall be enriched with marrow and fat and my mouth shall praise you with lips of praise. I have remembered you upon my bed and in the night - time I have meditated on you. For you have been my helper and in the shadow of your wings is my protection. My soul follows after you and your right hand upholds me. Those who seek to destroy my soul sh all enter into the lower parts of the earth. They shall be delivered over to the sword and shall be food for foxes; bur the king shall rejoice in God. 66 Everyone who swears by him shall glory, but the mouth of those who speak lies will be stopped. And to you belongs the praise, O God. Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… ENIYONO ( Eqbo Tone 1/ Qadisho Dashri Shkintheh/Vismayamayanai Srushtikalil) The Virgin bore the Wonder, The shepherds and the Magi Offered their gifts unto Him In Jesus Christ our King was born Angels, shepherds, and wise men Came to honor their Savior On this day, the child was born – Almighty God, forever - The Son of Amos, foretold… ... Barekmor Shub’ho… Men ola m… O Lord God, who by His love Lowered himself for our sake, In compassion and mercy Visit and heal all our souls Kurieleison 67 Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day brings forth speech; nig ht to night declares knowledge. There is no speech; nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their good tidings go out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. om leaving his chamber; it will rejoice like a strong man to run his course. Its departure is from the end of the heavens and its repose is at the end of the heavens and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is flawless and it turns the soul. The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy and makes the infants wise. The commandments of the Lord are right and make the heart to rejoice. The precepts of the Lord are chosen and they illuminate the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure and it endures forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and more righteous than all. They are more honey and the honeycomb. Moreover your servant will be warned by them. If he keeps them, he will be greatly rewarded. Who can discern the errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant from iniquity, lest the evil doers shall have dominion over me and I shall be purified from my sins. O Lord, of my mouth be according to your will and the meditation of my heart be before you. And to You belongs the praise, O God… Barekmor 68 Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO (Bro Dashro b’Marb’o ) In t he morning, the Magi Carried their gifts and brought them To the King born in the cave And adored and worshipped Him Blessed are You, O Lord our God A luminous cloud covered The great Sun born in the flesh The Blessed Virgin bore Him, Who begot the first Adam Blessed are You, O Lord our God “How shall I call You, my Son? I have become God’s mother The Son I bore is ancient And I am born by my Son Blessed are You, O Lord our God The watchers in the heavens, The shepherds inside the cave, And the faithful in the Church Minister Him on this day Blessed are You, O Lord our God ... Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… 69 He who exists forever In the bosom of his Father Today has manifested From the pure womb of Mary Blessed are You, O Lord our God Kurielaison Is aiah 42:10 - 13; 45:8 Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth! their inhabitants praise the Lord! of the mountains! Let them give glory to the Lord and declare his glory in the islands! The Lord will go forth like a mighty man and like a warrior, he stirs up his fury; he will cry out and become mighty and will shatter his enemies. (45:8) am the Lord who created them. And to you belongs the praise, O God. Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… 70 ENIYONO (Shmayone Shubho Zomrin/Paripurnam Vanidamaral) The One by whom the heavens Are filled and whom angels praise Was laid down in a manger And creation worships Him Adam blamed his transgression On Eve who, came forth from Him Mary who bore the Savior Has today, cast out their shame The King was within Judah 3 And Tamar obtained his seed Today, the hidden beauty Has dawned from the Virgin’s womb … Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… On this day, the Li ght has dawned On the land veiled in darkness and called its inhabitants To rejoice in the Great Light Amin Psalm 113 Praise the Creator of Light, praise you servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. May the Lord’s name be blessed forever and ever. Lord. 3 (Genesis 38: 1 - 30) 71 The Lord is high above all peoples and His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the Lord, our God, who sits on high and looks upon the depths in heaven and on earth? He raises up the poor from the ash heap, and makes him sit with the princes of the people. He makes the barren women keep house and be a joyful mother of children. And to You belongs the praise, O God… Barekmor Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Sp irit From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO (Am Kenshe Shmayone/Inneereduthaganam ) Today, the watcher in the heights descended To see his birth in the flesh And inside the cave Praises of angels and men - Come, exalt Him for ever Mary laid down the Son who manifested From her womb in the manger While in the manger He cried as an infant and – angels trembled Come, exalt Him for ever 72 The star had attracted and drawn the Magi To see His birth in the flesh They beheld the child With M ary His mother and – they worshipped him Come, exalt Him for ever The First - Born came down and became incarnate In the body of Mary The shepherds sang praise And the angels knelt down and – they worshipped Him Come, exalt Him for ever … Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… O Messiah, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes And who laid in the manger In your great mercy, Be pleased to absolve our debts – by your gesture Come, exalt Him for ever Kurielaison The Beatitudes (Mt 5:3 - 12) Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the me rciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 73 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of hea ven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in A nd to You belongs the praise, O God… Barekmor Glory be to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit From ages unto ages and forevermore ENIYONO (Shubho Lokh Mshiho/Tharaka Porasile) The star had announced – the birth of the Lord And the Magi came off’ring gold, myrrh, and - incense to Your majesty Those men from Persia – And they worshipped You Praise to the Father – who sent you, O Lord our God Peace be on the earth – concord in Heaven For the Lord has come Manifesting for – the salv ation of Adam … Barekmor Shub’ho w’iqoro w’segto 4 … Men olam… The Nativity – of the Messiah Brought great hope and joy 4 Shub’ho w’iqoro w’s egto… – “ May we be worthy to offer glory, honor, worship, and exaltation to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit .” 74 To the first Adam – and to all of creation Staumen Kalos, Kurieleison PROMEON Priest: cy and compassion. People: O Merciful Lord, have mercy upon us and help us. Priest: Glory and thanksgiving, praise and adoration, and unceasing exaltation, truly at all times and all hours, may we ascribe unto You, O Lord. Glory be to that invisible Child Who is hidden in His existence in the bosom of the Father; Who, by His will and of His Father and of His Living and Holy Spirit, was pleased to be manifested and to be revealed by His grace exalted above the worlds and greater than all of creation; W ho, being the incorporeal and spiritual One, came toward His creation; Who was seen in the glorious womb of His mother hidden from the world and Who came for His nativity by His love for humanity, enriching everything by His fullness. To Him belongs glory , honor, and worship at this time of the Nativity of our Lord and at all times, seasons, hours, and all the days of our life. People: Amin (Incense is placed) SEDRO Priest: Glory and praise be to You, the Eternal Son who had no beginning, whom the Virgin b ore at the fullness of time as a man. Glory to the Lord of lights , W ho came forth from the womb like the sun and gave light to all cr eation by the appearance by Your glorious manifestation; Who nourish es infants in the womb and became Himself an infant. You 75 who are before all creatures and worlds became a son of David at the end of time. You who send the dew and the rain on the earth were nourished by the drops of milk from a daughter of David. By Your power You established the mountains and today You d well in a cave. By Your might You in her arms. You who dwell in the splendor of power are humbly wrapped up in strips of cloth. You who are extolled by the hallowing of the Fiery Ones are carrie d in the arms of Mary and lulled by the songs of a daughter of David. You, who by gesture give motion to all creatures, meditate on the wonders which You have done for our salvation, and consid er Your incarnation for our sake, we are filled with wonder and say: Wonderful are You , O God of Wonder who became man without change in Your divine nature. Wonder ful are You W ho dwelt in a cave while heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Won derful are You , for You were seen in the flesh for our salvation. Wonderful are You , for You dwelt in the cave while Wonderful are You , for while Your essence is infinite, you remained in the bo som of the Virgin. Wonderful are You for You became man, being invisible and ineffable God. Wonderful are You the angels, the shepherds, and the Magi and they came to worship Your honor fittingly. Wonderful are You , for You h ad indeed sown by the earthly ones. Wonderful are You , for on the day of Your Nativity, You gladdened the heavenly and the earthly ones and demolished the barrier that stood in their midst. 76 Wonderfu l are You , for the young maiden carried You, Who uphold the four quarters of the earth by Your gesture. Wonderful are You , for You had nursed milk, You Who sustain creation. Wonder ful are You, for the heavenly and the earthly ones astonished at Your birth praised You unceasingly. Wonderful are You , for you united those who are above with those below on the day of Your Nativity and they united in a chorus of praise to You. Wonderful are You , for the chariot of fire caries Your majesty above and the virgin ca rried You while Your gesture upholds creation. Wonderful are You , for the fiery ones are afraid of as a man. Wonderful are You , for there was abundant hope on the day of Your nativity for the race o f Adam. Wonderful are You , for You, while being divinely extolled on Your glorious throne, were raised upon the knees of the virgin as an infant. Wonderful are You , for by Your birth You saved Your image from the servitude of rebellious demons. Wonderful a re You , for Your light dawned upon creation and drove away darkness from the four corners of the earth on the day of Your Nativity. Wonderful are You , for You reconciled by Your incarnation the Father with His creation, and established peace and concord on the earth. Wonderful are You , for the heavenly ones cried aloud on the day of Your birth and announced to the shepherds: “To you the Savior is truly born in the city of David.” Wonderful are You , for on Your Nativity, the fiery ones sang praises and annou nced peace on earth and good hope to mankind. Wonderful are You history of your incarnation for our salvation. 77 Therefore, O Wonderful child, we humbly beseech You with this fragrant incense that we offer before You on this day of Your holy and glorious birth from the Virgin Mary, that You will grant us true knowledge concerning Your incarnation for our sake and a right understanding in regard to Your taking flesh for our salvation. Grant us remission of debts and forgivenes deliverance from all sorrows and afflictions of soul and body. Be, O Lord, the One who absolves and cleanses the sinners; and who perfects and sanctifies the penitents; and Who aids and supports always the children of Your Church. faithful departed who have fallen asleep in Your hope. Make us and them worthy to stand at your right hand with gladness in Your Kingdom forever. W e will offer praise and thanksgiving to You, and to Your Father and to Your Holy Spirit, now and always, forever and ever. People: Amin Priest: From God may we receive remission of debts and forgiveness of sins in both worlds forever and ever. People: Amin 78 Qolo (Bkhul Medem – Tone 1 ) Today there is j oyous news – for Mary has given birth To the Savior of the worlds for our sake The Magi followed the star and came to worship Him The angels and the shepherds offered worship to Him The seraphim adored him And the cherubim sang praise The Virgin Mary n ursed Him – and Joseph sang praises to The Ancient of Days wrapped in swaddling clothes ... Barekmor Shub’ho… What wonder, my beloved – how God the Word descended, Dwelt in Mary’s womb and took flesh from her remained virgin He took flesh from her and did not break the Virgin’s seal It is a wonder that he Took flesh and was born for us Blessed is the Lord who came – and offered us salvation With the body he had assumed from us Men olam…. O Christ, who pr omised new life – to the children of Adam And told your faithful – in your great gospel: “Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks of my blood Dwells in me and I in him and I will raise him O Lord, give life by your grace To all your faithful servants And when you come in glory – with the glor - ious angels – the bridal - chamber Moriyo rahem… 79 (Incense is placed) Priest: B lessed Fruit and fragrant I ncense that sprouted without seed nor watering from the dry land – the Virgin Mary – and laid down in Bethlehem Ephratha in a manger beside the animals for the salvation of all generations; by whose spiritual fragrance those far and near were gladdened, place spirits. Receive ince nse from the invisible cense rs of the gladden all the senses of our souls, that with joy and exaltation, we may praise you and with gladness celebrate your feast and exult with glorifications bef ore you and your Father and Your Holy Spirit, our Lord and our God forever. People: Amin Qolo (Lokh Moriyo Qorenan – Tone 1 ) The angels came and announced the good tidings: The Shepherds brought the lambs of their flock to Him, For the Living Lamb of God who came for our sake Praise to Him – whom they saw in flesh Praise to Him – who had become man Praise to Him, for by His birth He saved us from sin … Barekmor Shub’ho… In the Holy Spirit, all the prop They foretold of Your mystr’ies, Lord, and Your coming Isaiah prophesied of Your conception; David of Your birth and Micah of Your power; Ezekiel – of your chariot; And Daniel – of your glorious throne Praise to Him who by His birth saved all creation Men olam…. 80 Who ate his body and drank his life - giving blood That the darkness of sin not reign over them, Over their souls and their spirits in the Kingdom. May you, Lord – receive their spirits; The y confessed – you and your passion Call to them and raise them up at your right - hand side Quqlion ( Tone 1 ) The King’s daughter stands in glory — Halleluiah And the Queen at - Your right hand. The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree – Halleluiah Like a cedar of Lebanon – he shall grow. As a father shows mercy to his children – Halleluiah So the Lord shows mercy to those – who fear him Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam…. Eqbo Glory be to God on high Honor be to his mother Glorious crowns for his ma rtyrs And compassion for the dead Stoumen Kalos, Kurielaison 81 Qolo (Shlomo d’Abo) The Father granted his peace Unto the blessed virgin Through the angel Gabriel He greeted Mary and spoke: “The Lord is with you , Mary and he shall come forth from you”… Ba rekmor Shub’ho… Peace be with the apostles Peace be with the bless’d martyrs Who loved the Lord God of peace Peace be with the Holy Church In which dwell the sons of peace Men olam…. We remember our Fathers Who taught us during their life To be the children of God The son of God will grant them Comfort along with the just And the righteous in heaven Moryo rahem… 82 Bo’utho of St. Jacob of Sarug Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah hlehem sang praise to Him For he attained divinity as he had asked For the Child removed her sorrows and came through her Today, the support has risen to be the rod For the world that had fallen by idolatry Today, the shoot sprouted from the house of Jesse To give its wine as drink to the thirsty, dry land Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah QAUMO Holy art Thou, O God - Halleluiah Holy art Thou, Almighty, - Kurielaison Holy art Thou, Immortal, † Crucified for us – have mercy - on us (Repeat Thrice) Lord, have mercy upon us, - Halleluiah Lord be kind and have mercy, - Kurielaison Lord, accept our offices, - and entreaties - Have mercy on us. Glory to Thee, O God! - Halleluiah Glory to Thee, Creator, - Kurielaison Glory to Thee, Christ the King Who pities - H is sinful - servants… Barekmor Our Father, who art in heaven… 83 THIRD HOUR Qaumo Qolo (Zodek d’Nehwe – Tone 1) The Virgin Mary Bore a Child Who weaves crowns for His righteous ones And Zion heard this And was disturbed and moved before seeing Him For she had read – the prophets’ writings And told Herod – the King had been born Herod sent h is men Who killed the first - But his king dom perished And Christ ruled fo rev er – Halleluiah w’ Halleluiah ... Barekmor Shub’ho… Men olam… rej oice e this day For joy and bles sings Were granted to earth on His Nativity The bless’d Virgin – bore the Ancient One The Son of God – lay in the manger The angels trem ble For their Lord is nursing as a new - born child The Magi and the Shepherds Offered Him t heir gifts As if to a King and Lord – Halleluiah w’Halleluiah Moriyo… 84 Bo’utho of St. Ephrem (Tone 1) Son Who freed us by Your birth, H ave mercy upon us all Christ who saved us by Your birth, Have mercy upon our souls Behold, heaven and the earth Rejoi ce at the Lord’s coming For he prophesied this day For he prophesied this day The Ancient whom Daniel saw Has been born as an infant Son Who freed us by Your birth, H ave mercy upon us all Christ who saved us b y Your birth, Have mercy upon our souls Qaumo 85 SIXTH HOUR Qaumo Qolo (l’Malkooth Rawmo/Thuro d’Seenai – Tone 1) At your presence Lord – Mount Sinai trembled Mary carried you – who carries the heights and depths She conceived without marriage And broug ht you forth from her womb In a manner beyond words Magnify – her mem’ry, O Lord… Barekmor Shub’ho The Saints are welcomed – to that high kingdom That which ear hears not – and which the eye has not seen; Which has not entered man’s heart Great is the blessedness of Those who are worthy of it: The noble – who have loved the Lord Men olam… Those who have been sealed – with the seal of Christ Who ate his body – and drank his atoning blood Shall be raised up by the Lord From the earth to the kingdom The y will shake off all the dust And be clothed – in glorious garments Moriyo… 86 Bo’utho of St. Balai (Tone 1) Lord, by the pray’r of your mother and saints, Have mercy on us and our departed. May Mary's mem’ry be for our blessing, And may her pray’r be a refuge for us. Beseech and beg for mercy for us all. Sprinkle the dew of gladness on the heads Of our departed who sleep in your hope. Praise to Him who has honored his mother, Glorified the saints, and raised up the dead. Lord, by the pray’r of your mother and saints, Have mercy on us and our departed. 87 THE ORDER OF THE FEAST OF NATIVITY PROCESSION ( Lathumo d’Hai monootho/Eeshenumee Marthyan Markum) The Virgin has borne the Word, The Wonderful, Who is The Me diator – What wonder, to see The One, Him who is clothed in flame, Incarnate in flesh – for our salvation What wonder that He remained For nine months in the womb – breaking the Virgin’s seal What wonder, that He was seen In the world and endured The passion and death – for the sake of us What wonder, that He remained For three days in the tomb And resurrected – and ascended up The Son born of the Father From before all ages Was born of Mary – at the end of da ys Christ the Son, of one nature, The Only Begotten Came as He was pleased – for our salvation 88 Christ, the Son of the Father And the Son of Mary Without division – is the First and Last …Barekmor Shub’ho… Come tell me, Blessed Mary With how much honor did You receive the One – who fills both the worlds? “Through the ear, He entered me Without moving me - He dwelt in the womb I knelt and gave birth to Him, Who is from before time, Ha - halleluiah – and who saved the world” Men’o lam… The myst’ries, the parables And the types were fulfilled – through the bless’d Virgin The Virgin, the young maiden Without man has conceived And given birth to – the Ancient of Days The dove has raised the Eagle The ewe bore the Lamb Who By His sacrifice – redeemed us from sin Blessed is the Son of God, Born of David’s daughter, Ha - Halleluiah – who saved creation 89 PAULINE EPISTLE I heard Paul the Blessed Apostle saying: “If one comes to teach to you Other than what we have p reached, Even an angel on high, He shall be cast from the Church.” Behold, diverse teachings rise, Springing forth from every side Bless - ed is he who begins And ends in the Lord’s teachings Deacon : The lesson fr om Epistle of Saint Paul to the Hebrews Ahai Barekmor People: Glory be to t he Lord of the Apostle and His mercy be upon us forever. Hebrews 1: 1 - 12 He has spoken to us by His Son Whom He has appointed heir of all things, and by Whom also He made all the worlds. For He is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His being, upholding all things by the power of His word; and having, through His own person, cleansed our sins, He then sat down on the right angels, just as the name He has inherited is a more excellent name than theirs. For to which of the angels has God at any t ime said: You are My Son, this day have I begotten You? And again, I will be to Him a Father and He shall be unto Me a Son. And again, I will be to Him as a Father and He shall be to me a Son. And again, when he brought the first begotten into the worl the angels of God worship him. And of the angels He said thus: Who makes His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire. But of the Son He said: Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of Your Kingdom is a righteous sc epter. You have loved 90 righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore, God, even Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your fellows. And from the very beginning You have laid the foundations of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They shall pass away but You shall endure; and they all shall wear out like a garment. And as a cloak, You shall fold them up and they shall be changed, but You are the same and Your years shall never end. Ahai Barekmor GOSPEL (Incense is placed) Halleluiah – Halleluiah – Halleluiah The Lord has said to Me You are My Son On this day I have begotten You Halleluiah 5 Deacon: With calmness and reverence and wi attend and listen to the Proclamation of the liv ing words of God, in the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, that is read to us. Priest: † Peace be unto you all. People: Ma y the Lord God make us worthy, with Thy S pirit. Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, The life - giv ing proclama tion from St. Luke , the Evangelist who publishes the good news of life and salvation to the world. People: Blessed is he who is come and is to come: Glory be to Him who sent Him for our salvation, and His mercy be upon us all, forever. 5 Psalm 2:7 91 Priest: Now in the time of the incarnation of our Lord and our God and our Savior Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, Who was incarnate of the Holy Virgin Mary, these things did come to pass in this manner. † People: We believe and confess. Saint Luke 2: 1 - 20 Pri est: And as it happened in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus to take a census of all the people in his empire. This first census took place during the governorship of Quirinius in Syria. And every man went to be registered in his while she was with child, that they might be registere d there. And it came to pass while they were there that her days to be delivered were fulfilled, and she gave birth to her first born son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger because they had no room where they were lodging. Now there were some shepherds in that region and they were watching their flocks at night. And behold, the Angel of God came to them and the glory of the Lord shone over them; and they were seized with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Do not b e afraid, for behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which will be to all the world. For this day is born to you in the city of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. And this is a sign for you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clot hes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there appeared with the angel a heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on ear th peace and good hope for mankind (The fire is lit and all present sing the hymn while processing around the fire three times) 92 People: (Syriac) Tesh’bu h to l’Aloho bamrawme Al ar’o S hlomo w’sabro t obo l ’abe nai nosho (English) Glory be to God in the Highest And on earth Peace and good - will for the sons of mankind (Then the priest shall conclude th e reading of the Gospel) Priest: And it came to pass when the angels departed from them and went to heaven, that the shepherds spoke to one another as the Lord has shown to us. And they came hurriedly and found Mary and Joseph and the Babe laid in a manger. When they saw that, they made known the word which was spoken to them concerning the Boy. And all who heard it were amazed at the things which were spoken by the shepherds. But Mar y kept all these things, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Priest: † Peace be to you all Priest: O Lord, Jesus Christ, close not the door of Thy mercy upon our faces . People: We confess we are sinners, have mercy upon us. O Lord, Thy love for us didst make Thee to come to us from Thy place, that by Thy Death, our death might be abolished. Have mercy upon us. Amin. 93 MANITHO (Thubayk Ophr I beheld a young maiden She held a child and bore milk She is mother and virgin And is indeed full of grace Great wonder came upon me: A voice told me to remain And I listene d to the sounds, The lullabies of Mary As she was singing praises To_ her beloved Son Come, Isaiah, and see her For in her the prophecies, The myst - eries and the types Of the Son have been fulfilled Behold how Emmanuel Dwells in her and nurses milk Behold Him and sing praises For our Lord has descended Perfecting the parables MA DROSHO (Ho Qtil Hu b’Mesrain/Manavavalsalane) This day resembles You, Christ our Lord Which has been passed down – through all ages Bless’d is your first birth and, Lord, therefore This day of Your feast – is be loved 94 Whenever Your feast visits us, Lord By your compassion, - vi sit us all It is evident humanity Has need of the day – which speaks of You When the nights are long in December, This day without end – has daw ned for us The whole creation glooms in winter – all cre ation New lambs are not seen but by shepherds and the True Lamb’s birth – was told to them The kings and their times have passed away Their feasts and m em’ries - have di sappeared Your authority is as this day’s For it extends through – all the ages O Lord, this great feast absolves our debts For your mercies dawn – on us sinners For great is this day – Lord, have m ercy Mary was carrying this silent child – hide wi thin Him Joseph carried Him while the power Of all creation – hides wi thin Him All the days are bless’d by this great day, All feasts made glorious – by this great feast This day is gr eater than all the days For His mercy came – to us sinners 95 This day resembles a ripe cluster I which the cup of – sal va tion rests 96 EXALTATION OF THE CROSS The East Priest: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Shubho… People : May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sin ful servants, in both worlds forever, Ami n. Priest: Make us worthy, O Lord God, to honor Your birth from the Virgin Mary, to adore in our souls the blessed memory of Your supernatural birth in the flesh, and to exalt Your life - giving Cross with veneration. We beseech You to regenerate us, spiritually, in daily fruitful works that are pleasing unto You. Protect us from all harm under the arms of Your holy Cross, our Lord and our God, forever. Peopl e: Amin Eqbo Is the Lord of creation. From the east, the Magi came To honor Him at His birth. Therefore, faithful, praise the Lord Exalt Him now and always 97 Maze’qonootho 6 On this day the Son of God H e has fulfilled all the signs and myst’ries of the prophets who prophesied about Him. Therefore we honor His birth and we venerate His Cross. Therefore we beseech and say: Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison The West Priest: Glory be to the Father, an d to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Shubho… People: May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sin ful servants, in both worlds forever, Ami n. Priest: Only begotten, Who alone was born of the only, ever - virgin Mary, make Your light to shine fo rth in our souls and may we be worthy to cry out with the angels, saying: Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth and good will to mankind, our Lord and our God. People: Amin. Eqbo To the Lord, Who without change, Was incarnate of Mary had continued In the bosom of His Father, We offer praise without end For He alone is glorious 6 ‘Loudly intoned prayers 98 Maze’qonootho On this day, the angels brought Good tidings to the shepherds, Saying a Savior is born The nations rejoice this day And adore His glorious Cross Therefore we beseech and say: Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison The North Priest: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Shubho… People: May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sin ful s ervants, in both worlds forever, Ami n. Priest: Gladness and exultation were granted to the heavenly hosts, and peace, tranquility and good hope to those who dwell on earth. By Your birth from the Virgin, O Christ our God, the anger separating Adam from the Father was dissolved. Grant us, manner of anger, our Lord and our God. People: Amin. 99 Eqbo Mary, your Spirit rejoiced And your soul was magnified, O blessed Theotokos, 7 For even af ter His birth He kept your virginity - God the Word born from your womb Maze’qonootho On this day, a child was born Whose name is the Wonderful. Truly, wonderful is God Who showed Himself as a child All creation worships Him And adores His saving Cross; Therefore we beseech and say: Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison The South Priest: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Shubho… People: May His mercy and compassion be upon us, weak and sin ful servants, in both worlds fo rever, Ami n. Priest: own free will, came to birth, and kept His mother’s virginity intact after His birth; grant us to recognize without any doubt that You are true God. Grant us the peace and tranquil ity which comes from You, with preservation from all harm, our Lord and our God. People: Amin. 7 ‘God - bearer’ 100 Eqbo This day of Nativity, The heavenly hosts proclaimed Peace and good - will on the earth Glory be to God on high And good hope for all mankind Maze’qonootho By Your Cross, our Lord Jesus And by Your mother’s prayers, Make to cease all afflictions. Remove from us rods of wrath. Make peace and tranquility Dwell throughout earth’s four corners Therefore we beseech and say: Kurieleison, Kurieleison, Kurieleison 101 THE BLESSING OF THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD The East Priest: He Whom the angels minister People: Holy art Thou, O God Priest: He Whom the cherubim bless People: Holy art Thou, Almighty Priest: He whom the seraphim sanctify People: Holy art Thou , Immortal. Sinners, with repentance, entreat s aying: O Thou Who were born for our sake , have mercy upon us. The West Priest: He Whom the fiery hosts praise People: Holy art Thou, O God Priest: He Whom the spiritual beings magnify People: Holy art Thou , Almighty Priest: He Whom the mortals worship People: Holy art Thou, Immortal. The children of the faithful Church entreat saying: O Thou Who were born for our sake , have mercy upon us. The North Priest: He Whom the heavenly beings glorify People: Hol y art Thou, O God Priest: He Whom those between exalt People: Holy art Thou, Almighty 102 Priest: He Whom the earthly beings glorify People: Holy art Thou, Immortal. Sinners, with repentance, entreat saying: O Thou Who were born for our sake , have mercy upo n us. The South Priest: Lord, Have mercy upon us People: Lord, be kind and have mercy Priest: Lord, accept our offices and our entreaties and have mercy upon us People: Glory be to Thee, O God Priest: Glory be to Thee, O Creator People: Glory be to Thee , O Christ the King, who pities His sinful servants … Barekmor Our Father, Who art in heaven… 103 Nativity Hymns for the Holy Qurbana After the Gospel (Quqoyo – Tone 1) 8 On this day of Your birth, O Son of Most High God The heaven, the earth, and all creation rejoice Heaven’s hosts cry – “Glory be to God” Angels declare – “Peace be on the earth” The shepherds and the Magi present gifts to Him Nations, races, and all generations sing praise Halleluiah – Your birth gives us life OR (Quqoyo – Tone 1) Our Lord, Jesus Christ said, “I am the bread of life Who descended from the heights to nourish the world. The - Father sent me – The Word without flesh. Like a ploughman, – Gabri el sowed me. Like f ertile earth, the womb of Mary received Me Like the angels, the priests extol Me on their hands Halleluiah – upon the altar” 8 The Quqoyo ‘On this day of Your birth’ is adapted from an Englis h translation from Sy riac found in Ma’de’dono: The Book of the Church Festivals (pg. 19), p ublished by Metropolitan Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel of blessed memory . 104 At the time of the Fraction ( Mor Ephrem) 9 The wise men came from the East Drawn by that luminous star They came to worship the Son, The Word of God the Father They journeyed to Bethlehem Bringing their off’rings to Him At the cave, they saw angels And the daughter of David The Magi saw the infant Who was wrapped in strips of cloth The Magi saw at the cave Christ laying in the manger The Magi saw at the cave The Angels sing ing praises: “Glory be to God on high And on earth peace to mankind” 9 The h ymn for the Fraction is adapted from a translation found in The Living Sacrifice by C.K. Varghese. 105 Hoothomo ( Bo’utho of St. Jacob of Sarug – Tone 1) 10 Sing praise, Sing Halleluiah, sing – Halleluiah (Syriac) Hallel hallel hallel w emar Halleluiah Akhmo d’hallui ro - 10 This hymn is sung at the Hoothomo at the feast of Nativity according to the practice of the Syriac Orthodox Church. The hymns after the Gospel and during the Fraction are arranged according to the practice of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church for the Nativ ity Qurbana.