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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 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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….
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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.