Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal
Theme: Pentecost, The Paraclete Arrives, Birthday of The Church
Volume 7 No. 419 June 2, 2017
 

II. Selected Prayers From The Pentecost Liturgy of The Syriac Orthodox Church

Opening Prayer

Section 1

Prayer
Proemion
Sedro
Kolo
Secret Kneeling Prayer -1

Section 2

Prayer
Proemion
Sedro
Kolo
Secret Kneeling Prayer 2

Section 3

Prayer
Proemion
Sedro
Kolo
Secret Kneeling Prayer 3

Hoothomo - Concluding Prayer

II. Selected Prayers From The Pentecost Liturgy of
The Syriac Orthodox Church

Editor's Note:

Below, you will find selected prayers from the Syriac Orthodox Pentecost Liturgy. The Pentecost Liturgy can be found in its entirety in the Malankara World Pentecost Supplement here:

http://malankaraworld.com/Library/Prayers/Zak/THE_ORDER_OF_THE_FEAST_OF_PENTECOSTb.pdf

Opening Prayer
Make us worthy, O Lord who loves mankind, to satisfy our souls with the spiritual drink of the new wine of the Comforter Spirit so that, being purified and sanctified by Him, we may sing, with pure and holy tongues, praises to Your worshipped and hallowed name; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever.
First Service
Prayer
Awaken, O Lord, our hearts from the submersion of sin. Enlighten our minds by the spiritual radiance of your Holy Spirit. Sanctify our souls by Your divine gifts, and grant wisdom to our intellects that we may understand the true and supreme worship of the consubstantial three Persons of the Godhead, now and forever.

Hoso.....

Proemion (Preface)
Glory to Him who is invisible, mysterious and beyond human comprehension, though and mind. He, Who is self-existent, self sufficient, Maker and Author of all things visible and invisible and has no beginning and will continue with end. The eternal, everlasting and the incomprehensible one true God, one nature, one authority and one will of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is not in Him a name without a Person and no Person is younger or older than the other Person, neither is there any transformation or alteration of one Person is another is greatness and smallness. No name or Person is younger or separated from the Divine Substance. Whenever the Father is mentioned, the Son and the Spirit are of Him, and when the Son is mentioned, the Father and the Spirit are acknowledged in Him, and when the Spirit is mentioned the Father and the Son are included. The Father begets and is not begotten. The Son is begotten and does not beget. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and takes from the Son and is consubstantial and co-essential with the Father. To Him be glory, honor and dominion at this time of the celebration of Pentecost and at all festivals, times, hours, seasons and through all the days of our life forever.
Sedro (Order)
O God, invisible, inscrutable, eternal and immeasurable, You Who reconcilable in the oneness of essence and are apprehensible in three Holy Persons, Who are understood in three characteristic attributes by all rational beings and are acknowledged one God in three worshipped Persons; a perfect Trinity of three perfect Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one essence, one eternal nature, one true God. Because You were pleased, O God the Father, to restore man who was created in Your image, and who of His free will slid into idolatry, You sent Your Word and Your Son for our reformation. When He became man without any alteration, He told us plainly and explained to us the ineffability of the Godhead, and announced to us the unknown things and the hidden secrets of Your wisdom in that he knows You and in that he is of You. He also informed us about the third Light of the Godhead Who is the Person of the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from You, O Father, in an unutterable manner. The Spirit of truth, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of might, the Spirit of knowledge, the perfecter Spirit, the performer Spirit, the nonqualitative Spirit, the nonquantiative Spirit, the affectionate Spirit, the Spirit that guides the teachers; the beneficent Spirit, the powerful Spirit, the Almighty Spirit, the spirit that is simple in His nature and manifold in His operation, who is the fount of divine gifts and is consubstantial with you and with your only Begotten Son, the Spirit Who spoke in the law through the prophets and the disciples, who is near to all and fills all, Who effects sanctification with authority, and not entreatingly, upon those with Whom he is pleased; through Whom we beseech You on this glorious feast of Pentecost, on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the holy apostles, that He may also descend upon us, Your servants and worshippers, so You may fill us with his holy gifts; uproot from us all the defilement of sin, raise us up as pure temples and presentable habitations for Your dwelling and make us not submissive to the turbulence of the enemies and bring a good remembrance and a joyful repose to all the faithful departed, the children of the Holy Church, especially our parents, teachers and brethren, who have ended their lives in the true faith. For You reign over us, o God, the Father and Lord of all, with Your Only Begotten Son, Who quickens all, and Your Spirit the most blessed, worshipped, life-giving and consubstantial with You, now and forever.

Amen

Hoso........

Kolo (Hymn)
The Holy Spirit descended from on high this holy day and mixed with the human race that they might become the children of the kingdom. Blessed is He who sent His promises and comforted His apostles for whom He divided tongues that they might preach the Holy Trinity among the Gentiles and the nations.

Subhho..

When the holy apostles received the Comforter from on high, they began to speak in new tongue. They were clothed with mystical power and went out to preach to creation the glad tidings full of consolation. They taught many peoples and baptized them with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.

Mena olam vada mela olam ol meen ameen - (As it was from the beginning and shall be for ever and ever, Amen.)

Secret Kneeling Prayer -1
(Kneel)

We thank You, O Lord God, Father of all mercies, for when the days of Pentecost had come to an end, after the resurrection of Your eternal Son, and while the disciples in Jerusalem were awaiting for His promise, You filled them with the Holy Spirit accompained by the mighty sound which suddenly came down in the likeness of fiery tongues and rested upon each one of them so that all those who were underheaven and those who dwelled in Jerusalem became amazed and marveled and praise You, O Giver of all good gifts. Thus You sanctified, exalted and sent Your holy apostles to bring the human race to the knowledge of the Trinity, one triune God, baptizing them in Your holy name, O Holy Father, and in that of Your Only begotten Son and of your Holy Spirit, by Whom and with whom, we also worship, praise and glorify the Holy Trinity, one true God, now and forever.
Hoso....

Second Service
Prayer
Our lord, Our God and our Savior Jesus Christ, renew Your Spirit within our intellects, our minds and our hearts. Subdue from us continually and bring to an end all the desires of the old man. Make us a newly born creation which is renewed every day, so that we may offer to You glory with Your Father and Your Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Hoso......

Proemion (Preface)
Let us offer unceasing praise, prostrate adoration and continual thanksgiving to the Sun of righteousness and the incomprehensible brilliance Whose dazzling glory glittered in the Upper Room, thus assuring the thoughts of the twelve ignorant apostles as He divided tongues among the unlearned twelve sons that they might speak with one harmony. He breathed on them and they received the Comforter Spirit. He granted them wisdom and said to them: Go to the four quarters of the world and preach the true faith to the nations and turn the creation of Pentecost and at all festivals, times, hours, seasons, and through all the days of our life forever.
Sedro (Order)
Christ our God, the enlightening brilliance of the conceptual Light, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is majestically blessed and sanctified by the heavenly hosts, Who wished to come down to us and associate Himself with us. Therefore, he accepted upon Him to be born in the flesh of the Virgin Mary in order to fulfill all the things by which we were redeemed, namely, birth, baptism, crucifixion, death and resurrection. When He determined to ascend to his Father, He gathered His apostles on the Mount of Olives and by laying on them His holy Hands, He blessed them and granted to them abundant priestly gifts. He breathed on them the Holy Spirit, saying: Remain in Jerusalem until I send you the Holy spirit from My Fahter and He will enlighten you and grant you the wisdom of His abundant gifts; but if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you. When he had assured His disciples of these promises, he ascended to heaven with a shout of joy and sat gloriously on the throne at his Fatherís right hand. And when the day of Pentecost was fulfilled, suddenly the Holy Spirit descended upon them. He bestowed on them divine gifts, adorned them with divine wisdom, enlightened them with spiritual doctrines and enriched them with tongues of all the nations. Today the unbelieving Jews stood in mourning when they beheld that those who were ignorant had become teachers of wisdom and were proven perfectors of the holy and divine wine from the gift of the Spirit, Who is holy and life-giving. Therefore, provoked by jealously, the word went out from the jews saying: These men are full of wine and are drunken. Today, Simon Peter leaps for joy. Andrew the son of Zebedee and the rest of the holy apostles are exceedingly happy and rejoice as they stand beholding that what was promised by the only begotten has been fulfilled in deed. Today, by the descent of the Comforter, the Upper Room has become the second Babylon, not as a punishment as it was in the confusion of tongues, as in the first one, but rather, by the power of the Holy Spirit, it has been enlightened by the light of grace so that the apostles might become wise for the preaching of the truth. Today Iscariot was put to shame when he saw the holy apostles, his friends, to have been changed by the enlightenment of their minds and intellects with the divine light of the heavenly mysteries. Even now, we beseech Your ineffable loving-kindness, O Lord, on this day of Pentecost to pour upon us the grace of Your Holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be cleansed by Him from the thorny growth of sin. Make us worthy to offer You the spiritual fruits of virtue, faith, hope and true love. Bestow upon Your Holy church peace and tranquility that proceed from You. Visit, O Lord, by Your mercies, the sick, the oppressed as well as those who have asked and are asking the prayers of our humble selves. By Your loving kindness, grant rest and make good commemoration to our parents, brethren, teachers and all the faithful departed. Together with them, we offer glory and thanksgiving to You and to Your Father and to your Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Hoso......

Kolo (Hymn)
O Lord, our Lord, on this holy day of Pentecost, the seven weeksí festival, the Comforter Spirit, in the likeness of fire, came down on the blessed apostles in the Upper Room and made them perfect in the true faith, hope and ove. They then went out to preach. Halleluiah, and turned he peoples who had gone astray and taught them the way of truth.

Shubhaho.......

Mena olam vada mela olam ol meen ameen - As it was from the beginning and shall be for ever and ever, Amen

O Lord, Our Lord, on this holy day of Pentecost, we beseech You to pour upon us the gift of the Holy Spirit by Whom we may gain strength over the evil one, who is our enemy. Halleluiah, we praise, worship and glorify the great mystery of the Trinity.

Secret Kneeling Prayer 2
Christ our God, by Your loving kindness, full of mercy and compassion towards us who where worshippers of the adversary and the rebellious demons, You turned us from the worship idols and made us perfect and true worshippers of the Holy Trinity. By Your God-pleasing Resurrection, You reformed us and raised us from the fall of sin, and cast off and put down our spiritual enemies under our feet. You gave us the power to sing with confidence, saying: They are bowed and fallen, but we are risen and stand ready. When You commanded Your holy apostles not to go far from Jerusalem until they had received the divine power from on high, they acted accordingly and obeyed Your commandment, awaiting Your faithful promise which, on this day, You brought to perfection and fulfillment when in the likeness of fiery tongues, the Holy Spirit, whom You sent, descended upon them; by Whom they became protected and gained strength. Then they boldly and openly preached the mystery of the Holy Trinity to all the peoples and the nations and tongues under heaven and worked glorious signs and amazing wonders. We therefore worship You and kneel down on the ground before You. By this we acknowledge that we already have become worthy to offer You worship in Spirit and in truth, and to Your blessed and holy Father Who sent You for our salvation. And to Your Spirit the Comforter, Who is Holy and life-giving and consubstantial with You, now and forever.
Third Service
Prayer
O Comforter, Holy Spirit, Who, in the likeness of fiery tongures, descended upon the holy apostles in the Upper Room and enlightened their minds with divine understanding; we beseech You to enlighten us with the brightness of Your blissful gifts, that now and at all times we may glorify You and the Father from Whom you proceed, and the Son from Whom You take, now and forever.
Proemion (Preface)
Glory to the Lord, the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the invisible Father and takes from the adorable Son; Who performs all that He wills and works all things by His might power; Who, from ancient times, spoke by the prophets the things to come and the mysteries; Who, at last, proclaimed by the apostles the hidden secrets and the concealed knowledge, Who, in the likeness of fiery tongues, descended in holiness upon them and filled them completely with wisdom and understanding. To Him be glory, honor and dominion at this time of the celebration of Pentecost and at all festivals, times, hours, seasons and through all the days of our life.

Amen

Sedro (Order)
O God, the Comforter, the Sanctifier of Churches, the Perfector of all the divine ministries, the Giver of priesthood, the Performer of baptism, the Consecrator of the Sacraments, and the Absolver of sins. The Spirit, Who searches in the depths of thoughts, Who declares hidden things, who proclaims things to come, and Who performs marvelous miracles. The Holy Spirit, Who is the receiver and not the giver, Perfector and not needing to be perfected; who declares but cannot Himself be expressed in words; the Sanctifier Who needs no sanctification, the deifying, who has no need to be deified. The Spirit, Who moves of His own accord; the Spirit Who possess His own authority and power; the spirit Who is glorified in His own glory; the spirit Who is exalted in His supreme site of dignity; the Spirit, Who is light and the giver of light. The Spirit of grace and the Fount of goodness. The upright Spirit; the majestic Spirit, the Spirit Who is Lord, the Spirit, the Spirit of Sonship, the Spirit of truth, the Spirit wisdom, the Spirit of understanding, the Spirit of knowledge. The Spirit of Piety, the Spirit Who prepares temples for Himself, the Spirit Who guides, the Spirit Who operates as He wills, and wills as it is meet, the Spirit, who, distributes gifts to everyone. The Spirit of consolation, the Spirit of royalty, the Spirit of mighty deeds, the Spirit of perfection, the Spirit of accomplishment, the Spirit Who exceeds quality, the Spirit who is beyond quantity. The Spirit who loves mankind, the Spirit Who fulfills the prophets, the Spirit Who perfects the apostles, the Spirit, Who fortifies the martyrs, the Spirit Who adorns the temples, the Spirit Who pours forth doctrines on the Teachers, the Spirit Who makes the simple wise. The beneficent Spirit, the omnipotent Spirit, the Spirit by Whom the Father is known, the Spirit by Whom the Son is believed, the Spirit, Who alone is worshipped with the Father and the Son, the Spirit Who possesses all the Fatherís attributes except Fatherhood, the Spirit Who owns all the Sonís qualities other than birth and incarnation. There everlasting Spirit, Who is not less in age than the Father, the eternal Spirit, Who is not younger than the Son, the Spirit Who has neither beginning nor end, and is neither precedent to the Father nor more ancient than the Son. We pray You, O God, the comforter Spirit, by this sweet incense, beseeching the abundance of Your incomprehensible richness, that even now You be pleased to renew unto us Your divine gifts, and to rest upon us as You did upon the holy disciples in the Upper Room, divide among us Your heavenly presents, fill us with your divine wisdom and with the doctrines of Your divine mysteries, make us temples for the dwelling of Your glory, grant us to drink to the full of the abundance of Your grace, satisfy us with the sublime richness of Your bright light, grant to us that we live to You and yield ourselves to you that we may, in purity and holiness, worship You, O God, the Comforter Spirit. Through You and by You we worship the hidden Father, from whom You proceed, and the Son of Whom You take, now and forever. Amen From God may we receive the remission of debts......

Hoso.....

Kolo (Hymn)
On this holy day, the Comforter Holy Spirit descended and was divided among the twelve in the likeness of fiery tongues. Their minds were comforted and they went out and preached to the creation the Triune Mystery, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Barekmore (Bless me on Lord)

Shubhaho....

The Comforter Holy Spirit came down to the innocent company of the disciples. He taught them the Glorious mystery in the tongues of all the nations and gave them authority to forgive offenses and sins and to heel all sicknesses in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Secret Kneeling Prayer 3
We worship You our Lord God, the Comforter Holy spirit, You Who proceed from the Father and take of the Sonís own, and are worshipped, glorified and professed with the Father and the Son. You Who of old, did mysteriously operate the diversities of the mysteries through the prophets, and now, in the likeness of fiery tongues, You cleaned and enkindled their minds and their tongues and thus putting to an end and causing to cease from them the shameful turbulence of the passions. You showed the unlearned and the unskilled to be wise men and teachers of the whole creation, and to them You revealed and made known the hidden things of your wisdom and the mysterious ways of Your knowledge. And in the likeness of mighty and fiery vision, You descended upon each one of them. And by the power of your flaming divine nature You fulfilled them and made them perfect. Therefore, at this hour of Your glorious descent, we bow down our faces to the floor kneeling because we cannot endure Your honorable divine countenance and by doing this, we acknowledge that we have gained and learned by You to offer worship to You in spirit and in truth. On this account, we beseech and entreat You, at this time of Your glorious festival that You continually abide in us and that Your divine operation be always shown in us in word, deed, conduct and in all good and perfect works. May we not, because of our sins and transgressions, be deprived of your grace. Turn not away from us the goodness of Your assistance, but rather fill our hearts with power, wisdom, purity and holiness from You. Make us worthy, by Your loving-kindness and Your grace, to become pure shrines for Your ministry and holy temples for the dwelling of Your glory, so that when we are proven to be clean and undefiled in Your presence, we may raise up glory and thanksgiving and offer prostrate adoration to You, O Spirit Comforter and the Sanctifier of our soul, and to the Father from Whom You proceed, and to the Son from Whose own You take, now and forever.
Hoothomo - Concluding Prayer
Lord God, the Spirit Comforter, grant to our souls absolution and to our bodies purification. Grant that we may keep in ourselves Your divine gifts and offer You continually pure worship all the days of our lives. Make us pure shrine for Your glory and for the dwelling of Your glorious divinity. Let us cry out and say three times:

Kurie-elelison, Kurie-elelison, Kurie-elelison.
[O Lord, have mercy (on me) ...
O Lord, have mercy (on me) ...
O Lord, have mercy (on me)]

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