Soutoro on Monday
On the sea of your mercies I gaze, God, the only Son, because my offences are many and my faults have gained
strength. Sprinkle me with your cleansing hyssop and wash me in the tears of my eyes. I beseech you, Lord, by the love of
Him who begot you, do not let those who hate me mock me, but let the angels rejoice over one sinner who repents of his
fault, and let them say: blessed is the Lord, whose door is open to those who repent, halleluiah, by night and by day.
Glory be to the Father...
Lovely was the voice of the sinful woman, when she said to the seller of ointments: give me oil and take gold in
payment; give me oil of the best, that I may mix it with the tears of my eyes, and I will go and anoint the first-born from
on high, and I trust in God that by this oil, which I have taken from you, my sins and offences will be forgiven. When
she took the oil and went, our Lord saw her faith, halleluiah, and forgave her offences.
B'outho of Mar Jacob
Moriyo rahem melain oo aa darein. Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, receive our service, and send us from your
reasure-house compassion, mercy and forgiveness.
Let not your body stand there and your soul be distracted by affairs, but let your body be a church and your mind a
Great is your glory, Lord of all, beyond the praise of those who praise you, for you have greatly loved our nature; glory
to you for our redemption.
The above selected prayers are taken from the Book of Common of the Syrian Church, otherwise known as the Shimo Namaskaram as translated by Bede Griffiths from Syriac to English. A full copy of the rich
prayers of our tradition can be purchased directly from the publishers at Gorgias Press.