The Divine Liturgy
The Syro Malankara Church
Priest: Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
People: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the prasie and glory of his name
for our good, and the good of his Church.
(The priest does the offertory with silent prayers. Meanwhile the people sing hymns)
Choir: Swargadhipathe deva ninnude aalayamathinul
Pookiyitha njan simhasana savidhe vannippu
Njangal anakkyum nerchakal nin preethikkakaname
Appam veenjiva kazhchayanakkunnu kaikolka,
Aarkkai kazchayitharppicheedunno ayavare
Yee devalaya nirmmithiyil pangalikalayor
Karthave, nin rektha sareerangal kaikkondu
Bhaktaratayi marichorkarulaname nallorma
THE PUBLIC SERVICE
(The priest puts on incense and as the sanctuary veil is drawn aside, he censes the altar )
Lord, Mary who bore you and John who baptized you be intercessors on our behalf;
have mercy on us,
(He goes round the altar and then turns to the people censing them.
The bell is rung and the fans are waved .)
People: I will magnify you/ my Lord and my King/only Son and Word of the
heavenly Father,/who are immortal by nature./ Of your grace/you
designed to come for the life and salvation/of all mankind/and took
flesh of the holy and glorious Virgin Mary/the pure Mother of God/
Without, change you became man/and were crucified for us/Christ
our God;/who by your death/trampled on our death and destroyed
it./ You who are one of the Holy Trinity,/and are worshipped and
glorified equally/with your Father/and your Holy Spirit,/have mercy
The Trisagion (addressed to Christ)
Priest Holy areyou, O God
Holy are you, the Strong
Holy are you, the Deathless
Who were crucified for us; have mercy on us
Esraham melaine (This is repeated three times)
Priest and People : * Kurie eleison, Kurie elelson, Kurie eleison.
(While chanting the Trisagion the priest places the three middle fingers of his left hand on the folded corner of the veil and with the first three fingers of his right hand he touches the first time the Tablitho, the second time the Paten and the Tabiltho and the third time the Chalice, the Paten and the Tabiltho. Each time he ends by making the sign of the cross.)
Hymn before the First Reading
Choir: Bhuvilassesham, Deivathal preritharaya
Sleehanmar poi, Jathikalidayil
Bhuthala seernayatholam Nallevangelyon
(The Reader reads from the Acts of the Apostles or from one of the Catholic Epistles, standing on the step of the sanctuary on the north side, facing the people).
Reader: Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Barekmor,
People: Praise to the Lord of the Apostles/and mercy on us for ever,
(The reader reads the lesson)
Reader: This is the word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Hymn for Reading
C h o i r: Paulosu sleeha, danyan cholketten ithevam-
Thaneikkum sabha than shapam
Paril mulachu parakkunnu
Sthiramai nilkkunnon danyan.
Reader' Reading from the Letter of Paul to Barekmor
People: Praise to the Lord of the Apostles/and mercy on us forever
(reader reads the lesson)
Reader: This is the word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
(The bell is rung, fans waved).
People: Halleluiah, halleluiah,/ offer him the sacrifice- of praise and bring pure
offerings/ and enter the courts of the Lord-/ worship the Lord before his
holy altar,/ halleluiah.
(The priest puts on incense while the Deacon proclaims):
Deacon: In silence and owe and reverence/let us listen and hear the
proclamation of the living words of God/which are read to us from the
holy Gospel/ of our Lord Jesus Christ.
People: May the Lord make us worthy of it.
(The priest standing in the middle at the door of the sanctuary facing the people, says:)
Priest: Peace be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the message of life, of the
Apostle (Mathew or John) or from the Evangelist (Mark or Luke), who
proclaims life and salvation to the world.
People: Blessed is he who has come/and is to come/in the name of the
Lord./Glory to him who sent him for our salvation/and may his mercy
be upon us all,
Priest: In the time of the Dispensation (or Annunciatin, or Nativity, or Baptism,
or Fast or Resurrection, according to the time of the year) of our Lord
and our God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, the Word of life who was
God and took flesh of the holy Virgin Mary, these things thus came to
People: We believe and confess it,
(The priest reads the Gospel. )
John 5, 25-29 Amen, Amen, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is
here, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear
-Shall live. For, as the Father has' life in himself even so he has given to the son
also to have life in himself, and he has granted him power to tender judgement
because he is the Son of Man. Do not wonder at this, for the hour is coming in
which all who are in the tombs shall hear the voice of the Son of God. And they
who have done good shall come forth into resurrection of life: but they who have
done evil into resurrection of judgement.
( When he has finished reading he says):
Priest: This is the Gospel of our Lord. (Then he kisses the book of the Gospel)
People: Praise to you Lord, Jesus Christ,
Hvmn after the Reading (Variable)
Choir: Yajamanan varumannera thunarvulloraythan
Munthiri thoppil paniyaayi kanmoro dhanyaraam
Pakalellam than, koode panithor-
Roohkkudisa paarakaleetha mudayunnoro-mudi
Haaleluiah- choodum makudathil
Sudhan, sudhan, sudhan nee natha
Manmayar swasthane poojyan
Meluyarangalil en priya sutha-
Daiva janani, Dhanye kanyakaye
Parimala dhoopatho donnichennum ninnormma
Mathe, ninnude, prarthanayal
Loka vyapakamam santhi
Thiru sabha thannil sampreethi
Deacon: Staumen kalos
People: Kurie eleison
(The priest standing below the step says:)
Priest: (hands folded) Let us alI pray and beg for mercy and compassion
from the Lord.
People: Merciful Lord, have mercy upon us and help us.
Priest: (hands folded) Praise, thanksgiving, glory, honour and exaltation
continually and without ceasing, at all times, may we be worthy to offer.
Proemion: (variable) To the high priest of our faith, Jesus Christ, who was himself
a pure and holy sacrifice, and in his person cleansed us from our sins
and made atonement for the world by his sacrifice, to him who is
good, belongs glory, honour and dominion with his Father and his Holy
Spirit at the time of the celebration of this divine Offering and at all
times and seasons and hours and moments of the days of our life, for
(He kisses the northern corner of the shushepo, which had been folded
back and turns it down; then he puts on incense.)
Deacon, Barekmore. Before the merciful Lord and before the propitiatory altar
and before these divine and heavenly mysteries incense is set by the
hands of this reverend priest. Let us pray and beg for mercy and
compassion from the Lord,
People, Merciful Lord, have mercy on us and bless us,
(The Deacon then incenses the altar and the people)
Let us stand in order.
Priest: (hands folded) Lord,you who pardon and forgive and blot out and wipeaway and do not remember Our misdeeds; wipe away, Lord in your merciful love you manifold, great and unnumbered sins and the sins of your faithful people Have pity, good Lord, and have mercy on me. Remember us, Lord, in your mercy and the souls of our fathers and brothers and masters and teachers, our dead and all the faithful departed, children of the holy and glorious Church. Give rest, Lord God, to their souls and bodies and shed the dew of your mercy and compassion on their bones. Be to Us and to them both absolution and absolver. Christ our King, Lord our Lord, Lord of glory.
Answer us, Lord: come to our aid, come to our help and save us.
Receive our prayers; 0 God, in your mercy, keep far from us all cruel
chastisements and remove from us the dread scourge of your wrath
in your loving kindness. Make us worthy of that good end which
awaits the men of peace; and grant us the end that befits a Christian
and is pleasing to you and in accordance with your divine will, We will
offer you praise and thanksgiving, now and always and for ever.
Sedro.- (variable) (hands extended) Lord God Almighty, who receive the sacrifice of
praise from those who call on you with all their hearts, accept from the
hands of us, your sinful servants, this incense and draw us close to
your holy altar. Strengthen us that we may offer you spiritual offerings
and sacrifices for our sins and for the failings of your people. Grant us
that we may be an acceptable sacrifice to you and that your good
Spirit may rest upon us and upon these oblations which we set before
you and upon all your faithful people, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom is the glory and the honour and the dominion with your Holy
Spirit, now and always and for ever.
People: Amen. May the Lord accept your service and help us by your