27 March 2017

A Priest's Prayer [Assyrian Church of the East]


Below please find a preparatory prayer said by the Priest Celebrant at the Divine Liturgy of the Assyrian Church of the East (which is often referred to incorrectly as the Nestorian Church). The same prayer, translated a bit differently, is also said at the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Chaldean Catholic Church. The original form of this prayer is in Syriac, a form of Aramaic, and the English below came from an Assyrian Church of the East website that no longer exists:


Glory to you, O Finder of the lost. Glory to you, O Gatherer of the dispersed. Glory to you, who bring near the far off. Glory to you, who return the erring to the knowledge of the truth. Glory to you, my Lord, for you have called me, even feeble me, in your grace, and have brought me near unto you in your compassion, and have established me as a designated member in the great body of your holy catholic church, to offer before you this living, holy, and acceptable sacrifice, which is the memorial of the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, through whom you were well-pleased and reconciled to forgive the sins of all men