Saturday, August 08, 2009

Morning Prayer -- Anaphora of Addai and Mari (Nestorian)

Lord, Lord, grant us boldness before you,
that with the liberty which is from you
we may fulfill this living and holy ministry,
our consciences cleansed of all wickedness and bitterness.
Sow within us love, tranquility, and unity with one another and with all people. -

Worthy of praise from every mouth,
Worthy of praise from every mouth,
and confession from every tongue,
and adoration and exaltation from every creature
Worthy is the worshipful and glorious name of your glorious Trinity,
O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
for you created the world in your grace and its inhabitants in your mercy;
you saved your people in your compassion,
and showed great grace unto mortals.

Thousands upon thousands of those on high bow down
and worship your majesty,
O my Lord,
and ten thousand times ten thousand holy angels and spiritual hosts,
the ministers of fire and spirit, glorify your name, -
and with holy cherubim and spiritual seraphim offer worship to your Lordship.

*Kushapa is a beseeching prayer, said on the knees.
The Gehantha is a prayer unique to the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, consisting of 4 long prayers that according to Eucharistic scholars are the most similar to the Jewish blessing ofthe bread.

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