Saturday Night Prayer

Sunday Sootoro (prayed Saturday night)


The priest makes the sign of the cross and sings or recites:

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever.
All respond: Amen.


The priest sings or recites the Opening Prayer:

Lord God,
as we trace upon ourselves the sign of your glorious cross,
grant that we may conquer all evil passions
and find a new source of strength to fight against the evil one.
May we draw help and strength from your cross
to confront our visible and invisible enemies;
and we shall exalt your glory,
and that of your Father, and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 91

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

Say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

for he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.

With his pinions he will cover you,
and under his wings you shall take refuge;
his faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.

You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day;

Not the pestilence that roams in darkness
nor the devastating plague at noon.

Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right side, near you it shall not come.

Rather with your eyes shall you behold
and see the requital of the wicked.

Because you have the Lord for your refuge;
you have made the Most High your stronghold.

No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,

For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.

Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tred upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.

Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;

I will deliver him and glorify him;
with length of days I will gratify him
and will show him my salvation.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

The priest puts incense into the censer and blesses it, saying:

I burn this incense to praise and honor the most holy Trinity.

The priest then sings or recites the Hoosoyo proper to the
particular day of the week as given below.

Praise, glory, and honor to the Most High,
he is exalted in his divinity and proceeded by the heavenly powers; he is adored and glorified by earthly beings,
honored and magnified by creatures in all things he has made; he is glorified and blessed by the ranks of ministers of fire.
To the Good One is due glory and honor this night,
and all the days of our lives, now and for ever. Amen.


Glory, praise, and honor to the eternal and glorified Father, to the Son, and to the Spirit and Consoler:
the Holy Trinity, the One God, the Truth in which the heavens and the earth stand;
to God, who has no beginning, is eternal, and whose kingdom has no end.
He is the One, who is respectfully blessed in his dwellings.
By the perfume of this incense, which our feeble and unworthy hands present,
may the dead be pardoned.
May it be the hope for mercies,
may sinners be justified and our minds be clothed with glory.
May our wills be strengthened so that we may observe all your commandments,
and may our evil instincts obtain pardon on the day of judgement.
May this incense erase all the sins we have committed from your book of justice.
May the churches be strengthened,
the monasteries and convents be protected,
and may the priests accomplish their duty of thanksgiving to you, O Hidden One.
May the sorrowful be consoled,
cowards have courage, children be protected, and mercy be offered to the aged.
May the young men rejoice and the young women exalt.
May mothers take delight in their children
and may the unborn have life.
May the whole year be filled with all kinds of blessings,
so that the poor and the hungry may be fed and offer you praise throughout the world.
All nations will adore you and all peoples glorify you.
The famished will be satisfied by your gifts
and the needy with your bounty
and thanksgiving will arise from everywhere to you, O Hidden One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the One true God,
to whom is due glory an may your mercies rest upon us,
now and for ever. Amen.


O Lord,
may the sweet—smelling perfume
and the incense (our prayers) which we offer to your Majesty
be for the pardon of your flock,
the protection of your inheritance,
and the salvation of your sheep.
May it be for preservation of our souls and bodies
and the pardon and remembrance of all the faithful departed
who sleep in your blessed hope,
now and for ever. Amen.
ˇ All respond:

The office concludes in the following manner: the priest, facing the altar, bows deeply as he says:

Let us confess, adore, and praise the holy and glorious Trinity:

He rises and makes the sign of the cross as he continues:

Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Then all sing or recite:

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy are you, O God;
Holy are you, O Strong One;
Holy are you, O Immortal One;
have mercy on us

Holy are you, O God;
Holy are you, O Strong One;
Holy are you, O Immortal One;
have mercy on us

Holy are you, O God;
Holy are you, O Strong One;
Holy are you, O Immortal One;
have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, forgive us and have mercy on us.
Lord, hear us and have mercy on us.
Lord, accept our worship and our prayers.
Lord, come to our assistance and have mercy on us.

Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come;
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

O Lord,
as your rested on your cross you cried out:
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
We, therefore, commend our spirits into your hands, O Lord,
tonight and all the days of our lives,
but especially at the hour of our death,
represented now by our sleep.
To you we abandon our bodies, thoughts, feelings and all the we are.
Keep us without stain
that our sleep may glorify you.
At the end of our days,
may a peaceful sleep carry us to you,
who neither slumbers nor sleeps.
To you be glory, for ever. Amen.


(Optional Marian Hymn)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.