Re: Fwd: Canonical Hours?
- The book of common prayer for all canonical hours in the Syriac
Orthodox Church is called the ShHimo. It has been translated to
English (in prose, not set to Syriac meter) by Rev. Bede Griffiths
and was originally published by the Kurishumala ashram (a Malankara
Catholic Church institution) in Kerala. I believe it is out of print
although copies were until recently available at the Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Theological Seminary, Udayagiri. You can read more about the
ShHimo in the worship section of SOR at
The Phenqito is the more elaborate book of prayers with prayers for
important days in the liturgical calendars. This is used in Syriac
Orthodox churches for formal worship services. This book has not been
translated to English or other languages faithfully as far as I am
aware. (Fr. Francis Acharya of Kurishumala has published a book based
on the phenqito which is not faithful to the original but mixes many
elements of the Hindu form of worship.)
- Thomas Joseph
--- In SOR-Forum@y..., "daniel_reji" <daniel_reji@h...> wrote:
> --- In oriental_orthodoxy@y..., "P.M." <ahmadbenbhazir@y...> wrote:
> Does anyone out there know of any English translations
> currently available of the Canonical Hours/Divine
> Office/Breviary/Horologion of the Syrian rite, as used
> either by the Church in India or in Syria and the
> Middle East? Where might one buy them, and how much
> would they cost?
> Furthermore, what is the basic structure of the
> offices? How are they formed? Is the use of the
> Psalms as intense as in the Byzantine or Coptic
> traditions? Are there parts that are specifically
> meant for priests, as opposed to what the laity can
> use? Are the laity allowed to pray these prayers at
> home, and what would they then have to omit in the
> absence of a priest?
> I'd appreciate any information anyone can give me in
> this regard...thanks!
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