Blessed Holy week of SOC Started
- Blessed Holy week of SOC Started
April 24 May 1, the Syriac Orthodox church (Excluding Malankara),
celebrates Palm Sun¬day, Nahire, the Passion and Easter.
Jesus entrance to Jerusalem
And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the
Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go
into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass
tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any
one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of
them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfil
what was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass." The disciples went and did as
Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put
their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread
their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees
and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and
that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And
when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is
this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth
of Galilee. Matthew 21:1-11
The parable of the ten maidens
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who
took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were
foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps,
they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with
their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and
slept. But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom!
Come out to meet him.' Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their
lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, 'Perhaps there
will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and
buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom
came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage
feast; and the door was shut. Afterward the other maidens came
also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, 'Truly, I
say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know
neither the day nor the hour.Matthew 25:1-13
The ceremony of "Nahiré or Wa'déh dalmino" (reaching the harbor)
The week of passion begins with a ceremony called "Nahiré or Wa'déh
dalmino" (reaching the harbor). This ceremony takes place at the
evening of Palm Sunday. With this ceremony the passion commences.
Some sings we may notice in the church during this ceremony.
- All electrical lights shall substitute by wax lights or candles.
- The decoration of church replace with black ones.
- The clergy men and deacons decorations shall be replaced with
black ones too.
- The main curtain of the altar shall be close until the end of this
- In this ceremony believers take lights in there hands in stead of
the usual electrical lights of church which have to be turned off.
All priests and deacons leave the altar and begin a journey around
the church with lights in there hands, while a deacon praying
special supplications about death and the end of life "Bmathlé Malel
Forouqan" (The Lord talked to us with parables). The journey ends in
front of the main stairs of the altar (the curtain shall be closed)
prayers take place and their main theme is the Parable of the ten
The journey displays the trip of every human being in his/her life
on earth and his deeds on earth until reaching the harbor of life
where every body has to recount all the events of his life. Here
special hymns about asking for mercy sing. These hymns are "Bra'okh
moran noqeshno" (I'm knocking at your door my Lord) and "Al Haw
Tae'o Baroyo" (behind that outer door). At the end of these two
hymns the head of the higher priest takes the cross and goes up to
the higher stair of the altar and say three times "Moran Ftah Lan
Ta'okh" (Lord open your door) after the third request of opening the
door, the main curtain opens, all the church lights turn on, the
clergy and deacons go up to the altar again while the choir
sings "Toubayhoun l'Abdé Tobé" (blessed are the good servants).
Priest preaches about the parable of the ten maidens and its meaning.
This ceremony encourages the believers to wash there hearts by
ecounting there accounts and pure there hearts in order to enter the
week of passion.
Thomas Daniel (Reji)