Prayer of the Midnight

Qawmo

Psalms 51
(optional on week days)

Opening Prayer

O Lord, who is wakeful and do not sleep, awaken us from our sleep in the sloth of sin that we may praise Your wakefulness. O Living and eternal One who does not die, wake us up from the sleep in death and destruction that we may worship Your compassion. Father, Son and holy Spirit, who are being praised and adored on earth and in heaven, make us worthy to praise You and adore You in holiness, along with the glorious company of heavenly angels now and always and for ever. Amen.

Psalms 134, 119: 169-176, 117

Barekhmor, Behold, all you servants of the Lord who stand in the house of the Lord through night watches, you praise the Lord.

Barekhmor, Lift up your hands towards heavenly sanctuary and praise the Lord.

May the Lord that made the heaven and earth bless you from Zion.

Lord, let my praise enter into Your presence. Let Your word grant me life. Let my supplication come before you. May Your words deliver me.

My tongue shall utter your words, for all your commandments are righteous.

When you teach me Your commandments, my lips shall utter Your praise. Since I have taken delight in Your laws, Your hand shall help me.

My soul has longed for Your salvation and I have meditated Your law. Let my soul live and it shall praise You. Let Your judgments help me.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant; for I have not forgotten Your commandments.

Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him all you people, for His kindness is great toward us. Truly, the Lord's goodness is for ever.

To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.

`Enyono

O Lord! who is awake without sleep, awaken us to repentance.

O Holy virgin, may your prayer be a stronghold to us.

O Prophets and apostles, may your prayers be a stronghold to us.

Hermits and monks may your prayers help us.

Lord, grant peace to the faithful departed. Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Qawmo - First Watch
For the Intercession of Mother of God

Eqbo

O Holy Virgin Mother, pray to your only son for us that He may grant mercy and bestow peace among us. By your prayers, may wars be dispelled and kings reign in peace so that the children of the Church may praise the invisible and great power and celebrate the feast of happiness.

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our Lord; glory be to you, our hope for ever. Barekhmor.

Qolo

O Lord, may the memory of Your blessed mother who brought You forth in virginity and holiness be a pleasing incense before You. May her memory be glorified on earth and in heaven above. Barekhmor.

Holy Virgin, we praise the Father who chose you in the beginning, adore the Son who willed to take flesh from you and praise the holy Spirit who came down from heaven and dwelled in you. Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn..

Supplication

O! Son of God, remove from us the rods of wrath by the prayers of Your mother who carried you for nine months.

Qawmo - Second Watch
For the Intercession of Saints

Praise of the Cherubim

The Lord's Prayer

Eqbo

O chosen and holy martyrs, blessed is the Lord who made you to be healing springs of help and solace for the world and made His power to dwell in the places where your bones rest, intercede for us before your Lord.

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to You, our Lord; glory be to You, our Lord; glory to You, our hope for ever. Barekhmor.

Qolo

Apostles! adversaries have encircled the Church from all sides to hinder the spread of the gospel that you have preached. Therefore, intercede for us before the Lord who chose you, so that there may be no divisions and disputes in the Church and among the children of the Church. O Lord! let Your truth be a furnace that keeps Your word as pure as gold. May the priests cry aloud in purity that, blessed is the Lord who sustains the growth of the Church. Barekhmor.

O Lord, by the prayers of the chosen twelve apostles, bless the twelve months of the year. May the earth receive regular rain and sun that we may be blessed by the heavenly grace and the harvest of the earth. O Lord, by the rain and drizzle of Your blessing, may the fruits grow and the needy and the poor eat those and praise Your name. Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn.

Bo`ootho

O Lord, by the prayers of those who pleased you, have mercy on us.

The prophets who spoke by the Holy Spirit, the disciples who witnessed you and the martyrs who embraced death in Your love will pray for us. Have mercy on us.

Saints! pray with us to the Lord whom you have pleased by your deeds that He may remove from us punishments and the rods of wrath.

Lord, by the prayers of those who pleased you, have mercy on us. By their prayers and supplications have mercy on our souls.


Qawmo - Third Watch
For the Departed 

Praise of the Cherubim

The Lord's Prayer
 

Eqbo

Lord, may our departed rest in Your glorious abode. Lord, pardon their faults and ours. Grant peace to them and remain gracious to us.

Kyrielison, Kyrielison, Kyrielison, Lord have mercy upon us, Lord be kind and have mercy, Lord answer us and have mercy upon us. Glory be to You, our Lord; glory be to You, our Lord; glory be to You, our hope for ever. Barekhmor.

Qolo

O! Christ our Lord, do not either be silent about us or remain distant from Your worshippers; for You are our refuge. Lord, lead us in the path of life and make us worthy to sing praise to You by night and by Barekhmor.

O Lord, have mercy on us when the graves and the rocks are rift and the dead arise on hearing from the heights the sound of the horn and voice of the trumpet. Lord, at that hour make us stand on Your right side. Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn.

Bo`ootho

O Lord, who is merciful to sinners, have mercy on us on the day of Your judgment.

O merciful one, the afflicted are knocking at Your door. By Your grace answer their supplications.

Our heavenly Father, we pray that You accepts our offerings and have mercy on us.

Lord of those above and the refuge of those on earth, accept our offerings and have mercy on us.

Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Glory be to you O, God.
Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Glory be to you O, God.
Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Glory be to you O, God.

Optional prayers for moronoyo days

O merciful God! be gracious to us in Your mercy. Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn..

From Psalms 148, 149, 150,117

Behold all that are asleep, awake and rise to sing praise. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in he heights.

Praise Him, O sun and moon. Praise Him, all luminous stars. Praise Him, heavens of heavens, and waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord.

Praise the Lord, all the earth, sea creatures and all oceans, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy winds that obey His word.

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth; both young men, maidens; old men and children; let them praise the name of the Lord.

Praise the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in Him that made Him. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.

Let the righteous be joyful in glory. Let them sing aloud upon their beds and let their high praises be in their mouths.

Praise Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals. Praise Him upon with the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.

Praise to the Holy Trinity. Praise to the Holy Trinity. We praise the glorious Trinity, eternal and everlasting. To you belongs the praise, O God, at all times. Barekhmor.

Qolo

Holy virgin, chosen by God to be His mother that the curse on earth was removed, plead for us before your only Son that peace and harmony reign in the Church, among us and in the four quarters of the earth. Barekhmor.

St. (Name) by your prayers, may God remove the rods of wrath from the earth and may peace and harmony reign in the Church and among us. May those who celebrate his memory be protected from all tribulations. Men `olam ...

Lord, may You garb in robes of glory in the heaven with Your right hand the faithful departed who have borne You by the baptism. Moryo rahem `a lay noo `adarayn.

Bo`ootho

O Lord, be gracious to us, by the prayers of Your Mother and Your saints.

May the angel who brought peace to the Virgin Mary, and announced to her the message of salvation, come and announce to us that God is reconciled with us.

May the angels, who sprinkled dew on Hananiah, sprinkle the dew of mercy on the bones of the departed.

Lord, be gracious to us, by the prayers of Your Mother and of Your saints. By the prayers of Your Mother and saints sanctify us and our departed.

Angelic Hymn

(Hymn of St. Athanasius)3

Like the heavenly angels who praise You up in the heights, we who are frail and sinful offer praise.

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth, tranquility and good will among men at all times and in all seasons.

We praise You, we bless You, we adore You. We sing to You a hymn of praise.

We give thanks to You because of Your great glory, Lord, our creator, king of heaven, God the Father almighty; we praise You, Jesus Christ, Lord God, God's only Son, along with the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Lamb of God and word of the Father, who takes away the sin of the world, be gracious to all.

You, who take away the sin of the world, incline your ear to us and receive our prayers.

You, who sit in glory at the right hand of Your Father, have compassion on us and be gracious to all.

Because You only are holy. Lord Jesus Christ, You deserve the great glory of God, the Father along with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

At all times and on all the days of our lives we bless You and praise Your holy and eternal name.

Blessed are You, Lord, Upholder of all, God of our fathers, Your name is blessed and glorified with praises, for ever and ever.

To you belongs glory, to you belongs praise, to you belongs honor, God of all, Father of truth; we praise You, Your only Son and the living holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, do not close the door of Your mercy on our faces. Lord, we confess that we are sinners, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, Your love made you descend from Your place to us that by Your death, our death was abolished; have mercy on us.

Qawmo

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1 St. Matthew 24:31; 1 Thess. 4.16-17; 2 Peter 3:10. 

2 St. Matthew 13:38-43; St. John 5:28-29. 

3 This is an integral part of all midnight prayers.