Prayers

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You can access a variety of translated prayers and Liturgical documents of the Church from here. If you are looking for the weekly service schedule, please see this page.

Some of our prayers include:

  • Prayer Before Reciting Prayer of Emanations
  • Prayer of the Emanations
  • Prayer to the Living Spirit
  • King of Kings Prayer
  • Standard Times of Prayer
  • Morning, Noon, Evening Prayers
  • Prayers of Confession

It is also the practice of the Mother Church to utilise the Psalms within the Holy Book of Light for the purpose of praying, praising and singing or chanting. The Manichaean neo-Aramaic term for “psalms” is “mazmoré” (the singular form is “mazmora”). In addition to the use of Psalms, traditionally the Mother Church sing the Odes of Solomon in its liturgical services.

Some of the Psalms available online include:

Currently not available online:

  • Psalms of the Brethren of Light
  • Psalms to the Living Spirit

Manichaean Music

Those not familiar with the Manichaean Church often ask, “Where can I find Manichaean music?” Actually, music used by Manichaeans depends on the local culture. In the Middle East, music heard in places of worship sound much the same as Yazidi or sometimes traditional Persian, Iranian or Yemenite music. In some of our worship services, brethren perform the rapid recitation of Scriptures with fast paced music in the background. This can include stringed instruments, drums and other instruments. Depending on the culture, Manichaeans sing in Aramaic, English, Hebrew, Spanish or any other language. There is no specific target language, although Aramaic is favoured, but only when it is known by the congregation. There are no stipulations concerning the use of a specific language or style of music, as long as it is respectable and in honour of the Three Pillars. With that in mind, Brethren are permitted to use songs from other cultures, as long as such songs relate to the various themes of the Faith.

Gila Beshari performing “Ahavat Hadasa”