|The Order of Zuyoho|
It is difficult to provide an English equivalent to the Syriac word Zuyoho. It is derived from a verb which means "to put in motion", "to move something", "to lift up something". The Order of Zuyoho embodies all of these meanings. During the ceremony, the celebrant lifts and moves the object on which Zuyoho is performed, usually a cross (but water on Epiphany, Palms on Palm Sunday, etc.). Hence, we refer to the Zuyoho of the Cross, or the Zuyoho of the Palms, etc. In the following, the celebrant carries a cross.
The Celebrant enters the sanctuary in the company of the clergy and the deacons. He holds the cross high and waves it in the four directions.
Turning to the East, the celebrant chants:
Priest: He Whom the angels minister.
Note: When the people chant the word "crucified", shown in italics above, the celebrant moves the cross in the form of a cross blessing the people. This word is replaced by another phrase in some feast days (e.g., "baptized" in Epiphany).
The celebrant turns to the West:
Priest: He Whom the fiery hosts praise.
The celebrant turns to the North:
Priest: He Whom the heavenly beings glorify.
The celebrant turns to the South:
Priest: Our Lord, have mercy upon us.
Ma'de'dono: The Book of the Church Festivals (1984).
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