Liturgical Glossary - Hoosoyo

Explaining the Hoosoyo
The Hoosoyo is the highlight of the Qurbono and expresses the liturgical theme of the feast or the day. It is a unique type of prayer which offers a scriptural interpretation along with a series of supplications petitioning God's protection and forgiveness. It consists of four parts: Proemion, Sedro, Qolo and Etro.

·         The Proemion is the introductory prayer, which offers praise, worship and magnificent titles to Christ, and in some different feast days, to the Trinity.

·         The Sedro constitutes the heart of the Hoosoyo and through its catechetical function it reflects the theme of the particular Sunday or the feast day being celebrated. It further presents, in a litany form, petitions asking for the Lord's assistance. It is poetic in nature and is composed of several strophes in metric form.

·         The Qolo is a response to the series of supplications whereby it magnifies the theme of the Hoosoyo and accentuates its character.

·         Etro means sweet perfume (of incense) and is the conclusion of the Hoosoyo. It summarizes the petitions of the Church who asks God to accept its precious offering which is consumed and raised to the heights. The burning of incense is par excellence an act of purification.