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Manichaean Scriptures

The Invocation of Bar Sîmûs -
A Manichaean text in Persian.

I venerate Bar Sîmûs and Jacob
And praise Bar ...
So that they may increase ...
With Joy ever anew ...  for this whole community.
Mihr Yazd, our Father, Redeemer and Benefactor,
Together with the valiant Frêdon and all the angels.
May they protect and care for the holy Church
And its blessed head, the Lord of good name.

Oh Sun that brings Light, God Zênârês,
together with  the Mother of the Living,
Mihr Yazd, together with all the angels,
The five and the twelve,
May they all be praised by the holy Church!

May new blessing, new victory, come from God Zurvan
Upon the glories and angels and the spirits of this world,
So that it (the world) may accept the holy religion.
May He (Zurvan) be guardian, friend and protector within
and without.

I invoke the powerful angels, the mighty ones,
Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, Sarael,
So that they may protect us from all misfortune
And deliver us from evil Ahriman.

I venerate the Lord Jacob the angel,
Together with the glories, powers and valiant spirits,
That they may protect us with their mighty power
And may lead us within and without.

I joyously venerate the mighty power,
Jacob the angel, the leader of the angels;
Receive from the whole holy Church
Blessing ever anew, and mighty praise!

May peace and new salvation come from God Zurvan,
You glories and spirits!
May blessing and new joy
From the gods and the angels be prepared for you!
May you lead us on this way to salvation!

May new power come from Jacob the angel,
New joy from all the angels!
May this land receive new aid,
May they (the angels) lead it to peace ever new.

Come, you glories, spirits and powers,
Grasp the right hand ...