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Weeks of Annunciation (Subara) is the first season of the liturgical year. The Syro-Malabar liturgical year begins with the proclamation and celebration of the historical encounter between God and man in the person of Jesus Christ, the human appearance of the Divine Person. The Syriac word Subara, 'Annunciation', with which the Church qualify the first five or six weeks of her liturgical year, is, in fact, an announcement and proclamation with celebration with this supreme glad news of divine condescension to the human frailty in order to raise it up to the divine sublimity. For the whole East Syriac tradition and thus also to the Syro-Malabar Church, the whole period of Annunciation is a big Christmas! December 25th is only the climax of this celebration. Continue reading....
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6 January 2018, Fifth Saturday of Subara
Importance of this day Denha: Epiphany of Isho Mishiha
Nasranis celebrate Denha as an important Feast from early centuries onwards. The feast commemorates the Baptism of Jesus. In the Latin Church what is remembered on this Feast is the coming of the Magi from the East and their finding of Jesus with the help of the star which appeared to them in the East and showed them the way to the Holy Land.
Denha is celebrated by the Nasranies in two ways - Pindiperunnal ("Plantain trunk feast") and Rakkuliperunal ("feast with a night bath").
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Numbers 24:2-9, 15-25
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 4:2-5; 11:1-5; 12:2-4
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Titus 2:11-3:7
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 3:1-17, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the Eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, You became incarnate, were baptized and manifested Yourself to give us the inheritance of sons and daughters, which makes us call Your Father "our Father", while we await our divine inheritance. Enlighten us, then, with the light of Your Baptism and Epiphany, that we may praise You on this Feast of Lights. For You are Light from Light and have come to enlighten all those who come into the world. We praise, thank and glorify You at all times.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystery of Incarnation - in background, Creation: man its centre - life in Paradise - Sin and Fall - thrown out of Paradise - promise of the Saviousr - long OT life of misery and suffering, election and rejection - birth of the Son of God - "Glory to God in the highest" - Amman-hu-El = God with us - beheading of the innocent - presentation of Jesus in the Temple - at twelve Jesus in the Temple amidst the teachers and elders.

Devotion to Mother Mary

Consent of Mary essential - "Hail, full of grace!" - "Be it to me according to your word!" - Son of God became man - human indebtedness to Mary comes from this consent - she is the Mother of Jesus and also ours - Christian believers are not orphans!

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