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The great solemnity of the Glorious Cross that we celebrate on September 14th is the basic theme meditated on and absorbed in all through this liturgical period of Eliyah-Sliba. This feast emerged as the second Easter, especially in Eastern Traditions, in the second half of the liturgical year, parallel to the Easter in the first half. During this period the faithful try their best to have an experience of the heavenly bliss here on earth itself, a foretaste of the intimate union with the Divine Person. Continue reading...
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2017
2017
1 October 2017, Fourth Sunday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Fourth Sunday of Elijah-Sliba

Click to read reflections based on the readings, prepared by Fr Benny Nalkara CMI.
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 33:13-24
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Philippians 2:1-11
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 4:12-5:16
Prayer of the dayJesus who hears our cry from His Temple, You are the One awaited by the Law and the Prophets: You are the fulfilment of the Old and New Cove-nants. When the sign of Your Cross appears, and You come in the clouds with all Your angels, grant us that we may welcome You. May we become Your inheritance in Your Kingdom, all of us who are partakers in Your Mystical Supper, and whom You have chosen for Yourself in Your grace and mercy.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystery of Jesus' Transfiguration - Foretaste of heavenly bliss - overtaken by the heavenly experience, Peter exclaims: "Lord, it is well that we are here" - Glorious Cross, out Saint Thomas Cross, is the symbol of Risen Jesus - unique Symbol of Jesus' life and our Christian perfection - sum total of Old & New Testaments.

Time of Heavenly Foretaste

Qurbana celebration is the time of heavenly foretaste - then the heeavenly and earthy choirs mingle together - there we experience the heavenly banquet - this heavenly experience is spread to the other hours of the day through the "Divine Praises", the Prayer of the Church - the whole Christian life must proceed from and return to these celebrations.
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