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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
9 October 2017, Fifth Monday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Fifth Monday of Elijah-Sliba
Fifth Monday of Elijah-Sliba
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 2 Peter 1:10-15
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 11:1-6
Prayer of the dayJesus whose Word can stand fire, You cast out the demon from the boy when his father entreated You in all humility. May You cast out the demons of greed, corruption, exploitation, casteism and social injustice from our world. May Your Churches have strong faith enough to collaborate with You in this task.
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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