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Qudas-Edta (weeks of dedication of the Church) is the last four weeks of the Syro-Malabar liturgical year. They are precisely arranged to have an in-depth heavenly experience for the faithful. Christ the Bride-groom leads His bride the Church to the heavenly bride chamber and offers her to the Father giving her the fullness of heavenly bliss. The church being the sign of heavenly Kingdom here on earth, every time the believer enters it, he/she is invited to such a heavenly experience and sing praises to the Lord in the company of the celestial choirs. The faithful reach to the climax of such experience during the Qurbana celebration, the full and integral expression of their faith and life. Continue reading...
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2017
2017
30 November 2017, Fourth Thursday of Qudas-Edta
Importance of this day Sliha Mar Andreos
Andrew the Apostle is one of the Apostle of Jesus who is called in the Orthodox tradition Protokletos, or the First-called. He is the son of Jonah, or John and is the brother of Peter the Apostle. Eusebius of Caesarea, renowned Church Father and historian reported that Andrew preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and Kiev. Therefore, he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in AD 38. Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at Patras (Patrae) in Achaea.
Read more about Sliha Mar Andreos: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01471a.htm, http://www.chrysostom.org/firstcalled
Click to read reflections based on the readings, prepared by Fr Sebastian Mulluparampil, CMI.
Icon/Picture of the day:
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Genesis 28:10-17
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Zechariah 8:20-23
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Romans 10:10-18
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 4:18-22, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the only Messiah, through Sliha Mar Andreos the seed of the Gospel was sown in the soil of Africa from the very beginning of Christianity. It grew into a tree with many branches. Through his intercession, gather all Your Churches into one communion that this land may see in them the light of Your Truth.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystify of entrance to heaven - the Church, Bride of Jesus, enters the heavenly bride chamber together with her Bridegroom - Jesus offers His bride to the Father.

Time of Heavenly Honeymoon

Real heavenly experience - Church is in fact the heaven on earth - we enter it and immerse in supreme heavenly experience in the Qurbana celebration - reach to its climax in holy communion, the heavenly banquet - "God becomes all in all in Jesus".


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