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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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28 December 2018, Fourth Friday of Subara
Importance of this day Beheaded Children
Feast of beheaded children (or the Holy Infants) commemorates the slaughter of first-born sons in Bethlehem ordered by King Herod, who wanted to be sure none grew up to threaten his throne or his dynasty. Read more....

Click to read reflections based on the readings, prepared by Father George Edayadiyil, CMI.
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Genesis 4:3-8
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Jeremiah 31:15-17
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Hebrews 11:3-10 & 32-12:2
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 2:13-18, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the Lover of children, as we remember the innocent children who were beheaded for Your sake by Herod, we beseech You to protect all children from dangers internal and external that they all together sing and extol Your glory at all times and in all places.
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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