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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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8 December 2018, First Saturday of Subara
Importance of this day The Immaculate Conception of the Marth Mariam
The Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin. The Feast of Mary's Conception is clearly known as early as the 7th century in the East, and may even date to as early as the 5th century in the Syriac Churches. The feast spread to the West, at least by the 9th century. Read more:
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Sirac 24:1-14
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 10:1-16
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Hebrews 1:1-3 + 2:16-18
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 1:1-16 + Luke 1:46-55, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus, Son of the Virgin, You accept our prayers and bestow Your gifts. You heard the prayers of blessed Joachim and Anne and gave them a daughter who is blessed among all women. Hear our prayers on this day when we celebrate the immaculate conception of her whom You redeemed before-hand by Your Passion, Death and Resurrection, and through her intercession, make us and all creation share His victory over sin and death. Admit us into Your presence with purity of heart and sanctity of soul; and with her, we shall glorify and praise You now and always and forever and ever.
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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