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During the weeks of Great Fast, the faithful reflect on and meditate over the public life of Jesus and especially on its culmination in his passion, death and burial. It is a God-given time for turning to one's own life more deeply and to become convinced of the abundant blessings of the loving God in the creation, the providential caring, the human fall, the helplessness of man to save himself, the promise of salvation, the redemption through His Son Jesus, the invaluable Gift of the Holy Spirit and the inheritance of the heavenly Kingdom. Continue reading...
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2018
2018
23 February 2018, Second Friday of Sawma Ramba
Importance of this day The Feast of Saint Polycarp
On this day, the Church remembers St. Polycarp, one of the Apostolic Fathers of the Church. He was the Bishop of Smyrna (modern Izmir in Turkey). Although the exact date of his life time is not known, the general agreement among historians is that he was born about 69 A.D. and was martyred in 155. He is called an Apostolic Father because he had contact with at least one of the Apostles of Jesus.
Click to read the Biblical reflections based on the readings, prepared by Father Thomas Kalayil, CMI.
Icon/Picture of the day:
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Exodus 3:1-6
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Daniel 3:19-26
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
Evangalion (Gospel): Luke 11:43-53, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the most praiseworthy One, with the Centurion we cry out: O Lord, we are not worthy to have You enter under the roof of our sinful humanity. But as You entered the womb of Mary, so You entered the River Jordan. As You entered the tomb, so You entered the heavenly bridal chamber. By Your entrances You have healed and sanctified our nature. Grant health to the sick and guide those who wander astray.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mysteries of Jesus' Life, Passion, Death and Burial - He came to His own - they brought Him to the Cross - thickness and darkness of human sin - "Petratha" means a looking back - a salvific call to reconciliation - repair through prayer, penance and almsgiving.

Remembrance of dear Departed Ones

We enter Great Fast commemorating our Departed ones - let us continue to keep their memory all through this season through special prayer, penance and almsgiving, which are also the best means for our sanctification.

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