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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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23 February 2020, First Sunday of Sawma Ramba
Importance of this day Petratha - The First Sunday of Sawma Ramba
The liturgical season of Great Fast (Sawma Rabba) begins on Petratha Sunday. The Syriac word Petratha has the meaning 'to return', 'to pass through', 'to finish' or 'to end'. The weeks of Great Fast is the season of looking back at one's own life and of real reconciliation. Petratha Sunday is an important day for St. Thomas Christians.
Click to read more and Biblical reflections based on the readings, prepared by Father Joy Philip Kakkanattu, CMI.
Read more about the fasting rules of ancient Nasranis .
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Exodus 34:1-7, 27-35
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 58:1-12, 14
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Ephesians 4:17-5:4, 15-21
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 3:16-4:11, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the praiseworthy King, when Moses fasted forty days in Your presence, he was transfigured in Your holiness, learned Your will and was instructed in the way to live according to Your life-giving commandments. By Your own fasting and self-denial, You taught us to fast. You wish us to understand the essential purpose of life, the meaning of the world and its existence and the greatness of Your love and goodness. During this Great Fast, pour forth Your mercy on all people that they might repent and return to You, weeping with sorrow and broken heart and draw closer to You, by sharing more fully in Your sanctity and learning to direct their lives more authentically in keeping with the ways of Your will.
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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