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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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2017
2017
27 February 2017, First Monday of Sawma Ramba
Importance of this day First Monday of Sawma Ramba
Syro-Malabar Church, like all other Oriental Churches begin the Great Fast before the Resurrection celebration on the first Monday before fifty days. A different tradition exists only in the Latin Church who begins it on Wednesday. It happens through the consideration of forty days of fasting in imitation of Jesus. Sundays, being days of Resurrection celebration, are not fasting days for all Christian traditions. Thus from six weeks they have thirty six days and need four days from the seventh week. The Latin Church counts the last four days of that week and hence she begins fasting on Wednesday. The Eastern Churches, on the other hand, consider the Passion Friday and Great Saturday as extra fasting days in relation to the Death and Burial of Jesus and thus count forty days to complete with Thursday of Pes'ha. So they begin fasting on Monday itself.
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Genesis 1:1-19
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Joshua 1:1-15
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Romans 1:1-25
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 5:17-37
Prayer of the dayJesus the Adorable King, most merciful One, by Your word and Your life You have taught us the law and become for us the way to the Father, and the ladder which leads to Him. You took our image in order to give us Yours. You fasted from food and drink to redeem Adam who ate the forbidden fruit, and thus You restored the image that human greed had distorted, and have given to us the assurance and joy which we lost. O Lord, as we begin the Great Fast today, help us to be reconciled to all people that our worship be acceptable to You, and that we might understand the true demands of Your life-giving law of love.
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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