| 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...|
2 March 2017, First Thursday of Sawma Ramba
|Importance of this day||First Thursday of Sawma Ramba
Read about the customs and fasting rules that St. Thomas Christians observed during Great Fast in sixteenth century: http://www.nasranifoundation.org/50dayfast.html.
|Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I):||Genesis 3:1-19|
|Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II):||Joshua 3:1-13|
|Engarta (Epistle Reading):||Romans 2:28-3:26|
|Evangalion (Gospel):||Matthew 6:19-34|
|Prayer of the day||Jesus who raises our bodies, save us from the wiles and temptations of the evil one, and grant us through this Great Fast to be strong in combat. By Your power, may we conquer the inclinations and passions of the body and mind, and with the help of Your grace, live according to the spirit of Your Gospel, that we may glorify You now and at all times. Through this Fast, may we learn to turn to Your daily Providence, laying aside our needless anxieties as we seek first Your Kingdom, striving to serve You and others wholeheartedly in the situations You have given to each one of us.|
| 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.
Credits: Liturgical Calendar 2009-10 published by Fr. Varghese Pathikulangara, CMI
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