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The maturity and fruitfulness of the Church are specially meditated on during the weeks of summer (Qaita). The Syriac word Qaita means "summer". Summer is the time when grains and fruits mature and ripen. Thus it is a time of plentiful harvest for the Church. The fruits of the Church are those of holiness and martyrdom. Continue reading...
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1 August 2019, First Thursday of Qaita
Importance of this day 15-day Fast begins
This is the traditional Fast of all Eastern Churches prior to the Assumption of Marth Mariam. The feast of Assumption was celebrated in the East as early as fourth century. This fast starts from the first day of August and ends on the fifteenth day. Download the PDF book "Mathrusthavangal (Malayalam): The Liturgy of the Hours for the eight Feast days of Marth Mariam and those of the Eight and Fifteen day Fastings" Original translation in Malayalam from Syriac Sources according to the seven times of "Divine Praises" a day style of the Syro-Malabar Church".
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Romans 7:7-13
Evangalion (Gospel): Mark 12:38-44
Prayer of the dayJesus who taught us the way of purity and sanctity, Your Churches developed through Your Apostles, and spread in different parts of the world, with a marvellous diversity within a basic unity. May we constantly build our lives on that unique and distinct apostolic foundation of our own Church.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystery of the Church - Church as the continuation of Jesus grows and spreads to all quarters of the world, produces flowers and fruits of martyrdom and holiness-Church shines as the Symbol of the heavenly Kingdom.

Age of Fruitfulness

Church becomes attractive through her holiness and martyrdom - not through this-worldly achievements - "Blessed are the poor in spirit...Blessed are the merciful...Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" (Mt 5:3-12)

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