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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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15 August 2019, Third Thursday of Qaita
Importance of this day The Passing of Marth Mariam
On August 15, we celebrate the assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, celebrated by all Apostolic Churches. The feast of Assumption was celebrated in the East, particularly the Syriac Churches, as early as fourth century. There is a 15-day fast prior to this feast. This fast starts from the first day of August and ends on the fifteenth day, the Feast of Assumption. Read more...from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Click to read reflections of the readings, prepared by Fr Sebastian Mullooparambil, CMI.
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Exodus 15:11-18
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Acts 1:6-14
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Romans 16:1-27
Evangalion (Gospel): John 2:1-12 + Matthew 12:46-50 +13:53-57 + Luke 11:27-28, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus the Surety of our Resurrection, You wished to be born of the Virgin Mary to save us and to bring us back to Yourself. When Your saving plan was accomplished, You returned to Your Father, and then drew Your Mother, full of grace, to Yourself and seated her at Your right hand. Through her prayers, O Lord, have mercy on us. Through her intercession, liberate us and all our countrymen, that one day we may obtain her state and live with You.
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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