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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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2017
2017
24 August 2017, Fifth Thursday of Qaita
Importance of this day Sliha Mar Bartholomeo
Today we are celebrating the feast of St Bartholomew. The tradition is that he preached in India, Mesopotamia, Parthia and Laconia Eusebius (H.E. 5.10.3) records that Pantaenus, the teacher of clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 AD) “went to India, and the tradition is that he there found on his own arrival anticipated by some who were acquainted with the gospel according to Matthew; for Bartholomew, one of the apostles, had preached to them and left them the writing of Matthew in Hebrew letters, and this writing was preserved until the time mentioned.”
Continue reading the article written by Fr Sebastian Mullooparambil, CMI .
Here is an article from NSC Network about the mission of Pantaenus in India and Bartholomew the Apostle. .
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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Deuteronomy 18:15-19
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 22:15-22
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
Evangalion (Gospel): Luke 6:12-19
Prayer of the dayJesus the Omnipotent One, through the intercession of Sliha Mar Bartholomeo, may we continue without faltering and unshaken until our death in the confession of the faith he taught us. May we always experience Your presence among us as our Lord and our God, and be zealous to bring others to know You as he did.
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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