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The great solemnity of the Glorious Cross that we celebrate on September 14th is the basic theme meditated on and absorbed in all through this liturgical period of Eliyah-Sliba. This feast emerged as the second Easter, especially in Eastern Traditions, in the second half of the liturgical year, parallel to the Easter in the first half. During this period the faithful try their best to have an experience of the heavenly bliss here on earth itself, a foretaste of the intimate union with the Divine Person. Continue reading...
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2017
2017
10 September 2017, First Sunday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day First Sunday of Elijah-Sliba
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Deuteronomy 6:20-7:6
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 31:1-9
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Evangalion (Gospel): Luke 18:35-19:10
Prayer of the dayJesus the Searcher of mind and heart, we praise You as we recall the miracle by which You opened the eyes of the blind beggar along the road. Be for us the Light which shines on the paths we walk toward You with the eagerness of Zaccheus. We shall act according to Your commandments and come into Your Paradise where our eyes will be opened to the fullness of Your wondrous Light.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystery of Jesus' Transfiguration - Foretaste of heavenly bliss - overtaken by the heavenly experience, Peter exclaims: "Lord, it is well that we are here" - Glorious Cross, out Saint Thomas Cross, is the symbol of Risen Jesus - unique Symbol of Jesus' life and our Christian perfection - sum total of Old & New Testaments.

Time of Heavenly Foretaste

Qurbana celebration is the time of heavenly foretaste - then the heeavenly and earthy choirs mingle together - there we experience the heavenly banquet - this heavenly experience is spread to the other hours of the day through the "Divine Praises", the Prayer of the Church - the whole Christian life must proceed from and return to these celebrations.
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