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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
14 September 2017, First Thursday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Exaltation of Mar Sleeva
The Holy Cross is said to have been discovered in 326 AD by the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I, Helena of Constantinople, during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem. Read more....
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Icon/Picture of the day:
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Isaiah 42:13-43:12
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Acts 2:14-36
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Evangalion (Gospel): Luke 24:13-35
Prayer of the dayJesus Christ our Saviour, may Your Cross be our powerful weapon and our supreme honour. Through it, drive away our enemies; by it, turn our weakness to strength. May it be our companion in this life, and we shall follow You in carrying the sign of Your shame, so as to merit to be numbered among Your disciples. May it teach us that our strength lies not in combat and the sword, but in love and sacrifice.
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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