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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
23 September 2017, Second Saturday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Second Saturday of Elijah-Sliba
Second Saturday of Elijah-Sliba
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 1 John 5:13-21
Evangalion (Gospel): John 8:39-47
Prayer of the dayJesus the wise Counsel, Your Word has been sown in our hearts as in the fields. May we let it bear much fruit of love, repentance and good deeds. Soften any stubbornness or rocky ground within our hearts and let the power of Your love bring forth hundredfold harvest within us.
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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