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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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23 September 2018, Fifth Sunday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Fifth Sunday of Elijah-Sliba

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Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Deuteronomy 9:1-8
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 25:1-8
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Philippians 3:1-11
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 17:14-27, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)
Prayer of the dayJesus whose ways are all perfect, in Your goodness have compassion on sinners and bring back to Your truth those who are wandering. Draw us to Yourself, enrich our voices with Your praises and our tongues with the wisdom of Your Word. Captivate and free us by Your teachings. Drawing from Your treasure of compassion, grant us freedom from all influence of the evil one. Healed in body, soul and spirit, may we welcome You when You come with the sign of Your Cross in the heavens.
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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