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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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2018
2018
30 September 2018, Sixth Sunday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Sixth Sunday of Elijah-Sliba

Click to read reflections based on the readings, prepared by Fr Benny Nalkara CMI.
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Deuteronomy 9:13-24
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Isaiah 26:1-19
Engarta (Epistle Reading): Philippians 4:4-23
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 15:21-28
Prayer of the dayJesus who does not allow our steps to falter, Your gifts are without limit. O generous One, Your goodness is without measure. You have given sight to the blind, speech to the mute, hearing to the deaf, healing to the sick, nourishment to the hungry and Your Cross as life and Resurrection for all. Grant us Your heavenly light and we shall be enlightened. May we walk in Your presence with zeal and eager-ness, nourished by Your Mysteries, all the days of our lives, as we await Your coming in glory.
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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