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Thursday, April 11, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-II


Holy Qurbana or the "Holy Offering" or "Holy Sacrifice", refers to the Eucharist as celebrated according to the Syriac Orthodox Church traditions.

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-II

Trisagion

'Holy art thou, O God!
Holy art thou, Almighty,
Hoy art thou, Immortal,
Crucified for us,
Have mercy on us.'

According to Bar Sleebi three groups of angels came down at the time of burial of Christ.

While the first group sang 'Holy art thou god', the other two groups sang 'Holy are Thou mighty', and'Holy art Thou immortal' and Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemose (Mark 15:43) inspired by the Holy Spirit burst forth 'Thou that was crucified for us have mercy on us'.

God being trinity, the number three has special significance. After the Trisagion, the priest and the congregation chant kurielaison (Lord have mercy upon us) thrice.

The church adopted this Trisagion to be said as a prayer at the beginning of each prayer.

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