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Friday, April 12, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-III

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-III

Readings of the Scripture

There are three readings in the Syrian Orthodox Church,one each from the Acts of the, Apostles,from Epistles of St. Paul and from the Gospel.Each reading is preceded by a chant.

The first reading by a deacon standing on the steps from the northern side of the chancel, It represents preaching of the gospel to the Jews.

The second reading  form the southern side, represents the preaching of the gospel to the gentiles.

The reading from the Gospel the priest standing in the center of the sanctuary, is done with great solemnity, with the decons carrying lights and incense.

The two lighted candles on both sides of the Gospel reading table point out that the word of God is light. The occasion is made more solemn by the ringing bells ,the and sound of the Maruvahsa.

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