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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana- XII


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- XII

The Eucharistic Prayer

The following prayer by the priest and people which follows, is one of the most ancient of all liturgies. The congregation is asked to give thanks and lift their hearts and minds to the seat of Jesus which is near the right hand of God the Father.

The congregation then worships with the song of the angels 'Holy, holy, holy'' (Isaiah 6: 3) and 'Blessed is He that cometh'' (Psalms 118: 26) reminding us that the angels are present and joins the church on earth with their praise at this solemn moment.

The congregation is directed to lift their heart to heaven, in order to see heaven, the heavenly altar, the heavenly priest the heavenly Body and Blood, the heavenly worshipping host and not anything earthly.

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