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Thursday, April 25, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana- XIII

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- XIII
Celebration of the Holy Qurbana

The priest blesses the bread and wine by narrating that which the Lord did, and making the sign of the cross. 

They then become the Body and Blood of our Lord. 

By allowing Him to bless us,our ordinary lives, are also transformed into the vehicle of God's grace (Jn 2:9) just as the ordinary bread is changed to His Body.

By giving His blood, our Lord has given us everything He has. When He blesses us, He makes our whole being His.

Anamnesis or the Sacrificial Memorial

The priest and the entire congregation recalls the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus which is present in its entire saving power, This mystery prepares them to look forward to the second coming of Christ. 

The priest lifts the spoon and cushion over his head with his right hand and quickly places them on the left side of the Altar.

This signifies the second coming of the Lord on the last day, which will be like a flash of lightning.(Matthew 24:27).

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