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Monday, April 29, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana- XV

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- XV
Diptychs (Thubden) or The prayers of Intercessions for:-

1. For the living spiritual Fathers who tend the Church
2. For the living faithful brethren
3. For the living faithful rulers
4. Intercession of the Mother of God and Saints

St. Mary, The Most revered saint of the church

John the Baptist, The forerunner of Christ (Feast on 7th of January)

St. Stephen, Known as the head of deacons was the first martyr of the Church who was stoned to death.At the time of his death, he saw the heavens openened and the Son of God standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:56). The church commemorated his memory through the feast held on the 8th of January.

St. Peter, Was called to tend the Church by Lord Jesus Christ and is thus known as the chief of the Apostles. He is the foundation of the One Apostolic and Catholic (Universal) Church and was the first Patriarch of the Church of Antioch (Mathew 16:17). He was publicly crucified by the Emperor of Rome. He 
was nailed to the cross with his head downward, at his own request, symbolically kissing the feet of His Lord (Pollock, 1985).

St. Paul, The greatest evangelist of the church was Originally a persecutor of the Church, he was transformed into a most eloquent leader of the early church. He was born at Tarsus and was known as Saul before his transformation. He was condemned to death by the Roman Senate and was beheaded on the same day that St. Peter was crucified. His memory is commemorated by the Church on the 29th of June along with that of St. Peter.

St. Thomas,is believed that He arrived in Malankara (Kerala) during A.D. 52. He is believed to have performed several miracles and installed seven crosses in different parts of Kerala. He was martyred at Mylapore, near Madras, India in A.D. 72. His mortal remains were later transferred to Uraha (Edessa) in A.D. 394. The feast of St. Thomas is celebrated on July 3rd.

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