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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana- XVI

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- XVI

Jesus' Passion, Death, Burial, and Resurrection

The curtain is pulled over the sanctuary to remind us of the time of His Passion, death, burial, and resurrection and that the earth was engulfed in darkness (Luke 23:44, 24:1; Mat 28:1; John 20:1)

The Fracture and Commixture of bread and wine is performed by the priest while the sanctuary is hidden from the congregation.

The breaking of the bread signifies the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus. The priest breaks the bread and anoints it with wine, signifying that the body and blood of Jesus, which were separated in death, were reunited at the time of resurrection.

Then the host is lifted signifying the resurrection of our Lord. The Hymn 'Anpudayonae' is sung by the congregation.

The curtain is now opened to symbolize the appearance of our Lord to His disciples after his resurrection, several times before Pentecost.

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