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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-IX

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-IX
The Second Coming

The veil is then opened to symbolize the second coming of our Lord Jesus and the Day of Judgment.

The priest, carrying the paten  and the chalice in his right and left hand, turns counter-clockwise to face the congregation to specially signify the coming of the Lord to judge.

This is in contrast to the usual clockwise turn, which is symbolic of the first coming of our Lord as our Redeemer.

The priest then moves forward in a procession to signify the second coming.

The deacons accompanying with lighted candles, marvahtso (symbolic of the presence of angels), and bells to represent the tumultuous second coming of the Lord with trumpets and accompanied by the angels. (Mathew 25: 31 - 'And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four worlds.

The priest then returns to the altar and places the paten and chalice back on the tablitho.

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