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Friday, May 10, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-XI


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-XI

Receiving The Qurbana by the Faithful

The time for giving the qurbana to the faithful varies from church to church although in most of the Jacobite churches, the qurbana is given after end of the public service of Qurbana.sometimes it is given  at the end of "Dhoopa Prarthana". In some churches it is given during the middle of the second coming service.

We should fast at least for 6 hours before receiving the Holy Qurbana.Before taking the qurbana, one must confess before a priest.(Confession is mandatory if one wishes to take the qurbana during Passion week (especially Monty Thursday or Pessaha.) on other occassions the priest will prepares the person to receive the holy communion by a Hoosoyo service.

The person must come prepared for the Hoosoyo service only after proper introspection and prayers of repentance.

The bread is co-mixed with wine during the fracture and co-mixture service,to show that the body and blood of Christ cannot be separated. The priest administers the bread/wine/watercombination that is transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ during the service.

This should be consumed fully immediately. A deacon will provide water so as to wash down the remnants of the holy mysteries  and avoid the danger of it being spitted out. (Some people mistake the water as substitute for the wine as the Catholic Church and many protestants serve the bread and wine separately.

But according to orthodox tradition, the bread and wine are mixed together and served as one unit. The water is only to wash it down from the mouth.)

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