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  • Very Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Joseph
    Holy Week by Very Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Joseph Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. This is the last week of the traditional fifty-day Lent.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2008
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      Holy Week
      by Very Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Joseph

      Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. This is
      the last week of the traditional fifty-day Lent. Through lent,
      sermons, prayers, and services, the church prepares the faithful for
      Holy Week. This is the time we celebrate five important events in
      the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ. During Holy Week, certain
      changes occur in the prayers and in the Holy Qurbana. The
      differences include the beginning prayer "kauma" (daivame nee
      parishudhan aakunnu) which changes to a different "kauma" for each
      day, according to the events that occurred. Other significant
      differences include: No prayers to Mary (Hail Mary, Full of
      Grace/Krupa Niranja Mariame), there is no peace giving in the Holy
      Qurbana, and there is no kissing of the hands (Kai Muthu) of the
      Bishop or priest conducting the services. (The faithful believers
      kiss the hand of the priest or bishop is to receive blessings. This
      is a tradition of the Syrian Orthodox Church and most of the Eastern
      Orthodox Churches. Priests and bishops are considered the messenger
      (Malachi 2: 7) of God and during the Eucharistic Service they touch
      the body and blood of Christ. It is considered a blessing to kiss
      the hands, which handled the holy mysteries.)

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