Great Lent #25 - 31/03/2011
- Holy Qurbana - 12
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Also known as the concluding prayers, the priest thanks the
Father on behalf of the congregation for having considered us worthy of partaking in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. After the prayers of thanksgiving, the faithful are dismissed by saying ‘depart ye in peace and pray for me always.
How is the Holy Qurbana concluded?
The Qurbana is concluded behind the veil when the priest completes his communion. He concludes by kissing the altar three times saying:
Farewell, O Holy and divine altar of the Lord. Henceforth, I know not whether I shall return to Thee or not.� This reminds that death is always at the door and makes us vigilant in preparing ourselves to meet the Lord whenever the call comes
1. Samuel, A. Yeshu, H. E. (1967). Anaphora - The Divine Liturgy of Saint James, the first bishop of Jerusalem.
2. Rajan, Mani Rev. Dr. (1994). Queen of the Sacraments. Seminary Publications. Mulanthuruthy.
3. Panoor, Punnose Dr. (1994). A Guide to the Orthodox Liturgy and Faith. Madras.
Vineeth John Abraham