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Holy Qurbono in Malankara Syrian Orthodox Churches on Holy Friday 2005

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Annunciation to the Virgin is one of the most important feasts in the Syriac Orthodox Church, so important that the Holy Liturgy (Qurbono) must be held on this
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2005
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      Annunciation to the Virgin is one of the most important feasts in
      the Syriac Orthodox Church, so important that the Holy Liturgy
      (Qurbono) must be held on this day even if March 25th also happens
      to be Good Friday! (The Holy Liturgy is otherwise prohibited on Good
      Friday since the Church celebrates the death of Christ; in fact, the
      altar is stripped of all altar vessels and covered in black on Good
      Friday.)

      The Holy Friday according to the Gregorian calendar falls on March
      25th in 2005, the same day the Church celebrates suboro, the feast
      of the annunciation to the Virgin Mary. According the Hudayo
      canon, "That day is the basis of all moronoyo feasts (feasts of the
      Lord)." Chapter V, 1:5. It is mandatory that the Holy Qurbono be
      offered on that day.

      The Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara has
      decided that the Holy Qurbono should be offered in all Malankara
      parishes on Holy Friday of 2005 prior to 8 am. The decision was
      announced by the Synod Secretary, Mor Gregorius Joseph.

      The Episcopal Synod cited the guidelines established in the
      Encyclical No 464 (dt. 24 Mithunam 1938) by the late Patriarch Mor
      Aphrem I Barsoum, which directs that the Holy Qurbono be offered
      prior to the Hasho services of the Holy Friday when it falls on
      March 25th.

      The last such instance was on April 7, 1950 when the Malankara
      Church followed the Julian calendar. The Syriac Orthodox Church in
      the Near East and its diaspora observes the Holy week according to
      the Julian calendar and hence does not have a similar circumstance.
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