Feast & Festivals

Feast & Festivals

Pentecost

Pentecost Feast Day: May 24 On this day we recall that just 50 days after the Glorious Resurrection and 10 days after the Victorious Ascension of our Lord, the Holy Spirit came upon the Holy Apostles and all those gathered with. (Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2) We celebrate the[…]

Hosanna

On the Sunday before the Sunday of Resurrection (Qyomto), the church commemorates the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem on a colt. The service commences with a procession in the church with the clergy, dressed in their vestments, carrying olive and palm branches. Hence this Sunday is also known as[…]

40th Friday

Jesus’ Triumph Over Satan Jesus fasted for forty days and at the end of the fast he was tempted by the devil. On the 40th day of the Great Lent which is always a Friday, the church commemorates the tempting of Jesus and his triumph over Satan. In the Gospel[…]

Sixth Sunday

Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth On the Sixth Sunday of Great Lent, the Syriac Orthodox church commemorates Jesus healing a blind man on Sabbath by applying clay on his eyes and asking him to wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. In this Gospel passage,[…]

Fifth Sunday

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman  / Good Samaritan “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1Tim 1:15) In these few words, the whole purpose of the incarnation is summarized for us by[…]

Mid Lent

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”   John 3: 14-15   The 25th day of the lent which is always a Wednessday is known as mid[…]

Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

“Great is your faith. Let it be to you as you desire” Readings Before Holy Qurbana • I Samuel 7: 10-17 • Numbers 17 : 1 – 8 • Isaiah 56: 1 – 7 (Salvation for the Gentiles)

Sunday of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic In the Syriac Orthodox Church, we celebrate the third Sunday of Great Lend as ‘Paralytic Sunday’. On this Sunday we commemorate the healing of the Paralytic who was lowered into a house. In this passage we see Christ teaching us that he has authority to forgive[…]

St. Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Vattasseril

St. Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Vattasseril Feast Day: February 23 Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius is popularly known as Malankara Sabha Bhasuran (The Great Luminary of Malankara Orthodox Church) which our Church has bestowed on him in recognition of his rich contribution to Malankara Orthodox Church. Vattasseril Thirumeni was a man of[…]

First Sunday – Wedding of Cana

Wedding of Cana The Great Lent starts by commemorating the first miracle performed by Jesus i.e. turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. This is a passage that is full of symbolisms and inner meaning. Wine in Rabbinic Judaism is a symbol of Jewish Torah or[…]