Recently I distributed the guidelines to be followed in the Altar, to those who serve there. I obtained this file from the diocese website.
Click here to download a copy.
Further, there are few additional items specific to our parish, which I have not documented electronically yet.
Note: Starting yesterday, google disabled the feature of uploading files to google groups - which we used to do at Sunday school in the past. I am still figuring out a way to make the download easier and convenient. If you run into issues while viewing/downloading, do notify me.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Are you interested in learning what's being read at the church every Sunday, including Old Testament, New Testament and the Gospel readings?
Download a copy of the 2011 lectionary.
PS: Post a comment and please let me know if the above link seems to be broken.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Many of us, we go to church and take part in the Holy Qurbana. We have participated in it over and over; still we do not know what is it's significance. While attending Sunday school, we learn that we offer thanks, praise and sacrifice during Qurbana; the body and blood of Christ is celebrated during the Qurbana etc.
When I was almost your age, I had the following questions: "Why is our Qurbana so long? Why does the priest wash his hands during the middle of the service - shouldn't he do it earlier? Why is the priest kneeling down, when all of us are standing? What happens when the curtain is closed? Why does the priest bless everyone's head at the end of the service? Why does the church have prayers during the 3rd hour, 6th hour, 9th hour etc? Why is that time different from our normal clock? If you have similar questions, you are not alone. I had all these plus many other questions, but was afraid to ask. I would have appeared to know nothing in front of my other church friends.
After taking part in the Holy Qurbana so closely for several years, hopefully I have found answers to these questions. It prompted me to write something like, "Holy Qurbana for Dummies" or "Holy Qurbana for Rookies". If most of you are interested in this topic, I can share what I learned on this blog. However, let's do it at a gradual pace learning one thing at a time. I can label all these under 'Holy Qurbana'. Meanwhile, I encourage you to send me any pertaining questions you may have (remember - there is no silly or dumb question). If you are too concerned, just send me an anonymous question; I'll try to answer it. We can make this learning a fun filled one.
Right after reading this, just post a comment of send me an email about your opinion. This is not really part of our syllabus and there will be no questions from this area on your test. I just need to find out how many of you are really interested in learning more about it.