Liturgical Calendar of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

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Syro Malabar Church has its own seasons around the year.[1] They are fixed according to the flow of salvation history. Concentrating themselves on 'Iso M'siha, i.e., on the historical life of Jesus Christ, the believers are led to the eschatological fulfilment, viz., the heavenly bliss, in this special arrangement of liturgical seasons.[2]

Mar Toma Nazranis (St. Thomas Christians) begin their liturgical year on the Sunday that comes between November 27 and December 3.

Seasons and Salvation History[edit]

The arrangement of the Seasons in the Liturgical Year is based on Six Central Events on Celebrations of the Salvation History. They are:

  1. Nativity of Iso
  2. Resurrection of Iso
  3. Pentecost
  4. Transfiguration
  5. Glorious Cross
  6. Parousia

Fixing of Seasons[edit]

All seasons begin on Sundays. 52 weeks are divided into Nine Seasons. Usually, there are seven weeks each for every Season; the first and last are permanent exceptions; five or six for Subara and four for Qudas-Edta. Resurrection of Iso-M'siha and Finding of the Glorious Cross are the two deciding Celebrations in the Liturgical Year. Resurrection is celebrated on the Sunday that follows the full moon day after March twenty first, the Spring Equinox. Finding of the Glorious Cross is celebrated always on September fourteenth.[3]

Liturgical Year and Gregorian Calendar 2014-2015[edit]

2015th Year after the birth of M'siha
Seasons Beginning End
1 Annunciation (Subara) November 30, 2014 January 3, 2015
2 Epiphany (Denha) January 4, 2015 February 14, 2015
3 Great Fast (Sawma Rabba) February 15, 2015 April 4, 2015
4 Resurrection (Qyamta) April 5, 2015 May 23, 2015
5 Apostles (Slihe) May 24, 2015 July 11, 2015
6 Summer (Qaita) July 12, 2015 August 29, 2015
7 Eliyah-Cross (Eliyah-Sliba) August 30, 2015 October 10, 2015
8 Weeks of Moses (Muse) October 11, 2015 October 31, 2015
9 Dedication of the Church (Qudas-Edta) November 1, 2015 November 28, 2015

The Seasons[edit]

Weeks of Annunciation (Subara)[edit]

Weeks of Epiphany (Denha)[edit]

Weeks of Great Fast (Sawma Rabba)[edit]

Weeks of Resurrection (Qyamta)[edit]

Weeks of Apostles (Slihe)[edit]

Weeks of Summer (Qaita)[edit]

Weeks of Eliyah-Cross (Eliyah-Sliba)[edit]

Weeks of Moses (Muse)[edit]

Weeks of Dedication of the Church (Qudas-Edta)[edit]

Days of the Commencement of the Seasons 2010-2020[edit]

Seasons 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 Subara 29-Nov-09 28-Nov-10 27-Nov-11 2-Dec-12 1-Dec-13 30-Nov-14 29-Nov-15 27-Nov-16 3-Dec-17 2-Dec-18 1-Dec-19
2 Denha 3-Jan-10 9-Jan-11 8-Jan-12 6-Jan-13 5-Jan-14 4-Jan-15 3-Jan-16 8-Jan-17 7-Jan-18 6-Jan-19 5-Jan-20
3 Sawma Rabba 14-Feb 6-Mar 19-Feb 10-Feb 2-Mar 15-Feb 7-Feb 26-Feb 11-Feb 3-Mar 23-Feb
4 Qyamta 4-Apr 24-Apr 8-Apr 31-Mar 20-Apr 5-Apr 27-Mar 16-Apr 1-Apr 21-Apr 12-Apr
5 Slihe 23-May 12-Jun 27-May 19-May 8-Jun 24-May 15-May 4-Jun 20-May 9-Jun 31-May
6 Qaita 11-Jul 31-Jul 15-Jul 7-Jul 27-Jul 12-Jul 3-Jul 23-Jul 8-Jul 28-Jul 19-Jul
7 Elijah-Sliba 29-Aug 11-Sep 2-Sep 25-Aug 7-Sep 30-Aug 21-Aug 3-Sep 26-Aug 8-Sep 6-Sep
8 Muse 17-Oct 16-Oct 14-Oct 13-Oct 12-Oct 18-Oct 16-Oct 15-Oct 14-Oct 13-Oct 18-Oct
9 Qudas-Edta 31-Oct 30-Oct 4-Nov 3-Nov 2-Nov 1-Nov 30-Oct 5-Nov 4-Nov 3-Nov 1-Nov

Great Sunday of Resurrection (2000-2099)[4][edit]

In the Syro-Malabar Church, Great Sunday of Resurrection is always celebrated on a Sunday between March 22 (M22) and April 25 (A25) as per the calculations based on the Catholic Tradition. It is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first moon whose 14th day is on or after the "vernal equinox". Here are the dates of the Great Sunday of Resurrection from 2000 to 2099. Years are arranged row-wise in an ascending manner. For better alignment, March and April are bifurcated. Identify the year and look at the column header to find the exact date.

March


M22 M23 M24 M25 M26 M27 M28 M29 M30 M31
  2008       2005       2002
          2016       2013
            2027     2024
      2035     2032 2043    
      2046       2054    
                2059  
        2062     2065 2070  
        2073          
        2084       2081 2086
                2092 2097
                   

April

A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A12 A13 A14 A15 A16 A17 A18 A19 A20 A21 A22 A23 A24 A25
      2010       2007     2004 2009     2001 2006       2003     2000 2011  
2018     2021 2015     2012 2023     2020       2017 2022     2014 2019        
2029       2026               2031     2028       2025 2030        
2040       2037 2042     2034 2039     2036       2033       2041       2038
  2051     2048 2053     2045 2050       2047     2044 2049     2052        
  2056                       2058       2055       2057      
    2067     2064       2061 2066     2069 2063     2060 2071     2068      
    2078       2075     2072 2077       2074       2076       2079    
    2089 2083     2080 2091     2088       2085 2090     2082 2087          
      2094               2093     2096         2098       2095  
                      2099                          

Nasrani Calendar: An Online Dynamic Liturgical Calendar [5][edit]

Nasrani Foundation, an organisation of Mar Thoma Nasranis has developed a dynamic Calendar based on the liturgical seasons of Syro-Malabar Church. The calendar is a handy tool for those who want to organize their life according to the liturgical seasons of the Church. The calendar contains almost all the information on the liturgical year of the Syro-Malabar Church. The calendar also provides instant access to daily Bible verses and short articles on important feasts of the Syro-Malabar Church. Pre-recorded Bible verses (from Peshitta Bible) and biblical reflections written by well-known theologians on Sundays and feast days are of most help to the faithful. Moreover, one can opt for receiving email alerts based on the calendar. Using this calendar, Syro-Malabar faithful can keep themselves updated with the liturgical life cycle of the Church.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pathikulangara.in/Calendar.htm
  2. ^ Pathikulangara, Varghese. Mar Toma Margam, (A New Catechism for the St. Thomas Christians of India), Kottayam: Denha Services, 2004
  3. ^ http://www.pathikulangara.in/Archive.htm
  4. ^ http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/eastcalc.htm
  5. ^ http://www.nasranifoundation.org/calendar/

External links[edit]

Websites Websites
Syro-Malabar Church Official website Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly See of Syro-Malabar Church
The website for Synod of Diamper Archdiocese of Changanacherry
Archdiocese of Trichur Archdiocese of Tellicherry
Archdiocese of Kottayam St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church of San Francisco
Diocese of Palai St. Raphael Syro Malabar Catholic Mission of Cleveland
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church of Philadelphia Syro-Malabar Mission of Los Angeles
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church Dallas Syro-Malabar Mission of Los Angeles
Syro-Malabar Mission of New Jersey Welcome to Indian Christianity
Congregation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: CST Brothers Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Homepage
Syro-Malabar / Discalced Carmelite Nuns Syro-Malabar prayer texts in Malayalam