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The Holy Qurbono


The term Qurbana, or Qurbono, translates to Offering or Sacrifice in the Syrian Church, denoting the Eucharist or the Holy Sacrifice. Additionally, it is referred to as Qurobo, meaning Access, symbolizing man's approach to God through it. This ritual, ordained by Christ himself, remains the most sacred act in the Syrian Church, persisting by his directive to this day. It signifies Christ's presence among his followers, imparting his divine life and incorporating them into his body through the power of his death and resurrection. Having sacrificed himself on the cross, he continues this offering through the Church, enabling the faithful to join in this Sacrifice, presenting themselves alongside him to the Father as members of his Body.

Throughout history, various rites have been employed in celebrating the Holy Eucharist within the Church. While the core ritual mirrors Christ's actions at the Last Supper, the language and accompanying rituals have diversified. Consequently, the Church now embraces multiple rites, including Latin, Greek, Russian, Syrian, Egyptian, Armenian, Ethiopian, and others, all tracing their roots back to the early Church tradition, thereby underscoring the Church's universal nature.

Every rite within the Church is esteemed equally, as emphasized by Pius XI, who stated that “The Roman Church has always venerated them and religiously maintained them, ordering them to be preserved and arraying herself in them like a Queen in a golden robe of rich embroidery.” Each rite contributes significantly to the Catholic worship, representing a precious heritage that enriches the Church's splendor. Hence, it is both a privilege and a responsibility for adherents of different rites to uphold their traditions within the Church.

This obligation, as articulated by Pope Pius XII, encompasses not only the rites themselves and their hierarchical structures but extends to all aspects of Christian life, provided they align with the true faith and moral standards. Thus, each rite encompasses a sacred tradition, encompassing liturgy, literature, art, culture, and spiritual life, all of which must be safeguarded for the greater good of the Church. This preservation serves to showcase the full richness and diversity of Catholicism, demonstrating its ability to adapt to the varied peoples and cultures of the world.

holy_qurbono/introduction.txt · Last modified: 2024/02/18 17:56 by smcc