Liturgy

Saint Thomas Christians have regular prayers, morning and evening. Members of monastic orders have Midnight, Morning, Evening and Compline, in addition to other prayers related to private devotions and Qurbana (ܩܘܪܒܢܐ).

For the Divine Liturgy, or Qurbana Qadisha we use three different liturgies depending on the occasion when Qurbana falls. On regular Sabbaths (Saturdays) we use a modified edition of the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. On High Sabbaths and various Biblical festivals, we use the Liturgy of Saint James. And for regular, daily Qurbana that is not on a holy day, we use the simple Qurbana liturgy located in the Didache, as well as prayers based on the Damkhalte.

Unless authorized by the Catholicos Patriarch or the Archdeacon, only a priest can consecrate the Holy Bread and Wine. In the absence of a priest, a deacon may be appointed to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion, but in most cases he or she will be required to use pre-consecrated bread. There are other occasions which may call for a mature brother or sister, in the absence of a priest or a deacon, to distribute what we refer to as the Bread of Fellowship — a large loaf of bread that is not consecrated, but used for various occasions, and for the non-baptized (catechumens) as a sign of peace.

You can learn more about our liturgy and Qurbana traditions by chatting with us on our discussion group.