Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Mid Lent -6 th March 2013


The 25th day of the lent which is always a Wednessday is known as mid lent. This is one of the very few days during the great lent when the Holy Qurbana is celeberated on a weekday other than Sunday or Saturday. On this day there is a procession around the church carrying the cross. This is followed by an exhaltation of the cross (sleeba aaghosham) facing the four directions; East , West , North and South. Then the cross is placed on a big decorated cross like stand covered with a red cloth (Gogultha) in the middle of the the church. This remains in the church till the Feast of Assension of our Lord which occurs 40 days after the Kyomtha (Feast of the Resurrection ie Easter).This exaltation of the cross has a direct link to the Gospel reading from the Holy Qurbana of Mid Lent. John 3: 14-15 says "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."  Moses lifted up the bronze serpent around the middle of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery to their promised land. He lifted up the serpent so that those who are bitten by the snake might look at it and have life. Similarly we at the middle of our lenten journey, also lift up the cross so that those who are bitten by sin can look at it and gain eternal life by the cross.

  1. Hymn song during the procession-Midlent