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In the Orthodox liturgical tradition, Bible reading has a unique place. The entire worship is designed around the holy Bible. Many psalms, Old Testament and New Testament readings are selected for the worship. In addition to that the Church has made a lectionary for the members to read on each Sunday and on special occasions. The liturgical season begins in the last week of October or the first week of November whenever the Koodosh Eetho (Sanctification of the Church) Sunday comes. This will go up to the Great Lent time. During Great Lent, the reading is given for every day till Easter Sunday. The Church expects the faithful to read those portions every day. This will mostly cover a large portion of the public ministry, the passion and the Resurrection of our Lord. From Easter to Koodosh Eetho reading for the third season is seen.

Reading and meditating the Word of God is the only way we can refine our life. Every day we are distorted by the world around us. Therefore, every day we should keep up with the Bible reading to keep ourselves on track with the Lord. The families that live with this culture can become a true witness to the living God in this world. Therefore, do not hesitate to read the portions prescribed by the Church. This does not mean that in the Orthodox Church holy Bible reading is restricted to these portions. The Church advises the faithful to read systematically to cover the entire Bible. But the selections are only for the important events.

Please see the information at Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church’s Website. The following link at St. Mary’s NOVA website will connect you to English at Bible Gateway