|Author||Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel|
|Translator||Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel|
|Cover artist||Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel|
|Subject||Divine Liturgy, Mass|
|Published||2 November 2015|
|The Qrbana Qadisha קבאנא קאשא Holy Offering according to the Nazarani Rîte is an adaptation of the pre-seventh century version of the Divine Liturgy or Mass, according to the anaphora of Saints Addai and Mari, which has been reconstructed by His Excellency Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel, the Nazarani Metropolitan, from over seventy (70) ancient Aramaic, Farsi, Syriac and Malayalam manuscripts.|
The Qrbana Qadisha קבאנא קאשא Holy Offering according to the Nazarani Rîte is an adaptation of the pre-seventh century version of the Divine Liturgy or Mass, according to the anaphora of Saints Addai and Mari, which has been reconstructed by His Excellency Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel, the Nazarani Metropolitan, from over seventy (70) ancient Aramaic, Farsi, Syriac and Malayalam manuscripts. It represents not only those manuscripts, but also the Didache, which was a partial description of the divine service, the earliest manuscripts of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, and a number of other ancient texts, which outline the ancient liturgical practice of the church in her first two centuries.
It was by the divine command of Meshicha (Christ/Messiah) Himself, that we enter into union with Him, and that we are called to partake as members of his Mystical body. Following His Ascension into Shamaya (Heaven), Meshicha continues His work of salvation, and of making holy His Divine body (the Nazaranayin) through the sacred mysteries. In the Nazarani tradition, the Qurbana (Sacrifice/Oblation) is seen as the pivotal mystery toward around which all other mysteries revolve.
Qurbana is thus the very pinnacle of Sacred Initiation by which we become Talmidin (Disciples) of Meshicha. Ahmada (Baptism) and Meshichtha (Chrismation) enable the members to receive the Holy Sacrifice. It is by this Holy Sacrifice that we enter into mystical union with the entire body of Meshicha throughout the ages, and the world. Meshicha Himself established the foundation of the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice by telling his followers that He Himself truly is: “The bread that came down from heaven”. This statement astounded all who heard it. Some immediately recognized Him as the Meshicha that had been prophesied. Others thought Him to be one of the Nabiyoun (Prophets). And still others rejected and followed Him only to find fault in His teaching, which they could use as cause for His ultimate arrest and crucifixion. They would mockingly request that He perform a miracle by calling to mind the descent of Manna from heaven upon their forefathers in the wilderness. In response to their statements, "Jesus said unto them, very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father Who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world " (Yuchanan 6:32-33). He then made a groundbreaking statement: "I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty" (Yuchanan 6:35). In response, “Then the Jews began to complain about Him because He said: “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” (Yuchanan 6:41). Even His own disciples inquired of each other saying: " how can He give us his body to eat?" In response, Meshicha stated: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat My flesh and drink My blood have eternal life and I will raise them up on the last day; for My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. Those who eat My flesh and drink My blood abide in Me, and I in them” (Yuchanan 6:53-56). For our great teacher and master in faith, Mar Aphrim Al Suryi (306 A.D. - 373 A.D.), these sacred mysteries in no way submit to logic or analysis by the faculties of thought, even to the very followers of Meshicha Himself. Here we see Illaha (God) not only entering a fleshly vessel, but becoming the very Lakhma (bread) which man consumes.
In this manner, Meshicha established the mystery of the Qurbana Qadisha and granted Talmidin the authority to offer the bloodless, living sacrifice by saying to them: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19). In fulfillment of Meshicha’s command, and by the workings of Rucha Qadisha, the Talmidin/Shalichin established the ritual of offering this divine sacrifice. The Book of Acts of the Apostles mentions that they, and the believers and converts “Continued steadfastly in the .. fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42), which clearly indicates their actual participation in the Divine mystery and in the act of the offering of Qurbana Qadisha. This bloodless sacrifice is a remembrance of the Qurban on Calvary and is an extension of it into our modern age, as well as a physical and spiritual continuation of its benefits. In it, Mar Yeshue Meshicha continually offers Himself on the Madbakha Qadisha as a bloodless sacrifice in the form of Lakhma and Khamra. As it is written: “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:6). Melchizedek was a Malka (priest) and Kahana Gedultha (High Priest) of the city of Jerusalem during the time of Abraham, the father of the Patriarchs, and the offered sacrifice at that time was Lakhma and Khamra; symbolizing the Qurbana of the new covenant just as he Melchizedek was a symbol and forerunner of Yeshue Meshicha, the Kahuna Gedultha. The priest who offers the Qurban acts on behalf of Mar Yeshue Meshicha. By it, the participants are joined with the Kahana and with Meshicha, as it is written: “Those who eat My flesh and drink My blood abide in Me and I in them” (Yuchanan 6:56). The Apostle Paul explains this relationship between Christ and the true believer by saying: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20).