St. Raphael Syro Malabar

Catholic Mission of Cleveland

Next Liturgy:

We gather together for the Holy Qurbana on the first and third Sunday of every month. Holy Qurbana will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, 12503 Buckingham Avenue, (Shaker Blvd intersection with E-126th Street) Cleveland, OH-44120 at 4:00 pm. (Google Map It!)


PS: If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming Holy Qurbana, please contact one of the Trustees. Please feel free to bring your favorite snacks or beverages for the socializing-hour that follows the Qurbana.

Syro-Malabar Liturgy:

Liturgy is essential to the life of the Church. It is through liturgy that the Church expresses herself in the present day situation. The liturgy of the Syro-Malabar rite belongs to the Chaldean liturgical family. From around the 4 th C to the 16th C. the mass in the Syro-Malabr rite was celebrated in the Aramaic (East Syriac) language. But at the Daimper Synod in 1599, changes were made in the liturgy and the liturgy was made to conform to the Latin rite. But with the restoration of the liturgy that took place in 1962, the Liturgy of the Pre-Diamper began to be used. Now, the liturgy is being celebrated in Malayalam, the native language of Kerala. The Eucharistic Prayer of Addai and Mari is the one that is used in the Syro-Malabar Liturgy. The Eucharistic Prayer of Addai and Mari is one of the oldest Eucharistic prayers in the Catholic Church. The Eucharistic Liturgy has three forms: the most solemn form known as the Rasa, the solemn and the simple form.

One of the special features of the Eucharist Prayer is the presence of four long prayers known as the Gehanta which are, according to many Eucharistic scholars, the closest forms of prayer to the Jewish Prayers over the meals.