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Syro Malabar Rite
Syro Malabar Rite
Within the Church, different traditions have different ways of celebrating Mass. Each of these ways, developed over centuries and approved by the Church, identify the spirituality and insights of a particular Church within the communion of the one Church.
The Latin rite
Most of us in Europe celebrate Mass according to the Latin Rite (in either the ordinary or extraordinary form). The key notes of the Latin rite might be identified as simplicity, order and silence.
The Syro-Malabar rite
The Syro-Malabar Rite which Father Thomas and many of our Indian community celebrate follows the East Syrian liturgical rite rooted in the ancient Christian community of Edessa (Chaldea). If you attended Mass in the Syro-Malabar rite you would notice that everyone stands for most of the Mass because the Eucharistic Liturgy is seen as a pilgrimage in the company of Christ. For the same reason priest and people face the same way, towards the East, symbolising the pilgrimage of faith and looking forward to the coming of the Lord. Song and repetitions are essential part of the Syro-Malabar liturgy helping to raise the mind and heart to union with God. All masses are celebrated wearing ornate vestments which represent the kingship and divinity of Christ.
The emphasis of the Liturgy
In the Latin Liturgy there is a clearly defined moment when the consecration takes place, which emphasises the specific Divine act by which bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ; however in the Syro-Malabar liturgy the emphasis is placed on the mysterious nature of the liturgy itself during which, as the Lord becomes present in the Eucharist, the community is itself transformed into God's holy people.
We give God thanks that the wonder of His gifts to us are such that no one way of celebrating Mass can exhaust their meaning or riches. All are welcome to join the Syro- Malabar rite Mass celebrated in our Church.
2nd & 4th Sunday of each month: 4.30pm