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Syro-Malabar Worship

The Syro-Malabar liturgy, known as the Qurbānā, or Offering, originates in the Chaldean church in Persia. As such, it differs from the liturgy of the Syro-Malankara church, the other Syrian Catholic church in India. The liturgical language of the Syro-Malabar Qurbānā is Malayalam, the language of Kerala. The church follows its own liturgical calendar.

At Syro-Malabar liturgies, men and women generally separate into different sides of the church. Shoes are left outside of church, and prayer rugs cover the floor. The altar is veiled behind a large red drape that opens after the beginning of the liturgy to reveal the sanctuary, and closes at the end of the Mass. Worshipers in Syro-Malabar churches face east when worshiping.

Practices & Values in the Syro-Malabar Church

Tradition: