What a heart- warming sight
it is to see our little children
around the image of Infant Mary, with
baskets of flowers in hand, singing
joyously those traditional Marian Hymns!
the birthday of our Heavenly Mother this
very special month of September.
Leading up to the climax on the 8th
we have children along with
their family members taking an active part
in the week-long Novena.
then we have little ones in procession
every day, showering flowers, in what is
an age-old custom of Parishes in our
Diocese. On the feast day their glee has
no bounds as they collect their
Mary is the
centre of the celebration. Her birth
brought joy to mankind because the
long-awaited Saviour of mankind would be
born to her. Heaven and earth rejoice
in this birth.
with this feast is our Diocese we have
many traditional celebrations such as,
the Harvest Festival, Family Get-togethers
around a vegetarian meal, and the
preparation of ‘Vorn’ to
which is added the blessed new grain or
the grain is crushed in milk or coconut
juice and shared. If a family member is
in abroad the blessed grain is mailed to
them. This is touching and powerful
reiteration to strengthen family bonds.
Many a broken family has been re-united
on this day: this is the spiritual
strength of this feast!
sometimes end up with external and
unconnected rituals. But a
feast to celebrate the birthday of Mary
should benefit us spiritually, bring us
closer to Jesus, and bring the family
is a domestic Church, a Church within a
Church. Let us put aside our
differences, identify our strengths and
work for the welfare of the family.
Mary is Mother of all Christian Home. She
will intercede with her Son for us,
and provide the Graces required to make
our family a Holy Family.
all a Happy Monthi Fest!