Bengaluru, Aug. 30: This year, all the grandeur and fervour of the festival in honour of St Mary has been snatched away by the cruel intervention of the dreaded Coronavirus, said Archbishop Machado of Bangalore. The dangerous and adverse effects of Covid-19 have muted and pervaded all spheres of life and have not spared the annual celebrations either, he added.
Archbishop Peter Machado who was addressing the media at a press meet held at Palana Bhavana (Pastoral Centre) in Bangalore on August 27 said, ‘undeterred by this dangerous pandemic situation, we have made alternative arrangements to celebrate this festival spiritually and meaningfully through digital and other social media networks.’
Giving details of the feast, he said the Novena and the annual Feast of St. Mary’s Shrine Basilica, Shivajinagar, Bangalore, normally attracts thousands of people during the nine days of Novena and lakhs of people on the Feast Day. Year after year, even throughout the year, the devotees go there in large numbers in faith and devotion to pay homage to Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and the loving Mother of people as well.
The sea of humanity is a sight to behold as over a lakh of people normally converge on September 8 on the Feast Day and thousands of people that go to participate in the Novena commencing on August 29 with a Flag Hoisting. People from all faiths joyfully and wholeheartedly participate with utmost devotion and piety in the religious services. The young and the old alike participate in large numbers and with great hope of seeking Mother Mary’s intervention and blessings.
“We have been advised by the Government and Police authorities to have a low-key celebration and to avoid crowding of devotees at the Shrine and its vicinity. In deference to their directives and as a responsible community, we have decided to live stream all the spiritual programmes through various digital platforms on all the nine days of the Novena (from August 29) and on the Feast Day (September 8).”
Archbishop has appealed to the faithful to confine to their homes as one family and spend time in prayer, recitation of the Holy Rosary and participate in the Holy Masses and the Adoration. It is a great opportunity for all of to seek Mother Mary’s interventions to help wipe out the pandemic from the face of the earth.
On the Novena Days and the Feast Day, ‘we will be praying very specially for all the devotees and the people in Bangalore and in Karnataka.’
The daily Programmes would include: Mass with timinigs: 6 a.m.(English Mass), 7 a.m.(Kannada), 8 a.m.(Tamil), 9 a.m. (Konkani) 10 a.m. (Malayalam) 11 a.m. and Mass for the Sick.
Evening Programme includes 5 p.m. Rosary, Litany, Marian Reflection in different languages and concludes with Benediction. Channels of Telecast: Websites: www.stmarysbangalore.com, www.bangalorearchdiocese.org: YouTube: Bangalore Archdiocese, and App: Archdiocese of Bangalore.
For more information, please contact: Director, Rev. Fr. Cyril Victor Joseph
Mobile: 9886424928, E Mail: email@example.com, Bangalore Archdiocese Communications Centre
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