OUR LADY'S BIRTHDAY
Saturday, 8th September 2012
Truly, a grand Birthday Celebration for Our Lady led by the Rector Msgr Nereus Rodrigues & Fr Alban D'Souza (SJ)
The Novena Prayer is much awaited and enthusiastically read out 'Brian Sound' ensured that the message of God went out loud & clear
A section of the congregation - the numbers seemed to have doubled Even the nave was completely filled with the faithful
Fr Anthony Charanghat & Fr Francis Juan (SJ) A normally vacant spot, this day, was overflowing with devotees
Bishop Agnelo Gracias was the chief celebrant for the 10.00am mass
Eucharistic Ministers have done a sterling job in distributing communion Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues personally thanks the Bishop
A sniffer dog does his duty to ensure safety On the eve of the Bandra Feast, midnight road activity levels are intense
THE BANDRA FEAST...
Sunday, 9th September 2012
As usual, only vehicles with passes were permitted to proceed towards the Basilica in a one way flow of traffic-the rest were redirected
Traffic movement was very well managed by the Police, Home Guards and Traffic Wardens...restricting pedestrian movement was a key factor
A section of the crowd on the road awaiting entry for the darshan queue People are further directed into manageable orderly queues until.....
... after almost half an hour later ( a religious experience in itself ) - they then reach the interior of the basilica to pay homage and make their offerings...
....amidst hundreds of others, finally getting a chance to meet their 'Heavenly Mother' - face to face
Impatient devotees had to be temporarily kept out (Gate no. 5) to allow the Archbishop of Bombay to make his way into the basilica
Once inside the nave Oswald Cardinal Gracias prays and readies himself for the Feast Mass, at this point devotees are unaware of his presence
His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias the Archbishop of Bombay addresses his flock gathered at the basilica to honour Our Lady
The Feast Mass even had devotees close up to the altar as every space seemed to be occupied
The St. Andrew Church (Bandra) choir performed at the Feast Mass. Fr Walter D'Souza got the Cardinal to release a music CD for youth
Standing tall in faith A special blessing for his people to lead a good and fruitful life
Even after many hours of various services the Cardinal still blessed those who approached him Caught - in the Act of Prayer
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