News and Photos : Roshan Madtha
Sep 8 : Nativity Feast of Mother Mary was joyfully celebrated today at Our Lady of Miracles Church, Milagres Mangalore. It was a grand celebration organized by Monthi Saibeen Feast Committee under the leadership of President Ivan Fernandes and Secretary Nigel Pereira.
Parish Priest Rev Fr Joseph Lobo conducted the prayer service at the residence of Mrs. Philomina Ferrao of Monthi Saibeen ward. After the prayer service statue was taken to Attavar junction by procession. Grand procession began from Attavar/ BV Road Junction at 7.15a.m. Hundreds of devotees participated in the procession.
While addressing the people Rev Fr Maxim said, "This feast reflects the God's blessings on humans in various ways. The nature nurtures us, protects us, so its our responsibility to protect the nature from pollution and use the resources wisely. Hence let us be conscious to use them wisely, let us spread the awareness to protect the nature".
Milagres Church has this unique tradition of the celebration of Monthi Feast for the past 114 years. The harvest festival along with Mother Mary Nativity has a historical background of regional festival which is celebrated at South India in the name of harvest festival among Catholics and Protestants, ' Kural Parbha ' among tuluvas and Onam among Malayalis.
At the Church ground , procession was welcomed by parishioners. New Corn was blessed. Children offered the flowers to Mother Mary and Holy Eucharistic Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph J. Lobo, the Parish Priest and was concelebrated by other Priests.
Rev. Fr. Kenneth Crasta preached a beautiful homily describing the significance of the birth of Mary and family. In his homily he mentioned, "We must thank God for all the blessings he showered on us. Giving the example of two friends, he said people many times forget to thank God for the various blessings he is showering on us. This earth serves us in various ways giving us food to eat, water to drink, air to breathe and a place to live. But instead of thanking the earth, we try to destroy the earth in various ways. We should learn how to protect this earth and must know importance of the earth. In the same time, we must thank Mother Mary for being our mother to protect us from the danger and who gave us the savior Jesus Christ who was born in a poor family. We must know how to worship God. We need to have a good and clean heart to worship him. In this day let’s try to serve the church without any expectations".
Soon after the mass, blessed New Corn was distributed to all followed by sugar cane and refreshments.