Devotees throng St Mary’s Basilica Shivajinagar Bangalore


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Bangalore:A sea of humanity cutting across faiths thronged St Mary’s Basilica in Shivajinagar for the inauguration of the 10-day annual feast which began on Wednesday. People from all corners of the City and neighbouring towns poured in to offer special prayers at the Basilica.

As the crowds converged for the annual event, traffic was thrown out of gear in the central business district. To regulate traffic, roads were blocked to Shivajinagar from Anil Kumble Circle. Rain added to the chaotic traffic with bikers manoeuvring their way into the dense traffic .

The effect of the traffic restrictions was evident on MG Road, Saint Marks Road, Brigade Road, Kasturba Road, Cubbon Road, Infantry Road and by-lanes of Shivajinagar where vehicles remained for hours together. Police personnel struggled hard to maintain order on the road.

The nine-day Novena to mark the grand St Mary’s Feast began with a religious note in keeping with the centuries’ old tradition of celebrating the birth of Mother Mary. Like every year, Novena began on August 29.

Procession on 10th day

The highlight of the 10th day is the procession with St Mary’s statue taken out in a procession. The main feast is celebrated with all grandeur on September 8, the Feast day of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, every year.

In preparation for the feast, nine-day Novena is observed, wherein Holy Masses are celebrated throughout the day, in which thousands of people participate with ardent devotion. Throughout the feast, the devotees are found to be dressed in saffron clothing.
The Archbishop of Bangalore blesses the flag and joins the Chief Guests in hoisting the
flag. Thousands of people gathered around the flag post, join in singing the praise of Mary Our Mother – ‘Ave Maria’ (Praise to Mary) and the song fills the air.

As per tradition, the flag is hoisted every day, beginning from the flag hoisting day till the ninth day of Novena. On the feast day, September 8, people gather in lakhs. The whole City gets in to the festive mood on that day. People flock with candles and flowers to pray and thank Mother Mary.

Spectacular illumination

In the evening, around 5 pm a grand car procession – a chariot carrying the 6-foot statue of Mother Mary, draped in a wonderful silk saree, with spectacular illumination and decorations, is taken through the streets of Shivajinagar.

The Main feast is celebrated with all grandeur on the 8th of September, the Feast day of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, every year. This feast is considered by the people, not only as the Feast of the Parish, but also for the whole of the Archdiocese and State of Karnataka.

 

In preparation to the Feast, nine days novena is observed, wherein Holy Masses are celebrated throughout the day, in which thousands of people participate with ardent devotion. Throughout the Feast the devotees are found to be

dressed in ‘Saffron’ clothing. Archbishop blesses the flag and joins the Chief Guests in hoisting the flag. This hoisting of the flag symbolizes that our hearts too are to be raised towards the Almighty God with the perpetual help of Our Lady. Thousands of people gathered around the flag post, join in singing the praise of Mary Our Mother – ‘Ave Maria’ (Praise to Mary) and the song fills the air. As per tradition, the flag is hoisted everyday, beginning from the Flag Hoisting day till the ninth day of Novena.

On the Feast day, September 8th people gather in Lakhs, without any distinction of caste, creed or religion, not only from all parts of Bangalore, but also from all over India to pay their homage to Our Lady. The whole city embraces the festive mood on that day. Through out the day people flock in with lighted candles and flowers to pray and thank Mother Mary. In the evening, around 5.00 p.m., a grand car procession – a chariot carrying the 6 feet statue of Mother Mary, draped in a silk saree is carried on the streets of Shivajinagar.  Mary, Mother of God is the mother of all generations, and she

embraces everyone, without any discrimination of caste, creed, religion and language. While we approach her, all that we need to possess, is true faith and selfless love in her and her son Jesus. She is not the end of our lives, rather she is the one who will lead us safe, just like a mother who will lead her child by holding its little hands, to the eternal kingdom of God.

 

Novena Programme:

29th August to 7th September.

Holy Masses:

05.30 a.m. - Tamil

06.00 a.m. - Kannada

06.30 a.m. - English

07.00 a.m. - Tamil

07.30 a.m. - Kannada

08.00 a.m. - Tamil

09.00 a.m. - Kannada

10.00 a.m. - Tamil

11.00 a.m. - English

12.00 Noon - Kannada

12.30 p.m. - Special Mass

01.15 p.m. - Special Mass

02.00 p.m. - Special Mass

02.45 p.m. - Special mass

03.30 p.m. - English

04.00 p.m. - Tamil

04.30 p.m. - Kannada

07.30 p.m. - Tamil

08.00 p.m. - Kannada

08.30 p.m. - English

Everyday 05.30 p.m. -Sermon, Flag Hoisting & Benediction of the Blessed

Sacrament at the Flag Post.

 

Special Programme on Novena days:

1. Mass Marriage on Sunday - Kannada 10.00 a.m. & Tamil 11.45 a.m.

2. Mass for the Golden Jubilerains of Married Life.

3. Night Vigil on First Saturday

4. Special Mass for the Sick

5. Penitential Service.

 

September 8th -Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast day masses:

4.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. – every half an hour

8.00 a.m. Kannada & 9.30a.m. Tamil - Concelebrated

Feast Day Masses at Russell Market Square

5.30 p.m. - Mother Mary’s Decorated Car Procession

7.30 p.m. - Benediction of the

Blessed Sacrament

8.00 p.m. – Thanksgiving Mass.

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