Monthi Fest Celebrations St. Mary’s Dubai


Kemmannu News Network, 07-09-2013 20:01:56


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Dubai – 8th September is observed as the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary the world over. More especially the Mangalorean Christian community traditionally celebrates it as MONTI FEST, combining it with thanksgiving of a good harvest. The Church has fixed Mother Mary’s birthday exactly nine months after the major Marian feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mother Mary on 08 December.She was conceived in the womb of her Mother, St. Anne, by her father St.Joachim.

St Mary’s Church,Dubai celebrated Monti Fest on 5th September 2013 with grand pomp and devotion. The efforts of the Mangalorean and Goan Konkani speaking community saw to a beautiful programme.

Before the Feast ,the Mangalorean Community conducted a Triduum Prayer in preparation for Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary from  2nd  to  4th September with Konkani Mass followed by Prayer everyday.

Before the Holy Mass, A myriad of little children, along with their proud parents and faithful flocked together with small plates full of flower petals congregated around the infant statue of Mother Mary sepcially set up in the Church Compound. It was a beautiful sight to see the children shower flowers while the priests led them with prayer and Hymns.

A solemn Eucharistic celebration in Konkani language started with a procession at sharp 8.15 pm led by the Priests & Eucharistic Ministers.The main celebrant Fr.Alban Dsouza, a priest on a visit from Kalmady,Udupi preached a fitting and meaningful homily.The choir elevated the liturgy with carefully selected hymns accompanied by beautiful music.

After the Eucharistic Celebration, the parishioners sat together in fellowship and shared a vegetarian meal.

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