Kudamaloor Church – Home parish of St. Alphonsa

St. Mary’s Forane Church at Kudamaloor, Kottayam, under the Archdiocese of Changanassery in central Kerala, India is one of the earliest churches in Kerala State drawing  thousands of pilgrims from different parts of India and abroad. It is also the home parish of St. Alphonsa, the first Saint of India.

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St. Andrew’s Forane Church, Arthunkal

The church, officially Arthunkal St. Andrew’s Forane Church, Arthunkal, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in 1584, under the then vicar Fr. Jacoma Fenicio, whom the devotees claim, possessed magical powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as “Arthunkal Veluthachan”, which in English translates to “fair skinned father”. Fr. Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time facing the west towards the long white-sand beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea. In 1647, a statue of St. Sebastian, struck with arrows all over his bleeding body (he was executed on the order of the Roman emperor for embracing the Christian faith) sculptured in Milan, was brought and placed in the Arthunkal church.

Arthunkal St Andrews Forane Church, the first Parish of the Diocese of Alleppey was elevated to the status of Basilica on 9 July 2010.

Arthunkal Basilica became the first Basilica in the diocese of Alleppey and the 7th Basilica in Kerala. It is the 3rd Basilica of the Roman Catholic Latin church of Kerala. Source:- wikipedia

About 45 kilometres to the south from Kochi and 22 kilometres to the north from Alappuzha, in Kerala a southern state of India, situates the simple and beautiful village Arthunkal. This is under Cherthala Taluk and Alapuzha District. The nearest Railway station is Cherthala. Visit Church Website to read more

 

Let us be alert, not to fall into the traps set by Satan…!

Short message by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Ministries, Attappady, Palakkad, Kerala, India.

Why should we worship our God? | Life and Light | Episode 8

Preaching by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, the founder-director of Sehion Ministries, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad.

Photo – Moonnu Nombu Thirunal – 2016 – Day 3 – Kuravilangad Church

Photo of  Moonu Noimbu ( 3 days fast) – Day 3 at world famous Marian pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad.  It is in Meenachil Taluk, 22 kms north of Kottayam, on the eastern side of M.C. Road. Martha Mariam Church belongs to the diocese of Palai. “Moonnu Noimbu” is the main feast of the church. Three days fast known also as the Rogation of Ninevites , a movable feast celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent. Thousands of people from all over Kerala come to this three-days-feast. Two very special features are “Aana  Ezhunnalippu”(procession with an elephant in front) and “Kappalottam”(a sailing vessel pompously carried to commemorate the journey of Prophet Jonah), on the second day. The ceremonial procession on the second day of the feast when the replica of the vessel used by prophet Jonah of the OT is taken out is the main attraction of the feast. The people of the Kadapoor locality has the privilege to carry the vessel during the procession.

Tradition is that Muthiamma appeared to the children on the second day of Moonnu Noimbu.

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Photo – Moonnu Nombu Thirunal – 2016 – Day 2 – Kuravilangad Church

Photo of  Moonu Noimbu ( 3 days fast) – Day 2 at world famous Marian pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad.  It is in Meenachil Taluk, 22 kms north of Kottayam, on the eastern side of M.C. Road. Martha Mariam Church belongs to the diocese of Palai. “Moonnu Noimbu” is the main feast of the church. Three days fast known also as the Rogation of Ninevites , a movable feast celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent. Thousands of people from all over Kerala come to this three-days-feast. Two very special features are “Aana  Ezhunnalippu”(procession with an elephant in front) and “Kappalottam”(a sailing vessel pompously carried to commemorate the journey of Prophet Jonah), on the second day. The ceremonial procession on the second day of the feast when the replica of the vessel used by prophet Jonah of the OT is taken out is the main attraction of the feast. The people of the Kadapoor locality has the privilege to carry the vessel during the procession.

Tradition is that Muthiamma appeared to the children on the second day of Moonnu Noimbu.

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Photo – Dedication of Holy Statue of St. Sebastian – Athirampuzha Church – 2016

Photos of dedication of Holy Statue of St. Sebastian, procession on 20th January, 2016 at St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

 

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