Video – St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, India

St Thomas Mount is a Holy place of international prominence, historical eminence, religious glory and tourist attraction.The ancient Church on the top of St. Thomas Mount has served as the light house for the Portuguese and Armenian ships and vessels in theBay of Bengal in the 16th and 17th centuries. Interestingly, it is said, when sailors sighted the Church they offered prayers for a safe Voyage and then discharged from their artillery in salutation. Preserving its glorious antiquity, this five century old Shrine Chapel has been renovated and restored in the recent times. Continue Reading

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Video – San Thome Basilica, Chennai, India

San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic (Latin Rite) minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai (Madras), India. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the supposed tomb of St Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British. The British version still stands today. It was designed in Neo-Gothic style, favoured by British architects in the late 19th century. Source: wikipedia

St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, India

St Thomas Mount is a Holy place of international prominence, historical eminence, religious glory and tourist attraction.The ancient Church on the top of St. Thomas Mount has served as the light house for the Portuguese and Armenian ships and vessels in theBay of Bengal in the 16th and 17th centuries. Interestingly, it is said, when sailors sighted the Church they offered prayers for a safe Voyage and then discharged from their artillery in salutation. Preserving its glorious antiquity, this five century old Shrine Chapel has been renovated and restored in the recent times.

The Mount of Saint Thomas is easily accessed by the devotees who make the vowed climb through the 134 granite steps as an act of penance and sacrifice. An ornate arch with an imposing elegance remains an attraction to all those who happen to glimpse it with a note of the year of its construction, 1726. Continue Reading

These photos are taken during our visit in May 2015.

St.Thomas International Shrine, Malayattoor-Kurisumudy

Malayattoor is a village in the North Eastern corner of Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India. The name `Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land. Kurisumudy is a mountain at Maiayattoor, 1269 ‘Ft. above sea level.Kurisumudy has its fame as a place visited by St. Thomas, one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Upon his visit to India St. Thomas visited Kurisumudy too. His missionary expeditions took him far and wide and while travelling through the famous caravan route from Kodugalioor to Madras St. Thomas came to Malayattoor. A hostile reception was in store and his life was in danger. He was forced to flee to the top of the mountain and he spent days together in prayer. According to the ‘Ramban Paattu’ , St. Thomas went up the mountain to converse with the Lord. In deep anguish and agony, St. Thomas prayed to the Lord and he made a sign of the cross on the rock . The Mother Of Our Lord, Blessed Mary, appeared to console and strengthen him. He descended from the top hill. Click here to know more

St. Joseph Vaz, CO – Apostle of Ceylon

St. Joseph VazIndian-origin Catholic missionary Joseph Vaz – Sri Lanka’s First Saint.

Joseph Vaz, CO,(Tamil: புனித ஜோசப் வாஸ் , Konkani: Bhagivont Zuze Vaz, Sinhala: Santha Juse Vaz Piyathuma, Portuguese: Santo José Vaz), 21 April 1651 – 16 January 1711) was an Oratorian priest and missionary in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

Vaz arrived in Ceylon during the Dutch occupation, when the Dutch has imposed Calvinism as the official religion after taking over from the Portuguese. He travelled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to clandestine groups of Catholics. Later in his mission, he found shelter in the Kingdom of Kandy where he was able to work freely. By the time of his death, Vaz had managed to rebuild the Catholic Church on the island.

As a result of his labors, Vaz is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo. He was canonized on 14 January 2015 by Pope Francis in an open-air Mass ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

Priest and missionary

Born 21 April 1651
Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India, Portuguese Empire
Died 16 January 1711 (aged 59)
Kandy, Kingdom of Kandy
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
(India, Sri Lanka and the Congregation of the Oratory)
Beatified 21 January 1995, Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Pope John Paul II
Canonized 14 January 2015, Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Pope Francis
Major shrine St. Joseph Vaz Shrine,
Mudipu, Bantwal, Karnataka, India
Feast 16 January
Patronage Sri Lanka

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