I pray to You, O Lord, for a very special intention: (name concern). You promised us that whatever we ask for in Your name will be granted. I, for my part, will do what I can, Lord, but without Your help, I can accomplish nothing. Grant that my will my always be one with Yours. Amen.
Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.
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Manarcad Marthamariam Cathedral (St. Mary’s Cathedral), is a Jacobite Syrian Christian Church located about 9 km from the town of Kottayam in Kerala, India and a destination for people on annual pilgrimages seeking the blessings of the Virgin Mary. This church is the most important church among the ancient churches of Malankara and internationally famous. The ancient practice of 8 day fast and the Feast of Virgin Mary’s Birth are celebrated between September 1st and 8th of every year at the cathedral.Because of the unseen presence and blessings of Virgin Mary, the Manarcad cathedral, the 8 day Fast and other observances have withstood the passage of time and attained international reputation. During the fast days, hundreds of thousands of people from the far corners of the world reach Manarcad to seek the blessings of Virgin Mary. During the 8-day Fast in September, the helpless and the hapless throng the church to pray to Virgin Mary for cure of diseases, for getting children for the childless, for guarding against calamities and for getting the wishes fulfilled. They pray and beg to their Mother with tearful eyes. They place their offerings before her. The testimonials of people who have received blessings are numerous. Watch the video to know more about this church.