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.

Video – Kuravilangad Church – Moonnu Nombu Thirunal 2016 – Day 1

Video of  Moonu Noimbu ( 3 days fast) – Day 1 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.

After the Holy Mass this video is blank for a few minutes, but that is not the end, after that the procession starting.

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St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad – Ettu Nombu – 2015

Kuravilangad is a town located in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India. The town is situated in the Meenachil Taluk, about 22 km north of Kottayam, and is the largest town in the northenpart of Kottayam district.It includes entire kuravilangad panchayath and areas like kattampack, kappumthala, vakkad, kurianad, mannakkanad, elakkad and kalathoor. Kuravilangad is known as “The Vatican of India”. Kuravilangad is also known as “Kizhakkinte Lourde”, “Kuravilla Naad”, “Kuravilla Angadi”.

The church at Kuravilangad was constructed in the third century, just one hundred years before Constantine declared Christianity as the official religion in the Roman Empire.

The land is blessed by the esteemed presence of St. Mary’s Forane Church.According to tradition prevalent in Kuravilangad the church was founded in 345 A.D It is believed, Mother Mary’s first appearance in the world, was in Kuravilangad. Our Lady appeared to a few children at Kuravilangad, who were tending their flock in the bushes. Our Lady asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous perpetual spring sprouted, a spring which exists even today. The children reported the events to the elders and a church was built there. The church is noted for its old bell, which contains inscriptions belonging to some unknown script. Another significant artifact is a model of a ship made from wood.  Read More – Source: wikipedia

Holy Mary Birthday (Ettu Noimbu) celebration – Kuravilangad Church

Photos of Holy Mary Birthday (Ettu Noimbu) celebration at world famous Marian pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad. September 1st-8th, fast days for the whole parish. Spetember 8 celebrated as Mothers Day.

The land of Kuravilangad is blessed by the esteemed presence of  St. Mary’s Forane Church, which was built in 105 A.D(just one hundred years before Constantine declared Christianity as the official religion in the Roman Empire). It is believed, Mother Mary’s first appearance in the world, was in Kuravilangad. Our Lady appeared to a few children at Kuravilangad, who were tending their flock in the bushes. Our Lady asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous perpetual spring sprouted, a spring which exists even today. The children reported the events to the elders and a church was built there. Rosary procession carrying lighted candles make this celebration more attractive and devotion.

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Moonu Noimbu (3 days fast) Celebration – Kuravilangad Church – Day 1

Photos of  Moonu Noimbu ( 3 days fast) 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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Moonu Noimbu (3 days fast) Celebration – Kuravilangad Church – Day 2

The land of Kuravilangad is blessed by the esteemed presence of world famous Marian pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, which was built in 105 A.D(just one hundred years before Constantine declared Christianity as the official religion in the Roman Empire). It is believed, Mother Mary’s first appearance in the world, was in Kuravilangad. Our Lady appeared to a few children at Kuravilangad, who were tending their flock in the bushes. Our Lady asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous perpetual spring sprouted, a spring which exists even today. The children reported the events to the elders and a church was built there.

“Moonnu Noimbu” is the main feast of the church. Thousands of people from all over Kerala come to this three-days-feast. 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.

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Moonnu Noimbu Thirunal – Day 3 – St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad

The land of Kuravilangad is blessed by the esteemed presence of St. Mary’s Forane Church, which was built in 105 A.D(just one hundred years before Constantine declared Christianity as the official religion in the Roman Empire). 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. Thousands of people from all over Kerala come to this three-days-feast.  Below is the video of the Moonu Noimbu (3 days fast) celebration – Day 3.