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Catholics take out Eucharistic procession

Nov. 25, 2013

Devotional hymns and prayers reverberated in the air as thousands of Catholics professed their faith at the annual Eucharistic procession here on Sunday reaffirming their faith in Christ the King. The march commenced from Loyola High School (LHS) after a short prayer service that included special prayers, intentions and hymns, and people recited prayers seeking God's blessings as it first moved to St Michael's High School, Digha, and then concluded with a Holy Mass at the Queen of the Apostles Church, Kurji.

Along with the devotees praying for the peace and harmony of the world, the Holy Sacrament that is believed to have the presence of Jesus Christ in form of bread and wine in a monstrance was also carried under a decorated canopy by priests. It was led by Patna Archbishop Fr William D'Souza SJ and little girls clad in angelic white dress and wreath-veils showered flowers ahead of the Sacrament. The young girls were trained by Asha Peter, Bernadette Soren and Stella Sah.

An estimated 7,000 people from 11 churches of the Patna Deanery (Patna City, Bankipur, Phulwarisharif, Chakaram, Patliputra, Kurji, Raja Bazar, IGIMS, Danapur, Khagaul and Maner) participated in the celebrations, as per Fr Johnson Kelakath, Parish Priest of Kurji Parish, who oversaw preparations of the procession.

The Holy Mass was offered by the Archbishop. As 2013 was declared as the "Year of Faith" by the Church, the theme of the prayer service was to make a human society based on firm faith in God. During the homily, Fr Peter Ignatius, Parish Priest, St. Stephen's Church, Danapur, stressed on the importance of standing firm on the teachings of Christ while facing the challenges posed by modernism, globalization and consumerism. "Those who believe in God never face any shortage," he said adding, "Even if our faith is equal to a pinpoint, we'll be able to work wonders."

The prayer service was replete with quotations from the Holy Bible. Believers had installed special altars en route and designer arches with quotes from the Holy Bible were also constructed by various Catholic institutions of the city. In fact, local residents were seen cleaning the roads since morning itself.

On the coming Sunday, that is December 1, the Church would be celebrating Advent, which would mark the beginning of Christmas season.

Source: Times of India

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