Udupi: In preparation of the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Vailankani Shrine Kalmady, the parishioners organized a colourful ‘Hore Kanike’ procession on Thursday, August 13 from Adi-Udupi junction to the Stella Maris Church.
In his introductory remarks, parish priest of the church Fr Alban D’Souza explained the importance of ‘Hore Kanike’ and made an appeal to all the devotees of Our Lady of Vailankani to participate in the annual feast mass at 10.30 am and ’Annasantarpane’ on Saturday, August 15.
The procession started with a prayer and progressed with the beat of the drums by the Kalmady band and melodious music by ‘Sound of Music’, a band from Malpe.
Janardhan Thonse, Chairman of Udupi Urban Development Authority, flagged off the procession along with President of Udupi CMC Yuvraj, president of standing committee Vijay Manchi and CMC member Hormis Noronha.
As the procession reached the premises of the church, Fr Alban D’Souza and Estate manager of Udupi diocese, Fr Henry Mascarenhas formally received the ‘Hore Kanike’ form the people by blessing the offerings, which were later placed at the Shrine of Stella Maris.
Parish Pastoral Council vice president Flavia, secretary Sanjay Andrade, former vice president Louis Lobo, Lancy and others were present.
The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Vailankani will be celebrated on Saturday, August 15 at 10.30 am with Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese, as the chief celebrant. Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi diocese, will also take part in the festive mass. The mass will be followed by ‘Annasantarpane’ to all visitors of the shrine.