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Mangaluru: Nativity Feast Celebrated at Rosario Cathedral

Mangaluru: The parishioners of Rosario Cathedral celebrated the feast of Nativity with enthusiasm and devotion here, on September 8.

In Rosario Cathedral, the procession of the Bambina of Infant Mary began from St Ann’s Convent. All the people marched in procession carrying the new grown paddy, with children carrying flowers. The procession culminated at the cathedral ground, accompanied by the faithful carrying the sheaves of newly grown paddy.

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Bishop of Mangaluru, Dr Aloysius P D’Souza blessed the newly grown paddy which was followed by children offering flowers to Mother Mary as the congregation sang “Sakkad sangatha melya”.

Bishop Aloysius along with the parish priest of Rosario Cathedral Fr J B Crasta and other priests celebrated the festive mass.

Assistant parish priest Fr Rockey in his homily, speaking about the significance of the feast and Mother Mary, said that Mother Mary is God’s most loved creation. Mother Mary’s birth was Salvation’s dawn; her birth marked a new era. He also said that the Nativity feast brings unity in every family and renews it with love and understanding.

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Fr Rockey further said that the society should respect the girl child, women, mothers and sisters. Whenever they are in trouble we need to help them without discriminate of caste and creed and colour. Now a days women and girls are not respected by the society. Let us keep girls in our sister’s place because girls are a gift from God. They are the birth givers and they should be respected.

Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza said that September 8 is the birthday of Mother Mary and the day is dedicated to women and girls. In Rosario church, the parish priest has given utmost importance to girls and given an opportunity for the girls in the prayer service. He urged the congregation to follow the footsteps of Mother Mary and give importance to family prayers. He wished all the parishioners a very happy Nativity feast.

New grown paddy corn was distributed to the parishioners and children left happily with sugar canes!

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