Flag Hoisting in preparation for the Annual Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Saturday, January 18, 2020

     The flag hoisting held on the 16th of January 2020, here at Holy Ghost Church heralded the auspicious start to the Great Novena and the annual Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help for this year.  The much awaited and celebrated annual parish event was graced among other Redemptorists, diocesan priests, brothers, religious sisters, parishioners andMother Mary devotees, by the Archbishop of Bangalore, His Grace Most Rev. Peter Machado.

     The flag-hoisting ceremony began with a reading from the Gospel and the Novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual - in whose honour the Great Novena is preached - in all the three languages of the parish, namely, Kannada, Tamil and English.  The decorated flag with the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was then blessed and hoisted by the Archbishop as the thronging devotees raised their hands in veneration, singing Marian hymns.

     Earlier the solemn march to the podium that began on the dot at 5/45 p.m. with Archbishop Peter Machado,the parish clergy, Redemptorist fathers and brothers, religious sisters and other parish associations and volunteers carrying our Mother’s Icon was led by the band of our parish school, St. Alphonsus’ School.  Our Parish Priest Fr. Anthony Swamy inaugurated the event with a warm welcome and gracious message to the Archbishop and all gathered.  Our Archbishop was then honoured with a shawl and a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Edward Joseph, the Provincial Superior of the Bangalore Province of the Redemptorists.  The preachers to the Great Novena, Frs. Shane, Richard and Joseph were also welcomed and honoured.

     No sooner than the flag with the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help went up the flag pole, the tri-lingual Mass began in the Church with many Redemptorists con-celebrating the mass together with the Archbishop as the main celebrant.   At the end of the grand Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Anthony Swamy gave a meaningful vote of thanks appreciating the efforts of all - many of whom he mentioned by names - in making the flag-hoisting, 2020, a grand and meaningful event.

Dorothy Victor

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