by Cl Chris Ferreira
CHHOTAUDEPUR, AUG 20, 2016: Ages have passed yet the world remembers the Virgin Mother of Jesus as someone who is worthy of all honour and thanksgiving. With the same fervour that Catholics all over the world offer prayer and thanksgiving, the congregation at Muktadayini Mata Parish, Chhotaudepur gathered together to partake of a solemn Eucharistic Celebration to mark the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady on August 15.
The Holy Eucharist was the culmination of an entire month of Marian sharing, activities and a Novena. Children led a procession prior to the solemn Mass, they sang bhajans and recited the rosary. Father Anil Severin, the Director at Jeevan Darshan Kendra, Vadodara, celebrated Holy Mass.
Faithful from the nearby parishes of Kawant, Narukot and Alirajpur participated in the Eucharistic Celebration which was a beautiful blend of Rathwi and Gujarati hymns.
"When you look at Mary, you see complete obedience - isn't that the essence of freedom. Mary was always available and made this her way of living," Father Severin said. At the offertory procession - coconuts, books, stationery and incense sticks were offered.
The evening ended with a fellowship meal and a dance session to the local Timli beats.