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Sunday, December 12, 2010

ST.FRANCIS XAVIER'S FEAST

Dec.3rd is the feast day of St.Francis Xavier and it was celebrated in St.Francis Xavier’s Church,Kaloor for three days with great piety and joy in a glittering mass, a procession and dramas.

St.Francis came to India about 4oo years back and worked ceaselessly for the conversion of souls to God. His tremendous effort enabled many to join the Christian faith. God rewarded him by keeping his body with out corruption till this date. His incorruptible body is kept in a silver casket in Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa.

When I was working in Goa, I used to travel to Kolhapur in Maharastra at least twice a month. On the way I stopped at the Basilica in Old Goa and prayed to the Saint.

Time has flown fast. I am now living in Kochi, However, I make it a point to go to St.Francis Church at Kaloor at least on his feast day. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.














14 comments:

  1. Hi Joseph, I know I haven't writing as much.I post most of the time to my original blog. Try there I think I got the gliches taken care of. If not let me know. thanks

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  2. Hi Joseph another shinning example of wonderful photography and interesting details.

    Have a good week.
    Yvonne.

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  3. nice. cool to see all the decor as well as all of the worshippers as well...and what a way to remember one that made such an impact for the kingdom...

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  4. Hi Joseph! King John III of Portugal named Francis Xavier to take charge as Apostolic Nuncio. He left Lisbon on 7 April 1541 on board the Santiago and from August 1541 until March, 1542, he remained in Mozambique; he reached Goa on May 6, 1542... The rest you know...

    Blogtrotter Two has started to cruise the Nile for you, but without Poirot... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!

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  5. This loooks klike a very well organized event. I like th e decorations and color. The meeting hall an d church are fantastic.


    I have hear d of th e body of At Francis in Goa. Thank you for sharing a lovely collection of photos

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  6. Oh my, what a feast celebration.....so colorful and bright. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

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  7. Very prayerful feast. Joseph, St Francis also visited Malacca on his way to Macao in the 15th century when it was under the Portuguese. His statue, minus a hand, still stand behind Porta Santiago. An idiot stole the hand purported to bring luck !

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  8. Nice photographs of the event. While on my previous visit to Goa, some two years ago, I lit 11 candles there at the Church and prayed for my Christian friend, though he a Protestant.

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  9. It would be an honor to see St. Francis casket. You have done this feast of St. Francis an honor by all the beautiful pictures displayed here. Thank you for coming by.

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  10. Hi Joseph, i admire your commitment! Thanks for that snippet of History and your faith.

    I would in addition love to see a Goan curry? ;)

    Hope you are well, may God be with you and your family! Prayers, Danielle :)

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  11. Stunning photos! Looks like a beautiful feast and mass!

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    Please copy and paste to see Christmas card.

    Happy Christmas
    Love Herrad

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  13. Wonderful shots of celebrations, very colorful.

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